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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

I can think of worse things to get a mate to do without training, but not many. If you told me your mate ran a marathon last week, this answer would not change. It is not about how fit they are, it is ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

In addition to the other good answers, I think you should ask yourself if you just want to be on the road, or that you want to enjoy other things as well. I have been on several (camping) cycle ...
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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Cheapest and safest tend to be a second hand mountain bike from a bike shop. Some countries you can get a decent bike for free if they have a club which refurbishes and gives them away.
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

The "reasonable distance" for such travel is the one that the least trained member of the team is sure to able to cover day after day, and there's no way to know it without training/...
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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Safe If properly assembled and maintained, the safety level of bikes tends to be fairly consistent. While technological advancements are consistently being made, the fundamental safety aspects haven't ...
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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Onging bike use require regular maintenance to keep them safe. You could buy a bike in good working condition, but if you do not maintain it, it will become unsafe sooner or later. If you learn to ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

Ridable depends very much on the usual winter conditions in your location. Where I live here in the south of Austria, it has less than 5 days a year to ride in snowy conditions on the road - there is ...
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Comparing hub/disk brake vs rim brake. Power, reaction, and skidding

There's probably a lot going on when a bicycle rider is braking. You're correct - a rear brake will always be less effective than a front brake, all other things being equal. As you brake, your weight ...
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Comparing hub/disk brake vs rim brake. Power, reaction, and skidding

One aspect which I feel hasn't been sufficiently addressed yet: My personal experience is that rim brakes will immobilize very easily resulting to a skid. This largely matches my experience. The ...
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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Your safety will depend much more heavily on wearing a helmet and biking in safe locations (bike lanes, no cars, etc.) than on the intrinsic safety of the bicycle. Buy a new helmet, and adjust it ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

It depends a lot on surface conditions, tyres, brakes, riding skills and risk aversion. If the bike lane on your first route is not cleared properly and has deep, icy ruts or deep slush it will be ...
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Comparing hub/disk brake vs rim brake. Power, reaction, and skidding

Not a physicist, but I'll try to explain in simple terms. Stopping is the property of tire grip with the surface. Better grip results in shorter stopping distance. So the goal of breaking is not to ...
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Comparing hub/disk brake vs rim brake. Power, reaction, and skidding

The important thing here to note is that all brakes can roughly be divided into two classes: disc and drum brakes. Bicycle rim brakes are a special case of disc brakes. In this case, the entire rim ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

I have mild winters, with only occasional icy days. Some winters we don't even have snow that settles. The painted bike lanes are gritted (salted) but that doesn't always work very well first thing, ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

I would think that the rider has to judge which path is better, depending on weather and traffic and rider skill, obviously the more experience the better judgement, you would hope anyway. I would ...
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What is a safest cheapest bicycle?

Start by borrowing bikes from friends/family/coworker or neighbour, and see what you like. There's probably a misconception that you need "all the bike" to ride because that's what is in the ...
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