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Is turning head to look backwards while riding a bike a safe and recommended technique?

Yes - looking behind you (briefly) is a perfectly good way to find out what's there. The dangers of not-looking-behind are much higher than a brief interruption of looking forward. You're right that ...
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How to learn to ride a bike better?

The simple, short answer is practice. Simply riding around at moderate to slow speeds, practicing starting off, braking, stopping and negotiating tight turns will help build balance, confidence and ...
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How maintenance-free can a commuter bike be?

The best is probably to look at the so called Dutch bikes - or the bikes offered by subscription services, that are usually designed to lower maintenance requirements and maximise utility - often at ...
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How maintenance-free can a commuter bike be?

The two ‘key’ things for a commuter bike to reduce maintenance are to use an internal gear hub, and to use a belt drive. An IGH has the distinct advantage of everything being encapsulated in a way ...
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Do both riders on a tandem need to know how to ride a bike?

Sheldon Brown (of course) has a good page on riding tandem. He doesn't get into details, but since the stoker's main job is to keep upright it doesn't demand a lot of bike handling skill. Riding as ...
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How can I tell if my bike can ride down stairs without damaging it?

There's no real way to be completely sure but to try it. Anything else is merely a guess and no one can be 100% sure of the answer: suppose there's a tiny crack somewhere no-one knows of and it just ...
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Why do men and women have different sporting capabilities, e.g. why is the women's hour record significantly shorter than the men's?

Yes, Males have a significant advantage over females, on average, for the kinds of activities society turns into sports. Males are typically larger, taller, have greater lung capacity, larger hearts, ...
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Is turning head to look backwards while riding a bike a safe and recommended technique?

You need to be able to check over your shoulder. It will get easier with practice. Taking your points in order: You shouldn't ever need to signal which side to pass you - the passing side is defined ...
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Correctly and incorrectly mounting a bicycle

I do not buy the stressing argument, any sprint out of the saddle will stress many parts of your bike much more. I would only be concerned with your stability during that mount and the risk of a fall ...
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Low tire pressure causing fall in corner?

I presume you were riding in the direction you came across the bridge and down the ramp. I doubt tire pressure had anything to do with it. On a moutain bike sized tire, unless rolling tires of rims, ...
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Ways to find a safe route on flooded roads

Fairly slowly, unclipped, and standing on the pedals rather than sitting down have always worked for me. The speed should be such that even in an instantaneous stop you don't have enough momentum to ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

It might be a facetious answer on the face, but seriously - why are you carrying your bike at all? Do carry a working mini-tube, pump, two tyre levers and whatever you need to get the wheel completely ...
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Does the superman style have any chance to be seen in competition?

I really doubt it. A number of problems pop into my head immediately. Corners. French/Italian/Spanish road surfaces. Holding your legs up long enough to be worth it. I'm pretty sure this video is ...
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How do you keep from coasting too much on a bicycle?

You are correct - keeping the bike in the appropriate gear is important. Generally, you should have a preferred pedaling rpm, or cadence that you try to keep constant. Change to lower gears on uphill ...
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Is it a good idea to lift the front wheel to go through small bumps?

Potential for damage to wheels depends on sharpness of the bump, speed, bike and rider weight, tire volume and pressure, and how tough the wheels are. Moving your weight back or pulling up on the ...
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How to learn to ride a bike better?

In the UK there is a national training scheme targeting child cyclists, often organized through schools. It claims to have trained about 2.5 million children to date. It has been running under ...
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Low tire pressure causing fall in corner?

I would expect lower tire pressure to give larger contact patch also when cornering so should equate to more grip in corners (assuming the tire stays on the rim). As correctly pointed out in ...
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Strange handle on the left side of Winora Youkatan 12 pro

It's for the dropper post. I have no idea why a trekking bike is specced with a dropper post, but it is listed in the marketing blurb: https://www.winora.com/pl/en/ebikes/trekking/touring/yucatan-12-...
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Should I leave the water bottle tip open or shut while in the cage?

To quote David Richerby: You're over-thinking this. Most people close their bottles most of the time. I'm not one to worry about a little "gunk", but I close my bottle more than half the time. I ...
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Tips for dexterously handling bike lights with winter gloves

For similar fine tasks, silk inner gloves are ideal. They are very thin but add a noticeable amount of warmth. Their real benefit comes when you remove the outer gloves and have essentially bare hand ...
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How can I tell if my bike can ride down stairs without damaging it?

I wanted to add some more info, as I am a downhiller and did a fair amount of street biking and park. The bike will probably handle the stairs, but some components will definitely suffer (headset, ...
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Is there a way to remember pedal, crank position before taking sharp turns

Outside pedal down and your weight on the outside foot, that 's how we were taught at the cycling school of the cycling club. You may angle the inside leg more or less away from the bike if you want ...
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How to learn to ride a bike better?

I agree with the advice to practice. There's a book, Effective Cycling by John Forester, which covers everything--the physiology of cycling, bike maintenance, interacting with traffic, etc. Some of ...
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Slick Hybrid Bike Tires on Steep Gravel Descent?

Going very slowly, modulating the brakes, using not only front brake but as much rear brake as you can is the best idea. I'm assuming it's not -25 degrees (-47%) but rather -25%. That's because -47% ...
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Slick Hybrid Bike Tires on Steep Gravel Descent?

If you have concerns, there is absolutely no shame in getting off and walking down this descent. There is no reason to ride anything that makes you feel unsafe, so just don't. Always an option.
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Any drills for looking while riding?

Just keep on doing what you're doing. To get good at anything, the easiest way is to keep doing that thing. As an aside, I find I descend a lot quicker when I'm wearing a cap with the peak down. I ...
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How do you keep from coasting too much on a bicycle?

Your speed on any kind of bike is limited by the power you can put through the pedals to overcome air resistance. Air resistance increases with speed so, if you pedal with a level of effort that's ...
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How to carry a step-through/mixte bike

Find the centre of mass of your bike, which is usually just above the BB+downtube. There are two strategies for carrying the bike, assuming that the bike does not have any heavy accessories such as ...
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Would learning to ride a unicycle boost biking skills?

Here's my contribution: There is one bicycling skill that improved a lot after I learned unicycling: Riding the bicycle with no hands. Before unicycling I could ride the bike with no hands in a ...
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Standing up, worth practising for a casual cyclist?

As you have found, pedalling out of the saddle can generate more power than remaining in the saddle, but it is also a more difficult position to maintain. The gains in power is why you see the ...
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