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How to tell if a chamois pad is molded / contoured

Unfortunately the problem is not a gap in your knowledge. When buying from online stores the process can be extremely hit or miss. Sometimes theres no image. Sometimes there is an image but it ...
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

Driving comes from a root word meaning "applying force." This was defined possibly up to 4,500 years ago, it's hard to prove definitively, but definitely within the last 2,500 years. The ...
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

Go back to the age of horses and cattle. You sit astride a horse and ride it, just like a bicycle. If you lived in Texas 170 years ago, you might ride a horse in a cattle drive. In a cattle drive, ...
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

Well, to be honest I don't know the real answer, but I guess that if there ever was an explicit meaning, outside common use, it was lost a long time ago. So here I'll add my guess. I think that riding ...
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

I imagine the difference has to do with the relevant analogy from when bikes and automobiles first started. One "rides" a bike because it is very similar to what one does when one rides a ...
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

This is an interesting question, but realistically better on English.SE than Bicycles.SE I suspect it is the difference between being enclosed vs seated on-top or astride the vehicle. You would ride ...
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