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Regulation 16 of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (1989) states: Restrictions on fitting blue warning beacons, special warning lamps and similar devices No vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be fitted with– (a) a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp, or (b) a device which resembles a blue warning beacon or a ...


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50 miles is feasible but it will be hard work. Think about how tired you felt after cycling 20 miles. Then cycle 20 miles again from that tired start and think about how tired you'll feel then. Then, cycle another ten miles. The other answers give lots of good advice which I won't repeat. Since you mention trains and coming home every week, I assume that ...


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If you are in the UK this is an offence. You are traffic, therefore must obey the red. Consequences could be a pull by the police and a fine! I am not sure about other jurisdictions.


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The 'arch' is actually an arrow - look at the right hand end. I believe it means there is a junction between the carriageways that allows you to make a right turn and travel along the opposite side. There's another sign on the other side of the carriageway, and a corresponding u-turn junction.


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Despite what others have said, a warranty is a bona fide contract between the company and you. It's used in the selling of the product thus is covered by decent consumer protection law (in the UK anyway). This article from Which suggests a good process to follow. Keep a record of the contact with the company, try to follow their warranty procedure. If you'...


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The UK Highwaycode states: Using the road: Turning left Rule 182 Use your mirrors and give a left-turn signal well before you turn left. Do not overtake just before you turn left and watch out for traffic coming up on your left before you make the turn, especially if driving a large vehicle. Cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users in ...


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According to the Highway Code: Rule 64 You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement. So the short answer is a definite no, although discretion is given for young children riding on the pavement. This article has details the rules for cycling on things like footways, footpaths and bridlepaths. (In short: no, no and yes - but the article is probably worth a ...


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Of course you keep left, overtake on the right and queue like a good British person at junctions! However, there are no rules. In 2006 British Waterways, concerned at the popularity and over-crowding problems on tow-paths did a consultation to work out if they needed a 'keep left' policy. It was deemed that such a move would be unpopular and not adhered to (...


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Yes, technically. Most sorts of cycle are required to have at least two efficient braking systems, by which the front wheel (or wheels) can be braked independently of the rear wheel (or wheels). The likelihood of you receiving a ticket, fine, or other punishment is infinitesimal. It could happen, but it almost certainly will not. Practically, the front ...


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The only answer really is, in the UK, what you're doing is illegal. Full stop. There are various factions who will try to mitigate the behaviour on grounds of safety, but, fundamentally, by going through a red light, even if in your opinion there is room, you are putting yourself into a position where other users of that facility do not reasonable expect ...


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The Official Highway Code for the United Kingdom states that cyclists are only permited to cross on their bike when a green cycle symbol showing. If the light shows only a green man, you must dismount and push the bike to cross. If you are part of the traffic (not crossing from path to path) you must obey the red traffic light and stop.


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I think most US cyclists, in reasonably good conscience, "stretch" the laws a hair in such circumstances. Starting a bike from standstill is expensive from an energy standpoint, and it can block traffic behind, so it's good to go ahead and clear the intersection if you can do so safely and without stretching things too far. But of course none of this would ...


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In England and Wales, the relevant legislation is the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983 which say: 7.—(1) ... (a) every pedal cycle shall be equipped with at least one braking system;    (b) every bicycle or tricycle the height of the saddle of which is 635 millimetres or more and every cycle with four or more wheels shall—    ...


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In almost all situations, it is easiest to apply the British road standard (keep left: A), overtaking to the right of the slower user. However the following reasons change this in situations other than two cyclists passing in opposite directions: Paths that are narrow, uneven, under bridges, or overgrown cause cyclists and other users to move to centre or ...


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It's doable if you are young and fit and don't mind some pain. If you have ridden up to 20 miles, but regularly only ride a few miles, you may find 50 miles is a struggle, just because you are not used to it. On the initial attempts plan to take it easy and build in rest stops. From your 20 mile rides you should have a good idea of the pace you can sustain. ...


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Highway Code rule 300 - You MUST NOT enter a road, lane or other route reserved for trams. A road or lane reserved for trams will have signs like this: or road markings that say TRAM ONLY. If cyclists are allowed on that particular section of tramway then it will be indicated by a sign, like this above or below the tram sign: or the road markings will ...


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If you opened someone's car door you could be committing either Dangerous cycling or Careless, and inconsiderate, cycling. (Road Traffic Act 1988) There's also the offence of Assault to consider. (CPS guidelines) An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. ...


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For the UK there are traffic statistics available. This graph from the 2015 Road Traffic Estimates shows the general trend for cars. There are detailed tables of traffic flow available. There is also geographical data available in the form an interactive map. This isn't broken down by time of day, but should give you an indication of which roads generally ...


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The standard setup is left for front and right for rear for gears. For gears you would need special left rear and right front shifters, which are not manufactured. It is very unlikely that you had those, and they converted to normal shifters during one ride, at the same time as cables rerouted themselves.


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I'm in Brazil, and as a friend of mine says, we need a "tropical vehicular cycling". Most drivers don't obbey the law (neither do pedestrians, to be honest), so I follow the "bold-but-conscious-biker golden rule": "I cannot be a harm to the safety or comfort of other people. No one should be 'punished' by the way I choose to ride my bike." That means, on ...


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Pedestrians can move quite quickly as well! I sometimes commute to work by running (having left kit at work) rather than cycling (also in central London, UK). There have been numerous times when I've been crossing a road with a green man and I've nearly been taken out by a cyclist doing exactly what you propose. Their erroneous judgement was obviously that ...


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They're in the highway code, but the word "must" isn't used in the online version or my paper copy from 1999, which states: Turning right 155. Well before you turn right you should Use your mirrors... Give a right turn signal A cycling-specific rule is 52 in my copy (67 in a more recent edition): 52. You should look all around ...


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I regularly ride quite long distances in the UK (SW England, Wales). For 50 miles one large bottle of water is enough for most people even in hot weather (even me and I get thirsty). However you'll probably be going slower as you're new to the distance. I suggest you plan a route that allows you to get off the bike and get something to eat/drink at around ...


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Consider clothing as well. I commute a short distance daily and rarely do long rides, so proper shorts are not something I bother with. When I've done longer rides, I quickly noticed that as the difference. If there's a seam in the wrong place on your pants, 50 miles is going to make it known to you.


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That page actually lays it out pretty well. You have three options: box/bag your bike, pay £30 for a reserved bike space, or pay £22 to ship your bike such that it will arrive within 24 hours of you. The reserved bike spaces and shipping don't require you to box or bag your bike. When I traveled on EuroStar and on French trains, I had a friend handy with a ...


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Ay Up lights I have two sets of these lights, one on my handlebars and one on my helmet. They are: Amazingly bright, I've never seen a brighter light Very light - even with the light and battery on my helmet it's not uncomfortably heavy Long lasting - The battery lasts 3-6 hours on a charge!! Incredibly rugged - There is a lifetime guarantee on the lights ...


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This ultimately comes down to money, however there are plenty of other factors: Form factor - a bike light with a battery held onto the frame with velcro is a PITA to take off the bike and put back on, not what you want to be spending five minutes on whilst you pop into Tesco's for a pint (568ml) of milk. Beam focus - LED lights have came a long way but you ...


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Yes, this is a tricky situation. I think this section of the highway code should cover it, but is very light on details like this. I think there are two ways to interpret the situation: 1. As two T-junctions a small distance apart, with you turning left and then right. In this case it's a fairly clear cut - see rule 180. You've turned left, already on the ...


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Highway code rule 163 give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car He wouldn't overtake a car as it was turning left, so he shouldn't overtake a cyclist; 2ft is not an adequate safe margin.


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I'd highly recommend two courses of action. First, take a couple deep breaths and then call back the manufacturer. Without too many details to cloud the issue, and without too much emotion, explain that you believe you have a frame crack that in your estimation is from a defective weld. Play nice, if they still refuse to warranty it, ask what they can/...


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