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Can I legally use front facing blue light in the UK?

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 ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

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, ...
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Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

It's not easy. A few factors make it harder. The double yellow lines don't extend vary far up Chipperfield Road (for those not in the UK, they mean "no parking"). Cars can come up too ...
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Found my stolen bike, what to do? (London, UK)

Call the police again. If they say no again, ask at least for a log number, I'm nearly certain they should be able to give you one while you're still on the phone. If you haven't previously reported ...
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

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 ...
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What does this road sign mean?

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. ...
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Is a car "perfectly entitled" to turn left around cyclist

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 ...
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Is passing traffic on the cars' passenger side ("Undertaking") with a bicycle frowned upon in the UK?

As the previous answer states, you're perfectly within your rights to continue along the cycle lane in this situation, regardless of any cars to your right. Some junctions even have advanced stop ...
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Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

There is really not much you can do except taking it slowly and carefully looking around. Parked vehicles (especially high ones like trucks, vans and SUVs) at intersections are always a problem and ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

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 ...
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Legality of opening someone else's car door?

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. (...
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What is the best time to cycle during the day (traffic)?

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 ...
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Is using hand signals a legal requirement in the UK?

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 ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

As I commented, Google Maps is really awful for outdoor activities. The maps are not detailed enough and the visual presentation is just bad for this purpose. I tend to use mapy.cz for all countries ...
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Found my stolen bike, what to do? (London, UK)

Report to the police and ask for instructions. They should be capable of telling what you are legally supposed and allowed to do. You will be asked to prove your ownership over the bicycle, maybe ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

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 ...
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Preparation/tips for 50 mile ride

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 ...
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Is it possible that the gears switched from left to right?

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 ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

In the planning stages I will always use multiple options, online map sites, like Google, for the general distances but not for cycling information. Cycling specific information sites for route ...
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Is a car "perfectly entitled" to turn left around cyclist

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 ...
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Is passing traffic on the cars' passenger side ("Undertaking") with a bicycle frowned upon in the UK?

This isn't the example situation described in the question, but it is what immediately what came to mind when I read the title, which is: Undertaking another cyclist whilst on a bicycle is in my ...
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Turning right but can't see cars coming (UK)

Get the junction improved! You already have some good answers for dealing with it "there and then", below is a parallel, long-term solution. Write to: the council (the borough council in ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

If your goal is to make a multi day route, online routing tools are actually the last resource I would use. There are local associations and tourism offices that maintain cycling routes, that would be ...
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No locked off youth gearing restriction for road racing British National Series/Championships

A year and a bit on, I'd like to answer my own question. In the UK, I've not seen anyone turned away from National Championship races for having locked off gears, and the ruling that was sent to us, ...
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Pavement riding in Scotland

From http://www.bikehub.co.uk/featured-articles/cycling-and-the-law/ In Scotland the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everybody the right to non motorised access to most land in Scotland, ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

The vehicular and cycle traffic has priority, since the crossing is not a zebra crossing and there are no traffic lights, which are the only situations in which the Highway Code talks about ...
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

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, ...
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Is it legal for a car to overtake me as I overtake a parked car in UK?

A parked car isn't moving, so you're not overtaking it. Whether it's legal, safe, or sensible for the car to overtake you is another matter, and very heavily dependent on the circumstance. Consider ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

Both Strava and Ride with GPS have heatmaps that show you where people actually ride. (With Strava, at least, you need to be logged in to see finer details). Also, RwGPS is a good website for ...
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