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Bicycle left outside for over a year. Possible to save?

You don't have pictures of the bike, but honestly, theres not much you need to worry about. Pump up the tires and make sure they hold air. Check that the brakes work (may need new pads, cables). Add a ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

You have commented I mainly use the back brake. I therefore propose option 4: improve your braking technique before spending any money. If you only use half of your bicycle's brakes, you can't ...
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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?

Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels? They do sell vehicles with four bicycle wheels. As Carel said, Two wheels is by definition a bicycle Three wheels is a tricycle four wheels is a ...
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How do people ride road bikes without fenders?

Most road bikes are the equivalent of an open-top racing car. You just don't ride them in the rain. And if you do, you are expected to be hard core enough that a little rain isn't worth the weight and ...
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Bicycle left outside for over a year. Possible to save?

A chain left outside for a long period, unless freshly oiled beforehand (or in a desert), will be ruined. The rest is worth checking over by someone experienced, but the bike can probably be saved by ...
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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?

Trikes, particularly recumbent trikes, are relatively common and provide the kind of stability you're talking about--although they (and quads) are prone to flip in turns if you don't know how to ...
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Winter riding: Is it safe to ride on a BSO/cheap bike at temperatures below -15°C on icy or damp roads?

I can only speak from my experience, as a winter rider in Norway (around the capital). When the winter sets in I usually just end up putting more clothes on myself, and studded tires on my bike. I ...
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What caused all my chain links to become stiff after a month in a tent despite having been cleaned and lubed beforehand?

Even though there may not have been direct contact with water, there is water in the air. In a tent, the constant cycle of heating and cooling through the day and night, and the relative differences ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

First: merino wool boxers. EDIT: Also windproof boxers, see other answer below Second: Vest and short tights are very little for ~5°C, raining. You are losing a huge amount of body heat through your ...
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Winter riding: Is it safe to ride on a BSO/cheap bike at temperatures below -15°C on icy or damp roads?

I've been an ice biker for 10+ years in as cold as -20C (-5F) in the Black Hills of South Dakota and West Michigan US. Safety in winter cycling comes down to your gear both for your bike and your ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

Winter riding is hard on a bike - I have to do weekly maintenance when it's a period of wet riding. It's good to have N+1 options. If you're serious about riding in the snow, then the snowbike would ...
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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?

The main downside to a quad wheel is keeping all wheels on the ground. The surfaces we ride on are not flat, so there's always a situation where one wheel would be off the ground or at least lower ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

Why not add a fairing? There are designs that add a windshield, some that provide protection down to the knee, some that go further down, and in the extreme case there's full nose-cones. This will ...
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Winter cycling clothes in full black

I think there is a case to be made that you will be less visible in dark colours. Anecdotally whenever I look down the road at a group of cyclists, it's the ones in large blocks of bold colours (not ...
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Will tires with spikes on a loaded heavy touring bicycle puncture the tubes?

The current generation of pre-manufactured winter tires you'd get from brands like Schwalbe do not use 'screw-in' style studs that have a point on the inside surface. They have a pocket and flange ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

With cars, and above a certain latitude, it's common to own one set of wheels (with fancy/light rims) for summer and another set (with ugly/heavy rims) for winter. Agree, at least in Finland we do ...
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What caused all my chain links to become stiff after a month in a tent despite having been cleaned and lubed beforehand?

As you know living in the UK, we are an island that is prone to high humidity and damp overcast weather. When left outside anything that is remotely damp (you cleaned your chain and its virtually ...
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How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40°F (3°C) and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm

It depends a lot on you. I live in Illinois and I'll go out in a T-shirt and shorts in the 40's for bike rides. But if you want some additional warmth in the around 40F and 3 miles, I'd say maybe ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

First you need to decide what's limiting your braking. If it's the tyres on the road skidding -- or you're having to back off the brakes to avoid that -- then changing your tyres might help. But ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

For most parts of the body a second layer of moderately wind-blocking fabric makes a massive difference -- so another pair of unpadded cycling shorts would go a long way. The rain is likely to ...
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Winter tires break in

I work for a distributor that sells several brands of winter studded tires and everyone of them comes with this warning, this particular one is from Schwalbe In order to ensure that spikes are ...
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What conditions are studless winter tires good in?

I am (or was, in the pre-pandemic world) a winter commuter in Canada. The studless winter tires are great for everything except actual ice and much more pleasant on bare pavement. If you need to ...
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How do people ride road bikes without fenders?

You will get wet if you ride at speed on a wet road without fenders. I think you can find fenders to fit almost any road bike if you want them, but otherwise I can think a few things that mitigate the ...
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Why doesn't my (battery-powered) light work in the cold?

Batteries, especially most types of rechargeables don't work well in cold conditions. The chemical reaction that powers the electric voltage does needs some temperature to perform as intended. If you ...
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Why doesn't my (battery-powered) light work in the cold?

There are two reasons why it might not work: The batteries don't like the cold. Many battery chemistries don't like the cold -- notably alkaline, manganese (heavy-duty), and NiMH/NiCad batteries. To ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

Wind proof boxers which have a layer of windbreaking material in the “package” area make a big difference. They are commonly used by cross country skiers so can be found at stores that cater to the ...
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Winter riding: Is it safe to ride on a BSO/cheap bike at temperatures below -15°C on icy or damp roads?

If you have to ask, I'd say it's likely the answer is no. If you have lived in Canada all your life and own appropriate gear to those temperatures, you probably have a better chance. I have been ...
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What to do with a frozen bike?

Let it air dry (and/or wipe it dry as much as you can) and move on with your life. Don't put it near a heater, cause that isn't good for the rubber stuff. Re-lube the chain. What gets you in winter ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

A double layered triangle of bubble wrap under the pants in front of the exposed bits. Cheap and effective! In days of severe cold I use the same method between base and medium layers on the upper ...
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Bicycle left outside for over a year. Possible to save?

Is this the same bicycle that got knocked by a car? Considering that it has an aluminum frame, I suggest you should carefully check it for cracks. They can actually be easier to spot now that dirt and ...
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