Willeke
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Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist?
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There is technology for this, has been there for many years, called 'bakfiets' in Dutch. A bike with a big load bed in front of the rider. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...

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Tips for cycling while pregnant, and is it safe?
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Unlike riding horses, there are no body movements that are dangerous for pregnant cyclists in any stage of pregnancy when riding on roads. Mountain cycling is not as safe and I would certainly talk ...

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How to start riding a recumbent bike?
13 votes

When learning to ride my first two wheeled recumbent, and when teaching someone else to start riding on it, I first rode without trying to pedal. Using it as a balance bike, learning to steer and ...

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Difference between grease
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9 votes

Each kind of grease will perform best at a certain temperature. And is designed for a certain speed of movement of the parts it is used at to reach and not exceed that temperature. So yes, it is ...

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Will a 24x4 in tire fit on a 26x4-in rim?
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They will be too small. 24 x 4 tires are meant for 24" wheels. Those are 2" less in diameter, for metric people about 5 cm less, than the size of your wheel. This is way to much to be able ...

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How do I adjust my handlebars to allow me to ride hands free?
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In short It is part of the design on the bike but if a bike has been damaged the stability of the handlebars gets worse. Personal experience In many years of riding (Dutch) bikes I have noticed a ...

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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire
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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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Why are there no adult balance bikes?
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There are adult sized 'balance bikes' for sale now. But those are not to improve speed on the road or to learn to ride a bicycle but to help people with weak leg muscles to move around on walking ...

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Do your legs get tired faster when riding a recumbent trike compared to a upright bike?
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On a upright bicycle you have a part of your weight on your legs part or even most of the time. On a recumbent bike you do not have any part of your weight on your legs. I would say that makes for ...

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Bike or e-bike/trike good for the rain
6 votes

Look at how often it rains during her intended commutes. In the Netherlands, which is known for 'always being rainy' you need your waterproofs about 6 days a year when commuting 5 days per week. A ...

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Arguments for/against bike lanes?
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I have not read all answers and comments so I might have missed a link already here, but I think this is the best site for for arguments about all to do with cycling and road safety. On the right hand ...

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How (un)safe is it to ride barefoot?
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My usual summer solution is sandals. The more open, the better the air circulation. I would not ride bare feet on a cycle where I may have to put my foot on the ground unexpectedly. I have been bare ...

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What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
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First of all, you should go with what is law in your country. In my country we all learn to ride as in picture one, and all drivers learn to pass with enough space and not to pass when there is not ...

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Why are both Schrader and Presta valves still used on tubes?
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I have used both presta and shrader valves, like neither. I go for Blitz/Dunlop. Easier to use than both others. Maybe it is just a case of what you are used to, but I think the Dunlop least fussy, ...

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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?
5 votes

Indicated in the comments and indicated in an answer, but not really covered yet. A recumbent trike or bike. The biggest difference is that on recumbent bikes and trikes your sitting position is such ...

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Can I store bike inside a regular tent?
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The main difference is that the tent gives almost no protection against thieves, where a shed gives a little more protection as it is. And a shed can be improved a lot with a simple anchor ring which ...

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Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
5 votes

Get your country to invest in proper infrastructure. When people driving and people cycling do not share the same roads, the chances on accidents are much smaller. But the infrastructure has to be ...

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How should I lock my bike in a public front wheel bike stand
5 votes

I think this asks for a two locks system. One locks the back wheel to the frame, a ring shaped lock will do that but any shape lock will work. The other lock should be a longer chain or cable, with ...

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Signal a u-turn to road users
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I think the legal way is to get off your bike before reaching the cross street, (about where your arrow is,) cross walking, and get on your bike again. The signal you need in that case is a hand up ...

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When is it not okay to cheap out on bike parts?
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There are two classes of 'cheap' bike parts. One that looks like a top end part but is cheaply made. And one that is sturdy and not fashionable, but which they can produce cheap because they do not ...

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Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?
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If there are no hills, do not bother with gears. Students who can use a free bike will be happy enough with a bike that actually works and does not break down just when they need it. If you look at ...

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Buy or rent a bike in Europe for 2 week backpacking trip
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Traveling with bikes on international trains, specially in combination with quite a bit of luggage, is not easy. In most cities you can rent reasonably bikes and going that way will make travel ...

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of different recumbent seat styles?
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5 votes

In short: There is no definite answer and there are better places to ask. Having used two different mesh seats (both with a cushioned sit upon part and a mesh back) and one kind of hard seat, I feel ...

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Looking to get a good starting bicycle, interested in recommendations and considerations as someone new to the hobby
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Are you expecting to do many km (miles) on your bike each time you use it or do you mostly expect to use it for a few minutes at a time? If the first, follow the advice on buying a new bike which is ...

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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?
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I think you need to plan on your bike being stolen/damaged a few more times, maybe many more times. The Netherlands have a big bike theft problems, Amsterdam tops that by quite a bit. My mode is ...

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Stiff knee, can I use a shorter crank on one side?
4 votes

A more drastic solution, a bike with a different geometry. The seat lower, the bottom bearing/crankset further forward and the sitting position a bit more upright. For example, the above photo from ...

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Identical looking saddles feel very different
4 votes

I think it is the difference in stretch, a slight different of angle in 'give' will make a huge difference in how they fit you. It is often but not always that the more expensive saddle is the better ...

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Bike for college campus
4 votes

If your campus is like most I have ever heard about, you want the cheapest bike that will do the job. Bike theft is a common thing everywhere but campuses where a lot of young people are in need of ...

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How do you lock your recumbent?
4 votes

I use a ring lock that is attached to the frame to lock the rear wheel to the frame. As it is a relatively cheap second hand bike (€200 4 years back) that is how it is locked unless left for a long ...

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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?
3 votes

There is a Velomobile on 4 wheels. The QuattroVelo. And it can come with a child seat in the back. I have heard about two seater velomobiles which have the second person behind the first but could ...

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