nightrider
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?
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For recreational riding, they are often seen as unnecessary weight that can be saved without paying more for lighter parts. A typical recreational rider would simply avoid riding in a rain. And if not,...

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Chain is jumping regularly on every cog at every speed?
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When cogs are worn, new chain makes things worse. In my case, the old chain was skipping time to time but the bicycle was rideable. With the new chain the two fastest gears went completely unusable. ...

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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?
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Look into the winter road below (image credit), similar (little worse) than that I need to deal with: A bicycle with wide, knobbed MTB tires can take the car spur on the right. It is not a very nice ...

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How to deal with impatient drivers
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If the traffic is just one another car, I would say, do like a farm tractor: show the signal, stop at some better suitable place like niche or intersection with another minor road and allow them to ...

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Ways to hear kid on back seat
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In these days it is possible to buy bicycle helmets with Bluetooth intercom like this just I do not know if any child helmet is equipped with them. Who knows, the smallest size on minimal setting may ...

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Ways to hear kid on back seat
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Unless the place is really not good for stopping, just stop immediately, put a foot on the ground, turn around and sort the things out. There are not many problems you can solve while still riding ...

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Are there reasons not to use always the max level of assistance?
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Too much assistance makes riding at slower speed uncomfortable. For instance, if I select 15 km/h speed on a flat good road because of any reason (people walking there, nice views around, staying ...

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Anyone have trouble with sharp turns on the townie?
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Assuming you are following very basic techniques, this should not happen. You are either trying something contra-intuitive or there are problems with your bicycle. You may be trying some technique ...

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How can add a good hold point to my bicycle
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For any heavier bicycle, it is important to lift over (horizontal) center of mass - this is much easier. You need to know approximately where it could be and adjust if you picked wrongly and front or ...

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Why aren't 16" wheel city bikes more common?
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The ground clearance is important in the city. When riding next to the pedestrian pavement that is raised, it is safer to have enough ground clearance so not to hit the edge of that pavement with the ...

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Is turning head to look backwards while riding a bike a safe and recommended technique?
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Mirrors can be used to address this problem. My past experience with mirrors was not among the best. The first mirror I tried long time ago was mounted on a long rod, sensitive to vibration to degree ...

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How can I shorten a new chain to a specific length if not all links are either master links or have a removable pin?
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What there is a "quick link" on the chain, does not mean you cannot use the chain breaker to split it at any other point, and this is how you shorten it. Any pin is removable if you do not ...

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Can e-bikes speed up my commute? Which class?
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If you look at your speed profile in Strava, you would see many ups and downs, even if you think you mostly keep a constant speed. A turn with bad visibility, a dog walker on the path, then her doggy, ...

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Safety of separated bike lanes in less dense areas
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As seen from this study, cycle tracks (also known as “separated” or “protected” bike lanes) are both the safest and preferred by the cyclists. Differently, streets with painted bike lanes between ...

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Getting over a downhill phobia
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Your brain is not everything, check your bicycle also. Maybe something starts wobbling too much and you start feeling out of control. Or maybe you know that with your current brakes you see less than ...

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Gates CDN - frequent belt failures
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through some mud From the summary here it looks like the CDN belt is not designed to handle dirt (and even sand is under question) so it failed. Only CDX and CDX:EXP are approved for work in dirty ...

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How to ride to work without sweating?
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Use electric bicycle. Ride at high assist setting to work where your shape upon arrival is important, set low assist just to compensate the extra weight on the way back where the shower and the rest ...

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How can I tell a bike is safe after a crash?
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While may be funny to remind, check also if the "low importance" parts are still in place and ok. Once a car driver managed to hit my rear wheel (the mudguard over it, to be precise) while ...

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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?
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I finally brought the bike to technician who discovered that the gear switching cable does not move freely enough (gets stuck). This is why I was not able find the good positions for any screws I ...

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26 inch or 29 inch wheel for hybrid road bike
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One difference is the pedal clearance that matters on paths with very low raised borders (common between path and grass in some places), slow, very tight turns with readiness to stop (the "wrong ...

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What are the counter-intuitive surprises an amateur bike mechanic encounters, after pedals and cables?
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There is the minimal size of the largest cog on the cassette, and maximal size of the smallest cog (as follows from here). Intuitively one would think that the largest cog can only be too large. But ...

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Periodic Maintenance Task for Bike Commuters
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The rear red light may require special attention. It is much less safe without it, and impossible to notice what it is suddenly off because the battery has ran out on the way. Mine has the charge ...

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Are 32mm tires ideal for a fast commuter bike?
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Tram tracks. 41 mm at the top. Tram and similar tracks are safer to cross with wide enough tires that do not get caught that easily into the groove intended for the tram wheels. This groove has a ...

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Are MIPS helmets compatible with helmet mount lights or cameras?
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My MIPS helmet has integrated lights so should be certified with them. They are flush with the surface, do not protrude. Lights work fully ok. Hence if you want MIPS helmet with lights, simply buy ...

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How much should I spend on my helmet?
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MIPS may possibly make a sense, so money and choice permitting you could choose the helmet with MIPS. Some do not believe, ok. I personally also have the one with lights because I commute in the night....

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What can you do when a driver cuts you off?
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Generally, communicate. A road full of traffic of all kinds is a team. Observe light signals, and try to see the driver behind windshield. If you make a brief stop, a car driver often interprets this ...

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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts
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Mudguard Stays / Fender Stays Holders/supports to attach the mudguard/fender to the frame, as pictured. A single stay has two legs with one on either side of the bike, and is secured to eyelets with ...

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Cannot put a tire whatever I do
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When only the last 20 cm section of the tire remains on the "wrong" outer side of the rim (and on one side only), pushing one end of this section with the lifter into the right position ...

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Remove letterings from Specialized Sirrus 4.0
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At least "4.0" looks like a tiny writing at the rear of the frame. If you just do not like 4 (I know it is an unhappy number in some cultures), put there a small well-looking sticker you see ...

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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?
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The vision it mostly interfered by raindrops sticking on the glass when the glass between raindrops is still dry. This happens in the beginning of the rain. It helps to sweep the glass with the finger,...

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