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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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dating myself here, but when I started buying bikes for myself, all bikes were steel road bikes!

I don't really miss steel as a material for bike frames just because I had so many, but yes those Bianchis and other Italian bikes were glorious.
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Just bought a Townie and looking to get back on a bike after 20+ years. Only planning to hang around suburbs in good weather, but I could very well hit main roads if I get comfortably nimble and feel safe.

Reading up on the laws in my area and noticed these:
List of select MVA offences and fines
cycle without required bicycle helmet $29
ride cycle after dark without lights $109
ride cycle on sidewalk $109
disobey stop sign or fail to stop $109
fail to signal for stop or turn $109
careless cycling $109
A lot more rules than when I was a kid.

I don't really look that closely at bicyclists but I don't recall seeing them signaling much. Guess I better get used to it.
Do people signal stop at a stop sign or is it a given? Now that I'm writing it out, it seems like a dumb question.

Also I need to buy lights. Any low maintenance but nice performing and visible headlight + rear. And are there any good turning signal lights?
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dfphoenix wrote:
Apr 29th, 2017 8:31 pm
Just bought a Townie and looking to get back on a bike after 20+ years. Only planning to hang around suburbs in good weather, but I could very well hit main roads if I get comfortably nimble and feel safe.

Reading up on the laws in my area and noticed these:



A lot more rules than when I was a kid.

I don't really look that closely at bicyclists but I don't recall seeing them signaling much. Guess I better get used to it.
Do people signal stop at a stop sign or is it a given? Now that I'm writing it out, it seems like a dumb question.

Also I need to buy lights. Any low maintenance but nice performing and visible headlight + rear. And are there any good turning signal lights?
I think they always had those rules. It was just never really enforced. They make sense though.
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dfphoenix wrote:
Apr 29th, 2017 8:31 pm
I don't really look that closely at bicyclists but I don't recall seeing them signaling much. Guess I better get used to it.
Do people signal stop at a stop sign or is it a given? Now that I'm writing it out, it seems like a dumb question.

Also I need to buy lights. Any low maintenance but nice performing and visible headlight + rear. And are there any good turning signal lights?
just use common sense and courtesy when signaling. I always signal if there are other cars around. Most motorists probably don't understand the left hand turn signal (left arm, hand up) so I use the alternate and point with right hand.

Helmets: yes, always.
Bell: yes
Lights definitely. If you need to see in the dark, then you have to get a bright one which costs a lot more (e.g. 200 lumens brightness),
but a basic flashing rear and front light is fine to be seen riding with streetlights around

examples: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5034-780/ ... ront-Light
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/4007-436/ ... Tail-Light)
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Where do you guys look for deals on parts like wheels, chains, cables, grease, repair stand, etc?
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Feb 25, 2003
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Thundercloud wrote:
May 8th, 2017 4:57 am
Where do you guys look for deals on parts like wheels, chains, cables, grease, repair stand, etc?
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Thundercloud wrote:
May 8th, 2017 4:57 am
Where do you guys look for deals on parts like wheels, chains, cables, grease, repair stand, etc?
I would keep an eye out on Amazon.ca for deals. I picked up a repair stand for $58 and Mr. Tuffy Tire Liner for $9.38.
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Jan 11, 2007
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I need one soon for biking as had a few scares over the past few years (one minor assault due to going to slow but guy took off in car before I caught his plate fully after running me off the road.

What is best option these days that is quick to setup durable and has a reasonable battery
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Why not a helmet cam? That way, you can aim where you want to shoot. Assuming you take your helmet with you, less chance of it getting stolen, too.
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just stick a Gopro 5 or YI Action Cam on a helmet.
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dreaderus wrote:
May 9th, 2017 9:07 pm
I need one soon for biking as had a few scares over the past few years (one minor assault due to going to slow but guy took off in car before I caught his plate fully after running me off the road.

What is best option these days that is quick to setup durable and has a reasonable battery
I use the polaroid cube. I ended up getting a mount for it but didn't need it. It's light and the magnet on it is pretty strong. I just taped up the metal plate that it came with on the handle bars. Easy on/off.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
May 10th, 2017 6:14 pm
How much did they charge for shipping?
I have prime so it was free, but it was over $35 so it would have been free anyway. It was a Amazon lightning deal.
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