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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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Aug 17, 2012
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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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Apr 17, 2005
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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.
stubhub and clearly.ca suck, like really suck
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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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Good day people! ITs a beautiful day in Toronto. Great day for a bike ride, or just walk, take the kids to the park, enjoy!

Remember bike trail etiquette. Slow cyclist keep to the right. Its only okay to ride side by side on one condition... You keep your ears open and move to the right when you hear a bell or shout "ON YOUR LEFT!".
Try not to drift the median. Faster cyclist might show up in a hurry and you might not notice.
Speed limit by-law is 20km/hr. So speed racers, don't get angry if you have to slow down or pass! Tour de France doesn't start till July!
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Jan 9, 2011
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Vancouver
warpdrive wrote:
Apr 29th, 2017 4:03 pm
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.
Yes, I ride my Vitali touring bike daily. Italian made, Columbus Gara butted steel tubing, lugged and brazed. I bought it new in 1997. It wasn't very long after that that this type of frame disappeared completely. Still on the original rear hub, handlebars, cranks, and big chain ring. Everything else has been replaced/updated. Trying to get Italian-threaded bottom brackets is a chore now, nobody stocks them locally anymore.
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