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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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Jun 18, 2018
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I find there's always a margin of pricing for items i 'want'. As an example, for my saddle bag, i got one similar to this (same pricepoint and similar design)
https://www.amazon.com/Disconano-Waterp ... dpSrc=srch

it has worked perfectly well for the whole season without any issue. At this point, im satisfied of what i got for the price, i was also trying to see if i'd like cyclocommuting, so now that the trial period is over, new/additional things i buy for cyclocommuting might get more upfront funding if necessary and no cheaper alternative can be found to be durable enough.

Or say, for my action cam, i went with Xiaomi yi... cause after reading the reviews and seeing footage and looking through forums (like drone racing forums as an example) i found out that i didn't need to spend 5x the money on the action cam for my purpose.

So in the end, i guess if you buy relatively cheap, you have to research thoroughly, which is the "cost" of buying cheap. Obviously more costly/reputable brand items still need research but usually will be more trustworthy.
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DeeCee wrote:
Oct 10th, 2018 4:58 pm
I also recommend Bontrager, specifically the Flare R rear light. Doubles as a day-time running light. On sale on the Trek website for $52.99 right now, so you might be able to price match at your local Trek dealer.
https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/equi ... t/p/13202/
What about the front light, any recommendation?

Any recommendation on lights from MEC - https://www.mec.ca/en/lantern-power-sup ... hts/c/1298 ?
They are offering free shipping (no minimum) for next couple of days.
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Feb 25, 2003
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Currently, I'm using a Cygo-lite Metro 500 and it's plenty enough for my commute.
I haven't had much luck with the MEC branded front lights, the batteries didn't hold a charge long after a short while. Good thing is, MEC will accept returns if you're not satisfied.
You can also spend all day reading the reviews here: https://www.bikelightdatabase.com/
smehmood wrote:
Nov 12th, 2018 3:17 pm
What about the front light, any recommendation?

Any recommendation on lights from MEC - https://www.mec.ca/en/lantern-power-sup ... hts/c/1298 ?
They are offering free shipping (no minimum) for next couple of days.
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You guys are ballers, i use these Dollarama lights. Two for $3. It's end of season though, you want find them anymore.

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Sep 20, 2003
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i ride mostly at night and there are a lot of cheap lights that u can't see from the side or going in the opposite direction until they're close. this is going 25k+ on side streets around houses and apts. ie a lot of ppl run 4/2 way stops if they don't see a light. that's for cyclist and drivers.

also big chinese lights need to b pointed down cuz they're blinding and annoying.
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smehmood wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 4:11 pm
Any recommendation on this set? https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/equi ... Code=black
Those are decent. Yes, priced accordingly, but you may be able to get a $20 off coupon from Trek. I subscribed to their emails, and they sent me a catalog with a $20 coupon.
I don't see a problem with removing those lights off your bike every time you park, that's good habit, at least around here. I've had lights go missing, when I had to dash inside. Depends where you park your bike. Besides, you would remove the lights anyway if you need to recharge them.
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mc hammer wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 10:56 pm
i ride mostly at night and there are a lot of cheap lights that u can't see from the side or going in the opposite direction until they're close. this is going 25k+ on side streets around houses and apts. ie a lot of ppl run 4/2 way stops if they don't see a light. that's for cyclist and drivers.

also big chinese lights need to b pointed down cuz they're blinding and annoying.
For a suburban rider that makes sense.
In those cases... light up some more! Lol.
I got this red LED arm band from a no name dollar store. This in combo with cheap front and rear lights works for me.

Also consider environment? I’m an urban rider mainly riding in downtown toronto and as far as beaches area to the east. I find these areas bike friendly. So a cheap fromt and rear is good enough.

But for sure light it up if youre outside of central Toronto... people just arent used to bikes up there.
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My friend just got this. While LEDs in front of hemet, red in the black, flashing amber turn signals activated with wireless pushbuttons mounted on the handlebar:

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I just ordered this light and after receiving it, it seems like decent quality. I've been meaning to get a rechargeable light as I've been burning through a bunch of CR2032. There is a $6 version but this $7 version is much better reviewed. Free shipping until Dec 9.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5025-534/ ... ront-Light

*High lumen LED with magnifier lens.
*Flexible silicone housing.
*USB rechargeable lithium battery.
*Includes USB to Mini USB cable for recharging.
*Fully charged and low/charging battery indicators.
*Tool-free, wrap-around installation fits most handle bars.
*Water-resistant.

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Jaytee wrote:
Dec 8th, 2018 11:15 am
I just ordered this light and after receiving it, it seems like decent quality. I've been meaning to get a rechargeable light as I've been burning through a bunch of CR2032. There is a $6 version but this $7 version is much better reviewed. Free shipping until Dec 9.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5025-534/ ... ront-Light

*High lumen LED with magnifier lens.
*Flexible silicone housing.
*USB rechargeable lithium battery.
*Includes USB to Mini USB cable for recharging.
*Fully charged and low/charging battery indicators.
*Tool-free, wrap-around installation fits most handle bars.
*Water-resistant.

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I got the same. But the much older version... with the old school first generation of 'mini usb' not even micro... just mini...
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Feb 10, 2003
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10 lumens? not sure what that's gonna be useful for

For cheap USB rechargeables, I like these from Amazon
Headlight for lighting your path: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0751BLVRQ
for a "be seen" light: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07DL41ZB8

I've also tried these:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N4LA1HX (which are okay, but I think the Topelek ones are better)
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07H857L8C (the Derlson was 95% as bright and not as bulky/heavy)
and this set, I'd just say "you get what you pay for"
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00A6TBITM
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Strider wrote:
Dec 9th, 2018 11:26 am
10 lumens? not sure what that's gonna be useful for
city bikers that just need cars to see them, not light their path

I see a ton of night bikers in Toronto dont even have lights

that said, I am also using these for running
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I need some buying advice. A family member wants to buy me a new bike as a Christmas present to replace my battered old road bike that I use for cycling around town on errands and for recreational exercise. But I haven't looked at new bikes in years, and I really don't know what to look for. I guess I'm looking for a hybrid/urban type of bike - the old road bike has drop handlebars, and I use them and appreciate the lowered wind resistance, but I sure wouldn't mind a more comfortable upright position. My old bike has a chrome-moly frame, and I understand that most are aluminum now, maybe with carbon fibre for some or all components on more expensive models. But honestly they don't seem a lot lighter to me by the time they're loaded up with lights, racks, pannier bags etc.. And this stuff about frame stiffness and road vibration just passes me by - I never noticed any problem like that with the old bike. I understand that disc brakes stop better in the wet, but opinion seems divided on whether they are worth the extra cost, weight, and complexity. A good quality gearshift helps I'm sure, but they all seem to come with a Shimano something-or-other set, and I've no idea how to judge what's a good value for money in that area either.

So what price range should I consider? I looked at the Trek FX2 and FX3 at the local bike shop, available with and without disc brakes. Regular price runs $600-$1000, depending on model and features. The Trek bikes seems fine. But so do the bikes for half as much money or twice as much money.

Any advice on key features or specs that other people have found to be important?

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