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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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I know when I was buying a car from states the engine was from Japan but assembly USA. No duties, just taxes.
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Kiraly wrote: My bike is a mish-mash of parts made all over the world

Frame, fork, and handlebars: Italy
Derailleurs, hubs, sprockets: Japan
Chain: China
Rims and spokes: Switzerland
Tires: India
Inner tubes, brake levers: Taiwan
Saddle: UK
Rear rack: USA
Assembly: Canada

So where was it "made"? Really hard to say. "Made in Italy" is on the frame, but the frame is less than half of the cost of the components of the bike and 0% of the cost of the Canadian labour that assembled it.
For a product to claim it's made in Canada for example, 51% of it's cost must be from Canadian ground...now what that means...
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Damn. I have really wanted an ebike for a long time. I live on the second floor of a walk up apartment building. It’s starting to sink in that ebikes are really heavy. :(

We do have a bike room but it’s a rats nest and terribly setup. I keep my regular bike in the apartment.
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trellaine201 wrote: Damn. I have really wanted an ebike for a long time. I live on the second floor of a walk up apartment building. It’s starting to sink in that ebikes are really heavy. :(

We do have a bike room but it’s a rats nest and terribly setup. I keep my regular bike in the apartment.
Its one flight of stairs. Its not bad. They are around 60lbs. Easier up than down IME.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: Its one flight of stairs. Its not bad. They are around 60lbs. Easier up than down IME.
I’ll have to physically lift one. I hope your right. I hope I can manage.
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Remove the battery pack separately? That's a good chunk of the weight
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Yeah the pack is roughly 10 lbs. bikes can range from 40-70 lbs from the ones I’ve checked online.
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Can anyone suggest a good quality but budget friendly ($50-$75) head and rear lights for urban commuting?

There are so many ‘highly rated’ options on Amazon, that I don’t know which one to believe.
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blindemboss wrote: Can anyone suggest a good quality but budget friendly ($50-$75) head and rear lights for urban commuting?

There are so many ‘highly rated’ options on Amazon, that I don’t know which one to believe.
Cygolite for both front and rear. The size / lumens will depend on what is dark riding for you.
This is all you should ever need for city riding.

https://www.amazon.ca/Cygolite-Streak-H ... 3104&psc=1
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Rear lights, any blinky would do really (rechargeable or AAAs should last a fair amount of time, avoid those with watch CR2032 batteries like the plague), front light, do you want to be visible or also light up the path?

If you want to light up the path, get a rechargeable one, I'll much prefer one that uses a easily replaceable and readily available 18650 cell than a whole bunch of AA/AAAs, even if they are rechargeable, it's a hassle to swap them out and they die quickly in a high power light.

Eg
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Wate ... B07QCYQBKL (alu)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Head ... 073XLWHGJ/ (plastic? light cut off?)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Ligh ... 07Q1F5T9Z/ (plastic but appears to have a light cutoff lens to reduce glare)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Bicy ... 081DYZT9X/ (same as above, more info but also few bucks more)
https://www.amazon.ca/VICTGOAL-Recharge ... B082KLWTP8 (alu, rectangular lens)

In Germany, bike lights are required to adhere to the StVZO light standard which feature a light cutoff to reduce glare, some of these chinese lights attempts to mimic that I believe.
cRaZyRaVr wrote: Cygolite for both front and rear. The size / lumens will depend on what is dark riding for you.
This is all you should ever need for city riding.

https://www.amazon.ca/Cygolite-Streak-H ... 3104&psc=1
wth 80 bucks?!
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Daijoubu wrote: Rear lights, any blinky would do really (rechargeable or AAAs should last a fair amount of time, avoid those with watch CR2032 batteries like the plague), front light, do you want to be visible or also light up the path?

If you want to light up the path, get a rechargeable one, I'll much prefer one that uses a easily replaceable and readily available 18650 cell than a whole bunch of AA/AAAs, even if they are rechargeable, it's a hassle to swap them out and they die quickly in a high power light.

Eg
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Wate ... B07QCYQBKL (alu)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Head ... 073XLWHGJ/ (plastic? light cut off?)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Ligh ... 07Q1F5T9Z/ (plastic but appears to have a light cutoff lens to reduce glare)
https://www.amazon.ca/Rechargeable-Bicy ... 081DYZT9X/ (same as above, more info but also few bucks more)
https://www.amazon.ca/VICTGOAL-Recharge ... B082KLWTP8 (alu, rectangular lens)

In Germany, bike lights are required to adhere to the StVZO light standard which feature a light cutoff to reduce glare, some of these chinese lights attempts to mimic that I believe.



wth 80 bucks?!
You can buy the cheap lights with false claims of lumens and battery life and keep on doing so over and over. Or you can buy something decent once. Users choice.
Also there is nothing worse for me as a cyclist when I see ppl with cheap blinding blinkies coming at me especially at night.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: You can buy the cheap lights with false claims of lumens and battery life and keep on doing so over and over. Or you can buy something decent once. Users choice.
Also there is nothing worse for me as a cyclist when I see ppl with cheap blinding blinkies coming at me especially at night.
I'm all for quality lights, but not that that price, no way that light it worth the money they are asking for. looks all plastic construction to me and no optics, overpriced imo.
It doesn't even list the emitter used, a good light should at least say if it's powered by a Cree, Nichia, Rebel, etc, the model and better yet, color temperature/CCT and binning of the emitter they use.
Basic lights uses a reflector and plastic lens, followed by glass lens and the best are lights with an actual optic like a TIR lens which will focus the beam into a much more useable light pattern intead of a super wide flood with tons of glare.

I'm not gonna pay over $20-30 for a bike light, I can buy 3-4 of them over that price and I'm not worried about theft and leaving it on the bike.

Yes chinese lights have false lumens claims, one should never look at these figures, the truth lies in the runtime, there's only so much power a battery can hold, plus thermal (contrary to popular belief, LED does warm up and that heat needs to go somewhere or otherwise they will fail)
Eg 2000mAh cells, with a 1A/3W power draw would last 2 hours, typical LED emitter like the Cree XML and its clone with 100lm/watt efficiency would deliver 300lm at most.
If you get a really powerful one that can do 2A, you're looking at 1h of runtime with 600lm peak then go down as the LED driver circuitry won't be able to keep up as current increase with the voltage drop in the cell (ok if using 2S, 2 cells in series at 7.4V nominal, single cell is only 3.7V and most LEDs needs 3V+ to light up) but it gets bulky.

They will all perform fine in the city, unless you're riding in rural area where there are no other light sources.

That light you linked to isn't even StVZO complaint since it's for the North American market, so it will probably blind as much as any other regular lights.
I'll checkout http://budgetlightforum.com for reviews on specific chinese lights

I personally have my goto headlamp and I love it, cost me 20 bucks only (without a battery supplied), lightweight and compact
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/58827

I use it most of the time on level 3, 150lm, very usable light output, 0.4A, so I get about 6h of runtime out of it
On max, it's 550-600lm but it's stupid bright and will battery will be dead in a little over an hour

$18 Speedpak shipped (< 2 weeks) https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Waterproof-USB- ... 3098959206
$30 on Amazon (1 day) https://www.amazon.ca/SLONIK-Lumen-Rech ... 07K2SQQX7/
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We've had a cooler spell of weather lately and it's got me thinking about warmer clothing while riding. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to wear for the commute? I'd like to continue riding through the fall and winter.
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Nyaxite wrote: We've had a cooler spell of weather lately and it's got me thinking about warmer clothing while riding. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to wear for the commute? I'd like to continue riding through the fall and winter.
Layers upon layers. At first you will be cold and then you will start to get hot. The trick in cold weather is to stay cool enough not to sweat. Once you sweat, you will get cold very very fast. I am not going to suggest anything other than, layer up.
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Nyaxite wrote: We've had a cooler spell of weather lately and it's got me thinking about warmer clothing while riding. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to wear for the commute? I'd like to continue riding through the fall and winter.
I wear my merino wool baselayer and it works great. Warm enough, and even if it gets wet, still stays fairly warm. Best thing about it, dries out fairly quick, and does not stink!

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