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  1. lectraplayer

    Where is the alabama blue light law for bicycles?

    Been looking for awhile after getting some tail lights that so happen to have a blue light, and I'm finding marketing material stating that blue tail lights are illegal, but all the laws I keep finding that prohibit displaying a blue light say "motorized vehicles," and usually "flashing." Based...
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    Which basic cadence meter?

    Beginning to look for a cadence meter for a rather basic bike, and am not quite sure if I want a dedicated unit or if I want to use my Android phone and an ANT+ unit. Right now, I'm not looking at other metrics of the ride so much. Which setup would probably be best for that one function?
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    Blue tail lights. do what now?

    Haven't looked at equipment in the last year, but when I started shopping for tail lights, I was surprised to see so many blue ones. Not quite sure how I feel about them as they can be mistaken as law enforcement, or how Alabama would interpret the law (which I see says motor vehicle). Do they...
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    Tail lights: how bright is too bright?

    I recently got one of those "night vision" red flashlights for deer hunting and have been trying it out. ...and one thing I thought to do is strap it to my bike as a tail light. ...but I haven't rode with it yet. Partly because it's 2000 lumens for the equivalent white model, and turned down to...
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    Why So Many Broken Posts?

    I am seeing several members making at least four duplicate posts at a time, and I wind up doing it as well. I sometimes go to post, and I get a "not enough memory" error. ...then after attempting several times, and getting the same error, I find the thread has been created several times. Why...
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    The Best Place To Put Lights

    For both day and night riding, where is the best, most visible and most illuminating positions to put forward and tail lighting on a bike?
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    Trail Entry Ediquette

    So far that I can tell, most trail heads in my area show no evidence of existance, though I see the trail snaking by in some areas. What is the proper way to use a trail when parking all around is restricted in some shape, form, or fashion? Are most trails intended for where, say, I park at...
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    Trail Entry Ediquette

    So far that I can tell, most trail heads in my area show no evidence of existance, though I see the trail snaking by in some areas. What is the proper way to use a trail when parking all around is restricted in some shape, form, or fashion? Are most trails intended for where, say, I park at...
  9. lectraplayer

    Clincher Tires Vs Tubulars

    I noticed the other day that they now have tubulars for mountain biking. I have known about road tubulars, though. Why would I want a tubular over a clincher? ...or more specifically, what are the advantages and disadvantages of both types of wheels?
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    How Do You Clean Your Bikes?

    I went to give my bikes their anual baths, but I spent more time chasing them, trying to keep them standing up so I can wash them. I think all I did was get them muddier than on a ride. How do you get all that oily grime off your bikes?
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    How To Properly Adjust V-brakes

    I am trying to get my single pivot V-Brakes dialed in, and while I get how to get proper contact to the rim, I'm trying to figure out how wide to set the arms. I don't want them to hang what seems like four foot either side of the frame, it also "wipes" down the rim, what seems like...
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    When Is A Big Belly Considered Evil?

    I used to be skinny before I did much riding, but since I have started taking cycling halfway seriously, I have also gained from 170 pounds to 225'ish. Let's face it, though. I like being fatter better. I'm sure everybody here knows about the health risks associated with being fat, but is it...
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    What Is The Most Out Of Shape You Have Been?

    It wasn't but about a month ago when I went tearing through Red Mtn. Park on my stiff bike, but I had to put my bike up to take care of some craziness. I got my full floater out yesterday, and went foh a ride near the house. It was supprising how much pushing I was doing on hills I used to not...
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    Transporting Bikes And Bent Rims

    I have been carrying my bikes in the bed of my truck with no problems for years until I started seeing my rear wheel getting wobbly. I primarily ride mountain bikes. Still, I'm thinking my wheels are getting banged around, so I am trying a suspension hammock made of straps to see if that's the...
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    Does Speeding Apply To Cycling?

    I see very low speed limits on some streets, when it looks safe to drive at 40mph. That said, has anybody heard if speed is sometimes regulated in these areas where I can pedal faster than the speed limit?
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    Fiberglass Frame Experiment

    I got the crazy idea on the way home today to try a composite bike frame build, and I'm thinking about a recumbent, maybe with a stretched "chopper" fork. Since this will be my first build, and I don't care about weight yet, I may use fiberglass for this build. I also wonder how a clear frame...
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    How To Stay Safe On County Highways

    I live in a rural area, and most routes are quite busy, and full of coal trucks going to and from mines at all hours, with few routes away from heavy traffic that leads anywhere. Who has tips for cycling/commuting these areas without these load-bearing rigs going 60MPH running over you?
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    Oval Chainrings

    I'm seeing oval chainrings used on many race bikes. How much difference would they make for a "bash" bike that gets ridden whenever I'm not racing? I know they're proud of them, probably since they're new...
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    So Many Runs, So Few Rides...

    Anybody noticed that there always seems to be at least 4 charity runs being advertised on the radio at any one time, but there seems to only be a few bike rides of any sort, which you hear about only at the bike shop? Any idea on why this is the case?
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    Bikes And Crime

    In some areas, I keep having cops check my bike, and other bikes that may be near it. When I asked why I see so many bikes being checked, he said they are used for crimes from selling drugs to murder getaways. I never hear about cyclists being involved in this on the news though. Has anybody...