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Old 12-29-18, 07:29 PM
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Good morning...

... from Germany (well, I'll probably go to sleep after writing this).

I have not owned a bike for a few years (more than 10, to be precise), but I could probably need one for my daily commuting, preferably one that lets me take it on the public transport. Because of that, I'll most likely buy a folding bike next year. I won't tell you my current considerations because I prefer to not be a part of one of the regular BikeForums fights between vendors and brand fans. I'm - more or less - reading this forum actively though, it already gave me a few important hints.

Just wanted to say Hello: Hello.
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Old 12-30-18, 11:06 AM
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Welcome. Enjoy the forums and there is lots of good info from the folding fans
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Like Stan said, a couple good forums here for you including Commuting and Folding Bikes.
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Old 12-31-18, 10:13 AM
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I already spend my nights reading through it - thank you!
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Hey gopher, welcome from another newbie.
I'm curious: how good is the bike infrastructure for commuting where you are?
(protected lanes and such)
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It depends a lot. My hometown (at least the one in which I chose to live...), a rather large city near Hannover, is almost completely staffed with separate biking lanes. We even have a few in our historical downtown area, not too many though - probably because of preservation laws.

My parents live in a rural area near the state borders of Lower Saxony, close to the Harz. It is absolutely awful there - the next village (where the closest train station is) can only be reached over a ringroad with a "recommended speed" of 100 km/h. I guess I won't drive that part by bike, ever.
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Hello! I love how our love for bicycles no matter where in the world we are, brings us together. Happy New Year!!
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Old 12-31-18, 05:23 PM
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Same to you, BikingTech!
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Hey gopher. Thanks for that info about bike lanes where you live - it sounds pretty good.
I am in metro Boston area, and protected bike lanes are still not common here. Most bike lanes are a painted strip between the travel lane and the parked cars. It doesn't exactly give one a feeling of safety.
I am fortunate enough to live near several bike trails created from former railway rights-of-way, and those are very popular with recreational cyclists like myself.
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Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here too and I'm glad that I've found such a bright biking community! I've already found a lot of interesting stuff here.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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