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For someone aggressively tailgating, they generally want to pass, so you can slow down and pull to the side, or change lanes if possible, so they can pass you. You don't want to have them around you so letting them pass is your best option. Unless you did something to anger them, like cutting them off. In which case you will either have to deal with it for a ...


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Examine your environment. What's the speed limit? Are you going too slow, or is the tailgater going too fast? Is there a way they could pass you, or you could move out of the way? Give them an opening, if you can. A lot of times, these problems can be solved by focusing on the world around you, instead of just focusing on the angry person behind you. Of ...


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Many are suggesting to use the brakes which seems a very risky proposition. Someone used the following technique on me when I was inadvertently tailgating a corvette that was driving irresponsibly (he was gunning it when the light changed to hurry up to that next red light.) I assumed he would speed off at any moment so was following a little too close for ...


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The obvious household item would be garbage bags — they are found in most homes (advanced recyclers excepted), they are waterproof, and they are large enough to stick a foot in and cover a fair bit of your leg. Tie them to your trouser legs with an elastic, with paperclips, with sticky tape or anything you have on hand. Hopefully your shoes can stand the ...


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I generally do the following:: Ease off on the accelerator This slows us both down and reduces the potential impact of a later collision It also makes it easier for them to overtake and more likely that they'll do so Tap the brakes gently occasionally in the hope that the lights cause them to slow down Slowing down in either of these ways obviously ...


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Anaximander's answer to a question on travel.SE explains the biro technique: If your suitcase closes with a zip, then it can be opened with a normal biro (the ubiquitous cheap Bic office biro works particularly well). Simply hold the biro so it points parallel to the zip, with the nib end pointing into the zip teeth (I find about 60 degrees works). Then ...


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After some research, I have found another great way to fold a map, called the Miura fold. The Miura fold comprises just two steps. In the first one, you fold the map in 5 parts, like a long accordion. Now you fold again in 7 parts like an accordion, but slightly turned. An image might help: Source of the image Folding it in this way may seem strange, but ...


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You could use: Picture Link. Sponges. I have learned to use large sponges and double them up to make softer cushions. You can also wet the sponges to make them more comfortable and cool. These are also cheap and they can attach to pedals in may different ways: plastic ties, glue them, rubber bands, etc. Here is a Instructable on how to do it, if you are ...


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I like to fold a map in half and then maybe in half again (in the same direction) until the general area I am interested in is available on the front and back side of that strip. Then I'll fold that strip in the other direction accordion-style so I can flip through the folded sections like a book. Photo by Bill Hanscom, licensed by Creative Commons As I ...


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Your 2 main options will probably be making a sled and/or snow shoes. A sled can be fashioned from a number of household items, you basically just need something that is relatively light weight and flat to convex. A large plastic trashcan lid should do the trick nicely without any modification if you're only using it for short slides. Snow shoes will need ...


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My kids often do this... Fortunately, the elevator in the place where we live allows to "cancel" floor buttons when several have been pressed. For this particular model of elevator, we can do it by very quickly pressing a button twice. This was not explained anywhere in the building, I just noticed a friend once trying it in some other elevator. It just ...


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As a variation on "rubber platform pedal" I can suggest a very minimalistic solution of rod-only pedal. I have seen many people ride like that, both barefoot and with sandals/flipflops, in poorer countries/areas purely because their "rubber platform pedals" have broken off, I have also seen hipsters ride that due to the minimalistic look (viewed from the ...


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This may sound strange and childish, but I had a 1 mile walk to the subway everyday over bumpy tree root lifted sidewalk filled with other pedestrians, baby strollers etc. The street was busy and the space between parked cars and moving cars was a dedicated bike lane with a large number of bikers who yelled at skateboarders. I was always frustrated I ...


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Grab the lock with your left hand (so that opening lever points to the right.) in a way that your finger tips bring tension on the lock. You will need a high amount of tactile impressions on your fingers. Now with your right hand rightmost finger (the small one) push that opening lever to the right, again to bring tension on the mechanism. Then carefully ...


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I had a friend tell me his "trick" today for deterring tailgating and I actually gave it a shot on my commute home. Basically, if a car is following you too closely, you can pretend to adjust your rear view mirror repeatedly. I just lifted my arm up and slowly wiggled the thing while driving, with my eyes forward the whole time. The car that was tailgating ...


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I find that forcing yourself to yawn clears the effect. A yawn stretches the muscles around the Eustachian tubes. So, if the tubes are a bit blocked, they will open and your ear pressure will equalize. As soon as you start to feel the effect in your ears, yawn. I've used this trick for years now. It is very simple and far more effective than swallowing ...


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Use your current cd holder, but put a strip of masking tape on each page. Use a marker to write the title of the cd on each strip of tape. Another trick would be to put the cd's in order. Before you leave, put them in the order you want to play them, from the front to the back of the case.


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You mentioned using clear plastic bags for your cables. I've been doing this for years. I use one cable per bag, to prevent tangling. (It works even better if you leave the ends sticking out of the mostly-zipped-up bag). Then I either write on the bag what the cable is, with a thick, black, permanent marker, or I slap a rectangle of silver duct tape on the ...


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You can make snow gaiters out of some household materials. Take some plastic wrap (the thin transparant material typically used for sealing food items in containers to keep them fresh over a longer period of time). Wrap some of this around each of your legs and shoes except the sole because you don't want to slip on the snow. I am trying to explain that you ...


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The lock you show us has three number rings. This gives us 1000 possible combinations. So in the worst case you could simply try all of them: Start with one of the outer number rings. increase its numbers and test if you can open the case for each if you completed a round increase the next ring by one number [rinse and repeat] Another method is this: put ...


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Some time ago and in certain places, budget pedals were made with rubberized surfaces. They were quite comfortable to ride barefoot out of the box. I have no idea if such designs were popular on the West - and ofc they may or may not fit your modern bike. I'm from Poland and such pedals were the norm here 15-20 years ago, but here's a discussion showing a ...


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There is not a way to drive with the back open, due to the air dynamic. The exhaust is always going to come in the back. The best way to minimize this is to keep windows shut, and air vents pulling in air from the outside if you have that option on your car. This will give you a little positive pressure but not enough to really be safe from exhaust fumes. ...


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General advices in order to cross a river Scout Around Invest a little time in finding the best place to make your crossing. Avoid bends in the river, where water whips around the fastest. Once you find a suitable spot, walk downstream a few hundred feet to make sure there aren’t any hazards. It’s always good to know about the pesky 30-foot waterfall ...


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One method is to use a board which has about the same size as the front of the suitcase, a spirit level and a tape measure. Put the suitcase next to a vertical wall and make the front touch the wall. Put the board on the other side of suitcase parallel to the wall. Make sure the board is exactly vertical by using the spirit level. Depending on the shape of ...


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Today was the day that everything changed. I found a solution to this issue and it will never trouble me again. I wear a jacket with a front zip and poppers to cover said zip. If I simply place the headphones along the zip (so long as it is done up) and the cover them with the popper flap, they remain both protected and out of the way with no bouncing ...


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I would use a black permanent marker such as a sharpie. It takes some time, but I've before drawn over large plastic areas with a sharpie and it keeps an even color for quite some time. Since a marker is a common household item, you can touch-up any scratches in the coating as they appear.


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It is possible to put anything on the roof of your automobile, don't worry. For everything that doesn't fit your car, the most easy way is to position all the rest of your luggage on the roof of your car, like this: source The biggest advantage of this is that you don't block your view to any side (except of top) and, of course, it is very safe. ...


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if you wear multiple layers of shirts/coats/pullovers etc and have the cord running up between your skin and the first layer, you can always just tuck the headphones between the first layer of shirt and another layer of shirt


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A technique I've found useful on occasion is to briefly turn on the headlights. This causes the brake lights to illuminate as if you're braking, but without reducing your speed at all. The illuminated brake lights are generally enough to get the tailgater to back off (as they think you're slowing down), but since you don't actually lose any speed there's no ...


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My first thought - there are pedals made specifically for this and if this is going to be a long term thing they are worth checking out. Now for the hack- I've seen people who ride longboards around campus barefoot, and they covered their boards with carpet. This would be pretty simple to modify that idea and cover your pedals with carpet, much like the ...


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