How wide is a bike?

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For the purpose of educating Motorists (and Cyclists), How wide is a bicycle

1. 0.5 m
11
26%
2. 1.0 m
16
37%
3. 1.5 m
3
7%
4. 2.0 m
2
5%
5. 2.5 m
1
2%
6. 3.0 m
7
16%
7. 3.5 m
3
7%
 
Total votes: 43

freeflow
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How wide is a bike?

Postby freeflow » 8 Oct 2020, 2:50pm

For a bit of educational fun. This poll has been prompted by a couple of discussions on this forum and watching some cycling crusader videos. You can choose two options to indicate a range. The poll will run for 14 days. Have fun

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby freeflow » 8 Oct 2020, 2:51pm

My vote, as the poll originator, would be 2.5 to 3m depending on whether or not the bike is passing parked cars.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby Paulatic » 8 Oct 2020, 3:15pm

I think I’m missing something here :D
Is that really the question you’re asking? Mine are upto 700 mm
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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby freeflow » 8 Oct 2020, 3:50pm

you might have to use your imagination a little. But yes, its a serious question.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby merseymouth » 8 Oct 2020, 4:08pm

Afternoon all, I say 1 metre, the width of my elbows when riding!
But if the question becomes "How Wide is a Cycle?", then the answer can be much wider. Check out the width of a "Hen and Chickens" machine :lol: MM

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby tatanab » 8 Oct 2020, 4:12pm

My widest tricycle is 750mm. My widest bicycle is 480mm, being the width of my saddlebag. The current trend in MTB handlebars is 800mm. I suppose the nearest in the voting options is 1 metre.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby Tigerbiten » 8 Oct 2020, 4:40pm

My bent trike will only just fit through a 800 mm gap.
So it's about the same with as a bike.
But I do tend to take up more room on the road because I like to keep my left hand front wheel on the same line that a bikes wheels would take.
The means that my right hand front wheel is definitely further out than the ends of any bikes handlebar.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby Mick F » 8 Oct 2020, 8:06pm

Five or six feet does it for me.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby richardfm » 8 Oct 2020, 8:33pm

freeflow wrote:My vote, as the poll originator, would be 2.5 to 3m depending on whether or not the bike is passing parked cars.

The question was "how wide is a bike?" not "how wide is a van or lorry?" and the width of a bike doesn't change when it passes a parked car. I really don't understand your answer.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby FerociousDog » 8 Oct 2020, 8:53pm

Is the question “how wide is a bike” or “how wide should a bike be persieved to be”?
I think the OP has a point to make which will become apparent when the poll ends?

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby richardfm » 8 Oct 2020, 9:01pm

FerociousDog wrote:Is the question “how wide is a bike” or “how wide should a bike be persieved to be”?
I think the OP has a point to make which will become apparent when the poll ends?

Or even "how much space should a motor vehicle leave when passing a bike?"

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby Tigerbiten » 9 Oct 2020, 12:03am

richardfm wrote:
FerociousDog wrote:Is the question “how wide is a bike” or “how wide should a bike be persieved to be”?
I think the OP has a point to make which will become apparent when the poll ends?

Or even "how much space should a motor vehicle leave when passing a bike?"

Are you safe if the traffic is giving you around 3 feet clearance but you're only inches from the curb ??
I think "What minimum empty envelope width do you need to feel safe when cycling" is a better question.
I like to be able to stretch both arms out sideways without the risk of losing a fingertip on anything.
So around 5'8"/1.75 m or just over twice the width of my trike is around my minimum envelope.

Luck ............ :D

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby pwa » 9 Oct 2020, 8:56am

As a direct answer to the question, my bikes are no more than 0.5m wide. If I put full panniers on I expect they go a bit over that, but not much. MTB bars (which I don't like) go wider, but still less than 1m. So 1m just about covers bike width.

If I saw a 3.5m wide bike I would take a photo.

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby merseymouth » 9 Oct 2020, 9:59am

Morning all, Why the "Narrow Minded Minded" Bike word? All statutes regarding rod provision & safety state "Cycles", so widen to question and he outlook!
No one asks how wide a car is, because they vary so much, so it is with cycles. To put it clearly "Cycling is a Broad Church". MM

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Re: How wide is a bike?

Postby simonineaston » 9 Oct 2020, 10:11am

It depends on the time of day, the state of the ground, the prevailing wind, the available light and the individual driver - and more, I expect! If the relevant driver is in a foul mood, loaded with drugs and bordline psychotic, I'll take all the width you've got thanks...
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