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June 5

Hiking shoe recs (not boots yet)

My current NBs are worn and the insides are flattened after 4 years. I need new shoes. [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet at 6:06 PM - 14 answers

Bike goes flippy-floppy: need kickass double kickstand

The used hybrid I got for $200 a few years ago needs a proper, robust kickstand (ideally a double kickstand) to replace the weakass kickstand it has right now. I need something strong enough to hold the bike steady when loading the back rack with groceries, but I'm not thrilled at paying half my bike's cost for a model like this one. I've seen cheaper ones like this, but some reviews suggest that it rides really low when folded back. And this one is in-between in price, but I'm wondering about how effective it is. Suggestions? Easy shipping to Canada or a local store in Toronto would be appreciated.
posted by maudlin at 6:05 PM - 10 answers

June 4

Camping/hiking on the cheap in Utah, NM, CO, AZ, etc.?

I have about 8-10 days I want to kill in the Southwest between events in Pueblo and Santa Fe. I would love to spend it camping, hiking, driving through scenic areas, working on photography, etc. I've read some other questions here and poked around my needs are kind of specific and I'd like advice on where to go. [more inside]
posted by pdq at 9:52 AM - 14 answers

Is there anywhere I can find more lego instructions for a given set?

My kid really loves playing with legos by following the building instructions. It looks like most kits let you build only say 5-7 things, even though there are a lot more lego pieces than that. Is there anywhere we can find more instructions for a given kit, without having to buy more kits? Or something else so we can (cheaply) scratch the same itch? [more inside]
posted by forza at 5:43 AM - 13 answers

June 3

How to keep the sun off while at the beach, snowflake edition?

We're moving into a house that will be an easy bike ride to the beach. We want to obtain a shelter solution that will fit our needs. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:13 PM - 5 answers

June 2

What non-string instrument should I learn to play?

For years I have played strings but have a craving to learn another kind of instrument, maybe a woodwind. Help me figure out what the most interesting and fun new instrument for me is. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis at 8:36 AM - 21 answers

May 30

In need of a hands-on hobby

I'm in search of a hands-on hobby/skill to learn and preoccupy myself with. [more inside]
posted by atinna at 8:31 PM - 33 answers

What is the most economical way to get into spinning yarn?

I really want to spin yarn as a hobby. I have a spinning wheel and I've spun up my first skein of (super bulky, bumpy) wool yarn. I really want to do more of this! However, is there a cheaper way? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 7:32 AM - 13 answers

Help me buy a road bike!

I've been doing road cycling on a mountain bike and it's time to get a road bike. I'd like to spend around $1000. I'd appreciate any tips on searching for one. Assume I know nothing about getting a road bike. I'm riding in LA County, if that matters. Thanks!
posted by persona au gratin at 3:45 AM - 13 answers

May 29

I need to see better while biking.

My plan A for prescription lenses for my biking glasses isn't going to pan out. What should plan B be? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:12 AM - 19 answers

Is there a makerspace on Seattle's eastside?

I love TechShop, but there's none anywhere near here. I think there's some makerspaces in Seattle, but I'm looking for something on the east side (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland). Some place with tools and space to use them. [more inside]
posted by triscuit at 1:14 AM - 1 answers

May 28

What is the name of this book that is tangenitaly about fly fishing?

My SO asked for this for his birthday and I forgot the title. It's a book about a guy who takes a break from his (tech/math/physics??) career and does a lot of fly fishing. It has a MC Escher bird-to-fish print on the cover and may have been featured somewhere like BoingBoing. Any help?
posted by genmonster at 11:04 AM - 4 answers

Backpack recommendations for the thoroughly confused

I'll be honeymooning in Iceland soon, and we'll be doing lots of light hiking and general wandering around. I'd like to take a backpack, but there seem to be lots of options and I'm not sure what I'd want. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. at 9:56 AM - 15 answers

Chaotic Neutral 8 Yr Old Needs NerdFood

My son, who is turning 8 in June, has out of the blue asked for Dungeons and Dragons for his birthday. I played some D&D as a kid, so I am comfortable DMing whatever game he gets, but am not sure what system would be the most fun for him. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 7:07 AM - 11 answers

May 27

What are these jewelry findings/medal components called?

...and where can I buy them? Jewelry/trophy/award makers of MetaFilter, I'm hoping you know some standard trade term to describe these two different components of medals/ceremonial jewels that are typically worn pinned to the left breast. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 7:04 PM - 2 answers

May 26

How to buy home playground equipment

My kiddo is turning three this summer and we are thinking about getting him a playground set for the backyard. I've been looking at some online and realize I'm not even sure where to start on this - the prices vary to a crazy degree and there are so many different options. If you have a playground set, what do you like or dislike about it? What should I consider when making this purchase? Was it worth the money, or is it just collecting dust?
posted by galvanized unicorn at 7:55 AM - 17 answers

May 25

UkeFilter: Help me rock out!

Ukulele-playing mefites, please give me your best recommendations on an electric solid-body ukulele. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:18 PM - 2 answers

Weekend Project Ideas

I have 3 days on my own this weekend – what projects can I get stuck into that will take about that long? [more inside]
posted by Law of Demeter at 6:07 AM - 16 answers

Name that Horror Game

I'm trying to remember the name of/find traces of an old horror computer game that I came across when I was a young kid (early-mid 90s-ish). [more inside]
posted by C'est la D.C. at 5:39 AM - 4 answers

May 24

Overwatch & advice on gaming reentry

Been out of console or PC gaming for years, but the pending release of Overwatch has me excited about getting back in! What platform do I want? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 4:21 PM - 6 answers

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