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Highway 101 between Portland and San Francisco by Bike - Side Trips?

A group of 6-10 of us are going to be biking between Portland and San Francisco along Highway 101. What would be the best places to stop for day side trips? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Apr 14, 2014 - 6 answers

 

Brooklyn bike tune-up recommendations

Where should I take my bike in Brooklyn (preferably near Downtown/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens) for a tune-up? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Apr 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Bicycle for teen girl?

My niece would like a bicycle to get around - I have some old ones, but they would need tune-ups. What does she need, and am I better off having an old one worked on, or just getting a new one? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Apr 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Is my bike likely to get stolen?

I just got a job close enough to my home in Toronto that I can ride my bike to it. Yay! But is it likely to get stolen? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Apr 1, 2014 - 13 answers

how to build a mountain bike for speed

i ride a trail in melbourne called westerfolds. it is a 5km switchy trail, short climbs, short descents. I am riding a scott spark dual suspension carbon fibre, which is a beautiful bike. but my feeling is that something tailored for the ride would be quicker again. so i want to build something that will do the trick. extra note, i love climbing so i guess focus is on getting weight down for the final product. this is an exercise in what is possible, as well as i just want to get quick. please give me any technical suggestions? mostly i just want a front suspension with light wheels, but is there any other trick? [more inside]
posted by edtut on Mar 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Tiny Black Biking Backpack

I would like a black backpack, smaller than your average backpack, that's just large enough to fit my iPad, u-lock, and a few essentials while riding my bike. Something like this would work, except I would really prefer something with a squared off rolltop or flap top to the traditional rounded zipper backpack opening. To be even more picky, I would prefer it to be water-resistant, and ideally from a small messenger bag company that manufactures in the USA. If I could just buy something like this and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Biking in Dallas in December: Is it feasible?

I am attending the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, TX on December 4-7, 2014. The event will be held at Fair Park (the Dallas fairgrounds). I am wondering if it would be feasible to rent a bike as my mode of transportation in Dallas. [more inside]
posted by stompadour on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Clever or fun name for a women's after work social bike ride?

The bike and walk non-profit I volunteer with is teaming up with a local bike shop, the women in business group and a wellness center for a monthly bike Thursday night bike ride starting in May. We are looking for a name for it that will seem fun, because it is fun and just get people, esp women out for a social ride. The ride is an easy 10 mile loop, mostly on trails and ends with dinner at different local restaurants. Any ideas really appreciated. It's not just for women, but the goal is to get more women riding just for fun and in town. Not really a lycra ride. Any ideas for names very welcome!
posted by katinka-katinka on Feb 21, 2014 - 12 answers

First comes the Strider bike, then comes....?

Darling Boy is nigh on his 4th birthday and we are looking to get him a bike. He has had since Christmas a Strider balance bike which he loves and has done very well on. We are looking for the next level of bike with pedals (and without training wheels) but are somewhat overwhelmed with our choices. What is a good quality next level pedal bike that will see him through until he is older?
posted by tafetta, darling! on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Torn arm muscle, rotator cuff injury - what has your experience been?

I really hurt my arm. I am going to the doctor, but I'm curious about people's general experiences with this type of injury, treatments, length of recovery, and general speculation about just what I did to myself, since it seems like I did several different things at once. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 4, 2014 - 16 answers

On yer bike

I have decided I want a bike for my 14-mile round trip commute between North and West London. I don't currently cycle at all. What kind of bike do I need? [more inside]
posted by citands on Jan 7, 2014 - 20 answers

wanted: bike. requirements: cute, huge.

Can a 6'1" tall Canadian lady ever find a mixte under $800? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Cyclist visiting Tucson this week. What should I check out?

I'm visiting family in Tucson the 24th - 30th and I'm flying my road bike in from San Francisco. I'm intending to get a lot of riding done while I'm there since I've signed up to participate in the Rapha Festive 500. I'm looking forward to doing some great riding including Mt. Lemon (I'll be staying up in the Oro Valley area). While I'm there I'd love to also tap into any cool cycle-culture type stuff the city of Tucson may have to offer. Are there any great cycle coffee shops? Brew pubs? LBS's with some actual community to them? Any group rides or cycle clubs that really embody the Tucson community. While I'll only have my roadie with me I'm also into fixed gear riding in SF. I don't know if that's a thing in Tucson, but would love to know of stuff in regards to that too. I know there is a strong senior cycle community out there, but for what it's worth I'm a 31 year old male. Thanks!
posted by matt_od on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me buy a bike please

Shopping for a used bike for light commuting and weekend touring. What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 12, 2013 - 16 answers

How to best deliver a used kid's mountain bike from the US to Canada?

Our family of four will be flying to Vancouver, BC, soon to visit my brother and his family. One of the things we'd like to do, if it makes sense, is bring along our daughter's 20" mountain bike to give to his kids. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Nov 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Ideas and advice for a DIY electric bike on the cheap.

For a long time I've thought that it would be a fun project to put together an electric bicycle. However I've been stymied by the cost and questionable quality of the existing kits, and the complications and compromises of the various DIY methods that are out there online. I have some ideas for how to go about making a cheap and simple electric bike, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm nobody's idea of an engineer so I thought I'd run some things by y'all and see what insights you have. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I be looking for in a comfortable, relaxed city bike?

I've been thinking for a while about getting another bike. I have one bike that I like very much, but it's not as comfortable as I'd like for longer rides and so I tend not to ride as often as I otherwise might. I'm looking for a more relaxed and comfortable bike that will get me out on the road more often without too much sacrifice in speed. Requirements inside, recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I buy 12" wheels for a balance bike in and around Toronto?

Where can I buy 12" wheels for a balance bike in and around Toronto (or online)? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Aborted bike theft or malicious prank?

Someone messed with my parked bike today, and I'm not sure if they were just extremely incompetent thieves or if they were some jerk trying to make my bike surreptitiously unsafe. [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to ride my bicycle... but I don't have a bike

All my good friends are getting bikes and going on rides on local green lines/green ways, or having group rides. While I had only kind of wished I had a bike before, I rented a bike at a local park and went on a 14 mile ride with a couple of friends yesterday, and now I really want one. I also know now some of the things that I definitely want in a bike, that I would have thought didn't matter before. How to select one at a reasonable price?! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I install a cargo rack on a kids bike

My daughter bikes to school on a 24" kids mountain bike. She needs a cargo rack for her bike to carry her backpack. The only cargo racks I can find are for adults. They attach to the frame in pre-drilled holes beneath the seat. Kids racks do not have these holes. Anyone figured out how to attach the front supports of a bike cargo rack on a kids bike?
posted by alcahofa on Sep 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for a cheap cruiser bicycle, bike thieves should rot in hell.

Less than 3 months ago, I bought a Raleigh Retroglide cruiser bicycle from my local bike shop. I loved it; it was stolen from the train station last week. I want to replace it this weekend. I noticed the slightly cheaper Northrock OCM cruiser at Costco. Should I try that, get another Raleigh, or do something else? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Aug 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me tweak my bike fit and/or technique

I'm getting a bit of pain in my left knee when cycling recently, so I stuck my bike on the trainer and shot a couple of videos (side, front). I'm planning a trip to both the doctors and a professional bike fitting, but in the mean time (seeing as I still need to bike to work everyday), I was wondering if any of our cycling MeFites could take a look and see if there's anything obvious to fix? On a first look at the videos, it looks like I'm really stretching at the bottom of my pedal stroke (even though it totally doesn't feel like it on the bike) - should I lower my saddle and try to keep a more level foot? In case it's relevant, I'm interested in comfort and not at all interested in speed, so feel free to recommend stuff that will make me slower if you think it'll result in a more comfortable ride!
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Bike fixes on the cheap?

What's the cheapest place in Philly that I can get a decent bike tune up done? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

When can I remove a bike locked to my property?

I know YANML but if someone locks their bike to my gate, at what point am I allowed to remove it? Must there be a posted sign? And, then, am I responsible for the removed bike if it is damaged in the process? Do I have to hold it for the owner? If I do, can I charge $100 a day for this service? What exactly are the laws governing this kind of situation? If location is relevant, I'm in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Bike & crosswalk rules and behavior in Somerville/Cambridge, MA

What is the legal and/or good behavior when you are riding a bike and come upon a pedestrian crosswalk (no lights) and want to cross the street? What about as a rider who is riding on that street, and there are other riders right behind you, and you see the person trying to cross the street? I'm in Somerville, MA, very close to the Cambridge border. [more inside]
posted by miomiomio on Aug 14, 2013 - 11 answers

New bike or upgrade the frame with old components?

I ride a single speed (flip flop hub) here in NYC and am at a bit of a crossroads - my bike is at the shop and the diagnosis is grim - the worn out seat post is corroded into the frame. If it doesn't come out easy the repairs might be more than the original cost of the bike. Should I strip the components off the bike and get a new frame? Or a new bike entirely? Bike fiends I'd love some tips/pointers on this one. Specific details inside... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Aug 12, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't know anything about bikes - can you help me sell one?

A couple of years back, spouse came across a bike frame and assorted bits at a tag sale and brought home the whole megillah. This is a bike frame, seat, gears, and probably some other things I know nothing about. It's sat in the attic, as we had grand thoughts of getting the other bits and having a very fancy bike, but, no. So now, we're clearing out various stuff in the attic. I would like to sell these bike parts, but again with the ignorance of bike culture. I'll put the whole shebang up on eBay for a rock bottom price and no reserve, but I don't know how to describe the bits or the condition of the bits. Can you tell me what I'm looking at, and what to check for? I'd be happy to give a real cyclist a fantastic deal, but I need some help. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Aug 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?

It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2013 - 38 answers

Hard shell lockable pannier?

I'm looking for a hard shell lockable pannier for my bike. I would like it to lock, and also lock to my bike. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Aug 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Excercise bike recommendations?

What are some good models of home exercise bikes that are 1) quiet, 2) compact, 3) reliable, and 4) reasonable priced? What are some good local shops for them in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Aug 3, 2013 - 4 answers

A LoJack® for bicycles?

Has there been any development in the market for a LoJack-type tracking and recovery system... for bicycles? [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Jul 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Best bike rides in the San Francisco area... and apps to find more

I'm in San Francisco for the summer again, and looking for can't-miss bike rides as well as apps that will help me find more of them. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Bicycle seat bag with a durable zipper

Anyone have recommendations for a large bicycle seat bag that has a durable zipper? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Hey kid, go play in traffic

What are some best practices for teaching children how to ride bicycles on the road? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jul 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Can I use this bike as furniture?!

I'm bike-sitting for a friend for the next 6 months. Her bike will be in my room. Is there any way that I can make it a functional part of my room? Or, barring that, a more decorative part? (Basically, is there any interesting way to make it look like this bike is intentionally here rather than just a random bike propped up against the wall?)
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 30, 2013 - 21 answers

Hit by a fence

So I was biking home from work last night and was hit by a fence. It was very windy and a portion of the fence at Grand St. and Center St. in Manhattan blew over onto me. I'm mostly fine, a little bruised but annoyed because it tore my fancy rain jacket. I know I'm going to get a lot of IANAL responses but I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions of things I could do to possibly be remunerated for the jacket by the city. Here's a picture of the bloodthirsty fence after I extricated myself and my bike from it. Any advice much appreciated.
posted by zackola on Jun 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Bicycle riding around New Haven, CT

I'm going to be in New Haven, CT for the first time ever for a few days without a car soon. I would really like to line up at least two relatively easy bicycle rides that will end up at the seacoast during my short visit. Can you point me in the right direction? Bonus points if you can help me borrow or rent a bike. [more inside]
posted by pinetree on Jun 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Good bike for long distance biking?

Biking from Pittsburgh to DC: what is the best bike for me?? [novice biker] [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Best way to sell my bicycles in the UK?

I have three really nice bikes to sell and I'm concerned that if I go via ebay I'll get ripped off, plus I'd rather avoid their high fees if possible. Have you had any success selling a good quality bicycle another way in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on May 27, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I avoid driving into my garage with my bike in the roof rack?

I just bought a roof rack for my bike. Without some kind of alarm in place, I will drive into the garage with bike on the roof. I will destroy the bike and damage my house and I want to avoid this. I need some kind of directed sensor such that when the bike breaks the line of the sensor a light flashes to remind me not to drive into the garage with the bike on my roof. Any ideas along these lines or better?
posted by alcahofa on May 24, 2013 - 51 answers

Recommendations for cheap, lightweight rain jacket-y thing for biking

I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight, compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
posted by Frowner on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Bicycle trailer parking etiquette

I just got a used bike trailer (a Burly, thanks for the advice mefi) and now I am wondering how I am going to lock it up and what the best practices are for parking it. I imagine as much as possible, I'll try to get it out of the way, but I will be locking it in all kind of situations. Best locks? Thx
posted by Duffington on May 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Transporting a Recumbent Road Bike!

I have a specific question about transporting my Rans Tailwind Recumbent Road Bike in my trailer using fork traps that I attached to the trailer myself. My question is whether or not I need to take the seat off the bike before I transport it at highway speeds. See inside for more details and pictures. [more inside]
posted by crapples on May 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Garmin-compatible bike training schedule for a 180-mile ride

I want to sign up for Bike Around the Bay. If you're familiar with the MS150, it's similar — 180 miles over two days, circumnavigating Galveston Bay. But I need a training plan. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on May 18, 2013 - 4 answers

San Francisco bike questions

I'll be travelling to San Francisco for a conference the last week of May and I'd like to rent a bicycle and bike around a bit. Any bike-related stuff going on then? This and other bike questions inside. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Bike camping gear in northern Ontario

Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

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