I'm trying to wire up our Burning Man bikes with rechargeable USB batteries as opposed to bulky, wasteful, PITA AA cell batteries. I'm having trouble finding something that will output the right voltage. Halp? [more inside]
I am saving up to buy a bike for commuting. My ride to work with be little under 2 miles, and is pretty hilly. How much should I expect to spend? What other characteristics should I ask for? [more inside]
How is this street performer in downtown Asheville just sitting there, balancing his bike on the front wheel?
Starting mid-August I am riding my bike from Portland to SF via the coast. I'd love any mefite insights to this trip. I have The Book. I have my gear. I plan on mostly camping. Aiming for 50-60 miles/day. I also have questions. [more inside]
I would like to get this Old Man into this bike basket, and safely drive him around. What’s the best way to do that? [more inside]
A few weeks ago, I was hit by a car while riding my bike. I know I need to contact a lawyer, and one is calling me tomorrow for intake, but really what I need help dealing with is my anger. [more inside]
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.
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!
I have various questions related to GPS watches and cycle computers, particularly when used with Linux. [more inside]
My partner was hit by a car while biking a little over a month ago (we're in CA). It's looking like the ambulance + er visit is going to be already 1.3x the state minimum. We're already speaking a bit with a lawyer, but I have a number of questions about recovery, responsibility and how to make sure we don't end up ok. [more inside]
Next month I'm strapping my big 'ol mountain bike to my car and driving up from Los Angeles to Marin County to visit friends. Where should I stop along the way to camp and ride? [more inside]
What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
A friend sent me this photo of bikes locked up in a tree: http://imgur.com/JFvAVoN. Any guesses on what's going on here?
Should bicyclists actually get off their bikes in the lane before turning or moving ahead at a stop sign? [more inside]
Has anyone done a bike tour in Washington, D.C., that they would recommend? [more inside]
We're staying in London late August/early September. We want to see the Cotswolds and West Sussex. We're thinking overnight trips where we take a train out of London and then get around by bike might be more fun than renting a car and driving around. Is this plausible? [more inside]
Ms. look busy and I are getting a break from the kiddos to travel to Seattle for three days to visit friends and three days somewhere nearby to unwind. Mid-July, height of tourist season. We want to stay somewhere walkable with good coffee/beer/museum-y options, and a bike ride and/or car ride away from good hiking and hopefully whale watching or whatever is in season. We would like the trip to be as quick/convenient as possible from Seattle and back to catch our flight home. [more inside]
I want to strip and paint a steel bike frame. I think I have all the information I need on the process, primer, and base coat from resources such as this guide, but I’d like to go for a pearlescent, multi-hued look with a rattle can level of effort. [more inside]
I want to change the handlebars on my bike. Google tells me this is potentially expensive and more difficult than I imagine, but I think my bike might be an exception. Am I fooling myself? Or can I ignore the warnings? Bonus: Can I do it myself? [more inside]
What is the best rain gear for biking? [more inside]
What is there to know about bicycle commuting in Minneapolis for someone brand new -to both bike commuting and/or Minneapolis? Is 8 miles one way too far? [more inside]
A while ago I got hit by a car biking. The lady who hit me first covered property damage, like bike, helmet, jersey, etc., but the bike was below what the cost was to actually replace my bike. Even thought the bike had less than 300 miles they said it had wear and tear. I ended up getting about 60 percent of the original value that I payed a couple months before. The question I have is, can I also use my renters insurance to cover the bike cost? or can I only do my insurance or her insurance? Thanks
Would an upgrade to 11 x 1 drivetrain make me happier? [more inside]
After 20-ish years of not cycling, I recently bought a bike for getting to work. It's a nice route - about two-thirds of the way is off the roads on dedicated cycle paths, and most of the rest is on quiet streets. But I cycled to work and back yesterday, and the roads just TERRIFY me. [more inside]
I'm looking for some exercise equipment for my home: a treadmill, elliptical, or a stationary bike. I am a short woman and need something that I can actually use. I'd prefer to spend less than $550 total. [more inside]
I have a bicycle that I want to sell, but it breaks spokes constantly on the rear wheel. What are my options to maximize my price, but not be a jerk? [more inside]
My Palmy U lock, with one of those simple circular keys, is stuck. How do I open it? [more inside]
I want to start biking to work regularly. The trip is about 2 miles each way, on flat ground, mostly through a nice park. What things can I do to make it as easy as humanly possible? [more inside]
I'd like to hang my bike upside down from two hooks in the ceiling. This is in a condo in Miami with 1/2" drywall over metal stud framing. I was able to examine the studs by removing a vent cover and they seem awfully flimsy to me, so I'm wondering what would be the simplest and safest method for doing this. The bike weighs about 22.5 lbs. [more inside]
I'm sure there's a name for it in German: when you get off your bike and lean it against something, the front wheel turns and the bike does this little death-spin to the ground. There used to be a great little device called a flickstand that kept this from happening, but they don't make them any more. Any other alternates or quick fixes?
What are the best free streaming videos (YouTube, vimeo, etc) on basic bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and that ol' tender loving care? [more inside]
I've had a 2014 Brodie Argus for about a year. It's a hell of a bike and exactly what I was looking for. But I can't get the disc brakes to stop grinding and squeaking. Help? [more inside]
We are renting a vehicle (probably a standard SUV) for our vacation. We want to transport two bikes, as well as a large dog, and rather a lot of luggage but we are running into problems. [more inside]
I'm looking for some glasses or goggles for biking. Details inside. [more inside]
Has anyone successfully checked a bicycle on a long distance train (the Crescent) at New York Penn? [more inside]
I'm commuting to Palo Alto and am leaving my bike at the Caltrain station. After someone tried to steal my bike last week I'm thinking about renting a bike locker. Does anyone have any experience with these lockers? I can't find any reviews of them one way or another online. I'm a little worried that if I mail them a check for $58 I'll just never hear from them again. [more inside]
Many bicycle repair kits contain a short piece of ivory colored soft rubber tubing hose for use on a bicycle valve. How is this used? I've never seen it in or around a valve. [more inside]
I live in New York City, and I'm thinking of buying a folding bike. Where can I rent a Dahon folding bicycle so I can try it out? [more inside]
A friend and I are cycling the California coast, going south from Crescent City to LA starting today. Based on the amount of time we have, we will need to bus a few sections, maybe 200-250 miles or so. Cyclists who have done this route - which sections are missable? Which ones should we NOT miss? What bus/train options do you recommend? [more inside]
I am leaving tomorrow on my first short bike tour (thanks to you all!) and was just going to print out some maps before going to bed, and then got caught in a 2 hour rabbit hole of inefficacy. Halp please! [more inside]
Last year, I rode in a 25 mile charity ride and used a hybrid bicycle. It was one of the worst experiences because the shocks on the bike really made it hard to propel myself. I'd like to make cycling a part of my life, but am not ready (or able) to invest upwards of $500 for a decent bike. What are your recommendations for a good distance cycle for road riding? [more inside]
Can I pump my tires over the recommended psi? and should I?... [more inside]
On my bike, the smallest cog on the rear cassette is spinning free from the rest of the cogs when I try to pedal. [more inside]
I don't like the colour of my bike (a steel touring bike) but I don't want to pay to have it re-painted. I'd like to slap some nice, solid-coloured or patterned decals on the frame instead. Do people make these? Where would I find them? [more inside]
Portlanders! Here is a map of a waterfront bike tour route. Can you tell me cool stuff to see/do/and especially eat along this route? A two- or three-block detour is okay but we will be a bit time pressured so can't go too far afield. Thanks!
I'm entering the era of modern bicycles and want to sell my "vintage" road bike. I'm unsure how to price it, and where to try selling it. [more inside]
Someone was taking this bike to the dump, but it looked like it had a nice frame still. It also looked a bit older, maybe something vintage. It needs a new front tire and a new cable and seat. Is this worth fixing? I don't know anything about the brand so I don't know what they go for new, and couldn't find one like it. All I know about it are the words "Alpine c/moly 3t". Thanks in advance. Here's the bike.
I've come to the realization that I'm stupid for not having renter's insurance. Mainly because I now have a collection of six bicycles that are very dear to me; a couple of them are even custom. I'm looking for renter's insurance that will protect me from theft (in home and out) and if possible, even damage from crashing. Ideally this would also cover the bikes at full value, not some bs depreciation. I'm in San Francisco, CA.
I am visiting Paris next week for a work conference. I had a few specific questions around my phone, renting a bike, what to do in Quartier Latin, and more after the jump. [more inside]
I have a pannier and bicycle, and I need to mount the one to the other. The bike is a ~1985 Schwinn and the pannier is a Blackburn EX. I’ve tried a Blackburn MTN rack, but my heels bump the bag. Ideally it’d be about 4-6 inches further back and still level along the top (currently tilts slightly back). Do racks come in different sizes I need to know? Are there some bike/bag combos that don’t work? Do people shorten their cranks instead of moving the bags? Is there some crucial measurement I should learn?