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Best/loudest bike horn

Several days a week I commute by bicycle around East Oakland, a neighborhood with limited bike infrastructure and a lot of unsafe driving, speeding, and using bike lanes as car lanes. I've had a number of near misses lately. I would like to purchase a loud horn. What bike horn have you used and liked? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 3, 2016 - 12 answers

hit by a car

I got hit by a car while biking. How do I make my body get better? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 29, 2016 - 14 answers

Kids on bikes versus Bad Guys

Kids on bikes escaping / racing a bunch of none-too-friendly adults. Looking for examples of this in movies / tv. Question inspired by Stranger Things and ET. (probably BMX Bandits, too, though I have only hazy memories of it) If someone knows what this falls under on TV Tropes, that works too. Bad Guys could be government, could be criminals.
posted by curious nu on Sep 15, 2016 - 28 answers

Why am I getting flat tires on my bike?

The flats I am getting are not punctures and they’re not pinch flats. I get holes right next to the valve, soon after inflating the tires. It happens on both my front and rear wheels. Sometimes it happens overnight when the bike hadn’t even been ridden; sometimes it happens while I’m riding; sometimes I bike into work fine and when I leave for the day both tires are flat. There are no burrs/ rough spots on the rims. I have shown this to two different bike shops and they are also baffled. [more inside]
posted by metasarah on Sep 1, 2016 - 19 answers

Please find me a brick to help me blink.

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]
posted by mykescipark on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

OK, I Give Up

How is this street performer in downtown Asheville just sitting there, balancing his bike on the front wheel?
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 26, 2016 - 12 answers

We want to ride our bicycles!

A group I'm involved in wants to track how many kilometres are travelled by bike/walking over the summer (rather than driven in a car.) If it's possible, we're looking for a way to track this on our website. So I ride 5k to a group event, I can pop online and add my 5k to our group tally. Maybe there's a graphic representation of our progress? [more inside]
posted by unlapsing on Jun 20, 2016 - 5 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 on Jun 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Where to spend a few years to a lifetime

We are a family of four with two primary-school age children. We would like to spend a few years (or more) living somewhere abroad (we are currently on a small island in BC, Canada). We can live anywhere in the Schengen area and Canada. My job will travel with me, so employment is not an issue. A list of desirable attributes is below the fold. Aside from the weather and desire for mountains, medium-sized cities in the Netherlands, Flanders, and Denmark meet most of these desires. Is there a Ghent in the Alps? Eindhoven in Quebec? Aarhus in the Andes? [more inside]
posted by borsboom on Jun 1, 2016 - 16 answers

How do nonexclusive relationships work?

I'm in the process of getting divorced and am seeing a couple different dudes. I like them both a lot but am in no place for a serious relationship. My soon to be ex is the only serious adult relationship I've ever had so I totally don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Janet Snakehole on May 30, 2016 - 12 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 on May 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Partner hit by a car, help with insurance questions

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]
posted by Carillon on May 18, 2016 - 21 answers

What are the actual advantages of fixed gear bikes?

I will soon need a new bike and recently found out about fix gear bikes, so I'm trying to see if they may be for me. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Apr 27, 2016 - 20 answers

CAD/Drafting on Linux - What software for strange bicycles?

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]
posted by sibilatorix on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Painted or anodized metal bicycle fenders

Looking for a company or bike shop that sells stainless steel or aluminium bicycle fenders (of this style) painted or anodized to match or closely mimic the factory color of a specific bicycle. Ideally in or around the Seattle metropolitan area, but not a requirement. Not looking for dyed plastic. Does a specific company or bike shop exist that offers this product or service?
posted by a lungful of dragon on Apr 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Bike Etiquette at Stop Signs

Should bicyclists actually get off their bikes in the lane before turning or moving ahead at a stop sign? [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Apr 13, 2016 - 37 answers

What bicycle training stand should I get?

I have a 1999-era Bianchi Volpe (a touring bike) moldering in my garage, despite having it recently tuned. I'd like to get a training stand to get some low-impact cardio in and also harden myself to actual rides again. Which stand should I get? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Apr 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Ghost Pearl My Whip

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]
posted by migurski on Mar 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Bicycle options for the short and picky?

I'm a relatively small person in search of a lightweight, cheap-ish bicycle for casual riding and possible occasional commuting (10 miles are less). What are my options these days? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Mar 21, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I get a handle on this bike?

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]
posted by circle on Mar 16, 2016 - 15 answers

What to know about bicycle commuting in Minneapolis for someone new?

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]
posted by yeti on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Mountain (bike) lore.

MeFites, how do YOU maintain your mountain bikes? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Dec 11, 2015 - 10 answers

What bicycle-like object for a 3 year old?

So, I have a clever but cautious 3.75 year old daughter. My wife would really like to get her some kind of bicycle-like object to start on for Christmas. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Dec 1, 2015 - 21 answers

Help Me Sell My Bicycle Ethically

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]
posted by soy_renfield on Nov 9, 2015 - 8 answers

the lazy bike commuter

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]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Nov 3, 2015 - 29 answers

Do I need a waiver form for small bicycle race?

I am gonna host a bicycle race on some pasture that I own. The first edition will only involve 6-12 persons, but if it is fun (it will be), I'd like to expand/make it a regular (monthly or quarterly event). Do I need a waiver form for participants to sign, do you think? Is this kind of form easy to generate/find? This is in Kansas. I have homeowners and farm insurance. YANML.
posted by J0 on Oct 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Please help me not hate my bike's disc brakes

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]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Oct 16, 2015 - 6 answers

How can we transport two bicycles on/in a rental car?

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]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Oct 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Citi Bike for the Out of Practice

Citi Bike has just come to Jersey City, and I've signed up, mostly because I used to ride my bicycle all the time, and I kinda miss it. Any advice on where might be a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Sep 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Checking a bike on an Amtrak

Has anyone successfully checked a bicycle on a long distance train (the Crescent) at New York Penn? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Sep 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Saddlepack that converts to daypack, do you existpack?

I am trying to find a large bicycle saddle pack (6 liters) that converts to a daypack. No luck so far. Can you help me? Details below. [more inside]
posted by J0 on Sep 8, 2015 - 9 answers

What is this?

Nail? Projectile? Weapon? It punctured my bike tire. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Sep 1, 2015 - 12 answers

How to use a soft rubber tubing hose for a bicycle valve

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]
posted by Akeem on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Where can I rent a Dahon folding bike in New York City?

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]
posted by brainwane on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Help an experienced hiker prepare for a cycle tour

I'm an experienced hiker and runner with a reasonably good level of fitness. A friend of mine has a big birthday coming up, so I have agreed to join her for a cycle trip in Myanmar/Burma at Christmas. How do I prepare when I don't have a bike, and don't live in an area where road cycling is easy? (Difficulty Level: I live in Hong Kong.) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Jul 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Can this bike be saved?

So, I dug an old bike out of my parent's basement a while back. I know zip about bike maintenance. How can I tell whether it can be made safe to ride? (Janky photos here.) [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Bike newbie (ish) - what should I look for?

Late-30s chick, short, and fat. Would love to pick up a bike and start riding for commute and pleasure, but have no idea where to start. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 answers

I've got 25 miles and a very sore bum [Long distance biking question]

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]
posted by Draccy on Jul 16, 2015 - 31 answers

Help me help my bike

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]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Bicycle! Bicycle! I want to decorate my bicycle!

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]
posted by Paper rabies on Jun 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Selling my bike - how and how much?

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]
posted by slogger on Jun 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Is this bike worth fixing?

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.
posted by DriftingLotus on Jun 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Gears, how do they work?

How do I change gears on my old vintage Schwinn Le Tour? And how do I know what gear I'm in? Picture here. [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Jun 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Bicycle fork straightening

I would like to straighten my junker bike forks from their forward rake angle. To a straight line, to allow no hands cycling and lessen the need to pay such close attention to the path ahead. Can i pound them straight or will tbey break? Can I drive over them in a car, they are of little value.
posted by fkeese on Jun 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Great renter's insurance for a cyclist?

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.
posted by matt_od on Jun 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me help my husband buy a bicycle for his birthday

Actually, I know better than to try to buy a bicycle for him but I would like to do the research so that I can take him to a store on his birthday and say "You probably want Bike A or Bike B. Try them out and we'll get the one you like". The bicycle would be used primarily for him to bike about 5 miles work (asphalt, relatively flat with the occasional steep overpass). I am clueless - Help! [more inside]
posted by metahawk on May 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Need advice on sizing a rear bicycle rack

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?
posted by migurski on May 16, 2015 - 10 answers

First bike tour

I'm going to do my first little bike tour and although it's only a few days, I would love help understanding the mechanics of how this actually works. Advice and also recommendations for other books and online resources would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 1, 2015 - 18 answers

Making your own totobobo filters?

I live in a city with lots of traffic and air pollution, and I cycle to work in heavy traffic. I started wearing a Totobobo face mask while cycling to reduce the amount of gross stuff I'm forced to breathe during my commute. Thing is, those damn little filters look the same as a cotton pad, but they are 10-20x more expensive. Has anyone tried making/DIYing their own Totobobo filters? [more inside]
posted by edarrow on Apr 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Bicycle locker or cage, where to buy in Vancouver

Where could I buy a bicycle locker/cage, something that can keep my bike safe in Vancouver? Or something similar to protect my bike. [more inside]
posted by Iax on Mar 12, 2015 - 1 answer

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