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It's okay because I'm under no illusion that fixies have any practical advantages

Please help me buy a cheap grocery-run bike to get around New York. I'm looking at the Gravity Swift2, the Mercier Kilo WT5, and the Windsor Timeline, although other suggestions are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jul 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Is it easy to clean and grease the bearings on a back-pedal brake bike?

Can I grease the bearings in a wheel with a back-pedal brake without wrecking the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by nevan on Jul 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Going to San Francisco and Portland; what am I doing?

Planes and Trains and Bikes, oh my! or, Going to San Francisco and Portland for a week and a half; what should I do and see and eat? [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat on Jul 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Fixed Mixed - Nixed?

can you tell me if the bike I want exists (or should/could exist), and if I'm even thinking about it in the right way? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jul 26, 2012 - 32 answers

Pedals worthy of my noble steed

I have a very nice Dutch roadster bike. Help me (in Canada) find replacement pedals fit for this king of the road. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jul 24, 2012 - 15 answers

"Set it and forget it" bike camera?

Mr Corpse is looking for a camera to mount on his bike, to record his daily commute in case of being hit (again) by a car. Desired features inside. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What sort of bike to get

Should I get an expensive new bike or a cheap used one? Any specific styles or models? Would the models the local bikes stores recommended be any good? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Tips to keep cool on a long bike ride

Please give me your best tips to keep cool while I'm doing long bike rides on my road bike on warm days (and assume I know the basics of hydration, electrolytes, sports drinks, etc). [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Oops!

So, um, how do you put a bicycle hub gear back together? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Work appropriate bicycle commuter fashion?

I'm trying to find work appropriate clothing that is made with bicycle commuting in mind. I'm particularly interested in button up shirts that are well tailored. I'm lucky enough to work in a creative industry but I still like to look nice-ish in my own quirky way. I'm done wearing t-shirts to work but I still ride my bicycle in almost every day. I've found a couple good pairs of paints via Levis and Mission Workshop here in San Francisco, but finding shirts with the commuter in mind seems almost impossible! Help me look snazzy while staying comfortable and non stinky!
posted by matt_od on Jul 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Things to see and do in the UK while travelling by bike

Two guys travelling by bike through England/Scotland from mid-July to mid-August, but no definite plan. What to see and do? [more inside]
posted by ar0n on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What type of city bike should a newbie get?

What should I be looking for in a decent city bike? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 6, 2012 - 20 answers

When do I cut my losses on broken spokes?

I keep breaking spokes on my rear wheel! My bike is only a few years old (more than 2, less than 5), and I've broken 3 spokes so far this season. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kyol on Jun 28, 2012 - 18 answers

What kind of bike should I get?

I need a bicycle. What should I get, what brands to consider, which brands to avoid? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 25, 2012 - 29 answers

Wanted: Bike Routes in New England that meet specific criteria.

Please suggest bike routes in New England that meet some specific criteria. We took our son on a section of the East Bay Bike Path near Providence for his first bike ride last week and he loved it. He sits in an iBert on Mom's bike. We are looking for similar routes. In looking for similar I articulate what specifically I think is good about this path for us in the extended explanation. We can ride weekdays in addition to weekends. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 answers

A bucket for his little brain

My 19-month old son refuses to wear his bike helmet. This is harshing my alternative transportation buzz. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 22, 2012 - 31 answers

Runner needs bike advice

I'm a runner, trying to become a triathlete. Help me find a bike please! [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Jun 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Jaws was never my scene. . .

Buying a bicycle for our 14-year-old. I know nothing. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jun 12, 2012 - 20 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

70 flat miles: too much for a fit, beginner cyclist?

Should my sister do a 70 mile bike ride with me? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo on Jun 6, 2012 - 28 answers

Save my vagina from the horrible maw of my bike seat.

Love my women's-specific road bike, hate the numbness and pain its saddle causes in my women's-specific parts. Help me fix this? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on May 24, 2012 - 19 answers

I have foolish dreams of pedaling to used bookstores and coffeeshops on June afternoons

Is there anywhere in the SF Bay Area where I could rent a bicycle long term? [more inside]
posted by erstwhile ungulate on May 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Make me more comfortable with biking

You started biking later in life, and you did it in a big city. How did you become comfortable biking on roads with cars? I'm kind of freaked out by this. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 22, 2012 - 42 answers

What do I need to turn my bike into a reliable form of practical transportation?

What do I need in order to start commuting by bike? Assume that I currently have 1) a bike, 2) there is no 2. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on May 17, 2012 - 51 answers

How to choose between bicycles

I'd like to buy a new road bike and I think I have a general idea what I'm looking for (aluminum, Tiagra, WSD). Within that class of bikes, how do I choose between the available brands? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I get the most out of a 3-month stay in Copenhagen?

Moving to Copenhagen for 3 months, excited and nervous! What will I eat? What should I bring with me to wear? How will I get around? How will I stay in touch? Hope me, hivemind! (MANY details inside because I am such a special snowflake) [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it.

First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it. Any recommendation / advice? [more inside]
posted by eisenl on May 11, 2012 - 28 answers

How can I make my Raleigh play nice with all the pretty bike baskets I want?

Needed: Stylish bike bag solutions! What baskets / panniers would fit my Raleigh's giant rear bike rack? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on May 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Pick my commuter bike pedals

Help me pick which SPD/flat pedal to get for commuting. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

one burns money and makes you fat, the other burns fat and saves you money

Getting around LA via bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on May 9, 2012 - 27 answers

Derailleur derailed.

The "hanging bolt" or "pivot bolt" assembly which held the rear derailleur to the frame of my son's old mountain bike disassembled while he was riding it and vanished. Is it possible to find generic replacement parts or does it need a whole new derailleur (it's an old Suntour Accushift \alpha-2000)? What's the cheapest way to get this bike running at this point?
posted by ennui.bz on May 7, 2012 - 13 answers

I plan to remain an amateur, okay?

Given my cycling style, is there any point for me to go clipless/clip'n'straps/other sort of shoe-to-pedal attachment? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 26, 2012 - 33 answers

Shorten my bike commute

When should I expect to see a reduction in the amount of time I spend bike commuting? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Apr 25, 2012 - 29 answers

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume?

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume? [more inside]
posted by meetar on Apr 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How do motorcyclists and cyclists around the world greet each other?

What kinds of different greetings do motorcyclists and cyclists in different parts of the world have for each other when they pass on the road? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Apr 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Steeper climbs, more intervals, or faster pace for century cycling training?

I'm signed up to do a century, a 100-mile bicycle ride, in a little over four weeks. Given the training that I've been doing, what are the best specific things I can do in the next month to get stronger and faster? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me like my bike

Is it worth it to drop $175 for a pro bicycle fitting? I'm a injured former marathoner who desperately needs something to fill that moving-fast-outdoors-for-long-distances void, and I'd like for bicycling to do that...except every time I try to bike for anything longer than a few miles I get a terrible grinding sensation in one knee. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Apr 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Rust spots and water stains and...soap.

So I forgot to rinse my bike with water before lubing it. Oops. Would this cause problems? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How to use MTB components with drop bars?

What's the best way to switch a bike with mountain-bike brake and drive train components to drop handlebars? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Apr 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Cheap, bulk mens underwear in synthetic fabrics. For cycling. Aesthetics less-than-crucial.

Cheap men's synthetic underwear: nylon/spandex/polyester/etc. Would like approx 12 pair for bicycling. Flexible on style/aesthetics. Priority: inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Apr 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Building a Touring Bike in Portland, OR - Where?

Biking the west coast and across the USA - want to have a bike built in Portland, OR: where to go? What to build? [more inside]
posted by flippant on Apr 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Need a good bike

Can/Should I buy a stationary bike off E-bay? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

hike/bike trails, passing on the left. proper etiquette?

i go bike riding from time to time for exercise, almost always on hike/bike trails. generally, if i'm passing someone, i don't say anything, if it looks like they're clearly to the right, and if there is room to pass on the left. if they're in the left a bit or look like they're wobbling or not paying attention, i'll give a strong "to your left!" [more inside]
posted by camdan on Mar 31, 2012 - 62 answers

Poor patching job on a bike inner turb

So I tried to patch a bike tube on my lunch break and I apparently didn't spread enough of the vulcanizing agent. Is the tube ruined? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Mar 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I buy an urban cruiser bike, and is a single-speed version going to make me happy?

About to buy a city bike. Are urban cruisers as good as I've heard? Is a single-speed bike comfortable for commuting? Best brands of same in Canada? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Mar 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US?

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

How to build a plywood velomobile...

How would you build a plywood kayak without fiberglass? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Training for a century but not that seriously

What sort of training plan would you recommend for a cyclist who has ridden 70 miles in six hours quite comfortably and would like to ride a five-hour century, preferably in the next twelve months? Note that it'll be hard to fit more than an hour's ride into a weekday. I've seen a lot of century training plans call for 25 or 35 mile rides during the week, and that's probably not realistic unless I learn to ride a lot faster first. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 7, 2012 - 15 answers

sew bicycle cape

How to sew a bicycle cape [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% on Feb 12, 2012 - 7 answers

I don't like rattling noises.

Can you identify this bike noise? [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Feb 3, 2012 - 14 answers

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