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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

Help me find the perfect bag for 2012

I desire a new bag. Something sturdy to carry my laptop* and books in. Something I can easily kart around on my bicycle (on my back, shoulder, or otherwise a flexible paneer). I'm based in London, UK. Budget floating around £100ish. Give me inspiration people! [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

A Chariot at my back?

Help us figure out which bike trailer to buy. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Dec 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Mountain bike shoulder/neck pain?

I commute to work by bicycle, and I've noticed that my shoulders and neck are often sore at the end of my 45-minute ride. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Left-hand-operated bicycle options?

Help me figure out the bicycle options for someone with limited use of their right hand. Long-winded details inside. [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Dec 6, 2011 - 20 answers

How shall I know you, new bike?

Beloved bicycle stolen. Suggestions for a 5'6" 145 lbs female, who rides about twenty miles a day through suburbia in north central Florida with a budget of under $400 and a limited knowledge of bike parts and specifics? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Nov 25, 2011 - 6 answers

bicycle ride

Is this 90-mile bike ride around LA possible and realistic for a casual rider in four days? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 24, 2011 - 13 answers

What bike brand begins 'Van~'

I'm in the UK, near Bath. I just saw someone on a bicycle I really want. Silver frame, canti brakes, racer / tourer style. Brand name was approx 11 letters long and I'm pretty sure it began with 'van'. Any ideas anyone? Thanks in advance!
posted by sann1657 on Nov 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Tiny Track

TINY TRACK. I want to know every single option for a short girl building a fixed-gear bike. What manufacturers make frames smaller than 47cm? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 14, 2011 - 14 answers

What are some interesting places to eat in Chicago's south side?

Help me plan a food tour of Chicago's south side by bicycle. I'd like to make a little loop starting and ending in Woodlawn, covering < 50 mi and stopping several times to eat small, interesting things. Can you suggest some good destinations and routes? Note that we'll be five sweaty college kids in funny clothes, with wallets to match, so err on the side of "hole in the wall."
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Bag me a pannier

Which bicycle pannier should I buy? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Nov 2, 2011 - 26 answers

How to make this rack fit my bike?

Any way to mod this rear bike carrier rack to fit onto my v-brake bike? [more inside]
posted by stray on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Bike tune-up before or after winter dormancy?

Thorough bicycle tuneup: before putting bike into winter hibernation, or first thing next spring? Any difference? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me replace wheels on a bike!

Replacing the wheels on a 3-speed bike: Instructions, tools, and tricks? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Oct 6, 2011 - 15 answers

A Vintage Bicycle Tour

I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Sep 21, 2011 - 2 answers

bike frame welding

How long would it take me to learn to weld steel and aluminum bicycle frames? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Bike tweaks

Cyclists, help a noob with some tweaks to a newly gifted bike. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Sep 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Replacing the frame on a 54cm Cannondale Six13 Feminine

Earlier this year I bought my wife a used 54cm Cannondale Six13 Feminine 3 Compact via Craigslist. It was in mint condition and I basically bought for a small fraction of the retail price - the lady who was selling it got it as a gift from her ex-boyfriend and just wanted to get rid of it. However, I misjudged my wife's frame size - she should be riding a smaller bike. Being that this bike has great components, I have decided to replace the frame. Help me do it! [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Confusing bicycle parking.

How do I use this wall-mounted public bicycle rack? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Bicycles and banana seats make for a happy childhood

Which model of bicycle did I have as a child? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me pick out a bicycle

I want a bicycle for fitness and a biathlon here and there. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a casual hobby but I don't want a bike that only lasts a season. What type/brand of bike should I buy or what should I look for in a bike for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Aug 24, 2011 - 18 answers

How to fix erectile dysfunction as a result of bike riding?

How to fix erectile dysfunction as a result of bike riding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Bicycle tires -- a primer for commuters..

Tell me everything I need to know about tires and tubes for my new daily commute on a bicycle! [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Aug 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Bike-buying help: what makes some bike components better than others?

Bike-buying help: what makes some bike components better than others? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Aug 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Bike trainer for someone with a knee problem?

Which wind trainer would be ok for me, given my injured knee and fairly limited budget? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I ride a tandem bike on the first date?

Is it a bad idea to ride a tandem bike on first date? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky on Jul 28, 2011 - 36 answers

Help me find MY bike

Help me find my perfect bike. I have not owned a bike since I was a child so I am having a hard time picking one now. In fact, I went to three different local bike shops and was given 2-3 different options at each shop so I am even more confused now than I was when I started looking. Specifications and riding goals inside. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Jul 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Terribly confused looking for a bike

What should I be looking for in buying a bike? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Bicycle baby transport in the Netherlands

What is a typical minimum age at which babies are taken as passengers on bicycles in the Netherlands? What kind of carrier tends to be used at this age (trailer? car seat mounted on bike? bakfiets?). [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Jul 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Where are the wind maps?

Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Bike shop recommendation for Portland Oregon

We're living in Portland, Oregon and I'm looking to buy a bike I can use to cycle a few miles to work downtown and get around our neighbourhood. There's so many bike shops here we don't know where to start looking. I'd prefer a good-quality secondhand bike, but could probably stretch to a new one if I had to. Neither of us are bike nerds so are wary of being sold the wrong thing, so we're after a place that will give us good, honest, advice and have a good range of bikes. Thanks.
posted by TheDonF on Jul 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Places to camp within a day's ride of Minneapolis?

Some friends and I - all new to the area - are looking for a good place to camp within a long day's bike ride of Minneapolis, MN (60-100mi). We're hoping for something where we'll see few other people, and preferably access to a lake or river, hiking trails, and general wilderness (or at least the feeling of being away from civilization for a bit), and good to stay for a couple of days. Any recommendations? I'm having a hard time with the signal to noise ratio of the rest of the internet. Thanks!
posted by entropone on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Need to map my Boise cycling training rides!

Is there a tool out there which will allow me to plug in the mileage I need for a certain cycling training ride, and will spit out a route that will get me that amount of miles? Maybe using Google maps or something? I'm in Boise,ID, if that matters.
posted by jasondbarr on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

How to clean a water bottle with a black cap?

I have a water squeeze-bottle on my bike. It has a black cap/drinking-assembly and I'm concerned that it might get really gross under there without me ever knowing about it. How should I clean it? Should I just get a different bottle?
posted by circular on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Bike routes and travel tips from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR

I'm looking for advice on bike routes and bike-on-train travel tips from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jul 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Criminal biker

I got a ticket for biking on the sidewalk in NYC. What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 11, 2011 - 48 answers

What kinda bike?

What kind of bike am I looking for (for my wife)? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jun 29, 2011 - 22 answers

Cheap Bike in Minneapolis?

Cheap, serviceable used bike in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

To Have and to Hold

How much can you actually fit inside a Brooks "Challenge" Tool Bag? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jun 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Hub generator light recommendations

I need recommendations on a retro-style light set for my bike . . . details inside. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Jun 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat?

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat? (Air pressure gauge question within) [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Jun 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Motobecane Cafe Express 8 or Similar Bike

Where can I buy a Motobecane Cafe Express 8? Or a bike similar to it? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 answers

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