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how should i have handled this?

Awkward situation involving my SO, a bike, and a friend. I did this wrong, but I really don't know ethically what was the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Apr 12, 2015 - 95 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

Day trip near Marco Island

I'll be staying on Marco Island in Southwest Florida in a couple weeks. Although lounging around on the beach doing nothing is definitely a priority, I would like to find one outdoorsy day trip. Looking for something I can complete, including transportation to and from, in 10 hours or less. Could be kayaking, hiking or biking (I am not an experienced mountain biker or kayaker, but would be into trying anything basic, especially if rental equipment is easily obtained). [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 26, 2015 - 6 answers

The Stereo Speaker In My Bike Basket Doesn't Like Bumps

I have a front basket on my bike in which I sit a portable speaker connected by cable to my mp3 player. I've gone through a few portable speakers, and in each case the sound begins to cut out in various ways after a couple of months of riding my city's sometimes bumpy streets. Is there anything I myself, or a technician, could do to the jack socket inside the speaker to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

How to ride a bike across California?

What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Bike stolen in San Francisco - worth it to check flea markets?

Nice bike stolen in San Francisco - where to try to find it? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Feb 24, 2015 - 17 answers

What should I name my barber/indian head massage/henna tattoo business?

My friend wants a name for her new business that includes barbering, Indian head massage and henna tattooing. She liked the names "Barber on a Bike" and "The Tonsorial Artist" but these are both taken. Any further suggestions? We are in the UK.
posted by stinker on Feb 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Safe(r), effective, non eardrum destroying headphones for bikes?

Has bicycling earphone technology advanced since these old threads? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 17, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I learn about bicycle design?

Later this year I hope to head up to Portland's UBI to take a frame building class. That will teach me the process of tube selection, cutting, welding, etc. In the meantime I'd like to learn as much as possible about the actual design process of a bicycle. Angles, fit, different materials, etc. Maybe even laying out the design in CAD (which I have no experience in). Seems to me this exists in a realm somewhere between product design and industrial engineering. Can anyone recommend some resources?
posted by matt_od on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Best used ebike for my needs?

It's clear—maybe even more than with regular bikes—that rider and environmental factors are important in the selection process. So PLEASE all you ebike-savvy folks out there, share your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Best time of year to bicycle from NYC to SF?

I want to ride from NYC to SF in 2015. I have 8 to 10 weeks (maybe 12) to do it. When would be the best time of the year to do so? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me become an informed commuter bike consumer?

I have started biking to work with the goal of getting into better shape, and I think I want to upgrade my (old, crappy, but still functional) bike. Let's talk options! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Where to find a chain guard suitable for biking with a skirt?

I like to wear long skirts, and I like to ride my bike. Unfortunately, these two activities are appear to be incompatible -- is there a suitable chain guard I can install on my bike? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Nov 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Improve my bike commute

Should I get a different type of bike to handle more weight? Or change my current setup? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Nov 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Protect my pants

I want something to protect my pants from bike grease. Holding the pant tight with a conventional pant-holding-device is not sufficient, I still get chain grease all over my right calf. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Seattle in 48 hours!

I'll be in Seattle for 48 hours (Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon) for a brief leg of a solo trip. Help me structure my time there for maximum wandery enjoyable urban exploration, with perhaps a little bit of hiking thrown in? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Budget range - 4 month cycle trip through Europe

One thing that my wife and I would like to do soon is a longer bike trip. We have ideas about taking four months [may through august] to cycle across [mostly] western Europe. Can we afford to do this? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Oct 15, 2014 - 15 answers

How do you travel by bike to Whidbey Island in Puget Sound?

I'd like to travel to Whidbey Island via bicycle from Seattle. What is the most efficient and direct route? A ferry ride would be extra fun, but I am confused by the different schedules etc. The trip will be in mid September. I'll be staying a few days on the island. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Two great tastes that taste great together

I'd like to start biking to my yoga studio. I need to bring my own mat. Talk to me about what works. Difficulty: trail-a-bike hitch precludes a cargo rack. Is there another way to carry it on my bike? I'm also open to mat bags that play nicely with riding a bike. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Aug 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Adjusting the trigger pull on Shimano STX shifters?

I just put some new ergonomic grips on my mountain bike, and they're slightly thicker rubber than the older ones. The tiny bit of extra circumference now obstructs the pull of my trigger shifter. When I try to go into a higher gear there's not enough clearance for the trigger to engage the ratchet in the shifter and move the dérailleur. I can force it if I squeeze hard enough and push the lever back out, and the bike shifts gears fine, so the issue is not cable tension. My question: Is there a way to adjust the trigger pull to be slightly further away from the handlebars? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Coping after an accident

I was in an accident recently and I need advice on coping. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Bicycle aficionados: Help me ID the logo on this bike part

I've googled all around, but can't find the brand of my triple chainring and pant guard. It's for a Trek hybrid, if that helps. Here's a closeup of the logo. It has an S with a three-point crown. It doesn't appear to be Suntour or Shimano, so I don't know. Thanks!
posted by 4midori on Aug 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Bicycle Vanity

I have this bike. I need help finding panniers and clothes to go with it. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me buy my first bike!

I've just learned to ride a bike for the first time as an adult, and now I'm trying to buy one. Catch: I know nothing about them. [more inside]
posted by ostro on Aug 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Are there any bike locks that don't use bulky/fragile plastic keys?

A few weeks ago, my bike lock left me stranded after the stupid plastic key handle broke off, leaving the rest of the key trapped inside the lock (and leaving me trapped four miles from home, in the rain). Similarly, the weird plastic key handles add a lot of unnecessary heft to my keychain. Are there any decent bike locks that use "normal" keys? Bonus points if I can get multiple locks that use the same key.
posted by schmod on Aug 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Selling a bike on Craigslist

I have a 2006 women's Schwinn Voyageur GS hybrid/comfort bicycle that has been gathering dust in my living room for the last six years. Is this even worth bothering trying to sell on Craigslist, or should I just donate it to the local bike rescue? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 6, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I NAKED bike ride? You know, when it's permissible and orderly.

I'd like to participate in a festival-related naked bike ride! [GULP!] I've never done this, but am excited to do so. At this point, I am unsure what I need to know going into it to make it the most fun. Your inputs are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Affordable LED bicycle light sets

I am looking to start a program within my community to distribute front and rear bicycle lights, hopefully free of charge, to anyone in need. Can anyone suggest a vendor or retailer that could/would offer wholesale prices on a single order to a person, organization, or entity that would distribute the lights, again, hopefully free of charge, but in the worst case scenario, at cost? [more inside]
posted by maleru on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Recommend an extra-large hybrid bike with an internal hub

I'm looking to purchase an extra-large hybrid bike with an internal hub. This would be for casual riding with my family, but ideally the bike is somewhat sporty for longer rides and something I can grow into. The bike will not be used for commuting. If the internal hub request makes this bike a unicorn, then recommend a good all-around hybrid.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 21, 2014 - 14 answers

What happens after a bike accident?

My husband got doored on his bike. There was a police report, the guy who hit him stayed on the scene and was actually on the job (delivery) when he opened his door into my husband, who was in the bike lane. The driver did have insurance and presumably the company insures, too. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jul 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Is my bike too small?

I am a 5'8" woman who rides a 56cm (large) Specialized Tricross. I do not race on this bike — I have it set up for commuting and use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets. Or, I *would* use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets, except riding it for any longer than a couple of miles is pretty uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jul 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Feasability of importing used Dutch / Danish / German bike to USA

Does anyone have experience with trying to import *used* Dutch bikes (or Danish, or German, etc) into the USA? I've only been able to find *new* bikes for sale, and they tend to cost much more than similarly priced American / Chinese / Taiwanese re-makes (Linus, WorkCycles, Etc). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Jul 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Biking numbness

I get numbness in my right hand after biking 5 to 10 miles. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Should I still do leg workouts during cycling season?

I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Jul 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Bike helmet for the helmet averse

I want to buy a helmet for my 20 year old son who commutes to work and school via bike. He does not now own a helmet and hasn't since middle school and would not be likely to purchase one, but I'd like to give him one. What helmet would he be likely to wear? [more inside]
posted by readery on Jun 25, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me ride my new bike

Cyclists of MeFi: I recently acquired a lovely new ride but wow, is it ever different from my daily commuter. Help me get used to drop bars and downtube shifters. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Jun 16, 2014 - 25 answers

I want to ride my bicycle - NY edition

I'll be in Manhattan from this weekend for a conference and some holiday time. I'm trying to keep up cycle training for a big event in two months. Are there routes around Manhattan where I can do some nice mileage while seeing some sights and feeling secure? Details within. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

How to carry stuff and bike?

I've recently gotten into bike riding. What is the best way to carry stuff? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jun 2, 2014 - 28 answers

Mountain Biking between Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

how/where do I buy a used bicycle in Greater Boston?

I would like to purchase a beater bicycle. I will use it to go several miles along a maintained bike path to get to a subway station. My ideal scenario: I travel to a location where there are several shit bicycles. I select one of the shit bicycles, I hand someone a smallish amount of money, and I stop thinking about purchasing a bicycle. I don't care if it is a pink bicycle covered in swastikas provided that it works and is reasonably priced. Let's make this happen!
posted by Mayor Curley on May 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me decide what do about my bike situation

My once-loved 3 speed bike is no longer meeting my needs. Should I buy a brand new bike or try to upgrade what I have? [more inside]
posted by bobafet on May 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Advice on ordering single-speed bike online

I'm looking into ordering a single-speed bike online (freewheel, not fixie). I'm a little hesitant to order something that I'll be using every day sight unseen. Anyone have any experience with Pure Fix, Retrospec, Republic, Solé or State Bicycles? Or Motobecane or Dawes single-speeds from Bikesdirect.com? What should I be aware of in general, ordering a bike online?
posted by gottabefunky on May 21, 2014 - 12 answers

$220 for a service, or put that towards a new bicycle?

I have an 18 month old Trek 7.1FX hybrid bike ($450 new) that I use to commute 5 days, 120km per week. Should I spend half the cost of a new bike on a service, or put that towards a new bike? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I look after my bike?

I recently bought a new hybrid bike which I will be using regularly for leisure rides. What do I need to know about basic maintenance (cleaning, lube, degreasing etc) to keep it in best shape. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on May 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Cargo or longtail bike for my snowflakey family?

Is there a cargo bike that meets my needs? If so, which one? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 13, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I turn my old iPhone 4 into a great (offline) bike computer?

I have an old iPhone 4 (running iOS 7) that has no sim card. GPS and wifi and all that still work fine and it's got plenty of space. I want to find an app that will allow me to download a big swath of map around my house for offline use, then stick the phone in a bracket on my handlebars and use it as a bike computer to tell me speed, mileage, route, etc. Ideally it would show me where I am on the map as I go, too. I'd gladly pay for the app if it is not free. Is this possible?
posted by AgentRocket on May 13, 2014 - 3 answers

I Am Very Tall and Want a Bike

I'm 6' 8'' tall and want a bike mostly for riding around the city or longer bike path/road trips. What bike should I buy? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on May 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Hexagonal bicycle tail light

Where can I get more of this hexagonal bike tail light? It has 6 LED's, a yellow on-button, and a clip in the back. No other identifying marks. Takes CR2032 or similar batteries. Would love to buy a whole bunch more!
posted by Questolicious on Apr 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I appraise this Casati bike frame my office might have ruined?

I bought a good condition vintage Casati frameset for $380 4 years ago and have been riding it regularly since, without any issues. I recently slipped into a gap between two grates at the bottom of the ramp leading into my work garage and didn't hurt myself but the bike's back wheel was rubbing against the frame. I took it to a shop and they said the frame was bent (I think they said dropouts were bent). I relayed the information to my workplace and they are filing an insurance claim. My questions are as follows: could that damage have occurred somehow before without me noticing? How do I appraise the worth of my bike? I can't recall the model name and can't find a serial number, i just only see the brand and the columbus decal. And finally, is there anything else I should do in preparation for this claim? [more inside]
posted by qzar on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

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

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