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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 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

Tiny Black Biking Backpack

I would like a black backpack, smaller than your average backpack, that's just large enough to fit my iPad, u-lock, and a few essentials while riding my bike. Something like this would work, except I would really prefer something with a squared off rolltop or flap top to the traditional rounded zipper backpack opening. To be even more picky, I would prefer it to be water-resistant, and ideally from a small messenger bag company that manufactures in the USA. If I could just buy something like this and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Biking in Dallas in December: Is it feasible?

I am attending the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, TX on December 4-7, 2014. The event will be held at Fair Park (the Dallas fairgrounds). I am wondering if it would be feasible to rent a bike as my mode of transportation in Dallas. [more inside]
posted by stompadour on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Good bike for long distance biking?

Biking from Pittsburgh to DC: what is the best bike for me?? [novice biker] [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Now that WeEndure is shutting down...

Now that WeEndure is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout?

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

Should I get a fatbike? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Oct 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Can I buy just the end of a bike pump or just the inside of a bike helmet?

I have a 20 year old bike pump and helmet. The pump had a rubber nozzle end that is eaten away. The helmet had some felt that is also crumbling. Can I buy just these bits or do I need whole new equiptment? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Sep 10, 2012 - 15 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

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

Biking in my suit? How not to ruin my pants.

Anything like a suit-friendly bikeseat cover? [more inside]
posted by alchemist on May 12, 2012 - 5 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

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

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

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

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

Walkable shoes and pedals for biking in light rain

I'd like some clipless pedals and corresponding shoes that are moderately walkable, have some float, and are dual-sided. What pedal system and shoe do I want? The more specific, the better. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Mar 22, 2011 - 18 answers

Please advise on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN.

Please give me some advice on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN. [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings on Oct 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Or do I just need to knead my knee?

I just got into road cycling this year. I bought a bike in February, and have been ramping up in miles and pace since then. I just did a metric century (actually ~67 miles) a few weeks ago, my longest ride yet, and it killed my left knee. With this in mind, how do I keep up my progress in the off-season and return harder better faster stronger? What else can I do to move up a division for next year? (Also-- your thoughts on trainer versus stationary exercise bike: give me them.) [more inside]
posted by supercres on Sep 28, 2010 - 17 answers

She can't pedal, but can she still ride?

We try to use our bikes as our main mode of transportation. We just adopted a wonderful (small) dog, and we'd like to see if there's a solution for putting a dog safely on a bike without the use of an expensive doggie trailer. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Bike legs.

BikeCommuteFilter: Shifting up to riding five days a week. But my legs already hurt from my twice-a-week routine! [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 11, 2010 - 32 answers

Impervius!

Underground in a secret lab, the hive mind works feverishly and with a single purpose: to create...the perfect Boston bicyclist! Impermeable to wind, water, ice, slush, and mud, there's nothing Boston can throw at him that he can't handle! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Dec 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Biking in the rain

Questions about bike gear for the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Bike riding in the Hudson Valley!

Perfect autumn bike rides in New York's Hudson Valley. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Sep 16, 2009 - 6 answers

What do I need to do to store my mountain bike?

I'm fairly new to the mountain bike game and unfortunately I am having to park my mountain bike for three months whilst I work away. Security is not an issue but in general what maintenance and precautions do I need to take, if any, before it goes away? FYI: I have a 2008 Kona Cinder Cone (linky) and the bike is currently in a reasonably clean state (but not spotless).
posted by logicalsequence on Aug 10, 2009 - 6 answers

How to keep backpack drive in rain while biking?

Anyone have any good DYI ideas on how to keep your bag dry in the rain while biking? Some kind of plastic cover with elastic? [more inside]
posted by amedia on Sep 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Biking makes my butt hurt

I'm a girl who (after working her way up to it for a few weeks) has been biking about 10 miles per trip about 2 or 3 times per week for about 3 weeks now on a bike that is similar to the Electra Amsterdam Sport here. I feel great, except that my butt hurts. We tried adjusting the seat higher, and that didn't help, so we moved it back down. We tried moving the back of the seat higher (so it sort of looked like this from the side >), and that was noticably bad, so we moved the front of the seat higher ( < )and that helped a little. But, my butt still hurts. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Jul 3, 2008 - 28 answers

Fat guy on a little bike?

Is this bike sturdy enough for a 280lb man? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on May 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Fight or flight?

I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on May 20, 2008 - 27 answers

For The Green: a bike bag?

Looking for an eco-friendly messenger bag. Used? Recycled? Fabric? What have you? [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Apr 30, 2008 - 18 answers

I need bike pants!

I'm looking for winter biking pants [more inside]
posted by Mid on Nov 7, 2007 - 21 answers

Washboards FTW

Local Knowledge: Looking for an application that can tell me if a road is paved/dirt/unmaintained. [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Oct 7, 2007 - 7 answers

How to avoid the forward pitched feeling on my bike?

Yet another BikeFilter question, but the high concentration of cyclists here compels me to ask. Should I keep using my current bike for commuting, modify it, or get something else, to avoid that pitched-forward, numb-hands feeling? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Jun 1, 2007 - 26 answers

Byke March 2001

[ChicagoFilter] I am going to attempt to bike to work, which means biking along the lake from Andersonville to the Navy Pier area. Any tips? I haven't biked in 10 years, and don't want to be killed by racing pros. [more inside]
posted by moooshy on May 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Biking on the Manhattan Greenway & GWB

I'd like to bike around the Manhattan waterfront, starting and ending at the GWB, using the official greenway path (pdf). My question is about those sections in red and blue: will I be biking through traffic? Having never ridden a bike through NYC traffic, am I putting myself in danger? How long would the entire thing take? Related question: has anyone ridden a bike across the GWB recently? It's legal, though they make it sound like it's teeming with pedestrian.
posted by exhilaration on Apr 30, 2006 - 8 answers

How can my bike survive NYC?

How do I make my bike less attractive to thieves? (Plus, other NYC biking questions.) [more inside]
posted by hooray on Mar 22, 2006 - 31 answers

The Tour De Chance

BikeFilter: I live in a small but bustling city outside of a much larger one. For minor errands, I prefer biking over driving (when possible). So why do I have to bike on the road instead of on the sidewalk (it's a ticketable offense here)? [more inside]
posted by Sinner on Jul 11, 2005 - 92 answers

Tell me all about gearing on tandem bikes

BikeFilter: How does the gearing on tandem bikes work? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by LairBob on Jun 29, 2004 - 7 answers

Mapping Better Bike Routes

I'd like to bicycle more, and would love to commute to work on bike. However, the most direct route to work is up a 35-40 MPH road. Are there any software packages for mapping that allow me to make routes that exclude certain roads, so I can exclude the heavily traffic routes.
posted by benjh on May 1, 2004 - 6 answers

Buying a Bike

In keeping up with trying to get back into shape and the coming of warmer times here in the midwest, I am looking to purchase a bike. Haven't bought one in decades and I am getting a bit bewildered by the vast selection out there. Any suggestions on a mid-priced bike for riding on city streets with the occasional foray into state park trails? I'm also fairly poor in the "upkeep" department, so some kind of rugged workhorse would be preferable.
posted by sharksandwich on Mar 20, 2004 - 11 answers

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