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Help me unjam my U lock

My Palmy U lock, with one of those simple circular keys, is stuck. How do I open it? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Nov 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Hanging bike from ceiling hooks in metal studs

I'd like to hang my bike upside down from two hooks in the ceiling. This is in a condo in Miami with 1/2" drywall over metal stud framing. I was able to examine the studs by removing a vent cover and they seem awfully flimsy to me, so I'm wondering what would be the simplest and safest method for doing this. The bike weighs about 22.5 lbs. [more inside]
posted by theory on Oct 29, 2015 - 11 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

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

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

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

A few specific questions about Paris.

I am visiting Paris next week for a work conference. I had a few specific questions around my phone, renting a bike, what to do in Quartier Latin, and more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by buoys in the hood on May 20, 2015 - 17 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn bike tune-up recommendations

Where should I take my bike in Brooklyn (preferably near Downtown/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens) for a tune-up? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Apr 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Bicycle for teen girl?

My niece would like a bicycle to get around - I have some old ones, but they would need tune-ups. What does she need, and am I better off having an old one worked on, or just getting a new one? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Apr 3, 2014 - 20 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

Help me buy a bike please

Shopping for a used bike for light commuting and weekend touring. What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 12, 2013 - 16 answers

How to best deliver a used kid's mountain bike from the US to Canada?

Our family of four will be flying to Vancouver, BC, soon to visit my brother and his family. One of the things we'd like to do, if it makes sense, is bring along our daughter's 20" mountain bike to give to his kids. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Nov 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Aborted bike theft or malicious prank?

Someone messed with my parked bike today, and I'm not sure if they were just extremely incompetent thieves or if they were some jerk trying to make my bike surreptitiously unsafe. [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Bike fixes on the cheap?

What's the cheapest place in Philly that I can get a decent bike tune up done? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

When can I remove a bike locked to my property?

I know YANML but if someone locks their bike to my gate, at what point am I allowed to remove it? Must there be a posted sign? And, then, am I responsible for the removed bike if it is damaged in the process? Do I have to hold it for the owner? If I do, can I charge $100 a day for this service? What exactly are the laws governing this kind of situation? If location is relevant, I'm in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

New bike or upgrade the frame with old components?

I ride a single speed (flip flop hub) here in NYC and am at a bit of a crossroads - my bike is at the shop and the diagnosis is grim - the worn out seat post is corroded into the frame. If it doesn't come out easy the repairs might be more than the original cost of the bike. Should I strip the components off the bike and get a new frame? Or a new bike entirely? Bike fiends I'd love some tips/pointers on this one. Specific details inside... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Aug 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Hard shell lockable pannier?

I'm looking for a hard shell lockable pannier for my bike. I would like it to lock, and also lock to my bike. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Aug 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Bicycle seat bag with a durable zipper

Anyone have recommendations for a large bicycle seat bag that has a durable zipper? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it possible to get a rear rack for this bike?

This is my bike (flickr set); it's a late 1980s Peugeot Cassis (I'm pretty sure.) I live in Victoria, Australia. Is it possible to purchase a rear pannier rack for this bike, I have looked at standard bike shop racks and haven't found one that fits. Where would I purchase one of these racks (I'm in Melbourne until Thursday) and how much am I looking at paying? [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Apr 2, 2013 - 9 answers

California Cycling Sonoma and/or Yosemite?

Planning a vacation in California in May and was thinking I would like to do some cycling and see a bit of scenery. Sonoma and Yosemite seem attractive options, but where to stay and hire bikes? How many days should I set aside for this? I could be in the San Francisco area for ten days or so. [more inside]
posted by asok on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Please help me pick out a bike for myself

I'm looking for a three wheel bike for various reasons, but I'm getting conflicting advice, so I'd like even more advice. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Powering a work environment from a bike dynamo?

I'll soon be off on a big bike tour, and would like reccomendations for running a computer/tablet able to do actual work from a bike dynamo hub (details inside). [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 15, 2013 - 29 answers

Too small for tricks?

12" BMX bike for 12-year old? [NYcares Winter wishes filter] [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 29, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm not biking this whole way just to take a picture in front of the White House.

Biking to Washington, DC, arriving Oct 19 and leaving the 21st. What should I do (bike-related and not) while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

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

Help me ID this bike

Yes, it's a bike. It says Bianchi. How do I identify what kind it is and what it's worth? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Oct 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired?

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Sep 17, 2012 - 14 answers

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by minedev on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I watch this years Vuelta a España online?

How can I watch this years Vuelta a España online? [more inside]
posted by u17tw on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Dark mapping app for overnight cycling

I'm going on an overnight bike ride tonight, and I think I'm fine with all my supplies except for routing. I've got a handlebar mount for my phone, but I need a mapping app which I can use overnight which won't affect my night vision, and will save energy. Is there an Android app which I can import a .GPX file into and which can follow my progress and make sure I don't miss any turns on a minimal grey on black street map? I'm in the UK and all the route will be on Open Street Map.
posted by ambrosen on Aug 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to diagnose a creak on my road bike, and figure out what I can do about it.

Trying to diagnose a creak on my road bike, and figure out what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 1, 2012 - 26 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

Nonconsensual rear bike wheel swap

I had to leave my bike at a rail station for a few days. When I picked it up again it felt funny on the way home, and a close inspection showed someone had swapped my rear wheel for another almost identical one. Can anyone familiar with bike theft explain what happened? It's not totally the same, but the rear cassette is identical, the tyre of the same good make but with a heavier tread. The original wasn't anything special - the stock Bontrager off a 6yo Trek 7.3 hybrid.
posted by cromagnon on Jul 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Guy at bike shop, who appears to be a reputable bike fitter, tells me he can make a bike I like less fit like a bike I like more. Is he right or just trying to move last year's product?

Truth or hyperbole: Guy at bike shop, who appears to be a reputable bike fitter, tells me he can make a bike I like less fit like a bike I like more. Is he right or just trying to move last year's product? [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Jul 18, 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


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

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