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Bicycle Data for Portland, OR

Where can I find data about cyclists in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by georgemandis on Dec 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Charging while cycling

I'm going on a 10+ day bike ride and want to be able to use my fantastic Nokia 6110 (with built in GPS) and my ipod Nano as long as possible. I bought a cheap solar panel charger on ebay and have found that it's useless. What are the best solutions? So far under consideration are better solar, a spare battery for the phone and emergency chargers that can be recharged when I can get to mains power. The 'name brand' solar chargers around, the solio and the freeloader also have negative reviews. The Freeplay 12V looks cool, but has also got some pretty poor reviews (but at least it looks like it works). What would you recommend?
posted by sien on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

333 half-devil hubs

Anyone have an idea where to find information on rebuilding old Shimano 3-speed hubs from the 1970s? They were on lowcost (Sears, Murray, Huffy) bikes, and often they are the only part of the bike that has not rusted into oblivion. [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Nov 23, 2007 - 3 answers

I need bike pants!

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

How to buy a cheap (less than $100) bike in NYC to learn how to ride on?

How to buy a cheap (less than $100) bike in NYC to learn how to ride on? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Nov 6, 2007 - 33 answers

My metal's wearing away!

BikeFilter: How long do SPD pedals typically last? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Build a bike battery container

I'm working on an electric recumbent bicycle using a Bike-E as the bike part. I want to hang my batteries below the seat by building two containers to hang on the sides of the Bike-E's alloy beam body. What's the best way to build the container? [more inside]
posted by diode on Oct 31, 2007 - 7 answers

BikeFilter: I need remedial Presta valve help.

BikeFilter: I need remedial Presta valve help. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Clipless pedals clip in?

Clipless pedals, biking shoes ... how do I make sense of it all? On a budget? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish on Oct 23, 2007 - 21 answers

Sweat out your demons -- refill with H2O

I remember ads from maybe the late 90s / early 2000s in bike magazines (especially mountain bike magazines) from Camelbak. These were fullpage ads, with a caption something like "Sweat out your demons -- refill with H2O." The one I remember distinctly had a photo of a mountain biker on a Utah-esque rock drinking from the Camelbak. Anyone know where I could get copies of these?
posted by devilsbrigade on Oct 10, 2007 - 1 answer

every where i look i see crime in the city

Hello, I'm looking for the locations of where famous crimes in San Francisco took place so I can organize a bicycle ride with some friends to check them out. So far I've come up with 101 california, the location of the last gun deul in califonria by lake merced, and the hibernia bank (patty hearsts bank robbery). any other spots that we should check out would be most appreciated, the more accurate the address, the better.
posted by atom128 on Oct 7, 2007 - 27 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

Best bicycle shop in LA?

Looking for a friendly bike shop in LA to pick up a Cruiser style bicycle to ship back to Australia. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Oct 4, 2007 - 5 answers

What's with the tall bikes?

I can't believe I'm wasting my question on this, but here goes: why do people ride those tall bikes? [more inside]
posted by elquien on Oct 1, 2007 - 15 answers

It's easy as riding a bike. I want to believe!

At the relatively old age of 29, I've decided to relearn* how to ride a bike. Bicycle, that is. What are the unspoken (ha!) rules and things I should know? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 19, 2007 - 36 answers

Any trouble with bike equipment on board?

Am I going to have any trouble carrying my bike helmet on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Sep 13, 2007 - 7 answers

What are the toughest tubes I can get for my (most likely) inappropriate bike tires?

What are the toughest tubes I can get for my (most likely) inappropriate bike tires? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Sep 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Legalities after Bicycle Accident?

I got hit by a car on a bicycle while carrying a laptop. Bicycle & laptop are busted, but thankfully I'm not. What do I do now, legally speaking? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Sep 7, 2007 - 19 answers

electric bikes?

Experiences with an electric bike? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Sep 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Hitch on a 2007 Camry

Anyone have any experience with installing a hitch for use with a hitch bike rack on a Toyota Camry? I haven't had a chance to visit the dealer, but is there an official Toyota-sanctioned hitch for a 2007 Camry? The manual says it can tow 1000 lbs, so there's gotta be something. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Aug 30, 2007 - 5 answers

I want to join a cycling group in San Francisco

Can the hive mind recommend a good road cycling group in San Francisco? I'm looking for a recreational (but serious) cycling group that has sociable members preferably in their mid 20s to early 30s.
posted by Juggermatt on Aug 25, 2007 - 0 answers

Steel or aluminum bike frame?

I'm looking to purchase a new bike, but I don't know what frame to get. Steel or aluminum? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Aug 13, 2007 - 22 answers

Did this fall off my bike?

Please identify this piece of hardware that I think fell off my bike. [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Aug 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Good frame with a nice rack

Any bike nuts willing to help? I saw a bicycle frame for sale on the internet a while ago, green touring frame with rear pannier racks as part of the frame, not as an accessory. I failed to bookmark the site. Anyone have any idea where to find this? Thanks [more inside]
posted by beta male on Aug 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Riding the short bike.

I may be in the market for a bike in the next few years. I'm 19 and 4'8" and I do not want some cupcake little girl's bike from Target (which is basically what my last one was way back in 8th grade). What specs should I be looking for in women's bikes to accomodate me? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Jul 28, 2007 - 16 answers

A Bike Carrier Built for 2 (or 3)

BikeFilter: I need to get a bike carrier, and I need advice. Of course there's ... [more inside]
posted by davereed on Jul 26, 2007 - 8 answers

I want an exercise bike which can charge my phone. Does such a thing exist? If not, could I make one?

Is it possible to buy an exercise/stationary bike which generates electricity? If not, how hard would it be to build one or modify an existing exercise bike?
posted by handee on Jul 25, 2007 - 5 answers

ideal bike basket for carrying laptop bag and other stuff

Seeking: lightweight, deep "pannier"-style bike baskets that will keep my bike's center of gravity low and protect my laptop in case of a spill. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Looking for a bike route from Chicago's North Side to the loop

For a novice, what is a good bike route from Chicago's North Side to the loop? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jul 22, 2007 - 12 answers

The Case of the Old Bike

Help me be a great neighbor... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath on Jul 20, 2007 - 39 answers

I Need a Dentist in Chicago

I don't have dental insurance but I have a dental emergency in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by danb1 on Jul 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Used roadbike? Help!

How do I find/buy/examine a used roadbike? I don't want to win the Tour De France, I just want to cycle around the lake near our house 2-3 times a week (which I can access crossing just one major street which has a stoplight). Approx. 12 miles or so... [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jul 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Exercise bikes for the heavyweight user...

So then... I'm a chunky bastard and I want to buy an exercise bike... [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jul 14, 2007 - 17 answers

Can I Fix My Indexed Shifter?

My new-to-me Schwinn Frontier mountain bike's indexed shifter for the rear gears is unwell. Help me nurse it back to health. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jul 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Bike Repair

Help me fix my classic Schwinn beach cruiser bike! [more inside]
posted by LoopyG on Jul 3, 2007 - 12 answers

Save my (Apartment's) Carpet!

My new apartment has carpet in a few places I wish it didn't. Help me keep my (potential) mess away from this carpet and save my security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me pick my new bike!

Help me pick my new bike! [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Jul 1, 2007 - 60 answers

Cycle fitness

How can my push-bike stay healthy if stored outdoors? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 24, 2007 - 4 answers

How dangerous is a bumpy ride to work for my laptop?

Commuting by bike and carrying a laptop in a pannier: good idea or recipe for a data disaster? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

What is that noise?

Bicyclefilter: A pronounced grinding/scraping from my rear wheel. Is this potentially unsafe, or simply embarrassing, to ride? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Jun 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Decent bike for ~$300?

Decent bike for ~$300? Cheapest local bike store bike, or the most expensive Target one? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish on Jun 3, 2007 - 47 answers

new to biking

I got a bike. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jun 2, 2007 - 24 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

Tandem Trail-a-bike

I am in a desperate search for a tandem trail-a-bike. I know they exist but from my searching on the internet and calling local bike shops they possibly aren't being made any more. Adams seems to be the company who has made them. [more inside]
posted by bove on May 31, 2007 - 12 answers

Help a first time bike courier

Help me be a bike / bicycle messenger / courier in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 30, 2007 - 14 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

How to change a bike tyre with only one lever?

How do I change a mountain bike tyre with only one tyre lever? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 on May 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Why so small, tire?

Help me understand what's wrong with my new bicycle tire. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on May 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Bike tech help for the non-bike weenie.

I've resurrected my bike for the second time from the shed at my mom's to get back into riding regularly, but this time there is something wrong with the gear shifters. Bear with me as I try to explain inside as I know little about the nuts and bolts of bikes. I'm hoping the bike nerds of MeFi can help me diagnose the problem and give me an idea of how much it might cost to fix so that I can weigh repair with purchasing a new bike. [more inside]
posted by stefnet on May 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Switching a bicycle crankset for a triple crankset

How difficult is it to swap out the (double) crankset on a bike I'm hoping to buy for a triple? Will it require a new shifter? Chain? Etc? [more inside]
posted by carterk on May 3, 2007 - 15 answers

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