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Bicycle trailer parking etiquette

I just got a used bike trailer (a Burly, thanks for the advice mefi) and now I am wondering how I am going to lock it up and what the best practices are for parking it. I imagine as much as possible, I'll try to get it out of the way, but I will be locking it in all kind of situations. Best locks? Thx
posted by Duffington on May 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Transporting a Recumbent Road Bike!

I have a specific question about transporting my Rans Tailwind Recumbent Road Bike in my trailer using fork traps that I attached to the trailer myself. My question is whether or not I need to take the seat off the bike before I transport it at highway speeds. See inside for more details and pictures. [more inside]
posted by crapples on May 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Garmin-compatible bike training schedule for a 180-mile ride

I want to sign up for Bike Around the Bay. If you're familiar with the MS150, it's similar — 180 miles over two days, circumnavigating Galveston Bay. But I need a training plan. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on May 18, 2013 - 4 answers

San Francisco bike questions

I'll be travelling to San Francisco for a conference the last week of May and I'd like to rent a bicycle and bike around a bit. Any bike-related stuff going on then? This and other bike questions inside. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Bike camping gear in northern Ontario

Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Is this a scam? What's the angle here?

Something fishy is going on in my store, but I can't wrap my head around it. Why would a customer buy/return around $25,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a few months? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 1, 2013 - 108 answers

old peugeot road bike make sense for a beginner

I am looking to get into road cycling, but I cannot afford even the basic entry level bikes (with the Trek 1.1 running at $700 - and the others going on up in price). I found several old Peugeot bikes from the 70s and 80s on Craigslist in my area that are available for under $200. My question is would one of these old high quality bikes work or would I just be riding an albatross (so to speak)? I want to be able to keep up with my buddies if we ride together - so would I be too slow and/or worn out on an older bike? If people in the 70s could bike long distance on these things, why can't we today?
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 21, 2013 - 35 answers

Bike Care?

I need a schedule for automotive care and maintenance....but for my bicycle. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Apr 3, 2013 - 13 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

How do I stop being so paranoid about my bike being stolen?

I live in San Francisco and just started biking. Whenever I bike somewhere and lock up out of sight, I start worrying about my bike being stolen. I know it won't actually suck that much when it happens (I'll be pissed, then get a new bike). How do I stop thinking of my bike as "that expensive popular-to-steal thing I just left outside oh no?" [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 31, 2013 - 22 answers

It should have some wheels and some gears and stuff...

So I need a new bike. Or a new-to-me bike. But I'm paralyzed by indecision - new or used? What kind do I want? How do I know which local shop to trust when they all have super-mixed reviews? [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Mar 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Bike Trainers, Bike Rollers and Exercise Bikes : What is the Max Load?

I need a bike trainer, bike roller, or an exercise bike. The problem is, I weight 132 kilograms / 290 pounds. I can afford $350, at a stretch. Is there a model of any of these which will both accommodate my weight, and be affordable? My googling turns up nothing.
posted by Chasuk on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 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

Glowing like District 12

Looking for reflective "things" for my bike. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 8, 2013 - 16 answers

What is my best cycling route to the Western Ave Metra in Chicago?

What's the best cycling route from my place in the Ukrainian Village to the Western Ave (at Hubbard) Metra? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Can I change my hybrid's handlebars to make it closer to a road bike?

So my awesome SO bought me a woman's hybrid bike for my birthday, and I realized after a few long-ish bike ride that I'm having 2 issues: 1.) My shoulders hurt. Bad. And for weeks. 2.) Less an issue, but my lower back also bugs me after a long ride. Is it possible to change the ergonomics of the bike by changing the handlebars? If you've done this, please share your story! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 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

Reliable Transportation

What are the arguments for and against method of transportation as a protected class? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Feb 24, 2013 - 24 answers

Offroad biking clothes for the large and temperate

Looking for offroad biking clothes that don't make me look like shrink-wrapped tripe or some kind of junior-high skater dude. What does the middle-aged country gentleman wear on a bicycle hack through the shrubbery? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Removing paint/ink logotypes from bare aluminum w/o damaging the finish?

Paint Removal/Solvent Experts: Looking for solvents/methods for removing paint (ink?) logos from semi-glossy aluminum bicycle parts, without damaging or changing the finish. Detailed pics inside. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Worst. Bike thief. Ever.

What to do with an abandoned, probably stolen, bike? [more inside]
posted by troika on Feb 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Best way to transport a bike?

What is the best/most economical way to transport a bike without driving it? I am trying to move a bike from LA to SF.
posted by nathanm on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Noooooo! Not my bike!!

My Cervelo P2 has a puncture on the top bar/tube. Will I further damage it if I ride it on a trainer for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Feb 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Vintage fixed-gear bicycle store in Los Angeles

I once wandered into a store selling vintage steel road frames converted into fixed-gear bikes. I think I was in the Silverlake area, but it could have been Los Feliz or Echo Park (I had been exploring LA all that day with a free TAP Card and wasn't 100% oriented). Does anyone know what store this might have been, or where I could find a similar store in the LA area? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Jan 31, 2013 - 6 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

Exercise Bike

I'm looking at buying a gym quality exercise bike, which bike should I buy and what price range should I expect? [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Jan 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Bike Pump: Am I doing it wrong?

I've got a bike. I've got a compatible pump (two actually!). So why can't I seem to get the tires full enough to ride on? NB: I'm starting from completely flat tires (it's been a long time since I've ridden the bike). Is it not possible to hand pump bike tires all the way from flat?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 24, 2013 - 45 answers

Changing gears on a single speed bike

My new single speed is a bit too easy to ride. What are my options to make the gear harder? Specifically, what should I ask a bike shop to change and how much should it cost? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jan 19, 2013 - 8 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

Community bike shop impact studies?

Are there any studies on community bike shop impact studies on adult personal & economic self-sufficiency? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jan 7, 2013 - 11 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

Bike puzzle

My bike is trapped by a gross, muscle-y motorcycle. How can I get it out? [more inside]
posted by Ventre Mou on Nov 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Affordable, durable bike for a 10 year old?

Suggestions for a reasonably priced and durable bike for a ten year old? Thanks in advance, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Why does BART not allow bikes in the first car?

Why does BART not allow bikes in the first car? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 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

How to learn to ride a bike as an adult

Four-year-olds can do it. Grannies can do it. My mom can do it. I could do it myself thirty years ago, but it isn't true that you never forget. How can I re-learn to ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Oct 14, 2012 - 36 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 should I look for in a sub-1K mountain bike?

Which low/mid range mountain bike should I get? I'm a reasonably serious road rider, but now find myself living in an area where the road biking leaves a lot to be desired (and, frankly, the local drivers and roads have me worried for my safety). The mountain biking is supposedly fantastic, so I'd like to give that a try. I'm not looking to do jumps, but am happy ascending and doing controlled descents. This will be an off-road only bike used near Albuquerque, NM. [more inside]
posted by jeffch on Sep 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me understand what fool thing I did

What horrible injury have I done myself? Not-immediately-threatening bike accident injury question. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Advanced eBay search

How to search for a buyer's cancelled items on eBay? Reasons below. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Sep 12, 2012 - 2 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

Give me some beginner cycling advice.

What advice would you give beginning cyclists interested in getting exercise as a couple? Bonus points for Rhode Island specific recommendations! [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Sep 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Biking in Toronto in winter/ Where to buy awesome notebooks

Toronto student life filter: Two questions! 1) How likely will I be able to commute to school (only 1.5 km) in the winter months? 2) Where can I find lots of choices for notebooks that are high quality but affordable? Downtown/near U of T preferred. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Sep 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me pick a new road bike!

I'm thinking of getting a new road bike, and would like some help in picking one. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Aug 27, 2012 - 45 answers

On purchasing a hand built bicycle

On purchasing a hand built bicycle, similar to this one. I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Aug 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts

Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Aug 23, 2012 - 27 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

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