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How can I finish the Five Boro Bike Tour and still have fun while doing it?

I have a ~50 miles bike ride ahead of me this Sunday, which I've done before. However, I am completely out of shape and haven't been training much lately. What should I do to increase my chances of finishing while still having a pleasant ride and without completely destroying my Monday? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 29, 2011 - 16 answers

How to deal with a traffic ticket I got while on my bike in New York?

I was cycling in Central Park this morning and got a summons for running a red light with my bike. Now what? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Keep me dry

Fender suggestions for a road bike [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Bike locker for home use?

Where to find/how to build an outdoor bike locker for use at home? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Apr 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Too fat to ride?

Am I too heavy for my bike? Looking for info on weight limits for bike frames/rims. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Portugal by cycle

Trying to plan a June bicycling trip in Portugal that either ends or begins in Coimbra. Does anyone have any experience cycling in Portugal? What are the good books? Any tips? My google-fu has failed me, and I can only seem to find places which want to take me on guided bike tours. [more inside]
posted by pmb on Apr 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Are there any free/cheap bike programs for kids?

Do you know of any programs in the Portland-Metro area which provide free or cheap bikes to kids? [more inside]
posted by miss meg on Apr 8, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I look for in a mid-range commuter bike?

What should I look for in a mid-range commuter bike? And where should I buy one in Oxford, UK? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Fix My Chain, Please!

I need to fix a stiff and twisted bicycle chain. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Apr 2, 2011 - 12 answers

I'm going to replace them with a quick release

The axle nuts on my front bike wheel seem to be stuck solid. Is there some sneaky trick to getting them to loosen up? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Apr 1, 2011 - 24 answers

Have bike, will travel! Mystic, CT edition

Vacationing in Mystic, CT area April 22-24. 2 couples, 4 bikes, 1 van. Everyone is late 20s early 30s. Need trails, food and entertainment. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Mar 28, 2011 - 12 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 give me advice on my electric bicycle pusher concept? Drawing included.

I would like to build an electric bike pusher. Having never done this before, I'm seeking advice from those who build bikes, know motors, or maybe have built electric bike pushers before (best scenario. Link to my concept after the... [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

CHICAGO+BIKES+PARTYING=TWITTER NAME

I'm starting a Twitter account to help promote Chicago/Midwest cycling events, mostly to messy bike kids who like to ride, drink, and have fun. Alleycats, bar nights, bar rides, cyclocross, fundraisers, Messenger Prom, Bicycle Film Festival, Cycle Messenger World Championship, trick jams, etc. Help me think of a @name! [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 1, 2011 - 22 answers

What is the cheapest way of getting my bike to Germany?

What is the cheapest way of getting my bike to Germany? [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Feb 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Road bike clothing online discounter?

Unbranded & weirdly branded road cycling clothing: About four years ago I came across a website that was a clearance center for major road cycling clothing manufacturers. It sold a lot of jerseys and shorts that appeared to be excess items from custom-design production runs printed for odd cat2/cat3 teams in different countries around the world, printed with sponsorships for things like Colombian soda-pop companies, German pneumatics firms, etc. They had a lot of jerseys that would normally be $75-100/ea going for around $30 a piece. I lost the URL and am not even sure if the company is still in business (iirc it was a Yahoo! storefront). [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Feb 7, 2011 - 3 answers

I want to ride like an old-timer!

How can I ride a penny-farthing bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Feb 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Bike + baby

BikingWithBaby: Seeking recommendations for baby bike seats and compatible bicycles. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jan 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Where to rent a bunch of bikes in Portland, Oregon?

I'm helping to organize a conference in Portland this coming June. As part of the conference, we'd like to do "Portland-y" tours, including a Saturday evening bike tour. But where in the world do we get bikes for 50 people (give or take)? Can you recommend bike rental outfits in Portland? Or maybe places that actually conduct bike tours? (I don't mind giving the tour myself, but am happy to have somebody else do it, too.) Any other tips for leading a big group on a tour of the city during the evening of the Starlight Parade?
posted by jdroth on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

What kind of bike do I need?

What kind of bike do I need? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jan 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Need Advice on Cruiser Bikes

I'm changing my commute from a one mile drive/ride to an eight mile drive/ride. I'm in terrible shape (good cardio, really, but wwwwaaaaayyyyy too heavy), but want to be able to bike a few days a week to the new office. So please give me advice on the best cruiser or commuter bikes for 2011! [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on Jan 8, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I make my bike ride harder while staying indoors, saving cash, and not missing TV chatter?

Is there any way to increase the workout difficulty or decrease the noise from a hand-me-down air-resistance based exercise bike? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Bike touring in the US southeast: where to go?

Bike touring in the US southeast: where to go? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Dec 26, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I keep my hobbies?

I'm looking for a little advice on transitioning from a house to an apartment (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Dec 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me pick a piece of home exercise equipment under $250

Looking to get an inexpensive (less than $250, ideally less than $200) piece of exercise equipment to use at home over the next several months of chemo. [more inside]
posted by scody on Dec 10, 2010 - 31 answers

Violin + Bike + Cold

Anyone have experience with biking their violin to and fro in a cold northern US climate? Should I be worried about it? Are the easy things I can do to minimize the chances of a string breaking, the finish cracking, or the wood warping? [more inside]
posted by kjell on Nov 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Bike-fitting in Chicago?

I am looking for the best place in Chicago to be fit (measured) for a bicycle. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Nov 15, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the best way to donate the proceedings of a sale to charity?

I have 2 adult bikes I want to sell. And since it's that time of the year, I'm also looking for charities to donate to. So I'm thinking of combining the two things. Tell me if this is a good or a bad idea. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Nov 13, 2010 - 11 answers

My last bike was flattened in a building demolition 4 years ago. True story.

As a novice buying a bike for an urban commute, what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Nov 7, 2010 - 33 answers

Need a big book bag for a small person

Best book bag for a small person carrying heavy stuff on a bike. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Nov 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Marathon Bypass Marathon Edition

Can I use the subway to cross the path of the NYC Marathon? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Nov 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Is Ortilieb really the best?

Before I go spending a lot of money on a pair of Ortilieb panniers are there any other panniers I should be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Looking for cycling north-shore aficionados

I'd like to take a group on bicycle from Cambridge MA to Salem MA. Route suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Oct 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I lock my bicycle near A. T. & T. Park on World Series Days?

Where can I lock my bicycle near A. T. and T. Park on World Series Days?
posted by doncoyote on Oct 26, 2010 - 4 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

Bicycle clothes/gear for big bodies?

I like riding my bicycle, but I'm having trouble finding clothes that fit. I'm 6'1", 305 lbs. I've researched other askme's, and there was some good stuff-- including the only company I can find so far that even comes close to fitting me-- 3XL the Minus 33 merino shirt, and even that is pretty small and tight on me. But I'm looking for more information and pointers than I can find on my own. I know there is a passionate bicycling clique here at Metafilter, and I'm hoping they can offer me some advice and sources for clothes to fit my odd-shaped body. Details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Oct 14, 2010 - 13 answers

I want to put a light on my bike helmet.

I want to put a light on my bike helmet. Do you have any specific products or strategies to recommend? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 12, 2010 - 33 answers

Best way to store bikes in an apartment?

Best way to store bikes in a small(ish) apartment? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Oct 3, 2010 - 16 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

please hope me buy a bike.

Too many local bike shops! Please help me choose one. [BayAreaFilter] [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick on Sep 24, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I winterize my bike in a rainy city?

Help me winterize my bike [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 17, 2010 - 14 answers

What's the best hub motor for an electric bike conversion?

What's the best hub motor for converting a 28" single speed into an electric bike? [more inside]
posted by maize on Sep 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Lightest, most comfortable bike helmet?

Tell me about the lightest, most comfortable bicycle helmet there is. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Screws don't fit. Am I screwed?

Installing rear rack on bike. Bolt size conundrum. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Sep 11, 2010 - 8 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

Racked with concern

I need help figuring out if a certain type of bike rack on the bus will be dangerous to use with my bike. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Sep 2, 2010 - 7 answers

What's on your MTB?

Going on a 3-day mountain bike ride, what should I bring? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

It's just like riding a bike, which is like... it's hard to explain, son!

How do I teach my 5-year old how to ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Aug 26, 2010 - 38 answers

Fully loaded clip.

How to remove toeclips from my pedals? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Aug 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Where to buy a road bike in TO?

Where should I buy a road bike in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by mrgavins on Aug 22, 2010 - 8 answers

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