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How do I enjoy winter biking in Chicago?

I tried biking through the Chicago winter in the past, and was just miserable. How can I make it enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Sep 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Looking for a digital camera recommendation

Looking for a digital camera recommendation. Something small and compact to take biking and hiking that is able to take action shots. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Cycling the California coast - which parts are missable?

A friend and I are cycling the California coast, going south from Crescent City to LA starting today. Based on the amount of time we have, we will need to bus a few sections, maybe 200-250 miles or so. Cyclists who have done this route - which sections are missable? Which ones should we NOT miss? What bus/train options do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Aug 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Protecting myself as a cyclist?

Watching this video today made me think. I am a frequent cyclist, and would like to do a little more to protect myself - I like this bike cam idea for evidence gathering purposes should I ever need it - what else can I do to record unsafe drivers, and how can I report them? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Aug 3, 2015 - 24 answers

Help me bike commute in Boston without pain!

I have a three mile commute to work. On public transportation it takes 45-60 minutes. On a bike it’s under 20, but I don’t ride every day because biking hurts. Please help me get pointed in the right direction for cycling comfort! [more inside]
posted by mamutmamut on Jul 26, 2015 - 19 answers

San Francisco bike riding

I live down in Monterey but I have this Thursday off randomly and I'm thinking of doing the following: Driving up to Ft Funston with my bike, parking at Funston, riding to the Golden Gate Visitor's center, doing the SF Public Library walking tour and then riding back to Funston. Is this an insane idea or doable? [more inside]
posted by macfly on Jun 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Have you cycled up Going-To-The-Sun Road (in Glacier NP)?

Our family is vacationing in Montana next week, and I have rented a road bike for a couple of days. I intend to ride west to east up a part of Going-To-The-Sun Road, and wonder if anyone else has experience. I am SUPER excited about it, but also nervous. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Tell me about living in Denver (after living in SF)

I'm considering moving to Denver from the SF Bay Area, to take advantage of an amazing career opportunity. But this would be a huge change and I have a lot of questions! If you live in Denver or have recently lived there, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Fat bottomed girls they'll be riding today...

I'm an over 40 plus sized woman who can't ride a bicycle. I'd like to learn. I have a bike (that I bought after significant research for my needs). The question is where Pittsburgh, where? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jun 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. Eat... Bike, Bike, Bike

I'm riding a 62 mile event on Sunday, my second ever. This time, I'd like to be sure to include the best pre-ride regimen I can manage. AskMe, can you advise me on good practices re: what to eat and drink tomorrow and Sunday a.m? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 5, 2015 - 8 answers

I want to start biking or running to work. Tomorrow.

New job (yay!) is 45-60 minutes away (boo!). On the plus side, the actual distance isn't far which has me thinking more seriously about biking and/or running to work. Factors make tomorrow a good day to start. How to get from here to there? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jun 4, 2015 - 21 answers

I Can't Keep Showing Up With a Ripped Crotch

I've recently started bike commuting again now that I'm back in Chicago. However, I have busted 2 pairs of jeans in the past month, including my favorite pair. What bike friendly (or at least thick crotched) jeans are out there? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jun 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Does bicycling reduce your stomach?

Pretty straightforward question: does biking reduce your stomach? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 2, 2015 - 21 answers

My kingdom for water bottle pockets!

I'm looking for the perfect bike commuting backpack. (Yes, I know, panniers rule and I have them, but trust me that a backpack is what I want right now.) It's astonishingly hard to find something that meets my two hard requirements: looks stylish (not like a school bookbag or a hiking pack) and has at least 1 external water bottle pocket. Any suggestions? Here's what I've already looked at: [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 2, 2015 - 19 answers

Spectator route for cyclists at the SF Marathon?

Is there a route alongside the San Francisco marathon I could take that would allow me to get back to the designated viewing locations? Bikes are not allowed in the race of course, but I'd like to know if anyone else has tried to follow the race and support a participant by riding ahead and cheering them on at each viewing location. [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Apr 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Good outdoorsy destinations in the US (or near it) in April?

Hi AxMe, I am going to have a week of vacation starting April 10th and would like to go someplace that is conducive to lots of awesome outdoorsiness. I'm in the US. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 15, 2015 - 8 answers

How to ride a bike across California?

What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Viewing bike paths in Google Maps

When I route bike directions in Google Maps, I have the option to "show bike paths," which are marked with green lines, dots, etc. Useful! However, the blue route line that tells me where to go also blocks me from seeing whether the route Google is suggesting is a bike path/bike-friendly. How can I view both at the same time, so I can figure out what sections on my route are bike-friendly? Example here.
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Loire by bike

We are finally going on our (rather belated) honeymoon, and we've decided to spend several days in Paris and the Loire valley. I think we've got the Paris bits down, but don't have a whole lot of info on the Loire area - can you help us? Oh yeah, and we're going to do it all by bike. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Best time of year to bicycle from NYC to SF?

I want to ride from NYC to SF in 2015. I have 8 to 10 weeks (maybe 12) to do it. When would be the best time of the year to do so? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Professional-looking laptop pannier for a man?

Hi everyone! I am searching for a pannier bike bag for my husband that is clean, subtle, and professional looking off the bike. [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Dec 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Where to find a chain guard suitable for biking with a skirt?

I like to wear long skirts, and I like to ride my bike. Unfortunately, these two activities are appear to be incompatible -- is there a suitable chain guard I can install on my bike? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Nov 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Reasonably warm, 1 week bike trip in the U.S.?

I want to take off the first week of January to do a bike tour someplace warm in the United States (or possibly in Mexico or Latin America). Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Nov 10, 2014 - 9 answers

La La La lady biking in the rain and snow and slush seeks jacket

I need a bike commuting jacket. I love love love this one from Betabrand BUT IT DOESN'T SHIP TIL JANUARY WHAT. Help me find an alternative to survive fall/winter in DC. [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Sep 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Can you be my mapquest?

What other places could I live? Outside NYC/lower cost of living filter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2014 - 28 answers

Does my perfect bag exist?

I spend a lot of time out and about and need to carry stuff with me, and in my search for the perfect everyday-carrying-around bag, I've tried a LOT of bags. After a few years of this I've finally figured out my needs. Is there anything out there that meets all of these requirements? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Escape from the city, carless Philadelphian edition

What fun, cheap, PUBLIC TRANSIT OR BIKE ACCESSIBLE day trip can my friend and I take from Philadelphia this week? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Aug 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Hiking or biking but not getting eaten by bears

I'm looking for a break from tech-life and have a friend who recently solo thru-biked the Colorado Trail. I'm on the east coast, but would love to do something similar. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 5, 2014 - 9 answers

What do you think--folding bikes for kids?

I should start by saying I'm a big fan of folding bikes and have been using one to commute to work for the last 8 years.(Brompton SL-2) We have two girls who can now both ride bikes, and are living overseas in the UAE. We can buy bikes where we live but the prices are higher and the selection's a bit limited. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Dahon Boardwalk single speed coaster break folders and bringing them back when we return next week. Has anyone tried folding bikes for kids? I've had our older daughter ride my Brompton--she does fine on it. My sense is they would not be as excited about them initially as opposed to something more kid-like, but that over time it would just come to be seen as what it is--a bicycle we can bring anywhere. I'm wondering if others in the MeFi community have tried folding bikes with kids--have they worked size wise? Lasted over the years? Or languished in a corner of the garage?
posted by teddyb109 on Aug 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Preparing for a lumpy hundred

I have a place in a huge century cycle ride (100 fairly hilly miles) in just over 5 weeks time. It's my first time doing something like this and I want to enjoy the day. Help me to train smartly over the next few weeks and to prepare for what to expect on the day. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Teach me how to bicycle!

I have just become the lucky recipient of two beautiful bicycles. One is a Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ mountain bike; one is a Greg LeMonde Alpe D'Huez road bike. My knowledge of bicycles is limited to pushing the pedals with my feet, thereby making the bicycle go. Help? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jun 7, 2014 - 16 answers

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

Hey yo pack my bags cause I'm out of here (on a bike)

Bike camping and sleep apnea - how do I get them to play well together? [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater on May 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Beginning Cycling for a Beginning Runner

I am a beginning runner looking for ways to add cycling to my workout routine. [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 17, 2014 - 6 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

From out-of-shape to the STP

So I've gotten it into my head that sometime in the next few years -- possibly as early as 2015 -- I want to participate in the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride. Though doing it in 1 day sound like a cool accomplishment, 2 days would be fine. Difficulty level: I have zero experience with distance riding, am in somewhat poor shape, have no idea what I'm doing, and, to the delight of shopkeepers everywhere, am a total sucker for trying to combat my ignorance with my wallet. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to ride a bike to work, but that is.. terrifying.

I rode a bike when I was a kid, but that was about 15-20 years ago now. In order to get to work I'd have to go down a mid-steep hill, covered in gravel and/or mulch. I'm finding it really scary, is it possible to feel confident on a bike, starting essentially from scratch? what kind of bike? help! [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Apr 17, 2014 - 19 answers

overnight camping trips from Manhattan?

Two of my friends want to go on an overnight camping trip starting from Manhattan, but separately. So I'm looking for one place where we could camp overnight that's within a 30-60 mile bike ride of public transportation, and another place where we could camp overnight that's within a few miles' walk of public transportation. The bike site could be either a prepared camp site or just a place where people won't mind us pitching a tent; the walking site really has to be approved for camping. Does the hive mind have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Apr 7, 2014 - 7 answers

How easy/stable is a hitch-mounted bike rack for a long minivan ride?

Our family (three full sized bikes and one 20" kid bike) takes frequent road trips to discover new bike trails. We are good riders but not very clever at bike handling (i.e. taking wheels on and off, adjusting brakes, etc.) Our trips are anywhere from 25 to 500 miles away. We have a 2010 Honda Odyssey. I have a roof rack now but it is not practical for me to lift the bikes up and down every single time; it's way up there and the bikes get unwieldy. And it freaks me out to drive with the bikes on top while we are zooming down the highway. I am thinking of getting a trailer hitch installed and getting a four bike rack for that. But practical advice is difficult to find. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 23, 2014 - 10 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

ISO the perfect on-and-off-the-bike jacket

I'd like a jacket that's suitable for bicycling during most of the year in the SF Bay Area, offers some resistance against wind and light rain, isn't too warm, doesn't look overly sporty, comes in a dark color (reflective accents OK), and (here's the kicker) will fit a curvy, 2X body. Help? Details and examples: [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for RAGBRAI advice

What charter service would you recommend to both shuttle me to and from the airport, and to provide support during the ride itself. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Nov 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Rave on Two Wheels

If you had a MonkeyLectric bike wheel light kit for one wheel, would you put it on the front or rear wheel? Expositions welcome. [more inside]
posted by planetesimal on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Gift Idea for a Cyclist

Looking for a cheap gift idea/suggestion ($15) for someone who is into cycling (mountain biker). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 5, 2013 - 42 answers

Tips for biking the Howard 'Bizz' Johnson trail near Susanville, CA?

Family of four, going to bike the Howard “Bizz” Johnson rails-to-trails trail next weekend, near Susanville, CA. Help us make this an awesome ride for us/our kids. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Pregnant triathlete gifts?

A triathlete friend is 3 months pregnant...I'd like to get her something to make her running/swimming/biking nicer as she progresses, what might she need? I was thinking a support belt of some kind for running, any recommendations? Suggestions for other 'must haves'?
posted by lemonade on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

A big bike for a big human!

I'm 6'8, 375lbs and want to get a bike. What should I be looking for if I want to spend $300-$500? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 25, 2013 - 23 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

Biking around Seattle?

Hi! I'm visiting Seattle for the first time next week, and my friend (also visiting) and I want to explore the city on bike. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

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