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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

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

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

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

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

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

Am I woefully unprepared for my first metric century?

I've signed up for a cycling event that will be my first metric century (100km/~65mi). Last year I was regularly riding 20-40 miles at a stretch on the weekends, and then I did a 50-mile ride and felt great after. So when I signed up for this one, 65 miles didn't seem particularly daunting. However, that 50-miler was last year, and between illness, weather, and travel I pretty much took the winter off from cycling. I've been doing regular training rides since early February, but none of my rides have been longer than 25 miles (but I usually feel great after). The metric century is this coming weekend, and I'm torn between skipping it because I might be unprepared, and going for it anyway because I'm already registered and why not try? Cyclists of Metafilter, what do you think--am I woefully unprepared? Should I try anyway? Have you done anything similar and felt great/terrible about it? More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 2, 2013 - 20 answers

Sources for plus-sized hiking/travel/comfortable pants for cycling?

I live in jeans and on my bicycle. I don't mind biking in jeans for short distances, but I'm finding myself doing a lot more bike riding in situations where I need something more presentable and versatile than bike shorts, skorts, or yoga-type pants, but more comfortable than jeans. (And it's not my bottom that's the issue, so wearing padded liner shorts under my jeans is not the solution I'm looking for.) The obvious answer here is pants designed for traveling and hiking, but I'm having a hard time finding any in my size (2X). I found some cargo pants at Old Navy that looked promising, but even though they're in my size they don't fit because they're super low-rise. REI has exactly one pair of plus-sized adventure travel pants and I have them, but I'd like more options. Do you have a recommendation for comfortable hiking/travel pants in plus sizes?
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Bicycle, Bicycle, Wine, Bicycle, Dolmade, Wine.

Recommendation for good international LD cycling trip in March/April? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jan 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Save my feet!

The arches of my feet hurt quite a bit during my spin classes. What can I do to alleviate the pain? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Dec 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Fitbit for people who walk and bike?

Do you have a fitbit? How to you deal with biking and/or other activities that fitbit does not measure well? Or is there a better tool for this? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 22, 2012 - 13 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

Should I get a fatbike?

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

It is possible to be a skinny lardass?

I have literally (yes, literally) never stepped foot in a paid gym in my life. I'm a 27-year-old male, who (despite being almost rail-thin) is only "in shape" enough to bike-sprint the 1.7 miles to work, then back in the evening. It's time to change that, so I signed up for the small, limited (cheap!) gym on campus. Other than "get the professional help of a personal trainer", what should I do there? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Aug 10, 2012 - 13 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

70 flat miles: too much for a fit, beginner cyclist?

Should my sister do a 70 mile bike ride with me? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo on Jun 6, 2012 - 28 answers

Make me more comfortable with biking

You started biking later in life, and you did it in a big city. How did you become comfortable biking on roads with cars? I'm kind of freaked out by this. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 22, 2012 - 42 answers

What do I need to turn my bike into a reliable form of practical transportation?

What do I need in order to start commuting by bike? Assume that I currently have 1) a bike, 2) there is no 2. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on May 17, 2012 - 51 answers

Cheap, bulk mens underwear in synthetic fabrics. For cycling. Aesthetics less-than-crucial.

Cheap men's synthetic underwear: nylon/spandex/polyester/etc. Would like approx 12 pair for bicycling. Flexible on style/aesthetics. Priority: inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Apr 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Florida Keys Biking

Advice on bike riding on Florida Keys [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Dec 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Two wheels one girl

Why are road bikes and cycling accessories so expensive? or, where can I get more affordable ones? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Nov 9, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me ride like I have wings!

What are the things you'd wish you'd known or done the first time you did the Houston-Austin BP MS 150? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Sep 26, 2011 - 3 answers

I need ideas for promoting winter bicycling!

Give me your great ideas for promoting winter cycling in frigid Wisconsin! [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Sep 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Terribly confused looking for a bike

What should I be looking for in buying a bike? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Virginia Creeper Trail: Virtual TrailGuide Wanted

Virginia Creeper Trail: Hints and Hacks! [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jul 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Mental Biking

Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 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

Why does spinning hurt my knees?

Why do my knees hurt after spinning, but running doesn't bother them? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 on Oct 25, 2010 - 12 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

Bike legs.

BikeCommuteFilter: Shifting up to riding five days a week. But my legs already hurt from my twice-a-week routine! [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 11, 2010 - 32 answers

A 120 bike ride for a simple daily commuter: absurd goal?

Bike/sport enthusiasts: can a daily bike commuter but otherwise not sporty person hope to finish a 120 miles bike ride in one go? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jul 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Energy used when cycling hills vs flats

How does a bike ride on flat terrain compare with going up a hill and back down, in terms of energy use, exertion, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Just a month late for bike-to-work day ...

NYC bikers! What's the best way to get from Ridgewood, Queens, to the Financial District? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Apr 19, 2010 - 15 answers

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes?

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Biking in the rain

Questions about bike gear for the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 21, 2009 - 14 answers

I know the fifth anniversary gift is wood, but...

Is there a known Best Winter Hat for Cyclists? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Blogs for bike commuters

Recommend some bike commuter blogs [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Bike distance riding hacks and tips

Recommendations, tips or techniques for distance cycling. [more inside]
posted by readery on May 29, 2009 - 15 answers

How to bring bikes on vacation?

Mrs. Argyle and I want to take our road bikes on vacation this summer. What's the best way to take them along? [more inside]
posted by Argyle on Apr 29, 2009 - 13 answers

Looking for a cycling computer

Cycling computer - I recently started cycling (road biking) and have slowly been gearing up. I usually use RunKeeper, an iPhone app, while I ride to track info, but it's useless during the ride since it's in my back shirt pocket. I'm looking for a traditional bike computer to look at while I ride. I'd like the wireless kind, since my wife swears by her's. What are your suggestions?
posted by Argyle on Apr 2, 2009 - 18 answers

ONE BIKE TWO BIKE RED BIKE BLUE BIKE

Bike nerds : give me a recommendation for both a long-haul touring setup and a flat-city fashion fixie setup. [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch on Jan 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Chicago Cycling Filter: Daily distance rides?

I recently started working from home, so I no longer have my daily bike commute to the office. Looking for some advice on the following: - Ideal time(s) of day for a nice distance ride with less traffic. - Good routes for a distance ride in Chicago. - Good destination points. Perhaps a nice place to work with a laptop(bonus for free Wi-Fi connections). Also, I tend to like independent cafes/restaurants rather than places like Cosi or Starbucks. - Any other thoughts/advice you have. I'm flexible with distance, though I'd prefer 5+ miles. I'm starting out from my apartment in Humboldt Park if that helps any. Thanks AskMeFi!!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jul 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Fat guy on a little bike?

Is this bike sturdy enough for a 280lb man? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on May 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Fight or flight?

I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on May 20, 2008 - 27 answers

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me find bike friendly routes from CT to NY and PA.

Please help me find bike friendly routes from CT to NY and PA. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Feb 6, 2008 - 9 answers

I need bike pants!

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

How do I get into biking/cycling?

How do I get into biking/cycling? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 on Jun 12, 2007 - 20 answers

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