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Improve my bike commute

Should I get a different type of bike to handle more weight? Or change my current setup? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Nov 5, 2014 - 10 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

Commuting four days a week away from my family -- how do we stay sane?

It's only temporary, but will likely last a few months. I'm looking for any tips for taking care of myself, as well as my relationship with my extremely supportive husband, and my wonderful children. Also, any Seattle-specific advice would be great (should I stay at the Homewood Suites next to the office? Should I get an apartment? How does one get a furnished apartment?? Should I get a UV lamp?). Thank you! [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy on Sep 17, 2014 - 11 answers

How much does monthly parking cost at Alewife?

Cambridge, MA's Alewife MBTA station: how much does a monthly parking pass cost? The MBTA's vendor site has all the clarity and customer service that you'd expect-- I need to register and provide a credit card number before they'll tell me the price and I just want a number. Thanks!
posted by Mayor Curley on Sep 5, 2014 - 5 answers

AskMeFi Shopping Network

I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Please recommend a good windshield or dashboard mount for my iPhone 4s.

I'd like some recommendations for windshield or dashboard mounts for my iPhone 4s. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Please suggest a good bike for commuting: Iowa edition.

I am shopping for a new bike which I will use for a daily commute in Iowa City, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Office work & Commuting in the UK after 12 yr gap: Hacks & Tips please!

I will shortly start a new job having worked from home for many years and I've unexpectedly been asked to start ASAP. There's some great advice on Ask about podcasts & commuting and some about 'returning to corporate hell', but I'm wondering about the practicalities of organising your life in advance for a working week, and especially wondering about what I don't know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

East-Coast (flight?) commuting options

Household member is temporarily working in Boston, and household (cat included!) is in PA, west of Newark. This is a sucky 5+ hour drive, and it seems to be far enough outside of a normal bus or Amtrak route to be worthwhile. What's the best strategy (and price) for booking weekend commuter flights between Boston and Newark? Do you show up and go standby, or Orbitz every time, or ... ?
posted by Dashy on Apr 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Disarming things one can say when giving up a seat on the bus?

I regularly run into a semi embarrassing situation when offering my seat to someone on the bus, and I would prefer to give both myself and the stranger in question easier outs. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 26, 2014 - 52 answers

Gift for pregnant rail commuter

Someone I know is pregnant and I'd like to give her a gift. She does a more than hour long rail commute every day and I was hoping to get her something to make this commute easier on her in the coming months. This is the same person who gave me a good pair of headphones when I had a 3.5 hour commute a few years ago and I'd love to give her something that makes her commute better in the same way those headphones made mine better. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 25, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I get my car to start?

My much-babied, recently inspected 2008 Scion xD won't start! When I got in the car yesterday morning and turned the key in the ignition, it made a buzzing/grrrr sound and some of the dash lights come on -- but that was it, the engine wouldn't turn over. I tried again about a half hour ago, and it did start up after a little hiccup, so I thought maybe yesterday was a fluke. But when I got in the car just now to actually go somewhere, it refused to start up again. Now the radio won't even turn on, though most of the dash lights still do. I tried rolling it down the hill, pumping the breaks, all the stuff non-mechanically-minded me can think of. Help! What can I do right now to get it to start and to get the engine to turn over? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Dec 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Moving to the Washington DC area

I recently started a new job, and for the time being I'll be working remotely in NE PA. Eventually though I'll need to move down here. I've been doing some research and well there's a lot of information to digest. [more inside]
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a on Nov 20, 2013 - 18 answers

What should I be looking for in a comfortable, relaxed city bike?

I've been thinking for a while about getting another bike. I have one bike that I like very much, but it's not as comfortable as I'd like for longer rides and so I tend not to ride as often as I otherwise might. I'm looking for a more relaxed and comfortable bike that will get me out on the road more often without too much sacrifice in speed. Requirements inside, recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 21, 2013 - 11 answers

When is E85 worth it in a FlexFuel vehicle?

Our vanpool just switched to a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. It's a FlexFuel vehicle and we'd like to know when/if it makes sense to use E85 fuel. We live in Minnesota. Our typical commute is 40 miles at highway speeds. Environmental concerns will be weighed, but so will economical ones.
posted by advicepig on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Hard shell lockable pannier?

I'm looking for a hard shell lockable pannier for my bike. I would like it to lock, and also lock to my bike. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Aug 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Best backpack for a short, packrat bike commuter?

I'm looking for a new backpack suitable for a short bicycle commuter who tends to carry a lot of stuff, including a 15" laptop. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Seeking enlightenment on the Piccadilly Line

I have a stretch of half an hour or so each way in my daily commute where I am just sitting on the tube during nothing. I would like to use this time to meditate and am seeking things to put on my iPod to help me. [more inside]
posted by Acarpous on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Should we move to Sacramento or Davis

My wife has been offered a postdoc position at UC Davis, she is having a hard time deciding whether to accept it or not. If she does accept, should we - as a couple without a car - move to Davis or Sacramento? More details inside of course. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find the perfect commuter bike

I bike to work occasionally in warm weather, and my crappy road bike is not too well suited for the task. I'd like to find something more appropriate for commuting. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Mar 5, 2013 - 17 answers

How hard is it to rent with bad credit in Toronto?

I've got poor credit, a cat, and some questions about renting in the Toronto area. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Later questions to follow about zen.

What commuter motorcycle should I buy? Complications: I'm 5'0" and received my driver's licence motocycle endorsement this week. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 16, 2012 - 21 answers

What and how to learn on a commute?

What is a good skill to learn on a commute? 90-120 mins each day, subway/bus, mostly sitting without a table. Kindle/IPod/iPad available. Preferably looking for NON-language suggestions. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Nov 7, 2012 - 16 answers

Car or no car in Aspen/Snowmass?

Should I ditch my car for the winter while working in Snowmass Village? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 16, 2012 - 5 answers

oh god, it's too early for this stuff

Every morning I make idle chit-chat on the bus with a young man around my age. Lately I've been getting the impression that he wants a more personal relationship between us. Me, not so much. Keeping in mind that this is someone I will have to see every weekday morning for the next three months at the very least, how can I minimize the number of uncomfortable bus rides in my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 59 answers

Why is N.J. transit so delay-prone?

Why is N.J. transit rail so bad, so delay-prone? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

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

Bought a Toyota, how do I make it last a long time?

I recently bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 37,000 miles on it, it's Toyota certified. I drive about 2000 miles per month (probably more). When I'm done with college, I'm hoping to move closer to work at reduce my overall commute by 50% or more, but right now I'm stuck at 2000ish miles a month (lots of alone car time). [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 22, 2012 - 18 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

Work appropriate bicycle commuter fashion?

I'm trying to find work appropriate clothing that is made with bicycle commuting in mind. I'm particularly interested in button up shirts that are well tailored. I'm lucky enough to work in a creative industry but I still like to look nice-ish in my own quirky way. I'm done wearing t-shirts to work but I still ride my bicycle in almost every day. I've found a couple good pairs of paints via Levis and Mission Workshop here in San Francisco, but finding shirts with the commuter in mind seems almost impossible! Help me look snazzy while staying comfortable and non stinky!
posted by matt_od on Jul 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Where to live in between Boston and Amherst, Mass?

Boston/Central Massachusetts Filter: My partner will be starting grad school in Amherst in the fall. I have a job in Boston that I'd like to keep. Where in central Mass should we look for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by prior on Jun 19, 2012 - 17 answers

What kind of coat should I buy for bike commuting in spring weather?

What kind of coat should I buy for bike commuting in spring weather? (male fashion) [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on May 24, 2012 - 9 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

Shorten my bike commute

When should I expect to see a reduction in the amount of time I spend bike commuting? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Apr 25, 2012 - 29 answers

Rainy Days and Mondays

I am looking for a messenger bag or backpack that will be good for bus/bike commuting in the rain, i.e. will keep my lunch, reading material, and spare clothing dry whilst I am getting soaked. I would also prefer it to be durable and green.
posted by Celsius1414 on Apr 11, 2012 - 26 answers

Suggest some Bay Area (peninsula) neighborhoods that will meet our needs

Bay Area Housing Filter: Partner has been offered a great job in Santa Clara (Hooray!) Where might we live that would not reduce our quality of life and/or suck up all the extra income? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Mar 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them?

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 17, 2012 - 24 answers

Anyone commute from Portland to Wilsonville?

Anyone commute from Portland to Wilsonville? [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

What car should I buy to deal better with my new commute?

I’m a month into a wonderful new job whose only downside is the much lengthier commute. My 13-year-old Accord simply isn’t giving me the kind of mileage I need, so I’m planning on buying something new soon. And that’s where you come in. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Jan 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Avoiding the dreaded "short trips"

How far does a car need to be driven to charge the battery? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me find a giant commuting backpack!

Help me find a backpack for commuting use that can carry a ton of stuff and maybe isn't a rolltop. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Oct 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Noob Scooter Questions

Commuter filter: I'd like to explore the possibilities of getting a scooter or motorcycle for my ~1.5 mile trip from home to the train station. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Sep 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Bicycle tires -- a primer for commuters..

Tell me everything I need to know about tires and tubes for my new daily commute on a bicycle! [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Aug 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Looking for resources for extreme commuters

Please recommend any online communities or other resources for long or extreme commuters, and please share your experiences with audiobook websites such as audible.com. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me move to London

I'm moving to London! Help me figure out where to live and how I'm going to get to work and back. Especially curious about commuting by bike. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Rural living close to the big city?

Is it possible to live in a green/rural area while commuting to downtown Portland? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Very affordable commuter/road bike?

Very affordable commuter/road bike? [more inside]
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists on Apr 20, 2011 - 28 answers

Motorcycle suggestions please!

I'd like suggestions for a motorcycle- less than $8000, would get 40-100 miles daily with several stops, comfortable for a larger dude, and gets rocking mpg. [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Fuelly for the prospective cyclist

Your recommended diet for a prospective daily bicycle commuter is requested. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Mar 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Why so much leakage?

As a test, when I have music on loud, I take my earbuds out, hold them a few feet away from myself, and I can't hear it. Yet, I can clearly hear the words in the songs of people wearing headphones 20 feet away from me in the subway. Do their headphones have terrible leakage? Do they have their music on earsplitting levels? [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario on Feb 18, 2011 - 15 answers

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