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Spin class, without the class

I enjoy spin class but want to be able to bike on my own at the gym. Are there any cycling apps (iOS) out there that provide audio cues? With or without music, with or without tracking. Maybe it's a podcast or YouTube series instead?
posted by kidsleepy on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Recommend a $500-ish road bike

Looking for road bike recommendations for a teen boy who is new to road biking. Budget is $500-ish. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Sep 12, 2016 - 12 answers

One bike to rule them all

Is it possible to have a single bike that can easily switch between regular and electric operation? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Aug 3, 2016 - 12 answers

A question of ethics on money raised for charity

I suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and would love to embark on a long cycling journey (Approx 3500Km) to raise funds for a mental health charity (Ideally £1 per Km) . However, to enable this to happen, I would need to purchase a couple of items and pay for travel to the location, to start the journey. I am long term unemployed/able, and don't have any spare funds to do this. Would it be ethical to raise money for the charity, whilst also using a small percentage of the moneys to enable the trip to happen? [more inside]
posted by the_epicurean on Jul 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Advice for a newb's Peruvian bike tour

First bike tour in Peru; looking for advice on health, happiness, and safety - in terms of packing for a long cycling tour, and being in Peru generally. [more inside]
posted by Mike Smith on Jun 27, 2016 - 16 answers

Reconciling parenthood with "risky" fitness hobbies

My wife and I are getting serious criticism from her parents about activities that are extremely important to us -- endurance road cycling (me) and long-distance running (her). They believe that as parents to a 4-year-old, we are being irresponsible to continue these extra-curricular passions. Are they right? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jun 20, 2016 - 62 answers

Buying a bike to shuttle kids

It's time for me to buy a bike, and this bike also needs to work for transporting one or more children. Do you have tips on buying a bike to carry around a little one? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 8, 2016 - 25 answers

Where Can I Pitch My Tent AND Ride My Bike? SoCal edition

Next month I'm strapping my big 'ol mountain bike to my car and driving up from Los Angeles to Marin County to visit friends. Where should I stop along the way to camp and ride? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

What are the actual advantages of fixed gear bikes?

I will soon need a new bike and recently found out about fix gear bikes, so I'm trying to see if they may be for me. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Apr 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Cycling in Bordeaux

What is the cycling like inside the town of Bordeaux? I know the region is bike-friendly, but if I rent a flat in town, can I easily cycle around the city and reach the outlying areas? Is there a bike path along the Garonne? Any suggestions on bike rentals or biking destinations would be appreciated as well.
posted by sixpack on Apr 26, 2016 - 1 answer

Bike computer recommendations?

My bike computer is flaking out (on 2 different bikes!!). Apparently the one I bought 10+ years ago is no longer made. Any recommendations for a replacement? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Apr 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Cycling in London: best route from Angel to Paddington?

I have to take a bike from Angel to Paddington train station this Sunday afternoon. I've never cycled in London before or taken a bike on the tube. Please help me figure how to do this with both the bike and me in one piece at the end of it. [more inside]
posted by wavelette on Apr 22, 2016 - 10 answers

What bicycle training stand should I get?

I have a 1999-era Bianchi Volpe (a touring bike) moldering in my garage, despite having it recently tuned. I'd like to get a training stand to get some low-impact cardio in and also harden myself to actual rides again. Which stand should I get? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Apr 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Why the discrepancy with my heart rate monitors?

I usually wear a Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor when I cycle. Recently, our office purchased us FitBit Charge HR wristbands as part of a "get healthy" initiative... They don't really seem to agree. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Zombies, bike!

Has anybody tried doing Zombies, Run! on a bike? I hate running but enjoy biking, so this is of interest to me.
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 29, 2016 - 3 answers

How to hire a support driver for a self-guided bike tour?

I've been some multi-day bike tours, some fancy & fully supported, and some self-guided, with no trip guide or SAG wagon. Both types provide accommodations and transit for your luggage. On the self-guided trips I've thought "I could figure all this out", but I'm at a loss on how to reliably organize moving luggage from A to B. How could one hire a reliable driver just to move the luggage, and how to indemnify such a person? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Mar 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Escapism, For One, For Two Weeks

Between 21 June and 18 July I will have finished school and not yet started work. I want to get away, outside, for some if not most of that time. I am based in Toronto. I like biking, hiking, walking, and being outside. I also like cities and reading books and sleeping in. Hope me please? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Mar 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Which bike for an adult learner?

I am an early-40s woman who has never learned to ride a bicycle. I want to change that but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by subluxor on Mar 19, 2016 - 14 answers

How would you respond to this email

This is not a claims call, but a how are you doing call – as your agent my job is to look after you. I am not getting involved on the claims side of it. I would assume you provided your lawyers info to claims? I don’t have access to that system. I just saw the claim, and was concerned about how you are. It is what we do which is take care of people. If you think this is something you shouldn’t share, then I understand, because I have also been hurt in a accident in the past and know what it is like. My accident ended up paying for my graduate degree. If it was a serious accident, then we should talk about the other protections that you should have in place, such as disability and life insurance. You can’t rely on your employer to take care of you. How do you respond to this email? [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr on Mar 10, 2016 - 20 answers

What does it mean to be a part of a bicycle club?

A friend wants me to join his small road bicycling team. I'm pretty set in my cycling ways and have not been a part of clubs or organizations of any sort for 20 years -- is this something I can just do to be polite without active participation? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Feb 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Cycle commuters of Mefi: how did you get confident on the roads?

After 20-ish years of not cycling, I recently bought a bike for getting to work. It's a nice route - about two-thirds of the way is off the roads on dedicated cycle paths, and most of the rest is on quiet streets. But I cycled to work and back yesterday, and the roads just TERRIFY me. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Feb 11, 2016 - 22 answers

You are not r/Aquariums, but can you help me out?

I have a new aquarium and an even newer Reddit account. I can't post my question to r/Aquariums till 5 days from now. I have a question about replacing a cartridge in an hang-on back filter and cycling. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Have you cycled the Natchez Trace Parkway?

Last summer, my friend and I rode up a mountain in Glacier National Park. It was freaking sweet, and AskMe had some great tips. This fall, we are hopefully riding all 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Have you done this (in whole or part)? What advice can you offer? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Is a 5-hour century a realistic cycling goal?

I am a second-generation cyclist. My father, long ago, rode the San Diego Century in 4'52", back when he was a talented amateur road racer in rural SoCal with very little to do besides ride his bike. I am in my thirties and have a nine-to-five in NYC. Can I break the 5-hour mark? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Novara Compatible Hood

I have the Novara Express 2.0 cycling jacket from REI. It's great! But it's supposed to come with a "Novara compatible hood," sold separately, which I can't find for sale anywhere. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Nov 3, 2015 - 1 answer

Giving my bicycle some TLC

What are the best free streaming videos (YouTube, vimeo, etc) on basic bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and that ol' tender loving care? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Oct 21, 2015 - 4 answers


I'm looking for some glasses or goggles for biking. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Sep 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Saddlepack that converts to daypack, do you existpack?

I am trying to find a large bicycle saddle pack (6 liters) that converts to a daypack. No luck so far. Can you help me? Details below. [more inside]
posted by J0 on Sep 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Does anyone have any experience with the Caltrain bike lockers?

I'm commuting to Palo Alto and am leaving my bike at the Caltrain station. After someone tried to steal my bike last week I'm thinking about renting a bike locker. Does anyone have any experience with these lockers? I can't find any reviews of them one way or another online. I'm a little worried that if I mail them a check for $58 I'll just never hear from them again. [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 23, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I build cycling endurance?

This is a cycling and fitness question. Three years ago some punk stole my cheap but lightweight yard-sale-bike and I replaced it with a new Trek 7100 hybrid. It's kind of lumbering and heavy but I like it. Last week I started a class on Mondays that's 4.5 miles from where I live. The ride is 99% flat but nearly killed me last week and this week, too. Help! [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Aug 12, 2015 - 32 answers

What am I legally supposed to do at this intersection?

I am a cyclist in NSW, Australia. At the intersection in this image, I am not sure what I am legally supposed to do (or what my best option is if the legal one is not safe, which I think might be the case). The red line represents off-road cycle paths separate from the pedestrian footpath. I am trying to get from where the first red line (left) ends to where the second one starts (right). Can anyone tell me what I should do? Or who do I contact to find out (or to lobby to improve the intersection for cyclists) - the local council? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 11, 2015 - 8 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

Looking for some outdoor gear (apparel) for a trip

I am planning a biking/hiking and cycling trip in the Fall and I am looking for some suggestions for things to wear (I have all of the other essentials - food, tent, supplies, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jul 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Electric scooter vs bicycle in 2015, kid in tow?

What should I consider when deciding on buying either an electric scooter or a basic bicycle with a kid seat to be used for short trips of up to 6km with an active preschooler, replacing either walking or walking and public transit? Very interested in hearing from parents who bike with their kid every day or people who use electric scooters every day. I have no car and no intention of getting a car and live in a city with great public transit. Specific questions after the break. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Jul 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Help an experienced hiker prepare for a cycle tour

I'm an experienced hiker and runner with a reasonably good level of fitness. A friend of mine has a big birthday coming up, so I have agreed to join her for a cycle trip in Myanmar/Burma at Christmas. How do I prepare when I don't have a bike, and don't live in an area where road cycling is easy? (Difficulty Level: I live in Hong Kong.) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Jul 17, 2015 - 5 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 - 7 answers

Is there a way to force an app to stay open/active on Apple Watch?

I like my Apple Watch so far. But the #1 reason I got it was to take it with me on long bike rides so I could see speed/distance/time at a glance. To my chagrin, after a short time out the cycling app quits, so when I glance down I see the watch face. And because I'm riding I can't swipe around to get back to the app. Surely there's a way to fix this? Or is the OS design that foolish?
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find a particular type of water bottle for cycling

I'm looking for a water bottle that will fit in the bottle cage of my bike. It must be dishwasher safe, BPA free plastic, and allow a high volume of water to be gulped without squeezing the bottle or sucking on a straw. [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Jun 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Great renter's insurance for a cyclist?

I've come to the realization that I'm stupid for not having renter's insurance. Mainly because I now have a collection of six bicycles that are very dear to me; a couple of them are even custom. I'm looking for renter's insurance that will protect me from theft (in home and out) and if possible, even damage from crashing. Ideally this would also cover the bikes at full value, not some bs depreciation. I'm in San Francisco, CA.
posted by matt_od on Jun 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Can you recommend a bike shop in Minneapolis for my wife?

Hi, my wife is looking to buy a new bike and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a particular store in Minneapolis or its environs. Neither of us knows all that much about bikes and the last time she bought one it wasn't a great experience (the clerk sold her a bike that really wasn't a good fit for her needs and the people at that shop are snotty.)
posted by Area Man on May 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Need a bike for 2 weeks in NYC - rent or buy?

I'm going to NYC June 23 to July 7 and need a bicycle for that period. Last time I rented one on Spinlister, which worked great, but still cost $250-ish. I wonder if it's worth buying a 2nd hand ride and reselling it on the last day. If so, where? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on May 6, 2015 - 10 answers

The transition to triathlon

I've played rugby for almost ten years and after all this time, I want to mix it up a little and do a triathlon. My issue: overweight and not just a little intimidated. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Apr 22, 2015 - 8 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

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

How do I engage my calves more when cycling?

After 8 months of cycling 14 miles a day to work and back (I have always been a recreational cyclist) my thighs have stripped off fat I didn't even know was there and built muscle well. But how can I get my calves to do the same? I use SPD's so there is some static engagement, but short of consciously pressing and releasing the pedal will every stroke, how do I engage my calves?
posted by Gabriel ricci on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 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

How to get over my anger about assault/street harrassment

A couple of days ago, riding my bicycle home from work, a random guy in a van who was passing me whacked me on the bum with his hand from the window of his car. I nearly fell off into traffic, and it was upsetting and rage-inducing, and I still feel really worked up about it. I'm finding myself dreading my bicycle commute now, and spending way too much mental energy on this. Has anyone got any suggestions for ways to deal with those emotions and stop letting this eat me up? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Nov 5, 2014 - 31 answers

Vancouver-themed cycling jersey?

Looking for a Vancouver BC-themed cycling jersey for sale from a local shop. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Oct 10, 2014 - 3 answers

What does the well dressed cycle commuter wear in winter?

I am a male academic. I try to dress modestly well (typical outfit: sport coat, button down shirt, tie, trousers), though I am a novice at doing so. What should I wear over top of my sport coat in winter that will keep me warm, look nice, and still allow me the range of motion required to ride my bike? [more inside]
posted by q9f9A on Sep 5, 2014 - 13 answers

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