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Two great tastes that taste great together

I'd like to start biking to my yoga studio. I need to bring my own mat. Talk to me about what works. Difficulty: trail-a-bike hitch precludes a cargo rack. Is there another way to carry it on my bike? I'm also open to mat bags that play nicely with riding a bike. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Aug 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Adjusting the trigger pull on Shimano STX shifters?

I just put some new ergonomic grips on my mountain bike, and they're slightly thicker rubber than the older ones. The tiny bit of extra circumference now obstructs the pull of my trigger shifter. When I try to go into a higher gear there's not enough clearance for the trigger to engage the ratchet in the shifter and move the dérailleur. I can force it if I squeeze hard enough and push the lever back out, and the bike shifts gears fine, so the issue is not cable tension. My question: Is there a way to adjust the trigger pull to be slightly further away from the handlebars? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Bicycle Vanity

I have this bike. I need help finding panniers and clothes to go with it. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Are there any bike locks that don't use bulky/fragile plastic keys?

A few weeks ago, my bike lock left me stranded after the stupid plastic key handle broke off, leaving the rest of the key trapped inside the lock (and leaving me trapped four miles from home, in the rain). Similarly, the weird plastic key handles add a lot of unnecessary heft to my keychain. Are there any decent bike locks that use "normal" keys? Bonus points if I can get multiple locks that use the same key.
posted by schmod on Aug 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Is my bike too small?

I am a 5'8" woman who rides a 56cm (large) Specialized Tricross. I do not race on this bike — I have it set up for commuting and use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets. Or, I *would* use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets, except riding it for any longer than a couple of miles is pretty uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jul 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I still do leg workouts during cycling season?

I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Jul 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me ride my new bike

Cyclists of MeFi: I recently acquired a lovely new ride but wow, is it ever different from my daily commuter. Help me get used to drop bars and downtube shifters. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Jun 16, 2014 - 25 answers

I want to ride my bicycle - NY edition

I'll be in Manhattan from this weekend for a conference and some holiday time. I'm trying to keep up cycle training for a big event in two months. Are there routes around Manhattan where I can do some nice mileage while seeing some sights and feeling secure? Details within. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 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

How do I look after my bike?

I recently bought a new hybrid bike which I will be using regularly for leisure rides. What do I need to know about basic maintenance (cleaning, lube, degreasing etc) to keep it in best shape. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on May 15, 2014 - 11 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 can I appraise this Casati bike frame my office might have ruined?

I bought a good condition vintage Casati frameset for $380 4 years ago and have been riding it regularly since, without any issues. I recently slipped into a gap between two grates at the bottom of the ramp leading into my work garage and didn't hurt myself but the bike's back wheel was rubbing against the frame. I took it to a shop and they said the frame was bent (I think they said dropouts were bent). I relayed the information to my workplace and they are filing an insurance claim. My questions are as follows: could that damage have occurred somehow before without me noticing? How do I appraise the worth of my bike? I can't recall the model name and can't find a serial number, i just only see the brand and the columbus decal. And finally, is there anything else I should do in preparation for this claim? [more inside]
posted by qzar on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

On yer bike

I have decided I want a bike for my 14-mile round trip commute between North and West London. I don't currently cycle at all. What kind of bike do I need? [more inside]
posted by citands on Jan 7, 2014 - 20 answers

How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

old peugeot road bike make sense for a beginner

I am looking to get into road cycling, but I cannot afford even the basic entry level bikes (with the Trek 1.1 running at $700 - and the others going on up in price). I found several old Peugeot bikes from the 70s and 80s on Craigslist in my area that are available for under $200. My question is would one of these old high quality bikes work or would I just be riding an albatross (so to speak)? I want to be able to keep up with my buddies if we ride together - so would I be too slow and/or worn out on an older bike? If people in the 70s could bike long distance on these things, why can't we today?
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 21, 2013 - 35 answers

California Cycling Sonoma and/or Yosemite?

Planning a vacation in California in May and was thinking I would like to do some cycling and see a bit of scenery. Sonoma and Yosemite seem attractive options, but where to stay and hire bikes? How many days should I set aside for this? I could be in the San Francisco area for ten days or so. [more inside]
posted by asok on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Removing paint/ink logotypes from bare aluminum w/o damaging the finish?

Paint Removal/Solvent Experts: Looking for solvents/methods for removing paint (ink?) logos from semi-glossy aluminum bicycle parts, without damaging or changing the finish. Detailed pics inside. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Bike Pump: Am I doing it wrong?

I've got a bike. I've got a compatible pump (two actually!). So why can't I seem to get the tires full enough to ride on? NB: I'm starting from completely flat tires (it's been a long time since I've ridden the bike). Is it not possible to hand pump bike tires all the way from flat?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 24, 2013 - 45 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

Give me some beginner cycling advice.

What advice would you give beginning cyclists interested in getting exercise as a couple? Bonus points for Rhode Island specific recommendations! [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Sep 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Wanted: Bike Routes in New England that meet specific criteria.

Please suggest bike routes in New England that meet some specific criteria. We took our son on a section of the East Bay Bike Path near Providence for his first bike ride last week and he loved it. He sits in an iBert on Mom's bike. We are looking for similar routes. In looking for similar I articulate what specifically I think is good about this path for us in the extended explanation. We can ride weekdays in addition to weekends. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 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

I have foolish dreams of pedaling to used bookstores and coffeeshops on June afternoons

Is there anywhere in the SF Bay Area where I could rent a bicycle long term? [more inside]
posted by erstwhile ungulate on May 24, 2012 - 7 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

Pick my commuter bike pedals

Help me pick which SPD/flat pedal to get for commuting. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on May 9, 2012 - 13 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

Steeper climbs, more intervals, or faster pace for century cycling training?

I'm signed up to do a century, a 100-mile bicycle ride, in a little over four weeks. Given the training that I've been doing, what are the best specific things I can do in the next month to get stronger and faster? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 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

Parts of me are actually brave and awesome. Not this part of me.

I've been riding a bike since I was six. Please help me learn how to ride a bike. Apologies for length. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Apr 9, 2012 - 29 answers

I want a Windows program to analyse GPS tracks in detail

Is there free or cheap software for analysing GPS tracks in detail? I want to be able to take a track produced by something like My Tracks (from an android phone) and look at it on my desktop computer, where I would like to zoom in on particular sections of the route: how fast was I going here? How steep is that hill? [more inside]
posted by alloneword on Jan 15, 2012 - 11 answers

aerodynamic (dis)advantage of a recumbent bike roof

Is there any chance that the recumbent version of "veltop" reduces (total) drag? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

I am not racing, I just want to get here and there.

I find my road bike terrifying. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 5, 2011 - 39 answers

Recommend me some safe central London cycle routes to ride for fun.

Is it possible to do boris-biking for fun and exercise? I'm visiting the capital next week, and looking for recommendations of very quiet or ideally traffic-free routes in London - central enough to be able to do in a series of <30m boris-bike hires. Hyde Park and Regents Park are obvious options - are there any others?
posted by handee on Sep 2, 2011 - 3 answers

What are some good places for cycling around Hudson, NY?

I'm spending a couple of weeks in Hudson, NY and I brought my bike with me, hoping for some nice rides along some quiet country roads. However, after scouting the area by car, I'm having second thoughts - the traffic around here is quite heavy! Do you know of some good places for riding a bike around Hudson, Columbia County and vicinity? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 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

Help keep my phone safe on bike rides.

I'd like to take my smartphone (HTC Hero) with me when I'm cycling and use it as a trip computer. Problem: I'm nervous that I'll be taking it home in pieces. Are there any smartphone bike mounts that will secure my Hero to the bike as well as protect it in the event that I crash?
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I watch the Tour de France in Portland?

Where can I watch Tour de France coverage in Portland on July 2nd? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Jun 25, 2011 - 1 answer

Cycling newbie looking for things to read

I just bought a racing bike. I know next to nothing about cycling. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by wolfr on May 28, 2011 - 16 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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