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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

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for some unbiased cost-benefit analysis for cycling upgrades

After a year of strenuous work, I am finally at the point where I think it's worth upgrading my bike to try to eke out some more speed. But I want to know what kinds of improvements are really worth it. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on May 13, 2013 - 32 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

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

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

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

Jealous? Of Denmark? Why, yes!

Danish bicycle superhighway. How could something like this get built in a US city? And what could an average citizen do to support such efforts? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 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

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

Training a commuter to ride a century

Help transform a cycling commuter into a cycling centurion. Currently I cycle around 20 miles a day commuting, but would like to be able to knock off a century by the end of the summer (miles not km). Am happy with a basic training programme of increasing the miles at the weekend, but should the longer run be on a Saturday, for the recovery day before commuting again, or on a Sunday, for the recovery day from commuting all week? Come, let me show you all my sparkly snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by fatfrank on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

iPhone apps for cycling?

iPhone apps for cycling? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on May 11, 2012 - 12 answers

First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it.

First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it. Any recommendation / advice? [more inside]
posted by eisenl on May 11, 2012 - 28 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

Seeking the most bicycle-friendly cities on earth

What are some nice cities that are totally bicycle-friendly, and when should we go? [more inside]
posted by coolguymichael on Nov 8, 2011 - 46 answers

Spring Classics in Belgium

Belgians or Cyclists or Belgian Cyclists: Help me plan a spring trip to Belgium. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Sep 29, 2011 - 7 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

Breaker breaker, what's your twenty?

Are there wireless radios and microphones appropriate for bicyclists to communicate with each other?? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Aug 27, 2011 - 6 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

Cogs are meant to rotate forward, not move left and right.

I had to remove the cassette on my rear wheel to replace a broken spoke. There is now a small amount of movement between the cogs. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Jun 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Been hit by a bus... What next?

This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?
posted by ascullion on Jun 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Shimano derailleur is derailing me all right...

Help a cycling newbie's bike love her as much as she loves it! I think I have a problem with my Shimano derailleur. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 23, 2011 - 12 answers

The Road to RAGBRAI

Suggestions for a RAGBRAI newbie? Mid-forties male, experienced bicycle rider, working on getting into shape for the ride. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Riding the roads of northern New Jersey

Help me figure out where to ride my road bike in northern New Jersey. I'm looking for a 20- to 30-mile ride in a rural(ish) area--or at least some place where there are as few cars as possible. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Apr 30, 2011 - 11 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

How do I rent a sag-wagon?

I'd like to rent a sag-wagon, and a sag-wagoneer, for a bike trip inside a national forest. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by daver on Feb 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for a nice place to run in SW Houston

Longer bicycle / walking trails near Sugar Land / southwest Houston? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Jan 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Riding 100km: advice?

Riding 100km: advice? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 7, 2010 - 27 answers

weight times power plus tired legs equal the delta of ???

I rode in a century ride last Sunday, It took me 11:34 on a mountain bike, with a 20lb frame, if everything else was equal how much faster could I have completed the ride, if I had a top of the line road cycle?
posted by kanemano on Sep 29, 2010 - 13 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

Garmin eTrex Legend HCx with Open Street Map

Garmin eTrex Legend HCx with Open Street Map - anyone used it? [more inside]
posted by Dali Atomicus on Sep 4, 2010 - 5 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

What's the best group set for my cycling needs?

I've bought a road bike frame, forks, seat post and headset. I'm a price level down from the Shimano 105 series. What's the best group set and bottom bracket for my needs? [more inside]
posted by Hiker on Jul 21, 2010 - 20 answers

Please help me plan an awesome hardcore state crossin' bicycle trip! Now in 3D!

Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 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

Where can I hire a tandem bicycle in the Bristol area?

Has anyone out there ever hired a tandem in the Bristol area (UK)? [more inside]
posted by lizabeth on Jul 5, 2010 - 4 answers

It's yet ANOTHER "Help me buy a bag posts!"

I am ruining my back with my messenger bag, and need a new one. Help! (lots of TL; DR inside) [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jun 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Affordable Road Bike for Father's day?

I'm looking for an affordable, 10 mile a day road bike for my dad for Father's day. He doesn't want anything more expensive than a $500 USD bike, but I can't find it in my heart to buy him a $200 Schwinn from Walmart. Can anyone suggest a road bike between $200-$500 for my dad? He's about 6'1", 200 pounds, pants inseam 33". Ordering online and having it delivered (USA) will work. I'm fairly handy with tools an can assemble it, but I'd rather order just 1 bike pre-packaged and not buy pieces individually and put them together myself (tires from one distributor, frame from another, etc.)
posted by WhereAmI on Jun 7, 2010 - 19 answers

En danseuse jusqu'au sommet / Pedaler en grand braquet.

SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on May 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Too bad this doesn't fit into Grab Bag...

I'm going off to college this fall and need some great panniers... [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on May 25, 2010 - 20 answers

One Day I'll Be in New York City!

AnecdoteCyclingFilter: What are your experiences cycling in downtown Minneapolis/Saint Paul? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on May 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Touring on a Trek 1.2?

Is it possible to do fully-loaded bicycle touring on a Trek 1.2? [more inside]
posted by pmdboi on May 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Help my bike escape from central Jersey.

I'm on the North East Corridor line in central New Jersey and I've got a new bike. It folds up. I'd like to take it away for 4-7 days of cycling in the second half of March. Where can I go that's within a half day's journey on public transport? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Feb 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Cycling: mashing versus spinning

Finally realizing that competitive cycling (for me, triathlons), like swimming, is as much a matter of skill as it is of cardiovascular strength, i've been studying the science behind pedaling. To date I've come to the conclusion that there are "mashers", those who grind the downstroke, and there are "spinners," those who try to keep equal pressure on the pedal throughout it's revolution. I ask fellow cyclists (those who even think about these things) whether one style is preferable over the other. There's no general concensus. My question is this: to get into a spinning mode with a big gear, don't you at least have to mash to build up momentum, at which time the spinning takes over? In other words, is there a transition? I do all the drills (one leg pedaling, the push-your-toe-to-the-end-of-your-shoe at about 11 o'clock on the stroke, the 9-and-3 focus) and I can't get the hang of one (mashing) or the other (spinning). Anyone have a similar experience and, hopefully, a provisional answer? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Wool base layers for tiny people.

Looking for wool base layers in the UK to fit a small adult. Options? [more inside]
posted by joeycoleman on Jan 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I attempt a long bike ride even though I'm sick?

I had plans to ride my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee tomorrow with my husband and two friends (about 100 miles). Now I've come down with a pretty bad cold. Should I cancel or try to power through? Have you ever done a lot of physical activity while recovering from a cold, and how did you fare? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Oct 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Biking in the rain

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

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