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?
I live in NYC (Brooklyn) and want to go on long (75-100 mile) scenic bike rides in pretty southern-ish Connecticut that I can get to from NYC. I don't have the slightest clue about where it might be nice to ride, and I can't seem to find any good long-distance routes online that involve a reasonable train ride or find any bike clubs that run rides in the Greenwich/Westport area. [more inside]
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]
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx with Open Street Map - anyone used it? [more inside]
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]
I finished my first century ride last weekend, and I want to do another one! So I'm planning a DIY century from either Queens or one of the stops on the LIRR to Montauk (I'll take the train back). I've never set foot or wheel on the south shore. Please help me plan the trip! [more inside]
I have read that merino wool is the ideal base layer for cyclists because it soaks up sweat without getting cold, clammy and smelly. This is just what I need for my daily cycle commute. But I tried on some merino long-sleeve t-shirts, and found that I am too fat to wear them decently. Are there merino blends, cuts or alternatives that have the desirable sweat-eating properties but won't cling so faithfully to my bulges?
Music-playlist-filter. An attempt at the world 24 hour record for producing electricity by cycling needs a soundtrack. Can you suggest some appropriate music? I'm thinking cycling, electricity, endurance would all be good themes, but any other related themes would be welcomed too.
Need help choosing between two bikes. [more inside]
Cyclists! I just committed to do a century in two weekend's time. I'm a strong cyclist but haven't gone anywhere near that distance in a long time. I'd love your strategies and tips on quickie training, prep, and how to manage the ride. [more inside]
BikeCommuteFilter: Shifting up to riding five days a week. But my legs already hurt from my twice-a-week routine! [more inside]
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]
Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
My bike helmet leaves deep indentations on my forehead. The marks are really bad right when I get to work, and linger for most of the day. What can I do to get them to go away faster? How can I prevent them? I still get them when I use a head wrap in the winter, so a cap or a bandanna underneath probably won't help. My helmet fits comfortably and I'm usually well hydrated. [more inside]
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]
Has anyone out there ever hired a tandem in the Bristol area (UK)? [more inside]
I've drifted away from following the Tour de France over the last few years, and would like to get back into it this year. What's the best (web-based) way of doing this? [more inside]
Cycling filter: can i add more gears to my 5-speed Pashley Sonnet Bliss? [more inside]
I'm looking for a t shirt I saw a while ago. The front had a person (cupid) riding a bicycle and drawing a bow. On the back panel, lower left, there was an upside-down car with arrows sticking out of its tires. As a pro-biker in general, and an appreciator of design specifically, I really liked this shirt. Google has been fruitless, has anyone else seen this shirt?
I am ruining my back with my messenger bag, and need a new one. Help! (lots of TL; DR inside) [more inside]
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.)
Bike/Cycling: Modern features + classic styling = fit problems. I want this rack to fit on this bike. Help me ponder modifications necessary to make it fit - or sadden me greatly and tell me I'm going to have to settle for something uglier. [more inside]
I'm going to start commuting to work by bike soon (some of the time, anyway). Help me with a few specific questions and give me general advice on making my commute by bike the kind of thing I'll want to stick with. [more inside]
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]
How do i need to train? [more inside]
SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
Help me find the right bike. [more inside]
Are there any dangers or health-related reasons one shouldn't go on and off Wellbutrin (as opposed to "you shouldn't do it because your moods will vary")? [more inside]
I'm going off to college this fall and need some great panniers... [more inside]
Two old dudes want some bikes. [more inside]
AnecdoteCyclingFilter: What are your experiences cycling in downtown Minneapolis/Saint Paul? [more inside]
Is it possible to do fully-loaded bicycle touring on a Trek 1.2? [more inside]
So there's an initiative in New York State to consider a safe passing law for cyclists. The bill would require drivers to give cyclists a three-foot buffer when passing. Opponents want to change "three feet" to "safe distance". Are there other motoring laws that cite a specific measurable distance, rather than a subjective term like "safe distance"?
What kind of bicycle do I want? Purpose: to ride to the shops or the library, possibly working my way up to riding to work. I'm thinking more casual Copenhagen than speedy lycra-clad. [more inside]
NYC bikers! What's the best way to get from Ridgewood, Queens, to the Financial District? [more inside]
I want to go on a one day bike trip in upstate NY or VT-- less than a 2h drive from Montreal. Where should I go? Details about what I want inside. [more inside]
Can I make a decaleur? If not, which should I buy? [more inside]
I'd like some recommendations for hipster bike blogs. Think more fixies with hot pink sidewalls, Dutch designer bikes no American could afford, and bike messenger fetishism than athletics, racing, nitty-gritty commuting, etc. [more inside]
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]
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.
In a few weeks I will be moving to Madrid (Spain) for 3-6 months. I am used to cycling to work and I am trying to determine if that might be possible there. Is it common to see cyclists on the road in Madrid? Are there cycling lanes? Are drivers used to driving around cyclists or am I having a deathwish? Any further pointers, opinions and advice highly appreciated. Thanks!
A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes? [more inside]
Looking for wool base layers in the UK to fit a small adult. Options? [more inside]
Two years of cycling has left me a different man above the waist compared to below it - my legs, I mean, not what you're thinking. Please help solve my divided self. [more inside]
Is Copenhagen really as awesome as it seems? [more inside]
Locked my bike to a post, and a bus sideswiped my bike. Am I stuck with the damage? [more inside]
Do you think it is rude for Alice (a commuter cyclist) to slipstream behind Bob (another commuter cyclist, who doesn't know Alice)? [more inside]
I live at the top of Central Park in New York City (my park entrance is at 110th and Lenox), and I'm thinking of either getting a bike or rollerblades to commute to my job at 23rd and Fifth (or, perhaps more accurately, to my gym at 23rd and Park, where I can shower and change). What's the most direct path through the park from top to bottom, and which streets should I take to my destination once I exit the park? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I really want to win Most Stylish Couple at The Sadie Hawkins Style Ride in one week. Any suggestions? (previously) [more inside]
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]