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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

Helmet hair I can deal with, but I'm tired of helmet forehead.

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]
posted by hydrophonic on Jul 19, 2010 - 7 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

Follow that bike!

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]
posted by jontyjago on Jul 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Can i pimp my Pashley?

Cycling filter: can i add more gears to my 5-speed Pashley Sonnet Bliss? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Jun 30, 2010 - 22 answers

Can you find this biking tshirt?

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?
posted by Alex McP on Jun 17, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Nice Rack? But how do I get it on my bike?

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]
posted by brandoniain on Jun 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Novice Urban Cyclist Seeks Commute Advice

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 2, 2010 - 44 answers

Energy used when cycling hills vs flats

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]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Not so easy rider

How do i need to train? [more inside]
posted by djduckie on May 31, 2010 - 13 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

Help me find the right bike.

Help me find the right bike. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on May 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Are there any dangers or health-related reasons one shouldn't go on and off Wellbutrin this

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]
posted by mintchip on May 25, 2010 - 9 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

Help me buy bikes for me and my brother.

Two old dudes want some bikes. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on May 18, 2010 - 13 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

Is it common for motor vehicle laws to have measurable thresholds?

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"?
posted by Wild_Eep on Apr 30, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me figure out what sort of bicycle I need

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]
posted by harriet vane on Apr 27, 2010 - 28 answers

Just a month late for bike-to-work day ...

NYC bikers! What's the best way to get from Ridgewood, Queens, to the Financial District? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Apr 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Bike trips in upstate NY/VT

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]
posted by jeather on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

DIY Decaleur?

Can I make a decaleur? If not, which should I buy? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Mar 16, 2010 - 1 answer

Chain Grease & Skinny Jeans

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 16, 2010 - 17 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

Cycling in Madrid

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!
posted by Parsnip on Feb 1, 2010 - 8 answers

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes?

A warm spring break destination where we can ride our bikes? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 23, 2010 - 6 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

The Duality of the Cycling Man

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]
posted by liquidindian on Jan 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Is Copenhagen really all that?

Is Copenhagen really as awesome as it seems? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Dec 20, 2009 - 23 answers

Bus bent my bike; am I stuck with the damage?

Locked my bike to a post, and a bus sideswiped my bike. Am I stuck with the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Slimpstreaming behind a random?

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]
posted by Tapioca on Nov 24, 2009 - 59 answers

Best route for overland commute in NYC

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 15, 2009 - 18 answers

you'd look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 6, 2009 - 10 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

them's the brakes...

I've just changed the disc brake pads on my bicycle and now the calipers won't 'grab' onto the metal disc enough to brake effectively... [more inside]
posted by hairgelburrito on Oct 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Help put the tradewinds in my britches.

I want to do a 2-3 week cycling trip in a foreign country around New year. Need suggestions as to locales/routes. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 5, 2009 - 10 answers

I can't believe there's no app for that!

Could I possibly use my iPhone as a bike computer? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Sep 29, 2009 - 13 answers

Great destinations, routes and experiences in and around Toronto.

I want to go to there, but I need your advice on where "there" is. Starting point: Toronto. Range: any land within 100 km (60-ish miles) of High Park, but I can go further for something really special. Means of transport: my trusty steed. Time frame: now until November-ish. I'm looking for great routes or awesome destinations, urban, rural or suburban, like the best roti in Scarborough, a tiny potter's studio somewhere in Peel, or a gorgeous path by some body of water that isn't Lake Ontario. I want to go somewhere to do something neat, like picking apples or riding horses. And this is not Torontofilter or bikefilter. I'm looking for creative ideas from anyone, anywhere. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Biking in the rain

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

I know the fifth anniversary gift is wood, but...

Is there a known Best Winter Hat for Cyclists? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Free as a bird

What is the most lightweight and/or the most vented bicycle helmet that you can buy? [more inside]
posted by ghost dance beat on Sep 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Blogs for bike commuters

Recommend some bike commuter blogs [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Where would a rusty old bike rider like me find a easy and good bike?

I'm thinking about getting a bike to ride to work on, but I have no idea where to start, or what to look for. [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange on Aug 25, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal?

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal? [more inside]
posted by Hates_ on Aug 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Looking for a 65-70 mile cycling route near Frederick, MD

Maryland cyclists: looking for a 65-70 mile route/loop in (or around) Frederick. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Aug 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Assaulted on a bicycle, what should I have done?

I go cycling about 3 times a week for about an hour to hour and a half for exercise. Sunday I was riding my bike through probably the best neighborhood in town, in the bike lane, when some kid threw a plastic water bottle at me from a passing car. [more inside]
posted by lordrunningclam on Jul 28, 2009 - 46 answers

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