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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by holdenjordahl
on Feb 5, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Maryland cyclists: looking for a 65-70 mile route/loop in (or around) Frederick. [more inside]
posted by jquinby
on Aug 6, 2009 -
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 -
I need general advice about bicycle commuting and specific recommendations for Seattle: where to live for commute to UW, bike shop recommendations, must have equipment, neighborhoods to avoid, good routes and trails, and the like. [more inside]
posted by GPF
on Jul 22, 2009 -
Burning calories while exercising: how important is how much effort you put into it? Does difficulty enter the equation, or is it all time and distance? [more inside]
posted by canadia
on Jul 3, 2009 -
Bike Filter: I'm looking for a cro-moly steel frame and fork that can handle disc breaks and enough clearance for fenders and has track drop outs with a road bike geometry. [more inside]
posted by wcfields
on May 31, 2009 -
Mrs. Argyle and I want to take our road bikes on vacation this summer. What's the best way to take them along? [more inside]
posted by Argyle
on Apr 29, 2009 -
Cycling computer - I recently started cycling (road biking) and have slowly been gearing up. I usually use RunKeeper, an iPhone app, while I ride to track info, but it's useless during the ride since it's in my back shirt pocket. I'm looking for a traditional bike computer to look at while I ride. I'd like the wireless kind, since my wife swears by her's. What are your suggestions?
posted by Argyle
on Apr 2, 2009 -
Bike Riding and a Microphone
One of our clients is biking across the country. She wants to be able to speak on a head phone, connected to her cell phone, while she rides. everything we have tried so far has way too much background noise. Can you recommend how she can speak on the phone, safely, with no or low background noise during this long journey by Bike? Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill
on Mar 29, 2009 -
I have a beautiful, but not roadworthy, 1980 Raleigh Caprice
. Now the evenings are lighter, I have the opportunity to purchase a new bike through my work's Cyclescheme
and get myself both fit and cycling at a competent level. Help a new cyclist decide on a bike! [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Mar 26, 2009 -
Asking for friends: Looking for tips, maps, routes or anything else you've got to help plan a bike trip from London to France [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots
on Mar 25, 2009 -