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Bike Ride and a Microphone

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 - 6 answers

 

Cyclic

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 - 6 answers

best way by bike from London to France

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 - 4 answers

How should I run?

Should I go further or faster? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Mar 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Bicycle Light Needed

I need a front light for my bicycle that can attach to a basket (as opposed to handlebars). [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Mar 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Spectating the Tour of California

I would like to watch Stage 2 of the Tour of California. What can we expect? Where would the best places to spectate from? [more inside]
posted by clearly on Feb 4, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm not talking about Stone Temple Pilots

How to prepare one's body, mind and bicycle for a 200 mi bike ride? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 30, 2009 - 26 answers

ONE BIKE TWO BIKE RED BIKE BLUE BIKE

Bike nerds : give me a recommendation for both a long-haul touring setup and a flat-city fashion fixie setup. [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch on Jan 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for the ultimate glove

I have budgeted $150 for the absolute best gloves I can find for surviving sub-zero temperatures. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jan 17, 2009 - 20 answers

Pocket Bikes in the East Bay?

Where can I rent a "pocket bike" for the day in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Jan 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Disc brakes for a commuting bike?

What kind of disc brakes and brake levers (if necessary) should I get for my new commuting bike? [more inside]
posted by Captain Rayford Steele, Tribulation Force on Dec 31, 2008 - 14 answers

Windproof and waterproof clothing?

Point me towards a jacket and pants that are waterproof and windproof. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Dec 22, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I shift my bike, and where can I ride it?

I am the owner of a LeMond bike. It has been sitting in my living room for the better part of the last year. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Oct 22, 2008 - 19 answers

I Swear I'm Not Steampunk

Where can I find a new carbide bike lantern for cheap, or how hard would it be to build one? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Oct 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Angel: base miles Devil:CYCLOCROSS who should I listen to?

The angel sitting on my right shoulder calmly says "base miles base miles base miles." The devil on my left screams CYCLOCROSS!! Can I keep both of them happy? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Stop my messenger bag from sliding down?

I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag. When I ride with it on, it wants to slip down to the right under my right arm. What can I do to make it more friction-y or tacky on the back, such that it is not so slidey? [more inside]
posted by everichon on Oct 4, 2008 - 15 answers

No more (bike) junk in my trunk

Shopping for trailer-hitch mounted bike rack for my road bike, with room for two additional ones. What should I look for? Who do you recommend? Who or what to avoid? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Separating the men from the boys' bikes on Queen St. W.

For approximately the last ten years, whenever I have been down on Toronto's Queen Street West, I notice a number of very young men (age 18 to 21 give or take) riding boys' bicycles, sometimes with the seat jacked way up, but just as often not. Is there some reason why these young men are riding bicycles more suitably sized for a ten-year-old? I mean, any practical reason other than it being some sort of "Queen St. thing" and a trend? Perhaps such bicyles are cheaper, or easier to store, or there's some advantage when one is riding them? Or they've had some kind of freakish overnight growth spurt and just haven't got around to replacing their bikes?
posted by orange swan on Sep 26, 2008 - 36 answers

I (don't) want to ride my bicycle

My cycle commute has halved in distance and quadrupled in frustration - how do I stay fit? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb on Sep 9, 2008 - 24 answers

What type of bike should I get for pulling a trailer?

I'm planning to buy a bicycle for myself and a trailer for two children to ride in. For the bike, I'd like to get something like a simple three-speed cruiser, but I've been told that I'll need more gears to pull the trailer. What do I need to look for in a bike to make it a good trailer-puller? [more inside]
posted by winston on Aug 25, 2008 - 11 answers

maximizing late-night workouts

Maximizing the benefits of my late-night bike rides....? I like to go out for a vigorous (to me) bike ride late at night (around 1am). I can do about 30km in 55 minutes or so. However, I'm at a loss as to how to ensure that I'm reaping the most benefit from my effort. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Aug 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Please help me find a cycling specific training plan.

Please help me find a cycling specific training plan. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Aug 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Sweaty cyclist seeks advice

I've just started cycling to work, after four years of my bike living under a tarpaulin in the garden. Now it's serviced-up and going great, but I'm after some advice from more experienced riders on what to do about the fact that I'm soaked in sweat by the time I arrive at work. It's just a 4 mile ride, and I feel comfortable during the journey, but when I arrive I'm soaked through in a few minutes. Maybe I need different clothes? If so, any recommendations? Or would people recommend carrying a change of clothes and a towel? I don't have access to a shower at work, which would be just great, but maybe towelling off and changing would be a compromise.
posted by m4nju on Aug 12, 2008 - 25 answers

Weeing and cycling - what up?

What happens when marathon cyclists need to urinate during a race? Multi-part question follows. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Aug 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me buy a Zipp disc wheel

Calling all cyclists and triathletes: what do I need to know about purchasing a Zipp disc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Help my hand is broken!

I am having some weird hand symptoms after a 200 mile bike ride. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Jul 20, 2008 - 17 answers

Looking for bike rides around San Diego

Know of any long road bike rides around San Diego, California? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Chicago Cycling Filter: Daily distance rides?

I recently started working from home, so I no longer have my daily bike commute to the office. Looking for some advice on the following: - Ideal time(s) of day for a nice distance ride with less traffic. - Good routes for a distance ride in Chicago. - Good destination points. Perhaps a nice place to work with a laptop(bonus for free Wi-Fi connections). Also, I tend to like independent cafes/restaurants rather than places like Cosi or Starbucks. - Any other thoughts/advice you have. I'm flexible with distance, though I'd prefer 5+ miles. I'm starting out from my apartment in Humboldt Park if that helps any. Thanks AskMeFi!!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jul 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Cycle GPS logger

Best GPS data logger for (1) monitoring cycle commute and (2) local mapping [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Bicycle == Decongestant ?

Why does riding my bicycle clear my stuffy nose? [more inside]
posted by benign on Jun 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Removable bike bags...

Looking for bags or similar things that can attach to a bike and easily (without tools) be removed that I can carry stuff in. I currently have a MEC frame bag but it's insufficient, space-wise. I'm also familiar with the Detours bags, but they only carry 5 lbs. Suggestions...? It's important to me that when the item is off the bike, its fastening system isn't still on the bike (like a basket or panniers). Also, if I can throw it over my shoulder (when not on the bike) that's even better. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jun 6, 2008 - 16 answers

A good combination bike trailer/jogging stroller?

Can you recommend a good combination bike trailer/jogging stroller. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jun 2, 2008 - 8 answers

What frame and forks should I look out for?

Fixedgearfilter: I'd like to build a single speed bike, but I have no idea what frame and forks to buy. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on May 27, 2008 - 11 answers

Fat guy on a little bike?

Is this bike sturdy enough for a 280lb man? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on May 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Fight or flight?

I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on May 20, 2008 - 27 answers

If only it were as simple as changing the oil

I could use some help loosening up for my return to cycling. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 12, 2008 - 8 answers

NYC: Tourism and Cycling tips?

NYC filter: What sort of fun cycling type things can I do when I'm in New York City (and/or NY state) for a few days this June (15th-19th sort of time)? Are bikes a good way of seeing the city? It will be my first time in the U.S. I like road bikes.
posted by takeyourmedicine on May 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Escaping Toronto with a bike in tow?

How to escape the Greater Toronto Area for multiday bicycle tours? Difficulty: no car. [more inside]
posted by anthill on May 11, 2008 - 12 answers

Whats up with the fixies?

{Hipster,Scenester}filter: What's up with all of the kids on fixed gear bikes these days? And why don't they wear helmets? [more inside]
posted by virga on Apr 26, 2008 - 56 answers

Preparing for a 85-mile bike trip

A few unprepared 20somethings are going on a cycling trip from Oxford to Cambridge. Hilarity ensues. Or it will, if we don't prepare. Help us avoid unplanned-for hilarity by answering a couple of questions about preparation and what to expect. We'd really be thankful. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Apr 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Help me build a small, light, battery-powered time-lapse photography rig?

I'd like to do a time-lapse movie of photos taken every 30 seconds during a week-long, 500 mile ride I'm doing later this year. But the rig has to be small, light, automatic, and run for hours a day without a recharge. Is this possible? (something tells me Make Magazine probably already covered this at one point) [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Root beer floats + bicycles = best wedding gift ever?

Help me pick out the best wedding gift ever for my almost-husband. [more inside]
posted by bedhead on Mar 18, 2008 - 17 answers

help me not run over my dog

How to bicycle with my dog? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Mar 9, 2008 - 12 answers

What's the deal with cyclists using rollers before 100 mile races?

Why do cycling racers always warm up on a trainer/rollers thing before events, even ridiculously long ones? Doesn't it burn up energy they'll need during the race? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Mar 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Good book(s) about randonneuring?

I'm looking for a good read about bicycle randonneuring, in English or French. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Is it ever okay to directly contact the other participant involved in an accident?

Is it ever okay to directly contact the other participant involved in an auto accident? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Feb 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

I'm a switcher.

Help me ride my new road bike better. [more inside]
posted by smartyboots on Feb 13, 2008 - 30 answers

How do I rate/review cycling products?

I was recently asked to review/rate some new cycling products (frames, pedals, saddles, etc...) for my friend's blog and I'm trying to figure out a good set of overall criteria to base the reviews on. Something like this: Criteria 01 Criteria 02 Criteria 03 Criteria 04 Overall Score Any suggestions as to what I can base my reviews on? I was thinking build quality might be one good criteria, but I'm struggling for more.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Feb 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Please help me find bike friendly routes from CT to NY and PA.

Please help me find bike friendly routes from CT to NY and PA. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Feb 6, 2008 - 9 answers

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