My wife and I have really started to get into bike riding lately - nothing extreme or long distance, just urban riding (10 miles or less). I have an old Huffy multi-speed that I'd like to dismantle, clean up, and repaint, but I don't know the first thing about bicycle maintenance and dis/assembly. Help! [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on May 27, 2006 -
Compliant-vs-speed filter: Aluminum vs Carbon Fiber, aggressive vs less-aggressive? Steel junkies leave your opinions at the door please. [more inside]
posted by neilkod
on May 25, 2006 -
Will using aerobars on my road bike strengthen (or better yet slim!) my core?
posted by neilkod
on Apr 21, 2006 -
Gots me a bike, and now I gots me some questions(Repair cost estimates and what kind of freakin' bike it is, to be precise). [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Apr 20, 2006 -
Is there a compelling reason for an adult woman not to purchase a 24" bike if that is most comfortable for her? [more inside]
posted by raddevon
on Mar 25, 2006 -
For the glasses-wearers out there, who makes good prescription sunglasses geared toward road cycling? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter
on Dec 20, 2005 -
Are commuter cyclists really the regular victims of extreme road rage, inspired merely by their presence? Why? [more inside]
posted by wilful
on Oct 11, 2005 -
When riding my bike, why do I tend to slip forward on the saddle? What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by daver
on Oct 10, 2005 -
Shoe advice: I'm looking for a shoe that uses velcro instead of laces, and ideally has a stiff bottom. Any help? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone
on Sep 15, 2005 -
Madison Mefi mafia, what's the best way-by bike-to get from the western end of the Glacier Drumlin Trail to E Gorham St.?
posted by drezdn
on Aug 28, 2005 -
Cycling/JuryofMyPeers-Filter: when a cyclist crashes into a car because the car turned right into the cyclist's path, is it the driver's fault for not checking their blind spot, or the cyclist's fault for aggressively passing on their right? [more inside]
posted by bl1nk
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Jitensha-Filter: I fantasize about moving to Japan to teach English, when I retire from my computer career. To achieve this end, I've earned my TESL certificate, but so far, I'm just a repeat tourist with lots of Nihon travel experience -- but always on foot. Part of the fantasy involves riding a bicycle over there -- and not one of their clunky no-speeds, but my
bicycle. What's involved when a gaijin brings in his bicycle? I'm guessing it's not as easy as retrieving it from checked luggage at Narita, and riding away -- knowing the Japanese, there's regulations to be satisified, in an approved manner.
posted by Rash
on Jul 29, 2005 -
Inductive traffic sensors: can I make them "see" my bike better if I stick some strong rare-earth magnets on the frame? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on Jul 4, 2005 -
Tour de France. I do not have access to OLN through my cable provider. I want to be able to hear, (in english), live commentary of the Tour. I figured I would be able to find this on the web but have not been able to so far. I would like also find out what resources others are using to follow the grande boucle, any good blogs I should know about?
posted by flummox
on Jul 3, 2005 -
Recently upgraded to a newer bike, with clipless pedals. I realized that these are great for riding, but what about just tooling around town - is there such a thing as an adaptor for regular shoes? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs
on Apr 17, 2005 -
A few months ago I saw a website of two college age guys on a bike tour across the US, or at least a large portion of it. The website was like a blog. I remember one of the kids had a mohawk. Anyone know the website? [more inside]
posted by Hall
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Ksyrium-Filter: What are the tangible benefits of upgrading my road bike wheels? [more inside]
posted by neilkod
on Apr 10, 2005 -
I have a mountain bike on a resistance roller that I use to workout, and I also use a heart rate monitor to keep my heart rate at 145. If I workout in a cycling position with my hands on the handlebars, it takes much more effort to maintain 145 than if I sit upright with my hands by my side.
Why is this, and does this mean my upright workout is less effective than my bent over one, even though I'm maintaining the same heart rate?
posted by forallmankind
on Mar 25, 2005 -
Thinking about doing the five-boro bike ride in NYC this year. I'd like to hear experiences, opinions & advice from anybody who's done it. Is it too crowded to be fun? What kind of shape do I need to be in? What should I bring? How long will it take to finish?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Mar 18, 2005 -
I'm thinking about riding my bicycle
from San Francisco to New York City next summer. Has anyone here done it? What should I know? What routes do you recommend? On which highways and interstates are bicycles allowed? What special things should I see? How do I build a solar-powered charger for a cell phone? I'd spend this year planning, training, and saving money, so I have some time to prepare.
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 28, 2005 -
If I were to show up in Roubaix France the day of the Paris-Roubaix Cycling race
, April 10 this year, would I be able to get into the Roubaix Velodrome without any advance tickets, be able to see and hear the progress of the race then watch the finish live? If this is not possible where else would be a good place to watch the race? I don't know the area at all so trying to dash around the back roads for good vantage points would be difficult.
posted by jholland
on Feb 25, 2005 -
How fast is a horse? According to this review of a book on bicycling
, one of the original motivations for the development of the bicycle was to find a cheaper, faster, more reliable human-powered alternative to the horse. Did we succeed? I average around 12-15mph on my 10 mile daily bicycle commute - can a horse compete with that?
posted by bonecrusher
on Feb 3, 2005 -
Having read the other "I want to buy a bike" posts, I'll be quick: Would a new bike in the $200-250 range be so low-end as to be worthless for a 3-mile daily commute? Would I be better off with a used one? I'm the opposite of a serious cyclist.
posted by Jeanne
on Jan 6, 2005 -
EuroCyclistFilter - I'm thinking of taking a trip to Belgium to see one (or perhaps a few) of the Spring Classics this year. Any MeFi cycling fans have advice? [MI] [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold
on Nov 22, 2004 -
Bike Rack Etiquette. Can anyone explain why certain asshats insist on parking their bikes horizontally against the front of bike racks, thereby taking up a dozen+ spaces? Am I missing something? Is there some reason beyond the obvious selfishness? Are they oblivious to the fact that pissed off people (like me) will gleefully let the air out of their tires ... or worse?
posted by RavinDave
on Nov 22, 2004 -
In a couple of weeks I'm going to start bicycling to work every day (excepting rain or snow). There'll be hardly any traffic to speak of, since I'll be biking on the Charles River bike paths in Boston. I've never biked to work regularly before: any commuting bicyclists have any tips? [more inside]
posted by josh
on Sep 9, 2004 -
2 cycling accesories questions inside. One about a portable pump (Blackburn Airstik) and the tiny valves on my tires and one about Cycleops or other indoor trainers. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Aug 6, 2004 -
Can someone who knows something about cycling or the Tour de France explain this article
? How does the breakaway pack / peloton work? And what would be the "real story" behind this big Lance Armstrong / Simeoni feud?
posted by josh
on Jul 23, 2004 -
Mysterious bicycle problem: When I'm on my road bike it sounds like the rear brakes are rubbing, but if I get off the bike and spin the wheel, I can see there is plenty of clearance, the wheel is true, and there's no sound. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by teg
on Jul 22, 2004 -
In keeping up with trying to get back into shape and the coming of warmer times here in the midwest, I am looking to purchase a bike. Haven't bought one in decades and I am getting a bit bewildered by the vast selection out there. Any suggestions on a mid-priced bike for riding on city streets with the occasional foray into state park trails? I'm also fairly poor in the "upkeep" department, so some kind of rugged workhorse would be preferable.
posted by sharksandwich
on Mar 20, 2004 -
I'm headed to Paris and would like to do some bicycling (in and out of the city). Any suggested destinations, Internet resources and cheap bike rentals? I'm not interested in joining one of those expensive group tours.
posted by sixpack
on Mar 17, 2004 -
Ever since this
I've been looking into recumbent bikes with an obsessive toy-hunger. At nearly 50lbs, the Bigha is widely denounced as heavy. My question is: how heavy is the average mountain bike, hybrid/commuter bike, and road bike? I can't find overall weight specs on the Cannondale website or the Specialized site. I'm not incredibly into bikes and have no frame of reference. Help me out if you can. How porcine is 50lbs?
posted by scarabic
on Mar 7, 2004 -