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$220 for a service, or put that towards a new bicycle?

I have an 18 month old Trek 7.1FX hybrid bike ($450 new) that I use to commute 5 days, 120km per week. Should I spend half the cost of a new bike on a service, or put that towards a new bike? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Help buying a women's bicycle

I've never bought my own bike before but I think it's time. I'm currently riding a hand-me-down men's road bike and Citibikes and I like a lot of (different) things about each. I've been to a couple of local bike shops and got some recommendations. I would like to hear Ask me recs both about specific bikes and about the bike buying process in general. I will mainly be riding this bike in NYC, hopefully to commute regularly between Brooklyn and midtown (8-10miles each way), I'll need to shlep my day bag on it (a clip on to the back rack), regularly carry it up and down minimum a half flight of steps, and lock it up on the street (day time only, not over night) without being too paranoid. I think my top budget is 1k but I'd love to get it lower. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

Hybrid shopping

Are there any Prius C owners out there? Will I like having a Prius C? I'm considering buying a 2013 Prius C Three or Four in the next few weeks. I test drove one the other day and really liked it. I'm going to do another test drive on the highway to see how it feels. My goal is to make a purchase that last week of December. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Tablet shopping, endless options.

I've been researching tablets with detachable keyboards (hybrid tablet/laptop) and want to see if I'm missing anything. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

When will the Prius Plug In be available nationwide?

The Prius Plug In looks great, and I have been waiting for it to come to Illinois since it was released last year. Toyota's website said for a year that it would be released nationally "in 2013." Recently that has been changed to say "availability in additional states is currently under study." Do any gearheads know what has caused the delay and when (if?) it might become more broadly available? (Bonus question: what is so difficult about releasing it nationwide? Low production? Regulatory issues? It seems like it shouldn't be that hard.)
posted by AgentRocket on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Talk me out of buying a salvage title Honda Insight

There is a mechanic in a city nearby who restores and sells (and maintains) first-generation Honda Insights. Most of the cars his shop produces have a salvage title. He offers exclusive repair and maintenance service to purchasers. I've done a lot of reading and talking to people about this car—a trusted coworker owns one of his restorations—and I'm pretty much convinced that I want what seems to be one of the most over-engineered, fuel-efficient, cool little cars ever made. So what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me find the perfect commuter bike

I bike to work occasionally in warm weather, and my crappy road bike is not too well suited for the task. I'd like to find something more appropriate for commuting. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Mar 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Can I change my hybrid's handlebars to make it closer to a road bike?

So my awesome SO bought me a woman's hybrid bike for my birthday, and I realized after a few long-ish bike ride that I'm having 2 issues: 1.) My shoulders hurt. Bad. And for weeks. 2.) Less an issue, but my lower back also bugs me after a long ride. Is it possible to change the ergonomics of the bike by changing the handlebars? If you've done this, please share your story! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

2010 Honda Insight - good value?

How's the reliability and driveability of the 2010 Honda Insight? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Dec 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Hybrid mechanic in NYC?

Searching for a hybrid mechanic in NYC. I asked this a few years ago, but I never found a satisfying answer, and I'm hoping someone has some new ideas. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu on Aug 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help me find a new car to fit my specific need.

Please help me choose a new car. I'm struggling to find something that works for me! [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on May 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Does it make sense to buy a warranty on a pre-owned Honda Civic Hybrid?

Asking for a friend. "Jan" is buying a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, it has 60,000 miles on it now. The dealer is offering a warranty on said car, 6 years or 60,000 miles, for $1600. She is set on the car, but can't decide on the warranty. She has just ended one sided needy relationship with a narcissistic Mercedes with never ending issues. This recent experience is clouding her decision and I suggested turning to mefites. thank you!
posted by jennstra on Mar 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I have my dream bike and ride it too?

Pittsburgh cycling: road bike or hybrid? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Nov 29, 2011 - 12 answers

No touchscreens in the ashtray, please.

Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Which hybrid car advertisement is this?

Help me find this hybrid car commercial. It's from the past five years, and features flowers that pop up as the car drives along. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Aug 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Bike-buying help: what makes some bike components better than others?

Bike-buying help: what makes some bike components better than others? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Aug 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Will I blow my hybrid's great gas mileage if I put a roof rack on top?

Prius or Insight owners with Yakima or Thule roof racks: How much of a hit do you take on your gas mileage just from having the rack on the roof? (i.e. no bikes, skis, or cargo box on top) [more inside]
posted by takenRoad on Jul 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Professionally putting the wrong oil in since 2008.

The oil-change place has been putting the wrong weight oil in my GF's hybrid for three years (5w instead of 0w). What damage has this done, and how upset should I be? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Help us pick a car!

Do you own, or have you owned, a Honda Insight? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Apr 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Let's see what you can do, askme. Where can I buy the rose called "Picture?"

Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Attack of the Killer(?) Tomatoes!

I'm growing several containers of tomatoes on my deck, and also... something else. Blue tomatoes!? Can anyone tell me what these are? (A few other photos: 1, 2, 3)
posted by graventy on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Which bike do I want?

For the past several years, I've been riding a Navigator 500. I love how it handles on wooded trails, but on the open road - of which there is an abundance in Wisconsin - it is a lot of work. Which bikes should I be looking at instead? [more inside]
posted by teremala on Mar 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me find a Prius doctor in Brooklyn?

Friends, Romans, Crooklynites: I heard the first terrifying sound from my 2005 Prius this morning, and it reminded me that I've been meaning to ask you for mechanic recommendations. I drove out to SF over the summer, and before I drove back I had my car looked at at Art's Automotive in Berkeley. I had a great experience, and I refuse to go back to the level of "care" I was formerly accustomed to here. I know the likelihood of a hybrid-friendly repair shop is slimmer here in the Big Easty, but I wonder if you might be able to refer me to a mechanic in Brooklyn (or thereabouts) with whom I can entrust my Prius. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu on Dec 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Honda Civic Hybrid battery problems

2004 Honda Civic Hybrid won't start, but battery isn't dead. [more inside]
posted by empath on Dec 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Not just any boat, but at Shel-Ca-yak-atemer-noe

WaterSportFilter: I want to buy a small versatile Kayak like watercraft. I have different (competing?) things I'd like it to do (Paddle AND Row; single and tandem riders) can I get all of this into one boat? Are there available modifications? What should I get? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Nov 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Please help me find the make/model I want, so I can focus on the next steps. Thanks!

I need to buy a new, used or certified used car real quickly. I could use some help deciding on a make and model that meets some specific criteria. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Aug 7, 2009 - 13 answers

New England Car Needed

I'm moving to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire in a month and need to buy a car for the first time. Help me choose the right one. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jul 17, 2009 - 19 answers

I found this Civic in a Parking Lot in 90 degrees today. Can I eat it?

05 Civic Hybrid, has you experiences? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jun 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Largest hybrid corn companies?

Hi all, does anyone know which companies are the largest producers of hybrid corn seed in the US or world-wide? I am looking for a list of perhaps the top ten, along with the proportion of the market they make up. Thanks for your ideas.
posted by tnygard on Jun 8, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I disconnect a malfunctioning car alarm on a 2002 Prius?

How do I disconnect a malfunctioning car alarm on a 2002 Prius? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on May 6, 2009 - 2 answers

How to get rid of quirks when using *2* EyeTV Hybrid tuners at once?

How to get rid of quirks when using *2* EyeTV Hybrid tuners at once? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 18, 2009 - 2 answers

LOST FRIENDS BIKE NEED TO REPLACE BEFORE FRIEND FINDS OUT (5OO)

BIKEFILTER: I lost my friend's bike and need to replace it before he finds out. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 9, 2009 - 23 answers

License to thrill? Personalized plates ideas, please.

Woohoo, I'm converting my Prius to a plug-in! Now I want a personalized license plate to go with it. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Oct 30, 2008 - 24 answers

Hybrid HOV stickers

Selling a hybrid: What to ask for carpool-lane stickers? [more inside]
posted by nat on Aug 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Why are hybrid vehicles so scarce?

Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on May 31, 2008 - 29 answers

What Proof for Colorado Hybrid Tax Credit?

What proof do I need to claim the Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Feb 17, 2008 - 1 answer

Hybrid reliability and reapirs?

I'm looking to purchase a hybrid car (Toyota or Honda) in the $10,000 range (~2002, 2003), I'm wondering about reliability and repair bills. Are they in-line with other non-hybrid cars of this range?
posted by mac-way on Nov 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Hybrid TV Tuner (ATSC/NTSC)

How can I get both, ATSC and NTSC on a USB tv tuner, with options to switch between both of them? [more inside]
posted by apple on Oct 4, 2007 - 2 answers

Best alternative to road bikes for long distance rides?

Best alternative to road bikes for long distance rides? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on May 26, 2007 - 16 answers

New Commute: What Is the Fastest and Cheapest Possible?

I live in Berkeley, CA and have a great job offer in...yeesh...Palo Alto, so a commute is in my future. I need help in reducing that commute as much as possible. Some ideas: * If I get a hybrid, are those carpool lane stickers still available? It will help on time and money. * What GPS units will realistically help my commute based on traffic conditions? * What else can you think of? More details in the extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by JLobster on Jan 17, 2007 - 19 answers

Driving off the fat of the land.

Biodiesel or hybrid? I need a new car, and of course there's [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Nov 1, 2006 - 19 answers

The mystery of the tax credit

How do tax credits work? My husband and I both bought Priuses early this year (well before the 60,000 mark), and we get tax credits of $3,150 for each car. Which is awesome, but... [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Oct 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Should I haggle for a new hybrid?

I've found a new Prius that I might be able to buy before the tax rebate gets chopped in half. Since it's a new, popular car, am I going to be paying full price no matter what or should I try my meager haggling skills? If the latter, what should I aim for and how should I go about it given the "next guy will pay full price" line I'll inevitably encounter? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Sep 21, 2006 - 16 answers

A blog/message board hybrid?

Which software acts like a blog/message board hybrid? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea on Sep 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Importing a Toyota hybrid minivan from Japan to US?

We love our Prius. We reproduced. Hybrid SUVs are lame. Is there any way to import this from Japan? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Jul 24, 2006 - 13 answers

Is the townie bike a goodie bike?

My wife would like a new bike. She really loves the Electra bikes (she really wants the Petro Zillia but found the Townie 21 much more comfortable). We went to a different bike shop and the guy there explained that she would not enjoy those bikes on long rides and would not be able to keep up with people on hybrids over the long haul. Does anyone have any experience with these bikes and are they good for more than just going to the grocery store? Will she be able to keep up on longer rides (road/bike path)?
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Jul 12, 2006 - 17 answers

Diesel that meets CA's "clean air vehicle" requirements?

I would like to purchase a high-mileage / low-emissions vehicle which I can drive (alone) in the carpool lanes around the Bay Area. Hybrids present one option, though I'd rather be in a diesel VW Golf, running biodiesel. I need help figuring out the requirements listed here to see if a diesel Golf meets them. And does anyone know if filling it with biodiesel changes anything? What other vehicle options are there?
posted by scarabic on May 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Blog/Forum Hybrid

My New Year's resolution is to build a hybrid blog and forum as a meeting place for Australian musicians. What would be the best software to use for this? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot on Dec 31, 2005 - 6 answers

Miracle car drives after it runs out of gas...or does it?

What happens when a Hybrid car (i.e. Prius) runs out of gas? Can it keep driving on the battery? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Dec 22, 2005 - 10 answers

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