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Cycling, Center of Gravity?

Three years ago, I inherited a solid Biachi road bike from my dad. I'm pretty into it now. I usually bike 50 - 100 miles on the weekends, but as that number has crept up, I've run into some some fit issues. Maybe you can help me out with some conceptual stuff. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 11, 2014 - 20 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

What to get the man who's building a road bike?

A lawyer I was referred to just did a pro bono deal for me and I would love to get him a gift since he told me his work would be free. I would love that gift to have something to do with his building of a road bike, but I'm clueless. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Oct 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find clip-in bike shoes!

Where can I get good, reasonably priced, bike shoes and cleats for my SPD-SL pedals? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

old peugeot road bike make sense for a beginner

I am looking to get into road cycling, but I cannot afford even the basic entry level bikes (with the Trek 1.1 running at $700 - and the others going on up in price). I found several old Peugeot bikes from the 70s and 80s on Craigslist in my area that are available for under $200. My question is would one of these old high quality bikes work or would I just be riding an albatross (so to speak)? I want to be able to keep up with my buddies if we ride together - so would I be too slow and/or worn out on an older bike? If people in the 70s could bike long distance on these things, why can't we today?
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 21, 2013 - 35 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

Help me pick a new road bike!

I'm thinking of getting a new road bike, and would like some help in picking one. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Aug 27, 2012 - 45 answers

How to choose between bicycles

I'd like to buy a new road bike and I think I have a general idea what I'm looking for (aluminum, Tiagra, WSD). Within that class of bikes, how do I choose between the available brands? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Help fit me with a bike.

Help outfit me in a new bike. I am trying to decide between two bikes at my local bike store or a bike from bikesdirect.com. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 3, 2010 - 16 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

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

I want to ride my bicycle

Are Asahi bikes any good? [more inside]
posted by mattoxic on Feb 1, 2010 - 3 answers

How to buy a bike?

I'm looking for a good road bike to ride around town, usually for trips under a mile or two... [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Aug 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Antique Bicycle Roadshow Filter

What's your guess on how much this bike is worth. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jul 28, 2009 - 13 answers

I just want to go fast but it turns out bikes are more complicated that that

Bikefilter: Trying to get into road cycling for the first time. Trying to pick up the (strange) conventions of pricing and choices. Help! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Sep 1, 2008 - 22 answers

Couch to 100k?

Is there a good program to follow to build endurance and cardiovascular fitness on a road bike? I have read previous questions (this seeming the most relevant), but was hoping to find something that was highly structured like the couch to 5K program for runners. How do I do a couch to 100k? I have a nice new road bike and time over the summer.
posted by procrastination on May 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Used roadbike? Help!

How do I find/buy/examine a used roadbike? I don't want to win the Tour De France, I just want to cycle around the lake near our house 2-3 times a week (which I can access crossing just one major street which has a stoplight). Approx. 12 miles or so... [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jul 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Is Carbon Fiber really worth the cost of a new bike?

Is a carbon fiber road frame worth the extra expense? I mean I've read loads of pros and cons but does it come down to a slight difference or a major one? I love to go on 15-30 mile rides but I'd like to increase my comfort levels (got a proper fitting and new seat/post so far). [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Carbon vs Mo-Cr fork

BikeFilter: Carbon vs Mo-Cr fork on a road bike for a newbie? How much difference does it make? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater on Sep 8, 2006 - 8 answers

Look ma, no hands

Bunnyhopping on a road bike... [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Sep 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Road bike handlebars -- dropped or flat?

Dropped vs. flat handle bars on a road bike? [more inside]
posted by puffin on Apr 25, 2006 - 18 answers

Advice for a first-time road biker?

What is your advice for a first-time road biker? [more inside]
posted by symphonik on Sep 4, 2005 - 32 answers

Accibump on road bike. New helmet required?

I had a minor accident on my road bike this weekend, and fell over whilst moving at a very low speed. Do I need a new helmet? [more inside]
posted by netsirk on Mar 28, 2005 - 13 answers

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