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June 20

How should I deal with the broken Tiagra shifter on my road bike?

The rear shift cable snapped on my 2013 Trek 1.5 road bike recently. Replacing the shift cable is generally an easy repair, but I managed to get it jammed into the shift lever. While trying to make this work, I broke off the gear indicator lever. My first thought was just to replace the shift lever, but that’s proved more difficult than I expected. I had been planning on replacing this bike with a higher-quality road bike soon, but I would strongly prefer to keep this one going through this year. [more inside]
posted by andrewraff at 3:15 PM - 4 answers

June 19

Not exactly a scrapbook

I'm not going anywhere this summer, so I want to take some time to put all the cool photos and memorabilia I've collected over the years into some kind of...form. Something more involved than a photo album, but not like a scrapbook with the fancy stickers and the expensive paper. What could this look like, and what would I need to buy to make it happen? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 7:21 AM - 9 answers

June 17

Magic: The Beginning

Hi, AskMe. :) I've always had a casual interest in Magic: THe Gathering, but now have found myself curious enough to start diving in. It is perhaps a poor time to do so both because of the current plague and because, well, I'm not really sure how much actual trading/collecting of cars I'll be able to do. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 5:46 PM - 6 answers

Group activity over Zoom

I'm looking for fun things to do with a group of 10-15 teens over Zoom for about an hour. I'd prefer something that is more interesting and interactive than your normal board games (bingo, scattergories, taboo, etc.) or simple games (charades, scavenger hunt), especially if it could involve more interaction or even creativity. It doesn't have to be education or team building focused, but just engaging and fun for all participants.
posted by roaring beast at 1:22 PM - 12 answers

Indispensable gear for mountain camping and backpacking

I'm going on a week-long camping trip in the mountains in a couple of months. It has been a very long time since I've been camping and I don't know anything about the latest cool stuff. Do you have absolutely indispensable camping/backpacking gear recommendations? Examples: underlayers you really love, the perfect stove or mattress pad, an emergency beacon . . . What sort of things are you always glad to have or wish you had? What about homemade gear? Also, I'm a cis-woman, in case there's neat gear specific to that whole situation. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:54 AM - 28 answers

June 14

Old and clueless about games and no game computer. What should I play?

I have a Macbook Air and an iPad, and I've wanted to try playing some games again. My special pony wishes and kinds of games I like below the fold. It needs to be something I can play on my admittedly not game optimised environment. I haven't played games on any serious basis in likely 10-12 years. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 9:12 PM - 18 answers

June 12

Have kayak, trying to travel

What do I need to secure my kayak to the roof of my car? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 2:05 PM - 6 answers

June 11

How to Bike

What kind of bike do I want? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 10:03 AM - 20 answers

DJ for the Washington Nationals

How do I get in touch with the person who programs music for the Washington Nationals’ home games? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 9:27 AM - 3 answers

June 9

I want a new bike

I'm looking to get a new bike for commuting and all-around riding and am leaning to something in the cyclocross/gravel bike mold. My budget is around $2,000 CAD ($1,500 USD/£1,200). What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:55 PM - 26 answers

June 8

How to play Bridge online with video chat

I am looking for a way to be able to get together virtually with some friends to play Bridge. I have found a number of sites that have chat functions - but ideally we would like to be able to see each other on video. Do you know of any Bridge programs (online or apps) that would allow this? (Or do we just have to use Zoom alongside another Bridge site?). Second order question: what online Bridge sites do you prefer for playing with a closed group of people you know? Many thanks, MeFites!
posted by sonofsnark at 4:43 PM - 8 answers

June 7

Should I buy a crazy expensive folding bike?

I live in NYC and *really* do not want to get onto the subway for quite a while, at least not during rush hour. I'm thinking about getting a fairly expensive one. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by holborne at 10:38 PM - 18 answers

June 3

Learning techniques and best tips from your music teacher?

What learning techniques did you learn from your music teacher - especially if you used the Suzuki method? Music analysis? Mastery techniques? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:20 AM - 5 answers

Play reading in the time of corona

I'm looking for activities to keep me entertained while at home, and one of the things I came up with was doing a reading of a play. There is a group of 4 of us who are interested in this, and I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Laura_J at 7:43 AM - 6 answers

May 31

Don't have a need for speed

I have this Micro adult scooter and I want to ride it more. The only thing is that it moves too fast for my comfort - I don't feel in control of it. When I barely kick, it still goes for a while. Is there a way I can slow down my scooter? Can I (or a bike shop) adjust it somehow so it does this? I know nothing about mechanics, but I probably have or can get tools if necessary.
posted by starlybri at 5:43 PM - 8 answers

May 30

Cast recordings that are good for running

I enjoy running to cast recordings. I normally listen to "Legally Blonde" and "Mean Girls" and would like to find similar shows that you can follow the story through the songs and are high energy. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot at 1:36 PM - 19 answers

May 29

Trying to identify brass watchmaking or jewelry making tools

These brass rings, sharp edge on one side, rounded on the other, and this shape piece of brass plate, were in my father-in-law's watch repair and jewelry making tools. [more inside]
posted by straw at 6:08 PM - 4 answers

May 28

What's the deal with the baseball union?

In the United States, I have been reading just a little about when and how sports might start back up. This includes some dispute between Major League Baseball players and owners. But I don't see anything about any similar such dispute with any other sport. Is that because MLB players have more power somehow, or what?
posted by NotLost at 11:24 PM - 7 answers

What iPad game should I play next?

I'm looking for games to play on my iPad. Current favorites are Stardew Valley and Polytopia, but I'm in the mood for something new. What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by beandip at 11:47 AM - 11 answers

May 26

explain it to me simply: how do I paint a model boat?

One of my lockdown projects has been building a model boat. This is an odd choice as I do not know or care much about boats, but it's absorbing and I think I'm learning some little things. One thing I can't seem to figure out is how to get the paint not to look absolutely terrible. I may need this explained in very simple terms. [more inside]
posted by less of course at 6:05 PM - 6 answers

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