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Archive for May, 2011

Flagstaff Commuter Snapshots

Bike-To-Work week is next week and with that in mind, I thought I’d post up a some snapshots of riders riding around Flagstaff this spring. Check out Flagstaff Biking for the full rundown on Bike-To-Work week participation and events. We are proud to be a co-sponsor of this years events and will be active in […]

Trekking Handlebars and Other Comforts

BluesCat is a 60-year-old Phoenix, Arizona resident who originally returned to bicycling in 2002 in order to help his son get the Boy Scout Cycling merit badge. His bikes sat idle until the summer of 2008 when gas prices spiked at over $4.00 per gallon. Since then, he has become active cycling, day-touring, commuting by […]

Velo Orange Saddle Review (Coming Soon–butt not soon enough)

I just received a Velo Orange saddle to test. It’s a Model 3 Touring Saddle. As you can see, it’s not even mounted on my bike yet. I’m scared. I’ve always looked at leather saddles on bikes belonging to other people and scratched my head. I never gave it any more thought, besides Why? If […]

Still Life with Gas Pump

On my commute this morning, I passed by an antique store on Route 66. I stopped to check out the bikes for sale out front, hoping to find a rarity. (Once this store had a Schwinn tandem out front for about an hour before someone snagged it.) Today is was a Huffy and another generic […]

Thorn Tandem Parking at the Radisson

My wife and I enjoy going on weekend tandem rides that wrap up with dinner at some location not to far from our house. Last weekend we went to Sakura a Tepanyaki restaurant at the Radisson Hotel. Not surprisingly, they didn’t offer their guests any bike parking. The stair railing turned out to be a […]

On Parking and Bikeshare: Not all Republicans Think Alike (if at all)

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He is also a board member of BikeWalk Virginia, a pro cycling and pedestrian group in Virginia that raises raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. Tom’s lawyerly blogging […]

When Cycling Becomes a Threat (to the Auto Industry)

I came across this article on Boing Boing over the weekend: An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians routinely advise parents about seatbelts, bike helmets, etc, but this law will make it illegal for […]

The Bicycle Factory

The Bicycle Factory

Commuter ‘White Knuckle Moments’

Three weeks into life as a bike commuter, Steve Benning has encountered some of the challenges that even the most committed among us face from time to time. Unpleasant weather is one of the triggers for excuses to use the car. We had that kind of weather last week in the form of 40 to […]

Les and Maury: The Downside of e-Bikes as Equalizers

E-bikes have been touted for their equalizing effect in a couple of ways. First, a weaker rider can keep up with stronger riders on an e-bike. Secondly, an e-bike helps the rider do his/her commute and errands faster than on a non-powered bike–in some contexts, equaling toward the speed of errands and commuting by car. […]