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Archive for March, 2012

The 12 People Who Block the Bike Path

Samuel Hagler is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and founder of the Ride for Good Foundation. He is a master’s candidate studying Bicycle Activism in the M.A. Sustainable Communities program at Northern Arizona University, and enjoys mountain biking, commuting, and traveling the world by bicycle. Most university towns, including Flagstaff, Arizona, have a bike route […]

Portapedal: A Bike Shop, not a Sitcom

A couple of weeks ago, I went looking for Portapedal, a new-ish bike shop in Tempe, Arizona specializing in portable bikes. When I found the correct address, this is what I saw:   And this is what I imagined would be inside: And I was partially right. Inside that suburban ranch house was an architect […]

Bicycle Travel

Bicycle Travel

Marital Aids

I have stopped trying to turn my wife into a cyclist — a bike commuter; more than just the occasional recreational ride. But I haven’t given up on getting her to drive less. All her driving still drives me bonkers. She drives to work, she chauffeurs the kids around, she does the shopping. Not necessarily […]

Tom Bowden on ‘The Outspoken Cyclist’

The Outspoken Cyclist’s interview with Tom Bowden, one of our frequent contributors, was broadcast on WJCU recently and can now be heard online. Tom talks about his transition from being a RAAM racer in the 1990s to becoming the tweedy mild-mannered bike commuter and advocate he is today. You’ll get a heads-up on America’s next […]

Lessons from the Netherlands

Lessons from the Netherlands

Ten Weeks (and Counting) with an A2B Metro Electric Bike

BluesCat is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, 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 […]

Safe Yakking with the UCLEAR HBC 130 Bike Helmet Communicator

A few months ago, when the people were screaming a little louder than usual about distracted driving and even distracted cycling, I received an offer from UCLEAR to review their HBC 130 Bike Helmet Communicator. Unfortunate timing. But I took it on because I know that some Commute by Bike readers have longer commutes than […]

The HubBub Helmet Mirror: Get used to it

The main reason I wear a helmet is because I really like having a rear-view mirror. I’ve used several mirrors over the years, and I definitely prefer the kind that mount in the vicinity of my left eye over models that mount on the handlebars. I’ve been using a HubBub Helmet Mirror for about three […]