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Archive for January, 2013

Seriously? A Bike Bag for your Dress Clothes?

Writing this review has been very difficult for me. Ordinarily, I like to inject a bit of levity into my contributions to Commute by Bike, but this product from Two Wheel Gear has frustrated me at every turn. There’s really just not much funny about panniers in general, let alone panniers designed to carry work […]

The Selfishness of the Winter Bike Commuter

It snowed all night last night in Flagstaff. It’s supposed to snow all day today, and tomorrow. And it got me thinking about some of the reactions to Shanna Ladd, our guest blogger who is learning to bike commute in Alaska — 10 miles from her cabin in the boondocks into Wasilla. Some readers have […]

Doug’s Travoy Purchase

Says Doug of his recent trailer purchase: I love the Burley Travoy. I wish it had a little heavier weight capacity although I realize there was an aim at keeping it light. I chose it over other models and styles primarily because it hitches to the bike directly behind rather than off the axle, since […]

Seeing the Trail and Keeping Options Open with a Cygolite Turbo Mini

Commuting by bike through the winter has presented several challenges. One of the challenges has been adequate lighting. Without good lighting, I have lost the trail and ended up off my bike. I have had to stop many times by the highway until the bright lights of the oncoming cars passed, because the headlights completely […]

Local Spokes

Local Spokes

Bionx Winter Trike

Says Gus of his winter rig: I don’t have a car and use a trike for my shopping trips in the winter (about 10-15 miles round trip). This is my newest creation using 20″ Wandertec Bongo wheels. The BionX I had from my previous trike. In the warmer months I use a conventional touring type […]

Women & Bicycles In 2013

Women & Bicycles In 2013

When You’re too Fancypants for a Cuff Clip: Leg Shield

Cuff straps and cuff clips are designed to do one thing, which is to keep your pants cuff away from your chainring where it can be exposed to sharp, gnawing, nasty, greasy teeth. They don’t always do a good job. Like many — perhaps most — American bike commuters, I use a repurposed bike that […]

An American Cyclist & European Sensibilities

Matthew González is a pedestrian, cyclist, and in-denial vegetarian who blogs his adventures at www.mgregueiro.com. He formerly worked in Miami with Teach For America and now travels Europe doing research as a Fulbright Fellow. He launched www.mgregueiro.com as a place to discuss great ideas with the many great minds hiding throughout the wrinkles and corners […]

Lance Arms-yawn… Be your own hero

So that Lance guy has fessed up to cheating. I got wind of it yesterday on Facebook. My first reaction was a giant yawn — which perhaps could have been bigger and louder with steroids. It didn’t even occur to me that Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah had anything to do with the work that […]