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The Many Racks of Dobie Gillis

5 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Perhaps the most famous bike rack of all.

Putting a rack on a bike is a pragmatic statement of utility. It separates the practical peddlers from the the casual or competitive cyclists. It says, I'm going somewhere, and I need to bring more stuff than I can just stuff in my pockets or comfortably carry in a backpack. It says, I'm less worried about looking fast than looking good when I get there. Whether you're buying a pair of tires, a set of panniers, or a cargo rack for your bike you must choose between low price, long-term reliability and low weight. You cant have all three. Cheap and reliable racks are heavy. Lightweight and reliable racks are expensive. And cheap, lightweight price racks are unreliable. But a weak, ...


Meet Joe’s Lawnmower Bike Cart

1 Comment Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Joe pedals his bike and handmade cart to his next lawn job in Ocean View, Virginia.

It's a sight you don't see everyday- A guy riding a Walmart mountain bike, with an oversized, lopsided cart strapped to the back of his bike. He's hauling a lawnmower, a weedwacker a broom, a big red cooler, a 5-gallon bucket, a couple of gas cans and a backpack. Joe rides his bike from one yard to the next and cuts grass in Ocean View, a neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia. Joe's license has been suspended since his last DUI, but you gotta be real drunk to get pulled over on a bike, Joe says. Since he couldn't drive his truck, Joe downsized to a bike. Now he rides the streets through muggy summers and wet winters, cutting lawns wherever he can. Ocean ...


Trailer Moms (and Dads) – A Survival Guide

6 Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
Sunday afternoon exploring Tucson

Hi, my name is Carissa Sipp and I am a trailer parent. I admit it, I am addicted. So what is a trailer parent you ask? Any parent who commutes or hauls little kids on bike rides and would rather do this than get in a car. We are a little lazy as the thought of buckling kids in and out of a car seat and scurrying little ones through busy parking lots safely exhausts us. But on the flip side locking our bike up safely and all that jazz takes time but does not overwhelm us since we get to do this either right in front of our destination or pretty darn close. For me, being a trailer parent being a ...


Bike Touring Ambition

No Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Bike Touring Ambition

Hi adventurous types! I'm very pleased to have some space on the BikeShopHub blog to spin some stories about bike touring, and share some words of experience along the way. If you read Josh's introduction you'd think I'd been travelling the world by bicycle all my life. The truth is, however, my bike touring ambition had humble beginnings when I bought my first proper machine, aged 24. I had some big plans like everyone else, but before that, I just got out there. I did successfully make it to Sheffield over the next two days. I had made a lot of mistakes and was assisted along the way by the kindness of strangers - the incongruous site of a C21 human being loose ...


Don’t mess with a Gator: The Continental Gatorskin Tire Review.

5 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Matt Duffin
Don’t mess with a Gator: The Continental Gatorskin Tire Review.

Back in 2009, I found myself stuck on the side of a very busy road with a flat tire and as I counted the cars that drove by it hit me. I needed a better commuting tire and not just something that could be reinforce with gel or goop inside the tire. I needed something tough, durable and cost effective and that's when I laid eyes on the Continental Gatorskin. Once I had the Gatorskins mounted, they immediately felt great. Sturdy, tough and smooth. If truth be told, it would be 1,815 miles before I'd have another flat and considering the goatheads and brutally hot 120+ road temps in our AZ summer, these tires were a steal and I've never ...


Yes, I’m pregnant. And riding my bike.

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
Emilie headed out the door to work.

"You're 8 months pregnant! Can you please stop riding your bike?" my concerned co-worker pleaded with me on a recent Friday. As we headed to lunch in her car, she'd spotted my bike glinting in the sunlight, conspicuously tethered to a signpost in front of our office. "Actually," I corrected her, thinking back to my idyllic ride into work that morning, propelled in part by the most beautiful weather of the year, "more like 9." Being pregnant with my first child has caused me to alter lots of things about my lifestyle. I've given up alcohol (despite assurances from doctor friends that the occasional glass of wine is perfectly fine), Diet Coke, bean sprouts, sleeping on my back, most of my ...