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Surlys Front Rack… The Cattle Pusher of Bike Racks!

No Comments Topics: Bike Touring, Commute By Bike, Utility Cycling Written by Brian Mueller
Surlys Front Rack… The Cattle Pusher of Bike Racks!

Surly makes a front bike rack so stout it could double as a cattle pusher on an F-450! Seriously, this is not a rack for someone wanting to save weight but rather a huge front rack that you can load up with up to 70 pounds of gear. Not only can you carry your panniers, there is plenty of room to load a 12 pack on the top platform. If you need a big, beefy front rack look no further, the Surly Front rack is your huckleberry. Hi Brian with Bike Shop Hub here today to talk about a bike rack and a front bike rack. I am not talking about one of those little dainty low rider racks. I am ...


Bike Tour Buddy

2 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Zack Gorstein and I inspect the next Alpine pass after a night of rain during our journey from the UK to Slovenia.

An old friend from university sent me an email in mid 2014. He'd got wind I was planning a bike trip from Vancouver to Mexico and put out a feeler to see if he could come along. So, without wanting to cut him out, I did what any reasonable type A person would do and sent him a three page document titled "How I Like To Roll." It was a meandering, pretentious string of ideas, entirely void of the easy going lifestyle I believed bicycle touring had endowed me with. Sadly, yet not unsurprisingly, Pete never did come on that trip. Today I think that whilst I missed out on a great adventure with a friend; when Pete opened that Word doc, ...


La. lawmaker to cyclists: Keep off the streets

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
Despite new bike lanes and crosswalks, many New Orleans drivers continue to treat Esplanade Avenue as a thoroughfare built for cars exclusively.

I live in Louisiana, a place that carries the ignominious designation of being one of the most dangerous places to walk or bicycle in the country. We're in good company in the Sun Belt and in the Deep South in particular which, with certain important exceptions, is especially hostile to non-motorized transportation. Part of the problem relates to inadequate infrastructure, the legacy of 1950s-era sprawling development patterns that presumed modern lives would be eternally dependent on the eternal combustion engine. Cities and towns built upon high-speed highways, with strict segregation of residential and commercial land uses -- the pattern of most American cities constructed after World War II -- tend to require significant retrofitting in order to accommodate more recent growth ...


To Bike and Protect: Cops Bike for the Common Good

No Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Scorcher Copper to the Rescue! Bicycle-mounted Policeman stops run-away horse team.

Cops on bikes? It sounds like a Monty Python skit, to be sure. But what could be more utilitarian than bike cops? If the purpose of police is to protect and serve, and if the bicycle is the vehicle that allows police more contact with the community and more opportunity to fight crime, then why aren't there more cops on bikes? Luckily, more and more police departments in the 21st Century are coming around to a 19th Century idea: cops on bikes do more to protect the common good. Bicycles and professional police came of age together in the 1800s. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in Europe and America during the first half of Queen Victorias reign, large numbers of ...


Hot Fun Biking in the Summertime!

2 Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
My 2yrs old view from the trailer, summertime bike racks in Tucson

Oh my, oh my, oh my- it is a hot one out there! This is what we mostly have been hearing this summer from meteorologists across the country. Hotter than normal for the most part. Whether it is that 'dry heat' we have here in Tucson, AZ or the thick humidity and heat of the Southern US it is HOT!   In a small bottle we fill it with half boiled water and half with witch hazel with 10 drops of each of the pictured essential oils plus rosemary (not pictured). There are many sites for other recipes that work (here is one more: DIY Natural Repellent). A search for homemade bug spray works wonders (Natural Repellent Web Search) I recommend trying ...


The Slow Food Cyclist

9 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
The Slow Food Cyclist

I recently overhead an American cyclist lament, "The only bad thing about cycling the Tour Divide is spending $3,000 on food." I imagined a three-week diet of dolphin steaks and unicorn burgers. But he was using the word food more loosely than I could have guessed. What really broke the bank was his daily ingestion of 55 energy gels. Sadly, food often gets a bad rap on bicycle trips. Something stuffed in to keep the fire going and pedals turning. And yet, whilst gloop-food is perhaps acceptable on a day ride I'd argue that on an odyssey through the Rocky Mountains, this Divide rider was somewhat missing the point... Live Like a King Today I realize there is no limit to the meals you ...