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Interview By Bike: My Ride in Omaha

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
Interview By Bike: My Ride in Omaha

If you're a devout follower of the Commute By Bike blog, you know that I typically write about exciting advocacy issues and helpful or controversial new products. Once in awhile, I engage in some hard-hitting investigative journalism. Today, however, I am inspired to write about a more personal experience with cycling - one that reminded me why I've been drawn to this crazy industry for the past decade. Last month, I flew out to Omaha, Nebraska to spend some time getting to know the team at Harvest Retail Marketing, a marketing agency that serves independent bicycle retailers across the country. I've worked with Harvest for several years, both as a client and as a contractor. Many of the faces and voices ...

 

Which Direction Are Bicycles Trending?

7 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Josh Lipton
Which Direction Are Bicycles Trending?

When I launched BikeShopHub.com in 2006, I had great timing. While the economy was about to head off a cliff, I somehow got myself into a nice little area of opportunity that was very likely buoyed by the residual impacts of our collective economic shit-storm. It was very exciting how excited everyone was about using bicycles for more than just fun. It felt as if we were on to something fresh and new, discovering that people in North America were interested in bicycles as something other than toys and racing machines. But alas, that excitement has begun to fade some it would seem. And if I'm wrong about this, somebody please tell me. So what now? Oh yeah, bikepacking is what now. Seriously, ...

 

Bikeless in Madagascar

3 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Ted Johnson
Who wants to talk me out of this?
Photo: Ted Johnson

For the first time in more than 20 years I do not have a bicycle. Here's what happened: The bike that I have been using since I arrived in Madagascar belonged to the Government of the United States of America (USA). A few days ago, I wrapped up my contractual obligations to that particular organization, and I had to give them back the bike. I visited my storage unit when I was in Flagstaff and pulled out my Lazer helmet and some Velo Orange trekking bars that I've never used. I fully intend to put these bars on my commuter. Does anyone have a problem with that? Yes. Of course. Here on Commute by Bike, I intend to document the resurrection of whatever ...

 

My 2015 Interbike Report

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My 2015 Interbike Report

I walked the floors of Interbike for the last 3 days. I met with our suppliers, the folks behind brands like Ortlieb, Revelate, Thule, and Weehoo. After some catching up and business talk I captured video of their latest products some of which I will be sharing here after some editing. The culture shifts of Intebike from year-to-year is something that always gets me thinking. Examining the current state of this intense microcosm of cycling personality and comparing it to years pasts gives me my bearing on how cycling culture is evolving. The urban bike culture movement (aka hipsters on fixies) seemed to have a surprisingly diminished presence. The most notable factoid to support that was the absence of Chrome Bags who ...

 

New Science: Bicycle Commuting May Be Addictive

4 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
New Science: Bicycle Commuting May Be Addictive

Bicycle commuters have a high affective appraisal of their commute mode, and rate the habit strength of their commute significantly higher than drivers or bus riders. This research, compiled by psychologists Gregory Owen Thomas and Ian Walker in the UK and reported by CityLab's Eric Jaffe, adds a nice punch of science to what many cyclists already know - going by bike is more fun, and therefore more likely to be habit-forming. When Thomas and Walker analyzed work trip satisfaction, bus riders rated their satisfaction the lowest, cyclists and walkers rated their satisfaction the highest, and drivers generally rated their satisfaction as neutral. While this research speaks for only one group of commuters, and may vary depending on infrastructure, weather, and other ...

 

The JOYBAG is Dead, Long Live the JOYBAG!

4 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Josh Lipton
The JOYBAG is Dead, Long Live the JOYBAG!

In my ongoing search for the perfectly usable bicycle, I made some very interesting strides using an Xtracycle Edgerunner as my platform. Most notable among my advancements in the JOYBAG philosophy was my lock configuration. But the day has come where I need to move onto another bicycle. As a bike shop owner, I find that it is best to not grow too in love with a single bicycle. I have to play the field and love all the bicycles. While the Xtracycle offers a solid platform for doing many car-like things with a bike, I need to get back to exploring how to do this on a more typical setup. Or in other words its time for me to apply the ...