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Music on your Commute: Abstinence or Safe Sounds?

24 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Samuel Hagler
Music on your Commute: Abstinence or Safe Sounds?

This is a review of speakers, but I feel like a Sex Ed teacher getting ready to talk to high school students about condoms. Here’s the deal: Maybe we shouldn’t cycle while listening to music. Maybe we would all be better citizens of the world if we could center ourselves in our zen place, clear our minds, and appreciate the sounds of everything from the birds chirping to the confused driver yelling at us to get on the sidewalk. But that’s about as likely as doping disappearing from professional cycling, and much less controversial. Sometimes you just want Rusted Root’s sweet, sweet melodies to send you on your way as you mount your steed and hit another epic trail. So here you ...

 

Winter Commuting in Alaska: Learning to Ride In the Wind — Real Wind

20 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Shanna Ladd
Winter Commuting in Alaska: Learning to Ride In the Wind — Real Wind

Editor's Note: Ever since her first contribution, "Blizzards and Meth Labs and Bears. Oh my!," Shanna Ladd has sent me a wealth of information on her experiences winter bike commuting 10 miles into Wasilla, Alaska. It's way too good to publish in one long post, but I will give away the ending: To us wussies in milder climates, it may almost seem as though Shanna is performing an extreme stunt -- surely she's sponsored by Red Bull. No. In spite of a harsh learning curve, Shanna concludes that bike commuting has had a net positive impact on her budget, time, health and quality of life. —Ted This is my first year of commuting by bike full-time, and as such, I am having ...

 

Helmet Mirrors, Classic Television and Voyeurism

15 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by BluesCat
Helmet Mirrors, Classic Television and Voyeurism

Unlike some of the smug writers around here (you know who you are), I'm a TV addict. Especially of old, black-and-white science fiction shows or spy shows. I am so addicted that whenever I look into my helmet mounted rear-view mirror, I immediately hear the creepy, double guitars of Etrange No. 3 and ... (He, he! And now you will too! Forever!) You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone. The world in the rear-view mirror really is a Twilight Zone. People are driving on ...

 

Honk if you’re Horn-Envious

15 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Ted Johnson
Honk if you’re Horn-Envious

If the price were right, and installation was easy and unobtrusive, I'm still not sure I'd want a horn on my bike (or anyody's bike) that sounds like a car horn. I'm wrestling with the idea (perhaps the same way I wrestled with e-bikes just a few years ago, and came out okay with them, while still deciding that I'd rather not have one of my own). To me, most aspects of carishness seem so... gross when transferred a bike. And what could be more obnoxious to adopt from a car but those obnoxious sounding horns? How about the raw lethality of cars? That would be more obnoxious. And it's that raw lethality of cars which provides the justification for bike horns -- ...

 

2012 Utility Cycling Year in Review

1 Comment Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Melanie Colavito

Happy New Year! Wow, I must admit, I am somewhat stunned that we are already one week into 2013. I wasn't quite prepared for 2012 to be over yet. Anyhow, as has been the tradition here at Utility Cycling, I'm doing a "year in review" post, albeit a few days late. But as I looked back over the year 2012, I realized that in addition to reviewing the year past, it is high time to reflect on where we've been, where we are, and where we're going here at Utility Cycling.Where We've BeenUtility Cycling was "born" in June 2009, and June 2013 will mark the beginning of our fourth year in existence! We originally set out to "define utility cycling" ...

 

Bill’s “Carpool” & Cargo Bike Trailer Build

No Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Ted Johnson
Bill’s “Carpool” & Cargo Bike Trailer Build

Is one of your New Years resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, bike more, be more "green" or even spend more time tinkering around with your new tools in the garage? ...or old tools that look new because you never use them...Bill accomplished all these in 2012:I built up a semi-custom trailer off of a Nashbar kid trailer for hauling my kids to and from school, and for hauling cargo. Welding was with my little wire feed unit using 1/2 inch square tube, and the wooden slats are cut from a cedar 4x4. I now have hitch mounts on 3 of our household bicycles. The trailer has worked out really well so far; though I suppose I often push the ...