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Women & Bicycles In 2013

2 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Melanie Colavito

2013 is shaping up to be a big year for women and bicycles! The League of American Cyclists is putting on the second annual National Women's Bicycling Forum as part of the National Bike Summit. The National Women's Bike Forum will be March 4, 2013, in Washington, D.C., and the theme "Women Mean Business" will showcase female leaders in the bicycling industry and greater bicycling movement. Meanwhile in D.C., the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) is launching the Women and Bicycle's Campaign, which involves outreach and education to get more women on bikes. As you can see from the video below, which is a short PSA for the Women & Bicycle's Campaign produced by Terence Johnson Media, it's already got ...

 

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

20 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Ted Johnson
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 was originally designed for sport or recreation. We have no chain guards. And I have a collection of cuff straps that I mostly don't ever use. That's right. Hiking boots and jeans -- at work. You got a problem with that? It's pretty inconsequential to me if I arrive to work with a little grease on my pants cuff. But what about you poor saps who don't have a casual ...

 

An American Cyclist & European Sensibilities

6 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Matthew González
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 of the interwebs. Check out his site to join the conversation. Four months ago I sold my bike, packed everything I own into one backpack, and moved from Miami to Santander, Spain. Crazy? Maybe a little. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of moving to western Europe. I imagined it as a magical place where people commute by bike or foot, eat great food, and drink at ...

 

Lance Arms-yawn… Be your own hero

14 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Ted Johnson
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 I do. Then my friend Chuck told me that Commute by Bike readers would be let down if I didn't weigh in with some wisdom and/or snark. I said something like, I have as much to do with Lance Armstrong as a fry cook has to do with a sword fighter. They both use knives. The similarity ends there. This morning, still in nothing but my boxers, I opened ...

 

Charley’s Giant Xtracycle

No Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Ted Johnson
Charley’s Giant Xtracycle

According to Charley:This was an unfinished project using a Giant cruiser frame and Xtracycle. A little challenging to mount a stop and cable slot under the crank for front derailer, but otherwise routine. This bike is really Giant!Charley also added Xtracycle Freeloader Saddlebags and SnapDeck for extra cargo carrying capabilities.

 

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 ...