Commute by Bike

The folks here at are very excited to announce our recent partnership with Commute by Bike. If you don’t already follow Commute by Bike, it is a blog and resource dedicated to providing tips, advice, reviews, and other great information for bike commuting. Commute by Bike focuses entirely on bicycle transportation, and it contains a wide range of posts for beginner bike commuters to long-time bike commuters and everyone in between. The site is invaluable for learning about everything from the bicycle itself, to how to pick a good bike route, to how best to ride at night, to bike commuting product reviews, and so much more. In short, if you want to learn about any aspect of bike commuting, chances are Commute by Bike already has, or will be in the future, covered many of the topics. That is why we here at Utility Cycling are so excited about our future with Commute by Bike, as it will serve as an important, and very useful, addition to the posts we have been writing about in the categories of bicycle transportation and commuting at this site. Header image source: Bike198.

Commute by Bike has been run over the last few years by Arleigh Jenkins, who also runs Bike Shop Girl and her own personal blog. Unfortunately, Arleigh was recently involved in a bike commuting accident, after which she decided that running Commute by Bike was not feasible any longer. So she approached Josh Lipton, the editor here at Utility Cycling, about taking over Commute by Bike. Josh considered Arleigh’s idea and decided that it was a great opportunity to forge ahead in building a strong community and resource online that is dedicated to utility cycling. Meanwhile, we all wish Arleigh the best in her recovery, her return to riding, and future with Bike Shop Girl!


Since commuting by Bike is one very important aspect of utility cycling, Commute by Bike will continue to stand alone and focus on bike commuting and the multitude topics. Meanwhile, Utility Cycling will continue to focus on all aspects of utility cycling from bicycle mapping to bike delivery to family cycling to community building. Utility Cycling will still continue to write and post about bike commuting when appropriate, but if you want lots of great, nitty-gritty information about bicycle commuting, then Commute by Bike will be providing it!

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Moving forward, Stacey Moses who has been writing for Utility Cycling quite a bit in the last year or so will be focusing her efforts over at Commute by Bike. Stacey has a lot of great expertise and experience with bike commuting, and her breadth of knowledge on the topic will be essential for moving forward with Commute by Bike. In fact, you can already check out her first post there on the Great Debate: Vehicular vs. Segregated Cycling. Ted Johnson, who has also written for Utility Cycling, will be continuing to edit and write posts at both Utility Cycling and Commute by Bike.

Of course, I (Melanie Meyers) will be continuing for forge ahead here at Utility Cycling focusing on all aspects of utility cycling. I will occasionally contribute over at Commute by Bike, but for the most part, you can continue to expect my in-depth analysis and examination of all things utility cycling!

In the future, the partnership between Commute by Bike and Utility Cycling is ripe for great opportunities. We are working out good ways to connect the two sites, and you can probably expect to start seeing Utility Cycling videos posted to both sites. There are also opportunities for unified social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. And we are in the works of developing a YouTube channel with lots of great utility cycling and commuting videos.

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Anyhow, whatever the details turn out to be, we are very excited about the future opportunities. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for reading!

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107 thoughts on “Commute by Bike”

  1. Ed says:

    FYI: the commute by bike link ended up going to a search page instead of a actual website.

  2. Ed says:

    Never mind, apparently, clicking the link from within Google Reader takes me elsewhere…

    But if I load this page directly then click that link, it takes me to proper website. heh…

  3. Elise says:

    Nice to hear of this collaboration. I was sad to hear about Arleigh’s accident and not being able to do all she does anymore (which is a LOT!). But I’m glad to see CommuteByBike will keep going strong. There’s a lot of overlap with utility cycling for sure.

  4. Josh Lipton says:

    Elise, thanks for the encouragement. We’ll need it too keep up with Arleigh’s pace!

  5. Ted Johnson says:

    Congratulations. You’ve found the checkpoint. It’s been nice having you here.

  6. andy says:

    thanks for helping host the alleycat! Andy, #6749

  7. Jean says:



  8. mrben says:

    Surely I can’t be at the front?!? #3089

    Either way, I’ve got loads of new bookmarks to check out 🙂

  9. Aaron says:

    The alleycat comments seem to be dwindling. Does that mean I’m ahead or waaaaay behind. 5827

    1. Ted Johnson says:

      It just means I fell behind in moderating/approving comments.

  10. goathens says:

    I’ts been fun goathens 7561

  11. Bod says:

    Mr Ben rocks! Almost as good as Jamie and the Magic Torch.

  12. Alan@EcoVelo says:


    Chain’s back on…

  13. DK says:

    #812 Falling behind…

  14. Cycler says:

    All kinds of things I’m finding through this alleycat- will definitely come back and browse a while

  15. Glenn Girtman , #6163 Getting smarter.. But, still falling behind.

  16. John J Wilde says:

    Thanks for participating in the virtual alleycat.
    I have never seen this site before.
    Xtrajack #1455

  17. Badda Skat says:

    Thanks for helping with the Alleycat!

    Badda Skat #6233

  18. Mark says:

    #2530—good stuff

  19. Den says:

    Den 7685 man I suck….

  20. allium says:

    This is a site I wish I’d discovered a long time ago. Hurray for the Tour de Net!

    Allium – 8247

  21. samh says:

    Another one down. – #1656

  22. Iwakura says:

    Yahoo~~!! Next!


  23. kastigar says:

    Thanks for hosting. Kastigar 8173

  24. Hunter says:

    Hunter #9782, thanks…

  25. All Ice says:

    Slowing down…


  26. Erik says:

    Erik 8049. The best part of this alleycat is catching up w/ all of these blogs that I haven’t looked at in a while. I feel like filling my Google Reader feed w/ all of this good stuff again.

  27. Christopher says:


    Trying to get to these places as fast as I can but I feel like i am going up hill in comparison to everyone else.

    I have a paper I should be writing instead too 🙁 I am horrible.

  28. Ryan says:

    Al theme there seems to be

    Ryan #1578

  29. Archergal says:

    Community — I like it!


  30. Bikergram says:

    #4811 – I’ve got to go grocery shopping but am too caught up in this race………….yikes.

  31. sinred says:

    #9125 go-go alleycat rangers!

  32. Another sneaky one.

    Richard #4540

  33. Jay says:

    #4776 says Bike Shop Girl is cool

  34. Bryan Lewis says:

    #5035 leaving fortune cookies…

    Health nuts are going to feel stupid some day, lying in hospitals dying of

    Redd Foxx

  35. cb says:

    CB, #2082, checking in. Thanks!

  36. ScottPost says:


    Hadn’t seen this site before, lots of great stuff. Thanks for being a checkpoint on the alleycat!

  37. Blue Fish says:

    Wondering how it took her so long to find this…

  38. Opus the Poet#899, but I still don’t see the link.

  39. HoppyOkapi says:

    HoppyOkapi #3431

    Well that was hidden in plain site! At least I’ve contributed mightily to your page views today!

  40. shanerh says:

    Hidden in the past.


  41. Rudi Riet says:

    I love commuting by bike, I love sites that celebrate it, and I love “Living in the Past” by Jethro Tull (actually a decent song for listening to while cycling…. not that I would advocate that, mind you).

    Rudi Riet, #2975

  42. EPIC! Stratton #1904

    WOOOO Fun. Nice site and articles. Will be back to read more soon.

  43. Tony says:

    Awesome site I’ll be back

  44. Sean says:

    Here!!! #4911 Sean

  45. Revolutionary mama is racer #1873

  46. tc says:

    wild guess #4089

  47. kerry says:

    i liked this site -have subscribed

  48. Bevco says:

    Bah. Can’t find it…. Bevco #7012

  49. Jason says:

    Great site.. subscribed to your blog. #3175

  50. Luke Wilson says:

    I don’t see Brother Pilot anywhere

  51. Bevco says:

    I’ve entered everything but my mother’s maiden name. Looks like my forks broke off and I’m trying to unicycle w/ a flat thru a labyrinth of railroad tracks and nails. I’m out… Bevco #7012 :-(.

    (unless some kind fellow commuter wants to help me…)

  52. keely says:

    keely #4440
    stuck fast!

  53. Gary #5039 says:

    I don’t know why, but this one had me stuck for several minutes.

  54. SVC says:

    #6956 Great site!

  55. Bo says:

    Bo #8671 is pedaling in circles… again.

  56. microzen says:


    So many comments, I couldn’t figure out that the checkpoint was not the next page. My wheels were spinning to no utility.

  57. JWM says:

    Off the page, wouldn’t have found it w/o the hint.

    #9921 / JWM

  58. Brady says:

    Brady #823.. the comments suggest I’m in the right spot, but still can’t find anything… hmmm. perhaps I could get a job as a BP inspector.

  59. I’ve not blogged for a while so I’m pleased to read that the scene is still about community and solidarity rather than naked competition.

    (Although the opportunity for any occasional (cough!) naked competition should probably be (ahem!) siezed with both, erm, hands..).

    Flaneur Brian #2966

  60. BykMor says:

    Yet another new blog. I’ll be back. Thanks.

    BykMor, #5113

  61. Andrew says:

    nice site. sorry to hear about the accident, hope you’re doing well.
    Andrew #3481

  62. Slowvehicle says:

    Slowvehicle 2730
    Nice site! I will be back to look around…

  63. Daniel M says:

    Running out of creative comments!

    Daniel, #592

  64. Ben says:

    If you get here late the AlleyCat checkpoint gets pushed to older comments.

    Ben #9356

  65. Ruth Turner says:

    Thanks for being a checkpoint! Great site!

    Ruth Turner #6691

  66. Olev says:

    *puff puff* I stopped off to drink in the knowledge of teh internets and lost my way. Where’s the beer?


  67. CyclinMissy says:

    Cyclin’ Missy 7495 – now where’s the checkpoint…?

    1. Ted Johnson says:

      Look in the older comments.

  68. conjob says:

    conjob, #5853

    this checkpoint was hard to find!!

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