'Every person not confined inside metal makes for a better community'

Schwalbe Snow Stud TiresOn the heels of Josh King’s gear recommendations for Urban Bad Weather Commuting, I found more recommendations for winter cycling equipment and a review of the best bicycle tires for wet or snowy conditions–both on Yahoo! Sports, of all places. (I confess, Yahoo!, I underestimated you.)


The California Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a four-week trial of a bike-sharing program. Big whoop, right? But they’re doing it with Bionx-equipped e-bikes. Your move, Washington DC.
[Via EcoVelo]

Utility Cycling

Speaking of e-bikes, California, and trials: The New Wheel in San Fransisco held a demonstration of their electric bikes in the Golden Gate Park. To underscore their message, they transported the bikes to their demo location on a bike trailer
[Via UtilityCycling.org].

Commute By Bike

In Nashville, regional municipal leaders met recently to discuss urban sprawl. “People in the Nashville area spend a lot more time in their cars than other areas.” That understatement from the head of Nashville’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, Michael Skipper. Nashville leads the Nation in the average time commuters spend in their cars as a result of sprawl. Skipper is spearheading a transportation plan that will prioritize buses, trains, bicycles and walkable communities.

Commute By Bike

Ethel MacDonald, a 72-year-old bike commuter filled up her car the other day for the first time since January 23, 2010. In the interim she has traveled almost 3000 miles by bike; a combination of commuting 1,200 miles within Missoula, and touring from Paris to Amsterdam, and riding along America’s West Coast.

“I love our city,” MacDonald said. “I really believe every person on a bike and every person walking or riding a bus makes our city a friendlier place to live.

“Every person not confined inside metal makes for a better community.”

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2 thoughts on “'Every person not confined inside metal makes for a better community'”

  1. Bill O. says:

    While I’m not convinced that reading the Yahoo article is actually worse than nothing, I don’t think that it’s actually much better. None of the tires reviewed are really top-notch ice and snow tires – certainly not “of the best”. The review did not even mention Nokian whose tires are the standard against which others are judged.

    Note that studs that are made of materials other than tungsten carbide (apparently all of the tires reviewed) are also likely to wear quickly.

    People who are interested in studded tires should probably look at http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp for a better, if self-interested, review. This review also stresses that no one tire is good for every purpose and allows people to choose the tire that works best for the kind of riding they expect to encounter.

    I’ve been using Nokian W106’s for the past several years and they work great for commuting on city streets as long as they are reasonably well plowed.

    If you are going to use studded tires, just remember. The tires have great traction on ice, but your foot doesn’t so when you come to a stop and put your foot down you may get a surprise.

    1. Ted Johnson says:

      Bill O: Thanks for the recommedation. I’m looking for some studded tires, and was already leaning toward Schwalbe, but I’ll investigate the Nokians as well.

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