Author: Joel Lee

Quick Tip: Hang Your U-Lock Key-Side Down

If you are anticipating rain while your bike is locked up, try to orient your lock in such way that water will run out of the lock cylinder.  This may make it harder to access the keyhole, but it will help prevent corrosion. The problem is worse in the winter, when my lock picks up…

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Le Tour! The Tour de France

Have you noticed anymore road bikes on your commute.  This morning, I added two “roadies” to my mental catalogue of fellow commuters.  Could it be because of the Tour de France.  Quite possibly, according to the owner of my local bike shop.  He says road bike sales generally go up during the last two weeks…

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Happy Canada Day!

It is July 1st, which means it is Canada Day! Since my company decided to switch our day off to Monday, so we get a 3 day weekend, I have to work on the birthday of my nation.  So, I decided to share my commute with you. A. My ride and her parking spot. Affectionately…

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Motorist Involved in 50 (!) Bicycle Crash

I subscribe to a feed on Google News with the search term bicycle. It tends to be a rather depressing feed, with news stories of bicycles hit by cars on a daily basis. This one stood out among the rest: “Furious driver takes out 50-strong cycle pack” from the Sydney Morning Herald. Witnesses to the…

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Earth Day 2008

Tomorrow is Earth Day! If you are a sometimes commuter, why not make tomorrow one of the days you ride your bike to work? Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22 since 1970, sparked by US Senator Gaylord Nelson’s desire to push the environment on to the national agenda. It was intended as a…

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State Farm Backpedals on "Humiliated Cyclist" Ad

I came across this State Farm ad last week and at the time found it to be somewhat insulting to bike commuters. The video has been pulled from YouTube, but the link describes the commercial. Apparently many of the commenters on Streetsblog also took offense, and surprisingly, Tim Van Hoof, the Director of Marketing Communications…

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"Flintstone Car" Case Thrown Out of Court

You may have seen this video floating around the interwebs a few months back, which shows Michel de Broin’s so called Flintstone Car hitting the street and eventually getting pulled over by Toronto Police. The ’86 Buick Regal was gutted and “equipped with 4 independent pedal and gear mechanisms that make it possible for passengers…

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No Tax On Sub-$1000 Bikes (in Ontario)

Up here in my home province of Ontario, the provincial government has removed the provincial sales tax (PST) on bikes under $1000. The program, introduced last December has been extended for another two years until the end of 2010. “We want to encourage more Ontarians – young and young-at-heart – to get outdoors, spend time…

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"Are You Crazy?" and Other Coworker Comments

Earlier this week, my wife had her first sub-zero bike commute and it actually turned out to be -15C (-5 F). We checked the forecast, booked the car in for repairs (don’t you just hate spending a new bike’s worth on car repairs?), and watched as the forecast got progressively worse over the course of…

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