Author: Warren Tobaben

What Prompted you to Commute by Bike?

While reading Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert D. Putnam, I came across a statement about people dependent upon television for their primary form of entertainment: “People who are social isolates to begin with gravitate toward the tube as the line of leisurely least resistance.” I’m not sure why,…

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Commuting 101: Avoid Target Fixation

Man, I hope I don’t run into that… Recently, I’ve had a series of close encounters with critters, storm debris, buckles in the pavement, other cyclists and pedestrians on the multi-purpose path. Something in a book I was reading seemed applicable: “…your hands are hardwired to your eyes. Look ahead; see where you want to…

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Dallas readers, prepare to go multi-modal reports: Dallas transit agency to add bike racks to buses. I get down to Dallas a few times a year and have yet to see anyone biking to work. I know you’re out there and perhaps DART’s putting bike racks on their busses will help get more people out. “By New Year’s Eve, 650…

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New Belgium Brewery Bike-In Movies

Last Thursday’s showing of The Goonies at New Belgium Brewing’s Bike-In Cinema drew complaints from the brewer’s neighbors. According to this article at the, Fort Collins city code compliance officers have been monitoring the movie night volumes, and last week’s showing exceeded the 50 decibel level permitted by city law several times. Wait a…

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Nema Jewel, Thunder Bike Shorts Review

Up until recently I used to say that I would never be caught wearing cycling shorts. I didn’t see the need. Then came a 50 mile ride on Missouri’s KATY Trail last year. A good friend of mine told me that I’d me miserable without the padding the chamois in a pair of cycling shorts…

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Product Recall: SunRingl Hollow Quick-Release

Hayes Bicycle Group has received four reports of the SunRingl Hollow Quick Release Device breaking. No injuries have been reported. According to the press release: “The quick release devices can unexpectedly fail or break when locked in position on the bicycle, causing the rider to lose control, which poses a serious fall hazard. This recall…

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Commuting 101: Make Them Hear You

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Proverbs 17:27-28 (NIV) …Unless he or she is a cyclist… Children should be seen and not heard. …Unless they’re on a bike. Then they should be both… This is probably more applicable for those of you who ride…

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Commuting 101: Using Lower Gears

Recent changes to my routes have meant more hilly terrain during my rides. During this time I’ve used gear combinations which I have never used before. I should say that I never dared use before. For some reason, over the last few decades I’ve come to think of using higher gears as the manly choice….

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Little Things get you Noticed

A couple months ago my daughter drove past me as I was pedaling home in the dark. When I walked into the house she told me that she had seen me, so I took the opportunity to do a little research. Me: “Could you see me fairly well?” Miss T: “Yeah.” Me: “How far away…

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