Utility Cycling

An Ode to Laborers on Two Wheels

Let us now praise Sweaty Men and Women; All hail the Bicycle Courier, Who is fast on feet and two wheels, Bringing us coffee and sandwiches and beer.   Three cheers for the bike messengers of the world, the “cyclo-laborers.” While we cower in climate-controlled cubicles, they brave the sun and rain, the light and…

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Bike Medics Do It Faster

If you’ve been to an outdoor festival or a marathon, you’ve seen the guys standing on the sidelines with overloaded mountain bikes. At first glance you might have thought they were just part of the crowd, but their matching uniforms and EMS embroidery tells a different story: they’re Bike Medics. Surely in the Twenty First…

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The Many Racks of Dobie Gillis

Putting a rack on a bike is a pragmatic statement of utility. It separates the practical peddlers from the the casual or competitive cyclists. It says, I’m going somewhere, and I need to bring more stuff than I can just stuff in my pockets or comfortably carry in a backpack. It says, I’m less worried…

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Meet Joe’s Lawnmower Bike Cart

It’s a sight you don’t see everyday- A guy riding a Walmart mountain bike, with an oversized, lopsided cart strapped to the back of his bike. He’s hauling a lawnmower, a weedwacker a broom, a big red cooler, a 5-gallon bucket, a couple of gas cans and a backpack. Joe rides his bike from one…

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The Accidental Utility Cyclist

Once upon a time, we were all utility cyclists, and all of our rides could be adventures. Riding our bikes was how we got to school or the library, how we explored new neighborhoods and found independence. Riding half a block or half a mile was nothing. But somewhere between junior high and college bikes…

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Bicycles at the All Souls Procession

Tucson’s All Souls Procession has grown into an event of epic proportions. I decided this year to capture some of the bicycles that joined the festivities. While the season has transitioned from spooky to thankful to festive, I wanted to get this up before all of the holiday cheer had subsided. Think Nightmare before Christmas….

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