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High Visibilty and High Fashion? Yes Please! – Vespertine Vespert Review

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Karen Voyer-Caravona
The Vespert in Eco Citron

Let me just cut to the chase; I dont normally wear clothes made for bike riding. However, Vespertines reflective Vespert vest intrigued me as a fashionable solution to my recent concerns about being visible on Phoenixs often inhospitable streets.   When I started blogging about my experiences commuting by bike, one of the points that I wanted to stress was how easy it actually was. No special gear or clothes, just a bicycle in good working order with a few accessories such as lighting and some reliable bike bags for carrying work necessities or transporting groceries.   Mikael Colville Andersons Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog was a huge influence on my willingness to give transport cycling a try because he presented an image of bike ...

 

Riser Bars become Drop Bars South of the Equator
(and more Science from Madagascar)

2 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
Riser Bars become Drop Bars South of the Equator(and more Science from Madagascar)

We all know for a fact that toilets and drains swirl counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. (And by "fact" I mean "falsehood.") But did you know that south of the equator riser bars become drop bars? That's right. I have the scientific proof from Madagascar. Check it out: I think it's about comfort and having multiple riding positions. If dropped risers were about being trendy, then this young man would be riding a fixie, and he sure as hell wouldn't have disc brakes: I estimate that nearly half of the bikes I see in Madagascar have dropped riser bars. I've only seen one set of actual drop bars here, and one set of bull horn handlebars that ...

 

17 Bike Commuting Accessories Schlepped 10,000 Miles

4 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
17 Bike Commuting Accessories Schlepped 10,000 Miles

More than ten thousand miles from where I sit, there is a storage unit filled with the other 99 percent of my life's accumulated crap; the stuff I left behind when I shipped off to Madagascar. This includes all four of my bikes. I crammed that unit full of my material attachments like a minor league Tetris player, and said a sad goodbye to my tax records, my collection of coffee mugs, and a big cat scratching post that used to be a nice wing-back chair. "But what crap did you take to Madagascar," you ask? Well, that's the purpose of this post. I have more posts forthcoming in my Tananarivize series on bike commuting in Madagascar's capitol, but I thought it would be ...

 

2014 Holiday Cycling Gift Guide

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
2014 Holiday Cycling Gift Guide

Its beginning to look a lot like Black Friday, soon it will be Cyber Monday. Take a look at our bike gift recommendations, glistening once again with exactly what the cyclists in your family really want. I've broken down our gift recommendations into a few main categories. As this is CommuteByBike.com we'll start with bike commuting gear. The Thule Commuter Pannier Set is an amazing deal at only $89.99. This set is normally $239.99 and we've had to spend telling customers that this deal is for real. It is and this is truly an amazing set of panniers. I recommend them for both bike touring and commuting. See John Coe's recent CbB review. Today through Cyber Monday we are running our only sale ...

 

DIY Trailers and Cargo Powerhouses – A Reader Round-Up

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Lipton
DIY Trailers and Cargo Powerhouses – A Reader Round-Up

Here at Commute by Bike and our sister site, BikeShopHub.com, we get a lot of happy folks who are very excited to share how they use their bikes for tours, commutes, and all other fun adventures. Today, we've got a round-up of some of the creative and epic uses of some great gear. DIY Trailers Lots of our readers are crafty and choose to design and build the trailer that works perfectly for their commuting and touring needs. We love learning about their ingenuity and seeing the solutions they create! Trevor designed a compact trailer that folds up and fits into a large shoulder bag for easy transport. The bag then becomes the cargo carrying mechanism when the trailer is in use. This ...

 

New Crowdsourced Bike Safety Map: BikeMaps.org

3 Comments Topics: Commuting, GPS/Mapping Systems, safety Written by Melanie Colavito
New Crowdsourced Bike Safety Map: BikeMaps.org

Anything that combines two of my favorite things - geography and bicycling - is something I can't help but share with you all! Hooray for bike maps! Earlier this month, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson launched a new bike mapping website called BikeMaps.org. The website is a crowdsourced bike safety map that allows you to track things such as crashes, bike thefts, danger zones, and near misses. The map legend items include: citizen collision report, citizen near miss report, cyclist hazard, official collision report, and bike theft. There are also general alert areas, information about rider volume in a given area, as well as infrastructure (at least in Victoria) and an incident ...