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Archive for January, 2007

Are you Fred?

Bobby asked what a Fred is. According to the Glossary of bike terms and slang, Fred can either be the poseur buying more bike and kit than he’s capable of utilizing; or he’s (and Fred is generally a “he”) the bearded utility cyclist with sandals, rack, pannier or milk crate and with jeans tucked into [...]

NiteRider MiNewt Review

Our sister site, Ride424.com, has just posted their review of the NiteRider MiNewt light. There are two posts so make sure you scroll down to check them both out.

You Get What You Pay For

Let me start out by saying that I consider myself to be a fairly thrifty person. So it came as a surprise to me when my 1977 Yama 10-speed started developing issues last Spring, I shelled out for a pretty nice bike (Trek 7.5 disk – swapped out the 7.3 frame because I liked the [...]

Manzella Silk Weight Windstopper Gloves

Positives: Lightweight, comfortable, works as advertised (windproof, water resistant). Removable fleece liner lets you adjust the insulation depending on conditions. Excellent manual dexterity and feel lets you operate zippers, helmet buckles, lights and locks. Negatives: Missing cycling-specific features: no reinforced fabric on palm side, slick grip, no snot wiper, no padding. The Manzella Silk Weight [...]

Chrome Shins Knickers

(Click on the pictures to see them bigger) When it comes to commuting and urban riding there are lots of options for what to wear and in many cases the choice has to be made between fashion and function. While I’m sure full-body spandex will come back into fashion, it doesn’t seem to be happening [...]

Maniac or Moron?

Inspired by Kent, my second post to CBB is the introductory “About Me” post to establish my bona fides (or lack thereof). I think the ultimate conceit of any cycling blogger — especially one who writes about commuting — is that anybody actually pays attention to what passes for advice. I think many of us [...]