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Archive for May, 2007

Commuting 101: Get a Helmet

Next week’s Bike to Work Week may have inspired you to check out our site; if so, thanks for stopping by and I would encourage you to peruse our Commuting 101 section. There is a lot of debate about whether or not you really need to wear a bike helmet; personal experience has shown myself [...]

Bicycle commute safety in tornado alley

I lived in central-south Illinois for eight years, commuting by bicycle for most of those years. For six of those years I commuted over 40 miles round trip mostly through flat corn and soybean fields, sharing county roads with combines and old Camaros. Thunderstorms can pop up with frightening speed in the U.S. Midwest, and [...]

Bike valet parking at JavaOne

My employer once again encourages event participants, partners, employees and vendors to “Go Green” and ride a bicycle or take public transportation to the JavaOne conference this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Sun has again partnered with the San Francisco Bike Coalition to offer a free “Bike Valet” services. The “Bike Valet” [...]

Mendota Meets Mud

It has been raining for days in my area and the streets and the path I ride were wet and had several patches of thin, slick mud on them. I figured this would be a great opportunity to test the Mendota on wet pavement. According to their website, the Mendota is “fender-ready for utility,” but [...]

A Wild Ride

It is National Bike Month and here is another reason why I choose to ride my bike rather than drive: wildlife. I find it odd that after spending 3 days camping out with Boy Scouts and 3 days in the outdoors at Wildwood with ~70 fifth-graders, I had to get back on my bike and [...]

First Impression: Deuter Rack-Pack I Panniers

We’ve received a set of the Rack-Pack I panniers from Deuter USA for review. Up until this point I’ve used a messenger pack for all my cargo carrying needs, however there have been plenty of times where I have to forgo bringing something along because there’s not room or it’s to heavy. This is where [...]