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Archive for July, 2007

“Bicycles are the new SUV”

Every year around the time of the Tour de France, I expect to read smarmy comments from U.S. sports commentators that cycling isn’t a “real” sport compared to American football or NASCAR. I was expecting some of the same when I read ESPN senior writer Jim Caple’s column on 10 reasons you’ll want to watch [...]

Raleigh One Way: Something old, something new

The Raleigh One Way is a brand new bike from Raleigh, but the retro design hearkens back to Raleigh bicycles from the 50s and 60s. Raleigh designers, in particular, took their inspiration from the old Raleigh Clubman bicycle. Like the modern One Way, the Clubman of old featured a relatively lightweight frame but with a [...]

Commuting 101: What do you carry with you?

I realize many commuters don’t carry a flat kit or tools, but some of us do. That’s my saddle bag in this photo. At a minimum I always carry: Wrench (if I’m riding fixed or singlespeed) Pump or CO2 inflator Patch kit Tire levers I usually also carry Tube Multitool Do you carry tools on [...]

Green Transportation Specialist To Workers: “Get off your bikes”

Jacobs Babtie is one of Britain’s largest engineering companies. Their clients include Transport for London, which has a target of achieving a fivefold increase in the level of cycling by 2025. Jacobs’ advises local authorities on sustainable transport projects, and they have just banned their staff from commuting on bicycles. I just don’t have the [...]

Commuter Story: Bike to Work Day in Loveland, CO

Ed – This story from Greg of Loveland, CO. Submit your commuter story to diggers@commutebybike.com. Bike Week was great, and BTWD was a big, big hit at my company. The company’s been here for 25 years and this is the first time anyone’s ever officially organized employee participation. We have about 155 employees on three [...]

Cycling Article in H+G

Many thanks to James over at bicycle design for pointing out a recent article in House and Garden by Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben. I agree with James that it is wonderful to see an article in a general interest magazine drawing attention to how easy it is to hop on a bike and get [...]