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Archive for March, 2008

Quiz: Would you use this bike facility?

Here’s a quiz for you. After looking at the photo posted below, how do you recommend getting through this marked bike facility? “Take the lane.” Call public works and complain about the poor condition of the bike lane. Take public transportation. “There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing.” I’d don my rain cape and rain [...]

GroupThink: Alternative Safety Tactics

A constant topic here at Commute by Bike is ways to stay safe during our two wheeled travels. There are lots of common ones such as blinky lights, helmets, signaling, etc. However in recent comments on our posts I’ve seen a couple of unique ones: Ghost Rider: I mounted a yardstick as a joke to [...]

Top 5 Reasons to Claim the Lane (and why it’s safer)

There is a lot of debate as to where a bicycle commuter should position themselves in relation to the road. New bike commuters, especially, are often intimidated by riding in the road and often choose something that isn’t necessarily the safest place. Here are the top two least safe places to ride: Sidewalk- While the [...]

First Impression: SKS Commuter Full Fenders

Photo: My Trek 1200 with SKS Commuter Fenders (click to Zoom) Fritz told us about fenders late last year. I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to fenders. It does rain quite a bit out here in the great plains of the United States, but at the same time, I have a few [...]

CBB Poll: Route Choice

Over the last few years I find I’ve settled on a route to work that is not the shortest distance between points A and B. I’ve also tinkered with several different routes to my dad’s house, including a new one that looks a bit crazy when viewed on a map. I’ve got my reasons as [...]

Singlespeed belt drive

Here’s some bike porn for you all. Lynskey Performance just posted about their use of belt drives on singlespeed bikes. They title the post “A Stunning Singlespeed.” I saw their belt drive bikes at the 2008 Handbuilt Bicycle Show and they are indeed stunning. I talked with some folks at the show about the practicality [...]