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Archive for November, 2008

Those grimy derailleurs

Winter brings harsh conditions. Road grime, salt, sand, and slush can wreak havoc on your drivetrain. My winter commuter was abused over the summer and fall months. Getting my stubborn, grimy derailleurs to shift smoothly again was a time-consuming adventure. Considering the fact that I was about to buy a new pair of derailleurs, though, [...]

Cycling gear from the hardware store

“P” at Nippleworks reveals that he uses safety glasses from the hardware store for cyclocross racing. Eye protection is helpful for commuting, too: I know a handful of people who’ve had to recover from a bug flying into their eyes. For riding at dusk or in cloudy conditions, amber lenses improve contrast. Clear glasses are [...]

Bike to Work Book free chapters

Happy Friday, everybody! Carlton Reid has posted a sampler of free chapters from the Bike To Work Book for your online viewing pleasure. Carlton is doing this in collaboration with Commute By Bike. Let us know what you think of the book.

BrightKiters Bike to Work in Denver

Brightkite is a relatively new start-up in the social networking space. They’re tired of social networks that tie you to your cubicle or your desk at home. They wanted something mobile. Something that fostered real-life interaction with people near you. I suppose it’s not surprising that they like their bicycles.

DiNotte lighting recall notice

I know there are a lot of DiNotte fans here so I thought I’d pass along this note that DiNotte is recalling some of their older Li-Ion batteries because they don’t match the quality and safety of their current product line. For more info, see DiNotte’s recall information page. Speaking of lighting up, you might [...]

DIY bike tire chains

This is cool: Homebrew tire chains for your mountain bike involves less than $20 in chain, cabling, and ferrules, not counting the tools you might need to get if you don’t already own them. Via. That reminds me of this tip in which you can use zip ties to improve traction a little. Both the [...]