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Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day, Buffalo Soldiers, and Bikes

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For you readers outside of the US, what this means is that some of us get to take the day off work, and it’s a great day to get a deal on a mattress. It’s also a day to commemorate U.S. Service Members who died while in [...]

‘My name is _______, and I commute by bike.’

Ever since the North American Handmade Bike Show we’ve been accumulating these short videos of people declaring, on record, that they commute by bike. This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series. Our hope is that we can show the world that bike commuting is not just the realm of [...]

Probing the Fire Eye Helmet Light

It’s a busy Friday night in a college town. You see a man setting up a strange blinking apparatus right next to the train station–just as the Amtrak is loading and unloading passengers. The man quickly walks away. What do you do? I got some funny looks from a few bar hoppers as I walked [...]

e-Bikes and Commuters: Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations!

Steve Benning has been experimenting with bike commuting on a loaner Ohm XS 750 e-bike. Now he has to return the fancy Ohm bike. But he sounds like he’s ready to dust off his own bike and to switch to pure pedal power. Sure, he’d like to keep that sweet $3,799 bike, but it has [...]

‘Buy this car to drive to work. Drive to work to pay for this car.’

A recent post on discussed the economics of car commuting as a function of personal time. James Schwartz at the Urban Country figures car ownership costs the average American about two hours a day — that works out to about 500 hours each year to buy, insure, and maintain a car. Compare with the [...]

Dealing with Dogs

I somehow have managed not to read Mark Twain’s essay, Taming the Bicycle until recently. I particularly enjoyed the section on dogs: There was a row of low stepping-stones across one end of the street, a measured yard apart. Even after I got so I could steer pretty fairly I was so afraid of those [...]