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Archive for May, 2011

Trekking Handlebars and Other Comforts

BluesCat is a 60-year-old Phoenix, Arizona resident who originally returned to bicycling in 2002 in order to help his son get the Boy Scout Cycling merit badge. His bikes sat idle until the summer of 2008 when gas prices spiked at over $4.00 per gallon. Since then, he has become active cycling, day-touring, commuting by [...]

Velo Orange Saddle Review (Coming Soon–butt not soon enough)

I just received a Velo Orange saddle to test. It’s a Model 3 Touring Saddle. As you can see, it’s not even mounted on my bike yet. I’m scared. I’ve always looked at leather saddles on bikes belonging to other people and scratched my head. I never gave it any more thought, besides Why? If [...]

Still Life with Gas Pump

On my commute this morning, I passed by an antique store on Route 66. I stopped to check out the bikes for sale out front, hoping to find a rarity. (Once this store had a Schwinn tandem out front for about an hour before someone snagged it.) Today is was a Huffy and another generic [...]

On Parking and Bikeshare: Not all Republicans Think Alike (if at all)

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He is also a board member of BikeWalk Virginia, a pro cycling and pedestrian group in Virginia that raises raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. Tom’s lawyerly blogging [...]

When Cycling Becomes a Threat (to the Auto Industry)

I came across this article on Boing Boing over the weekend: An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians routinely advise parents about seatbelts, bike helmets, etc, but this law will make it illegal for [...]

Commuter ‘White Knuckle Moments’

Three weeks into life as a bike commuter, Steve Benning has encountered some of the challenges that even the most committed among us face from time to time. Unpleasant weather is one of the triggers for excuses to use the car. We had that kind of weather last week in the form of 40 to [...]