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Archive for June, 2011

Our Beloved Junk

Yesterday my bike stayed at work due to an unforeseen series of events (a.k.a. poor planning on my part). I got a ride home from my wife. And this morning–again to my utter astonishment–my main commuting bike had not found its way home on its own. I considered my options. I passed over my trusty [...]


While visiting a local pizza joint for lunch, I was waiting for my two slices, and having to choose from among 15 televisions at which I could stare. On the right, I found myself watching this whole other kind of cycling. My head is so deep in the commuting and utility cycling world, I sometimes [...]

Crappy Fathers Day

Today was Fathers Day. I don’t have any children of my own, but I have two stepchildren, and neither of them are around today. They were with their real dad today. And these kids, since the time they’ve been a part of my life, have been the recipients of the best bikes we could afford. [...]

Modern life is ruining my life

BluesCat is a 61-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 [...]

Casey Neistat: ‘Nobody gives a s*** about concise political arguments’ (Interview)

Casey Neistat’s latest video on bike lanes as gone viral, with more than three million views in the first week since it was added to YouTube.  If you haven’t seen it, go here, and while you’re there, check out the comments. You’ll see in the comments that I pretty much became the standard bearer for [...]

Confusion, Sweet Confusion: The Commuter Relief Act

Two weeks ago, on June 1st, I wrote an article for Commute by Bike explaining the Commuter Relief Act. This proposed piece of legislation was introduced by longtime bicycle advocate U.S. House Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore, and it seeks to incentivize “public transit benefits, vanpools, and other market-based solutions.” One of the provisions that was [...]