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Archive for November, 2011

Ortlieb Plus Saddle Bag

What does one consider about a thing as inert as a seat bag when preparing to review it? Does the seat bag hold stuff securely and with minimal rattling or damage? Does the seat bag stay on the bike and not fall off without warning? Does the seat bag mount to the bike in a [...]

Spreading Holiday Cheer, Bicycle Advocacy Style

For cyclists in Wisconsin, there were exciting modifications to some bicycling-specific state laws as Governor Scott Walker signed AB265 last week. The new set of regulations, nicknamed the “Bicycle Tune-Up Bill,” was introduced by Representative Keith Ripp (R) and drew bi-partisan support. The Bicycle Tune-Up Bill addressed several antiquated laws, including regulations regarding hand signaling [...]

Bike Race to the Bottom — Amazon.com Style

Before you head over to Amazon.com to buy cycling accessories, do you mind if I gripe about how Amazon.com plays the price-matching game? You don’t mind? Thank you. Previously, I wrote about Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP), and how it means that bike shops that play by the rules can’t advertise below certain price points, but [...]

Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2011 is Small Business Saturday, a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which tend to benefit major big box retail and e-commerce stores. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to buy from businesses that are small and local. I believe in shopping local, and supporting small businesses. But not all brick-and-mortar business [...]

Green Guru Spinner Backpack

Zipper pulls. That’s really all I’m asking for. Zipper pulls. I’ve owned a lot of backpacks over the years. Messenger bags, too. And, for several years, mostly just so that I would be able to confidently tell people, I’ve commuted with a messenger bag for years, I’ve been commuting somewhat consistently with a messenger bag. [...]

A Raleigh Traditionalist and The Raleigh Classic Roadster

I’ve been a Raleigh fan for as long as I can remember. My first 10-speed was a Raleigh Record, bought and paid for with hard-earned car waxing money. I knew all about “wax-on, wax-off” long before Ralph was just a gleam in Mr. Macchio’s eye. But for all the cars I waxed to earn that [...]