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Daylight Saving Ends; Bike Tech Shop Opens

by Ted Johnson

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and why I don’t write more often, then you are my mom.

But the answer is Bike Tech Shop. I’ve been pouring many work hours into launching this new online shop dedicated to “cycling with circuitry.” Clever, huh?

Bike Tech Shop

www.biketechshop.com

Commute by Bike has been, well, slightly neglected while my writing energy has been focused on this new site. Just slightly.

You barely noticed, right? Except for you, Mom.

The premise of this new shop is that until now it hasn’t been easy cyclists to find a one-stop place for high-quality bike tech stuff along with the cycling expertise you can’t get from, say, Amazon.com.

(We have nothing against Amazon.com. It’s just that we have something against Amazon.com.)

And let me tell you, writing product descriptions is not always a walk in the park. I’ve written descriptions for more than 100 Bike Lights, Cycling GPS Systems, Electric Bikes, and Electric Bike Kits.

And I’m not done yet.

There were times when I got a little punchy.

There were times when I just copied the product description from the manufacturer’s Web site and pasted it into our description with minimal alteration.

Once I noticed that every other online store was also just copying and pasting the same poorly-written product description, so I did the same, but added sarcasm.

Light and Motion Seca 800 Bike Light

Like maybe this Light and Motion Seca 800 Bike Light

And there were times when the complete information was so hard to gather, that I felt like an investigative journalist. (I’m looking at you, Busch & Müller.)

Our aim is to be the Web’s authoritative site for anything having to do with tech on bikes. This is just the beginning.

We’re in Arizona, but we haven’t forgotten that the civilized world has been observing Daylight Saving Time since March. Now that that’s over, you might have noticed that it’s darker outside when you commute home.

So for our Grand Opening we are offering 10% off all Bike Lights by Planet Bike, Light and Motion, Cygolite & Busch & Müller through Nov. 22nd.

I’m also preparing for some thorough tests of commuter lights, and have been developing my own methodology using the latest technology, such as these mini traffic cones I bought at the dollar store.

Bike Tech Shop Traffic Cones

I find this project strangely affirming.

I’m wrapping each of them in 3M reflective tape. Every time I do this, a little positive affirmation gets obliterated. But it’ll be worth it. The results of the tests will be published here on Commute by Bike.

So check out Bike Tech Shop. I’ll be interested to know what you think.

(Not just you, Mom.)

 
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5 Responses to “Daylight Saving Ends; Bike Tech Shop Opens”

  1. Evan says:

    How about including power (watts) and output (lumens) for all lights? Normally the cheap ones list watts and the expensive ones list lumens, so it’s impossible to compare. Not provided by the manufacturers? Maybe you could do some investigative journalism…

    • Ted Johnson says:

      Good idea. We don’t have our own lumens meter yet but we’ll probably need to get one. Some manufacturers only tell you how many watts the light will convert. Not the most useful thing.

      We have plans to provide a standard set of specs across all product types to make it easier to compare products side-by-side and find the right one for the user.

  2. Paul S. says:

    This is really awesome news. Though I’m happy with the set of lights I have now, getting standard info I could use to compare them was very difficult.

    I do a significant amount of riding on bike trails after dark. I’ve noticed that I get blinded now and then by oncoming bikes with very bright lights. It would be handy if you could indicate if a set of lights would fall into this category and whether or not they’re easy to dim for oncoming traffic.

    Thanks for the site!

  3. Gene @ BU says:

    Back to lights – The description should address if the light meets state operating codes. In New York the lamp on the front must emit a white light visible during hours of darkness from a distance of at least 500 hundred feet to the front and with a red light visible to the rear for 300 hundred feet.

    A standard measure for comparison should be how bright a front lamp is at 500 feet and rear light at 300 feet in darkness and the width of the bean.

    If a light can’t meet state codes, then what good are they on a commuting bike?

  4. Matt Waters says:

    You are dead on. Both your assessment about the lack of pertinent & factual data available & the need for a good on-line bike store for that has that information. Specifically the hi-tech & ebike items. Why should anybody need to go to a 1/2 dozen sites to buy an $80 product or spend a day trying to purchase an ebike kit?

    I very recently started e-bike website in conjunction with a small bike shop at my residence where I sell & install a few e-bike kits a year. I’m also an Amazon associate so the other week I decided to spend a few hours & put up a page for a few e-bikes kits. About 6 days later I finally caved in & published what I had which is nowhere near complete. Not only is Amazon pretty much worthless for useful information outside of books & Kindles there is probably only about a dozen sites I could comfortably recommend for both accurate & detailed information & the quality product to go with it. Perhaps I’m to honest & or too detailed but a year ago I thought the Internet was a huge & wonderful place. It is unfortunately becoming a cesspool filled with plagiarized & re-spun data, specs, & reviews from anybody with an Internet connection, domain name & keyboard. It’s horrible. I guess my frustration is showing.

    Any way keep up the good work I usually rotate between this site & utility cycling as one of the four links I’ll keep in the side bar of my blog

    Thanks again for the good work.
    Matt

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