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Archive for July, 2012

Roads are for cars. Roads are for people. No they’re not. Yes they are. No they’re not. Yes they are…

On Sunday I picked a fight with a stranger. It wasn’t a fair fight. My retelling of it won’t make it fair, and won’t make it right. Our frequent contributor Tom Bowden posted this photo to Facebook: The photo was accompanied by this bit of Bowden snark: To those who say roads are for cars [...]

The Culture of Cycling in Flagstaff: A 10‑Year Boom

Seth Muller is a writer for Mountain Living Magazine who does as much of his job as possible by bike — not the writing part, which he probably does sitting in a chair with a computer in front of him — but the part where he rides around reporting, and interviewing people, like me. I [...]

The “Natural” Ride of a BionX-Powered Bike

I’m a fan of the BionX Electric Assist System for bikes — whether it’s on a retrofitted bike, or integrated on a bike right from the factory. Make that, especially if it comes on a bike right from the factory. (I’ve never done a BionX retrofit, but I think I could. Seems easy. I’ll explain [...]

You Don’t Know Sweat, Jack!

BluesCat is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, 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 Transit Metro 20 Pannier – Unseating King Back-Roller?

Josh King lives in Seattle, where he commutes by bike every day, rain or shine. He switched to full-time single speed commuting in 2010. You can read his thoughts on going gearless at www.singlespeedseattle.com When you want to unseat the king, you’ve gotta bring your “A game.”  The king here? The Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic, the [...]

Affordable Care: Bicycling

BluesCat is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, 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 [...]