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Archive for March, 2013

The Axis of Dirtbags and Yuppies

I’m very happy that there is a good network of mountain biking trails where I live, though I rarely use them. But here’s how stupid I am: I’ve always thought that bike infrastructure for daily life (getting around town, running errands, biking to work) was it’s own thing, and not related to recreation. I live […]

JSK: ‘What’s good for Trek is good for America’

Janette Sadik-Khan is the rock star of transportation bureaucrats, not just because she is the current Commissioner of the Department of Transportation in America’s largest city. But that has something to do with it. Embarrassing confession: I’ve passed up the opportunity to see Sadik-Khan two previous times. I mean, how exciting could a transportation bureaucrat […]

Rick’s Ortlieb-Assisted Epic Tour

Rick, of feather plumage fame, has updated photos of his journey bike touring (a portion of) “America the Beautiful.” Cut it down to 9000 miles, the track from April to November was (roughly): Portland, Oregon – Death Valley – Mount Rushmore – Central Texas – St. Augustine, Florida – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – New Orleans. My […]

Your Biased Brain and the Real Risk of Not Riding Your Bike

Wouldn’t you think that if some smart folks had solved a problem more than 300 years ago, that the problem would have gone away? In the 1650s a gambler asked his smart guy friend, Blaise Pascal for help with gambling. Pascal was intrigued, and struck up a correspondence with another smart guy Pierre de Fermat — and […]

Loko: One Rack to Rule Them All

I haven’t been in the cycling industry too many years, but I’ve already seen some proprietary systems for racks and accessories that attempt to lure you into a particular brand’s inbred family. These are racks and bags that work best with sibling products. Racktime has it’s Snapit system, and Thule has it’s Pack ‘n Pedal™ […]

Seth’s Pugsley BOB-Sled

While we’re getting a taste of Spring this week in Flagstaff, apparently it’s still snowing in some parts of the country.  According to Seth in Maine: I pedaled a Surly Pugsley into the northern end of Baxter State Park in Maine hauling a converted BOB trailer.  Where the trailer wheel goes, I mounted an old […]