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Archive for May, 2013

A Guide to Backpack-Panniers

Should you use a pannier or a backpack? It’s one of the great, dumb, debates between cyclists. There advantages to each mode, so why can’t the answer just be yes? I own panniers as well as several backpacks. Some mornings I’m like a socialite trying to decide what shoes to wear. Is today a pannier [...]

Quivvers: The Speedo of Messenger Bags

You probably carry a cell phone with you when you commute. And on your commute, you probably don’t use your phone for GPS navigation, because you are going to work and you already know how to get there — unless it’s your first day at a new job. What I’m getting at is that you [...]

A Plea for First Timers: Adjust your Seat

Hey new bike commuters! Are you fixing to ride to work? Maybe for the first time ever? Congratulations! If you’re prepared, you have been listening to lots of advice, and maybe you’ve read our entire Commuting 101 section. Here’s one last thing that will make a world of difference: Properly adjust your dang seat height. [...]

The Beginner’s Mind of Car Freedom

Bike commuting in Tucson is becoming easier. My routes are starting to take shape, and I’m feeling less and less like I will get lost on the way to work. I don’t think of my commutes as “exercise.” Rather, I’m aware that my body is adjusting to what I’m asking it to do every day: ride 20 [...]