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Reflecting on Reflection – The EVT Safe Zone Mirror

2 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Reflecting on Reflection?

I've been riding bicycles for a long time without ever having used a helmet mounted mirror, 33 years to be exact. And I know plenty of cyclists with far more miles under the belt who scoff at the idea of attaching a shiny piece of metal to their brain bucket as a matter of principle. But recently, I pledged to myself to become more conscious of all of the things that I can do to be as safe as I can be on my bike. My three year old daughter and three- month old son have been a big part of my inspiration for this. Frustration So as a part of this effort, I decided to give the whole helmet mounted mirror thing ...


Volvo Life Paint is the equivalent of Colt Camo Paint

2 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Ted Johnson
Volvo Life Paint is the equivalent of Colt Camo Paint

The NRA convention just concluded a few days ago, and let me say that I had a great time -- not being there. But I've been thinking about the NRA for the last week because of the ongoing fuss over Volvo "Life Paint" -- the amazing new reflective paint that Volvo thinks will bolster their image as a cuddly car company. Spray this paint all over your clothes and your bike and the drivers of cars might be less likely to run you down. And people interested in "bike safety" can't stop raving about how great Life Paint is. So back to the NRA. Whatever you may think of the NRA, the organization can be boiled down to three interests. First and foremost is ...


Riding Red – City Bicycle Company’s Chicago Bike – A Review

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Reviews Written by Tom Bowden
City Bike Company's Chicago Type 1

Prelude. Cars can be habit-forming. I lazily slid into the All-American habit of driving my car to work as I navigated a series of changes in my career, domicile and personal life. So when I received the email from Commute by Bike asking for someone to review a bike, I thought, Hey, that might be just the thing to get you back in the saddle. As it turns out, I was the lucky one selected to receive a City Bicycle Company steel frame urban single speed to assemble, ride and review.

The Company. I had never heard of City Bicycle Company before undertaking this project. This outfit is not to be confused with All-City Bikes or State



A Child’s Bike that Says Bikes are for Adults

4 Comments Topics: Commuting, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
Clever CaptionPhoto: Ted Johnson

I bought a bike in Madagascar. I met a kid in the town of Mahajanga. Five years old and full of attitude. I couldn't understand much of what he said in Malagasy, but bicyclette came through loud and clear. He wanted one, bad. I told him I'd work on it. A month later I heard from the kid's mom that he's still talking about it. So I told her to go find one. I'm buying. Big spender. That evening she showed up at my house with this: I paid 120,000 Madagascar Ariary -- $40, more or less. How cute!, I thought. But then, I noticed everything about it -- the good and the bad. But let me back up. How many children's bikes have you seen that ...


Pro Tip: Hauling and Treating Questionable Water

No Comments Topics: Bike Tech, Bike Touring, Commuting, Commuting Gear, Tananarivize, Tips Written by Ted Johnson
Pro Tip: Hauling and Treating Questionable Water

There are lot of photos of my left hand and arm in this post. But if you look closely, you'll see a couple of bikes. Some bicyclists do need to carry water -- a few yards, or even miles from where the water will be consumed. It's the way of the world, but maybe not your world. I have in mind people in a situation similar to my own; people who have to live every day with an unsafe (or unpalatable) water source. And that water source might not be right inside your domicile -- your house, your tent, your dumpster, etc. And sometimes the water you carry isn't ready to drink just yet. If you will be commuting, touring or Peace-Corps-ing somewhere ...


Monkey Lights Lighting up a Chilly Commute – A Review

2 Comments Topics: Bike Tech, Commuting Written by Troy Marino
Monkey Lights Lighting up a Chilly Commute – A Review

I spent one week bicycle commuting and mountain biking with a front-wheel mounted Monkey Light M204 a wheel light that offers (mostly) 360 visibility. The M204 is the less expensive model of Monkey Lights from MonkeyLectric. After watching the installation video, installation went fairly smooth. A quick peak of the user guide then I was off into the night. With the M204 light and battery holder mounted on opposite sides of the hub, my wheel felt balanced and I did not notice the weight of the light and batteries. Good visibility of the light is more like 350 and the advertised 40 Lumens is only achieved with the solid whitish color setting and a side bicycle view. It appears that slimmer tires would ...