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Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

2 Comments Topics: Commuting, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

I just pumped a tire for the first time in 10 months. Not because I haven't had a flat. I have. Not because I ride on my rims when my tires are flat. I don't (usually). It's because between my house and my workplace there are at least six roadside bike repair guys. I live in Antananarivo, Madagascar. It's a city where bikes are prevalent in spite of no apparent effort from city planners to accommodate people on bicycles. Who needs a pump or a patch kit when you have this much convenience? And guess what: My pump was defective. It took me nearly a year before I discovered that. The Google Map above shows driving direction because, as far as Google knows, "Cycling not available" ...


#Trending in 2015: The Mobile Bike Shop

2 Comments Topics: Bicycle Industry News, Cycling, News Written by Stacey Moses
#Trending in 2015: The Mobile Bike Shop

Mobile bike shops are an important industry trend to watch in 2015, reported Fred Clements, the executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, on Bicycle Retailer and Industry News earlier this year. Humbly, I admit that Commute By Bike predicted this trend many moons ago, when I first wrote about CycloMend in 2013 and Josh mentioned Beeline Bikes in 2014. However, since we wrote about these modest startups, what was then a great idea has transformed into a legitimate business model that is now being executed by experienced independent bicycle dealers and well-qualified mechanics all over the country. If you are not familiar with the concept of mobile bike shops, it is exactly what it sounds like - a bicycle ...


Bone Conduction Headphones: Safe, Legal or Reckless?

5 Comments Topics: Cycling, News, safety Written by Stacey Moses
Source: AfterShokz

If you do a quick search for earbuds or headphones on Commute by Bike, you likely will not be surprised to learn that we cover the controversial topic of cycling with headphones about once a year. Posts appear on CBB as early as 2006 to discuss the logic and legality of riding while wearing sound-restricting devices. At this point, starting a conversation about this divisive issue is a bit like running a story about the Kardashians on the cover of Us Weekly - you've heard it all before. Or you couldn't care less. But, secretly, you just have to know what the latest gossip is. (Please keep reading. Despite my clever analogy, this article contains more useful information and less revealing ...


On My Radar: The Garmin Varia

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Gear, News, safety Written by Stacey Moses
Image Source: DC Rainmaker

"If you're one of millions of cyclists, you know every time you saddle up, anything can happen." That, according to Garmin's promotional video, is why you need the Varia Rearview Radar, scheduled for release this fall. Before watching the promotional video that likely had the working title "Fear Sells," I present you with a brief, unbiased product description. The Garmin Varia Rearview Radar is a taillight that includes a rear sensor to detect traffic that is approaching the cyclist from behind. The Varia displays this information to the rider either through a standalone head unit that can be bundled with the taillight (the bundle will be priced at $299.99) or on a compatible Garmin Edge cycling computer (specifically, the Edge 1000 ...


Vision Zero: The Plan to Eliminate Road Fatalities

No Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting, News Written by Stacey Moses

Back in 1997, Sweden adopted the concept of Vision Zero. The Swedish approach to road safety is a straightforward and powerful initiative that can be summarized in a single sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. Admittedly, when I first started learning about Vision Zero, which has been gaining traction in European countries as well as in many cities in the United States, I was skeptical. Achieving zero traffic fatalities sounds a bit like the advocate's version of a beauty pageant contestant's wish of achieving world peace. However, after digging in to the results in Sweden and in cities in the US that have adopted Vision Zero, it is clear that the initiative is having an impact. Before discussing the results, however, ...


Mixed Bag: How I Really Feel About the McBike Bag

4 Comments Topics: Commuting, News Written by Stacey Moses

Once again, it's been awhile since my last contribution to Commute by Bike. Loyal readers of this wonderful blog may remember some of my posts from years past, which range from insightful (I hope) to asinine (I suspect). I could not, however, miss an opportunity to write about one of the most important recent developments in bicycle commuting: the McBike bag. If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance that you read articles on news, technology, lifestyle, and/or health-related sites as well, which means that there's a very good chance that you've already read about the McBike bag this week. McDonalds latest innovation, the cardboard container that is designed to fit neatly on your handlebars while safeguarding your burger, fries ...