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A’ME Heated Hand Grips: Hot Cocoa for your Hands

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

In making the transition from car to bike as my vehicle, I found that many of the things that applied to my car now apply to my bike. My car had a good windshield so I purchased a good set of Oakley Goggles. My car had studded tires for the winter, so my bike does [...]

Winter Commuting: Three Rookie Mistakes in 30 Minutes

Friday, February 8th, 2013

This is my third winter as a smart winter commuter — rather: a prepared winter commuter. But there was a winter — four winters ago — when I worked from home. Although I did all my out-of-office errands and went to all my meetings by bike. I remember the first time I decided to go [...]

Winter Commuting in Alaska:
Things don’t always work out as we plan

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Continued from “Learning to Ride In the Wind — Real Wind“ Since this is the first year that we don’t have a car, we have had to learn how to pack things home, and have had quite a few mishaps along the way. I knew that without studded tires, I had to walk over the [...]

The Selfishness of the Winter Bike Commuter

Monday, January 28th, 2013

It snowed all night last night in Flagstaff. It’s supposed to snow all day today, and tomorrow. And it got me thinking about some of the reactions to Shanna Ladd, our guest blogger who is learning to bike commute in Alaska — 10 miles from her cabin in the boondocks into Wasilla. Some readers have [...]

Seeing the Trail and Keeping Options Open with a Cygolite Turbo Mini

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Commuting by bike through the winter has presented several challenges. One of the challenges has been adequate lighting. Without good lighting, I have lost the trail and ended up off my bike. I have had to stop many times by the highway until the bright lights of the oncoming cars passed, because the headlights completely [...]

Winter Commuting in Alaska: Learning to Ride In the Wind — Real Wind

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Editor’s Note: Ever since her first contribution, “Blizzards and Meth Labs and Bears. Oh my!,” Shanna Ladd has sent me a wealth of information on her experiences winter bike commuting 10 miles into Wasilla, Alaska. It’s way too good to publish in one long post, but I will give away the ending: To us wussies [...]