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I’m sure that our loyal readers have noticed some decline in the regularity of our posting here at CommuteByBike.com after the departure of Ted Johnson, our ponderous and insightful editor and marketing expert here at BikeShopHub.com.  In his wake we’ve been working to come up with a new strategy for maintaining and growing this blog.  [...]

Kalkhoff Pro Connect Review & The Panasonic Crank Drive

It’s been a busy summer of sales at the BikeShopHub.com and the JOYBAG® project stalled out of the gates a bit as our team got sidetracked from blogging with fulfilling all of those nagging orders that kept coming in.  But like a caterpillar into its cocoon our collective JOYBAG® mind has been weaving away and [...]

Bar Mitts Reviewed by a Broken Pinky

Last winter, I broke my pinky at the start of the cold season. I was riding a road bike at night, without bike lights, down a trail with the brakes a bit out of tune. I bailed out while dealing with a deep rut in the trail. Surgery ensued, with little pins holding my mangled [...]

9/11 Remembered with Reactionary Bicycle Advocacy

Ten years ago, I was at a juncture. Since graduating from college the previous year, I’d split my time between trying to make my way through the ranks of bicycle racing, and developing a cycling product that I thought might change the way people thought about cycling. I was really enjoying getting to focus a [...]

Bike Friday Tikit: A Great Solution to a Very Occasional Problem

While Ted has been delving deep into the psychology of the folding bike and the various marketing positions and ploys surrounding them, I’ve been tooling around on a few of them.  The first one I got my hands on was this nice-looking Bike Friday Tikit that I first brought on my trip to the 2011 [...]

An Ortlieb Downtown Pannier Review (to Compliment a BikeBagShop.com Sale)

I’ve been reviewing the Ortlieb Downtown Commuter Pannier for several months now after my prior foray with the Racktime Workit Pannier.  With our parent company Bike Shop Hub launching their semi-annual Ortlieb, Tubus, Racktime Sale, it seemed like a good time to share a few words about one of Ortlieb’s premier commuter panniers.  A little [...]