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Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately. A lot. Recently I was driving on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. I noticed something — some things — poking off of the front wheel of a semi truck: spikes jutting out several inches from each wheel lug where only short nuts should be necessary. Naturally […]

What are Your Desert Island Bike Commuting Accessories?

Suppose you were going to be on a small deserted island for up to a year and you had to pick some bike commuting accessories to take with you. Okay: Not you, but me. And not a small island, but the fourth largest island in the world. And definitely not deserted: Population 22 million or […]

Is Rollin’ Coal the Mirror Image of Critical Mass?

It’s been said that for every activist there’s an equal and opposite reactionary. So I’m just asking: Are these “Rollin’ Coal” trolls just the natural polar-opposites to Critical Massholes? Rollin’ Coal, if you haven’t heard of it, is a phenomenon where people modify their diesel trucks to make them less fuel efficient. The modifications, which […]

Sympathy for the Salmon

You see a bike rider riding where a bike shouldn’t be ridden, or in a manner contrary to your refined sense of cycling civility. What do you think? If you’re like me, you’re a judgmental rage turd before you catch yourself, and you calm yourself with the mantra, “They’re not in a car. That’s a […]

The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike Experiment

I love clever designs of objects that fold up small — not just bikes. Before my first folding bike, I had a folding dinner table, a collapsible ladder chair, a folding book shelf, and other folding stuff. Closely related to my folding fetish is my modular fetish. The idea that one thing can be many […]

The Electric Cargo Single-Speed Fatbike

Pedaling up to Mama BurgerĀ for lunch recently, I noticed a cargo bike parked outside, unlike any cargo bike I’ve seen. This was an electric, cargo, single-speed, fatbike. I went inside and scanned the tables — there aren’t many of them to scan — thinking I’d be able to guess the owner of this bike on […]