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Beating the Heat (Instead of Myself) with a Dynamo Headlight

For people working regular business hours, it’s usually in the Fall and Winter when they need reliable bike headlights. The sun sets earlier, and daylight saving time kicks in in other parts of the world. In Tucson, I found myself commuting home after sunset even though it was the middle of the summer. Some days, around [...]

Law and Order and Bikes

Here’s an article I came across with some good information about the legal rights of cyclists, and some common misperceptions. Regarding the perception that roads are for motor vehicles: …roads are still for moving people and motor vehicles are but one type of conveyance by which people move. And the perception that slow vehicles are [...]

Getting an Xtracycle Home without an Xtracycle

Matt Elias was in the process of fulfilling his ambition to be completely carfree in Tucson. He had just purchased a full Xtracycle setup from Bike Shop Hub when he encountered a cart-before-the-horse problem: How do you haul all of this Xtracycle hardware home before you’ve retrofitted your bike as an Xtracyle? In a car? [...]

A Bike Bag that Looks like a Coffee Bag – from Detours

The Detours Coffee Bag is modeled after a one-pound, er… coffee bag. You know the kind of bag you get at the grocery store where you dump the beans from the bulk bin into the bag, but you spill some on the floor. Then you dump the beans into your grocery store’s coffee grinder, which [...]

The Montague Boston 8: A full-sized folding Commuter Bike

I suspected that the Montague Boston 8 would be a perfect commuter bike for my three-month sojourn in Tucson, and I was right. Damn, I’m smart. So this is the Boston 8 as it appears on the Montague Website, all pristine, clean, and without accessories: And this is the Boston 8 after I’d accessorized it for life [...]

A Craptastic Bike with Useless Ornamentation and a Silver Lining

Do you notice anything interesting about this bike? Look hard. So it wasn’t all that hard, was it? I came across this image over the weekend, but it was a version with the useless rear suspension circled. I suspect that the front suspension is ornamental as well. I went looking for the original image, and [...]