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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 Burger 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 […]

Cycling for Fun? What a Concept.

I’m always conflicted when people exclaim that bike commuting makes them “feel like a kid” again. If there’s a feeling of joy that people get when they bike to work, and if that feeling motivates people to keep doing it, I ought to be all for it. Right? But I don’t ever feel this feeling. […]

My bike commute is better than yours

In my last post, I alluded to the fact that I’m no longer working and bike commuting in Tucson — although I still have plenty more to say about that. But now I’m back in Flagstaff, Arizona with a new job, and a new bike commute. This new commute is only about 2.6 miles if I […]

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 […]