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BikeSpike: The Best Idea Yet for Recovering Stolen Bikes

A LoJack-style device for a bike. The best idea yet? I bet you agree, because I bet you thought of it yourself — just like I did. And just like me, you didn’t have the wherewithal to make it yourself. And like me, you Googled for it, and found some unsatisfying attempts to create such a […]

Mr. Rogers Rode a Bike

Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood would have turned 85 today. Somehow I think I appreciate him more as an adult than I ever did as a kid. As a child, I thought his show was really boring. If I ever watched it, it was by process of elimination. And when Trolley went to The […]

The Axis of Dirtbags and Yuppies

I’m very happy that there is a good network of mountain biking trails where I live, though I rarely use them. But here’s how stupid I am: I’ve always thought that bike infrastructure for daily life (getting around town, running errands, biking to work) was it’s own thing, and not related to recreation. I live […]

JSK: ‘What’s good for Trek is good for America’

Janette Sadik-Khan is the rock star of transportation bureaucrats, not just because she is the current Commissioner of the Department of Transportation in America’s largest city. But that has something to do with it. Embarrassing confession: I’ve passed up the opportunity to see Sadik-Khan two previous times. I mean, how exciting could a transportation bureaucrat […]

Your Biased Brain and the Real Risk of Not Riding Your Bike

Wouldn’t you think that if some smart folks had solved a problem more than 300 years ago, that the problem would have gone away? In the 1650s a gambler asked his smart guy friend, Blaise Pascal for help with gambling. Pascal was intrigued, and struck up a correspondence with another smart guy Pierre de Fermat — and […]

Balms Away! I’m off to Congress for Bikes

I’m heading to DC again to attend, participate, live Tweet, and blogify the National Bike Summit hosted by The League of American Bicyclists. The event culminates with a day of lobbying Congress for cycling programs. I wasn’t certain if I’d be able to go this year. I put off even thinking about it. But something […]