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Are you new to bike commuting? Have a look through our Commuting 101 articles. Tons of info for the beginner to commute by bike safely and quickly.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Bike Commuting

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This is a guest post by Andreas Kambanis who runs a blog, London Cyclist, about cycling and London. You can find him on Twitter here. I started commuting into work by bike in the same way I do many things in life. With little or no plan! The way I look at it is if […]

Tip: Check the forecast

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

This morning I recorded another episode of The Spokesmen cycling podcast with David Bernstein, Tim Jackson, Carlton Reid and Rich Kelly. We always end the podcat with a tip. My tip: Check the weather forecast. If you spend time outdoors this seems like an obvious tip, but a weather front can come in during the […]

Beating the effects of cold weather

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Whether you’re hitting the slopes, making snowmen with the kids or riding a bicycle in sub-freezing temperatures, those who subject themselves to harsh winter conditions will eventually start to feel its wrath. Some of this stuff might seem girly, but all who spend time outdoors in the winter can benefit from these simple tips. As […]

Biking in the rain safely

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I covered equipment and rain the other day and several people provided very helpful comments on biking safety in the rain. Here’s my contribution to the discussion. Visibility is paramount! I’m not normally a safety ninny, but consider what you can and can’t see when you’re in a car with the windows fogged up and […]

Your bike in the rain

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I’ve heard people express concern about their bikes in the rain. As long as you keep up with some simple, basic maintenance, your bike should be just fine. Here are the simple things to keep your bike running well through wet weather. Fenders and mudflaps not only keep wet and dirt off of your body, […]

Commuting 101: Carrying Your Laptop

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

I’ve often noticed that many of the people I see commuting by bike are technical or business folks, working in IT or other white-collar positions. I, like many of them, have to carry a laptop to and from work. This usually brings up questions. On my personal blog, the question was asked again: “[Do you] […]