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Beginner Tips

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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What caused your flat tire?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

First, be sure not to miss this important news about Energy Wasting Day. Noah posted his ten quick tips for bike commuters on Monday. Among the tips is learning basic bike maintenance. Among the more common repairs for cyclists is fixing a flat, so it’s good to know what causes flats and how to avoid […]

Commuting 101: Ten Quick Tips

Monday, March 24th, 2008

This year alone, I’ve run into a few new commuters that are using a bicycle for at least part of their trip. One of them is a long-time friend of mine in Washington, D.C. In discussing bike commuting with these people, it’s apparent that at first “riding a bike to work” seems straightforward, but becomes […]

GroupThink: Alternative Safety Tactics

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

A constant topic here at Commute by Bike is ways to stay safe during our two wheeled travels. There are lots of common ones such as blinky lights, helmets, signaling, etc. However in recent comments on our posts I’ve seen a couple of unique ones: Ghost Rider: I mounted a yardstick as a joke to […]

Top 5 Reasons to Claim the Lane (and why it’s safer)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

There is a lot of debate as to where a bicycle commuter should position themselves in relation to the road. New bike commuters, especially, are often intimidated by riding in the road and often choose something that isn’t necessarily the safest place. Here are the top two least safe places to ride: Sidewalk– While the […]

Commuting 101: Learn your local “village”

Friday, March 7th, 2008

I personally think that commuting by bike is more than just the to-and-from work daily grind. It’s about cycling for transportation in general: Utility Cycling, if you will. A while ago, Warren introduced us to Clif Bar‘s 2-Mile Challenge. To those of us who live in suburbia and are in the process of reducing our […]

Commuting 101: Intersection Safety

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Now that we all agree on whether or not to obey traffic laws… I thought I’d bring up a lesson I try to drum into the minds of my children when they are learning to drive: Just because your light turned green doesn’t mean it is now safe to GO. I don’t know about your […]