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Riser Bars become Drop Bars South of the Equator
(and more Science from Madagascar)

We all know for a fact that toilets and drains swirl counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. (And by “fact” I mean “falsehood.”) But did you know that south of the equator riser bars become drop bars? That’s right. I have the scientific proof from Madagascar. Check it out: […]

17 Bike Commuting Accessories Schlepped 10,000 Miles

More than ten thousand miles from where I sit, there is a storage unit filled with the other 99 percent of my life’s accumulated crap; the stuff I left behind when I shipped off to Madagascar. This includes all four of my bikes. I crammed that unit full of my material attachments like a minor […]

Unusual Bike Commuting Needs

In some past lifetime, long ago, in other words, before I had a child, bike commuting was pretty much what it sounded like: riding my bicycle to get from point A to point B and back again. I used racks and panniers, front and rear. Simple. Then I had a child. And bike commuting looked […]

Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately. A lot. Recently I was driving on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. I noticed something — some things — poking off of the front wheel of a semi truck: spikes jutting out several inches from each wheel lug where only short nuts should be necessary. Naturally […]

What are Your Desert Island Bike Commuting Accessories?

Suppose you were going to be on a small deserted island for up to a year and you had to pick some bike commuting accessories to take with you. Okay: Not you, but me. And not a small island, but the fourth largest island in the world. And definitely not deserted: Population 22 million or […]

Ryders Eyewear: The Gia Standard and Polarized Sunglasses

Until we moved to perpetually sunny Arizona, sunglasses were an occasional accessory, purchased at Target to wear while driving or at the rare trip to the beach. I just didn’t put much thought sunglasses and because I tended to lose them so often. During undergraduate school, I quickly lost the only pair of expensive sunglasses […]