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Commuting Gear

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 [...]

The Cadillac Backup Plan

When I returned to bicycle commuting in 2008, my backup plan for handling problems out on the road was pretty simple: I carried a spare tube, a set of tire tools, a multi-tool and a cheap frame pump. If I encountered anything I couldn’t handle with that basic kit, I carried my cell phone to [...]

Kickstart Our Heart! Bike Commuting Specific Projects Launching on Kickstarter

Here at Commute by Bike, we get a lot of emails from folks launching projects on Kickstarter asking us to help promote their campaigns.  A number of the projects look awesome, inventive, and definitely worthy of some attention.  While we can’t write individual articles about all of them, I decided to start a semi-regular feature [...]

Why yes, I am wearing my bicycle pants to the office…and hiking…and camping…A review of Bluff Works adventure-ready pants

You know those guys who go a year without breaking a sweat? You’ve seen them walking, bellies a swingin’, from one boring meeting to the next in some sprawling city where people get lost in thoughts about whether there is more to life than this. Well, unfortunately, you can do that in these pants if [...]

Dorcy Front and Rear Bicycle Lights – A Review

  Dorcy Hawkeye Bicycle Lighting Somewhere out there exists market research that identifies the primary purchasers and users of bicycle lighting. I couldn’t find that research after a five minute Google search but I’m too stressed out to look for it. As a graduate student in my final semester of school, I know how to [...]

It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

Former top pro mountain bike racer Dara Marks Marino now coaches cyclists and triathletes through TheMindfulAthlete.net. Most of her commuting these days is with a trail-a-bike. Picture it: the National Mountain Bike Pro Cross Country race in Aspen, CO, circa 2005. This was my course. Climb for an hour, descend fast and furious. Repeat. I [...]