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Wear your Helmet in Style: Review of the RockiNoggins Helmet Cover

 Hi, everyone. This is my latest product review for Commute by Bike (and this time, we wade into controversial waters!) All my friends and family know, often to their irritation and embarrassment, that I never shy away from controversy, even if paid to do so (which I haven’t been). My three favorite topics to bring [...]

Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…  It is a period of paper-based self-navigation.  Cell phones are the size a spaghetti squash.  GPS is a three-letter acronym (TLA) and not much more to the average human.  Bicycles are inanimate objects that are neither smart nor social.  Yes, it is 1993. Fast-forward twenty [...]

The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike Experiment

I love clever designs of objects that fold up small — not just bikes. Before my first folding bike, I had a folding dinner table, a collapsible ladder chair, a folding book shelf, and other folding stuff. Closely related to my folding fetish is my modular fetish. The idea that one thing can be many [...]

Coincidence & the Rideye Black Box Camera

Oh hi there, Commute by Bike readers.  As you are probably aware, the prolific and entertaining Ted has started a new job, justifiably gloated about his new bike commute, and stepped away from regular posting here at Commute by Bike. Not that anyone can take Ted’s place, nor do I intend to, but I’ll be [...]

Beating the Heat (Instead of Myself) with a Dynamo Headlight

For people working regular business hours, it’s usually in the Fall and Winter when they need reliable bike headlights. The sun sets earlier, and daylight saving time kicks in in other parts of the world. In Tucson, I found myself commuting home after sunset even though it was the middle of the summer. Some days, around [...]

SPD: More Mettle to the Pedals

When I got my recumbent, the tech who prepped it for me mentioned clipless pedals as a defense against “leg suck.” Google that term for the grisly details, but do it on an empty stomach. Briefly, it’s when you’re riding along and your foot slips off the pedal, falls down, hits the pavement and your [...]