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My Bikey Christmas

I get bike-themed stuff for Christmas. No surprise. I bet you do too. This year, I opened a gift from my wife, which she thought was a small metal sculpture — a wall hanging. I noticed that there is no loop on the back to receive a hanging hook. And I also noticed something strange [...]

No Regrets: Good, Cheap, Bike Commuting Accessories

I used to buy really low-quality bike accessories for myself. I’d walk into a bike shop and I’d be that tragic combination of ignorance and sticker shock. So I would buy crap. The tragedy is that back then I had more spending power than I do now — what with a mortgage and all that [...]

Post-Sandy Bike Commuting Tips for New Yorkers

Hey, New Yorkers! Are you still figuring out your post-Sandy bike commute? I’m 2069 miles away, but I haven’t forgotten you. I’m happy to pass along these tips from Bike New York: Be careful of any obstructions in the road. Downed tree limbs and wet leaves are particularly dangerous. Some flooding may have opened up [...]

How a ‘Suit’ Gets to Work: The Swingline Garment Bag Pannier from Hyalite

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He chairman of Bike Virginia, a bicycle advocacy organization in Virginia that raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. Whenever I tell someone I’m a bike commuter, one of [...]

Kickstarter Projects for Bike Commuters

Kickstarter is a Web site that allows creative people to raise money to realize their ideas, whether it’s a movie, an art exhibit, a video game, or a cycling accessory. People running Kickstarter projects contact me all the time. Sometimes I ignore them. Sometimes I write about them. Sometimes I ignore them for awhile, and [...]

“The Way I Roll” Chris Van Dine Video

Peter Sutherland is a NYC-based filmmaker, photographer and artist who has made a series of documentary films about passionate cyclists. “Sutherland,” says the press release, “has followed athletes, bike makers and enthusiasts on their home ground, biking and talking about their strong passion for the bike culture.” The series is called “The Way I Roll,” [...]