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Velo Transit Metro 20 Pannier – Unseating King Back-Roller?

Josh King lives in Seattle, where he commutes by bike every day, rain or shine. He switched to full-time single speed commuting in 2010. You can read his thoughts on going gearless at www.singlespeedseattle.com When you want to unseat the king, you’ve gotta bring your “A game.”  The king here? The Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic, the [...]

Portland Design Works Loading Dock Rear Rack (and Parquet Floor Flashbacks)

Back when I was single… back when I still owned a car… back before the housing bubble… (Yes, this was a long time ago in Internet years.) I bought a condo. It was the first piece of real estate I’d ever owned. I was very proud and began gleefully nesting like a little girl with [...]

Commute by Bike’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Are you looking for a stocking stuffer for a bike lover? Do you not dare buy a cycling accessory for someone who is very particular, or has an exotic bike? Do you want to instill the love of cycling into a young’un? Do you want to make this the most special holiday ever? We don’t [...]

Geek my Fixie – Part 2: Green Guru Dutchy Pannier

Josh King lives in Seattle, where he commutes by bike every day, rain or shine. He switched to full-time single speed commuting in 2010. You can read his thoughts on going gearless at www.singlespeedseattle.com Not content with a boring black grocery-getting pannier, I’ve added the colorful Green Guru Dutchy Pannier. It’s made from recycled material, [...]

Ortlieb Plus Saddle Bag

What does one consider about a thing as inert as a seat bag when preparing to review it? Does the seat bag hold stuff securely and with minimal rattling or damage? Does the seat bag stay on the bike and not fall off without warning? Does the seat bag mount to the bike in a [...]

Green Guru Spinner Backpack

Zipper pulls. That’s really all I’m asking for. Zipper pulls. I’ve owned a lot of backpacks over the years. Messenger bags, too. And, for several years, mostly just so that I would be able to confidently tell people, I’ve commuted with a messenger bag for years, I’ve been commuting somewhat consistently with a messenger bag. [...]