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An Arizona Hick Tries Capital Bikeshare (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1 So I made it to my destination on a Capital Bikeshare bike, and made my first rookie mistake — not docking the bike at my destination — because the clock won’t stop until you dock. Catchy, huh? When I figured out that the nearest bikeshare station was practically in sight, I […]

An Arizona Hick Tries Capital Bikeshare (Part 1)

Well here I am, a hick from Arizony in Washinton DC. Got a mess’a things to do this week. One of ‘ums is I’m a gonna hunt down a feller who can fix this iTelephone contraption whats got itself all busted ‘cross the top. I hear tell there’s a Chinaman down yonder alleyway can put […]

Rental Rhetoric: ‘Can You Live Without Your Car?’

Greetings from Washington, DC. I will be here all week doing what I normally do, but doing it from here. And what I normally do is marketing, for Bike Shop Hub. I flew in through Roanoke, Virginia — 240 miles southwest of DC — because of complicated logistical considerations that can be summarized in two […]

Bikes: No Big Deal (Father’s Day 2012)

I don’t come from a family where cycling was a big deal. But I kind of do. Leading up to Father’s Day this year, I’ve been reminded of how fathers and bikes have factored into my psyche. I got it from both sides of my family. Unlike me — cycling nearly every day like I’m […]

In Search of Good PSAs about Bike Lanes and Sharrows

Just around the corner from Bike Shop Hub (a.k.a. Commute by Bike World Headquarters) is Mia’s Lounge, your basic bar. Except Mia’s has a little store, tucked into a corner, where you can buy bags of peanuts, chips, candy bars, sodas, cigarettes, carryout beer and distilled beverages. It’s the shortest distance between us and sugary […]

Tips from the Cycling Sloth

BluesCat is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, who originally returned to bicycling in 2002 in order to help his son get the Boy Scout Cycling merit badge. His bikes sat idle until the summer of 2008 when gas prices spiked at over $4.00 per gallon. Since then, he has become active cycling, day-touring, commuting by […]