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Liquor Store Drive-Thru by Bike

It was getting late. I knew it would be cold outside. I was starting to think of my commute home, and thinking of what pretext I might have to get a ride home from my wife — a pretext that would not involve an admission that I just didn’t feel like cycling home. Aha! My [...]

Seeing Dog / Seeing the Light

“Apophenia is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.” It is the very human tendency to put meaning into random and unrelated information. For example, I recently saw Dog in the wood grain of a baseboard at a local restaurant. Some would call it pareidolia (a vague and random [...]

A Bike Commuter is Born — On the Bainbridge Ferry

Yesterday was nepotism day here on Commute by Bike. Today it’ll be cronyism. Tobias Eigen is a friend from the years I spent living in the Washington, DC Beltway — Takoma Park, Maryland to be specific. (“Capital of hippie-land… home of the squirrel lady and that guy who walks around swinging a dead fox.”) I [...]

Fight Road Rash with a Good Headlight

Matthew D. Johnson, Ph.D. is the director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory and formerly the deputy to the president of Binghamton University, blah de blah blah… He’s my brother. Sounds like a smart guy, huh? Like I said, he’s my brother. Decide for yourself. –Ted I have been thinking about the advantages of [...]

The Fox, Goose, Running, Bike Commuting, and Beer Puzzle

We all know that the aversion some people have to commuting to work is partially because of the logistics and planning involved — at least in the beginning. After a time, these logistics become as second nature to us as, say, stopping for gas, or texting while driving is to many motorists. Bike commuting has [...]

Soul Cyclists: Different Motivations, Common Purpose

Gene Clarke is a frequent commenter on Commute by Bike, known here as “Gene @ BU.” Gene sent me this story about a team of cyclists in Binghamton, New York. I would like to recognize my cycling friends, the Lourdes Hospital Mission in Motion Women’s Cycling Team. Yes, they are the Lycra clad weekend warrior [...]