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The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can’t Buy

Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar. The owner of the bike — perhaps the inventor — was more than happy to demonstrate. I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist. The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but […]

On My Radar: The Garmin Varia

“If you’re one of millions of cyclists, you know every time you saddle up, anything can happen.” That, according to Garmin’s promotional video, is why you need the Varia Rearview Radar, scheduled for release this fall. Before watching the promotional video that likely had the working title “Fear Sells,” I present you with a brief, […]

Kickstart Our Heart! Bike Commuting Specific Projects Launching on Kickstarter

Here at Commute by Bike, we get a lot of emails from folks launching projects on Kickstarter asking us to help promote their campaigns.  A number of the projects look awesome, inventive, and definitely worthy of some attention.  While we can’t write individual articles about all of them, I decided to start a semi-regular feature […]

It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

Former top pro mountain bike racer Dara Marks Marino now coaches cyclists and triathletes through TheMindfulAthlete.net. Most of her commuting these days is with a trail-a-bike. Picture it: the National Mountain Bike Pro Cross Country race in Aspen, CO, circa 2005. This was my course. Climb for an hour, descend fast and furious. Repeat. I […]

2014 Fashion Trend: Electronic Turn Signal Gloves

First things first.  Happy New Year all you Commute by Bike Readers! I’m not exactly one for making new year’s resolutions.  Why not make resolve to do something differently any day of the year?  Plus, most people don’t even make it to February with their resolutions.  Maybe that’s because many resolutions are too big or […]

Detours’ Ballard Market Pannier — Team Review

As a sometime product reviewer for Commute by Bike, you might recall that I’m always ready to try out a new pannier or bike bag, especially one that’s smartly designed, functional and attractive. Of course, I was happy to try out my fourth Detours product, the Ballard Market Pannier. Seattle-based Detours, named the bag after […]