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Squirrelly Vandal Drives Professor Nuts

In many of my previous posts on Commute By Bike, I have focused on feel-good stories, such as the tale of a man who found both renewed health and a missing dog while on his bicycle, as well as made entertaining (I hope) references to pop icons such as Kermit the Frog to explain painted [...]

Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…  It is a period of paper-based self-navigation.  Cell phones are the size a spaghetti squash.  GPS is a three-letter acronym (TLA) and not much more to the average human.  Bicycles are inanimate objects that are neither smart nor social.  Yes, it is 1993. Fast-forward twenty [...]

CycloMend: Have Wrench. Will Travel.

“I hate broken bikes.” That was the straightforward way that CycloMend founder, Colin, began to explain why he started his Washington, DC-based company that pairs up mobile bike mechanics with cyclists in need. Benefiting both the owner of the busted bike as well as local mechanics looking for additional work (who are vetted by CycloMend [...]

Commute By Unicycle: Realistic or Ridiculous?

After a significant hiatus from Commute by Bike, I considered reintroducing myself to the wonderful world of bike blogging by composing a fluffy, friendly piece about the joys of traveling by bicycle, the amazing feeling of having fresh, crisp air flowing through your lungs as you take the clean, green way to work… and then [...]

The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike Experiment

I love clever designs of objects that fold up small — not just bikes. Before my first folding bike, I had a folding dinner table, a collapsible ladder chair, a folding book shelf, and other folding stuff. Closely related to my folding fetish is my modular fetish. The idea that one thing can be many [...]

The Electric Cargo Single-Speed Fatbike

Pedaling up to Mama Burger for lunch recently, I noticed a cargo bike parked outside, unlike any cargo bike I’ve seen. This was an electric, cargo, single-speed, fatbike. I went inside and scanned the tables — there aren’t many of them to scan — thinking I’d be able to guess the owner of this bike on [...]