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Reviews

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 [...]

A Bike Bag that Looks like a Coffee Bag – from Detours

The Detours Coffee Bag is modeled after a one-pound, er… coffee bag. You know the kind of bag you get at the grocery store where you dump the beans from the bulk bin into the bag, but you spill some on the floor. Then you dump the beans into your grocery store’s coffee grinder, which [...]

The Montague Boston 8: A full-sized folding Commuter Bike

I suspected that the Montague Boston 8 would be a perfect commuter bike for my three-month sojourn in Tucson, and I was right. Damn, I’m smart. So this is the Boston 8 as it appears on the Montague Website, all pristine, clean, and without accessories: And this is the Boston 8 after I’d accessorized it for life [...]

A Guide to Backpack-Panniers

Should you use a pannier or a backpack? It’s one of the great, dumb, debates between cyclists. There advantages to each mode, so why can’t the answer just be yes? I own panniers as well as several backpacks. Some mornings I’m like a socialite trying to decide what shoes to wear. Is today a pannier [...]

Quivvers: The Speedo of Messenger Bags

You probably carry a cell phone with you when you commute. And on your commute, you probably don’t use your phone for GPS navigation, because you are going to work and you already know how to get there — unless it’s your first day at a new job. What I’m getting at is that you [...]

YardStash II – A Bike Crash Pad

When we started remodeling our house last year we moved some walls around, and we have had to resort to temporarily storing some household goods in BluesCat World Headquarters, resulting in reduced square footage available for bike parking. One day, I made the mistake of grumbling about having all the bikes jammed together now, and [...]