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Reviews

ESGE Kickstand: Two Legs Work Better Than One

As I have said before, I am a Jedi Master of Sloth. Laziness is one of the few things to which I can claim Gold Medal Caliber. As a result, I must develop strategies which will allow me to avoid the dirtiest word in the English language: work. On my main commuter bike I replaced [...]

Vaude Roadmaster Rear Panniers: Space for Second Breakfast

Obtaining these Vaude Roadmaster Rear Panniers coincided with an odd turn of events in my life, which must be duly noted before I can continue with this review. I’ve had a trusty Xtracycle for an undisclosed number of years.  It was a college graduation gift from my brother and the family “truck.”  This Xtracycle happened to be mounted [...]

A’ME Heated Hand Grips: Hot Cocoa for your Hands

In making the transition from car to bike as my vehicle, I found that many of the things that applied to my car now apply to my bike. My car had a good windshield so I purchased a good set of Oakley Goggles. My car had studded tires for the winter, so my bike does [...]

Seriously? A Bike Bag for your Dress Clothes?

Writing this review has been very difficult for me. Ordinarily, I like to inject a bit of levity into my contributions to Commute by Bike, but this product from Two Wheel Gear has frustrated me at every turn. There’s really just not much funny about panniers in general, let alone panniers designed to carry work [...]

Seeing the Trail and Keeping Options Open with a Cygolite Turbo Mini

Commuting by bike through the winter has presented several challenges. One of the challenges has been adequate lighting. Without good lighting, I have lost the trail and ended up off my bike. I have had to stop many times by the highway until the bright lights of the oncoming cars passed, because the headlights completely [...]

When You’re too Fancypants for a Cuff Clip: Leg Shield

Cuff straps and cuff clips are designed to do one thing, which is to keep your pants cuff away from your chainring where it can be exposed to sharp, gnawing, nasty, greasy teeth. They don’t always do a good job. Like many — perhaps most — American bike commuters, I use a repurposed bike that [...]