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Reviews

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 [...]

Music on your Commute: Abstinence or Safe Sounds?

This is a review of speakers, but I feel like a Sex Ed teacher getting ready to talk to high school students about condoms. Here’s the deal: Maybe we shouldn’t cycle while listening to music. Maybe we would all be better citizens of the world if we could center ourselves in our zen place, clear [...]

Helmet Mirrors, Classic Television and Voyeurism

Unlike some of the smug writers around here (you know who you are), I’m a TV addict. Especially of old, black-and-white science fiction shows or spy shows. I am so addicted that whenever I look into my helmet mounted rear-view mirror, I immediately hear the creepy, double guitars of Etrange No. 3 and … (He, [...]

Upstand: The (Almost) Vanishing Kickstand for Weight Weenies

There are basically two kinds of people who would use the Upstand™: Weight weenie roadies who miss the usefulness of having a kickstand, but wouldn’t want to be seen with one mounted to their carbon-fiber status symbol. Mountain bike warriors who don’t want a kickstand that might deploy unexpectedly, or catch on a rock they [...]

Yet Another Holiday Gift Guide for Bike Commuters – 2012

I know, I already did a 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Why do another one? Because I forgot some things, that’s why. Also because some readers made some good suggestions after reading the first one. And also because a few products we’ve reviewed in the past year deserve another look.   Bike Saviours Getting Butts on [...]