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Reviews

Critical Cycles’ Factory-Direct Fixie

This is a guest post from Pete Prebus. Pete runs Electric Bike Report and is enthusiastic about spreading the word about electric bikes because they have great potential to get more people on bikes and out of their cars. Critical Cycles is a new kind of fixie company. They state on their website that: What [...]

Thule Attache Case for MacBook Pro: More James Bond than Hello Kitty

On any given day Kate Watters would rather be biking than stuck in her car in traffic. She and her husband collected several vintage one-speed bicycles on their honeymoon road trip from Flagstaff to Vermont, riding around small towns along the way. She writes about her field adventures, creative episodes, and the wonder of the [...]

How a ‘Suit’ Gets to Work: The Swingline Garment Bag Pannier from Hyalite

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He chairman of Bike Virginia, a bicycle advocacy organization in Virginia that raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. Whenever I tell someone I’m a bike commuter, one of [...]

The International Color Conspiracy and the IZIP E3 Path Electric Bike

Look: I don’t expect you to believe that the Freemasons control gravity, that Facebook is a CIA program, or even that General Motors killed all the streetcars in America. But there is a real conspiracy I learned about years ago when I got involved in e-commerce, product development, and the shadowy world of the nonprofit [...]

Bike and Beer Research with the Growler Crate

The Growler Crate is designed to carry half-gallon (1,900 ml) bottles of beer. It was not designed to to be carried on a bike. John Coe (RockyChrysler) asked, “Why the hell not?” To which Commute by Bike replied, “Yeah! Why the hell not?” Two rigorous and independent tests began immediately. John Coe Carrying my undeniably [...]

Doctor’s Orders: Ride Naked

BluesCat is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, who originally returned to bicycling in 2002 in order to help his son get the Boy Scout Cycling merit badge. His bikes sat idle until the summer of 2008 when gas prices spiked at over $4.00 per gallon. Since then, he has become active cycling, day-touring, commuting by [...]