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Bicycle Face

I learned about a fascinating new topic this week thanks to Vox.  Apparently, when women started riding bicycles en masse in the 19th century, doctors coined a fictitious disease called bicycle face in an effort to scare then off from cycling.  From the Vox article: “Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious […]

Grey Matter and Rethinking Used Bikes

No doubt, I inherited my aversion to buying used vehicles from my parents. As Great Depression era kids, they were used to having possessions which were always secondhand, but I think the final straw came when my father returned from Europe and started looking around for a car in post-WWII Chicago. The automakers in Detroit […]

Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

I don’t know what it is about cargo bikes, but they do have a funny way of getting into your heart.  I’ve had a lot of bikes comes and go from my life over the years, but there is one I miss more than any of the others and that’s my old Xtracycle. The Xtracycle […]

A Moment of Silence

Today my “To Do” List included this item: write post for Commute by Bike.  So this morning, I was brainstorming all kinds of fun ideas for topics to write about.  And then I got back from a meeting and learned this.  So really, there’s nothing else I feel like writing about right now, but I […]

The Beginner’s Mind of Car Freedom

Bike commuting in Tucson is becoming easier. My routes are starting to take shape, and I’m feeling less and less like I will get lost on the way to work. I don’t think of my commutes as “exercise.” Rather, I’m aware that my body is adjusting to what I’m asking it to do every day: ride 20 […]

The Bike ‘Otherizes’ Us — Get Out and Bike

Eugene Bicyclist posted a thinker today in a post titled “On getting yelled at by a guy in a pickup.” Like me, he says he doesn’t get yelled at much. (See my post, “I Feel Your Rage.”) But he got yelled at by a guy in a pickup after making an “assertive” move in traffic […]