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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 [...]

Law and Order and Bikes

Here’s an article I came across with some good information about the legal rights of cyclists, and some common misperceptions. Regarding the perception that roads are for motor vehicles: …roads are still for moving people and motor vehicles are but one type of conveyance by which people move. And the perception that slow vehicles are [...]

‘The Art of Carrying Things by Bike’ – Linked up Version

And I thought Streetfilms had a monopoly of making slick videos about urban cycling. ‘The Art of Carrying Things by Bike‘ by Laura J. Lukitsch, is a “a nice montage of some San Francisco’s iconic bike routes and destinations, including the Wiggle, Ferry Building and Market Street.” I watched this video like a birdwatcher frantically [...]

Your Biased Brain and the Real Risk of Not Riding Your Bike

Wouldn’t you think that if some smart folks had solved a problem more than 300 years ago, that the problem would have gone away? In the 1650s a gambler asked his smart guy friend, Blaise Pascal for help with gambling. Pascal was intrigued, and struck up a correspondence with another smart guy Pierre de Fermat — and [...]

Loko: One Rack to Rule Them All

I haven’t been in the cycling industry too many years, but I’ve already seen some proprietary systems for racks and accessories that attempt to lure you into a particular brand’s inbred family. These are racks and bags that work best with sibling products. Racktime has it’s Snapit system, and Thule has it’s Pack ‘n Pedal™ [...]

PBS’s ‘Pedal America’ Needs Another Season (at Least)

A week or so ago I spoke with Ira David, the host of Pedal America, “the only national television show in the United States that educates and inspires viewers to re-discover the travel, environmental, and health benefits of recreational bicycling.” This show was launched with a big splash at the National Bike Summit earlier this [...]