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Biopsies and Bicycle Saddles

15 Comments Topics: Commuting, Guest Article, Tips Written by BluesCat
Biopsies and Bicycle Saddles

Pretty weird title for an article, eh? Doesn't sound like two things which would have anything to do with each other, does it? Oh, but they have a lot to do with each other, at least as far as my own health is concerned, and it will take me a little bit to explain. I also have to apologize to all the ladies out there: this is strictly about a MALE issue with bicycles, so if you read on please understand that this information will only apply to your dad, your brother, your husband, your boyfriend or another significant male other. In November of 2013 I went in for my regular physical. A week later, Doc calls me and says "Everything ...

 

Bike Share Redux

10 Comments Topics: Commuting, Musings Written by Melanie Colavito
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I'm a little late to the party on this one, but there were some interesting bike sharing related headlines floating around in the last few weeks that warrant a little discussion. Ironically, here I am writing about bike sharing again when I admitted recently to never having used a bike sharing system myself.  I'm not sure where that puts me in this argument.  Neutral observer?  If only... Anyhow, the bike sharing conversation got a little spicy a few weeks ago when TIME Business published a story titled, "Why America's Grand Bike-Sharing Experiment Is Failing".  When I read this headline, I expected a rather in-depth story about why bike sharing as a whole is not working in America.  I expected something, I ...

 

Dorcy Front and Rear Bicycle Lights – A Review

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Reviews, safety Written by Karen Voyer-Caravona
Dorcy Front and Rear Bicycle Lights – A Review

 

Dorcy Hawkeye Bicycle Lighting

Somewhere out there exists market research that identifies the primary purchasers and users of bicycle lighting. I couldn’t find that research after a five minute Google search but I’m too stressed out to look for it. As a graduate student in my final semester of school, I know how to find such research but this evening, the night before the beginning of spring classes; I just can’t bring myself to conduct a meaningful search. So for now, let’s just go with my untested theory that women are the main users of bicycle lighting. I base this otherwise baseless claim on my own anecdotal evidence only. My husband, for example, would likely have no

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This Week in Bike Commuting Urban Legends

7 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Stories, Crash, Scary Written by Melanie Colavito
Screenshot from Statesman Journal video report

Urban legend: a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true . Urban legends permeate our lives.  Many towns, groups, parents, teachers, spouses, you name it, have some kind of urban legend they use to make points, create feelings, or just entertain. Urban legends may or may not have any truth to them.  One might be entirely true and another wickedly false.  Oh, and they don't have to be urban either.  But it doesn't matter.  People love them.  And quite frankly, you never know when one is just going to fall right into your lap. For example, I was browsing my social medias yesterday when I stumbled upon this headline, "Cyclist: Driver didn't ...

 

It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Gear, Reviews Written by Dara Marks Marino
It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

Former top pro mountain bike racer Dara Marks Marino now coaches cyclists and triathletes through TheMindfulAthlete.net. Most of her commuting these days is with a trail-a-bike. Picture it: the National Mountain Bike Pro Cross Country race in Aspen, CO, circa 2005. This was my course. Climb for an hour, descend fast and furious. Repeat. I was planning to win. Two minutes into the race I heard clink-clank-plunk, reached under my seat, and realized my saddle bag had emptied its contents on to the trail. In it had been my spare tube, tire levers, and quick-air. I muttered something (completely not-profane, I'm sure!) about losing my spare tube. A fellow racer said, “Don’t worry, you weigh like 90 pounds, you won’t flat.” ...

 

2014 Fashion Trend: Electronic Turn Signal Gloves

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Gear Written by Melanie Colavito
2014 Fashion Trend: Electronic Turn Signal Gloves

First things first.  Happy New Year all you Commute by Bike Readers! I'm not exactly one for making new year's resolutions.  Why not make resolve to do something differently any day of the year?  Plus, most people don't even make it to February with their resolutions.  Maybe that's because many resolutions are too big or too broad.  Perhaps instead we should be resolving to make small, manageable changes all the time until they add up to those big changes you were hoping for all along. There, that's my philosophizing for the day.  You're welcome. But it is a new year, and with the new year comes new ideas, new gadgets, and a lot of scribbled out 2013's on personal checks, paperwork, and assignments. ...