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Bone Conduction Headphones: Safe, Legal or Reckless?

6 Comments Topics: Cycling, News, safety Written by Stacey Moses
Source: AfterShokz

If you do a quick search for earbuds or headphones on Commute by Bike, you likely will not be surprised to learn that we cover the controversial topic of cycling with headphones about once a year. Posts appear on CBB as early as 2006 to discuss the logic and legality of riding while wearing sound-restricting devices. At this point, starting a conversation about this divisive issue is a bit like running a story about the Kardashians on the cover of Us Weekly - you've heard it all before. Or you couldn't care less. But, secretly, you just have to know what the latest gossip is. (Please keep reading. Despite my clever analogy, this article contains more useful information and less revealing ...

 

On My Radar: The Garmin Varia

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Gear, News, safety Written by Stacey Moses
Image Source: DC Rainmaker

"If you're one of millions of cyclists, you know every time you saddle up, anything can happen." That, according to Garmin's promotional video, is why you need the Varia Rearview Radar, scheduled for release this fall. Before watching the promotional video that likely had the working title "Fear Sells," I present you with a brief, unbiased product description. The Garmin Varia Rearview Radar is a taillight that includes a rear sensor to detect traffic that is approaching the cyclist from behind. The Varia displays this information to the rider either through a standalone head unit that can be bundled with the taillight (the bundle will be priced at $299.99) or on a compatible Garmin Edge cycling computer (specifically, the Edge 1000 ...

 

Vision Zero: The Plan to Eliminate Road Fatalities

No Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting, News Written by Stacey Moses
Source: WABA.org

Back in 1997, Sweden adopted the concept of Vision Zero. The Swedish approach to road safety is a straightforward and powerful initiative that can be summarized in a single sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. Admittedly, when I first started learning about Vision Zero, which has been gaining traction in European countries as well as in many cities in the United States, I was skeptical. Achieving zero traffic fatalities sounds a bit like the advocate's version of a beauty pageant contestant's wish of achieving world peace. However, after digging in to the results in Sweden and in cities in the US that have adopted Vision Zero, it is clear that the initiative is having an impact. Before discussing the results, however, ...

 

Mixed Bag: How I Really Feel About the McBike Bag

4 Comments Topics: Commuting, News Written by Stacey Moses
Source: outsideonline.com

Once again, it's been awhile since my last contribution to Commute by Bike. Loyal readers of this wonderful blog may remember some of my posts from years past, which range from insightful (I hope) to asinine (I suspect). I could not, however, miss an opportunity to write about one of the most important recent developments in bicycle commuting: the McBike bag. If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance that you read articles on news, technology, lifestyle, and/or health-related sites as well, which means that there's a very good chance that you've already read about the McBike bag this week. McDonalds latest innovation, the cardboard container that is designed to fit neatly on your handlebars while safeguarding your burger, fries ...

 

Introducing the Wandertec TUBA Cargo Trailer

6 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Introducing the Wandertec TUBA Cargo Trailer

Our long-time readers might remember our Kickstarter project from 3 years ago focused around the Wandertec TUBA. The project didn't fund which meant that rather than quickly launching this new product to fill the pre-orders, it became a backburner project, worked on at a gradual and organic pace. The TUBA Has Finally Arrived Well after all of this time, I am proud to say that we've finally brought this thing to market. The Wandertec TUBA is a bike cargo trailer designed for everday local use. It is a product designed to fit a gap in the market. At BikeTrailerShop.com we're very familiar with smaller bike trailers like the Burley Nomad and BOB Trailers. These are great for small jobs and bike touring. ...

 

Madness is a Squeaky Bicycle

6 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Madness is a Squeaky Bicycle

There is a clanking, creaking noise in my commuter bike right now. I am pretty sure I know where it is, but laziness is getting the best of me. Let me qualify my laziness. Where I think the clank is coming from is in a part of my BionX powered Xtracycle Edgerunner that is very hard to get at. I imagine it will take me around an hour to take everything apart, try and isolate and fix it and put it back together. And I only give myself a 50% chance of success. And honestly the clanking is occasional and doesn't sound that bad. When I first heard the noise, my first guess was that it was coming from my pedals. So ...