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Car-less: Humble Bicycle Beginnings

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Kohl Martin
Car-less: Humble Bicycle Beginnings

In my haste and excitement of my first post, I neglected to introduce myself. My name is Kohl Martin and I am originally from St. Louis, MO. I have been in Tucson for about 3 years and this is an awesome bike community. I am also a musician. I play saxophone, flute, and I do vocals. I will make shameless a plug for my band: The Rooks. This the first post in a series about what it means and what it takes to go car-less . ( I say "Car-Less" over "Car-free" because I still use cars albeit rarely. I just don't own one.) It has been 3 years since I gave up my four-wheeled fossil powered box to enjoy and ...


Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by Ted Johnson
Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

I've been doing a lot of driving lately. A lot. Recently I was driving on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. I noticed something -- some things -- poking off of the front wheel of a semi truck: spikes jutting out several inches from each wheel lug where only short nuts should be necessary. Naturally I pulled my phone out of my pocket to take a photo. Driving with one hand, I edged the car up close to the spinning spikes, keeping both eyes on the viewfinder. And once I noticed these spikes on the first semi, I started noticing them all of the time -- like on one in four semis. Best of all, I saw some of these spikes next to ...


Car-less: The Daily Commute,The Use of Public Transit, and The Pitfall of the Modern Automobile

13 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Kohl Martin
Car-less: The Daily Commute,The Use of Public Transit, and The Pitfall of the Modern Automobile

THE DAILY COMMUTE Most you know how the everyday commute is a stress reliever as much as it can be a stress inducer. It took me quite awhile to find the route with the least amount of traffic as well as the all-around safest route i.e. dodging sketchy neighborhoods and avoiding pothole strewn streets as well. The one really interesting aspect of the daily commute that I never thought about until I started riding my bike is the idea of extra time. I arrive at work with a about 10-15 minutes to spare. I do that for 2 reasons: 1. So that I can cool off a bit and put on a dry shirt. 2. Just to give myself a few extra ...


What are Your Desert Island Bike Commuting Accessories?

11 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
Photo: Hiroyuki-H

Suppose you were going to be on a small deserted island for up to a year and you had to pick some bike commuting accessories to take with you. Okay: Not you, but me. And not a small island, but the fourth largest island in the world. And definitely not deserted: Population 22 million or more. What I'm trying to say is that in September I'll be going to Madagascar for awhile -- for nine months -- for work. The gig? I'll be workingHuman Network International (HNI), an NGO which has developed a mobile data collection and communications service designed for international development organizations worldwide. I will be bike commuting in the capitol, Antananarivo. This is the intersection of bike commuting and bike touring. I've purchased ...


Music and Cycling: Should They Be Combined?

15 Comments Topics: Commuting, Musings, safety Written by Melanie Colavito
Music and Cycling: Should They Be Combined?

Is it ok to listen to music while you ride your bike?  It's a question that's almost as controversial as the great helmet debate.  And it's a question that appears to never really be settled.  As long as there have been portable noise making devices and bicycles, people have been putting the two together and arguing about whether or not it's safe. As is common with debates like this, it was recently brought up again.  Just a few days ago, another piece appeared in The Telegraph, positing the very same question, "Should cyclists be allowed to listen to music?"  The article's author, Sam Walker, was hoping to follow up on London major Boris Johnson's threat from last fall to ban cyclists ...


Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Commuter Panniers – A Review

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Reviews Written by John Coe
Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Commuter Panniers  – A Review

A big drawback to using a pannier that doubles as a messenger bag is that, at some point, without thinking about it, youre going to throw it over your shoulder and smear road-dirt and dried mud all over the back your clean work shirt.

But thats about the only drawback to Thules Pack-n-Pedal system commuter panniers.

Winner of the 2012 Eurobike and 2013 iF Design Exhibition awards, Thules Pack-n-Pedal panniers borrow a number of key features from other well-known bike-bag designs such as off-bike portability via an amply-wide shoulder strap and handle, roll-up drybag-style top-loading access, a detachable rain-cover, a translucent pocket for your tail-light, and a snug interior laptop pouch.

However, the Pack-n-Pedal panniers also incorporate a number