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Where are the Bicycle Startup Successes?

3 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Where are the Bicycle Startup Successes?

Its 2014 and Tech Startup Culture/Silicone Valley/Ambitious Teenagers have been  going strong with producing great consumer focused companies for over 10 years now.  So what about bikes? When I look up bicycling Startups at Angel List, its not that they are non-existant.  There are some interesting and meaningful efforts being made. But when I see Faraday Bicycles as the startup with the strongest signal, I'm glad for them but disappointed that what amounts to a specialty, luxury product is the leading example of bicycles in the startup space. On the other hand, the 5 startups that follow Faraday on the list, Beeline Bikes, viaCycle, Zagster, Hammerhead and Helmet Hub are the types of startups that I would like to think have the potential to be ...

 

The Five Commandments of J.O.Y.B.A.G.®

5 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
The Five Commandments of J.O.Y.B.A.G.®

I have traveled into the Safeway parking lots, among the glass filled shoulders, through the misery of forgetting my spare tube.  I have lugged grocery bags on my handlebars and arrived to gatherings late and sweaty.  I have cursed and sworn with befuddlement at being ill-prepared to make my way through the world on my bicycle.  And a voice has spoken deep from within.  And it has said "Hey you idiot, stop bumbling around, just drive a car".  But I have fought back against this voice and denied it and then called it Satan.  And in my despair another voice rose up and it whispered joybag. And then in a flash, the 5 Commandments of JOYBAG came to me (over the ...

 

Kickstart Our Heart! Bike Commuting Specific Projects Launching on Kickstarter

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Gear Written by Melanie Lipton
Fietsklik Rack System

Here at Commute by Bike, we get a lot of emails from folks launching projects on Kickstarter asking us to help promote their campaigns.  A number of the projects look awesome, inventive, and definitely worthy of some attention.  While we can't write individual articles about all of them, I decided to start a semi-regular feature on Commute by Bike highlighting some of the commuter-specific projects on Kickstarter that have recently caught our attention. The first project is the Shelfie, a simple and aesthetically lovely bike shelf for your home that allows you to turn bike storage into artful design.  It's a great solution for  commuters who may not have a garage and looks like it's easy to mount, easy to use, ...

 

Crowdsourced Maps for Local Cycling Routes, Still Waiting…..

4 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Strava's Heatmap of US Usage of their App

The internet waves generated earlier this week over Strava's user data heatmaps we're both exciting and frustrating to those of us who have been waiting for the technology revolution to catch up with smart route mapping for cyclists.  It was exciting because it is definitely a sign of momentum, but frustrating in that there is still a gulf between the reality of crowdsourcing optimal bike routes and their actual implementation. BikePortland breaks down a very interesting use of Stava's data set by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  ODOT has signed a one year $20,000 deal to have access to Strava's dataset in Oregon.  They are studying the data with the intention of better understanding bike usage in order to improve infrastructure ...

 

Hard working trailers, panniers, and racks

1 Comment Topics: Bike Cargo Trailers, Bike Trailer Blog Written by Melanie Lipton
Hard working trailers, panniers, and racks

Colin sent us these photos of how he's been utilizing his bike for a pretty awesome array of activities.  He packed up his MIG welder and gas tank onto his BOB Trailer, which makes for a pretty bad-ass looking commuting rig. Next, he loaded up a folding table, chairs, and all the necessary tabling supplies for a BICAS event into an old cargo trailer.  Look closely and you'll also see Colin's four legged pal along for the ride hanging out in his rear pannier. Finally, Colin loaded a big grocery run, complete with a giant bag of dog food, into a couple bikes loaded with panniers.  He's using the Tubus rack with his panniers and it looks like its sturdy design is ...

 

J.O.Y.B.A.G.® Revival

5 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
Handlebar Convenience: Ortlieb Ultimate6 Pro, RokForm, BionX for Xtracycle Edgerunner

3 Years ago today, we launched what I can audaciously describe as CommuteByBike.com's version of a GoogleX moonshot.  The project was christened J.O.Y.B.A.G.® (That’s, Jump On Your Bike And Go).  Our mission was to figure out what it would take for a bicycle to be as convenient and user friendly as a car. Given that we are not quite as liquid as Google, our moonshot attempts are more liken to seeing how high we can toss a destroyed customer return in the parking lot.  The J.O.Y.B.A.G.® concept launch followed a similar trajectory, entertaining our team for a short period, but basically ending up in the trash heap of ideas. But J.O.Y.B.A.G. did have one thing going for it ion that it was ...