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Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by Melanie Colavito
Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...  It is a period of paper-based self-navigation.  Cell phones are the size a spaghetti squash.  GPS is a three-letter acronym (TLA) and not much more to the average human.  Bicycles are inanimate objects that are neither smart nor social.  Yes, it is 1993. Fast-forward twenty years to the present.  Self-navigation is now a digital and plugged-in endeavor conducted through a now coaster-sized cell phone.  Your grandmother uses GPS.  On her cell phone.  Bicycles are both smart and social.

Honestly, it's amazing how quickly technology changes.  And how quickly it changes us.  Take for example, The Hammerhead, a new bike navigation system that has an amazing array of cool properties.  The ...

 

CycloMend: Have Wrench. Will Travel.

2 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Stacey Moses
CycloMend: Have Wrench. Will Travel.

“I hate broken bikes.” That was the straightforward way that CycloMend founder, Colin, began to explain why he started his Washington, DC-based company that pairs up mobile bike mechanics with cyclists in need. Benefiting both the owner of the busted bike as well as local mechanics looking for additional work (who are vetted by CycloMend before joining the team), CycloMend’s goal is to improve the city “not only by increasing ridership but also by connecting individuals with one another.” CycloMend’s model seems simple – use modern technology to streamline old-school house calls. Through an online booking page, customers provide CycloMend with information about their bikes, the issues and their service requests. A mechanic then gets in touch with each customer to ...

 

Commute By Unicycle: Realistic or Ridiculous?

13 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Stacey Moses
Commute By Unicycle: Realistic or Ridiculous?

After a significant hiatus from Commute by Bike, I considered reintroducing myself to the wonderful world of bike blogging by composing a fluffy, friendly piece about the joys of traveling by bicycle, the amazing feeling of having fresh, crisp air flowing through your lungs as you take the clean, green way to work… and then I learned about the electric, self-balancing commuter unicycle. Commute Connect, based in Highland Park, Illinois, has caught the attention of some reputable news outlets recently as the company president, Tim Goebel, has been making his way up and down the streets of Chicago on his single-wheeled machine. According to Commute Connect’s website, this commuter unicycle is “built for the athletic commuter,” and “multiple three-axis accelerometers and ...

 

The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike Experiment

No Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by Ted Johnson
The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike Experiment

I love clever designs of objects that fold up small -- not just bikes. Before my first folding bike, I had a folding dinner table, a collapsible ladder chair, a folding book shelf, and other folding stuff. Closely related to my folding fetish is my modular fetish. The idea that one thing can be many things if you have the right accessories. A couple of months ago, I was on the verge of experimenting with a fantasy bike. Remember this? It was the Montague Boston 8 folding commuter bike with a modified* Extrawheel Voyager Bike Trailer and a  Clean Republic Hill Topper Electric Bike Kit. This setup promised to be The Ultimate Foldmodular eCargo Thingamabike. I was on the verge of the experiment, but stuff happened. ...

 

A Moment of Silence

9 Comments Topics: Musings, Stories Written by Melanie Colavito
A Moment of Silence

Today my "To Do" List included this item: write post for Commute by Bike.  So this morning, I was brainstorming all kinds of fun ideas for topics to write about.  And then I got back from a meeting and learned this.  So really, there's nothing else I feel like writing about right now, but I do feel compelled to write about this. In case you didn't click on that link, a young American professional female cyclist was killed on a training ride in Belgium today.  Amy Dombroski was a great advocate for the sport of cycling; one who is gone far too soon.  She was a great person on and off the bike and will be deeply missed.

At this ...

 

The Electric Cargo Single-Speed Fatbike

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, E-Bikes Written by Ted Johnson
The Electric Cargo Single-Speed Fatbike

Pedaling up to Mama Burger for lunch recently, I noticed a cargo bike parked outside, unlike any cargo bike I've seen. This was an electric, cargo, single-speed, fatbike. I went inside and scanned the tables -- there aren't many of them to scan -- thinking I'd be able to guess the owner of this bike on sight. Some stereotype would tip me off, and I'd be able to walk up and ask the owner about the bike. But nobody stood out as The Guy Who Must Own The Exotic Bike. Luckily, as I was leaving, I ran into this guy, the owner of the bike: Bernie Nieto. Bernie told me all about this build. With the help of AZ Bikes, a local bike shop, ...