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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 ...

 

Why yes, I am wearing my bicycle pants to the office…and hiking…and camping…A review of Bluff Works adventure-ready pants

7 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Reviews Written by Samuel Hagler
Bluff Works in action

You know those guys who go a year without breaking a sweat? You’ve seen them walking, bellies a swingin’, from one boring meeting to the next in some sprawling city where people get lost in thoughts about whether there is more to life than this. Well, unfortunately, you can do that in these pants if you want, and nobody would give you a second look. But if that’s all you’re going to do, you might as well go to the mall. Tell it hi for me. I’ll be the one on my bike— sprinting, braking, glancing over my shoulder, cursing, laughing, forgiving drivers, hoping they forgive me, and fighting for my little place in rush hour traffic.

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Maximum Impact Bicycle Advocacy

7 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
My Xtracycle Edgerunner on Tucson's River Path Bridge at Mountain

Being constrained by a 60 minute window I feel like I have an excuse to make broad and sweeping claims regarding topics that I am familiar with but I am certainly no expert on.  So I beg your pardon as I launch in. The development of serious and dedicated bicycle infrastructure is a requirement for any car centric culture, such as the US, to be able to get people utilizing bicycles for transportation in any serious way. The Netherlands and Denmark are the best examples of this. As a US based bicycle advocate, this is a depressing reality.  Without serious investment in bicycle infrastructure, bicycling will remain a fringe way for adventurous, athletic and highly eco-concious folks to get around.  And it ...

 

Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

No Comments Topics: Commuting, Cycling, Stories Written by Melanie Colavito
Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

I don't know what it is about cargo bikes, but they do have a funny way of getting into your heart.  I've had a lot of bikes comes and go from my life over the years, but there is one I miss more than any of the others and that's my old Xtracycle. The Xtracycle was a gift from my brother for my undergrad graduation, and it was proudly mounted to an my first racing bike, a Bridgestone MB5 mountain bike.  I had that thing for 6 happy years.  My husband and I shared the rig, and we could be spotted around Tucson riding the family truck to all matter of appointments and events.  I even sexed it up a little ...

 

60 Minutes

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
5:30 AM this morning, a brisk walk before another long day

I'm sure that our loyal readers have noticed some decline in the regularity of our posting here at CommuteByBike.com after the departure of Ted Johnson, our ponderous and insightful editor and marketing expert here at BikeShopHub.com.  In his wake we've been working to come up with a new strategy for maintaining and growing this blog.  Bigger things are definitely in the works, but in the meantime, we are continuing to plod forward at a somewhat reduced pace.  The increased efforts by Melanie Colavito, Stacey Moses, Melanie Lipton and our team of product reviewers have all been greatly appreciated while we realign our efforts. As the CEO of BikeShopHub.com, I am kind of a busy guy.  To keep everything moving forward in ...

 

Cyclovia Tucson Spring 2014

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Lipton
Stopping for a snack in our loaded Xtracycle

Our family has just celebrated one year living in Tucson, Arizona.  There are a lot of great things about Tucson, but as a cycling family, one of the things we have enjoyed most is the nearly year-round cycling season.  Granted, our first summer was a bit of a rough adjustment (toasted bums on blazing hot bike seats, arriving at our destination dripping in sweat, etc),  but overall, I'd say it's been worth suffering the heat to enjoy the eight or nine months of glorious weather the rest of the year. This past weekend, we participated in Tucson Cyclovia, one of the events that makes Tucson such a bicycle friendly city. This year marks Tucson's fourth Cyclovia, and each year the route ...