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Dorcy Front and Rear Bicycle Lights – A Review

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Reviews, safety Written by Karen Voyer-Caravona
Dorcy Front and Rear Bicycle Lights – A Review

 

Dorcy Hawkeye Bicycle Lighting

Somewhere out there exists market research that identifies the primary purchasers and users of bicycle lighting. I couldn’t find that research after a five minute Google search but I’m too stressed out to look for it. As a graduate student in my final semester of school, I know how to find such research but this evening, the night before the beginning of spring classes; I just can’t bring myself to conduct a meaningful search. So for now, let’s just go with my untested theory that women are the main users of bicycle lighting. I base this otherwise baseless claim on my own anecdotal evidence only. My husband, for example, would likely have no

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This Week in Bike Commuting Urban Legends

7 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Stories, Crash, Scary Written by Melanie Colavito
Screenshot from Statesman Journal video report

Urban legend: a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true . Urban legends permeate our lives.  Many towns, groups, parents, teachers, spouses, you name it, have some kind of urban legend they use to make points, create feelings, or just entertain. Urban legends may or may not have any truth to them.  One might be entirely true and another wickedly false.  Oh, and they don't have to be urban either.  But it doesn't matter.  People love them.  And quite frankly, you never know when one is just going to fall right into your lap. For example, I was browsing my social medias yesterday when I stumbled upon this headline, "Cyclist: Driver didn't ...

 

It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Gear, Reviews Written by Dara Marks Marino
It Even Has a Zipper-Tuck! Green Guru’s Clutch Saddle Bag

Former top pro mountain bike racer Dara Marks Marino now coaches cyclists and triathletes through TheMindfulAthlete.net. Most of her commuting these days is with a trail-a-bike. Picture it: the National Mountain Bike Pro Cross Country race in Aspen, CO, circa 2005. This was my course. Climb for an hour, descend fast and furious. Repeat. I was planning to win. Two minutes into the race I heard clink-clank-plunk, reached under my seat, and realized my saddle bag had emptied its contents on to the trail. In it had been my spare tube, tire levers, and quick-air. I muttered something (completely not-profane, I'm sure!) about losing my spare tube. A fellow racer said, “Don’t worry, you weigh like 90 pounds, you won’t flat.” ...

 

2014 Fashion Trend: Electronic Turn Signal Gloves

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Gear Written by Melanie Colavito
2014 Fashion Trend: Electronic Turn Signal Gloves

First things first.  Happy New Year all you Commute by Bike Readers! I'm not exactly one for making new year's resolutions.  Why not make resolve to do something differently any day of the year?  Plus, most people don't even make it to February with their resolutions.  Maybe that's because many resolutions are too big or too broad.  Perhaps instead we should be resolving to make small, manageable changes all the time until they add up to those big changes you were hoping for all along. There, that's my philosophizing for the day.  You're welcome. But it is a new year, and with the new year comes new ideas, new gadgets, and a lot of scribbled out 2013's on personal checks, paperwork, and assignments. ...

 

Dear Motorist: A Follow-Up

6 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Stacey Moses

Last month, following the rash of cycling fatalities in London over a two week period, I composed a post called Learning from London (Or Are We?) in which I reviewed and critiqued the reactions of the media, the mayor and a former Olympic cyclist. My point, that there isn't a single type of road user to blame and that simply being more aware, whether you are on a bike or in a motor vehicle, is as necessary as devising more complicated infrastructure improvements, caught the attention of Wesley Bauer, who sent along a link to his video. As the creator of  Dear Motorist, Wesley hopes to raise awareness that cyclists are "more than just obstacles on the road." Enjoy the ...

 

The Daily Commute & Bike Sharing on NPR

19 Comments Topics: Commuting, Today's Commute Written by Melanie Colavito
The Daily Commute & Bike Sharing on NPR

I want to start this post by sharing a little secret of mine.  Perhaps it's not a secret so much as an admission, but I think it's relevant to the content of this post nonetheless. Here goes - I have never used a bike sharing system.  For starters, I've never lived in a city that had a bike sharing system, although the University of Arizona had one on campus called Cat Wheels.  But since I rode my own bike to campus, I never found a need to borrow one once there to get around. Furthermore, I've never tried one out when I've traveled to cities that do offer them.  But still, given my dedication as a bike commuter, I did feel qualified ...