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Coincidence & the Rideye Black Box Camera

9 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Musings Written by Melanie Colavito
Coincidence & the Rideye Black Box Camera

Oh hi there, Commute by Bike readers.  As you are probably aware, the prolific and entertaining Ted has started a new job, justifiably gloated about his new bike commute, and stepped away from regular posting here at Commute by Bike. Not that anyone can take Ted's place, nor do I intend to, but I'll be stepping in here at Commute by Bike on a somewhat more regular basis.  I've posted the occasional review and/ or rant here, and I've been working on our sister site Utility Cycling for a number of years now.  But now, you'll have to deal with me here more often. I'm pretty excited to mix it up a bit and do some writing here, but the funny thing ...

 

DZR Minnas: Walking-Friendly, SPD-Compatible Bike Shoes

8 Comments Topics: Commuting, Guest Article, Reviews Written by BluesCat
DZR Minnas: Walking-Friendly, SPD-Compatible Bike Shoes

I like SPD clipless pedals, but I've always hated the look of the majority of the SPD-compatible shoes and the fact that most of the shoes aren't really made for walking. Instead they just ENABLE you dismount and walk around without the pedal cleats clacking against the floor; setting up a racket like you're auditioning for a tap-dancing part in a Fred Astaire movie. There is a big difference between “walkable” and “walk friendly,” as I explained in "SPD: More Mettle to the Pedals." DZR seems to appreciate that first part, because none of their line of shoes looks like a typical SPD bike shoe. Sure, they have some avant-garde styles like the limited-edition Zurich boot, but nothing like the George Jetson Dress Shoe look of ...

 

My bike commute is better than yours

14 Comments Topics: Announcements, Commuting Written by Ted Johnson
My bike commute is better than yours

In my last post, I alluded to the fact that I’m no longer working and bike commuting in Tucson — although I still have plenty more to say about that. But now I’m back in Flagstaff, Arizona with a new job, and a new bike commute. This new commute is only about 2.6 miles if I take the short way — mostly using bike lanes. A slightly longer way allows me to avoid traffic almost entirely — I cross two busy roads without actually having to ride on them. But the rest of the ride is a combination of sleepy neighborhood streets, some single track, dirt roads, and unpaved urban trails. I only wish it were longer. (Ask me if I still feel ...

 

Breeze vs. Bloomers: Review of the Bikie Girl BGB Trio

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Guest Article, Reviews Written by Karen Voyer-Caravona
Breeze vs. Bloomers: Review of the Bikie Girl BGB Trio

In the 12 months that I’ve lived in piping hot Phoenix, the best rule of thumb I’ve learned for beating the very high summer time heat is to wear dresses and skirts. Nothing combats temperatures over 100 like the flutter of a skirt and a breeze running its fingers across my legs when I’m pedaling over searing heat of asphalt. The flowy-ier the hemline the better! People ask me how I manage to look as fresh as a daisy (truly, I’ve been asked that question three times in the last week) when it’s 105 outside, and skirts and dresses are the reason. "But Karen," you ask, "what about the risk of overexposure of legs and lady-parts in a skirt or dress?" Don’t ...

 

Beating the Heat (Instead of Myself) with a Dynamo Headlight

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Reviews Written by Ted Johnson
Beating the Heat (Instead of Myself) with a Dynamo Headlight

For people working regular business hours, it's usually in the Fall and Winter when they need reliable bike headlights. The sun sets earlier, and daylight saving time kicks in in other parts of the world. In Tucson, I found myself commuting home after sunset even though it was the middle of the summer. Some days, around quitting time, I'd dread the 10- to 12-mile commute home in the mid-summer heat pushing 110 degrees. So I'd work late, and not because I'm a dedicated, hard-working employee; because I wanted to wait for the temperature to go down with the sun. These were some of my favorite commutes in Tucson. I'd have one or another river path mostly to myself under a starry sky. I'd see ...

 

SPD: More Mettle to the Pedals

12 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by BluesCat
SPD: More Mettle to the Pedals

When I got my recumbent, the tech who prepped it for me mentioned clipless pedals as a defense against "leg suck." Google that term for the grisly details, but do it on an empty stomach. Briefly, it's when you're riding along and your foot slips off the pedal, falls down, hits the pavement and your entire lower leg is folded up and dragged beneath you, towards the back of the bike. Later, I discovered that to be an overrated danger. But I was new to recumbent riding, so I got a pair of clipless pedals. When I first started riding with them, I found it weird and unsettling having my feet attached to my bike via what are essentially modified ski bindings. ...