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What’s the Best Way to Say, “Watch Out for Bikes!”

18 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
What’s the Best Way to Say, “Watch Out for Bikes!”

As best I can, I try to keep an eye out for new bicycle commuting or utility cycling themed videos throughout the week.  Fortunately, when a new video pops up, it usually makes an appearance on a handful of bicycling blogs and websites, so they are pretty easy to find. Today, this video popped up in my blog feed: The video is from Cycling Scotland and encourages drivers to treat cyclists like horses.  No, don't groom them and feed them...though some might not complain if you did...but rather use caution when you're around them.  Although, unlike a horse, a cyclist can't deliver a punishing kick with a hoof if it gets upset.  The best I can deliver to encourage caution around me ...

 

Biopsies and Bicycle Saddles

15 Comments Topics: Commuting, Guest Article, Tips Written by BluesCat
Biopsies and Bicycle Saddles

Pretty weird title for an article, eh? Doesn't sound like two things which would have anything to do with each other, does it? Oh, but they have a lot to do with each other, at least as far as my own health is concerned, and it will take me a little bit to explain. I also have to apologize to all the ladies out there: this is strictly about a MALE issue with bicycles, so if you read on please understand that this information will only apply to your dad, your brother, your husband, your boyfriend or another significant male other. In November of 2013 I went in for my regular physical. A week later, Doc calls me and says "Everything ...

 

Bike Share Redux

10 Comments Topics: Commuting, Musings Written by Melanie Colavito
Image from Wikipedia

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but there were some interesting bike sharing related headlines floating around in the last few weeks that warrant a little discussion. Ironically, here I am writing about bike sharing again when I admitted recently to never having used a bike sharing system myself.  I'm not sure where that puts me in this argument.  Neutral observer?  If only... Anyhow, the bike sharing conversation got a little spicy a few weeks ago when TIME Business published a story titled, "Why America's Grand Bike-Sharing Experiment Is Failing".  When I read this headline, I expected a rather in-depth story about why bike sharing as a whole is not working in America.  I expected something, I ...

 

BOB Trailer Cruising the Burr Trail

No Comments Topics: Bike Cargo Trailers, Bike Touring, Bike Trailer Blog Written by Melanie Lipton

Rick recently sent us this photo of his touring set up.  He's got a BOB Yak trailer with the attached Greenspeed rack for extra storage.  He's also using a Greenfield Stabilizer Kickstand for extra stability for the added weight. He toured from Bullfrog Utah to Boulder Utah along the Burr Trail, carrying 5 large bottles of water plus a 6 liter bag.  A heavy ride, but necessary as there was limited filterable water along the way.  His BOB is well packed with the BOB DrySAK and some Ortleib Front Roller Classic Panniers. Looks like it was a great rig for a really nice Utah tour!  

 

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 ...