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[11 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Sandy Carson’s New Backpack

Our cycling friend, beer enthusiast, and photographer Sandy Carson has designed a new, durable DSLR Camera Photo Backpack. The Storrist Pack is a bag to replace all other bags.

Sandy explains his bag’s concept:
I consider this the ultimate bag for a cycling photographer, city commuter, or all-terrain weekend warrior. It serves the photographer, the commuter and those who want to be adventurous and get lost or party in the woods far away from the civilized world. Most professional photographers own two or three camera bags, but most of us want a …

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[10 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Spatial Effects: Cars, Cities, and Social Movements

In his essay, “Garcetti’s Bridge to Bicycle Nowhere,” LA writer Joseph Mailander (2014) describes the harrowing bike ride across the half-mile Hyperion-Glendale Bridge between “the lands the freeways forgot,” Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The traffic signals there currently afford a brief, semi-safe interval between the roaring cars and trucks on the road. “And how are they making this bridge safer?” asks Mailander. “By making the traffic even faster and daring the cyclists to mix with the motorists even more.”

Just about everything I’ve read about urban development has faulted the car for …

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[27 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Headtubes! For Your Head!

As my face freezes off from the Chicago cold, I’m trying to figure out what to wear to be comfortable commuting on my bike. Last winter I just parked it until the warmth returned, but that’s about an eight-month period of downtime. I missed a good chunk of the good weather here after breaking my kneecap on the very bike I wish to ride now.
While looking for proper winter bicycle gear, I came across these headtubes by my friend Patrick Barber.

Read the full write-up over on Velocouture.
Stay warm.

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[1 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Under Pressure: Leif Valin on Keeping Your Tires Full

An oft-overlooked and essential maintenance task is keeping your tire pressure up. Our friend and Fairdale rider Leif Valin breaks it down.

Here’s an excerpt:
I  air my tires up every couple days or before a long ride. Rubber is porous so over a span of time even if there is no puncture in the tire or tube they will lose air and eventually go flat. If you haven’t rode your bike in months and your tires were fine on your last ride but flat when you go to the shed they probably …

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[14 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Of Bicycles and Bipeds: Farming Flying Forms on RoyChristopher.com

A wing is a bridge. Flight is a ride on that bridge from take-off to landing. Dinosaurs became bipedal, balancing their large bodies on two legs via counterbalancing tails. Eventually the same biological process—or set of processes between biology and environment—morphed wings, and thereby, flight. Using this transition as a metaphor is an trip we might do well to take.

Read the full post on roychristopher.com.

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[5 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Wheels of Change: Bikes and Feminism

In “Wheels of Change: How the Bicycle Empowered Women,” Brain Pickings‘ editor Maria Popova reviews National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Both the book and the article tell the story of the bicycle’s role in equal rights for women.

And if you’re more interested in the evolution of bicycle technology and what it meant for women, The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press, 1989) edited by Wiebe Bijker, …

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[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Flying with a Bike without the Airline Fees

Traveling on a plane with a bike is expensive. Bicycles are one of those “special items” that airlines have “special fees” for. A long time ago, Chris Moeller claimed that S&M was going to make bike bags that read “Camping Equipment” on the side to avoid just this problem. I don’t know that they ever did, but Fat Tony does a good job of illuminating the options in this piece for Ride BMX. Here’s an excerpt:
Don’t ask me why, but if an airline knows you have a bicycle in your …

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[3 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
New Year’s Resolution

That is all.
Happy 2011, everyone.
[Art by Cartlon Reid]

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[3 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Book Byrning: Books by and about David Byrne

For the literary-minded bicycle rider, I wrote a bit over on my main site about David Byrne’s new book Bicycle Diaries, and a book about him as well. Here’s an excerpt:
If you know me, you know that one of the only things I love as much as music is bicycles. Well, David Byrne’s own Bicycle Diaries (Viking, 2010) explores and explains why they’re so seductive in ways I never could.
This book was written almost by accident. That is, Byrne’s fascination with bicycles and writing about seeing the world from …

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[30 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
The Rules of the Road

I was walking to class today, and I was almost mowed down by a guy on a fixed-gear. I was crossing a street, in the crosswalk, where I clearly had the right of way, but he rang his bell and blew by right in front of me, running the stop sign on the corner. I’d already been conceiving this post in my head and that was the last straw. Being a frequent rider of bikes on the streets of many cities, as well as a frequent pedestrian, I have come …