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One less car for 2,000 miles…

During my bicycle commute home on Thursday afternoon, I rolled past the 2,000 mile mark.  2,000 miles of bicycling back and forth to work since January 1st, 2009.  As a result of this milestone, I thought I’d pause and reflect for a moment. My primary reason for bicycle commuting, as …

Multi-modal Commuting

My Ford F-150 pickup is grinning. I usually bike commute on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As I headed out the door for my bike commute, I opened the garage. Unlocked my truck. Started the ignition and drove off. Wait a second. If you’re wondering what happened to my bike commute …

Karma officially disturbed!

During my last post about crossing the 1,000 mile mark on my Trek Valencia I dared to boast that I had more than 1,100 flat free miles. Yesterday I came home to see the front tire on my Valencia flat. Karma can be so fickle. Might have been a blessing …

Trek Valencia at the 1,000 mile mark

Having logged over 1,000 miles on my Trek Valencia since purchasing the bicycle in December of last year, I thought I’d take a moment to pause and reflect. At the risk of disturbing the karma, the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires have been flat free. This is the longest duration …

The Art of Being Conspicuous : Part II

As a follow-up to my original article, The Art of Being Conspicuous, here’s a video demonstrating how bicycle lighting really helps to make you stand out so that drivers are much less likely to be surprised by your presence on the road.Also, keep in mind that while many bicycle lights …

Bike To Work Week

May 11-15th was national Bike To Work Week which culminates on Friday as national Bike To Work Day. I decided to make a commitment to bike commute all five days this week (I usually commute by bike about 2-3 days a week). I’m proud to say, to quote a phrase …

The Art of Being Conspicuous

…or, how to survive riding your bicycle in the dark. Reflectors are just one part of being conspicuous As a bicycle commuter, riding in the dark (especially in the morning) is a simple reality. For me, its a choice of making myself visible to a small number of cars in …

Bath time!

The Valencia picked up a bunch of mud and gunk today on the commute home. A thunderstorm about an hour earlier had left all the roads on my journey home wet and ornery. So, it got a quick rinse to knock off the worst dirt and grime was in order…

Earth Day insights…

A bike can be a real alternative to driving I knew Earth Day was coming up but didn’t realize today was the day until after I’d arrived home and settled down for the evening (actually my wife mentioned Earth Day when I went on a short errand with my daughter …

New route home’s a dream…

…well, it involves a street named Dreamland. Does that count? A huge thanks to fellow bicycle commuter Phil Yantis for suggesting a great new route home that allows me to spend more time on residential streets and bicycle lanes. It’s yet another sign that just when you think you’ve got …