Bike to Work Tips

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Morning Warning

I love riding in the morning; the air is cool, the wind is still, the birds are singing, and promise of a new day colors my view. But morning is, in my opinion, the absolute most dangerous time of day to ride, and I was reminded of this by an recent awful accident. Please take […]

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Being Safe by Being Confident

For years, I accepted the conventional wisdom that riding a bike was inherently dangerous. I figured that sitting on my ever growing backside on a bus was probably worse than the considerable risk of getting run over, and chalked up my continued safety to a run of good luck. After tens of thousands of miles […]

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Bike to Work Hazards Part 3: Fellow Travelers

We share planet Earth with a wonderful and diverse collection of carbon-based life forms. And sooner or later, every one of them will try to make you crash. Josh’s route to work takes him past many large, aggressive dogs who usually chase him away from their fences and then return to their owners’ stoops, smugly […]

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Bike to Work Hazards Part 2: Mother Nature

You may think you’re doing right by Mother Nature when you bike to work, but don’t expect her to return the favor. She is too busy adding beauty and variety to the earth by dropping multi-colored leaves all over the place, covering the ground with pure white snow, sending life giving rain, and generally strewing […]

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Bike to Work Hazards Part 1: The Mean Streets

In Martin Scorese’s 1973 film, The Mean Streets referred to the criminal politics of Little Italy. But for those of us in places where winter brings snow and ice, this time of year can cause the streets to actually become mean: breaking wheels, inflicting flats, and causing crashes. When people think about bicycle safety, they tend to […]

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Three Things You Can Do To Think Better On A Bike

Auguste Rodin envisioned the thinker sitting naked on a bumpy rock, but this setup is really only good for pondering questions like, “Where did I put my trousers?” To produce high-quality thinking, get off the rock…and get on a bike. Albert Einstein reportedly thought of his theory of relativity while riding his bike. Edward Elgar was […]

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Five steps to riding more in 2013

In the first week of January, resolutions flow like cheap champagne on New Year’s Eve; but in the second week of January the rubber hits the road. For those who have tasted the experience of biking to work or who are convinced that it is a great alternative to the daily drive, the timing is […]

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On Wearing a Helmet — Duh!

Of all the bicycle related topics on the internet, none seem to generate more passion and zeal than the subject of helmets. In most places, the choice to wear a helmet or not is yours. Today we will enumerate the arguments for and against helmets so you can make an informed choice about their use…or […]

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The Three Rs for Biking to Work in Winter

In a previous post on winter commuting, I laid out five reasons you should bike to work in winter. Commuting by bike in the snowy months has can be a wonderful experience but it requires some personal preparation, extra thought for your bike, and adjustments to your technique. Now that the snow is coming down, […]

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Prepping And Caring For Your Bike In Winter

This is the third in a four part series on riding a bike to work in winter. Previous articles covered why you should bike in winter, and how you should prepare yourself for winter riding. Today’s post is on how to prepare and take care of your bike. As I write this post, there is […]

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