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Being Safe by Being Confident

March 6, 2013

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

February 28, 2013

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

February 20, 2013

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

February 18, 2013

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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Your Car Commute May Not Be As Fast As You Think

February 11, 2013

I had occasion recently to drive to work and couldn’t help but notice that my time in the car–about 28 minutes–was a little more than half the time I generally spend commuting by bicycle. I often hear the concern that riding is a big time committment, but is driving really that much faster than riding […]

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Three Things You Can Do To Think Better On A Bike

February 7, 2013

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

January 5, 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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A Bicycle Can Change The World in 2013

January 1, 2013

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. — Arthur Schopenhauer Yeah, yeah, headline hyperbole — how can a bike change the world? It can change your world by changing the way you see it. At the beginning of the year, resolutions fly about changing our […]

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On Wearing a Helmet — Duh!

November 23, 2012

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

November 10, 2012

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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