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Mini Toe Clips, and why I love them

By • Mar 13th, 2009 • Category: Bike Tips

Years ago, when I first got into cycling, I bought a nice Nishiki road bike (stolen 14 years later here in Austin), and had it equipped with toe clips & straps. I found the straps too confining and hard to get out of quickly. And being only a recreational/exercise rider anyway, I didn’t really want [...]



If the author of this article was not paid by GM or EXXON, he is missing out on some money.

By • Aug 11th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips, Rants

It seemed like a good idea at the time, bike to work, but now it turns out the cyclist was an idiot. Clear message: DO NOT BIKE THERE. Moving Targets Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times …Save gas money, be environmentally correct, lose weight — just by biking to work. And so after two [...]



Do NOT ride in this bike lane, you WILL get hurt, and possibly killed.

By • Aug 6th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

You need to know that the door zone is the death zone, or the zone of pain. If the city suggests you ride there? Just ignore it. If a car suggests you ride there? Ignore them too. It is better to be harassed than dead.



Google maps just added walking directions.

By • Jul 26th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

Just get directions on maps.google.com and on the left, choose walking.  (I use this for cycling, the time calculations are way off, but just divide the miles by your average speed). It is still not perfect, but it is much better than using the road directions and having to keep altering the route.



Thinking about moving? Find the walk/bike score of any address.

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

This is geared towards walking, but it works somewhat for biking as well. http://www.carectomy.com/index.php/Urban-Planning/Americas-Most-Walkable-Cities It is also a great way to find what is nearby.



Watch out for squirrels

By • Jul 20th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

Found here: Velo News (Apparently you can get hurt real bad and have to buy a new front fork) Two weekends ago a riding buddy’s brother was eight miles in to a century when he sucked a squirrel in to his front wheel while traveling at a good 25-30 mph. He fractured his #10 thoracic [...]



Before jumping on that old bike, remember these tips.

By • Jul 18th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

http://www.uticaod.co…remember-these-tips Some good maintenance tips to remember. Just remember, if you get a helmet, it doesn’t help much, and people who feel safer with a helmet are better off without one.  Ride in a manner that will keep you from crashing.  I am not saying do not wear one, but just treat it like it [...]



Make the world a brighter place.

By • Jul 14th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

Smile and wave at drivers when you cycle. Really, it makes a difference. A smile goes a long way towards breaking whatever damage a cyclist blowing through a red light at 20mph might do. Plus it makes the world happier. The mean harassing motorists are rare (scary but rare) Treat everyone else with kindness. I [...]



We need to complain about drivers more.

By • Jul 14th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

After reading articles I realized that the police departments get complaints about cyclists all the time.  Do they get complaints about motorists all the time?  If not, no wonder they have such a biased view. Every time a motorist threatens you, call 911 or 311, make your voice heard.  Will they get sick of hearing [...]



How to climb a hill

By • Jul 12th, 2008 • Category: Bike Tips

http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/skills/uphill.htm