Archive for the ‘commute’ Category

Wet

11Oct12

Nearly made it into work through the mist but luck wasn’t with me. The last ten minutes were under legitimate rain. Got to my 8am meeting looking like a drowned rat. Didn’t leave early enough for drying time. Oh well. Most rainy days are only actively wet on either end, I’ve found. It’s a rare […]


Fantastic 1945 short from the British Council film collection on how the Raleigh was made. It was one of the greatest mass-produced bicycle operations in history.


Anybody who writes about cycling outside of northern Europe could do a weekly column on the worst bike racks. They’re everywhere. Most of them look like this one, but even the newer designs regularly fail on enough clearance for fenders and lights. I always have to lock up at the end of a rack because […]


The new LBS

15Dec11

Oh. Hello. I nearly forgot this was here. Today I’d finally had enough of the slow leak. I had a flat twice a day. I would usually have patched it myself but time for that sort of thing is in short supply with 3-year-olds in the house. So I took my Raleigh to the new […]


In fairness to Todd, I feel I should clarify my earlier hyperbole. Other riding positions undoubtedly have plenty of usefulness. Even cycling gear has great usefulness*. I own spandex shorts and clipless peals and shoes and a mirror that attaches to the visor on my road helmet. I have no desire to ride 90 miles […]


Upright

05Jan11

Photo by Amsterdamize Fully upright is the best position for cycling. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. They’re only trying to sell you a bike that’s less comfortable in exchange for maybe a tiny percentage of gain in leg-effort or some other power dynamic that you won’t ever consider while you’re actually riding a bike. […]


It really is. Don’t let the cold fool you. Better still, don’t let everyone around you fool you. You will be called crazy, repeatedly. Here’s what I wore cycling to and from work today with a high of 34 degrees. Same thing I would wear any other day. No special shoes; no pants tucked into […]