Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Line Between Enforcement and Harassment

On a Memorial Day weekend evening ride, I began to think about all the changes involved in making a city bicycle friendly. Much of the talk is about bike lanes, bicycle paths or parking. But there is little discussion of … Continue reading

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Stolen Bikes: Maximizing the Odds of Recovery

Too many people have had this experience: they left their bike unattended only to return later and find it gone. Despite the feelings of anger – and sometimes heartbreak – experienced at the loss of a bike, it is important … Continue reading

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Riding Into the Void

Beyond the city, a long winding road awaits. Devoid of cars, the lazy path rolls out in a solid lane of smoothness. Relaxing, a rhythm begins to build. Riding a bike in a desolate place brings a sense of peace … Continue reading

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Soda, Screaming and General Hostility

    Road riding requires a degree of patience and self-control rarely needed in other facets of life. No matter how careful a cyclist tries to be and how much the law is on his side, there’s just one fact … Continue reading

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Bicycle Love and The Fear of Theft

There are bike owners and there are bicyclists. The former buy a bicycle, park it in a garage, and then when the accumulated dust buries the frame, sell it on an online auction site, just to get rid of it. … Continue reading

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Bicycling’s Unsung Heroes

In the US, bicycling is still seen as a form of recreation. As such, it is not taken seriously as either a legitimate form of transportation or a vital part of American society. In many cases, cyclists blend into a … Continue reading

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The Ghost Rider’s Bike

Silently, in the dark of night, unearthly white bikes appear on city streets. Sometime, when no one was looking, a ghost cyclist deposited what was left of a corporeal life. On a street corner, a milky metal frame leans against … Continue reading

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Bicycles Changing the Course of Lives

With all of the bickering between pro and anti-bicycling factions about the plausibility and desirability of creating bicycle infrastructure, much of the fundamental meaning of bicycling is lost. Motorists characterize cyclists as spoiled, holier-than-thou environmentalists. In turn, cyclists see motorists … Continue reading

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The Hi-Vis Beater Bike

Visibility is always on a cyclist’s mind. No matter how hard a cyclist tries, there is no guarantee that any given motorist will notice something far from his mind. Lights, clothes, and reflective gear all play a role in creating … Continue reading

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