A Dutch bicycle maker’s ad was pulled from French TV, Forbes reports, because government apologists don’t want to butthurt car makers by reminding people that automobiles are filthy, inefficient planet-killers.Continue reading “VIDEO: Dutch Bike Company’s Ad Pulled Off Air for Telling the Truth”
SHORT REVIEW: Ask yourself three questions before picking up In Praise of the Bicycle, by Marc Aug
é: Am I French? Am I a French Boomer who knows the geographical layout of major French cities? Do I have an irrational affinity for major bike races and racers of the 1950s and ’60s and the ability to recall minute details of long-ago contests as though it was my own beloved father leading the pack while wrapped in a jersey that reads ‘I LOVE YOU, SON” in block lettering?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then I recommend just one more before delving into Aug
é‘s mercifully short book: Do I have a strong will to live?
Retrieving the daily mail isn’t always depressing. Occasionally, mixed in with overdue bills and paper spam I never asked for nor wanted, is a little treat. Today was one such day.Continue reading “Just In: In Praise of the Bicycle”
Three miles was all I could ride without a break on my first few rides after deciding to get back on a bicycle after a 20-some-year hiatus.
They were a hard-earned three miles, too, what with the wheezing and the heart pounding and all. I felt lucky to have completed them and dreaded the thought of riding that same distance back home.Continue reading “The First Three Miles”
Riding at night is mainly new to me. It’s not something I’ve normally done. Lately, I’ve begun an after dinner ride, which often puts me out after dark. For the first week or so, I strapped a headlight I bought for a home project to my helmet in place of a proper bike light. It worked alright. I could see in front of me. But I was concerned that drivers weren’t as aware of my presence as I’d like. Plus, I had no blinky behind me, which is arguably more important.Continue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Bike Lights for the Beginner”
Two major bicycle manufacturers responded in vastly different ways to photos and video showing police around the country using their department-issued bicycles as weapons against demonstrators protesting in the wake of George Floyd’s homicide during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minn.Continue reading “Fuji Suspends Bike Sales to Cops; Trek Silent on its Role in Police Violence”
I’ve gone through several handlebar setups on my bike recently, trying to find the positioning I really like. It hasn’t been easy.Continue reading “PHOTOS: Finding the Right Handlebars”
It’s been like The Holidays around here lately. I’ve gotten package after package from some of my favorite retailers: Velo Orange, Rivendell, Pedro’s tools, Modern Bike.
All these shiny new toys serve a purpose, however: I’m finally ridding myself of the drop bars on my bike. I’m taking a stand, eschewing the peer and retail pressure to ride in an uncomfortable position to hold up the false pretense that I could, one fine day, try out for the Olympic team.
I’m switching to a swept-back “grandpa” bar. I can’t wait to finish it.Continue reading “Dropping My Drop Bars, For Good”