September 27, 2012

DIY Skirt Guards

Skirt guards, also known as dress or coat guards, are useful to have on a transportation bicycle. They protect your clothing from getting caught in the spokes and protect you from a resulting wreck. Velouria at Lovely Bicycle! sums up the merits of skirt guards well, and her post is a good read if you are unsure if skirt guards are for you.

September 24, 2012

Review: Brooks B67s

I had heard people rave about their Brooks saddle, but I didn't realize how much more comfortable a saddle for an upright bike could be until I tried a Brooks. The WorkCycles Oma I rented in Portland was outfitted with the B67s and I immediately loved it.

September 20, 2012

Best Practices for Riding in a Group

Group bike rides are a great way to socialize, whether you are meandering or have a destination in mind. Chatting with a friend along the way is easy, but communicating with the group requires an understanding of group biking norms.

September 18, 2012

Bike Ride Route: Eplegaarden

I love the fall and everything that comes with it: cozy sweaters, crisp air, beautiful colors, baking, and apple picking.  Eplegaarden in Fitchburg is conveniently located off the Badger trail, making it my orchard of choice. The 10-mile route from the Capitol Square makes for a fun autumnal outing. I recommend bringing a picnic.

September 10, 2012

Pick Me up at the Border

When my alarm went off at 11pm waking me from a brief nap, I admit to thinking, "That ride sounds fun, but it feels so good to be sleeping." Soon my sleepiness was replaced by a caffeinated anticipation for that night's ride to the Illinois border on the Badger Trail.

September 6, 2012

How to Change a Bicycle Tire

Spare tube? Check. Tire levers? Check. Small pump? Check. Knowledge of how to actually change a tire? Nope. I went touring for years without really knowing how to fix a flat. Luckily, I never had to.

A few months ago I was determined to install new Schwalbe cream colored tires on my Dutch bike. With the help of YouTube, I learned how. This tutorial will take you through the process and in less than five minutes you'll be ready to fix your next flat.

September 3, 2012

Google by Bike

Google, Mozilla, Foursquare, and others are implementing a variety of programs to encourage employees to bike. In her story, "Techies on the Cutting Edge... of Bike Commuting" for Marketplace, Andrea Bernstein writes, "[Tech] companies are in a race to outdo each other in bike friendliness."

Google's campus in Mountain View, CA