Bike Helmet Laws are Stupid

A bicycle helmet might protect your head. But it doesn’t make you safer. This isn’t news to cyclists. We live the reality that no matter how perfectly we comport themselves, no matter how well we […]

The Art of Quotidian Observation

Socrates is alleged to have declared, “ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ” Or, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” At first, the declaration seems pedantic. That the only way to live is by […]

Drivers Know What You Think.

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They don’t. WNYC, New York City’s leading public radio station, recently started a series called “We The Commuters.” It looks at how people get around town. Cycling, not surprisingly, is a topic. On the one […]

Fewer Kids Are Riding. Cyclists are worried.

America doesn’t make it easy. A recent finding from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association is making the rounds. Perhaps you’ve read it. Here’s one such statement from The Washington Post “The number of children […]

The Test That’s Never Graded Until You Fail.

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Locking a bike up is existential dread. Testing out bike locks and writing about them induced a fair amount of paranoia. What do I know about locks? What if my bikes get stolen? What if […]

Bad Cyclists Are Irrelevant

You know about the bad cyclist. The one who doesn’t wear a helmet, ignores traffic signals, and flouts the rules of the road. And there’s more. They violate common decency and common sense and just […]

The Long, Cold, Pleasant Ride

Once the mercury drops below freezing, I generally have little motivation to ride outside for an hour. Four hours: that’s another story. It’s probably part of cycling culture I’ve picked up over the years, on […]

Information Deluge. Expertise Drought.

In our current consumption environment, we’re deluged with information, but are simultaneously experiencing an expertise drought. The information is great for people who have the time and inclination to geek out on deep dives into […]

The Scuba Jacket

When I started training in 1983, aka riding through the winter in bike clothing, it seemed like winter bike threads had barely gone past the 1950s, while summer bike clothing was starting to catch up […]