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Entries filed under 'bike commuting'

    How I Kicked My Fear of Cycling Shoes

    clipless-commutingClipless bike shoes (a bit of a misnomer, since you actually clip into them) tend to be loved by those who wear them and feared by practically everyone else. Today’s guest blogger, REI senior copywriter Steve Burke, tells the instructive story of how he made the transition from sneakers to bike shoes. ...

    Posted by Steve T on March 4, 2013 11:30 AM & Tagged Road Cycling, bike commuting and bike shoes | permalink | Comments

    Bike Commuting: How Does Your State Rate?

    bike-commutingAs an occasional bike commuter in the Los Angeles area, I know it can feel a little lonely out there at times. So I was surprised to see that California ranks #7 in bike commuters among all states in this bike commuting infographic. ...

    Posted by Steve T on October 4, 2012 1:15 PM & Tagged Cycling, bike commuting and infographic | permalink | Comments

    AAA Roadside Help for Bikes Now Available in 3 States; Does the Idea Appeal to You?

    fileBike got a flat? Call AAA. At least you can in Oregon, southern Idaho and, as of Sunday (July 1), Washington. The Associated Press reports that bike-riding AAA members in those locations can call for emergency assistance if their bike breaks down on a road. AAA won't attempt to repair the bike (not even a flat tire) but will transport you and your bike to your chosen destination—depending on the mileage allotment in your AAA agreement. That can range from 5 to 200 miles. The report did not ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 2, 2012 1:31 PM & Tagged AAA, bicycle and bike commuting | permalink | Comments

    Bike Commuting: It's a Gas, Gas, Gas (Saver)

    fileCould high gas prices persuade you to become a bike commuter? A USA Today article published last week examined some tactics being used by a cross-section of U.S. commuters to counter rising gasoline prices. Two of the people interviewed mentioned that cycling was part of their cost-saving strategy, an approach that includes the bonus of fitting exercise into a busy lifestyle. How about you? With weather turning nicer as gas prices head higher, are you more motivated to give bike commuting a ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on April 2, 2012 4:15 PM & Tagged Cycling, REI Expert Advice, bike commuting, commuting and gas prices | permalink | Comments

    Good News/Bad News for Bike Commuters

    fileCyclists, take note. Some European researchers have found that urban bike commuters may be inhaling twice as much soot as urban pedestrians. While unfortunate, this seems logical. Cyclists are typically exercising harder than pedestrians and are in closer proximity to cars, so it would stand to reason that more auto exhaust would get inhaled when riding along busy city streets. My own bike-commute takes me along some heavily traveled streets. The good news is that the benefits of this exercise ...

    Posted by Steve T on September 27, 2011 9:33 PM & Tagged Cycling, bicycle, bike commuting and pollution | permalink | Comments

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