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Salsa Casseroll : First Impressions

In late August I took delivery of a Salsa Casseroll in the single speed variety.   Since then the bike has been my (almost) daily ride.   It has caused me to get rid of my car and be a true car-free commuter and cyclist. There have been transformations of the bike which have been documented well….

More Black Friday Shopping – Salsa Casseroll

The Salsa Casseroll Frame and Fork combo is available for 49% off! For just $289 you’ll get this great commuter setup and all the sizes are currently available. Here’s the specs… The versatile Casseroll is a do-it-all frameset. It’s the perfect addition to your quiver, whether it’s your first and only bike, or your tenth….

2010 Salsa Cycles Vaya Touring Bike

Salsa Cycles is one of those bicycle companies that branches out and tries to do things a bit different. They are a company that rides, and rides and rides. Proven with Gnat and Meiser‘s personal blogs of wonderful stories and photography. Their staff includes finishers of the most extreme long distance bicycle races, sponsors of…

Hands On First Look : Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light

Commute By Bike received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light that we previewed last week and it quickly took the place of the TL-LD610 that we’ve openly loved before on Commute By Bike.   Our initial spin around the block is that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully.   Something I…

A Final Review of the Burley Travoy

To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley…

New Wheels : Velocity Halo Dyad and Shimano Alfine

A set of wheels are in for review and in the midst of getting installed on the famous Salsa Casseroll..   Utilizing a Shimano Alfine groupset I have been piecing together in the past 6 months, and the new Velocity Dyad Halo reflective rims. Due to needing to rebuild the bike completely to use these wheels,…

What's Your Monthly Savings as a Bike Commuter?

As a bike commuter it has really cut down our family cost on every day things. This morning while reading Treehugger.com they have a $$ saved article, and it got me thinking. How much as cyclist do we really save. After all the the money spent on the gear, bikes, and extra food. Do we…

2010 NAHBS : Ant Bike, Mike Flanigan Short Film

The man behind Ant Bike, is Mike Flanigan. A great guy that was the original person to introduce me to great looking “utility bikes.” It was the summer that I was running a shop in Bedford, MA. I met Ant Bike Mike through the internet and one day he rode his lovely bike over to…

My Commute Today : Wintery Mix

Down here in the dirty south we are receiving a winter mix of snow, sleet and ice.. While my readers up north are probably laughing, it is a big deal to the southerners to get 4-8 inches of snow in ONE season. Now we will be getting that much in a day. Schools closed early,…

Top 5 Winter Commuting Tires (Non Stud)

It is that time of year, you take off your slicks and add a tire to your bike that will grip in the rainy or icy conditions. There are a good amount of tires out there that I highly recommend but for now. I’ll look at you all to give me feedback for studded tires…

BrightBike : A Reflective Bike

Beacon Graphics and Eye Beam teamed up with some reflective 3M tape and came up with a pretty cool bike decal set called BrightBike.   With two different sets available, either Pre-cut or Uncut it will give the do-it-yourselfer a pretty unique and safe bike. 3M tape comes in various colors so you could match your…

Commuters at Sea Otter

A couple of us from Crooked Cog are at Sea Otter in Monterey, CA and, while this event is geared towards mountain and road riding, I grabbed some pictures of some pretty cool commuter bikes as well. The Casseroll from Salsa Cycles is a pretty nice frame. They had two built up with different components…

Bike Shops share the blame in the slow growth of bike commuting

While at Frostbike last weekend I had the opportunity to sit in on a brainstorming session with Salsa Cycles and several of their dealers. What I witnessed was both disturbing and exciting. The session began with Salsa general manager, Jason Boucher, introducing the Salsa vision and staff. He went on to give updates on the…