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The Art of Advocacy: ‘The Return of the Speedwells’

The Art of Advocacy: 'The Return of the Speedwells'

Mike Rubbo, filmmaker, painter and cycling advocate, raises some very interesting questions in his short film, "The Return of the Speedwells." Focusing specifically on Australia, Rubbo faults the media for its depiction of cycling as a competitive and aggressive sport, to the exclusion of images of the friendlier, utilitarian benefits of cycling. [T]he sport cycling…

I Feel Your Rage

I Feel Your Rage

Somebody yelled at me from a car this week. I’m pretty sure he was yelling at me. It happened so quickly. I was heading down a hill, preparing for a left turn. I checked the traffic behind me with my rear-view mirror. I moved out of the bike lane, into the main lane, and toward…

Chinese Utility Bikes

Editor’s Note: We are very pleased to be able to feature the photography of Paul Jeurissen in this guest post here at Utility Cycling. Paul & his partner Grace Johnson are bicycling around the world in search of beautiful images of bicycles. The following text and images were contributed by Paul & Grace, and we…

Rudi's Techno-BOB Trailer Wonder

We were really impressed to see these photos of Rudi’s   very impressive bike touring setup.   This is a very interesting example of utilizing the products together that we represent through 3 of our 4 specialty shops, BikeTrailerShop.com, BikeBagShop.com and BikeTechShop.com. Greetings from Berlin, Germany.   I have mounted a solar panel on my B.O.B. Ibex. Since…

Fear and Usury in Moab thumbnail

Fear and Usury in Moab

There’s a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Grand Junction, Colorado, and Green River, Utah. If you enter that stretch of highway and haven’t gassed up, this is where you might find yourself at the mercy of Papa Joe. Papa Joe’s Stop & Go is a gas station in Crescent Junction, Utah. It’s the point…

Disaster Response Bikes

Bike Portland recently had an interesting article on cargo bikes for disaster response. The notion of using cargo bikes – and bikes in general – for disaster response is a great example of a bike service. I did a series of posts a while back on different Emergency & Patrol Services by Bike, which included…

Marital Aids (Part 2)

Previously, I wrote about my attempts to do more by bike so that my wife wouldn’t always pick up my slack using our car. She’s no lard-ass chronic cager. (She would like you to know that.) It’s just that “Save the world with bikes” is just one of the things on our to-do list every…

The Snoozer Sporty Pet Bicycle Basket: Cute Little Dog Not Included

The Snoozer Sporty Pet Bicycle Basket: Cute Little Dog Not Included

Karen Voyer-Caravona is an admitted bicycle dilettante in Flagstaff, Arizona, who blogs about her adventures on two wheels, vélo envy, her husband’s cooking, and cross country skiing at www.sheridesabike.com. Visit her Website for her endless opinions on the most stylish shoes for pedaling, critiques of bike parking, and the best bike date dining destinations. I…

Resurrect Your Bike Commute

Resurrect Your Bike Commute

Today is Easter — for those among us who observe the holiday. You want to debate the true meaning and origins of Easter? Christian, Pagan, Wiccan… For God’s sake, find another site where you can do it. Let’s all agree that it’s Spring! Yes, the first official day of Spring was a couple of weeks…

Seamus's Suspicion of Ortlieb's Motives

We generally prefer the Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Classic and Plus handlebar bags in the medium sizes.   The large just seems a little too large.   But it seems that our customer has figured out the main reason why Ortlieb developed the slightly larger version of this bag. I love to ride my bicycle.   I also like…

Bike Cargo Trailers for Hunting

I have a question on the Wandertec bongo (large) size. Are these trailers strong enough to take off road. Will the hitch bar handle the stess off a rutted muddy fire road. Being the hitch is mounted to the frame (ie back wheel). Will this stress the frame of my mountain bike causing stress cracks…