• Bike Tools
    joe commuter

    April 30, 2014

    joe commuter

    April 30, 2014 Bringing you tips on bike commuting from one dedicated rider in Portland. You may be mechanically disinclined – toolphobic even. You can still keep your bicycle in good shape with a few handy, easy-to-use bike tools. Here’s my short list ranked in order of importance: Tire pump –  You can’t overturn the second…

    Posted in Commuting
  • Five ways to fun
    5 Ways to Fun

    April 29, 2014

    5 Ways to Fun

    April 29, 2014 Five Ways to Have More Fun on Your Bike 1) Find Your Tribe There is nothing better than riding with your biking sisters and brothers. No matter where you live, you are likely not alone, and if there are two cyclists, it’s a ride! So, if you can’t find a fun ride…

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  • Friday 2
    Helmets Past and Future

    April 25, 2014

    Helmets Past and Future

    April 25, 2014 Friday Helmet Fun As we’ve reported, the first bicycle helmets were either padded leather (racing) or hard-shelled pith (touring). Thomas Stevens, the first bicyclist to complete a round-the-world journey, on a high-wheeled bike from 1884 to 1886, depended on a hard helmet to shade him from grueling sun – small holes in…

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  • Squirrel Art
    Visor and Squirrel

    April 24, 2014

    Visor and Squirrel

    April 24, 2014 Helmet Design: A Visor and A Squirrel With the advent of Gen3 helmets, Nutcase designers added features, and they also added some gratuitous fun. One of the great new features of a Gen3 helmet is the included sun-and-rain visor. Here’s the Swirl. Below are the squirrels. The visor, basically a strip of…

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  • Joe Commuter clean ring
    joe commuter

    April 23, 2014

    joe commuter

    April 22, 2014 Bringing you tips on bike commuting from one dedicated rider in Portland. The teeth on your bike’s chainrings are aptly named. They’re so eager to chew on pant legs. I used to just roll up the right cuff to keep it out of the way, but found out the hard way that:…

    Posted in Commuting
  • Biking and Walking to work in America
    Biking and Walking

    April 22, 2014

    Biking and Walking

    April 22, 2014 5 Old-Is-New Facts About Biking and Walking The Alliance for Biking and Walking has released its 2014 Benchmarking report, which looks at bicycling and walking as transportation in the U.S. Here are a few highlights from the report. 1) Biking and Walking to Work Is On the Rise. (A slow, slight rise)…

    Posted in Commuting
  • Easter Bunny in a pink cheetah
    Happy Easter!

    April 18, 2014

    Happy Easter!

    April 18, 2014 Bunny Cheetah Wishes You Happy Egg and Rabbit Day Decorating eggshells is an old tradition, far older than the Christians. Sumerians and Egyptians put painted eggs and golden ostrich eggs into their tombs; decorated ostrich eggs have been found in Africa that are estimated to be 60,000 years old. Eggs may have…

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    More fun than candy

    April 17, 2014

    More fun than candy

    April 17, 2014 Bike Accessories: 5 Finds More Fun Than Candy There are Easter baskets, and they are usually filled with eggs, candy, and more candy. Candy is good, but smart bicycle accessories are better, and ultimately more fun. Here are five things to pump up your bunny basket. 1) Lots of good jeans for…

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  • bunny50
    Spring has sprung!

    April 16, 2014

    Spring has sprung!

    April 16, 2014 Bicycle Helmets: One for you, one for your honey-bunny Nice bunny ears, but the helmets need better fitting. Photo: thanks to Andy Smitty Schmidt! When April showers bring May flowers, cyclists also start to sprout up on city streets and park paths. After all, there’s nothing better than a bike ride when…

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  • Ben Franklin wears a pink cheetah
    Tax return to spend?

    April 15, 2014

    Tax return to spend?

    April 15, 2014 5 Bikey Uses For Your Tax Return The average tax return is around $3,000; and around 80% of filers qualify for a refund. So what to do when that chunk of change hits your bank account? 1) Put some of it into your retirement account. This is, admittedly, the most boring thing…

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