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Bike Commute Diaries: Naughty Lace Knickers

Dirty Little Secret #4: I’m modest so I wear pretty lace bike shorts from Sheila Moon when I ride in dresses. I always plan to take them off when I get to the office, but often don’t get around to it. Roadies would cringe.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Two Locks, No Bagels

This blog entry has nothing to do with bagels. The title was my dear husband’s idea. And since I borrowed his brand new U lock to double lock my bike at the San Jose Airport this morning, I’ll indulge him. Sometimes you need to go the extra mile to take care of what’s important. I hope my bike is as secure as my marriage.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Moving On Up

Dirty Little Secret #3: I’m a rule breaker. When I asked whether I could park my bike in my office, the facilities guy said, “Yes, but use the freight elevator.” I took it for about a week. But after having to struggle to hold open two extra sets of doors and fumble for my cardkey, I switched to the lobby elevator, a classier way to ride.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Weight Weenie

No matter how many days a week I ride to work, and no matter how hard or long I ride on the weekends, I can’t stay at my ideal weight unless I watch what I eat. Too bad I can’t eat like a lumberjack and drink like a sailor.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

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Cargo Bikes: Human-Powered SUVs

I have a peculiar fascination with cargo bikes, from the ubiquitous Dutch cargo bike to the custom-built beauties I saw at the North American Handmade Bike Show last March. Given what I can carry on my standard city bikes, I don’t see myself owning one. But I find them very intriguing.

Beyond the practical aspects of the cargo bike, I like the idea of fashioning a bike purpose-built for something other than speed or agility. Like the Alcohauler, a bike built for carrying kegs of beer I saw at the NAHBS. The builder rode it the 90+ miles from Oakland to Sacramento for the show. In the rain. I hope he chose a flat route.

Another favorite at the show was a custom bike + trailer built for restaurant owner Jason French from Portland. He wanted a bike for his commute to his restaurant, including stops at various markets for his locally sourced ingredients. Built by Ira Ryan, the bike won the “Best City Bike” category–no surprise to me given its level of detail and its extraordinary workmanship.

Even though I’m a big fan of cargo bikes, I was surprised read in Gizmodo that my friend Harper’s “weight weenie” husband is in love with their cargo bike. He says you should be riding one too.

What do you think? Can you see yourself on a cargo bike? What would you be hauling?

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Around Town

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Life in the Slow Lane

I drive slow now. Like under the speed limit slow. Maybe it’s because I allow more time to get places. Maybe it’s because I’m used to seeing things go by more slowly. Or maybe it’s because from the seat of a bike I’ve learned how much quieter and more pleasant a neighborhood becomes when everyone drives slower.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Double Dutch Treat

If you know how to wiggle your way across San Francisco, you can ride a 50 pound Dutch bike from the Ferry Building to Ocean Beach without cursing the city’s famously steep hills. Congratulations to my husband Dick, proud new owner of a WorkCycles Secret Service from My Dutch Bike. It was love at first ride.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

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