Barb Chamberlain on a road bike with a Donkey Boxx and a helmet cover by Hub and Bespoke.

Bike Helmets: Pro-Cute, Anti-Ugly

The bike helmet debate seemingly engenders more pro/con comments in online postings than an increase in the debt ceiling, gun control, abortion, immigration, gay marriage, and the death penalty combined–and sometimes more vitriol, too. I’m not trying to go there,…Continue Reading

Complete Streets rendering showing cars, bikes, pedestrians, street trees

How to Be a Good Guy/Gal on the Street

This post that you should share with all your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and personal conversation in (gasp!) real life was inspired by several influences. I’m modeling very directly on the first post so a shout-out to Anna North…Continue Reading

Endomondo

I’ve discovered there are two distinct groups of cyclists I run into on a regular basis: those who track and those who don’t. There aren’t many people who fall in between, and I definitely fall in that first group. I…Continue Reading

Barb in green jersey dress with helmet and gloves and her road bike set up for commuting.

The blog now stands at over 170 posts after a year of writing. Lots of advice is sprinkled throughout every post, along with my ponderings and miscellany on bike policy, infrastructure creation, and other aspects of becoming a bike-friendlier world. This…Continue Reading

Today’s easy-squeezy 8.4 miles, broken up into nice manageable chunks of 10 minutes or less, nonetheless provided plenty of reminders of yesterday’s butt-burner: over 27 miles total, with a huge chunk of that spent slogging slowly up a hill climb…Continue Reading

Last September I recorded my daily path through 30 Days of Biking, making it through the month riding (and blogging) every single day. April is another 30-Day-er and I’m in again. Are you with me? April can be the cruelest…Continue Reading

At times I try to approach biking as a genuine mindfulness meditation. The immersion of self into the experience feels really wonderful when I get there. At times, though, I’m immersed in something more like dumb-ass-ness. Herewith, three stories of…Continue Reading

It Pays to Pay Attention

Back in the saddle again after almost a week in New York City, where people on bikes share streets with New York cabbies and millions of people, and what happens? Tuesday morning I have possibly my closest call ever with…Continue Reading

I try to be an ambassador from the friendly biking nation when I ride. Since throwing a hissy fit or flipping off a driver probably just confirms their existing opinion of people on bikes (since of course we are all…Continue Reading

Yield sign

Just Like Riding a Bike—Or Not

When someone describes something you learn once and never forget, that person often says, “It’s just like riding a bike!” Meaning you can just get on and pedal away and muscle memory will do the rest. That’s kind of funny,…Continue Reading

On Getting from Here to There: A Betsy Post

A guest post by Betsy Lawrence, AKA “yogaprof,” the founder of Belles and Baskets I have written previously about how I began bike commuting; now here are a few lessons I have discovered along the way. Lesson one: Be flexible Once…Continue Reading

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