Bike Touring Lessons Learned So Far: Two Days and 84 Miles

  None of this will be news to people who have bike toured for years, and I’m sure blog posts and videos and lists abound that could have spared me some of the lessons. But hey, I’ll remember all this firsthand learning. 1) I overpacked. Some of this was due to not fully factoring in […]

Biking Is the Spice of Life

I have missed many things while driving for transportation thanks to a broken elbow (with recovery complicated by a frozen shoulder). To name just a few: Exercise (hello, +10 pounds) Sense of connection to my surroundings and the people along the way Flexibility — the ease with which I can change my mind, navigate to […]

Every Bike Picture Tells a Story

On any given day your bike and accessories tell some kind of story about you, your riding, and your community. Here’s one snapshot. This fun bike rack is in the street (taking up–gasp!–a car parking spot!) in front of Kaffee Klatsch, the German bakery/coffee shop on Lake City Way near our neighborhood. Since I ride […]

Not Even Fully Loaded: Another Grocery Run

Just how much can you haul on a bike ride to the grocery store? Depends on how many bags you have! When we lived in Spokane the grocery store nearest our house was just over 1.5 miles away uphill, which meant I got to race downhill fully loaded when I made a grocery run via […]

On a Roll with Michelle S, Olympia

The occasional “On a Roll with” series started with women in Spokane since the blog originally focused on biking in Spokane. Now that I have a statewide role at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington I’ve expanded the geography to feature women from all over the state. If you have a woman to nominate (and please do nominate yourself!) drop an […]

Informal Impressions of the Breezer Uptown Infinity LS

Thanks to my friend Wilma Gyswyt Flanagan I got to test-pedal a Breezer Uptown Infinity LS for a few miles. These are my initial impressions and in no way constitute the kind of exhaustive review I would write if I put it through a lot more mileage. And then there’s the fact that I’m no […]

Getting Started Bike Commuting: A Blogspedition inside Bike Style

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 post serves as a categorized round-up of many of the posts you may find helpful […]

Grocery Run: Impossible!

The media jumped all over recent findings about how easily the nation could lose a few pounds, save billions of dollars, live longer, and clean the air, by . . . wait for it . . . riding a bike. NPR, Huffington Post and more all covered this. Benefits come not just from the light […]

Becoming a Bike Commuter, Part I: It’s Easy, One Mile at a Time

True story: I’m a bicycle commuter because in around 2003, the City of Spokane put a bike path on Cedar, right in front of the house I lived in at the time. After complaining a bit about the lost on-street parking, I realized how convenient it looked. (Irony alert) I used my car’s odometer to figure out how far […]

Bike Commuting 101: Carrying Stuff

I’m not a backpack gal. I don’t like the sweat or the weight messing with my center of gravity. I do, however, haul a fair amount some days. You can find a variety of types of bags with different ways of attaching to the rack or to you. Unfortunately most bike shops carry an assortment […]

Hassle Factor: Biking vs. Driving

I’m pretty much a 100% bike commuter till it’s too slippery-scary in winter, then I switch to Spokane Transit. I didn’t get here overnight—the transition took place over a couple of years or so. I regularly talk to people who sound incredulous that I manage all the “hassles” of bike commuting. In biking as in life, […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort