Bicycle Times

Review: Ortlieb bags

By Adam Newman Handlebar Pack -$130 In the name of simplicity and secure attachment, Ortlieb chose to design its handlebar bag to hang below the handlebars, where it stays put and doesn’t slip or bounce, rather than trying to cantilever it out in front. The laminated, ripstop nylon waterproof body has a roll-up closure at ...

The Chilean adventures of El Huevito

Words and photos by Cass Gilbert  “Que huevito!” they cried out as he passed. As I had suspected, Sage was proving a big hit in South America. His locks of curly blond hair, those big blue eyes and – at the tender age of 18 months – his endearingly wobbly gait, had all the women ...

How to: Pass properly on a bike path

Q: The bike lanes and trails in my town are becoming flooded with fellow cyclists, which is great. I’m no racer myself, but I’m faster than many of these new riders, which can lead to some interesting moments—there seems to be no universally accepted passing etiquette for cyclists. What’s the best way to handle this? A: I’ve ...

How I Roll: Fat bikes to the rescue

Words and photos by David Grant I was a lifeguard and trainer in Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico back in the late ‘90s when I was doing my Ph.D. dissertation research. I had ridden my bike (a ‘93 REI Randonee) from Los Angeles, down Baja and up through Sinaloa from Mazatlan as my way of conducting research ...

Review: Dahon Jifo Uno folding bike

Tester: Eric McKeegan Sizes: One size Price: $799 Weight: 21.5 lbs The “last mile” problem affects almost anything and anyone that moves via high capacity transport. It is in the “last mile” that the efficiencies of mass transport can be lost in, when moving people and things from the train station or distribution hub to ...

Four rear lights for summer nights (and beyond)

By Jeffrey Stern  Although the longest day of the year has passed, there are plenty of late summer nights in our future. When I think of summer, I think of big bike adventures, often planned to be done around dinner time, but also just as often pushed well past twilight. Only for pure enjoyment sake ...

How To: Tour Cuba by Bike

Words and photos by Colt Fetters Am I allowed to travel to Cuba as a “tourist”? Yes, as long as you self-qualify under one of the 12 specific categories for a general license. We traveled under the basis of education—we visited museums, monuments, historic sites and researched on spectacular roads for a bikepacking route. Another ...

Win a Nutcase Helmets Metroride MIPS- Helmet

Nutcase Helmets has partnered with us to give one winner a Metroride MIPS- Helmet . Enter to win below. A classy alternative for a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet complete with Nutcase’s signature magnetic buckle. This helmet comes equipped with Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS-) which is designed to add protection against the rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from ...

Cuba con mi Amor: Introducing a loved one to bicycle touring

Words and photos by Colt Fetters Staring into the dark, dense jungle ahead I struggled to make out the trail. I studied my GPS, then looked back up—yes, this indeed was the “trail.” Completely overgrown with tangled green branches, it didn’t appear that the trail had been used in the past year. This was new ...

Riding to Hear a Heartbeat

By Jeffrey Stern Saying goodbye to a loved one might be the most difficult thing in the world. As a parent, losing your child is that much more difficult. Most parents would easily say they’d rather give their own life than watch their child pass away. One father turned his deep pain into hope for ...

Review: Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon

Tester: James Scriven Sizes: 50, 53, 56, 59, 50, 53, 56, 59 cm (tested) Price: $2,300 The Diamondback Haanjo EXP tickles me in ways no drop bar bike has ever done. That was before I spent more than 60 miles getting hammered on it at this year’s Grinduro gravel race. Olive drab paint and subtle graphics, knobby ...

Two Wheeled Musings

Words by Paul De Valera My bicycle is my best friend, my only true ally in this world. My bicycle will never betray me. Though it may break and throw me off into a bush or get a flat and make me push it now and again, it won’t ever work toward my undoing — ...

Get outside Philadelphia with the second annual Bikeout

The second annual Bikeout will take place September 9-10, 2017 in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This overnight cycling adventure aims to bring together riders, make bikepacking accessible and showcase the natural and civic resources surrounding Philadelphia. The 38-mile ride starts near the Philadelphia Art Museum and utilizes the paved Schuylkill River Trail and as well as some back roads ...

Peddling through Beijing

Words and photos by Matt Moir Pundits and politicians from all over the globe like to talk about the metaphoric rise of China. Cui, a 51-year-old bicycle repairman, has had a front row seat. On a hot, humid June afternoon, Cui is sitting on a toolbox under an oversized beach umbrella. Tools are spread across ...

How to: Stay hydrated in the heat

By Jeffrey Stern Everyone knows once you’re thirsty, it’s too late – dehydration is difficult, if not nearly an impossible of a hole to dig yourself out of if you prepare properly. We’ve got some easy steps to ensure you’re hydrated and ready for a long, summer adventures during the hotter months ahead. Make it ...

The Tour de Banks

Words and photos by Tom O’Brian  “I hate this hill,” Jake whined as he dismounted his bike and began pushing it toward the summit of the climb like Sisyphus with a boulder. “I can’t believe you thought I was serious about riding all the way to North Carolina. I MEANT IT AS A JOKE!” It ...

Review: Fitbit Surge

I’m a reluctant user of technology while riding. I rarely have any type of digital device on my handlebars and only rarely use my cell phone to track things with the various apps out there. And heart rate monitors? No thanks, those chest straps are not for me. But I’m sometimes curious about things like ...

Bike Jams: A Copenhagen Reality

Words by Jeffrey Stern In 2016, the capital of Denmark reported more bicycles entering the city than cars, an astonishing fact. Research conducted by the Copenhagen government suggests that nearly half of the residents of the cycling friendly city bike to work or school on a daily basis. Since the number of cyclists in Copenhagen ...

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