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A Guide to Staying Safe When Biking in Wet Weather

Hi folks. Today’s post is by Emma Orton, who lives in Australia and works for Yakima. Hence the UK style spelling of the word “Tire”, as well as the link to Yakima’s website in the text. It’s the least we could do. I’ve added a few photos of my own bike trips in an attempt to ...

How we Roll: Dorothy

Dorothy is an 80’s chrome Ross Mt. Whitney mountain bike I obtained from my old pal and frequent Dirt Rag cover artist, John Hinderliter. Purchased from Abridge Bike Shop in 1983, it was the top-of-the-line model at the time. When I came into her, she was converted directly to use as an urban assault vehicle for fun ...

What is Cassette Wear? And Other Questions, Answered

One of the misunderstood concepts of regular bicycle maintenance is cassette wear. Typically, one might go through 5 chains for every quality, name-brand cassette – or about 10,000 miles. But there are also stories of Campagnolo Record cassettes lasting a decade or more, and other stories of people riding hard in sandy areas having to replace a discount-brand ...

A do-gooder riding across California with a rather large camera

His name is Erik Mathy, he is a Bicycle Times contributor and awesome human. He says it best… I am currently riding my bicycle, cameras in hand, 1200 miles along the old Butterfield Overland Mail Route (BOMR) to Tucson. Back in the late 1800’s, the BOMR was the main conduit for communications between St. Louis ...

A Heart-Shaped Ride around America

Here’s something that hasn’t happened before. Texan Kirk Gillock has finished a 4,250-mile solo cycling tour around America in the shape of a large heart. The purpose of Gillock’s “Heart for America” campaign is to help heal some of the division our country is feeling right now. He believes that it takes both sides, the left ...

Check out these Child Bike Messengers from the Library of Congress

I’ve been poking around the “Free To Use” section of the Library of Congress website and it’s pretty cool. Lots of old photos, which are available for use and enjoyment, royalty free. So I started looking for bicycle-related shots for this bicycle-related site and found tons of interesting stuff. Like this… The Title reads… Curtin Hines. Western Union ...

Two-Wheeled Musings: Disconnect to Connect

By Paul de Valera Every Thursday I ride with a couple guys that I would describe as normal white dudes. They have nice bikes, motorcycles, dune buggies, marriages, mortgages, children etc. All the things in life I want nothing to do with. I can see we are worlds apart as they snap bong loads and ...

Ride Slow, Take Photos

By Erik Mathy. Erik carries an entire 4×5 view camera on his bicycle journeys. Let’s check out some of his recent work…Ed. Above: The Ferry Building, San Francisco. With giant polar bear. The San Francisco Bay Area is a funny place. I’ve been riding up to the top of Hawk Hill, which overlooks the Golden ...

Sponsored Story: Civia Cycles asks: Where do we start with ebikes?

Hello Bicycle Times readers! Welcome to this sponsored post. Yes, this content is provided by Civia Cycles, and written by Matt Pacocha. Matt has some good ideas about E-bikes. Take a moment to check it out, and help us pay the bills!… Ed. E-bikes are everywhere. Or they will be soon, here’s why. I live at 9,000 feet. ...

I Bike therefore I Vote

Note: Today is the last day to register to vote in some states! -Ed. The League Of American Cyclists did a recent survey, and while it is encouraging that 97% of the survey-takers plan to vote, I’m gonna go ahead and share this so we can get another bunch of folks thinking about the upcoming midterm ...

Review: Urban Arrow Family

By Neil Schirmer The Fam As parents of two developmentally disabled children, my wife Deana and I struggle to wrangle everyone together for family activities. We’ve always tried to find ways to get our kids riding, and despite his visual impairment, that has been relatively easy with our son, Ryan. First, we used a Burley ...

Take a break and listen to Luka Bloom sing about biking

Let’s take a moment out of this busy Humpday and listen to Luka Bloom, the Irish folk singer, as he sings a song about bikes that will chill you out. It’s called “The Ride” What’s your favorite bicycle-related tune? PS: The guy with the big stick means you no harm. Think I’’ll go for a ride Take the ...

Ride Like A Mongolian with Grant Peterson

By Grant Peterson When Genghis Khan and the other 800-year old Mongolians rode horses in battle, they were isolated enough from the gallop to shoot arrows with half a chance of hitting foes. Good form and good shot, Genghis!  For a thousand years, Mongolians have been the smoothest riders in the world, the most at ...