Bicycle Times

NAHBS 2018: A celebration of bikes

“Why are you here?” It’s a question that I think every human has pondered at some point during their existence, but it seemed like a fairly heavy conversation opener from our bartender. We looked around at each other. “Umm, what do you mean by here?” “Look around you, you see all these people? I know ...

Review: Women’s Bontrager winter wear

Bontrager B2 long sleeve base layer – $85 When riding in cold and/or potentially-wet winter conditions, layering and dressing appropriately is of utmost importance. That being said, I usually opt to get my upper body base layers from the thrift store, discarded Dri-FIT tops from New Years resolutionists that do a fine job of wicking sweat underneath my ever-trusty Dirt Rag ...

Win A Pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoes

Pearl Izumi  has teamed up with us to give away a pair of  X-Alp Launch Shoes . The first flat pedal shoe designed to handle the abuse of all-mountain terrain with the confidence, control, and comfort you need for all-day riding. This extremely lightweight shoe uses a premium dual compound Vibram® Megagrip sole for instant pedal engagement combined with long-wearing ...

Video: The Good Egg – A cycle-skate trip in aid of suicide prevention

John Rattray is a Scottish professional skateboarder turned office worker. In 2011 he lost his sister to depression, and in 2017 he woke up and decided it was time to ride his bicycle 100 miles to the Oregon coast to raise money for the mental health outreach organization that his cousin since works for. A ...

Review: Club Ride Blaze Vest

Not all vests are created with riding in mind. From a company like Club Ride who blends lifestyle and riding, sometimes leaning a little too heavy to the lifestyle end of the spectrum, I was glad to see a piece that was more on the riding end while still keeping the off-the-bike nerd factor in ...

How To: Stay motivated this winter

By Jeffrey Stern Rain, snow, sleet, hail, sub-zero temperatures…who could ever find the motivation to train in such conditions? It’s not only difficult but downright impossible to stay motivated when the winter months roll around and stick around, and the weather is, quite plainly, garbage for cycling outdoors. With the majority of states across the ...

Patagonia launches digital platform to connect environmental activism community

Regardless of political affiliation, I think any of us who love the outdoors and bikes are somewhat environmentally conscious. And if we are environmentally conscious, we can all agree that the planet is in trouble and in need of us to come together to fight for our parks and natural resources. But sometimes, it can be ...

NAHBS Preview: Chapman Cycles

I met Brian Chapman of Chapman Cycles a few years back circumstantially through mutual friends. We were both staying at their house for our own bicycle related reasons. Brian was displaying his bikes at that years Philly Bike Expo and I was headed off to some empty field to pretend that I was a bike racer. Throughout ...

Healthy winter eating tips for cyclists

By Jeffrey Stern It’s cold, dark and we already know motivation is lacking to workout during the winter months, so how in are you going to find the time to eat balanced, healthy meals? The short answer is, well, there is no short answer–it’s just hard. Very similar to finding motivation to actually get outside ...

Review: Club Ride “cool weather casual” flannel and jeans

This “cool weather casual” kit from Club Ride combines fashion and functionality. Gravity Flannel – $100 The Gravity Flannel from Club Ride has all the aesthetic qualities suitable to both hearty frontier folks and the casual Friday crowd, with functional highlights that make it easy to do just about anything in. Constructed of a polyester/flannel blend, the ...

Opinion: The case for the one-bike stable

By Jeffrey Stern Walking into my bike shed is overwhelming at the moment. There are frames hanging from the ceiling, wheels leaning against every wall, parts and pieces all over the workbench and the bike I want to ride is always cornered by the ones that I just snapped a cable on, or even worse, ...

Review: Yuba Supermarché cargo bike

Maybe driving a car is something you’d like to do less often. A cargo bike can make this a reality and can even replace the gas hog as a way of moving kids and groceries. Yuba, a company out of northern California, has been making longtail-style cargo bikes since 2006, first with the Mundo, Boda Boda ...

ABUS introduces folding lock with built-in alarm

ABUS just introduced an extra level of security to its Bordo line of locks with an alarmed folding bike lock. The Bordo Alarm includes a 3D movement sensor that triggers an alarm should your bike or lock be tampered with. The idea is that the noise will deter thieves and prevent most from finishing “the ...

NAHBS 2018 Preview: McGovern Cycles

I met Chris McGovern like I do most people these days, in the parking lot of a bike race. Casual hellos extended to short conversations and before long, Chris became another friend I would see at bike races on the weekends. Our mutual love for punk rock and skateboarding made conversation easy and a welcome ...

Review: REI 1-person tent, sleeping bag and pad

Start dreaming of spring and camping season with this long-term review of a 1-person tent, sleeping bag and pad from REI.  REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1 Tent Price: $279 The  REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1  is a 1-person, 3-season tent. If you are in the market for a tent or know someone who is, this tent should be on your ...

How To: Avoid Cycling Burnout

We’ve all experienced the feeling: it’s cold, rainy and dark outside. Getting out of bed becomes progressively harder even though the days are actually getting longer. Old man winter seems to be dragging his feet on forever and that burnt out mood you experienced at the end of 2017 won’t go away. What can one ...

Book Review: “Descent” by Thomas Dekker

In the late summer of 2005, Lance Armstrong had just won an unprecedented 7th Tour de France, a feat that will likely never be duplicated. As the professional peloton weaved its way through the Paris streets for the final stage of the tour, I rode side by side with a newly encountered neighbor on our ...

Review: Yakima Dr. Tray & EZ+1 add-on hitch rack

Hitch racks are becoming the de facto standard for transporting bikes, and with good reason. As someone who carries dozens of different bikes on my car throughout the year, I am stoked to never need to deal with adaptors with different axle standards or wheel sizes. I’ve also used almost a dozen hitch racks, and ...

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