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Life Hack: IKEA’s $2.00 Bicycle Ski Rack

Life Hack: $2.00 IKEA Bike Ski Rack – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Two years ago my girlfriend Roxy and I each picked up a pair of Nordic skis, which allowed me to re-take-up cross country skiing; a hobby that I had thoroughly enjoyed as a kid. Over the past couple winters, ...

What am I Going to Ride Tomorrow?

Waterloo Bikes Article A story of bike theft and recovery from Waterloo bikes: Remember how that feels? I’m sure many of you have had a bike stolen at some point, it’s kind of par for the course in bike ownership. There’s the hassle of reporting it. Calling the police. Calling the insurance company. The feeling ...

The Stolen Bicycle Recovery Operation

Craigslist ad for Dylan’s stolen Trek hybrid bicycle It all started with an instant message from my friend Dylan, who had recently had his bike stolen from downtown Toronto: “James, look at this. It’s my bike for sale on Craigslist. What should I do?” Dylan knew that I had a bike blog, and I had ...