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Commuter Bike? Oh Please… 16

Our friend Carlton Reid over at BikeBiz.com posted an article about a high-end carbon fibre “commuter bike” (pictured above). You can put fenders and a rack on a racing bike, but it’s still a racing bike. Lipstick on a pig. This article has been updated from its original version to add additional commentary. People may ...

Direct Routes For Bicycles 3

Bike Map Holder – Photo courtesy of Mr. T in DC Cities in Canada and the United States have long catered to automobiles, providing drivers with a comprehensive network of roads with direct routes to their destinations. Bicycles, as a mode of transportation, have largely been ignored over the last several decades here, and people ...

“Not Much Can Go Wrong With That Bike” 4

Sofia on Daddy’s cargo bike – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country  Last night my wife took her car to the grocery store and when she tried to start it again, the battery was dead. I grabbed my cargo bike and went to a nearby mechanic to borrow their mobile booster pack to ...

House Moves By Bicycle 4

Transporting cargo by bike in Portland, Oregon – Photo by Ryan Good  On a visit to Shanghai in 2010, I snapped dozens of photos of people transporting large objects by bicycle – including a bathtub and a full sized refrigerator – among other large household items. Here in Canada or the United States, it would ...

Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People 73

Lazy people riding bicycles in Copenhagen – Photo courtesy of Mikael Colville-Andersen / Copenhagen Cycle Chic  Here in Canada, as in the United States, people tend to generally view bicycles primarily for recreation or sport. Thus, when someone asks me how I arrived somewhere and I tell them I rode my bicycle, they naturally assume ...

Using Google Search To Reveal Public Perception 2

Google Bicycle – Photo courtesy of Leon Hoffman  One useful and amusing way to identify current trends and to gauge public perception on a topic is to use Google Search Auto-Complete. To do this, simply start typing in a phrase on a topic of your choosing, and watch Google complete the sentence using data from ...

Home Depot Trip By Bicycle 6

Cargo bike with hockey equipment – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country A couple Wednesdays ago I needed to make a run to Home Depot to pick up some plywood and hardware for some small renovations I am doing in my loft. The same evening I was planning to meet my brother at ...

Sitting Side Saddle on Batavus Fryslan 8

Photo courtesy of Peter Bojanczyk for The Urban Country  On Sunday I bought a used 2011 Batavus Fryslan bicycle that I spotted on Craigslist to replace my 2010 Fryslan that was stolen in March. Last night we tested the rear rack while my 210-pound colleague Al sat side saddle while we transported ourselves from one ...

How Rotterdam Crowdfunded a Bridge 2

Prior to World War II, the Hofplein area in the centre of Rotterdam was a lively, bustling gathering place where pedestrians were king, and cars were secondary. Just as we have seen in many North American cities, a highway was built after the war that divided central Rotterdam from Hofplein, and pedestrians became an afterthought ...

Tabloid Columnist Calls For Bicycle Ban in Toronto 20

Amsterdam Cycle Chic – Photo by Mikael Colville-Andersen In a series of columns in a Toronto tabloid, columnist Mike Strobel has called for a ban on bicycling in the city in order to address traffic congestion, comparing bicyclists to psychos in his anti-bicycling rant that spans three articles. Strobel’s outrageous nonsensical articles reveal more than ...