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Quoc Pham Shoes Reviewed

Bike Hugger - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 06:20

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on May 25, 2016 at 2:32pm PDT

Quoc Pham Shoes designed these sneakers with an intent to make a shoe cyclists could wear for all occasions, all day, on, and off the bike. They succeeded and proved you don’t need a stiffness index to make a good road shoe, just a well-balanced sole with a recessed cleat. The low-rise Urbanites feature natural materials and fine craftsmanship. They’re highly recommended by us, shared on Insta, reviewed on Medium Bicycles, and in the next issue of our magazine.

On Your Left and Ringing a Bell

Bike Hugger - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:02

When Mr. On Your Left blew through a red light, I didn’t bark at him about it cause it’s still #BiketoWorkMonth, but mentioned it to my bro Chris DiStefano who told me this:

I rang my bell at a guy and he lost it. He said, “You’re supposed to say on your left!” I told him this was a universal indicator and just more pleasant. He said, “‘Oh, you must be one of those new commuters.

I also told him a bell was universal, what if someone doesn’t speak English. He laughed like Donald Trump. That’s ridiculous, is what he replied.

To The Point

It is ridiculous that those of us who ride year around, think this is the month when the tourists show up. So to the point, a bell is most certainly used to alert people on the path of your presence. I’ve have one on all my city bikes and have never had a confrontation over it. Also, if you’re gonna say, “on your left,” it’s done as a courtesy when passing. It does not mean, “Give me your line,” and/or that the cyclists in your way should move or slow down. Like a bell, it’s a courtesy, and much different than flashing your lights in the left lane at the car in front of you, right?

There’s only a few days left of bike-to-work month, so here’s another tip for the “Commuter,” “hold your line around corners.”

And, don’t run red lights.

While I don’t think it’s necessary to write e a bell shootout, I recommend you find one with a loud, pleasant ring and that suits you. I like bells from Crane, as seen in the photo above and that’s on Amazon for $12.00. The bell du jour is Spurcycle and Mark V reviewed it. One just like it is on Amazon too for $11.00. Also see this Vine with another Crane I have that I used to get brogramers’ attention downtown.

7 speed bike / 5 speed shifter handle

Bicycle Tutor - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 18:14
So I picked up a newer Schwinn Jaguar off of craigslist for my son. This is the first bike I've had around in probably 30 years. The guy I bought it from pointed out that he had replaced the...


Weeehooooo: Check out the New Products by Weehoo.

Commute By Bike - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 14:57
WEEEEEEHOOOOOOOOOO! We went to Vegas Interbike Bicycle show and boy was it amazing! If you’ve never been it’s a giant collection of bicycle manufacturers or a GIANT TOY STORE OF BICYCLES GOODIES (and Beer). Interbike is a great way for companies to preview new products to businesses and consumers. One of our favorite companies is […]

Don’t sweat the heat: 7 tips for pedaling through the warmer months

Commute By Bike - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 09:35
I write this in early April, at the dawn of the most pleasant of New Orleans seasons – one filled with festivals, halcyon days of extended sunlight ideal for strolling and chatting with neighbors over beers on front porches and crawfish boils. It’s a time when the cool lingering in the air lends itself to […]

Ortlieb 2016 Product Updates

Commute By Bike - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 14:25
Josh and Ian go over the new products and product updates for Ortlieb’s 2016 line. Take some time to check out some exciting new products as well as some product updates from Ortlieb. Ian explains in depth what has changed for 2016 as well as feature changes for existing item. [Video Transcription] Hi, Ian Strakal […]

Cyclovia and National Bike Month!

Commute By Bike - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:47
May is National Bike Month so I only see it fitting to write a little about events taking place to strengthen the bicycle community and with that, biking families. As author Russell Anderson so eloquently states ‘Bike riding is great for family involvement. It’s something fun to bring everyone together.’ Being from Tucson we are […]

My mom, a quiet urban revolutionary

Commute By Bike - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 04:39
As a newly-anointed mother who has recently tapped the never-ending wellsprings of maternal generosity found in my mother and mother-in-law, I find myself much more nostalgic this Mothers Day than most. Thus, it is only fitting that I deposit a few words here about a remarkable woman who in addition to being an extraordinary mother […]

Burley D’Lite Bike Child Trailer Year End Review: Big Tex Style.

Commute By Bike - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:44
And we are back! Big Tex! But all jokes aside, the Burley D’lite is a great trailer for anyone looking to start using a kids trailer.The suspension is a huge plus because it makes the trailer “jar” a little less if you decide to ride on rough roads. One thing I personally love about the […]

Taking off on cycle tours

Commute By Bike - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 03:32
“I’d often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off ” Jack Kerouac There was a thick red line running north through South America, projected onto my classroom whiteboard. After 2,000 miles the planned bike route doglegged east over the Andes mountains. It then continued across the Argentinian […]

Big Tex Matt Duffin Presents: The Thule Coaster Bike Trailer!

Commute By Bike - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:12
Ever get those local car sales commercials in your area? You know the super cheesy ones? Ever wonder what it would look like if a bike shop did the same thing? Well, you can stop wondering and watch the video below. You might be disappointed. So I set the bar super low. The Thule Coaster […]

Thoughts on the contagiousness of biking ahead of National Bike Month

Commute By Bike - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 03:47
“Contagiousness is an unexpected property of all kinds of things, and we have to remember that if we are to recognize and diagnose epidemic change.” -Malcolm Gladwell A couple weeks ago, I had dinner with a woman I hadn’t met before who told me she’d recently started biking to work. My ears perked up at […]

OMM Bike Racks are so cool… you’ll feel like you’re riding with a constant tail wind!

Commute By Bike - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:55
Old Man Mountain has been creating solutions for bikes that previously could not accommodate front and rear racks for 20 years! Hand made by master welder and all around super dude Channing Hammond OMM racks can fit virtually any bike. Having the option to add a rack to almost any bike and create a daily […]

West Seattle Bike Connections

Seattle Likes Bikes - Sat, 10/20/2012 - 17:01

I have been struggling with my role on this site, finding myself more drawn to West Seattle bicycling issues, as can be gleaned from my posts.  I hope to continue to post here now and then, if the site continues, but my focus will be with the newly formed West Seattle Bike Connections group.

We can be contacted via the West Seattle Blog Forum or via Facebook.

Mission Statement:
Provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle to, from, and around West Seattle

Goal Statement:
Make cycling a safer, efficient and attractive option for travel to downtown and for destinations in and beyond West Seattle neighborhoods, for riders of all ages and abilities.

Help connect West Seattleites to school, work, transit, shopping areas, friends/family and recreation by bicycle.

Give West Seattle a strong voice in the 2012-13 Seattle Bike Master Plan update.

Engage the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT), King County Metro, the Port of Seattle and other groups (governmental, private and non-profit) interested in providing alternatives to driving; emphasize positive impact of cycling on freight mobility and highlight the usefulness of convenient bike+bus/bike+rail travel options for all modes of travel.


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