To market, to market

grocery shopping with bicycle pannier

While biking to work gets a lot of attention, it’s not the only way to incorporate bicycle travel into your everyday life. We’re big fans of the quick neighborhood trip—to the pub, the library, the coffee shop. Doing your shopping by bike takes the neighborhood outing to another level—getting your groceries home under your own power adds … Read More

The Anti-Resolution

Seoul Cycle Design competition's "Horsey Bike"

It’s January 2. Made your resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve already broken a few? It happens. Old habits are hard to break. Motivation seems a fickle thing, here one minute and gone the next. If you’re like most, you don’t get much done without it. Maybe you made a decision to commute to work by bike … Read More

Cold Weather Riding

snowy bike

This first blush of winter is the most daunting time of year to be (or to become) a cold-weather commuter. Here in Western NC, we’ve only had a couple of truly cold spells since fall’s last gasp, and my brain hasn’t fully calibrated to winter yet. Outside feels colder than it actually is, which makes … Read More

Placing the Goalposts

cycling trophy

I took a couple of shifts pedalling the Asheville Bike Taxi over the past weekend. This great little venture is the brainchild of an old college classmate, and she’s a pioneer, opening the eyes of the pedicab manufacturer to the realities and possibilities of getting people around a hilly town. It was a fun couple … Read More

The Hygiene Question

shower head

I’d love to start riding my bike to work, you’re thinking, but won’t I be all sweaty and stinky and gross when I get there? The short, glib answer: You’re asking the wrong question. You’ll be all endorphin-high and warmed up and stoked when you get there! The answer you’re more likely looking for: Most likely yes, … Read More

Commuting essentials


When does a bike become a commuter bike? The short answer is simply: when you start riding it like one. But, really, there’s a bit more to it. Sure, you don’t have to have any special accessories to start commuting–and, indeed, many of us started without them. Throw your stuff in a backpack and off … Read More

Where should I ride?

bike lane

Where should I ride? Another question that comes up a lot when talking to people about using the bicycle for transportation is about where to ride. There have been studies done to address this particular question, so there is no need for me to rattle off some numbers and stats in the hope of persuading … Read More

Best advice

bicycle at sunrise

A commitment to bike commuting can be a fickle thing. Yes, I’ve known a handful of stalwarts over the years whose dedication never flagged, who made every trip by bike, uphill both ways, through driving snow, in boiling heat, and under plagues of locusts. I admire those folks. But then there’s the rest of us … Read More