Holiday Lights

This weekend two friends in two days asked about that bike light post I wrote. One wanted a good light for a gift, the other for cold, dark nights in Maryland. Because I'm running one or two blogs too many, plus Facebook, I understand it can be hard to find something. My local bike advocate pals have been going a little overboard with with bike lights as the days have grown shorter, but it's hard to find fault with being as visible as you can be. It's catchy, too. Dan Murphy ... Continue Reading

Santa’s Bike Workshop

He doesn't ride a bike, but he's handy with tools; my friend Sean was over last weekend. "Come on down to the garage, I have something I want to show you." This doesn't fool him one bit; he's enjoying a glass of wine and knows he'll be drafted into some bike repair project. He's right. I've only done a few maintenance projects on the bikes — swapping tires and tubes mostly, a brake cable, new brake pads, tightening a shift cable — such is the range of my skills. I ... Continue Reading

Floating on Air with the Lezyne Pump [UPDATED]

Which bike is this going on? I'll spend some time reflecting on this question; certainly this will be mounted on a prized bicycle. "It looks like a musical instrument," observes my wife. I don't argue; it does. It's like a flute you want to place your lips on... Why this interest in a pump? My first new bicycle in 35 years came along in 2009. Since then I've had few flats – 2 last month, but only 4 in 3 years – so it's not flat tires that compel me to sample some mountable ... Continue Reading

Sore Knee Relief

My knees were sore and I knew why; it was my SPD pedals. I loved them for the efficiency of my pedal stroke, but I knew they were keeping my knee in an inflexible position. Then my feet started to hurt. I've had surgery on my right foot and like most foot surgery survivors, most aren't that happy with the results. Biking on my SPD's would cause me to limp around the house for the whole next day. Then I saw an ad for Speedplay pedals in Bicycling magazine. I wanted to believe the hype and talked ... Continue Reading