Collected thoughts on bike commuting
5 Great things about cycling to work in the London winter.
6 Bike Commute Options: "Commuting by bike…need not be always a round trip of riding from home to work and back every day…Here are a six alternatives which you can try and still claim to commute by bike."
What Prompted you to Commute by Bike?: "…driving a car to work was my path of least resistance until car problems forced me to try cycling. Once tried, I couldn't give it up."
Interesting facts about bike commuting and utility cycling, with a Northern American slant, including "A person is 7% more likely to bike or walk to nonwork activities for every 1,000 retail workers within a half mile of their home."
Collected thoughts on randonnees
On riding with your buddies, the Daily Randonneur says:
Take a minute and think about the great rides you had this year, and the laughs and tribulations shared with your riding buddies. That's what it's all about, my friends.
And on a similar line at Randonneur Extra:
I think the best benefit of the regular monthly permanents is being able to connect with all your great cycling pals all year 'round.
After a freaky streak of 84 consecutive months of centuries (yep, that's seven years!), Mike Dayton speaks of camaraderie but also observes
I have a profound appreciation of the goals that can be achieved on a bike, and of the magic landscapes that are accessible only on two wheels.
Ditch the car to save money
Wall Street Journal columnist Brett Arends argues that
Whether you drive a hybrid or an SUV, your car is a cash-guzzler. Families trying to save real money should consider going without.
He runs through the onerous costs of car ownership and some options for cash-strapped car owners and concludes:
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. We are going to see a lot of necessity. It may lead to some interesting developments.
A few more suggestions off the top of the head:
Bike fun, anyone?
Bike Fun Melbourne promotes cycling, cycling community and cycling culture in Melbourne through prolific bike fun.
We're currently out riding bikes, relaxing in a pub, or exploring our city (and beyond).
The calendar is online but I reckon it's most convenient to subscribe for the email bulletin—it's such a pleasant reminder when it arrives in the inbox!
Oooh, look! Bikes!
I agree with box on Metafilter:
I like old bicycles. High-wheelers, choppers, BMX bikes, mountain bikes and old ten-speeds. Especially personal bikes from personal collections. I like 'em all.
Not so keen on that damn Queen song though. [Thanks tom]
Brand Management 101 for LBS operators
An interesting article from Bike of Doom's backlist: [Seven deadly sins Local Bike Shops…and how to fix them] gives some advice on marketing for local bike shops. The key message: neglect those cheap department store bikes at your peril. [via twitter.com/cyclelicious]
Wittering on twitter
Yeah, I'm on twitter. At last. Grudgingly. But I've already picked up that interesting link above, so I guess it could be worth it.
"Follow" me if you're so inclined.