Sweet Jesus (pronounced “HeyZeus”), Bike Commuters – the evil end of 2013 has come and gone. Can you friggin’ believe it? Well, just like all those people waxing poetic out there in facegramstaland, the staff writers have decided it’s time to give you a recap with our Annual Roundup for 2013. So, in case you were asleep for most of the game (like I am, during every Superbowl/Tour-de-Whatevs/sporting event) here are the highlights for 2013. Cue obnoxious stadium buzzer!
Commuter Profiles & New Blood: We capped off ’13 with a handful of commuter profiles, where readers shared their sweet rides, photos from their commutes, and stories of bikey conquest with the internet world. Check out Hannah Decker of Boise, ID, Christian P. Kittelson of Seattle, WA, and a related article on four hardcore riders from A Winter of Cyclists documentary. Oh yeah, and did we mention we picked up some new blood? Not like teen vampire smut, but new writers Andrew “The Doctor” Li and Emily “Shelly” Shellabarger have been welcomed to the Bike Commuters team! Look forward to more from them every week in 2014.
Christian Kittelson’s red commuter along the Olympic Sculpture Park in scenic Seattle .
Hannah Decker on her way to the Greenbelt Path in Boise, Idaho
Andrew Li combats the SoCal smog and joined the Bike Commuters staff writing team this past summer.
Read about the newest Bike Commuters staff writer addition, Bay Area cycle lady: Emily Shellabarger.
Winter Wondergoodness: No surprise that Elizabeth covered the controversial topic of crazy snow commuting in icy Chicago. And BIG surprise that Mir (yeah, that’s me, the former “66 degrees feels cold” commuter) rediscovered the joys and pains of winter commuting in rain and colder weather. Check out these posts on “anything goes if it’s clothes” layering technique and thumbhole sleeve hack if you are looking for ways to transition into year-round biking with mild winter conditions. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can!
Easy winter tips for your rainy commute!
DIY & Side Projects: Fancy yourself a new sidecar, bike rack made of wooden pallets, or a simple bicycle repair stand? Look no further than these articles written by RL, Emily, and Doc Li for your 2014 DIY and side project inspirations!
Interbike 2013 Coverage & the Electric-Assist Trend Continues: And, of course, any year-end roundup wouldn’t be complete with snapshots from Jack and RL’s coverage at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas. Here are a couple of our favorites:
- Booth Dudes – Jack and RL highlight some of their favorite bike dudes for their dashing good looks and straight up bike knowledge.
- Even More Gravel Bikes – get ready to grind some gravel, could this be the new face of the ultimate commuter bike?
- Hydraulic Brakes on the Road – Are road disc brakes in your future?
- Axiom Performace Gear – One of Jack and RL’s favorite commuter discoveries at Interbike 2013. Axiom has a versatile line up of panniers, racks, and accessories – well-made, stylish, and readily available!
- Electric Bicycles – You can’t deny the trend of e-bikes cruising into the commuter market. RL shot the shop with Motive Electric bikes, and even got to test ride and review the Motiv Electric Shadow at the end of this year.
Jack takes a Motiv Electric bike for a spin at Interbike 2013!
Mobile Repair Unit: This year, Bike Commuters founder RL Policar and Andrew Doc Li spearheaded an ongoing effort to offer free bike services to the homeless in their community with RL’s Mobile Repair Unit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in the Fullerton, CA area and want to get involved with this ongoing event!
RL taking the repair to the people!
Craigslist – Love it or Hate it?
And for all of you looking to sell your old ride or pick up a new one for 2014, make sure to check out RL’s WTF commentary on Craigslist
… Aside from some hilarious personal experiences, he also gives some good tips on how to deal with the bike section in Craigslist, selling or buying. You’re welcome for the laughs!
Get some, Cycle Ladies!
Well, How do you do? Sometimes it’s the comments section that generates the best information and the most useful tips. In the spirit of our light-hearted Friday Musings series, check out:
Product Reviews, of course… And, last but not least, we reviewed dozens of products this year to scope out the newest commuting accessories, gear, and bikes. Here are a couple of our favorites, click on the images below in case you missed them this year!
Always a Bike Commuters favorite – Planet Bike presents the Air Smith Mini Compact bike pump.
For the urban commuter, check out the Chrome Truk Pro SPD recessed cleat shoes.
Or for the ladies out there looking for casual summer footwear, here’s our review of the LUV Dream Flats.
If you’re in the market for an upright-style bike, read the Torker T300 Step-Thru review.
Jack even reviewed this interesting safety concept: the QRide Advanced Emergency ID tracker.
Check out Matt’s review of both the 2014 Jamis Hudson Sport bike and the Slidepad brake technology – with a setup targeted at new riders and commuters.
And so, dear readers, we’ve made it through the first tween years of the big 2K… Thanks for sticking with us, and if you made it to the end of this blog post without clicking any links or taking a bathroom break, you must have the attention span of a squirrel in the bulk bin section at your local New Seasons market. Enjoy the ride into 2014, bikey peeps!