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Back in the saddle

I woke up this morning just itching to go fishing. But I really wanted to go out for a ride. With the busy schedule I’ve had, it’s been a while since I’ve been on a bike. So I took the Nirve Ultraliner, strapped down my fishing pole and rode out to one of the local canals.

The ride itself was awesome. The temperature was cool and a breeze was constantly blowing. It felt great being back on the saddle again. Going fishing at this point was just an added bonus.

I definitely have to do this more often. The combination of riding a bike and fishing is definitely a plus in my book.

Staples is going green

It looks like Staples and the City of Miami are Bike Commuter friendly!

The store’s green design will help:

* Improve energy performance and reduce “heat island effect? contributing to higher city temperatures through a highly reflective roofing system;
* Reduce the strain on municipal water and Florida aquifer reserves by collecting rainwater through rooftop gutter systems and installing waterless urinals and low-flow toilets;
* Preserve non-renewable, virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials;
* Protect and restore habitats by landscaping with 100 percent native plants and shrubs;
* Encourage alternative transportation by installing bike racks and showers;
* Lead recycling efforts by having on-site recycling for paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard, in addition to computer, electronics and ink cartridge recycling offered by Staples stores every day.

click here to read the news release

Let me emphasize this line again: * Encourage alternative transportation by installing bike racks and showers;

Man, I would settle for some businesses around my area to install bike racks, but showers??? Now, that’s going the extra mile!

Thanks to Eric Smith for the heads up

Reasons why a commuter decides to drive

1. I have a meeting to go to and its far.
2. I have a meeting and I need to dress nice (suit and stuff)
3. I need to pick up a big piece of furniture.
4. My tires are flat and I don’t have any tubes or patches.
5. It’s too hot.
6. It’s too cold.
7. It’s raining.
8. I’m running late.
9. I’m sore from yesterday’s bike commute.
10. I have to go to the grocery store after work.

I’m sure you folks have some other ones to add. So feel free to chip in your reasons why you have to drive.

The Velorution has arrived!

Please welcome our new staff writer/product tester from Phoenix AZ, Jeff Rossini.

Some of you may followed his experiment aka ‘The Velorution’ on his blog. Although Jeff may not be a seasoned commuter, Jeff will be giving us an insight on how an avid cyclist can turn into a bike commuter. He’ll be sharing some of his stories hoping to inspire those that already ride a bike, but have not tried riding it to work.

Pay attention, people

I received an email from Tom Hewitt regarding a Bike Commuter being “right hooked? by a car. This article reminded me of my incident with a motorist last week. Bike Commuters are still a very small minority, we are still regarded as a pain in the ass, but when are drivers are going to understand that what we do also benefits them as well? Anyhow, here’s a little excerpt of the article on StarTribune:

“When are drivers going to learn?? a still-sore Guernsey wants to know. “People are in such a damn hurry. When are drivers going to start paying attention? I could have been paralyzed; I could have been killed. … Why do those who choose to drive treat bike riders as a nuisance rather than equal users of the road?

“Pay attention, people.?

Click Here to Read the entire article.