Category: Gear

Our friends at KHS Bicycles sent us some awesome “Gas Sucks — Ride a Bike” t-shirts that we’d like to give away…there’s only one catch: you must answer a trivia question!

The first person who correctly answers one of the following three questions will win a t-shirt. Simply send your answer to ghostrider(over there at)bikecommuters(dot)com.

You are welcome to answer all three questions, but each contestant is eligible for only one t-shirt.

Ok, here are the questions:

1. Who was “lanterne rouge” in the first Tour de France held after the end of World War II? The correct answer will include the full name of the rider, final position in the standings, year of the race and the racer’s home country.

2. Who was the first Italian to win back-to-back Tours de France? The correct answer will include the rider’s name and the two years he won back-to-back.

3. According to a U.S. Census study conducted in 2007, what are the top 10 cities in the United States with the most active bicycle commuters? The correct answer will include all ten cities in the correct order.

So, send in your entries and good luck!

By the way, members of the teams are not eligible…you folks already have your badass KHS racing jersies…so we’ll give other people the chance at some schwag!

Gas Sucks -- Ride a Bike!

Thanks to everyone who signed up for our mailing list and entered the raffle to win a pair of Sweetskinz tires. It was great meeting you all at the Bicycle Bash by the Bay on Sunday!

Winners were chosen by a blindfolded 4-year-old (to keep things fair and objective!), and they are:

Lisa Abney (26″ pair)

Zachary Pena (700c pair)

Terri Lawley (26″ pair)

Sara Palmer (700c pair)

If you are one of the winners, please contact me at “ghostrider(over there at)bikecommuters(dot)com” — we’ll make arrangements to get the tires out to you and take your picture if you’ll let us!!

Thanks again to all the entrants for this raffle! Stay tuned for other prize giveaways in the coming days.

Over at our other site,, I do a weekly article in which I call the segment, “Thursday Tech Tip.” Basically I address any issues that most riders will experience. But I know what you’re thinking…”that’s a mountain biking website!” Well yes it is, but unless I’m dealing with suspension and linkages, it all still applies to your bike.

So if you’re interested in learning on what today’s Tech Tip is…just CLICK HERE!

This morning, rather than getting out the Big Red Bike. I pulled out our Tandem bike and attached the Chariot Trailer Bike. My daughter Breanna and I(she’s the one that took the picture) will be racing our tandem next weekend at the Mt Sac Fat Tire Classic. So I figured what a great way to train for the race and ride to school at the same time.

This has very little to do with bicycle commuting, but the other day my wife bought me a truly BAD-ASS lunchbox that I just had to share with you. For folks who have traveled abroad, you may recognize it as an Indian “tiffin box”, designed to carry multiple courses of a lunchtime meal, or multiple servings of the same meal for a number of people.

Badass lunchbox

Basically, it is two stainless steel bowls with a separating plate — and a lid for the small bowl. The whole thing clamps together with a hinged carrier and integrated carrying handle, keeping everything together. In the above picture, I have my “Russ Roca-approvedtitanium spork wedged under the clamp.

Here’s what the lunchbox looks like when it’s separated — sorry, I ate everything inside. You’ll have to look at your own lunch!


The whole contraption (with carrying handle) is about 10″ tall, and the two bowls hold PLENTY of food (RL, I’m thinking of you and your “super-buffet” appetite!). Two drawbacks, though. First, it isn’t liquid-tight (like Tupperware), so it must be carried upright. Second, it’s heavy. Empty, the thing weighs about a pound. For me this is no big deal, since the bike I carry it on weighs about 50 lbs. What’s another pound between friends?

The lunchbox sits on top of my rear rack, or sometimes I slip it into one of the panniers — it’s small enough to fit and still leave room for other goodies. I just throw a bungee cord over it when it’s on the rack and it stays in place.

Ready to roll

My wife found this box on a website called, which also sells lots of products made out of sustainable and/or recycled materials, if that’s your bag…ha ha. While we were shopping there, we also bought our son an insulated lunchbag made out of recycled soda bottles…keeping 10 2-liter bottles out of landfills. Yeah!