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Welcome back bike commuters! So last year I used my commuter bicycle to ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 mile fun ride. If you recall, my commuter bicycle at that time was the Devinci Caribou cyclocross/touring bike that I used to do the train-bike commute thing until I found my Spicer Cycles CX bike.

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Turning my Devici Caribou into a road bike was rather easy; I simply removed the rear rack and added road tires and bam! road bike.


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One of my bucket list items is to do a Cyclocross race, guess what? I am doing one this weekend! The great city of Moreno Valley is hosting a Cyclocross event so I decided to join the fun by signing up on the “CX First Timer Race”.

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I will be racing my Spicer Cycles CX commuter bike, this bike was originally built to be a racing bike but I added the rear rack and some lights to make it more commuter friendly.

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The only thing that I am changing is the crankset; it is currently setup as a 52/39 which is great for bike commuting on relatively flat surfaces and not-so-steep hills. I am going with a 50/34 setup which should allow me to tackle the steeper and longer hills at the race course. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for action shots and we’ll be streaming live from the race on Facebook Live at around 8:30 AM Pacific.

2017 is here!

2016 is finally gone and it was quite the memorable year. We lost a lot of famous people but in a personal note; I also lost my father to Diabetes. Diabetes is one of those diseases that kill you very slowly and yet, it can be reversible with proper diet and exercise. Being that I am in high risk of Diabetes, cycling has kept my sugar levels below the dreaded “pre-diabetic” line. In fact, my mileage tally for 2016 was 1,407 miles, that was 407 more miles than my original goal of riding 1,000 miles for the year. I also mixed it up with some hiking and walking miles, my knees won’t handle running so I don’t run.

Where am I going with this? This is my number one New Year’s resolution: Eat healthy and do more exercise. I guess the exercise part is the bonus part for us bike commuters, in fact, it doesn’t even feel like exercise! I am going to raise my mileage goal for 2017 to 2,000 miles. I think it is an attainable goal but I will have to commit to longer rides this year.


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Resolution number two: Go bike-camping. That was one of my goals that I was not able to do in 2016, but I feel 2017 will be the year that I finally stop making excuses and do it. Who knows, a special touring bike build may be in the near future.

Resolution number three: Become more involved with bicycle advocacy. I am sick and tired of reading how we are a nuisance to drivers and how we don’t belong on the road.

2017 is also BikeCommuters.com’s 10th year anniversary. It is hard to believe that we have been doing this for this long and although our audience has diminished quite a bit (I blame cheap gas prices), we are committed to doing at least one weekly post.

We are also going to be celebrating throughout the year with some giveaways, follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more details.

2016: The year in review

Hello fellow bike commuters, roadies and mountain bikers; I hope y’all had a great Christmas and you got the bikey stuff you wanted. The big dude in the red suit was kind to me and eight Awnry Bike frames and parts are now in the works of being assembled. I am really excited to offer these simple but fun commuter bikes.

So now that I am done with my bikes plug, let us get into what happened at BikeCommuters.com on 2016. 2016 is the year that “The Bike Geek” returned to BikeCommuters and I am so happy that I did return. Although I never stopped cycling, health reasons really motivated me to keep riding but I never thought about riding my bike to work because of the “logistics”. Excuses, excuses…

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Well, if I was going to be writing for a bicycle commuting blog, it would have been a little hypocritical that I would not be riding my bike to work right? So I did my research and came out with a solution: Bike-Train commute.

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I went ahead and purchased a used Devinci Caribou cyclocross/touring bike for my cycling needs and by pure coincidence, the fine folks from 2wheel gear asked us to review their new backpack pannier convertible which is one of the best products I reviewed for 2016.

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Being new at riding the train had me a little nervous, I did not know about the train bike etiquette and as you may remember, I was a little over dressed for the occasion.

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I had forgotten how much fun commuting on bike is and I was also reminded of how many asshole drivers happen to be on the road. I guess things will never change so riding defensively and predictable is the best advise I can give someone who wants to give bike commuting a try.

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2016 was also the year that I got my wife involved in cycling, if you don’t remember, my wife does not know how to ride a bicycle. The solution was to order a Bike Friday Family tandem so her and I can go riding. The Bike Friday Tandem was the best money I’ve ever spent on a bicycle, my wife and I really enjoy riding together.

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I also got to add a little more excitement to my commute; I sold the Davinci Caribou and got me a rare Spicer Cycles Cyclocross bike for cheap. I was able to ride offroad for part of my commute on my way back home, that was just plain stupid fun. Oh yes, that was also the first time I tried Facebook’s “live” feature.

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Fast forwarding towards the end of 2016, I also stopped making excuses on riding while is dark and got totally lit with the help of NiteRider and BrightLightz. Commuting at night was a different but pleasant experience that I truly enjoyed.

2017 should be an exciting but busy year with the launch of Awnry Bikes, but I do plan to keep doing my weekly post for all of you to enjoy. I do want to take the time to thank the following companies for letting us showcase and review their stuff:

2Wheel Gear, NiteRider, ShowersPass, Abus Locks, DZR Shoes and Burley.

Sticker Bomb Fixed Gear Bike

Hello and welcome back to our weekly Monday post. We are getting close to Christmas and to the end of 2016 so things get wacky since our workload gets lighter and we have lots of time to surf the net for “inspiration”. One of those hair-brained ideas came from RL as he continues his Sabbatical and is still wondering if The Grand Tour is better than Top Gear. He showed me a picture of a scooter that had been “Sticker Bombed” and was considering doing that to one of his scooters.

As you can see, a “sticker bomb” scooter is a basically a scooter that is full of stickers, so yes, an idea came to mind: What if I sticker bomb my Awnry Bikes testing mule? First item of business was to get a shit load of stickers, once the stickers arrived, I enlisted the help of my young daughters to apply them all over the frame.

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Yes, I had to use child labor but if Apple does it in China, why not me? I mean, I do feed, cloth and drive my darn kids everywhere! Anyhow, here is the result:

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I think it came out rather good! And better yet, my girls really liked it and they would be willing to ride a sticker bomb fixed gear bike! In fact, they shared the picture on their social media accounts and it got a good response.

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So as I am getting close to launching my own line of simple but fun commuter bikes, I’ve been working on incorporating this sticker bomb scheme into one of the Awnry bikes called the Awnry “Da’ Bomb” (yes, my kids came up with that name). Some of the challenges have been the durability of the stickers and the lack of water resistance but I have gathered a team of skillful engineers to solve that issue. Well, not really, my co-worker is helping me out since he works on different types of decal substrates.

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Awnry Bikes is almost ready to launch, the bikes were slightly delayed because of some added features such as anti-theft bolts, flip-flop hubs and brakes needed to be added. We will have the official launch announcement once we are satisfied with the bikes.

So what do you think about the bike? Yay or Nay?

My Bike-Train commute in the dark

Hello Bike Commuters, I hope you enjoyed my NiteRider Lumina Micro 600 review from last week. This week’s post is sort of a prequel to last week’s post, I want to share my experience of riding my commuter bike to the train station in the dark.

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I’ve always been hesitant to ride my bicycle on the streets during darkness and I guess I am not alone because I did not see many bike commuters during my ride. As with most of my bike commutes, I always tend to plan methodically my rides and my equipment. Did I over do it? Maybe a little, but you can’t tell me that I wasn’t visible.

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I got a few questions regarding the green light that I installed at the bottom of my bike; this is a Brightz, Ltd. Go Brightz LED Bicycle Light that I purchased from Amazon for $12.99.

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Another question I got was what the hell is that on the downtube? That is the Folding Abus Bordo Folding Lock Granit X 6500 which came in handy because I had to lock up my bike to a post while I retrieved my car from an indoor parking lot (I have a roof rack).

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Enough of product placement, how was the ride? My apprehension of riding through the streets turned into excitement; cars actually moved over to their left because they actually saw me coming on their rear view mirrors! The NiteRider Lumina 600 Micro Light was plenty enough to light my way through the streets and never worried about outrunning it.

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Riding the San Diego Creek is also part of my commute, fortunately Irvine happens to be a very safe city and the bike trail was fully lit. I still recommend using a decent light while riding on the trail, the rider on the left was barely visible in dark areas.

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My last concern was the train station, I’ve seen plenty of movies where shit goes crazy at dark, creepy stations. My concern was unfounded; the Tustin Train station is fully lit and I felt safe.

I truly enjoyed bike commuting while is dark and I plan to continue doing it… until it rains.