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How to make your own messenger bag

A while back my brother Randy, a fellow bike commuter and staff writer for the site, made his own messenger bag and posted the how to on the site.

So if you haven’t already seen it, you can read all about it HERE. He even posted a video on how the quick tug and pull strap action adjusts and releases the bag in 2 seconds.

Universal Gadget Mount

Being a Bike Geek, I love gadgets. Since I carry most of my gadgets on my rear pockets, it could be dangerous when I reach back to get one of them.

I was recently contacted by UltimateGadgetMount.Com and they sent me an ultimate gadget mount to ride with.

I’ll keep you posted on the performance of the Universal gadget mount, on and off the pavement.

Catch 22

My family and I like to ride around the neighborhood. I usually ride the Tandem with the trailer and my wife rides the Breezer. Yesterday, my 6 yr old wanted to ride her own bike, so I pulled it out of the garage, aired it up and then as we started to ride, I told her to stay on the sidewalk. She then asks, “why can’t I ride on the street like you do?”. I then proceed to tell her that is ‘safer’ to ride on the sidewalk. At this point, I felt that my statement was a little hypocritical since I usually preach that riding on the sidewalk is a big no-no. I don’t feel comfortable for her to ride on the street, I feel that is dangerous for her to ride on it.

The question is, Am I doing wrong by instilling on her that riding on the sidewalk is safer than the streets? Or is it acceptable since she is still young and then I can later teach her how to ride on the streets when she is older.

You don’t need a Redbull, just have some coffee

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite such speedy-sounding names as “Full Throttle,” “Amp” and “Rush,” energy drinks pack a punch that is generally no stronger than coffee, according to a report released on Monday.

A comparison of 12 popular energy drinks, published in the September issue of Consumer Reports, found that the caffeine in 8 ounces of various brands ranged from 50-145 milligrams (mg), though most were in the 75- to 80-mg range.

Results were rounded to the nearest 5 mg.

By comparison, the caffeine in an 8-oz cup of brewed coffee can range from 65-120 mg, with an average of 85 mg, according to the National Coffee Association.

The least-caffeinated energy drink Consumer Reports tested was the fruit punch-flavored offering by Target Corp.’s private label Archer Farms, with 50 mg. At the high end was the lemon-lime flavored Celsius with 145 mg.

Market-leading Red Bull had 80 mg of caffeine. Sobe No Fear, owned by PepsiCo Inc., had 85 mg of caffeine. Amp had 75 mg of caffeine, while Rush and Coca-Cola Co.’s Full Throttle both had 80 mg.

Jamie Kopf Hirsh, associate editor at Consumer Reports and the report’s author, said it was “good news” that energy drinks were not much more caffeinated than coffee, but said consumers should still be cautious.

Even though 8 ounces is the standard serving size for measuring, most containers have more than that, and most consumers drink more than that.

“You don’t have to be alarmed by this, you just have to account for it in your daily caffeine intake,” Hirsh said, adding that energy drinks, with their graphic video-game-like logos that appeal to young men, could be “coffee for the new generation.”

Thanks to Yahoo.