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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HEMP

I got some news from Bicycle Fixation about their new HEMP Knickers…no you can’t get high off a pair of knickers…

Bicycle Fixation announces the release of their new Hemp City Knickers, the perfect casual yet elegant knicker for bicycle commuters, fixie punks, coffeehouse collectors, and other daily riders. Being car-free or car-lite doens’t have to mean inevitable confinement in spandex, baggy shorts, or rolled-up jeans. Be comfortable, practical, and slick in our four-pocket hemp-blend cycling knickers, casual counterparts to our celebrated Classic Wool Knickers that were recently praised by the New York Times fashion section!

Sturdy, environmentally-friendly hemp is blended with lyocell (a synthetic made by running waste wood through a recycled solvent) to give a tough yet comfortable three-season cloth with a beautiful drape. Adjustment tabs and elastic at the waist allow for seasonal waistline changes, and a clever pouch in the right pocket holds your cell phone, Jethro Tule, Powerbar, or whatever. Removable drawstrings at the hems let you cinch ’em up to keep the breeze out, or leave them open for that pirate-pants look! Dark olive color goes with almost anything you’ll wear on top.

Equally chic on women and men, on or off bike. Available now athttp://www.bicyclefixation.com.

Unwanted Benefit

tan lines

There’s a long list of benefits that I receive from being a bike commuter. Becoming healthier, saving some dough, and helping the environment are just a couple of perks. But there is something I get from being a bike commuter that I definitely do not want. And that’s a nasty looking tan line. Do you have the same problem?

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Car-Free Life Tests Commuters’ Skills

Henry H. of KHS Bicycles send us this article from ABC News

Six years ago, Bruce Wilbur did what most Americans wouldn’t dream of: he got rid of his car. And his minivan, too.

He started taking the bus to work not a common sight in Rochester, N.Y. and loved the switch. More recently, he’s been biking to work.

Getting rid of the car gave him his sanity back, the 49-year-old Web designer said, and saved him a lot of money too.

As a driver, “I tended to be prone to road rage,” Wilbur said. “It was nice to arrive at one’s destination without feeling all tense and angry.”

Car-free commuting is common in large cities with extensive public transportation, or in famously bicycle-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., but the surge in gasoline prices is making people across the country wonder if they can get to work without a car.

A survey by the Pew Research Center in June found 55 percent of drivers said they had cut back on driving in response to high gas prices.

However, making shorter trips or letting the car stand in the driveway isn’t a very good way of saving money. The real savings come when you get rid of the car altogether.