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I need some late night/early morning riding tips

Since my hours at work recently changed, I’ve avoided riding in because I just don’t want to take the risk of getting hit by a drunk driver since I start work right around the same time the bars are closing.

So, I’m turning to our readers for some advice.

I need to know the safest way to commute at night. I currently have the Down Low Glow from Fossil Fool and a few other blinkies and headlights, but I’m not sure if that’s enough.

Giant Founder Tours Taiwan on Bike

Courtesy of Bicycle Retailer.

JUNE 13, 2007 — TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)–King Liu, the 73-year-old chairman of Giant, recently completed a 15-day tour of Taiwan. Liu wanted to experience the beauty of his native island in a way that allowed him to truly take pleasure in the places and culture unique to the island.

“Driving is too careless, walking is too slow, and only through cycling can you truly experience the beauty of this island and have this once-in-a-lifetime adventure,? said Liu.

The 576-mile long trip did present some challenges for Liu. An accident while crossing an intersection resulted in scraped knees and fingers. Liu struggled up the Central Mountain Range, climbing over 1,600 feet in 13 miles. He was rewarded at the top with a breath taking view of the coast. He experienced a great deal of encouragement and support from cyclists along the way, some of whom joined him on portions of the ride.

Liu believes that bicycling provides positive influence to society with long-term environmental and health benefits. He hopes that his tour of Taiwan is inspiration for the beginning of a global transformation to encourage more people to experience life on a bicycle.

Calling all Roadies and Mountain Bikers!

When I ride my bike to work I occasionally see vehicles with roof racks for bikes. I also see a few with cycling stickers (Like the SUV with the Pat’s 605 sticker). I also know a few roadies and Mountain Bikers that when I tell them that I’m a bike commuter the look at me like huh? And then the excuses start to fly out: I don’t have a commuter bike, I don’t want to be sweaty, road is too boring, blah, blah, blah. Check out Elijah’s Commuter profile, he’s a great example of a mountain biker turned commuter, RL is another Mountain Biker turned commuter, myself, I’m a roadie turn bike commuter that rides mountain bikes as well. You can make all the excuses that you want, but Elijah said it best when I asked him why he is a bike commuter:


I love riding bikes, especially mountain bikes. It was a no brainer for me after I tried it once.

The one that really gets me is when someone tells me that riding on the road is too boring. BORING????? Come on mountain bikers, you ride on trails that have no vehicular traffic and ride rigs that make a Cadillac feel harsh. Try riding next to a school in the morning when all the parents are running late, better yet, try riding a fixed gear bike on the city of New York as Nick James does and see if it’s boring.

Yeah Roadies and Mountain Bikers, I’m calling you out, stop making excuses and ride your rig to work you’ll start wondering why you’d never tried it before, like I did 2 years ago.

Redline 925 “Nacho” Update

So I’ve been riding my Redline Nacho. Basically its a 925 with some mods such as removing all the pretty fender stuff, and replacing the moustache bars with a flat bar and finally, no brakes.

I’m learning how to ride with more confidence on the Nacho. Since I don’t have brakes, I really need to be more aware of my surroundings and stop skid when needed. But for the most part, as long as I know my surroundings, I can slow down just by using my legs.

However, I’ve yet to conquer coming down a hill down the street from me since its mega huge….but one day I will