This weekend I took my kids to the Fullerton Railroad Days to check out the Choo Choo festivities. Since I knew we had to park far, I decided to bring out the Xtracycle as well as my little girls bike to ride from the car to the venue.

As you may have already noticed, my two older girls sat in the back with out any problems.

Once we got the event, I loaded up my daughter’s little bike in one of the Freeloaders.

I didn’t even get 10 feet out and people were already stopping me asking questions about the Xtracycle. So I took a few minutes out and explained all the benefits of this great life changing bicycle must have. I probably talked to at least 9 different people about the Xtracycle.

We eventually made it to the OCTA booth. OCTA stands for Orange County Transportation Authority. They have the best bus drivers in the world! One time I crashed and hit the street hard. The bus was right behind me and stopped with out any hesitation and waited until I was safely off the road before it went on its way. I was telling the OCTA folks how much I appreciate their drivers because when ever I bike commute, they are always aware of my presence on the street.

Any who. I love the Xtracycle! Kipchoge (Xtracycle Boss) and his staff of awesome folks have an amazing product. I love this thing so much that I don’t mind telling people about them.

Starbucks Bike to Work Day

starbucksStarbucks Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 18!

Throughout Puget Sound, riders can stop by Commute Stations to pick up free schwag, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information and to have bikes checked for free by our fantastic bike shop station sponsors. This is your day to be counted and recognized by the city!

If you’re already a seasoned bike commuter then help us spread the word and encourage colleagues to try a bike ride as part of their workday. Stop by one of the 37 Commute Stations located throughout the region; pick up a cool free water bottle, snacks, maps & other useful goodies. Enter the Starbucks Bike To Work Day raffle & have your bike spot-checked by our bike shop station sponsors. Many shops have substantial discount offers for participants throughout the month.

For more info click HERE.

Be Visible

Moe Commuting
Here’s another tip for y’all: Be Visible. May sound basic, but I see a lot of bike commuters that blend with parked cars and the road. Since mornings tend to be cool in So. Cal, I ride with a Hi-Viz jacket or a Hi-Viz Vest.

If the ‘bike geek ‘ look is not your thing, you can attach a big ass blinky like the lightman to the rear of the bike that is visible during the day.


If you are worrying that your panniers are too dull, the answer is simple, attach a blinky to it.

Panniers with blinkies

Our fellow commuter Russ Roca uses the Dinotte Tail light, at $129 its an expensive blinkie, but how much is your safety worth?

Dinotte tail light

I’ve also read that people use those reflective triangles that Bike Tourers use.

Bike Triangle

Whatever works for you, being as visible as possible is the best way to get home safely.