Carrying Cargo With Topeak BeamRack MTX System of Bags and Racks
Love at first ride.
The EVELO blog
Author: David Rodenhiser
One thing that needs to be considered when outfitting your bike for commuting or errand running (or even longer recreational rides) is how you’ll carry your cargo. Whether it’s groceries, work clothes, your laptop or just lunch and a blanket to sit on, you need to find a way to transport those items with you.
Many folks use a backpack, or courier bag, but in general, I think it’s more pleasant, especially on longer rides, to get the weight off of your back and onto the bike. It’s both cooler when the weather is hot, and more comfortable for your back. Think about it: cowboys don’t carry their gear on their backs – it goes in saddlebags on the horses! … Read more
One of the great things about a bike is the ease with which you can make it “yours”. Customization to make it fit your exact needs is both inexpensive, and simple to do yourself. One of the best ways to do this is to swap the tires for ones that are the best match for your riding style and terrain. … Read more
Modern smart phones have made our everyday lives easier in so many ways that it’s often hard to remember what it was like before they were commonplace.
One of the places they can really be useful is on our bikes. We can track our speed and distance, run various apps that will show our heart rate and cadence (with appropriate accessories) , provide music to listen to, and of course, the big one: give us directions and help when we get lost! … Read more
This is more of a set of thoughts and stories and not a review of a particular product, so bear with me.
When I first started riding as a kid, I never thought much about mirrors. My bikes didn’t have them. And the few that I’d seen on adult bikes were big, ugly metal things that I would never want on my bike. How uncool! Besides, they wouldn’t have lasted a week, or even a day, given how many times I crashed! Such are the joys of growing up as a kid in what was then still the countryside and not quite the suburbs 🙂 … Read more
This article was originally posted on Electric Bike Report on June 20, 2015
One of the many things people consider when making a lifestyle change is how to make their commute to work simpler and less of a hassle.
They think: wouldn’t it be great to eliminate the pain of being stuck in traffic and then parking your car. The expense of gas, maintenance, tolls and parking.
Or waiting for public transit and making connections that slow them down. … Read more
One of the things that can ruin a great day of riding is getting caught in an unexpected rainstorm or sudden drop in temperature. And it’s not just unpleasant – it can even be unsafe. Hypothermia is something to take seriously if you spend time in the outdoors, whether riding or going for a day hike in the country. … Read more
One great way to make your riding more efficient is to use some form of foot-retaining technology. Way back in the mists of time, (before the mid 1980’s) this meant toe clips and straps, and, if you were really serious, special cleats on your dedicated cycling shoes that grabbed the edge of the metal pedal in a slot. … Read more
One of the things that surprises many people about electric bikes is that rather than being a way to “cheat” and not get any exercise while riding, an electric bike is a great way to get back into fitness riding. Knowing that you won’t be stuck 15 miles from home, exhausted, or end up too tired to climb those hills around your home is a great confidence builder. Thus, the electric bicycle is a way into fitness.