Saturday Night Links

Three prominent cycling minds discuss how to get more people on bicycles.

  • Tim Grahl interviews Tim Parr (Swobo), Brad Quartuccio (Urban Velo), and Tim Jackson (Masi Bikes) over on Commute by Bike. Watch the video HERE.

Suffer from cold hands during winter cycling?

  • My friend Keith let me borrow his Pogies, also known as Bullwinkles or Moose Mitts, and I thought these weatherproof handlebar covers worked pretty well. I decided to do some research on them, and found an expert on the subject. Tim Woody, Anchorage, Alaska cyclist and author of the Bicycles and Icicles blog, gave me some great information. Read about some of the Pogie options available, from the cheap to the exotic, over on Commute by Bike HERE.

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4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Links

  1. The Interbike interview was a great piece. I have to say that I agree with much of the logic behind their efforts. Cycling does have the potential to change people, the communities they live in and maybe even the world. But to make that happen, it requires participation by a larger segment of the general public. And I think the ideas presented here are an interesting change in direction towards making that happen. Rather than focusing on larger, daunting issues such as global warming, dwindling natural resources or even personal obesity, they are attempting to make cycling more inclusive and less intimidating. Whether it is more clothing choices, local acceptance of the rider in their community or the actual bike itself, starting with the basics of putting butts in the saddle is a much more positive first step than trying to imply that it will change the world. That comes later. When you have them hooked!

  2. My pogies are CliMitts. They are great, I can go bare-handed (yep, sometime I have naked hands under there) under my CliMitts down to about 0 degrees. They are windproof, fleece lined, and very water resistant. When the temps get too cold to go bare under the pogies, I just add a light glove. Easy to get in and out of. A must-have for the winter temps.

  3. Thanks for the interview, it was good. So how can the average joe get people riding? It is hard very hard, but next time bike to work week rolls around just try to help one person.If you can get that one person to ride more than that one time you have won,but it’ s hard.I know one husband and wife that have been commuting and they have been riding bmx bikes and now the husband has put together a fixed gear bike.

  4. Jeff P and I will be among those working on Bike to Work week for Muscle Powered. We’ll all have to do a lot of brainstorming between now and May to come up with good ideas to get more people riding bikes.

    One of the things I took from the interview was to preach “fun”. A lot of times we’ll try to preach the other benefits like health and environmentalism, but these topics can be politically charged and be a turn off to some people. One idea that I think Jeff P had, was to adopt a rider. Support groups in this situation are great. Similarly, you could pick up a few people along the route, and start a commuter convoy.

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