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The Best Kind Of Traffic

Written by Boston Biker on May 16

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I was a bit harsh on the Cyclist for loosing this years Rush Hour race, but he seems to have done pretty well considering. I have done a lot of urban races, and I can say that following all the rules it for sure going to slow you down. Also remember as a cyclists if you jump off your bike you become a pedestrian…will open more possibilities for you next year racers!

Check out these awesome photos of his ride!


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Superb’s Awesome Shop Portraits

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 30

Superb has been taking awesome pictures of people who are coming into the shop. More here.


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Monday Fun, Because I Can Edition

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 27

You’re welcome.


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Recent Metal Work

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 18

I don’t often post about stuff I make, but whatever, its a slow bike news day so here are some of my recent metal work creations. See more here.


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Pics Of MassAve Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 29

The good author of BikeyFace (the best bicycle based comic you will find on the net bar none), sent me these awesome pics of the new Mass Ave bike lanes!

starting Up again near symphony

No Parking

Near the first church

Gap near Best Buy

Typical, cars already blocking the lanes


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Boston Bikers Braving The Brisk Breeze (Winter Riding Pics!)

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 08

Thank you very much to the many folks that sent in pictures, I have contacted the first few of you with requests for your addresses. I will be handing out randomly a whole bunch of bike riding books I have, I am not sure you will all enjoy them, but hey they are free and you can always re-gift. So without further delay here you all are in your riding finery. Way to ride Boston, way to ride!

We got some great submissions, everything from cycle chic to high tech ninja biker, below in order of submission are some great winter cyclists.

Greg Says:

Both these photos are from the same group ride a year ago, during a snow storm last December, when my drum bike was a bucket on top of my front-mounted milk crate. I’m wearing ski goggles, winter everything, with a reflective safety construction vest to top it off. I look like an insane person. Drum biking in this weather was exhilarating, to say the least.

The other photo was taken later on the path near Carson Beach, where we ended up.

Todd says:

I commute 26 miles, round trip. I bundle up as if my life depends on it:

Head:
Merino Wool beanie
Packing tape over helmet vents (thanks for this tip!)

Torso:
Merino wool long sleeve base layer
Heavy wool sweater
Woolrich button wool shirt
Gore-tex windbreaker

Hands:
Pearl Izumi Barrier Gloves

Bottom:
Polypro briefs
Merino/Lycra base layer
Corduroys
Gore-tex gaiters

Feet:
Heavy wool socks
Plastic shopping bags
Heavy wool socks
Leather hiking boots

Ben Says:

Cait and I raced in Superb’s Blizzard Man race last night. Some good pics on their site http://superbbicycle.com/2010/12/27/superb-bicycle-snow-race-results/ and one attached of Cait, after she came in third!

Veloria says:

Snow pictures from “Velouria” at Lovely Bicycle!

Jonathan says:

A couple pics. Not great, but you get the idea.

Dave Says:

Here are some photo of me in the snow last weekend.

Gina says:

I ride 15 miles roundtrip between Amherst and Northampton on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. I like the motorcycle rider /slick skier look. This is me after the last run of the day. Yee hah.

Phil Says:

OK, so here is what I typically wear on an ‘average’ winter day. I’m sorry there isn’t any snow scene available where my photographer is anyway…

Outfit:

Cords (usually have a pair of flannel lined chinos)
Wool socks
Dress Shirt
Cashmere Sweater
Cashmere Scarf
Wool Gloves with cool neon colored bike gloves over. Folks STOP when you wave with those for sure.
Hand made Wool knitted felt hat
Helmet has pads removed to make room for the warm hat
Sun glasses (but I have a pair of orange ones for cloudy days and clear ones for night time…these are important)
Harris Tweed Jacket (as bought at Boomerangs for $14.99) is the KEY!

I ride from Peabody Square in Dorchester to the Brewery at Amory Street each day. Typically we go from Amory to Centre Street to the PO as well…AND BACK. Also ride just about everywhere in the city which includes one or two evening meetings a week… Figure we ride about 75 miles a week on average over the course of the year. It’s probably closer to 50-60 in the winter months.

If it gets colder we add:

A half length woolen overcoat.
Sheep skin mittens
Sheep skin hat with ear flaps
Better warmer shoes
Wool pants
long underwear
ski goggles (if it’s nearing zero)

Carice Says:

So not much snow or visible “winter” in this photo, but it was 29 degrees when I was going out the door to work this morning, and this is what I was wearing:

Geoff Says:

That triangle thing? That’s my nose!

Rebecca says:

This is a photo of Paul Larrabee riding in a blizzard on Park ave. in Somerville in 1980

Galen Says:

Last minute addition. Nothing too special about these shots, except I get to show off my santa helmet and facemask. And the Jambike’s killer wheels for this type of weather.

I was super impressed with the diversity of the entries. I have been seeing an explosion of year round riders in Boston, so expect to see a whole lot more of the people above out on the streets this winter.

Whats your winter riding style? Which submitted picture is your favorite? Got any winter riding questions?

Happy and warm cycling everyone :)


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Stuck In The Snow

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

I have pushed my bike through all sorts of weather….but guess what doesn’t go when it snows and blows? Air planes, my least favorite form of transportation. I am stuck in the great white north, and will return Jan 1st. In the mean time I declare this post an open comment thread!

Post any snow related items in the comments.

How are you dealing with the snow? Anyone have any fun snow ride related stories? Any blizzard heroics performed on bike? Street conditions? Path conditions? Questions about riding in the snow?

And don’t forget I am still offering prizes to people who send in pictures of them bundled up to go for a ride in the snow (now would be a perfect time to snap a shot with you, your bike, and some epic snow!)


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Send In A Picture Of You In Your Winter Riding Gear (Prizes!)

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

I will be on winter vacation for the next couple days, so I thought I would pin this up here, we still got prizes to give away so send in them pics!

happy holidays everyone, and happy cycling into the new year

BostonBiker

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Years ago, during the winter, I felt like a lone explorer plying the cold dark wastelands on my bike. Winter would roll around and the few cyclists who I had seen riding regularly would vanish. It was lonely cycling till warm weather returned.

All that has changed! Now I end up in bike traffic. Even on days in the sub 20 degree range I see not one, not two, but dozens of other riders out there making their way about town. I see riders in the rain, I see riders in the wind, in the snow, in the drizzle. There is nothing wrong with being a seasonal commuter, but the sheer number of people now using their bicycles as “every day” transport (and I mean every day, even the cold nasty ones) is really amazing.

We have reached some sort of fantastic tipping point and now there are riders out there year round in all weather conditions. Its enough to make a bike bloggers heart grow three sizes.

I have also noticed that people look awesome riding there bikes in the cold. Scarfs, face masks, goggles, hats, capes, gloves. From the fancy to the functional, from high fashion to dime store chic winter riders are out in style and numbers!

I figured it would be fun to collect a bunch of pictures of people all done up in their winter gear to show the non-winter riders the fun they are missing.

The next time you are all geared up for a nice winter ride (or the next time you come home covered in snow), snap a picture of yourself and send it to [email protected], I will collect all the pictures and make a post of them.

The first couple people/best pictures will get prizes!

Cant wait to see what you all look like bundled up for a nice winter ride.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Support Cycle Tracks On The Arborway Feb 2nd January 30, 2015
      TweetFrom the Boston Cyclist Union ——- Since 2011, the Bike Union has helped lead local residents and other orgs to reconnect the Emerald Necklace for bicycles. Over the past 4 years, the coalition has successfully promoted an at-grade solution for … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Snowtacular Open Thread January 26, 2015
      Tweet   What do you plan to do during the mega storm?  I am sorta tempted to try riding down the big hill near my house once everything is covered with a foot of snow and no one is on … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Winter Mega Storm Aught 15 To Close Hubway Stations January 26, 2015
      TweetIn case you couldn’t figure out from the apocalyptic messages emanating from every media device, its going to snow, a lot, Tuesday.  Stay inside, bust out the trainers, and sweat out some holiday calories while watching a movie, oh also … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Action Alert: Help MassBike With The Bike Safety Bill January 23, 2015
      TweetFrom MassBike:   This month marks the start of a new two-year session in the Massachusetts Legislature, and MassBike has filed two bills designed to protect bicyclists and other vulnerable road users: the “Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users” and … Continue reading →
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    • PARKWAYS MOVING FORWARD: DCR is Not The Highway Department January 21, 2015
      It’s a pleasure to be able to praise a government agency: civil servants who try to live up to their public service mission are over-worked and underpaid relative to private sector peers – and always under appreciated! It’s particularly a pleasure to praise the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR), a woefully underfunded agency whose […]
      Steve Miller
    • Another Winter Rider! January 20, 2015
      Tweet Doug looking great in safety yellow!  Also is that a built in headlamp?! Still have two books left, get yours!
      Boston Biker
    • Another Winter Rider! January 20, 2015
      Tweet Doug looking great in safety yellow! Still have two books left, get yours!
      Boston Biker
    • Turning The Loss Of Cycling Ability Into A Gain January 19, 2015
      TweetLife starts with almost unlimited and unknown potential. A newborn is a mystery in that he or she might be anyone, might do anything and might even make a difference in the world we live in. But, the farther along … Continue reading →
      IsolateCyclist
    • The Fundamental Problem with Vehicular Cycling January 17, 2015
      TweetThe fundamental problem with the Vehicular Cycling (VC) approach to cyclist safety is it promotes mobility of the Strong & Fearless cyclist over the safety of all other cyclists. Doing so promotes their own self interest at the cost of … Continue reading →
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    • Mini-Contest Still On! January 16, 2015
      TweetI still have a handful of books to give away, send me a picture of you in your full winter riding gear and get free stuff!
      Boston Biker