Mixed Signals

When you’re on a bike it helps to communicate where you’re going. At first it may seem weird, especially if you’ve never seen anyone signal before. This was the case when I started biking. But I gave it a shot. At first I stuck to the basics: “right” and “left.” I started with the most […]

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Too Close for Comfort

If you’re lucky enough to have a bike lane, you’re still probably not lucky enough to have a comfortably wide luxurious bike lane. And even with the words “Bikes Only” coupled with cute little stick figure cyclists, you’re probably spending a good deal of time avoiding things in your lane that are not bikes. Space […]

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Beginning

The weather’s better, you’re burned out on traffic, and you hate the gym. You hear it’s “Bike Month” and an idea forms in your head. Could you bike to work? Maybe it’s not that crazy. It might solve some problems. But not before presenting some challenges. So you decide to get some information. You seek […]

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Red Light Surprise

Yesterday as I approached a light on Mass Ave it turned red. The cyclist ahead of me rode blithely through it. I came to a complete stop. That was apparently a very unexpected move to the cyclist behind me… Should this really be that much of a surprise? However, this is why I sometimes signal […]

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Getting Lost

My first city experience was when I interned for a TV production company in Boston for a summer in college. I knew nothing of Boston except for a few stops on the Red Line. Suddenly I found myself being sent to all ends of the city on foot, by car, driving the company van, and even […]

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So Ladies…

…Let’s talk about fashion. Or not. Because I’m not much of a fashionista. And never have been. I have gotten a little better since then. But my life doesn’t revolve around clothes. I really enjoy looking looking like crap some days. Or a bit dirty and grungy. And some times I even dress up (and […]

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Not a Sideshow

I’ve been taking the lane more and more. In the beginning I was timid and concerned with being polite. However there are drivers who think- no matter what- bikes should be as far to the right as possible. No matter the door zone, pothole, debris, or gutter situation. They’re always eager to push bikes further […]

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My Dirty Secret

I have a confession. I really don’t know that much about bikes. I just like to ride them. For me it’s more about lifestyle. So when it comes to bike repairs sometimes I get myself into situations. It’s not that I don’t have the ability fix a bike, I just don’t have any experience. But […]

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If Butts Could Talk

If you bike on the street you are familiar with the “door zone” (also known as the “bike lane.”) You are probably also familiar with another frequent obstacle in the bike lane. Butts. Yes,  the bike lane is the place where people mess with unseen shit inside their car. While I see them in advance and […]

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