Last summer my family packed up our bags and left our home in New York City. We left seeking a slower pace of life, more home cooked meals, more time with each other, and less non-stop working. Ithaca seemed like the perfect place to design this midlife reboot. It had many things going for it, but there was one simple thing that made it the obvious choice, our desire to be car free.
This was the single most important aspect of our lifestyle design. So before we go any further let me define exactly what this means for us, so we’re both clear. Does being “car free” mean that Continue reading “CAR FREE or The Best Purchase a Young Urban Family Can Possibly Make To Solve Almost All The Problems Of Modern Life!!”
When the idea first passed through my mind, I could bike to work, I dismissed it outright. Two long demanding hills a day, Route 34, Triphammer, Elm St, Westhaven. Ten miles in, 10 miles out. Is this insane? People still give me that look.
I’d been a runner all my life—I’m in my 50s– and just recently cut back due to the need to preserve my knees. I was not new to biking up hills: 10 years ago when I lost a job I loved (and hated too!) I bought a light-weight Fuji and after 6 weeks of working at it, I conquered the Elm St/ Westhaven hill without once dismounting. And there was a time in my life when three of us were sharing a car, so I’d secure my Fuji in the back of the Honda and my boyfriend would drive me into work in the morning, and I’d bike home. That was doable for me, yet I Continue reading “The Biker Within “
In 2013 a small mid-drive motor for ebikes called the Bafang bbs02 came on the market. It had amazing torque for its size, enabling even lightweight bikes to climb up steep hills. Even better, it was less than half the price of comparable motors, it could be fitted to almost any bike, and it was relatively easy to install. I added the bbs02 to my custom ebike offerings at Boxy Bikes.
However, I quickly found that the 48v 750 watt bbs02 motors were susceptible to Continue reading “Caring for Your Small Mid-Drive Motor”
Recreational bicyclists put their bikes in storage for winter. But people like us who bike as their main form of transportation don’t have that option. We need our bikes to get where we’re going year round. So we put fenders, lights, bar-mitts and studded tires on our bikes and that works pretty well. But there is one other ingredient winter bikers should know about: wool. Wool garments are perfect for winter biking for this reason: they keep you warm when you need to be warm and they keep you cool when you need to be cool.
When you bike in winter your motorist friends will make pitying comments because they think that riding a bike in winter makes you cold. It’s actually more complicated than that. Continue reading “Forget Lycra: Discover Wool for Winter Biking”