Evening Biking

The sun sets before 4:30 p.m. in most of New England for the next two months. This means that if you spend any time out and about in the evening—running, biking, walking—you will be enjoying the cloak of early darkness. And if you happen to be active on the weekdays in the hours immediately after…

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Flat tires can happen on any surface, to any type of bike. If you ride, you have to be ready with the tools and knowledge necessary for a roadside repair. With practice, the right equipment, and a little baby powder, you’ll be back on the road or the trail in no time. BEFORE YOU HEAD…

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For $15 or less, the Schwinn Merge provides as much protection as helmets many times more expensive. Shortly after I wrote a recent column on bicycle helmets (Safety on the Brain: How to Choose a Bicycle Helmet), Consumer Reports released its latest study on this year’s crop of helmets (subscription required). The results are insightful—and…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. Hub Powderworks of Boston is now offering the only high-visibility product I’ve ever truly coveted: An ultra-reflective, ultra-durable coating for your entire bike frame. Specifically, the coating is retro-reflective, which means that it reflects light directly back at its source regardless of the angle of the…

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One of the biggest challenges of winter cycling is keeping your fingers from becoming icy popsicles of pain. Over a decade of winter bike commuting, I’ve tried multiple solutions—a whole universe of gloves, lobster claws, and mittens—and to date the best, warmest option I’ve found are Bar Mitts. Constructed from thick 5.5mm neoprene, Bar Mitts…

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In more than 90 percent of bicycle fatalities, the rider was not wearing a helmet. Don’t become part of this statistic! Make sure your bike helmet fit is optimized to your noggin. It should feel snug but not uncomfortably tight and sit level on your head. The front should rest no more than one inch above…

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Just outside of Boston, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway runs 10 miles from the quiet suburban town of Bedford to the bustling edge of Cambridge. I ride the length of this paved rail-trail nearly every weekday to work and back again—more than 6,000 miles to date, and counting. Beneath shady woods, alongside tranquil meadows, past landmarks…

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Leave it to the treacherous roads and drivers of Boston to inspire somebody to create a bicycle horn that sounds like a car horn—and is just as loud. The Loud Bicycle Horn That somebody is Jonathan Lansey, who invented the Loud Bicycle Horn, a 23-ounce decibel-pumping unit that mounts to your bike tube just below…

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Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves. Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I’ve used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits. Here’s the best snapshot of their capabilities: I left for an hour-long…

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