From the editor: What happened in July

The hottest July in 70 years

This week I was supposed to write about me building my ultimate commuter, but as I just finished talking with the shop in Germany – they still don’t have my frame and it should arrive this week. I sure hope it does, since it’s my last holiday week next week and it would be nice… Continue reading From the editor: What happened in July

Copenhagen – The city of cycling

Copenhagen Cycle Parade 2010 | Photo by Martti Tulenheimo

Ah, Copenhagen. Whenever one is looking for some information about cycling, two cities are usually featured: Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. 38 percent of the city’s population commutes with their bike daily, and I bumped to this awesome video from the 2010 Velo-city happening by film maker Clarence Eckerson, Jr.… Continue reading Copenhagen – The city of cycling

15 fun facts about bicycles

Photo by Bernatcg

I think many people imagine bikes existing already in the middle ages, where Teutonic knights rode their trusty wooden bikes to battle with lances gleaming in the sun, but the modern bike is not much older than the automobile. Funnily, the modern bicycle hasn’t changed much from where it was a bit over a hundred… Continue reading 15 fun facts about bicycles

Review: Ortlieb Mudracer waterproof seat bag

The Mudracer has room for bike travel basics and more

Whenever you are going for a longer journey on your bicycle, it best to have the necessary tools and spares along with you. Our usual travel kit includes a spare inner tube for the tyres, a multitool, a simple first aid kit and tyre levers for changing the tube. Depending on the gear we have… Continue reading Review: Ortlieb Mudracer waterproof seat bag

Commuting: 4 steps to hydration

We have all been thirsty, some of us have even been really thirsty and the urge to drink is amazingly primal. Our species contains on average 57% of water, but it doesn’t make us camels. Still, dehydration seems to be something very distant for people, so instead of scientific approaches, I’ll let the simple English… Continue reading Commuting: 4 steps to hydration

Review: X-Tools Workshop Prep Stand

The stand offers excellent working height even for taller people and you can access the buy all around without turning it

Building or repairing a bicycle without a stand is very, very difficult if you have to do anything that requires two hands or you have to spin the wheels or pedals. As you might already know, I am a tall person (195 cm, something like 6’4″) and I don’t know anyone who likes to work… Continue reading Review: X-Tools Workshop Prep Stand

Hardwood is great for furniture, terraces and .. Renovo bikes?

Bikes have always come in many forms and materials, but they started out from wood. Eventually lighter and more durable materials emerged, such as steel, titanium, aluminum and lately – carbon fiber. Wood was still around for a long time: The first Tour de France was in 1903, but they only allowed other than wooden… Continue reading Hardwood is great for furniture, terraces and .. Renovo bikes?

Commuting: One (multi)tool to rule them all

A bicycle is a frame and a collection of stuff held together by different sorts of nuts, screws and bolts. Due to this fact, it’s very important to make sure that those nuts and bolts in question are tightened once in a while. Sure, you could carry a toolkit or always ride with a friend… Continue reading Commuting: One (multi)tool to rule them all

Commuting: 4 things you should know about bicycle brakes

Check all the brake cables for damage and wear

Ah, braking. Some people are afraid to go fast(er) because they do not trust their brakes and ultimately themselves being able to stop their bicycle in utter annihilation of mind and body. As we spoke in our article about learning to fall, now we will give you some information and hints about using your brakes.… Continue reading Commuting: 4 things you should know about bicycle brakes

Find your way – Creating bike routes

When you go jogging or walking, route planning for your average mortal person is quite easy since the lap usually won’t be larger than 15 kilometers, usually half of that. Since cycling is so much more efficient, 15 kilometers is not even a long trek for someone who has biked even a little (and has… Continue reading Find your way – Creating bike routes