Category: Blogs

It finally happened to me

Fifteen years on the bike, thousands upon thousands of miles, and I finally got hit. Well, it isn’t entirely accurate to say that I got hit, more like “I stopped and the car stopped on my front wheel”.  I was

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Seventy-Three Miles of Singlespeed Shinanegans

After months of jokes and weeks of debate, I rode my singlespeed on the BikeFest metric century this year– plus 11mi to Hillsborough from home– and it was every bit as silly and awesome as I had hoped it would

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I did the thing.

I just ended up with a cargo bike. It all started a couple of months ago when my wife was out of town for a week. There were a lot of places I’d have taken the kids by bike, but

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Ransom and McCauley Streets – Letter to Town Council

If you drive near UNC, you may know Ransom Street.  It’s small and narrow, often less than 20 feet across (16 feet, with 20 inch gutter pans), and lined by large trees and old homes.  It is also the primary

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The family…

This was an exchange between my father and I while he was in town for Thanksgiving. We were waiting for a cyclist to cruise past before making a left into the driveway: Father: It is irritating waiting for cyclists. Me:

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Jury Duty

I rode out to Hillsborough on Wednesday for jury duty. As it happened, I also got some mileage in before the cold weather showed up. Due to a general lack of time, I rode up Old 86 in the morning.

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On not shifting and cycling in the fall

Presented with a gorgeous Fall Saturday and my family out of town, I decided there was nothing on the to-do list that couldn’t wait a few hours, grabbed my singlespeed, and set out for adventure. I ended up going for

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If you can’t count it, it doesn’t count

If a tree falls in the forest, but nobody counted it, did it even exist? We have more maps, measurements and counts than ever before, and the quantitative trumps the qualitative. Because we are flooded with information, we use numbers

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I am encouraged by two new things on the Chapel Hill side of the line: All of the bikes strung up on any surface vaguely resembling a bike rack at the new Shortbread lofts. Seriously, both the racks and the

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It’s Bike Month!

It’s May, the world has thawed out and greened back up, and it’s Bike Month. If you did not ride all winter (like some of us did), it’s time to dust off that steed, inflate the tires, and go. But

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Tour de France / Tour de Force

I will hazard a guess that many of this site’s readers are more interested in getting to work or school by bike than in cycling as a sport, and many more of you are interested in cycling both for business

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On the Start of the New Year

We received this message from Ben August recently: I was riding through downtown Carrboro the other day on my way to work when a cyclist passed me at a red light at Jones Ferry and Main. Not two blocks further,

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pedal, stretch breathe review

This guest post by bikecarrboro member Kate will be published in a future copy of our newsletter. Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling, by Kelli Refer Ever flip off the driver that whips by a little to close, or

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2013 Open Streets Participants

Our list of participating organizations keeps growing! We’ll have updates as we confirm them. Back Alley Bikes is a locally-owned and operated bike shop, and Jason would sure be happy to have you come in and get your gear or service.

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Elly Blue’s Everyday Bicycling

The following book review was provided via email by Colleen Barclay. Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Ellie Blue; Cantankerous Titles, 2012. Available from the publisher here. The steady inflation of fuel prices and

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ReCYCLEry Grand Reopening

Here are a few photos from the grand reopening of ReCYCYCLEry

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Smith Level Road Project – Still Waiting

Smith Level Road is one of the worst sections of highway for cyclists in Carrboro. The town has been struggling for decades with NC-DOT to build sidewalks and bike lanes without turning the road into a 4-lane monstrosity like MLK

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The ReCYCLEry Finds a New Home

The ReCYCLEry announces new hours!!! Sundays from noon to 6pm (starting August 15). Thursdays from 7 to 10pm. (stating August 26) Occasional Wednesdays (check website). Special events on Saturdays (check the website). Class schedules and more days coming soon.

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Carrboro Bicycle Breakfast 2010

We missed the rain, and the Carrboro Bicycle Breakfast for 2010 was fully of happy cyclists.

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Record Breaking Banana Ride in Carrboro

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