I’m back in the saddle again

It’s been a while since I wrote anything for this blog. I was mostly feeling ashamed and/or sorry for myself that I’ve not been riding as much as I’d like. Today was only my second commute of 2012. I blame the weather mostly, but I think the main reason is because I’m lazy or not motivated to ride. I also moved further away from work in order to be able to live in a bigger house. We’ve got a baby on the way and the old place was getting really tight.  My new commute to work is about 15-16 km … Continue reading I’m back in the saddle again

Company profile: Pedal to Petal

I was listening to my favourite podcast the other day and I was surprised and excited to hear that the guest was Trevor Vam Hemert from Pedal to Petal. This company is based in Victoria BC and they have identified and exploited a unique niche in the composting market. Their main goal is to gather and distribute as much compostable material as possible, with a twist. They do it all using used and recycled bicycles, with home-made bike trailers, using re-purposed wooden pallets to store and compost the kitchen waste. In other words, they have a minimal footprint on the … Continue reading Company profile: Pedal to Petal

REVIEW Magtenlight

This review takes a look at the Magtenlight, a bicycle lighting system that does not need batteries. Their website is http://www.magtenlight.com/ The lights were mounted on a Trek Allant A background I started commuting by bike in September 2010 as the days were getting shorter and darker. I realized that I will need some sort of lighting system to be seen by motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists. I decided to purchase a set of lights from Blackburn called the Flea. They are small, powerful enough, and charge using the USB port on your computer. They were useful and I liked … Continue reading REVIEW Magtenlight

REVIEW TREK Allant: My commuter cycle

In a previous post, I have alluded to the purchase of my current commuter bike, so I think it’s about high time to write a review about it. The disclaimer is that I am not now, nor ever have been, affiliated with the Trek Bicycle Corporation, and I was not compensated in any way for this review. EDIT #1: New thoughts added at the end of the article. EDIT #2: More thoughts Let’s start at the beginning. When I first attempted to commute to work, I did it on a Raleigh mountain bike purchased at Canadian Tire. I made the … Continue reading REVIEW TREK Allant: My commuter cycle

A student’s perspective on bicycle commuting

As a co-op student, my academic career has so far taken me from school to workplace and everywhere in between. Commuting to these destinations was mostly a car affair, until recently. In September I started my last co-op work term and I was determined to make a lifestyle change and use a bicycle as a secondary mode of transportation, for various different reasons which I will discuss below. The most important factor in my decision was getting back to a less round shape, and cycling has become a small piece of this weight-loss puzzle. My commute time has decreased by … Continue reading A student’s perspective on bicycle commuting