The Longest Car-Free Bicycle Routes In The U.S.

by Tracy McGill •

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Bicycle touring is gaining in popularity across the U.S. with more car-free bike routes being completed each year. Cyclists who like the idea of long distance riding, but not the hassle of navigating through traffic and across busy roads on a bike can now plan an outing on one of these bike trails. Thanks to abandoned railway lines and canal …

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Top Car-Free Bike Routes In The Midwest

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There’s a growing trend happening in the Midwest and across the country. With the support of local and regional governments, long distance bike routes are being converted from abandoned rail corridors in an attempt to connect a nationwide network of trails most commonly referred to as rails-to-trails. These trails are generally flat or follow a gentle grade, perfect for beginning …

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Bicycle Saddle Review: Brooks B17 Narrow

by Tracy McGill •

Bicycle saddle reviews can be difficult to discern. Finding the right bicycle saddle has many personal variables — from riding style to, yes, bum shape. Most bikes today come with saddles made of molded plastic or nylon, though some higher end saddles are made of carbon fiber. If you are a product of the 70s, your first bike may have …

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The Most Energy Efficient HD TVs Of 2011

by Tracy McGill •

Energy efficient TV may sound like an oxymoron and with ever increasing TV sizes and the current 3D TV trend,it’s enough to make energy efficiency watchers cringe. But no need to pull the plug just yet, because the other major trend for 2011 is increased energy efficiency in TVs. With new efficiency standards going into effect this year, you’ll also …

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MIT Says Relax & Recharge On A Solar Powered Rocker

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Architecture students at MIT, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy, recently unveiled their latest design for the Massachusetts’ based school’s 150th anniversary Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST). These solar powered SOFT rockers allow you to plug in and recharge your USB device while relaxing outdoors. With a soft wood construction, the rocker makes use of the balance from human body weight to …

Family Cycling: A Review Of Trailer Bikes For Kids

by Tracy McGill •

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Family cycling can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially for cyclists who want to share the joy of bicycling with their children. However, there are a few years, typically between the ages of 4 and 9 when family cycling becomes challenging for both parent and child. Even though they’ve outgrown the child bike seat and are riding on their …

National Bike Month Pushes Bike Commuting Into High Gear

by Tracy McGill •

The month of May commemorates the love of the bicycle with National Bike Month featuring Bike to Work events across the country. And while telling a bike commuter that it’s Bike to Work day is like telling Stephen King it’s National Write a Novel day, cycling advocates are welcoming the opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of bike …

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Inexpensive LED Light Bulbs Have Arrived

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LED light bulbs have long had incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs beat in terms of energy efficiency, yet they’ve taken a back seat to the CFLs due to the much higher price tag of an LED bulb. That is until now. As incandescent bulbs are being phased out, lighting companies are scrambling to get their LED bulbs on the …

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Stunning Pacific IF Mode Bike Folds Flat, Really Flat

by Tracy McGill •

The Pacific IF (integrated folding) Mode bike is a sleek combination of efficiency and artistry. Designed by the same people who brought us the Strida bike, the IF Mode features a svelte look without all the clutter of a traditional folding bike. Pacific Cycles has created this bike with the reluctant commuter or reluctant folding bike commuter in mind by …

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Energy Efficient House In Mojave Desert Built With Shipping Containers

by Tracy McGill •

Sitting near Joshua Tree, California in the Mojave Desert is an energy efficient new home and studio built by architect Walter Scott Perry of ecotechdesign out of six re-purposed steel shipping containers. Also known as the Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, the 2,300 square foot home is the first permitted shipping container house to be built in the Mojave …