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 …

Best Commuter Bicycle Tires

Once you’ve found the perfect bike, bag, rack, and helmet, you’re all set for gas-free commuting, right?  Not quite – the right tires are an often-overlooked part of the package, and they can make all the difference for biking around town.  Here are four of the best tires for commuters, blending traction, durability, and low rolling resistance on pavement.  All …

Efficient: Books That Explain Train Travel In North America

Train travel is one of the most efficient forms of transportation. However, in North America, traveling by rail is not particularly systematic or comprehensive. It’s difficult to get an overview of what’s available. Thankfully, there are several good books on North American train travel, which I read recently. Here’s a brief review:

Tumi Electrical Adaptor for Travel

From Tumi comes this device that combines many electrical adaptors into one. It has configurations for 120 countries, all in one unit. Available from: Tumi ($50)

Origami Tableware by Orikaso

Orikaso, a design firm in the U.K., has released these foldable polypropylene cups, bowls and plates for backpacking or travel. They can actually hold liquids without leaking.

Marko Travel Toothbrush by Ohso

This Marko toothbrush by Ohso holds toothpaste in its handle, and dispenses it within its own bristles, making it a self-contained device for travelers. Last year we reviewed the “Clever Toothbrush” which was similar, but it was made out of plastic, and was not very durable. This toothbrush looks better — it’s composed of chrome and rubber, and has a …