Yearly Archives: 2012

Driver Mentality As A Reflection Of American Culture

Unlike the rest of America, I try to avoid all stores on Black Friday weekend. Black Friday has grown from a day to a weekend since most retailers have caught on to Americans’ willingness to extend their shopping frenzy instead … Continue reading

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Motives For Giving Thanks For Cycling

  Years ago, our ancestors used prayer to control the world around them. They prayed for deliverance from misfortune and they offered prayers of gratitude when things went well. Reliance on divine intervention was a way of life for most … Continue reading

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Cycling Attire Designed To Ward Off Winter

Technically, it’s still fall in New England. You would never know it judging by the frigid overnight temperatures. Or by the ever shortening days. Each mid-November morning, this year, has started off with brisk, chilled air. Exiting a building, causes … Continue reading

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Doping Hotlines And Cycling Competition

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has recently announced their intention to establish a confidential hotline for “cyclists who want to blow the whistle on fellow riders.” They see this as a good way to clean up the sport of bicycle … Continue reading

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Reaction Times: Cyclists Versus Motorists

  Driving in traffic is very boring. To pass the time, I often make informal studies of things in my surroundings, especially things related to driving. There is little point in driving a car if one doesn’t give some thought … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Safe Cyclists?

A reader recently drew my attention to a “research” paper purporting to explain why mandatory helmet laws don’t reduce injuries. Of the anti-helmet research papers I’ve read to date, this one presents the most convoluted arguments against mandatory helmet laws … Continue reading

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The End Of Daylight Savings Time Marks The Beginning Of Riding In Darkness

Some people hate daylight savings time. They see it as a means of “reducing productivity” (or so I read). There is much grumbling from these daylight savings time opponents about how unnecessary it is to reset the clock to allot additional … Continue reading

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Non-Helmet Wearers Coming Out Of The Closet

  Maybe someday no one will have to hide in the closet. Prejudice will be a thing of the past. And each and every one of us will be accepted for who we are. For now, those whose natural disposition … Continue reading

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Cycling As An Advantage In Hurricane Preparation

  At first glance, cycling and hurricanes seem to have nothing in common. Well, actually, they don’t have anything in common per se, but being a cyclist is an advantage when it comes to preparing for hurricanes. Over the past … Continue reading

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Cycling Statistics To The Naked Eye

  No matter what subject is being discussed or what point is being made, statistics are always presented as “proof” of one position or another. I put the word proof in quotations because statistics have no intrinsic meaning, and as … Continue reading

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