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A Broken Saddle, a Lesson in Jaw Surgery,

TweetModern medical advances in jaw surgery are both wonderful and terrifying. If you ever break your jaw for any reason, you should not only take comfort in the fact that solutions exist to not only help your jaw heal faster … Continue reading

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How to Save Money: Do It Yourself! A Broken Shifter, Repaired.

Tweet“You know your rear shifter is broken right?”┬áThe┬áCity Bicycles NYC mechanic fumbled to shift my gears properly after replacing my chain (lost to a Times Square strom drain thanks to a snapped link). “Yeah, I know, you’ve gotta move the … Continue reading

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Drastic Times Call for Drastic Tire Levers

Tweet Like when disaster strikes my tire with a pannier full of beer over a glass-ridden Longfellow bridge. Wet and defeated, I walked to Kendall to catch the T to south station to catch a bus to New York. I’d … Continue reading

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This week in Boston DIY Hacks: Messenger Bag Turned Backpack, Camera Boom and U-Lock Holster

TweetOne of my favorite things about being a cyclist is coming up with practical solutions on my own, and I’m always especially excited to discover new innovations others come up with right here in Boston. I ran into my friend … Continue reading

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Bicycle May Use Full Lane: Bike-Mounted Sign

TweetI take the lane when I need to, but as fellow blogger cyclostat can attest to, too few drivers understand that cyclists have a right to the road and don’t know what to do other than get really angry at … Continue reading

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Trashcan Panniers: Rack Mount v1.5

TweetLast year I created my own trashcan panniers for commuting and touring for $20 because I could not afford to drop $165 on new Ortliebs, and making stuff is fun. Here they are in full touring action this past March … Continue reading

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Rear Rack as a Front Rack Hack

TweetMy old 80s Bianchi Mountain Bike is my bad weather/touring tank, which I’m in the process of setting up for loaded touring. Too cheap to buy a proper front rack, I decided to convert an old delta rear rack I … Continue reading

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