Archive | July 2012

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Touch Up Your Chipped Bike Frame with Nail Polish

Nail polish, like duct tape, is infinitely useful. We’ve all heard that it’s the best way to stop a run in panty hose. It can also protect your bike frame if a bit of paint has chipped off – yet another thing I’ve learned at Grease Rag. My frame is currently rocking a clear top […]

Review: Ortlieb Backroller Classic Panniers

At the beginning of summer I replaced my dysfunctional panniers with the Orlieb Backroller Classics. After six weeks of heavy use of the Ortlieb panniers, including a four day bike camping trip, I’m fairly happy with my new choice. As one friend commented, “I hear a lot of people complaining about their bike bags, but […]

Grease Rag: My Favorite Open Shop Night

Grease Rag is a group of WTF cyclists (that’s Women, Trans and Femme for the uninitiated) who get together to ride and work on bikes in Minneapolis. I talk about it a lot because Grease Rag has been the single most influential factor in my bicycle obsession. Today we’re celebrating the group’s third birthday, and […]

Four Days of Fantastic Bike Camping: A Newbie’s Perspective

It’s been more than a year since I started replacing car trips with bicycle trips – to work, shopping, nights out, and meetings. Biking has been something that transports me around Minneapolis and St. Paul efficiently, but a year ago I didn’t think about leaving the metro area. Bike touring seemed to be for the […]