Favorite Bicycle Related Things for 2008

[[image:happy_2008mini.jpg::inline:1]]In honor of the New Year and in the spirit of Oprah’s "Favorite Things" and those pesky end of the year “best of” lists– I share my list of favorite bicycle riding/transportation related things.

Published January 8, 2008 by C.I.C.L.E.
By Lugged Steel

[[image:happy_2008.jpg::inline:0]]The holidays have come and gone and all of the sudden it’s 2008. Shesh. Time flies. In honor of the New Year and in the spirit of Oprah’s "Favorite Things" and those pesky end of the year “best of” lists– I share my list of favorite bicycle riding/transportation related things.

1. Plastic bags. Who doesn’t love a plastic bag? Okay, ignoring the environmental ramifications it can be handy to carry around a bag or two. Plastic bags cover your saddle in the rain. Large plastic bags wear nicely as rain ponchos if you cut out a hole in the top and sides. And on cold days, I enjoy wearing plastic baggies over my socks and under my shoes to keep my toes nice and warm.

2. Taco stands/trucks. It’s late, you’re hungry from a long ride, and far far from home. Well, for under $5.00 you can find a tasty taco (I’m a fan of asada or carnitas) to fuel the rest of the ride home. Great tastes stays with you during the ride too!

3. Bungee cords. They’re stretchy, have hooks on them, and can be purchased at the 99Cent Store. Imagine the following scenario—you find the most darling item at the store but it doesn’t fit in your pannier. Don’t worry or fret. Pull out a couple bungee cords and attach it to your rack. Bungee cords also work great when you take your bicycle on public transportation and you want to secure your bike to a pole.

4. Bus fare/Bus route map. Sometimes the epic trip becomes well way too ambitious. Relax, it’s happened to the best of us with $1.25-$5.00 you can take public transportation home. Its fun to be multi-modal!

5. Q-tips. I like clean ears and you can use them to reach into the nooks and crannies of your bicycle. Take that stuck on grit.

6. French Vietnamese Coffee. You can make it at home if you buy the $2.00 filter from an Asian supermarket or your favorite Chinatown Market. Drip the French roast coffee through the steel filter and sweeten with condensed milk. French Vietnamese Coffee makes every ride to work a caffeine sugar rush and helps you to feel oh so sophisticated.

7. Lights. Ah to be seen by cars. I salute and celebrate the blinkies. The sexiest cyclists are those who are rocking four or more lights.

8. Wool. It’s winter and I’m cold but wearing wool helps to get me toasty warm in style. I like to mix up my layers of wool and often wear a thin wool tee-shirt underneath my wool sweater. I wear a wool neck gaiter and naturally my gloves are wool. Wool, wool, wool. Steel is real and wool comes from sheep.

9. Learn to fix your bicycle spaces. Visit the Bicycle Kitchen, Bike Oven, or Bikerowave and learn to fix your ride and/or socialize with your community.

10. Group rides. Sometimes you want to celebrate the road with other bicyclists—find out about Urban Expeditions group rides on this website (www.cicle.org), search for upcoming bike rides on midnightridazz.com, or choreograph a route and create a ride of your own.

Happy 2008!