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The Fenders Will Stay!

By | 2011-11-13T15:12:26+00:00 November 13th, 2011|Categories: Commentary, Gear|Tags: |

Despite being a fan of fenders, I’ve recently contemplated removing them from my Dahon Boardwalk S1 folding bicycle. Normally I don’t worry about weight for utility bikes, but to take the “monkey bike” on the South Shore not only must I fold it up, but usually I have to place it in the overhead luggage racks [...]

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New Tires for the Monkey Bike?

By | 2009-04-24T12:08:58+00:00 April 24th, 2009|Categories: Gear, Ride Reports|Tags: , , , , |

I used my folding bike to get from South Bend to Argonne National Lab for the third time this past weekend. Getting to the lab on Friday was a breeze but, unfortunately, I got a flat like I did on similar trip to Pennsylvania last summer. I was unprepared (again.. sigh!) and had to run the [...]

South Bend to DeKalb (NIU) Via Trains and a Monkey Bike

By | 2008-11-22T13:22:33+00:00 November 22nd, 2008|Categories: Ride Reports, Routes|Tags: , , , , , |

I hesitated before buying a folding bicycle because, frankly, I thought I’d hardly use it. And, although it is true that I don’t use it often, the “monkey bike” has added a new dimension to my utility cycling. Now I wonder why I didn’t get one sooner! Here are a few details from my latest trip: [...]

Taking a Folding Bike on the South Shore and Metra Lines [South Bend to Argonne National Lab]

By | 2008-10-24T23:24:42+00:00 October 24th, 2008|Categories: Commentary, Gear, Routes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Since acquiring a folding bike a few months ago, I’ve written about my experiences coupling it with Amtrak and Greyhound for door-to-door intermodal public transportation (here and here, respectively). This post is about my latest experience, the key components of which involved taking the bike on the South Shore commuter train from South Bend to downtown [...]

Taking a Folding Bike on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited

By | 2008-09-05T23:47:52+00:00 September 5th, 2008|Categories: Gear, Ride Reports|Tags: , , , , |

I recently wrote about acquiring a folding bike and my experience taking it on Greyhound. As I mentioned in that post, my motivation is to transport myself to and from public transportation stations (e.g., Greyhound and Amtrak) for car-free intercity travel. Here I’ll briefly describe my experience taking it on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited line over [...]