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A to B. This alternative transport magazine would appear to have the first two bases covered in our alphabetical sweepstakes. The woman dancing through their logo is the very definition of grace, balancing her Marge Simpsonish coiffure with effortless aplomb. Care to visit the editorial team?
Adventure Cycling Association. For people who want to travel a bit further than the corner market.
Back in the World. Very pleasing, graphically and otherwise. World tour with a few extra planets thrown in.
Ban the Folding Bike in Trains. Droll Dutch site pitting folder against commuter.
Belfast and Beyond is potentially a very large area to cover.
Bentrider Online Magazine. Serving the cheerful Dark Side community. Reviews, buyer's guide, message board, and evangelical tracts to tempt us all lower to the ground.
Bicycle Business. Comprehensive British site geared to the trade.
BicycleCommuter.com. We like the recumbent G-clef.
The Bicycle Exchange, an information/entertainment/market source for Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia, started cranking in 1996 and now has a very full set of panniers.
"An independent and sometimes iconoclastic personal page, low on graphics, high on useful information - and just about bikes". Bicycle Fish. It's Australian, mate. Includes a useful page on food for bicycle camping.
The Bicycle Forest must be enchanted.
Uh-oh. They've got an "entertaining little survey". And glossary. And far too many articles to read in one sitting. And a humour section with 'u' intact. And they're Canadian. Not sure if that's a plus or a minus. Call it a plus. Bicycle Source bills itself as "The Resource that Doesn't Suck", which possibly falls into the category of damning yourself with faint praise. How about: "We're Canadian. Call it a plus." No need to thank us.
The Bicycling Community Page is a great place to browse even if you're not technically a resident of Dane County, Wisconsin, their intended audience. And allow us to congratulate them on their 'Bottom 95% of All Web Sites' award. We aspire to this ourselves, but like anything else, it's who you know.
Bicycling Life "promotes cycling as a normal means of transportation for everyday travel needs as well as recreation and healthy exercise."
Bicycling Meditations are for members of the Congregation of the Spoked Wheel, "those who sit in meditation not just in the pew or on a zafu, but the saddles of their bikes". We had to look up 'zafu'. It's a cushion. Smug 'bent meditators probably don't need one.
Bicyclopedia. Acres of information, courtesy velocipedologist Steven Olderr. At least there used to be. Maybe there will be again.
Bike Brats. Downshift and see the world. Lucky guys.
Bike Magic's bag of tricks includes The Localiser: type in your area code to find nearby routes, shops and clubs. They also offer product reviews, rider reports, a calendar of events, and classifieds.
Bike Mojo. Maybe they've got it, maybe not. We don't know. Cool name, though.
We've struggled and failed with the 'positions' angle. Maybe we just haven't tried hard enough. Meanwhile we'll go with this: Bike Sutra. Passionate about links.
Bike to Work. Coming at you from the American heartland -- that's Ohio, in case you were wondering -- Tim Teyler & Bill Mayhew "intend to maintain a personalized, opinionated site and, since we are sure to offend most everyone, we welcome comments and submissions, but no dead fish please."
Biketrip.org. 'The long distance bikers forum'.
Michael Rasmussen's Bike Weeks: a "blow by blow account of going from a sedentry, 260 pound, asthamtic, gout afflicted, high cholestoral middle aged guy to whatever becomes of someone like that when they start doing two half hour sessions of aerobic exercise at least four days a week." Here's the index. And as long as you're in the neighbourhood, look into wiki. It could change the way you look at web pages.
Is the wearing of polystyrene hats really the best way to improve road safety for cyclists? Care to read the racy 'Confessions of a Cycling Officer'? Looking for off-road routes in the East Riding of Yorkshire? The Bike Zone.
Biking Southeast Asia with Mr. Pumpy. "Wanna cycle Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia? Worried about Asian traffic? Want some reliable road information? Then take off with Mr Pumpy and his pal Felix! It's almost as good as being there." Felix Hude is your host. Good page of links to fellow far-flung travellers.
Jan Boonstra Dutch hydrographic surveyor and, more pertinently, long-distance cyclist. Has 40 years of touring under his helmet, and the the stories, the photos, and the websites to prove it.
Bristol Cycling Campaign. "Because of the non-hierarchical consensus-driven quasi-anarchic nature of the BCC, the views expressed on these pages (including this one) may or may not reflect those of any or all of its members." Now that's a disclaimer.
Sheldon Brown has been institutionalised at Harris Cyclery for years. Fortunately they let him have access to a modem.
Byke Kultuur Never, a spoof on the old Bike Culture Quarterly, is "created and maintained (badly & infrequently)" by Séamus King. Issue 11 included a recipe for squirrel creole. We can't possibly approve, but the free exchange of information is what makes the web great.
Cadence90's Bike Site of Note "is intended to preserve and promote the best and most vital outposts of two-wheeled culture on the web". Ahem. Other features include 50 Books on Bikes, Biking While Pregnant, and, setting the bike aside for a moment as one occasionally must, My Life as a Master.
The Cambridge Cycling Campaign fights the good fight in what appears, as soon as you alight from the train station, to be the bike capital of England.
Car Busters, magazine and resource center, is a marvelous international enterprise devoted to you-know-what. In the same spirit,
Cars-suck.org. A perfectly good domain name which needn't be spoiled by an explanation here.
There really is a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and one of its roving researchers is Guy Chapman, who has contributed articles on helmets, lights, and The Venerable Bede. Make sure you read This Page Intentionally Left Blank.
Lynette Chiang. Aussie world traveller. Strange how there are so many of those. Maybe we'll rethink that trip downunda.
Chicago Critical Mass. This time it's bikes.
C.H.U.N.K. 666, or C.H.V.N.K. DCLXVI for you reactionaries. Quite amusing. We haven't got around to checking the math. We've added this link despite the fact that they never replied to our emails. Global domination apparently doesn't leave much time for pleasantries.
.citycycling. Now why didn't we think of that?
John Stuart Clark, British journalist/cartoonist who once found himself sharing a waterbed with a variety of semiautomatic weaponry. But he was in the U.S.A. at the time, so that's all right then. You'll have to wait for the book to learn more.
Tom Foran Clark's "Freewheeling" trilogy, a work of fiction, includes Riding in Italy, Derailed in North Africa and Rambling in Spain.
The Company of Cyclists, Jim McGurn's post-Open Road gig, is "dedicated to promoting cycling, in all its varieties, for leisure, transport, health, happiness and the environment."
Corax, around the world. Yet another reason for armchair travellers to drool with unconsummated lust.
'Despite the considerable effort that has been put into research about cycle helmets, there is no real-world evidence that helmets have ever resulted in a net saving of even a single life. Potentially, a much greater number of pedestrian and motor vehicle occupant lives could be saved if these groups wore helmets.' Cyclehelmets.org.
Cycle Tourist Resources. "Thousands have found that bicycle touring quenches many types of thirst: the need to exercise, desire to see the country, physical challenge, wanderlust, the need to be alone, and the need to meet interesting people." Followed by the need to put up a website.
Cycling Around the World. Thoughtfully constructed, with travelogues, tips & advice, an interactive checklist for would-be globetrotters, a bike vocabulary in six languages, and a slide show to introduce you to the site. Paul van Roekel and Anja de Graaf have pretty much thought of everything.
Cycling Sideways. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. That's a village in Wales, pronounced 'thlann vyre pooth gwinn gith gogg-erra kweern drobbooth lann tuss-ill-yo goggo gauk', in case you were wondering. Just a little understanding of Welsh place names will bring the map to life, according to Jane Barnes and Rob Green, whose site is tailor made for cyclists visiting Wales and the UK. They also organise holidays.
Cyclists' Touring Club, better known as CTC. Patron: Her Majesty the Queen. One can't have a 'Links' section without mentioning the CTC, can One? After all, it is Britain's largest cycling organisation. Founded in 1878, the CTC provides travel and technical advice to its members, as well as other services, and campaigns to improve facilities and opportunities for cyclists.
Paul Davies. Artist who often draws "Cartoons for book jackets and for inside jackets to make books more interesting than they might otherwise be." Sounds like he's got his work cut out.
De Clarke's Transportation Alternatives Page, Life After, Before, Without, and Despite Cars, kicks off with a few nifty quotes ("The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." -Iris Murdoch) and provides advocacy and links for the... well, the pure at heart.
Helmet lovers and haters: the Department for Transport commissioned the following review of effectiveness. More of the opinion that mandatory bicycle helmet laws endanger public health? Go here. And to really throw the cat amongst the pigeons, Seat Belt Laws: Why You Should Be Worried.
Designing for Cyclists. Everything you wanted to know about cycling lanes and facilities, brought to you by the Camden Cycling Campaign.
The wandering author and cook now has a fixed address: JosieDew.co.uk. Visit for the latest news on her real-world coordinates.
Dirt Rag. Free-spirited mountain bike mag.
Paul Dorn. Advice on commuting and much else. What can we say, we've always had a soft spot in our heart for socialists.
The Bowden Spacelander was available in Stop Sign Red, Outer Space Blue, Meadow Green, Charcoal Black and Cliffs of Dover White. We never wouldn've known that if not for the history section of First Flight Bicycles, out of North Carolina.
What is it about women and men and fish and bicycles? John S. Allen explores "some fast eddies in the stream of American culture" on his Fish and Bicycle Page.
John Franklin is the author of Cyclecraft, a guide to skilled cycling technique, and is sufficiently experienced in crash investigation to hire himself out as an expert witness in court cases.
Cass Gilbert spent several years cycling from Sydney to London for Children with AIDS: read all about his travels here (and here at BR, too; we've got a few of his stories in our collection). Then he took a tandem to Turkestan.
Girl bike is a friendly site catering to the needs of the female of the species. The fact that much of it is devoted to shopping is entirely coincidental.
Girl Groove: "The online magazine for chick cyclists with attitude."
go by bicycle. Nice advocacy site coming at you from the great American northwest.
Informed Lidophile ? Anti-Helmet Reactionary? Find out for sure on Danny Colyer's Great Helmet Debate page.
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. That'd be the Victoria in Canada, as opposed to Zimbabwe, Australia, or one of the 50 million (a conservative estimate) other places named after a certain woman in black. 'Coalition' is a dead giveaway that this is an earnest group of cyclists. Don't forget to stop by Wheel Life.
Always a good idea to know How to Not Get Hit by Cars, but a refresher on the state of public nudity laws in Austin Texas might come in handy, too. Michael Bluejay provides guidance on these and other topics. If you have further queries, just Ask Steeve.
Slip sliding away? Go to Icebike, "Home of the winter cyclist and other crazy people," where it's a way of life.
Inorbitt organises (sort of) bike tours in Asia, to promote sustainable transport. Sounds like things can get a little exciting: "Police roadblocks couldn't stop an Inorbitt adventure," they say about an excursion to Tibet.
We're happy to credit Travelinhobo Cheryl Kline with putting together an impressive page of links, even though we didn't rate a gold star. We're not bitter. A self-confessed expert on travelling in Europe, she's created an excellent site for wannabe cycle tourists -- start with Making the Decision.
And you thought all you needed was a kickstand. Jim Langley, former technical editor for Bicycling magazine, offers Bike Parking 101 and other tips (see his Crank section), as well as a lot of practical instruction for your inner bike mechanic, stories, and antique bicycle ads.
Legs Larry's Unorthodox Bicycle Region. Nothing there last time we visited; maybe you'll get lucky.
Taliah Lempert paints bikes. Lots of people do that. Difference is, she uses a canvas.
Living Room. Appropriate moniker for a digest of urban and suburban issues. Visit 'The Bike People' for thoughtful essays on 2 wheels vs. 4. No need to be frightened; they don't live under a bridge or anything.
The London Cycling Campaign works to improve conditions for cyclists in greater (or lesser, depending on your prejudices) London, so they're ipso facto good guys. Like C.H.U.N.K., their organisational might is fully employed in the cause; they're not terribly good at replying to email. It must fall outside their charter.
London School of Cycling. Writer, actor, speaker, and activist Patrick Field is also a schoolmaster.
Longstaff Cycles custom-builds anything. 'We've got a huge machine shop. We can make you a space rocket if you want one.' We want one.
Mad Dog Media, a/k/a cyclo-crosser Patrick O'Grady. He escapes his leash on a regular basis, but can usually be found here in his cyber dog house, which "has been optimised to work indifferently with whichever rich white guy's memory-hogging, crash-inducing browser came with the computer you got for Christmas."
Messengerville. Where it never rains and all the deliveries pay top rates. Large archive.
Mike's Mega Bicycle Links. We just showed up one day and were pleasantly surprised to find BR. That's mega enough for us.
Mudsluts. "All the Good Dirt". Sounds like they've got that search engine thing worked out. Trails, trips, reviews... boinky... and a links page with some real meat on its bones. Pleasing design, too. They even have their own oath. We're jealous.
Newsgroups. The net at its friendly and helpful best, and Lord of the Flies worst. Gatecrash the conversation of your choice, or be a wallflower -- known as 'lurking', as if keeping your mouth shut was a creepy misdemeanour. For further thoughts on the subject, see re: Changing a Lightbulb. Here are a few Google links: rec.bicycles.soc, rec.bicycles.tech, alt.mountain-bike, rec.bicycles.misc, rec.bicycles.rides, uk.rec.cycling, and alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent, if you're the laid-back type. And let's not forget the Topica mailing list/think tank urbancyclist-uk, and old-timer Internet-bob.
Not On My Watch. Transport & Urban Planning Blog.
The Notion. As in sometimes a great one. OT.
Everybody needs an overflow valve for their mind. Here's Nuttycyclist's.
Off the Back. 'Blogging from the sag wagon from the shoulder of the information superhighway'.
Hide the children. Womenfolk, avert your eyes. The Outcast is not wholesome family entertainment, but a brilliantly bawdy British (or decidedly deviant, depending on your sexual mores and tolerance for alliteration) 'zine for singlespeed sophisticates, with an editorial staff fueled by an apparently insatiable thirst for beer -- they accept it in lieu of cash for ads. And why not? It's more stable than the euro.
Plastic.com. Also completely and irredeemably OT. This is getting ridiculous.
Raging Bike. Added this one in the final days of 2002, when we were getting very lazy about writing copy for our links page. Even cutting & pasting seemed like work.
RoadBikeRider, the creation of a pair of ex-Bicycling staffers, is "a resource that no longer exists: expert, dedicated 'how to' information for road riding enthusiasts. This is called serving a niche." We here at BR know all about niches.
Round the world by bike for charity, of course. Nobody seems to do these things just for fun.
Rural Rides is a matchmaker for lonely end-to-enders.
The Exploratorium brings you the Science of Cycling.
Screed is a showroom for digital copies of xerocratic materials. "Why would you want to be here? To get flyers, or give flyers, that someone might find generally useful to hand out at Critical Mass or elsewhere, regarding any number of things. It's like a mall, only there are no shoes."
SCUL. Subversive Choppers Urban Legion. It's a way of life.
Seven League Boots. "I never had a bicycle when I was a child. I wanted one and the reasons why I never did still confuse me. Maybe I didn't actually ask for one." The kind of site you may not have thought to ask for but are very pleasantly surprised to find exists.
If you're going to have a fest, it might as well be a Spokefest.
63xc. Good reading for the fixed & single set.
Trackster Man. Leaps Scottish mountains in a single bound. Cycles vast distances in the Far East whilst fending off small children wielding sticks. Takes lovely pictures and stitches them together to make even lovelier panoramas. All this after his parents accepted a bribe from Ronhill and named him after "the world's most versatile training pant".
Trento Bike Pages. "The portal for bicycle touring and recreational mountain biking in Europe and the Mediterranean." Tour reports (boy, do they got tour reports), trail descriptions, event announcements, general advice. And did we mention tour reports? Check out 'The Bicycle Wheel' author Jobst Brandt's Tour of the Alps Collection. TBP has been online for seven years now, which in net years is about a hundred; helmets off to Andrea Caranti, a cycling professor of algebra (The Guardian's description) who when he's not awheel is busy getting up to the sort of mischief to which mathematicians are prone if left unsupervised, e.g., organising a workshop on 'Finitely-presented groups: questions and algorithms'... sounds scarier than the Blair Witch Project. PS: Trento is a city in Northern Italy.
Myra VanInwegen has a pretty darn comprehensive page on bicycle safety.
Talkin' 'bout a Velorution. Andrea is a talented miner of 24-carat quotes.
The Washing Machine Post. Because we like the name.
Weird Cycle Lanes of Brighton (and now Hove, actually).
WhatshouldIputonthefence.com. Gee,it'sonlyamatteroftimebeforeallthereallygooddomainsaretaken.com. Diary of one man's simple wish to lock his bike to a fence which has been signposted off-limits.
What's your ominosity quotient? We're not the only one who likes quizzes. I miss my cupcake yes.
The WOmen's Mountain Bike And Tea Society. Hint: think marsupial. Hope you don't mind the DIY acronym. A network of women who share a passion for pedalling in the dirt. And mainlining caffeine, presumably. The group was founded by Jacquie Phelan, a/k/a Alice B. Toeclips.
World Bath Tour. Having completed an 18 month cycling pilgrimage to all the places called... Bath, Rob Ainsley is currently writing "a hilarious* and eloquent* travel book which will make him rich* and famous* (*delete those which do not apply)".
Xquzyphyr & Overboard. Completely OT.
"Sometimes, being sick or riding on a destroyed trail, your biker's world map suddenly and dramatically reduces in size to the circumference of your own fragile body, with your simple human meridians, warming up faster than the planet does. As much as politics, your health and the road change the scale of the world map. The only proof of any 'advancement' is then one of kilometres based on your map. Riding your bike expands the size of the globe and reduces you to your mortal destiny." -Claude Marthaler. The Yakman.
Advocate: "Road cycling is dangerous, unhealthy and not environmentally
friendly." And that's just the header.