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Tom is an award-winning author and journalist who has written about cycling for years. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling, a bestselling exploration of getting around on two wheels throughout the year. He has delivered speeches about cycling around the world, and is often in the media addressing issues related to cycling. For several years, he wrote the Pedal blog for the Calgary Herald. He lives in Calgary.

Bad bike racks are suppressing bike friendliness in our cities. It’s time to improve bike parking


Why shunting cyclists to parallel routes away from car traffic doesn’t work. #shorts


The best type of fenders and mudguards for bike commuting


Three attempts at crossing the worst street in my city #shorts


When do you take your studded tires off for spring? #shorts


I tried to find the best way to carry stuff on your bike commute. Here’s what I found

Getting to work on a bike is only half the job. The tough part is figuring out how to get all of your stuff there too. Your lunchbag, your coffee, your hand sanitizer (c’mon, it’s still Covid times), how do you carry it? I decided to test four of the most popular methods to determine the most efficient and simple. I tested:

1:08 Panniers (or saddlebags)
3:33 Basket
6:11 Milk Crate
8:42 Backpack
10:55 My favourite

Nice panniers, right? They were given to me to test by  @Vincita  — thanks to them. If you like the look of it, you can check it out here.

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Tom Babin is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. 

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One quick tip for staying warm while winter cycling #shorts


Extreme cold! Winter cycling gear versus everyday clothing during the polar vortex


One great thing about winter bar mitts for urban cyclists #shorts


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