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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.

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

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I tried 12 different ways of carrying coffee on a bike to find the best method

While riding my bike one recent chilly morning, disaster struck in the form of a dropped coffee. Which got me wondering if there was a better way of enjoying my morning jolt while riding my bike. So after a robust conversation with some of you, I decided to test a dozen different methods of drinking coffee while riding.

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

I tested 4 types of bike mirrors to determine if I need one at all

I’ve been commuting for years, and I’ve never felt the need to use bike mirrors. But I think cycling is about practicality, and if mirrors help make a bike commute more safe and practical, then I thought it was time to give them a try.

Here are the mirrors I tested (the Amazon links below are affiliate, which means if you follow the link and buy something, I receive a payment):

0:19 Hafney handlebar mirrors (thanks to Hafney for providing a test product).

2:45 Corky Urban (thanks to Corky for the test product).

4:32 The Myklops (thanks for the test product).

6:39 The Take-a-Look Cycling Mirror.

One note on the Myklops: I did a poor job of showing off the extending arms of the mirror that enable it to be arranged in a way that shouldn’t require any movement of the arm. Here’s how the arms work.

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

Is winter cycling the last bastion of anti-bike political grandstanding? Sigh.

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The most important things your city can do to make it better for winter cycling

We often think of winter cycling as a personal thing, but there’s a lot a city can do to encourage more people to ride a bike year-round. Here are three things that a city can do to make bike commuting and transportation cycling easier in winter.

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

Keeping your hand warm while bike commuting – 4 tips in 1 minute #shorts

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Ride a bike on winter snow and ice without slipping and falling

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Does your city hate you because you ride a bike? Mine kinda does

Do you ever have those moments on a bike when you feel like the city doesn’t really want you there? I decided to document some of those feelings on a recent ride.

How many gears should you have on your urban bike? Three. Or maybe eight. But no more!

Can a clearance Ikea bike trailer do what a cargo bike can?

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