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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.

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

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

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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. 

Will an electric fat bike become my new favourite winter urban commuter?

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One quick tip for staying warm while winter cycling #shorts

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

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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. 

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