Part bike shop, part coffee shop, Heritage Bicycles General Store opened earlier this year in Lakeview, Chicago. Owner Michael Salvatore helped establish Bowery Lane Bicycles in New York City, and he wanted to bring these well crafted bikes back to his hometown. Made from American steel, and welded and assembled locally, these bicycles are a work of art.
Last weekend we were invited to participate in Mini's Mini Takes the States rally. We got a chance to test drive almost all of their models, including the Hardtop, Clubman and Countryman, but we were most interested in testing out Mini Connected, an iPhone + Mini integrated experience that lets you connect the car with all your favorite apps and more.
My family attended a music festival this past weekend. As you can read here, things didn't work out exactly as I has planned. But one thing that did work out was the wagon. It worked out beautifully, and earned me a number of high-fives and thumbs-up from fellow festival-goers.
As I've been writing this series, I've talked lots about being 'on the road'. Usually, the road is a means to an end, a way to get somewhere. But sometimes, the road can be an amazing attraction in and of itself. Anyone who has been to Costa Rica knows there are a wide variety of of roads there. Here are a few that caught my eye.
As we swing into summer, nothing welcomes the sunniest season better than a road trip. Whether you're heading to the beach, packing for a camping trip or heading down to your old roommate's wedding, lots us will be loading up the car for a road trip this summer. These days I'm so used to relying on my smartphone for everything from directions to entertainment, but there are a few other non-tech items you should be sure to pack up before you head out.
Q: I'm looking for a good cargo style bike to carry my two children. I've seen a lot of people in New York riding kids on the XtraCycle Radish or on Surly bikes with XtraCycle additions. I've also seen the Trek Transport, which looks great too, but they say it's not for children.
Once again I find myself staring down Optimus Prime. He's sitting on his little shelf all cocky and dusty, and I know he thinks he's coming with us on one more move, but he's got another thing coming. It's time to make some hard decisions, and he's not getting on that moving truck.
For the past several years I've dealt with a terrible problem: when the weather gets warm, I long to zip around the city on a scooter. They're perfect for quickly getting around and use very little gas. Unfortunately, for a four-seasons city like Chicago, they're not useful year-round, and I'm terribly paranoid about it getting stolen. But this new Zipcar and bike sharing inspired program, Scoot, could be the perfect solution!
The neighborhood of Silver Lake is getting Los Angeles' first experimental pedestrian plaza as part of a pilot program that draws inspiration from San Francisco and New York. It will be called "Sunset Triangle Plaza" and is adjacent to where a twice-weekly farmer's market takes place.
As USB ports, auxiliary jacks, and Bluetooth connections become increasingly standard, many of today's cars are well-equipped for both music and phone calls. If you're like me, however, your aging ride rolls along with little more than a fuzzy radio and a cassette deck. For cars like these, however, integrated music and hands-free calling are not out of reach. Here are three solutions for those wishing to bring a touch of today's tech to yesteryear's wheels...