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On the cover: Bianchis in Reno. Photo by Tyler Neff,

Contents photo: Bicyculture in Baltimore, MD. Photo by Jeff Guerrero


8 Editor’s Statement
Brad Quartuccio

10 Publisher’s Statement
Jeff Guerrero

12 I Love Riding in the City
Readers from around the world share their tales of city cycling

30 Street Smarts
Rich Katz
Urban cycling survival skills from a bicycle messenger.

38 Vote Dick
Richard Landon
RAGBRAI riders test people’s political knowledge and sense of humor.

42 Bikes on Film
Jeff Guerrero
The greatest bicycle movie ever made—Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

44 Gallery
José Martinez
Photos from San Francisco, Philadelphia and NYC

50 Residue
Roger Lootine

52 Books on Wheels
Shelley Briggs
The MobookMobikeMobile promotes literacy and alternative transportation to people in need.

62 The Most Beautiful Bike I Have Ever Seen
Terry Crock
Bicycles have played a pivotal role in one man’s family.

70 Out of the Woods & Back Into Town
David Hoffman
Joe Breeze has gone from being a mountain bike pioneer to a staunch advocate for transportation cycling.

76 Headset Adjustments
Brad Quartuccio
That thing with the bearings on the front of your bike? It’s important!

80 Fixed Gear Skid Marks
Brad Quartuccio
How to predict fixed gear tire wear.

82 No Exit
Andy Singer