Toys R Us Stalls On Bike Assembly, Sells Us Scuffed-Up One, Shrugs

Toys R Us Stalls On Bike Assembly, Sells Us Scuffed-Up One, Shrugs

Matt and his wife are wonderfully generous people who buy great gifts for the families they adopt at Christmas. They bought a bike at Toys R Us for one of the families they adopted. They paid the ten bucks to have it assembled. “We’ll call you when it’s ready!” the store employees told them, all helpful and stuff. It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and that was the last time anyone at Toys R Us was helpful to Matt or his wife for several weeks. Apparently TRU actually doesn’t make calls to customers, and it was Matt or Mrs. Matt’s job to return to the store without being called, or the bike would disappear into the ether. [More]

If You Steal A Bike From The Store, Don't Go Back Right Away To Buy A Lock

If You Steal A Bike From The Store, Don't Go Back Right Away To Buy A Lock

They say that crime doesn’t pay. But we have a feeling that this is mostly due to the fact that a lot of criminals happen to be really stupid people. [More]

Calculator Tells You How Much You Can Save By Biking To Work

Calculator Tells You How Much You Can Save By Biking To Work

Riding a bike isn’t an option for every commuter, but for those within a reasonable range, high gas prices and the approaching summer mean there’s no better time than now to consider pounding the bike pedals rather than the gas pedal. [More]

How Much Street Space: Car vs Bus vs Bicycle

How Much Street Space: Car vs Bus vs Bicycle

This poster, said to be from Munich’s transportation department, shows how much street space it takes to transport the same amount of people via car, bus, and bicycle. It seems that if you choose buses or bicycles there’s more room for lederhosen parades. [More]

What's The Best Airline For Bringing My Bike?

What's The Best Airline For Bringing My Bike?

After yesterday’s story about cyclists being unhappy with United’s exorbitant fee to check bikes on their planes, the folks over at Bicycling wrote to share their breakdown of the best and worst airlines for when you’re taking your wheels with you. [More]

Cyclists Take Their Beef With United Airlines To Facebook

Cyclists Take Their Beef With United Airlines To Facebook

You’d think United Airlines would have learned a lesson from the whole “United Broke My Guitar” thing. But they’ve once again let a passenger’s problem go global. This time, it’s almost 6,000 Facebook users who think the airline charges too much to check your bike on their planes. [More]

Alabama Bans Wine Bottle For Giving It The Vapors

Alabama Bans Wine Bottle For Giving It The Vapors

I swan! [Fans face.] Sweet magnolia breeze! I do declare! [Clutches petticoat in pre-swoon anticipation.] Alabama is in a dither over a drawing of a nude nymph on a wine bottle label, so they’ve banned the product from being sold. Their liquor regulations forbid the display of “a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner” on any alcohol packaging. We have to side with Alabama on this one—after all, we’re not sure you can ride a bike naked without eventually doing something immoral, whether you mean to or not.

Trek Bikes Demonstrates How To Handle The Occasional Bad Product

Trek Bikes Demonstrates How To Handle The Occasional Bad Product

Tony had a lot of problems with the build quality of his new bicycle, so he finally wrote to Trek Bikes and told them all the things going wrong with it. Unlike Comfort Select, which denies manufacturing problems even as it replaces broken units with a less defective version (that you pay for), Trek contacted Tony and treated him like they actually wanted his repeat business.

Free Bike Protection Is Neither Free Nor Protects All Bikes

Free Bike Protection Is Neither Free Nor Protects All Bikes

Brian bought a new bike lock recently. What led him to purchase a nice, expensive lock from On Guard was the package’s promise that the lock came with insurance—if his bike was stolen while using the lock, the company would pay for a replacement. He asked a salesperson, who verified the information. Sweet! Then he went online to register his new lock, and learned how the bike lock “protection” really works.

Democrats to Exploit Oil Anger in Upcoming Elections

Democrats to Exploit Oil Anger in Upcoming Elections

    “Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.