Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been riding bikes?
I started riding bikes as a young child and never stopped, which puts it at somewhere around 45 years. I purchased my first “serious” bike in 1980. Michael has been seriously riding for around 6 years.

Which bike do you recommend?
There’s no one bike that’s best for every need. Feel free to drop me a note with specific questions about a specific bike.

How many bikes do you own?
I usually have 4 bikes in my stable: 1/commuter, 1/country bike, 1/cargo hauler, and 1/folder. I could easily make do with one bike, but I enjoy the variety and justify my purchases by owning one small car for a family of 5. Michael usually has 2 bikes in her stable: 1/country bike and 1/folder.

Why do you ride both modern and classic bikes?
We enjoy variety. We appreciate the aesthetic beauty of classic bikes while also having interest in new technologies such as belt drives. There’s no reason to limit yourself to only one type of bike.

Which bike in your current stable is your favorite?
That changes all of the time. Each of our bikes is specialized and distinctly different. We tend to enjoy each the most when they’re being used for their intended purpose.

Do you prefer upright bars or drop bars?
We enjoy both. For ultimate control and leverage when hauling cargo or dodging cars in the city, we prefer upright bars. On the other hand, for longer rides we prefer the multiple hand positions provided by drop bars and their variants.

What is your stance on helmet use?
We support the individual’s right to choose whether or not they wear a helmet (adults).
We support helmet laws for children.
We wear helmets most of the time.
We occasionally choose to not wear a helmet.
If a beginner asks, we recommend they wear a helmet.

When did you start EcoVelo?
Our first post was published on May 16, 2008.

What was your motivation for creating EcoVelo?
Our Mission Statement sums it up best.

Is EcoVelo your primary business?
I’m a graphic designer and photographer by trade. Michael runs her own business. EcoVelo is our second “job” (the site is more a labor of love than a job).

Do you accept guest posts?
We don’t accept unsolicited guest posts, but we do occasionally invite friends to contribute to the site.

Why is your discussion area closed?
According to our tracking software, only 2% of our readers were clicking through to read the comments and less than 1% were participating in the discussions, yet the time and energy required to maintain a civil discussion area had dramatically increased over time. Because of this, closing comments was a necessary step to ensure the long-term sustainability of the site.

How can I view the legacy comments on older posts?
Clicking on the “permalink” at the bottom of any post takes you to the individual page for that post. If the post was written before we closed comments (and assuming comments were submitted), the comments will be displayed below the original post.

Since your discussion area is closed, how can I contribute to the site?
We encourage all of our readers to contribute to the site by submitting a commuter profile and bike gallery entry, as well as by participating in our photo contests.

How do I contact you?
We can be contacted via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Tumblr.

Are you paid by the manufacturers to write reviews?
No. We do not accept compensation in return for favorable reviews.

Why are your reviews mostly favorable?
We choose to approach reviews as “recommendations”. In other words, if we like a product we may choose to write a review about it to share the information with our readers. On the other hand, if we don’t like a product, we’ll pass on writing a review. There is an endless list of poorly designed products and we’d rather not spend our limited time and energy writing about those products.

Can I use your photos?
Our photos are covered under copyright and may not be used without permission.

Are your photos available for licensing?
Select photos are available for purchase through our Zenfolio site. If you’re interested in licensing a photo that’s not posted to the Zenfolio site, drop me a note.

Are you available for commercial photo assignments?
Yes. Please contact me to discuss.

What kind of camera/lenses do you use?
For staged product and landscape shots I use a Canon 50D with various lenses including a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 85mm f/1.8, and Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Most of the early morning and late evening commuting shots are captured with my ever-faithful Canon G10.

What type of post processing software do you use?
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge/Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Autopano Pro.

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