@Rest for iPad

This is the complete opposite of the travel related products and mobile gear I enjoy reviewing. But I had an excellent experience with this company and love their line of unique and locally made products. (Local as in the US.) I do not own an iPad, and have no desire to obtain one. My beatup…

Gift Card Conundrum

This is a tad off topic but I’d like help understanding why people on Ebay are paying more for gift cards than their face value. I’m selling an Amazon gift card for $40. Don’t tell the person that gave it to me. I actually found the nice photo frames I wanted at Michael’s so I…

Detours Toocan Panniers

For a few years I’ve had this Trek Grocery pannier. I never cared for it. When filled and heavy the bottom would sag and clip my back wheel. When empty the lack of deep hooks threw it off my rack too often. I set out to find a new one, and being a beautiful Saturday…

Wheeled Backpack Winner

I recently solicited advice on wheeled backpacks. For long trips I use a medium-large size REI backpack, going on nine years old.  Wearing it for extended periods or lifting it repeatedly has started to take a toll. Plus I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag, so when I’m schlepping them both on my shoulders I look…

Crocs Store at Denver Airport

I passed more hours than I’d like to admit at the airport a few weeks back. I arrived ridiculously early in hopes of catching an earlier ride to Chicago, but a canceled flight also canceled my hopes of making any standby list. I was enjoying lunch at the Paradise Cafe at about 11am, sitting near…

Wheeled Backpacks

Soliciting some advice: For years I’ve had two bags, both of which I use as carry ons. I hate checking luggage, (mostly because I don’t care to wait at baggage claims,) plus I travel light. For weekend trips I have my Timbuk2 messenger bag, and for longer stays I add my medium size REI backpack.…

Bike of the Week 012009

Via Crunchgear – the SwissBike TX Commuter. Many bike commuters can be stifled by storage logistics, and it can be unweildy to transport bikes on crowded public transport if biking is only part of a commute. The SwissBike TX folds into a nifty little square, making it easy to throw into a trunk, carry around,…

Christmas Creep at Walgreens

The Consumerist often publishes photos and conversations with store managers who throw out Christmas and Holiday displays obscenely early. Their tag is titled “Christmas Creep.” Most agree that AFTER Thanksgiving should be the start of the CHRISTMAS season, but this idea has been lost on retail for a long, long time. I spotted this wrapping…

Chevy HHR in Brief

My mom purchased this car last year. I’ve driven it a few times and each time am astounded at how small the windshield is.  Making this narrow slat of glass appear even smaller is the bubbling dashboard top, and the front part of the roof which tapers downward looking as though its stretching in vain to merge with the dashboard and…

Smartcar Safety

A couple weeks ago I wrote about my experience tooling around town in my friend’s new Smart car.   I’m a true fan.   I love the gas mileage, clean design, and small footprint.  However as I noted the immediate reactionary comments I heard were about safety due to the compact size. CNN reports that the Smartcar received high…