Tax Break for Employers of Bike Commuters

The $700 bazillion Wall Street bailout package has just one tiny thing that any cyclist should be pleased about. There is a $20/month tax break for employers for each bike commuter employee as an incentive for companies to reduce petrol consumption and infrastructure demands.

The money is for the employer to reimburse employees “for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee’s residence and place of employment.

To many people, this tax cut is probably like a delectable chocolate left on a pillow while staying at the Bates Motel… a nice gesture in an otherwise horrific nightmare. Within Senate and House of Representatives, many supporters of this tax break actually voted against the bill while otherwise being favorable to the cyclists’ tax break riding the bill. In the past, the tax break had been riding bills for environmental, transportation, or energy issues that failed.

Glowing Disk Wheel

HED Disc

I’ve already posted about the cool reflective wheel options at Interbike. When I rolled into the HED booth, they had their wheels backlit - this disk cover was like a glowing alien ship. Not sure it serves any purpose for most of our readers, but I want one, and then of course I need to hire someone to ride next to me with a bright light.

Fixed in Rome

Having seen only a handful of bikes, I was surprised when this fixie ride by us near the Coliseum. I barely got the shot and think it was a Nishiki time trial frame.

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Dutch for Fast

As Dutch bikes go, this one is a speed racer and on display at Work Cycles. During the ride, Mark, our guide said, “you think it’s easy and flat, but we’ve got the wind, rain, and these little dike hills.”

Bikes as transportation or not, us cyclists are programmed for competition and there are impromptu races going on everyday in Amsterdam. Just like the commuter challenges back home in Seattle. I was clicking through my 3 speeds the entire time; left up and over this bridge; right down this alley, cut back over a bridge; and a fast straightway past coffee shops and retail stores.

Dutch thieves are also fast and each stop requires a rear rim lock and a thick chain through the frame and front wheel. I asked Mark why so many bike thefts and he said, “supply and demand, a constant need for a bike.”

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More Raleigh Rainier


Byron got some pre-Interbike photos of this bike at his local bike shop. I figured it to be a show bike, but apparently it’s the real deal (Frameset $725 according to the signage). I spoke with the guy who got it made. He sort of dreamt up the idea, mocked it up, and approached the marketing guys from Rainier Brewing. After some initial “gotta ask the boss” responses he got nod to go ahead. The finish quality is great and the paint is simple and pure - just like the beer (debatable).

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