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What's the protocol for family photos with future in-laws?

I've been dating my partner for about two and a half years and we're definitely on the road to marriage. He's very close with his family and they are currently planning some family photos with my partner's immediate family and his brother's family (wife and kids). Since we're not married, it feels weird to be part of their family's photos, especially when I haven't met them that many times (they live in another state).

Is it cool to have them take the photos without me? Is that even something you could safely suggest or should I just shut up and get in the picture?

Winter cycling gear 2: Keep pedaling through the winter with these items

Last week we talked about what to put on your body when you ride during the winter months. Now let's talk about what to put on your ride! A great way to get recommendations on gear is to talk to the folks at your Local Bike Shop (LBS), ask whether they have experience commuting through the winter, and if so, what sorts of things they like. Here are the pieces of gear my husband and I use to do our winter riding…

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Commuting by bike: Urban utopia not required

I'm here to give you some good news: you — yes, you — can reduce your carbon footprint, improve your physical and mental health, save money, and have loads of fun by commuting by bike. If you don't live in an awesome, urban wonderland where biking is the norm, I'm right there with you. But it's still possible, here's how…

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Becoming a more mindful driver through physics

When I'm on the highway and traffic slows to a crawl, then after a stretch speeds up again and I can't find an explanation, I shout "Why did we spend the last three miles going 10MPH? Did everyone lose their minds for a moment; is it a plot? Why is this happening to me?" It's not pretty to watch, and it's not fun to live through. The other day I read the article, "The Physics Behind Traffic Jams" and it blew my mind. The advice was pretty simple, and the article really helped me think differently about myself as a driver. Here's what I learned…