I've been using Stripes for a while now and what I prefer about the approach there is that it does not mandate how to interact with the data access layer. In an MVC design pattern approach, Stripes focus strictly on the V and the C and leaves the M alone.
Velo- commuters are definitely the minority in MO, but at least in St. Louis City and County, there are a fair number. I used to be one (and will again) until I dislocated my elbow last month. I commuted by bike (not everyday) about 4000 miles in the last 20 months. Not a huge amount as my ride is only 9 miles one way, but enough that I considered myself a commuter.
I love the "Reserve Online" bit from Redbox, particularly for new releases. Just a little bit of foresight and I don't have to wonder what I'm going to be watching that night.
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn