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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

7th Annual HATTARICK - Hockhocking Adena Trail To Athens

7th Annual HATTARICK - Hockhocking Adena Trail To Athens

Date: Saturday January 5, 2008
Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Hockhocking Adena RailTrail from Nelsonville (Hocking Technical College) to Athens.....and back.
Phone: Contact Rick at 740-654-5024
Notes: 9:30 AM Arrive at Hocking Tech Parking Lot
10:00 AM Leave the parking lot
10:05 AM Return to parking lot for heavier gloves, jacket, whatever.
10:10 AM Ride hard to catch the first group
10:20 - 11:00 AM Negotiations for warmer clothes
11:30 ish Brunch/Lunch in Athens
12:30 PM (give or take) Leave Athens
2:00 ish Arrive back at HTC. Negotiate for return of warmer clothes.

2007 HATTARICK #6 SUMMARY:
For the seriously crazy rider... and once again, we proved it. The only thing louder than the falling rain was the sound
of the cell phone as riders called and dropped out. Can't blame 'em. It was in the mid 40's, but the wind and rain made it feel colder.
The kind of weather that separates the cream from the..... the.... you know.... the other stuff.
Someone actually said, "do you think it'll clear up?" (might have been me), but the other two glared at him so hard,
he quickly remembered WHY we were there... and shut up.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December 17 Non Ride Report

Did anybody make it? It was 23 degrees when I looked at the thermometer at 8:50PM. I cry like a little girl below 25 degrees.

Let me know...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Columbus Bum Shuffle 2007 Results Posted

I ended up 27th with 208 points

Check out the results...

December 10 Ride Report

It was a balmy 41 degrees at the start and the weather cooperated for the entire ride. We had the largest group in recent memory, 10 riders at the start. Since none of the usual suspects were present to lead, someone had a route planned and we headed out.

North up High Street and then we turned onto a side street and then left onto Indianola.

I was kind of hanging out at the back, when I noticed Alex was falling behind quickly. I yelled to him to see how he was doing and I kind of heard a mumble, mostly because my headband muffles most noises. As we headed north on Indianola I kept looking back, but I did not see him. We were moving pretty quick at that point.

From there we headed northeast. I will need to look at the GPS to verify roads, although my batteries crapped out so it may be incomplete. I know we were heading south on Cleveland at one point. We ended up in Bexley where we looped through the neighborhoods. From Bexley we headed west on Livingston then turned south.

There were a few people who were straggling or struggling so we stopped to regroup. From there the route headed south, then turned north and east where we finally ended up on South High. As we were heading east it seemed as though it had rained pretty hard right before we passed through.

From there it was a straight shot to the High Beck. I needed to unload my stuff in my car and I walked in the High Beck and sitting at the table was Alex. Alex had taken his own route at his own pace to the bar. This was the first time in a long time that I did not buy beer. Thanks everybody or somebody. Of course the conversation was all over the map. Beer, ping pong, and for some reason bathroom habits were topic for discussion. The result was ping pong challenges, disgust on my part (not really), verbal insults (in jest), fisticuffs (just kidding), and finally mass exodus from the bar (we all decided to go home at same time, or at least some us did). Overall a great time.

Total mileage was a little over 21 miles, which was one of the longer rides. We averaged 14.5mph.

editor's note - Alex emailed over the reason why he was having a problem keeping up with us. I guess his rear tire was slowly divesting itself of air. After he left the bar the tire decided to give up the ghost, while he was in the middle of nowhere at 3AM. And we thought the reason he was dragging was because he is wimpy.

Updated - this from a rider. Route was Indianola-Weber-McGuffy-Hudson-Cleveland-17th-Joyce. The neighborhood we briefly stopped in was American Addition. Joyce-Mt.Vernon-Woodland-Clifton-Nelson-Broad-Parkview-Dale-Fair-Brookside-Main-College-Livingston-Ellesworth-Whittier-Lockbourne-Reeb-Champion-Jenkins-Parsons-Thurman-High.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cross Country in 50 days on a bicycle

Ralph Antolino joins Rich Simpson and a cast of 70+ others to travel across the U.S.A. on The Great American Bicycle Adventure tour. The ride begins in Astoria, Oregon and finishes in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 50 days on the road to adventure. Follow Ralph on the bicycle adventure of his lifetime!

I saw John recount his story at the Columbus Rotary meeting on Dec 10.

Check out his blog

Coast-to-Coast Cycling Adventure

Check it out at America by Bicycle

America by Bicycle provides organized, first-class, bicycle tours. We handle all of the details and let you focus on the cyling. Some of our daily features include:
Beautiful cylcling routes with daily maps and cue-sheets
Daily SAG stops with refreshments
Mechanical Support
A Rolling Bike Shop
Luggage Transportation
Friendly, Experienced Support Staff

Learn how to bike through the winter

Chris Luers of Restoration Bicycle is offering a fantastic opportunity to learn how to bike through the winter! With Chris, learn how to: keep your body safe, equip and maintain your bicycle, avoid danger on the road, and deal with accidents. Please bring your bike and any winter gear you may have.

Junctionview Studios
12.15.07
1–4 pm
$15

Registration is required and limited. RSVP to Chris @ chris@restorationbicycle.com or 614-937-7616!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Columbus Bum Shuffle 2007 Ride Report


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I didn't know what to expect when I showed up to the Seagull Bags store. I conveniently parked across the street and the entire sidewalk in front of the store was filled with bikes and people milling around. Of course, I look like an outcast with full spandex compared to the jeans/jacket/courier bag look. But, I look like an outcast at every urban ride so I am used to it. I registered in the store and I was number 47. I got my map/manifest and spoke card.

The basic premise of the Columbus Bum Shuffle is to ride to various points in the city where bums are known to hang. Your manifest is stamped at these checkpoints and you can get bonus points for the "crack" run cards. These cards given at the stops and at certain checkpoints they can be stamped for bonus points. Other bonus points could be gained by finishing in less than two hours (conversely points lost after two hours) and picking up aluminum cans.

The start was in an empty parking lot a few blocks from the start. We put our bikes up against the fence and we were supposed to lock em' up. I didn't need to carry my lock since the start/end was at the Seagull Bags store so I just leaned it against the fence. I noticed a few people from the night rides and decided to ride with them. I need to ride my own pace so I didn't know if I could keep up with them.

We all ran to our bikes and and it was a mad scramble out of the parking lot. We decided to ride the route in clockwise route. First stop was Franklin Park on East Broad. As we headed down the side streets one of the guys I was riding with almost went over his handlebars at a stop sign when a car came through the intersection. When we got to the park I was following him along the path when he yelled out to stop as he fell down the amphitheater steps. He said he hurt his wrist, but we continued on. We got our stamp, but none of the other people in our group were around.

We headed southwest. The next stop was at Shiller Park. As we were heading along Whittier we caught up to other people in our group. They had stopped at a gas station. One of the riders was hit from behind by a car, but he was OK. His bike was another story. His rear wheel looked like a taco. So everybody I was riding with decided to call it a day, due to injuries/bike problems. I pressed on toward the next checkpoint, Shiller Park.

After the checkpoint I headed over to High Street and headed north. I continued north until I passed the capitol building and headed west to the waterfront. When I got to the Battelle Wterfront Park a few other riders showed up. I recognized Levi from rides and we continued on to the other checkpoints.

We made our way over to the North Front Street. We continued north until it became Park and passed Goodale, which was the next checkpoint. The checkpoint person told me I was missing a "crack" card, but I knew I would get one at one of the final checkpoints. We then headed up Neil to 5th down to the river. Onto the path and the next checkpoint. We decided to contnue onto the path since we needed to go to Arcadia and High. Unfortunately we overshot the turnoff and were several blocks north of where we needed to be.

I received the third "crack" card at Arcadia, but needed to go to Goodale for the stamp. Eli lost one of his cards and was indifferent as to whether we should head back as long as we had time. We rode over to Summit and headed down to Iuka Park. We rode all around the park until I realized the checkpoint was under the bridge. We decided to head down to Goodale, but as soon as we got back on the bikes Eli realized his tire was flat. So he bailed since he was near his house.

I continued down Iuka to High. I made my detour to Goodale for the last "crack" card stamp. Back over to High and then turned east on Broad over to Parsons back to the store. I was in 10 minutes before 5. Total mileage was about 22 miles.

So according to my calc, I received the base points (which I think were 100), and got the three "crack run" cards for an additional 95, plus 10 for the early bonus points for 205. The prizes were being given away at the after party at 9PM on Saturday night, but I was not going to be around for it. I don't think I was in the running for prizes anyway. There were riders who rode pretty quick.

I think the "race" was well planned. I had a great time and got some exercise. I think they are planning a spring 08 race so I will post it as soon as I get the info.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

NYBMA

"The NYBMA is a worker's alliance of the messenger, by the messenger, and for the messenger. Our mission is to unite, represent and advocate for the bike couriers of New York City." We organize events, such as rides and parties, designed to be fun as well as give otherwise lone wolf couriers a chance to be part of a larger pack.

Sometimes we even do some good with our events. Members of the NYBMA have organized various charity bike rides and fundraising parties, as well as volunteering our services after the World Trade Center attack of 9-11.

We want to change the negative perceptions of messengers as well as improve conditions for ourselves. We are not asking for a handout. We are obviously hard workers. We just want the respect we deserve.

The NYBMA has a limited number of its official T-Shirts to sell and we sometimes carry other related merchandise.
If you are a messenger living in New York City join us.

Website here...

Oh No, Snow



SEAGULL & COLT45 PRESENT - COLUMBUS BUM SHUFFLE 2007 - DEC 08

I am still working on what this is about.

Here is the website in the meantime...

Looking for a courier bag? Try Seagull Bags in Columbus

Check out their site...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December 3 Ride Report

Still COLD outside. Wind was blowing every direction we headed into. I rode up from the bar to the start expecting only two other people to show. There were three. I was joined by Casey on the way up and a few others were at the start.

We were going to ride to Alum Creek State Park as per Casey, but then he realized that we are ignorant of the Columbus area and he revealed it would be a 50 mile ride. Ha! Take that!

So we rode through campus and headed west and then south. I believe we more or less followed Neil Ave. We threaded our way through the roundabouts and continued south. We ended up in the Arena district. We made a pit stop for a chain problem and continued into town.

We crossed over High and ended up on East Gay Street and the Tip Top Bar. If you ride you bike to the Tip Top, or use another form of alternate transportation, beer (I believe it is PBR) is $1.

After a round and some really good sweet potato fries we ventured back into the cold for the final leg of our adventure. It last only a few minutes.

We headed down 3rd Street and ended up at the High Beck. We caught the last few minutes of the almost upset of the Patriots, then the bar cleared out. After downing a few it may seem like a good idea to play ping pong with a beer in one hand and paddle in the other. It doesn't work, as Jim clearly showed.

I think we may have rode 6 miles.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Bikin Bob Winter Century Series Ride Wrapup

One word. COLD.

I decided to ride the 48 mile route. The ride was supposed to start at at 8AM. At 7:30AM it was 24 degrees outside. We held off going outside until 8:45AM. It was still under 30 degrees. We got to the start around 9:10AM and Bob and a few brave souls had already left. We got started around 9:30AM. There was a headwind. And it was COLD. My face and fingers were frozen solid.

We kept moving and started to warm up. I think the whole "sit on the couch and eat in preparation for hibernation" is detrimental to physical conditioning. We rode east, then south and ended up in Lancaster. We rode threw the northwest corner and proceeded to head south east.

After we left town we headed out Duffy. We rode several miles and I had a catastrophic shotgun sounding blowout that blew the rear tire off the rim.



After two failed attempts to pump up the tire withe Co2 and the pump, I succeeded with the third and final CO2.

So after standing around for 20 minutes freezing while trying to repair the tire we decided to head back the same route.

It was uneventful. Although we rode much faster on the way back, or at least it felt like it. Final temp when we got back to the start was 39 degrees. We rode 28 miles and climbed 2500 feet.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Dirty Dozen 2007 News

Photos
http://randomprecisionphoto.com/?p=37

News
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_539376.html



More videos

Bicycles with sick soundsystems



In today's NYT, a feature (with lots of great photos) about folks who build elaborate stereo soundsystems for their bicycles. It's not a new phenomenon, but it's neat to see it treated with such formal examination. Link, and pix here shot for the Times by Tyler Hicks.

Thanks Jim for finding this story!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Winter Century Series from Bikin' Bob Continues

Bob is organizing another ride this Saturday. Distances range from 48 - 100. I am considering the 48.

More info...

http://ohiorand.org/bikinbob/winter_rides.htm

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Single Speed Coastie Thoughts

I was given a old Nishiki bike recently. I want to rebuild it as a single speed coastie. Any thoughts on parts?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November 19 Ride Report

We rode only 15 miles this past week. We had a tandem with us, but they dropped off past the halfway mark. We also lost about half the riders during the ride. I don't know if they were dropped or if they pealed off themselves. Toward the end of the ride there was a mutiny by about 10 of us. We decided to head to the High Beck earlier than normal. The route took us west, then south, then north again towards the bar.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Winter Ride Review

Saturday November 17 I headed down to join a Bikin Bob Winter ride. There were three distances to choose from, 47, 58 and 100. I chose the 47 mile route. I wanted to get back to the house to watch football.

There were about ten people for the ride. The route went started at Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester and made a loop south through Amanda. We averaged almost 15.5mph over 47 miles. Had a few short climbs but it was basically flat. There were only three of us who did the 47. Everybody else did the century. It was clear and in the upper 30's when we started and ended in the upper 40's.

Looking for weekend winter rides?

I was told about this site by a night ride regular. Bikin Bob organizes rides throughout the winter. They usually start in Canal Winchester. He provides maps and cue sheets in PDF format and garmin GPS routes (which I took advantage).
Check out his site...

I wish Columbus had something like Pedal Pittsburgh

If we do have a ride let me know. If you are not familiar with Pedal Pittsburgh it is an event in May for everyone with rides from 6 miles to 60. I rode the 60 a few years ago and it is quite challenging. You basically get to ride through many of the different neighborhoods and past major landmarks. I remember riding through most of the city parks, past the Igloo, and up to Mount Washington which overlooks the downtown. Check it out here...

Columbus is now the "Indie Art Capital of the World"

Why do I know this? On this past week's ride I was handed a postcard announcing the announcement. The proclamation or bestowal even has a website. Check it out here...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November 12 Ride Report

To all of you who looked out the window and saw rain at 9:00PM. You missed out on a good ride. Weather was perfect. It was 60 degrees throughout the ride with only a few sprinkles. The ride was faster than normal (less people, around 30), because we had few mechanicals. We rode to the west and southwest of town before heading back. The final stop was especially nice. The view from the waterfront is beautiful. After that stop we raced to the High Beck. A little over 18 miles. No pics, I didn't want to carry it this week.

Dirty Dozen is coming up soon!

http://www.dannychew.com/dd.html

This ride/race features the steepest urban street in the world. Canton Avenue @ 37%

Sunday, November 11, 2007

From the TOP down - the problem that cycling faces

I ran across this story a few days ago. This is the reason why bike paths don't get built, maintained, or support.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/09/14/bike_paths/index_np.html

Concerned with someone stealing your wheels?

If you lock up your bike but are concerned with someone walking off with your wheels or other components, you should look at the Pitlock products.

Ride in the winter? Looking for good tires

Nokian and Schwalbe offer studded tires.

OSU Football and Cycling. Do they mix?






They do during home games. You can ride your bike to the game and park your bike for FREE in a secure area. It is on Woodruff Ave and bike path. Within stumbling distance of the stadium! I rode down to the OSU-Illinois game to check out the bike valet situation. I spoke with a woman who was working. She gave me the lowdown. It opens 4 hours before the game and closes one hour after. They are looking for volunteers. I originally was going to head down to help, but I couldn't get moving early enough.

More info...

The Ohio State Police had an interesting mobile tactical unit parked near the stadium. I stopped to take a picture and chatted with a guy who approached the vehicle without be tasered or water cannoned. He said they told him it weighs 33000 pounds (great gas mileage) and it is used to gain access to second and third floors of building during raids. Why it was parked there, I have no idea.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Day in Happy Valley






I was offered a free ticket to a football game. I don't turn down free. Unfortunately it was a five hour drive to Happy Valley. I broke up the drive by heading to Wheeling on Friday night and rode with my brother, his boss and his boss' nephew the other 3 hours on Saturday. Beaver Stadium is the largest college stadium in the country. The attendance was announced at 108 thousand and some change. They also bill themselves as the greatest show in college football. It was a cool pregame show but I don't don't know about the greatest. The Nittany Lions football team is mediocre and they struggled with Purdue for most of the game. They did win 26-19. Then another 5 hour drive.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Pancake Factory Blog

Jim posts comments on the blog occasionally. Check out is blog.

http://pancakefactory.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Scavenger Hunt Follow-up

The scavenger hunt was pretty well organized. There were appox 36 people broken into 6 groups. I hooked up with John, Isaac Andre, Amber and Ellie. We were Team Yoshi. We had half a lizard/dinosaur (hence Yoshi), an old man (not me), St. Pauli Girl, and a dorky cyclist (me).

We started out great. Then it went downhill. Down Walhalla. First piece of the skeleton was found under the bridge. Then it really went downhill. To campus. And then it fell apart. We split up to go back and find piece number 2, while the other three members of the group went for three and four. Good plan? Sure, on paper. But when the other teams or members of the public remove the pieces you are searching for it becomes frustrating.

Here are the clues. Maybe you can figure it out.


Ride 1/2 way down the viking heaven. Under the bridge. Holla!
Enter the Gates of Hell. Spill some blood in the bowl.
Be a Ninja Turtle under 5th Street. Start at the Tangy.
Go down the steps into the darkness. North of Arcadia.
Shit your pants at the green lawn. Go to the end and find the tallest building.
Follow the path to the building with the changing color on top. Don't get killed. The train won't stop.
Gp dpwn mound. Don't get stabed (sic) Grab a bone. Throw up a tag.
Go to the castle made of wood next to the tracks and 20th.
Pinch a loaf at wonder bread.
Go to the dungen (sic) of 244 king


Piece two was supposed to be behind the Tim Horton's location near Arcadia.

We ran into another group leaving with their bone. John and Isaac crawled down the hill and went into the waste water pipe to find the bones. After ten minutes a group of people emerged and yelled out that they had found the bones. I was standing at the top of the hill and thought that it was another scavenger hunt group. Turns out that they were just hanging out and may have stolen the bones. They climbed out of the valley away from where I was standing and walked down the street. They got into their car at the Tim Horton's and left. I didn't think anything was wrong until John and Isaac climbed up empty handed.

We called the other group and they were unsuccessful in finding three and four. They even opened up the clues to make sure they were looking in the correct place. It sucks to fail at finding the bones, but it is even worse when you have others ruining your chances. So we called it a night and headed back to Isaac's to drown our sorrow.


The gnome showed up to partake in the cerveza.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

October 29 Ride Report

We rode around for a while. Just kidding. We rode around for a while. Not kidding. We ended up in northeast Columbus. Casey had at least three flats from glass shards and a wire. We had a bumblebee, skeletons, and a lizard or mini godzilla. Total of 17 miles. When we started it was 50 degrees. When we stopped in the burbs it dropped to 39 degrees.

Dead on Arrival Tour de C-Bus

Booze Cruise/Scavenger Hunt
6pm Weber and Olentangy bike path
Saturday, November 3

More details at octopusincorporated.com

Halloween Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

I was given this flyer at the Oct 29 ride.

Oct 31, 9:30PM, Maynard Park (Summit and Maynard). Bring Flashlight, Backpack, One Dollar.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Van Dessel Country Road Bob

The Van Dessel Country Road Bob was reviewed in the latest issue of Bicycling

Van Dessel site

Red Bull Soap Box Derby Photos from Providence RI

There were 61 entries in the Red Bull Soap Box Derby Race. We watched about 15 of them race down the College Hill.


Rockchewer from Never Ending Story


Ice Cream Sundae


RoadKill


Shark Attack - Notice the guy on the back taking a picture of me as I am taking a picture of him


Viking Boat

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Family Guy



If you are a Family Guy fan you will appreciate the photos from my trip to Rhode Island. We headed down to the Narragansett to Iggy's for some Quahogs or Stuffies. They are Quahog clams that are chopped up and mixed with stuffing, onions and other ingredients. We ate a bunch and they were great.


http://iggysdoughboys.com/

http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/factsheets/fsquahog.html

October 22 Ride Report

No report. It rained. I went to bed at 9:00PM. Sorry I am a loser.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Cape Cod Rail Trail

I was in Providence RI last week and went out to Provincetown on Cape Cod. There is a rail trail that extends from Dennis to Wellfleet for a total of 25 miles. It is relatively flat and beautiful scenery. I did not get a chance to ride this trail, but if I ever get back up there it is something that I want to do.

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/ccrt.htm

Green Columbus

Green Columbus is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable living in Central Ohio and globally.

http://greencbus.org

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blogging from Van Halen in Cleveland on iPhone




7:30pm Bob Marley's son just left the stage.
8:10pm Van Halen blimps are flying around the inside of the Q
S shaped stage - see pics
You will also notice that we were seated at the farthest away from the stage in the highest point in the arena. We had a courtesy billy goat help us to our seats.
8:25pm Band on stage

Played 26 songs
01. You Really Got Me
02. I'm the One
03. Runnin' With the Devil
04. Romeo Delight
05. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
06. Beautiful Girls
07. Dance the Night Away
08. Atomic Punk
09. Everybody Wants Some
10. So This Is Love?
11. Mean Street
12. Pretty Woman
13. Drum Solo
14. Unchained
15. I'll Wait
16. And the Cradle Will Rock
17. Hot for Teacher
18. Little Dreamer
19. Little Guitars
20. Jamie's Cryin'
21. Ice Cream Man
22. Panama
23. Guitar Solo (incl. "Women in Love" intro, "Cathedral", "Eruption")
24. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
------------------------
25. 1984
26. Jump

10:35 VH has left the building
And so have we.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Request made for list of bicycle movies

On the ride I was talking to John and his friend about "The Flying Scotsman". He was wondering what other bicycle related movies are out there. Of course, Breaking Away comes to mind first. Let me know what else is available on DVD.

Breaking Away
American Flyers
Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization

The COMBO Mission
To create, enhance and protect quality mountain biking opportunities for mountain bikers in central Ohio, by actively promoting responsible mountain biking through education, supporting volunteer trailwork, assisting land managers with trail management issues, and improving relations among trail user groups.

http://www.combomtb.com/

Sunday in the Park


Blacklick Park is south of where we live. It was hot in the sun, over 90 degrees. Another gnome sighting when my wife stopped for a drink at one of the many benches throughout the park It has a crushed limestone path that makes a loop at one end. It is nice scenery. After the ride in the park I rode back by way of Palmer, Mink, Havens Corner. It was 22 miles total, traffic was heavy on Palmer.


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Saturday Night at the Crew Stadium



I got free tickets from my boss (Thanks Judy) for the Crew Game. We were winning in the first period. Then we stumbled and lost 3-1. Here are some photos.

COP Fall Hoot Ride Report


I ended up riding the short route with my friend Bob. It was supposed to be 35 miles, but ended up being 33 miles. We rode most of the roads that are used in the Millersport Corn Ride. The start/end point was at Bloom Carroll High School. We rode in a loop to the northeast toward Buckeye Lake. The other group rode the 65 mile route which headed south into the hills before hooking up with the shorter route in the north. The gnome sighting is from a corn field, which was indicative of the scenery for most of the ride.

Haunted Hoochie


My wife and I headed over to the Haunted Hoochie haunted house at Dead Acres in Pataskala on East Broad. If you like haunted houses this is a pretty good one. It was rated in the top 13 haunted houses in the country. Check out their website. It could be a little extreme for some so take a look at the site for some of the "attractions" before you head over. We saw several people who freaked out.

Hauntworld’s 2008 Top 13 Haunted Attractions

1. 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - www.midnightproduction.com
2. The Darkness, St. Louis, Missouri - www.scarefest.com
3. Netherworld, Atlanta, Georgia - www.fearworld.com
4. Haunted Overload, New Hampshire - www.hauntedoverload.com
5. Scarehouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - www.scarehouse.com
6. House of Torment, Austin, Texas - www.houseoftorment.com
7. Bates Motel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - www.thebatesmotel.com
8. Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, New York - www.headlesshorseman.com
9. Dead Acres, Columbus, Ohio - www.deadacres.com
10. Spookywoods, Kersey Valley, North Carolina - www.spookywoods.com
11. House of Shock, New Orleans, Louisiana - www.houseofshock.com
12. Erebus, Detroit, Michigan - www.hauntedpontiac.com
13. Cutting Edge, Dallas, Texas - www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com

Friday, October 5, 2007

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits 22nd Fall Hoot

Title: COP 22nd Fall Hoot

Date: Saturday October 6, 2007
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Location: Bloom Carroll High School Rt. 33 between Canal Winchester and Lancaster
Notes: 8-9:30AM. Bloom Carroll High School Rt. 33 between Canal Winchester and Lancaster. Longer Route of 65 miles with lots of hills may remind you of CFC. Flat to rolling route of 35 - 40 miles. Plenty of food stops available. Budget tour. Dave Roderick 614/836-3106 droderick (AT) greenapple.com

Bicycle Lawn Mowers


There we were, ruminating on just what gizmos creative minds will dream up to win fame and glory (plus cash and bike) in the Specialized Innovate or Die competition, and in a totally unrelated web search, happened upon the 'B.O.B. Mower,' which looks like a customised Sunlawn mower, attached to B.O.B. bike trailer linkage.

All the fossil-fuel-free goodness of a push (reel) lawnmower with the superior strength of legs over arms in a bicycle. Genius! Whether it works or not we don’t know. But just the idea makes us feel better. And, of course, all good design is just evolutionary so it stands to reason the idea has been developed before.

And boy, has it ever. Take a peek, after the fold, at the plethora of bicycle-lawn mower combos we've dug up. Image above from ::Planet Natural, though it seems the originals are from Lawnmower Bob.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/09/the_cutting_edg.php

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Red Bull Soap Box Derby

I will be in Providence on the weekend of the race and we will be visiting family only four blocks awa from the race. Woohoo.

http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com/default.aspx

Agora III Event

Agora Returns

October 13, 2007

Art, Music, Community

889 Williams Ave.
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

www.agoracolumbus.com

Third Hand Bicycle Coop, Columbus, OH

The primary goal of The Third Hand Bicycle Co-op is to promote cycling as safe and environmentally responsible transportation. The non-profit organization provides community members with the facilities and tools, as well as the skills and knowledge to help make cycling an essential part of their everyday lives.

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op
174 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
E:info@thirdhand.org
T:Teddy Reese (614) 783-6968


783-6968

www.thirdhand.org

Monday, October 1, 2007

More Walhalla Photos





Walhalla Race Report






I rode over to the Walhalla Race on Sunday. This from the organizer - Everything went smooth, we had 12 participants and even more spectators watch the battle for the $24 in prize earnings. No police showed up and everyone we encountered (other cyclists, dog walkers, motorists, those riding scooters) were all friendly and enjoyed catching a glimpse of the race.

Some pics follow in this and the next posting

The Flying Scotsman Review

I watched "The Flying Scotsman" on Saturday night. This autobiography covers the life of Graeme Obree who challenged the status quo by fabricating a bicycle with washing machine bearings and custom tubing and ultimately beat the hour record. His design was so revolutionary that the WCF outlawed two of his designs/positions, the Flying Scotsman and Superman. Graeme battled despression throughout his life but the movie insinuated that he overcame it later in his life. It is a very inspirational movie and I recommend even the non-cyclist to watch it.

Official Movie Site

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Master Plan Meeting Report





The meeting was attended by about 50 people. The results of the surveys were set out before the meeting in chart format so the public could review. Then Alta Planning discussed a general overview of what bikeways can do to help cities. The slideshow gave examples of the possibilities that exist with current bikeways and city street navigation techniques. Then they took comments from the general public about the plan.