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Friday, February 29, 2008

Another Urban Bike - Swobo Dixon

The Dixon builds on the simple and functional Otis platform, with the addition of 6 more gears and a rear disc brake. Just like the Otis, the shifting is intuitive and easy with the elegant twist-shifter. If you have steep hills to climb, the additional gears will make it easy.

We jumped at the chance to be the first kids on the block to get the all-new SRAM I-Motion 9. The first 9-speed internal gear hub on the market, it shifts precisely over a wide gear range, under load or standing. The benefits of internal hubs are mostly hidden, which masks the beauty, simplicity and zero-maintenance of not having two derailleurs; and multiple chainrings, cogs and shift-levers.

The Swobo purpose-designed alloy frame and fork are light and tough and are designed to withstand urban abuse. Threaded eyelets on the forged dropouts and on the square-section chainstay and seatstay bridges accept racks and fenders. We designed the frames for a discrete fit of the rear disc, to accommodate rack and fender stays.

Front and rear Avid mechanical disc brakes, custom Swobo saddle, grips, seat collars, and machined alloy handlebar end caps; seat post with integrated tail light and puncture-resistant street tires complete the spec. Rear rack and Planet Bike fenders are options available with the bike, and are shown here. We let you decide. We make 5 sizes to fit most people.

The site...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fat Rabbit Racing on a Sunday Morning - Columbus OH

Arnold Sports Festival to Partner with Fat Rabbit Racing in the Creation of the Inaugural Arnold Cycling Challenge

The Arnold Sports Festival 2008 will present a new Olympic sport in 2008, The Arnold Cycling Challenge, a short distance criterium road race Sunday morning March 2 in downtown Columbus.

Jim Lorimer, Producer of the Arnold Sports Festival commented, "The Arnold Sports Festival grows annually and this event will present an exciting new element of athletic acumen to the Weekend."

"The Arnold Cycling Challenge will be a test of speed and endurance on a criterium course," said Craig Thompson, CEO of Fat Rabbit Racing. "We will welcome the top male and female cyclists from across the country to participate in this high caliber event."

Thompson added, "The Arnold Cycling Challenge will kick off the 2008 cycling season for Ohio and indeed the Midwest. Our cyclists will have to begin their training earlier in the winter months and the element of the weather will add some unique but fun challenges."

The Arnold Cycling Challenge will showcase Category 1, 2 & 3 riders will be attracted by the prize money with a total purse of $10,000. The categories are based on experience and placements in previous races. The event will be sanctioned by USA Cycling.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held September 21, 2008

ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held September 21, 2008

Kokosing Gap Trail, Mount Vernon, Ohio

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio, (ACB-Ohio) is hosting its
second annual tandem rally-fundraiser. Visually impaired stokers and
sighted captains will have three routes to choose from, 30 flat miles
on the trail and 30, and 60 mile-routes on rolling terrain, each
starting and ending on the beautiful Kokosing Gap Trail. The two
more challenging routes will include the gently rolling hills and
some more challenging ones through the beautiful Amish countryside,
while the flat route will stay on the trail, which is noted as one of
the prettiest and most well maintained rails-to-trails bike paths in
Ohio. Sighted tandem teams and single bikes are also welcome.

Many Ways to Participate:
Bring your tandem and your stoker and enjoy a beautiful ride and meet
some other folks who enjoy tandem cycling.
Bring your tandem and meet your stoker for the day, who might be
visually impaired. Many blind folks love to ride, but they need a
captain and/or a bike.
Volunteer for transportation, registration and/or food stops.
Pledge on a rider or sponsor a tandem team.
Donate give-aways to promote your business.
Join the PB&J lunch preparation crew the night before.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio is a statewide non-profit
organization dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life
for persons who are blind or visually impaired. We offer information
and referral for resources for equipment, training programs,
emotional support, scholarships, and more.

The proceeds from this ride will help sponsor the quarterly seminars
ACB-Ohio conducts for visually impaired Ohioans and their families.

Sign Up Today!

Registration Donation--$30 or more, per rider

Snacks! Lunch! New friends! Great ride! Support a worthy cause!
Free stuff!

How to Sign Up:

Contact Mary Hiland at
Or Call 614-221-6688 or 800-835-2226 to request registration forms.

Registration packets will include directions to start and more
information about ACB-Ohio.

Ed. Note - I road this last year and it was a great ride. Some hills but we rode a decent pace.

Weather Poll

I have restarted the weather poll after someone complained that the coldest temps were not listed. This person, not to be named, first initial A, stated that he/she rides until tires become brittle and his/her hands have frozen to the handlebars. LOL
So, please cast your votes (again).

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Canadian Entrepreneur, Peter Sandler, President of Therapy Products and Inventor of the E-V Sunny Bicycle developed the first all Solar electric bicycle driven completely from power derived from the Sun’s Rays.

The E-V Sunny Bicycle has light absorbing Solar panels built right into the Wheels, creating continual power from the Sun’s Rays, and maintaining a constant charge to the batteries. The bike is propelled by a 500 watt front hub motor.

The variable speed electronic controller drives the bike to speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour. Overall weight of the bicycle is 75 lbs. and comes with 17 amp hr. batteries and a built in battery charger.

Cost of the E-V Sunny Bicycle is $1295.00 and comes with a 90-day warrantee. The cost of the kit starts at $795.00, and the Company provides after sales servicing.

Orders are now being taken for delivery in September of 2006; contact the Company through their email at , Toll Free at # 1 800-567-9926 or their web site

Very Cool Commuter Bike

The Civia was recently introduced and includes the Shimano Alfine Component Group

Civia designed the Hyland from the ground up, combining leading-edge technology and aesthetics into a bike of uncompromising performance and beauty. Simple yet elegant features like post disc mount brakes, sliding dropouts in the rear triangle, and a specially developed cable shaft make the bike as pleasing to ride as it is to see.

From frame to fork we chose the best materials to fit the function. Hyland’s lightweight aluminum frame is stiff, fast, durable and corrosion resistant. And when the time comes—many miles down the road—it is also fully recyclable. Sturdy and light, the carbon fork absorbs road shock and helps smooth your ride. Stainless steel headtube badge and hardware please the eye while resisting rust and corrosion, assuring years of worry-free performance.

The Hyland’s innovative hydroformed down tube features the cable tunnel; a recess for hydraulic brakes and cable housing that also provides extra frame stiffness. It makes cleaning easy, too. Simply undo the cable guides, slide the cables aside and wipe down the entire frame.

We took the sliding dropout concept to new heights by including a post disc brake mount. This lets you add a rear rack without any brake caliper interference. It also cleans up the drivetrain, eliminating the need for a derailleur-style cable-tensioning device.

The site...

2/25/2008 Ride Report

This was submitted by Duncan... I did not make the ride.

4 guys met at wex -- jeremy, ben, duncan, and jim (who just stopped by to say hello) -- spinning off @10:30? -- just as the sleet was starting up -- over to summit, and down to carabar, where webmaster-ray was known to be nursing his tummy... uh, locking incidents ensued and eventually resolved?... ben peels off for home, so j.&d. continue thru downtown for high-beck pizza... trip dist. approx 5.6 miles (wimps!)... half-dozen other nice bikes found tethered to front gates -- vegan foosballers found inside... mucho action also around the pingpong-table, w/strangers happily challenging strangers... a "good time" had by all. Conversation topics ranged from bikes, to romance, to sorrinesses, to next week's 50F. forecast... and then a very sloppy ride home.

thanks to high-beck tavern for their continued hospitality!

ed. note. - the weather may not be as kind to us as early forecast indicated. The temps may drop into 20's and snow is now forecasted.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Will this be the end of the bicycle chain as we know it?

Maintenance Free
High Durability
High Efficiency
No rust
No lubrication
Smoother running
Instant engagement

Carbon Drive Site...

Here they are in action on Spot Bikes

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Own a Prius and want to carry bikes?

I looked around and tried several racks before settling on a Receiver Hitch mount from Coastal Tech. I used a Saris Bones rear rack. Saris claimed that it fits, but the rear legs are not long enough to raise the straps off the rear spoiler. I recently checked the site and they only list the Guardian Racks.

From their site;
Coastal Electronic Technologies, Inc. has developed a (1 1/4") & a (2") receiver hitch which will simply "bolt on" using already existing holes, without any drilling or modifications necessary. Installation takes less than 25 minutes and once installed, a world full of accessories can be inserted, making your Prius much more versatile. It is sold for $149.00 and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Complete instructions with color photos are included for fast, easy installation. All of the hitches and accessories are quality, powder coated units which you will use for many years to come.

You can add a 2" or 1.25" rack from a variety of manufacturers.

It took me about an hour to install. The existing rear tow mounts are removed and replaced with the mounts for the bar. It is a fairly sturdy setup. My only concern/complaint is that it sags a little when putting two bikes. If you put a cruiser or mountain bike on the rack it also sags a little.

Leave vehicles home, cash in with EcoBucks

The news story...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cranksters Archive Now Available on WCRS site

Link here...

I think I am on episode 5 or 6.

2/18/2008 Ride Report

A little icy. A little cold.

I was a little reluctant to ride, but I thought it would be a good chance to see what a commuter would experience if they were forced to ride under these conditions. It was icy. Riding on the crusty ice on the berm seemed to help. I attended the winter weather seminar by Chris Luers a few weeks ago. He made a point of warning us to avoid the painted lines and words on the streets when it is wet (or icy). I made a boo-boo. Right out in front of Columbus State I hit the T in STOP. I slid sideways in slow motion. Then someone grazed my helmet with the rear derailleur. No harm.

We headed over to High Street which was getting treated by the street crews and became a little better. Traffic was lighter than normal because of the weather. We slowly made our way up to the starting point. At one point some pedestrians started yelling at us. They kept saying something about the police. I believe they may have mistaken us for bike officers. I ultimately yelled that we were not the police. Jim and Jeremy were there. Jim was breakdancing when we pulled up. I don't know why though.

We headed down High Street and stopped at Long but decided it was time to call it quits.

7 miles total. One bruised elbow. One lesson learned.

Lesson learned: Take the bus. When the roads get icy, it is not worth risking life or limb to ride. Unless you have studded tires. But we are not going to get into that at this point.

Sidenote: On my commute back home the road crews did a great job of clearing the ice from the highways and the main roads. The side streets were horrible.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Green Drinks Event

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home
Another special Green Drinks event. This time, we are going to the movies at a Columbus landmark - Studio 35. The film is Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, a documentary about a suburban family that collects their waste for three months and then follows it through the system. We think it sounds like an interesting experiment (to watch) and hope you do to. The specifics about the event are:

What: February Green Drinks - Movie Event
When: Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6 -9 p.m.
Where: Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave.
Why: Learn about the often unpleasant end of life phase of our consumer society

Note: admission to the movie is $5. However, pairs of tickets are being given away by WWHO-TV, WCBE (90.5 FM) and WCRS (98.3/102.1 FM, our new community radio station)

This event is supported by Columbus Brewing Company, Weisenbach Specialty Printing, and WWHO-TV.

Hope to see you on Thursday!

Team Green Drinks

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wheelcraft - Wheeling, WV

Through the years I have purchased many bikes from Andy and Cindy at Wheelcraft. They carry Trek, Klein (when available), Gary Fisher, Calfee and many other bike manufacturers. I have visited many bike shops though the years and I still have never ran into a local bike shop that has as much selection as Wheelcraft. Plus, Andy will answer your bike questions through the BikeExchange website

Sunday Trail Ride 02/17/2008 Ride Report

I don't know if you peeked outside today or not, but around 4PM the skies cleared and the temperature rose past 60 degrees. I rode with someone south on the Alum Creek Greenway Trail. We headed south and rode to the Confluence Trail Head. From Livingston to the trailhead is 8.1 miles. I took some pictures of the Refugee Road crossing. This is completely unacceptable. I rode through the mud and was clogged up my frame and almost lost my shoes when I had to stop in the middle of it. At least the city could lay some gravel down.

Sunday Trail Ride 02/17/2008 Ride Report

On the way back we continued north past Livingston through Bexley. The trail continues past Nelson Park and heads under 670. At that point the trail continues East and West. We headed West towards town. At Leonard it turns left and follows the road. We turned off as it neared and I-71. We finished up with 23.5 miles. Averaged 13.5mph. 61 degrees and sunny, until the sun went down.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Lucky Stride 2008 Alley Cat Ride update

MARCH 15, 2008

Another Columbus Bike Bog

Two Wheeling
A boy, his bike and their city.

Check it out...

Biking the burbs in Columbus

Canal Winchester

The city has paths from Waterloo Street almost to Rt. 33 and along Dietz Drive from Washington Street to Gender Road. It features a spur along Thrush Drive north to Groveport Road. A state grant will provide for a third path from downtown along Groveport Road to Rager Road.


When Dublin began to grow, bike paths became part of good community planning strategies. The city also sets aside $150,000 per year to fill in gaps in its 88-mile bike-path system.


The city has 2 miles of paths, with plans for the Big Walnut trail from Morse Road on the north to Pizzurro Park on the south. It also plans to connect from the Big Walnut trail to those in Whitehall, Columbus, Westerville and Metro Parks.

Grove City

There are 16 miles of bike paths now, and the city is working toward 25 more. Connectors to other cities' paths are planned.


The village has an unpaved path about 1 mile long from Blacklick Park to Rager Road. There are plans to connect with Three Creeks Metro Park.


All major roads are intended to have bike paths. The intention is for all east-west and north-south thoroughfares to have some sort of connection. The plan is to link neighborhoods with schools, the library, shops and parks. Officials also want to move the Rails for Trails starting point from the Makoy Center to Old Hilliard.

New Albany

The village requires developers to construct 8-foot-wide asphalt leisure paths. Officials are working on links with Franklin County at the Rt. 62-Morse Road roundabout, and with the city of Gahanna.


The 8- or 10-foot path to be installed with the Diley Road widening will be the city's first dedicated bike path outside of a park. The goal is to link the Diley Road path to the Pickerington Park Ponds path, then to the Columbus system.


The village offers about 15 miles of paths. Officials intend to connect those paths to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Highbanks Metro Park and the main pathway along the Olentangy River.


Reynoldsburg has about 2.25 miles that connect three parks -- Kennedy and Huber parks as well as Blacklick Metro Park.

Upper Arlington

The suburb is focusing on looping its paths, so residents can travel in laps. The city has 7.5 miles of multiuse paths in five parks. It also has 4.5 miles of bike lanes along city roads and connects with Columbus' system at Lane Road.


The city boasts 23 miles of paths now with plans for more. Most are 10 feet wide. The Schrock Road path ties into Columbus.


Riders can get to all city parks on either a path or residential street, said parks Director Lynda Chambers. Its system connects with Columbus on the Olentangy River Road trail. In 2009, it plans to link Snouffer Park with Linworth Park.

Source: municipalities

Linking bicycle chains

Cities hoping to transform paths into one vast system

If you're a city official in central Ohio listening to the recreational demands of your residents, you're likely hearing this: "Where's the bike trail?"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crazy Helmet from Carrera

This one's for you Ben!

Article in Pez Cycling

Yellow helmet halfway down article.

Investors ink deal for VeloNews, parent company

The full story is here...

The Beer Mapping Project

If you like beer and you like maps, then you may have found the right place. is a project by someone who likes knowing exactly where he is and how far he needs to go for good beer. At this point, there is only one individual working on the code that is making the Beer Mapping Project function. But that one person is supported by many friendly craft beer lovers who offer suggestions for new maps and they help by submitting new locations, adding new reviews, uploading pictures for locations or contributing to the forums.

Use the Contact Us link if you have something to say about the Beer Mapping Project, or if you think you could help out.

Beer Mapping Project is utilizing Google’s Mapping API that is offered free for anyone who is not making a profit or charging users to use the maps that are using it. Each location is pushed through a geocoder service ( is now getting geocodes through Google’s API) in order to get the latitude and longitude for the particular location. Sometimes these geocoders do not produce results that are exact. Leading to locations that are either slightly wrong, or really wrong. Because of this chance of error, please double check with the website of the location you wish to travel to. Do not take for granted that each location is mapped perfectly.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bamboo Bicycle for Sale

Calfee Design has been making these for several years.

Cool bike site sent over by David Jeffords

Make Magazine

2/11/2008 Ride Report

Cold: 18 - 21 degrees
Snow: 1-2 inches of snow fell.
Riders: Four - Ben, Duncan, Jeremy, me
Mileage: Four point five miles
Beer: Two pitchers
Pizza: Many slices
Ping Pong: A couple games
Pics: Sure we got em!

We rode down through campus and through the side streets through the Arena District. Along the way we rode through Goodale Park. Then down Front Street. Whoops! No traffic though.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Urban Planners NYC hired

Gehl Architects have developed a unique working methodology that is based on the principle that people’s priorities are the most important driver in the planning process for cities.

Creating a quality environment for people is paramount and must be considered before anything else in order to achieve a lively and sustainable public realm!

First we consider LIFE
Then we consider SPACE
Then we consider BUILDINGS

Therefore our planning and design solutions aim to enrich the lifestyle envisioned for each project.

Once the human dimension is established, we form a spatial strategy for public space. Finally we work to shape the built environment, ensuring that the relationship between people and buildings supports public life. This people oriented philosophy, focusing on design solutions that can improve quality of life, is our number one objective with any project.

New York City's plan for the future (it includes bicycling)

Number 9 on their list for transprtation initiatives
• Complete the City's 1,800-mile bike master plan
• Facilitate cycling

Saturday Ride Report (One man paceline ride)

I sent out an email late morning to see if anyone wanted to join me for a ride. I slept in until 10am and I am sure everybody had planned out their day, because I only received one response and that was a negative. Saturday was one of the nicest days to be out on the bike. It was dry, sunny, but windy. So I decided to bring out my road bike. I usually keep it locked up in the basement so that it doesn't hurt anybody. I only rode it a few hundred miles last year. It is quick and twitchy.

I rode out of Blacklick heading west to Gahanna. Havens Corner to 62 to Agler. North Cassady to Agler to Westerville Rd (sucks) to East Weber. Enough of the headwind. Now south on Indianola to Summit. East on East 2nd. Cleveland South to E Long. Now for the fun part. The inverse of a headwind? 20-30 mph tailwind. Woohoo! I hit 29 miles an hour on East Long and ran out of gears. I was just spinning crazy.

I headed northeast on North Nelson until dead end at Airport Rd. I saw a trail to the right of me as I passed under 670. I think it ended at Airport Rd near the hotels. I rode Airport until I had to turn on Cassady. There is a bikes/pedestrians prohibited sign at the entrance of the highway section that ends at the terminal.

North on Cassady and from there the reverse route back to my house. I was benefitting from the tailwind when I started to climb the little slope up Havens Corner. I normally spin about 13-15mph. I was hitting 18-20mph while climbing.

33 miles. 14.7 mph average, 47 degrees

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Midnight Ridazz Website from LA

This ride sounds vaguely familiar

The site...

When someone says "Midnight Ridazz!!"
You say "RIDE ON!!"

The Midnight Ridazz is formally described as a group of bicycle enthusiasts who have been riding together on the second Friday of every month since February of 2004. Originally conceived and founded by SKULL and lovingly cared for by MABELL, MUFF and a small group of planners and care takers, the rides quickly grew from the original 8 "Mammas and Papas" to current ride counts of 1300+ Ridazz.

Skeptics may scoff at the irreverence of this alleged "Party on Wheels." But the party atmosphere just might be what has made this simple bicycle ride so popular in a city like Los Angeles where people barely get their mail without hopping in a car. Some attribute the movement to the high assed gas prices, or the frustration of LA traffic. Still others simply write off the Midnight Ridazz as a bunch of bored art school students. It's all of these things and more!

Consider: Riding a bicycle is a sensual alternative to the "boy in the bubble" car voyages that hide everything good that a city has to offer. It is an experience in sights, sounds, thrills, physical activity, and local economy that could never be replicated by a night out at (Sh)City Walk. Midnight Ridazz is about riding bicyles, hanging out, acting silly, being whimsical, speaking up, and having a good heart. Come out and enjoy a relaxed pace bicycle ride at the end of a week of computers, dispatchers, rude customers, corporate politics and all the other crap that comes with living in a world of sad clowns. Banish the clowns! Send in the Ridazz.

Moving forward we're inviting everybody to join in the fun. The Ridazz that be have created this site to help empower YOU to create your own rides, routes and good timezz. Start yourself a recurring ride, have a bar crawl or even throw a one timer in the daylight... It's your ride.

What Midnight Ridazz is:

-Non Confrontational
-Open - Minded

What Midnight Ridazz is NOT:

-Mean Spirited

Bike Month

The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 12-16 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 16. Need some ideas? Here are 50 ways (large PDF) to celebrate Bike Month. Help us Count Cyclists In this May, and every month!

This is the official site for National Bike Month. Check the events section often to see what bike month and bike to work week events are going on in your community. If you would like to submit your event information to be posted on their site, email it to Please make sure you write, "Bike Month Event" in the subject line of the email.

Please post any events surrounding Columbus Bike to Work Week.

Allegheny Trail Alliance

Ashley, a friend of mine from Wheeling, and I rode from West Newton to Frostburg which is 104 miles one way. We rode down and back over one weekend. We are planning on riding from Frostburg to Hancock, MD this year. This is a great rail trail. Very beautiful.

Welcome to the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile system of biking and hiking trails connecting Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. The connection to the C & O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, MD was completed in 2006, creating a continuous non-motorized corridor, 316 miles long, from near Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. Seven trails are organized under the Allegheny Trail Alliance and includes the Montour Trail for a 52 mile branch to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

C&O Trail Resources
Bike Washington
Linking Up

The cure for carbon breakage

After breaking the stock Bontrager carbon seatpost I replaced it with a Performance Forte Carbon seatpost. The replacement lasted two weeks. On the most recent night ride we were heading south from Schiller Park and suddenly my seat tilted backward. I rode partly standing and partly on the nose of the seat to finish the ride.

When I got home I pulled it apart and found the ridges which allow the seat tilt were ground off. Totally flattened. So I decided to forego carbon this time around and went with the Thomson Elite Seatpost.

Lovely aluminum. Solid seat mounting. Ovalized interior post. If I break this, Thomson should hire me for product testing.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

2/4/2008 Ride Report

It was moist. and misty. And then I cleaned my glasses off and everything was good. 57 degrees. 15 riders at the start. We headed north through campus and ended up at the bike polo field. We picked up another ten people.

The highlights;
Zach returned to lead the ride (his girlfriend let him out and it was above 55 degrees)
A roundabout can mislead riders into thinking they are safe, until the riders decide to ride in opposite directions at the most inopportune time. Can you say, "Two go in, one comes out."
Jamar (sp) now has jean shorts after his jeans were pulled through the crank and chain at Schiller Park. Thank god he wasn't riding fast at that moment.
I broke another seatpost - second in two weeks. Carbon sucks, aluminum rules.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op Report

When you ride your bike through inclement weather, then let it bake on, then repeat for a week or so, the dirt becomes encrusted. It almost, just almost becomes a permanent part of the bike. Rinse and repeat only works so well. When we ran the chain through the cleaner chunks of gunk went flying. We were able to get the drivetrain pretty clean. Clean enough to realize a chunk of the derailleur pulley wheel is missing! That may have been the flying chunks.

The brakes were another story. They needed to be overhauled. Disassembled, then lubed and reassembled. Plus a new cable. Christian at the Third Hand did a great job of diagnosing, repairing and adjusting. He also had some advice for someone, "Clean your bike."

I recommend Third Hand if you are looking for a rehabbed bike, or to build up your own. Or if you want to learn how to repair your own. They also have t-shirts, patches and stickers to spread the word.


Saturday Ride Report

I rode with someone north through Clintonville to Worthington. We made a loop through the Rush Creek neighborhood with the Usonian houses. If you have never been through the neighborhood it is worth driving or walking through. There is a path that crosses through the ravine and very little traffic. The houses are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

Newspaper story about neighborhood

Weather was partly cloudy in the low 40's
Mileage: 25 miles

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Think you ride a lot of miles? Check out this site...

Danny Chew is well known in the Pittsburgh area for the Dirty Dozen ride. He has competed and won RAAM, The World's Toughest Bike Race! Check out his riding log. In 2006 he passed 600,000 lifetime miles. He has been riding an average of 15,500 miles a year.

Here is the site...

Bike Routes in Gahanna, OH

Tricia sent out the designated bike routes in Gahanna. Unfortunately they are not well marked. But she has put them on for all to see.

If you are having trouble seeing the maps, you can remove the Explore panel by clicking the "^" tab which will hide the panel. To see the cue sheet, select Show->Cue Sheet. I think by default it comes up in Satellite mode but I prefer Map mode.

These are the north/south routes:

These are the east/west routes:

If you ever want me to share my "Top 10 List" of projects to make Gahanna (these routes) more bicycle-friendly, let me know. They involve some additional bridges, connector bike paths and bike lanes.


Organized Bike Tours This Summer - UPDATED 03-03-08

We are in the process of organizing a tour of Columbus for September. It is tentatively called Ride the C-Bus. The website is

GITAP - Grand Illinois Trail and Parks

The BON TON ROULET or “Let The Good Times Roll,” celebrates its eleventh seven-day voyage throughout the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State by bicycle. A non-competitive cycling adventure, The Bon Ton Roulet will challenge riders of all ages and abilities. And when you’re done, expect exciting new friendships, a wealth of visual memories, and a great sense of accomplishment!

From Columbus Outdoor Pursuits

36TH WOODSTOCK • Saturday, April 12
7:30-9AM. Jersey Baptist Church, 13260 Morse Road, Pataskala, 9 miles east of I-270 at Harrison Road. Parking and registration in back lot. Traditional first TOSRV training ride. 100/50/30 miles on relatively flat terrain. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Tricia Kovacs 614/476-9093.

41ST SPOT • Saturday, April 19
7:30-9AM. Groveport Madison Freshman School, 751 E. Main St., Groveport. Options from 25 to 100 miles Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Bob Allen 614/866-8698; David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm)

34TH MID OHIO CENTURY • Sunday, April 27
7:30-9AM. Mingo Shelter Building, Mingo Park Delaware, Ohio. Routes of approximately 35, 65,100 miles. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 nonmembers. Woody Barry 740/375-5906 wbarry333(at)

27TH TOP OF OHIO HUNDRED • Sunday, May 4
7:30-9AM. Start at Hilliard Community Center for TOP 100, 51, 20 routes or Milford Center School, just south of town of Rt. 57, at 8-9am for the TOP 50. Varied Terrain. Century route takes riders to highest point in Ohio. Shorter routes are basically flat. Budget Tour, $2 members, $4 non-members. Volunteer needed, contact office(at) 614/442-7901.

47TH TOSRV: TOUR OF THE SCIOTO RIVER VALLEY • Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11
Hyatt on Capital Square, Columbus. Annual, pre-registration tour from Columbus to Portsmouth for an overnight stay and return the next day. Half tour from Chillicothe. No entry after April 15. Registration and info on

20TH GOBA: GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE • Saturday to Saturday, June 14-21
Start and finish in Wellington, with additional overnights in Galion, Mt. Vernon, Coshocton, and Orrville. Pre-registration required; May 14 deadline. 3,000-rider limit. For registration info, see or phone 614/273-0811.

A week-long getaway to all-new host towns and beautiful routes. This year’s route will start in Maysville , Kentucky and end on the shores of Lake Erie . Cyclists will bike their way across the state visiting safe houses and museums. The average day’s ride is 60 miles and the terrain mostly rolling. There will be three optional centuries during the week. Rider Limit: 250. Entry Deadline: June 21. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. Attn: Walt Williams; 1525 Bethel Road Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. (614) 442-7901. For more information, see

Is it time to clean the bike?

I have been riding in crappy weather for the last few weeks and have neglected the drivetrain. Not a good thing to do and I think that it is time to clean it. I use some of the Finish Line products. and found they have good tips on their website for maintenance.

Bike Fit and Comfort
Position your seat height, so that when you sit on the bike and have your foot at the lowest point in the pedal stroke, there is still a slight bend in your knee. Full leg extension will cause your hips to rock when you pedal. Too much bend in your knee will keep full pedal power from getting to the pedals. And, incorrect positioning will lead to discomfort and leg cramps over long rides. Position the seat forward or back, so your knee is directly over the pedal when you have your foot and pedal in the "3 o’clock" position. Handlebars should be approximately shoulder width wide and be positioned at about the same level as your seat. Maintain a slight bend in your elbows when riding to absorb shock. Also, a change in stem length may be helpful. Your local bike shop has a selection of different sized stems to get that "perfect" fit. To avoid hand numbness over long rides, keep your wrists straight and change hand positions occasionally. Keep a firm, but relaxed grip and try a set of bar-ends for additional positioning options.

Braking Performance
Glazed, hardened, dirty, or misaligned brake pads account for nearly all "loss of braking power" problems. Keep the surface of your brake pads clean and fresh by using sandpaper or steel wool to scuff away any debris, and hardened glaze. Check the alignment. The pad should be "toed in" about 1/8" to first make contact with the rim at its front half. Additionally, the pad should contact the center of the rim. The pad should never rub the tire, or hang off the rim. In general, clean and inspect your brake pads every month. Brake pads are inexpensive and relatively easy to replace. You'll be amazed at the difference new brake pads make. Regularly clean your rims with EcoTech 2 Degreaser. Your pads will work better and last longer.

Bottom Bracket
Bottom brackets, (B.B.s) are the bearing and spindle assemblies that your pedal crank arms spin upon. Because of their low and central location, they are constantly being exposed to the worst of contaminants. Many B.B.s feature sealed bearing assemblies. However, it does help to keep an eye on their outer shields and keep them as clean as possible, by wiping away any crud with a rag. Also, do not spray pressurized water at the shields.

Creaking Bottom Brackets
This annoying trait can be caused by a variety of things. All require special tools to fix and are best left to a professional mechanic.

Note Some B.B.s utilize semi-sealed or non-sealed bearing assemblies. They should be cleaned, inspected and re-greased about every 6 months. This job requires special tools, so don’t cheat and use a hammer and/or pipe wrench. You’ll end up ruining your bottom bracket and they’re not cheap to replace.

Lubricating Your Cables
Smooth operating cables are the life lines that keep your braking and shifting system working optimally. There are a variety of ways to lubricate your cables, from removing them, to just shooting a little lube into the ends of the cable housings. Depending on how much wet weather riding you do, your cables will require different amounts of attention. You should inspect and lube, if necessary, every 4 - 6 rides. For quick maintenance, squirt or drip a "dry" style lube into the open ends of the cable housings.

Note When it is time for a thorough cleaning and re-lubing of your cables, a trained mechanic should tackle the job. Unless you are experienced in removing your own cables, you can easily spend a few hours getting everything readjusted properly.

Lubing Your Derailleurs
Your derailleurs are just as important as your chain, in helping to deliver those crisp, exact shifts that make cycling a true joy. The derailleurs shift your chain by using a system of springs and pivots. It is important to keep these springs and pivots well lubricated. They will require a shot of lube every 5 - 7 rides. Lubing your derailleurs is easiest when you flip your bike upside down. This provides better access.
Note: Gears (sprockets) do not require any special lube application. The gears receive sufficient lubrication from the chain, as it runs through them. Excessive lubricant on the gears will attract dirt and eventually degrade the performance of your drivetrain components.

Creaking Stem
Sometimes, the handlebar stem will "creak". This is usually caused by one of two things: either dirt that has worked it’s way down between the stem and the fork’s steerer tube or the stem has come slightly loose. To fix this, loosen the stem, remove it from the steerer tube, and clean it using Citrus BioSolvent or EcoTech 2. Reassemble and tighten to correct torque specification.

Note Some high-end stem mounting designs may require special tools or unique reassembly torques. Check with your local shop if you have any questions.

Caring for Front and Rear Hubs
Some hubs have "open" bearing assemblies, with only a "dust shield" between them and the elements. You’ll need to routinely inspect, clean and re-grease these type of hubs. In general, inspect, clean and re-grease hubs every 4 months. Carefully disassemble the hub and clean with Citrus BioSolvent or EcoTech-2. Inspect all components and particularly look for pits, cracks, or flat spots in the ball bearings and race surfaces. Generously apply Finish Line Premium Grease to the bearing and race surface, then reassemble. Adjust so bearings run smooth and free, but allow no side-to-side or up-and-down play.

Note Many hubs now feature "sealed bearing assemblies". Just keep their outer seals clean with an occasional rag wipe. Don’t spray water or degreaser into your bearings. Properly cared for, sealed bearing hubs will last a long time.

Lubing Your Brake & Shift Levers
All brake and shifter levers work by using springs and ratchets that arc on pivots. You will need to lube your levers every 6 months.
Cleaning: Your levers will require no more than a quick cleaning. A squirt of bicycle degreaser, a quick scrubbing with a brush, and/or wipe with a rag, should do it. If mud and sand have worked its way into the heart of your brake and shifter levers, it is recommended that you have a trained mechanic tackle the job. Disassembly and reassembly of these components can be quite complicated.

Lubing: Run your levers through their full range of motion while squirting a little lube into the spring and ratchet mechanism. Place a drop of lube onto the pivot and work it into the joint.

Note Like your derailleurs, it may be easier to access the lube points on your levers by turning your bike upside down.

Position your front and rear wheel quick-release levers opposite the drivetrain side of the bike. The rear lever should have a tightly closed handle that runs parallel to the chainstay tube. The front lever should be pointed up, tucked next to the fork. These positions will prevent a glancing blow, from a trailside obstacle, from accidentally opening the levers. If you’re new to quick-release axles, make sure your bicycle dealer shows you how to properly use and tension the levers.

Grease your Seat Post
Apply a thin layer of Finish Line Premium Grease to your seat post, where it slides and mounts into the frame. This will keep the seat post from galvanically cold-welding itself within the frame.

Seat Height Adjustment
Use a low seat adjustment for more control during fast downhill riding. Use a high seat adjustment (with a slight bend in the knee) for efficient, long distance pedaling.