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Friday, May 30, 2008

B1 Bicycles

I stopped over at B1 Bicycles to talk to Casey about possible sponsorship of the Bike the C-Bus (hint hint) He recently expanded the store and now has second storefront full of bikes.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hope Weekend

Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8

This month, the Short North Arts District is dedicating Gallery Hop weekend to Rachel. You can support Rachel by participating in our Hope Weekend events.

Rachel's story
On the evening of May 15, Rachel Widomski was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver outside of Haiku restaurant. Rachel’s severe spinal cord injuries will leave her paralyzed for life. Please join us in a city-wide fundraising effort to help support Rachel and her family during her long road to recovery.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pan Ohio Hope Ride August 7-10, 2008

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a bicycling tour that enables you to not only take an incredible bicycle journey, but also to tremendously benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges and other vital patient care services. It is a tour both inspiring and life changing. With each passing mile, you will discover the beauty of Ohio’s scenery; experience areas you didn’t know existed; challenge yourself to pedal, talk and laugh; make new and lasting friends; hear inspiring stories of hope and courage; and send a message to all those fighting cancer right now a message that you are doing something to help.

Ride 4 days, 2 days or just 1 day

While our singular goal is to fight cancer and help The Society's Hope Lodges, you can pick the registration option that suits you:

Four--day ride (join us from Cleveland to Cincinnati)
Two-day ride (join us from Columbus to Cincinnati
One-day ride (join us for any single day of the tour)
POHR 2008 route overview

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride will take cyclists from Cleveland to Cincinnati in a four-day tour through Ohio’s scenic countryside from August 7-10, 2008. Challenge yourself to hit the road and make the road smoother for those battling cancer.

Day 1 Cleveland to Wooster (75 miles)
Day 2 Wooster to Columbus (90 miles -- the BIG day)
Day 3 Columbus to Dayton (70 miles)
Day 4 Dayton to Cincinnati (75 miles)
Raise money to make a difference for those in need

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a special fundraising event to benefit Society Hope Lodges and other vital patient services. We have numerous ways to help you raise funds by reaching out to your friends, family and employers. Whatever you can raise will go to help those in need who are fighting cancer right now.

Fundraising raffle: We're giving away a new bike!

For every $500 you raise, you'll earn one entry into our raffle for a new Cannondale CAAD9 6 from Eddy's Bike Shop! Read more!

Why we're riding: the Society Hope Lodges

You can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives, help cancer patients, and empower communities.

Your life changes when you hear these words: “You have cancer.” The American Cancer Society helps patients with:

Finding reliable information
Meeting day-to-day needs
Receiving emotional support
You can touch that support at the Society’s Hope Lodges in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and 24 other cities around the nation. Cancer patients and caregivers who have to travel for treatment find free, supportive lodging during lengthy stays.

Click here to hear from cancer patients describe what Hope Lodge means to them. Hope Lodge Where Hope Lives... 8min. video

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride will take cyclists from Cleveland to Cincinnati in a four-day tour through Ohio’s scenic countryside from August 7-10, 2008. Challenge yourself to hit the road and make the road smoother for those battling cancer.

Make history with the Pan Ohio Hope Ride
Make a memorable journey
Make the lives of cancer patients a little easier
Sign Up to Ride

More from the site...

White Castle Hamburger Rally - Ride Recap

60 miles - average 15.5mph
83 degrees to start - 70 degrees end
Some sprinkles of rain - beautiful sunset.
6 people to start - lost one to dinner at his girlfriends.
Picked up 12 when we rode through another group ride in Bexley
Here is the map link GPSies - White Castle Gastric Century (Duration: 06:51:44)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

White Castle Hamburger Rally - Monday May 26 6PM

White Castle Columbus Slide - Gastric Century
Start Time: Monday May 26th 6PM - (Chance of thunderstorms, but temps in the 60's)
Start Location: 15th and High Street
Purpose: To ride to all 13 White Castle Restaurant locations in Columbus within the beltway. Due to time constrains we felt dropping the 6 locations outside the beltway would be beneficial to our beltline.
Please bring a digital camera or cell phone with camera. I may have people photograph locations as proof.
Prizes (courtesy of Genuine Innovations) will be handed out.

See map below and tentative route further down page. To be fair when awarding prizes I think it makes sense that we all ride as a group to each of the locations. This is a fun ride and I have not decided how we will hand out prizes yet, so we may have prizes for most burgers eaten at one stop or over the whole evening.

Please stay tuned and I will post more info when available.

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2725 N. High St.
Columbus, OH , 43202

3540 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH , 43228

1111 S. High St.
Columbus, OH , 43206

965 N. High St.
Columbus, OH , 43201

1435 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH , 43229

1080 S. Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, OH , 43227

4525 Kenny Rd.
Columbus, OH , 43220

2333 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH , 43229

1025 Alum Creek Dr.
Columbus, OH , 43209

1555 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH , 43222

1550 Hilliard-Rome Rd.
Hilliard, OH , 43026

5875 Scarborough Blvd.
Columbus, OH, 43232

6791 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH, 43213

1617 Holt Rd.
Columbus, OH, 43228

3615 S. High St.
Columbus, OH, 43207

1620 Stringtown Rd.
Grove City, OH , 43123

801 E. 5th Ave.
Columbus, OH , 43201

405 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH, 43215

3751 S. Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, OH, 43232

Three "Ghost Bikes" have appeared at sites where cyclists were killed by motorized vehicles.

Three "Ghost Bikes" have appeared at sites where cyclists were killed by motorized vehicles.

The appearance of these GHOST BIKES on the eve of the Ride of Silence, are a visual reminder of the carnage that cyclists face while trying to maintain their rightful place on the public roadways.

More info at Consider Biking

Bicycle Film Festival - Not coming to Columbus

Get there if you can. If not, here is the site...

About BFF
The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates the bicycle. We are into all styles of bikes and biking. If you can name it-Tall Bike Jousting, Track Bikes, BMX, Alleycats, Critical Mass, Bike Polo, Cycling to Recumbents- we've probably either ridden or screened it. What better way to celebrate these lifestyles than through art, film, music and performance? We bring together all aspects of bicycling together to advocate its ability to transport us in many ways. Ultimately the Fest is about having a good time.

We have been fortunate enough to include works of established artists such as Jorgen Leth, Mike Mills, Jonas Mekas, Blonde Redhead, Swoon and Michel Gondry among others as part of our programming. Many of the artists who have participated in the Bike Film Fest such as Nick Golebiewski, the Neistat Brothers and Lucas Brunelle are gaining more and more re-cognition for their work. Sign up for the email list or just come out and enjoy our 8th Annual Bicycle Film Festival.

Thanks.Brendt Barbur
P.S. bikes rule

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

5/19/2008 Ride Report

It rained. I am sick of riding in the rain. Therefore, I did not ride. Plus, I was in a bad mood. And not because I didn't get to ride in the rain.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Illumiquest website

I met Giles at the Bike Art show on Saturday. He was taking pictures of cyclists with their bikes. Check out his gallery of photos on his website,

Bike the C-Bus is scheduled for August 23

Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour

The Long Street Tour's “Bike the C-Bus” is a fun way to get fit and check out a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus, while riding along side Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Experience segments of the King Lincoln District, Downtown, Short North Arts District, Italian Village, University District, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village.

The entire ride will cover approximately 30 miles and will feature stops that highlight change that is occurring in our neighborhoods. Each stop will be sponsored by businesses and community groups and provide snacks, drinks and entertainment for the riders. The ride is configured to allow cyclists to complete segments if they do not feel comfortable riding the entire route.

The ($25) registration fee includes an official 2008 “Long Street Tour” jersey and wristband along with drinks and food at designated rest stops.

Our goal will be to make “Bike the C-Bus” into the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles. “Bike the C-Bus” is considered a ride and not a race and will offer a variety of course options to accommodate everyone from recreational riders to hard-core fitness enthusiasts.

The sites....
Long Street Tour
Bike the C-Bus

Of course, I am involved in the planning of the ride as well as a few others. So we expect everyone to come out and support our ride and see Columbus and the different initiatives taking place in the city, plus pro cycling races in the King Lincoln District.

Pedal Pittsburgh 2008 Ride Report

I trekked over to Pittsburgh to ride Pedal Pittsburgh. 58 miles through the scenic and challenging hills. We averaged 11mph, but much of the ride is either climbing or riding through stop and go traffic on city streets. We started at Station Square and there were not many people. I don't think more than a few hundred people showed up. because it was cold, rainy and gloomy. First 10 miles or so it rained pretty steady.

Some highlights of the ride...

Riding downhill in a downpour with loose brakes and steel rims (Not me!)
Jonny and his clipless pedals sticking or unsticking.
Being chastised by a policewoman for not yielding to oncoming traffic
The rain - shoes filled with water
Brakes being repaired at Children's Museum stop (Not me!)
The many climbs to the parks
Mt. Washington overlooks

We passed some really cool architecture and neighborhoods.
Hot Metal Pedestrian Bridge
East Allegheny Commons
North Side and the Stadiums
Children's Museum
Rialto Street - part of the Dirty Dozen - we rode the top of the street
Riverview Park
The Cork Factory
The Pittsburgh Zoo
Highland Park
Fairfield Apartments
Shenley Park
South Side / Carson Street
Mt. Washington

Saturday, May 17, 2008

BikeTown 2008

Bicycling Magazine's Biketown is coming to Columbus, OH.

5/22 - Columbus, OH
6/05 - Lincoln, NE
6/13 - San Francisco, CA
6/19 - Portland, OR
6/26 - Seattle, WA

The site...

Friday, May 16, 2008

PNC Pedal Pittsburgh 2008 is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, rain or shine.

Event Day Schedule

6:30 Registration Opens
7:00 - 8:00 50- & 60-Mile Riders Depart
8:00 - 9:00 25- & 35-Mile Riders Depart
8:30 & 9:00 25-Mile Guided Tours Depart
9:00 - 10:00 15-Mile Riders Depart
9:30 & 10:00 15-Mile Guided Tours Depart
10:00 - 10:30 6-Mile Riders Depart
11:30 - 3:30 Lunch & Entertainment at Station Square

See Pittsburgh in a whole different way.

The site...

MAY 17, 2008: Bike + Art = Show

MAY 17, 2008: Bike + Art = Show is a forum for Columbus artists and
craftsmen to celebrate and creatively envision The Bicycle--a machine of recreation and transportation, a signifier of healthy communities, and a tool of social revolution--and/or the cycling lifestyle. Join us in participation or observation, to learn and to articulate your vision of Columbus’s “bike scene”.

The site...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

How to wrap handlebar tape video - I will be doing this tonight

6TH HOOT: HEART OF OHIO TOUR • Saturday, June 7

7:30-9 AM. Gloryland Nazarene Church off Coonpath Road, Carroll Ohio. Scenic tour in the Lancaster area. Multiple routes, some hilly. Budget Tour, $2 members, $4 non-members. Al Moore 614-756-9218; Donna Bush 614-837-6744 bikedonna(at)

Title: 5th Annual Central Ohio Ride of Silence

Date: Wednesday May 21, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio
Notes: To be observed by cyclists around the world.
A slow and silent 10-mile bike ride in honor of cyclists killed, injured or harassed on our public roadways.
Gather on the south side of Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio on the plaza and sidewalk on State Street.
No registration, No T-shirt, No fees.
Just be there.

For more details go to Consider Biking's website (formerly COBAC) at We ask for your donation to cover the cost of our parade permit and police escort and flyers. Donate on Considerbiking's website through the link to PayPal or mail your check or money order to Consider Biking, PO Box 2003, Columbus, OH 43216-2003. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

White Castle Hamburger Rally Planned for 05/26/08 - UPDATE

Possible name for ride: White Castle Columbus Slide - Gastric Century
We will try to leave no later than 6PM to hit all 19 locations. Prizes (courtesy of Genuine Innovations) will be awarded for the most sliders eaten during the ride.
I looked up the locations and there appears to be 19. See map below.

Anybody interested in such a ride? Sign up for the columbusrides group (see upper right corner of blog) and I will email updated info when available.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Website here...

Puma sells bikes?

Puma, the shoe manufacturer, also sells an urban bike. It is a folding bike with disc brakes.

Here is the site...

Shimano Coasting Tour Coming to Columbus

The site is here...

5/12/2008 Ride Report

We rode north from campus and turned west. We soon realized that we needed to have a slower pace for Bonny (correct me if I am wrong). We turned north and then south back on High. At 15th and High she headed back north to Clintonville. We headed south for a while and turned east. We ended up at the Crew Stadium for sprint races. I gave out a Genuine Innovations Proflate 16 to the winner, Evan (gain, correct me if I am wrong). We headed north along I-71 and turned west onto Indianola. We took Cooke down to High. Down High Street to Broadway and back to Indianola. We headed down Walhalla. Jeremy flatted both tires after running through two potholes. I headed down High towards the bar and headed back to my car. I rode 32 miles.

Monday, May 12, 2008

TOSRV Ride Report

Quick numbers and tidbits
Saturday 114 miles - Averaged 18mph. Sunny with a tailwind.
Combined weekend mileage - 225 miles - Averaged 16mph. It rained a lot on Sunday. We had tailwind on Saturday and mixed winds on Sunday.
Great organized ride. - A lot of support is needed for a ride of this magnitude.
We ate at the Portsmouth brewpub. Beer was OK. Food was not that great.
Make sure to put your bags on the correct truck so that your bags make it to the correct dropoff.
I got to camp in a tent for the first time in my life. We stayed in the field next to the stadium.
Met an entire 5 person family, The Ruffs, riding on one bike. 4 person bike with a trailer for the 5th.
We passed an Xtracycle with extended rear end and panniers.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bicycling for Short Trips: Good for You and the Environment

This is from the Bikes Belong website...

The other day, Mat Barlow, our special projects coordinator, completed a special project: a video about the benefits of bike commuting. We liked it so much, we're putting it on our website. Spread the word! Forward it everyone you know.

Mat's Commute from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Walnut Creek Trail meeting tonight - from the 05/07/08 mailbag

Tonight, there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed Walnut Creek Trail in Gahanna which will go from
Morse Road to Pizzuro Park across from the airport. If you're interested in attending, it will be at 7PM at the Gahanna golf course clubhouse on Ridenour Road. David & I (as members of the bicycle advisory committee) will be there to answer questions.


The Complete Guide to Climbing By Bike - a book

The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike) is the ultimate guide book to climbing by bike and the most difficult hill climbs in the United States. It includes sections on training for cycling climbing along with memorable climbing performances and other climbing resources.

Each listed climb includes very accurate determinations of its length, grade, elevation gain and other statistics. Appendices in the book include a ranking of the 100 most difficult climbs, highest altitude attained climbs, greatest elevation gained climbs, steepest climbs and other climbing related lists. The measurements in this guide were all obtained directly on each hill climb and compiled by one source.

The site...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cinco de Mayo Ride Report

We were running a little late to the start. I think there were at least 50 people. Highlights - Antrim Park. Weather was beautiful. No flats, some mechanical issues, but nothing major.

20 miles for the group.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bike to Work Week Schedule

Dear Friends and Family,

Austin here! National Bike to Work Week is May 12th - May 17th, and
I've been working feverishly -along with many other volunteers and
sponsors- to develop the most comprehensive Bike to Work Week in the
Midwest. We at Consider Biking have an unprecedented number of
events, sponsors, and media participation that promises to make this
a huge success. Please help me make this a phenomenal week by
participating in the week's events listed below, and by passing along
this e-mail to friends, family, and work through e-mail. I've
included a flyer that you may print off and hang up at your convenience.

Thank you for your support.

Details for all events below can be found at

May 12, 6:30 - 9pm
Movie and a Mission: Contested Streets -come for the movie, stay for
the panel discussion

May 13, 7-8pm
Bicycling and the Law -everything you need to know about cycling and
the law

May 14, 6-9pm
Third Hand Bike Co-op Open House

May 15, 7-10pm
Green Drinks Bike Hop -speakers and food at three great pubs, bike
between locations

May 16, 2-6pm
Spring Cyclist Pit Stop -biggest bike fair in Ohio! See all that the
Columbus cycling community has to offer, entertainment included

May 17, 11-1pm
Bike OSU Tour of Columbus -relaxed cycling tour of our Capital City

May 18
Bike to Worship Sunday -join your local faith community in a fun ride
to worship

Contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Austin Kocher
Consider Biking Executive Board Member & Bike OSU President

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Top of Ohio Ride - Trainwreck Sunday

We had good intentions for the Top of Ohio Ride.

Unfortunately I stayed out later than I expected and woke up at 6AM for the ride. Midway through coffee and bagel I fell asleep. I took a cat nap for 20 minutes, and was late out the door. We met downtown and Jonny kinda knew where the start of the ride was. I followed Jonny in my car and headed out 670 toward Hilliard. Once we passed 270 and then Rome-Hilliard Road and then Plain City I thought we had gone too far. So we turned around and finally made it to the start.

I was putting all the crap on my bike and noticed that the crank was not turning smoothly. I could not figure out what it was, but Jonny saw that the bolt for my new rack was making contact with the cassette.  A swap of bolts and we were good. Then my stomach went south. I swear the toilet was broken when I got there. As soon as I sat down it almost fell over, it was so loose. After that incident we went to sign up for the ride and they were out of maps. So we were mapless, and clueless.

Before we made it out of the lot I realized I had forgotten to put my rear blinky light on the rack. Forget it! We moved on to the start but then I couldn't get my speedometer to work. Magnet slid down the spoke. We rode a few miles and stopped at a Giant Eagle for food. Coffee sucked.

At about 25 miles my IT band started to make me squeal like a little girl, so we pulled over in some unsuspecting persons yard and stretched on the driveway. It was nice sitting on a warm pavement eating snacks and stretching.

We passed a lot of farms with cows and stopped to see a whole herd hanging out in a field.

At 50+ miles we got to Bellefontaine (pronounced Belle Fountain or Bell Fontane?) I don't know. It is really tough to find local restaurants in small towns. Of course all fast food giants are represented. I don't know how that is called progress. We ate at a local Mexican restaurant off the beaten path.

Did I mention my bottom bracket decided to start making a whirring noise every time I turned the crank? It did for 40 miles.

So we leave Bellefontaine and start the climb to the "Top of Ohio." Anti-climactic to say the least. You can't even get to the top because it is part of campus which was locked up tight. We headed out and down into a valley and turned southeast. We crossed over 33 and this is where the fun started. Two words, "corkscrew hill."

I downshifted to climb and Jonny attempts to shift. A cacophony of metallic sounds emanated from the rear wheel. Then all of a sudden a single spring sound broke open the chain (no pun intended) of events. The spring on the derailleur broke causing the sprockets to be pulled into the cassette and bent the hanger. Not something that is field repairable. We thought about making it into a single speed, but we didn't have a replacement chain pin to put it back together.

Hitchhiking didn't seem to work so we decided to call for help. Everybody we know was either busy or out of town. So we called in the cavalry. The Ohio Highway Patrol. I didn't think that they would do anything for us, but after two calls to verify our location a patrolman showed up. Trooper Stanley drove me 45 miles down 33 to Hilliard back to my car. I unloaded all of my crap into Jonny's car and then took off. 45 miles back to the Mad River ski resort. Then after tracking down Jonny at the ski resort we loaded up and then drove, you guessed it, 45 miles back to Hilliard.

We ended up with 68 miles. We averaged 15.2mph. Not bad for the issues we had. We also logged over 160 miles in the car.