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Monday, June 30, 2008

Atlanta Police Stalk Critical Mass

The video is here...

Friday, June 27, 2008

24 Hours of Waffle Rally - Waffle House tour IS IN LIMBO

UPDATE - The 24 Hours of Waffle Ride is being rescheduled.

Start from 15th and High in front of the Wex. We will plan on visiting 10-12 Waffle House locations on the ride. The route will be posted so people can join in at anytime. More info will be posted as we get closer.

Please join the Columbus Rides group for updated emails about rides. - See sidebar.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Where is Columbus' Bike Borrow Plan?

USA Today
Cities take bike-transit plans for a spin

Led by Washington, D.C., several cities across the U.S. are launching or considering public bike-rental programs to give residents and tourists an alternative to $4 gas, pollution and congestion.

More...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bike Car for sale in Columbus


Link here...

Here is the manufacturer's website... Duncan was looking for a bike powered vehicle to carry his equipment. I think the GoBoy would work out well for him.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Columbus - Other portions of city code for bikes would change

* Bicycles would be allowed on sidewalks under the related changes designed to clean up inconsistencies in city laws.

Helmets for kids weren't the only changes proposed to Columbus rules on bicycles.

In addition to requiring that those age 17 or younger wear helmets while operating bicycles or other non-motorized vehicles, the ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Charleta Tavares, chairwoman of council's Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, would allow bicyclists on sidewalks.

Lara Baker, chief prosecutor for the city of Columbus, said after she was asked to look at the helmet law, she saw "inconsistencies in the statute."

City laws "cannot be vague, cannot be conflicting," she said.

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The Lantern: Bicycle co-op gives cyclists a third hand

It is a small but busy space and the rich smell of rubber tires mingled with grease hangs in the air. The tires are hanging by the dozens from hooks embedded in the ceiling, the wall is lined with bicycle frames and at several stations, pairs of workers are fixing flats, removing rust, greasing chains and adjusting brakes. A man with a shaved head, piercing blue eyes and a wide smile approaches and says, "Hi, welcome to Third Hand, what can I help you with?" His arms are quite literally covered with thick, black grease.

more...

6/23/2008 Ride Report

Quick report - some highlights
Beautiful weather - clear in low 70's - dropped into 60's toward the end
120+ people
2 tandems
Cooper Stadium
Multiple flat tires
Run-ins with several autos
Pinky squealing like a little girl

The breakaway -
The Abbey
High Beck
Three Creeks Park - The low hanging fog in the fields and on the trail was incredible.

36 miles

Monday, June 23, 2008

Check out One Car Motorcade

I met Matt through a friend. His band is releasing an album and you can listen to some tracks on Myspace.

Here is some info from the page...

The members of One Car Motorcade have been friends since high school and have played music together on and off over the years. Somewhere in the mid aughts, life took them away from making music, but not from maintaining their friendships. Sometime in the late summer of 2007, they determined that the friendships were OK, but what they really missed was making music. So they got together for a jam session and before they knew it, an album was written. The idea was just to have fun and write some cool rock ‘n’ roll songs without taking themselves too seriously. However, they are just pretentious enough to have one of the band members write this bio in the third person. So here’s the myspace page – with photos taken by Jennifer Schaaf and music produced by Rick May. The six songs on this page are from the self titled album which is currently being pressed. We will provide info on how to get a copy when the time comes, along with any gigs once they are booked. Enjoy what you hear and keep visiting this site for more info. Or just call the guys, cause, let’s face it, you’re all just friends and family anyway, right?

CemeScary Paranormal Photo



Probably fog, but pretty cool shot at one of the cemeteries. Although, we have other shots in the same cemetery and there is no fog. What do you think?

World Naked Bike Ride - Columbus Ohio! Stop indecent exposure to oil dependency!

Location(s)
Undecided
Columbus, OH
United States
See map: Google Maps
Time:
09/06/2008 - 10:00am
Website:
Contact Email:
kgreason@yahoo.com

Press release

Tour de Grandview this weekend

I stopped over last year and watched the races. It is fun to watch the cyclists group break up when they reach the hill before the finish line. It is an indicator of who is fit and who is not.

The website...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

This one goes to eleven!

Campagnolo will introduce 11 speed cassettes next year.

In Feltre, Italy, this week, just 15km away from the memorial to Tullio Campagnolo at the summit of the Croce d’Aune pass, Campagnolo reintroduced its Super Record racing group. More...

Ride a bike and want a solid camera to record your antics?

A friend of mine just picked up one of the Olympus shockproof, waterproof, crushproof cameras. You can drop it 5 feet, ride in the rain, ride your bike across it and it will still work. I am thinking of getting one for my wife. I call her "Destructo" because she can break anything.

More details...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Own a Prius and want to carry bikes? Follow-up


Last weekend when we were hanging out at Buckeye Donuts waiting for the Cemescary Ride to start I saw my car drive by. Someone else has a silver Prius with the same rack system on the back of their car. It was eery. I couldn't see if it was a bald guy driving, but that would have made the cake.

Here is a pic of my car with rack/hitch.

See original story here...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Google Maps has added Street View for Columbus

Now you can check out what the house or business looks like before you drive to it! Most streets are covered, even out into the burbs where I live. Click into the map and it Street View. Pretty amazing.


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24 Hours of Waffle Rally - Coming Soon

The next rally may be a Waffle House Bicycle Rally. There are sixteen Waffle House restaurants within the Columbus beltway or close to the beltway.

Still trying to nail down a date

Map of locations from wafflehouse.com

The mileage stated is from downtown Columbus.
1 Waffle House
(614) 536-0409
1405 N CASSADY AVE
COLUMBUS, OH 43219-1528

5.12 miles away

2 Waffle House
(614) 885-8210
1050 EAST DUBLIN-
COLUMBUS, OH 43229-2503

6.56 miles away

3 Waffle House
(614) 272-9575
900 WILSON ROAD
COLUMBUS, OH 43204-1466

6.67 miles away

4 Waffle House
(614) 409-2721
3960 SOUTH HIGH ST
COLUMBUS, OH 43207-4014

7.82 miles away

5 Waffle House
(614) 882-9791
3385 DUBLIN-GRANVLLE
WESTERVILLE, OH 43081-9359

6 Waffle House
(614) 876-9834
2360 WEST BELT DRIVE
COLUMBUS, OH 43228-3822

8.23 miles away

7 Waffle House
(614) 539-9225
3085 BROADWAY
GROVE CITY, OH 43123-1400

8.28 miles away

8 Waffle House
(614) 539-0610
4140 MARLANE DR
GROVE CITY, OH 43123-2925

8.70 miles away

9 Waffle House
(614) 878-6778
4595 WEST BROAD
COLUMBUS, OH 43228-1649

8.75 miles away

10 Waffle House
(614) 433-0946
1183 POLARIS PKWY
COLUMBUS, OH 43240-6000

10.32 miles away

11 Waffle House
(614) 835-0754
4569 HOMER OHIO LANE
GROVEPORT, OH 43125-9082

11.92 miles away

12 Waffle House
(614) 860-0085
6484 E BROAD ST
COLUMBUS, OH 43213-1508

12.12 miles away

13 Waffle House
(614) 860-0441
2160 BRICE ROAD
REYNOLDSBURG, OH 43068-3446

12.63 miles away

14 Waffle House
(614) 861-9564
2621 BRICE ROAD
COLUMBUS, OH 43068-3420

12.82 miles away

15 Waffle House
(614) 833-5770
5755 GENDER RD
CANAL WINCHESTER, OH 43110-8451

15.26 miles away

16 Waffle House
(740) 368-8900
7163 E STATE RTE 37
SUNBURY, OH 43074-9550

19.47 miles away

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

6/17/2008 Ride Report

I want to estimate at least 70 people showed up. First headed down south, then west, then north. East, then headed up north and rode down Walhalla. Then headed north again to the Park of Roses? We had a mobile sound system providing music, pretty cool except he had it cranked up too loud and the music was blown out and distorted. The pace was one of the slowest I have ever been on. Then we bolted south on the trail then headed east toward the railroad tracks. As we headed south on High I pushed it to 30mph on the crest passed the convention center. South to Tip Top. Headed home after that. Our group put in around 25 miles.

Overall it wasn't one of the best evenings. I may consider skipping the ride for awhile. : (

Wooden Bicycles

The link and story is here...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Boulder CO - Bicyclists get naked to protest high gas prices

See the video...

Next Rally idea? UPDATED

I am looking for ideas for the next bicycle rally.

One idea is a thrift store ride. At each store you will need to buy and wear a garment to the end.

Any other ideas will be welcome.

We may be doing a Waffle House Rally. I will post details as they become available.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

14 on the 14th Ride Report

68 miles - averaged 15mph
We started with 6 people, lost one before the first cemetery but picked up two more at the first stop. Five of us rode the entire route. I had 75 miles for the evening. We picked up and lost a few riders as the night went on. So we may have had ten people ride some section. We reached all but one of the cemeteries and stopped at the ice cream shop, The only cemetery we missed was the Feebleminded Cemetery in Franklinton. We shot straight down McKinley to the Franklinton Cemetery, which is where Sullivant has a obelisk commemorating his contribution to the city.

The map shows our approximate route. We may have picked some different streets to get to some of the cemeteries but it is pretty close. We rode west, then north and east to Westerville. Down south to Alum Creek (stopped at Kroger for supplies) and headed west south of downtown over the Franklinton.

It was a great ride, the weather was hot at the beginning but became pleasant toward the end of the evening as the sun went down. For fun we stopped at COSI on the river side and weighed ourselves individually and as a group. It is pretty cool. We should stop on a night ride and weight ourselves.

Friday, June 13, 2008

14 on the 14th? CemeScary Ride Rescheduled

Since it is raining out now we have decided to move the ride to Saturday. We are trying to setup the additional cemeteries and we will start at the same time and same place.

We decided to call the ride because of the severity of the rain and lightning. About 8PM we realized that it was indeed a nice evening to ride, but it was too late to start the ride in my opinion. We will be starting at 6PM from 15th and High on Saturday the 14th. We may add a pet cemetery or just another cemetery to the list. Hope to see everybody out this evening.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Friday the 13th CemeScary Rally is Friday the 13th! That's tomorrow!

I would like to invite everyone to a cemetery rally on Friday the 13th. The route map is below. I think we will start between 6-7PM from 15th and High on FRIDAY the 13th. I have a meeting every Friday from 4:30-5:30PM and may not be able to get over to the starting point until 6:30PM. I will update the start time as we get closer. I do not see us starting after 7PM. Sunset is 9:02 p.m. so please bring lights and cameras for the action. We will make stops and we have an ice cream shop on the route.


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Council Approves Plan For 100 Miles Of Bike Lanes, Trails

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It could soon be easier for cyclists to get around Central Ohio.
A bicentennial bikeway plan, proposed by Mayor Michael Coleman, is a step closer to becoming a reality, NBC 4's Patrick Preston reported.
With gas prices on the rise and global warming concerns higher than ever, bike riding is more than a hobby for cyclists like Jeff Stephens. It's a way to get to work, and a way of life.

more...

The plan PDF

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

6/09/2008 Ride Report

Some highlights...

Rode early with Pinky (Chris) got in a fast 12 miles. Averaged 18mph. We rode up the trail and encountered a snapping turtle hanging out in the center of the path. So we decided to be nice and move him/her. I burst out laughing when Pinky squealed like a little girl. We both were intimidated by it and used a stick to move it off the path. Snapping turtles have a lot of power in their jaw.

Stopped at bike polo to watch them play for a while. I learned not to ride close to walls. Matt showed off his wall burn on his leg. He got too close to a wall and ended up with wall (road) rash.

I guesstimate 40 people were there at the start. Casey led out toward the east. Somewhere along the way a bloody coup took place (only it ran Pink). We rode east toward the airport. I needed to leave early so I headed down south to the bar.

Total 28 miles.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Saturday Ride Report - June 7, 2008

I wanted to get out of the city and ride a rural route. So I instigated a ride to Granville with some riders I met last summer. Seven people showed up, which surprised me because of the threat for rain. We left from Gahanna (route info from GPS later) and headed east on Clark State at a slow pace. We continued to head east for about 10 miles and decided to turn north toward 161. We crossed 161 and had to portage onto the new 161 which is closed to auto traffic. At that point technology, a godsend, turned on the ride. I pulled up the radar and it looked as though the rain was about to hit us. So four of the riders decided to head back for a 20-25 mile ride. Tricia needed to head back anyway since she was driving to Cleveland in the afternoon.

We rode east on the incomplete 161 and had to portage onto a access road. We headed north and hooked up with Jersey Mill Road. The Marathon in Alexandria was the next stop. There were a lot of cyclists out. The temps were in the 80's but the humidity was really high. Back north to Jug St Road to head west all the way across to New Albany. We wound our way up to the Hoover Reservoir. The park has absolutely NO water available. For a busy park I was disappointed that you cannot fill a water bottle anywhere. A pit stop at a gas station was our water stop.

North through a neighborhood and we hit Smothers and turned east. There is a little climb up to Schott Rd where we turned south and rode the rollers to East Walnut. Lee brought us to Ulry. We rode up through Little Turtle and left onto Cherry Bottom. I hit 30mph on the flat before the hill and continued above 20mph until the light. I waited for the others and they passed me at the intersection at Morse. I got to the light a few hundred feet behind them and had bust through the intersection as the light changed to red at 25+ mph. I was starting to get tired at that point. We continued south and then turned up through Columbus Academy and through the neighborhood streets before ending at David's.

48 miles. 15.2mph average. Very humid. I felt like I was ran over by a truck after the ride. I don't think I drank enough water.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday the 13th CemeScary Rally is ON!

I would like to invite everyone to a cemetery rally on Friday the 13th. The route map is below. I think we will start between 6-7PM from the 15th and High starting point on FRIDAY the 13th. I have a meeting every Friday from 4:30-5:30PM and may not be able to get over to the starting point until 6:30PM. I will update the start time as we get closer. I do not see us starting after 7PM. Sunset is 9:02 p.m. so please bring lights and cameras for the action. We will make stops and we have an ice cream shop on the route.


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From the MailBag - HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL OPENS BIKE TOUR SEASON WITH PORTAGE RIVER BICYCLE TOUR

Elmore, Ohio (June 22, 2008) – The Toledo Area Council of Hostelling International launches its Bike Tour season with its 33rd annual Portage River Bicycle Tour on Sunday, June 22, 2008 in Elmore, Ohio. The organization, which aims to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling, holds four major Bike Tours every year:
Portage River Bicycle Tour (June 22, 2008)
Metroparks Bicycle Tour (July 12, 2008)
Irish Hills Bicycle Tour (September 21, 2008)
Tombstone Bicycle Tour, (October 19, 2008)

The Portage River Bicycle Tour, which follows the beautiful meandering Portage River, offers a flat and scenic ride through mostly rural Northwest Ohio. This Bicycle Tour boasts about 250 riders every year and welcomes riders of every level, from novice to expert. Riders may choose from four routes of varying distances—10 miles, 31 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles—and may complete the route at their own pace.

All routes include rest stops where fruit, snacks and drinks are provided. Children, who are also welcome to participate, often enjoy spending time at the playground rest stop along the 10-mile route. Other rest stops for the longer routes include Camp Sabroske and the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center.

The anticipated finale of the Portage River Bicycle Tour is the Portage River Festival. This event, which is held in conjunction with the Bicycle Tour every year, is hosted by the Elmore Historical Society and takes place at Elmore's Ory Park. The festival brings live entertainment, craft markets, a talent show, and, of course, delicious food.

Every rider participating in the Bicycle Tour is served a lunch at the festival, including tasty dishes like bratwurst, sauerkraut, fruit salad, and strawberries with ice cream. Lunch is also provided for Portage River Bicycle Tour volunteers, who help to make the event successful. New volunteers are always welcome and may sign up for the entire day or in shifts.

The Portage River Bicycle Tour draws a mixture of riders from Northern Ohio, Southern Michigan, and even from across the country. It follows the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, which takes place June 14-21, 2008, making it a great extension of a bicycle vacation. It also precedes Bike to the Bay on June 28, 2008, so it is a great opportunity for riders to warm up their biking skills and prepare for the event.

All four routes of the Portage River Bicycle Tour begin at Woodmore High School at 633 Fremont St. in Elmore. Registration will take place the day of the ride at 7:00am-11:00am, or by pre-registration before June 17, 2008. Registration forms are available at www.hitoledo.org.

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4 Wheel Drive Pedal Cart

Meet the Trailcart, the future of offroad adventure for the post peak oil generation. A series of lucky coincidences led Frank Fraune and his invention — a four wheel drive pedal powered vehicle called the Trailcart — to the Adventure and Offroad Convention in Bad Kissingen Germany. There, surrounded by gas-guzzling, large footprinted vehicles, two trailcart prototypes drew a curious crowd.

More info...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

1 Killed After Alleged Drunk Driver Plows Into Bike Race



A car driven by an alleged drunken driver plowed into a bicycle race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday, killing one cyclist and injuring 10 others. More...

Columbus highlighted on CNN

(Budget Travel) -- Tens of thousands of people head to Columbus every fall during Ohio State's football season. I'm as much a road-trip loving football fan as the next guy, but I actually never thought the Ohio capital was as charming as say Madison, Wisconsin, or Ann Arbor, Michigan. I obviously wasn't looking very hard. With a revamped downtown and a booming population (it surpassed Cleveland in size in the 1980s), the city has restyled itself from a college town into a fairly happening urban center.

The full story...

Is your bike safe where it's parked?