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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

First Columbus Critical Manners Bike Ride - 10/7

Members of Consider Biking will be leading a Critical Manners ride on October 7, 5:30 PM starting at the William McKinley Monument on the west lawn of the Statehouse. The ride will be approximately 10 miles, ending at Surly Girl Saloon.

More info and commenting at Walker Evans Effect

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bicycle Activism in Chicago



Wow! Look at what is going in Chicago as relates to bicycling. They really have a lot of programs going on there. Car free parkways! What a concept... Traffic free routes for the family to explore neighborhoods.

The website is here...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Every cyclist's enemy: Explore the world of lactic acid

By Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D.
Active.com
February 07, 2001

We have all experienced the severe leg pain that comes at the end of a hard jam, a fast climb, or an all-out sprint. This pain is caused by a nemesis of the hard-working cyclist: lactic acid build-up in the muscles.

the rest of the story...

Sunday Ride 09/28/08 Recap

I got to ride by myself, which I will probably be doing more often as the fall/winter rolls around, for this ride. I decided to follow the 50 mile Ridge Runner route which loops through Granville. There was a headwind coming out of the north that was strong enough to make me feel like I was riding in molasses. The leaves are just starting to change and it was in the mid to upper 70's. Overcast to start and then the sun came out, not too strong though, and the clouds turned into the cotton ball variety.

Mayor of Freedonia was in the house. He was stationed at his corner riding in circles. He yelled at me "to get out of here" when I said "Good Afternoon." I might have video if you ask politely.

I continued on until Granville. Still a lot of fallen trees in peoples' yards. I stopped for a cup of coffee in town. On the way out of town I was greeted by some moron in a Ford econo car. He almost hit me with his mirror and slowed to tell me, "we don't want you(r) type of people in our town." Wow! What type of person am I? White guy? Bald guy? Married guy? Coffee drinker? Did he see me stop for a cup of coffee in town? Are they against coffee drinkers in Granville? What was he against? I don't think it was the bicycle. Oh well, I guess we will never know.

Uneventful ending to my ride. Although, I did ride down Mink to East Broad and headed west. The best church name around is on East Broad out past the Limited Brands monolithic campus. It is called, "Full Armor of God Baptist Church." Enough said.

Ride details.
1:45pm start, ended 6:15pm
One man paceline
64 miles
Averaged 16.3mph
Climbed 2275 feet

From the vault - WAD Doo Dah Parade video



I found this in my folder of stuff while organizing files. Original post is here...

23RD FALL HOOT • Saturday, October 4

8:00-9:30AM. Bloom Carroll High School, Rt. 33 between Canal Winchester and Lancaster. Flat to rolling route of 35-40 miles. Longer route of 65 miles with lots of hills may remind you of CFC. Plenty of food stops available. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Dave Roderick 614/836-3106 roderickdavid(at)scglobal.net

New light to shine from Light and Motion - UPDATED 09/29/2008





Light and Motion replaced their entire HID line of lights with LED's. The SECA 700 is brighter than the Light and Motion Arc HID which I own. 700 lumens with run time up to 5 hours depending on the battery. I would love to see this light in action. Hint hint!

The site...


I asked Light and Motion why LED over HID... Here was their response.
With LEDs we get the following advantages:
more efficient – longer burn time for the same battery
more light output in a lighter weight package
instant on/off
multiple power levels that allow a linear burn time response. ½ power runs 2x longer.
all solid state – approx 20,000 hours life on the leds vs 500 to 1000 hours on the HIDs.

Negatives:
requires multiple point sources to match the HID output
more complex reflector design
significant thermal management issues to overcome to insure reliable performance

Our new Seca has an all new reflector design and custom electronics that allow us to overcome the negatives.

From VeloNews - Armstrong's "passport" may be invalid for Oz


The UCI has raised doubts over whether Lance Armstrong will be legally allowed to compete at January's Tour Down Under in Australia.

Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, has targeted the first ProTour race of the season as his comeback race after a three-year absence from the professional peloton.

However the international ruling body, said Armstrong would have to show that he has complied UCI's “biological passport” rule demanding that athletes must be registered with an anti-doping program for at least six months six months prior to competing.

More here...

What is Bike China all about?


We love cycling in China and think you will too! China is full of surprises and you will be amazed with what you will find here.

Why bicycle in China? With the world's largest population and largest cycling population, cycling in China is an unparalleled treat to those of us who grew up strapped into the seat of a car. We consider the bicycle the perfect means of transportation since it allows the body to keep pace with the mind.

This site is designed to help you plan a wonderful bicycle tour in China. At Bike China Adventures, Inc., we believe small groups enhance the experience.

More info here...

Friday, September 26, 2008

best of craigslist > spokane > Your Friendly Argonne Bicyclist

Originally Posted: Tue, 15 Jul 08:08 PDT
Your Friendly Argonne Bicyclist

Date: 2008-07-15, 8:08AM PDT


Dear Motorists;

I know, my jiggly keister plugging along at 11 measley miles an hour down a busy road isn't precisely what you want to deal with on your morning commute. I assure you, it's not what I want either. If there was another route, you wouldn't need to deal with me, and I would not need to be nervous about you. In my own defense, please consider;

more...

Ghost Bike @ McNaughten and Main? UPDATED

Does anybody know the story behind the ghost bike over in Reynoldsburg? I passed it when I was heading home a few weeks ago.

Jamie Fellrath had coverage on his blog - Thanks Jamie for the update.
10TV story here

best of craigslist > philadelphia > Please buy this fixie wheelset. My battered heart implores you.

Date: 2008-08-21, 10:53AM EDT

Back in the halcyon days of our budding relationship, my now ex-boyfriend and I decided to start fixing up bikes. He was an old-school steel fan, so we started with his Schwinn Varsity---he converted it to a beautiful fixed-gear, and I contributed support, encouragement, and the impetus to apply that second coat of signpainter's one-shot. Thrilled with the result, we picked up more frames, parts, and wheels.

And then tragedy struck.

more...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

KryptoFlex® 1218 Key Cable


I seem to be able to break anything. I have broken my KryptoFlex® 1218 Key Cable. I was pulling the lock out of the bike bracket and it has separated. I have tried everything to pop the two pieces back together. I also broke off the dust cover that protects the lock chamber. Superglue fixes everything. i have a call into Kryptonite. Will provide updates.

Chicago Trip


Bike lane and rider in Chinatown, Chicago

I went to a trade show in Chicago out near O'Hare, but got the chance to drive around downtown on Tuesday evening. Couple of observations - Chicago has a Franklin Park and Schiller Park, except they are suburbs. The waterfront is really cool, we drove along Lakeshore Drive and stopped at Navy Pier for a minute. They have a bike trail that follows the waterfront for miles. Many city streets have bike lanes as well. We may be going back up in a month or two for a weekend trip so my wife can check it out. I may try to ride then.

Rent a bike when you are there at www.bikechicago.com

Anybody ride around downtown Chicago on bikes? Feedback, suggestions?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

9/22/08 Ride Report

I did not get to go to the ride. Did anyone ride it? Can they post a report?

From Duncan

I did go on the ride -- at least the first leg. Seemed like a smaller crowd than might have been expected at the Wex, considering students are back, and weather was real nice. Maybe 50, or so? -- except then when we took off, it all of a sudden seemed to balloon to 75+. Can't remember the name of the "leader" (my horrible memory for names)... used to be on OSU bike team, glasses -- but he was greeting everyone, and announcing the route to Antrim Park, then east and south. A pretty fast ride to the park, riders got strung out and dropped -- but the 2 or 3 bmx's did amazingly well. The highlight (which I only heard about) was the woman who was driving the BMW that got "corked" at Olentangy and Bethel, and got out to pull the baseball bat from her trunk. whew. Cop car showed up at park, to tell us to obey traffic laws.

I cut out back for High-Beck.

Last weekend I and a friend went up for the Tour De Troit -- a great ride on a beautiful day. 39 miles, (plus our 6 mile round trip to and from starting point) -- a giant loop around northwest quadrant of city -- through downtown, many surprisingly nice neighborhoods, then all the abandoned ones -- all with police motorcycle escort, so no having to stop for lights. Ended back at starting point and the beer-tent, bbq and tamales... yum. A little over 1,000 riders, all ages -- even parents pulling kid-buggies. I was surprised that seemed like 3/4 of the bikes were mountain-bikes! -- very few road bikes, maybe no fixies -- and 3/4's of everything was a Trek. Really no sign of anybody like the crowd.

Here's the one photo-blog I've seen:

adrianplatts.com/jpegs/Detroitv/bikeblog/index.htm

hope alls well with you!
d

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Have you seen the OSU Bug your Bike program?

Bug Your Bike

Bicycle theft can be a problem for students. Use the latest technology to "Bug Your Bike" with a free RFID (radio frequency identification device) as part of Student Affairs Risk Assessment efforts to prevent theft. "Bugs" are available at University Security and Fire Prevention Services, 1010 Blankenship Hall. Special markings are scheduled on campus during the quarter so watch for announcements.

Programs page...
Bicycle safety page

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday Ride Report - September 20, 2008

I wanted to get some mileage and hills in before CFC. I am still on the fence on whether I am going to ride it. So I decided to head out on a 100+ ride with some hills. I remembered that the Ridge Runner 100 mile route was supposed to be a tune-up for CFC and the start is close to my house. I have the map from when I rode it a few weeks ago and the turn markers are still on the road. I thought we were going to have 4 riders, but only Jonny showed up to ride with me.

One of the funniest things to happen on the ride was at the split for the 50 or 85/100 mile route. When I did the ride with Evan a guy was walking down the street in greasy pants and a t-shirt. When we said good morning to him he started screaming at us. Today we get to the turnoff and he is there, but he has a bike. He also was wearing a helmet. We said good morning to him, he turned and screamed "good morning" three times and some expletives and proceeded down the road away from us.



We stopped for about 45 minutes in Granville to drink coffee and the Blues Fest was in full swing.

The weather was great compared to last Saturday. Low humidity and the temps were low 70's to mid 80's. We rode 115 miles. Averaged 15.5mph. Top speed 41mph. 5600 feet of climbing.

Friday, September 19, 2008

MASH SF rides with Lance on Fixed Gear in Austin Tx

Check out the video on their homepage....

Here is the link

Pretty cool video. Little did I know that Lance trained on a fixie.

Thursday night ride report



We rode around town starting around 9pm. 25 miles. Averaged around 15mph. We headed north and wound through the neighborhoods to get to Ruby Tuesday, not to be confused with Ruby Tuesdays. Jonny and Brian were there waiting to join the ride. They both had been drinking for a while and wanted us to stop and hang. We declined and we all were promptly called the "c" word. I think this was the first time that Brett probably was called that in his life. We headed over toward Weber to check out the downed trees and then over to Walhalla. Walhalla has at least three large trees down and may be a while before it is cleaned up. I may have pics and will post sometime. Ended up at the Tip Top for food and drink.

Beautiful bikes from Richard Sachs



One guy, one bike at a time. I believe there is a 6 year wait list.

His site...

Parlee Bicycles - Carbon Fiber Frame Goodness...



TRUE CUSTOM Our frames, molds and tooling were designed from the ground up to build true custom frames. No single company building with carbon fiber can match the range of customization in the PARLEE lineup. For 2007 we offer full custom in the Z1, Z2 and Z3 models. PARLEE Cycles is the trusted name in custom carbon fiber frames. Some say that it is impossible for a bike to be lightweight, responsive, stiff and comfortable at the same time. Any PARLEE rider will say their PARLEE achieves the perfect balance of efficiency, comfort, durability and style.

In achieving our goal to build the world’s finest carbon fiber frames there has been no room for compromise in materials, craftsmanship, fit, or customer service.

The reviews and feedback from customers, pro racers, magazines, and websites are unanimous in their high praise for PARLEE frames.

Simply put, PARLEE frames are the best built and best riding carbon fiber frames available today, at any price. They are functional works of art.

More at the website...

Waffle Bike - I saw this on the cover of Art in America

I think we should get this in for the "24 Hours of Waffle"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What is the Purple Pedal Project?

Follow the Purple Pedal bikes around the country...

Start here.

Crank Brothers Cobalt Wheelset



These are one of the craziest wheelset designs I have ever seen. Anybody run into any other wheelsets this crazy?

Check out the tech tour...

#61 Bicycles

Bicycles are #61 on this list. I wonder why #61? It seems to me most of the people I ride with fit into one or more of these categories, myself included.

The link...

World Naked Bike Ride - Columbus Ohio

Did this ride ever happen? Supposedly one needed to register with them to get the location of the ride. I did not register. Me naked on a bike would have probably caused a lot of anguish. or puking. or both.

Stolen Bikes from Columbus in Austin TX?

A friend texted me that he saw a message on Craigslist about stolen bikes. Supposedly bikes stolen from Columbus are showing up in Austin TX. Anybody hear anything about this?

Here is the post from Craigslist

If anybody has their bike stolen please email me photos and descriptions and I will post it. raymondmgeorge[at]gmail.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

9/16/08 Ride Report

What a contrast from last week. We had about 50 people, including 4 or 5 BMX riders. Weather was decent, it was a full moon. Ride was not that great, at least in my opinion. We rode about 12 miles. Very few, if any mechanicals. Major stop was at the Topiary Garden. People started to bail because the stop was too long and we rode to the High Beck.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bike Commuters Website

This website is ran by several guys who commute to work in LA, Central Florida and Long Beach, CA. They test products and discuss their travels. They are also big fans of XtraCycle.

The site...

XtraCycle Utility Bicycles


This is probably one of the few companies in the US pushing utility bicycles to haul everything in your daily life.

Check out their site...

2008 KNOX COUNTY BICYCLE CHALLENGE

Date: Saturday, September 20th - rain or shine

Ride Description: The Knox County Bicycle Challenge (KCBC) is a recreational bicycle ride that can accommodate CYCLISTS OF ALL ABILITIES. The ride and route was established by the Knox County Bicycle Club and is now sponsored by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. The longer routes showcase some of the prettiest country Ohio has to offer, magnificent vistas,
meandering valley roads, wooded wilderness and HILLS! The low cost short option provides a more moderate course.

The Full Challenge: 100+ miles that will test the seasoned cyclist. Numerous significant climbs along the course give this option a serious degree of difficulty (TTD=10). Bikers have the opportunity to climb Tunnel Hill, Water Tower Hill leaving Roscoe Village and numerous other hills throughout the Holmes County portion of the route. One lunch and two snack stops are provided. Be on the road by 8:00 AM.

Other Long Options: The most popular route is the metric century (62.3) miles). Other options provide distances of 85, 79, and 57 miles. Part of these routes follow the beautiful and scenic Kokosing River Valley. These are moderately difficult routes (averaging a TDD=7.5). Lunch and one snack are provided. Be on the road by 9:00 AM.

Short Option: The low cost 31-mile route is designed for the more novice riders. The route has relatively short, steep hills at the beginning. After turning off the long routes, the hills are less severe to the halfway point. After you arrive in Danville, you may elect to take the “flat cut”, the Kokosing Gap Bike Trail, back to the start. Be on the road by 10:00 AM.

Start: KCBC will start at the library/community center on Meadow Lane in the Village of Gambier. Gambier is located on State Route 229, 5 miles east of Mt. Vernon and 5 miles west of Route 62. Signs will be posted from Rt. 229 to the start. Registration opens at 7:30, start riding after 8:00, and be on the road by 9:00 (except the short option).

Support: Staffed entirely by volunteers, please thank the World’s Greatest Volunteer Crew at any opportunity. A limited sag service will be provided in the event of breakdowns or accidents. All routes will be marked with arrows, and maps will be provided at registration.

Food: For long options only: AM Snack stop in New Guilford, Lunch Stop in Nellie, and a PM Snack stop in Glenmont (century riders only).

Safety: Obey all traffic laws, ride at a safe pace, be alert and check your bicycle for a hilly day. . Although the routes are planned to minimize traffic, you will be sharing the road with other vehicles. You MUST wear a CPSC or Snell approved helmet.

Contact: Gary Schmidt at 614/657-9669 or gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tour of Hocking Hills ride report




That's me flashing the gnome gang sign in the photo.


Weather
It was raining with thunderstorms when I woke up. By the time we got to Circleville it was clear and dry.
Temp peaked at 91 degrees
When I looked later on the Internet it claimed 95% humidity.
It felt like we were riding in a rain forest.

Two major hill climbs - topped out at 16% grade
Climbed 3000 ft
72 miles
Averaged 15.5mph

5 riders - We were missing at least one rider, possibly two who decided to stay home.

Cyclists sign up for 24 hours of hard racing at Mohican

From the Mansfield News Journal

BY JAMI KINTON • NEWS JOURNAL • SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
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LOUDONVILLE -- Despite a night with only six hours of sleep, Tim McSheffery said he was ready to start a 24-hour mountain bike race.

"What do I enjoy about these?" said McSheffery, 40. "When they're over."

The Columbus man was one of more than 100 who participated Saturday in the Marathon 24 Hours of Mohican.

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Going to Vegas? Interbike is coming up!

Bring 1,000+ brands and 10,000+ buyers from around the world to Las Vegas and you have Interbike - the ultimate blend of industry leaders and innovative products in the bicycle business. The gathering kicks off each September with two days of OutDoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon - a world renowned outdoor cycling venue - and continues for three packed days of exhibits, product launches, insightful seminars, meetings and celebrations at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas.


2008 Show Dates:
September 22-23 - OutDoor Demo
September 24-26 - Interbike Expo
October 21-22 - OutDoor Demo East

The site...

Takes 2 To Tandem - American Council of the Blind of Ohio, (ACB-Ohio)

Date: Sunday September 21, 2008
Time: All Day
Location: Kokosing Gap Trail, Mount Vernon, Ohio
Notes: 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 mary.hiland@sbcglobal.net
Or Call 614-221-6688

Friday, September 12, 2008

WAD Third Thursday Route Ride Report

Brett and I rode the Third Thursday route to time out the stops. The route will start in Westerville and head west on Schrock Road and then on side roads make it's way down to the Olentangy River Trail. The route will have stops at several parks heading south, picking up commuters along the way. The route ends in the Arena District if you work there, or continues on the trail south to other parts of town. The route itself is about 20 miles.

Route is available here along with more details.

Our ride was 38.5 miles. We averaged 15.3mph. It was warm and we had a little rain.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quote of the Day - "The strippers got 6 feet"

Read the story and you will understand why.

COMMENTARY
Bicyclists should do their part for safety
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:17 AM
BY ANN FISHER

It's hard to blame the drivers along Alum Creek Drive south of Watkins Road, where bicyclist Tracey Corbin was killed three weeks ago on his way to work.

The rest of the story...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From the Dispatch - New volley in bike-path dispute

Homeowners sue county over its suit to settle ownership

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 2:57 AM
BY JOSH JARMAN
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
NEWARK, Ohio -- Licking County property owners along a proposed bike path have filed a countersuit against the county for getting involved in a conflict between them and a local foundation over who owns the property.
The county sued last month to force the sides to resolve ownership.

more...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Graffiti! Art!



Banksy is well known around the world for his graffiti. When you bike around town you get to see a lot of graffiti that you wouldn't normally see in a car. I guess it also depends on where you ride. Suburbs = no graffiti. Urban ride = graffiti.

Banksy's site...

When I was traveling in Amsterdam and Oxford I took some pics of graffiti.


From VeloNews: Lance Armstrong returns to professional racing

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon and in an article published on VanityFair.com, Lance Armstrong confirmed VeloNews.com's Monday report that he will return to professional road racing in 2009, including making a run at winning an eighth Tour de France.

more...

09/08/08 Ride Report

Here is what I can remember of the route. Maybe I should start GPS mapping it!

Headed south on High, 11th, 12th, Cannon Dr past the Shoe. Woody Hayes, Kenny. 5th or 3rd (Can't remember), possibly Perry, Ingleside, Buttles, Thurber, Dennison, Buttles, Park, Goodale, High, Nationwide, Cleveland, Gay, 3rd, Schiller Park Stop, after that we rode around southeast of the park and swung back around on Champion and Frebis and ultimately ended at the High Beck.

17 miles roughly. Good ride.

2 wrecks - We had a man down on Thurber and a BMX down on Gay

The rent a cops at Schiller Park called in the regulars to tell us we had to leave. : (

It was nice seeing/talking to people I haven't seen in a while. Or stopped to talk to.

Oh... and there was a Ford sighting.

New Bike the C-Bus photos added

I want to thank the folks at OTENA for sending over photos of our event. They snapped some shots from their rest stop.

The link...

Monday, September 8, 2008

33RD COLUMBUS FALL CHALLENGE • Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28

Sugar Grove to Marietta and return, same route as last year. Full service tour, pre-registration required. The application is available on the COP web site. Two days of climbing through the most scenic part of the state. Ride 100+ tough miles and 8-10,000 ft. of climb each day. Rider limit is 500.
Eve Holland
bike2live(at)ameritech.net
614/326-0435

More info here...

Deadlines loom.......................
COP Members (postmarked on or before 9/13/08) $45.00
Non-COP Members (postmarked on or before 9/13/08) $50.00
All Registrants (postmarked after 9/13/08) $55.00
Day of Ride (limited to first 25 registrants) $65.00

COP 18th Tour of Hocking Hills

Date: Saturday September 13, 2008
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 3 days, 4 minutes.
Location: Circleville
City State Zip: Circleville, OH
Phone: Jon Schaer 614/447-2200 jschaer(at)columbus.rr.com
Notes: Registration/Sign-up: 7:30-9AM.
75-100 mile routes. All options are hilly. Tune-up for Columbus Fall Challenge. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members.

09/07/08 Rural Night Ride Report

Planned on doing a longer ride loop upwards of 50 miles to get some training in for CFC, but only a few people showed up to ride. And we decided a longer ride was not really what we were in the mood to do. So on to plan B. We rode a fast 26 mile loop up through New Albany and out past the new 161 highway construction and back to my house. Cooled off as we went into the countryside. 26 miles. Averaged 17.3mph. Clear night and the stars were out. And I'm not talking about us. There were some complaints of a semi-naked man in red cycling shorts scaring the natives out on Central College. Jonny doesn't know what you are talking about though.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Want to make Global Warming an Issue in the Presidential Election?

Community Kick-Off Meeting
Sunday, September 14th, 2008 at 1:30pm
Columbus Main Library
3rd Floor Board Room

Contact: carolyn@greencorps.org for more info

Sign up to make change. As with any organization I recommend reading their literature and making sure their positions and ideals align with yours.

More info here...

Team Columbus Suspended from USA Cycling - From 39x23 and counting blog

Here is the meat of the story

September 6, 2008
Mr. Tym Tyler
On February 25th you were served with a notice of complaint regarding multiple violations of USA Cycling rules and policies. Due to the long time frame and nature of extensive issues raised, the investigation took considerable time. Mr. Shafer has provided us with his complete investigation and recommendations, a copy of which is included for your reference.
In the original complaint, you were given until March 4th to request a hearing. That date has long since passed without a formal response or a request for a hearing. In such cases, the CEO of USA Cycling renders the final decision after receiving the investigation report.
It is the decision of USA Cycling that the following sanctions will be applied:
· Your USA Cycling license shall be suspended for a period of 2 years, beginning September 15th, 2008 and ending September 14th , 2010.
· Team Columbus shall be suspended as a club for a period of 1 year, beginning September 15th , 2008 and ending September 14th , 2009.
· A fine of $2500 is levied against you and Team Columbus collectively
· USA Cycling and the Ohio Cycling Association will immediately cease to do business with you and Team Columbus. No further permits will be granted to you or Team Columbus.
Sincerely,
Steve Johnson
CEO, USA Cycling
cc: Ohio Cycling Association, Randy Shafer, Theresa Johnson, Lisa Berggren, Tom Mahoney.

Find out more info here...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour - 2008 Raffle Winners

We are in the process of mailing the items to the winners.

Winners of Aura Yoga Spa Boutique Gift Certificates
Donated by Marjorie Nesbitt, Wauvette Duncan, Sarah Goetz
Cindy Gibbons - $25 Skin Care Services Gift Certificate
Barb Martin - 1 Free Yoga Session
Mary Tolz - 1 Hour Massage

Winners of B1 Bicycles Gift Certificates
Donated by Casey Karnes
Doug & Shelby Cornelius $40 Gift Certificate
Rick Frantz $20 Gift Certificate

Winners of COSI - Family 4-Pack Gift Certificates
Donated by Sharon Tinianow
The Huffman Famiy ( Ken & Kati)
The Kennedy Famiy (Susanna, David & Alice)

Winners of Elden & Elise Ward YMCA - 1 Week Trial Gift Certificates
Donated by Kim Jordan
Elizabeth Hart
Adam Schock
John Waddy
Salim Womack - Super Volunteer
Stevan Womack - Super Volunteer

Winners of Genuine Innovations - Bike Pumps
Donated by Joe McCarthy
Betty Cook
John Didlott
Michael Dwyer
Scott Gray
Bertie Ford
Keith Hamsher
Sarah Hamsher
Matthew Kreitz
Jennifer McLane
Robert McLane
Raju Mahone
Mary Morris
Susan Morriss
Brock Porter
Eva Simons
Erik Turocy
Liz Jaggers
Bertha Willis
Marc Zingarelli

Winners of Paradise Garage - Bicycle Frog Lights
Donated by: Dan Monnig
Mike Fitzsimmons
Mason Hamsher

Winners of Seagull Bags Gift Certificates
Donated by Daniel McKewen
Richard & Judy Dennis $100 Gift Certificate - First Registrants
Irma Iskandar $50 Gift Certificate - Second Registrant

Winners of Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails $25 Gift Certificates
Donated by Tim Lessner
Eben Kent
Scott Teresi - Super Volunteer

COP 25th Covered Bridge Century

Date: Saturday September 6, 2008
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: David Lutheran Church
Street: 200 Groveport Rd
City State Zip:Canal Winchester, OH
Phone: David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm) dhoodin1(at)juno.com; Bob Allen 614/866-8698 bob.allen(at)eastsidenursery.com
Notes: Registration/Sign-up: 7:30-9AM.
Short option, about 38 miles, is flat to gently rolling hills. Longer options, 70 & 100 miles, have progressively more hills and are training rides for Columbus Fall Challenge. Pursuits Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Maps issued upon payment at day of ride registration.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wiki Wiki - What can you tell us about Bicycle Pedals

The question came up on a ride recently as to why pedals with cleats are called "clipless pedals"? I thought it was because they were an advancement away from toe-clips and straps. Indeed I was correct.

More about Bicycle Pedals from the wiki of all wikis.

OKI Regional Bicycle Plan 2008

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Tri State Region

The OKI Regional Bicycle Plan is a component of the region’s multi-modal Regional Transportation Plan. The Regional Bicycle Plan contains a summary of the existing on-road and trail bicycle facilities and of the recommendations for improving cycling conditions in the region. Towards this end, it is the vision of the Regional Bicycle Plan that vehicular travel by bicycle become an integral mode of travel, both by its inclusion in OKI’s regional transportation planning process, and by its consideration as a choice for trip-making by residents of the OKI region.

The plan is here...

Bike Share from private companies

What happens if your city doesn't provide bike share? Let private businesses handle the situation by offering loaner bicycles to their employees.

More here from CNN...

9/1/08 Report - Alternate Ride

I did not partake in the regular ride. A few of us rode out Broad to Broad and High to meet someone. We proceeded to head out west toward the hilltop. We turned right onto the path that leads out toward the wetlands. From there we rode over toward McKinley to meet Brett who left the ride. We rode back out toward the hilltop and cruised around some paths. We ended up riding through Franklinton and south toward Greenlawn. Then headed over to the High Beck. We rode a total of 24.5 miles and average over 16mph.

Wake up call - Dan and I were sitting at the intersection of Long and Nelson waiting for the light to change. I noticed that his bike was rattling around on the rack. So I jumped out to fix it. in the meantime the light changed to green for us. I looked up while I was securing the bike and a mini-van flew through the intersection going at least 40mph. If I didn't stop to fix the bike you wouldn't be reading this post.

Ray

Monday, September 1, 2008

The 38th Hancock Horizontal Hundred Sunday September 7, 2008

Join us for one of the flattest rides in Ohio. Great ride for your first 100 mile “Century” attempt. Bicycle dealer/vendor displays and a free ice cream social Saturday evening. “Chris Cakes” serving hot cakes breakfast Sunday morning. Ride fee includes: patch (to first 1000 registrants), map, rest stops w/food, lunch, SAG support and a well marked route on smooth blacktop roads. All corners are swept the day prior to the event. Professional Sports Massage Therapy available Saturday and Sunday. Registration cutoff will be September 1, 2008.

The site...

18TH KNOX COUNTY BICYCLE CHALLENGE • Saturday, September 20

8-10AM. Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon College athletic facility. Full service tour. Ride the beautiful hills of Knox County. Slow down for buggies. Lower-cost short routes have bike-path option with ice cream in Danville. Longer loops are CFC tune-ups. See registration form. Gary Schmidt 614/657-9669 gtschmidt(at)wideopenwest.com

18TH TOUR OF HOCKING HILLS • Saturday, September 13

7:30-9AM. Circleville 75-100 mile routes. All options are hilly. Tune-up for Columbus Fall Challenge. Ride Start is at Circleville HS, 380 Clark Dr. just off of Nicholas Dr. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Jon Schaer 614/447-2200 jschaer(at)columbus.rr.com