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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lucky Stride 2008 Alley Cat Ride Report

The threat of rain didn't stop me from heading over to the ride. It started and ended at Junctionview Studios in Grandview. I think there were about 40+ riders at the start. I was #33. It was a Le Mans mass start. We grouped at the back of the studio and ran to the bikes that were sprawled on the ground out front with our manifest. I rode with Megan and Philip for most of the ride. We rode the checkpoints in a clockwise pattern. If you are familiar with the checkpoints you will understand what I mean.

Junctionview Studios - START
Mirror Lake at OSU checkpoint
Bike Polo field at OSU checkpoint
Maynard and Summit grocery store checkpoint
Third Hand repair pit stop (pump up the wheels on Megan's bike and adjusted both wheels so they were actually connected to the bike)
Milo - Artist Coop? checkpoint
Main Library checkpoint
Spaghetti Warehouse checkpoint
Dodge Park checkpoint
McKinley Park checkpoint
Junctionview Studios - FINISH


It started to rain between the Dodge Park checkpoint and McKinley Park. We headed over the goofy Grandview Avenue on ramp street hill hybrid, whatever the hell that thing is to get to Goodale. It rained steady and heavier as we got closer to the Studio. I signed in with ten minuted left but can't remember what I placed. Not first, not even close.

Photos courtesy of Jim Cropcho. If you have any other photos please email them to me at raymondmgeorge [at] gmail.com

Lucky Stride 3/15/08


More photos...

17 miles
Averaged 13mph
48 degrees, dropped to 42 when it started to rain.

GPSies - Lucky Stride Part 1

GPSies - Lucky Stride Part 2

RESULTS
Lucky Stride Results: This is how YOU wrote it. 1. Joe "Thunder Cat" Scarbro 2. Zach Henkel 3. Ryan Heflin 4. Nick Chenoweth 5. Ian Morton 6. Zeus Rosco P. Soultrain 7. Whore (?) 8. Nathan Biroschak 9. Christine Happel 10. Peter Brown 11. Alice Kocab 12. K.C. King 13. Eric Pacella 14. Daniel Eberle 15. D. Lewis 16. Ryan Eberle 17. Daniel Erb 18. Nick Carpenter 19. Daniel J. Francis 20. Levi Klau 21. Mickey Mochik 22. Blake Stevens 23. Michael Murtha 24. Jamarr Mays 25. Fancy Pants 26. Josh Malko (?) 27. Ray Gorge (sic) 28. Philip Thomas 29. Megan Alexander

Awareness Test - Watch it to the end...


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Friday, March 14, 2008

Lucky Stride 2008 Alley Cat Ride THIS SATURDAY MARCH 15

Lucky Stride Alleycat Race
Date: March 15th
Time: 3pm
Registration: 1:30pm

Start: Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave.
Columbus, Oh 43212

Afterparty @ Sherman Studios Walnut & McDowell in Franklinton.

Sponsors:
B1 Bicycles
Seagull Bags
Columbus Brewing Company

If you want to participate, but not race, we need volunteers to staff the checkpoints along the course. Call if you want to help! Adam Maynard, 614-589-0318

myspace.com/columbusbikepolo

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Fines of up to $500 for motorists possible under new Chicago bicycle ordinance

When a motorist flings a door open in front of a cyclist passing in the bike lane, Chicago bikers call it a "dooring" and often just charge it to the cost of riding in a big city.

As of Wednesday, the City Council calls it illegal and will charge motorists anywhere from $150 to $500 for each violation.

More...

Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour



Here is the application form
Event date: May 25, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Get your own Moon Dog Bobblehead in Wheeling



Link here

Moon dog is famous in Wheeling for riding everywhere. He has flags hanging off his bike and wears a construction hat and orange vest. He has also been known to chuck his bike off the Wheeling Suspension Bridge at times.

Leaving it all behind, to bike around the world

(CNN) -- In 2002, at the ages of 62 and 48, Pat and Catherine Patterson decided to leave it all behind. They sold their real estate business and their cars, gave their furniture to their children, and put their home up for rent. Strapping their remaining possessions to two bicycles, the couple set off to bike around the world.

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Founder of Trek Bicycle, Richard Burke, dies at 73

MILWAUKEE: Richard "Dick" Burke, the founder of best-selling bicycle-maker, Trek Bicycle Corp., has died.

The full story...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lucky Stride 2008 Alley Cat Ride UPDATED

Just to clarify a comment made for this post. I am not the organizer of this ride. This is my personal opinion as to whether I will be riding this Saturday.

I am in a holding pattern for this ride. The weather keeps changing. Before the weekend the forecast was for clear in 40's. As of Monday the 10th the weather forecast is rain.

Lucky Stride Alleycat Race
Date: March 15th
Time: 3pm
Registration: 1:30pm

Start: Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave.
Columbus, Oh 43212

Afterparty @ Sherman Studios Walnut & McDowell in Franklinton.

Sponsors:
B1 Bicycles
Seagull Bags
Columbus Brewing Company

If you want to participate, but not race, we need volunteers to staff the checkpoints along the course. Call if you want to help! Adam Maynard, 614-589-0318

myspace.com/columbusbikepolo

Columbus Bike Routes on Bikely

Bikely allows people to post and review bicycle routes.

Here are the Columbus routes...

3/10/2008 Ride Report

17 miles
20 miles - me
35-38 degrees
Ben's last ride for a while

Snow
Nice big pile of snow at the start became an art installation with our bikes. (see the pics)

Ice
We experienced our first patch of ice at the corner of Lane and High. As we headed through the intersection someone led us north and we hit a patch of slush and ice and three of us went down. We also had another experience with ice on Hudson. Ben slid around when we pulled over to let traffic pass.

Second elbow
I hit my right elbow this time around and have a bruise on my hip. Chris went down with no injuries, but Duncan fell and hit his head. Thank god he was wearing his helmet.

Cleveland
We rode down Cleveland and experienced some idiots who were honking at us.

6 then 5 then 6 then 7 then 6
We started with 6 people. Ben, Chris, Duncan, Jeremy, someone else, and Me. At Sunbury Duncan headed back (5). When we got to the High Beck, Keith met us to hang (6). Then Duncan showed up (7). Then we left Duncan at the High Beck to play ping pong (6)

Three Stops
High Beck, Tip Top, Carabar (Thanks for letting us bring our bikes into the bar)
The picture of me with Chris' glasses are a little scary.

Let it snow! No more.... Please.



The gnome reappeared on a glacier in the shape of a large bundt cake. He was snowboarding. The photos were taken prior to him falling into the crevasse. He was rescued several hours later covered with ice(ing).

3/10/2008 Ride Report - Not yet

Full report later...

Here is the teaser

Snow
Ice
Second elbow
Cleveland
6 then 5 then 6 then 7 then 6
Three Stops

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mystic plans to try out bike share program

MYSTIC, Conn. - When Tim Evers heard about plans in Paris last year to offer thousands of low-cost rental bikes at stations across the city, he thought, "Jeepers, why doesn't Mystic do something like this?"

The rest of the story...

Why doesn't Columbus do something like this? At least in the campus area or downtown.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

2008 GROUP HEALTH SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE EXPO

The site...

Upcoming Rides in Columbus Area

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits sponsored rides...

36TH WOODSTOCK • Saturday, April 12
7:30-9 AM. 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 bike_woodstock(at)att.net

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 rdavisallen(at)earthlink.net; David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm) dhoodin1(at)juno.com.

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

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)outdoor-pursuits.org 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 www.tosrv.org

Looking for a Pedicab? Someone is selling one in Columbus...

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Manufacturers site...