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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Welcome to Busch & Müller - product line comparison

The Big Bang light is very impressive in output.

Bike Rack Mania

Bike Security Racks Co., Inc. designs manufactures and markets a complete line of indoor and outdoor bicycle racks and bike shelters. Based on more than 35 years of experience in serving the architectural and construction markets, we continually strive to create new and varied bicycle storage systems to suit expanding needs. Here are some typical installations of our bike racks and bicycle stands used by schools, universities, apartment buildings, condominiums, home owners, retail stores and government agencies. Please look at the categories at the bottom of the page to see our complete line of traditional, contemporary, vertical storage and two-tier storage bike racks, bicycle stands and bike sheds.

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CDRIVE - Belt Drive Powered Bike



Goodbye to messy, greasy chains! - Enjoy the comfort, convenience and ultra low maintenance of this easy riding bike equipped with the innovative U.S. made CDRIVE belt system.

Developed in the USA, the CDRIVE system uses the same proven leading-edge belt technology that's successfully powered Harley Davidson Motorcycles for many years.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

New Bicycle - Lifestyle Shop in North Short

PARADISE GARAGE-COLUMBUS OH

Check out their blog where they are documenting the build out. Looks like they will be opening soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Most expensive bicycle lights I have ever seen, REVISITED




Lupine BETTY 12
22W Power LED lamp, 1400 Lumens, Advanced Lens Disk 16°, frontglass anti-reflection coated, PCS 007 V7, 22/9/0,25 W, 3D adjustable mount, LED monitor, H-mount, 120 cm ex cable, Li-Ion rechargeable battery bottle 13,8 Ah,Charger One battery charger: charging current 2.5 A
Burn time 22 W: 6 hours
Burn time 0,25 W: 336 hours ( 2 week non-stop )
Charging time: 8 hours Weight: 810 g
$990.00

1400 lumens for $990.00!

My only issue with this setup is the heat output. Supposedly when the lights are running at full output and you slow down the light will sense increase in temperature and adjust the light output. I do not experience this issue with my Light and Motion lights.

Tour de Grandview

Welcome to the Germain.com Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic, the Internet home of Ohio's premeire professional cycling event.

The Tour celebrates 16 years in Central Ohio in 2008, and returns to the streets of Grandview Heights with a host of races, events and activities June 28th and 29th. Don't miss it.

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Don't forget about the Long Street Tour

The Long Street Businessmen’s Association hosts the "Annual Long Street Tour”, a full day of cycling, fitness activities and community events held in the “Historic Long Street District”. There will be elite athletes from all over the United States competing in the tour, as well as fitness enthusiasts, beginner racers, week-end warriors, and kids of all ages.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Essentials of Bicycling" class being offered

Saturday, May 17, 9AM - 2PM
Saturday, May 24, 9AM - 2PM
Saturday, May 31, 9AM - 2PM
(3 sessions, 15 hrs total. Half with bike & on bike.)
Class taught in Clintonville: 118 East Pacemont Road
$60
This is an "Essentials of Bicycling" class for those who want to improve their cycling know-how. Reasons can include: cycling out of your driveway to go anywhere in your neighborhood and around town, cycling for pleasure, cycling for fitness, and cycling to do local errands. This class is designed to help you get "up to speed" cycling with more confidence and more fun.

Topics covered include: bicycle selection and fit, helmet fit, bike handling skills, how to fix a flat tire, emergency maneuvers,
practice cycling in traffic, group riding skills, clothes, nutrition, etc.

This is an adult class, ages 16 and up. (Ages 13-15 may enroll if a parent or guardian is also enrolled in the same class.)

Gordon Renkes, Instructor

If you want a registration form or more information, contact:
Gordon Renkes
118 East Pacemont Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
League Cycling Instructor #328
gdr1950 at sbcglobal.net
(614)263-3026

(This class is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, founded in 1880 as The League of American Wheelmen.)
www.bikeleague.org

And Tricia's testimonial:
I took the League of American Bicyclists Effective Cycling class from Gordon Renkes many years ago in anticipation of leading rides for beginner riders. Although I thought I knew everything about cycling, I learned many new techniques for riding in traffic, bike handling skills and specifics of Ohio traffic law which I was not previously aware of. The benefits of the LAB Road 1 course are well worth the investment of 3 Saturday mornings. Gordon is an excellent cycling educator with extensive knowledge and experience in the practical and technical aspects of cycling.

Suede Coasting DX



SUEDE COASTING SERIES Return to easy. Come back to two-wheeling on a Suede Coasting bike, with a virtually maintenance-free 3-speed automatic drivetrain by Shimano—the latest technology combined with clean, beautiful lines and simple, modern styling.

FRAME TECHNOLOGY
Born from a holistic design approach that combines clean, beautiful lines and simple, modern styling with Shimano’s automatic shifting Coasting product platform, the Suede Coasting DX is the fully loaded new accessory for fun.

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Detour Deluxe


A stellar all-city commuter, the all-new Detour Deluxe gives riders a “deluxe” utility vehicle at an unbeatable price. You never have to second-guess riding in the dark, because it’s equipped with a Basta Pilot lighting system in the front & back. The Shimano dynamo hub allows you to choose between an On/Auto/Off function. Full SKS fender, a rear rack, full Shimano drivetrain, and disc brakes round out the package – we don’t use the word “deluxe” lightly around here.

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Bulletproof biking from Kona!



$349.00
3 speed internal rear hub
Thornproof tires.

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News Flash! - SIMPLY LIVING to hold FUND RAISER for WCRS low power FM RADIO STATION!

Come one come all!!! Please mark your calendars & forward to friends!!!

SIMPLY LIVING in tandem with the CLINTONVILLE COMMUNITY MARKET is holding a FUND RAISER for WCRS (Simply Living's new Low Power FM radio station!) on APRIL 12TH from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the CREST TAVERN—397 CRESTVIEW RD at INDIANOLA--just a couple of blocks east of the Co-op Market. Admission is $5.00 Children get in free!

The BENEFIT will be a repeat of the highly successful Co-op Benefit from last month with CLINTONVILLE COMMUNITY MARKET'S own master chef ALEXANDER SMITH providing another fantastic evening meal. Cost for the meal will be a well worth it $10.00 and $5.00 for children! Admission plus Dinner is $15!

We have scheduled 3 wonderful bands—6-8 pm is the MICHAEL MAHER BAND featuring the gifted voice of HELEN HAGGERTY. At 8 pm to 10 pm is the FABULOUS jam band LOCAL COLOR! These are the same bands that enthralled everyone and got people dancing last month. At 11 pm to 1 pm is a band from Newark, the Jared Mahone Band.

We are hoping to have a 50/50 RAFFLE, a silent auction, and even auction off some DINNER DATES with some good-looking SL men or gals! We'll be needing volunteers for that (you can nominate someone if you wish) as well as help for Alex in the Co-op Kitchen and servers, door people, clean up & promotion, etc. To volunteer, please call Frank at 487-1111 or email him at Frank.tennyson@gmail.com. We'll have flyers soon at the Simply Living office and we hope and we hope you'll come by and get a few to post at work or amongst friends.

World's tallest man struggles to fit in



PODOLYANTSI, Ukraine - Leonid Stadnik's phenomenal height has forced him to quit a job he loved, to stoop as he moves around his house and to spend most of his time in his tiny home village because he cannot fit in a car or bus.

But Stadnik, who according to the Guinness World Records is the world's tallest human, says his condition has also taught him that the world is filled with kindhearted strangers.

Since his recognition by Ukrainian record keepers four years ago, and by Guinness last year, people from all over Ukraine and the world have shipped him outsized clothing, provided his home with running water and recently presented him with a giant bicycle.

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No wonder Columbus (and American cities) reinforce automobile usage

Our story begins in the 1920s with the birth of a piece of esoteric regulation, the "minimum parking requirement." Before parking meters and residential parking permits, cities feared that they were running out of street parking. So municipalities began ordering businesses to provide parking and wrote zoning restrictions to ensure it. Columbus, Ohio, was first, requiring apartment buildings in 1923 to provide parking. In 1939, Fresno, Calif., decreed that hospitals and hotels must do the same. By the '50s, the parking trend exploded. In 1946, only 17 percent of cities had parking requirements. Five years later, 71 percent did.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

3/24/2008 Ride Report

30.5 miles for three of us
If you rode to Valhalla you would have at least 18-20 miles (estimate) plus mileage home.
ave 12.1 mph
16-20 people. I don't recall actual total

First part of ride was from campus to the southeast then back into town and south on High to the bar.
Pizza and beer (a little justice for Jonny who provided beer at the park break and reluctantly received payback beer at the High Beck from Casey after a little gentle prodding)
Second part of ride was north on Cleveland and side streets that parallel I-71 up to N Broadway. Then we headed down Walhalla.
Everybody split up at that point.

Temps hovered between 31-35 degrees, but it was clear sky and felt colder.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Traffic school for errant cyclists rolls into Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ -- Errant bicyclists, those who get ticketed for riding on the wrong side of the street or cruising through a stop sign, can now go to traffic school to avoid a hefty fine -- and pick up some safety pointers.

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via Mercury News

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday Ride 03/23/08 Ride Recap

44 miles / ave mph 14.7 / 40-50 degrees

Rode with someone and Johnny Walker down to Three Creeks in a roundabout way since part of the trail was still flooded. Ended up on Williams Road. Over to Parsons. Headed north and wound our way through the neighborhoods to Schiller Park. Headed west until the river and followed the trail to the river front. Stopped for a break.

Rode over through Franklinton and turned north to connect with the trail again. The trail stops on Dublin, so we jumped on the road and headed over to Grandview where we picked it up again. It headed northwest until it dead ends abruptly at a business complex further up Dublin. We headed south and turned up Urlin into Grandview. We rode through the neighborhoods to get to King (not 3rd, sorry).

We took King east to campus and wound up on the trail. We popped out in Tuttle Park. Back through campus over to Summit. Summit down into town. We rode around the city for a while and ended up at the park where the old School for the Deaf building used to stand. They recreated Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" painting with topiaries. Pretty cool.

Nice day on the bike.

What is a RANDONNEUR/RANDONNEUSE?

A person, male or female, that participates in the sport of randonneuring, long-distance bicycling, not as a race, but as a self regulated pace in order to complete a designated route within a designated period of time. More information about randonneuring can be found on the Randonneuring USA (RUSA) web space at http://rusa.org/. RUSA is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose primary goals are to promote randonneuring in the USA and to serve the USA's randonneuring community.

Ohio Randonneurs is an informal organization of bicycle riders dedicated to Randonneuring and organizes several long distance events each year in the Ohio area.