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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trek Bicycles Drops LeMond

Move to drop LeMond Bicycles from Trek's fold comes in response to alleged threats and an ongoing "pattern of inconsistent business dealings" with Greg LeMond

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Cincinnati Monday Night Ride

Ben sent over the information for the Cincinnati night rides. He rode the night rides here in Columbus while attending classes. He moved back to Cincy about a month ago. Unless you braved the cold you probably never met him. He rode a Polish bike named Nikoli aka Rolling Thunder.

Meet at:
Garfield and Vine (downtown) 10:00pm - generally a good hill or two and the pace is usually 16-20mph. Rides are from 23-35 miles.

Google Map Route from Monday 04/07/2008

Hidden Gem Restaurant - Creole Kitchen

When you ride your bicycle around the city you find destinations that you would not see in a car. Especially when you have a guide like I have. : )

When you drive in your car you are fixated on the road and miss the best parts of the city. Parks, monuments, buildings, bars, and restaurants. The Creole Kitchen is one of those hidden gems. It does not have a highly visible sign. If you drive past the plaza on Mt. Vernon where it is located you wouldn't even know it was there.

If you love Creole and cajun food you must try Creole Kitchen. I have eaten there several times and never been disappointed. I have tried the Crawfish Étouffée, Po boy sandwiches and the many side dishes. They make great Mac and Cheese and homemade potato chips. Keep in mind it is take-out only so make sure your bike has a rack to carry your breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Check out their website for menu.

Cyclist Hit By Police Cruiser Dies - Columbus, OH

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bicyclist injured after a collision with a Columbus police cruiser last week died on Tuesday.

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Selle SMP Saddle



The SMP saddle is the pioneer in a new way of conceiving the bicycle saddle: a meticulous study of the positions taken on during the race and the functional analysis of the interactions of the various parts of the body with the saddle.

The site...

I have the "Evolution" model and I can attest that this seat is the most comfortable I have used.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Another Bicycle Movie

Quicksilver (1986)

Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon)used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Travel Differently Day is on Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has a host of fun suggestions to get you walking and biking around town! And if you’re already doing so regularly, this is your chance to be part of a larger event, and inspire others to enjoy active transportation.

April 7-13 is National Public Health Week (NPHW). RTC is a partner and this year’s theme is “Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance.” All around the country, individuals will be making the connection between personal health and the health of our planet, and how both can be improved by walking and biking more, and driving less.

In particular, Tuesday, April 8, is “Travel Differently Day.” Organizations and communities around the country are encouraging individuals to walk or bike instead of drive. NPHW’s online calendar lists events around the country in which you can get involved. Find out about a local event and join the movement to improve your health and the climate at the same time.

If a “Travel Differently Day” event isn’t happening in your area, check out RTC’s online trail-finder and discover a rail-trail near you that can put you on the path of active transportation.

Finally, do you want to make walking or biking a more regular part of your life? Take the Burn Calories, Not Carbon!TM pledge and make your voice heard. By pledging to walk and bike more and drive less, you send a message to your political leaders that you want more transportation choices in your community.

Thank you and have fun “traveling differently,”

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Bicycle Anatomy Video

Do you feel uncomfortable talking bikes with your kids? your friends? Check out the video. Maybe you will learn something.


Bicycle Anatomy for Beginners from Quickrelease.tv on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

From the mailbag - Jonny's 04/06/2008 Ride Report

The plan was for my dad and I to start in Westerville, ride down to Circleville, and then back up to his office in Groveport. He was going to leave his bike at the office, throw mine in the back of his car, which is sitting in the parking lot, and drive home. Thus accomplishing the goals of leaving his bike at the office and getting his car home. (He had taken a company car to the airport, the reason his car is in Groveport) Once south of 270 the roads are beautiful, very little traffic, and gorgeous weather. (My biker burn is raging. SPF 150 for the next ride.) We stopped in Circleville for milkshakes at the Dairy Shack. Everything is going great until about a quarter mile from his office. I blow a spoke. My wheel is quite wobbled, even with the breaks all the way open it rubs. No problem, I'll just coast in and throw it in the car. Oh wait, you need keys to operate vehicles. So my dad is riding back to get keys. He'll drive the company car back here with his bike in the back and drop them off here, I'll throw my limping bike into his car and all will be well. We'll even accomplish the bonus goal of returning the company car. 70-some miles and a peanutbutter-banana milkshake, a good trade for one spoke. Oh and i get to play in environmental test chambers.
-40° F = -40° C. I did not know that.

-jonny

Editor's note - I am still waiting for Jonny's first Brevet report.

04/06/2008 Saturday Ride Recap

I got to ride with Jonny and someone else. We rode from my house north and did a loop. We rode through Johnstown, Sunbury, Galena and New Albany. My right knee started to hurt so we stopped to do some stretches. If a car would have passed by it would have looked like all three of us were knocked off our bikes and had broken legs the way we were laying on the ground and stretching. I am sure the homeowners thought it was an odd sight with three cyclists laying in their driveway stretching.

Total mileage: 62.8
Weather: clear and sunny 50-65 degrees