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Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Adventure Ride is scheduled for Saturday November 1 2008- UPDATED 10/31/2008

Saturday, November 1st All Soul's Day Bike Ride. It will be a night ride and we are planning on stopping at some "haunted" locations, at least three cemeteries and possible a few other stops. The ride will start at 7PM since it gets dark early . Possibly 30-40 miles total. This will be a "choose your own adventure" type ride. We will have a list of locations to visit and then we will pick a route as we ride. The ride will end at

Por Vida!
a Day of the Dead celebration!
Host: Kat Moya
Type: Music/Arts - Opening
Start Time: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 10:00pm
Location: junctionview studios
Street: 889 williams ave
City/Town: Columbus, OH

$3 cover charge

If interested email me at raymondmgeorge [at] gmail.com

Originally we planned for Halloween ride, but the multitude of events going on have forced the reschedule.

I want to add a power sensor to my crank. What can I do?


The CinQo Power Sensor

Tired of being told which head unit to use with your power sensor? Make that a thing of the past with the CinQo. Its compatibility with the ANT+Sport network now gives you choice! You can use the CinQo with any other computer that is on the ANT+Sport network.


2.4 GHz Digital Wireless
ANT+Sport compatible
10 Strain gages
User Replaceable CR2450 battery

Projected 130 grams
± 2% Accuracy

The website...

Hans "No Way" Rey on Trans World Sport



I remember Hans Rey from the 80's when he ruled trials. This video is amazing.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bikin Bob rides

I heard through the grapevine that Bob has decided he will NOT be scheduling his rides for this winter. : (
I may try to get out and ride some 50 - 75 mile loops each weekend. Please feel free to email me if interested.
raymondmgeorge [at] gmail.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mark your calendar: February 27 – March 1, 2009



Welcome to the world’s leading handmade bicycle show! I would like to invite you to register for the 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 27 – March 1, 2009

The site...

Not bike related, but very cool: One Week Jobs


Between Feb 2007 and March 2008, Sean Aiken completed an epic journey around North America, working 52 jobs in 52 weeks.
Sean Aiken graduated from college and didn’t know what he wanted to do for a career (or what he wanted to do with his life).
Instead of take the first job that came along, he found a unique way of figuring it out: the One Week Job project.

Here is his story...

Looking for used (and new) equipment that the Pros use?



Buy it directly from the a pro team. Team Toyota-United sells their used (and sometimes new) equipment on their website. You can make an offer on a wide variety of equipment. Go to the homepage and look for the link in the lower left corner.

The website is here...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ride 10/27/08 Report

Not much to report since I didn't show up. The report was 9 people showed. 4 people left early. Then another person left, leaving on 4 to ride which didn't go very far.

Maybe next week.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kona Utility Bikes - Ute and Sutra



Ute
PRICE* $899 USD
HIGHLIGHTS
Kona 7005 Aluminum Urban Utility Frame • Kona P2 Disc Fork • Kona Engraved Wooden Platform Rack System • Hayes MX4 Mechanical Front/Avid SD-5 Rear Brakes • Smoky Mudflap Fenders • Big Ute Bag • Centermount Kickstand



Sutra
PRICE* $1199 USD
HIGHLIGHTS
Kona Cromoly Butted Frame • FSA Omega MegaExo Triple Crank/BB • Shimano Deore XT/Bar-Con 9 Speed Drive Train • Mavic A317 Disc Rims • Avid BB7 Road Disc Brakes

Kona's website is here...

Own a iPhone 3G and want to map your rides?


iMapMy (powered by MapMyFitness is a location-based application that uses the built in GPS technology on your iPhone to allow runners, cyclists, (or any outdoor fitness activity) to track their daily training data, including:

Total Time
Total Distance (in miles or kilometers)
Pace (minutes per km/mile) or current speed
Average Speed / Pace (km/mile)
View your running maps directly on your iPhone
Training Log including Distance, Calories Burned, Time, and Date
Add Your Workout to Twitter
There is no need to buy a separate watch or GPS device, all your training and mapping needs can be met with your iPhone and iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide application. This amazing technology is directly linked to the most powerful social networking, mapping, and fitness training site on the internet today at MapMyRun.com or MapMyRide.com. Our sites are famous for its mapping technology and now with iMapMyRun/iMapMyRide you can instantaneously download and view your maps on the site or in Google Earth, post them to your blog or website, email them to friends, or print them out for an event or group run!

With more than 1 Million visitors a month and 2.6 Million running & cycling maps in the database for you to search, try, and rate there is no better way to enhance your training. MapMyRun.com (running) and MapMyRide.com (cycling) have forums with thousands of other users to help your answer questions about training, where to run or ride, and just about anything that you need to know about fitness. Our community section has more than 3,000 running and cycling clubs to help you find training partners and with our recently released private messaging service you can communicate with other members directly. In addition, to these features you can find events in your area, create maps from scratch, download famous marathon or tour routes, and see stories written by other users. There is no better place on the web to connect with other like-minded users and store your training.

MapMyFitness provides active individuals with the tools and community they need to succeed and excel in their athletic pursuits. The MapMyFitness, LLC suite of Web sites is the premier source for community-based fitness content, tools, calculators, and mapping technologies on the internet today. MapMyFitness subscribers are able to visualize their health and fitness training progress through the use of interactive online maps, workout logs, fitness calculators and tools, mobile devices, and subscriber-led community groups.

Here is the site... Get riding!

Derny Racing


A Derny is a motorized bicycle designed and built for motor-paced track cycling events (e.g. motor-paced races in six-day and Keirin racing) or motor-paced road races.

More from the Wiki...


I will post some more pics and links when I get a chance.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Freecycle has nothing to do with bicycling


But, it does have something to do with FREE and recycling.

Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,619 groups with 6,013,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!

The org's site

Columbus site

I love graffiti



The website covers a wide group of cities from around the world.

Lay down some paint...

Cardboard Bicycles




Chris Gilmour

by Guido Bartorelli

The work of Chris Gilmour provokes surprise and amazement beyond what could appear to be a mere process of reproduction. In returning to the value of making and strongly emphasising it, these works reveal a process of understanding that lets us see everyday reality with new awareness and appreciation. This practice avoids a withdrawal into the limbo of craft, and implies an intimate and profound quest towards the reason of things.

Gilmour has imposed a strict logic on his works he makes objects using only cardboard and glue. There is no supporting structure, no wooden or metal frame. His interpretations of everyday objects are created in adherence to the use of a pure and single material, but instead of the marble or bronze of classical statues, he has chosen one of the most humble and commonly found of our industrial times.

Packaging cardboard is, by its very nature, intended to contain but it is then discarded. Gilmour, however, uses it to contain the work’s own identity and to highlight the displacement between the original object and the one made in cardboard. This displacement is marked by difference: his sculptures (and apart from the use of such a poor material, they conform to all the accepted precepts of sculpture) are not mere copies, but rather translations from life. This translation brings with it a process of knowledge- the knowledge of the small things within which the sense of daily existence is hidden.

The artist compares his sculptures to drawing, a way of seeing objects by observing and measuring them. There is a process of deconstruction, followed by the actual construction process. It is in this process of making, in an almost instantaneous and immediate construction, as if Gilmour was using a pencil on a piece of paper, that the subtlety of diversity is embodied.

Gilmour’s work includes stunning virtuoso life-size objects, as well as cruder and more essential reproductions, sometimes left at a stage that calls to mind drafts or models. These are however all based on objects we have all experienced first hand- a typewriter, a car, a bicycle, a wheelchair. These objects are always carefully chosen for their evocative and conceptual power, for the potential for mnemonic narration that they contain. They offer a blank canvas upon which the viewer can project their own memories or experiences, recalling collective perceptions or the gestures and the rituals of daily life. All the objects have an uncanny power to provoke a sensation of attraction and a desire to interact in the viewer. The ordinariness of the actions associated with these objects causes the viewer to unthinkingly act out the gesture associated with it- to type, or to open the car door- and it is this contradiction between the seeming functionality of the objects and the fact that in reality they are “fake”, this peculiar conceptual short circuit, which increases the bewildering effect of the works and lets us into a poetry of pure plastic forms.

The artist website

What is going on here?

Revelation Cycling Rack Long Term Review

Revelation Cycles Rack


Here are some pics of the rack in use. I will post my comments about the rack and accessories when I am able.

The Revelation Cycling website

I have a child that needs a road bike. - What bikes are available?

There a couple of options for child sized versions of "adult" road bikes.



Blue website...




Pinarello website...



Felt Racing website...


Have you seen any other child sized versions of adult bikes? Editors Note - I do not have a child. This is supposed to be information for people asking that question. I appreciate the comments received and recommendations for children's bikes.

Gary Fisher Simple City 8 - Available in mens and womens models


Frame
Gold Series aluminum

Wheels
Alloy front hub/Nexus 8spd rear hub w/roller brake, alloy rims

Componentry
Nexus internal hub rear derailleur, Shimano Alfine shifter, Bontrager Nebula crank, Rear Shimano roller brake, front alloy caliper brake | (Full Specs)

Suspension
Cromoly unicrown

MSRP
$969.99*

Sizes
MD (18.5") | LG (21") | XL (23.5") | (Sizing)

Color(s)
Gloss Sand

the website

MonkeyLectric Monkey Light in Columbus


The MonkeyElectric light system is in the wild! I saw the system in action on Saturday night on a friends bike. To get the effects shown on their website I think you either need to ride really fast or tinker with the settings. I will post some pics when I get a chance.

Is it time for change in Columbus? The City wants us to revise the Traffic Code UPDATED

Friends,

This group has, at some point, expressed willingness to review
Columbus' draft updates to the Traffic Code as it pertains to bicycle
operation. I have also added a few of my long-time contacts that might
be interested in this process. (please feel free to identify other
persons that might want to help)

The process:

An invited/appointed stakeholder group has met twice in the last 6
weeks to provide input & guidance to City Staff in their preparation
of a set of draft updates to the Traffic Code. Our stakeholder group
expects to receive the draft updates at a meeting tomorrow (Wed.)
afternoon.

Quick turnaround expected:

The City has set a tentative feedback deadline for the draft updates
of next Friday (Oct 31)…which means I would need to gather your
feedback a day prior to compile and present.

So…I'm asking you to "standby" and look for me to forward the draft
Code updates to you by the end of this week for your
comments/feedback.

On behalf of both my roles with Consider Biking and the Columbus
Transportation & Pedestrian Commission, I thank you for your
willingness to ensure Columbus adopts the most progressive Traffic
Code regarding bicycles in the country. I value the feedback from this
group!

Jeff Stephens, Executive Director

ed. note - It was requested that the initial versions of the changes are not public "ready." There will be public hearings on the changes and I will keep everybody up to date.