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Friday, November 14, 2008

Sunday Trail Ride 02/17/2008 Ride Report FOLLOW-UP

This past February I complained that the Alum Creek Green Way trail had an incomplete transition at Refugee Road. Well, the county/city or whoever is in charge of the trail has recently completed the trail crossing. Someone took a spin down the trail and took a pic Friday evening,

Sunday Trail Ride 02/17/2008 Ride Report


Original photos from February.


November 14, 2008

Do you donate to charities? Maximize your donations through Columbus Foundation



Log in today to reserve your gift in advance! If you’ve been waiting for the right time to make a donation to Columbus Housing Partnership, you now have the chance to maximize your investment by participating in the Columbus Foundation’s Match Day 2.0. But don’t wait another minute! For 1st time donors, today, Friday November 14th, is the last day to register to participate in this great opportunity. Read on to learn more…

On November 18th and 19th, the Columbus Foundation will match 50% of every online credit card donation- from $20 to $2500, to help area nonprofits like Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP) support the growing needs of our community.

Follow these easy steps to support Columbus Housing Partnership:
Log on to https://www.powerphilanthropy.org/selfRegister.do before end of business today to set up your username and password;
Receive a confirmation e-mail from The Columbus Foundation and enter the provided username and password on this page: http://www.columbusfoundation.org/login.aspx;
Click View Non-profit Portraits and enter Columbus Housing Partnership as the Organization Name;
Click the Give Now button that appears under the Action column; and
Enter donation amount and click Add to Cart (this will allow you to save your proposed gift for completion on the appropriate day, depending on your *donor status*);
At 2 pm on Tuesday November 18th or Wednesday November 19th (depending on donor status) log on to http://www.columbusfoundation.org/login.aspx, click View Cart and Check Out to complete your gift.

*2:00 Tuesday, November 18 - Columbus Foundation Donors with donor advised funds and supporting foundations

*2:00 Wednesday, November 19 - General Public and all other foundation donors


*Note: All online credit card gifts made through PowerPhilanthropy will be processed through the Greater Horizons Community Foundation. A fee of 3% of the amount of the total gift plus $1 will be deducted from the total amount of the gift, with no charge to the nonprofit.


With your support, Columbus Housing Partnership can make a difference in the quality of life for Central Ohio Families!

As the honored 2008 recipient of The Columbus Foundation Award, Columbus Housing Partnership thanks you for your help and continued support!

This is my next bike (business) - The GoBoy





I wonder what kind of ruckus I can create riding (driving) this down Broad or High during rush hour. I could pull over and serve up food and beverages for stopped traffic.

Rhoades Car

BICYCLE 4 wheel 2 person - $1900 (Pataskala)


Craigslist has a posting for a 4 wheel 2 person bike. I am wondering how receptive I would be commuting down Broad Street during rush hour taking up a whole lane. With a boom box blaring music from the passenger seat.

Bicycle 4 wheel 2 person

3rd Thursday Ride - 20 NOV 08

The WAD Bikeway Association's monthly group commuter bike ride is next Thursday, November 20th.

This month we are taking over High St - in a civilized kind of way.

Map and Itinerary - 20 NOV 08 - Click Here

Thanks to roll: Polaris we will have demo Light & Motion light gear available for trial use. See wadbikeway.blogspot.com for more information.

Free showers downtown. Five free day passes available at MetroFitness on E Long St. ID required.

See you there,
Brett Allen


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Looking for a unique location to meet friends and anticipate the coming weekend?


Find your way to Franklin Park Conservatory on Thursday evenings.

Enjoy the featured cocktail or a full bar selection along with small plate
hors d’oeuvres from Cameron Mitchell Catering.

DJs from Encore Entertainment provide the musical ambience while the Palm House glows with James Turrell's light installation, Light Raiment.

Thursday evenings
(except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)
5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
No cover – 21 and over – Free Parking
For additional information: 614-645-1800

October –Mums & Martinis

November – Palms & Pinot

Editor's Note: We attended last night and last week and had a good time. Last night the event was held in the Palm House.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Foundation seeks answers from bike-path foes

NEWARK — The Thomas J. Evans Foundation filed a motion Monday asking the court to either compel bike-path opponents to answer questions or establish certain facts for the purposes of an ongoing lawsuit.

A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 10 in front of Licking County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Marcelain.

More from the Newark Advocate...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Are you sick of riding? Or just sick? Maybe have the flu?


Check out Google Flu Trends to find out if you or your neighbors are googling flu information. A little correlation here, a little there. Some interpolation and maybe a chipmunk and voilà! Maps.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The bike lock that fights back!



This bike lock deters the opportunist thief by making the abuser's experience as unpleasant as possible without having a detrimental effect on the user.

SmartLock is a cable lock that has cores of compressed air and liquid running through its body. If cut, the liquids spray out over the perpetrator, his tools, the bike and the scene of the crime. A bike that has been stolen will be covered in coloured dye (the dye renders the bike undesirable and therefore unsellable) as well as transluscent Smartwater - an invisible forensic property marking liquid.

More information at the inventor's website... Watch the video as well.

The search for bikers in Montana is over. We have a winner!



At approximately sometime this morning, a netizen from the city of Bozeman, Montana accessed the Columbus Rides blog. I appreciate the effort by the one cyclist living in Montana to make it to my site. I hope we can convert more people in Montana to the cyclism in the future. I have completed the fifty. And many countries as well. Check out the maps.

"Keep the rubber side down" - as The Crow would say...

Montana Watch - Day 2


Still waiting for the elusive visit from a member of the biking community in Montana. Anywhere in Montana would be good. Hawaii had 2 visits. Even Alaska has some visits - 9 total this past month. Go figure. And I didn't even have any Palin material on my site.

James Cromwell hospitalized after cycling accident


Thanks AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Cromwell was injured in a fall from his bicycle over the weekend and was expected to be released from a hospital Monday, his publicist said.
Cromwell, 68, suffered a broken collarbone and a partially deflated lung, according to a statement released Monday by publicist Nancy Seltzer. She said Cromwell is a serious cyclist who was training on a Los Angeles-area canyon road Sunday when he fell from the bike.
Cromwell starred in the "Babe" movies and recently portrayed the first President Bush in "W." Seltzer said Cromwell would be well enough to complete his work schedule on the new TV drama "My Own Worst Enemy."

11/10/08 Ride Report

Cold and clear. It was moony out. Very bright. 33 degrees to start. We had about 20 people, including Casey at the start. Evan wanted to lead so we headed south. For some reason, whether by choice (some went to bike polo), or just missing the fact that people left the launch pad we lost half the group before the turn at 12th? We crossed Summit and 4th and went south to 5th. We then proceeded due east as far as possible to Hamilton. Left onto Hamilton and then left onto Sawyer. Sawyer is a connector road that takes you to the airport terminal from the east. It also is a rollercoaster ride underneath the runway connectors. We stopped to debate if we should ride through the terminal, nixed it and headed west. We turned onto E 17th street (although that may not be the name now with the road realignment) and popped out on Johnstown and then onto Cassady. Cassady to Airport. Airport down to Nelson. We rode Broad up to Franklin Park and rode into the park and out onto Fair. We popped out on Oak after meandering through the neighborhood and headed into town. After riding around the construction at the Mall we ended at the High Beck. No breakdowns.
Temps dropped to 28 out of city. I recommend a scarf or balaclava, and good gloves. I was ribbed for wearing all spandex and booties as well, but I was warm.

9 people completed the ride.
20 miles total. Average posted later...
I did a pre-ride warmup and ride back to the car gave me 33 miles.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Does anyone in Montana like bikes?

I was reviewing my traffic and noticed that I have had visits this past month from every state, except for Montana. I know they have mountains, but I see the population is pretty low. Sounds like West Virginia to me.

A little background on Montana for the geographically challenged. From Wiki, of course.

Montana (/mɒnˈtænə/ is a state in the Western United States. The western third of the state contains numerous mountain ranges; other 'island' ranges are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographic and geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña 'mountain', from Latin. The state nickname is the "Treasure State." Other nicknames include "Land of Shining Mountains," "Big Sky Country," and the slogan "The Last Best Place." The state ranks fourth in area, but 44th in population, and therefore has the third lowest population density in the United States. The economy is primarily based on ranching and wheat farming in the east, lumber and tourism in the west, oil and coal in the east, and hard rock mining in the west. Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Battle of Little Bighorn site, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

More info, if you need it...

Bicycle Gear Calculator for iPhone / iPod Touch



Designed by a cyclist, Bicycle Gear Calculator is a complete Gear Calculator for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Evaluate current or potential Gearing Ratios, calculate Gain Ratios, Gear Inches, and Development. Use the Skid Patch Analyzer to visualize and minimize your fixed-gear's tire wear. Explore equivalent gearing configurations that let you reuse parts you already have.

A must have for bike mechanics, bike builders and fixed-gear/single-speed riders!

The site...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

IceMan Cometh Challenge



The Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 27 mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan. Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November (except for years when the first Saturday of November is the 1st), the 19th annual Iceman will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Just under $25,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 in merchandise prizes will be awarded.

DZ-Nuts, Protect Your Junk


Designed for Dave Zabriskie (DZ) by a pharmaceutical scientist to reduce and relieve chafing, irritation, and protect fragile perineal skin from bacterial and fungal infections. Formulated for real and synthetic chamois.

"Proper MAINTAINTANANCE of the perineal area is essential during high level training and racing. Nothing can ruin stage race success faster than an infected saddle sore."
--Dave Zabriskie