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Saturday, January 31, 2009

True Fabrication Bicycles





True Fabrication was born during a 16-hour car ride home from a weeklong mountain biking trip in Colorado. It was during this car ride home that we (Cody, Clark & Cole) discovered we each had individually been contemplating a way to begin fabricating bicycle frames. We had all been friends for a long time and had spent many years riding, racing, traveling and training together. Therefore, in the summer of 05’ we made a plan to be riding our own “brand” of bicycles during next summer’s annual trip to Colorado.

During the course of the next 12 months we acquired a bitch’n set of tools, honed our fabrication skills and perfected our welding. One of us took the 2 weeklong UBI frame builder’s school; another began development of our geometry philosophy and the third finished completion of our logo and branding images. Even though this sounds like we are each polarized in our skill-set, nothing could be further from the truth. Any of the three of us are capable of taking a bicycle from inception to completion. We can all design, weld and fabricate. However, over time we definitely developed our natural abilities and talents and this is what makes us a great partnership. We have been able to utilize each of our strengths so that you, the customer, can have a great custom frame building experience.

It is also worth mentioning that True Fabrication is not a full time frame building company. Some may find this less appealing but stop for a moment and think about it. We make frame because we love cycling and are passionate about frame building; not because we are trying to feed our family! (We feed our family by being a banker, a project manager and an artist) This paradigm is completely reflected in the way we make frames. This means that we don’t follow trends or fads just to sell bikes. We don’t take short cuts for the sake of quick turnaround; rather we are willing to do what is necessary to make something that is both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.

So does this mean that everything we do turns to gold? No. We understand our limitations, we understand our strengths and we will shoot you straight! Remember, we’re from Texas (!) we’ll be as straight as the business end of a .45.

Travis Pastrana Tricycle Backflip

Friday, January 30, 2009

2009 Mohican MTB100



The Challenge:

100 miles or 100k loop consisting of 11,000+ feet of climbing along mostly singletrack, doubletrack or dirt roads, spanning 4 counties through some of the most remote and scenic areas in the rolling hills of Mohican Country. Climbs of nearly a mile, with elevation gains of 300+ feet, rock gardens, streams, and more!

the site is here...

Sogreni Wooden Bike



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Sogreni Mountain Goat Bike



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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Worksman Cycles Factory Direct Store





Worksman Cycles is the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the USA!!!! Thank you for visiting our new e-commerce store and we trust you will enjoy this shopping experience. Don't let high Gasoline prices and a slow economy ruin your life...do something about it with Worksman Cycles. Good for the environment,good for your well being, good for your budget.

Worksman Cycles has long been known as the world-leader in Industrial Cycles (Bicycles and Tricycles). Today more than ever, leading companies call upon our Worksman Business Cycle System to safely and efficiently move key personnel and supplies within large industrial facilities. Our customer list is incredibly diverse and impressive, featuring the world's largest and most respected companies. These companies know that for durable, emission-free transportation, Worksman Business Cycles are the only smart choice.

The website...

Col du galibier n°2 (hautes alpes - france) VTT MTB descente

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MayaPedal - Bicimáquinas (translates as "bicycle machines")


About Us

We are a non-governmental organization located in San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. We started in 1997, working with a group of Canadians from the organization PEDAL. Following a vision for sustainable development in Guatemala, we became constituted under local control as Asociación Maya Pedal in 2001. We recycle used bicycles to build pedal-powered machines, bicimáquinas, which support and help facilitate the work of small-scale, self-sustainable projects. Through this work we hope to contribute to the conservation of the environment, the health or the Guatemalan people, and the productivity of the local economy.

Mission and Vision

To support the basic family economy, through the design and distribution of bicycle machines, providing an efficient alternative for the rural development of Guatemala.

To be a non-governmental organization that promotes the use of bicycle machines through programs, projects, partnerships, activities, and actions, also promoting the use of alternative transportion using bicycles and tricycles

Objectives

To recycle and reuse bicycles.
To design and produce pedal-powered machines that meet the necessities of communities.
To raise consciousness, to educate, and to inform communities about the use of pedal-powered technology as an element of ecological sustainability.
To produce, promote, and commercialize bicycle machines and the products made with them, with the ultimate purpose of being a self-sustainable organization, and to help associated groups also achieve this goal.
To establish alliances with national and international groups that have similar goals and that have the capacity to transfer pedal-powered technology to other areas of the world.
To distribute pedal-powered machines for use in peasant agriculture, domestic work, and small business.
To contribute to the local economy, to improve productivity, health, and the surrounding environments of rural families.
To share the experiences of the organization through community-based environmental education, and print articles about the benefits of pedal-powered technology.
To develop technology that does not rely on energy sources such as electricity, fossil fuels, or on agro-industrial techniques.
And to conserve our environment.

The website...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Foes Racing Power Clamp Bicycle Stand


Foes Racing introduces the first automatic bike work stand, and the last and best work stand you’ll ever buy! The Power Clamp is a pneumatically-driven, self-adjusting service stand that allows you to lift the bicycle with both hands and correct posture while securing it with just a tap of the toe. Another tap of the toe releases it just as easily! No more struggling to lift and lock the bike simultaneously with both hands - the Power Clamp saves your aching back from wrestling with bicycles all day long. The fully adjustable clamping pressure allows you to safely secure any bike made from any material. The Power Clamp is the first serious service stand for the professional - made from the finest materials, it is designed to last a lifetime.

Features...
2 heavy duty CNC’d aluminum clamping collars easily secure the bicycle
Fully adjustable: rise and fall, and 360° bike rotation
Works with any compressor
Additional pneumatic ports for tire pump or blow gun
Clamping pressure completely adjustable with on-board regulator
Clamping handles adjust orientation for best leverage position
All steel main structures are powder coated and black oxide coated for resistance to chemicals and climate
Dual-head stand for 2 bikes is available
4 mounting options:
1) Your existing steel bike stand base plate,
2) concrete floor,
3) Work bench version (shorter), and
4) Race Team base - allows the stand to be used on uneven ground

We won't even discuss the pricing!

Foes sites...

Wear a helmet people!

Dead athletes' brains show damage from concussions

By Stephanie Smith
CNN Medical Producer

(CNN) -- For years after his NFL career ended, Ted Johnson could barely muster the energy to leave his house.

In healthy brain tissue, virtually no protein tangles, which show up as brown spots, are visible.

"I'd [leave to] go see my kids for maybe 15 minutes," said Johnson. "Then I would go back home and close the curtains, turn the lights off and I'd stay in bed. That was my routine for two years.

"Those were bad days."

These days, the former linebacker is less likely to recount the hundreds of tackles, scores of quarterback sacks or the three Super Bowl rings he earned as a linebacker for the New England Patriots. He is more likely to talk about suffering more than 100 concussions.

"I can definitely point to 2002 when I got back-to-back concussions. That's where the problems started," said Johnson, who retired after those two concussions. "The depression, the sleep disorders and the mental fatigue."

CNN story is here...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Columbus Ohio Bike to Work Week Site



2009 Columbus Bike to Work Week

May 11th - May 15th, 2009

The site

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Embrocate


Cold Weather, Warming Embrocation
Our Cold Weather Embrocation is idea for use during cyclocross and riding in temperatures below 60 degrees. This product is the cornerstone of our line up, specifically engineered to provide steady, long term warmth to your legs back and even your neck. In addition to high quality Grapeseed and Soybean Oils, this product contains unbleached beeswax and a helping of raw, unrefined West African Shea Butter. There are a few other goodies in there to provide you with a smooth warmth and aroma. As with all Mad Alchemy products, our Cold Weather Embrocation is hand-made in small batches to ensure freshness and the
highest level of quality possible.

Mad Alchemy

What will be Classic Bike of the Year for 2009?




First Place, Best Restored - 2008
Jim Hern
1939 Colson Commander

I don't know. But we will find out at the...

29th Annual Ann Arbor/Saline, Michigan Classic Bicycle Show and Swap Meet on April 26th, 2009

This would be a good roadtrip. If anybody is interested contact me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Map My Ride


Plot your bike rides over mountains (view elevation), through the woods (topo maps), and speeding through the city (street level views) with just a few mouse clicks. Once your cycling map is complete you can quickly view it in 3D, satellite form, or share it with friends.

The site is here...

Thursday night ride report



Decided to ride since the weather wasn't too bad. Rode with Morgen up to campus from town. Stopped into the Warhol exhibit. I forgot my key for my lock so I had to borrow a lock from Brett who was heading out to another meeting. I am not a fan of the Wexner facility layout. There is too much artwork jammed into the space. Had dinner and waited for others to show. Brett came back after his meeting so we escorted Morgen back to town via Neil Ave. We stopped to marvel at the new Huntington Park. Continued on into town down to Main. Rode back up north via 4th to Hudson where Brett split off. Stopped at Evan's mad scientist lab until he finished his tests. Rode down High to Tip Top for a beer. While trying to pull my lock out of the mounting bracket ended up bashing my hand against my seat. I think the story I told my wife that someone bit my hand at the bar sounds better.

22 miles total - Temps in the 30's

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On Facebook? A cyclist? Offended by driver behavior?

Join the Cyclist Offender Database...

This group is a place to put information about motorists and other road users who have threatened, injured, assaulted, hit, insulted, or other-wise aggressively and dangerously interacted with cyclists on the road.

Put place of incident, plate numbers, car descriptions, motorist descriptions, and any other information that could result in some justice.

Please only post information that can lead somewhere. Not just a comment like, "last night some douche bag honked at me!".

Sunday, January 18, 2009

CyclePods - Cool looking bike storage units


Bike storage, bicycle storage, cycle storage, bike rack, cycle rack, bike stand and cycle stand all have a new name: Cyclepods – award-winning cycle storage designs which are stylish, space-saving, flexible and highly secure. Manufactured from sustainable materials, Cyclepods systems take up to 50% less space than conventional cycle stands – and they look fantastic too.

Learn more...

Public Bike System - Montreal


The Public Bike System (PBS) was created to offer an attractive and easy-to-use option for those seeking urban transportation that has less impact on the environment than traditional fuel-powered vehicles, and to act as the perfect complement to public transportation networks.

The entire system was designed from a clean sheet, intended to marry the practical with the aesthetic. World-renowned industrial designer Michel Dallaire was entrusted with the design of the physical components. The bikes themselves feature clean lines and a sleek look that in no way compromises their sturdiness and safety. Design elements are carried over to the technical platforms, bike docks and pay stations. All with the intention making the PBS an enhancement to the urban landscape, not an impediment to enjoying it.

Innovation is another hallmark of the PBS. It employs cutting-edge technologies to their best advantage: the entire system is solar-powered and uses wireless communication. All the components are modular. With no need for permanent installations or external energy sources, the technical platforms that constitute the base of the stations can simply be dropped off at any desired location without incurring expensive infrastructure work. No need to excavate or anchor the platforms to the street. And no need to install electrical or communication cables.

The technical platforms, holding 6 bike docks and 6 bikes apiece, are simply attached together to form a station. Stations can be set up in a matter of minutes, leaving no trace of their presence once they are removed. Because the technical platforms are so easy to move, stations can also be expanded or contracted in very short order. The PBS is very user-friendly, requiring only an access card or credit card to obtain a bike. No intermediaries are needed. In a very short time, riders can be heading off on their bikes. And returning them is equalling simple, making short trips a breeze.

Entirely new software was developed to run the system, offering both managers and the public the chance to see real-time stations and the number bikes available anywhere on the system network.

The Public Bike System. Where design, innovation and technology are on a roll.

Learn more...

This would be a great system in downtown Columbus.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF)



Who We Are
The Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) is the only state-wide advocacy organization representing Ohio's bicyclists.
The OBF is an alliance of individuals and groups interested in promoting the use of bicycles for recreation, transportation and other appropriate purposes.
It serves by providing opportunities for the betterment of bicycle education, engineering, legislation, the encouragement of activities involving the use of bicycles and by serving as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
The OBF is a membership based organization operating under a constitution.

Site is here

Find us on Facebook - become a fan...




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Another Spoke Light Company



What are Hokey Spokes?
Hokey Spokes are unique bicycle safety lights that allow riders to display computer-generated images and text inside the spoke cages while riding at night. Not only are Hokey Spokes fun and interesting, but they also provide important side visibility, which is mostly unavailable in today's standard bicycle lights.



Hokey Spokes consist of transparent "blades" that attach to your bicycle spokes. As these blades spin during riding, a computer inside the blades modulates the internal LED lights so that design images and text appear.

The user can decide how many spokes they want to place on the bicycle wheel. Up to 6 "Blades" can be placed on each wheel. The more blades, the more visibility and persistence of vision at lower speeds.

Hokey Spokes are designed so that they fit virtually any mountain or road bike with a wheel diameter of 24" or greater. Hokey Spokes can be used on front and back wheels at the same time.

Each Hokey Spoke contains a number of designs and a customizable text message. The designs play and switch automatically or the text message can be frozen to play consistently all the time. Play mode is selected by using one of the waterproof keys located on the master blade.

Each Hokey Spoke blade houses 3 AA batteries.

Hokey Spokes is great for nighttime commuters, bicycle couriers, police riding units, bicycle shop promotional advertising, and others.

Features:

High-intensity side visibility (both sides)
Displays a number of designs
Fits on virtually any wheel
Uses 3 AA batteries per blade
Waterproof design
Red, green, yellow, orange, blue or rainbow lighted versions available
Weighs only 6 oz. with 3 AA batteries
Only 7 mph speed is required for full image persistence (using 3 blades)
Lasts up to 48 hrs on a set of fresh batteries

The website...

Berlin's Fastest Bike Couriers - They are fast and funny looking...



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Own a Belt? Own a U-lock? Why not a Lock Holster then...





This is simple. The first U-Lock Holster, designed to slide onto your own belt. Strategically place it to skip certain loops on your pants and stop blowing out your back pocket. Lock Holsters come standard in grey and are made from seat belts pulled from junk yards. The color may vary a little bit due to what we can find. These are usually made each week so please allow up to 1.5 weeks for us to ship it out. Thanks!

If you need something bigger please feel free to email us at info@fabrichorse.com with size specs. Also, we do have other colors available, grey is the most consistent to stock but if you want something else, just email us.

ABOUT FABRIC HORSE
Carrie Collins founded Fabric Horse in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. It began as a name for the things she created in her spare time while studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati. Since then, FH has relocated to Philadelphia where it has grown into one of the city's most vibrant small businesses, hand sewing utility belts, fancy fannies, spats, bags, costumes and everything in between. Carrie grew the company for the next three years steadily, by working herself silly and sewing in her sleep.

In 2006, Mary Casper hopped on board in an attempt to escape a desk job. It worked! After interning with the company for several months, Mary became Carrie's first employee and has been an amazing addition. Not only does she stitch prodigiously, but she is also a veritable designer and the beautiful brains behind the FH Blog. Mary's contribution gave Carrie more time and energy to dream up new things and steer Fabric Horse toward bigger and brighter horizons. Mary's own background in sociology and writing, together with Carrie's flamboyant ideas and penchant for the fantastical has made FH what it is today: Philadelphia's premier outfit for utilitarian goods and costumes for urban life.

As a company, Fabric Horse aims to preserve the ritual of the handmade and by that token, all Fabric Horse products are designed and sewn by the two of us in our studio in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Each piece is made for you from scratch by a single pair of hands. As an environmentally and socially conscious company, all products are constructed from scavenged, reused, recycled, or environmentally friendly fabrics. Sometimes these materials are combined with exciting vinyls and upholstery for even more of that FH flare you know you love, in products you never dreamed possible. Fabric Horse remains committed to bringing you fresh designs that help you do what you do best and look good while doing it.

The design aesthetic of our small company is constantly changing, inspired by the streets we ride everyday and by the people of our fair Philadelphia. Fabric Horse owes much of its success and continued support to the bicycle community, which fuels our work day in, day out. Mary and Carrie commute most days on two wheels and conduct FH business entirely by bicycle. FH will never outsource its labor overseas and FH products will never be for sale in a mall. This is a promise.

Fabric Horse is a small operation, but don't let that fool you. Sometimes Mary comes in to work and asks Carrie, "So, what are we going to do today?"

To which Carrie always responds, with one eyebrow raised, "What we do everyday, Mary. Take over the world!"

The site...

A Bicycle Evangelist With the Wind Now at His Back - NYT


By CORNELIA DEAN
Published: January 12, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. — For years, Earl Blumenauer has been on a mission, and now his work is paying off. He can tell by the way some things are deteriorating around here.

“People are flying through stop signs on bikes,” Mr. Blumenauer said. “We are seeing in Portland bike congestion. You’ll see people biking across the river on a pedestrian bridge. They are just chock-a-block.”

Mr. Blumenauer, a passionate advocate of cycling as a remedy for everything from climate change to obesity, represents most of Portland in Congress, where he is the founder and proprietor of the 180 (plus or minus)-member Congressional Bicycle Caucus. Long regarded in some quarters as quixotic, the caucus has come into its own as hard times, climate concerns, gyrating gas prices and worries about fitness turn people away from their cars and toward their bikes.

more from NYT...

America Bikes To The Inauguration


Washington Area Bicyclist Association OFFERING FREE VALET BIKE PARKING!

Thanks to the generous support of America Bikes, Dero Racks, The District Department of Transportation, and WABA members, WABA will be providing two bike valet stations at the Inaugural event. Just ride your bike to one of our free bike valet stations, hand the attendant your bike, and get a claim ticket with a number that matches the number on the ticket attached to your bike. Your bike remains safe with WABA's trusted attendants.
As an added bonus, commemorative spoke cards and valet claim check tickets will be available free of charge to everyone who uses the bike valet. While supplies last.

The nitty gritty...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bamboo bikes for the masses - Velonews story


How can carbon fiber technology trickle down to African villagers?
By Matt Pacocha
Posted Feb. 26, 2008

Craig Calfee hopes to prove that one person with one idea can make a difference in some of the poorest corners of the planet. The maker of some of the most exclusive and sought after carbon-fiber bikes on the market, Calfee plans to use his knowledge to teach Africans how to build themselves bamboo cargo bikes.

Why bamboo?
Calfee made his first bamboo frame about ten years ago and his product line has included a bamboo model — a high-end design sold in boutique shops — for the past three years. Besides its classy aesthetics, Bamboo’s vibration damping and stiffness make it perfect for frame construction, says Calfee.

But one reason he likes the material so much is its low carbon footprint. A carbon fiber or metal frame might be lighter on the road, but, from a green perspective, nothing treads more lightly on the planet than a bamboo bicycle, he says.

His bamboo frames are built using a method similar to his carbon fiber bikes. The smoked bamboo tubes are selected based on a rider’s size and desired feel, then mitered and the junctures are wrapped with an epoxy-soaked carbon. Some customers choose a hemp wrap for an even more natural look.

more...

The Bicycle Industry's Biggest Opportunity

25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers



The 25th Infantry U.S. Army Bicycle Corps stationed at Fort Missoula, Montana set out across the country on their bicycles in 1896-7. Lt. James A. Moss led the company of black soldiers on several obstacle intensive test runs of the iron two-wheeled alternative to horses for transportation. Their greatest trip covered 1900 miles to St. Louis, Missouri, returning to Missoula by train. The 25th Infantry gained fame and was nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers.

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Oh Wiki - Bicycle infantry



Bicycle infantry are infantry soldiers who maneuver on the battlefield using bicycles. The term dates from the late 19th century, when the "safety bicycle" became popular in Europe, the United States and Australia. Though its use has waned over the years in many armies, it continues to be used in unconventional armies such as militias.

the entry...

Shred America - Its Official Trailer

Monday, January 12, 2009

Alternative Needs Transportation (A.N.T.) Bikes





Alternative Needs Transportation, or A.N.T., is a small shop run by Mike Flanigan and Betsy Eckel Scola in Holliston, MA. We are dedicated to building bikes for transportation that have the right combination of function and style. Mike has been in the bike trade since 1983 and joined the Boston bike building scene in 1989. Betsy is the webmaster and is in charge of marketing.

Our passion for the bike industry and the culture of living by bike shows in the creation of A.N.T. "We not only hope to meet the needs of people's commuter bikes, but to influence the consumers to think about bicycle commuting in a more positive way. We love all types of cycling but feel that there is a real need to bring to the table bikes that have the right combination of style and function that is so lacking in the market. Most people have this fear of investing in a bike for commuting, but it is their most-used bike!"

Favorite quote: "When I see an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of the human race."--H.G.Wells

We make all types of bikes, but as you see we are into commuter bikes and the like. Please consider us when you want a finely-crafted bicycle that has a real personality and will suit your city riding needs.

Thank you,
Mike and Betsy

Site is here...

Boneshaker is in the house...



Boneshaker is available for $5, at bookstores, online, bike shops, and cafes in various parts of the country, or via subscription, and always, by asking the editors nicely.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Peanut butter recalled amid salmonella outbreak

(CNN) -- King Nut Companies issued a total recall of peanut butter that it distributes Saturday amid fears of a salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has infected 399 people in 42 states.

Salmonella bacteria are transmitted to humans by eating contaminated foods.

Ohio-based King Nut acknowledged in a statement that salmonella had been found in an open 5-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter.

"We are very sorry this happened," Martin Kanan, president of King Nut Companies, said in the statement. "We are taking immediate and voluntary action because the health and safety of those who use our products is always our highest priority."

In its statement, King Nut said it distributes peanut butter "only through food service accounts. It is not sold directly to consumers."

the rest of the story...

I know several people who have been sick with intestinal issues. Don't know if there is a link...

Welcome to the adventure of Hap and Diane



Hap and Diane
We have been taking 2-5 week bicycle trips for the past 20 years. On all of these trips we have always had to rush from place to place and get back to work. Our dream trip was to be able to take our time, see the sights, meet people and let God show us whatever we are supposed to see. This is the story of our dream trip.

The blog...

Photostream...

Pole to Pole Manpowered

Last month, National Geographic Adventure magazine declared Gauntlett and Hooper "adventurers of the year" for their 26,000-mile journey from one of Earth's magnetic poles to the other using only skis, sleds, sails and bicycles.

The site is here...

But there is a sad side to this story...

Young British adventurers killed in French Alps
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Rob Gauntlett, the youngest Briton to summit Mt. Everest, died in a climbing accident along with another mountaineer in the French Alps, the British Foreign Office confirmed Sunday. Both were 21.

CNN story is here...

Sleeping Bag Suit



I want to buy this in black and wear it to work. I don't think they have a suit rated for 90 degrees, though. My office is very hot...

The site is here...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

2008 Austin New Belgium Urban Assault Ride



Interesting concept....

Bamboo Mountain Bike





Bamboo Mountain Bike

Cross country bike designed for use with 80 mm travel fork. 100 mm can also be used. Available in 26" and 29" wheelsizes. (see chart below)

This bike is more crash tolerant than a carbon mountain bike, which is why we have not offered carbon mountain bikes to the general public.

Craig Calfee's website

More cold weather cycling tips from Canadians...





Tips include...

Keeping warm and dry
Riding tips
Visibility
Bicycle choice and equipment
Maintenance
Wet weather
Snow and ice
Cold weather cycling brochure

The site is here...

Time to get naked!



The Naked Goods
Here at Naked, we can build you any type of bicycle you want and make it fit perfectly. What ever your needs are and painted with your favourite colour pattern too. All this finished off with finest mix of components you can afford.Here is the selection of products and services we offer:

Bicycle Frames
Build Kits
Handlebars, Stems & Forks
Alterations & Repairs
S&S Couplings
Paint

more...

Petition Google to add "Bike There" Directions to Google Maps



To: Google, and the Google Maps team
We would like a 'Bike There' feature added to Google Maps - to go with the current 'Drive There' and 'Take Public Transit' options.

The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route. The Google Maps-based third party site, byCycle.org (http://byCycle.org/), provides these features for two metro areas - Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin, and there are countless other mapping initiatives around the world aimed at accomplishing the same goal. We hope that Google will consider building this feature into the core Google Maps service.

There are many reasons why this feature would be a wonderful edition to Google Maps. Among them, some of the most influential would be to:
* Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
* Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
* Help Google realize its core mission of 'organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.'

By implementing the 'Take Public Transit' option, Google and the Google Maps team have shown themselves to be concerned and capable world citizens; a 'Bike There' feature addition to Google Maps would be the ultimate statement in support of sustainable development.

For more information on this feature request please visit the Google Maps 'Bike There' website (http://GoogleMapsBikeThere.org/).

Thank you, Google and the Google Maps team! And thank you, petitioners, for joining us in attempting to realize this very important goal!
Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Sign it here...

Indianapolis Winning Campaigns Training

Winning Campaign Trainings are for leaders of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations: Board members, staff and super volunteers.

This winter Thunderhead Alliance is partnering with the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to bring our signature Winning Campaigns Training to Indianapolis, IN. Join your fellow bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders to learn from expert coaches and each other through the Alliance's proven curriculum on choosing, directing, and winning campaigns to increase bicycling and walking. After three days of fun and inspiring work with the country’s leading experts in advocacy, you’ll come away with the tools and confidence to not only advocate for improvements, but win them! You’ll learn how to:
Choose the right issue;
Set realistic but visionary goals, choose the best strategies and tactics, and stick to timelines;
Map out the power structure in your community, support and leverage allies, neutralize and convert enemies!
Communicate effectively, reaching the right audience with the right message through the right media, …and
Raise money, to strengthen your organization for the next bigger victory!
In the end, you’ll have a detailed campaign blueprint that will assure a victorious campaign and set up your organization for greater victories in the future.

Location: North American Hand Made Bicycle Show, Indianapolis, IN
Dates: Fri, February 27, 2009 through Sun, March 01, 2009
Pricing Information

Registrations must be received by Sat, February 07, 2009 and cost $50
Additional Registration Information

Registration includes lunch and breakfast Saturday and Sunday, admission to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and a pass to NAHBS's VIP party on Friday evening. A bicycle or walking tour Saturday evening is also included. The training is located at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis with the NAHBS.

Thunderhead's Website

Portland VeloSwap - Too far of a drive, but a great idea!


This weekend! Book your space today!

January 10th - 9am - 5pm - $3

Welcome to the 1st annual Portland Veloswap. It's a bike bargain hunter's paradise with up to 100 vendors under one roof!

Expect great deals on all things bicycling, new and used. As if that weren't enough, come socialize with like-minded bicycle enthusiasts and enjoy food & drinks at Roots Organic Brewing (1520 SE 7th Ave, just south of Hawthorne St) in Portland, Oregon. This is an all ages event. Bike parking available provided by Bike Racker.

Cycling in the winter may be for the hardened and seasoned cyclists, but for some that means clearing out the old parts, upgrading, or selling the past seasons cycling gear. The 1st annual Portland VeloSwap on January 10th, 2009 from 9am-5pm at Roots Organic Brewing located at 1520 SE 7th Ave is the event for you. Admission is $3 (16 and under free) with your paid admission you get $1 off your food or drink at Roots. Throughout the day there will be up to 100 vendors selling, which will change every 2 hours from 9am-5pm.

With a line-up of already confirmed local and national vendors, including: Cyclepath bike shop, Joe Bike, Health & Performance Chiropractic, Showers Pass clothing, Upper Echelon Fitness and Coaching, Team Sales Cycling clothing, and 2WheelSport.com, the event is shaping up to be a great one.

“A common pastime in the winter for many cyclists is to sort through used or new gear that they want to sell or trade for the fast approaching cycling season, the Portland
VeloSwap is a great approach to getting a great deal on anything related to cycling,”
says Jim Anderson, Portland VeloSwap organizer. “Portlanders’ are synonymous with killer deals, as well as recycling... So, this event was made for Portland,” says Patrick Marzullo, Portland VeloSwap co-founder.

Admission:
$3 (includes discount on food/drink at Roots), Youth are welcome: Kids under age 16 are FREE.

Interested in selling something(s)?
EASY! The Portland Veloswap is running a unique way to sell your gear.
You can reserve 2-hour time slots between 9:00AM and 5:00PM (9AM-11AM,
11AM-1PM, 1PM-3PM, 3PM-5PM), or we also will be offering a floating 1-hour that you can reserve as time and space permits. There is also the the option to purchase a
full day (8-hours) for $70.RESERVE SPACE NOW!

What can you sell? You ask!
If you can pedal it or use it while pedaling, it's fair game. e.g. Complete bikes, parts, accessories, and apparel.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bikesnob NYC Blog has Columbus Alive in a quiz question


The link is here...

Urban Velo highlights another Columbus rider



I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Jade Tran

LOCATION: Columbus, OH

OCCUPATION: Grad Student

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

In Columbus, the bike scene’s getting bigger. It’s awesome to see that more people are riding—from cruisers to teched-out road bikes, and everything in between. There have been some great initiatives in Columbus that are getting people to ride bikes, and also educating them about safety and maintenance.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

I like riding in Chicago a lot—maybe it’s just because I love the city itself and the fact that there are bike lanes. Or maybe it’s the lack of hills...regardless, it’s super fun.

Why do you love riding in the city?

It’s a challenge—there’s always so much to pay attention to—and you feel good dodging traffic and getting where you’re going that much faster.

The site is here...

Editor's Note: I want to thank Urban Velo for pointing out I forgot the link back to their site. I usually do, but missed this one.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Momentum Magazine





This issue features

Cycling on the High Road
Boston Bike Renaissance
Boston’s Bikes Not Bombs
SCUL - Boston's Chopper Armada
How to Tame Motorists & Restrict Car Use
The Well-Tempered Cyclist
A Match Made in Bike Heaven

magazine is here...

And we have now seen it all.... Monkey vs. Man

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ALL CRANKSTERS PODCASTS AVAILABE TO HEAR AND DOWNLOAD

GO to wcrsfm.org and click on the Programs tab, the click on Cranksters, and then Listen to program. Three pages of 27 episodes over 13 months are available for your learning and enjoyment on a variety of cycling topics.

I was highlighted on one of the episodes... You will need to listen to all the episodes to find out which one.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bike the C-Bus named in Columbus Underground story


Best Mode of Transportation of 2008: Biking
By Walker | January 6, 2009 10:30am | Filed under Transit | Comments

The most popular form of transportation in 2008 was also one of the most controversial subjects on Columbus Underground: Biking.

more here...

Editor's note: Bike the C-Bus 2009 is tentatively scheduled for August 29, 2009. Bike the C-Bus website is here...

'Columbus aims to be 'best bicycling city in the country'

By EILEEN RYAN
Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 3:47 PM EST

Columbus City Council has laid the foundation for the future of city sidewalks and bikeways.

Legislation passed last month resolves conflicts within the Columbus codes, brings the city into compliance with 2006 changes to Ohio law, and sets the legal framework for behavior by drivers and bicyclists, said Public Service Director Mark Kelsey.

Since 1993, Columbus City Council has adopted a number of ordinances that have to do with sidewalks and bikeways. It voted to express support for Complete Streets in July and adopt the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan in June.

more from Columbus Local News.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2



Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2
Perfect shifting, electronically

For years, the increased accuracy, smoothness and reliability of electronic shifting has been perhaps the ultimate goal for high-performance-bike designers. After several companies’ attempts failed—suffering from breakdowns in bad weather, poor battery life or unbearable complexity—Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 has finally delivered it.
The Di2’s black carbon-fiber setup looks traditional, but what appears to be a standard shifter is actually a switch that sends gear changes via a wire to sensors in the front and rear derailleurs (the parts that guide the chain up and down the gears). A CPU in the front derailleur, in turn, signals motors that move the chain across the bike’s front and rear cogs. Steel cables, a source of frustration in shifting, have been eliminated. They probably won’t be coming back.
The electronic system makes gear changes faster and virtually eliminates missed shifts, which can interrupt pedaling rhythm or even cause the chain to fall off. And the Di2 is two ounces lighter than last year’s mechanical Dura-Ace group.
Shimano spent three years testing the system, and it was used extensively in this year’s Tour de France. Available now on high-end 2009 bikes, electronic shifting should work its way into most bike makers’ entire product lines over the next five years. $2,100; bike.shimano.com
Ideas, thoughts, suggestions and questions about Best of What’s New 2008? Post them in the BOWN2008 forum. If you have questions, Popular Science magazine editors will answer them there!

Popular Science website

Monday, January 5, 2009

Science Tattoo Emporium: The Bike Power Equation


Andy writes:
This is all your fault, you know: a bike-riding forum I hang out on had a “check out these science tattoos!” thread, and it got me to thinking: what bicycle science tats are there? I’d just celebrated my 25th year in the saddle and was jonesing for some ink.
For ages I struggled to find something that abstracted the kinetics of bikes down to a couple of lines - with no success.
Then I found the power equation in MIT’s _Bicycling Science_ (and Wikipedia). It describes the power needed to propel a bike against our everyday foes: gravity, weight, friction, wind resistance. And it describes beautifully the way that the linear components of the resistance give over to the fat slamming wall of wind resistance.
So, of course, I got it tattooed on my calf. :)
Thanks for the album. The passion of nerds is just as intense as the passion of everyday folks, and it’s great to see more of ‘em out there.
Carl: We have crossed a threshold here at the Science Tattoo Emporium. People used to get tattoos, then find out about the Emporium. Now the reverse is happening. So let me take this moment to say that I take no blame if this emporium (and perhaps a glass or two of Frangelico) prompts anyone to get a science-related tattoo they regret the next day. Of course, if you like the results–send them here.

More...

WCRS LP FM Now Streaming Online

January 5, 2009. Columbus, Ohio. WCRS, Columbus’ Community Radio Station and a Service of Simply Living began streaming its signal on the internet at midnight January 1, 2009. This new service simulcasts the radio station’s daily 13 hours of FM programming and will offer web-only broadcasting for the additional 11 hours of the day at www.wcrsfm.org.

WCRS is a time-shared, low-power radio station, broadcasting at two frequencies, 102.1 and 98.3 FM. Its signal covers most of Columbus and Franklin County. This new streaming service at www.wcrsfm.org is available to anyone around the globe who has broadband internet access. Streaming will increase awareness and availability of WCRS..

WCRS offers hours of locally produced programs on a variety of topics and issues both in Central Ohio and across the globe and also serves Central Ohio’s Somali and French speaking population with programming in those respective languages. WCRS also broadcasts and streams award winning programs like Democracy Now! and Pacifica and syndicated programs like Free Speech Radio News and the Spanish language news program Informativo Pacifica.

WCRS LP FM is a Service of Simply Living in Central Ohio to create a compassionate and sustainable world.

WCRS LP FM is a non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station serving Central Ohioans, providing quality programming to:
• Promote personal and civic responsibility, informed action and thoughtful living;
• Challenge cultural and intellectual assumptions;
• Celebrate local cultures;
• Air alternative points of view and facilitate understanding through dialogue;
• To provide media training and to foster community empowerment and participation.
• To provide representation for under-served and under-represented constituencies and viewpoints, and to provide news and information not commonly found elsewhere on the airwaves.
For more information about WCRS, including a programming schedule and information about sponsorships and donations to our operating fund, visit www.wcrsfm.org
Contacts:
Zach Henkel, VISTA and General Information 614-447-0295, zachhenkel@hotmail.com
Pat Leonard, WCRS Tech Committee Member, 614-296-2823, leonardpg@gmail.com
Jayme Richards, WCRS/Simply Living Development Coordinator, 614-447-0296 jayme@simplyliving.org

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