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Saturday, February 28, 2009

North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2009 Slideshow

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Metro Bicycle Coalition

The Metro Bicycle Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving commuting and recreational cycling conditions in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. MBC works to increase transportation choice, mobility, and infrastructure by establishing a safe network of bicycle lanes, paths and facilities, educating cyclists and drivers on safety and the rules of the road, and advocating at local, state and national levels for routine accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Their site

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


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Octopus Caps

All of our caps are handmade right here in Columbus, Ohio. The four panels and bill are made of a wool or polyester, inner lining is cotton, and the inside cash/card pocket is a thin silk-like nylon.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bikemaps - San Fran style

Welcome to the Bay Area’s resource for bicycling information. Here you’ll find the new 511 BikeMapper, route maps, locations of lockers and racks, information on how to take your bike on public transit and across Bay Area toll bridges, how to ride safely in traffic, tips on commuting, bicycle resources and more.

New to biking? Register with the 511 Ridematch Tool to find a Bike Buddy and start today!

Check back frequently for announcements of upcoming events and activities for bicyclists.

the site - click on the map and see what C-Bus needs!

Boneshaker highlights Columbus Ohio business

Got the latest Boneshaker Almanac in the mail yesterday and much to my surprise and delight they interview Octopus Caps.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Laser Light Bike Lane

Stay Outta My Lane
A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate any avid bicycler from riding at night. You’ve probably seen small blinkers and flashers tucked just below the seat but that isn’t enough. As a daily driver in a very bike friendly city, I can attest I usually don’t notice those blinkers until I’m within a few hundred yards of the bicycler. That leaves very little distance and time to react if I were to collide with them.

Only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 - $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. LightLane projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative. I want one now. Evan and Alex, make it and call me!

Designers: Evan Gant & Alex Tee

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Commuter Bike Design Winner

It has taken some time, but I can finally announce that Torkel Dohmers' “ThisWay” concept has been chosen as the winning entry in the Bicycle Design “commuter bike for the masses” design competition. Congratulations to Torkel, who will receive a Cannondale Bad Boy 700 for his efforts. Since I already published Torkel’s description of his entry, I won’t post it again, but you can read it in the finalists post if you are interested.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

From the Mailbag: REI explains how to change a flat

Even though most of us know how to this, or should know how to do this REI has produced a nice video to illustrate how to change a flat.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Amsterdam Bicycling Capitol of Europe

Vertical Bicycle Parking


Bicyclists Hope "News Cycle" Buries Stop Sign Controversy
"We were hoping to do some advance media on this in December," says Karl Rohde, public affairs director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, "but we kept getting buried in the news cycle, whether it was by snow storms, scandals, or budget cuts. Nobody in the media cares about us right now."

Or perhaps that's what he's hoping...because a lack of controversy around the idea would certainly make its passage into law a lot easier.

Rohde was speaking at a brown bag lunch today about Oregon's proposed Idaho Stop Sign Law, which is currently making its way through the house of representatives. If all goes according to plan the law, which would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs, could be in effect, Oregon-wide, by January 2010.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop - Austin, TX

More than a retail box, Lance and his friends aim to make the shop a hub of cycling life, commuting, social activity, fintess, and a temple of two wheeled living—open to all.
To serve the bike community is our job, but to convert people to a bike life is our mission.

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Austin Bike Zoo

The Austin Bike Zoo Human Powered Puppetry began 4 years ago as Cycle Circus Austin with the collaborative efforts of artists, bicycle builders, teachers and like minded folks. Our mission is to inspire the Austin community with bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation by creating unique human powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth.

Our work was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theatre of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works which engage our community. The Austin Bike Zoo works to create events which leave smiles on spectators faces, tickle their imaginations and inspire them to further understand the relationship between humans and the mechanical world around them. Through our work audiences are taken to a fantasy world of 70’ rattlesnakes and 17’ butterflies, where anything is possible with only the power of your own two feet and a lot of imagination.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Washington, D.C.—Today, President Obama signed into law an economic recovery package that contains $825 million in funding for Transportation Enhancements. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) applauds Congress for its foresight in recognizing the job creation benefits of building bicycling and walking infrastructure, including trails. While representing less than two percent of transportation funding in the bill, this investment could create tens of thousands of jobs and critical active transportation connections that communities need.

Transportation Enhancements (TE) is the nation's largest federal funding source for trails, walking and bicycling and a long-standing program that has historically enjoyed bi-partisan support. Its place within the stimulus package, however, heralds a transition in thinking among elected leaders who once viewed active transportation projects as niceties and now know them to be necessities for a balanced transportation system and a robust economy.

"We are very pleased with Congress for recognizing the wisdom of investing in active transportation," says Kevin Mills, RTC vice president of policy. "The immediate job creation will also deliver long-term benefits for communities by reducing traffic congestion, climate emissions, oil dependence and obesity rates."

RTC documented this strategy and its implications in its "Active Transportation for America" report, released last October. According to the report, moderate investments in active transportation can yield substantial economic benefits, making bicycling and walking a highly cost-effective choice for policy-makers.

"Americans are seeking opportunities to walk and bike more, and drive less, particularly for short trips," says Keith Laughlin, RTC president. "With this funding, more Americans will be able to make that choice."

RTC will track the progress communities make in implementing hundreds of ready-to-go projects that will be aided by this recovery funding. Visit to learn more about the immediate and long-term benefits of funding active transportation.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit

Pole Pedal Paddle

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
proudly presents the 34th annual
Pole Pedal Paddle April 4th, 2009

The 34th annual Pole Pedal Paddle is a tradition in Jackson Hole, held each year on the last Saturday of skiing at the Jackson HoleMountain Resort. The four-event race,where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth.

More information on the 2009 Pole Pedal Paddle to come!

Parking a little close for comfort

CITIES: Bicycle-friendly Copenhagen strives to outdo itself - via Bike Providence

COPENHAGEN — While the U.S. Congress debated whether to include less than $1 billion in funding for Amtrak in the stimulus package, the Danish parliament has put all its economic stimulus eggs in one basket: transportation. The small Nordic country of 5.4 million people will spend 94 billion kroner, or about $16 billion, by 2020 to improve transportation. Two-thirds of that money will be used to make public transit even better than it already is.


Ergon grips

It doesn't matter if you love relaxed mountain biking, seek to improve your endurance race times or just hit the bikeparks for your speed fix. At Ergon we have got just the right grips for you and your hand.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Bicycle Tool Website - from Columbus

CBUS Cycle

Third Hand Bike Co-op Benefit Concert

Benefit Bikes

Event Info
Host: Third Hand Bike Co-op
Type: Music/Arts - Concert

Time and Place
Start Time:
Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 12:00am
Victorians Midnight Café
251 West 5th Ave
Columbus, OH

Contact Info
Phone: 6149016009
A benefit concert for the Third Hand Bike Co-op. Several local artists will be doing Bob Dylan covers all night long.

Line up includes:
8:00 Mas Bagua
8:20 (Open at the moment!!)
8:40 Barb Brogan (with Ben from The Floor Walkers on bass)
9:00 Marko
9:20 Eric Nassau
9:40 Matt Monta and Bree Frick
10:00 Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk
11:00 Craig Ackerman
11:20 Skunky Precious
11:40 Brian Mehling

The place serves primarily beer and wine but does have a limited stock of hard alcohol. They are also a food service establishment

Come check it out!

Trek opens new design studio in Waterloo, Wisconsin headquarters

Trek opens new design studio in Waterloo, Wisconsin headquarters
By James Huang

Trek's 'Something Big is Coming' internal memo turned out not to be a new bicycle as some (including us) anticipated but rather an all-new design studio dubbed 'Thing One'.

Trek retasked some underutilized warehouse and manufacturing space into a spacious 'environment' dedicated solely to the company's Creative Group, which includes product graphics for bikes and aftermarket parts and accessories, retail/environmental design, web and interactive design, print materials such as ads and catalogs, and imaging. Roughly 55 designers will now occupy nearly 2,000 square-meters (20,000ft2) of floor space – an increase in space of nearly five-fold as compared to the group's old setting.

From CyclingNews


Monday, February 16, 2009

Sweetpea Bicycles Tang Bicycle - Awesome

The Sweetpea Bicycle website

Is this dangerous?

Rotor's prototype crankset is hollow and drilled full of holes
Photo ©: James Huang

A closer look at Carlos Sastre's Rotor prototype cranks

Recently we gave you a quick look at Carlos Sastre's (Cervélo Test Team) prototype Rotor cranks but information on them was decidedly scarce at the time. Though they appeared to be hollow-forged cranks with a smattering of holes drilled in them to save weight, it turns out that we were only partially correct. The crankarms are indeed hollow and forged and the holes do save weight, but the order of operations is not what you would expect and is what makes these special.

The arms actually start out as solid forgings, not hollow ones. Holes are then drilled clean through the arms from both the sides and outer faces but their diameters, directions and locations are carefully selected such that the overlapping intersections leave virtually zero material in the crank interior. The result is effectively a hollow-forged part with a liberally perforated skin plus an indisputably distinctive appearance.

It remains to be seen how well the novel cranks actually perform but regardless, the concept is ingeniously original. In fact, not only does it apparently avoid infringing on anyone else's patents but Rotor has filed one of its own.

Rotor insists that Sastre's crank is still only a development mule, however, and though the manufacturing process has a name the item itself still does not. In fact, Rotor co-founder Pablo Carrasco said that the 2008 Tour de France champion won't even be using it in competition here at the Tour of California.


North Shore Mountain Biking

GTI Golden Series

Meet the GT Golden Bike. It’s light. It’s fast. It’s got the best frame and components anywhere. Oh, and did we mention it’s completely gold? Starting on April 19th, the Golden Bike will be up for grabs at races around the country. Win the race, win the bike. It’s that easy. But there’s a catch. Winning the Golden Bike means you have to defend it at the next Golden race. Don't worry, we'll cover your race fee, put you up in a hotel and fly you and a friend there. We'll also give you a GT Golden Race jersey and a $250 Sugoi gift certificate. But you’d better win or you’ll surrender the Golden Bike and all its glory to whoever does. With all that said, good luck winning the Golden Bike. You’ll need it.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Have you seen this bike?

Probably not... at least here in Columbus.

Lance's time trial bike stolen at Tour of California

Trek team liaison Ben Coates has reported that Lance Armstrong's time trial bike has been stolen along with three other Astana team road bikes sometime after the opening prologue of the Tour of California. The time trial bike in particular is one-of-a-kind and should be easily recognized. A reward is being offered for its return.

Armstrong used the bike to finish tenth in the prologue.

Johan Bruyneel, Astana's team manager, has reported that the three stolen road bikes belong to Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych.

Astana has high hopes to win the overall once again. The crucial stage that can decide the race is the time trial in Solvang on February 20. The riders will tackle a 24-kilometre course.

Bicycle parts for sale

Sunday Ride 2/15/09 ride recap

Evan and I decided to ride on short notice, i.e. too little time for anybody else to make it. We rode north on Indianola. Turned onto Morse and headed west. Through a neighborhood trying to head north. Ended up back on Morse and turned north on High. Little did we realize the School for the Deaf and School for the Blind are situated next to each other. I wonder what kind of pranks they pull on each other. Or not...

So we turned onto Lincoln and then turned north to find Rush Creek again. Passed South Street where Rush Creek entrance and continued North to Granville. Headed down to the trail and rode north to the trailhead. Turned around and took the trail south to campus area. Cut through the woods where the BMX paths are located and popped out on Neil.

22 miles.
35 degrees.

Good ride. It is always nice to be able to get out with someone to ride. I am less motivated to ride alone.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bikes: What’s there to fight about? - The Other Paper

By Lyndsey Teter
Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:23 PM EST
As of yesterday, with the simple act of handing over an Internet domain name, a schism in Central Ohio’s biking community may have officially become a divorce. Both parties say it will be better for the kids.

In case you hadn’t noticed, 2008 was a very good year for cyclist types. Gas prices forced many a car-loving commuter to swallow some pride and hit High Street on two wheels. Cyclists had a strong government advocate in former city councilwoman Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessey, and it turns out that the city was actually listening—looking to cyclists for advice on helmet and bike laws, as well as committing millions for bike paths and cycling infrastructure.

And with some indispensable hipster energy built from an online forum, and a grassroots cachet Downtown, the humble bicycle was mounting some serious street cred.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thefts puncture Paris bike scheme - BBC

A popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch.

Over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen.
They have been used 42 million times since their introduction but vandalism and theft are taking their toll.
The company which runs the scheme, JCDecaux, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network.

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Fuel Efficiencies Compared - From Good Magazine

What’s the most efficient way to get around? Planes might burn a lot of fuel, but they also are filled with people, making each gallon go a lot farther. How does that stack up against trains, buses, cars, or the gasoline equivalent of eating a burger and hopping on your bike? The answer may surprise you. In our latest Transparency, GOOD looks at what form of transportation gets the most bang per gallon on a 350 mile trip.

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2/7/2009 Ride Report

25 riders. Rode north on Indianola to Hudson. Hudson to Westerville. Westerville to Agler to Sunbury. We stopped on 5th for a while. Back over to Nelson south to the trail. Up the east side into downtown to the High Beck.

17 miles. 45-50 degrees.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009



First and foremost, thank you for your support of our upcoming event in Washington, PA. It is through support of our vendors and consumers that the SWAP has grown and prospered over the years and we sincerely appreciate it.

Despite our intensive efforts over the past several months however, including additional local advertising, hiring of a local PA rep and repeated contact with local shops and bike clubs, vendor registration for our Washington, PA SWAP has not reached a level that we feel will allow us to stage the type of high quality event that we strive to promote and that our reputation is built upon.

As a result we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Washington, PA SWAP for 2009.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Senate amendment would strip bike funding from stimulus bill; Blumenauer responds

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced an amendment last night that would prohibit funding of “bicycle routes” and paths from the economic stimulus package that’s working its way through Capitol Hill right now.

According to staffers in Representative Earl Blumenauer’s office who are following the bill closely, Sen. DeMint’s amendment was supported in a speech by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

DeMint is chair of the Senate Steering Committee. On Tuesday, he told

“When people see bike trails and hiking trails and golf courses, they know this is not designed to stimulate the economy and create jobs. It’s just basically special-interest pork barrel spending.”

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Bike Parking

These parking methods looks oddly familiar...

Stolen bikes affect everybody

Saturday Ride 2/7/09 Recap - Rush Creek Tour

We rode from the campus and headed up Lane to Indianola. Continued on Indianola to where it terminates in Worthington. We rode to the Rush Creek neighborhood on a ride last year. The path to connect to the neighborhood was iced over so we rode through the side streets to find South Street, which does not head south. After the tour we rode north and hit Dublin Granville Rd. We headed west until we reached Dublin Rd. Then south on Dublin to McKinley. Fifth Avenue back into town. We made a pitstop at Jeni's for ice cream and coffee. 30 miles, average 15mph, temp 52. Wet with big puddles.

Originally uploaded by Raymond M George

Originally uploaded by Raymond M George

Originally uploaded by Raymond M George

Friday, February 6, 2009

WAD Bikeway - Light Rail and Bike Trail - A true RAIL-TRAIL

I think I talked with Brett about this particular subject on a ride not too long ago. We joked about pushing the WAD trail as a light rail solution and have the bike trail off to the side. Well, Charlotte has done exactly what we were talking about.

From the RTC website

Trail of the Month: February 2009
North Carolina's Charlotte Trolley Trail

Charlotte's new light rail transit line purrs right alongside it. Apartment complexes and condominiums have opened up within feet of its pavement. Famous restaurants and stores are right across the street. North Carolina's professional sports stadiums and arenas are only a few wheel turns away. In fact, about the only convenience the Queen City's newest 3.3-mile rail-with-trail doesn't offer yet is an official name. But this oversight is not for lack of love.

In designing and building this complex urban trail, the city drew on the efforts and insights of numerous agencies, including Charlotte's planning, engineering and transportation departments, says Jim Keenan, program manager for the city's Engineering and Property Management Department. Keenan credits these dedicated partners with the pathway's great success; ironically, he also says the trail probably remains nameless because so many different people contributed.

"Part of collaboration means that no one really owns it entirely," he says. "The trail wasn't one person's focus. A couple people had the idea, and then a lot of people helped develop it."

Some folks call it the "station-access trail," except the pathway does far more than connect transit hubs. Others refer to it simply as the "multi-use path," which is certainly accurate yet doesn't capture the trail's history and unique rail-with-trail personality. Perhaps the most evocative potential name is the "Charlotte Trolley Trail," which best reflects the pathway's origins and original use.

In the early 1990s, the city of Charlotte purchased several miles of unused right-of-way from Norfolk Southern that stretched into downtown from the southeast. Planners wanted to restore some vintage trolleys to run along the corridor, says Keenan. As they developed the trolley system, they decided to put wide sidewalks on both sides of the tracks over a two-mile section (occasionally, the sidewalks are on only one side). Safe, well-lit and landscaped, the paths were eight-feet-wide and open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Completed in 2002, those first two miles passed through uptown Charlotte and the South End, a turn-of-the-century industrial area that quickly welcomed the new greenway. "We had people out walking even before construction was complete," says Keenan.

The city then decided to extend the trail another 1.3 miles south along the brand-new light rail transit corridor, called the LYNX Blue Line, which is open to bicycles during all service hours. Keenan says the city wanted the extension—funded entirely by voter-approved bonds—to connect to more transit stations and provide an alternative transportation and recreational outlet. Four feet wider than the northern sidewalk section, the southern 1.3 miles are better tailored to cycle traffic.

At both ends, though, the pathway now seamlessly plugs into its surrounding neighborhoods, from 9th Street in the heart of Charlotte all the way south to Clanton Road and the Clanton Road LYNX station. "It basically bisects downtown," says Keenan.

During rush hour and on weekends, the trail is often flowing with users of all kinds and with all sorts of destinations—whether to get to work, out for a run, walking to dinner or ice cream at an old-fashioned soda shop, or heading to a Charlotte Bobcats game (the arena's parking lot abuts the trail). "It is truly a mixed-use facility," Keenan says.

At any station along the route, trail users can load up on the LYNX line and zip into points across Charlotte, and all while avoiding on-road congestion. This off-road connectivity has noticeably enhanced Charlotte's transportation landscape, says North Carolina native Katie Test. She grew up in the city's Elizabeth neighborhood and says much of Charlotte has a suburban feel; many people routinely drive 30-40 minutes to commute into downtown. Yet Test recently re-visited the South End after the trail and LYNX were developed. The Trolley Trail, she says, has really brought together the communities along its route, where folks can leave their cars behind and share a walk with neighbors. "It's become a great lifeline for the city, because it connects residential areas, restaurants, downtown and sports areas. It's like an active transportation dream."

She calls the Trolley Trail "walking and biking remediation" for Charlotte. Locals and visitors to the pathway now have an off-road thoroughfare—with only a few small interruptions—to get outside and navigate the city.

And judging from turnout on the trail, Test is not the only Charlotte denizen excited about the new possibilities. New apartment and business developments are popping up all along the corridor, and activities abound on all sides. Just walk out on the Trolley Trail any day, says Keenan, and you'll see the city at play. "In the end, we've got something the public really embraces."

For more information, photos and user reviews of the trail, or to post your own comments, please visit

Thursday, February 5, 2009

STOP, SWAP AND SAVE - Bike swap coming to Washington, PA February 22nd

IT'S ALMOST HERE!! Once again we’re gearing up for the STOP, SWAP AND SAVE, the mid-Atlantic’s largest indoor bicycle swap and consumer expo series! If you’ve never made it to the SWAP don’t miss out in 2009! This year we’re thrilled to announce our new event in Chesterfield, VA along with our Westminster, MD SWAP that started it all! Click here for complete event info.

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Trashing the Fridge - Columbus-ite in the NYT - Go Duncan!

Duncan Campbell was highlighted in the New York Times in a story about living without refrigeration. You may know him from his business or from seeing him out on the streets of Columbus on his bike. I met Duncan on a night ride.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Critical Mass Bangalore

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Amsterdam to Vladivostok

A bicycle ride across Eurasia

Why a bicycle ride across Russia?
I have enjoyed bicycle touring over the past 25 years and done a variety of tours. Touring is the right mix of pre-planned activity and day to day adventure. Touring is an interesting way to experience a country and meet locals.

In the early 1990s, like some other US bicyclists I had dreams of cycling all the way across the USA. I had an opportunity to bicycle across the USA in 1992. I really enjoyed that trip, and particularly the chance to ride from day to day combined with the accomplishment of making it all the way across a continent. I enjoyed it so much that five years later, in 1997 I took three months off in order to bicycle across Canada. On the Canada trip, I felt like I learned a little more about the variety of the country by seeing the different provinces, reading history and following daily news and events. It was another great trip.

After Canada, I took a many smaller trips but also was hooked enough to start planning the next adventure. In 2001 it was one year by bicycle. Eight months of the ride was a circumnavigation of Australia. Two months was another ride across the USA and the remaining time was split between India and New Zealand. In the epilogue of my journal, I wrote that I expected to “have shorter week or two rides for a while and then perhaps sometime another long adventure.” I knew I wanted to make another longer trip but where?

In 2002, I hadn’t necessarily expected to make that long ride across Eurasia. For one thing, more of my other touring had been in English speaking countries. I’m sure I could learn enough language to get by, but there is also some experience lost by not being able to communicate beyond the basics. Another reason I couldn’t see myself making a Eurasian trip was the political and visa situation. In 2002 there were a number of countries along the classical route that seemed dangerous (e.g. Afghanistan, Pakistan) closed to foreigners (e.g. Mynamar, parts of China) and getting all the logistics settled was daunting. So, I expected to make a longer ride sometime but wasn’t quite sure where.

In February 2004, the news reported that Putin opens major highway across Russia. It would now be possible to take one road all the way across Russia, and by 2008 it might even be paved! Skeptics pointed out that the announcement was in middle of the Russian presidential campaign and also winter, so no one could see for sure the conditions of the road. However, reports from travelers such as motorcyclists in 2004 indicated it was passable. I was intrigued. This simplified a Eurasian crossing to largely going through one country with one language. I had cycled across other historic roads such as Alaska Highway and roads around Australia. I am sure opening of the Amur Highway would change Eurasian travels, and here might be a chance to see it at the early stages before being entirely paved. I started dreaming and scheming about a possible Russian trip.

I also started some informal preparations. I asked around on net forums. I took Russian language classes at Front Range Community College in 2005 and 2006. My brother Bert was interested in parts of the trip as well, and so together we did two preparatory bicycle tours: Dalton Highway in 2005 and Ukraine and Russia in 2006. I’ve been studying others trip reports and otherwise learning about the area, Russian history and culture in preparation for this trip.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Motorbicycling law for Ohio...

Ohio Motorized Bicycle law (2nd try)

It appears that Ohio does not at this time have any State laws covering Electric Assisted Power Bicycle. The only problem may be with local laws . They may not allow an Electric Assisted Power Bicycle to be operated as a bicycle. Ohio moped laws do not qualify because the electric bicycle does not meet the qualifications of a motorized bicycle.

The following is an itemized listing of E-Mails that were sent to Mr. Carl Lynch, Public Inquiries Officer, Deputy Registrar and Title Support Services , Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles , Columbus, Ohio. The E-Mails are listed in ascend order by date and time. (first/first)

First E-Mail to Lynch 1/23/09 8:35PM
What paper work do I need, to legally operate an electric assisted powered bicycle on public roads? Also what is the maximum power (watts) that I can have and what is the maximum speed that a electric assisted power bicycle can go. I am assuming that the same safety equipment that is required for a bicycle would apply.

Response from Lynch 1/26/09 10:25 AM
Unfortunately , there are no laws in the Ohio Revised Code regarding electric bicycles, only motorized bicycles or moped. Here is a link for information regarding mopeds. http:bmv.ohio,gov/misc/moped info.htm.
You may want to check with your local law enforcement to determine whether the vehicle can be operated in your area.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Thank you

Second E-Mail to Lynch 1/26/09 8:27 PM
Thank you for your prompt response to my E-Mail of 1-23. After reviewing the Ohio Moped laws I question if the State of Ohio moped laws would apply to a electric assisted powered bicycle. Also do I need to register am electric bicycle with the state.

Thank you for all your helpful information

Response from Lynch 1/27/09 8:24 AM
The moped laws would not qualify because the electric bicycle does not meet the qualifications of a motorized bicycle. Again, I would check with your local law enforcement to determine whether the vehicle can be operated as bicycle.
Thank you.

New Electric Bicycle law in the USA (SR1156 &HR727 )
A new US law states that electric bicycles with fully function pedals, no more than 750 watts of motor power output, and a top speed of 20 mph on motor power only, are to be treated as “bicycles “, and are not subject to motorized vehicle laws. Electric bicycles that fall under this category are not required to be registered or licensed, and no drivers license is required to drive them. They may however to subject to local laws.

From the above discussion it would appear that to be legally operated in the State of Ohio an electric assisted bicycle with less than 750 watts of motor power and a top speed of less than 20 MPH is classed the same as a bicycle, provided no local laws say differently . You can contact Mr. Carl Lynch at for any other questions .

the forum page


They say there is a website for everything. And now the motorbicycling forum.

This Motorized Bicycle Forum Community offers the latest information, guides and tips for motorized bicycle engines.

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Chicago Cycle Center - Wow! Did I say wow?

McDonald's Cycle Center offers the following services:

Secure Bicycle Parking
The Cycle Center offers 300 secure bicycle parking spaces.

Lockers, Showers and Towel Service
To make your bicycle commute comfortable we provide lockers and showers so you may refresh before you go to work. Click Memberships for details.

Bicycle Rental
Bikes are available for rent by the hour, day, or week. Click Rentals for more details.

Bicycle Repair Shop
Professional bicycle mechanics are available full time at the bicycle station during the summer from 10am to 6pm and part time during the winter.

Guided Bicycle Tours
Memorial Day to Labor Day, guided bicycle tours are offered daily at 10:00Am and 1:00PM. Click Tours for more details.

Bicycle Camp
June-August, Ages 9-14. Join us for a 2 hour lakefront fun ride. Call 888-BIKE-WAY for details.

IGO Car Sharing
IGO cars are available for rent from Millennium Park. IGO is a non for profit car sharing program, developed by the Center. Visit:

If your city or company would like to open a Cycle Center, we would love to help. Please call us at: 888-BIKE-WAY.

The site is here so we can all drool...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Update: Cyclist Struck, Killed By Van

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man riding a three-wheeled bicycle was killed Sunday evening after he was struck by a car on the city's north side.
Dave Hines, 70, died at Riverside Methodist Hospital as a result of the collision that occurred shortly before 5 p.m. near the corner of Karl Road and Sandlewood Boulevard, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

According to police, Hines was riding his three-wheeler southbound on Karl Road when he was struck by a van.

The driver stopped after the crash and was cooperating with investigators, police said.

Neighbors said Hines relied on his three-wheeler for transportation.

"It was his life because he couldn't drive," Mary Vaccariello told 10TV News. Vaccariello said Hines peddled everyday for coffee to a nearby White Castle.

Vaccariello said Hines usually traveled on the sidewalks. The icy conditions may have caused Hines to use the road.

"I'd tell him, 'Don't bike in the street. Be careful where you cross,' " Vaccariello said.

Police told 10TV News charges against the driver of the van are pending.

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ECT Pedicabs

Our mission at ECT is to provide Environmentally Conscious Transportation. We plan to achieve this by operating an emissions free, human powered, short-haul taxi service that is unlike anything currently available in the capitol city. We strive to create a safe and efficient means of transportation while emphasizing the fun and novelty of a pedicab. Through the hard work of our drivers and staff we hope to create a service that will benefit downtown Columbus for years to come!


Phil Wood Hubs - Mmmmm Hubs!

Phil Wood site is here

Keyless Wheel Locks from Zefal

Keyless antitheft system for wheels and saddle
Easy and quick mounting, no tool required.
The wheel antitheft substitutes the quick-release of the wheels
The saddle antitheft substitutes the quick-release of saddle clamp

Patent concept : in the horizontal position, the quick release lever is automatically locked, to unlock the bike has to be lifted-up to the vertical position. A special washer makes the unscrewing impossible even with a tool.

The bike must be turned upside down to unlock the wheels!

Set Wheels & Saddle: 156 g
Set Wheels: 116 g
Saddle: 40 g

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bicyclist Critical After Being Struck By Van

Sunday, February 1, 2009 6:02 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man was in critical condition Sunday evening after he was struck by a car on the city's north side, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. near the corner of Karl Road and Sandlewood Boulevard.

According to police, the man was riding a bicycle southbound on Karl Road when he was struck by a van, Landers reported.

The driver stopped after the crash and was cooperating with investigators, police said.

Neighbors said they ran out of their homes after the crash and found the man lying face down in the road, Landers reported.

No other information was immediately released by police.

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SINGLE SPEED Coaster Brake Bike

Sizes are 52cm (inseam 31" ht. 5' 6'; 54cm (inseam 32" ht 5' 8"); and 56cm (inseam 33" ht 5' 10"). The price is $595 plus $40 shipping. You may also purchase an optional front brake for $38. The brake must be purchased with a bike and will come inserted into the same box as the bike. Bikes can only be shipped to the 48 continental states. For more information on front brake point mouse

The Osobike is equipped with a Shimano coaster brake which is easy to use and almost maintenance free. This brake is intended for use on fairly flat terrain with occasional small hills. If you are intending to go down a lot of long downgrades that require frequent or constant braking for extended periods of time, you should purchase a bike with caliper brakes because in these situations, a coaster brake may overheat and seize or fail. Having said this, in all my years of riding bikes with coaster brakes, I have never had one fail.
The Osobike requires the rider to be in a slight leaning position. This has several advantages including less wind resistance, better leverage on the pedals and an arched back. An arched back forms a bridge and is less susceptible to being racked when going over bumps. However, if you are used to riding a bike in the upright position, riding in the leaning position may take a little getting used to.
If you are not satisfied with your Osobike please return within thirty days in good condition in original packing for a full refund less shipping. You will be required to pay return shipping costs. If you have any problems or questions, call Shane at 956 645 5813.

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Ruff Family Bike

We ran into the Ruff family as we neared the end of TOSRV 08. They took the mechanical issues and sicknesses with their family members in stride. They were what I consider hardcore cyclists and were very inspirational.

Got an update about their bike recently.

We will for sure be in TOSRV 2009. The Quad will be customized so the 2nd seat(right behind me) will have a kiddie crank installed so my 5 year old daughter can ride/pedal. The third seat will continue to be my 9 year old son's spot, and the stoker(4th seat) will be my 13 year old's. My wife will be riding a single bike for the first time, and if she can't complete the entire ride by herself will jump on the back of the quad and my 13 year old will ride the single bike. It will, God willing, be my 30th TOSRV, my 13 year olds and my Wife's 7th one, 9 year olds 3rd one, and daughters 3rd one but 1st one riding.(will still pull the Burley Trailer just in case needed for at least a year or two more.

Artbike is in Indy!

Where is ArtBike!?
ArtBike! is in galleries in the Mass. Ave. area; and in galleries and on the streets around Fountain Square.

Each participating gallery will receive one handmade, custom painted bicycle from a North American Handmade Bicycle Show exhibitor.

Fountain Square is the headquarters and focus point for the installation art, and we encourage artists to decorate the area with attractive and fun bicycle-themed exhibits. That's right: all art has to have a cycling theme. We rather liked Picasso's Bulls Head.

Then at the NAHBS there will be a 20' x 20' display area for selected contributing artists to show their art in a commercial setting in front of a crowd numbering in the thousands.

Website is here...

Thanks Dylan for pointing this out...