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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 Commuter Challenge

Greetings.

Spring is here, Bike Month is just around the corner. Why not join 30+ businesses from around Columbus by registering your office for a little friendly competition, the 2009 Commuter Challenge.

What is the Commuter Challenge?
Is this a race? No. I don’t care for spandex. That’s OK. Do I need a bicycle? Well, yeah.
Who can replace the most automobile commutes with bicycle commutes? Points are awarded based on the number of trips per capita. Long and short rides, fast and slow rides: they all count the same. There are 5 categories based on company size (1–19, 20–99, 100–499, 500–999, 1000+). The 2009 Commuter Challenge will run for two weeks this year: May 4 - May 15, so mark your calendars. On Friday, May 15 all participants will be encouraged to converge on downtown Columbus for a lunch and award ceremony.

Register Your Team by emailing Matt Young for the form
Invite coworkers to join you
Suggest that coworkers get their bike tuned-up now for off-season rates at the local bike shops
Consider hosting a brown bag lunch meeting for those interested in trying bicycle commuting for the first time. Email biketoworkweek@gmail.com to schedule a time for a presentation at your workplace about Bike-To-Work Week Events coming up in May.
Invite your friends to create Challenge Teams in their office: neighboring employers, friends and neighbors. Please forward this email along. We need your help with this!
Check with your employer about being a sponsor for the Challenge Awards lunch on May 15. This can be in the form of a tax deductible donation to 501(c)(3) Consider Biking. We need $2500 to cover the lunch for all participants. Can you pitch in?

The point of all of this is to promote active transportation in Columbus. Let’s get out of our car onto a bike. Chances are if you try it for a week, you won’t want to go back. It’s a movement that will make our city more livable, more attractive and more fun. For more information about Columbus Bike-To-Work Week activities, go to the website: http://columbus.b2ww.org (website updates are coming soon).

I look forward to hearing from you with your registration and questions. Please feel free to forward this message to others.
Matt Young
B2WW Commuter Challenge Coordinator
Battelle Memorial Institute
youngms@battelle.org
ph: 614-424-3263
fax: 614-458-3263

Major Taylor



"Life is too short for a man to hold bitterness in his heart."
Marshall W. "Major" Taylor

A hundred years ago, when bicycle races drew crowds that filled Madison Square Garden, the biggest draw of all was Major Taylor.

The New York race promoters who signed 19-year-old Marshall W. "Major" Taylor to their team in 1898 knew that fans would flock to see "the Worcester Whirlwind" compete. They also knew that controversy surrounding "the Colored Cyclone," whose star was rising in muscular defiance of the Jim Crow segregation permeating the sport, was sure to generate headlines.

And any kind of publicity would be good for the box office.

Today, Taylor's name is still an attraction. When the Seven Hills Wheelmen bicycle club of Worcester renamed its annual 100-mile ride the Major Taylor Century in honor of the 1899 world champion who lived here, the ride's appeal was suddenly extended.

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Bizarre Accident - Cyclist critical after crash in Houston's Montrose area

Firetrucks slam together at intersection
Cyclist critical after crash in Houston's Montrose area

By DALE LEZON, LINDSAY WISE and ALLAN TURNER Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
March 31, 2009, 1:53PM

A preliminary investigation indicates a Houston Fire Department ladder truck ran a red light before colliding with a pumper truck in a Montrose intersection Monday morning, a Houston Police Department spokesman said today.
Both trucks were en route to what had been reported as a possible fire in the 2100 block of San Felipe when they crashed at Westheimer and Dunlavy minutes before 11 a.m. Before overturning and coming to rest on a four-door Infiniti, the ladder truck struck a bicyclist and snapped an electric pole and tree. The collision injured 11 people, the bicyclist critically.

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Polygon Bike



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3/30/2009 - Ride Report

Roughly 20 people showed up. We headed north and hit Lane. North on Indianola to Morse. Morse down to High. High north to Rush Creek. We had several people head home at that point. Back over to High and south to High Beck. 19 miles. Averaged 14.5mph. No mechanicals. No drama.

Monday, March 30, 2009

COP 37th Woodstock - Saturday April 4, 2009

Date: Saturday April 4, 2009
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Jersey Baptist Church (See notes for details.)
Street: 13260 Morse Road
City State Zip: Pataskala, OH
Notes: Jersey Baptist Church, 13260 Morse Road, Pataskala, Ohio, 9 miles east of I-270 at Harrison Road. Parking and registration in back lot. Traditional first TOSRV training ride. 30/55/100 miles on relatively flat terrain. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members

Tricia Kovacs & David Jeffords 614-476-9093 bike_woodstock ATatt.net

Eddy's Sweet Corn Ride



RICHFIELD, OHIO
Great Routes,
Food, Entertainment and Fun.
Win a Specialized Bike from
Eddy's Bike Shop.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Xterra O.N.E. - Located Southeast of the Greater Cleveland Area



The 2nd Annual XONE will feature XTERRA's Point Series (XPS) only Ohio tour stop in 2009. Whether you are racing for the
XPS competition or just a local, hard-core multisport enthusiast ready for a unique endurance experience...XTERRA O.N.E.
has a challenge for you!

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Roll - Easton classes are available

Spring clinics are scheduled for the next few weeks. Schedule here...

Roll blog is here...

Trek Store of Columbus blog

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Biking through NY for over 80 km a day - from Wannahaves

Bike messenger in Manhattan
In New York life is fast. The quickest way to travel is by water or through the air. In Manhattan things are a little different. The fastest way to travel is by bike. After 9/11 Manhattan was put to a safety alert and a lot of changes were made. This really obstructed the job of the bike messengers which made their future uncertain. Nowadays the messengers are back in business with over 100 bikers a day.

Bike messenger Lou
Winston talked to experienced bike messenger Lou. Lou bikes around Manhattan for over 80 kilometers a day. His job is to deliver packages around the city by bike. This job is not always without danger, because he got hit by a car once. Luckily he didn’t got hurt. A funny fact is that Lou suffers 20 flat tires a year.

Safety measures
After 9/11 in 2001 Manhattan put the city on a safety alert. This made the job of the bikers a lot harder to do. After a few years of struggling, the messengers are back in business and they make sure all packages in Manhattan reach the right destination every day.

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Peter White Cycles found the missing WMDs

Peter White Cycles is now the exclusive US supplier for many high quality Weapons of Mass Destruction. With the demise of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government, WMDs have inexplicably become hard to find on the world market. As an experienced importer of many high quality consumer products, we feel we are in a position to supply your WMD needs at competitive prices without compromising our high standards of customer service. While others are having difficulty locating reliable sources of WMDs, we believe it's a simple matter of knowing where to look. And, well, of course, where not to look.

Due to federal regulations, payment for all WMDs must be made through our bank in Nigeria.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tip Top Bicycle Lock Alert

I was at the Tip Top last night and the bartender asked if we lost a key to a bike lock. They found one last week. It has a green wriststrap attached to it. It is in the lost and found box at Tip Top.

Contrail - Biking Community Tool



2008 WITH TERESA HERRMANN
"SKITTLE BIKES" PHOTO BY JESSI PERVOLA
DESIGNED FOR DESIGN21 "POWER TO THE PEDAL" DESIGN COMPETITION
Builds Biking Communities
Made from Recycled Materials
Human Powered
Short listed entry
Contrail is a tool for developing bicycle communities. As you ride, contrail leaves a faint chalk line behind your bike. The goal is to encourage a new cycle of biking participation by allowing the biking community to leave a unique mark on the road and to reclaim this crucial shared space.

The old cycle: More cars on the road --> more percieved danger for bikers --> fewer bikers on road --> even more cars on the road.

The new cycle: A few bicyclists ride with contrail a couple times per week --> faint lines on the road inspire curiosity and remind bikers where it's safe to ride --> new bikers are encouraged to ride and use contrail --> contrail lines get brighter as community grows.

We like how doobybrain.com phrased it:

By using this device, bicyclists will have a clearer path on which to ride safely and out of the way of vehicular traffic. At the same time, as more bicyclists using the Contrail go over a line created by a cyclist before them, the line gets brighter allowing drivers to clearly see a marked bike path where there might be none. It's sort of similar to what happens when a dirt path appears in a grassy field after lots of people have taken the same shortcut over a period of time.

[c]2008 Pepin Gelardi
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Sale at Trek Columbus

A little birdie told me that a sale is going on this weekend at Trek Store of Columbus this weekend.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

SKS Chainboard



Innovative chainguard system.
The combination of shock-resistant plastic elements and SKS-Chromoplastics-Technology gives the product‘s strong advantages:
extremely lightweight, higher stability, material identical to mudguard - perfect optical fusion and uniform design.
ø 199 mm, 46 - 48 teeth

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Livable Streets Education

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ohio Bill HB 93 Introduced today

HB 93 BICYCLE HELMETS --To require bicycle operators and passengers under 18 years of age to wear protective helmets when the bicycle is operated on a roadway and to establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety to assist low-income families in the purchase of bicycle helmets.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hot Tamale Bicycle Tour



The Hot Tamale is a beautiful, flat ride in north central Ohio. This year's ride will explore the Olentangy River basin, Expert riders can choose a 62 mile loop along scenic farm roads. The route meanders along quiet farm roads and through charming small towns. Some riders will choose to enjoy our 34 mile route, while families and casual riders may prefer the 8 or 16 mile options. Helmets are mandatory. Again this year we will offer child-sized t-shirts.

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ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held September 19, 2009

Save the Date: September 19, 2009
Takes Two to Tandem

ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held September 19, 2009
Nisbet Park, Loveland, Ohio

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio, (ACB-Ohio) is hosting its third annual tandem rally-fundraiser. Visually impaired stokers and sighted captains will begin and end their routes on the trail near Loveland, but there will be several distances and routes to choose from. Sighted tandem teams and single bikes are also welcome. Explore the area on back roads or stay on the flat trail, and meet the group for a picnic lunch.

Many Ways to Participate:

1. Bring your tandem and your stoker and enjoy a beautiful ride and meet some other folks who enjoy tandem cycling.
2. Bring your tandem and meet your stoker for the day, who might be visually impaired. Many blind folks love to ride, but they need a captain and/or a bike.
3. Volunteer for transportation, registration and/or the picnic.
4. Pledge on a rider or sponsor a tandem team.
5. Donate give-aways to promote your business.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for persons who are blind or visually impaired. We offer information and referral for resources for equipment, training programs, scholarships, emotional support, and seminars.

The proceeds from this ride will help sponsor the third annual Building Blocks for a Brighter Future, a seminar for parents of children who are visually impaired to be held October 3, 2009.

Sign Up Today!
Registration Donation--$30 or more, per rider
Snacks! Lunch! New friends! Great ride! Support a worthy cause! Free stuff!

How to Sign Up:

Contact Mary Hiland at mary.hiland@sbcglobal.net or call 614-221-6688 or 800-835-2226 to request registration forms. Registration packets will include directions to start and more information about ACB-Ohio.

3/24/2009 - Ride Report

25 people showed for the ride. Many people I have not seen in a while. Flat tire before we even made it out the door. We rode west on King, then to 5th. McKinley to the Mound. Hung out and talked for a bit. Headed south on Mckinley and realized we had a severe mechanical. One of the riders stripped out a nut on the rear of a fixie so it wasn't holding. Brett led some riders north toward campus because it was getting late and colder. We made some adjustments and parts swaps and put it back together. We had a split in the group while the repair was occurring and someone hit the railroad tracks and spilled it while heading back to the main group. Flat tire ensued. So after all the repairs we headed into F-ton and hit Broad. 14 riders weigh 2740 lbs according to the scale at COSI. Riders split at High and we headed to the High Beck.

No drama. Mileage later.

Ridespring



About RideSpring

"RideSpring provides an easy on-line method to match carpoolers and an excellent reward method to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips. This program is simple for staff to implement and has increasingly grown in popularity since it was launched at the City."

Cheryl Schmitt
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Santa Cruz

RideSpring is a web service that makes alternative commuting more convenient, flexible and rewarding than ever before. Focused at the company level, RideSpring is a very useful and popular employee benefit that significantly improves the worst part of the workday - the daily commute.

Focused on your company, for your employees, RideSpring is the complete alternative commute service.

What makes RideSpring so effective:

RideSpring is company specific. A customized RideSpring web site is provided for your company, exclusively for your employees use. Only employees with a valid company email address can create an account on your RideSpring web site. A company-focused system is much more appealing and convenient for your employees, and provides the greatest benefit to your company.

RideSpring makes it easy to find carpool partners at work with an appealing, easy to use interface that puts your employees in control of their commute.

Regular prizes reward all forms of alternative commuting, such as transit, biking or walking to work, as well as for carpooling. This makes RideSpring popular with more of your employees - ensuring a high level of participation at your company.

Trip reduction statistics are compiled on a daily basis so you can evaluate the effectiveness of your trip reduction program at any time.

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3/24/2009 - Comic Book Bike



The guys who owns this bike took pages from a comic book and applied it to the frame, then clear coated it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Selle An-Atomica



Selle An-Atomica is the result of a concentrated research & development effort over more than four years to answer one very important question; What are the fundamental issues within the pelvic region anatomy of women and men in motion that make saddle comfort so universally challenging?

Current Standard Watershed Color saddle and bar tape examples; white, Td'F yellow, mahogany, red, black, golden, brown.

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I saw this at the NAHBS in Indy.

Rotor BB - mmmm ceramic bearings



Rotor and CeramicSpeed joined forces with the goal of creating a bottom bracket unlike anything currently available on the market with a flashy and aesthetically appealing look. The BB1 is incredibly light and is sure not to go unnoticed, and the smooth unobtrusive lines marry perfectly with any type compatible crankset, be it made of carbon or aluminum.

The BB1 is available in 2 versions: (1) the black color with steel bearings offers a light and elegant bottom bracket at a very competitive price while (2) the red colored with ceramic bearings (CeramicSpeed or Enduro) is ideal for those looking to shed every possible gram while at the same time acquiring an incredibly smooth bottom bracket. Both versions are available for road (BSA and ITA) as well as MTB use. The red ceramic version comes in at an incredible 89g for the road model, and 93g for the MTB, while the steels comes in at 92g for road and 101g for MTB; still quite impressive.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

GoPro - Wearable Digital Cameras for Sports



The world's smallest, wireless helmet and gear-mountable video camera for outdoor sports.

The Helmet HERO Wide quick-release attaches to vented and non-vented helmets, bikes, kayaks, skis, snowboards, and even includes a head strap for wearing like a headlamp. Features the industry's widest 170º wide angle lens and 5 megapixel sensor for the most immersive point of view video and photos possible from a wearable sports camera, period.

Shoot 56 minutes of high-resolution video and 5 megapixel photos automatically in "photo every 2 seconds" mode. Use as a hand held camera, too. Shockproof and waterproof to 100 feet/30 meters. Sets up in seconds and is easily moved between different mount locations.

Based on the best selling original Helmet HERO camera, this updated 5MP Helmet HERO Wide camera features improved video, photo, audio, and low light performance. Reliability in ultra-high vibration environments has been improved with an entirely new internal circuit design. Battery life is improved to 3 hours of video record time when using Lithium batteries and 2 hours when using NiMH rechargeable batteries.

Four quick-release adhesive mounts, a vented helmet strap, headlamp style head strap, and associated accessories are included. Adhesive mounts are removable but require purposeful removal by user. Safe on painted surface.

Additional expansion mounts available separately, including handlebar/seatpost, chest harness, roll bar, and surfboard mounts. More mounts are always being developed for your convenience.

Works with a 2GB max SD card. 4GB SD card compatibility, allowing for 1 hour 52 minutes of continuous video recording, will be available soon via free downloadable software upgrade from GoPro.


What's Included:
5 Megapixel HERO Wide Camera with 170º Wide Angle Lens
1 Shockproof/Waterproof Quick-Release Housing
1 Headlamp-Style Head Strap
1 Vented Hemlet Strap
2 Curved, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
2 Flat, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
2 Quick-Release Buckles
1 USB/RCA Combo Cable
Warranty: One Year

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Central Ohio Greenway



The Central Ohio Greenway trail system is an extensive network of recreational trails along our most valuable natural resources. The trails provide opportunities for people to enjoy the many streams and wooded corridors throughout Central Ohio and connect parkland, open space and communities. Use your local trails to exercise, commute, or to just get out and enjoy the outdoors!

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Biking champ to lend star power to charity ride

Sunday, March 22, 2009 3:36 AM
BY JEFFREY SHEBAN
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

One month after his much-anticipated Tour de France comeback in July, cycling legend Lance Armstrong will set the pace in the first Columbus-to-Athens charity ride for cancer research.
Armstrong, who captured the world's imagination by beating testicular cancer, then winning a record seven consecutive Tours, will ride in the Pelotonia Tour in late August and serve as honorary chairman.

"This means everything to us," said Tom Lennox, executive director of the event. "His involvement will attract more cyclists so we can raise more money."

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Pinhead Security Locks



Pinhead Components Inc was formed in 1997 to develop an effective locking system for bicycle components. Our objective was to provide effective protection to bicycle owners from the growing problem of bicycle part theft due to the high cost of new bicycles and their component parts and accessories.

We are now the premier producer of bicycle component locks which protect the front wheel, rear wheel, seat, forks, stem and handlebars of all standard bicycles. Our locking systems provide effective security for a fraction of the replacement cost of the parts they protect.

Pinhead products are available through quality bicycle retailers throughout North America and Europe.

Our current products include:

front wheel lock
rear wheel lock
seat lock
headset lock for forks and stem
Our future products planned for 2008/2009 include:

handlebar lock
foot pedal lock
U-lock for a complete one key lock up system.

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Bike Path Cleanup Day #1

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: I-670 Bike Path between Cleveland and St. Clair Aves.
City/Town: Columbus, OH

Please join us for the first Cleanup Day of 2009!
Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10am
We will be cleaning up our adopted area of the I-670 Bike Path. Along Jack Gibbs Blvd, between Cleveland Ave and St. Clair Ave.
Meet & Park in the Fort Hayes School entrance, close to Cleveland Ave.

Tools provided.

New this year! Participants doing a Cleanup during the Great American Cleanup can enter to win two Troy-Bilt giveaways! Prizes are a Professional Quality 4-Cycle String Trimmer and a 4-Cycle Backpack Blower. Drawing will be held during the first week of June.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

B1 Bicycles

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Stopped into B1 to see what was up. They picked up Cannondale Bicycles in addition to existing manufacturers like Surly, Van Dessel and others.

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Chris King Salt and Pepper Shakers



HRIS KING HUB SHAKERS

No matter how hard we try, a few hubshells here and there just aren't going to pass our quality control standards. A bore is a tiny bit off, a wall thickness is little out of the tolerance, or maybe the shell's surface finish is not quite right. But these hubshells are not condemned as rejected parts. Instead, we reassign them to a life of service that is more suited to their slightly non-conformist tendencies.

With a clear anodized star-pattern silver cap for salt and a black for pepper, the SNP shakers make a great gift for any bike enthusiast.

Two models currently available:
Classic Hub Style
Classic High-Flange Style (Limited Supplies)

Call us (800.523.6008) to place an order and check color availability.

Price: $120


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I have Peugeot (mechanism) Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinders - Very nice....

Yuba Mundo - now that is a bike for carrying stuff



Designed for maximum bicycle mobility, the all-terrain Mundo offers an affordable and sustainable alternative for:

environmentally friendly transportation
economic viability
unsurpassed cargo capacity
the ability to carry passengers
affordable mobility

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Ouch

Friday, March 20, 2009

Columbus Underground - Future of Bicycle Parking in Columbus

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CinQo Saturn



The CinQo Saturn - the second generation is here. Five arms, each precisely instrumented in a (patent pending) arrangement and now connected by the "Ring of Saturn". Add in the ANT+Sport TM Bike Power Interface with the convenience of a user replaceable CR2450 battery and you've got Quarq Power!

Description:

Crankset based bicycle power measurement sensor, via torque transducer and cadence sensor.

Wireless Communication:

ANT+Sport Bike Power Interface, 2.4 GHz digital RF transmission. Compatible with other Bike Power enabled ANT+Sport computers from other manufacturers.

Measurement:

Strain gage based, 20 grids on 10 gages in Quarq proprietary arrangement (Patent Pending).

Electronics:

Ultra-low power electronics package including high-accuracy strain gage measurement and low power consumption.

Crank Arms Compatibility:

The CinQo is designed for attachment to production cranksets with separate spider assemblies.
Current Models (130mm BCD only):
Rotor Agilis
FSA Team Issue
Pinarello MOST (with a removable spider)
SRAM S900
Bontrager Race X Lite
Truvativ Rouleur Carbon
Future Production Runs:

FSA Krono TT
Cannondale SI Hollowgram
Specialized S-Works Carbon
Lightning Carbon
FSA Carbon Pro Track
We will continue to increase our list of compatible cranks as we move forward.

* The CinQo replaces the spider on stock cranksets. Cranks that have an integrated spider and crank arm such as Shimano or Campagnolo are not compatible with the CinQo.

Bolt Circle Formats:

Current Models

Standard (130mm BCD)
Future Models

Compact (110mm BCD)
Track (144mm BCD)
Battery:

CR2450. User replaceable without tools. Lid is threaded and seals like a contact lens case.

Weight:

SRAM S900 CinQo + Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 935g (without BB = 808g)

FSA Team Issue CinQo+Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 936g (without BB = 803g)

Rotor Agilis CinQo + Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 909g (without BB = 812g)

Accuracy:

+/- 2%

Calibration:

Calibration values are stored on the CinQo, for seamless interchangeability with receiving devices.

Price:

MSRP: US $1495 (CinQo only, no crankset)

Lezyne Multi-tool



DESCRIPTION

Center-pivot, forged, and CNC-cut stainless steel bits and hardware

Stainless steel chain breaker and forged aluminum sideplates

2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Allen keys; Philips and flat heads; T25 Torx bit

Tire lever with 10mm open-end; bottle opener with 8mm open-end

3 spoke wrenches: 1x Mavic splined, 2x square sizes

60mm serrated knife blade; disc brake pad expander

Grams 150 g
Height 21 mm
Width 53 mm
Length 87 mm

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Ditch the training wheels - Go for a Gyrobike

Gyrobike: Reinventing the wheel
All of us at Gyrobike are delighted to tell you about the Gyrowheel, a revolutionary device that adds stability and balance to bicycles for riders of all ages. Here’s the scoop: The Gyrowheel “senses” unbalanced biking and re-centers the bike underneath the rider’s weight at the point when tipping starts to occur. The force created by the Gyrowheel creates high stability at very slow speeds, whether riding straight or turning. Biking at 2 MPH with the Gyrowheel is as balanced and stable as riding a conventional bike at 10 MPH. How is this possible?



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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lunch Ride

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We stopped at the open house for the condos on Gay. Great lunch at Tip Top.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Apple Cider Century


Apple Cider Century (ACC) is an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks, Michigan. The ACC is a recreational and social tour for bicyclists. It is neither a race nor a test of stamina. It is intended that all participants ride the tour in a safe and intelligent manner.

Since 1974, it has become the Midwest's largest one-day century event with 5,000 cyclists participating in 2008. The Apple Cider Century is sponsored by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. Monies raised are used to finance the Apple Cider Century Tour, the Backroads Bikeway trails, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, donations to the Three Oaks Historical Museum antique bicycle display and to help fund community youth programs and other non-profit organization fund raising causes.

From September 1974 – 1979 the Apple Cider Century tour was held within the Village of Three Oaks. As our ride grew, we relocated 3 miles north to River Valley High School in 1980. After a 26 year hiatus, the Apple Cider Century has returned to where it began. We’re proud of our town and look forward to having you as guests to enjoy all that we have to offer.

The Village of Three Oaks is located in Berrien County, Michigan, approximately 60 miles from Chicago and Kalamazoo. Follow I-94 to exit 4 (US-12). Go East 5 miles to Three Oaks. Signs and security personnel will direct you to the start & finish location, now located at the Three Oaks Elementary School. The school is located on U.S. 12, in the East part of the village.

The weekend of the Apple Cider Century provides many interesting events Saturday and all you can eat breakfast and spaghetti dinner on Sunday. Come celebrate 36 years of touring!

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What’s a Lumen? - from Light and Motion's website

Short answer, a lumen is the unit measure of the luminous intensity of a light source. The more lumens, the brighter the light.
You want the long answer? Okay, here you go: Luminous flux is the measure of the perceived power of light. A lumen is the SI unit of luminous flux. One lumen is defined as the amount of light produced by a light source that emits one candela of luminous intensity over a specified angle.

Previously, many light manufacturers listed "output" in watts, which is incorrect. The Watt is a measurement of power consumption, not light output. For example, a 1-Watt LED can produce 120 lumens of light because of the inherent efficiency of LED's. To get the same output from an incandescent bulb (like the ones that you use in your lamps at home), you'd need to use a 4-Watt bulb. So 1 Watt for LED's versus 4 Watts for Halogen—but still the same 120 lumens of output. You can see how people were confused. We list our power in lumens to give you the clearest "apples-to-apples" comparison possible.
The best LEDs can produce 120 lumens at 350mA, or about 1W. Halogen bulbs (optimistically) produce about 30 lumens per Watt. This means that a Halogen bulb would require 4 Watts to produce 120 lumens, consuming 4 times the battery power of the LED!

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Vetta Pathfinder - Cyclocomputer AND headlight



Made especially for commuters, the PathFinder is Vetta's latest innovation that uniquely integrates a headlight with a cycling computer in a single elegant design. PathFinder offers different functions including NiteLite with SmartLite for night cycling as well as Multi-Freeze Frame Memory, which records your performance at any desired points.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Not bike related - Affordable Home in Columbus Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2009

Media Contact:
Nathan Minerd - (614) 545-4820 office
(614) 432-1484 mobile
Roger Beck – (614) 736-3398 mobile


Affordable Home in Columbus Awarded LEED Platinum Certification
Home is the first Platinum-certified residential home in the Midwest

Columbus, Ohio – The residence at 258 N. 21st Street, in the North of Broad neighborhood of the King Lincoln District of Columbus, Ohio was awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding. The home is the first Platinum-certified residential dwelling in the State of Ohio and the first in the Midwestern United States. The home was built by a collaboration consisting of non-profits, government, corporate and educational entities.

LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a national third-party certification system for energy efficient, healthy, green homes. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live. Green homes have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives.

The home was built in cooperation with Roger Beck, a Technology Education teacher, and the students of the college preparatory Home B.A.S.E. class (Building Academic Skills and Experiences), The Home B.A.S.E. Foundation, Columbus Housing Partnership, American Electric Power, the City of Columbus, NeighborWorks ® America, Limited Brands Foundation, The Home Depot, Betsy Pettit, FAIA, The Building Science Corporation Inc., Contract Lumber, Josh Lloyd, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Phillip Markwood Architects, and Sullivan Bruck Architects.

“The U.S. Green Building Council is proud to help celebrate the product of this collaborative effort and their commitment to greener living,” said Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Policy & Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “Their leadership, demonstrated at 258 N. 21st Street, is at the national forefront of quality; and their example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a healthier place to live.”

“We are proud to be involved in such a groundbreaking project,” said Amy Klaben, President/CEO of Columbus Housing Partnership. “This collaborative effort with a wide range of partners, including students from our community, will demonstrate to our state and the nation that innovation and great design can help us protect our environment and save our planet.”

“This project demonstrates that by engaging in real twenty-first century problems, students will learn the twenty-first century skills and knowledge necessary to solve our nation’s most pressing issues concerning energy, the environment, and education,” said Roger Beck, Home B.A.S.E. class teacher and contractor of the home.

A Community Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2009. At that time, tours will be available for the media. For more information, please visit www.chpcolumbus.org.

About the Home
The home features an innovative two kilowatt Solar Electric (or Photovoltaic) System that creates renewable, non-polluting electricity for the home. When the system produces more energy than the home can use, the energy is sold back to the energy company. The home also features a Solar Thermal System that will save residents 70% on the cost of their domestic water needs by harnessing on water heating by harnessing the renewable, non-polluting energy of the sun.

Many local, recycled materials were used to build and decorate the home. Local materials require less energy to transport, and bolster the local economy. Recycled materials save useful matter from landfill, while simultaneously avoiding the usage of more resources and energy for material production and transportation.

The home was built with innovative waste reducing techniques, which resulted in less wood and related materials being used and transported. A sustainable landscape was created that includes a backyard rain garden to absorb water runoff from the home’s roof. Because the water does not reach the City’s storm drains, erosion, pollution, and flooding are reduced. Also, the yard is decorated with native, drought-resistant plants, alleviating the need for irrigation.

The home is located in the North of Broad (NoBo) neighborhood in the historic King Lincoln District, less than a mile away from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Due to the proximity to downtown amenities, neighborhood residents are able to drive less, utilize public transportation, and ride their bikes all over the city.

NoBo features the first residential “green street” in the State of Ohio, made out of recycled asphalt and 968 recycled tires. NoBo’s alley system is part of a pilot program to test the effect of residents using individual garbage containers for their homes. Because, each home has ownership of their trash, there is less littering, overflow, and dumping. You can find out more about the North of Broad Community by visiting www.northofbroad.com.


About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 14,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 77 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org.

About LEED® for Homes
LEED® for Homes is a third-party certification system for high-performance green homes. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in seven categories of environmental performance: Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Homeowner Awareness, and Innovation and Design. To date, more than 540 homes have been LEED-certified, and over 13,000 have been registered and are under development. For more information, visit http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org.

About Columbus Housing Partnership
Established in 1987, CHP is a private, nonprofit organization that provides quality, affordable housing and related services to low and moderate income households in Central Ohio. Founded on the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community, CHP has developed over 4,000 single and multifamily affordable homes and has served over 23,000 people. CHP also offers homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities. For more Information, visit http://www.chpcolumbus.org.

About the Home B.A.S.E. Class
Home B.A.S.E. was created by teachers in 1996 and successfully ran for ten years and built eleven homes in two Central Ohio counties. The program was a unique and innovative learning community that strove to remake public schooling in America by authentically integrating senior year high school college preparatory coursework with providing affordable housing for America’s working urban families. This class did more to end poverty housing than any other high school class in America. To see the LEED Platinum house being built visit the blog: http://homebase07.blogspot.com.

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Editor's Note: Why did I post this? Because I work at Columbus Housing Partnership. This is an incredible house built by our Homeport division.

We made it into Columbusunderground.com - Thanks Walker

Light and Motion Seca - mmmmmm. 700 Lumens of light goodness.



reviews of this light and the competitors here....


Light and Motion website

They look like big dog carriers....



Cycle-Safe® parking systems are simply the best bicycle parking products in the industry (read why). Our solutions provide security, convenience, and long-term value. How does that value translate? We have the lowest 10-year ownership cost of any commuter bicycle storage system on the market.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Octopus Cap - the end result

Pretty cool hat from Octopus Caps in Clintonville.

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St. Patrick's Day Ride - REPORT from Tricia

David & I rode 45 miles yesterday (ed. note - Saturday 14th) from Avery Park to the Dutch Kitchen and around the area. Jan & Jon joined us for breakfast at the Dutch Kitchen and rode with us after breakfast. It was pretty chilly starting out (about 30 degrees or so), and I was glad I suggested we ride the tandem so one of us was warm (that would be me). When we got the tandem out we saw it had 218 miles on the computer from 2008 TOSRV which was ridden by my brother and me. Maybe that's how David & I have survived marriage for 10 years, we usually ride single bikes ;-)

Seriously, we had a joyous anniversary ride. Attendees received St. Patrick's Day fortune cookies.

FYI: the bridge over Big Darby Creek on Amity Pike is closed.

Tricia

Ah! Roller Racing (again in Pittsburgh)



Saturday, March 21, 2009
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
2518 E Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Come out for head to head bicycleroller racing
action at Over The Bar Cafe in the South Side!!
Race! Heckle your friends! Drink Beer!!

Don’t miss the first of a three race spring series.
Prizes for the best racers, and a trophy for the
overall series champion!

Open Qualifying: 7-9pm
The best times will fill out an elimination bracket
for the most exciting racing of the evening.

$10 to race, and you get a free shirt!

The site... I got an invite to this. Hence the post.

Over The Bar (OTB) Bicycle Café - Pittsburgh, PA



Over The Bar (OTB) Bicycle Café offers Pittsburgh’s outdoor enthusiasts a friendly, fun place to have great food and drinks in a unique bicycle-themed environment.The creative and fun atmosphere includes bicycle murals, sculptures and decorations made from re-used bike parts, many of which came from FreeRide. Even the toilet paper dispensers are made from old bike parts. Bike Pittsburgh has also added some wall decorations, providing the cafe with BikeFest posters and wall-worthy version of the Pittsburgh Bike Map.

Come in and try some of our most popular dishes such as the surprisingly delightful Dirt Rag Delight (burger smothered in peanut butter), the Spoke Junkie (a delicious cheese filled zucchini appetizer), or the Venture Outdoors favorite, Pedal Paddle Panini (a tomato, basil, roasted red pepper and buffalo mozzarella Panini).

With its location on East Carson Street, merely 1 block from the South Side Works trail head to the Pittsburgh to DC trail, the OTB Bicycle Café is the ideal stop after spending the day enjoying the South Side Riverfront Trail.

Oh Columbus... Where is our bicycle bar?


The site...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Taco Trucks in Columbus area

My friend Bethia is documenting Taco Trucks in the Columbus area. She has a blog with details - check it out.

These locations are going to be the basis for an adventure ride in the near future. Stay tuned for details.

3rd Thursday Ride - 19 Mar 09 David Hines Memorial Ride

Details are at the WAD blog - check it out

Bike and Camp - Bikeamper



Bikamper™

Bikamper is a personal shelter that utilizes a 26” mountain or 700c road front wheel in place of tent poles.
The main body is constructed of water-resistant urethane coated 45D ripstop nylon and features three mesh panels for ventilation and stargazing on pleasant nights. The fly is constructed of fully waterproofed 70D ripstop nylon for additional protection should the weather turn foul. Both tent and fly pack down to a small, space saving size.
Bikamper™ packs down to a compact size and has it’s
own special stuff sack that straps to the handlebars.
Capacity 1 Person
Weight (Tent only) 1.35 kgs / 2.98 lbs
Total Weight 1.63 kgs /3.59 lbs
Season 3 Season
Packed Size (L X H) 26 x 14 cm / 10.2” x 5.5”
Floor Space 200 x 90 cm/200 x 70 cm
Floor Area 1.6 m2
Fabric (Canopy) 45D 210T Ripstop Nylon With
2500 mm PU
(Fly) 70D 190T Ripstop Nylon
With 2500 mm PU
(Floor) 70D 210T Taffeta Nylon
With 3000 mm PU
Doors 1 (Right side)
Windows 3) two side, one end
Art.no. TBP001

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Lock Strategy



From Sheldon Brown's website...

The best U-locks are the smallest. My favorite is the Kryptonite Mini, which not all bike shops stock. The Mini is much smaller and lighter than the more popular models, but just as secure. It may be even more secure, because of the limited room to put a jack inside it. It also gives less purchase for leverage-based attacks.

People tend to buy the big clunky U-locks because they don't know how to use them properly. A U-lock should go around the rear rim and tire, somewhere inside the rear triangle of the frame. There is no need to loop it around the seat tube as well, because the wheel cannot be pulled through the rear triangle.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

B-cycle



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Victoria Pendleton - VP2050



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VP2050 is your chance to own a stunning, collectable fine art print of Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling gold medalist. Prints signed by the artist Lee Jones and Victoria Pendleton are available as a strictly limited edition of only 100. After the success of Team GB in Beijing, this will become a collectors piece.

British Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton embodies speed and determination in this original artwork from 2050 Sports. This is more than a picture of an athlete in action, it touches upon the traditions of the ancient Olympics as a celebration of the human body, but it also reaches into the future as sport becomes ever more sophisticated. The fusion between Victoria and the bike is a visual metaphor for how connected she is to the bike, woman and machine working in perfect harmony to bring Olympic glory to Britain.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rain Brothers - they also make bicycle trailers - and deliver products with them

rain brothers

ohio’s own maker/supplier of:
*rain barrels
*cisterns
*drip irrigation systems
*compost tumblers/bins
*bicycle trailers

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Bike the C-Bus is now on September 5, 2009

We hope everyone can make it out to Bike the C-Bus on September 5, 2009. Cycling in Columbus is booming and we want all cycling events to succeed. So we decided to move Bike the C-Bus to September 5 so that we are the premiere cycling event on that date.

Thanks for all your support. Hope to see you out on the bike sometime soon.

Ray

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MORPC maps available for online viewing - 17MB goodness

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/web/index.html

St. Patrick's Day Ride

Date: Saturday March 14, 2009
Time: 8:45 am - 9:00 am
Location: Avery Park Dublin
Time: meet at 8:45, ride at 9:00
What: St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Dutch Kitchen
Who: Tricia Kovacs (614)476-9093 pkovacs@att.net
Where: Avery Park in Dublin. (Directions: Take 270 to 161/33 West exit at Dublin. Go about 1 mile and take Avery Rd. North exit. The park is about 1-1/2 miles up on the left. Note: When Avery and Muirfield Rds diverge, you have to take a left to stay on Avery.)
Distance: 25-30 miles, DOWR
Comment: This year is our 10 year anniversary!

Urban Downhill (in Amsterdam)

Monday, March 9, 2009

COTA Auctioning Bikes Online

COTA is auctioning 21 bikes left behind on buses through an online auction. The bikes are being sold in 7 lots of 3 bikes each. The auction runs through Monday, March 16, 2009 and can be found at: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/cota,oh/list/current?orgid=12617.  For more information, contact Jeff Salyers, Purchasing Agent, at salyersja@cota.com or 275-5890.

Tappan to Tuscarawas ride in Cadiz, Ohio is Sunday, the 31st May

The Tappan to Tuscarawas ride in Ohio is Sunday, the 31st May. That is the date selected by consensus of our regular bikers polled. For those who are new to this ride, it is a 75 mile course, relatively very flat and easy. We start in Cadiz, OH and go up along Tappan Lake, through the Tuscarawas river valley and return back to the finish in Cadiz (a loop). There are many options for less mileage and most of our group do the metric route, 60 miles. We all start together in the morning and all meet for the Lunch stop in New Philadelphia, the center of our route. I have ride and route information for all who request it. I can also help with carpooling closer to the ride date. Anyway, for now, please advise if you intend to ride and be enrolled. Also, advise if you cannot make the ride so I can account for you. Spring is here. It has been a long winter. Now is the time to get your bike out and ride in the sunshine. Jack

I rode this for several years. It is a great ride with nice scenery. If you are interested please email me at raymondmgeorge@gmail.com and I will put you in touch with Jack.

Janet's Fundraising Page

A friend of mine sent me over a link to his wife's Team in Training page. She is running a Triathlon to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check it out. Donate if you can.

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page!


I'm training to participate in the Memphis in May Triathlon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line — a cure!


Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.


Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress and thanks for your support!


Love & health,

Janet Menges

Sunday, March 8, 2009

42nd SPOT - Sat. 4/18 7:30-9 a.m.start

Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH. Options from 35 to
102 miles. Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Budget Tour. $2 members,
$4 non-members.
Bob Allen 614/866-8698 rdavisallen@earthlink.net,
David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm) dhoodin1@att.net

37th Woodstock - COP ride

37th Woodstock - Sat. 4/04, Start between 7:30-9 a.m.
Jersey Baptist Church, 13260 Morse Road, Pataskala, Ohio, 9 miles east of I-270 at Harrison Road. Parking and registration in back lot.

Traditional first TOSRV training ride. 100/60/30 miles on relatively flat terrain. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members

Tricia Kovacs & David Jeffords 614-476-9093 Bike_woodstock@att.net

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Baer Wheels truck

I headed down Weber toward High and noticed the Baer Wheels company truck and trailer were damaged by the fire across the street. It looks like the door handles melted down over the door.

Baer Wheels website

Octopus Caps, Seagull Bags and Delicious Mixtures



I stopped in to Octopus Caps to pickup my hat today. I get a chance to talk with Heidi and Trent from Octopus about their business and biking in Columbus. If you have not stopped in please do so and take a look at what they have to offer. They are working on some interesting projects. Seagull Bags is in the same space. They have a lot of bags ready to go.

A new business has opened in the basement. Rory Taylor, has opened Delicious Mixture, which is a frame painting service. Pricing is based on frame prep and painting complexity. He does not have a website yet, but you can reach him via email at deliciousmixtures@gmail.com

Visit all three at
3343 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 223-0272

Bike & Build



Bike & Build organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups.

Specifically, we fund projects planned and executed by young adults. We have donated $1,643,145 in our past 6 seasons, and have pedaled over 3.1MM miles, spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America.

the website...

This hits home for me (no pun intended). I recently started a new position at a great organization, Columbus Housing Partnership. Our mission is to provide affordable housing solutions to our customers. We provide housing counseling, mortgage crisis help, rehabilitated housing and rentals. more here...

80,000 Euro - What a bargain...



Ok. I don't know what the hell is going on here, but you can purchase a gold and jewel encrusted bike for 80,000 Euros.

Here is the site...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Huh?

new york craigslist > brooklyn > bicycles>WTB Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT - $1000000 (anywhere)

Carnage Ride


The Carnage MTB Ride from Clayton Peck on Vimeo.

No. 38 Momentum Magazine is out



No. 38
Featuring...
Washington DC
Going for the Green!
After School Bike Club at the Presidio YMCA
Canadian Safe Routes Program Struggles for US Style Funding
North America's Thriving Network of Community Bike Shops
Learning to Share the Road
The Tweed Run

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2009 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE EXPO



March 14 - 15, 2009
New Location: Warren G. Magnuson Park
A Cascade Bicycle Club Event

What is Bike Expo?
The Group Health Seattle International Bicycle Expo is a celebration of all things bicycling.

Bike Expo has been produced by Cascade Bicycle Club since 1988. Bike Expo is our second largest event, serving the Pacific Northwest cycling community and attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the nation and Canada.

Come and mingle with your fellow cyclists at Warren G. Magnuson Park in Sand Point. Visitors come to:

See what's new and hot in the future of cycling.
Purchase directly from vendors, in many cases at discount prices.
Test ride new models in our test ride area.
Enjoy our feature presentations.
Take kids to the Bike Thrillz & Skillz on Saturday.
Talk with coaches and training experts on training methods and programs.
Enter the ninth annual Photo Contest.
Enjoy a meal from one of our many food vendors.
And much more!

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National Bike Summit 2009



The League has an exciting week planned for the 2009 National Bike Summit. This year's event is packed with education, advocacy, a congressional bike ride and plenty of networking. Register today!

Summit
Annual Meeting
GO FOR GREEN: BUILDING BICYCLING INTO THE TRANSPORTATION BILL
Bicyclists led the Good Roads movement in the 1880s, successfully lobbying for paved roads to drag our nation out of the mud. In 2009, the stage is set for bicyclists to once again lead reform of our transportation system. A “smart” transportation movement is needed to solve the challenges of climate change, obesity, congestion, pollution, safety, and dependence on foreign oil. The 2009 National Bike Summit is focused on making a powerful case for expanding Federal support for bicycling – for active transportation and recreation. Join fellow advocates, industry leaders, and retailers as we make our voice for change heard: we have a new President, new Congress and new administration to address. The new Congress begins writing a new federal transportation funding bill and bicyclists must be at the table. Please join us: we need every Congressional District to be represented.

SUMMIT PROGRAM
The 2009 National Bike Summit program is finalized. It includes a detailed schedule, issue papers and asks, America Bikes agenda, and a guide to effective advocacy.

SUMMIT KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
Our keynote speakers have been announced! The opening banquet of the 2009 National Bike Summit, Tuesday March 10 at 6.00pm, will feature Andreas Rohl, head of the City of Copenhagen's Bicycle Program Office - 36% of trips in Denmark's capital city are made by bike, and Andreas' job is to increase this to 40% or more! Also on the program that evening, the presentation of the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools' James L. Oberstar prize - the award will be given by none other than Congressman Oberstar himself.

Wednesday morning's opening plenary will be kicked off in traditional style by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), with a discussion to follow featuring prominent players in the upcoming transportation bill authorization.

Wednesday lunchtime our focus shifts to the critical links between transportation, land use, recreation and physical activity. Our featured speaker is Larry Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC. The Conservation Fund protects the nation's legacy of land and water resources in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, public agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals. Through land acquisition, community initiatives, and leadership development, The Fund and its partners demonstrate sustainable conservation solutions emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals.

LEAGUE OPENS DOORS FOR ANNUAL MEETING
The League invites all DC area cyclists to its annual meeting, Wednesday March 11th at 6.30pm in the amphitheater at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, to hear two inspiring speakers: Andreas Rohl, head of the Copenhagen Bicycle Program, and Jeff Mapes, author of the upcoming book Pedaling Revolution. Rohl will describe how Copenhagen has become a world class city for cyclists, one in which 36% of trips are made by bicycle. Mapes will explore the growth of the bicycling movement as a political and cultural force, especially at the local level. Summit attendees are invited to attend the annual meeting - Mapes, a two-time Summit attendee himself, will be signing copies of his brand new book - and to bring family, friends, home-stay hosts to this open meeting.

SUMMIT 2009 WORKSHOPS
• The America Bikes agenda for transportation policy: changing outcomes. Discover how the America Bikes Coalition platform will change the rules of transportation funding and policy and get more people riding.
• Bicycle advocates and industry leaders united for change. The bicycle industry is more involved than ever in advocacy. Learn how we can more effectively work together in the corridors of power.
• The value of trails: so much more than a fun place to ride. IMBA leaders document the real estate, health, travel, and sustainability benefits of trails in urban areas. Learn how trails and bike paths can be a vital real estate asset and transform your community.
• Making local transportation choice a major national priority. Short, local, non-commute trips dominate travel throughout the United States but are overlooked in transportation models and priorities. Learn how and why we must turn this dynamic around in the next transportation bill.
• Climate Change: transforming ideas. Reducing emissions enough to mitigate the effects of transportation on climate change is going to require a diverse portfolio of measures. New climate change legislation must be tied to new transportation policy.
• Complete Streets: the next generation. Suddenly, Complete Streets is on everyone’s agenda for change. Complete Streets coalition leaders share their strategy for turning interest into effective, enforceable and measurable results.
• Getting a Fair Share for Safety. Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities and get less than 1% of federal safety funds. Strategize on ways the next transportation bill can redress this balance.
• Urban Trails and Jump Parks. The next frontiers are your neighborhood and city parks. Providing great riding close to home is the perfect way to attract youth to mountain biking. Learn how trails in urban areas have transformed the riding scene.
• Becoming best friends with transit. The benefits of combining bikes and transit are clear: join transit leaders and local bicycle advocates in exploring how to make the partnership work on the ground.
• The role of bicycle dealers in national and local advocacy. Local bicycle retailers straddle the business and bicycling communities, giving them a unique perspective. Learn how their voice can be a force for good in meeting with Congress, City Council and local business leaders.
• Safe Routes to School Times Three. The remarkable success of the Safe Routes to School program argues for a significant increase in funding and easier project delivery. Discover the game plan for getting this done in the new transportation bill.
• Quantifying the Case for Federal Investment in Nonmotorized Travel. The Rails to Trails Conservancy thoroughly documents the potential benefits of greater levels of bicycling and walking: we just need the money to make it happen.
• An urban agenda for transportation authorization. Cities make the case for greater levels of funding and control over transportation dollars in the next transportation bill.
• Creating a Bicycle Friendly America. The League, IMBA and Bikes Belong leaders examine the role of federal policy in creating bicycle friendly states, communities and businesses.
• Back to the Future: Affirming the rightful place of bicyclists in transportation policy. A youthful panel of wheelmen and women will focus on measures the Federal government can take to affirm cyclists’ rights to the road, 129 years after creation of the League.

SPONSORS
Titanium Level
Bikes Belong

Carbon Level
International Mountain Bicycling Association

Aluminum Level
Federal Highway Administration

National Bike Dealers Association

Steel Level
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking

Bamboo Level
Dero Bikes

Tour de Cure

Alta Planning

QBP

AASHTO

Adventure Cycling Association

Techna-Grahpics

Saris

bikestation

CycleSafe

BIXI

Interbike

Washington Area Bicycle Association

Momentum

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sillgey Cyclery



Our goal as a company is to make bicycles from what we feel is the best material, steel such as SiLLGEY 757, Reynolds 853, Reynolds 953 and Columbus xCr. By doing direct manufacturing, we can make high quality bicycles at affordable prices to the customers. All our bicycles are hand made, including our Reynolds 953, Columbus xCr stainless steel frames, with each design available in different colors and styles with the option for further customization to the customers desires. Sillgey has more than twenty years of steel welding experience to ensure maximum integrity. Our manufacturing process allows us to produce bicycles to exacting specifications by precision manufacturing all components before being hand welded, this ensures both speed and quality control.



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Independent Fabrication


Their history...

After 12 years of business, the pioneering mountain bike manufacturer Fat City Cycles was sold in 1994. The company closed its Somerville, Massachusetts, doors leaving behind an empty factory and a handful of workers. But what kind of story would this be if that’s where it ended? Fabricator Lloyd Graves, welder Mike Flanigan, and machinist and toolmaker Jeffrey Buchholz still had the itch to design and build custom bikes. So they dusted off their work boots, brought out the drawing board, and joined forces with Sue Kirby, Ben Cole, and Steve Elmes to start their own company. An independent company. A company that would make bikes the way they knew they should be made.

In 1995, Independent Fabrication was formed. What they lacked in adequate workspace, they overcompensated with elbow grease. Would they be employee owned? Yes. Would they allow a customer to paint their bike whatever colors they wanted even if it was ugly? Why the hell not? Would they continue to build high-end, precise, handcrafted frames?

ABSOLUTELY.

In its first year, Indy Fab designed to its strengths – forging the best steel mountain bike frames the industry had ever seen. Riders agreed, and IF’s cult following began to grow. The Deluxe and the Special mountain bike frames hit the bike show circuit and found success. The following year, the IF team called on their lifelong experience of riding city streets and love of racing to develop several new models: the Crown Jewel – a road bike, the Planet Cross – a Cyclocross inspired frame, and the Roadster – a cruiser. IF quickly emerged from the woods to become a complete cycling manufacturer.

In 1999, IF upgraded its talent by wooing Tom Burnett and Tyler Evans from Merlin Metalworks. Today the IF team of artists and fabricators continue to push the envelope by using the newest metal technologies and refining accepted techniques. But even as production methods become more sophisticated with the use of carbon fiber and titanium shotpeening, the IF team continues to make bikes by hand and respects the craftsmanship of the old way. But they’ll never stop doing things their own way.

THAT'S INDEPENDENT FABRICATION.

Black Sheep Bikes - Ft. Collins, CO - saw them at NAHBS



Black Sheep is a title sponsor of the '09 Single Speed World Championships (http://sswc09.wordpress.com). That means we are going to be representing with lots of nicely fast bikes on the race course plus throwing down a Black Sheep frame to the winner. It's going to be FUN. Check out my entry. See you in Durango.

For the 3rd year Black Sheep will be building the bicycle-commuting machines for the Tour de Fat. New Belgium's Tour de Fat is challenging folks to trade their car for said commuter. Simply submit your pledge to New Belgium in form of the written, filmed, or photographed and if your commitment to forsake your car for two wheeled, human-powered transport is true, you could take home a fine Black Sheep bike. The car trader bike is to be unveiled at the 5th Annual North American Handbuilt Bike Show in Indianapolis this February 27th - March 1st so check it out. Otherwise Ill also post a shot asap. For more details check out newbelgium.com. BTW - Im drinking an Abbey right now. Yum!

Stay tuned for James latest contender for the '09 NAHBS ti bike of the year. So many talented builders and beautiful bikes, the competition is going to be stiff.

the site

Bilenky wins best tandem at NAHBS



The Bilenky website

Sunday, March 1, 2009

TOSRV 09

48th Annual • TOSRV 2009
May 9-10, 2009

The Tour Of the Scioto River Valley is a 2-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Columbus, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Ohio, and back again



I did TOSRV last year. I am looking forward to riding again this year.

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Urban Velo Issue 12 is available now!


I met with the guys from Urban Velo at NAHBS. Check out their mag.

They also are providing coverage of NAHBS...

Villin Cycle Works

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Talked to Alexis, co-owner of Villin Cycle Works in Gainesville, Florida. Very cool guy. They are a really small shop setup to handle any custom job. And, I voted for their show bike (see above)

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