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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Save the Date - Third Hand Bike Parts Swap - Sunday, May 24

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op
174 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

Sunday May 24, 2009
1pm - 5pm
Bring Your Own Blanket (BYOB)
$10 per blanket to sell bike parts - all proceeds go directly to Third Hand

more details to come...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

B1 Birthday Sale

THE BIRTHDAY SALE IS's one week only so make sure and check it out!...And always remember that when you purchase a bicycle at B1, you get FREE TUNE-UPS for the life of that bicycle....quite a deal. Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

May means more cyclists in city - The Lantern

People who ride their bikes to work in May will not only save on car fuel and maintenance, but also on local restaurant and bike shop bills.

Columbus' second annual Bike to Work Week will kick off May 11 at South Campus Gateway, led by Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Ohio State President E. Gorden Gee.

B2WW is a program by the League of American Cyclists, in which cities throughout the country organize a week of events to encourage bicycle transportation.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pan Ohio Hope Ride

The American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a bicycling tour that enables you to take an incredible bicycle journey and to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges and other vital patient services. This tour is both inspiring and life changing.

With each passing mile . . . You will discover the beauty of Ohio’s scenery, challenge yourself to pedal, talk and laugh, make new and lasting friends, hear inspiring stories of hope and courage, and help cancer patients and their families.

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a special fundraising event. We have numerous ways to help you raise funds by reaching out to your friends, family members, and coworkers. Whatever you can raise will help current cancer patients and fund research to help defeat cancer in the future. Challenge yourself to hit the road and make the road smoother for those battling cancer.

the website...

4/27/2009 - Ride Report

About 50 people showed at the start. We rode north up Indianola, then west over to Upper Arlington. Back toward town. We wound through over to 5th and stopped at a Kroger for a drink break. After the stop there seemed to be a mutiny and half the group bolted down 5th to the bar. We turned and headed south on Olentangy, then into Victorian Village. Down Neal into town, over to High and to High Beck. I had a quick chat with some people and headed home. I had 21 miles and averaged 15mph. For others it was 18 miles. Beautiful weather, clear in the 70's.

Monday, April 27, 2009

LA Bike Scene

L.A. Bike Scene from studiodrome on Vimeo.

Dylan, thanks for the link.

COP 28th Top of Ohio Hundred

Date: Sunday May 3, 2009
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Hilliard Community Center or Milford Center For Short Loop

Notes: 28th Top of Ohio Hundred– Sunday May 3
7:30-9AM Start at Hilliard Community Center for 100, 85, 70, 45, 25-mile routes; or for TOP 60 loop, start in Milford Center (Fairbanks Elementary School), 8:00-9:00AM. The school is located at the east edge of town (Milford Center), on Middleburg-Plain City Road (Co. Rd. 57). Varied terrain. Century route and TOP 60 route are rolling to hilly, taking riders past the highest
point in OHIO; the 45 and 25-mile routes are basically flat. Budget Tour, $2 members, $4 non-members.
Steve Barbour 614-457-6656.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

36th COP Mid Ohio Century– Ride Recap

Andy and I set our for our ride with hopes of a headwind-less day. We had a slight headwind as we headed south. The wind pushed us north to the food stop. We stopped at mile 47 and had a great spaghetti dinner at a church. The people were great and the food was good. The next 21 miles were a real test. The headwind forced us to struggle to reach 10mph. 68 miles total.

Taco Truck Mini Rally Ride Report

I rode with Andy from downtown through Franklinton and ended up on Sullivant. Heading due west we ran into a fierce headwind. We got to the first stop and there were at least 40 people at the stop. The scooter group was out and several cyclists were already there. Zach joined us when we left to go to the next stop. At the third stop Meredith called saying she was pissed off at the headwind and was considering calling it quits. She was just around the corner so I coaxed her into continuing. We are some ice cream and headed north to Broad, with a tail wind, and then east to the last stop. Best food was at the 4th stop on the tour. We ate a bunch of tacos and had a Modelo to celebrate. Back to town where the group split up. I had 16 miles total.

Hungry Woolf's photos of the Taco Truck rally.

I just want to say that I had a great afternoon of food, friends and hanging out. Plus riding on the bike is a plus. We are planning a "Night of a Thousand Tacos" in the near future. Details will be forthcoming.

Her site's are
Taco Trucks in Columbus
Hungry Woolf

Another Crazy Bike Rider

Friday, April 24, 2009

B1 Bicycles Now open on Sundays - From the mailbag

Attention our beloved B1 customers,

Just a heads up letting you know that B1 Bicycles is now open 7 days a week!! Our Sunday hours are back in rotation here's the updated hours.....

SUN 12-5
MON 10-5
TUES 10-5
WED 10-8
THUR 10-8
FRI 10-8
SAT 10-5

Thank you again for all your support and we look forward to seeing you this spring and summer.

B1 Staff

Taco Trucks in Columbus area - Mini Rally Saturday April 25

We are meeting at Broad and High in front of the big board around 1pm to ride over to the Taco Trucks. Please join us...

Buy a bike and support Pelotonia - Roll

I stopped in to talk to Stuart and he mentioned that they are offering a super deal for people who are considering the Pelotonia ride.

We we're excited when we first heard the rumors last year about a new bike tour coming to central Ohio. We were over the moon when we got the details and saw the facts about what has become the Pelotonia event and it's potential for our community. Now we're ecstatic to have the opportunity to be a partner to the Pelotonia team and throw our efforts behind the event and towards one goal: to end cancer.

roll: is proud to partner with Pelotonia on this exclusive early registration bonus offer. Register to ride in Pelotonia before May 30th and get 10% off any new road bike, PLUS you'll receive a 20% contribution of the cost of your new bike to your individual rider fund raising goals from roll: Simply bring in a copy of your rider registration confirmation to any roll: store to receive your discount and kick start your fundraising goals.

As an added gesture of support and encouragement for all Pelotonia riders, roll: has also committed to donate 10% of all the proceeds from registered riders purchases in our stores between now and the event directly to individual Pelotonia funds. It's our way of saying thank you for your commitment and involvement.

We would like to invite and encourage anyone who has an interest to join our Peloton on the inaugural ride in August by registering at If you cannot ride, please consider sponsoring someone who has registered. If you cannot sponsor, then you still have the opportunity to be involved by encouraging those who can and perhaps volunteering time to help. There's a lot to do to achieve such a goal!

Thank you for reading and riding. Get involved :get on your bike.


the roll website is here...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

B2WW updates


Join the Mayor and Gordon Gee at South Campus Gateway, May 11

Become a Bike Friendly Business

Grant Health and Fitness Center Offering Free Showers to Downtown Cyclists

Sign up for the Bike to Work Week Awards Luncheon
Contact Matt Young -

Bicycle Block Party and more events at:

When is this going to happen?

The City of Columbus currently is planning a critical link in the downtown bikeway network. This 1.4 mile, east-west link not only would accommodate bicyclists, joggers, walkers and other users through downtown but would also complete a link in the 473-mile Ohio to Erie Trail connecting Cincinnati with Cleveland. The proposed trail will provide an identifiable, attractive, safe and convenient trail that engages bicyclists and promotes bike and other non-motorized travel in Central Ohio, and across the state. This trail would extend from North Bank Park to the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Jack Gibbs Boulevard.

The Downtown Bikeway Connector will provide an identifiable, safe, and convenient route that engages bicyclists within downtown Columbus and promotes and fosters bike use in the Central-Ohio region, and across Ohio.

the city's website...

Women's Cycling Clothing (that doesn't look like cycling clothes)

About My Alibi
My Alibi strongly believes that our world would be a better place if more women got out of their cars and used their bicycles as a supplemental form of transportation. To help encourage this movement, My Alibi is providing fashionable apparel that makes sure you feel beautiful while riding a bike.

more here...

Rails to Trails unveils Google Maps based Traillink

website is here...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

36th COP Mid Ohio Century– Sunday April 26th

Date: Sunday April 26, 2009
Start Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Mingo Shelter Building
City State Zip: Mingo Park Delaware, Oh
Routes of approximately 35, 65,100 miles. Budget Tour.
$2 members, $4 non-members
Woody Barry 740/375-5906 wbarry333 AT

Signal Cycles

Broadcasting the joy of cycling since 2008.

Thanks for checking out Signal Cycles. There are two faces behind Signal. Both are mechanics, artists, coffee consumers and cat lovers. Nate is better at cooking, but Matt has way better computer skills. Both are obsessed with making the best bikes they can. As a two man shop Nate and Matt are constantly pushing eachother to make it better. Have a look around at the pages here. If you'd like to talk bikes, drop us an email. Enjoy.

the site is here...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vehicular Cycling Workshop Monday, May 4th from 7:00-8:30 PM

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend The:
Vehicular Cycling Workshop
Presented by Tricia Kovacs
Monday, May 4th from 7:00-8:30 PM
Learn How To:
􏰀 Perform a Basic Bicycle Safety Check
􏰀 Share the Roads with Motorists Safely
􏰀 Avoid Crashes Through Safe Group Riding
􏰀 Abide by Ohio and Local Traffi c Laws

Join us for this free, fun and informative session at the Stantec Consulting offi ce at 1500 Lakeshore Drive in Columbus. Pizza and refreshments will be provided! Appropriate for adults and children aged 14 and older. Feel free to bring your friends and family! We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP to by Thursday, April 30th.

Biography for Tricia Kovacs:
Ms. Kovacs is a lifelong bicycle commuter and tourist. She is a League of American Bicyclists Certified instructor, teaching adults and children in the Columbus area to ride safely on the roads. She is currently working with the City of Gahanna on their Safe Routes to School program. She is an active member in the Gahanna Bicycle Advisory Committee, Ohio Bicycle Federation, Consider Biking, Yay Bikes! and Columbus Outdoor Pursuits.


Columbus, Ohio—April 20, 2009—Columbus’ second annual Bike to Work Week (B2WW) celebration has expanded to fill the month of May with a two-week Commuter Challenge, a long and growing list of events, and Bicycle Friendly Businesses offering discounts to cyclists all month.

Bike to Work Week is a program of the League of American Bicyclists, the nation’s oldest bicycle advocacy organization, in which cities throughout the country plan a week of activities to encourage bicycle transportation. Austin Kocher, Columbus’ B2WW organizer for the past two years, says, "Bike to Work Week is a chance for people all over Central Ohio to get the bikes out of their garages and cycle into work, perhaps for the first time. We also have workshops and activities scheduled throughout May to give all cyclists a taste of the city’s diverse and vibrant bicycle community."

The cornerstone of B2WW is the Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition among local organizations to see whose employees can log the most trips by bike. Organizations are separated into five categories based on their number of employees (1–19, 20–99, 100–499, 500–999, or 1000+). Teams earn one point for each of their members’ bicycle commutes from May 4 to May 14; the organization with the highest ratio of points to number of employees wins the category. Winning teams will be announced and acknowledged on May 15 at the free luncheon offered to all Challenge participants by Battelle and Manley-Deas-Kochalski LLC, and CS Courier.

Matt Young, a member of last year’s winning Battelle team, is once again coordinating the Challenge. He notes that last year 393 cyclists on 29 teams replaced 1700 car trips with bicycle commutes totaling 10,000 miles, in just 4 days. This year his goal is to have 1000 cyclists signed up for the expanded 9-day Challenge. Young reminds people considering participation that “It’s the number of trips that count. Fast, slow, long, short commutes — they all count the same. So wear what’s comfortable. Ride the bike you have. If you need help getting started, find a Ride Buddy on our Web site. Take your time and enjoy a new experience that will open your eyes and ears to the city.”


Cyclists will also benefit from discounts at many Bicycle Friendly Businesses during May. Restaurateur Liz Lessner is spearheading this campaign through the Central Ohio Restaurant Association to encourage behavior she says “helps our downtown thrive and come alive.” Bicycles are good for business because they “ease parking and traffic problems and create safer, friendly streets,” she says. Lessner will offer “2-wheel discounts” to helmet-wearing cyclists at each of her restaurants and she encourages other business owners to do the same. They can download a Bicycle Friendly Business poster for their storefront, and publicize their discount to Challenge participants, on the B2WW Web site.

The launch of a new Web B2WW site this year — — has also made it possible for Challenge participants to create or join their organization’s team, track bicycle trips, learn about events, and map favorite routes online with ease. “We built this tool to support riders during Bike to Work Week. But it will also distinguish Columbus as a place that contributes innovative tools to forward-thinking transportation solutions,” says developer Mike Reed. He intends to use the B2WW platform to serve Central Ohio cyclists and collect data all year long, and ultimately to help other communities brand it for their own needs.

Kocher, citing what he calls “the extraordinary level of innovation and volunteerism demonstrated by the B2WW team,” imagines a new future for Central Ohio in which bicycling is a preferred mode of transportation. “We believe that all people in all communities should get to experience the joys and benefits bicycling has to offer,” he says. “Bike to Work Week is our way of making that happen in a big way. We can then use our momentum to help people incorporate cycling into their everyday lives during the rest of the year."

Central Ohio’s 2009 Bike to Work Week was coordinated by a team of cyclists from Yay Bikes!, Consider Biking, and many local corporations. Information about specific B2WW events and our supporters can be found online at


Contact Austin Kocher at 614-406-5037 or for more information about Bike to Work Week, the Commuter Challenge, Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and the full slate of B2WW activities.

Car Free Sundays - Cambridge's Memorial Drive

Ohio bike trails - LIST

Ohio bike trails represent a vital part of a much larger vision that includes: bicycle advocacy for bike-friendly communities, recreational and commuting opportunities and trail networks, preservation of greenspace, eco-friendly and energy efficient transportation and healthy living. Mountain biking, hiking and related pursuits all play important roles.
Our coverage of Ohio multi-use bike trails includes rail-trails, towpaths and the connecting bike lanes and road routes that link them. Related topics can be found on the News, Links & Trailside pages.

The expanding Ohio bike trail networks can best be viewed on the Ohio Trail Maps page where state-wide or individual trail perspectives can be found. For a list of Ohio trail reviews, see the Ohio Review List page.

the site is here...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Welcome to John and Polly Mayberry's Adventures on

Great Bicycle Trails

Taco Trucks in Columbus area - Mini Rally Saturday April 25

The driving tour details are here...

The bicycle tour details will be posted soon.

B2WW Video on the digital board on Broad and High

Have you seen this yet?

Been Caught Stealing (on his bike)

Man Steals Flat-Screen TV, Gets Away On Bicycle - WLWT

WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio -- Cincinnati police said they have arrested a man who burglarized a home near Fisk Avenue in West Price Hill and used his bicycle as the getaway vehicle.

Police said the man was seen leaving the home on Monday with a flat-screen TV on the handlebars of his bicycle. They said he also took a laptop computer.

more here...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pedal with Pete - August 15, 2009

The 2009 Pedal-with-Pete Columbus Bike Ride
Ride, for Pete's Sake!

is coming...

On August 15, 2009

Location: Hilliard Heritage Middle School,

5670 Scioto Darby Road, in Hilliard Ohio

Join us for good fun, well marked scenic routes, great food, door prizes...
and help support Cerebral Palsy research!

Stay tuned for more details...

Meet Pete

Pete's got Cerebral Palsy. Like the hundreds of thousands of people suffering with cerebral palsy, or CP, Pete is trapped in a body that is twisted, a body that fights his every movement. It is a body that will not easily let him verbalize the intelligence and quick wit that is the essence of Pete Zeidner. What Pete likes to do, more than just about anything, is bicycling. For him, it is freedom.



Pete Zeidner was born to an immigrant family in 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was not expected to live, because he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Pete's parents, Otmar and Ilse, were both born in Transylvania, which is now part of Hungary. Otmar studied medicine at the University of Vienna while holding down two jobs in order to support his wife and two children, Christian and Cornelia. After medical school, in May 1952, his family came to America. They learned the English language from a pastor and the Salvation Army and Otmar became fluent enough to take the State Medical Boards. Otmar attained his medical license and soon after, he attained a job at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, Otmar began his own practice, and was often expected to speak up to four languages in a day, because of Cleveland's strong ethnic communities.

Pete, having CP, was not developing as a normal healthy baby . Sadly, when Pete was four-years-old, his mother died in a car accident. Otmar remarried and Pete gained a new mother who believed in tough love, and she became the most influential person in Pete's life. When Pete was five-years-old, she weaned him off the baby bottle, potty-trained him, and helped him learn to eat by himself. In the first and second grade, Pete learned to type using the eraser-end of a pencil, an ability he still utilizes today.

At the age of eight, Pete's parents took him out of second grade and started him on the Doman-Delacato Method, based on the philosophy that a child needs to be able to creep/crawl before he/she can walk. This is a very rigorous program and for the first three years, Pete was not allowed on his feet. By the end of the sixth grade, Pete was able to walk and function well enough to be integrated into St. Mark Lutheran School in Cleveland.

Pete was the only student with a disability and fortunately, only a few adjustments needed to be made to accommodate him. This was the first time Pete was able to be independent of his parents and to make friends.

Pete began high school in 1974, at Lutheran High School West. At 16, he felt cheated by his disability as he watched his friends receive their drivers licenses.

After graduating from high school, Pete enrolled at a community college and took classes over the television. The following spring semester, he began taking regular classes at the college, after convincing the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Services to pay for a Bachelors degree at a state school. Pete soon transferred to Kent State University, graduating in 1986, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing. At KSU he was involved with the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and with Lutheran Campus Ministries.

After graduation, Pete realized that he had reached another critical point in his life, because he had to learn to accept some limitations attributed to CP. He also had to deal with the ignorance of people who equated his physical disability with mental retardation and talk to him as if he's a toddler. Pete considers himself very fortunate, because he lives on his own in an apartment with occasional assistance from an attendant that preps his meals, does laundry, cleans, and takes him shopping. While Pete appreciates the assistance, he shares the wish of many others with disabilities to be completely independent.

42nd SPOT - Sat. 4/18 Ride Recap

Got a chance to ride with Brett and Ashley on this one. Brett was on his singlespeed and Ashley built up a steel frame. retty good turnout, there was a few hundred people at Cyclist Connection. We headed out in the cold, but it warmed up pretty quickly. Abundant sunshine and sunscreen. There was a headwind out of the southwest that we rode into until Circleville. Circleville was the lunch stop and we had burgers at Hardees. We decided to take the shortcut back so that Brett could make it back home at a reasonable time. We did 81 miles and averaged 15.2mph. Ashley continued on to do the 103 mile route.

A side note - Cyclist Connection had free burgers and dogs for the riders which was a nice touch. The shop was open and if you are a COP member you will receive 10% off a purchase. I picked up a Park Tool that I needed for some work.

Friday Night Ride Follow-up - 4/17/2009

Got out with Evan and Jonny. We rode west to Grandview to Jeni's. A little coffee and some ice cream to get motivated doesn't hurt. Headed north then out 5th to McKinley. Trabue all the way out to Rome Hilliard. Headed south to Broad and back into town. 25 miles, averaged 17. Good ride, warm weather.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tyler Hamilton retires from cycling after failing drug test - LA Times

Tyler Hamilton, who became an American cycling star in 2003 when he won a stage of the Tour de France while racing with a broken collarbone and who won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 in the time trial race, announced today he had failed a drug test for the second time in his career and was retiring.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


I mean, hey, it’s a question worth asking, right? After all, for a lot of us, it’s a kind of urban shorthand that the best way to avoid DUIs is to ride a bike while intoxicated as opposed to driving a car. more...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009



Catherine Girves, Director
University Area Enrichment Association

Pedal Instead to be Recognized for Innovative Transportation Solutions

04/15/2009, Columbus, Ohio—Pedal Instead, an initiative of Mayor Michael Coleman’s Green Team operated by the University Area Enrichment Association, will receive the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from WTS International at their May 2009 conference in Seattle, Washington. Pedal Instead is a free valet bicycle parking service which serves major events in
Columbus such as Earth Day, Ohio State University football games and more.

The volunteer-run program first received the award in 2008 from the Columbus chapter of WTS, whose mission is to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women. The Columbus chapter of WTS advanced the nomination to the International board, which then selected Pedal Instead as its international winner.

“Biking is good is for our health, good for our environment and good for our cities,” Mayor Coleman said. “I thank the University Area Enrichment Association for partnering with us on this worthy effort, and I thank WTS International for recognizing it.”

Pedal Instead, launched in 2006 to educate the general public about the advantages of cycling as a means of transportation. In 2008 alone, organizers from the University Area Enrichment Association reported that the program parked 3,871 bicycles and prevented nearly 40,000 pounds of climate-changing CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Pedal Instead provided its secure, supervised bicycle parking at 26 Columbus events in 2008 and is currently seeking sponsorships to allow for an expanded event schedule in 2009 and beyond.

University Area Enrichment Association director Catherine Girves is thrilled that the recognition Pedal Instead is garnering. “To receive an international award is a huge validation for the hundreds of volunteers who have made this program possible. We hope the Columbus community will increasingly see the value of cycling for our physical health and the health of our planet.” Girves will travel to Seattle for the WTS International conference May 20-22 to accept the award on behalf of Pedal Instead.


For more information about this exciting program and the international recognition it has received,
please call Catherine Girves at 614.371.8232 or email

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Planning Allegheny to C&O ride...

My good friend Ashley and I rode from West Newton to Frostburg in August 2006, 208 miles roundtrip. We are planning on part 2 this summer. We will ride from Frostburg to Hancock, MD for a total of 144 miles. I hope we can some others to join us (hint hint Kevin and Carolyn).

the site...


RAIN is an annual ride across the State of Indiana sponsored by the Bloomington Bicycle Club. Its 160-mile length runs mostly on the Historic National Route 40, an older divided four-lane road with light traffic. It has gentle rolling hills. You should be able to average at least 12 to 14 mph for over 11 hours.

the site...

BMX Freestyle Reunion Coming Up

SOLON, OH (BRAIN)—Solon Bicycle owner Dan Sirkin will be hosting a BMX Freestyle Reunion festival on July 18, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solon Community Center.

In the mid 80s to early 90s, Randy Loop of Columbus, Ohio assembled BMX Freestyle competitions that were held all across the country. The bulk of his efforts were concentrated in the Columbus region, however. His competitions consistently showed some of the strongest turnouts of any event series going at the time. Over the years, many of these riders ended up becoming sponsored by major bike companies. Some of these riders stuck with it throughout the 90s when the sport died while others just quit riding altogether.

Dan Sirkin, a former nationally ranked flatland freestyle ride, who rode for Haro Bikes, has never stopped riding. Although the actual amount of time spent riding is much less these days, he still feels the same thrill as when he was much younger. Recently, he reconnected with many of the riders from the past and decided to host this reunion, called the East Central Reunion Jam. While many of these riders from the past are now located all across the country, they are quickly booking flights to come out to the event and dust off their bikes in hopes of getting back into the game.

"This is not only a great way for us to catch up on old times, but also to promote a healthy lifestyle through biking," Sirkin said. Expected turnout is about 100 riders.

For more information, please contact Dan Sirkin at or call 440-349-5225. Register at

Mountain Bike Tricks

Monday, April 13, 2009


Date: Saturday April 18, 2009
Start Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Cyclist Connection
Street: 200 Cemetery Rd
City State Zip: Canal Winchester, OH

7:30-9AM 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 AT
David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm) dhoodin1 AT

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ditch the Chain, a New Type of Bicycle Is Here

Bike Drifting

Saturday Ride 4/11/09 Ride Recap

The markings for Ridge Runner are still showing strong on the road. So was the headwind. Headed north from my house to meet David at the junction of New Albany-Reynoldsburg Road and old 161. Headwind was gusting to 25 out of the north. We rode to the northeast and then south to Granville. There were no cats in the road and the "Mayor of Leetonia" was not out. In Granville we stopped for lunch. Headed back west and the wind turned into a crosswind. Headed south to home with a tailwind. 66 miles or a metric century. Averaged 14.5mph. Great day in the saddle. Good conversation as well.

Bike Swap In Columbus Poll Closed

Looks like the majority of people are for a Bike Parts Swap and Meet. 88% of the people who answered the poll are in favor. There were two HATERS. I guess they don't have any bike parts to sell. They can just stay home.

Stay tuned for details...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Armstrong says French may ban him from the Tour - AP

AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong believes French doping officials may ban him from riding in this summer's Tour de France over a report that he violated protocols during a recent drug test.

"There's a very high likelihood that they prohibit me from riding in the Tour," a somber Armstrong said Friday in a video statement posted on his Web site. "It's too bad. The tour is something I love dearly."

France's anti-doping agency, known as AFLD, has said the American did not fully cooperate with a drug tester when he showed up at Armstrong's home in France to collect blood, urine and hair samples from the cyclist on March 17.

Although no banned substances were found, the dispute revolves around a 20-minute delay when Armstrong went inside the house and took a shower while his assistants checked the tester's credentials.

The seven-time Tour winner said he asked the tester for permission to go inside and it was granted. The AFLD says Armstrong "did not respect the obligation to remain under the direct and permanent observation" of the tester.

According to Armstrong, the tester wrote "no" on the section of the official paperwork that asks if there was anything irregular about the test.more here...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Some Reasons the Bike Always Wins - NYTimes

A bicyclist, a driver and a subway rider walked into a bar.

No, actually they didn’t. The three actually raced from Fort Greene to Union Square during today’s morning commute to see who got there fastest in Seventh Annual Great NYC Commuter Race, held by Transportation Alternatives (essentially an anti-car lobbying group). Think of it as a more modest version of a planes, trains and automobiles race from New York to Washington.

The race started at 7:40 a.m. at Connecticut Muffin, 423 Myrtle Avenue, at Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, and finished at the corner of 14th Street and Union Square East.

The results: bicyclist wins at 16.5 minutes; the driver gets in at 22 minutes; and the subway rider transit was last with 29 minutes. That’s an intriguing result. (We’d thought the subway would have come earlier than the car given morning traffic.)

“New Yorkers care about the environment, but what New Yorkers really care about is their time,” said Wiley Norvell, the spokesman. “For a huge number of New Yorkers, bicycle commuting is the fastest way to get to work. If you have more than one train for your commute. Chances are a bicycle is going to get there faster.”

But then City Room learned something that raised eyebrows.

“The bicyclist has always won,” Mr. Norvell said.

As in seven out of seven times? It was like one of those to-good-to-be-true records like when a dictator of a developing nation wins election with like 95 percent of the vote (or multinational banks publicly report suspiciously clustered borrowing rates).

Mr. Norvell tried to explain the bike’s dominance. “It’s the fastest way between any two points in New York City,” he said.

That seemed a bit of an aggressive claim. What about from the far flung corners of Flushing, Queens? Biking from way out there didn’t seem like it would be practical compared to an express train.

“You could hypothetically speaking, find a faster transit commute, like from one side of the Long Island Rail Road to the other,” he said, but he tried to argue again that the bike was the fastest — in general. “The average New York City commute is 45 minutes. It’s the longest commute of anyone in the United States. The average bicycle commute in New York City is 30 minutes.”

This City Room reporter, who has taken a few statistics courses in her time, pointed out that while this may be true, it does not necessarily mean the bike is faster. (After all, people who live closer may simply prefer to bike. There are all kinds of biases that could explain that statistic. The Department of Transportation’s not-particularly-scientific annual bicycle survey from 2007 shows a dead zone in Queens in terms of bicycle commuting).

That’s true, Mr. Norvell conceded.

So how is the contest route chosen? Do they vary the type of routes? Mr. Norvell said the race is generally from another borough into Manhattan, paralleling most commuters’ routes. The last two race routes were from Williamsburg to Bellevue Hospital and from Juniors on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to Columbus Circle. At which point City Room pointed out, it seems like the only other borough in Transportation Alternative’s world is Brooklyn. (Not so, he said before that, they had used points in Queens for the starting line. And next year they might move it out of Brooklyn). Either way, we perceive an anti-Queens bias despite the fact that the Queens population is 2.2 million, about comparable to Brooklyn’s 2.4 million.

There were also some other factors in the race to consider: it was a sidewalk-to-sidewalk race, meaning that the bicyclist did not have to lock up the bike and the driver did not have to look for parking — which is biased against straphangers.

Anyway, Mr. Norvell finally acknowledged, “The purpose was to showcase the time competitiveness of the bicycle.”

Right, that’s what we thought.

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Transportation Alternatives

Your Advocate for Bicycling, Walking and Public Transit

Our Mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.
Transportation Alternatives was founded in 1973 during the explosion of environmental consciousness that also produced the Clean Air and Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Since our founding, T.A. has helped win numerous improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and has been the leading voice for reducing car use in the city. T.A.'s roots are in bicycling, and many of our members are everyday cyclists. But winning a cycling-friendly city means changing the overall transportation system, which, even in mass transit-centered New York City, is still dominated by the private automobile.

T.A. seeks to change New York City's transportation priorities to encourage and increase non-polluting, quiet, city-friendly travel and decrease--not ban--private car use. We seek a rational transportation system based on a "Green Transportation Hierarchy," which gives preference to modes of travel based on their benefits and costs to society. To achieve our goals, T.A. works in five areas: Bicycling, Walking and Traffic Calming, Car-Free Parks, Safe Streets and Sensible Transportation.

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Study Links Alcohol and Bicycle Deaths - NYTimes

Don’t drink and drive? What about “don’t drink and bike?”

Some 21 percent of autopsies for New York City bicyclists who died within three hours of their accidents detected alcohol in the body, according to a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study that examined fatal bicycling accidents in New York City from 1996 to 2005.

“It’s something we have to call attention to,” said Catherine Stayton, director of the health department’s injury epidemiology unit. “To learn this is new for us. We want to get that information out there.”

She said the study raises a lot of more of questions for researchers. “It makes you want to ask a lot more about the circumstances before the crash,” she said. The study also found that alcohol was detected in 6 percent of the drivers involved in bicycle crashes.

The study, which was published in the April issue of Traffic Injury Prevention, extended on research that had been released in a 2006 city report on bicycle accidents [pdf]. The studies drew data from the Police Department, the transportation department, the health department and the medical examiner’s office.

“We were able to look more closely at the injury and the alcohol,” said Ms. Stayton, explaining the new information in this study.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How do I get a bicycle rack installed at my business in Columbus, OH?

To request a bike rack please call the city at 614-645-3111 and request a bike rack. Your request will then be routed to Steven Tweed and he will begin to investigate and work with you on installation. The city installs at most 2 bike racks per request.

Steven will contact you to work out the details. His contact information is as follows.

Steve Tweed
Engineer Associate III
Bikeways and Community Mobility Services
City of Columbus
Department of Public Service
Division of Mobility Options
109 N. Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215- 9024
Work: (614) 645 - 5236
Fax: (614) 645 – 7921


1. Receive and record the request for racks. Get a contact for the request. Often the request is clear, but sometimes additional information is needed. For example, who owns the building?
2. First site investigation: generally examine the site. Where exactly is it? Where is there room to place racks? What are the site constraints at each potential location? What types of racks will fit in these locations? What kind of rack mounting might be needed? Select a particular location. Use the "Bike Rack Placement Guidelines" to layout the site. Paint two black spots (four to six inches in diameter) to mark the exact location of the bicycle racks' feet.
3. Contact the building owner. Inform them of the proposed installation. Generally discuss locations. On public property there is no need to get permission to install the rack. However, negotiations about the exact location and other issues may be necessary. Would the rack block a loading zone? Would it obscure a window display?
If the rack will be installed on private property, get a letter allowing permission to install the rack. The letter must also acknowledge that this is a public rack. Members of the public are allowed to use the rack (and not just to park for the owner's building). The City remains owner of the rack, it must be returned to the City (in good condition), if there is ever a need to remove it. The City would maintain the rack.
4. Contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) and provide details of the proposed location. Present the proposal to OUPS as if it were a certainty (otherwise they may refuse to mark the locations of utilities). Note that not all utilities are members of OUPS. Historically, Municipal Electric Light and Power (MELP), Sewers and Drains, Water and Traffic Signals had to be contacted separately. Contacts are: OUPS - 800-362-2764, MELP - Chip Jakeway 5-7627, Sewers & Drains - dispatcher 5-7102, Water – 5-7788, Signals - Steve Striker 5-8199. Gas and electrical lines seem the most crucial, because someone could be killed.
Note that utility marking is not an exact science. Actual utility locations may be several feet from the markings. Depths, if known, may also be off. If you find that you are only a few feet from a gas line, you may want to relocate the rack. Depth to conflict may control the type of rack mounting to be used. A flanged mounting needs bolts at least four inches deep. In ground mounts (straight pipe) requires approximately a ten to twelve inch depth.
5. Second site investigation: Chose a final location. Use the "Bike Rack Placement Guidelines" to check the site layout. Paint two green spots (four to six inches in diameter) to mark the exact location of the bicycle racks' feet (paint over the black spots?).
6. Show the final location to the building owner.
7. Prepare a work order for installation of the rack(s). This should detail the: exact location of each rack, number of racks (of each type), types of racks to use, types of mountings to use. Also warn of any utility conflicts. Historically, bicycle racks were installed by the Parking Meter Crew (Mike Herold). Instruct them to install on the GREEN spots.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Brita Climate Ride

Do you want meaningful action on climate change and renewable energy? Do you want it now? Don’t miss the 2nd annual Brita Climate Ride, the fully-supported, 5-day bike ride from NYC to DC where you pedal to raise money and awareness of climate change and hope for a future powered by renewable energy and a green economy. This September, more than 200 Climate Riders will cycle beautiful country roads, meet fun and fascinating people, and experience the exhilaration of pedaling to the steps of the US Capitol.

This is your chance to get out on the road and drive the ultimate carbon-free machine: the bicycle.

Join us today for a bike ride you will never forget.

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Pedal Instead factoids...

2008 pedal instead statistics

3871 bikes
41,173 miles ridden
39,345 pounds co2 prevented
2,081 pounds other emissions prevented
287 volunteers
1420 volunteer shifts
The number of bikes we parked in 2008 was up 32% over the number in 2007. And ‘09 promises to be even better…

we won! international wts award

The mission of WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) is to “transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women”. Pedal Instead and its director Catherine Girves were nominated for the Columbus chapter’s annual award and won. They then automatically entered the running for the international Innovative Transportation Solutions Award, and WON THAT AS WELL! Stay tune for details as we approach the May 20-22 Conference and Award Ceremony in Seattle.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Bike to Work Week website is live!

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Maggie's Marauders

My friends from Pittsburgh started a team for the MS150 to raise money for MS. Our friend Maggie was diagnosed with MS awhile back.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

COP 37th Woodstock - Saturday April 4, 2009 - Ride Report

Brrrr. Cold at the start. I headed over to the start a little before nine. I wanted to ride with Tricia and David who organized this year's Woodstock. Woodstock's route heads northwest from New Albany through Galena, good diner, through Sunbury, Easter egg hunts in full action and back toward Johnstown and back to the start. It was windy and clear to start and as the day went on it warmed up a bit. We took our time though. Sharon was riding with us and she had not been out on the bike all year. 52 miles under the belt. Good conversations. Great day on the bike.

New Pedal Instead website

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Magtenlight Company

Friction-Free Magnetic Gear Drive System
1. 4 magnet segments mounted on the spokes of the front wheel
2. There are 8 magnets in each segment, 4 segments forms a ring
3. When bicycle wheel turns, magnet ring turns
4. A high efficiency Magtenlight Generator mounted on the axel of the front wheel
5. The 2 magnet half on top of the Generator in act with the magnet ring
6. There is a gap of 2-3mm between magnet ring and the Generator
7. Magnetic force on the magnet ring push the Generator to turn
8. The gear-up ratio from magnet ring to Generator is 1:16
9. Generator turns at a speed of 1500 rpm when bicycle reach 15Km/Hour
10. Friction-Free transmission established

Reverse Beam Technology
1. Head Lamp Reflector is of Reverse Beam type
2. Light distribution confirms to Germany StVZO 22A No:23 at 15Km/Hour
3. Precisely-engineered reflector collect and reflect light to specific area only
4. LED light source is not visible from front
5. Maximum light efficiency achieved by focuses light exactly according to German Road Traffic Act
6. All light focuses only on those area needed.