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Friday, May 29, 2009

China Re-invents the Bicycle Wheel


Move over Japan. China is making huge strides in the field of weird and wacky. Check out this crazy bicycle with a pentagonal wheel on the the front and a triangular one on the back. It was developed by Chinese inventor Guan Baihua who believes that people will want to ride the bike because it requires more effort than a conventional bike, and thus provides a greater workout for the rider.

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36th Heart of Ohio Tour

Saturday June 6
7:30-9AM. Gloryland Nazarene Church off Coonpath Road, Carroll Ohio. Scenic
tour in the Lanacaster area. Multiple routes, some hilly. Budget Tour, $2
members, $4 non-members./
Al Moore 614/756-9218
Donna Bush 614/837-6744 bikedonna@sbcglobal.net

Bikes for Sale!



I am helping a friend sell some bikes. Please contact me at raymondmgeorge [at] gmail.com for more info.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The 61-year-old who performs a balancing act with his BMX... on cliff edges



Expertly balanced 300ft up a rock face, Khiv Raj Gurjar is the world's finest exponent of Extreme Yoga.

Using only a BMX bike for support, 61-year-old Khiv takes the ancient art of meditation to new levels as he performs complex forms of yoga merely inches from the sheer drop.

Travelling to the top of the rocky outcrop near to his home of Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Khiv begins his exercises at dawn, so as to avoid the raging desert heat.

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Bicycle Quarterly - The Discerning Cyclist's Resource



Bicycle Quarterly is a magazine about the enjoyment of the sport we love. In Bicycle Quarterly, you find professionally written articles.

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Classic Rendezvous - Dedicated to Lightweight Vintage Bicycles, circa 1900~1983.



The purpose of this not-for-profit site is to encourage those interested in enjoying and preserving vintage lightweight "racing" style bicycles of the period from the early 20th century until 1983. The goals are: identification of makers, publishing images of the bicycles & their components, providing key information about the marques & their history, listing resources and, finally, offering camaraderie among the buffs. Please contribute any information or illustrations you might have. Corrections are gratefully accepted.

Updates are constantly being made to as new material become available. The most recent changes can be located by the small update note in each section.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

2010 Specialized Langster - Steel

2010 Steel Langster

I would feel bad for myself if I purchased the Langster before the steel version came out. Looks really nice. Could be an addition to my bike collection next year. Or not... I need to finish my vintage Fuji conversion. Real Japanese steel frame.

Custom wooden bike fenders



All of my bike fenders are produced one at a time from my small garage shop here in Bend, Oregon from as much recycled hardwoods as possible and are signed and dated when complete. The hardware is stainless steel to prevent rusting and I use cool looking brass bolts & nuts to attach all of the hardware. The color of the brass adds just that extra bit of distinctiveness to each set of fenders. To give the wood protection from the elements I finish them with four coats of a high quality Marine grade polyurethane. I offer you a choice of a gloss or satin finish. I don't use stains, paints, or tints- the colors that you see in my fenders are the natural colors of the woods used....natural wood colors rock!! They will fit a vast variety of bicycles and are easy to shape and or cut to fit hard to fit bicycles. Also because they are a three layer laminate they are super strong and flexible. Feel free to look thru my works, ask questions, and even come up with your own designs- as I also do "on request" custom work. **********Please feel free to ask about quantity discounts********
Phone- 541-815-1452

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Calvin's Challenge

Central Ohio Ultra Cycling welcomes you to the 17th Calvin’s Challenge. While the ownership of the race has change, not much else has. The same great route, the same great weather and most importantly the same great racing that makes Calvin’s Challenge the premier 12 hour race on the UMCA calendar.

The following list is things that you may or not need to know depending on the event you are signed up for. We seemed to keep finding things that we feel you need to know to make your race the best possible.

While the 12 & 6 hour races are drafting legal, we praise the accomplishments of the individual racer. We encourage you to set a goal, train for it and do the best you can come race day. You will face many challenges, from weather( always perfect) mechanical, intestinal issues, and plain old fatigue. But no matter your final score, know that we are proud that you came and put forth your beast effort. Learn from your mistakes and come back next year stronger and better prepared.

Change of Start time for the 6 hour race, from 08:00 to 08:30. We determined that we needed more time to set up after the 12 hour race goes off.

The timing clock operation has been changed. Instead of counting down to 00:00:00 at 7:30 pm, it will now read the real time in 12 hour format. (Eastern time). The 6 hour and 100TT necessitated this change.

NEW! Pace vehicle to lead the 12 hour group to the first checkpoint at South Solon. We know that a good amount of the “What were you thinking” racing happens during that first leg to S. Solon. Hopefully with “Big Brother” watching the goings on we’ll have a safer race.
We really don’t want to disqualify anyone, but at the same time we don’t want anyone killed or injured either. Guess which path we are going to take.

At the call for the 100TT (08:35) we need for those racers to move toward the starting line. We will get you out on the course as you line up. No pre determined start roster to worry about. We will send you out at 30 second intervals. 100TT racers must stop at the checkpoints to have their scorecards punched just as the other classes do. Remember, No drafting in the 100TT. If you find another racer drafting you, please tell them that you are in the TT and not to draft you. You will not ride any of the 7 mile loops as part of the 100TT. Since we don’t have a history with the 100TT, the awards will be handed out as best we can determine who the winners are. Bear with us as we fumble our way through this first year.

The Fun ride will start after all the races are out on the route. We hope this will be at about 9:00. That doesn’t mean that you have to start your Fun Ride at that time, but we ask that you don’t start before then. Feel free to ride any of the loops as much as you want. While the racers are restricted as to when they can be on the 7 mile loop, you are not. Please do not jump into the race group (s) as they pass you out on the route. The rules forbid them from drafting you, thus you could cause them to be penalized by you being in their group.
The Fun Ride riders must obey all the same safety rules as the racers. The Fun Riders will not be scored. At the checkpoints, tell the marshals that you are a Fun Rider. We want you to have a safe ride and hopefully come back next year and enter one of the race events.
12, 6 hour and 100TT racers, please be courteous when passing the Fun Riders. Giving them a heads up that you are passing will go a long way in preventing an accident. Remember that they look up to you with admiration and awe of your abilities. Show them that you can be fast and nice at the same time.

To all: The route goes through farm country. You may encounter equipment out on the route. Be careful when passing, much of the equipment has sharp and pointy things on them.

There is at least one turn on the route that is always vandalized, it’s become kind of a tradition. We will put road markings way before the turn (more like the left of a “Y”) and markings on the wrong way.

There are some deep pot holes on the 7 mile loop. Hopefully they will be filled by race day, but maybe not. We marked them with paint, but if you ride into one of these holes, you’ll go down.

No parking behind the school. There is a school activity going on the same time as the race and we have been asked to share. The school has been very kind to the race, so please, let’s do everything we can in return.

Bicycle One and Bacchetta Bikes are giving test rides of their recumbent bikes throughout the day. Most people have seldom seen a recumbent, now is a great chance to test ride one. Maybe a recumbent is just the bike to get your spouse riding. Think recumbents are slow? Not anymore. The 2007 UMCA 24 hour champion and 2006 series 24 hour champion rode a recumbent, the 2007 UMCA 12 hour race series (best of 3) champion rode a recumbent. The 2008 Heart of the South 500 mile race (with over 30,000 feet of climbing) was won by a recumbent rider. The modern recumbent may just be the perfect ultra distant cycling tool. www.bacchettabikes.com

Hammer Nutrition Endurance Fuels and Supplements has been very kind to Calvin’s Challenge this year by supplying the race with a generous amount of product for you to sample. Hammer Nutrition is the leading fuel supplier for the UMCA. I encourage you to ask one of the Race Directors if you have any questions about any of the product line. We have been Hammer Nutrition customers for years and they have successfully fueled all of us through many races and events. www.hammernutrition.com

If you are new to ultra racing, we encourage you to check out www.ultracycling.com It is the definitive source for long distance racing information. Learn about RAAM, RAAM qualifiers, 12/24 hour races, double centuries and how you can participate in a national points championship. The UMCA is the sanctioning body for cross state records. If you found that you like this kind of event, we can recommend a few others.

Most importantly, we could not do this without the many volunteers that do everything from helping you park to punching scorecards and keeping you safe on the route. Keep in mind that many of them were racers at one time, and are now are giving back to those that helped them to reach their goals by helping you reach yours. When you have reached your goals, please consider volunteering at a race or event so that the success that you have enjoyed can be passed on to the next generation of ultra racers.

We want your feedback. We will have a page on the Calvin’s website blog that will allow you to make comments about the race. While we hope you will have some good things to say, we also need to hear about any problems you may have encountered so that we can make improvements for next year.

On behalf of the Race Directors Jeff & Julie Stephens, Christine & Larry Graham we want to thank you for supporting Calvin’s Challenge and hope the rest of your season is safe and you reach your goals.

the site is here...

What Is Ultra Cycling?


The UMCA recognizes records by gender and age. Records may be set by solo riders, tandem riders and 2- or 4-person relay teams. Record setters receive a UMCA plaque and are recognized in UltraCycling magazine.

The purpose of the UMCA is to challenge cyclists to excel in one or more programs. The UMCA:

Organizes the UMCA Year-Rounder Challenge. The Year-Rounder showcases consistent performance in cycling throughout the year. The Y-R includes the Larry Schwartz award which recognizes riders who complete (at least) a century every month. Riders earn certificates, medals and plaques and top riders are recognized in UltraCycling.


Sponsors the Ultracycling Cup Competition. The UCC is a series of races to determine the best ultra racers of the season, with divisions based on age and gender. Riders earn medals and plaques and are eligible for prizes. Top riders are recognized in UltraCycling.


Certifies ultra cycling records. Setting a record is a significant achievement for an endurance cyclist and a great way to prepare for racing. Records are categorized by age and gender and may be set by solo riders, tandem riders and 2- or 4-person relay teams. Record setters are awarded plaques.


Sanctions qualifying for RAAM. Qualifying for the Race Across America is the highest achievement for an ultra cyclist other than finishing RAAM itself. RAAM-qualified riders receive a UMCA plaque.

The UMCA also sanctions the Race Across America.

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Bun's Restaurant Ride 09 Pics

Bun's Restaurant Ride 09

This was my first time on a tandem. My friend Mary, who is Executive Director for the American Council for the Blind in Ohio, has asked me for over a year to be captain on her tandem. So when the email came in last week I decided to "just do it". We started at the Hoover Dam parking area. After pedal installation and seat adjustments, plus a spin around the parking lot we were off. The bike has bar end shifters which I was not used to. Tandems take a lot of work versus a regular bike. Some common issues that need to be worked out include, which side of the bike you dismount, starting together without dragging foot on ground (me), and making sure the stoker knows when to coast (again me). Slowly I learned to do these things as the day wore on. The route took us north and then west to Delaware to Bun's Restaurant. I has the philly steak sandwich which was pretty good. We headed back along the river which was a nice change of scenery. Temps got into the mid-80's and was clear and sunny.

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009 Quick Ride Report

I rode Pedal Pittsburgh last year, but this year it seemed a little easier. The organizers removed the climb past the Igloo at the beginning, but I don't know if that was it. I could be in better shape this year. : ) I recall we took almost 8 hours to ride the 60 mile route last year, but I realized we stopped a lot for one member of our group. Not this year, we took very little breaks. We started the ride around 8:30am and finished 12:30pm. We did the 50 mile route which did not include Mt. Washington. The route ended up being 45 miles though, because we cut out a section that we knew from last year was not that exciting. Another change this year was the start/end was at Southside Works. A little more confusing for parking, but it was a nice atmosphere.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Community Ties Bicycle Ride - Delaware County Friends of the Trail



DCFT's annual fund raiser, the Delaware County Community Ties Bicycle Tour, is set for Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 7:00 a.m. and will roll off from the Northside Fellowship Church parking lot, 6841 Freeman Rd on the corner of 3C and Freeman Rd in Westerville. Supported rides of 31, 62 and 100 miles are on schedule, as well as an 8-mile family fun ride! The tour winds through several Delaware County communities with food stops, and provides a full post-ride lunch.

Online Registration is now open at: http://www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1722992&assetId=CBDBB4

If you are interested in joining the Community Ties team or becoming one of the hallowed sponsors of this event, please drop Dave Staats an email at teamstaats@brightchoice.net.

the site is here...

Third Hand Bike Parts Swap this Sunday- Sunday, May 24

If you have bike parts laying around please come out and sell some of them and support Third Hand. Need some bike parts? Stop out and check out what fellow bikers are selling.

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op
174 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
614-299-2984
info@thirdhand.org

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

Garth Shack will be performing as well.

2009 Ride of Silence Pics



Lots of pics in this one.

Injury of the Week



I met a messenger at Tip Top last night and he showed me what happens when you brush your leg up against a hot disc brake rotor. Ouch!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Singapore Night Rides



Night Cycling is one of the most popular night physical activity in Singapore! Cycling at night is safe and fun! Enjoy the coolness of the night and see the other side of Singapore which you have never noticed! There is also a low volume of traffic at night so you will not have to worry about the heavy traffic which is always present during the day.

Let me introduce myself to everyone. My name is Eric Lim, I have a strong passion for cycling since young but due to career constraints, I had never got anytime for sports or riding until recently… I’m currently staying in Hougang and my city ride buddy is Alex Seah.

Alex stays in Pasir Ris and we are both founders of SGNC. Singapore Nite Cycle was formed to gather night cycling enthusiasts who are passionate about night cycling around Singapore.

We will dedicate to promote night cycling as a healthy lifestyle to everyone we know or just got to know, share and learn from each other’s knowledge on night cycling in Singapore.

We organize regular night cycling rides around Singapore, and often take breaks in between to enjoy the local good food we can find!

Check out our articles for regular updates on our riding and images we took during our night cycling trips!

If you like cycling or are considering taking it up, we welcome you to join us for our weekly night cycling city rides even if you are a beginner! Don’t worry, we are not very fast riders either… Safety comes first, we ride safely, steadily and happily!

the site is here...

Columbus Ohio's Elite Custom Powder Coating Company!

Streetwerkz is a young and highly motivated company dedicated to providing the highest quality service at a reasonable and fair price. As a family owned and operated business, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and an unmatched committment to quality. Your parts will be be handled with the utmost care throughout every step of the powder coating process, from media blasting preparation all the way to packing and shipping the finished product. From 1 part to 10,000 parts, we can handle all your powder coating needs utilizing our state-of-the-art equipment and skilled workforce to produce the highest quality finish available.

Word on the street is that they do a great job on bike frames for a reasonable price.

The site is here...

Pedal Pittsburgh via unicycle

The Unicycle Page


Unicycling is a recreational sport that has many diverse disciplines. Traditional activities include freestyle, touring, racing, riding in parades, and team sports such as hockey and basketball. The modern disciplines, which are now the most popluar, are the extreme riding styles including mountain, street, and trials unicycling.

This Unicycle Page is dedicated to providing links to the best internet resources to learn more about the sport of unicycling.

the site is here...

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009 Photos

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pedal Pale Ale 2009 Pics

2009 Pedal Pale Ale Ride Report - 5/15/2009

Jonny and I drove from C-Bus to Pittsburgh and we made it just in time to participate in what I would consider one of the best urban rides I have experienced. Traffic into the Burgh was pretty crappy. A lot of traffic for the baseball game and road repairs almost caused us to be late. We parked at the Washington Blvd velodrome, which is an outdoor paved oval with banked turns. East End Brewing is just up the road a bit. When we arrived it was a sea of bikes and the line was out to the road. The crew from Wheeling, Kevin, Carolyn, Andy, Bruce, Andy Wallen, Ryan and Anna were already signed in and waiting. They did a group photo and estimated the crowd between 400-500 people. I concur.

Three kegs rolled out of the lot and we headed toward the secret final destination bar somewhere in Pittsburgh. I know my way around Pittsburgh, but I am not intimate with the streets. I do know that we crossed through Shadyside and Oakland and made our way down to the river via a trail. Down along the river and then across the Hot Metal Bridge to Carson Street and the Southside Works. Once the kegs caught up to everybody we wound our way through the streets to OTB Bicycle Bar (where they hold roller racing). We decided to grab some food while we waited for our free pint. Taco Loco was a few doors down. We drank them out of a few beers while consuming tacos. : ) Then the free pint. Beer was good. Tacos were good. It was nice to get out of Columbus and ride in another city.

We followed our route back up to Oakland and then used some nav tools, i.e. GPS on phone, to get back to Washington Blvd. Weather was great, ride was great and seeing friends was even better.

It was confirmed that 500+ riders were on the Pedal Pale Ale 2009 ride. Woohoo!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

From the Mailbag: Tricia Kovacs Cycling Workshop

I hope you'll consider attending my vehicular cycling workshop next Thursday, 5/21 at 6:30PM at the Gahanna golf course clubhouse. It's free and there will be food! You just have to register through the parks & rec department in Gahanna. Here's the info:

Cycling safety May 21 at 6:30-8PM
Gahanna golf course clubhouse
220 Olde Ridenour Road
May is National Bicycle Month. Start the cycling season by learning about the principles of cycling on roads and trails. Topics include basic bicycle maintenance, sharing the roads with motorists safely and courteously, safe group riding, accident types and prevention techniques and Ohio and local traffic laws. We will not be riding, so participants do not need to bring bikes. Appropriate for adults and children aged 14 and older. Snacks and refreshments provided by Funtrail.
Call Gahanna Parks & Recreation to register at 342-4250

Senator Fedor ride from Toledo to Columbus

Ohio Senator Teresa Fedor is bicycling from Toledo to Columbus starting on May 15 (tomorrow) to promote biking in Ohio. She will be stopping at schools, trails and bike shops along the way, spending nights in Findlay and Marion. She is a promoter of healthy children, election reform and the environment and she is a supporter of cyclists, veterans and active military and their families. There will be a "Campaign for Healthy Kids Rally" at the statehouse on Sunday, May 17 at 3:30-6:30PM. Mayor Coleman and Governor Strickland are expected to be there. Please come down to the statehouse on May 17 at 3:30 to welcome Senator Fedor to Columbus.
Senator Fedor plans to sponsor a bill to change the Ohio bicycle laws as proposed by the Ohio Bicycle Federation:
http://cycle-safety.com/ORC-proposal-Complete.rtf
OBF president Chuck Smith will accompany her on her ride.
Here's a map of their route:
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/132079

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bike to work and keep on keeping on

It's b2ww (bike to work week for the acronym impaired) and we want to keep you hydrated. So, join us for the third annual Green Drinks bike hop. The plan has changed a bit from our last note, so pay attention. It is still going down this Thursday, May 14th, but places and times have changed (slightly).

We'll be starting at Byrne's (just like before), but not until the regular Green Drinks start time of 6 PM. After cooling our heels and wheels in Grandview with some well deserved drinks, the pelaton departs at 7:15 for Surly Girl to reoccupy the backroom that we used to call home. Our featured speaker for the evening will be Meredith Joy from Yay Bikes. And then back in the saddle to Cafe Bobo (Cafe Bourbon Street for the uninitiated) for a great line-up of bands - Small Pox & the New Vaccine, Couch Forts, Tavo Carbone. If you arrive before 9:30 and on a bike the cover is $2 ($5 if you drive and/or come late).

To recap, we'll be at Byrne's Pub (1248 W 3rd Ave) from 6-7:15, Surly Girl (1126 N High St) from 7:30-8:45, and Cafe Bourbon Street (2216 Summit St) from 9 on. Note, each leg will be led by an experienced cyclist and travel times are approximate. Hope you can join in on some or all the fun.

Team Green Drinks

CNN - iReport Video - Bike to Work Week

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009 is Sunday, May 17th and will take place at the SouthSide Works!

A ride as unique as the city, Pedal Pittsburgh annually attracts more than 2,000 participants ranging from families with children and recreational riders to fitness enthusiasts. Participants can choose from six courses ranging from 6- to 60-miles, this year starting and finishing at SouthSide Works.

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009 is celebrating its 16th year of providing a great way to experience the defining architecture and urban design of the city and its neighborhoods. Since its inception in 1994, Pedal Pittsburgh has hosted 22,000 cyclists riding past the city's architectural heritage.

As you travel along the routes, watch for some of this year's architectural highlights such as the new August Wilson Center for African American Culture downtown or the Mount Washington Rain Garden.

the site...

Skybike

TOSRV 2009 Quick Ride Report

I don't want to bore anyone with details.

Brett and I started north of town and passed the start at 8am. Andy had started out earlier because he thought he couldn't keep up. We caught up to him in Circleville. The wind was swirling around for the first 25 miles and then picked up consistency the further south we continued. We were forced to paceline to keep our sanity. The wind was coming out of the southwest so we did the angled paceline where riders stretched out into the road instead of directly behind each other. In Chillicothe we had lunch with David, Tricia and her brother Steve (who by the way is a hoot). Then we hit the rollers. Brett and I got out in front of Andy, but he caught up to us by catching onto a group. We stopped in Waverly at the lake for last snack before Portsmouth. We also jumped into groups and it was nice to get pulled along instead of fighting the wind. On one of the sections of road they had rumble strips lining it and Brett got caught on them. I looked over to see him rolling across them at 20mph and he was vibrating and bouncing all over the place.

The river was flooding and covered the racetrack and all the land to the left and right of the road into Portsmouth. We pulled into Portsmouth at 4:30pm. 117 miles at 16mph average. We stopped to take pics of the mural and headed to the park. We hung out with Tricia, David and Steve at the park and ogled all the bikes and people hanging out.

We went to the All Saints spaghetti dinner. Steve insisted on taking pictures of food instead of people. He said he took pics of people last year and wanted a change. They had bike parking out back with valet service. Ask me about the exchange between the church people after dinner. This is a family friendly blog, so offline would be best. The dinner was great. Food was good and a bargain for the amount. Onto the stadium for camping. Got to talk with some friends from other rides and saw Dylan and his wife Janet. Setup without a hitch and turned in. I wanted to kill the guy in the tent next to us because he snored the entire night. Aaaargh!

6am wake up alarm. Temps dropped overnight and the tent was covered with condensation. Packed up and headed over to All Saints for the Chris Cakes breakfast. The pancakes were OK. Chris from Chris Cakes flips the pancakes onto your plate from the griddle. Pretty entertaining.

The headwind was still present as we headed north, but it fluctuated. There were a lot of police cars going somewhere with their lights and sirens blaring, but we never did find out. We saw one guy who had fallen receiving help from EMT and we were told in Obetz that someone had ran a light and got hit by a car. Sunday ride start was 8am and we got into Columbus around 4:30pm. I think this year was definitely better than last year. Total mileage was 228 including ride back to Brett's. We averaged 15.7mph.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bikin Block Party Video from Austin Kocher

Share the Road Columbus


Share The Road Columbus is an educational initiative Mayor Michael B. Coleman created as part of the City’s Bicentennial Bikeways Plan. The Bikeways Plan intends to make sharing Columbus’ roads safer for everyone – motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Share the Road Columbus is part of the plan’s first phase of implementation.

The initial area of focus for Share the Road Columbus is North High Street, from Nationwide Boulevard to Morse Road. There will be new traffic signs and pavement markings to educate and inform.

the website is here...

Stolen Bike Alert - Russ Benson

Bike stolen as of May 11th from my house in North OSU Campus area.

Description:
- Black IRO Angus 59 cm frame
- Black bullhorn handlebars w/ yellow OURY grips
- Yellow Velocity Deep-V rims with black spokes
- Black seatpost with Yellow Selle Itallia Turbo seat.
- Navy Blue KMC single-speed chain
- Crank Bros. Steel Eggbeater pedals.
- Has front and rear fenders attached.

My bike is hard to miss and will stick out like a sore thumb. Whoever stole it has no respect for bikes whatsoever.
I'm a pretty tall guy so good luck to whomever tries to ride it will prove difficult.

If there is any one who does rides around OSU campus area please be on the lookout.
If you spot it anywhere around town, please do not hesitate to give a call or email!

phone: 937-219-3959
e-mail: russtron@gmail.com


REWARD: Round of drinks/shots at your bar of choice (and/or) free food to Northstar Cafe.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dublin family all geared up for annual bicycle trip - Dispatch

Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:11 AM
BY AMY SAUNDERS
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

During the weekend Tour of the Scioto River Valley, a Dublin family will pedal in unison on the 210-mile cycling trip.

The Ruffs have an unusual bike that seats four -- Adele, 46; Greg, 42; Griffin, 14; and Grant, 10 -- and pulls a buggy carrying 6-year-old Toni, who's a little too short to reach the pedals.

In riding "Quadzilla" from Downtown to Portsmouth on Saturday, then back to Columbus on Sunday, the family affords itself a rare bonding opportunity.

The story...

We met the Ruffhouse on the way back to Columbus last year. First at a rest stop and then when they had a mechanical. Very cool family. Hope to see them out this year on TOSRV....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bike to Work Week Update

Congratulations! We have just surpassed the total mileage for last year's Bike to Work Week. You have cycled over 11,000 miles in just 2 and a half days - a true accomplishment for Central Ohio cycling community.

We held two workshops this week: Vehicular Cycling with Tricia Kovacs and Bicycling and the Law with Tim Boone. Specials thanks to both of them for contributing their time and expertise.

News! Columbus has just been named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Tricia Kovacs has been coordinating this effort for over a year and worked with many, many volunteers. We are very lucky to have Tricia in our community and the Bike to Work Week committee would like to extend our thanks to her for her hard work in making Columbus a great place to cycle. Go Tricia! http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/

Please visit our Bicycle Friendly Businesses page to get discounts on food, coffee, bike gear and more. http://b2ww.org/columbus/bike_friendly_business

Upcoming Events:
Share the Road Campaign Kick-Off with Mayor Coleman and OSU President Gee
Paradise Garage Block Party
Momma's Ride
Third Hand Bike Co-op Open House
Green Drinks Bike Hop
Bike OSU Tour of Columbus
All this and more at: http://b2ww.org/columbus/b2ww-events

Note: Your co-workers can still sign up for the challenge. Every trip brings your team more points!

Ride safe.

Sincerely,

Bike to Work Week Planning Committee

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 5/5/09

Met up with Brett for a quick ride around town. Lots of spandex : ) It was so beautiful out last night. Nice temps and clear skies. We rode from Linden area up Karl Rd to Shrock to the Westerville trail. Did about half the trail and then headed south. Did Cleveland all the way back to Linden. There is a pothole on Cleveland that is so big it has it's own cheering section. I think someone will get killed hitting that one of these days. 23.5 miles, averaged 16.1mph.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5/04/2009 - Ride Report

A tale of two rides, or Why I decided to ride alone.... We started late and headed down High. Crowd was probably 40-50 strong. When we got around 11th a car zipped up and came pretty close to riders staddling the line on the left lane. People got belligerent at the next light. I heard something hit the metal of the car as well. So I decided to ride on my own. I continued south on High and turned east on 5th. I did my good deed for the day when I stopped on 5th to help a guy push his car off the road because it stalled. Rode 5th to Hamilton. Did the loop through the airport. Rode the rollercoaster. Headed back into town on Airport road and then 670 path to Cleveland. Wound my way back to High Beck. 23 miles, averaged 16mph. Good ride for me. Don't know what happened to the rest of the riders.

Airport Rollercoaster Ride

Delicious Mixtures Frame Painting

Delicious Mixtures
614-223-0272 ( this is also seagull bags number as well)
Rory Taylor
DeliciousMixtures@gmail.com

Monday, May 4, 2009

From the Mailbag: Metroparks levy means trail updates

I hope you'll vote tomorrow and vote yes for the Metroparks levy. The levy will fund maintenance and development of the trail system. Also, Metroparks is planning to take over maintenance of all Columbus trails, which will counteract the city's budget problems which may limit that maintenance. Also, Metroparks is planning to open three new parks: along Rocky Fork Creek near New Albany, along Little Walnut Creek near Canal and along the Scioto River in Grove City. The latest parkscope has a good summary of the levy and the Metroparks home page has an FAQ.

http://www.metroparks.net/CmsData/Site/Documents/2009/Parkscope_Spring_09.pdf

http://www.metroparks.net/

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Top of Ohio 09 Ride Recap

A beautiful day to be on the bike... It was a little cool at the start, mid-50's and overcast. We decided to ride the Top 60 ride which starts in Milford Center. Ride is relatively flat to start, then they throw the hills at ya. We climbed 2600 feet over 60 miles and averaged 15mph. Last year on Corkscrew Hill we had a mechanical which ended the ride. We could have finished it if we would have pushed the bike to the top of the hill and continued on. Very flat after that hill.

East End Brewery - Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride - May 15th

GOT A BIKE? WANNA GO GET A BEER? I'M BUYING!
It's almost time for my most favorite-est GOOD BEER Event of the year - our annual PEDAL PALE ALE Keg Ride. With the shockingly stellar performance of last year's keg trailer, a whole new range of possible destinations opens up for this year's ride, so expect an even BIGGER and BETTER Keg Ride than last year! If you're still pretty new around here and have no idea what I'm talking about, here's the story...

Every year in late Spring/early Summer, we gear up (ouch!) to release the very first keg of our Summer Seasonal Beer, Pedal Pale Ale at a local tap spot. But what makes this debut so special is that it's location is kept secret until a few minutes before the keg is tapped. Oh, and I should also mention that the 165lb half barrel will bedelivered by bicycle, by me, with lots of moral support from all of you of course. Actually, last year I pulled a half, and had some help
from Seth on that backup quarter barrel. This year, I might do double duty... we'll see how the training regimen goes, but you don't need to worry about that. You just need to be there!

On May 15th at 6:00pm, you'll show up at the brewery on your bike, sign in, collect your "beer token". At 7:00pm or so, right at the end of Growler Hours, we'll embark on a delightful Spring evening of gentle riding (remember, I'm pulling a keg!) around the greater East End, until we arrive at our super-secret destination, where you can cash in that token for a pint of the freshed bike-delivered beer you've ever tasted.

Last year, we had a whopping 225 people on the ride, and I'm bracing for even more this year, so bring a friend, bring all your friends, bring anyone you'd like to be your friend, or make some new ones on the ride... it will be a fun evening for sure. May 15th also happens to be National Bike To Work Day, so really, what could fit in better with your commuting plans, and your most basic need for a pint of fresh beer at the end of the week. Did I mention that for everyone riding along, the first beer is on me? We'll talk more next month, but start spreading the word NOW, okay?

East End Brewery
6923 Susquehanna St.
Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The League of American Bicyclists Announces Spring 2009 Bicycle Friendly Communities and States

Washington, DC - April 27, 2009 – The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce our 2009
spring Bicycle Friendly Communities and States in celebration of Bike Month 2009, starting May 1. The
League is recognizing 13 new Bicycle Friendly Communities and three BFC renewals (see list below).
Notably, five states have their first BFC designations – Cedar Falls, Iowa; Columbia, Mo.; Tulsa, Okla.;
Columbus, Ohio; and Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia and Columbus add to the League’s roster of
metropolitan cities east of the Mississippi River to become a BFC, proving that the nation – not just the
west coast – is growing increasingly aware of the benefits of becoming more bicycle-friendly. “It was very
encouraging to have five new states represented, some big cities east of the Mississippi, and a significant
improvement in responses to enforcement and planning questions,” said League President Andy Clarke.
The cities that received BFC designations have made great strides in the past few years. Philadelphia
and Columbus are both bronze BFCs and at critical points of the process to become great cities for
cyclists. Philadelphia is back on track after doing a lot in the late 1990s with its on-street network. They
have hired a bike coordinator, Bike Philly is growing apace, there are unique urban mountain biking
opportunities and industry and advocates are working effectively with Philadelphia to move things
forward. Columbus has an exciting new Bicycle Master Plan; and if fully implemented, it will build one of
the better urban trail systems in the country. Both of these communities benefit from new mayors who are
committed to improving the quality of life in communities through bicycling. In addition to these, Tulsa and
Irvine, Calif. both have bike sharing programs. Clarke noted the impressive advances of the BFC
applicants and stated, “This round of applications had more communities with newer and stronger bike
plans than all previous reviews.”
Additionally, the League is announcing its inaugural round of Bicycle Friendly States. Four states have
been awarded the coveted designation and two states received an honorable mention – Washington
(Silver), Wisconsin (Silver), Arizona (Bronze), Minnesota (Bronze), Delaware (Honorable Mention) and
Maryland (Honorable Mention). “This year we are recognizing several states for their impressive initiatives
to improve conditions for bicyclists, and the timing could not be better for doing that: to lessen energy
consumption and improve the environment, health benefits and traffic,” stated Clarke.
The BFC and BFS programs are revolutionizing the way states and communities evaluate their quality of
life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work
toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application process to become a BFC is rigorous;
currently only 108 of the 274 applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four
levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to
continuously improve. The new and expanded BFC program began at the League in 1995, and in the
past 14 years it has evolved into the tool it is today – evaluating, recognizing and improving cities, states
and businesses. The League judges all BFC applications on our fundamental Five Es – Engineering,
Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation.
The BFS program links the League’s work with federal level and community advocacy throughout the
nation and recognizes states that actively support bicycling. Scoring is based on a 75-item questionnaire
evaluating a states’ commitment to bicycling and covers six key areas: legislation, policies and programs,
infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement.

League of American Bicyclists website

Thanks Tricia for all your hard work!

Thursday Night Ride report

Got a chance to ride with Brett. We rode down Cleveland into town. Wound through downtown to German Village. rode as many brick streets as possible : ) Rode north then west on Greenlawn.North into Franklinton. We made our way through the side streets. A couple people near Broad called us choice words because of the way we were dressed. : ( McKinley over Grandview. North through Grandview to Northwest. Northwest to Northstar and through the trail over to campus. Back up north via Indianola. 22.5 miles. Weather was beautiful. Warm and occasional light sprinkles.