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Friday, July 31, 2009

Everyone Bikes (or should) - Bike Share Program is here in Columbus is an experiment designed to help communities create bike shares through retailer and advertiser partnerships. Our retailers provide the bikes to riders via a simple transaction. Riders can take a bike, run errands, visit the various retailers throughout our neighborhood, stop and enjoy food/drink/shopping and return the bike for others to enjoy.

Super. Simple.

Our pilot here in the Short North community of Columbus, OH will evolve over time but our goal today is to prove that communities can provide a safe, cost-effective transportation alternative cooperative to communities.

Eventually, we'd like to move beyond the Short North and have communities throughout the US adopt our idea.

Want to do a bike-share in your community? Take our idea and make it yours. And keep us posted on how things work out.

the site is here... sign up to get your bike on!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Council Bill Requires Buildings to Let Bikes In - NYC

Council Bill Requires Buildings to Let Bikes In

Cubicles around the city may be getting a little rounder now that the City Council has approved a bill requiring commercial building owners and managers to provide access for bicycles.

The law passed on Wednesday with a vote of 46 to 1, with Councilman Erik Martin Dilan of Brooklyn voting no. It takes effect in 120 days and requires buildings with freight elevators to allow employees to bring their bikes upstairs. “It shall be assumed that if a freight elevator is available for carrying freight, it is available for carrying bicycles,” the law reads.

Originally introduced by Councilman David Yassky in 2004, the access law has long been a goal of the cycling community and some on the Council. Lack of parking is the most common reason cited by New Yorkers for not biking to work, surveys by the city’s Planning Department have found.

“I believe that we have to be very aggressive in promoting alternative transportation in the city,” said Mr. Yassky, a Brooklyn Democrat who is running for comptroller. “Nothing is going to take the place of the subway, but if we’re going to continue to be the world’s capital, we’ve got to give people as many travel opportunities as we can.”

The law is a leap forward for advocates of cycling. In the past, riders have largely negotiated access to elevators and ad hoc storage areas on a piecemeal basis. The result was that few bikes made it into the workplace.

The new law contains exceptions for buildings without freight elevators, buildings in which transporting bikes in elevators would create a safety hazard and in buildings close to adequate “covered off-street or secure indoor no-cost bicycle parking” nearby. Such parking amenities — which do not include the dozens of new covered racks built by the city this year — are not available in most places in the city.

The law does not require buildings to add bike storage capacity. (Adding bike parking to new and renovated commercial and residential buildings of a certain size was included in zoning changes adopted by the Council in April.)

However, the law does not include any provision to encourage employers to allow bikes onto their floors, so the issue of where to put bikes in a crowded office will become a concern, and will likely need to be negotiated on an employer-by-employer basis. Any storage situation will need to comply with fire and building codes.

“It’s up to employers to make decisions about how they use their own office space, as long as they do so within the law,” said Wiley Norvell of Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists and pedestrians, which supported the bill. “For most workplaces, this means hanging up bikes in an out-of-the-way storage closet or on a wall. And for workplaces unwilling or unable to spare the square footage, then that’s that.”

Another concern of some bike commuters is that the freight elevators will not be made available during commuting hours. Many such elevators must be staffed, and keeping someone around to run the elevators later in the evening, may not possible in many buildings.

“It’s a start,” Mr. Yassky said. “Rarely do you solve a problem completely on the first try. I believe that my original bill, which was not limited to freight elevators, is the best policy, but the legislative process involves compromises and we had to make compromises to get it passed. But I’m very happy with the bill we’ve got now. It solves the bulk of the problems preventing people from biking to work.”

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Saturday Dawes Ride

Saturday 9:00 a.m. from Jefferson Community Park on Clark State east of Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd.

Alternate start from Pataska for those who want a shorter trip.

Lunch at Clark's dinner.

52 miles more or less plus loop in the arboretum.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mad River Ride Report

I was invited by a friend up to the Mad River Ski area for a bicycle ride. Two rides were planned for the day, one at 10am and one at 1:30pm. We headed northwest and looped back to Mad River for the first, skirting Bellefontaine, along the way. 26.5 miles and we averaged 17mph. We ate some lunch and hung out waiting for more riders. The second ride was to the southeast and featured three covered bridges. We had around 25 people for the second ride. We rode about 25 miles and I averaged 16mph over the ride. It was a great day in the saddle, and I met a bunch of great people.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mad River Ride Pics

Community Ties Ride - review by Brett Allen

Had an interesting adventure Saturday doing the Community Ties Ride put on by Delaware County Friends of the Trail. Got up at 5am and first thing, checked weather radar. No red blobs in rain predicted until late in the day...dispensed with my rain gear and left strap-on fenders at home. Rode up to the start point at Freeman Rd & Rt 3. But what was that big thunderhead doing coming in from the west? Shortly after 7am a heavy storm broke. I laid low for 40 minutes and started out at 8am. It was still sprinkling, the roads were wet, but no downpours for the time being. Overall an enjoyable 33 miles to the first snack stop. This ride was well supported and the route was well marked and easy to follow. Up toward the top of Alum Creek Reservoir a bunch of cars were stopped. People were checking out a bald eagle nest with chicks out on the water. The ride continued into Delaware to the Breakaway Bike Shop where there were more goodies to eat and repairs if you needed any. At this point you could turn back for the 62 miler or continue on into northwest Delaware County for the 100. I joined up with someone doing their first century and headed off for the thriving metropolis of Prospect, Ohio. There was a strong south wind, so we just sailed on up. Meanwhile, looking over our shoulders, a huge storm was forming to the south - we found out later it drenched Delaware were we had just been. In Prospect my companion took the SAG back and I joined up with four bikers who kept up a relentless pace and totally kicked my butt. Heading south we bucked 30mph+ winds. We set up 30-second rotations. We had to walk over one especially bad rail crossing. If you were a rim, this was the Grand Canyon. More wet roads and sprinkles coming into Delaware, but the big downpour had moved on by the time we got there. Back in Delaware we rested at the Breakaway. Heading out of town the road was blocked by several 8-inch fire hoses, the local Days Inn was up in flames. Made it back to the start at 3:20pm. I was wet wet most of the day. My bike was all gunked up. Looked like I had been out mountain biking. Had to hose it down. Totally exhausted and miserable. Loved every second of it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Trail Ride Report

Kevin, Carolyn and I decided to try our hand at the Allegheny Passage and C&O. Ashley was supposed to ride with us, but he hurt his knee a few weeks ago and he had to bow out. Ashley and I rode from West Newton to Frostburg a few years ago for a total of 104 miles each way. I am so glad I went ahead with this ride. Last year's rides were fun, but I never took the time to do an epic ride like this, especially with friends like Kevin and Carolyn. : )

We started out in Meyersdale, PA at the old train station. But, we decided to head north to ride across the Salisbury Viaduct. We turned around at the cemetery and then headed south. Visible for miles are the wind farms on top of the hills. Next highlight is the Keystone Viaduct which is shorter than Salisbury but still cool. It is a slight rise to the Eastern Continental Divide which is the point where water runs to the Chesapeake Watershed or the Gulf of Mexico. Onto the highlight of the trip for more than one reason, the Big Savage Mountain Tunnel.

As we passed out of the 3294" long tunnel the vista is amazing. It is about 20 miles across the valley to Cumberland, MD. We stopped to take pictures. I was fumbling with the camera until I noticed Kevin kneeling down in front of Carolyn. He proceeded to ask her hand in marriage! Carolyn said no, took the ring, and kicked him off the mountain. Just kidding! She accepted. I was honored to be a part of his proposal ceremony.

We regrouped and headed down to Frostburg crossing the Mason-Dizon line. We stopped for a moment at the trailhead and continued on. The train runs from Frostburg to Cumberland and the trail follows the rail. Video of the train passing is on Flickr. We stopped at Cumberland. MD for lunch at the Baltimore Street Grill. Good food and beer. I had the crab cake sandwich with fries and a porter to wash it down. Unfortunately it was not enough to hold me until the end. Kevin and Carolyn need to fill in their food choices.

From Cumberland south the trail becomes the C&O Canal trail. One word - boring! It is double track through the woods separating the canal and the Potomac River. Much more wildlife on this section. We passed deer, varieties of birds, beavers, turtles, a weasel (looked like a ferret), rabbits and a lot of fish in the canal.

We arrived in Hancock around 8pm and checked into the America's Best Value Motel. The motel was ok. At least they offered a hose to wash off our bikes. All the service people in Hancock were horrible. We called Fox's Pizza at 9pm and the guy yelled that they hadn't had an order in an hour and proceeded to hang up. The Pizza Hut staff was bad and the service was slow. I ate an entire 12" pizza. The Sheetz service was pretty bad in the morning.

Mileage down was 100 miles and we averaged around 13mph.

The C&O trail was pretty horrible shape. I experienced a flat within 10 miles of leaving Hancock. It became tiring to constantly yell out "root, rocks, water, rut, branches" for 67 miles. If I were to do the trail again I would only ride one way and drive back from DC. Or, do only the Allegheny Passage section which is crushed limestone and has great views.

We stopped at the Crabby Pig in Cumberland, MD. The restaurant sits on the trail next to the bike shop and across from the train station. The train pulled into the station for the last run as we sat down for lunch. I had the soft shell crab platter and a martini. Very good on both counts. I will have Carolyn and Kevin fill in the blanks for their food.

The climb from Cumberland, MD to Big Savage Mountain is only 1-2 percent, but it is 23 miles long. Whew! My thighs ached for three days after that section.

We arrived back in Meyersdale around 7:30pm after 96 miles.

Pics and videos
Great Allegheny Passage Website
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

2009 Tour de France - photos

The link is here...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lance Armstrong to race for Team RadioShack in 2010 - Velonews

Lance Armstrong’s new team will be Team RadioShack for the 2010 season and beyond.

RadioShack Corporation will form an American ProTour team, and, beginning next year, Lance Armstrong will compete for Team RadioShack "as a cyclist, runner and triathlete," the company announced in a press release.

Armstrong will continue to promote his LiveStrong foundation with RadioShack. more...

Team site is here

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Local Bicyclist Dies After Hilliard Accident

A local bicyclist who was critically injured in a weekend accident died from his injuries Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, the story...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Berlin brothel offers discounts for cyclists - Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Berlin brothel has come up with a novel way to negate the impact of the global economic crisis and target a new group of customers at the same time -- offering a discount to patrons who arrive on bicycles.

"The recession has hit our industry hard," said Thomas Goetz, owner of the "Maison d'envie" brothel.

"Obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people," he added. "It's good for business, it's good for the environment -- and it's good for the girls."

Customers who arrive on bicycle or who can prove they took public transportation get a 5-euro ($7) discount from the usual 70-euro ($100) fee for 45 minute sessions, Goetz told Reuters. He said the environmentally friendly offer was working.

"We have around 3-5 new customers coming in daily to take advantage of the discount," he said, adding the green rebate has helped alleviate traffic and parking congestion in the neighborhood.

Germany is one of the few countries in the world where prostitution is legal. It has about 400,000 prostitutes who, since 2002, have been allowed to enter formal labor contracts.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Free bike helmets no longer available - The Dispatch

City fire stations have run out of free bicycle helmets, according to the Division of Fire.

The Dispatch and local TV stations reported last week that fire stations would begin giving away 3,000 helmets today to help young riders comply with the city's new bike-helmet law

story is here...

Biking in Sweden can be dangerous!

Swedish man attacked by tattooed girl gang

Police in central Sweden are on the hunt for a gang of tattooed women who sexually molested a 50-year-old man as he was riding by on his bicycle.


BMX bike splits in two.

Five iPhone Apps That Replace Bike Hardware - WIRED LABS

The iPhone has proved to be rather adept at replacing other pieces of hardware. The combination of portability, a big screen that allows it to mimic any interface and an open (ish) App Store means that we are continually surprised at what people can make it do.

Today, it’s the turn of the bicycle. It turns out that many of the geegaws you might buy at the LBS (local bike shop) are already available as downloads from the iTunes Store. Here are our favourites.

the rest of the story...

Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Trail Ride Pics

I have been criticized for taking too many pictures. Click here for thumbnails.

I added several videos as well...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Columbus’ First Annual “Gears & Gardens” Bicycle Tour

Via the American Community Gardens Association’s Annual Conference, August 6-8

Columbus, OH—July 9, 2009—Columbus’ bicycling and gardening communities will join forces for the
first annual “Gears & Gardens” bicycle tour of community gardens, to be held during the American
Community Gardening Association’s (ACGA) national conference August 6-8 at Franklin Park
Conservatory. The ride, offered this year exclusively to conference attendees, will showcase six gardens
uniquely contributing to the local economy, foodshed, and sense of place. It will culminate at Surly Girl
Saloon with a lunch made from locally grown food and speakers Catherine Girves of The Enrichment
Association and Dr. John Tolbert of the Columbus Health Department discussing how bicycles and
gardens contribute to healthy, socially just neighborhoods.

Trish Dehnbostel, Programming Manager at Local Matters and Gears & Gardens coordinator, says,
“Community gardening is a dramatic way to empower our neighborhoods through growing our own food,
saving money, beautifying our community and getting to know each other. It’s more than gardening: it’s a
transformative experience that changes not only neighborhoods, but people.” Dehnbostel aims to promote
collaboration and resource sharing through the ride, which will be an annual celebration of healthy living.

Meredith Joy of Yay Bikes! speaks similarly about the transformative effects of bicycling, and finds a
natural fit between the cycling and gardening communities that made partnering on this tour, for her, a “no
brainer”. “We may forget, as we drive around in our cars, our connectedness with one another and the
environment,” she says. “Bicycling, like gardening, reconnects us with what’s important in life.”
Gears & Gardens will start at the Franklin Park Conservatory and continue on to: Garden of Communion
(Bryden & South Ohio), Garden of New Freedom and New Freedom (East Mound & Carpenter), Indianola
Alternative Elementary School Garden, Dragonfly Neo-V, Summit United Methodist Garden, and the
Weinland Park Community Garden (East Fifth Street). The gardens will have a docent leading a tour of the
grounds and sharing how the garden has achieved success. Each garden was selected to highlight
current trends in the community gardening movement.

In addition to the bicycle tour, the ACGA is also sponsoring Columbus’ international award-winning Pedal
Instead bicycle valet for attendees who wish to commute to the conference and explore Columbus by
bicycle. This free service provides fenced, monitored bicycle parking to ensure the security of bikes during
special events. In 2008, Pedal Instead parked almost 4,000 bikes, preventing more than 40,000 miles
from being driven and almost 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Gears & Gardens is sponsored by Local Matters and operated in conjunction with the American
Community Garden Association, Mayor Coleman’s Institute for Active Living, and Yay Bikes! More
information about the ride and its featured gardens can be obtained by contacting Trish Dehnbostel at
614-738-0819 or

UK Tip to Tip by "Flying Bike", for Charity

The Flying Bike ("Flyke")

The vehicle is called a "Flyke" because it is, in essence, a flying bike. There are 3 main parts to it - a lightweight trike chassis, a powerful 2 stroke twin propeller motor, and a paraglider canopy ("wing") which provides lift during forward motion. Some key facts:

Designed, manufactured and sold by Fresh Breeze GmbH in Germany
Easy take-offs and landings, requiring an area the size of a soccer pitch
Capable of flying up to altitude of approx 7,500 feet
2.5hrs flight on a full tank of fuel, travelling at approx 30mph airspeed
Fully legal for use in UK airspace (following recent change in legislation)
Can be pedalled on the ground as a regular bike (either with motor attached/detached) - ideal if bad weather rules out flying
Capable of 30mph ground speed under propeller power (obviously illegal on UK roads!)
Union Jack flag design on my wing was custom made as a one off for me, and is the only one of its kind in the world (as far as I know). G-Reg lettering is temporarily applied as legal requirement
Videos can be seen below:

the site is here...

Study: Fewer than 20% walk or bike even part of commute - FROM USATODAY

CHICAGO (AP) — Walking or biking to work, even part way, is linked with fitness, but very few Americans do it, according to a study of more than 2,000 middle-aged city dwellers.
In what may be the first large U.S. study of health and commuting, the researchers found only about 17% of workers walked or bicycled any portion of their commute.


Portland Progress - On Street Bike Corrals - FROM BIKE PORTLAND

To accomodate what is probably Portland’s busiest bikeway through a commercial district (outside of downtown), the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is set to install two more of their on-street bike corrals on N.Williams.

According to Sarah Figliozzi with PBOT, the new corrals will be on both sides of Williams at N. Failing Street. One of them will go in front of Pix Patisserie and the other will be right across the street in front of Lincoln Restaurant.

The new corrals are funded by the Portland Development Commission through their Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.

N. Williams, which has seen a boom in development for several blocks near N. Failing Street, is a very busy bike traffic corridor. What makes it different than other popular commercial areas — like SE Hawthorne, N. Mississipi, SE Belmont, and NE Alberta — is that N. Williams has a bike lane (which, unfortunately, is not as wide as the one on N. Vancouver).


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All Mountain Cyclery - Boulder City, NV

Las Vegas isn't the only reason for visiting Southern Nevada. From the high jagged peaks and red rock lava flows of the River Mountains to the low flat railways of the Old Wild West, Boulder City offers unique surroundings to enjoy the sport of cycling. Our bike shop is only 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and 10 minutes from Henderson and Lake Mead, Bootleg Canyon won't be a secret for long. All Mountain Cyclery provides guided tours, bike rentals, shuttles and trail information for all skill levels in and around Boulder City including Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam. We carry Specialized, Santa Cruz, Redline, S & M, Azonic, Sinister and more. Stop in for a tune up, or call us to sign up for a tour.

I stopped here on the way back from Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Nice shop. They had Industry Nine wheelsets which have amazing hubs. Made in the USA.

The website

Ego - Industry Nine

FRONT : 18 hole / Radial lacing pattern
REAR : 24 hole / 3x drive side / radial non-drive side lacing pattern
DRIVER : 3 pawl engagement mechanism: Shimano // Campagnolo freehub
SPOKE : Machined & cold forged / bladed / 7075 aluminum spokes
RIM : Industry Nine Ego rim: 30mm deep aluminum clincher / Black or White (adds 30 grams)
WEIGHT : 1450 grams
PRICE : MSRP $1099.99

Our bread and butter wheelset. Bladed aluminum spokes, 18 hole front and 24 hole rear coupled with a 450g, 30mm deep aluminum clincher rim. At 1450g for the pair this wheelset is light enough to race but durable enough to train on. Our wheel design keeps the rotational weight low while maintaining an incredibly stiff and responsive feel. Hybrid ceramic bearings are standard too, leaving you with few excuses. Suitable for everyone from the club rider to the seasoned racer, this wheelset can do it all.
COLORS- Red // Black // Silver in any hub/spoke combination
CUSTOM COLORS- Orange // Blue // Purple // Green // Gold // Pewter // Pink // Brown
OPTIONS- Campagnolo or Shimano Freehubs available. Campagnolo 11 speed kit*
*Extra charge will apply

the website

Trek to Re-Energize America - passes through Columbus

We're running out of time. We need strong, immediate action on climate change from the new administration and the Trek to Re-Energize America is designed to build the momentum necessary to demand that change. The Trek to Re-Energize America is a bike trip to Washington D.C. designed as a means to talk to people on their turf and in their communities about the challenges climate change poses to their lives, whether from floods, mountain top removal or smog. The Trek will report back via podcasts and blogging as riders interact with farmers, business people, students and community organizers across the nation. By having conversations in communities across the nation, we will empower citizens to take action and push our leaders to make decisive steps to move our great country out of the old dirty energy economy and into a clean energy economy, spurring green job growth, changing our wasteful habits and reestablishing the United States as a leader and pioneer in the global economy.

Riders will depart for D.C. from all across the country, leaving from their home states and sweeping up media attention and grassroots support as they go. Upon arrival in D.C. the riders will rally and lobby for action on current legislation by asking their representatives to be leaders in the fight against climate change. A massive number of organized passionate people who have biked across the United States for something they believe strongly in will make for a statement that politicians and media will be unable to ignore.

The trip is slated for summer 2009. The convergence on D.C. will take place on July 26th with a rally and lobbying visits planned for the 27th.

We can only do it with your help. We need riders from as many states as we can get and leaders willing to direct efforts across the U.S. Please contact us with any thoughts, comments or questions. We'd love to have you involved.

the blog is here

Santa Monica Freeway Ride

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pashley Phantom Limited Edition

The Phantom, this study in chrome is a limited edition version of Pashley's enduring successful Roadster in gleaming chrome and featuring a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub gears incorporating drum brakes front and rear and hub dynamo and lights. Contact points are taken care of by a super-sprung Brooks saddle and Pashley's own leather grip on swept back bars.

There are only eighty Phantoms available and they have been built to mark the company's 80th anniversary, although as Dan Farrell, Pashley's design manager admits no-one is entirely sure how old the company is, but the earliest head tube badge they can find dates from 1926 - so the anniversary edition is already a tad late. That said, at £995 they are shifting fast. The bike is UK made and built (including the chroming) and is available in one size only - 22.5in.

I took pictures at the same bike shop that had the Guvnor, but the Phantom was chained to the ceiling.

Be part owner in a Pro Cycling Team - Crowdriders!

What is CrowdRiders?
Crowdriders is an initiative to start a professional cycling team with an international crowd of 40.000 cycling enthusiasts. By paying an annual fee CrowdRiders’ members become owners and managers of this professional cycling team having a vote in all the major decisions affecting the cycling team. A team that will participate in some of the biggest and most famous races all over the world!
Among other things CrowdRiders will have a vote in which riders to attract, which races to ride, riders selection, who should be the sports director of the team and what should be the team’s (internal) anti-doping policy. Even the team’s jersey design will be democratically elected.
This approach will make it a truly crowd managed cycling team. YOUR professional cycling team!!

The goal
Crowdriders’ aims at starting in the 2010 season with an annual budget of 4 million euro which is higher than the very competitive and 2008 Tour de France participating teams of Barloworld and Agritubel.
Just above half of this annual budget will be gathered by means of 40.000 members from all over the world paying an annual 55 eur membership fee. This fee will make them co-owners and managers of the team having direct voting power in all the major decisions affecting the team. Bringing in 51% of the budget means the crowd is the majority stake holder and at all times will have control over the team’s management.
The other half of the budget will be financed by external shirt, material and website sponsors. They will get no decision power of any sort.

Show your support and register now
In the current initial phase CrowdRiders is looking for 40.000 cycling enthusiasts showing interest in owning and managing this pro cycling team.
As a cycling enthusiast you can become an aspiring CrowdRider, free of charge and of any further obligations, by registering your personal details in the left sidebar of this website. Only when 40.000+ people have registered, showing a strong support for this idea, we will start setting up a CrowdRiders pro cycling team and collecting membership fees!
But first we need 40.000 registered people! So come and be part of cycling history by registering today.

The special features of CrowdRiders
The features of this unique pro cycling team are among others:

Be one of the owners and managers of a pro cycling team; voting power for every member over a wide range of team decisions from rider’s signing and team selection, jersey design up to the team’s internal doping policy.
Your name on the official team’s jersey and tour bus (for more on this see the F.A.Q.)
Get an insiders view in the team through members only news feeds, video footage, riders interviews and more
See YOUR pro-cycling team on tv riding the biggest races around the world
Get access to the ‘team members only’ season opening and closing events
Possibility to ride with the pro riders of the CrowdRiders team during specially organized global member events
See your CrowdRiders team in races close to your living area as it is you who decides upon the team’s race calendar
And much much more…….(submit suggestions through our contact form)

To become part of the world’s first pro cycling team owned and managed by an international crowd of cycling fans you can now register yourself free of charge as an ‘aspriring CrowdRider’ by registering your details in the left sidebar of this website. By registering you are just telling us at that you love this idea and consider eventually becoming a full paying member, when 40.000+ CrowdRiders have registered themselves.
If you become an aspiring CrowdRider now you are in no way obliged to become a full member the moment CrowdRiders starts accepting payments.

become a team owner now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pashley Guvnor

Based on a Path Racer model made by the Company in the 1930s, the GUVNOR has a Classic style, but is equipped with modern components. It features a Pashley built Reynolds 531 diamond frame (in 20.5, 22.5 and 24.5* inch sizes), with relaxed style forks, Brooks B17 Titanium saddle, drop North Road handlebars - with leather grips, a single speed rear wheel, with 28 inch gold lined black alloy rims and light tyres being used front and back. The Guv'nor is also available as a 3 speed model.

The website is here...

When I was in Oxford UK last year I stopped at a bike shop and they had a Pashley Guvnor. I rode it around on the streets for a bit.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Detroit Rock City - NYTimes article

Bike Among the Ruins

Published: July 4, 2009

ONE night a little over a year ago, crossing Woodward Avenue, I crashed my bicycle. As I flew head over heels across Detroit’s main boulevard, I thought, well, in any other town, I’d be hitting a car right about now. But this being the Motor City, the street was deserted, completely motor-free.

While bike enthusiasts in most urban areas continue to have to fight for their place on the streets, Detroit has the potential to become a new bicycle utopia. It’s a town just waiting to be taken. With well less than half its peak population, and free of anything resembling a hill, the city and its miles and miles of streets lie open and empty, beckoning. And lately, whether it’s because of the economy or the price of gas or just because it’s a nice thing to do, there are a lot more bikers out riding.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ride to London 09 with Brett

We rode south on Cleveland and headed down to Broad. Broad over to F-ton and out West Town to Sullivant. Georgesville south to Norton and Akire. We rode through the Darby Metro Park and then onto Wilson road. The trailhead starts there and heads west to London. Then we rode around London to the next trailhead in preparation for the Camping Trip to Yellow Springs on August 8. Back down the trail to the east and then north on Wilson. Back up to West Broad and back into town. We did 68 miles and averaged 16.1mph. Great weather and ride. Thanks Brett!javascript:void(0)

Sweet Corn Ride - July 26, 2009

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Got a folding bike? Race it!

BWC IV: Entry now open!

The 4th Brompton World Championship will be held on Sunday 4th October 2009 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

The Brompton World Championship will again be held as part of the Bike Blenheim Palace event; after a successful collaboration in 2008, both parties were keen to join forces again and work together on this year’s event. Paul Orsi, Events Manager at Blenheim Palace, explained: “The two events share many common values, not least the desire for excellence and fun in sporting endeavours."

The Brompton World Championship is in its fourth successive year, its second in the UK; the first two races were held in Barcelona, Spain. The Championship will again be larger and better than the one that went before, and to reflect this, the field has been opened up to another 100 competitors, bringing the total number of entrants to 600. Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis, but in the light of the increased numbers, we will introduce a system of self-selected streaming, based on anticipated race times.

The Brompton World Championship is not merely a mass participation ride; it is a race, registered with British Cycling, with participants timed while completing a set number of laps over a specified course.

The 2009 event will be held over the same circuit as the 2008 race, comprising 2 laps of a 6.5km course; this will give last year’s participants the opportunity to beat the time they set over the same course last September, and maybe to beat the times set by BWC III winner, Alistair Kay, and Tour of Spain winner, Roberto Heras!

The course takes in many of the key landmarks of this World Heritage site, so even if you aren’t hell bent on coming first there will be plenty to keep you occupied. Alistair Kay, winner of the Brompton World Championship 2008, dubbed the event: ‘a fantastically eccentric British day out’.

Rules for the event are pretty straightforward; helmets are a must, as are a blazer or suit jacket, collared shirt and tie. Sports attire is not permitted, unless it is hidden by the approved kit! There is a prize for the best-dressed, so competitors are encouraged to make an effort. Katharine Horsman, BWC organiser, commented: “There were some extremely good costumes last year: Evil Kineval, a few morning suits, and some beautifully decorated bicycles; but my personal favourite was the gentleman dressed as a gorilla wearing a suit!”

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male, female, junior (12 – 18), veteran (male & female 50+) and team competitors.

The deadline for registration is Sunday 20th September 2009. Full details may be found on the Brompton website:

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Bicycle Thief - Movie Trailer

I have never seen this movie. Anybody????

Stolen Bike Alert - A.J.

Specialized Allez road bike
Black/White/Silver Aluminum Diamond with Carbon fork & stays
Shimano rims & Gatorback tires
Ultegra components with DuraAce rear deraileur
Shimano SPD pedals
Gel seat
Cateye computer
Bag mounted under seat with extra tube and tools in nylon pouch
Serial number: (Garbled on receipt) either P47M10586 or P44M10586
Police report filed # 090547979
Stolen from Grandview area 7-1-09

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Great Allegheny Passage

I rode the ATA section a few years back...

C&O Towpath Ride in July

The 184.5 mile long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is located along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. The canal was built between 1828 and 1850, and it operated sporadically between floods until 1924. In 1954, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas organized an eight day hike up the canal's towpath in an effort to save it from being converted to a parkway. His efforts succeeded, and in 1971 the canal became a National Historic Park.

Today, much of the canal has been drained of water and reclaimed by the forest. However, the canal's towpath remains a favorite of hikers, joggers, and bicyclists. Like myself, many local cyclists have considered trying to bike the entire 184 miles between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD. I started biking large sections of the lower 60 miles with high school buddies back around 1981. (This was before ATBs so I used my "Sear's Best" Ross 10-speed). Since then, I've completed five "through trips". Thanks to the new Great Allegheny Passage Trail, it is now possible to ride 330 traffic free miles from Washington, DC all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, as we did in 2007. You can also read about my earlier trips in 1995, 2003, and 2004.

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Before you start out on your epic journey, I strongly recommend trying some shorter trips to prepare yourself. The towpath is not paved (the surface is typically clay and crushed stone), so it is a bit rough. Therefore, you will need to build up some calluses on your butt before starting out (no joke). The first 20 miles is the most heavily used and is a good place to practice.

Editor's Note: I will be riding a portion of this in July. Woohoo!


Cycle Italia

This is a match made in Paradiso!

We've married our unabashed passion for Italy with our extensive experience leading high-performance bicycle tours to produce hand crafted, small-group tours that we personally guide through cycling heaven - Italy. In no other country will you feel such respect for the sport of cycling. Come share the Italian passion for all good things in life: friends, food, wine, beauty... and the sport that comes from the heart.

What sets us apart?

CycleItalia was formed to serve those whose passion for cycling is matched only by their passion for Italian countryside, wine, and cuisine. For over a decade, we've heard your requests for longer trips, smaller groups, more riding days, authentic local foods, and unexplored regions. In 1998, we responded by creating CycleItalia with trips for those who love to "pedale forte, mangia bene" (ride hard, eat well)

Why ride in Italy?

The Best Place to Ride on Earth. Period.

Chef’s woo you. Drivers cheer you. Strangers make you family. Bike factories measure you for custom builds and legends pedal beside you on endless, rolling lanes. Welcome to Italy, the land where cycling is a national passion.
From “La Dolce Vita,” Bicycling magazine, November 2003

I is for Italy, the greatest place to be a cyclist.

I am unsure whether the Italian life interests your average American cyclist, but I constantly ask myself, Why not become a part of the world’s most beautiful culture? Why not taste the Italian specialties? Why live a day without seeing the excitement with which those in their prime can infect the elderly? That joy can only be found following in the footsteps of Coppi and Bartali.
From “Bobke II” by Bob Roll Velopress

Cycling in Europe is fun, but it's more than fun.

When they SAY Travel Broadens, they mean riding your bike in Europe. If you haven't been to Europe with your bike, please do not imagine that riding over THERE is just like riding HERE except for the food and languages. It's not like riding near your home or my home at all. I'm going to focus on Italy, 'cause that's what I know best and love best. I'm not going to talk about the food, the best food anywhere. You probably know more about that than I do. And I don't think I need to dwell on how nice Italian people are, how helpful, how empathetic, how gracious they are. Or how beautiful their country is. Not news, is it? You can read about all that in the travel section of your paper. The travel section won't tell you how you'll FEEL as an American cyclist in Italy. I'm an American cyclist. I've been to Italy. I'll try to give you an idea. You're climbing some endless pass in the north of Italy. As you pedal through a tiny village, narrow main street, tiny shops, one café, a black-shawled old woman cheers as you ride by. Forza, strength, she says. As you ride, you see names and words painted on the road. You read about this road in bike magazines. This climb has strung out Giro d'Italia fields year after year. You're pedaling on hallowed ground. Back home, you'd have to be driving around the track at Indy to equal this. You're riding down the shoulder of a busy two-lane secondary road between Milan and Lake Como. Kilometers roll under your wheels. It dawns on you that none of the cars and trucks zipping by will hit you. Nor will they skim by and scare you. You realize that in Italy you're welcome on the road. Tension eases between your shoulder blades. For the first time in your road-riding life, maybe, you feel safe.

Check out this website. I unhesitatingly recommend Larry and Heather's work, having had great trips with them in Italy. As many times as they've done this tour-guiding routine (for other outfits and now on their own) they have always shared their clients' joy, always been part of the group. I'm in email contact with them year 'round. It's no pose. They've never gotten over the wonder of cycling in Italy. Nor have I and neither, I'm betting, will you.
Maynard Hershon, 2000

A note from Torelli's Chairman Bill

A while back I was talking to Larry, owner of CycleItalia. He was lamenting the difficulties of highlighting the special touches that he and his wife, Heather, do to make a cycling vacation with CycleItalia special.

"Why don’t you just explain it all on your website?"

Larry explained that he did not want to engage in bragging or in any way run down his competition. The first, because he is such a gentleman and dislikes hype of any sort. The second, because he believes that whether or not a cyclist chooses his company or some other, the client will have a wonderful time. It’s just that the client will have a better time with CycleItalia. It’s a bit like the Italian frames and bikes Torelli sells. My competitor’s frames and bikes are all fantastic. They really are. At Torelli we do things a little differently to make them a bit better and a better value than the others. But, it’s degrees of perfection that we’re talking about.

Since Larry is asking you to spend a serious sum of money and a lot of time with him, perhaps it might help to know him a bit. Each December, Larry escapes frozen Iowa and comes to California. Carol and I get to have him for the better part of a single day. We feel cheated, but we take and enjoy the ration we are given. When he comes, he sits down in a chair in our living room and just talks and tells stories. The tales and stories keep coming, like that Greek vase that kept pouring wine. We never get bored. No story is repeated. He just fills up the room with fun.

That’s the point. Fun. I take my fun seriously and so does Larry. After all the scorecards are compared, the passion to enjoy life is what sets Larry apart. It may be why I like him so much. An example: Meals must be worth sitting down to eat. Mauro Mondonico and I have a nickname for Larry. It’s "Foodman", because he takes the importance of the table so very seriously. He wants others to have the same pleasure.

I could go on, but I think I said quite enough.

Cycling’s fun. Italy’s fun. Larry’s fun.

I prevailed upon Larry to send me a note about the specific things he and Heather do that are unique and special. I hope he suppresses his reluctance to shout about himself and puts this all on his website.

Chairman Bill
Torelli Imports

the site

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Urban Velo Issue 14 is available now!

Urban Velo #14 is now available online. Contents Include: The Fed - Hardcourt Bike Polo Considers Its Future, Crit Racing, Barcelona Tiene Poder, Windy City Wool, Safe Routes Revolution, KC Urban Cyclist Project, Stem Clamp Penny Trick, What’s in There? - Inside Conventional Freewheels, Looking Where You’ve Been, Love Riding in the City, Residue and No Exit.

Download it for free, or order a printed copy online.

Mailbag: handbuilt bikes here in Cbus

I'm also recruiting great/experienced road riders for a crit/road team next year. Id like to form a team of five including myself. Of course with this comes a custom made steel bike. Most likely made from columbus SL. riders will be responsible for material cost only involved with making of their bikes.

Any questions?! I'll be happy to answer!

Adam C. Eldridge
Stanridge Speed Bicycles
104 Nursery Lane
Columbus, OH. 43206