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Monday, August 31, 2009

Urban Velo Issue 15 is available now!

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Bike the C-Bus is 5 days and counting!


Join us for the Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour, Saturday, September 5, 2009
www.BiketheCBus.com
Our non-profit partner, the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA is providing online registration for the event this year. http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/ward/ward_news.php#1014

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mad River Ride August 30 Pics and Report



Quick wrapup - 44 miles
Averaged - 16.1 mph
Climbed - 1300 feet

We had three dogs chase us. And a turkey paced us behind his fence as we climbed a hill. He looked pissed.
We stopped at Ohio Caverns and passed by both Piatt castles.

For you cyclists - Anti Monkey Butt Powder

Anti Monkey Butt Corporation is dedicated to maximizing the performance and comfort of sports enthusiasts and people who work hard all day long. If you've suffered from the soreness, itching and redness caused by the friction of clothing against skin, then you know it can ruin your day. Our goal is to provide products that help to prevent "Monkey Butt" so you can enjoy your favorite activity.
The founders of the company include a health care professional and a heavy equipment operator/construction worker who are both dedicated dirt bike riders and racers. Over the years they've tried a variety of products to prevent "Monkey Butt." None of the available products however, lived up to their expectations for comfort, relief of soreness or easy availability.
In 2003, they decided to develop their own remedy to deal with the condition that had plagued them for years. After several months of testing different formulas, their development team found just the right combination of ingredients. They liked the results so well that they decided to market their creation as Anti Monkey Butt Powder.
Now, motorcyclists, horseback riders, bicyclists, runners, truck drivers and anyone who suffers from Monkey Butt can find relief by using Anti Monkey Butt Powder!


Saturday, August 29, 2009

YEah! Like that...

Meet cy•fi

Slightly larger than a deck of cards and weighing less than 4 ounces, cy·fi revolutionary design and portability make it easy to mount on a bicycle stem or top tube, on a backpack – almost anywhere. In the iPod version, thanks to groundbreaking Kleer technology, you can enjoy all of your digital music in unprecedented sound quality, and long battery life means you’ll enjoy it even longer. cy·fi also reduces the safety concerns associated with headphones or earbuds used in active outdoor sports like cycling, and it eliminates the inconvenience and hassle of stereo wires and cables. It also comes with a handy desktop charging stand.


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Night of 1000 Tacos - Taco Tour and Screening of 3 Amigos


APB to the Web: Find My Bike! - WSJ article


When Heather McKibbon's bike was stolen in May, she didn't just get angry. She decided to get it back.
The 29-year-old project manager at a Toronto consulting firm alerted people to the theft through the social-networking site Facebook. Just hours later, a friend replied with a link to a bike for sale that looked like her own $1,300 Cannondale touring bike on eBay's Kijiji, an online classified-ads site. Ms. McKibbon recognized her bike and, posing as an interested buyer, arranged to meet the seller at a local subway station. She brought the police along as well, resulting in a small-scale sting operation.
Russell Monk for The Wall Street Journal
Heather McKibbon of Toronto got back her stolen bike after alerting her Facebook community.
Police arrested the man and returned the Cannondale to Ms. McKibbon, who claimed it with photos of herself on the bike, as well as its serial number. "It was a little overwhelming to realize that nobody in Toronto gets their stolen bike back, and here I was about to get my stolen bike back," she says.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Factor 001 Bike! - a mere $30,000.00


A high performance bicycle, created and built by motorsport precision
engineering specialists, BERU f1systems, will be revealed at the launch of the
Science Museum’s new free exhibition “Fast Forward: 20 ways F1TM is
changing our world” next week (March 11th). Factor 001 – a ground-breaking
training tool combining innovative design and advanced electronics –
promises to challenge the way athletes and serious enthusiasts use the
bicycle and undertake fitness training.
Factor 001 is the result of a creative project to explore the transfer of design
approaches, technology and materials from Formula One (where BERU
f1systems is a supplier of various components such as electronics and
composites to every team) to mankind’s most enduring invention. The bike is
a lightweight (under 7 kg including all equipment) carbon fibre monocoque
structure, designed using the same powerful modelling and analysis software
used to build Formula One cars. The on-board computer and performance
monitoring system, incorporating various motorsport-grade sensors, a GPS
and a radio transmitter, are integrated into the handlebars and throughout the
bike. Factor 001 boasts what are believed to be many firsts for the cycling
world:
Multi-channel electronics package which provides unique ergonometric
data collection, logging and analysis capabilities; can correlate biometric
data from the rider, physical force data from the bike and environmental
data; developed with feedback from professional athletes.
Carbon ceramic brakes provide endless, exact braking performance at
any temperature.
Almost all original parts; key components designed and manufactured inhouse
from Formula One-grade materials.
Fully integrated structure using BERU f1systems’ Wire-in-Composite
patented technology; load sensors, wiring, batteries, sensors, control
cables and lines for the hydraulic braking system are all fully integrated into
the composite during construction, to give unparalleled efficiency and
durability with a clean, uncluttered appearance.
Twin-spar frame reduces sideways frame flex and preserves rider comfort.
8-spoke monocoque composite wheels deliver high lateral stiffness and
robustness for everyday use.
Bespoke made-to-measure frame (to within 1mm); each customer to
experience Formula One-style ‘seat fit’ process.
“I am very pleased that what started as a ‘clean sheet’ design exercise to
showcase our expertise in composites and electronics has delivered such a
beautifully styled, scientific training device,” says John Bailey, managing
director of BERU f1systems. “Athletes and their trainers now have access to
performance enhancement capabilities that are the norm in top-level
motorsport, and individuals interested in an exclusive, high end, differentiated
bicycle now have a serious alternative.”
Factor 001 will appeal to professional and semi-professional athletes
competing at the highest levels in cycling and other sports; as well as
personal trainers, fitness camp organisers, and affluent fitness training
enthusiasts. One of the key benefits of the bike for riders is its ability to collect
laboratory-quality data, while being ridden outdoors. BERU f1systems is
already in talks with various sporting bodies about future applications of the
data measurement software. Factor 001 is available to order from BERU
f1systems now. Pricing will start at under £20,000 while the full version with
the software package will cost in excess of £20,000.

Abio folder for $790





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Break your bike - so that it can travel

What is a BTC™? 
  • An S and S Coupling™ also known as a Bicycle Torque Coupling™ or BTC™, is a precision lug that is installed in a bicycle frame when it's manufactured to allow it to separate and pack for easy transportation. Some builders will even install or retrofit BTCs™  into an existing frame. With this system, a full size road or mountain bike will fit completely inside a single 26" x 26" x 10" case that travels as regular airline luggage. Some framebuilders manufacture full size tandems that will fit complete, including the wheels, in the same case!

Torker USA U-District - SS/Fixie for $350


U-District

Off to class, on the path to success. The Torker U-District is a straightforward bicycle that will get you to school or work in affordable style. 700 x 28c tires mounted onto lightweight alloy rims with low flange hubs that easily flip from fixed to freewheel. The U-District is reliable and can easily fit racks and fenders. You might even say — it hauls … in more ways than one.
Extra, Extra: Chromoly steel main frame with rack and fender eyelets, straight leg steel fork with eyelets for rack and/or fender, dual purpose rear hub for fixed gear or freewheel, front and rear alloy sidepull brakes, lightweight alloy Alex DA16 rims built with black spokes, available in 6 sizes: 44 thru 56cm (measured center to top).

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Road to Roubaix - Showing tonight at 7:30 Landmark Theaters



Road to Roubaix
Host: roll: bicycles, clothing, gear.l
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Landmark Gateway Theaters, South Campus Gateway, Columbus.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Heritage Rail Trail - Hilliard, OH

The Heritage Rail-Trail is a 7 mile multipurpose trail which stretches between Hilliard, Ohio and Plain City, Ohio in the central portion of the state. (See trail map for more information.) The trailhead is located in the "Old Hilliard" historic district of Hilliard which contains many shops and eateries as well as the Northwest Historical Village located in Weaver Park.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ortlieb D-Fender



The robust PD 620 body and the waterproof zip on the carrier’s back constitute the perfect resistance against environmental influences - be it hail or showers. This all-rounder is easy to handle and features a reflector design on the front. The D-Fender with TIZIP back will not only qualify as travel specialist or every day pack, but impresses with its know-how focussed on comfort: the ventilation is guaranteed by a foam back with air channels, and a chest strap adjustable in height ,and padded shoulder straps with reflective threads ensure perfect distribution of loads. The the flat base provides perfect stability. On the road, 4 D-rings ensure optimal attachment to vehicles, in particular as top luggage on the motorbike rack. It is particularly suited for use on motorcycles because it is designed without any loose straps.

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FEETBELTS


Feetbelts are an alternative to traditional pedal cages. They are created from seatbelts and hand made in San Marcos, Texas by cyclists. Feetbelts offers straps compatible with both road and bmx style platform pedals. Place online orders in the store section.

Stay strapped.



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Brett's Adventure in San Fran

Had an opportunity to explore San Fransisco by bike yesterday. I am visiting my mother-in-law for a week. She lives in Alameda, CA. SF is a touristy kind of place, so it was no trouble finding a bike-rental shop. It is Fall-like weather here. Even though it is August, cloud cover/fog comes in from the Pacific every afternoon. Temperatures range from mid 50's and never get out of the 60's. I packed all my bike clothing in my messenger bag and caught the BART into SF. Got off at Embarcadero Station and then took the F Line Trolley to get up to 1095 Columbus where there was a bike rental shop. San Fransisco's
transportation system is rather amazing. You have subways, then you have "muni's," the electrified city bus system, then on top of that you have trolley cars. Then, of course, if you really want to, you can bring your 3,000lb automobile into the place. But why would you want to? Practically every street has bike lanes or sharrows. What's with Columbus? Why do we remain in the transportation Dark Ages?

Anyway, I rented a very nice aluminum/carbon road bike, a Marin, 20 speed. $48 for a 24hr rental. And I set out, going over the Golden Gate Bridge, up into Marin County. I had hoped to make it to Muir Woods. I was all mixed metaphor, mixing urban street clothing with spandex and arm warmers - but I noticed a lot of people (locals) outfitted the same way. I did not make good time. I kept stopping to take photos. And the map they provided really wasn't very clear. I kept getting lost. And I had no experience with the trail system. But there were lots of local bikers about and they were friendly and helpful. I finally made it up to Mill Valley. Then I got good and lost. But I finally got it straightened out. The road called Morino - that was a wicked climb. It just never stopped going up. It was not pleasant. If I had done it at least once before I might have known how
to pace myself. Basically, on the other side of that mountain was Muir Woods. But I ran out of time and so headed back down - taking Rt 1.

Again, that was not a comfortable situation. Cars kept stacking up behind me. It made me nervous only because of a lack of familiarity with the road. Most of the time you just had to be in the drive lane with a parade behind you. It was all twisty and windy and downhill and fast. There were places to pull over, wider shoulders and side streets and the like, but I never knew when one was coming up, and they evaporated quickly, and you had to get back in the drive lane anyway. Got back into Saucilito where I met up with my wife and M-I-L and friends for lunch. They came by ferry, and we took the ferry back to
SF. I only covered 28 miles! What humiliation. Looking forward to another go at it on a future trip.

Brett

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vision Vest


The Vision Vest is the first product line released by Seke Solutions. The Class II reflective vest is engineered to be lightweight, breathable, and allows maximum mobility while promoting visibility. The Vision Vest is a perfect solution for any runner, bicyclist, motorcyclist or law enforcement officer concerned about safety whom needs a vest that doesn't obstruct their movement.


The cool model is the Deluxe version with LEDs.
We offer a deluxe model designed for walkers, runners, bicyclists, and law enforcement. This version features light emitting diodes (LEDs) embedded within the reflective material. A flip of a switch illuminates the LEDs and enables the user to reach a new, extreme level of visibility offered no where else. This vest runs on a 9-volt battery.

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Bike the C-Bus Twitter and Facebook Info

Join us for the Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour, Saturday, September 5, 2009
www.BiketheCBus.com
Our non-profit partner, the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA is providing online registration for the event this year. http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/ward/ward_news.php#1014

If you are on Facebook please become a fan of both the blog
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus-Rides-Blog/56544341141?ref=ts
and the event
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and let us know you will be riding
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and follow us on Twitter.
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Topeak Jango


I went to Roll: in Easton last night and they have the Topeak Jango demo models on the floor. The concept is a base frame and plug and play accessories that fit the various attachments. I know accessories are available for all bikes, but this looks like a method for breaking down the barriers for the average consumer to add parts easily.



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Monday, August 17, 2009

Crazy Bike in NYC

Picture 213

Thanks Bethia for the pic!

Municipal Code for Columbus as it pertains to bicycles...

2173.01 Code application to bicycles, children's non-motorized vehicles.
(A) The provisions of this Traffic Code that are applicable to bicycles apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or highway or upon any shared-use path within the public right-of-way as defined in section 910.01 (P) of the Columbus City Code or easement adjacent thereto or however specifically provided for in Chapter 2173.
(B) The provisions of this Traffic Code, except those that by their nature are inapplicable shall apply to bicycles except those which by their nature are not applicable, and any person operating a bicycle on a street shall comply with all operational rules and traffic control devices applicable to vehicular traffic.
(C) Except as provided in division (E) of this section, a bicycle operator who violates any section of the Traffic Code that is applicable to bicycles may be issued a ticket, citation, or summons by a law enforcement officer for the violation in the same manner as the operator of a motor vehicle would be cited for the same violation. A person who commits any such violation while operating a bicycle shall not have any points assessed against the person's driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit, or probationary license under Chapter 4510 of the Ohio Revised Code.
(D) Except as provided in division (E) of this section, in the case of a violation of any section of the Traffic Code by a bicycle operator or by a motor vehicle operator when the Trier of fact finds that the violation by the motor vehicle operator endangered the lives of bicycle riders at the time of the violation, the court, notwithstanding any provision of the Revised Code or the Columbus City Code to the contrary, may require the bicycle operator or motor vehicle operator to take and successfully complete a bicycling skills course approved by the court in addition to or in lieu of any penalty otherwise prescribed for that violation.
(E) Divisions (C) and (D) of this section do not apply to violations of Section 2133.01 of the Columbus City Traffic Code.
(ORC 4511.52) (Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part).)

2173.015 Definitions.
(A) For purposes of this Chapter:
(1) "Snowmobile" means any self propelled vehicle designed primarily for use on snow or ice, and steered by skis, runners, or caterpillar treads.
(2) "Children's non-motorized vehicle" means any child's wheeled device, including a bicycle that is under thirty (30) inches of handlebar height and operating at less than five (5) miles per hour, that is operator-propelled by human power in, upon, or by which any person may be transported upon a street, highway, sidewalk, or public or private property used for vehicular or pedestrian travel or parking; except that "non-motorized vehicle" does not include any wheelchair, any personal assistive mobility device, or any device that is used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. "Non-motorized vehicle" would include, but is not limited to, children's bicycles with or without training wheels, roller skates, in-line skates, rollerblades, skateboards, unicycles, tricycles, quad cycles, and scooters.
(3) "Operate" means to cause or have caused movement of a vehicle or a non-motorized vehicle.
(Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.02 Rules for bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and children's non-motorized vehicles.
(A) A person operating a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and a person operating a motorcycle shall not ride other than upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor carry any other person upon such bicycle or motorcycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon, nor shall any person ride upon a bicycle or motorcycle other than upon such a firmly attached and regular seat.
A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article that prevents the driver from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handle bars.
No person operating a bicycle or motorcycle shall carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, nor shall any person operate a motorcycle on a street or highway when the handle bars or grips are more than fifteen (15) inches higher than the seat or saddle for the operator.
No person shall operate or be a passenger on a snowmobile or motorcycle without using safety glasses or other protective eye device. No person who is under the age of eighteen (18) years, or who holds a motorcycle operator's endorsement or license bearing a "novice" designation that is currently in effect as provided in Section 4507.13 of the Ohio Revised Code shall operate a motorcycle on a highway, or be a passenger on a motorcycle, unless wearing a protective helmet on the person's head, and no other person shall be a passenger on a motorcycle operated by such a person unless similarly wearing a protective helmet. The helmet, safety glasses, or other protective eye device shall conform with regulations prescribed and promulgated by the Ohio Director of Public Safety. The provisions of this paragraph or a violation thereof shall not be used in the trial of any civil action. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the carrying of a child over the age of one (1) year but under the age of eighteen (18) years in a seat or trailer that is designed for carrying children and is firmly attached to the bicycle.
(B) (1) No person under the age of eighteen (18) shall operate a bicycle or children's non-motorized vehicle within the City without wearing a protective helmet on the person's head, with the chin strap fastened under the person's chin. Such helmet shall be fitted to the size of the operator's head and shall meet or exceed the standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
No person the age of one (1) or older but under the age of eighteen (18) shall ride as a passenger on a bicycle or non-motorized vehicle equipped with a firmly attached passenger seat or astride a regular seat on a tandem bicycle, within the City without wearing a protective helmet on the person's head, with the chin strap fastened under the person's chin. Such helmet shall be fitted to the size of the operator's head and shall meet or exceed the standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Failure to wear a protective helmet as required in this division shall not be considered to be comparative or contributory negligence on the part of the parent, guardian, custodian, person having custody or control, or person in loco parentis of a child nor on the part of the child nor shall such failure be admissible in any civil action.
(2) No person, who is the parent, guardian, custodian, person having custody or control, or person in loco parentis of a child under eighteen (18) years of age shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any provision of this division.
(C) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(2) Whoever violates division (B)of this section shall be fined no more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
(D) The Director of Public Safety and the Chief of Police shall be responsible for enforcing division (B) of this section, and shall, as in all other enforcement actions, be afforded discretion and professional judgment in determining the appropriate enforcement action, including a verbal or written warning or the issuances of a summons.
(E) All fines collected for violations of division (B) of this section shall be deposited into the Bicycle Safety Fund.
(ORC 4511.53) (Ord. 1317-78; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.03 Attaching bicycle or sled to vehicle.
(A) No person riding upon any motorcycle, bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle shall attach the same or him/herself to any vehicle upon a roadway. No operator shall knowingly permit any person riding upon any motorcycle, bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle to attach the same or self to any vehicle while it is moving upon a roadway. This section does not apply to the towing of a disabled vehicle.
(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.54) (Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.04 Bicycle to be ridden near right side of roadway; riding bicycles and motorcycles abreast.
(A) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable obeying all traffic rules applicable to vehicles and exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
(B) Persons riding bicycles or motorcycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two (2) abreast in a single lane, except on shared-use paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or motorcycles.
(C) This section does not require a person operating a bicycle to ride at the edge of the roadway or within a marked bike lane when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so. Conditions that may require riding away from the edge of the roadway or outside of a marked bike lane include when necessary to avoid fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, surface hazards, or if it otherwise is unsafe or impracticable to do so, including if the lane is too narrow for the bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
(D) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.55(B)) (Ord. 1050-77; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.05 Signal devices on bicycle; brake.
(A) Every bicycle when in use at the times specified in Section 2137.02 of the Columbus City Code, shall be equipped with the following:
(1) A lamp mounted on the front of either the bicycle or the operator that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and three hundred (300) feet to the sides. A generator-powered lamp that emits lights only when the bicycle is moving may be used to meet this requirement.
(2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from all distances from one hundred (100) feet to six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle;
(3) A lamp emitting either flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear shall be used in addition to the red reflector. If the red lamp performs as a reflector in that it is visible as specified in division (A)(2) of this section, the red lamp may serve as the reflector and a separate reflector is not required.
(B) Additional lamps and reflectors may be used in addition to those required under division (A) of this section, except that red lamps and red reflectors shall not be used on the front of the bicycle and white lamps and white reflectors shall not be used on the rear of the bicycle.
(C) A bicycle may be equipped with a device capable of giving an audible signal, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
(D) Every bicycle shall be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street, highway or shared-use path.
(E) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.56) (Ord. 1170-75; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.06 Lights and reflector on bicycle; brakes.
(Repealed by Ord. 2120-2003.)

2173.07 Bicycle yields right of way to pedestrians.
(A) Any person who may lawfully operate a bicycle or children's non-motorized vehicle upon a sidewalk or shared-use path consistent with Section 2173.10 of the Columbus City Code shall:
(1) Yield the right of way to a pedestrian upon a sidewalk or shared-use path or a crosswalk.
(2) Give a timely and audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian upon the sidewalk or shared-use path.
(B) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall give a timely and audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian upon the roadway.
(C) This section does not require a person operating a bicycle to ride on the right side of the roadway when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so.
(D) Nothing in this section requires a bicycle operator to use a marked bike lane.
(E) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.55) (Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Od. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.08 Reckless operation; control, course and speed.
(A) No person shall operate a bicycle or child's non-motorized vehicle:
(1) Without due regard for the safety and rights of pedestrians and drivers and occupants of all other vehicles, and so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person while in the lawful use of the streets or sidewalks or any other public or private property;
(2) Without exercising reasonable and ordinary control over such bicycle;
(3) In a weaving or zigzag course unless such irregular course is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law;
(4) Without keeping at least one hand upon the handle grips;
(5) At a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part)).

2173.09 Parking of bicycle.
(a) No person shall park a bicycle upon a sidewalk in such a manner so as to unduly interfere with pedestrian traffic or upon a roadway so as to unduly interfere with vehicular traffic.
(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part).)

2173.10 Riding bicycles on sidewalks.
(a) No person shall operate a bicycle upon a sidewalk, except for children's non-motorized vehicles as defined in section 2173.015 (A)(2), and at locations that the Columbus city council designates as bikeways or shared-use paths.
(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 1050-77; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.105 Driving motor vehicles and riding motorcycles on sidewalks, shared-use paths or bike lanes.
(a) No person shall operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle upon a sidewalk or shared-use path except for:
(1) Motor vehicles under control of a local jurisdiction used for maintenance or repair activities.
(b) No person shall operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle in a bike lane except for:
(1) Motor vehicles under control of a local jurisdiction used for maintenance or repair activities;
(2) Motor vehicles used to lawfully load and unload passengers or freight;
(3) Motor vehicles accessing a legal on-street parking space;
(4) Motor vehicles safely merging right with bicycle operators in a marked bike lane, employing appropriate speed and distance allowances, before turning right onto a street or driveway;
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(ORC 4511.711) (Ord. 1050-77; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part); Ord. 1987-2008 Attach. 1 (part).)

2173.11 Impounding for violations.
Whenever any bicycle shall be operated by any person, including minors under the age of twenty-one (21) years, in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, or the provisions of Chapter 571 of the Business Regulation and Licensing Code, such bicycle may be seized by any member of the police department and impounded for not more than thirty (30) days in a pound which shall be established by the chief of police for such purpose. Such bicycle, so impounded, shall be surrendered upon order of the police chief to the parent or guardian of any minor without charge after full explanation to such parent or guardian of the reason for such impounding, and after the expiration of the impounding period. A complete record of each such impounding shall be kept in the office of the chief of police.
(Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part).)

2173.12 Right-of-way bike crossings.
(a) If neither vehicular traffic nor bicycle traffic at a "bike crossing" is controlled by a stop or yield sign, or a traffic signal, the operator of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way at bike crossings to all vehicles on the road or street unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 1050-77; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part).)

2173.13 Motorized bicycle operation, equipment and license.
(a) No person shall operate a motorized bicycle upon any street or highway or any public or private property used by the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking, unless all the following conditions are met:
(1) The person is fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years of age and holds a valid probationary motorized bicycle license issued after the person has passed the test provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code, or the person is sixteen (16) years of age or older and holds either a valid commercial driver's license issued under Chapter 4506 of the Ohio Revised Code, or a driver's license issued under Chapter 4507 of the Ohio Revised Code, or a valid motorized bicycle license issued after the person has passed the test provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code, except that if a person is sixteen (16) years of age, has a valid probationary motorized bicycle license and desires a motorized bicycle license, the person is not required to comply with the testing requirements provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code;
(2) The motorized bicycle is equipped in accordance with the rules adopted under division (B) of Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code and is in proper working order;
(3) The person, if under eighteen (18) years of age, is wearing a protective helmet on the person's head with the chin strap properly fastened and the motorized bicycle is equipped with a rear-view mirror.
(4) The person operates the motorized bicycle when practicable within three (3) feet of the right edge of the roadway obeying all traffic rules applicable to vehicles.
(b) No person operating a motorized bicycle shall carry another person upon the motorized bicycle.
(c) The protective helmet and rear-view mirror required by division (a)(3) of this section shall conform to the rules adopted by the Ohio Director of Public Safety under division (B) of Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(ORC 4511.521) (Ord. 2083-84; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part); Ord. 0950-2008 § 1 (part).)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cycle Michigan

West - August 2 – 8
412 Miles
Montague, MI - Experience the Lake Michigan Shoreline for 7 glorious days of riding. There is so much to see and do you won’t be able to do it all. From swimming in the lake, to the cherry lady, to the sand dunes, to the sights and sounds of Traverse City, thru the Tunnel of Trees and finishing with a spectacular view of the Mackinac Bridge. Come join us for our 23rd year of exploring the coastline of Lake Michigan.

editor's note: A friend just returned from this tour and said it was amazing.


The website is here...

James Bay Road - This looks like a challenge I may take...

The James Bay (Baie James) region of northern Quebec is located in northeastern Canada along the eastern side of James Bay. It is a vast wilderness area of taiga/boreal forest, reached by a single road - the very remote James Bay Road (Route de la Baie-James) - 620 km of forest and taiga and not a single town along the way! If you're interested in a long road trip into a very remote part of northeastern Canada, then this is the road - and website - for you! This website is the most comprehensive and detailed source of information about this area and its roads anywhere on the Internet.

A REMOTE WILD LAND OF EXTREME DISTANCES

THE LONGEST SERVICE-FREE STRETCH OF ROAD IN CANADA
The 381 km (236 mile) stretch of the James Bay Road that is without services is the longest service-free stretch of road in Canada, and the second longest service-free stretch of road in North America! This is second only by a hair to the Dalton Hwy in Alaska, which has a 394 km (244 mile) stretch without services. The Dempster Hwy running from the Yukon to NWT in Canada has a stretch of 363 km (225 miles) without services.
THE FARTHEST FROM A TOWN ON A ROAD IN NORTH AMERICA
The end of the Trans-Taiga Road is 745 km (462 miles) from the nearest town, which is the farthest you can get by road from a town anywhere in North America
THE FARTHEST NORTH YOU CAN DRIVE IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA
The end of the Trans-Taiga Road is the farthest north you can drive on a road in eastern North America.
THE LARGEST MUNICIPALITY IN THE WORLD
The Municipality of James Bay covers an area of 350,000 square kilometres (135,136 square miles), making it by far the largest municipality in the world!

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Summer Streets NYC - Shut the streets down!


Summer Streets rolls on August 15!
NYC DOT and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 8, 15, & 22).

Learn more
This year DOT is also partnering with groups citywide to bring some summer streets fun to neighborhoods in all five boroughs. Visit the Weekend Walks website to find one near you.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Pedal with Pete - August 15, 2009

Ride for Pete's Sake! at a glance
Ride Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009 (no rain date)
Location: Hilliard Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road, in Hilliard Ohio
Check-in Time: 7:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Ride: The ride will include marked routes for all ability levels
Choice of routes: ride 7, 18, 35, 48, 62, 80, or 100 miles.
All routes include stops with food and water.
S.A.G. support along the routes
Prizes: Door Prizes and more!
Pedal-with-Pete Bike Jersey - available now and on ride day
Schedule of Events (tentative)
Goal: Raise funds for Cerebral Palsy research
Ride for Pete's Sake! Registration

Advance Registration: $25.00
Day of ride registration: $30.00
Children under 18: $10.00
First 400 riders to register receive a free “Ride, for Pete's Sake” T-shirt!
Pre-registrations accepted until Sunday, August 9!
Checks payable to Pedal-with-Pete
Fill out and mail your registration with check to:
Pedal-with-Pete, Inc.
163 Westwood Rd
Columbus, OH 43214
OR, Pre-register in person at any Columbus-area BikeSource ( N. High St., Sawmill Rd, or Westerville ) and receive 10% off on your purchase (except bikes) the day you register!
Registration Form is now available
Ride for Pete's Sake! Directions

Location: Hilliard Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard Ohio
Directions: Hilliard Heritage Middle School is at 5670 Scioto Darby Road, slightly more than two miles west of I-270. From the Hilliard-Cemetary Road exit, drive west on Cemetery Road, and bear right onto Scioto Darby Road (just after the intersection with Main Street). The school is across from Hilliard Municipal Park.
Map: Hilliard Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard Ohio

2009 Ride for Pete's Sake! Ride Description

The "Ride, for Pete's Sake" begins and ends at Hilliard Heritage Middle School at 5670 Scioto Darby Road
The ride will include marked routes for all ability levels

Choice of routes: ride 7, 18, 35, 48, 62, 80, or 100 miles.
All routes include stops with food and water.
S.A.G. support along the routes

Check in at Hilliard Heritage Middle School
Check-in Time: 7:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Receive your T-shirt (first 400 registered riders)
Pick up your map of the marked routes
Grab some food from the registration table
And Ride, for Pete’s Sake!
Enjoy more refreshments at a rest stop on the route.

Routes and Services:
The 7 mile course goes along the Heritage Rail Trail, passing through Homestead Park.
The 18 and 35 mile courses are mostly flat jaunts to the scenic Big Darby Creek.
The 48 mile route follows flat to gently rolling terrain on lightly traveled township roads, following the Big Darby toward its source.
The new 62 mile route is for those wanting that metric century!
The 80 and 100 mile courses follow the same route with additional loops featuring longer grades.
All routes are marked with arrows on the road, and include a rest stop with refreshments and water.
Don't miss the food provided at the start, and the cookout following the ride!

All riders must wear helmets and follow local traffic laws.
A parent or guardian must accompany any child under 13.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

How to change a flat - Maybe people on the MNR can learn a trick or two.

Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide, OVI After Bicyclist Dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A Newark man was indicted on four charges after he allegedly struck a bicyclist in Hilliard.

NBC 4 reported with the FAST FACTS.

Edward S. Miller, 28, of Newark was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of OMVI Wednesday.

The crash happened at about 6 a.m. Saturday, July 18 on Cemetery Road in Hilliard.

Authorities said Miller was driving a pickup truck and Steven Barbour, 51, was riding a bicycle westbound on Cemetery Road and Norwich Street.

Miller allegedly hit Barbour and originally was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony.

Authorities said Miller’s blood-alcohol content was .109 when the crash happened.

Barbour died from his injuries at OSU Medical Center Main Tuesday, July 21.

The two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide are second-degree felony charges.

The two counts of OMVI are misdemeanor charges.

He was arraigned and given a $5,000 cash surety bond and a $20,000 appearance bond for a total bond of $25,000.

Miller posted bond and was to be released Thursday.

His next court appearance was not been set currently, but he should be scheduled for a court date in three to four weeks, according to the Franklin County Clerk of Court’s office.

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Steve Barbour Memorial Ride

When: Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Start Time: Assemble at 8:30 a.m. Ride starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Heritage Trailhead Parking Lot, Downtown Hilliard' OH

Refreshments Following Ride: Dutch Kitchen Restaurant, Rt. 42, Plain City -11:00 a.m.

We have been able to obtain a permit from the City of Hilliard to conduct a ride in memory of our friend, Steve Barbour, who died as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was hit by a drunken driver on Cemetery Road, July 18th, 2009. The ride, escorted by the Hilliard Police, will proceed from the Heritage Trailhead to Cemetery Rd. where we will have a short ceremony and where we will place a "ghost bike" in Steve's memory. The ride will turn around at the Hilliard Plaza Shopping Center and return to the trailhead. We encourage participants to join the family at the Dutch Kitchen on Rt. 42, Plain City, after the ride. You may ride to the Dutch Kitchen or drive. Steve's family, will host the event at the Dutch Kitchen.

Some suggestions have been made as to how we may best honor our friend. Here are just a few: Wear lights, both on your bike and on your person. Wear a jersey that best "connects" you to Steve, e.g., Dutch Kitchen jersey, TOSRV and any other that you wore while riding with Steve.

In the interest of safety and as good examples to the community, helmets are required and all participants should ride no more than two abreast.

Please forward this e-mail to others who may be interested in participating. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact me, Gail Falkinburg at 861-4478.

Dutch Kitchen Restaurant

(614) 873-4518
8690 Us-42 S
Plain City, OH

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bike the C-Bus 2009 T-shirt design unveiled


We will be selling this limited edition t-shirt designed by Liz Samuelson from Genuine Creative. Email me at rgeorge@bikethecbus.com if you interested.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pittsburgh BikeFest


What is BikeFest?

BikeFest is Pittsburgh’s biggest cycling event for cyclists by cyclists. It’s BikePGH’s annual celebration of bicycling, showcasing Pittsburgh in all of its uniqueness and beauty. It is not an organized event, but a framework for volunteers and organizations to organize bicycle-themed events. Whether you ride everyday, the weekends, or just always wanted to try, BikeFest has an event for you!
Pittsburgh is filled with interesting things to see and do, and there is no better way to experience the city than on a bicycle. So we decided to celebrate the two to both raise awareness of the bike as a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get around, and to highlight some of the amazing things Pittsburgh has to offer. There are a wide variety of bikers and organizations in this city and if we can all get to know one another, we’ll be able to make Pittsburgh a more bike friendly and livable city.

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Hey Ladies, don't be left out! Get your ride on...

Sunday Night Ladies Ride is every Sunday Night!

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What Pelotonia aspires to be - The Dispatch

Nothing about the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is small.
Not the signature route of the enduring bicycle tour: 192 miles from Sturbridge to Cape Cod.

Not the number of riders who participate: 5,000 this year (from 36 states and eight countries) and 59,000 since 1980.

And certainly not the money the bike-athon has contributed toward making the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston a world leader in the fight against the disease: $270 mil- lion in 30 years.

"The PMC has made what we do at Dana-Farber possible," said Dr. Edward J. Benz Jr., president of the 62-year-old cancer-research center and hospital.

Which is why the PMC is what central Ohio's budding Pelotonia Tour wants to be when it grows up. more...

Bike the C-Bus Website Updated

Check out the new website... www.bikethecbus.com - very cool features.

Our non-profit partner, the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA is providing online registration for the event this year. http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/ward/ward_news.php#1014

If you are on Facebook please become a fan of both the blog
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus-Rides-Blog/56544341141?ref=ts
and the event
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-the-C-Bus-Bicycle-tour-of-Columbus-Ohio/42668587010
and let us know you will be riding
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=42337481818&ref=ts
and follow us on Twitter.
http://twitter.com/bikethecbus

Monday, August 10, 2009

COP 22nd Ridge Runner Ramble

Date: Saturday August 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: New Albany Elementary School
Street: 87 N. High Street
City State Zip: New Albany, OH
Notes: Saturday, August 15
7:00-9AM. New Albany Elementary School, 87 N. High Street, New Albany. Ride the ridges on routes of 30/55/80/100 miles. Short route has three hills; longer routes have many more. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members.

Joanna Pallos Jootbuck@aol.com
614-868-6875

Tom and Debbie Davis bikeus700x23@columbus.rr.com
614-296-9981

Mark Curtner mcurtner@columbus.rr.com

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Adventure Ride to Yellow Springs

Boston Tries to Shed Longtime Reputation as Cyclists’ Minefield - NYT



BOSTON — In a city known for its aggressive drivers, flummoxing street layout, confusing rotaries and overall rudeness on the road, what is a cyclist to do?

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

London Cycling Campaign



Our five-year strategy
Our strategy 2008-13
LCC's latest five-year strategy document, entitled One in Five by 2025, covers the period 2008-2013. It outlines specific activities and targets in pursuit of our vision. You can download the full strategy and a summary of this document on the right.

The list of objectives below form the core of LCC's strategic direction for the next five years:

Promote cycling to the people
Many people are slow to realise the benefits of cycling, so we must skilfully make them see them.

Redesign our streets for cycles
Our streets and neighbourhoods need to be redesigned to be more cycle-friendly.

Promote cycling to our politicians
We must promote the facts, that cycling is cheap and provides a solution to five great public policy concerns for London.

Make cycling diverse and inclusive
Equality and inclusion are two key LCC values, and are central to our plan to make London a cycling city.

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David Byrne Bicycle Diaries


Since the early 1980s, David has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them with him when travelling around the world. DB's choice was initially made out of convenience rather than political motivation, but the more cities he saw from his bicycle, the more he became hooked on this mode of transport and the sense of liberation, exhilaration, and connection it provided. This point of view, from his bike seat, became his panoramic window on urban life, a magical way of opening one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population.

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David Byrne's Bike Racks

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SSWC are in September

Wednesday September 16th
12:00pm Coloring Contest Opening at Ska Brewing
3:00pm Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
4:15pm Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
5-6:00pm Group ride from Durango Rec Center
8:00pm Post Ride BeerBQ at Seanʼs House
10:00pm Live Music at Derail Saloon

Thursday September 17th
8:00am Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Blackhawk-Hermosa, 25 spots
9:00am Group ride from Fort Lewis College clock tower
10:00-2pm Lunch Party/Registration at Buckley Park
3:00pm Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
4:15pm Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
4:00-7pm Run What You Brung Bike Show at The Irish Embassy
6:00pm Group ride from Durango Cyclery
6:00pm Ladies ride from Durango Cyclery
9:00pm Live Music at Derail Saloon

Friday September 18th
8:00am Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
9:15am Hermosa Tours Shuttle, Champion Down, 25 spots
7-10:00am Pancake breakfast at Buckley Park by Sol Cycles
9:00am Group ride/ race course pre ride from Fort Lewis College Clock Tower
9:00am Ladies ride/ race course pre ride from Fort Lewis College Clock Tower
10:00-4pm Registration at Buckley Park
5:00-8pm New Belgium Brewing Black Tie BBQ at The Smiley Building
7:00-10pm New Blegium Brewing 1x1 Film Festival and preliminary hosting comp
11:00pm Live Music at Derail Saloon

Saturday September 19th
7:00-10:00am registration & rock and roll out at Durango Cyclery
11:00am SSWC09 Race
5:30pm Coloring Contest Awards at Ska Brewing
6:00pm Race Awards/Dinner at Ska
7:30pm Live Hosting Competition at Ska
9:00pm Live Music at Ska

Sunday September 20th
10:00pm SSWC09 Bike Polo Tourney
2:00pm Polo Final Four

Bog is here...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Too many wheels on the bus - The Dispatch

Orphaned bikes piling up in COTA garage might go to charity
Monday, August 3, 2009 3:07 AM
BY JOHN FUTTY
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

SHARI LEWIS | DISPATCH
Nearly 100 bicycles are in COTA's bus garage after being left on bus racks. In five years, fewer than 100 have been claimed out of 400 left behind.

Since COTA started putting bicycle racks on the front of all its buses nearly five years ago, hundreds of people have left their bikes behind after riding the bus.

Some are nice enough that one would expect the owners to come looking for them. When they don't, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is left wondering what to do: trash them, sell them or give them away?

"This is a problem for us," President Bill Lhota said recently as he surveyed nearly 100 bicycles hanging on or leaning against a wall in the bus garage at COTA's headquarters.

Some are old and battered, but others are new and well-maintained.

Ed Sowinski, a transportation supervisor for COTA,

estimated that 400 bikes have been left on bus racks in the past five years. COTA officials think that fewer than 100 were claimed by their owners.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dawes Arboretum Ride

ALYSSA AND DAVID'S EURO TRIP EXTRAVAGANZA!

After two days of intense packing that resulted in our two bikes and our trailer being stuffed into two very duct-taped boxes, we made it to Port Columbus and are waiting to a flight to.....Minneapolis? Yeah, that's right. ...

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