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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride Pics

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America is officially retarded...


School district could backpedal on policy

Saratoga Springs board to consider modifying ban on riding bikes to schools

 
By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer 
First published in print: Tuesday, September 29, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Seventh-grader Adam Marino is getting a firsthand lesson in civil disobedience.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=847190#ixzz0SbHnGaVm

Monday, September 28, 2009

ProTonLocks Magnetic Pedal Locks


ProTon Magnetic Pedal Locks Should reduce the risk of injuries by providing a means to secure the rider to the bicycle pedal via the New Hi Tech Magnetic Pedal Locking Device. This allows the rider to maintain a positive attraction to the bicycle pedal through a new break through in magnetic materials, yet if the rider falls, the "side shear force" can quickly and easily release the rider from the bike reducing the risk of additional injuries. These units are made from A380 Aluminum, Nickel Plated High Power Magnet, Chrome-molly spindle and sealed ball bearings. This is a fully serviceable unit, with replacement parts available. Made in Silicon Valley U.S.A. These are offered in 3 sizes, Micro Mini, 3" X 3" "Mini" & 3-3/4" X 3-3/4" Pro full size. The magnetic force of the magnet will help keep your feet on the pedals while riding hard reducing the risk of "slipping a pedal". The Micro Mini is great for the road cruisers, Mini - BMX younger riders starting out in competition riding. It will help them learn to power out of the gate and maintain better control of the bike while in the air jumping. The "PRO" full size pedals are will suited for the "Down Hill" "Mountain Bike" group and larger riders in competition and for the riders with Prosthetic legs. 30 day satisfaction Guarantee, 90 day limit warranty on spindle & Bearings.


Look Ma, No Brakes! - Washington Post story about fixies!

What a profile they cut, slicing through the city: gorgeous, exotic, dangerous. You see them parked like emaciated steeds outside the coolest clubs.

They don't make much sense, yet for one more fleeting season at least, they are the rage in certain circles. Sort of dumb and super hip: the twin characteristics of many things in life.

We are talking about a bicycle. A very special kind of road bicycle, called a fixed-gear bike, or fixie for short.

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Bike the C-Bus 2009 Photos

Gyrowheel demo at Interbike 2009

History class tackles Manhattan on 'epic' all-night bike ride - Columbia Spectator

The 35th Annual All-Night Bike Ride for the History of the City of New York class, taught by Kenneth Jackson, took students through Manhattan in a midnight tour of history.


Two New York University girls—drunk ones, so it seemed—call out to us, “Why are you all riding your bikes?”
“For a class!” we reply, rushing past and feeling the wind in our helmet hair.
“I don’t get that. I guess that’s why I go to NYU,” one says to the other.
And then my friend hums, “Oh, who owns New York?...”
This was the 35th Annual All-Night Bike Ride for the History of the City of New York class, taught by Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences. In a word—used at least once by each participant throughout the night—it was epic. Indulgent and extravagant, dangerous and obnoxious at times, this mass of around 250 people rode through the island of Manhattan in the wee hours of Friday morning, as if marking our territory.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

88 Bikes



88Bikes. You can go anywhere.

It doesn't always take a massive relief organization to tip the scales for joy and sustainability in places where children and young adults are challenged to be their own heroes. 88bikes provides a simple and direct opportunity to make a difference for a young person in the world: buy a child a bike! Use the links to see more about us and our work around the world.

Columbus needs to step up to the big leagues! Sunday Streets


Sunday Streets is Now a Permanent Program

This year, San Franciscans enjoyed over 18 miles of car-free streets on six Sundays, in four San Francisco neighborhoods, from East to West! Upwards of 20,000 adults and kids came out for each event enjoying healthy activities from bicycling to dancing, rollerskating to yoga and hula hooping.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) was proud to play a big part in the success of Sunday Streets by coordinating and training more than 600 volunteers.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Sunday Streets is now a permanent program in San Francisco. With the enormous success of Sunday Streets in 2009, organizers would like to see more Sunday Streets events in 2010. If you would like to see more Sunday Streets events, extended hours or want it to come to your neighborhood, email Mayor Gavin Newsom and your City Supervisor.

Mad River Ride September 27 Pics

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Where you can take a bicycle on a bus, train or airplane?



Notes about searching for a system:

Use the pull-down menu to select transit systems by state. One problem that hasn't been addressed is transit systems that serve multiple states. For example, NewJersey Transit operates in Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey.
One you see the systems listed by state, click details for more information.
You may find that not all of the information is up-to-date. If you have current information to add to the database, click the edit link. If you see a system missing, please feel free add it.

KCNC Brakes


Arms material : 7075 T7 aircraft grade aluminium.
Dual pivot caliper for spreads brake power evenly.
Fully CNC machined, black,gold,silver,red anodized finish.
Lightweight and compact, yet braking power is strong.
Improved heat dissipation over carbon callipers.
Weight : 86 Grams


the website

Shimano Di2 electric bike shifter for the paradoxically lazy

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride 7PM at Goodale Park - Columbus, Ohio

Facebook Group - join it!

First ride is next Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bicycle around downtown Columbus and see the city in a whole new light in the dark.

Monday, September 21, 2009

34rd Columbus Fall Challenge - September 26 & 27, 2009

Saturday and Sunday September 26 & 27, Start 7-8:30AM

CFC is a challenging ride, for the rider who likes steep climbs, swift descents, and breathtaking (if you even have any left) views from the hills of Southeastern Ohio. It is a strenuous, two-day ride that covers over 200 miles, starting and ending at Berne Union School in Sugar Grove. The YMCA in Marietta will be the overnight stop this year. Registration packets, available for pickup from 7-8:30AM will contain: 1) wristband and 2) detailed route map. Your rider fee provides am and pm snack stops, lunch on both days, and breakfast at Marietta College on Sunday morning. Eve Holland, bike2live AT ameritech.net, 614/326-0435

Motorists drive closer to cyclists on cycle lanes, says CTC (Cycling Weekly UK)


  • Thursday, 10 September 2009
  • Cycling Weekly
  • 3 Comments


Motorists overtake cyclists closer when they are riding in a cycle lane, according to new research supported by CTC, the national cyclists' organisation.
Ciaran Meyers from the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies used a bicycle equipped with a device that measures the distance of passing vehicles. Meyers then took measurements on roads with and without cycles lanes to make a comparison.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Granville Ride Report



I decided to venture out into the threatening skies to ride with Brett. We did the 52 mile route for Ridge Runner. It is well marked and a 80 and 100 mile route also exists. It started raining about ten miles in and lasted until we made it to Granville for a coffee and ice cream break. Then we had a tailwind until the finish line. I continued south back to my house and ended with 64 miles. Averaged 15.6mph. Climbed about 2100 feet. Great weather, even with the rain.

Night of 1000 Tacos - Coverage on various blogs and boards.

Check out the coverage of "Night of a Thousand Tacos" on CMHGourmand and then take a look at some of the other restaurant reviews.

Another ride report on Bike Forums

Saturday, September 19, 2009

James rode around the world for Parkinson's disease.







Hi, I'm James! I'm currently cycling, and attempting to break the record for fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. I’m doing this to raise £1.8 million for Parkinsons disease research. Find out more, and follow my progress through the links above & my siteglobecycle.org.


New Lazer Helmet



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Night of 1000 Tacos - Pics and Ride Report



Studio 35 was the start/finish for the "Night of a Thousand Tacos" ride. We had about 30 riders, and two scooters for escort. I want to thank the scooter riders because they helped shepherd us through some high traffic areas with ease. This was a cruise style ride, so we didn't have any high speed riding or people trying to show off by riding out front.

The route took us north on Indianola, then over Cooke and Ferris to Cleveland. We stopped at 4 trucks along the route. All the trucks were great for staying open late and providing special deals for the cyclists. But, I must say that Taco Nazo went all out for us. Free drinks, free cake and 65 cent tacos. We topped it off with a cold Modelo.

Don Pedros, the final truck had a little slower service than the first three. It is located out in front of Garden Inn so we ventured in to use the facilities and have a mas(s) tequila shot (or whiskey). The song from True Blood was playing on the jukebox which I thought was funny. So I head back outside to the taco truck and I walk up to look at the menu. I look in the truck and the woman in the truck looks familiar. Too familiar... it was Amber, who I work with! She took it upon herself to handle translation services for the truck which sped up the service.

I had a great time on the ride and hope everybody can make it to our next event on October 9 at 7pm. We will be starting from Studio 35 and after a tour of taco trucks we will return to watch "Three Amigos" at 11:30pm.

I want to thank Bethia, Jim and Andy for handling the Taco Truck portion of the ride. I hope we can have a large turnout of scooters for the October event. Because of scheduling conflicts our event coincided with the Scoot-a-Cue event. We returned to find all the scooters lined up outside the theater, but we were too late to pop into the movie.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Spirit of Every Day Adventure


The Spirit of Every Day Adventure from Xtracycle on Vimeo.

Follow Francesca on her trip across the US and down to South America


From the blog...
I’m Francesca and this is my blog. On June 30th, 2009, I quit my finance job and set off on a year of cheap  & adventurous travel. I will be biking my way across the US and down through Central America. Along the way I’ll be climbing, sailing, and talking to lots of people. You can see my route here and contact me here.
I’m happy to take advice & commentary. Criticism? Eh, I guess I’ll take that too.

Speak up for Trails, Walking and Biking Now


Speak up for Trails, Walking and Biking Now

On Tuesday, September 15, Senators John McCain (Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) issued two amendments to the FY10 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. If passed, these amendments would eliminate the majority of available federal funds for trails, walking and bicycling.
Amendment 2370 would prohibit the use of federal funds for pedestrian or bicycle facilities, efforts to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife, or other specified Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects if the Highway Trust Fund cannot cover unfunded highway authorizations. 
Amendment 2371 would allow states to eliminate spending on TE, the nation’s largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling. Congress currently sets aside a portion of federal funds for TE to support these projects in all states.
Providing opportunities for Americans to walk, bike and take transit to get where they’re going improves our communities’ health and livability, reduces emissions, creates jobs and save money.
If you know who your senators are, their phone numbers are listed here (in the format 202-224-xxxx). To look up your senators by state and find their phone numbers, go here.

Cash for Clunkers - Bike style

Donate your old car or bike and get a healthy discount on a new utility bike, big lifetime discounts on a Zip Car membership, and a tax deduction for yourself while helping out the American Lung Association and the environment.


the website is here...

BikeWise! report crashes, hazards and bike thefts

bikewise is a place to learn about and report bike crashes, hazards, and thefts. By sharing our experiences with each other, and with researchers and relevant agencies, we aim to make biking safer and more fun. You can help by adding your reports.

Monday, September 14, 2009

COP 19th Knox County Bicycle Challenge

Date: Saturday September 19, 2009
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 3 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes.
Location: Gambier Community Center
Street: 115 Meadow Lane (Kenyon College)
City State Zip: Gambier, OH
Phone: (See notes for details.)
Notes: 19th Knox County Bicycle Challenge
Saturday September 19
8-10AM Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon
College athletic facility. Full service tour. Ride the beautiful hills of
Knox County . Slow down for buggies. Lower-cost short routes have bike-path
option with ice cream in Danville . Longer loops are CFC tune-ups.
Gary Schmidt 614/657-9669 gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com

Friday, September 11, 2009

Night of 1000 Tacos - September 18, 2009

Charity Tour of Taco Trucks on the north side of Columbus by bike, scooter or car. Approximately 20 miles. Donations requested for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Ride starts at 7PM. Our last tour was a lot of fun - come and check out the north side taco trucks.

Apologies for the change of date and program. This is due to circumstances beyond our control.
Check back for news of another taco truck event in October.

Facebook event page


Tacotruckscolumbus.com

Baer Wheels



Stopped by Baer Wheels last night to see what Dave has going on in the shop. He has a great selection of accessories jammed into the front of the store. His store reminds me of the bike shop I still call home in Wheeling, WV - Wheelcraft Bicycles. I love all bike shops, but there is something about going into an older bike shop with all the bikes, parts and service area visible and jammed into a smaller space.

He carries Breezer, Waterford, Seven, Surly, Look, Colnago, and others. He just got in a set of the Shwalbe studded tires for a customer. They are cool and functional and I may pick some up for winter riding, depending on how the weather goes.

Stop in and say hi to Dave. He has a pump outside the shop available 24 hours a day, so if you need air in the tires at three in the morning he can help.

Website here


More bike shop tours coming soon...

I stripped out the derailleur hanger threads... What do I do now?

Wheels Manufacturing Dropout Saver

Eliminate the high cost of replacing a derailleur dropout!!
Simply drill out the dropout with the included drill bit and press the saver into place. Then thread the derailleur into the savers and off you go.
Ds-1 is the wide saver for dropouts over 7mm thick
Ds-2 is the narrow saver for dropouts under 7mm thick



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Giant Clip Folding Bike - Wired Magazine Review


Ingenious Folding Bike Nails Form and Function
Back to School
$1,025 • giant-bicycles.com
6 out of 10

 

Ingenious Folding Bike Nails Form and Function

Folding bikes get a bad rap, but rightly so: Few deconstruct smoothly, even fewer look cool. And while Giant's latest folder doesn't fully reconcile the category's classic rift between aesthetics and engineering, the Clip flaunts features that leave its competitors looking flatter than a punctured tire.
Combining the gentility of a Brompton (fenders, mudflap), the sporty pep of a high-end Dahon (decent components, including a Shimano derailleur) and the ingenuity of a Strida, the 8-speed Clip is the most visually striking mini-ride we've tested.
Apart from its Euroesque appearance, the folding mechanism works well. Two main rectangular clamps on the frame fasten and unfasten relatively easily and quickly (under 30 seconds to do a full breakdown or setup).

Pedal for Pets - September 19

Pedal for Pets is one of CHA Animal Shelter's newest fundraisers. It will begin and end at our shelter - 3765 Corporate Drive, Columbus -  to take advantage of the Alum Creek Bike trail that runs behind our property. Pedal for Pets routes are for the serious bike riders and families alike. We’d like you to join us in celebrating not only the animals at CHA Animal Shelter, but also the healthy bond between animals and their guardians. Did you know that studies have shown that biking and owning a pet can add years to your life?  By adopting and caring for a shelter animal, you are not only saving a life, but improving your health, as well. So please join us on September 19 to celebrate you, your family, your pets, and ours!

Ride begins and ends at:
CHA Animal Shelter
3765 Corporate Drive
Columbus, OH  43231
location map here 

$25 Adults ~ $10 Children 12 and under

Register Online Here!
Click Register for an event, then Pedal For Pets

Sponsors and Vendors Click Here!


Ride Information Here!

Popcorn 100 Bicycle Tour


Saturday, September 12th, 2009.  Registration 7-9am.  8:00 a.m. start for the 62-mile ride.  9:00 a.m. start for the 25-mile ride from Marion General Hospital.  Advance registration closes Friday August 3rd: Contact Kim Wenig   740/383-8980Sponsored by Marion General Hospital 
Get your application for this years tour HERE

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bicycle ban petition sparks debate

JOHNSON COUNTY- A petition initiated by a concerned group of neighbors has sparked statewide debate about the use of bicycles on Iowa's roadways.
At least one locally-based organization is pushing back with a petition effort of its own.
Since July 7, an informally-organized group calling themselves the Citizens for Safety Coalition of Iowa (CFSC) has encouraged people to sign a petition seeking to ban bicycles from Iowa's Farm-to-Market roads. Nearly 800 signatures have been obtained through an online petition, with more signatures gathered on paper copies being circulated throughout the state, said CFSC member Dan Jones of Van Meter, Iowa.

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Find yourself in Copenhagen - on bike

Good Morning Copenhagen from Colville Andersen on Vimeo.

So how do you commute in high heels and a skirt? NA to me...


Cycling in Skirts and Dresses - The Cycle Chic Guide #3


We might as well get it over with. It's high time to tackle it. Answering that question of questions about our cycling culture. Here's the Cycle Chic Guide to Bicycle Commuting #3:

How do you ride a bicycle in a skirt?!

I think we've been putting it off for so long because it really is a strange question to ask Copenhagen women. In a way, it's like asking a peroxide blonde, Texan, trailer-trash mamma "How can you shoot a gun in that NRA t-shirt?!"

"
Y'all just do it, bubba. Now git off my lawn."

Being a male of the species - and not a Scottish or Fijian one at that - I don't consider myself an expert on the subject. In order to answer the question I figured I'd ask the experts. The cycling women of Copenhagen. Every one of them has tried it at some point. But as there are roughly 250,000 of them each day on our bike lanes, I figured we'd narrow it down.

So... I asked a few of Cycle Chic's favourite Danish fashion bloggers. Cycling Copenhagen women with their style on fire and their bicycle basket filled with shopping bags.



more at Cycle Chic from Copenhagen

WOSU All Sides - Commuter bicycling program

Listen to the audio here...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Remi Gallard does Tour de France

19th Annual Tour of Hocking Hills - Circleville

Saturday, September 12, 7:30-9AM Circleville 75-100 mile routes. All options are hilly. Tune-up for Columbus Fall Challenge. 
Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members. Jon Schaer, 614/447-2200, jschaer AT columbus.rr.com

34rd Columbus Fall Challenge - Sugar Grove

Saturday and Sunday September 26 & 27, Start 7-8:30AM CFC is a challenging ride, for the rider who likes steep climbs, swift descents, and breathtaking (if you even have any left) views from the hills of Southeastern Ohio. It is a strenuous, two-day ride that covers over 200 miles, starting and ending at Berne Union School in Sugar Grove. The YMCA in Marietta will be the overnight stop this year. Registration packets, available for pickup from 7-8:30AM will contain: 1) wristband and 2) detailed route map. Your rider fee provides am and pm snack stops, lunch on both days, and breakfast at Marietta College on Sunday morning. Eve Holland, bike2live AT ameritech.net, 614/326-0435

Cateye launches World Commute website

World Commute
CatEye Launches NEW WorldCommute.com website
In an effort to promote cycling as a solution to many of the world's problems CatEye has launched a new website to help track and record the positive contributions made by choosing human-powered efforts over a typical vehicle trip.  Take a look and measure YOUR progress. 

Charge your iPod with your bike - from Bike Hugger


BioLogic FreeCharge diagram.jpgThis is freakin’ genius. Dahon will introduce the BioLogic FreeCharge, a device that connects to any dyno hub on the market to charge your iPod, iPhone, GPS unit, or other small electronic item through a USB port. The BioLogic FreeCharge siphons off juice from your generator hub into a high-capacity battery, which in turn supplies steady current to your electro widget. Thus the FreeCharge protects your electronics from the wildly variable output of the dyno hub. The FreeCharge uses a silicon casing to secure the unit to the bike and provide sealing to the charger.
An iPhone takes about 3hrs to reach full charge, so it’s not like you could fully charge it while on your lunch break, but the BioLogic FreeCharge would allow you to fully use your device all the time while you ride. I could see how the FreeCharge would be the item to have for touring riders next year. And Dahon will include this item standard on two bikes, the Ios XL and the Speed TR. I imagine stepping out of an airport or train station, unfolding my bike and popping my iPhone onto the FreeCharge so I can continuously use the GPS ap without killing the battery.
The BioLogic FreeCharge will be also be available as a separate unit for about $99 next March.

Market to Market Ride is October 3, 2009

Market to Market Bicycle Adventure


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets are partnering to celebrate the bounty that Ohio producers bestow upon our great state. The Hills Market and North Market share not only a philosophical connection: one that makes it a priority to provide and promote the best Ohio has to offer to consumers, but also a physical connection: the Olentangy River Greenway (or more commonly, the Olentangy Bike Trial). Join both markets on Saturday, October 3, as they connect to celebrate the end of a great summer season with “Market to Market”: a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride, for amateurs and aficionados alike. Market to Market will be the kick-off event for Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus.   
 
Participants have the option of starting at either market to fuel up with breakfast before embarking on the 13 mile adventure to the market at the other end of the bike trail. Each participating rider will be issued a local foods passport at the beginning of their journey. Bikers can collect stamps along the way by visiting with local vendors and organizations set up along the path including Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Proud, Sustainable Worthington, Greenovate and Local Matters. Participants who show completed passports at their destination market will be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and goodies from local foods purveyors. Those intrepid enough to bike back to their market of origin will receive a completely different bag of goodies, creating a total value of $50 worth of savings and samples. 

Market to Market will take place on Saturday, October 3. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), and reusable shopping bags from both locations filled with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s ice cream will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made at northmarket.com or thehillsmarket.com or in person at either location. Participating organizations and sponsors include: The Hills Market, North Market, Local Matters, CrimsonCup Coffee, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, WCBE, Central Ohio’s NPR Station, Amanda Hills Spring Water, Fat Rabbit Racing, Greenovate, Ohio Proud, Pattycake Bakery and Sustainable Worthington. 
 
Columbus-based, Local Matters is a not-for-profit organization that believes the choice to grow and consume local food has the power to affect social, economic and environmental change in our communities. They are committed to making local, sustainably farmed, healthy food available to everyone - and from October 3 through October 9, they're doing it in a big way with Local Matters Local Food Week. The week kicks-off with the Market-to-Market bike ride and breakfast, includes a fundraiser on Thursday, October 8 at The Hills Market, and will conclude with a Local Food Finale on Friday, October 9. The entire Columbus-area community is invited to add a little more delicious to their lives with Local Foods Week celebrating our Local Food System: Farm to Fork, Urban Ag and Local Food to School. For more information and a detailed schedule visit www.local-matters.org