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Monday, November 30, 2009

From Longwood to Alaska and back -- via bicycle

Sentinel Staff WriterNovember 17, 2009

When we set out to do the truly incredible, whether it is climbing a mountain or running a marathon or biking thousands of miles to Alaska, we never think about what happens next.

The finish line keeps us going, faster, stronger to the end. We raise our arms when we make it. Sometimes our eyes well with pride. Sometimes we shout with glee. Sometimes we bury our faces in our hands or pump our fists in the air.

Then what? Steven Perezluha and Danny Chew know all about that question. After the two reached their goal of biking to Alaska on Aug. 6, they faced the long ride back to Florida.


Editor's Note: Danny Chew who organizes the Dirty Dozen in Pittsburgh sent me this story.

WAD Bikeway Annual Meeting 2009

WAD Bikeway Annual Meeting
Monday, Dec 7th, 2009, 7pm
Linden Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Cleveland @ Kohr

Former Asheville firefighter pleads guilty in cyclist shooting - Citizen Times Newspaper

ASHEVILLE — A former Asheville firefighter pleaded guilty today to charges he shot at a bicyclist, narrowly missing his skull.

Charles Alexander Diez, 42, was sentenced to 120 days jail.

Diez pleaded guilty in Buncombe County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Police said Diez, a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department, fired a handgun at cyclist Alan Ray Simons on Tunnel Road on July 26, striking his helmet.
Diez had stopped his car and confronted Simon, apparently because he was concerned about the safety of the Asheville man riding his bicycle with his young child on the back on the busy road, police said.
editor's note: And we thought Columbus was bad.

600 antique bikes for sale & parts - $75 (pittsburgh) - Craigslist

over 600 antique bikes for sale stingrays and other,,sell all or one at a time,,,,many parts,,,,,,,,krate bikes bowden bikes balloon tire bikes,,1864 bikes to the 70s,,starting at 75.00 and up,,,,,,first 290.000 takes it all

original post

editors note: i am a little confused by the last part of the description.

Holiday burglar nabs $10,000 bike

Holiday burglar nabs $10,000 bike

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dirty Dozen 2009 - Pittsburgh, PA

The 27th Annual Dirty Dozen up Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 10am. Anticipating another large crowd this year, please show up as early as 8-9am to start registration early. Meet at the Washington Boulevard Track (Where the ACA holds weekly criterium races in the summer). I recommend a low gear of 39x27. The route is 50 miles, but will take at least 5 hours because we go neutral between the hills, and there are 3-4 stops atop hills where I offer snacks and drinks.

New this year will be t-shirts handed out at registration.

Again this year, there will be a 3 place prize list for women riders, but they need to ride up EVERY HILL to be eligible. The breakdown will be:

1st woman - $150
2nd woman - $100
3rd woman - $ 50

Register the day of the event, and there is a $15 entry fee. For a listing of the hills, history of the event, and former winners, go to:

The Great Turkey Chase, part 2! - Burlington VT - Kinda like Cranksgiving

Ed. note - I did not ride this. It is an interesting idea that has been discussed for Columbus.

The Great Turkey Chase, part 2! will be a food drive and bike race. Registration will be free, but people need to bring around $15 to buy food along the way. Each of the checkpoints is a grocery store, and there will be a shopping list instead of a standard race manifest. Receipts will prove you made it to all the checkpoints, and since most receipts are time stamped, we can make sure everybody played fair. All the food will go to a local food bank when the race is done, just in time for Thankgiving!

Post event update

Huge thanks to everybody involved! We collected 556 pounds of food yesterday, which included 7 turkeys. 38 people raced and everybody got home safe (despite a few mechanicals, crashes and shenanigans)

Here are the 'official' results:

1st. Aaron Simmers
2nd. Nate Halstead
3rd. Blotto

1st. Peter Troy
2nd. Ned Castle
3rd. Nate Gorn

Overall top 10
1st. Aaron Simmers
2nd. Peter Troy
3rd. Ned Castle
4th. Nate Halstead
5th. Blotto
6th. Lee Trumpore
7th. Robby Finn
8th. Nate Gorn
9th. Rachel Gitajn
10th. Kyle Sauter

Bonus Turkey Prize ($50 from Blotto Photto):
Lee Trumpore

Shenanigan bonus:
Kyle Sauter
(I may have locked his bike to Rachel's bike at some point)
Kyle also did all the artwork for the race (poster, flyer, spoke card design) and I totally forgot to thank him at the beginning of the race...

Aaron got a sweet new set of Fyxation tires for winning. Nate scored a dope Bruxe bag. Blotto took home a Chrome hip pouch. I think Peter might have scored the WESC headphones and I saw Lee get the limited KWAYxBruxe jacket, and after that things got a bit crazy.

Huge thanks to the sponsors, Blotto Photto, Bruxe, Maven, WESC, Healthy Living, Chrome and Fyxation for supporting this event. Cory and Marissa also helped out with registration, results check in and dropping off all the food at the food shelf, I would not have been able to ride the race myself without them.

Good fun for a great cause. We more than tripled the amount of food we collected last year... next year I would love to see 1500lbs of food!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Residents ask for pedestrian, bicyclist upgrades to Route 3

Approximately 50 residents and community leaders gathered Nov. 17 at the Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 S. Hempstead Road, to listen to results from a transportation study of the Westerville Road/state Route 3 corridor, and to put their two-cents worth in.

The open house was sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

"We're at about the mid-way point of the planning study for this process," said Nick Gill, MORPC's assistant director of transportation. "We've been able to identify some of the purposes for making improvements to the corridor."

The study is reviewing current travel conditions in the Westerville Road corridor roughly between Morse Road and Interstate 270 and will identify improvements that are needed by 2030.


Yay Bikes Website Launched

Check out the website. It was relaunched earlier this week with new features. Speak up about bicycling and become a part of the community.


Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

This is a beautiful trail. Check it out sometime if you are in Vermont. I ended with 55 miles roundtrip. Rode from St. Albans trailhead to Richford VT.

Trail is relatively flat. There are some slight climbs as you head north but nothing steep. The trail was sloppy and slow when I was there so knobbie tires may not be the best choice.

Word of caution. As you near Richford the cell towers become Canadian and AT&T considers that international calling. Turn off your cell phone.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Island Line Trail - Vermont

I rode from Winooski down to the Burlington waterfront and jumped on the Island Line trail.

From Local Motion website -

Hop on the spectacular 12-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington's waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound.
Come explore Vermont's most popular multi-use trail. Stop into ECHO, the museum of Lake Champlain. Have a picnic lunch at the Mayes Landing picnic areaat the base of the bridge or out on the causeway. Go for a swim. Bicycling, running, walking and inline skating are all popular trail activities.

I headed north on the trail and rode to the northernmost terminus which at this point of the year is the break in the causeway. In the summer a boat will transport people across the break to continue on to South Hero island. I missed the turn heading into Colchester Park and rode north into other little towns before realizing I was on a different trail. As I turned south the headwind of 15-20mph added a little challenge, but it was a good ride overall. Rode 33 miles and averaged 15.8mph.

NetJets cuts its pledged donations

NetJets Inc. has angered some central Ohio business leaders by slashing millions of dollars in funding promised to nonprofit groups, including nearly $9 million to the Pelotonia bike tour.
Ride organizers now are scrambling to replace the millions the Columbus-based division of Berkshire Hathaway had pledged to support the fundraising event through 2013.The situation prompted Limited Brands founder Leslie H. Wexner to write a letter to Warren Buffett, Berkshire's chairman and chief executive, chastising the nation's second-wealthiest man for allowing one of his companies to not live up to charitable commitments.
In the letter, Wexner told Buffett that he was "shocked and appalled" that NetJets "(turned) its back on the community."
"Your company reneged on numerous charitable commitments totaling millions of dollars here in central Ohio," he wrote. "The explanation? Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets had a tough year. more...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Reverse Keg Ride Pittsburgh - 112109

Drove over to Wheeling on Friday and headed up to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Met up with James, John and Ryan, Amber and Zach and Kevin rode up with me. We had brunch at OTB bar and got ready for the ride. Estimated 200-250 riders were on hand for the ride. We rode over the Hot Metal bridge from the South Side and then headed into town on the trail. We then headed through downtown and passed by the convention center onto the trail to the strip district. We climbed out of the valley and ended up over neat Penn Ave and finally the brewery. We hung out with everybody and drank our pint, then headed back out to Oakland and down the valley to the river back to the South Side. We stopped at Hofbrauhouse for dinner and drink. 19 miles total. Amazing urban ride with great friends.

Columbus Biking Video Clip - Thanks Zach!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cinelli Bootleg Touring Bike


Matte Black Bootleg


 SIZES CentroFine / Center Top 46 - 49 - 52

 FRAME COLUMBUS Alloy Custom 6061

 FORK ROCK SHOX Tusk Trekking





 FREE WHEEL SHIMANO CS-HG50 12-25 / 8 Speed






 HANDLEBAR VAI Ø 31,8mm + Tektro RL720 Brake Levers


 HUBS front SHIMANO HB-RM40 / rear SHIMANO FH-2200


 FRONT TYRES VITTORIA Randonneur 700x35 reflective band

 REAR TYRES VITTORIA Randonneur 700x35 reflective band


 SADDLE VELO Long Bootleg Custom

 NOTESThe original rat. Racing rats will take you everywhere; a triple on the front, carbon Columbus Tusk Trekking fork, front and rear racks. For fast riders in, through and out the city, carrying everything you need. Perfect for light touring.

Ride to Runway 11/17/09

We had 7 at the start. Marty took off on an alternative route. So we had six ride out east on the 670 trail. Then we headed south on the Alum creek trail between the rain drops. We turned west on Williams Road and headed to Lockbourne Industrial Rd to look for the runway. It is there, but inaccessible due to fencing. We continued west to High and turned north. Ended in town with 26 miles. Great weather and riders.

Yay Bikes Website Update

New YB! Website Launches Monday
Be prepared: Meet the new site on Sunday!
2-5pm @ Summit United Methodist 


The Unveiling!
We are demonstrating our new site for the first time this Sunday, from 2-5pm at the Yay Bikes! office. Bring your laptop to the demo, if you like, and we'll ensure you're ready to go by the time you leave. Our lesson will include the following topics & activities, as well as ample time for Q&A:

> High-level overview of what we're building & why
> Survey of the new site and its functionality
> The new forums paradigm
> Blog creation
> Social network integration
> More more more!!!
> Working demos of different features
> Using the site to further your own cause

Please contact us to RSVP for this lesson or to indicate interest in a future one. With sufficient demand we will schedule a second demo for mid-December.

Our New Site
Our new site is going live on the morning of Monday, Nov 23. At that time, all of the content from our old site, and all of your personal accounts, will already have been transferred over. The new site is substantially different from the old, but we hope you'll find it easy to learn - and remember that we are available to help if you have questions! As you come across actual glitches, just let us know about them and they will soon be fixed.

If you have previously registered on, you can log on to the new site using the same username and password you have always used; your account has already been established. Please note: If your username includes a space, you will need to eliminate that space when you type it in. For example, "bike nerd" would need to be typed "bikenerd" for the new site to recognize it properly. If you can't recall your username and/or password, please contact us for a reminder.

Our intention for this site is that it is the absolute bestbicycling resource in the country. Thus we will continue to develop functionality (maps, a community calendar, etc.) in the coming weeks. If you have suggestions for how we can make the site a more potent resource for you, please let us know. After all, a fancy-pants website does no good unless it helps to advance your good work!

The Former Site
Our former site will remain intact and available to view You won't be able to comment on it, but it's being kept live as an historical archive. Any bookmarks or links you have that point to the old site will automatically redirect to the correct spots on the new site, so no need to bother updating them.

Seagull Bags Sale this Saturday 11/21/09

This from Heidi

Dear friends, this Saturday (Nov 21st) from 10-3 at the Seagull Bags shop I will be selling a bunch of Seagull Bags for CHEAP!!! These are bags that were either from canceled orders, or have minor imperfections. Please come and get these bags out of our shop. Bartering is welcome. Beer is also as good as money. Tell anyone that may be interested and get there before they are all gone!

the website...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Urban Velo Issue 16 is available now! Check it out...

Urban Velo #16 - November 2009

Contents Include: Adventures in Tokyo, Persuasion: A Political Primer,
Bike Works, Love Letters Written in Horseshit, I Love Riding in the City,
Pedals Plus People, Residue, Urban Legend - Mike Shih,
Victory of the Bicycle, Masterlink Tech, Diagnose A Stuck Stem,
Line Up Your Hot Patch, No Exit..

the magazine is here...

Field of Corn Ride

Rode from Grandview up to Dublin to look at the Field of Corn. Went up McKinley to Dublin Rd and looped back. 23 miles. Nice weather and company on the ride.

Goldsprint defined


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Goldsprint is a bicycle rollers racing and social event. Riders on stationary bikes compete against each other in front of a crowd of cheering friends.
While roller racing in general can use any type of bicycle and there are variations on the set-up depending on the type of rollers used and whether the front wheel is engaged or fixed, goldsprints generally use one form of setup. As with roller racing in general, the rollers are in turn attached to a device that measures distance and can display the progress of the riders. Goldsprints also feature modern 2D and 3D visualizations.
Roller racing has a long history going back to the beginning of cycling, however Goldsprints are closely related to bicycle messenger culture. It began in Zurich, Switzerland. The name and the event was founded in 1997 by Adrien Weber who is a passionate cyclist and owner of the only brewery Turbinenbräu in Zurich. The event is named after their beer brand "Gold-Sprint".

Danny Macaskill -Next level street trials

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mastodon Ride with Molly

I rode north from my house to meet Molly at Havens Corner. We headed east toward Pataskala and then on to Dawes. We passed the Burning Tree Golf Course / Dinosaur Museum. I have passed this a bunch of times this year, but Molly has not. So we stopped and explored. A couple of workers were out front and I asked about the mastodon. They said it was found in one of the ponds and that the cast of the original was in the basement. Very cool replica and other dinosaurs to view. More...

We continued to Dawes and hung out in the Japanese Garden. I love that location. Then we headed south to Jacksontown and stopped at a biker bar for lunch. We were the only customers in spandex. No sweat. Cheeseburger and fresh cut fries. Pretty good.

Then we headed back through Hebron and Pataskala. Molly headed out west and I headed home. My guesstimate is 62 miles because my speedometer stopped working. Great day in the saddle. Thanks Molly!

Specialized Globe - Haul 2

  • Body Geometry Sonoma saddle uses a V-groove design and vibration dampers for comfort and support, even on dodgy roads
  • Globe A1 Premium Aluminum frame with custom tubing and butting profiles; sturdy integrated rack makes loaded transport simple, secure and easy
  • Slim and effective color-matched alloy chainguard keeps your duds clean
  • Beautiful Elm wood deck adds to the function of the rear rack - holds 40kg
  • Globe classic aluminum fenders are color matched with custom chevron detail
  • Wheels feature double-walled 700c rims with 36 spokes for maximum durability
  • Globe City grips deliver form, fit and function in one simple design
  • Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal hub is the epitome of quality, versatility and simplicity
  • Folding alloy kickstand
  • Disc-brake compatible aluminum fork is light and durable
  • LED front and rear lights included for visibility and safety
  • Mechanical disc brakes supply strong, consistent stopping power in any situation
  • more...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Another urban tire choice - Soma Super Everwear

Super Everwear 5mm Tires

The Super Everwear takes that long lasting 5mm high carbon rubber tread of the original Everwear and slaps it to the most bullet-proof casing we could find.

• Significantly stiffened sidewalls
• 10x the sidewall and tread puncture resistance of other road tires
• Extra thick long lasting carbon rubber tread
• Round profile for predictable handling
• Black wall
• Steel bead only

• Colors: all black, or with white stripes
• Made in Japan by Panaracer
• 23 or 26c (110psi)

Jazz Jasmin highlighted in Urban Velo

I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Jazz Jasmin
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
OCCUPATION: 3rd shift poop reader (honest!)

Why do you love riding in the city?
I love the connection. Being in a car cuts you off from so much. I love hearing the birds, or being able to pull over and watch a mink on the riverbank. I love getting konked in the helmet by a duck taking off! (No one got hurt, but I can’t say the same for that one chipmunk—so sorry.)


Performance - Funny Video

Thursday, November 12, 2009

roll: mentioned in Financial Times, along with other Columbus businesses

Over at Easton Town Center, an open-air shopping mall that opened a decade ago, Stuart Hunter has also seen a segmented response at the bicycle store called Roll that he opened this year, the third location in the city. In spite of the inauspicious timing, he says “we’ve had great growth overall”, which he attributes in part to the “staycation” trend where more people holiday locally. “A lot of people have focused inwards, instead of externally ... as part of a whole shift in consumer values,” says Mr Hunter, who was a branding consultant before setting up his business. Sales of bikes priced below $1,500 have been “very strong” and customised models costing above $4,000 are also doing well.


Hufnagel Cycles custom bike rack pics

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride Recap and Photos - Big Run Hals Als Ride

So we had 10 riders for the Tuesday Night Ride. Good crowd of old and new riders. We rode out west through Franklinton to Georgesville Road to Big Run Park. A soapbox derby track sits on the far end of the park. We raced each other down and back on the track. Then we headed out the trail side to Demorest and made our way back over to town. We stopped at Hal's and Al's for some Rad Dogs and drinks. Thanks to Tawd at Rad Dog for the free dogs for some of our riders.

I was disappointed to hear that the other night ride continues to be a trainwreck. I considered going this past Monday but I chose to ride my own route around town. The constant stopping at parks to drink and partake in other illegalities keeps me from attending. Plus, the routes through construction which caused a bunch of mechanicals is flat out stupid. Oh well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


B1 Bicycles INDOOR TRAINER RIDES - Facebook event page

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
6:30pm - 8:00pm
124 E. Long St

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Reverse Keg Ride

The crisp chill in the air means that the end of Pedal Pale Ale Season is nearly upon us. At the beginning of the summer, 500 local (and some not-so-local) cyclists showed up at the brewery to help deliver the very first Pedal Pale Ale kegs of the season. We had such a blast putting this on, that we've decided to close down Pedal Pale Ale Season in style this year...with another ride of course!

To help spread the word about what it means to operate an environmentally sustainable brewery (more on that here), for the past few years, we've been delivering the the very first PEDAL PALE ALE kegs of the season to a local tap-spot in a very unique way....BY BICYCLE. And now, it's time to return the empty kegs to the brewery.

On Saturday November 21st after a nice hot breakfast at OTB, I'll set off, with a couple hundred of my closest GOOD FRIENDS
in tow, promptly at NOON taking the ceremonial empty PEDAL PALE ALE kegs BACK to the brewery to officially mark the end of the season. And this time, I hope to be flanked by a few "celebrity keg puller", but more on that as it evolves...

Like the Spring Keg Ride, this trip will be slow, meandering, and maybe even a little
surprising, in spite of already knowing the destination. And of course the big difference is that this time, we're riding with a greater purpose...

After the last keg ride, it became clear to me that we need to turn this into an event with a higher purpose. We can still ride for a FRESH LOCAL BEER, but this time we're also riding for charity.

We are suggesting a FIVE DOLLAR DONATION per person for this event, and since it's an all-volunteer event, 100% of the proceeds will go to our two charities: Bike Pittsburgh and The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

* Date: Saturday November 21st, 2009
* Time: Brunch at OTB@10am-noon, Registration 10am-Noon
* Departure : Noon O'clock sharp!
* Arrival: maybe between 1 and 2pm
* Starting Point: OTB Bicycle Cafe
* Destination: East End Brewing Co.
* Distance: Somewhere around 7 miles.
* Pace: Gentle. Remember that part about pulling kegs
* Return trip: Sorry folks, you're on your own. Though maybe you left
your car at the brewery when we did the Spring ride?....No?
* Kid friendly: There have definitely been kids on this ride in the past,
and they are certainly welcome this time. But the ride is on OPEN
CITY STREETS, and a decent portion of this trip will be up one
looong hill. But the pace will be gentle, and we plan to obey the law
and stop at all red lights and respect one-way street designations.

Oh, and of course the kids don't get a beer at the end of the ride. But maybe we can swing some hot chocolate.

More Event Details:

Facebook Event Page

Bike Pittsburgh - Good tips if you are in an accident, they apply, but change Pittsburgh to Columbus!

In a Crash?

Unfortunately, sometimes smooth sailing isn’t in the cards for everyone riding Pittsburgh’s streets. If you are in a crash, though. Here are some things you should do.
  1. If you are in pain, stay put. Don’t try to move. You could end up injuring yourself even more
  2. Call 9-1-1 or tell someone else to do it for you.
  3. Make sure to get the driver’s a) Name b) License Plate c) Insurance Info d) Contact Info. If there are any witnesses, get their name and contact info as well. Although you may be injured and incapacitated at the accident scene, that is your only chance to identify the motorist who hit you and the witness(s). After the ambulance takes you away, you will never get another chance to obtain this. It is not uncommon for the police officers to fail to get this information after the victim has left the scene. Ask someone to write down the tag number and their own information and give it to you, or put it in you pocket.If a bus is involved click here for more information on how to handle the Port Authority.
  4. Get a Police Report. Sometimes you may not feel pain until the next day and may need to see a doctor. Even if you don’t call 9-1-1, it’s important to get a police report. A police report can be filed at any time, even after the fact, and will be necessary if you need compensation for medical bills.
  5. Contact a lawyer.
  6. Contact your city councilperson and tell them your story and that you want safer cycling conditions in the city. Also dial 311 and tell the Mayor about the road hazard or dangerous situation.

Buckhannon WV to Glenville WV ride report

Rode from Buckhannon, WV to Glenville, WV which is about 40 miles. To get there you must take Highway 33. The good news is that it is a bike route. Buckhannon has share the road campaigns as does the counties in that area. I never ran into any issues with drivers and everybody was really nice. The roads are in really good shape as well. Only two major hill climbs are between the towns and I hit 40mph down the bigger of the two. I ended with 39 miles and averaged 17mph. The temps ranged from 38 to 62.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

ABUS BORDO 6000 Foldable Lock

New link construction offers maximum flexibility
Compact lock dimensions in handy size for mounting in a few seconds
ABUS Extra-Classe cylinder with reversible key

Handy frame carrier include
Now available in 75cm and 90cm length

Zoic Commuting Pants - Reign Knicker

* For the Commuter, Cruiser, or Weekender
* Ideal for morning commutes, fall days, urban scavenger hunts, and chillaxing.
* 23 1/2" inseam with a flat front waistband and an integrated drawcord for adjustability
* Snap and zip fly
* Tagless waistline
* 2 Front slip pockets and 2 back velcro pockets
* Leg cargo pocket with hidden MP3 pocket with ZOIC grommet for MP3 storage and headphone accessability
* MP3 cord loop
* Tonal plaid stitch detail
* Signature "Diamond Gusset" for superior range of motion
* Removable moisture wicking stretch mesh liner; makes this short functional on and off the bike

Shell: 50% Bamboo / 50% Cotton
Fusion Gusset: 92% Nylon/8% spandex
Liner: Men's Assault - 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex
Fit: Casual

Price: $75.00