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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Amsterdam Bicycling Capitol of Europe

Vertical Bicycle Parking

STOPish



Bicyclists Hope "News Cycle" Buries Stop Sign Controversy
POSTED BY MATT DAVIS ON THU, FEB 19, 2009 AT 3:35 PM
"We were hoping to do some advance media on this in December," says Karl Rohde, public affairs director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, "but we kept getting buried in the news cycle, whether it was by snow storms, scandals, or budget cuts. Nobody in the media cares about us right now."

Or perhaps that's what he's hoping...because a lack of controversy around the idea would certainly make its passage into law a lot easier.

Rohde was speaking at a brown bag lunch today about Oregon's proposed Idaho Stop Sign Law, which is currently making its way through the house of representatives. If all goes according to plan the law, which would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs, could be in effect, Oregon-wide, by January 2010.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop - Austin, TX



THE PHILOSOPHY
More than a retail box, Lance and his friends aim to make the shop a hub of cycling life, commuting, social activity, fintess, and a temple of two wheeled living—open to all.
To serve the bike community is our job, but to convert people to a bike life is our mission.

the website

Austin Bike Zoo



The Austin Bike Zoo Human Powered Puppetry began 4 years ago as Cycle Circus Austin with the collaborative efforts of artists, bicycle builders, teachers and like minded folks. Our mission is to inspire the Austin community with bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation by creating unique human powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth.

Our work was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theatre of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works which engage our community. The Austin Bike Zoo works to create events which leave smiles on spectators faces, tickle their imaginations and inspire them to further understand the relationship between humans and the mechanical world around them. Through our work audiences are taken to a fantasy world of 70’ rattlesnakes and 17’ butterflies, where anything is possible with only the power of your own two feet and a lot of imagination.

their site...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TRAILS, WALKING AND BIKING EARN $825 MILLION IN STIMULUS



Washington, D.C.—Today, President Obama signed into law an economic recovery package that contains $825 million in funding for Transportation Enhancements. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) applauds Congress for its foresight in recognizing the job creation benefits of building bicycling and walking infrastructure, including trails. While representing less than two percent of transportation funding in the bill, this investment could create tens of thousands of jobs and critical active transportation connections that communities need.

Transportation Enhancements (TE) is the nation's largest federal funding source for trails, walking and bicycling and a long-standing program that has historically enjoyed bi-partisan support. Its place within the stimulus package, however, heralds a transition in thinking among elected leaders who once viewed active transportation projects as niceties and now know them to be necessities for a balanced transportation system and a robust economy.

"We are very pleased with Congress for recognizing the wisdom of investing in active transportation," says Kevin Mills, RTC vice president of policy. "The immediate job creation will also deliver long-term benefits for communities by reducing traffic congestion, climate emissions, oil dependence and obesity rates."

RTC documented this strategy and its implications in its "Active Transportation for America" report, released last October. According to the report, moderate investments in active transportation can yield substantial economic benefits, making bicycling and walking a highly cost-effective choice for policy-makers.

"Americans are seeking opportunities to walk and bike more, and drive less, particularly for short trips," says Keith Laughlin, RTC president. "With this funding, more Americans will be able to make that choice."

RTC will track the progress communities make in implementing hundreds of ready-to-go projects that will be aided by this recovery funding. Visit www.railstotrails.org/atfa to learn more about the immediate and long-term benefits of funding active transportation.


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.railstotrails.org.

Pole Pedal Paddle



The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
proudly presents the 34th annual
Pole Pedal Paddle April 4th, 2009

The 34th annual Pole Pedal Paddle is a tradition in Jackson Hole, held each year on the last Saturday of skiing at the Jackson HoleMountain Resort. The four-event race,where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth.

More information on the 2009 Pole Pedal Paddle to come!

Parking a little close for comfort

CITIES: Bicycle-friendly Copenhagen strives to outdo itself - via Bike Providence

COPENHAGEN — While the U.S. Congress debated whether to include less than $1 billion in funding for Amtrak in the stimulus package, the Danish parliament has put all its economic stimulus eggs in one basket: transportation. The small Nordic country of 5.4 million people will spend 94 billion kroner, or about $16 billion, by 2020 to improve transportation. Two-thirds of that money will be used to make public transit even better than it already is.

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Ergon grips



It doesn't matter if you love relaxed mountain biking, seek to improve your endurance race times or just hit the bikeparks for your speed fix. At Ergon we have got just the right grips for you and your hand.

The site...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Bicycle Tool Website - from Columbus



CBUS Cycle

Third Hand Bike Co-op Benefit Concert

Benefit Bikes

Event Info
Host: Third Hand Bike Co-op
Type: Music/Arts - Concert

Time and Place
Start Time:
Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 12:00am
Location:
Victorians Midnight Café
251 West 5th Ave
Columbus, OH

Contact Info
Phone: 6149016009
Description
A benefit concert for the Third Hand Bike Co-op. Several local artists will be doing Bob Dylan covers all night long.

Line up includes:
8:00 Mas Bagua
8:20 (Open at the moment!!)
8:40 Barb Brogan (with Ben from The Floor Walkers on bass)
9:00 Marko
9:20 Eric Nassau
9:40 Matt Monta and Bree Frick
10:00 Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk
11:00 Craig Ackerman
11:20 Skunky Precious
11:40 Brian Mehling

The place serves primarily beer and wine but does have a limited stock of hard alcohol. They are also a food service establishment

Come check it out!

Trek opens new design studio in Waterloo, Wisconsin headquarters

Trek opens new design studio in Waterloo, Wisconsin headquarters
By James Huang

Trek's 'Something Big is Coming' internal memo turned out not to be a new bicycle as some (including us) anticipated but rather an all-new design studio dubbed 'Thing One'.

Trek retasked some underutilized warehouse and manufacturing space into a spacious 'environment' dedicated solely to the company's Creative Group, which includes product graphics for bikes and aftermarket parts and accessories, retail/environmental design, web and interactive design, print materials such as ads and catalogs, and imaging. Roughly 55 designers will now occupy nearly 2,000 square-meters (20,000ft2) of floor space – an increase in space of nearly five-fold as compared to the group's old setting.

From CyclingNews

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Sweetpea Bicycles Tang Bicycle - Awesome



The Sweetpea Bicycle website

Is this dangerous?



Rotor's prototype crankset is hollow and drilled full of holes
Photo ©: James Huang

A closer look at Carlos Sastre's Rotor prototype cranks

Recently we gave you a quick look at Carlos Sastre's (Cervélo Test Team) prototype Rotor cranks but information on them was decidedly scarce at the time. Though they appeared to be hollow-forged cranks with a smattering of holes drilled in them to save weight, it turns out that we were only partially correct. The crankarms are indeed hollow and forged and the holes do save weight, but the order of operations is not what you would expect and is what makes these special.

The arms actually start out as solid forgings, not hollow ones. Holes are then drilled clean through the arms from both the sides and outer faces but their diameters, directions and locations are carefully selected such that the overlapping intersections leave virtually zero material in the crank interior. The result is effectively a hollow-forged part with a liberally perforated skin plus an indisputably distinctive appearance.

It remains to be seen how well the novel cranks actually perform but regardless, the concept is ingeniously original. In fact, not only does it apparently avoid infringing on anyone else's patents but Rotor has filed one of its own.

Rotor insists that Sastre's crank is still only a development mule, however, and though the manufacturing process has a name the item itself still does not. In fact, Rotor co-founder Pablo Carrasco said that the 2008 Tour de France champion won't even be using it in competition here at the Tour of California.

website

North Shore Mountain Biking

GTI Golden Series



Meet the GT Golden Bike. It’s light. It’s fast. It’s got the best frame and components anywhere. Oh, and did we mention it’s completely gold? Starting on April 19th, the Golden Bike will be up for grabs at races around the country. Win the race, win the bike. It’s that easy. But there’s a catch. Winning the Golden Bike means you have to defend it at the next Golden race. Don't worry, we'll cover your race fee, put you up in a hotel and fly you and a friend there. We'll also give you a GT Golden Race jersey and a $250 Sugoi gift certificate. But you’d better win or you’ll surrender the Golden Bike and all its glory to whoever does. With all that said, good luck winning the Golden Bike. You’ll need it.

the site

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Have you seen this bike?



Probably not... at least here in Columbus.

Lance's time trial bike stolen at Tour of California

Trek team liaison Ben Coates has reported that Lance Armstrong's time trial bike has been stolen along with three other Astana team road bikes sometime after the opening prologue of the Tour of California. The time trial bike in particular is one-of-a-kind and should be easily recognized. A reward is being offered for its return.

Armstrong used the bike to finish tenth in the prologue.

Johan Bruyneel, Astana's team manager, has reported that the three stolen road bikes belong to Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych.

Astana has high hopes to win the overall once again. The crucial stage that can decide the race is the time trial in Solvang on February 20. The riders will tackle a 24-kilometre course.

Bicycle parts for sale

Sunday Ride 2/15/09 ride recap

Evan and I decided to ride on short notice, i.e. too little time for anybody else to make it. We rode north on Indianola. Turned onto Morse and headed west. Through a neighborhood trying to head north. Ended up back on Morse and turned north on High. Little did we realize the School for the Deaf and School for the Blind are situated next to each other. I wonder what kind of pranks they pull on each other. Or not...

So we turned onto Lincoln and then turned north to find Rush Creek again. Passed South Street where Rush Creek entrance and continued North to Granville. Headed down to the trail and rode north to the trailhead. Turned around and took the trail south to campus area. Cut through the woods where the BMX paths are located and popped out on Neil.

22 miles.
35 degrees.

Good ride. It is always nice to be able to get out with someone to ride. I am less motivated to ride alone.