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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