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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ergon BD2



Featuring the same central Flink® Link ball joint shoulder harness and frame as the popular BD1 series the BD2 is slightly larger and features innovative pocket positions. The BD2 features a large centre opening design with water resistant zippers and includes one small zippered external gear pocket, two large external mesh pockets, two mesh lumbar pockets, one internal zippered pocket and two internal expandable Lycra gear pockets, hydration bladder sleeve, helmet holder and integrated rain cover.


NameBD2
ModelTeam Edition, Black
SizeWomens S and L: Mens S and L
Material1000 D Nylon
Capacity15 l
Max. loadRecommended up to 7 Kg

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Listen to the Bike Lady, Kate Gatch on WOSU

Gifts for Foster Children
Volunteer programs to provide holiday gifts to Central Ohio foster kids, with Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish Program Director Megan Stevens and “BikeLady.org” founder Kate Gatch.

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Cap City Cross Race Pix

Safer Passing Bill - from Yay Bikes!


Senator Fedor will be presenting sponsor testimony on the Safer Passing Law (When a motor vehicle overtakes a bicycle, the safe passing distance shall be not less than three feet) this Wednesday, Dec 9 at 10AM to the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee. Here is the bill as proposed:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_SB_174
and here is the committee schedule for Dec 9:
Wednesday December 9, 2009
10:00 AM South Hearing Room
S.B. 174 (Wagoner/Fedor)
Safe Passing Distance Between Motor Vehicles and Bicycles
1st Hearing
Sponsor Testimony
S.B. 84 (Wagoner)
Passenger Bus Restraining Devices
2nd Hearing
Proponent/Opponent/Interested Parties
H.B. 27 (Gerberry)
Designating Memorial Highways and Creating Special License Plates
1st Hearing
Sponsor Testimony
*Possible Sub Bill

Friday, December 4, 2009

Don't forget about Cap City Cross


2009 Punk Bike Enduro is tomorrow - from IMBA/Dirt Rag magazine


The 20th annual Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. sharp on Sunday, December 6th, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Club. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
What’s a Punk Bike Enduro? Savor the flavor in the previous reports from the 2006,  2007, and 2008 editions of the Punk Bike.
Without further ado, adieu, or do-do, here’s the official announcement from the Head Cheese:
OUTLAWS
READ UP THIS TIME FOR NEW INFO!!!!!!!!!!!
COME TO THE
20TH ANNUAL
PUNK BIKE ENDURO
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH, 2009
11 AM SHARP
NEWLOCATION!
PITTSBURGH HARLEQUINS RUGBY CLUB, 101 EISELE RD, 15024
A MULTI-STAGE RACE FOR FUN AND POINTS
NO FEES, NO NORBA, NO RULES
EATS & PARTY AFTER IT’S OVER
WE’LL BUY SOME BEER
YOU BRING THE REST (OR GO THIRSTY AND/OR HUNGRY) PLEASE BRING A SUITABLE DRINKING VESSEL FOR THE DAY
NEW!!!!!!! NO KITCHEN AVAILABLE THIS YEAR, FOOD MUST BE PREPARED IN ADVANCE ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE REFRIGERATION AND A PLACE TO PLUG IN YOUR CROCK POT
DRESS FOR STANDING AROUND IN COLD, WET WEATHER
YOU MIGHT WEAR A HELMET AS THERE IS NO INSURANCE
COURSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29TH TRAIL MAINTENACE PRE-RIDE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5TH TRAIL MAINTENACE PRE-RIDE
CALL 412.302.9070
BE READY FOR ANYTHING

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cities promote scooter commuting - USA Today


Some cities are trying to combat traffic congestion by encouraging commuters to hop out of their cars and onto their motor scooters.

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle and Cincinnati are among cities that have recently created special parking areas for scooters, which some public officials say are more efficient than driving alone in a car. read more....


Ed. note: Read the story. Columbus officials are quoted as saying riding a bike is better.

Take pics and want to show them to friends on the road? Nikon S1000pj


World’s first camera with an ultra-small, built-in projector provides new ways for enjoying your pictures anytime and anywhere. Among digital cameras as of July 10, 2009 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).


Nikon's website

Hi Definition Helmet Camera



Easy to Use

Wearable Anywhere

We take “wearable” seriously! With our patent-pending TRail™ Mounts, “slide and lock” your ContourHD helmet cam onto a series of mounts for your goggles, helmet, handlebars, vehicle, or anywhere else you can think of.
 

Smallest in the World

Fitting in the palm of your hand and weighing almost nothing (4.3 ounces), ContourHD is the smallest and lightest HD Wearable Camcorder in the world.
 

One Button

ContourHD’s operations couldn’t be easier. Slide the record switch forward to record and slide it back to stop. Record in silent mode (no beeps)? Yep, that’s an option too.
 

Dual Laser Alignment

Have you ever seen a camera with lasers? ContourHD helmet camera uses two of them and a 180° rotating lens to ensure you line up the shot every time.
 

Armored Body

A water-resistant HD helmet cam for all seasons, its anodized aluminum body withstands dust, dirt, mud, and snow. It’s also shock, vibration and impact resistant.
 

Rechargeable Battery

No need for AA batteries with your ContourHD HD wearable camcorder. Powered by a removable, rechargeable battery you’ll get up to 3 hours of HD video with either model.
 

Click to Share

The included Easy Edit™ software makes it automatic to import your videos from the camera, clip out the best parts, and post them to VholdR.com. Show your friends what you did and earn props from the community.
 


Cold Weather Riding? Try Pogies/Moosemitts



Details:
1000 Denier Cordura 
provides a strong, abrasion resistant material, which is also coated with wind/water proof membrane. Sorry Black only
Fleece Lining 
Provides a warm environment for those digits. Once the internal area gets warm from your hands they stay that way.
3M Reflective Stripe
500 candle power reflective material sewn across the top provides a little added safety for riding at night 

Standard Internal Pocket: (Standard Version Only)
Standard in all Flat Bar Moose Mitts, this pocket is a good place to keep your energy bars warm enough to eat. It can also be used to store chemical hand warmers for added warmth.
Closure Velcro (Standard Version Only)
Two small Velcro pieces added to the bottom and inside top allow you to close your MTB Moose Mitts when not being used. This is especially useful when the bike is sitting outside in the rain or snow...It is a good way to help keep heat in to avoid re-heating the internal chamber.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I want to ride my bike, and make a difference!

Here at Roadmonkey, we believe in a different kind of travel – one that combines rugged adventure with meaningful volunteer work to give you a deeply gratifying experience abroad. Our expeditions take you off the tourist path, to truly explore a foreign land and culture on your own terms. At some point along the way, we roll up our sleeves and accomplish a hands-on volunteer project  that directly benefits local people and communities in need.

With Roadmonkey, you can explore the world with all your senses, and make it a little bit better. We call it adventure travel with a social conscience. Or maybe it’s creative volunteering with a dose of wanderlust.

Join us, and  travel different.


Vietnam Expedition 2009


In November, Roadmonkey returned to Vietnam for its third adventure philanthropy expedition, cycling from Danang, on the central coast, to Hoi An, a picturesque fishing village, and then south along the coastline and into the rugged central highlands, following the historical Ho Chi Minh trail in a loop back toward Danang. In the highland city of Kon Tum, our 9-person team built a greenhouse and farm farm at a school for ethnic minority students.

Bike Lady - Franklin County Holiday Wish program


A year ago, I asked you to join me in donating bicycles to the Franklin County Holiday Wish program to benefit foster children at Christmas. Your generosity was overwhelming and together we put 125 local foster children safely on bikes with helmet and lock included. On behalf of those 125 kids and their foster families, thank you. Your donation of nearly $15,000 in cash, bikes and gear was amazing and truly demonstrated the spirit of Christmas.
Most of the 2008 bikes went to children in Kinship Care. These are foster kids typically being cared for by relatives. Kinship Care families receive no financial subsidy to offset the cost of raising these children and the caretakers are often seriously struggling to make ends meet. The bikes you gave were truly dreams come true and could not have been acquired any other way. I had the pleasure of meeting many such grandmas and the tears of joy and gratitude emphasized the necessity to make the Bike Lady Holiday Bike-A-Thon an annual event.
I have officially incorporated as a nonprofit, Bike Lady, Inc. There is a website, www.bikelady.org. We even have a post office box! I am personally underwriting ALL administrative costs so 100% of donations will go towards bikes, helmets and locks.
So, bikes are back in 2009! I believe we can match our 2008 efforts. Dare I hope that we might even exceed last year's generosity? I ask each of you to help the Bike Lady and kick off the holiday season by making a foster child's dream come true. Deadline December 14.
  • Donate online at www.bikelady.org
  • Mail a check payable to Bike Lady, Inc. and mail to PO Box 311, Blacklick, OH 43004
  • Or select and purchase a bike, helmet and lock, then drop them off at FCCS Holiday Wish Santa's Workshop at 855 West Mound Street, M-F, 8-5. Contact me to assist in the delivery if needed

And, please, SPREAD THE WORD. At a minimum, send your friends, relatives and co-workers to www.bikelady.org with your endorsement that it's a legitimate and worthwhile appeal. Perhaps they will also recognize how something as simple as a bicycle will help a few neglected and abused children feel so very special. All their lives, they will remember 2009 as the year they got their first bike.
Once again, could you be a friend of the Bike Lady and give a kid a bike?
Sincerely,
Kate Gatch
Bike Lady, Inc.
PO Box 311
Blacklick, OH 43004
614.367.7739
 

Hilltop Commission meeting recommends no new bike lanes

December 2, 10:16 AMColumbus Alternative Transportation ExaminerJames Fellrath
The hot topic at Columbus's Hilltop Area Commission meeting last night was the possible installation of bike lanes and the removal of a parking lane on West Broad in the Hilltop neighborhood.  As discussed in the Columbus Dispatch on Monday, the suggestion was supported by a majority of residents but widely disliked by business owners.  more...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride is Tonight!

We will be riding from Goodale Park to the big field of corn in Dublin. Join us at 7pm at the intersection of Buttles and Park at Goodale Park.

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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.



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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

wadbikeway.org

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

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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