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Friday, April 30, 2010

As seen at Bicycle One in Gahanna, Ohio

Electra Bikes

Bicycle One Website

Best E-Bike in the World? – Kalkhoff Pro Connect Sport

Best E-Bike in the World – Pro Connect Sport

This sophisticated machine offers superior hill climbing capabilities, energy efficiency and enhanced safety features in what has been called the 'best electric bike in the world'. While we're on the subject of features, the Pro Connect S also has the most advanced Panasonic motor available, top-of-the-line Magura hydraulic brakes, and a 9-speed Shimano Deore XT derailer and gearset. The built-in Sigma trip computer lets you track your stats. These high-end components combine to provide a fast, enjoyable ride the serious cyclist can depend on.
  • Up to 50 miles of assisted cycling power per battery charge
  • Faster commute with pedal-assist up to 26 mph
  • Variable motor speeds - conserving energy or maximizing power, as needed
  • Highest rated electric motor on the market
  • Hydraulic brakes for dependable stopping and safety
  • Integrated high-powered night lighting
  • double-walled BlackJack rims with high-end Continental puncture-resistant tires
  • Ergon handlebar grips with integrated bar ends
  • Available in several sizes in both men's and women's frame styles
  • All bikes come with a 2-year warranty, free shipping and a $50 tune-up credit

VW Bike Video

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Are There Really No Hipsters in China?

Irony-resisting Chinese bicyclists have skipped the fixed-gear trend that has swept the rest of the world.

A non-fixed-gear student rider on the campus of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Click image to expand.BEIJING—A multicolored messenger bag slung over one shoulder and short-brimmed hat cocked to the side, Nie Zheng parked his brakeless bike in the corner of a trendy cafe in the Beijing Central Business District before settling into a molded plastic chair to chat about his particular obsession. "It's been a dream since I was a kid to get a bicycle like this," the 40-year-old fashion photographertold me. "But no one sold them here." It took nearly nine months, he said, to get a track bike he wanted sent from England in 2007. story continues...

Tuesday Night Ride Video - Thanks Mike!

Civia Cycles has great clothing recommendations

What to wear? It’s a timeless question that's challenging to answer. With variables like temperature, precipitation, wind, cloud cover, season—and personal comfort level—it’s impossible to provide a simple answer.  more...

Dry 90–100º
Helmet, eyewear
Sleeveless jersey
Short finger gloves
Short socks, shoes

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ray's in Cleveland highlighted on CNN

Tuesday Night Ride Report - 0427010

It was a low and full moon tonight. We had 14 riders for the TNR this week. 2 new riders, Jen and Rob, joined the ride. We had some regulars and irregulars show up. We headed east on Long over to Woodland and through Franklin Park to the trail. We took the trail south to Williams. We headed west to High and took up the lane all the way into town. Some riders split off and went home, but most went to Dirty Franks for food and drink. 21 miles total. Mileage varied for all depending on start points. Hope to see everybody again next week.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Asiemut Project - Get on your bike and ride!


Asiemut is the story of a french canadian couple, Mélanie & Olivier, that choose a journey... but most would call it a long adventure, approximately 8000 km long. Riding their bicyles & pedaling through Asia. They traveled from Mongolia to Kolkata, at the mouth of the Ganges in India, passing through Xinjiang, the Taklamakan desert, Tibet & Nepal... Asiemut is their first film.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Hampsten Cycles Zucchero - I am in love...

And now for something slightly different: Zucchero, wherein Hampsten Cycles brings the performance attributes of a light steel frame and fork a little closer to home. We think Zucchero (meaning “sugar” in Italian, pronounced zuk-KER-ro) is the perfect bike for commuting, fun rides, grocery runs, or simple coffee-shop jaunts. The frame, fork, and optional custom rack can be built as needed for the load-carrying capacity of your dreams.
A simple swap of the handlebars, saddle, and shifters would turn this into a great fendered road bike similar to our Strada Bianca model. We use Reynolds 853 Pro Team for the main triangle and True Temper seat and chain stays. Each frame is designed here at HampCo Seattle then perfectly welded and painted by Independent Fabrication of Somerville, MA; steel fork is brazed in-house by Martin.

This Week in Bicycle Rides - April 26th

Tuesday Night Ride - 7pm start at Goodale Park - route changes weekly - Like it at the Facebook page

Market to Market Ride
Event details here...

COP Top of Ohio Ride
Ride details here...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

More photos from the Taco Truck Tour 04252010!

Madsen kg271 Bucket


  • Frame. OST Hi-ten steel. Step-through frame.
  • Derailleur. SRAM X5 8-speed
  • Shifter. SRAM X5 trigger shifters
  • Disk Brake. Promax 160mm
  • Stem. Promax adjustable 1 1/8''
  • Colors. Black, Cream, Blue
  • Size. Adjustable for a variety of body types including 5'- 6'6'' builds.
  • Bucket. 40 gallon, LLDPE rigid plastic cargo carrier. Comes with rear removable bench seat and two seatbelts.
  • MSRP. $1299

Mid Ohio Ride Recap - 04252010

We all decided to ride the 67 due to the uncertain weather. Due to a hyperextended knee and sleeping in we lost two of the 6 riders before the start. Taylor showed up to ride the century to bring our number to 5. I rode my Klein because I am waiting on new tires for the Lemond. So, we headed out hoping for the best and the weather was beautiful for most of the ride.

One section of course has a bridge issue so riders head down a hill, dismount and cross the bridge, then climb back on and climb a little hill. After we crossed the bridge I dropped the front chainring to the small ring and started pedaling. I turned half a crank and then it stopped cold. I looked down to see the chain wrapped around the entire small ring and half of the large ring. After review we determined the screw holding the front derailleur cage was missing and it allowed the chain to wrap backwards onto the big ring (see pics). So I pried the front derailleur up enough to spin the chain backwards releasing itself. We zip tied the cage and voila, we were off. As we were heading back south towards Delaware the wind and clouds kicked up. We had 20+mph winds in our face and it started to rain. As we got closer to town the rains subsided and we made it to the parking lot just as the thunder started. Great day in the saddle even with the mechanical. We rode 65 miles and averaged 16mph.

Taco Truck Ride Recap - Spring 2010

The first Taco Truck tour for 2010 was a success. I didn't know what to expect because of the weather conditions, but was pleasantly surprised that 45 riders joined me for a tour of the westside trucks. We may have had close to 50 total since some riders showed up separate from the main group. The weather held for the entire tour although we were hit with a shower as we crossed High Street on our way to Hal and Al's on Parsons. The entire ride was about 16 miles if you rode to the bar. I brought out Big Orange for the ride since I vowed that it would be a leisure pace and leisure it was. It was great seeing a bunch of old friends on the ride and I met a lot of great people.

I want to thank for organizing the trucks for all the participants. Their event recap is here. I want to thank Hal and Al's bar for hosting an after party and offering drinks specials to the participants. Hope to see you out for the next tour. Stay tuned for announcements.

Pedal to an event and park it with Pedal Instead

Earth Day Celebration at Franklin Park

Friday, April 23, 2010 - Taco Truck Tour 2010 (and after party) This Saturday!

From the blog

It’s coming up quickly, so we thought we’d provide a few updates and some advice on how to maximize your taco trucking enjoyment.
First off, a big thanks to Hal and Al’s (on Parsons Ave) who have kindly offered to host an after party for the taco tour. For $8 you will get 4 different bottles of Mexican beer – Dos Equis Amber, Dos Equis Lager, Sol, and Tecate - in a Dos Equis bucket that is yours to keep. There will also be Jarritos Mexican sodas, for those who don’t want beer.
Next item of business – unlike some of our events last year, there will not be a suggested donation for participation.  However, we will provide the opportunity to make donations to the Centro Esperanza Latina (Center for Latin Hope), which is a community development organization that provides a great number of invaluable services for the Latino community in Central Ohio.
Preparation for the event is minimal, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the trucks only accept cash, so please be sure to have some on hand (it shouldn’t take much).  Second, we’re not sure what to expect for weather.  We know that a few raindrops aren’t going to keep us from enjoying the day, but a rain jacket or umbrella might be worth keeping on hand just-in-case.
We will have maps on hand at Taqueria Little Mexico to show locations for the trucks and tell a little about why each is special.  All trucks are easily within a mile of each other.

Columbus' own Deutscher Radfahrer Verein, German Bicycle Club

From the website;

Welcome to the Germania's Bicycling Club!

My name is Stephen Schneider, a member here at the Germania and an avid cyclist since my teenage years.  A few seasons back, I started to lead bicycle trips around Central Ohio for our Germania members and friends to bring back the sporting aspect of our club's founders. 
When the Germania was founded, the original members enjoyed singing and soccer as a way to bring their immigrant community together.  Well, almost 150 years later one still finds the singing portion of the Germania alive and well, but the soccer aspect is all but history.  So, I decided to bring a more contemporary sport back to the club, one in which all ages and skill levels could enjoy - cycling!
For the first few seasons, I wanted to see how well the members enjoyed this new addition to the club's activities and found it quite well received.  Especially, since the main goal of each ride is to instill a sense of "Gemütlichkeit" among it's participants.  That's a big German word for enjoying one another's company in a comfortable, friendly setting - which these rides are designed to provide.  The potluck following each ride helps to instill a greater sense of Gemütlichkeit for all those who participate as well! 
So, this isn't your ordinary cycling club - let me say that.  It's more along the lines of spending an afternoon cycling, enjoying the countryside upon a smooth bike path, conversing in English and German with like minded friends.  Afterall, you can spend the rest of the week riding like Lance Armstrong, but where else can you spend quality time with friends on an afternoon ride?  Here at the Germania, that's what the Deutscher Radfahrer Verein is all about and if you would like to join us this seasion, listed below are the dates and locations to keep in mind:
May 23: The first ride of the season will follow the Olentangy Bikepath up to Antrim Park Lake from the Germania parking lot on the south side of the building.  Following this ride, we will have a potluck picnic in our own grassy Bier Garten and enjoy a few grilled Brats (provided by me) to get the season off to a delicious start! 
June 13: This ride has become a seasonal favorite and caught us in a quite a shower a few years back!  It follows the bike path from Yellow Springs to Xenia and is the only one that does not have a potluck picnic.  This ride starts at the Train Depot in Yellow Springs and journeys down to Xenia and back.  However, when we return to Yellow Springs everyone meets back at the Olde Trail Tavern on the main street in town for a bite to eat.  So, please email me at the address given below, so I may let the friendly staff at the Tavern know an approximate number, thanks!  Yellow Springs makes a nice day trip too and some get there early to shop, dine or take a stroll through the Glenn Helen.  If you've never been there I can help suggest a few things to do before and after our ride, so plan on making a day for this one!
July 18: The July ride will follow the Northern Alum Creek Pathway from Westerville to Easton and back.  The park on Schrock road, in old Westerville adjacent to Alum Creek, will be our starting point and also the location for our potluck picnic.
August 8: In the midst of summer we will enjoy a wooded ride in Amish country from Gambier to Danville, Ohio along the splendid Kokosing Gap Trail.  Please assemble for the ride at the small Depot just below the town of Gambier across from the Kenyon College Athletic complex.  The potluck picnic follows in the Waholding river valley at Rogers Cabin in the woods!
September 19: It's early fall and we'll scatter a few leaves along the trail from Granville to Johnstown, Ohio.  Please meet up at the back of Wildwood Park,  just west of downtown Granville for the start of the ride.  The potluck picnic will follow at the Hohman's farm, just north of Outville, Ohio near Granville.
October 10:  Well by now we should be enjoying the last of Indian Summer and this ride will follow the lower half of the Alum Creek Pathway in the Three Creeks Metro Park.  Everyone needs to meet at the Sycamore Fields parking lot for the start of this ride.  The post ride potluck picnic will be held at the Motika's home located near Obetz, Ohio.
So, sounds like a summer of nice outings eh?  Well I should hope so, with these fine paths to enjoy, along with one anothers' company at the post ride potluck it should be!
All of the rides begin at 1:30pm the day of the ride at the location/park entrance described above.  Please arrive sometime after 1pm to make sure your tyre pressure and any last minute necessities are in order. 
Helmets are encouraged for all participants and especially recommended for all children under the age of eighteen in attendance.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at the following email address:
Thanks for taking the time to check us out and we look forward to seeing you on a ride this summer!  Until then, bis bald - Tschüß!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pedal power is fueling green awareness - CNN

(CNN) -- From Detroit to Denmark, the power of the pedal is generating electricity and energy conservation awareness.
At a homeless center in Michigan, residents work out on 10 specially outfitted bicycles that send power back into the building. Female inmates at an Arizona jail take turns on a stationary bike to power their TV to watch their favorite soap operas. And this week, an upscale Copenhagen hotel began offering free dinners to guests who sweat it out on power-generating cycles.
The use of human muscle generates mere fractions of the power required to run these facilities. But the sparks of energy are also inspiring environmental consciousness, say green fitness enthusiasts.

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Simply put, we believe that life is far more enjoyable when it’s experienced on two wheels. We believe that by coming together, we can make our world a better place to ride.