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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Urban Velo Issue 20 Available Now

Is there a correlation between DOT spending money and walking/biking trips? You decide.

Suburban Riot Clothing -

From their website...

Do not mistake us for an unruly band of renegades, but don't take us too seriously. We're simply havingendless fun in an otherwise serious world. We fuse unlikely partners, enjoy planning chaos, and can be found breeding curiosity.

In a world dominated by noisy gimmicks, our methods are different. We turn noise into something usable, by finding the nuances hidden in the chaos. We're part of an unusual band of rioters. These rioters are on the rise, out there building "endless _____ in an otherwise _____ world".


The founding Riot Crew was raised in the mellow Pacific Northwest. Over the years we migrated to Venice, CA, or as we call it, the heart of darkness. Sub_Urban Riot's look and feel is a result from years of influence that is both sunny hedonism, and rainy clarity. We are a combination of ideas. Many of these ideas contradict one another, just as the physical environments where we come from contrast those we live in now. This blend of influences is how the Sub Urban Riot, came to be.

The Goods

No gimmicks. We make stuff that looks good in the closet this year, and will probably still look good next year. It's a simple principle, but one of the most difficult to do right. Each of our pieces has a well tailored, and almost sculpted fit. When it comes to creating looks, we push the envelope for the season, but also offer a cut you can keep around for a while.
The edginess comes from you, not your fancy pants.


We're constantly sourcing sustainable materials, from organic cotton, to recycled polymer based materials. We don't do it because green is in. We do it so your kids aren't born with three arms and a tail.

The "Sunny" Connection

About the time we started the first few designs for Sub_Urban Riot, our friends Rob, Glenn and Charlie started a small cable TV show called It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. A few years later, we've watched them grow into one of the most successful TV comedies around. The first season we outfitted some of the characters with our tees. However, we realized it was way more fun to actually design tees FOR their characters. So, that's how it started. And, it explains why we have tees on our website with such a big range in themes; from Windmills, to ridiculous rearing Stallions. Cheers to Sunny fans.


It's about you. And we're committed to your cause. If anything doesn't work for you, just let us know. We'll exchange any unwashed piece, or offer a refund.
We also like this place we live. So, 1% of all sales go directly to protecting our natural environment. It's not our gimmick, its just what we do.

Runnur Bag - Is this usable?

Product Description

The Runnur is a strap worn across the body from shoulder to hip. It carries all the "essential" items you need to get you through your day. If you don't have enough stuff for a backpack or if the Fanny Pack isn’t quite your style, then the Runnur is for you. Once you start wearing a Runnur, you'll wonder how you ever managed to get around without one.

Product Features

- Loop on top of strap allows you to hang on a wall when not in use
- Carabineer is included to hold keys
- No Slip/Contoured Shoulder Strap
- Foam Core for Comfort
- High Quality Velcro
- Padded Sunglass Holder
- Elastic Bottle Holder
- Rear Reflector

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/29/10

27 miles
27 riders at start
Major stop:Blacklick Metro Park
Two clip spills (didn't unclip and fell over)
Dirty Franks/Little Palace for food and drinks

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Biking minutes a day may ward off weight gain - CNN

( -- Biking for as little as five minutes a day can help women minimize weight gain as they enter middle age, especially if they're overweight to begin with, a new study suggests.
The study followed more than 18,000 premenopausal women between the ages of 25 and 42 for 16 years. During that time, the women gained an average of about 20.5 pounds.
Women who started biking for just five minutes a day gained about 1.5 fewer pounds over the course of the study than similar women who didn't take up biking, the researchers found. Women who increased their daily biking by 30 minutes during the study kept even more weight off, gaining about 3.5 fewer pounds than those whose biking habits stayed the same.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Ride to Buckeye Lake 06/27/2010 Recap

6 riders
52.5 miles
Temps peaked in mid to high 90's and dropped to mid 80's after thunderstorm
Zach wrecked into the curb in Millersport
Lunch in Millersport
Ice cream at Weldon's
Lieb's Island

Saturday Ride Report (Dutch Kitchen to London)

Ride Highlights:
9 riders
52 miles
Averaged 16.6mph
Rode from Dutch Kitchen (breakfast was great) to London and back in a loop
London Cobra Show

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Sharrows Remind Bicyclists, Motorists To Share The Road - NBC4i

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New road markers remind both motorists and bicyclists that the streets belong to both.
The images painted on the roads are called "sharrows" (or shared-lane markings).
Crews begin painting the markings on High Street, between Morse Road and Nationwide Boulevard, Monday.
The 188 markings show a bicycle with two chevrons above it.  
The purpose of these road markers is to remind cyclists and motorists alike that bicycles have an equal right to the road while indicating the presence of a bicycle route.
The markers made their debut in San Francisco about five years ago as a means of promoting safety when bicycles and vehicles both use city streets.

disconstructed wheel video

I present Frankenstein's Monster Bike - with cloaking device turned on

OSU Bike Path Closures and Detours

OSU is about to begin construction on what they call Phase 3 of the Olentangy Bike Path.  They will totally rework the path near the electrical substation south of John Herrick Bridge – building a retaining wall into the river, widening and re-grading the path.  OSU has also identified funds to conduct Phase 2 work which will move the bike path to the West side of Drake Union.  This package will be going out for bid this summer and they hope to begin construction this fall.
These will be big improvements to the trail, but will bring with them the inconvenience of on-street detours this summer and fall.  Expect barricades to go up TODAY!

Man Riding Bike Faces Drunken Driving Charge - ONNTV

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — A man on Tuesday was facing charges of drunken driving, after being pulled over while riding a bicycle.
On Sunday, Genoa Township police stopped Darrell Hutchison, of Whitehall, after they saw him riding on the wrong side of the road, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported.
"He could have caused a crash with any of the vehicles on state Route 3," said Lt. Russ Ciballi.
SLIDESHOW: Images From Report
Police received a call from the nearby gas station, where an employee inside said Hutchison bought a 24-ounce beer, drank it, then left on his bike and rode off down Route 3, Seavert reported.
"When we stopped him and put him through field sobriety tests, before we did that I asked him if he had been drinking and he said, 'Yeah, I had a beer down at UDF," Ciballi said.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bike Fails: Don't try this at home.

Franklinton Cycle Works has MOVED! Help them work on their shop Saturday June 26th

From their website;

We've been working on preparing the shop space and I'm pleased to say that its coming along quite nicely. Some scraping, sanding, and new paint go a long way. 

This coming Saturday is our big volunteer day. We'll begin the day at 9AM with coffee. Please wear work clothes, and if you don't like splinters, you may want to bring gloves. We'll have everything else. 

Please notice the updated location listed on the website. We'll be meeting at 103 Avondale Ave and not the old ware house space. 

Thank God, we are almost there!


Tour Divide: 2,745 miles ultra-cycling challenge

Tour Divide is an ultra-cycling challenge to race self-supported along all 2,745 miles of Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Tour Divide has no designated rest periods or set distances a racer must travel daily. The clock runs non-stop. She or he who can ride the fastest while making fewer, shorter stops usually wins. With an average time-to-completion of three weeks in the saddle, TD is the longest–arguably most challenging–mountain bike race on the planet. It is a contest for the ultra-fit but only if ultra-prepared for myriad contingencies of backcountry biking.
Tour Divide was born of inspiration from John Stamstad's watershed `99 Divide ITT, and the US border to border challenge known as the Great Divide Race (ca.`04). TD observes all the historical Divide racing controls save length. It pushes the envelope further by staging opening day racing from the top of the GDMBR in Banff, AB, where MTB-legal wilderness in Banff National Park serves as an immediate test of mettle. The Canadian section adds only 10% more trail, yet rewards riders with unforgettable geology, rugged terrain, abundant wildlife, and an international flair cycling has come to expect from grand tour racing.
Whether voyager or voyeur, Tour Divide is a dramatic tribute to both human capacity to endure and Adventure Cycling's excellence in crafting North America's crown jewel of off-pavement touring routes.

Frankenstein's Monster Bike Update - Doo Dah Float

More photos will be released next week.

Some specs;
Custom Tandem BMX frame combining a mountain bike and a BMX frame.
20" Wheels
20" Suspension Fork (may be swapped for solid fork)
Custom rear wheel has 3 speed internal geared hub, custom spoke lengths, won't shift under load though
Front and rear V-Brakes
Coaster brake does not work and will not work
Bike weighs in around 50lbs
Bike was tested to 700lbs
Rolling weight for the parade will be about 600lbs.
When we tested Monster with two riders and the Elevator keg the weight was 560lbs. We rode 4 miles with the keg and 17 miles total.

Check out the Facebook Doo Dah Parade Float page

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/22/10

20+ riders at start
Mechanical (chain blew up) repaired very quickly
Innis Park
Reviewed the progress on Alum Creek Trail
Yellow Brick Pizza
Weather was really warm and humid

Monday, June 21, 2010

Follow the Hungry Bicyclists on their journey across the US

On June 9, 2010 Leonora Pepper and I (Rosie Baldwin) will be setting out on a food-filled trek across the Unites States. In the midst of brainstorming for this trip, we came to the conclusion that the only means for survival would be to feed ourselves continually, with hearty, rich, local foods. In order to maximize our eating opportunities I decided to make the trip a research venture and the foundation of my undergraduate Environmental Studies Thesis at the University of Vermont (UVM).
My goal for the thesis project is to discover a variety of local food producers across the USA, who are currently defining what it means to be “transformers” (as Jessica Prentice so accurately described it). These producers are taking local products and working to make delectable and sustainable foods that are consumed in the community in which they were grown. They are often part of a larger trend to revitalize local economies, and redefine what “development” can mean within their own communities.
So the question remains, who exactly are these people? What do their practices, livelihoods, and businesses look like? They could be artisan cheese makers who sell at the local market, fermentation specialists, underground restaurant owners, street food vendors, and much, much more. If their business is small enough they may not even be recognized outside their immediate community, yet their presence and practices have an impact nonetheless. Through a series of semi-structured interviews I hope to begin to record their stories, from their path to local food production, their methods and business models, to their own understanding of what a local economy means and how they see food systems being restructured in the years to come.
BUT, here’s the big challenge… Leonora and I are going to be so famished at the end (and beginning) of each day that we will need some advice about where to go to fill our bellies. Because these transformers are often small businesses, who have a loyal but small client base, it is not always easy to know which store or farmstand carries their product. In fact, we would appreciate recommendations, opinions, and tidbits of knowledge about the best of everything around town– any chance we get. This is not to say we won’t be avid local foods detectives (quite the opposite) but I do know that with a sore bum and low blood sugar we will surely appreciate any advice we can get.
So, this is where this whole blog thing comes into play. We’ll supply a map and space for comments, and hope that you can post useful info for the Hungry Bicyclists, allowing us to both research and devour local foods at every point along the way. In return, we hope to share with you the results (and stories and pictures), with a wide range of places to check out (and avoid) the next time you’re traveling through Northampton, MA or Seattle, WA.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mad River Ride June 20, 2010

Covered Bridge Tour
25+ riders at start
Nice little climb from the valley and a nice downhill (I hit 38mph)
After the rest stop I rode with the 9 riders on the longer, hillier route back
Total 35 miles
Averaged 16.5mph
Climbed 1250 feet

Saturday, June 19, 2010

British Postal Service wants to do away will posties on bikes

CTC gets behind posties on bikes

Cycle group takes the battle to save cycle deliveries to new Royal Mail chief exec
The CTC is rallying the efforts of opponents of the Royal Mail’s plans to get postmen and women off bicycles.

The campaigning body is urging the public to write to the Royal Mail’s new chief exec Moya Greene by filling out a form on the CTC's site. The letters will then be collected and sent to the Royal Mail's headquarters - delivered by cargo bike, naturally. 

Greene's predecessor Adam Crozier, first revealed the plans to scrap bikes for posties due to '
safety concerns' and the ‘changing nature of postal deliveries’ and growth of internet retail.

Friday, June 18, 2010

From the Mailbag: Women's Cycling Conversation Forum

FROM JEN DUANE: My girl Meredith Joy and founder of Yay Bikes! is organizing a forum to discuss biking for females in Columbus. She wants to know how woman feel about cycling in Columbus; what it means to us and what we would hope for cycling in the future. The info gathered from this forum will be used to create an agenda for women's cycling in Columbus to be carried out in 2011. The forum will be held Wednesday, June 30th at 6:30PM at the University Area Enrichment Association building on campus. It'll be a super low key (multiple, small) round table discussion Let's get riding ladies!!

Women's Cycling Conversation Forum facebook event

Buy a tandem built in Ohio (Newark to be more specific) - Franklin Frames

ESTABLISHED in 1976, Franklin has built
over a thousand frames. These include singles,
tandems, triples, trikes, small wheel, and an
occasional recumbant or high-wire cycle. Most
work is done "in house", including painting and
polishing for chrome. Actual plating is sent out.
  Bicycle frames are the primary work, al-
though over the years, additional offerings
have become a major part of our business.
Other work includes product and prototype
development, jig, fixture, and specialty ma-
chine building. The prototype and machine
building is not limited to just the bicycle

Website is here!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cool Rags!

A cool way to keep the sun off your head and stay cool, reduces UV rays too!
Classic Cool Rags are Biker skull caps that have cooling polymer inserted into the front band to cool you off in the heat.

The cooling crystals go all the way around from your forehead to your temples.
Works great under helmets on a hot ride.
Skull caps are 100% cotton to help keep you cool.

website is here...

Amazing stunt riding...on a carbon road bike

Cycling for Change on Chicago's Paseo Boricua

Chicago's West Town Bikes is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. West Town Bikes, a non-profit that focuses on mechanical skills building and cycling awareness for under-served youth, opened a store front in the heart of Paseo Boricua, a Puerto Rican community on the near north side of Chicago, last summer.

West Town Bikes is well known for its youth programs and "build a bike" classes. The non-profit has an innovative and hands-on approach to using cycling as a means of building community, reaching out to youth, and advocating for a healthier city. West Town's youth bike programs focus on how youth interact with their environment. Most of the bikes they use in classes and refurbish/resell at Ciclo Urbano (their storefront location) are taken from trash. 

read more here...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Join us on your bike in the Doo Dah Parade

Doo Dah Float

Sunday, July 4, 2010
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Goodale Park
Park and Buttles
Columbus, OH


Do you want to be in a parade? Do you like to ride your bike? Join us for the Doo Dah Parade. We will be riding the fantastic frankenSTEIN bike with a keg of Elevator beer strapped in the center. Be a part of our float, wear a costume, or dress up your bike for the Fourth. We don't care as long as you show up on your bike and join us. Then after the parade follow us to Hal and Al's bar to tap the keg. For each beer purchased from the keg Hal and Al's Bar will donate to Yay Bikes.

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/15/10

25 people at the start (largest group yet)
30.5 miles
Stops at;
Antrim Park
Sharon Woods
Rush Creek
Tip Top

Hilly Billy Roubaix

Monday, June 14, 2010

Assault on Mt. Lookout Ride Recap, Chattanooga, TN - 06132010

40 miles total
2425 feet climbing
Average 13.5mph
Wilcox Avenue Tunnel
Rode around downtown before climbing Mt. Lookout
Chattanooga has the longest pedestrian bridge in the world
Temps reached 100 in the sun, humidity was 60%+
Ascended and descended Mt Lookout that spans the TN and GA border

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Holmes County Trail - Ride through Amish Country

About the trail - From the website

Welcome to the Holmes County Trail!  It is our desire that you have an enjoyable outing on your upcoming visit to the Holmes County Trail and that you find our web-site useful in planning your trip to our unique Trail.

      The dream o
f a multipurpose recreation trail through Holmes County was born shortly after the flood of 1969 ended the active use of the railroad in Holmes County.  Throughout the last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century the railroad was an integral part of the life and business of our county.  The railroad connected Holmes County with major cities in Ohio.  People and goods regularly traveled the tracks on their way to destinations throughout the county.  During W.W. II the troop trains rolled through Holmes County on their way south.  With the advent of better highways and efficient truck transportation, use of the railroad declined.  Repairing the railroad grade after the flood was considered too great a cost - so the tracks were no longer used for train travel.

      A few far-sighted citizens saw the potential use of the railroad bed as a recreational trail.  However, raising the necessary funds for purchase of the railroad bed as a recreation trail became a major obstacle.  Over the next two decades, the county prospered and the population continued to grow.  The idea of a multipurpose, non-motorized trail also grew. 
     In 1996 Dr. Robert A. Hart of Millersburg, formed the Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization to begin the acquisition and development of the former railroad into the nations first recreation and transportation trail to accomodate Amish buggies and other forms of non-motorized recreation and travel.  Through the efforts of the Holmes County Trail Coalition, the Holmes County Commissioners, and a group of concerned citizens, the old railroad corridor was purchased.  This purchase opened the door for development of the Holmes County Trail.

      Since the purchase of the former railroad in 1998, the Coalition  and Holmes County Park District have received significant Federal, State, Local and Private grant funding, along with local contributions and fundraising events, exceeding  well over $7 million dollars .  These funds have been used to purchase adjoining trail park land and to  bring the Trail to its current usable condition. 

      As additional funding becomes available in the future to complete the Holmes County Trail Project, the Trail will become one of the premier recreational trails in the state of Ohio.

      It is hard to believe that I will be entering my eleventh year as Executive Director of the Holmes County Trail Coalition, and my third year as Trail Coordinator, of the Holmes County Park District.  I have seen the Coalition evolve in many ways to  adapt to the many challenges we have faced during the development of the  Holmes  County Trail  Project. 

     As I reflect back on those years, I remember the many individuals,  organizations, businesses, and past Holmes County Trail Coalition Chairmen, Board Members, Amish Auction Committee Members, and Volunteers who donated their talents, money, and time to see the Holmes County Trail become what it is today. 
     Let those who championed the Holmes County Trail project be remembered for their courage, sacrifice, vision, generosity and impact on the lives of the generations that will follow us.  
                                                                            Joan Miller
                                                                            Executive Director, Holmes County Trail Coalition      

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Have you seen this van?

Thank God I Don't Live in Colorado - From the mailbag

Oh, the horror, no bikes are allowed on the roads in Black Hawk Colorado.

Subject: recent bicycle ban on all roads in black hawk, co

Yesterday I rode with team evergreen  up the the central city parkway to Black Hawk and 7 of us got stopped by the police in black hawk at the post office/coffee shop at our re-group point.  Black hawk passed an ordinance (attached) last July that just went into effect in the last 2 weeks that BANS BICYCLES ON ALL ROADS in black hawk!!

The only road through BH that you can ride a bike is 119, but there are no roads you can ride on from central city parkway to get to 119 or 119 to central city parkway! 

They didn't see us ride our bikes, so no tickets.  

Police told us that they "have been instructed not to give warnings". 

So when you hit the city limit, you have to dismount and walk your bike about a mile down the steep hill to get to 119  & peak to peak highway and to do the golden gate canyon loop or turn around at that point (to avoid the walk back up the hill).

Please pass the word so no cyclist get a ticket.  I also know in some small towns (maybe nederland, but I may be wrong), if you get stopped and you don't have a photo ID, you will get a ticket for that as well, I have no idea if Black Hawk has a rule like that.  I thought if an announcement came from you, more people may read it than if I posted it as a discussion on the site.

I think I need to do the only honorable thing.... launch a facebook page "bicyclist against the black hawk bike ban"!!!

Cheap and bright lighting system - Magicshine MJ-808

Review is here

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/07/10

15 riders to start (10 to finish, 5 left for bike polo)
19 miles
We rode around an island
Rode through the bogs on the west side on the wooden paths
West Park
Los Potosinos for dinner
We found a Shrek action figure in the parking lot of Los Gauchos (see pics)
Raced Paktinat up Front St. on my mountain bike surpassing 25mph
Started to rain toward end of ride

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wanted: more bicycle questions on State drivers exams - James Fellrath for

WOSU radio news featured a story this morning about bicycling advocates working to get more questions about cycling on the State of Ohio Drivers' License Examination.  
Local League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor Patricia Kovacs was interviewed by WOSU's Mandie Trimble for the story.  Kovacs, many of you may recall, is the advocate whose efforts resulted in Columbus being named a League Bike-Friendly City two years ago.  She is also an Ohio Bike Federation board member.