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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 07/27/10

20+ people
26 miles
Hills Market destination

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Team Speranza Spin-a-thon - From mailbag

A team of cyclist is preparing for Pelotonia - all are doing the 102 mile route to Athens. 
Spin-a-thon this weekend at Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester. Starting at 5 PM Friday, they will be spinning until 5 PM Saturday. 

Pelotonia training rides (and non Pelatonia riders) starting at 8 AM Saturday. I will lead one of the rides helping with climbing technique as we hit the hills. 

All are welcome, the more the merrier!

See you there, 
John Crook
Crook's Cycle Right

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Helmet rule likely to go on Bexley's books - Columbus Local News

Published: Monday, July 26, 2010 4:53 PM EDT
Bexley city officials are expected to impose a new law next week that would fine parents if their children are riding a bicycle in Bexley without a helmet, but not all officials agree they should intervene.

The city proposed an amendment last month to its bicycle and motorcycle laws that would require children under 16 to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle on a city street, sidewalk or alley.

Parents of children caught riding without a helmet would pay a $25 fine; however, the offense would not be considered criminal, according to the proposal.

City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed amendment at its Tuesday, July 27 meeting with a unanimous recommendation from Safety Committee members to approve the new rules.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Dylan's Solo Ride

GO: Sierra Nevada Ride from DJ Menges on Vimeo.

reTAGit's Annual Bicycle Sale - Commercial Auction

Sunday August 8, 2010 8:00 PM in Columbus OH, USA 43201

DescriptionreTAGit's Annual Bicycle Sale
Internet Only Auction Begins: Now 
Ends: August 8th at 8pm EST 
Location: 1123 Goodale Blvd. Columbus, OH 43201 
 Highlights:Whether you ride with your kids, pedal to work, or joy ride on trails bicycling is fun.Each year reTAGit makes several hundred used bicycles available for purchase in our annual bicycle auction.This year there are over 150 bicycles of all different type, shape, size and condition. There are road bicycles, Mountain, BMX, Vintage, Youth and even some rare finds.Come out to the pre-view on Saturday and have a look find the one you like and place your bid. If you can get dad to lend you his tools many of these bicycles just need some minor adjustments. A portion of the proceeds goes to "Third Hand Bicycle Co-op 174 East Fifth Ave. Columbus, Oh 43201 
INSPECTION: Saturday Aug 8th 12 noon to 5pm Local Time 
Free Hot Dogs and Soda 
REMOVAL: Sunday Aug 9th 11 am to 4 pm Local Time No Exceptions 

Bikes and Cars: A Lesson in Los Angeles - NYT

Bikes and Cars: A Lesson in Los Angeles

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles on a jaunt earlier this month.City of Los AngelesMayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles on a jaunt earlier this month.
Green: Living
Attending the Copenhagen climate conference last December, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles had a revelation: his own city needed to do more to promote bicycling as a clean form of transportation.
“I’ll tell you what I came away with: that in the area of bicycling, I’ve got to do a better job and the city’s got to do a better job,” Mr. Villaraigosa told Southern California Public Radio.
Last weekend, however, the mayor learned a tough lesson about urban cycling firsthand: cars and bikes don’t mix.

23rd Ridge Runner Ramble - Saturday, August 14th

New Albany Elementary School, 87 N. High Street, New Albany. Roads will be marked and maps provided.  Short route has three hills; longer routes have many more. Ride the ridges on routes of 31/52/85/100 miles. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.

Joanna Pallos jootbuck AT 614-868-6875
Tom and Debbie Davis bikeus700x23 AT 614-296-9981
Mark Curtner mcurtner AT

24th Ride The Darby - Saturday, August 7th. - 7:00-9 a.m. start

Saturday, August 7th.  7:00-9 a.m.
Buckeye Grove Shopping Center at the corner of Hoover Road and Route 665, Grove City, OH. Parking in northeast corner of lot only. Scenic routes along the Big Darby and nearby watersheds Roads will be marked and maps provided. Flat to rolling mileage options from 30 to 100 miles. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Dave Knight 614-284-4087 horshoo38-op AT
Jack Hornsby 614-877-3085 jackhornsby AT

Granville Ride Recap 07252010

4 riders to start, Adam DNF because of heat sickness
63 miles
16.4mph average
2100 feet climbing
Stopped in Granville for a rest break

Friday, July 23, 2010

Soldier Ride

Soldier Ride provides wounded warriors the opportunity to reclaim their confidence and strength through the exhilaration of cycling. Participants embrace possibilities for the future in a supportive environment of fellow injured service members. 
Soldier Ride provides adaptive equipment for the wounded warrior to bike in a variety of three-day to four-day rides across the country. Private and corporate donations and sponsorships provide equipment and support to injured service members at no cost to the warrior.
For more information on Soldier Ride, please see the Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter.

B1 Bicycles 3rd Anniversary Store Blow-Out Details

Hey Gang!!!
here is the official flier for our Big sale next week, we have a great supply of everything you will need to finish out your riding season.  Get shorts and gear for that next Tri, Pelotonia, charity ride, race, century or commute.
Items on sale include:

  • Endura Rain wear
  • Cycling/ spin shorts and tops
  • Jogging shorts/tops
  • Triathlon shorts from Sugoi, LouisGarneau and Orca
  • Orca Wetsuits!!!
  • Mavic, SIDI and Pearl Izumi Shoes
  • Look, Speedplay Shimano and Crank Bros Pedals
  • Mavic Wheelsets
  • Cateye computers, Lights
  • Fenders, components, chains, tubes Etc....
  • Kryptonite Locks
most bikes will be 5-25% off!!!

check us out at

Thanks and see you next week!!!!! 

Editors Note: If you are having a sale at your bike shop please let me know and I will post it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 07/20/10

25 riders
22 miles to Yellow Brick from Goodale Park (25 miles for me)
Gahanna Creekside rest stop
Passed airport twice
Power was out on Hamilton Rd. from Broad to Livingston 
Rode north past Capital U

Monday, July 19, 2010

XOBA starts this weekend

The River to River Romp - East Liverpool to Cincinnati. This year will be the Ohio River Valley Adventure. Rider Limit: 250. Join an intimate group on a supported ride through the rolling hills of eastern and southern Ohio. We will go through beautiful farmland and forests as we skirt the Appalachian foothills of the far southeast portion of the state. We average 60 miles a day and will have a two midweek century options for the more adventurous among you that want to experience the challenge of the hillier areas. The ride will start in Calcutte (east Liverpool) and finish in eastern Cincinnati.
Registration information will be on the website. Approximately 60 miles per day Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Attn: Maureen Williams; 1525 Bethel Road Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054.
614-442-7901 xoba AT

B1 Bicycles 3rd Anniversary Store Blow-Out

B1 Bicycles will be celebrating its third anniversary July 26th-July 30th.  In honor of this celebration, all in stock merchandise will be 20% off (excluding complete bikes, carbon wheels and Garmin). Select bikes will also be on sale.  B1 Bicycles carries a wide array of performance bikes, triathlon supplies, accessories and much more! Any bicycles purchased will be provided with a lifetime of free tune-ups and any purchase of $500 or more enters you into our customer loyalty program, which awards you 10% off your next purchase.

B1 Bicycles was established in 2007 and has grown to provide a full range of bicycling needs for the Columbus market.  The store is locally owned and operated by Casey Karnes, a former bicycle messenger and current road, mountain and cyclocross racer.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

How my tires are made - Schwalble Tire Production (Thanks Tim!)

Land of Legends 2010 Ride Recap 07172010

Ride had a total of 175 participants
Our group had 7 riders
64 miles
2500 ft of climbing (lots of 12 degree + climbs)
Temp hovered around 89ºF, but topped out at 98 
We passed Cat out on the route waiting on Adam to rescue her
We saw several people bailing on the ride.

Mustache on yer Bike - This one's for you Joe!

Individually hand-crafted by metalsmith Laura Crawford, the Bike Mustache is a whimsical adornment for bicycles around the world. 


Every bike has personality, but does yours have enough personality to sport a 'stache? 

Give your bike a bit of bling and help it to stand out from the crowd with a copper mustache head badge. Approximately 1" tall by 2" wide. Keep it flush against the frame, or bend the curls out for even more fun.

Attach to your bike with an epoxy (such as JB Weld) or a heavy-duty double-stick tape (such as 3M).

Please note: Because each mustache is pierced out by hand, there may be a few very minor differences between the one you receive and the one pictured.

If you're interested in a sterling silver mustache, just send me a convo and I'll create a custom listing for you. Only $55.

** Right now, I'm traveling around the US on bicycle! Each mustache is made on the road, in a variety of fascinating places. Check out the photos of me making a mustache outside of Yosemite! All mustaches now ship with information about where they were created - making each one even more unique! **

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tesla Is "Silly ... a Stupid Idea," Lindzon Says: Govt. Better Off Investing in Bikes - TechTicker

Electric car marker Tesla went public on June 29 with great fanfare. At $17 per share, the IPO was priced above its expected range and more shares than expected were sold to meet high demand.
Tesla was the first American car company to go public since Ford in 1956 and one of the best VC-backed IPOs in recent memory; the stock jumped 41% on its opening day of trading. As a result, Tesla was hailed as a reminder of the promise of American ingenuity and (further) proof that capitalism is far from dead, despite myriad reports to the contrary.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Coffee Bar for Cyclists - NY Times

July 13, 2010, 12:24 PM

A Coffee Bar for Cyclists

At the Rapha Cycle Club you can enjoy coffee and the Tour de France.
Rapha Cycle Club, a pop-up bike shop that opened in NoHo, offers three important amenities: two flat-screen televisions that will show all stages of theTour de France live (then played on a loop until the next stage), indoor bike parking and a full-service coffee bar from Third Rail Coffee.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bendable bike made here in Columbus? from Daily Mail (and John)

A young designer has invented a revolutionary folding bicycle that will stop thieves in their tracks.
Kevin Scott, 21, designed the space-age bike that wraps around a lamp post so it can be locked-up safely - without the need for a lock or chain.
The De Montfort University graduate used a ratchet system built into the frame of the bike to allow it to wrap around a pole, enabling the lock to be wrapped through both wheels and the frame.

Read more:

Revolution Cycles twitter - no website yet

ODOT Rumble Strips vs Stripes and how it affects bicycles

Original post from Tricia Kovacs

ODOT has received stimulus funding to implement rumble stripes on 1650 miles of Ohio state routes. The reason for this is to improve motorist safety. Unfortunately, rumble stripes are hazardous and very annoying for cyclists. I am trying to be open minded about this because they improve safety for motorists, and because ODOT is considering cyclists in the design. They are planning to use rumble stripes (on the lane stripe) rather than rumble strips (1′ to the right of the stripe) and to install 10′ gaps every 50′.
The long term plan is for all state routes to have rumble stripes if they are outside urban areas, have shoulder > 2′ and speed limit > 45 mph. If the road is a bike route, the shoulder must be > 3′.
I am disappointed that there will be long stretches of SR 104 (the TOSRV route) being striped, just in time for the 50th anniversary tour. I have ridden on rumble strips on 104 north of Chillicothe, 23 north of South Bloomfield and SR 50 east of McArthur, and they all stink. OBF has been expressing our concerns with ODOT folks. We did ask at the last Ohio advocacy meeting that the new stripes be installed at various locations around Ohio so we can ride them and see what they are like. Currently, there are only rumble strips in Ohio.
If you want to comment on the ODOT plans, please contact scott.varner AT

Check out the discussion on Yay Bikes! website. Click here to read more...

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 07/13/10

8 to start. One dropped off at the start to play polo. We added another along the way.
Field of Corn in Dublin was the stop
No mechanicals
Weather was beautiful, rain cleared out by the time we hit the road
31 miles total (35 for me)

2010 Land of Legend Bicycle Tour

This year's ride will be on Saturday, July 17th. Registration is from 7:00  a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Licking County Family YMCA.  The tour will be a fully hosted tour with well defined routes, rest stops, plenty of food vendors along the route, SAG and, of course, cookies!   We've designed this year's tour to appeal to family riders, casual road riders and the long-distance hill-climber looking for a challenge.  Route options of 32, 64 and 100 miles wind through the scenic back roads of Licking and Knox counties.

After your tour enjoy a fun filled day at the YMCA outdoor pool.  Refreshments will be on-hand throughout the day.

This full service tour will guide cyclists through some of the most beautiful trails and back roads in Ohio.  The 32 mile route features paved bike paths and country roads that are level to rolling with a few short hills that will take you throughout the communities and landmarks of Licking County, Ohio.  The 64 & 100 mile routes present the same beauty with just a few more significant hills.  Proceeds from the tour will support maintenance and preservation of the trail systems located in Licking County.
Website is here...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Using the wheel in the fight is classy. Much better than carrying a knife.

Bike the C-Bus 2010 is Saturday, September 4, 2010

We will be updating the website in the next few weeks with new sponsors and route information. Check back...

Rock Hill Bicycle Club

Editors note: I met members of the Rock Hill Bicycle Club at an REI while traveling. Very friendly people looking for riders of all levels to ride with them. So, if you are ever in the Rock Hill, SC area check them out.

About the RHBC
Located in the Old English Section of South Carolina, the Rock Hill Bicycle Club (RHBC) represents a collection of recreational riders, racers and mountain bikers. As of 2005, the club has been in existence for over 25 years, with a membership of more than 100 riders.
Known for its growing sports market, York County is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, just minutes south of Charlotte, NC. While many RHBC members reside in York County many others hail from neighboring Lancaster and Chester Counties as well as North Carolina cyclists from Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union Counties.
Purpose of the RHBC
The RHBC is a not for profit organization whose purpose is to promote the personal enjoyment of bicycling by its members and the cycling public. One of the oldest bike clubs in the Carolinas, the organization promotes fitness, friendship, safety, maintenance and competency in cycling. The club is actively involved in arranging bike tours, scheduling rides and races, encouraging bicycle commuting and sponsoring bicycle events. The RHBC serves as a voice for the community by promoting cycling education to the general public.
The RHBC boasts the oldest continuously held bicycle race in South Carolina, the RHBC Spring Race, and supports area cycling by sponsoring a monthly ride calendar with levels ranging from beginner to expert. We also host a variety of races throughout the year such as sprints, criteriums, road races and time trials. We encourage you to take a look around our site! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our clubs efforts!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Westerville Bikeways and Leisure Paths

The PROS 2000 Strategic Plan included the development of a bikeway/leisure path system throughout Westerville to connect parks, businesses and areas of interest. Please click on the link to the right for a map and directory of Westerville's bikeways, leisure paths, facilities, parks and amenities.
Bikeway/Leisure Path System:
  • Alum Creek Leisure Path (1.7 miles): From West Main Street, follow Alum Creek South across the HistoricalBridge under Schrock Road to the Westerville Corporate limits.
  • Cleveland Avenue Bikeway (1.4 miles): The Polaris/Maxtown Bikeway at Cleveland Avenue, south to Main Street, through Heritage Park, then Main Street east to the Alum Creek Leisure Path.
  • County Line Acres Bikeway (1.1 miles): From Towers Park across County Line Road north then west to HoffWoods Park.
  • County Line Road Bikeway (2.04 miles): From Westerville Bikeway west across Alum Creek to the western edge of Walnut Bend Subdivision.
  • Polaris/Maxtown Road Bikeway (2.4 miles)North Spring Road west to Alum Creek.
  • Schrock Road Bike Lane (.9 miles): From Cleveland Avenue, east to State Street.
  • Spring Grove Greenway Bikeway (1.18 miles): From Towers Park on Spring Road, east to Sunbury Road Bikeway.
  • Spring Road Bikeway (.94 miles): From Maxtown Road, on Spring Road, south to Grindstone Road.
  • Springborough Bikeway (.50 miles): From Gentlewind Dr north to Huber Village Blvd.
  • Sunbury Road Bikeway (1.8 miles): County Line Road at Spring Grove Greenway through tunnel just north of Marlene, south along Hoover Reservoir to Central College Road.
  • Westerville Bikeway (2.66 miles): Schrock Rd beginning at Charring Cross Dr, north than east behind Roush Honda, north to State St cross at Cherrington Rd, north to Maxtown Road (Ohio Erie Trail).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

RYAN BENYI (A BLOG) gives Frankenbike a shout out!

The Frankenbike (aka, a custom BMX Tandem built to haul a keg of beer): read it here!

Critical mass paris 03 jul 2010 - Velorution!

When the Cop Says Stop - Bicycling Magazine

What do you do when you know your area's bike laws, but the police don't?
ByBob Mionske

A few months ago, I received a phone call from a cyclist with an incredible story about an incident in Lawrence County, Ohio. Because the cyclist-a guy named Tony Patrick-was in need of an attorney, I hooked him up with Steve Magas, a contributing author to Bicycling & the Law, and a well-known bicycling attorney in Ohio. After hearing Tony's story, Steve took his case. More about that later; first, let me tell you about Tony.

Weekdays, Tony runs his small construction company in Huntington, West Virginia. Weeknights, and weekends, Tony, a Cat 2 racer, can often be found hanging out at Jeff's Bike Shop-that is, when he's not out on a training ride, or racing. And that's not unusual; Jeff's Bike Shop is the center of a vibrant racing scene in Huntington, the second-largest city in West Virginia, and the home of Marshall University.

That racing scene means regular training rides, all of which start out and end up at Jeff's. There's a ride every other day, each geared to a different set of riders, but the real hammerfest is the Tuesday night ride. That's the ride where the locals try, as Tony puts it, to hurt each other over the course of a 23-34 mile route that takes them across the Ohio River, into the back roads of southern Ohio, before looping back across the river into Huntington.

And that's how Tony found himself just outside of Chesapeake, Ohio, one Tuesday night in August of 2008, heading into town to take the bridge back across to Huntington. Tony was riding with "Ryan," a then-16 year old nationally-ranked racer with a 4.2 GPA. ["Ryan" is a pseudonym; I've concealed his identity because he's a minor.]

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ginger Ninjas Rock Band Tours Using Yuba Bicycles - Yuba Blog

What does a truly sustainable music tour look like?  The Ginger Ninjas rock and roll band will be on tour using Mundo Bikes made by Yuba Bicycles to travel from city to city unsupported by fossil-fuelled vehicles and playing on a stage that is totally bicycle powered.   Called “Bicycle Music Festivals”, the band’s Pleasant Revolution World Tour includes stops in the US and Europe. 

Bicycle Music Festivals
The Bicycle Music Festivals (BMF) merge live music and bicycle culture to promote sustainable culture in general and bicycle culture in particular.  Over 36 BMFs are scheduled for the tour between May and October. See the Ginger Ninja’s full Tour schedule. Festivals include as many as 15 bands, outrageous bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks.  “The bicycle Music Festival is the greenest touring music festival concept in the world and transforms the public’s sense of the bicycle’s place in daily living, working, and playing”, says Ginger Ninjas frontman Kipchoge Spencer. 


Start your own pedal powered business with a Yuba Mundo

Yuba website is here

30MPH electric mountain bike IN COLUMBUS? from MAKE zine

MAKE subscriber Jennifer Holt of Columbus, OH, wrote in to share her rather overpowered electric mountain bike, running on a 48V motor powered by a homemade battery pack consisting of 144 3.3V lithium ion cells. Data from the battery monitor is logged to an SD card.


Cirque du Cyclisme - This looks awesome. Maybe next year.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Doo Dah Parade Float Costume Winners

Are you in these pictures? Do you know the person in the picture? I would like to contact the winners. Email me at raymondmgeorge [at] if you are a winner or know the winner... Thanks, Ray

Doo Dah Parade 2010 Recap

Float had 40+ participants
90 degree heat
Frankenbike with 160lb keg of Elevator Hefenweizen
Two riders, Joe and I, combined weight of 400lbs.
25lbs of dry ice to start, regular ice to finish
Beer was cold when we tapped the keg at Hal and Al's. Mission Accomplished!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Frankenstein's Monster Bike Update - Doo Dah Float

Frankenbike may be out and about tonight in the Short North and Downtown Columbus areas. One last test run with updated components and paint scheme.

The Frankenstein's Monster t-shirts are ready for sale! $10 will get you one. Hal and Al's bar at 1297 Parsons Ave has them. Call em at 375-4812 to reserve your shirt. Limited quantity.

The Bicycle That is Also a Shopping Cart - Gizmodo

The transforming Ville concept folding bicycle is no mere bike—it is a bike-slash-shopping cart hybrid vehicle for the 21st century eco-friendly consumer. It is bicycle and grocery containment in one convenient form factor. more...

Thanks, Bethia for the link!