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Sunday, August 29, 2010

OHIO RANDONNEURS Summer 200k recap

Rode with Brett, Tim, John, Taylor and Carl
126.5 miles (I ended with 128, but I think my speedometer is off)
Averaged 15.3mph
Time in saddle 08:23:12
Started at Westgate Park
Headed southeast through Circleville, then south west to Chillicothe, northwest through New Holland and back to Columbus.
Crossed Great Seal ridge, 19% climb with 700+ foot altitude gain
Tim rode his first century ever on this ride

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 08/24/10

20+ riders
20 miles
ONE flat from a nail at the trailhead
Route included 5th Ave, Bexley, Livingston Ave, Greenlawn, Franklinton, Olentangy Trail.
Clever Crow Pizza at Circus Bar for pizza and drinks

Strader's Bike Shop? from The Columbus Dispatch

Strader's Bike Shop

  5350 Riverside Dr., Columbus
What do gardening and landscaping have to do with biking?
Nothing - which is what's surprising about a full-service bicycle shop inside a busy Strader's Garden Center.
With no outside entrance, most customers wander into the bike store carrying annuals and perennials - and looking confused.
Even the manager, before he began working there in March, needed help finding it.
"My mom said, 'There's a bike shop inside this garden center, and you should check it out,'" said Tim Spencer, 30.
Steve Strader - whose parents, Jack and Ruth, founded the chain of six garden-center stores - persuaded his father to let him open the shop in 1987 after serving in the Navy.
"A lot of people probably don't know it's there, but it's nice and cozy," said Strader, 50. "I like it the way it is."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Welcome Indigo Imp Brewery to Columbus and benefit OSCHA

Hey Clevelanders (or anyone that appreciates good beer) Hal & Al’s welcomes of Indigo Imp Brewery to Columbus! Brewmaster Matt Chappel is coming down from Cleveland to not only ride Bike the C-Bus but also help pour beers and answer any questions about his great line up of products.

Come to Hal & Al’s Saturday September 4th and purchase a draft of Indigo Imps Jester and keep a limited edition pint glass. Jester is a Pale Ale fermented with a blend of Belgian yeast. This copper colored ale is malty with a distinctive spice flavor (no spices added) from the yeast and a smooth malty finish. A.B.V. 5.8%.
Proceeds from Jester’s drafts goes to Bike the C-Bus charity Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association (OSCHA), a statewide community based organization whose mission is to provide education, advocacy and support statewide to individuals and families affected and at-risk for Sickle Cell Disease.

And if you are participating in Bike the C-Bus, your wristband will get you 20% off your food order all day including the after party. We’ll be open early to offer a rest stop to all the riders on the Bike the C-Bus ride. So walk, drive, or ride to Hal & Al’s to try some of our many beers and food from our 100% vegan kitchen.

And since it is the first Saturday of the month at 9pm it’s Rock-A-Billy Night hosted by The Tommyguns!
Indigo Imp offers a unique product that is open fermented. Indigo Imp is the only brewery in northern (maybe all of) Ohio that is using open fermentation. Open fermentation means that the beer is fermented in tanks that are open to the atmosphere. This allows wild yeast that occur naturally to mix with the beer as we add our own brewer’s yeast. This is an “Old School” brewing technique used particularly in Belgian breweries. Due to this method of fermentation each batch may have slight flavor differences based on the season, temperature and other variables. We feel this is intriguing to our customers and many are excited to try each batch. All of Indigo Imp’s beers are complex in flavor and pair well with many different cheeses and other foods. We feel the best flavor is achieved when the beers are served at 45 to 55 degrees with the darker beers at the warmer end and even warmer depending on the customer’s taste. Warmer temperature allows all the flavors to be tasted in the beer. If the beer is too cold, there could be an imbalance in flavor. This is all part of the exciting flavors in Indigo Imp beer.

NEOC 37 is Sunday, September 19, 2010

North East Ohio Century is cycling at its best! Join 600 enthusiastic cyclists on a personal century challengethrough beautiful Amish farmland in one of Ohio’s most picturesque areas.
Routes and support? NEOC has a route for everyone! Pick a 35 mile, 62 mile “metric century” or 100 mile “century” route. All routes are scenic flat to rolling terrain with a few hills-great for your longest ride or your fastest century. Sag wagons will patrol all the routes for assistance throughout the day.
Snacks and lunch? NEOC is famous for its delicious lunches AND homemade cookies at the snack stops. Plenty of fresh fruit, too…you won’t go hungry! Snack stops will be at about 25 and 75 miles and lunch at about 50 miles.
Extras? No long pesky lines! All pre-registered riders will receive a pre-assembled packet containing maps, and shirt, if ordered. Everything to get you out on the road quickly! A NEOC 37 t-shirt is available for just $12 until 8/31/10.
Where? The ride will start at the Newton Falls Community Center which is located in the park at 52 E. Quarry Street in Newton Falls, OH.
When? Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 8:30 a.m. - no mass start, first riders out at about 7:30 a.m. due to the logistics of the food stops and to allow for adequate daylight.
Questions? Contact Gary Bradshaw at (330) 482-2891 or by e-mail at

Garmin Edge 800

Make the most of every ride with Edge® 800 — the first touchscreen GPS bike computer. Providing navigation and performance monitoring, Edge 800 is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in basemap and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Use it with an ANT+™ heart rate monitor¹, speed/cadence sensor¹ or compatible power meter² for a finely tuned analysis of your ride.

At Your Fingertips

We designed this display to be rugged enough to stand up to the elements, yet sensitive enough to respond to the tap of your gloved hand. Switch training pages or pan and zoom the map with just a tap. The bright, sunlight-readable color display is easy to view in all lighting conditions. Just don’t let its good looks fool you — Edge 800 is waterproof to IPX7 standards and can withstand hard knocks and scrapes it might endure in mountain biking environments.
The aerodynamic Edge 800 has a carbon fiber look with either blue or white accents and attaches to the stem or handlebar of your bike with the low-profile mount. A quarter-turn mount design holds unit securely and lets you easily swap it between bikes using removable, reusable bands.

Know Where To Go

Whether your bike is a means of transportation or escape, having maps at your fingertips makes every journey easier and more fun. Edge 800 comes with a built-in basemap that shows major roads and cities, plus it’s compatible with our microSD™ cards packed with either street¹ or topo maps³. Select a destination and Edge 800 provides turn-by-turn navigation prompts on screen.
Edge 800 can also guide you along routes recorded by other cyclists. Explore our Garmin Connect™ site and choose from millions of rides uploaded by other users. Any activities you upload to your Edge 800 are stored as courses. You can follow the course with navigation prompts or, for a little competition, race it and try to beat previously set goals. You can also use Garmin’s free BaseCamp™ software or other applications to create a route, view elevation changes and other data, and then upload to Edge.
Edge 800 records your every move with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that stays locked on, even under tree cover. The receiver features HotFix® satellite prediction to calculate your position faster, plus it has automatic time zone adjustment.

Data, Any Way You Want It

Edge 800 tracks a bunch of data from your ride and lets you customize up to three training pages so you can see as much or as little data as you want. The barometric altimeter provides extra-precise climb and descent data and records temperature changes.
If you’re a performance cyclist, you can pair Edge 800 with a third-party ANT+ enabled power meter to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you're working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions of Edge 800 also come with a speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor.

Training Tools

Need a little motivation to push your performance? See how you measure up to the Virtual Partner® — a digital depiction of your goal speed vs. your speed in real-time. Other training features include detailed workout planning, Auto Pause®, Auto Lap® and Courses, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route.

Analyze Your Ride

You logged the miles, now it’s time to review, replay and share your ride. Just upload your data to Garmin Connect™, our website for free data analysis and sharing. You can upload from your PC or Mac using the included USB cable. At Garmin Connect, you can see the route you traveled on a map, view a summary of your ride, create goals, share it with others and much more.
¹Included with some models, sold separately for others.
²When paired with optional ANT+™ power meter.
³Separate purchase required for detailed topo maps.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wheel appeal - London Evening Standard

Wheel appeal: cycle cafés are taking over London

Jasmine Gardner
05.07.10Anyone without a bicycle in London will probably be feeling a bit left out this summer — and not because we can't justifiably tour the city wearing Lycra.
While those of us stuck in a more pedestrian world are still visiting the same old haunts — stopping at staidStarbucks for a coffee, grabbing lunch atPret A Manger (failing to move with the two-wheeled times) — cyclists are spinning into a new social scene as cycle cafés open up all over town.  more...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

2010 Bike the C-Bus limited edition shirts are available for pre-order

2010 Bike the C-Bus limited edition t-shirt designed by Sami Nummi from Fulcrum Creatives

Available for $18 from our website,

Monday, August 23, 2010

GT Aerostream cruiser bike

MSRP: $549.99
GT's 3-speed Aerostream Sport Cruisers are the perfect blend of style and technology delivered in a ultra-comfortable yet speedy, light weight package. All Aluminum frame, handle bars, stem, post and wheels keep the Streamlines light while the 700x47c rubber provides stability and efficiency.

Editor's Note: Nice looking bike for the price! website is here...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wallpaper* limited edition bikes for sale

We couldn't let our Handmade issue pass by without trying to come up with a beautiful bike - or two. But while a radical re-engineering of the bicycle is a pet obsession for some, we weren't interested in the fundamentals. This project was more about the application of smart ideas, a call-up for genuine craftsmen. Now we're offering these works of art for sale.
'International' bike, by Kinfolk andCoat, with bag by Nivaldo de Lima
Despite the perils of potholes and truckers' blind spots, team Wallpaper* are committed urban cyclists. So committed that we commissioned a bike, two in fact, that could be broken down (using very clever and super-sturdy S&S couplers), packed in a bespoke bag and loaded on a plane, with no excess baggage charge, and taken with us wherever we went. The project pulled in a wide range of craftsmen collaborators from the US, UK and Japan - frame builders, designers, paint specialists, saddle makers, leather carvers and bag and luggage makers - to ensure that every element of the bike was as beautifully put together as it could be.

Advertising a bike shop in Germany

Social Bicycle System

The Social Bicycle System from Ryan Rzepecki on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 08/17/10

29 riders, our largest TNR yet!
Glen Echo Ravine/Park
Taco Nazo
Granden Rd (a tamer Walhalla)
Dick's Den (bluegrass and Fusion Cafe truck)
22 miles from park to den (other mileage may vary)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Clif Bar 2 mile challenge

Help us give away $100,000! To highlight our commitment to bike advocacy and the fight against climate change, CLIF BAR is awarding a $25,000 grant to each ofthree nonprofit organizationshelping to lead the charge.
We’ve assigned each organization to a 2 Mile Challenge team: Red, Gold and Blue. All you have to do is register, pick your team and start pedaling your bike to earn points and move the goodness forward. The winning team will earn its nonprofit an additional $25,000 grant!

Ridge Runner 2010 Recap

Tim, Brett and myself left at 7:40am
Temps were upper 70's with 90% humidity
Mayor of Freedonia was at the 52/85 mile route split
Brett continued on century route at Utica
We decided to modify the 85 mile route because of the heat.
Split off the main route to head into St. Louisville
Breakfast at Early Birds - great food and service.
Took 13 into Newark where we hit the trail.
Took Newark-Johnstown trail to Alexandria.
Two fawns were hanging out on the trail in the shade as we headed into Granville.
Heat was oppressive and we stopped every 10 miles for fluid refills.
74 miles (I broke 3000 miles for the year, fastest to the mark ever).
15.3mph average
2350 feet climbing
13% max grade

Blacklick Metro Connection to Three Creeks

We stopped by Blacklick Metro Park for a walk and explored the connector trail heading south. The trail is paved and follows Blacklick Creek under I-70 and Tussing Road where it ends. From there riders will need to take Tussing to Hines Rd and follow the mix of trails and roads down to Three Creeks. MORPC map is here to see the southern routes. I may try this as a ride sometime in the near future.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Old Pastime Could Result in New Economic Growth -


Central Ohioans, like many people across the country, have rediscovered bicycling in recent years. Predictably, the trend has kept owners of existing bike shops in demand, but it also has created new opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs and could even impact companies outside the biking industry, resulting in even greater regional economic growth.
Locally, it’s not hard to find “young” bike shop success stories. Paradise Garage is moving three doors down from its current location to a space with 2,700 additional square feet, B1 Bicyclescelebrated its third anniversary the last week of July, and roll: just opened a third location −in Upper Arlington− in May.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 08/10/10

20 riders
22 miles
670 Trail to Alum Creek Trail
Lustron Home (one of the last with original siding)
Alum Creek Trail
Williams • Lockbourne • Parsons
Hal and Al's for food and drink

Google Leads, You Pedal - NY Times

I HAD the route mapped out in my mind. I would bike from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, hit the taco trucks along the ball fields of Red Hook, Brooklyn, cruise through Prospect Park over to Brighton Beach for a quick dip, then hypotenuse it back to a bar in Williamsburg to watch the World Cup finals.

Out of curiosity, I consulted GoogleMaps’s new bike software on my computer, to see if its brainy algorithm would match my battle-tested sense of directions. It did, for the most part, but for a few snags: It sent me the wrong way on Smith Street in Brooklyn, then diverted me away from Prospect Park — the borough’s best piece of biking real estate — and on the way back, like an overprotective concierge, it steered me away from the rough parts of Bedford Stuyvesant (normally I would have just bombed up Bedford Avenue).


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Community house lends bikes for children's summer fun - Dispatch

Wednesday, August 11, 2010  02:53 AM


Michelle Mills of the St. Stephen's Community House leads a bike ride for children on the Alum Creek Trail.  Children used loaner bikes from the agency as well as their own. St. Stephen's has about 40 bikes available to lend to residents.
Michelle Mills of the St. Stephen's Community House leads a bike ride for children on the Alum Creek Trail. Children used loaner bikes from the agency as well as their own. St. Stephen's has about 40 bikes available to lend to residents.
Bikes in the loan program have their own license plate signifying they are from St. Stephen's Community House. The program began this summer to promote exercise.
Bikes in the loan program have their own license plate signifying they are from St. Stephen's Community House. The program began this summer to promote exercise.
The kids don't know about the naysayers, and the grownups who matter didn't listen.
Proof that an urban bike-loan program can work just fine pedaled along the Alum Creek Trail yesterday, all sweaty and giggly and determined.
"It's not too hot," 9-year-old Shanise Collins said. "It's fun."
St. Stephen's Community House started lending bicycles at no charge this summer as a way to promote exercise among children who live in neighborhoods where safe recreational opportunities - and money for bikes - can be in short supply, agency chief Michelle Mills said.
The Community Health Funders' Collaborative - a group that includes doctors, philanthropists and the United Way of Central Ohio - contributed $92,000 for bikes, racks and sports or play equipment at St. Stephen's and the city's six other settlement houses.
"We heard from a lot of naysayers who said we couldn't do it in an urban area - the bikes would never come back, they'd be all cracked up, that sort of thing," Mills said. "Thank goodness we had some courageous funders who believed."

Bike Polo schedule for Columbus Ohio

Polo happens Tuesday nights at 9:30pm at Lane and High at the roller hockey court visible from high street on Curl Drive and most Saturdays at 5 at Tuttle Park.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Green Bike Program in Clintonville!

Green Bike Program Information
Check-Out: Bicycles may be borrowed, at no cost, from the front desk of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC) on 14 West Lakeview Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Bikes may be borrowed for a maximum of three (3) days and are available for check-out during CRC’s business hours. When checking-out a bike, you will be given a helmet and the key for the bike’s lock—a helmet must be worn at all times when operating the bicycle and the lock must always be used when leaving the bike unattended.
Check-In: You may return the bike (with helmet, lock, & keys) during any of CRC’s business hours (posted on the front door), with the exception of Sundays, and you must return the bike within three days of checking it out.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bike the C-Bus 2010 registration options

Ride Fee: $25 includes Long Street Tour/Bike the C-Bus T-Shirt, lunch, wristband and food and drink at stops. 

There are four Bike the C-Bus Registration options:
1. Register online and use PayPal to pay the fees. You may pay by credit card even if you are not a PayPal member. If you register online, you will receive an email confirmation that is your receipt. Please be sure to bring your receipt with you to the event to pick up your t-shirt and sponsor bag.

2. Download and print the Bike the C-Bus 2010 PDF Entry Form. Fill out the form and send it in along with your check. Be certain to fill out the form completely, making sure to sign and date it. Note that a parent or guardian must sign for entrants under 18. Mail to: 2010 Long Street Tour c/o LSBA, 823 1/2 East Long Street, Suite 200, and Columbus, Ohio 43203. Make all checks payable to: LSBA, Inc

3. Day before the ride registration. Register at the Lincoln Theatre starting at 6:30pm on Friday night.

4. Day of the ride registration. Register at the Lincoln Theatre starting at 8am on Saturday morning.
For Everyone's Safety
Participants must obey all traffic regulations. Streets are NOT closed and riders share the road with automobile traffic. Riders will be required to fill out the emergency information on the back of the registration. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
Medical support, links to emergency medical services, marshals at key intersections. Each course will be marked with directional signs from start to finish. Cue sheets noting course turns will be available during pre-registration and packet pick-up, at the start/finish area.

23rd Ridge Runner Ramble - Saturday August 14, 2010

Date: Saturday August 14, 2010
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Notes: 23rd Ridge Runner Ramble - Budget Tour
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

Ride for Pete's Sake! - FROM THE MAILBAG

Ride for Pete's Sake!

Ride Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010 (no rain date)
Location: Hilliard Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road, in
Hilliard Ohio --- Map >>
Check-in Time: 7:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Ride: The ride will include marked routes for all ability levels
Choice of routes: ride 7, 18, 35, 48, 62, 80, or 100 miles.
All routes include stops with food and water.
S.A.G. support along the route
Prizes: Door Prizes and more!
Schedule of Events >>
Goal: Raise funds for Cerebral Palsy research

We did this ride last year and it was a really great.  Not only is the
cause fantastic -- at the end of the ride last year, we passed by a mom on
the back end of a special tandem-type bike with her kid with cerebral palsy
in a special seat up front, the amount of support for CP was pretty
amazing!!!  On top of all that, they have supported stops along the route
and there was also a BBQ going on at the finish!   Also, for you folks
doing Pelotonia this year, it's a great final tune-up ride!

Not a lot of pomp & circumstance, just grab a buddy, show up between 7:15 &
9:00, drop a few bucks down, and go ride!  That's about as good as it gets!

Registration Info

Advance Registration:   $30.00 (before Monday August 9)
Day of ride registration: $40.00
Children under 18:        $10.00
First 500 riders receive a free “Ride, for Pete's Sake” T-shirt and water
Pre-registrations accepted until Monday, August 9!