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Thursday, September 30, 2010

People For Bikes: If I Ride

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Detroit Lives

Make Profile: Bicycle Rodeo

Ride like the wind: A student's guide to cycling around town - UWEEKLY

By Richard Kemp
Children dream of that first ride. Young pre-teens save their allowance to jazz up their wheels and impress the girls. However, by the time these children get old enough to drive, they often forget about their two-wheeled friends.
Let's face it: a bike is for life, not just for Christmas. It is more than a useful accessory that will keep you healthy, fit, green and looking good, especially if you wear one of those snazzy helmets. These two-wheelers are also a fun and speedy form of transport around a college campus. 

Steve Magas writes - “SHARE THE ROAD” Stinks…

“Share The Road” to me, actually STINKS as a marketing & legal concept… in fact, it’s not “legal” at all…

Usually diamond-shaped and yellow, these “warning signs” caution drivers that the road is slippery when wet; there is an intersection ahead, the lanes narrow, or there may be bicyclists, farm animals, or wildlife on or near the roadway. Somehow cyclists are supposed to be comforted by the notion that Big Brother is “protecting” us by putting out a “warning” that we are nearby – as though we are a hazard to motorists, like deer leaping from the woods or kids darting out after a ball. They might as well put up “Bikes Might Be In The Way” signs…

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Market to Market Bicycle Adventure - Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets, North Market and The Hills Market, are returning with what is now one of the most anticipated bicycling events of the season, Market to Market. We are proud to celebrate our third event on the anniversary of the inaugural Market to Market ride with the cycling adventure that was named the “Best Bike Ride for Foodies” in 2010 by Columbus Monthly. Join both markets on Saturday, October 2, as we kick-off  Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus and celebrate the end of a great summer season with a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride.
Participants have the option of starting at either market to fuel up with breakfast before embarking on the 13 mile adventure to the market at the other end of the bike trail. Each participating rider will be issued a local foods passport at the beginning of their journey. Bikers can collect stamps along the way by visiting with local vendors and organizations set up along the path including B1 Bicycles, Greenovate, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), Opera Columbus, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, the Wexner Center for the Arts and Wild Goose Creative. Participants who show completed passports at their destination market will be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and goodies from local foods purveyors. Those intrepid enough to bike back to their market of origin will receive a completely different bag of goodies, creating a total value of $50 worth of savings and samples. All participating riders will also be entered into a random drawing for prizes including a custom messenger bag created by local courier bag gurus Seagull Bags, tickets to the Local Matters Harvest Ball and a bonanza of gift certificates to local businesses provided by the Small Business Beanstalk.
Market to Market will take place on Saturday, October 2. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), an event t-shirt and reusable shopping bags from both locations filled with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10 a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made online here> or by phone by calling 614-463-9664 (North Market), or in person at either location beginning September 10.
Market to Market will take place in conjunction with The Hills Market's Ohio Market Day and the North Market Harvest Festival. Ohio Market Day at the Hills Market is a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. featuring the wares of Ohio's best food producers. The North Market Harvest Festival is also a free event that celebrates the end of a great growing season in Ohio with fall produce and an abundance of baking contests.

Market to Market sponsors include: The Hills Market, North Market, Amanda Hills Spring Water, B1 Bicycles, CrimsonCup Coffee, Greenovate, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, Snowville Creamery, WCBE: Central Ohio’s NPR Station and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Cycle Michigan Trails

MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just Six Pounds! - via Inhabitat

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Think your bicycle is lightweight? It’s probably a clunker compared to this $45,000 racing bike designed by Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. The speedy bike weighs just 6 pounds–considerably less than the 15 pound bikes used by professional racers.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tour de Troit - 09252010

Tour de Troit website
Third part of the Triple D Challenge (9pm - 2am UDM ride, 6:30am Beat the Train ride, 10am Tour de Troit) We did 90+ miles from 9pm on 9/24 to 2pm on 9/25
3000+ riders (I heard close to 3500 riders)
Police bubble for the entire ride with motorcycle police at EVERY intersection blocking traffic.
Map was good and gave a little description for all the major points of interest. 
Riders spread out over 1+ miles. The ride stretched out so long that I doubt you would get lost with all the riders and police coverage.
Start and end was at Roosevelt Park in front of the Michigan Central Station.
Rest stop for the 30 mile route was at the Gabriel Richard Park next to the bridge to Belle Isle.
Food/beer tents were setup and ready upon return to Roosevelt Park.

I liked this ride, but of the three it is probably third on the list. The Beat the Train ride was more intimate and the ride leader, Andy was knowledgable about buildings, neighborhoods and historic locations. We stopped at a lot of the same locations as TdT but since there was only 20 of use we could take pics and talk.

Beat the Train Ride - 09252010

Beat the Train Detroit website - Best way to see Detroit by bike!
Part 2 of the Triple D Challenge (UDM ride, Beat the Train, Tour de Troit)
20 riders
Start - Historic Ft. Wayne, Detroit MI
6:30am ride time
Andy Staub is the ride leader. Jimmy is an animal (we rode up the parking lot once and he was complaining that we were leaving and he couldn't get in his fifth climb : ) 
Most of the riders ride in from other parts of town. We were one of the few cars to park at the lot. The parking is free and security patrols the lot.
Some riders from UDM ride joined us for the Triple D Challenge, although they did the Detroit   Critical Mass on Friday evening to make it 4 rides in 24 hours.

Parking Lot Climb - see pics
Roosevelt Park
Michigan Central Depot
The Heidelberg Project
Elmwood Cemetery
Mexican Town
30 miles

University of Detroit Mercy Midnight Ride - 09/24-09/25/2010

Start (and end) point - UDM campus at Livernois Ave., Detroit MI
Free bike usage for those who did have a bike
Police bubble during entire ride. Entourage included three police cars, police on bikes, box truck, pickup truck for bikes, passenger van for sag
Free snacks and drinks at several stops

130+ riders
9pm start
Mix of older riders, students, and commuters. Ken and the night riders were a hoot.

Saw illegal drag racing on airport runway
Palmer Park/Palmer Woods areas, Indian Village, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Eastern Market, the Boston - Edison District and north Woodward
Midnight snack at American Coney Island
Rode with Ken and the night riders - see pics
31.7 miles
Ended at 2am

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tunebug Shake

Mobile music typically means listening through headphones, dangerously isolating yourself from others and your environment. The Tunebug Shake is an ultra-portable sound generator that can be connected to iPods, MP3 players or mobile phones or used wirelessly using Bluetooth®. When mounted on a bike, skate or snowboard helmet, the Shake creates a surround sound experience.
  • Ultra-portable and lightweight
  • Mounts to most types of helmets
  • Rubber molded grip and water resistant
  • Touch-sensitive on/off and volume up/down control

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Help Rails to Trails tell AAA to stop lobbying for cuts to trail funding.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) wants Congress to cut funds that support trail, biking and walking programs in order to funnel that money to the highway system. AAA has forgotten that bicyclists drive, support AAA, pay gas taxes and want balanced transportation systems that provide the choice to get around in a variety of ways.
Help us help them remember!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Stringdrive -the only symmetric driving system that works

With STRINGBIKE® you will experience an unparalleled easy and smooth riding. This is because of its revolutionary new symmetric driving system: the STRINGDRIVE® where pure rolling motion provides high efficiency that remains the same in all gears, and stays just as efficient even after long periods of service.

The creation of symmetry, the ancient natural property of all living creatures has been the main driving force behind developing the STRINGBIKE®. The asymmetry caused by the placement of the chain and the gears at one side of the frame, has been the source of lots of problems which have remained unnoticeable until all bikes were driven basically in the same asymmetric way.

STRINGBIKE® is so surprisingly novel and different from all existing bikes that one has to re-evaluate all con ventional features of classic bikes.

One can get used to this new driving sensation and system after a few minutes of test ride and can immediately enjoy its superb comfort of cycling. The correct change of gears needs some training; it cannot be forced to sudden great jumps but has to be moved as fast as it lets itself be moved. In no load condition the movement can be faster.


Paw Paw Double Nickel Ride Recap - 09182010

Starts in:Albany, OH 45710, US
Distance:55.3 mi
Elevation:2685 / - 2687 ft
Max Grade:
26.3 %
Max Speed:39.5 mph
Avg Speed:15.0 mph

Start and finish was at the Paw Paw Festival
Ride organized by Athens Bicycle
Tim and Bill were sporting new bikes
Ryan drove over from Wheeling to ride
At the airport we saw some deer running along side us. A turtle was sunning itself in the road.
I broke 3500 miles for the year; and broke my all time mileage record of 3510.

Friday, September 17, 2010

COP-Tour of Hocking Hills - Saturday September 18, 2010

Date: Saturday September 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Notes: 20th Annual Tour of Hocking Hills - Budget Tour
Saturday, September 18th 7:00-9 a.m.
Circleville High School. Roads will be marked and maps provided. All options are hilly. Tune-up for Columbus Fall Challenge 75-100 miles. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Peggie Shaw peggie17 AT
Mitch O'Donnell

Hilltop area Critical Manners bike ride - Sunday, September 19th

Name of the event: Hilltop area Critical Manners bike ride
Purpose: Tour the bike routes (mostly on the road) through the Hilltop
neighborhoods, including the the Steele bike boulevard, Hilltop
connector to future Scioto bridge, Sullivant Trace trail, and low
traffic neighborhood streets. Critical Manners is a peaceful, purposeful
and respectful bike event where cyclists obey all traffic laws and do
their best to share the road effectively with all other vehicles and
Date: Sunday, September 19th
Start time: 2PM
Estimated end time: 4 PM
Starting and ending location: Westgate Park parking lot next to
recreation center 455 S Westgate Ave
Route length: approximately 11 miles at easy pace with occasional stops
Ride leader: League of American Bicyclists instructor Tricia Kovacs 476-9093
Route map:
(subject to change at the whim of the ride leader)
Note: Tricia strongly encourages participants to wear a helmet for safety

Bicycles offer a lifeline in rural Zambia - CNN

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 09/14/10

Close to 30 riders
Hayden Run Falls
Antrim Park
High Street
27 miles
Great weather
Tip Top for food/drink
Someone forgot their key and locked to my bike.
Someone else can pick locks and freed my bike. (Thanks Jay!)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tour de Cause - From the mailbag

Web Site
Not up to date with the 2011 stuff.

The Tour De Cause 2011 will be July 17th.
Starting and returning Ohio University Lancaster.
Start time 7:00 AM
Routes of 10, 25,40,60 and 100 miles.
Full support ride  with lunch, food supplied rest stops and food at the end.
Entertainment at OUL on your return.
Money raised will support the Fairfield County Recovery Center in drug treatment, drug awareness and support.

Fall Leaf Tour October 16th - From the mailbag Crook's Cycle Right

I road this route on Sunday and it winds around the Wayne Natl. forest on great roads with spectacular views. Part of this route also in on the "Rim of the World" route.

October 16th a group of my relatives will be providing rest stops, route support and sag for donations.

We are also mapping a shorter route for folks that don't want to go 67 miles.
This is hilly, however I was surprised by lack of really challenging hills - there is one really hard one with many long gradual climbs that take you up for a great view of the forest. If you did Pelotonia 102 , you can do this ride. If you did Pelotonia 40, you will be able to do the short route.

Look forward to riding with you in Oct.

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 09/07/10


18 riders. 

A few sprinkles, but no rain. 

Tailwind out to airport. 

Rollercoaster road

Back to OTE for pizza at Yellow Brick Pizza.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

George Uh Palooza 09122020

Ride was organized by another George
50 miles
Averaged 17mph
10mph+ headwinds
Rode with 10+ people from Hilliard to northwest and back

COP Covered Bridge Tour 09112010

Rode with Mitzy
Brett did century and Tim and Bill did 70
50 miles
Averaged 16mph
1000 ft climbing
Canal Winchester northeast to Millersport

Friday, September 10, 2010


Mark D. Grieve & Ilana Spector, "Cyclisk"Recycled bicycle parts, steel, concrete
The City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Committee is excited to announce that artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector’s “Cyclisk” was installed on Saturday, August 21 along Santa Rosa Avenue in front of Good Stuff Auto. This monumental public artwork is made out of recycled bicycles, and stands 60 feet tall!
PROJECT DESCRIPTIONThe City of Santa Rosa, in conjunction with Nissan of Santa Rosa, have commissioned Artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector to create a dynamic new artwork for the Santa Rosa corridor, which will be installed on Santa Rosa Avenue and South A Street in Santa Rosa.  The Work, entitled, “Cyclisk,” is a sixty-foot-high (five-story) Egyptian-style obelisk made from recycled bicycles.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Phantom Canyon Film

Summit on Sustainability & the Environment - October 5, 2010

Sustainability Summit
Don't miss out on the major environmental conference of the year! Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and our partners on October 5, 2010, at COSI in Columbus, Ohio for the annual Summit on Sustainability & the Environment. Auden Schendler, author of Getting Green Done, will deliver the keynote. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Office has helped plan an exciting “Trail Track” and has been nominated for a Sustainability Award. A pre-event reception on October 4 will feature former Ohio Congressman Ralph Regula, and former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Purchase tickets herefor both events, or visit for more information. Host and exhibitor opportunities are also available: email Brandi Whetstone or call 614.233.4174 for more information.
Hope to see you there!
Rhonda Border-Boose
Midwest Regional Director
Rails-to-Trails Conservanc

New fatality data released - via LAB site

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis has released newfatality data for 2009. While it’s still hard to fathom that more than 33,000 people were killed in our streets last year, the trend is in the right direction. The total number of traffic fatalities dropped 9.7% from 37,423 to 33,808. Cyclist fatalities dropped somewhat faster: a 12% decline from 718 in 2008 to 630 in 2009. One disappointment is that pedestrian fatalities declined at a slower rate than the others, lowering 7.3% from 4,414 to 4,092.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WorkCycles Classic Dutch "Bakfiets" (size XL)

Classic old-fashioned Dutch "bakfiets", hardly changed for 100 years and still hand-made in the Netherlands. Big, heavy, indestructible and simply charming. Great either for promotion or really heavy work. We have standard models or can modify them to your needs.
Please note that these trikes are really big and heavy (350cm long, 125kg+). They are thus only suitable for essentially flat terrain such as in Holland.
Heavy load hauling, promotion, delivery, house moving, rental.
Load capacity-
300kg (yes, 300kg!)
Box 180 x 90 cm (71 x 35 inch)
Key specs-
  • Massive 26" transporter wheels.
  • Single-speed with fixed gear (pedals backwards too)
  • Giant, hand operated drum brake
  • Solid mahogany cargo box on leaf springs
  • Sealed industrial bearings throughout
  • Motorcycle drive chain and steel chain cover
  • 8 speed gearing & hydraulic rear rim brake
  • Canopy
  • Flat or curved lid, fixed or hinged
  • Bisonyl box cover
  • Custom build-up for your business needs

Monday, September 6, 2010

Legless orphan bikes to help others - CNN

Tour de Troit is September 25th


The Tour de Troit is a bike ride that explores some of the city’s historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally “take over” the streets of the Motor City.
The 2009 TdT attracted a record number of cyclists — over 2,000! — and raised over $20,000 towards the Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink, a planned series of bike lanes and off-road pathways that will connect the neighborhoods of Corktown and Mexicantown to each other and to the Detroit River.
The 2010 ride is set for September 25. Registration is available at The cost is $30 per rider ($25 for students) and includes a tee-shirt if registration is confirmed prior to September 7. The price goes up on September 15. Because this event may sell out, on-site registration may not be available.
The Southwest Detroit Business Association sponsors the TdT to raise awareness of biking as a mode of transportation; to publicize the growing greenways network in the City of Detroit and all of Southeastern Michigan; and to raise funds for Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink, which will be constructed in 2011.
Once again, the TdT is offering riders two options. The first — and primary — will be a leisurely ride of 30 miles with police escort that takes off at 10 a.m. from Roosevelt Park, located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street.
The second option is intended for extremely experienced cyclists. It is a metric century (62 miles) that will not include police escort and will take off at 9:00 a.m. from Roosevelt Park.
Both rides will be sweeper- and SAG-supported.
2010 TdT sponsors include Miller Canfield, Team Detroit, Savor Southwest, Slow’s Bar-B-Q, Audio Rescue Team, Vitamin Water, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop, Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, Whole Foods Market, The Hub of Detroit, Arbor Brewing Company, New Center Council, Detroit Bikes!, Kem 3D, Moo Moo’s Vegetarian Cuisine and Great Lakes Coffee.

Bike to Oink 09062010

13 riders
30 miles total
Hills Market Hog Roast
Stauf's Coffee in Grandview

COP-Covered Bridge Tour 2010

Date: Saturday September 11, 2010
Start Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Notes: 26th Covered Bridge Tour - Budget Tour
Saturday, September 11th 7:00-9 a.m.
Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH. Roads will be marked and maps provided. 45, 55, 95, 105 options. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Robert Allen rdavisallen AT 614-866-8698
Suzanne Birk sbirk AT

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 08/31/10

25 riders
20 miles
North through Clintonville
West through UA
Stopped at roll: to checkout the store on Lane Ave. We parked in back and a guy had his mountain bike stolen from the front of the store by someone who was looking for an upgrade.
South to Bono Pizza, who opened up for us special.

Cyclepassion Calendar for 2011 has been released. Oh my...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 Bike the C-Bus WINNING RAFFLE NUMBERS ARE POSTED on website


Please contact me at to arrange pickup/delivery.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bike the C-Bus Registration Alert!

REGISTRATION ALERT! Online payment for Bike the C-Bus goes offline at 5pm today. Starting at 6:30pm tonight registration opens at the Lincoln Theatre on Long Street. We will accept cash or check for tonight and tomorrow morning registrations.

Bike the C-Bus 2010 route reminder!

Bike the C-Bus route reminder! The ride is broken into sections so riders of all levels can participate. The first section is roughly 6 miles. First and second section is roughly 13 miles. The third section add another 4 miles. The fourth section heads through Victorian Village, campus, the Olentangy Trail past the wetlands and then heads down High through campus.