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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

From the Mailbag: ColumbusInline Fall City Ride - Sat. 10/30

There will be two meeting points and times. Meet at the Worthington Hills Parking Lot at 10:15. We will leave promptly at 10:30. Or meet at the ball diamond in Whetstone Park (just south of the foot bridge that crosses the Olentangy River and 315) at 11:00.

This will be a no drop, casual city ride which will take us through two of Clintonville's scenic ravines, the North Olentangy Trail, OSU campus, Victorian Village, the North Market, Franklin Park, German Village, the South Olentangy Trail, and downtown Columbus.

Don't forget to bring a lock.  We will be stopping at various locations to eat and drink.

The Columbus Inline Skating Club
Columbus, Ohio

From the Mailbag: Third Hand Halloween Party Friday October 29th

Hey all you bike-riding people,

This Friday is the Halloween critical mass followed by our annual party at Third Hand. 

Critical mass: Meet at the State House lawn downtown (41 S High @ Broad) at 5:30. The ride usually starts around 6 and goes for about an hour at a relaxed pace. Bring your costume for this one. Don't worry - we'll stop for you if your wig or cape gets caught in the spokes.

Halloween party: Keep your costume on and come to Third Hand Bike Co-op (174 E 5th Ave). The party starts at 7 and goes till ??? We'll have drinks, music, and games (costume contest, bike toss). There will be a potluck and mellow party at the Spore next door. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Detroit Thunderdrome - from their website

The Thunderdrome is our racing series for mopeds, pit bikes, scooters, geared road bikes, fixies and mountain bikes. It place on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at the Dorais Velodrome in Detroit, MI. The ‘Drome is steeped in history – this is its tale.

ack in August, a group of renegade landscapers calling themselves The Mower Gang hit Dorais Park in Detroit, MI with tractors, hand tools and a fistful of determination. They literally uncovered a relic of a Detroit passed – a Velodrome, or banked racing track, built in the late 60′s amid the tensions and trials of the riots that broke out in the city only a few years prior to construction.

In 1967 or ’68 Mike began the project that would become the Dorais Velodrome located on Outer Drive and Mound Roads. The facility was finished just in time for the ’69 Nationals to be held. In the same time frame when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, Mike stepped out on the infield of the Dorais Velodrome to return track racing to Detroit, another monumental feat by a determined individual. The Dorais Track had a useful life of approximately 20 years…By the 90′s that track surface had deteriorated to the point it was good only for BMX…Once again Detroit was without a Velodrome. —Link

In the 80′s, car gangs set upon the ‘Drome to hold illegal races at night. The heavy weight of the cars shifted the concrete pads and severely damaged the surface on the inside of turns, making it too costly to repair for such little use Dorais was seeing at that point. In the mid 90′s, a new Velodrome was being built outside of the city, far to the north in Rochester Hills – with that, Dorais Park was left to die.

Circleville Pumpkin Show Ride 10232010

15 riders
64 miles (TOSRV route from downtown to Circleville)
Averaged 14.5mph
Secure parking and snacks/drinks in Circleville provided by my friends. Thanks Dylan and Janet!
Weather was beautiful, cool in the morning and warmed to the mid 70's for the ride back. A little headwind on the way south, but it was calm as we headed north.
When we stopped at Rohr Rd a car drove by the group and yelled out, "nice legs ass." We were all confused yet amused.

Detroit Dequindre Cut Greenway

The Dequindre Cut Greenway, an urban recreational path, officially opened to the public in May of 2009. The 1.35-mile greenway, developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership, offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.
Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a below-street level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the Riverfront. Well-known for its urban artwork and graffiti, the first completed section of the Dequindre Cut is between Woodbridge Street and Gratiot Avenue. The greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Entrance ramps to the Cut are located at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue and at Woodbridge Street.
The Dequindre Trail Extension, which will connect the first section of the Dequindre Cut from Woodbridge Street south to Atwater Street near Milliken State Park and the RiverWalk, is under construction and will be completed in June 2010. Further north, beginning conceptual plans are underway for phase II of the Dequindre Cut, which would extend the pathway north from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue.
For a map of the Dequindre Cut Greenway, please click here
Need to rent a bike?  Visit for bike rental information and more!
ATTENTION - CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: The City of Detroit and Michigan Department of Transportation will be reconstructing the Larned and Lafayette Street bridges over the Dequindre Cut Greenway beginning Monday, April 19 through early October. The construction will shut down a section of the greenway between Lafayette and Woodbridge streets Monday through Friday, including some weekends. Detour signage will provide alternate routes to and from the RiverWalk and Greenway.
EDITORS NOTE: We rode past the Dequindre Cut Greenway several times during our time in Detroit and it looks nice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bike to Pumpkins on a Saturday (not Tuesday) Ride - Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday, October 23 · 8:00am - 6:00pm

LocationGoodale Park
Buttles and Park
Columbus, OH

Created By

More InfoWe will be leaving from Goodale Park at 8am to ride our bicycles to the Circleville Pumpkin Show via the TOSRV route. We will return mid afternoon. The route is 31 miles one way. SAG is a possibility, but not guaranteed. Bike parking will be available In Circleville.

Facebook event page is here

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 10/19/2010

17 cyclists
1 roller blader
29 mile loop
Alum Creek Trail and Three Creeks
Headed west and then north up Parsons.
Great route and the weather was perfect
Hal and Al's for post ride food and drink
No pictures

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chicagoans don't mess around - Steal a bike, get cursed! - FROM CRAIGSLIST

That Riverside Schwinn bike you stole from me got YOU cursed - $200 (Boystown Cornelia and Halsted)

Date: 2010-10-18, 3:49AM CDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

My black and white Schwinn Riverside bike was stolen when I placed it and padlocked it at the bike stand next to Hydrate. This happened last Friday between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

I went to the police and they told me that night about 3 others were stolen around the same area. If you had yours stolen as well, I can get them cursed for free.

Unfortunately you have stolen from the wrong person. You must return that bike to me and you must also pay me for the trouble. I went to someone who has cursed, not the bike, but your families, and will never forgive your group unless I say so. You can get rid of the bike, but you will continue to be cursed. Your group and families will have unfortunate, terrible, unexplainable things happen to you from now on.

I'm going to be out of town for certain periods of time, so I won't even care about the bike or when you even care to email me back for forgiveness. I'll take my time while your group gets what you all deserve. You don't steal and think your families will continue to be okay. Be wary of people, fire and water. I will be gone this week, so you will have continuous bad luck while I take my sweet time with you. You have upset your families' karma and future.

  • Location: Boystown Cornelia and Halsted
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kokosing Gap Trail Ride Recap 10172010

Kokosing Gap Trail
29 miles roundtrip
Flat trail in a valley from Mt. Vernon through Gambier to Danville, OH

Lunch at Cafe 505 in Danville - Great food at good prices

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 10/12/2010

12 cyclist
1 roller blader
21 mile loop through Upper Arlington
Blue Danube

Monday Night Ride Recap
25 miles
Rode to Hills Market on Olentangy River Trail
Poutine for dinner

Leaf Peepers Tour - Saturday, October 16th

Presented by Crook's Cycle Right
In support of the James Cancer Center and the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation

Tour of the Wayne National Forest and Old Coal Towns
Buchtel, Murrey City, Glouster, Ringgold, Portersville, Moxahala, Shawnee, New Straitsville, carbon Hill and more...
Winding Climbs! Long Descents! Smooth Roads! Wonderful Views!

Start Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Ride Support Until 5:00 PM
Tour Will Begin at the Starbrick 
Memorial on the Hocking College 
Campus in Nelsonville. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cyclist, 66, killed by truck on last leg of 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride - Daily Mail

Last updated at 12:56 PM on 11th October 2010

A cyclist aged 66 has been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200mile trans-America charity ride.
Roger Grooters hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida, last Wednesday.
Mr Grooters' wife, Vicki, was following the 66-year-old in a support vehicle when the accident happened.
Knocked over: Roger Grooters, 66, had less than 300 miles of his 3,200 mile fund-raising journey when he was killed
Knocked over: Roger Grooters, 66, had less than 300 miles of his 3,200 mile fund-raising journey when he was killed

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Watchout hipsters, this Senegalese man has got your number! - Youtube video

2010 Fall HOOT Ride Recap

55 miles
3000+ feet of climbing
Tim and I rode together
We started with Bob but he took a different route and we rode with Tricia and David for a bit before pulling away.
Revenge Hill - 16.1% max grade
Savage Hill - 23% max grade
Chicken Coop Hill - max 21% grade
Stopped in Amanda, Sugar Grove and some random front yard

How to tour New York City by bicycle - USA Today

NEW YORK — In his essay Taming the Bicycle,Mark Twain cautiously recommended bicycling: "You will not regret it, if you live."
That has always gone doubly for biking in New York.
But the city has undergone a two-wheeled makeover. In the last four years, the New York CityDepartment of Transportation has added more than 200 miles of bikes lanes. The number of cyclists has increased 80% in the past decade. The city's goal is 1,800 miles of total bike lanes by 2030.
Earlier this year, National Geographic Travelermagazine did something that might once have been unthinkable: It ranked New York the second most bike-friendly city in the country, after Portland, Ore. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

A worthy contender to the Big Dummy?


This bike can change your life and the world.

Amazingly practical. The Transport is longtail cargo bike loaded with smart features so you can accomplish more by bike
Available late fall.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Folding Bike Goes Cool - WSJ

The appeal of foldingbikes goes beyond the fact that they're easy to transport and store. One minute, these bikes are cruising down the street. The next, they've contorted into an impossibly tight space with a bit of mechanical sleight of hand that can be as mesmerizing as seeing Optimus Prime turn into an 18-wheeler.
[GEAR1]Jeremy Liebman for The Wall Street Journal
Freeman Transport Gravel Racer
Despite, or maybe because of, their acrobatic prowess, owning one has always had a certain nerdiness attached to it. Like a calculator watch, they're just too convenient to be fashionable. And because early foldingbikes were created by engineers rather than designers, many have been pretty clunky looking.
But foldingbikes are now mainstream (many of the major bike manufacturers offer at least one model). Some have co-opted the style of their more respected full-sized brethren. Others, like the classic Brompton, have become icons themselves.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 10/05/2010

10 riders
Main Street Bridge crossing
Two community gardens in Hilltop area
Concrete barrier was no match for Katie
German Village

4 seasons community garden on Mound St.

Hey folks, please vote for my friend Wonderland Columbus's awesome idea to change America!

"Bug Your Bike" with a FREE RFID from OSU TPS/DPS

 The University’s Transportation and Parking Services and Department of Public Safety are working together to promote motorist, cyclist and pedestrian crosswalk safety awareness, remembering that it is a two-way street for all of us. Officials particularly want to remind motorists and pedestrians to stop, look, and listen while proceeding through crosswalks and to reduce the amount of distractions, like cell phone and headphone use, while crossing in high traffic areas.

Bicycle registration is free for all students, faculty, and staff.
Visit the OSU Police Department located at 901 Woody Hayes Drive, in Blankenship Hall or call (614) 292-2121.

Help reduce the risk of theft by using the latest technology to "Bug Your Bike" with a FREE RFID (radio frequency identification device). "Bugs" are available at University Security and Fire Prevention Services, 1010 Blankenship Hall.

For more information, please contact

Click here for the Bike It fact sheet which contains more infomation about bicycle registration, security, where to park, and safety tips.

Click here for information about the The Ohio State University Campus Crosswalks Study.

Ohio Pedestrian Laws are available for viewing or download from the Ohio Department of Transportation website. (pdf)

Monday, October 4, 2010

We have a drive to drive - Columbus Dispatch

Efforts to put central Ohioans on bikes and buses haven't paid off: Commuters are driving to work more than ever, and often alone.

Monday, October 4, 2010  02:48 AM


The mean travel time dropped in 2009 in central Ohio, which you would think could mean fewer cars on the road. A look at I-270 heading east on the North Side at the intersection with Rts. 315 and 23 seems to tell a different story.
The mean travel time dropped in 2009 in central Ohio, which you would think could mean fewer cars on the road. A look at I-270 heading east on the North Side at the intersection with Rts. 315 and 23 seems to tell a different story.
Enjoying a cup of coffee Downtown with Don Plank, left, John Klein is suited for his commute: a 10-mile bike ride.
Enjoying a cup of coffee Downtown with Don Plank, left, John Klein is suited for his commute: a 10-mile bike ride.
The car remains king in central Ohio despite years of "car-free" days, "bike-to-work" weeks and other programs that encourage commuters to get out from behind the wheel.
Columbus-area commuters were more likely to drive to work alone in 2009 than they were in 2008, according to numbers the U.S. Census Bureau released last week from its American Community Survey.
Rates of carpooling, bicycling and riding public transit to work all declined slightly.
For those who promote alternatives to driving, the most optimistic interpretation, after accounting for the margin of error in the census surveys, is that rates have remained steady over the past five years, with more than four of five people continuing to drive to work alone.

Cycles of change - Metro Times Detroit

An inner-city bike squad wheels toward community in a falling neighborhood
The East Side Riders get ready to roll.
Mike Neeley, left with brother Dywayne.

WDET interviews Detroitblogger John about this story (MP3)
Little bar on the prairie (9/15/2010)
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Down on the corner (8/25/2010)
One man's grill is another man's hangout
Krishna rocks (8/18/2010)
The twins eat, pray and love at India Day — and learn how a Morrissey belt buckle can help make new friends
Little bar on the prairie (9/15/2010)
An iconic restaurant keeps a piece of old Detroit alive
Down on the corner (8/25/2010)
One man's grill is another man's hangout
Signs of faith (8/11/2010)
A Detroit mother’s grief is transformed — one nail at a time

One has a Heineken mini-keg behind the seat. This one has a TV on it. That one has a PlayStation affixed to the back end. Pastel colors glow, polished chrome sparkles.
They're among the dozens of custom bicycles lined along the curb in front of this one house that has no neighbors on either side of it. In fact, just about everything on this street looks drab and depressing. The old houses, the beater cars parked in front of them, the empty lots that sprawl out next to them. Everything except these bikes, which shine like gems in this bleak setting.
They belong to the East Side Riders, a custom bicycle club whose members meet here at what's become their temporary clubhouse on Peter Hunt, an odd little street only a few blocks long near Van Dyke and Harper, deep in the inner city. Club members fish rusty old bikes out of the trash or find frames left curbside and transform them, through painstaking work, into cool, beautiful things.

Tour de Highland West is Sunday, October 17 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday, October 17 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm

LocationHolton Park (at the shelter house behind the recreation center)
303 N. Eureka Avenue
Columbus, OH

Created By

More InfoCome join us for a bike ride through Highland West and a potluck afterwards. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided, just bring a side dish. The bike ride starts at 2 pm. Come for both or just the potluck! Parking available at the shelter house and at the recreation center.
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