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Monday, January 31, 2011

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

Kenton - Marion - Delaware - London - Bellefontaine

GOBA 23: Let's put all the pieces together! And what do you get? A picture that gradually takes shape over eight days. First, you see the 50-mile-long spectacle of people riding all sorts of bicycles and from places both near and far-flung. Next, you explore the countryside, drinking in the perfume of a summer day along with the tickled-pink realization that you are up to the challenge. Gather in the bushels of impressions, from the neat Amish farms to the splendid castles.
Wrap it up with a generous dose of hospitality from the communities along the way. You'll find that greater central Ohio brings it all together for you in GOBA-23. To get started, browse the website using the links above, view our brochure[pdf], or go straight to the registration page.
GOBA is a project of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based participatory organization created to provide opportunities and education for outdoor recreation and activities

Pinchflat Poster Blow-Out: a call for entries

What and Why
Wild Goose Creative, in partnership with Yay Bikes!, Fulcrum Creatives, Jeremy Slagle Design and the Columbus Society for Communicating Arts, announces a call for entries to a bicycle-inspired poster show called Pinchflat. Posters will be displayed and sold at Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit Street, Columbus) and starting with a poster party on Saturday, May 14, 2011 and continuing through June 17.
All posters will be created by artists in Columbus or central Ohio. Artwork included in the poster show will encourage bike riding, celebrate the art and craft of bikes, or invite thought about bikes as an important way to get around Columbus. Pinchflat is intended to be a fun, creative, celebratory approach to cycling.

Posters should be silkscreened or letterpressed and should measure at least 11×17 inches. Each poster should be designed to sell for $30 and will be displayed along with approximately 30 other posters. Artists will be responsible for having their artwork printed and delivered to Wild Goose Creative for exhibition and sale. Wild Goose Creative and Pinchflat will retain the right to handle sales of posters for the duration of the exhibition. 5% of proceeds will be retained by Wild Goose Creative and 5% of proceeds will be donated to Yay Bikes!


We suggest that you consider the following businesses for printing:
Don’t have access to printing resources or can’t front the money to have posters printed? Consider asking a friend or business with whom you have a relationship to sponsor your poster, investing money up-front that they will then make back when your posters sell. Poster sponsors will receive credit on title labels in the exhibition at Wild Goose Creative and will be noted on the Pinchflat Columbus website.

How to Submit
Submit artwork in a digital file at between February 15 and March 15. Once a proof is submitted, notifications of show entry will be made by March 30. A run of 30 posters must be printed and delivered to Wild Goose Creative by May 1.

Any questions should be directed to

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Budget Tour Fee Increase in 2011

The pricing of budget tours will be changing with the start of the "Spring Classics" this year. All budget tours will be $4 for members and $7 for non-members.

[Columbus Outdoor Pursuits]

Yay Bikes! apparel is now available.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bicycle Museum of America

Bicycle Museum
of America

7 West Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869-1146
(419) 629-9249


Click on the title (link) to enjoy collections of vintage bicycle photos!

BIKND Helium Case

The unique bicycle travel case equiped with air protection

THE HELIUM BIKE CASE uses a combination of light, flexible materials and strategically positioned rigid reinforcements, allowing it to offer excellent protection at a surprisingly low weight of only 9 kg (19,8 lbs). Not only is our bags easy on your shoulders, it also makes it easy to respect the strict baggage weight restrictions imposed by many airlines.
The Helium’s unique 360° opening means that packing your bike is easier than ever.
It even has enough room for two wheelsets. We specifically designed a proprietary anchoring system for wheels, which guarantees they will be well protected and will not damage your frame in transit.
Air protection
The biggest innovation inside the Helium is its network of inflatable partitions, strategically positioned on either side of the frame. They offer more stability and protection, at a lower weight, than other systems. The partitions are held in place by Velcro straps, making cleaning and maintenance a breeze.


Where do old bicycle tubes go to die? Tie-downs of course...

photo from

The IT (Inner Tube) Clips™ and IT Hooks™ allow you to reuse your old bicycle inner tubes as tie downs. This version fits mountain bike inner tubes from 1.5 in - 2.5 in. wide.

  • As inner tubes deteriorate and break down, the IT Clips and IT Hooks allow them to be reused; it's a great way to keep old inner tubes out of landfills
  • Cut your old inner tube and thread it through the clips as you would a strap through a buckle and latch the clips together; you determine the size you need
  • Let your imagination guide you on the unlimited uses you can create for the IT Clips and IT Hooks; replace bungee cords and tie-downs to bundle goods or equipment for storage
  • As an added feature, the IT Hooks can be attached to expand the application of the reused tube as your needs dictate
  • Attach sleeping bags to backpack during hiking, tie down a tent's rainfly, hold a load on a car's roof rack, tie skis together so they hang well in a ski rack
  • Secure pant legs during cycling and secure gear on a bike rack; the applications are endless!
  • Includes 1 pair of IT Clips and 1 pair of IT Hooks
Made in USA.

Where do old bicycle tubes go to die? Rubber Bands of course...

Plattfuss Rubber Bands 
Made of recycled bicycle tubes. 
The previous flat becomes useful again. 
A bag of 70 in assorted sizes. 
Made in Switzerland by «tät-tat». 


The Gourmet Century


Chris King's Oregon Wine Country Gourmet Century

Save the date: Saturday July 30, 2011
Registration opens on April 1, 2011

The Gourmet Century is the signature event of the Chris King Precision Components event calendar. The 103-kilometer event is a non-competitive bicycle ride through Yamhill County, the hub of Oregon Wine Country, located less than an hour's drive from downtown Portland. The route is a worthy road course interrupted with just enough fun and epicurean interest to keep you moving ahead, wanting more of everything. In previous years, The Gourmet Century has hosted riders with menu themes such as Italian Cucina, Salsa!, Greek, Spanish and, most recently, French. We'll announce this year's theme on March 1, 2011.
The event begins in McMinnville, Oregon with a hearty, full breakfast. But don't fill up! The route rolls west from town with tempting rest stops and a delicious lunch stop to delight your senses. Upon completion of the route you will return to McMinnville where Chris King himself gets hands-on in the kitchen. Full table setting and service will allow you to intimately enjoy the Gourmet Century's crowning principal meal; a meal expressly tailored for the efforts of a day's riding. Three seating times will accommodate the fast-finishing rabbits and the meandering sight-seers alike.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bicyclist's family wants answers in her death [via Dispatch]

Sister hopes civil lawsuit also will raise awareness about liability insurance

Saturday, January 29, 2011  02:51 AM


Michelle Kazlausky was killed by a truck with failed brakes.
Michelle Kazlausky was killed by a truck with failed brakes.
Patti Byerly still has so many questions about the death of her twin sister this past summer.
She knows some details, of course, and they are forever etched in her mind: Michelle Kazlausky was riding the Columbus-to-Athens leg of the Pelotonia Tour for cancer research on Aug. 21 when she was hit by a pickup truck and killed at the intersection of Rts. 180 and 374 in rural Hocking County during a rainstorm.
Authorities say 58-year-old Ervin Blackston of Rockbridge had repaired part of the brake system on his brother's pickup truck just that morning.
Then, prosecutors say, the brake line that Blackston had not repaired failed as he approached the intersection where a state trooper was stopping traffic to let the Pelotonia riders turn. Kazlausky, a 57-year-old medical technologist in the oncology lab of University Hospital East, was hit.
Blackston has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and to an equipment violation. He is due back in Hocking County Municipal Court to change his plea Feb. 7. He could get up to 90 days in jail, though Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf said she won't ask the judge to impose any jail time.

Tallac - Custom bicycle products handcrafted in the USA

At Tallac we think about things a bit different. Instead of designing bicycle bags by sizes. We start with the items you need most and create bags to contain them. Each of our bags are tailored from the inside out. We give you the freedom of many smaller bags with easier access mounted to different locations on your bicycle. Our bags do to not rattle or have loose hook and loop straps. They are positively retained for a secure and quieter ride. Enjoy your ride.

Freeman Transport Gravel Racer (to ride the Gravel Rouser?)

Gravel Racer

No26 | $985.00

Nathaniel's great-great-grandfather was an inventor during the Industrial Revolution. His contributions include many but perhaps most controversial - the sights for the Colt .45.
In his honor we've built a bicycle with a finish similar to that gun, richly patinaed with gun bluing and ferric browns, sealed with tree wax and ready to age. It comes with or without couplings, stainless steel lugged rack, chain guard and fenders, and can be built fixed or coaster braked and is perfect for commuting or general transport.  [Freeman Transport]

Get on your bike and see cool things. Check out this shot from my friend Dylan!

I love to take photos when I ride as many of you are well aware. You can check out my photostream here on Flickr. A few months ago my friend Dylan posted this amazing photo on Flickr and he is selling prints of Charlie Down here - Smugmug

What photos have you taken while riding that you would like to share? Post a link to them in comments or email me (raymondmgeorge [at] the link and I will post next week. Pick your best or favorite but please send just one.

Charlie Down

8th Annual Gravel Rouser Classic is March 17th-March 20th

Thursday, March 17 at 4:30pm - March 20 at 5:00pm

LocationAthens, Ohio

Created By

More Info
What's that at the end of the rainbow? Is it a pot o' gold? Nope! It's the 8th Annual Gravel Rouser Classic, a four-day buffet of recreational bike riding and low-key racing in Athens, Ohio. Attend all four events or pick and choose as you like.

To see recaps and results from last years Gravel Rouser, visit our Facebook page ( and scroll through the "Notes" tab.


Event #1: The Shamrock Showdown
Date: Thursday, March 17 (aka St. Patrick's Day)
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Meeting Place: Strouds Run State Park Group Camp Area (accessible via the campground road)

> Put on your green because it's time to party downhill style. Enjoy a group pre-ride of the Scatter Ridge Connector Trail, then get yourself back up to the top and line up for an individual time trial down this lovely new trail. We'll have a leprechaun timing this event so don't try anything funny.

Event #2: Grab & Git City Scramble
Date: Friday, March 18
Start Time: 5 p.m. sharp
Meeting Place: Athens Bicycle, 4 W. Stimson Ave., Athens. Registration begins at 4:30.

> Ride around town (about 10-12 miles total) to find five checkpoints, then head to the finish for a party and podium awards ceremony! This event has almost as much to do with luck as it has to do with fitness. Basically, it’s a crapshoot, so forget the performance anxiety and come join the fun! Food, beverages and podium awards sponsored by Trek and Athens Bicycle at the finish line.

New finish line for 2011! It's a little farther from the start than in past years, so be prepared to ride about 4 miles back to Athens when the festivities wind down. It's a good idea to bring your bike commuting lights or plan a carpool home from the finish. Also, if you'd like to have a backpack with a change of clothes, lights, etc., brought to the finish, we'll have a vehicle at the start that can shuttle your stuff.

Event #3: Gravel Rouser
Date: Saturday, March 19
Start Time: 10 a.m. sharp (Registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Meeting Place: The Oak Room, 14 Station Street (This restaurant is located a couple of buildings behind the old train depot on West Union Street -- this is one building behind where we have met for the past two years.)
Parking Information: There is parking available in the lot in front of the Oak Room.
Gravel Rouser Survivors Barbecue: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Room.

> Hilly ride to Lake Hope State Park and back. 40-mile (round trip) ride plus optional 10-mile singletrack mountain bike race at the mid-point. Course will be marked and maps provided; ride at your own pace. Either race or spectate before heading home. Snacks will be provided at Lake Hope State Park.

> After the day's ride, enjoy the Gravel Rouser Survivors Barbecue at the Oak Room restaurant. Pork BBQ sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad and beverages await riders, and is included with your registration donation. You are welcome to change out of your riding clothes in the bathrooms at the Oak Room. Individuals who are not participating in the Gravel Rouser can pay $10 and enjoy the BBQ buffet.

Event #4: Strouds Run Death Loop
Date: Sunday, March 21
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Athens City Pool parking lot (next to the pavilion at the entrance to the Athens Community Center)

> Okay so three days wasn't enough? You want some more? For day number four we will take our finest singletrack and drizzle it with some mud or maybe even snow. We’ll serve that over a bed of tired legs and garnish with saddle sores. Bon appetit! This ride will be about 20 miles long, including some parading and some racing if you desire.


> Enjoy all four days of racing or pick and choose as you wish
> The Gravel Rouser Committee will accept donations to offset costs for organizing the event and feeding participants. Suggested donation: $30 for the entire four days of racing or $10 per event. Contribute as you see fit. Please give your donation to any of the Gravel Rouser Committee members: Joey Boyle, Peter Kotses or Meredith Erlewine.

[Facebook event]

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SWRVE TROUSERS : water + wind resistant

- low waist in front to prevent your belt from digging into your gut
- higher waist in back to stay respectable and to keep you warm
- articulated knees for a better fit on a bike, office chair, or barstool
- seamless gusseted crotch for comfort
- zippered back pockets fit a mini U-lock
- two front pen pockets!
- high quality YKK zippers throughout
- steel jeans-style button
- reinforced pocket entry for durability
- 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex
- water and wind resistant
- 4-way stretch
- stylish trim fit for everyday use

Joe Bike - Home of the world’s most useful bikes

Welcome to Joe Bike
Home of the world’s most useful bikes

The Original, Portland-Built Shuttlebug
Welcome to Joe Bike. We’re eight Portland, Oregon, framebuilders, mechanics, designers, and cyclists who hand-make the world’s most useful bikes. We also run a full-service retail and repair shop that specializes in bikes for carrying kids and cargo, bikes for everyday transportation, and bikes for commuting hard and fast…or nice and slow.

Check out our new ShuttleBug and Shopahaulic/Workahaulic modular longjohns, handmade in Portland of aircraft-grade chromoly steel and equipped with Gates carbon belt drive, Shimano Alfine 8- or 11-speed internal gearing, dual disc brakes, and more than a few design surprises. In a review of the top 5 utility bikes, Discovery Channel’s recently ranked the ShuttleBug “the Champagne of kid/cargo bikes”.

New to the shop: a new breed of serious urban bikes from a Portland startup company called Stop Cycles. Joe Bike is the Portland area’s exclusive Stop Cycles dealer. We also carry Canada’s Norco brand of urban bikes and XtraCycle conversions. We’re also North America’s largest single-location dealer of the Yuba Mundo (another Treehugger top 5 cargo bike).

BikeCaffe! Should I buy one and get it going in Columbus?

While the BikeCaffe bikes (they're actually Quads), look small, they are packed a surprising amount of equipment and operational function, all on a frame small and light enough to ride off at the end of a day spent pleasing coffee lovers' hearts.
Without sharing our secrets, here is a list of the equipment and items skillfully installed on each BikeCaffe:
  • State of the Art Italian Espresso Lever Machine (to press espresso the way it was intended)
  • GPS Enabled Bike with Panic Button, Siren and Silent Alarm System (to notify Police, if needed)
  • Hand Wash Sink w/ hot & cold running water
  • Two 48 quart coolers - to carry ice, milk, fresh fruit and smoothie mixes
  • Fresh Water Tank
  • Waste Water Tank
  • Deep Cycle Battery Bank
  • Electric Inverter w/ 4 110v outlets (to power the Quad and charge your iphone!)
  • Water Pump
  • Propane Tank (for green heat)
  • Food Display
  • Syrup Speedrail Rack
  • Interchangeable Menu Boards
  • Optional Awning Lighting System
  • Rain & Sun Awnings
  • In- Counter Programmable Blender
  • High Pressure Blender Jug Cleaning System
  • In-Counter Cup Dispensers
  • Geared Hub System - for effortless riding
  • Tubless Kevlar Tires - no flats!
  • Cups & Lids
  • Syrups
  • Coffee
  • Napkins
  • Snacks

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bicycle Film Festival

BFF_Poster.jpg (553×830)

Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001 Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.

The Bicycle Film Festival has been a major catalyst for the urban bike movement, one of the most powerful and culturally relevant forces of the last decade. The BFF is sure to carry this momentum into the next decade.

Contador Informed of Punishment [via Bicycling]

MADRID, January 26, 2011 (AFP) – Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been told of his punishment for his positive drugs test from the 2010 race, the Spanish cycling federation announced on Wednesday.

“The federation has notified him of the sanction. He has a 10-day window in which to lodge an appeal,” a federation official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The federation did not announce what the punishment was, a spokesman having said earlier that they would leave it up to the cyclist to do so. Spain’s sports media had reported that the rider may be suspended for one year over his positive doping test at last year’s event. “All indications are that the sanction proposed by the committee will be one year, so he will be stripped of his last win” at the Tour de France in July, sports daily Marca wrote. The only previous Tour winner to be stripped of their title was Floyd Landis in 2006.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fix your bike and this tool fits in your spandex (if you wear it)

MAKO Bike Tool
Made of 6AL-4V (Grade 5) aerospace titanium, the MAKO Bike Tool, named after one of the fastest shark species, will be the best bicycle tool that you have ever owned. Not only is it extremely light weight and compact but can be fully customized to best suit your bike.
The MAKO titanium frame weighs only 19 grams and with the neoprene inserts holds four 1/4" driver bits of your choice (expandable up to 8 bits, with the upcoming upgrade kit). Why lug a bike tool around that is weighted with tools and functions that don’t even fit your bike? Boasting a bottle opener for the occasional “road soda,” 5 metric box wrench sizes, and 2 spoke wrench sizes, this is the first bike tool that you wont even notice in your pocket!
Perfect for those quick rides where lugging around a bulky tool set just isn’t fun or appropriate.

DeWine's assistance not enough for bicyclist who collided with car [via Dispatch]

Monday, January 24, 2011  11:29 PM

The Columbus Dispatch

In Mike DeWine's first week as Ohio attorney general, his car collided with a bicyclist Downtown - and he ended up having the man taken on a 100-mile round trip to be treated by the officeholder's personal physician.
Jonathan Kirk, 28, a dishwasher at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, wasn't seriously injured, but he was shaken up in the Jan. 13 morning accident.
According to a Columbus police report, confirmed by accounts from DeWine and Kirk, Kirk rode his bicycle against a red light at Front and Main streets [my emphasis]. He was knocked to the pavement by a 2008 Chrysler 300 in which DeWine was a passenger. A DeWine staff member, Robert Lagergren, was driving DeWine's personal car.
Kirk, who said he has no insurance because he can't afford it, didn't want to go to a hospital emergency room and left the scene to make a scheduled appointment with his parole officer.
However, DeWine tracked him down and insisted that he see a doctor.

Editor's Note: It is disappointing to see that a cyclist who broke the law act like this. Keep reading the story and let me know your thoughts.

Monday, January 24, 2011

If you head to Milwaukee check out Brew City Bike Tours

Brew City Bike Tours is Milwaukee's only bike tour co. Come take a microbrewery, food or history themed bike tour with the best-looking** bike tour guides in MKE. **this claim remains valid only so long as there are no other bike tour co's.

[brew city bike tours]

Franklinton Cycle Works Benefit Event is February 24

Thursday, February 24 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm

LocationThe Shop (897 West Broad st.) then Hal & Al's Bar (1297 Parsons Avenue)

Created By

More InfoFranklinton Cycleworks will be hosting a fund raising event complete with a Keg or two of local beer, a silent auction of cycling merch, and Columbus Underground's no. 1 band, Old Hundred. Come to support FCW and plug into Columbus's cycling community.
[facebook event page]
[franklinton cycle works website]

2010 Dirty Dozen on TV (WQED) this Wednesday, January 26th

Pittsburgh TV Channel 13 (WQED) will air Rick Sebak's documentary of the 2010 Dirty Dozen this Wednesday, January 26th at 7:30 pm and Midnight.  It will also be streaming on the Internet at:

You are invited to premiere this event at Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe at:

on big screen TVs at 6:30 pm this Wednesday, January 26th.  

I am still taking orders for the gold/yellow DD jerseys (on display at the start) for a pre-order price of $70 (plus $5 for postage & handling). If interested, please e-mail me with your name and jersey size so that I will have some idea of how many jerseys to have printed up. Thanks to Emma Wang for the jersey design, and Washington Reprographics for signs & posters.  Once they are done, they will be sold on my website and at Big Bang Bikes. 

Thanks to Glenn Pawlak & Big Bang Bicycles and Eat'n Park for sponsoring the 2010 DD