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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Hebrides

The Hebrides from Blanche on Vimeo.

In the summer of 2010 we found out that there's more to Scotland then rain and migets. We cycled for three weeks the west coast and Hebridean isles of Scotland. And it was absolutely superb!


www.Footage: Canon HF100
www.Stills : Canon Powershot A720
www.Music: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis | Rather lovely thing + Moving on, Gustavo Santaolalla | De usuahia a la quiaca, Helios | Bless this morning year
www.Editing: Final Cut Express

Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 BAR TAPE ORANGE


Experience the best in bar tape, DSP has excellent durability, increased shock absorption, and great feel in any condition. 2.5 mm thick for that extra bit of comfort. At 82” there is ample length for any bar and only 50 grams per set, including the plugs, makes it the lightest tape on the market. 


Installation tip: Avoid stretching tape. When wrapping use light pressure to get a snug wrap while maintaining even spacing, especially around brake house, to prevent premature wear.

Includes:
- 2 rolls of bar tape
- 2 bar-end plugs
- 2 finishing strips



Crook's Cycle Right News

Giving all of you a shout to start the cycling season. We have a lot of new things going on at Crook's Cycle Right. 

New location: 829 N. Columbus St in Lancaster
We are now offering V02/LT testing 4 times a month. I attached a flier to this email. Great deal to make sure you are training properly and can measure your improvements. 

With the V02/LT testing ramping up with the regular fit shop activity I wanted to send out a schedule. 

V02/LT testing: 
Saturdays - March 5th, 19th
Friday - March 11th, 25th. 

Bike Fits: 
Friday: March 4th & 18th
Saturday and Sunday - March 12th, 13th, 26th & 27th

Stop by and see us at the new location!
Website

Tell Us About Your Bike Lights!

Tell Us About Your Bike Lights! from BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Driver tries to kill cyclists in Critical Mass Porto Alegre, Brazil [VIDEO]

Covered Bridge/Woodstock Mashup Ride 02272011

Highlights
Tim, Bill and myself
49 miles
15.7mph average
1560 feet climbed
7-15mph headwinds from south/southwest
Amanda rest stop

Saturday, February 26, 2011

5th Annual Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour

Time
Sunday, May 29 · 8:00am - 11:00am

Location
Wheeling Heritage Port
12th and Water Streets

More Info
Ohio Valley Trail Partners is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Wheeling Heritage Trail Tour.

Please join us in celebrating the Wheeling Heritage Trail!

Registration: 8am
Mass start at 9am (62km riders depart at 8:30am)

Pre-registration by May 20th is $25 per person. Registration the day of the tour is $30. The family fee is $10 for each additional family member to a maximum of $50.

Children under 12 are free with a registered adult and there must be a registered adult per child.

There will be multiple rest stops with snacks and water provided. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 250 pre-registered.

Cyclists will choose one of three distances. Cyclists riding 10 and 25 miles will remain on the trail. The 100km (62 miles) ride will follow Heritage Trail to the new section of the Brooke Pioneer Trail and leave the trail in Wellsburg for a hilly loop through Bethany and West Liberty with a stop at Bethany College.

Participants will return to Heritage Port for lunch and entertainment. The tour will take place rain or shine!

www.ohiovalleytrailpartners.org

Stanridge Speed Bicycles featured twice this past week!


INTERVIEW: ADAM C. ELDRIDGE

Stanridge Speed Highstreet Pursuit
Photos of Stanridge Speed’s completed Highstreet Pursuit appeared last week, garnishing interest by featuring a 30mm bottom bracket—not to mention impeccable craftsmanship and a striking paint scheme. The man behind Stanridge Speed, Adam C. Eldridge, explains his theory behind the build.

Stanridge Speed Bicycles: Steel BB30 Low Pro

Stanridge-01.jpg
Maybe you recall the teaser shots of Adam Eldridge's Steel BB30 Low Pro I posted a few weeks ago? Well, Adam from Stanridge Speed Bicycles has finished the beast and the photos are awesome!
Check out more below!

As seen at Performance Bikes 02262011

Baer Wheels has moved! As seen at Baer Wheels - 02262011

Their new location is 
3510 N. High Street 
Columbus, Ohio 43214

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Civia Bryant: High-Speed, Hassle-Free Commuting


Bryant Belt Alfine
Designed for mid to long-distance rides, the Bryant is our take on high-speed, low-maintenance commuting. As everyday riders, we wanted a bike that is fast, efficient and ready to roll. We didn’t want to waste precious time messing with a slipping derailleur or lubing a rusty chain. That’s why we crafted the Belt Alfine build around a Gates Carbon Drive belt and Shimano’s Alfine rear hub. Wipe it down once in a while and you’re good to go. The belt provides reliable, maintenance-free performance in all conditions.

The Bryant’s geometry is engineered for a fast, responsive ride even when you load up with panniers, packs and other things. Built with our proprietary split rear dropout, the frame accommodates a traditional derailleur drivetrain or belt drive. No matter which build you choose, the Bryant delivers performance you can count on and will leave you counting the hours till you ride again.


Frameset
Frame and Fork Double Butted CroMoly Steel

Drivetrain
Crank Arms Sugino Forged Crankarms
Chainring Gates Carbon Drive System 50t 5arm
Cassette Cog Gates Carbon Drive 24t
Chain / Belt Gates Carbon Drive 118 Belt
Chainguard Civia Chainguard

Components
Shift Levers Versa VRS-8 Integrated Shifters
Brakes Avid BB5 Road
Headset FSA Orbit X, Black
Seatpost Civia Seatpost, Polished Black
Handlebar Civia Handlebar, Polished Black
Stem Civia Stem, Polished Black
Saddle Civia Saddle, Black
Bar Tape Black Handlebar Tape

Wheels
Front Wheel WTB Disc Rim, Deore 6 bolt hub
Rear Wheel WTB Disc Rim, Alfine rear hub
Tires Michelin City 700x32 tire Black

Bryant Belt Alfine

BikePedia - Bicycle Industry Encyclopedia


Containing over 200,000 items including complete bicycle specifications dating back to 1993, BikePedia is the only dynamic catalog of the bicycle industry. BikePedia’s catalog contains products currently available to your favorite bicycle retailer.

[Link]

Friday, February 25, 2011

Van Nicholas Pioneer Rohloff - Wow, what a touring bike!


PIONEER ROHLOFF

The ultimate expedition-touring bike with the award winning 14-gear Rohloff hub for low maintenance smooth shifting, anywhere you want to go.

Frame sizes:

48, 52, 55, 58cm & Tailormade.




Frankenbike ride again... FCW Benefit Event 02242011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Franklinton CycleWorks needs your help tomorrow evening!

Time
Thursday, February 24 · 7:00pm - 11:30pm

Location
Hal & Al's Bar (1297 Parsons Avenue)

Created By

More Info
Franklinton Cycleworks will be hosting a fund raising event complete with local beer, a raffle/silent auction of local goods, and local music. All Elevator Brewing Co.beer sale proceeds will be donated to FCW. For your first round, you'll also get a signature FCW pint glass! A raffle of awesome stuff from some of Columbus's finest establishments will also be happening. Buy tickets for your chance to win items that range from a Brooks Saddle to a tattoo gift certificate. The silent auction will include a commercial energy audit and complete bike overhaul with new paint job by Delicious Mixtures. Supporting companies are listed below. To complete the night, local bands Old Hundred and Moon High will be playing. Come to support FCW, listen to great music, and plug into Columbus's cycling community.

If you'd like to get a first glimpse of the shop and hear a brief presentation of our plans, come to FCW's new shop at 897 West Broad St. at 6:30. Weather permitting, the cycling nuts out there are invited to follow the keg hauling Frankenbike from the shop down to Hal&Als.

Sponsors: Hal & Al's, Elevator Brewing Co., Bike the C-bus, Green Tech, Paradise Garage, Seagull Bags, Delicious Mixtures, Bear Wheels, Salt Creek Retreats, Evolved Body Art, Foster Energy Management, Franklinton Development Association, Columbus Music Coop, and Columbus Underground.

Old Hundred: (http://www.myspace.com/oldhundred)
Moon High: (http://www.myspace.com/moonhighmusic)

iBike releases Dash Cycling Computer for iPhone, iPod touch



The combination of the Dash Cycling Computer and the company’s free iBike app turns the portable Apple device into a personal cycling trainer that tracks—among other things—speed, time, and heart rate...

[Full Article]

Pine Creek Rail Trail: Ride through the Grand Canyon of PA

FROM TRAIL-LINK
One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular, 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Relatively flat, the trail runs from Ansonia south to Jersey Shore, Pa., traversing Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forest lands. For 55 of its 62 miles it hugs Pine Creek, providing great views of dramatic rock outcrops and numerous waterfalls. Horseback riding is allowed on portions of the trail. To use the hard-packed dirt path beside the trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton, equestrians should park at the Ansonia Trailhead.
There are many other access points along the route. Several access points with parking are located south of Blackwell along Route 414. The parking lot at Rattlesnake Rock is a popular drop location for canoe and bicycle shuttle services. Another large parking lot is located at the southern end of the trail just north of Waterville.


Trail Facts




Trail End Points: Ansonia to Jersey Shore
Counties: Lycoming, Tioga
Trail Length: 62 miles
Trail Category: Rail-Trail
Trail Surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail Activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing
TrailLink ID: 6017045

Trail-Link webpage
[Pine Creek Valley website]

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

As seen at Bicycle One in Gahanna - Cannondale Bad Boy Solo



FROM CANNONDALE'S WEBSITE
The perfect anti-bling statement. At home under the lights of an uptown art studio or chained up outside a downtown dive bar. Stealth fighter-inspired. Fly under the radar.

Bad-ass fork options:

The radical-looking, lightweight single-bladed Solo fork is available as our stiction-free Headshok Solo DL50 with 50mm of travel, hydraulic damping and lockout, or the Solo Rigid. For the more traditionally minded, the Fatty Rigid provides a traditional two-bladed ride.

Rider-Tailored Geometry:

Our engineers and product managers spend a lot of time making sure that a bike’s given geometry is perfectly suited to the intended user. Bad Boy, not surprisingly, has an attitude that’s more aggressive than most urban geometry. It offers quick, responsive handling, and heads-up visibility -perfect for the urban melee.

Rack and fender ready:

Whether If you need to carry a bag of groceries, packages for uptown or go head out in all inclement weather, Bad Boy is rack and fender ready.

Winter Biking Primer

Even though we're getting close to the end of winter, we're also getting closer to spring! When the weather warms up, bicycles start coming out in droves. Here are some tips to help you get out sooner this year!

Winter Biking Primer from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

FOR SALE: 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker

Another bike for sale from Dylan. I need to sell my 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker, and hoping to sell it as a complete bike. Here's the build details:

Frame/Fork:
- purchased new in 2009 (May), 50cm, professionally blasted & powder coated by Streetwerkz (CMH)
- color: metallic dark gray
- treated thoroughly with FrameSaver before being built
- condition: Good. Just a few knicks here and there from normal wear, but very well-cared for and always stored indoors when not being ridden

Wheelset:
- built by Peter White in summer 2009 (excellent condition)
- Front Hub/Wheel: Schmidt SON28 dynohub (black), laced to a 36-hole Mavic EX721 rim (black) with Wheelsmith DB 14-guage spokes (all black).
- Rear Hub/Wheel: Shimano XT hub (black) laced to a 36-hole Mavic EX721 rim (black) with Wheelsmith DB 14-guage spokes (all black). Shimano 9-speed cassette

Drivetrain:
Surly Mr. Whirly crankset (triple), with Salsa chainrings (all 3); XT front & rear derailluers; Shimano 9-speed chain (all in good condition—approximately 1000 miles on this drivetrain)

Other Parts:
Schmidt Edelux headlight mounted to the Modolo handlebar with an R&M mount from Peter White (excellent condition)
- Integrated taillight that connects with the Edelux and attaches to rear rack—both the Edelux and taillight are powered from the SON28 front dynohub. Beautiful battery-free lighting system that's had very little 'on' time.
Surly Nice Racks (front and rear) (good condition—minor cosmetic blemishes)
Thomson Elite seatpost and Thomson stem (excellent condition)
King headset (excellent condition)
- Modolo Yuma Trekking butterfly handlebar (excellent condition)
Paul Love Levers (brake levers) (excellent condition)
- Shimano bar-end shifters mounted to Paul Thumbies (excellent condition)
- Tektro brakes front and rear (same as Surly stock version but in black) (good condition—about 500 miles of wear on these pads)

Not included: pedals, saddle, and tank bag (it's been sold. See picture link below for reference).

This photo accurately represents the current build of the bike. As mentioned, that tank bag behind the stem has been sold, but I'd be glad to throw in that Arkel seat bag you see there. It's had some use, but it's still useful!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cargonistas/3850768786/in/set-72157617092400912/

PRICE: $1550 for the above bicycle (minus pedals, saddle and tank bag), shipped to you in the continental United States. Pickup in Circleville, OH (just south of Columbus by 40 minutes). Contact Dylan: dylan1@me.com.

She weighs about 36 pounds with the Surly racks installed (about 30~31 without 'em), so not the lightest touring bike you can build. But 'bulletproof' with quality parts and very smooth to ride (I can go hands-free on it for a very long distance). The wheelset built by Peter White is his recommendation for heavy duty touring.

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Biking

WOO HOO!!! Check the shout-out to the CBus!

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Biking from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Columbus to spend $3.5 million on bike paths

[Columbus to spend $30 million on streets]

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:29 PM
BY DOUG CARUSO

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus will spend an unprecedented $30 million to resurface 285 miles of streets and alleys this year, Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced this morning.

The capital budget will include the money, for 141 streets all over Columbus, when the City Council takes it up on March 7. The city spent about $21 million last year on resurfacing, Coleman said, and just $3 million - all of it from federal grants - in 2009.

"A couple of years ago, the city of Columbus had no money to resurface streets and we spent no money to resurface streets," Coleman said. "I could not foresee a time when we could resurface streets."

But voter approval of an income tax increase in August 2009 now leaves the city with enough money to issue bonds for the work, Coleman said. The increase raised taxes from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

Coleman, a Democrat, is running for re-election this year against Republican Earl W. Smith. Four of the seven city council members, all Democrats, are also up for election this year.

The plan includes 225 miles of streets and 60 miles of alleys.

Public Service Director Mark Kelsey said city crews will cut weeds and trees along the alleys, fill ruts with gravel and tar over the surface. The street work will be done by paving contractors, he said, and the bids for the first package of projects are already out.

"My department will get most of the streets done this year," he said.

He said no one in his department can remember spending this much on resurfacing in a single year.

Coleman also said he supports spending $4 million to add sidewalks, especially near schools and spending $3.5 million on bike paths.

Councilwoman Priscilla R. Tyson, who is leading the council's efforts on the $212.7 million capital budget, said members support the resurfacing plan. She noted that the spending will create a lot of work.

"These projects leverage dollars to make sure people have jobs," she said.

Kelsey said he could not estimate how many jobs the projects would support.

"Because so many streets need to be resurfaced, every quadrant of the city will be seeing activity in terms of resurfacing," he said.

[Link to Full Article]

Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle [VIDEO]



[Museum of Arts and Design webpage]

Sunday, February 20, 2011

THE Goat is for Sale! Big Dummy frame and two forks must go...

UPDATE: SOLD as of March 1, 2011



For Sale: 18" 2008 Surly Big Dummy frame and forks (2) in very good condition. Always stored inside and very well cared for. Powder coated Jet Black by Streetwerkz. Comes with Planet Bike fenders attached, and two Big Dummy forks (with different steerer tube lengths). Does not come with racks or other parts—this is a sale of the frame and forks only
Price: $400 (firm). Will ship for $125, but hoping to sell this locally. Pickup in Circleville, OH (just south of Columbus by 40 minutes). Contact Dylan: dylan1@me.com.



Full set of photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cargonistas/sets/72157610314134551/

Pedal Powered Machines



What Are Bicimáquinas? Gallery
Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. Each bicimáquina is handmade in our workshop using a combination of old bikes, concrete, wood, and metal. So far, we have developed several original designs that have proven to be both functional and economical.

We have produced fact sheets and instructions for the more popular designs. We also have some Sketchup models. If you find them useful, please make a donation.

More Bicycle Machines

This is why I bought a cyclocross frame! Oh how I miss the hills in WV [VIDEO]

Mathias, WV

Mathias, WV from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Dressing for the Cold



Cycling can be enjoyed year around if you have the right clothing for colder temperatures. Since your reaction to the heat or cold varies depending on your personal biological makeup, where you live and your riding experience, the correct clothing for the temperature is whatever works for you. You may find that you prefer to wear arm warmers when the temperature dips into the 70's. Humidity and wind are additional factors to consider when dressing for comfort in colder weather, as an increase in either may warrant an extra layer of protection...

[Full Article]

THE SADDLE/HANDLEBAR CONNECTION



Handlebar height in relation to saddle height affects saddle fit. As a general rule, the higher the handlebars in relation to the saddle, the wider the saddle needs to be. High bars place the rider in an upright position, rolling back the hips and placing more weight on the wider portion of the sit bones. Low bars place the rider in a forward leaning position, moving the pressure points to the narrower, front portion of the sit bones. A wide saddle combined with low handlebars is likely to cause chafing between the thighs, while a narrow saddle combined with high bars is likely to place too much pressure on the soft tissues between the sit bones...

[Full Article]

Have you seen a Ghost Bike in Columbus? [from Ghostbikes.org]

There are at least 5 ghost bikes in Columbus. What is a ghost bike? A ghost bike is a white bike (ghost) placed at the spot where a cyclist was killed while riding to their destination. Click on the name to be taken to the map to see where the ghost bike is supposed to located. I have seen a few around town, but I cannot confirm that they are still in place.

Fri, 05/21/2010

Sun, 09/02/2007

Thu, 10/13/2005

Thu, 08/21/2008

Wed, 07/25/2007

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ride to Xenia 02192011 Ride Report

Highlights
Tim, Bill and myself
76 miles
Averaged 14.7mph
Wilson Rd trailhead to Xenia
Headwinds for most of the ride
Lunch at Super Subby in Xenia, not too bad. I think the really fresh buns were great but I think they could make their sandwiches better by toasting them.
All the bathrooms and water fountains are closed until spring.
Smashed livers and animal hearts on the trail was kinda gross. Really, is that a prank?
Tim flatted a few miles from London. Pinch flat from a rock.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bicycle tires – puncturing the myths [via Bike Radar]


By James Huang, tech editor, in Boulder, USA
Tucked inside a small industrial complex in Nastola, Finland is the nondescript grey building that's the base of independent third-party tire testers Wheel Energy.
Using a battery of purpose-built machines, founders Petri Hankiola, Veijo Pulkkanen and Marko Savolainen are addressing some of the common questions surrounding bicycle tires. They're coming up with some interesting answers that no longer have to rely on word of mouth, tradition or intuition for their veracity. 
Take these conclusions for example:
Puncture-resistant belts work but they're not created equal: Nylon, aramid and other belts placed under the tread do help ward off flats but there are benefits and trade-offs to the various materials. Tougher ones like aramid are durable and highly cut- and puncture-resistant but their stiff nature sucks up a lot of energy, contributing to rolling resistance. More flexible ones like nylon aren't as bulletproof but offer a better compromise if you still want to retain good performance.
Wider tires roll faster than narrower ones: Riders have argued for years that narrower tires – especially on the road – roll faster and are more efficient than wider ones when in fact, the opposite is true. According to Wheel Energy, the key to reducing rolling resistance is minimizing the energy lost to casing deformation, not minimizing how much tread is in contact with the ground. All other factors being equal, wider casings exhibit less 'bulge' as a percentage of their cross-section and also have a shorter section of deflected sidewall.