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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Adventure. Small Wheels.

In 2009, we sold everything we owned to travel the US on bicycle. We pedaled 10,000 miles over 15 months. It was an exploration of simple living, human connection and the amazing potential of the bicycle. We shared our adventures online, gave presentations about bicycle travel, organized overnight bike tours and met hundreds of incredible people. On May 15, 2011, we will head back on the road to re-imagine the All-American Road Trip and film the unique stories and places we discover.

Big Adventure. Small Wheels.

Our next project is about re-imagining the All-American Road Trip, with a journey across the United States that combines Brompton folding bikes and the train. Bromptons (English-made 16-inch-wheel folding bicycles) may be unlikely long-distance touring bicycles, but they are a perfect compliment to the train. We believe that the combination of bikes and trains is under-utilized as a means of contemporary travel. With gas prices threatening to climb ever higher, we want to show that multi-modal travel within the US is a viable and enjoyable way to travel.

Trains + bicycles = freedom.

Bike Overnights | Don't wait to go crosscountry. Go overnight. provides inspiration, resources, and tools for short bicycle tours (1-2 nights).

You'll find stories, tips, and how-tos about embarking on short overnight cycling adventures, whether you're traveling to a beautiful state park solo, lounging at a B&B with friends and family, or anything in between!

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 03292011 - Taco Nazo

20 miles
18 riders
Taco Nazo (Quicho gave us free hot chocolate and tamales)
Dick's Den (Blue grass open mic night)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A call to [use your] arms to cleanup the ENTIRE Olentangy Bike Path [Green Columbus]

I'm writing today with an invitation to help us get the entire Olentangy Bike Path cleaned of litter for Earth Day. It looks like we are on our way to having it covered from it's southern most origin to just past OSU and we are looking for help to finish it up through Worthington. Typing  "Olentangy" into our worksite database filter will show you what is already covered.

My specific requests to you are 1) consider becoming a worksite host for some section of the bike path in the Clintonville or Worthington area; and, if not of interest...2) consider registering to volunteer at one of the existing (or soon to be registered!) clean up sites along the path.

Here is a link to our Get Involved page which includes a link to FAQs on being a worksite host (which costs nothing and comes with perks such as a celebration booth discount) as well as a link to register to volunteer.

Thanks for reading and considering!

Happy Trails,


Erin Chacey
Director, Green Columbus
cell: 913-909-9838

Earth Day 2011: Lighten Up!
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Seven Commuter Handlebars: Tiberius

Seven offers a custom, commuter-specific handlebar in three different styles. 

Introducing the Tiberius™ handlebar from Seven. Launched in concert with our line of commuter models, the Tiberius offers unparalleled flexibility and a stylish addition. Commuting demands versatility, and this bar delivers. Multiple hand positions? Check. Custom fit? Check. Room for bells, lights, computer, GPS, and anything else? All of the above. 

Made from 3-2.5 Titanium alloy, the Tiberius is built for a lifetime of durability. Any reasonable reach, rise, and angle is possible.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Take A Seat: Sharing a ride across America

In a sequel to his original movie Take A Seat, adventure filmmaker Dominic Gill will release a new television series for Universal Sports on April 4th. Called Take A Seat: Sharing a ride across America, the project follows a bicycle journey from Los Angeles to New York City. In keeping with the theme of his first trip, Dom’s riding a tandem bike and all along the way he s picking up people, random strangers to peddle with him. Before when he road 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina he d pick up just about anyone. But this time he ‘ s only bringing along people with a disability...

[Video Link]

At 103, he's a three-wheeled wonder

If it were up to Octavio Orduño, he'd still be cruising Long Beach on a two-wheeled bicycle. But his wife insisted he get a tricycle. The city wants to make him an ambassador for cycling: 'He's our poster boy for healthy, active living around here.'


Strava Cycling tracks, rewards riders' performance - FREE app

Strava Cycling debuted Thursday in the App Store. The app uses the iPhone’s GPS feature to let users track the time, distance, and speed of their rides. That data can then be uploaded to Strava’s Website so users can compare their performance to other riders, enter cycling events, and join clubs.

Riders who like to tackle hilly or mountainous routes have additional tools available to them in the app. Strava Cycling tracks a rider’s elevation gain throughout the ride. For hilly routes attempted by other Strava users, the app will crown a “king” or “queen” of the mountain for top riders.

Strava Cycling is compatible with devices running iOS 4.0 or later, though developers say you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or later to utilize the GPS features. The app is free.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Blackburn Flea: USB or Solar Charging (Option)

- Ultra compact rechargeable Li-Ion headlight
- Uses four super-bright White Nichia® LED’s
- 40 Lumen output
- USB smart charger
- Flexible and compact mounting system
- Standard, Overdrive and Flash modes
- Superlight at 17 grams
- 3 hour runtime steady, 5 hour runtime flash
- Compatible with Solar Charger (available separately)
- LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
- Available in 6 colors

- Charge your FLEA via computer or by sun
- Includes USB charger AND solar charger
- Solar panel is capable of fully charging FLEA in
5-6hrs of full sun
- Solar panel will charge some other rechargeable devices

Has anybody ever seen a Dunlop valve on a bike? [Definition via Wiki]

The Dunlop valve, (also called a Woods valve or an English valve) is a type of pneumatic valve stem in use in Japan,[1] Czech Republic, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Finland, Sweden, and developing countries. It has a wider base than a Presta valve, similar in size to a Schrader valve, but it can be inflated with Presta valve adapter.[2] The inner mechanism of the valve can be replaced easily, without the need for special tools.
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PUBLIC bikes list "Fifteen Women Who Rule the Biking World"

Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): Unknown, Rad-Spannerei, Unknown, John Von Pamer, Randy Harris, Dustin Jensonn
All right, so women don’t really “rule” the biking world as the title suggests, but something is definitely going on.  At PUBLIC many of our customers are women and we have many on our staff – so it’s altogether fitting and proper for us to acknowledge National Women’s History Month.

Now that's a lock! Kryptonite New York Chain® 1210

New York Chain® 1210
A high security lock with innovative oval crossbar disc lock, designed to defeat thieves' maximum attacks.
  • 12mm six-sided, chain links made of 3t hardened manganese steel for maximum strength
  • Durable, protective nylon cover with Hook-n-Loop fasteners to hold in place
  • Includes Evolution series 4 Disc Lock with 14mm MAX-Performance steel shackle:
  • Higher security disc-style cylinder with more than 1 million key variations
  • Patented*, oval hardened steel crossbar for extra security
  • Hardened double deadbolt locking for extensive holding power
  • Reinforced anti-drill/pull cylinder protection system
  • Sliding dustcover protects and extends cylinder life
  • 3 keys - one lighted with high intensity bulb & replaceable battery
  • *Patent D564339

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Springfield 200k Brevet Recap 03262011

Ohio Randonneurs 200k Brevet
Bill, John, Tim, myself rode as a group
Taylor Kruse and Andrew Hall also were on the ride, but rode their own pace
Bill and I ended with 129 miles
Averaged 14mph
Time in saddle 9 hours: 14 minutes
23 degrees at start (water bottles iced up) peaked at 41 and when we ended 34 degrees
10mph headwind from north and northwest with 17mph gusts
First 17 miles and last 48 miles into the headwind
Tim flatted at 5 mile mark, subsequent slow leaks forced him to withdraw around 40 miles
4080 feet of climbing, Max grade 13%
Towns we passed through - Urbana, Wilburforce, Yellow Springs, Xenia, Waynesville, Springfield

Some of the foods consumed - twinkies, a lot of coffee and gatorade, water, pringles, 5 hour energy drink, red bull, NOS, hot dogs, barbecue potato chips, power bars and granola bars, mcdonalds, hardees, peanut butter cheese crackers.

Quote of the day by John when we stopped at Caesar Creek dam for the info control stop - "Is that a brown bear out in the field", as he pointed to a person bent over searching for fossils standing next to another person.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Newark mayor proposes solar field, downtown bike path

NEWARK, Ohio - Mayor Bob Diebold unveiled a citywide initiative yesterday aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles for Newark residents while also attracting businesses and promoting renewable energy.

Diebold said his Healthy Green and Growing campaign would help the city meet many of its challenges. Among them: an older population, increased energy costs, limited natural resources, obesity and other health problems, and an aging city infrastructure.

He said the city will create a bike path through downtown that will connect paths on the western and eastern sides of Licking County...

[Full Article]

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 03222011 - Three Creeks

10 riders
28 miles
Three Creeks Park trail loop through Obetz
Trail still flooded at Refugee Rd underpass
Temps in 50's

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dispatch article on Cyclists and Motorists gets it partially right

Although it misses the mark on a couple of key points, the Columbus Dispatch article "Motorists, cyclists need to learn how to share pavement" was a good look at the rise of bicycling in Columbus and the need for understanding about the rights and responsibilities of both parties...

[Full Article]

The trouble with plastic fenders…

I like fenders. I was a big fan of plastic fenders for a number of years. They work for sure, but I’ve come to realize they have some problems:

Read more at the Lazy Randonneur

Rohloff AG - Speedhub production

The film shows a small insight into the production of the SPEEDHUB 500/14.

Rohloff AG - Speedhub production

Yay Bikes! April Newsletter

Paradise Garage
In This Issue
501c3 status attained
new board & staff
bamboo bikes presentation
bike month 2011
just another bike ride


Monday, March 21, 2011

L'Eroica Video

L'EROICA (english version) from Edouardi Sepulchro on Vimeo.

For Sale: 2006 Lemond Poprad Disc 57cm - SOLD 03/31/2011

Frame & Fork
Frame ConstructionTIG-welded
Frame Tubing MaterialLeMond True Temper OX Platinum Steel
Fork Brand & ModelBontrager Switchblade Elite
Fork MaterialCarbon fiber, aero crown
Component GroupShimano 105
BrakesetAvid BB-7 disc brakes, Shimano 105 STI Dual Control levers
Cane Creek bar top levers
Shift LeversShimano 105 STI Dual Control
Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra (compact compatible)
Rear DerailleurShimano 105
CranksetBontrager compact 50/36 with FSA chainring
Bottom BracketGXP
BB Shell Width
Rear Cogs10-speed, 12 - 27 teeth
SeatpostThomson Elite
SaddleFizik Pave Gel
HandlebarBontrager Race Cross
Bontrager Buzz Kill bar end plugs
Handlebar StemBontrager Select 
Headset1 1/8" threadless Aheadset Slimstak

WheelsBontrager SSR Disc
TiresBontrager Road

An extra front and rear wheel will be included in the purchase.
The rims need replaced but the hubs are usable.
NOTE: The photo shows Schwalbe Durano tires and Selle SMP seat, but they WILL BE REPLACED with items listed above before sale.

Priced at $750 OBO, Sold AS-IS
Call 6144779142
Email raymondmgeorge [at]
Prefer to sell in Columbus, OH area, but will ship anywhere in continental US for $125.00

The Future is Bamboo Bicycles Presentation is this Friday! I'm going, are you?

Friday, March 25 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Columbus Idea Foundry, 1158 Corrugated Way, Columbus, OH 43201

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In partnership with the Columbus Idea Foundry, Yay Bikes! presents its adventures building bamboo bicycles at the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, NYC. Learn the whys & hows of bamboo bicycles and what it would take to build them in Columbus—plus take a spin on one of our three sweet rides. It'll be a fun and informative evening, please join us.

RSVPs requested for snack planning. Contact us to sponsor this event!

[Facebook event page]

Motorists, cyclists need to learn how to share pavement [via Dispatch]

Tim Cristy, one of a growing number of cycling commuters in central Ohio, was bruised in a collision with a car last week.
Tim Cristy, one of a growing number of cycling commuters in central Ohio, was bruised in a collision with a car last week.

Monday, March 21, 2011  03:05 AM


Jim [sic] Cristy's string of close calls came to a crashing, bruising halt a week ago on Cannon Drive south of Ohio State University.
The North Side resident was riding his bike in the right lane when a car passed on his left and then made a right turn into a parking lot. Christy [sic] hit the car's rear passenger side and was thrown to the street. He bruised his hip and shoulder.
The car never stopped.
Coexistence isn't always peaceful these days on central Ohio streets, many of which are being re-engineered to accommodate people driving on two wheels and four.
Columbus has created 14 miles of bike lanes on its streets since 2008. The city also has added pavement markings - "sharrows" - and signs along 37 additional miles to welcome cyclists to the streets.
But people's knowledge of the rules of the road hasn't kept pace with the biking boom.
"There's a new paradigm," said Bernice Cage, spokeswoman for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which monitors traffic of all types. "Motorists aren't sure where cyclists should be, and a lot of cyclists don't know where they should be."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Columbus Ride of Silence is Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 18 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Columbus Commons

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The 2011 Ride Silence will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm. Tentatively, we will start at Columbus Commons and ride in silence to The Ohio State University campus. Maximum of 12 miles per hour.

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Three Creeks Ride Loop Recap - 03202011

5 riders (Katie, Brett, Adam, John, myself)
38 miles (for Brett and myself)
32 mile loop from and back to Third Hand
Rode south through Three Creeks and west over to High Street back into town.
Part of trail was under water, still
Temp in 60's and sunny

Third Hand has a lot of bikes that need owners

Spring 2011 Market to Market Ride is May 7, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets are returning with an event that debuted with great success last October: Market to Market. The Hills Market and North Market share not only a philosophical connection: one that makes it a priority to provide and promote the best Ohio has to offer to consumers, but also a physical connection: the Olentangy River Greenway (or more commonly, the Olentangy Bike Trial). Join both markets on Saturday, May 1, as they connect to celebrate Ohio-made foodstuffs, the opening of the farmers market and bicycling season with “Market to Market”: a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride, for amateurs and aficionados alike. 
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 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. 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. 

Gravel Rouser Recap

2 riders (Tim and Bill)
54 miles
5100 ft of climbing
11.2 mph average
Half pavement/half gravel roads
Temps between 65°F and 75°F in the afternoon
Absolutely beautiful loop from Athens to Zaleski and back with a 10 mile mountain bike race in between

Map | Info

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wear. Believe. Act.

There are some symbols that unite the world: the red ribbon which brought such momentum to awareness of HIV/AIDS and the white band against global poverty. Now these are joined by a new symbol.

The Road Safety Tag is the global symbol of the movement to improve safety on the roads. It has been adopted as the official symbol for the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which aims to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world. Nearly 1.3 million people die every year on the world's roads, and up to 50 million are injured.

By wearing the Tag you are demonstrating your support for the Decade of Action, and your personal commitment to be safe on the road.

Wheeling trip recap (Bike fit, ride, more fit and ride)

35 mile ride with some climbs to try out the new gear range and fit.


Being Visible + Being Predictable = Two Keys to Safe Cycling *

Our mission:
saving cyclists' lives around the world.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Follow-up: Sinkhole Blocks SW Ohio Path

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A gigantic 30-feet-wide, 15-foot-deep sinkhole is blocking part of a bike path in Butler County.
Middletown officials discovered the hole on Monday, and believe heavy rainfall contributed to its formation.

The Middletown City Council has passed emergency legislation to fix the hole, reported ONN's Lot Tan.

While out for his daily walk, Tony Barnett saw the gigantic sinkhole before orange warning barrels were in place.

"It's dangerous, I'm glad they took action to fix it," Barnett said.

Officials said the area was underwater on Sunday, and the sinkhole was discovered once the river receded.

"It's probably 60 years old now and it's not unheard of something that age to corrode over time and collapse, especially with the river and all the rain we had," said Scott Tadych, Assistant Butler County Engineer.

It will cost $265,000 to fix. That price tag is too high for some.

"That's way over what it should cost to fix it," said resident and biker Thomas Pence.

The price isn't overboard according to local engineers because the sanitary sewer pipe below the path is 1,000 feet long.

"The 8 to 9-square-mile cost of setting up and bypassing pumping is significant," Tadych said.

Construction will begin Monday and take about three weeks to finish. Local homeowners should not be affected by the work.

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Bill Cunningham New York Trailer

The "Bill" in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours." Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham's enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Big Sinkhole Takes Bite Out Of Bike Path

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A sinkhole 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep poses a hazard for bicyclists in a part of southwest Ohio.

The hole that opened up earlier this week has chomped a big bite out of a bike path in Middletown, halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton.

City Public Works Director Dave Duritsch tells the Middletown Journal that ground saturated from heavy rain sank into openings in a 60-year-old sewer pipe and was flushed away.

He describes the pipe as "beyond its reasonable life span."

The sinkhole and a section of the bike path have been blocked off with construction barrels. Work is expected to begin immediately to replace the pipe, fix the hole and repair the path.

[Link to Original Article]

Woman escapes tsunami by bike [via CNN]

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Moulton Double Pylon

New Series Double Pylon
The ultimate Moulton takes spaceframe construction to a new level. Stainless steel 'pylons' replace head and seat tubes to further increase stiffness. Sublime ride comfort and breathtaking looks.

Separable20" WheelsHydrolastic rear suspensionFlexitor front suspensionStainless frame

Reporter's request: Can bikes and cars share the road?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 04:10 PM

The Columbus Dispatch

With more people on bikes, with cities reworking their streets to accommodate cyclists, and with spring around the corner, The Dispatch is putting together a rundown of the laws that govern people moving about on four wheels and two. Drivers: How do you feel about the bicycles using your route? Cyclists: How are you treated out there?

Share your thoughts and experiences with transportation reporter Robert Vitale at or call 614-461-5007.


Cyclists can pull into 'station,' stretch legs, open wallets (Columbus Local News)

Cyclists can pull into 'station,' stretch legs, open wallets

* Westerville plans to put out the welcome mat for riders on the Ohio to Erie Trail with a rest stop near Uptown shops.

Published: Monday, March 14, 2011 9:39 AM EDT
Funding is being finalized for a project that aims to make Westerville a destination for bicyclists.

Brick sales and sponsorships are being solicited for the remaining $25,000 needed to construct the Westerville Legacy Train Depot. It's a $150,000 project that will include a variety of amenities for those traveling by bicycle.

To be located in the city's Hanby Park at 115 E. Park St., the depot is part of a city trail loop. But it's also a section of the Ohio to Erie Trail that, when completed, will stretch from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

Take the Challenge! 30 Days of Biking

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Challenge: April 1–30
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth. This is the second year, and third round, of 30 Days of Biking!

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