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Friday, April 29, 2011

Bike Built Entirely of Wood Could Set Speed Record

A bicycle made entirely of wood, created by a pair of British designers, is aiming for a 31-mph speed record.

SplinterBike doesn’t have a single piece of metal, rubber or plastic. The axles are made of ekki. The frame, wheels and cogs are birch, and the bearings are ironwood. The pedals and handlebars have been refashioned from a broom handle.

Michael Thompson and James Tully say they were inspired to build SplinterBike after watching the Tour of Britain pass Thompson’s front garden. Tully bet him 1 pound [$1.65] he couldn’t build a bike entirely out of wood...

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Hold Fast FRS (Foot Retention System)

Welcome to Hold Fast, home of the Hold Fast FRS (Foot Retention System).
We are riders like you. We founded Hold Fast because we couldn't find any toe clips that could stand up to the rigors of fixed gear freestyle riding. After breaking countless clips and straps, we decided to design and make some ourselves. Only after many months of street testing by some of the best and burliest trick riders on the scene, did we feel that we had a product worthy of the name Hold Fast.
We believe these to be the finest foot straps made.
Hand made in Brooklyn, Hold Fast FRS offer superior comfort and adjustability no matter what type of shoe you ride in. Whether you are a die-hard fixed gear rider seeking a long lasting alternative to toe-clips, a hardcore bicycle polo player who wants a more protective toe strap, a trick rider seeking greater confidence, a single-track MTB rider who wants to stay connected on drops and switchbacks, or a commuter seeking maximum adjustability and comfort...these are the straps for you.
More innovative products coming soon!
Enjoy the ride.

Nutcase Watermelon for your MELON!


S/M (52-60 cm)
L/XL (61-64 cm)

Injection-molded ABS shell
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) protective
inner foam for high impact protection
2 front intake vents
7 multiple top-mounted exhaust vents,
and 2 rear exhaust vents
Adjustable Spin Dial allows for perfect fit
Three sets of removable low-density
polyurethane foam insert liners for
comfort & refined fit
Anti-Pinch, Magnetic Buckle for easy,
one-handed operation
Reflective logos front, back & sides
1 Nutcase wrist band for letting your friends
know that you “Love Your Brain”!
Rust proof rivets with Nutcase helmet guy logo
Soft fabric chin strap for maximum comfort
Certified CPSC for Bicycle Riding

Playdate Bike Club - Yeah, they're cruisers...

Welcome to Playdate from Playdate Bike Club on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lockup your bike the right way!

Have you thought about biking to work now that gas prices are higher? Take the challenge in May!

The cornerstone of Central Ohio's Bike Month celebration is The Bike to Work Challenge, a friendly competition among employer-based teams in Central Ohio to determine which can achieve the highest bicycle mode share during the entire month of May. The 4th Annual Bike to Work Challenge begins May 1. Take the challenge here.

East Coast Greenway - Ride from Maine to Florida

The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.

[East Coast Greenway]

Cooper Zandvoort

Cooper Bikes T100 Zandvoort

  1. T100 Urban Street Bike
  2. 3 Speed Sturmey Archer Crankset and Hub
  3. Reynolds 520 Frame
  4. Brooks Swallow Saddle
  5. Sturmey Archer Crankset
T100 Zandvoort is an edgy, aggressive track bike, with the convenience of 3 speeds. The bike is finished in gun metal gray with straight bars. Supplied with black and silver trim.

Folk Engineered Marsupial


A bike evolved in our regional habitat
of beaches, suburbs, mountains, and urban jungles.

• Use: A practical and adaptive sport touring bicycle for daily commuting, pleasure road riding, light touring, and adventure.
• Frame Design: The strong, lightweight steel tubeset is joined with fillet brazed construction for a light, lively ride. The quick and nimble front end matches your reflexes when riding in a city. The spacious rear triangle is comfortable on long rides and while carrying weight.
• Features: Versatile 27-speed drivetrain for varied terrain. Reliable and comfortable bar-end shifters. Adjustable integrated derailleur cable stops. Drop bars for varied hand positions. 700c wheels. Immense stopping power of cantilever brakes. Mounts for 2 water bottles and racks. Clearance for fenders, panniers, and up to a 35mm tire. Bolt-on seat post deters theives that lack wrench skills. Durable and stylish leather saddle.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TNR Ride Recap 04262011

15 riders
19 miles on route, I ended with 25 miles
Elevator Brewery
Port Columbus Airport
Yellow Brick Pizza
Weather was clear in the 60's

BUSC 2011: Brompton US Championship Race

Armani wants you to look good on a bike! [VIDEO]

The video trilogy by Justin Anderson kicks off with "Bike". Got somewhere to go? All you need are two wheels and a great pair of jeans.

Rain, rain, go away...or get some fenders!

Crud Roadracer Mk2 review -

Aimed at racing steeds with neither the clearance nor the bosses for standard mudguards, the Roadracer Mk2 – an updated version of Crud’s original – is a sleek but practical way of protecting you from winter grime.

Like their predecessors, they have ingenious brushes that keep the sides from rubbing, but they also have strengthened brake bridges, a wider section next to the drivetrain and longer tailpieces – available separately as spares, which you can fit retrospectively to the originals...

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What's the best bike for cycle commuting? -from

Your choice of bike for the ride to work will depend on your own tastes and on the distance, terrain and varying surfaces you’ll encounter on the journey. For longer tarmac commutes, experienced riders tend to favour drop-bar bikes of one sort or another for their extra turn of speed. Many people are happy with the more upright position that you get with a flat-bar road bike or mountain bike with slick tyres, though.

If your ride takes in some trails or unsurfaced paths, then the fatter, grippier tyres of a mountain bike will help with traction. They can be overkill for many situations though, so don’t overlook the option of fitting a flat-bar road bike with fatter rubber (there’s often room for deeply-treaded 32mm or 37mm tyres)...

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Art of Frank Patterson

Cycling Art | music: Ani Maamin

Frontier Airlines Makes Travel Better and Different with New Guest Enhancements


Frontier is removing the flat fee for checked bicycles and will now include them in the standard baggage allowance, meaning customers traveling on Classis or Classic Plus fares can include their bike as one of their two complimentary checked bags and Economy passengers would pay $20 if the bike is one of their first two checked bags. Bikes will be exempt from any oversize fees, but subject to overweight fees and excess bag fees, if applicable. This is similar to the carrier’s current policy for golf clubs and skis.

Frontier Airlines

Do you want to install fenders on a disk brake bicycle frame? Try Jandd adapters

Disc Brake Adapter for Racks and Fenders

Disc Brake Adapter for Racks and Fenders

Product ID: FDBFA
These handy adapters will allow you to mount a rack on bikes where you must have clearance from disc brake calipers or other accessories. Simply screw them into the same holes on the dropouts you’d use for rack or fender bolts. They’re made from special hardened aluminum stock with a threaded steel insert. Best when only torqued to the same degree as rack bolts. And, don’t forget to use your “blue” Loctite for best results. Can be used single sided or double sided. The pegs are about .75" long. We can custom make longer pegs if required. Sold in Pairs.

Weight 1oz
Color Silver

Fast Freddy Top Caps

So fast you'll cry!
Get your FAST FREDDY top cap today!

Use it on your Single Speed, Mountain bike, BMX, Road Bike, Cyclocross, Franken bike, Tandem, etc...the possibilities are so darn endless...all of these are 1 1/8" Thread-less so they work with TONS of bikes.

FAST FREDDY top caps are $6.99, and there are different colors to choose from, and different designs. Custom caps can be done, but they take longer and do cost more. All good stuff.

Find us on FaceBook and "Like" us for specials...

Be the Envy of your friends with this bit of coolness!

[Fast Freddy Top Caps]

Rainmates - yeah, they look like butt-less chaps, but they work

Rainmates are...

  • Lightweight at only 4.25 ounces
  • Rain, hail, snow and wind resistant
  • Convenient — Worn as a belt around your waist
  • Easy to use — Simply unroll and click
    the straps around your thighs
  • Ventilated — Won't make you sweat like traditional rain gear
  • Green — Bike to work and arrive
    dry and clean

Gambier Century Ride Recap 04232011

6 riders (Brett, Tim, Bill, John, Carey, Ray)
106 miles
15mph average
2000+ feet of climbing
15mph headwinds, gusting to 32mph
25 miles of rain

Gambier (Kenyon College) loop ride from Clintonville
Lunch at Gambier Deli

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Bicycle City

The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.

What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible.

Help Fund Our Film:

Stop signs don't work for bicycling

Riding my bicycle home not long ago, I encountered a police officer videotaping bicyclists at Ladd Circle, on one of Portland’s most popular bikeways. More than 4,000 cyclists a day circumnavigate the large, landscaped roundabout — the salient feature of the historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood.

A couple times a year, neighbors complain about cyclists rolling through the stop signs. Police then hand out a couple dozen $242 tickets and go back to ignoring the situation. Once again, someone had complained...

Read on

Gazelle - Taking you further! [VIDEO]

Gazelle - Taking you further! from Gazelle Bicycles Australia on Vimeo.

[Gazelle USA]

Lynskey Performance bikes from all over the world (slideshow)

[Lynskey Performance]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bicycle Comics - Yahuda Moon

Ever hear of -- or read -- Yahuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery comic?
It's quite entertaining and you just might relate...

Light Bright 04-20-11

No Such Thing As Bad Weather 04-21-11

Boston gets Bike-Share [via]

Hub set to launch bike-share program

Menino to sign deal worth nearly $6m today; 600 bikes, 61 stations to be ready by July

Boston’s bike-share program, scheduled to debut this summer with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, was modeled after a similar program in Washington, D.C.
Boston’s bike-share program, scheduled to debut this summer with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, was modeled after a similar program in Washington, D.C. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
As early as this summer, residents and visitors taking quick trips in Boston will be able to rent bicycles from dozens of sidewalk kiosks, under an agreement expected to be signed today that will create a bike-sharing network inspired by those in Paris and Washington.

Boston officials said the system, to be called Hubway, will open in July with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, though they envision growing in a few years to as many as 5,000 bikes at more than 300 kiosks, from Brookline to Somerville.
At an afternoon ceremony with bicycling advocates, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is scheduled to sign a contract worth nearly $6 million with a company called Alta Bicycle Share to build and operate Hubway for three years. Alta is also behind a program that debuted last year in the Washington area and now boasts 1,100 cherry-red bicycles at 114 stations.

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Life is so Sweet on a Bicycle Seat

Hydraulic shifting for bicycles (via GizMa)

There was a time not all that long ago, when hydraulic brakes on mountain bikes were viewed as super-high-end equipment for the elite few. Now, virtually all bikes over the mid-range price point have them. At last weekend's Sea Otter mountain biking trade show in Monterey, a new product was unveiled that could lead to the same thing happening with gear-shifting, as German component-maker Acros presented its A-GE hydraulic shifting system to the world.

Path Less Pedaled Video: Small Wheels to the Coast

We do a fully loaded shakedown ride with the Bromptons from Beaverton to Cape Lookout on the Oregon coast. Our friends Brian and Cynthia from Santa Monica join us with their Dahons. A lot more climbing than we were expecting but it was a great time!

TNR Ride Recap 04192011

8 riders
beautiful weather - temps rose into the mid 60's by rides end
COSI scale
Log Cabin post office
Franklinton Cycleworks
Soap box derby track
Greenlawn Abbey
Main Street Bridge
Tip Top
22 miles for me (others mileage may vary)
13mph average

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Community Ties Bike Ride 2011 is Saturday, July 23

Community Ties 2011, Saturday, July 23

The 9th Annual Community Ties Ride promises to build on the break-out success of the 2010 ride, with well-marked routes through scenic Delaware County, multiple snack stops featuring homemade cookies, and another delicious and healthful, locally grown and made lunch provided by Graumlich Family Farm under a large outdoor tent.
More than 250 riders participated in the 2010 ride, making it the largest turnout ever with all proceeds going to support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail.
The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 7 - 9 a.m.
The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R., 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per rider, or $20 per family participating in the Family Ride. Day-of-ride registration is $25.
Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail.

Mid Ohio (Not so Century) Ride Recap 04172011

Ashley and myself
Ryan from NYC was at start with his family and they left before us.
Temps in the 40's
12-15mph headwinds from SW
As we headed east we passed Ryan who had blown a spoke and needed a replacement.
When we reached the grocery store near the lake we ran into Steve Miller who rode with us. He also indicated that Ryan was able to find a spoke from another rider.
At the 100 mile split Ashley continued on. Steve and I met Tom and a group of riders and hung with them to the finish to fight the headwinds.
When we finished the winds were up to 30mph gusting over 40mph.
63.5 miles
14.8mph average

Drivers, cyclists will need to learn to share roads [The Dispatch]

The death of cyclist Steve Barbour in 2009, the trial of Ed Miller and the deaths in 2010 of Columbus cyclists Jeff Stevenson and Trent Music have created a palpable tension between motorists and cyclists in central Ohio. A war of words has erupted in The Dispatch.
Cyclists are rightfully angry that one of their most cautious and beloved brethren was killed and then blamed for causing his own death. Motorists argue that cyclists drive carelessly, should "pay for" using the roads though licenses and taxes and should not be allowed on certain roads in the first place.
Let's step back, take stock and address some of these concerns.
Why are cyclists allowed on the roads? The roads in Ohio, and throughout the U.S., are public ways open for all to exercise a constitutional right to travel. Bicycles were on the roads before cars existed. Bicycle operators were included as legitimate, legal road users in the first traffic laws and rules of the road in all 50 states. Under Ohio law, bicycles may use every non-freeway road and may not be banned from the roadway.

'Scandal'bars bike bust [NY Post]

The city is dying for a few good cyclists -- but handbag owners need not apply.
A Nightingale-Bamford School executive was pulled over by a cop while cycling on Columbus Avenue and slapped with a ticket for -- of all things -- pedaling with a tote bag strapped to her handlebars.
Claire Lecomte du Nouy, 38, the dean of students at the exclusive prep academy on East 92nd Street, said at first she thought the cop was just yanking her chain.
Having ridden a bike for five years in New York, Lecomte du Nouy said she couldn't understand how the city -- which is supposedly trying to encourage cycling -- would hit bike riders with frivolous tickets.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Paradise Garage Weekly Shop Ride Schedule

Every Thursday at 6:30pm gather at the shop for a ride around town!

[Paradise Garage website]

TNR (Thursday) Ride Recap 04142011

19 riders
23 miles (other rider mileage may vary)
Hayden Run Falls
Two flats by same person, not Katie!
UA resident hiding in the shadows yelled at us to get on the sidewalk, then off the sidewalk, then obscenities.
Misplaced one rider. Then realized it was three. Then found everybody at Bono Pizza.
Bono Pizza for after ride food and drinks

Papergirl Columbus 2011 is May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6 at 7:00pm - May 7 at 6:00pm

Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave
Grandview Heights, OH

Created By

More Info
Deadline to submit work: April 23, 2011
Exhibition of work: May 6th, 7-10pm at Junctionview
Papergirl art paper route: May 7th at Noon, Meet at Junctionview with your bicycle!

Artwork may be dropped off to Paradise Garage in the Short North, or during other drop off times as posted at

Papergirl is essentially an art paper route.

Paper Girl is a show, an urban action (the distribution of the rolls of art), a bicycle workshop and a party. In a nutshell it is: participatory, analog, non-commercial and impulsive. Anyone can participate, you can submit art work and/or help distribute. Papergirl is distributed like a newspaper, but consists of original artwork rolled in a tube. You submit artwork in person or via mail, we have a show, we roll the artwork in to tubes, we get together on our bicycles to distribute the work around town to anyone. The work is not for sale, it is given to the public by chance for free. It is intended to take art distribution out of the galleries and into the streets, via direct delivery to the public in the style of the American paperboy.

Papergirl started in 2006 started in Berlin by Aisha Ronniger. Since then it has spread to many different cities around the world. Check out the Papergirl World Blog to learn more!

To learn all the details about what Papergirl is, how you submit work, how you can be involved visit:
[Facebook Event]

20 km in Paris-Roubaix without bike seat [Video]

GildasFire Swiveling Handlebar Concept Bike [Video]

This bicycle concept from GildasFire features a swiveling handlebar that helps drive the rear wheel with or without pedaling input from your legs. The handlebar can lock into position for riding as normal, then unlocked to aid your legs and/or get an upper body workout. Surprisingly, the entire bike weighed only about 24.5lbs on our Park Tools scale!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bicycle One comes to Pickerington on 4/30/2011

The new store, Bicycle One Pickerington, will be a satellite of Bicycle One Gahanna carrying the same bike lines, accessories and clothing but an a little smaller scale. They will be offering Cannondale, Trek, and Raleigh bikes, Cannondale and Bontrager clothing. The Pickerington store will not be offering recumbent bikes and will have a smaller selection of BMX bikes. The store is located at 1682 Hill Road North Pickerington 43147, phone is 614-755-2453, email The stores will share the website They plan to have the Grand Opening Saturday 4/30.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Woody's Fenders - Oh yeah, they got wood!

Woody's fenders are lovingly produced in Bend, Oregon from as much recycled hardwoods as possible and are signed and dated when complete. All of the mounting hardware is stainless steel and brass to prevent rusting and they are finished with four coats of high quality Marine grade polyurethane in your choice of gloss or satin. They will fit a vast variety of bicycles and are easy to shape and or cut to fit hard to fit bicycles. You will not find better more affordable wood bicycle fenders anywhere!

Raleigh Clubman


50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 62cm 


Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly Tubing 


4130 Chromoly Road 


Shimano Tiagra 2pc 34/50t 


Shimano Outboard Bearing 


Shimano Tiagra 


Shimano Tiagra 


Shimano Tiagra 9spd STI 


Shimano Tiagra STI 


Tektro Dual Pivot Long Reach w/Cartridge Pads 


SRAM PG950 9spd (12-26t) 


Weinmann TR18 Double Wall 


Vittoria Zaffiro 700x25c 


Steel Clips w/Leather Straps 


Classic Aluminum Drop 26.0 


Alloy 3D Forged Ahead 26.0 


Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2x350mm 


Brooks Swift w/Chromoly Rails 


Ahead 1-1/8" w/Alloy Cup 


Dark Green  


14g Stainless MAC w/Alloy Nipples  


Gel Tape  


Lezyne Pressure Drive S Pump, Fenders, Rack and Fender Mounts, Water Bottle Mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat

[Raleigh Website]

Fisher Sawyer 29er

A 29er with classic styling and tomorrow's technology .

The Sawyer celebrates 10 years of Gary Fisher creating 29ers. It’s the latest features with a nod to the past.

[Fisher website]

COP Bike 37th Mid Ohio Century (MOC)-Budget Tour is Sunday April 17, 2011

Title: COP Bike 37th Mid Ohio Century (MOC)-Budget Tour
Date: Sunday April 17, 2011
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 4 days, 4 minutes.
Location: Mingo Shelter Building, Mingo Park
City State Zip: Delaware, OH.
Notes: Roads will be marked and maps provided. Travel through Delaware, Morrow, and Marion Counties. Alum Creek Reservoir for all three routes and Scioto River for 100 mile return route. A beautiful scenic and traditional TOSRV warm-up. 35, 65, 100 miles. Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Budget Tour. $4 member, $7 non-member.
Gary Schmidt 614/657-9669
Suzanne Birk 614/581-4316