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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Doo Dah Parade 2010 pics

Co-Motion CityView


Integrate cycling into more of your life. The CityView’s Shimano Alfine hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt keep your commute and your errands clean and hassle-free. Equipped to accept your favorite fenders and racks, the CityView may just change your life.
Self-locking eccentric bottom bracket for simple, clean drive belt adjustment
Tough, over-sized Reynolds 725 Steel tubing and hand-built fork
8-speed internally-geared hub means sleek, derailleur-free riding with superb gearing range (11-speed option available)
Dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control

Civilized and upright body positioning helps you arrive relaxed and fully charged


  • Frame: Co-Motion-designed Reynolds 725 heat treated double butted Cro-Moly tubing
  • Fork: Co-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly with CNC steerer
  • Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
  • Brake: Avid BB7, 160mm Rotors
  • Crankset: Shimano Alfine
  • Drietrain: Shimano Alfine 8 Speed, Gates Carbon Belt Drive
  • Shifters: Shimano Alfine
  • Cogs: Gates 16t Cog
  • Bars / Stem: FSA Metropolis / FSA OS 150
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite, 27.2mm
  • Saddle: Brooks B17 w/ matching leather grips
  • Wheels: Shimano Alfine Hubs / Velocity Dyad Rims
  • Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Pro 700 x 32

Bicycle commuting on the rise: Middle-aged men leading the way [via SFGate]

A forthcoming article to be published in Transportation Research A, Vol. 47 entitled Bicycling renaissance in North America? An update and re-appraisal of cycling trends and policies has concluded that cycling rates and interest are indeed on the rise, but the boom has been limited to a few dozen cities that have invested in improving cycling and these places are "islands in a sea of car-dominance."
some key findings:
  • Percentage of workers commuting by bike is almost four times higher in urban versus rural areas. (0.60% v 0.16%)
  • Between 2001 and 2009 the overall share of bike trips by men between 40-64 years old went from 10% to 21% in the US. Cycling Rates among women fell from 36% to 24% for that period.
  • Canadian women cycle to work more than US women do (29% of trips made versus 24%) even though the female work force for each country compares (47% in Canada and 46% in US). No data set exists for a non-work bike trip comparison.
  • The bike share of workers in the USA ranged from a low of 0.1% in Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia to highs of 1.9% in the District of Columbia and Oregon.
  • The highest cycling rates in the entire continent are in the Yukon (2.6%) and the Northwest Territories (2.1%), two of the coldest parts of Canada.
  • Between 1988 and 2008, the total number of cyclist fatalities fell by 21% in the USA and by 66% in Canada, but with considerable fluctuations year by year in both countries.
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Finish out the FOURTH with the ONLY bike parade float! BE THE FLOAT! Join us for The Doo Dah Parade 2011 on your bike.

Monday, July 4 · 11:00am - 3:00pm

Goodale Park
Park Street
Columbus, OH

Created By

More Info
Parade Line-up begins as early as 11:00 a.m.
Parade Steps Off @ 1:00 p.m.

Wear a costume, or don't. Decorate your bike! Bring your craziest bike. We will gather as a group and ride through the parade as a float. just for fun.
[Facebook Event]

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 06282011

26 miles
25+ riders (largest group this year)
Beautiful weather
Olentangy River Trail
Crosstown Connector (designated bike route)
Alum Creek Trail south to terminus
Sunbury to Near East Side
Yellow Brick Pizza was closed due to gas line break
Tip Top

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Social Bicycles Demo [VIDEO]

Social Bicycles Demo from Social Bicycles on Vimeo.

[Social Bicycles]

Cycle Style: Road Holland Clothing

The Utrecht is what happens when you cross a performance-oriented riding jersey with the timeless good looks of a well-cut polo shirt.
We know you’re buying this to wear on the bike, so rest assured that The Utrecht has all the features you will need if you’re climbing a mountain or riding tempo with your normal group. The fabric is an ultra-technical polyester / Merino wool blend that will help regulate your body temperature in even the hottest of conditions. Ample cargo pockets – including one especially designed for those important things like money, credit cards and keys – line the back. A silicone waist gripper will prevent the jersey from riding up when you’re in the drops. 
Stripes – both inside the collar and on one sleeve – liven things up without garnering too much attention for those times when you need to blend in with the non-riding crowd.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to fit a Marathon Plus Tyre

Columbus (OH) Bike Polo Invitational is July 9th and 10th

Columbus Ohio Invitational
Bike polo tournament
July 9th – 10th, 2011
Columbus, Ohio

INCEPTION: A Columbus AlleyCat is July 9th @ 6PM - Goodale Park

Come out and ride the Yelp on Two Wheels: A Taco Truck Tour! at NOON and then ride the INCEPTION alley cat at 6PM. From Sarah at Seagull Bags: First place will win a bike and tons, I mean tons of swag!!! We are doing top 3 male, top 3 female and top 2 out of towner. Plus the $5 entry fee goes to Gracehaven charity and there is an after race awards ceremony/party.

WooMan ride is September 18, 2011

Who will you ride for?

We are all affected by breast cancer. We all have family, friends or personal experiences with breast cancer. With your help, The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund and Wooster Community Hospital can continue outreach about breast cancer education and awareness in the communities that we call home.
WooMan is a grassroots cycling tour through the Ohio rolling hills between Wooster and Mansfield. With your support, we can all make a difference in the fight against this devastating disease.
Registration: 6:30-8:00 a.m.
Start: 8:00 a.m.
Last Bike Out: 10:00 a.m.
Start/Finish/Turn - Panera Bread-Wooster, 3934 Burbank Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Start/Finish/Turn - Panera Bread-Mansfield, 2070 Walker Lake Road, Mansfield, OH 44508

  • WooMan: 50 miles from Wooster or Mansfield to Ashland and back (Targeted pledge level of $500*)
  • WooMan 100: 100 miles from Wooster to Mansfield and back or Mansfield to Wooster and back(Targeted pledge level of $1000*)
  • WooMan Recreational Ride: 20 miles in and around Wooster or Mansfield (Targeted pledge level of $200*)
* Targeted pledge levels are goals for fundraising, but not required.  Our objective is to raise money for breast cancer education and awareness so think of it this way:  Can you get 10 people to pledge $1 per mile that you will ride?  That’s how easy it could be to raise $200, $500 or even $1000 for the cause! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

iPhone Apps for Cycling (iTunes Link)

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Pedal Instead: A little history lesson to dispel some myths!

Pedal Instead is an internationally-acclaimed bicycle parking project in Columbus, Ohio. This project provides secured bike parking at various community events at no charge to cyclists. In addition to our bike parking service, Pedal Instead provides bicycle information, education and advocacy, working closely with other groups and policy makers in Central Ohio and beyond.
Pedal Instead has acquired numerous awards.  In 2009, we received local and international acclaim when WTS honored the corral with its Innovative Transportation Solutions award.  We have also accepted numerous competitive grants from sources as varied as the Columbus Foundation and ComFest. Funds are used to operate the project and add new innovations like our energy bikes allowing us to generate all the electricity needed to operate lights in bike corrals.
Pedal Instead began in 2006 as a project of Mayor Michael Coleman’s Green Team to provide community members with free, secure bicycle parking at large community events.  The program was managed by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department with the help of non-profits until 2008. In the midst of citywide budget cuts, the University Area Enrichment Association stepped up to take care of full time management of this project with loads of help from Yay Bikes!
Few activities suggest harmony with the world like riding a bike. Bicycling for transportation ameliorates poor health, environmental degradation, oil dependency, and financial strain associated with automobile travel. It permits community to occur between cyclists, their neighbors, and their environment. We encourage bicycle transportation as a means to a better life, and provide Pedal Instead to facilitate this. We believe people should experience the benefits of utilitarian cycling, and though Pedal Instead is simply tasked with parking bikes, we hope this project creates a context allowing this vision to become reality.

Join us for the Doo Dah Parade on Monday July 4th on your bike!

Monday, July 4 · 11:00am - 3:00pm

Goodale Park
Park Street
Columbus, OH

Created By

Parade Line-up begins as early as 11:00 a.m. on Park Street just north of Goodale Blvd.
Parade Steps Off @ 1:00 p.m.

Wear a costume, or don't. Decorate your bike! Bring your craziest bike. We will gather as a group and ride through the parade as a float. just for fun.

Bruce Gordon Rock N' Road Tour

Designed for serious loaded touring, with tubing and frame geometry that ensures a stable ride. Versatile - 700c geometry will accept standard road tires, as well as up to 700x45c off-road capable tires. Can be ordered with either drop bars or flat. Or you can order it with both kinds of bars with our optional QS2s (Quick Switch System). Equipped with braze-ons for our 4130 tubular steel racks, 3 water bottle mounts, fender mounts,and cable stops for brakes and gears.
  • Standard sizes: 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59 cm center to center.
  • Frame and fork TIG welded at Bruce Gordon Cycles, Petaluma, California.
  • Standard colors: Powder coated in Metallic Red, Blue, Black, Green.
9 speed DEORE XT equipped $2999.00 (+ freight & assembly)
9 speed DEORE XT equipped w/ racks $3349.00 (+ freight & assembly)
frame & fork - no parts $1600.00 (+ freight & assembly)

Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy [via NYT]

Christoph Bangert for The New York Times
Pedestrians and trams are given priority treatment in Zurich. Tram operators can turn traffic lights in their favor as they approach, forcing cars to halt. More Photos »

Saturday, June 25, 2011

London Cobra Car Show Ride Recap 06252011

75 miles
16mph average
Tim, Shelee and myself
Hilliard start
Dutch Kitchen breakfast
London Ohio Strawberry Festival and Cobra Car show

Thursday Night Ride Recap 06252011

19 Miles
4 riders
Lower Scioto Greenway
Bridge to McKinley
Rhodes Park
Main Street Bridge
German Village

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 06212011

Canceled normal start time and rode at 630pm to beat the rain
4 riders up, 9 riders back
Hills Market
Tail wind and light rain
25 miles

Friday, June 24, 2011

Testing a DIY 1x8 trail bike

Due to some unfortunate bike-on-tree action at Mohican state park, my favorite single-gear trail bike is kaput. Tight summer funds (due to overlapping apt. leases) inspired me to dig out the frame that first introduced me to mountain biking. I'm not looking forward to running gears again; I've become quite accustomed to life without chain slap and trail-side derailer re-engineering.

As this frame has vertical dropouts prohibiting a proper single gear setup, I've decided to run a 1x8 with wide ratio cassette (11-32t) and my single-speed crank (36t). The 36/32 is plenty low for crawling up hills, and the 36/11 is overkill for going down. The middle of the cassette gives a 36/21 and a 36/19, either of which are acceptable single-speed ratios. Best yet, I can get away with using a short cage road derailer due to the short chain length. I found an old SunTour SVX ( which has very stiff springs for its original use on friction-shift bikes. I don't seem to need a front derailer/chain catcher right now, as my bash ring prevents throwing the chain to the outside, but I may fabricate a simple one later like this:( if I find myself throwing the chain to the inside.

My preliminary test-rides on campus are promising. Shifting is very tight and precise, with very little chain slap. I'll give a report after my first "real" ride.

Tour De Donut The Sweetest Ride in Ohio is SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 2011

The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed bicycle "race" where riders visit two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time. There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted "donut time". We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time.
This ride is meant to be fun, and include all cyclists pro to amateur, triathletes, tourist, fitness riders, fun riders, or you can dust off that 2 wheeler you found along side the road, you are not going to want to miss this.

Tour de Dayton is August 28th [VIDEO]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chequamegon Northwoods Overnight in WI by Salsa

Want Jobs? Build Bike Lanes

Turns out that building bike lanes isn't just a benefit for bikers. Building those bike lanes provides a big boost to the economy.

As states and cities face increasingly limited budgets, tough decisions about service cuts loom. Some people might get frustrated when they see government workers painting out a new bike lane; what was sacrificed to keep those self-important cyclists a little safer? But in reality, bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects generate more than just peace of mind. They also generate 46% more jobs than car-only road projects, according to a new study.

Streetsblog points us to the University of Massachusetts study, which evaluated job opportunities created by 58 infrastructure projects in 11 U.S. states. The result: Cycling projects create a total of 11.4 local jobs for each $1 million spent. Pedestrian-only projects create a little less employment, with an average of 10 jobs for the same amount of money. Multi-use trails create 9.6 jobs per $1 million--but road-only projects generate just 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

A similar study that examined infrastructure projects in Baltimore, Maryland came up with similar results: Pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects create 11 to 14 jobs per $1 million of spending while road infrastructure initiatives create just seven jobs per $1 million of spending.

And so, the latest study's authors reason, encouraging walking and cycling can do more than just cut down on car-based CO2 emissions and obesity rates. They can also "address the problem of unemployment, by creating jobs for engineers, construction workers, and workers who produce the asphalt, signs, and other construction materials." So next time someone argues that bicycle facilities are a waste of money, tell them to think of the job opportunities.

[Image: Flickr user Chicago Bicycle Program]

Link to article and study

A Bench With A Pedal-Powered Streetlight Built In

Central St. Martins student Bharat Bhargava's concept urges strangers to interact with one another.
This concept marries some of our favorite things: bikes, good-looking street furniture, and self-generated power. Not only does it provide a bench (always in short supply) but it invites people to hop on the attached stationary bike and actually exert themselves -- and in turn create enough juice to power a streetlight. Altogether, it’s a purpose-driven lesson in urban civics.

The idea comes from Bharat Bhargava, a postgrad design student at Central Saint Martins, in London, whose goal was to get pedestrians talking to one another. “The combined functionality allows for social interaction amongst strangers,” Bhargava tells Co.Design. “Using human power, this strategy also addresses ownership issues by allowing users to pedal to power their neighborhood park lighting.”

While we’d love to see such furniture installed along the streets of New York, we’re afraid that some of our residents seem to grasp the concept of ownership all too well, so much so that they reserve the right to trash everything in their wake. In very short order, what was once a multifunctional piece of design would be reduced to its starting point: a bench.


Packing Your Panniers

StemCAPtain - replace your boring stem cap with something useful!

StemCAPtain — Time to Ride…!
StemCaptain is a locally owned and operated small business that produces innovative accessories for bicycles.  Our flagship product is the StemCAPtain Stem Cap Bike Clock.  It replaces the normal, non-function stem cap of a threadless style headset with an analog clock.  We also offer a thermometer, picture frame and compass, and are busy working on other model variations and products.  Please check out our website, or ask for us at your local bike store.  StemCAPtains are very easy to install.

Tour de Grandview is Sunday, June 26th

Sunday, June 26, 2011
  • First Avenue Street Party – Food, beverages, children's activities & live entertainment.
  • Kids' Sprints – There will be two age categories for both the girls and the boys: Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-10. Bike helmets and ribbons will be awarded on the big stage! Registration begins at 12:30 pm at Broadview and First Avenue. Come be part of the fun!
  • Criterium Cycling Schedule
    Juniors - 11:45
    Mens Category 4 - 12:20
    Womens Open and 3/4 - 1:10
    Celebrity - 2:00
    Mens Pro 1-2 - 2:30
    Kid Sprints - 4:15
    Mens Category 3 - 4:30
    Mens Category 5 - 5:30
  • Corporate sponsor exhibits along race route
  • Courseside concessions, neighborhood parties

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

GET TO WORK by Horse Cycles [VIDEO]

GET TO WORK from Horse Cycles on Vimeo.

Horse Cycles is a small one-man custom bike shop tucked away in the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Each frame is made with love and care, innovation and inspiration and is 100% unique. The bicycles are made to fulfill each individuals needs by considering who you are, and where you ride. Horse's goal is to make precision bicycles one at a time using the best possible materials while working in concert with the customer to improve their riding experience. Horse offers a small alternative to a massive production based industry by paying attention to the individual to create something that is made locally, by hand, and with no limitations.

†Thomas Callahan

Video by Tray Nelson

Woodman Integrated Seatpost

Fully CNC-machined from premium 6061 T6 Aluminum billet with a carbon fiber cradle and precision-machined premium titanium bolts.
  85 g (34.9mm)
Or upon request
Black, Gold, Red

The Price of Gas [Video]

The City and Bikes: Rubber Meets Road [WSJ]

 now summer 2011 and have you noticed a change? New York City isn't freaking out so hard about bicycling.
Spring was a little shrill and embarrassing. There were crazed media furies about bike lanes, non-stop reports of police crackdowns, hyperbolic worries that the city was transforming into an effete Euro village. If we didn't defend our streets, the cyclists would overtake Manhattan. Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan would open a leg-shaving station in Union Square.
One day you'd walk down to the harbor and see the Statue of Liberty sausaged into tight shorts, sipping a Stumptown espresso and thumbing through Velonews.
But then a funny thing occurred. It got warmer, more people started riding, and the mania was eclipsed by reality.

The LifeCycle Tree at Comfest courtesy of Pedal Instead!

How do we get people to act collectively, and change their habits? The LifeCycle Tree is the third of our experiments around driving collective behaviour through game dynamics, information visualization, and art. This time, we cast the act of biking not in the negative (“saving a tree”) but in the positive, and constructive: “giving life”.
To give life to the LifeCycle Tree, ride your bike to Comfest this year. Park at the corral, and receive a seed. Show the seed to the eye of the tree, and you will have added a leaf to its canopy. Come back over and over again (and on multiple days) and watch your leaf grow, flower, and bear fruit.
Or give life - almost literally - to the installation itself, by riding the attached bike powered generator,  thus charging its batteries and keeping it going for others to see.
This is a work in progress. If you’d like to help out, drop us a line.