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Friday, April 8, 2011

Bike to Work Challenge 2011


Get ready to celebrate bikes, create your teams and ride to work this May. With gas prices continuing to climb, it's a great time to be bike-curious.
Talk to your friends and co-workers and create teams-or challenge each other to friendly competition. Seek out fellow riders at your work, school or neighborhood and learn routes, tips and tricks to get you to and from on two wheels.
Our website is almost open as we get ready to kick off Columbus's 4th Annual Bike to Work Challenge this May.
Check us out online and stay tuned for more details.

If gasoline disappeared in a month, what would you do? Do you care? Do you have a plan?

Let's discuss....

Farfarer Bike Trailers and Racks



Farfaring

Farfarer: [fahr-fair-er], noun
1)One who travels far.
2)A trailer and rack building enterprise based in Santa Cruz, Ca
Our goal is to make sensible equipment to allow you and your bicycle to have a nice time together, at home and on the road. We have found bike touring that a healthy dose of minimalism combined with smart weight distribution and flexible cargo options makes  for comfortable and fun riding day after day, week after week, riding solo or in a group.
For that dose of minimalism, We have been inspired by the PCT thru-hikers and the amazing array of handmade and DIY gear that is to be found on the internet. 
We are building bicycle trailers and racks by hand in Santa Cruz CATrailers : Handbuilt, seatpost mounted, single wheel bike trailer
Racks: Front rack with top platform and low-rider support

roll: Bike Camp - All brands, all bikes, all access! EVENT is Saturday, April 30

Time
Saturday, April 30 · 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location
Alum Creek State Park - Galena Boat Ramp

Created By

More Info
roll: bike camp / factory demo event
Saturday April 30th - Alum Creek State Park

The Bike Industry comes east with the Factory Demo Trailers from Niner, Giant, Felt, SRAM and Zipp all descending on Columbus for roll: bike camp!

Ride the very latest and greatest available back to back. All in the same place, at the same time.

Full Demo Fleets of Mountain and Road bikes, components, wheels and gear available to try and compare.

Ride something different with organized group rides and clinics for road and mountain bikes for all levels.

Then get geared up for the season special offers on all brands of bikes, clothing and gear, all weekend!

Rides, bikes, bits, food, fun and friends. That's roll: bike camp.
[Facebook event page is here]

Thursday, April 7, 2011

TAKE A SEAT TRAILER


OK, so I saw this movie last year at the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Wexner Center for the Arts about a guy who rode a tandem from Alaska to the tip of South America over a 2 year span and picked people up to ride the other half of the tandem with him.

Well, this is the same guy. He was going to ride from San Francisco to New York with a senior who contracted cancer and couldn't make the trip on a specially built bike for two. Instead, he's picking up people with disabilities to help him finish his ride.

TAKE A SEAT TRAILER

TAKE A SEAT - EPISODE 2



Watch the second episode of "Take a Seat," Dom Gill's documentary of his ride across the United States on a tandem bicycle.

http://www.universalsports.com/

TAKE A SEAT - EPISODE 1



Watch the first episode of "Take a Seat," Dom Gill's documentary of his ride across the United States on a tandem bicycle.

http://www.universalsports.com/

MBA: Traffic Calming

MBA: Traffic Calming from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 04052011 - FCW

Highlights
12 riders
29 miles
Franklinton CycleWorks tour
Main Street Bridge
Bicentennial Park
Columbus Commons
Topiary Garden
Alum Creek
Ray vs. Mud (mud won!)
Surly Girl
Weather was cold and clear

Gravity Bike [via trackosaurus rex]


[more here]

Columbus Public Service Bicycle Web Page is live!


For Bicyclists

  1. Obey all traffic laws, including stopping for red lights and stop signs
  2. Ride with traffic, do not pass automobiles in your lane on the right
  3. Keep your eyes and mind on the road, do not be a distracted bicyclist
  4. Wear a properly fitting helmet, even on the shortest of rides 
  5. Do not ride on sidewalks (Under City of Columbus Code, only young children are permitted to ride on sidewalks)
  6. Keep your bike in working order 
  7. Use proper hand signals prior to turning or slowing to stop
  8. Ride single file or no more than two abreast
  9. Ride predictably
  10. Be visible:  Wear bright clothing, use a bicycle headlight and a tail light at night and in rain or other inclement weather


For Motorists

  1. Remember, bicyclists by law belong on the road and have the same right-of-way rights as motorists
  2. Keep your eyes and mind on the road, do not be a distracted motorist
  3. Pass with care, allowing at least three feet between you and the bicyclist 
  4. When making a left turn, yield to oncoming bikes
  5. Before making a right turn, check over your right shoulder for bicycles approaching to your right
  6. Remember:  By law, bicyclists may move to the center of the lane to avoid road hazards or due to the narrowness of the lane.  Bicyclists may change lanes when making a left turn, passing parked vehicles or slower moving vehicles and moving left out of a right turn-only lane to proceed straight through an intersection.
  7. Look for approaching bicyclists before opening you car doors 
  8. Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists 
  9. Wait to pass if there is oncoming traffic or your view of oncoming traffic is obstructed
  10. When pulling out of a driveway, watch for and yield to bicyclists as you would with any approaching automobile

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area [KCET]


A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area

on March 24, 2011 1:00 PMMembers of the L.A. Times Bicycle Club ride north on Western Avenue toward Hollywood, 1894. Courtesy of Braun Research Library Collections, Autry National Center: LS.14502
Members of the L.A. Times Bicycle Club ride north on Western Avenue toward Hollywood, 1894. Courtesy of Braun Research Library Collections, Autry National Center: LS.14502

Earlier this month, advocates of alternative transportation cheered as the City of Los Angeles approved a long-awaited bicycle master plan. With more than 1,600 miles of proposed bikeways, the plan envisions a future in which the bicycle is an integral part of urban transportation.
It also represents an embrace of the city's past and an era when bicycle paths rather than freeways or rail lines connected the Southland's communities. That era, as well as the succeeding years when cycling has competed with other modes of transportation, comes alive through archived images from Southern California's libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions.

Dawes Loop 04032011

Highlights
2 cyclists, Brett and myself
57 miles
15mph average
10-21mph hour headwinds for 30 miles
Dawes Arboretum destination

How to beat a backlash against bikes: Lessons from Minneapolis

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 by Jay Walljasper

Are we witnessing the start of a national backlash against bikes?

Until recently, everyone seemed to love biking. Cities from Long Beach to Omaha to Greenville, South Carolina, implemented ambitious plans to build new biking facilities. The federal transportation bills of 1991, 1998 and 2005 continually expanded funding to improve biking and walking conditions across the U.S, enjoying widespread support in Congress and from Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

But now bikes are coming under fire from certain quarters. New York’s extensive network of new bike lanes, which doubled the number of bicyclists in the city and reduced traffic accidents to their lowest level in a century, is now the center of intense controversy. Anthony D. Weiner, a Democratic Congressman from Queens who’s eyeing a run for mayor in 2013, vows that if elected, he’ll tear out bike lanes across the city.

Even in Portland, long a bike bastion, the city council is feeling heat after passing a $600 million measure to triple the city’s network of bikeways over the next 20 years. Some critics think that’s too much money for bikes when the economy is still struggling.

And on Capitol Hill, some members of the House of Representatives think that cutting bike and pedestrian programs back to zero will make a difference in shrinking the budget deficits.

What’s happening?

Read more...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Better Amtrak service for bikers still around the bend

Sunday, September 19, 2010
By Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Roll on/roll off" train service for riders using the bicycle trails between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., is coming.

The question is exactly when.

The Allegheny Trail Alliance, a coalition of rails-to-trails support organizations, hopes service can begin as early as spring. Supporters want it to be available at all Amtrak stops along the passenger railroad's Capitol Limited route between the two cities.

An Amtrak spokesman was not as confident about a 2011 start-up. "We are interested in doing this, but there are some basic operation issues that have to be settled," said Steve Kulm, media relations director...

Read more at http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10262/1088348-37.stm

Woodies from Velocity USA

Velocity rims are an essential component in connecting human power to the ground. They’re strong, durable 
and best of all, competitively priced. Think of any terrain or riding discipline and Velocity has a rim profile to 
satisfy the most discerning rider. Velocity rims are sure getting around.

Editor's note: These would look great with mocha colored Chris King hubs.