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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bike the C-Bus 2011 photos from Sarah Gaylor Photography are posted on Flickr!

Bike Rides for weekend of September 23, 2011


Bike To The Future - Bike Ride & Festival To Move Us Beyond Fossil Fuels
Time
Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location


More Info
Great Scott we need an energy revolution! Moving Planet is a global event to celebrate the transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy. In Columbus, our Moving Planet event, 'Bike To The Future' will be a giant bike ride and party at the Franklin Park Amphitheater for hundreds of people. We’ll have music, food, and activities for children. We will call on our local leaders both public and private to embrace clean energy, clean air, and climate change solutions.

SPEAKERS:
* Jason Box, PhD, Climate Scientist at Byrd Polar Reasearch Center, OSU
* Lee Giesse, United Steel Workers and Blue Green Alliance Representative

LIVE MUSIC: Jesse Henry with Chris Stevens and Coal Fired Bicycle!

ACTIVITIES: kid's craft table, kiddie bike ride, and Heidi Kambitsch's OPEN HEART CREATURES

FOOD TRUCKS!

Join us on the 24th at noon in Franklin Park for the largest party for the planet in Ohio history!

more info at http://www.Bike2TheFuture.org/

Hosted by
350.org Columbus: http://www.facebook.com/350Columbus
The Sierra Club: http://action.sierraclub.org/MovingPlanet

COP 21st Knox County Bicycle Challenge
 
Date: Saturday September 24, 2011
Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Gambier Community Center
Street: 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon College athletic facility
City State Zip: Gambier, OH
Notes: Full Service Tour.
Ride the beautiful hills of Knox County, slow down for buggies. Century route and longer loops are challenging CFC tune-ups.
Lower-cost short route have less hills and uses Kokosing Gap Trail back to Gambier.
33, 62, 78 and 100 mile options will be marked.
2011. $25.(member discount if pre-registered)
Gary Schmidt 614-657-9669 gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com.



PBR Ride II
Time
Sunday, September 25 · 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Location
Meet at Surly Girl
1126 North High Street
Columbus, OH

More Info
The Second PBR Ride is upon us! On September 25th we are once again celebrating the 2-wheeler, brought to us by Columbus Food League (formerly Betty's Family Restaurants)! We are meeting at Surly Girl at 3PM, and will then tour Columbus, stopping by Jury Room for another PBR. We will be having an after party at Magnolia Thunderpussy, so along with your PBR, you can get your music and accessories fix.

Please visit http://lowcarbcolumbus.com/81-pbr-ride-two.html

Thursday, September 22, 2011

D.C. bike hazards: An illustrated guide [via TBD]

Editor's Note: Will we experience these types of issues if/when cycling lanes are installed in Columbus? Probably. These issues exist due to lack of education and enforcement.


FROM TDB: Being a biker in the District presents a number of obstacles. Either your lane is blocked by a delivery truck or someone's after your ride's parts. Here's a review of the common dangers of cycling to help you remember what to watch for.




[See the slideshow at TBD.com]

Ice and snow are coming. Time for Slipnot chains...



Slipnot Bicycle Traction Systems allow you to get out and ride! From the road to the single tracks, Slipnot provides better traction on ice, snow and mud than studded tires without the extra hassle or expense.

Custom sizes available upon request. Sets available for two different sized tires.
Slipnot BTS requires 1/4" of clearance around tire.
Made in Durango, CO

[Slipnot website]

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Signal Cycles wins 2011 NAHBS Best City Bike



Mark's Singlespeed Town Bike

Mark came to us from Atlanta, he was looking for a bike that he was going to keep in Portland while visiting family here. Mark is one of those kinds of customer that liked what he saw us making and wanted us to make him something that would be in line with our interests. He wanted a single speed bike for running around town with, with the ability to go on longer rides if the mood struck. We built a bike with brushed stainless steel lugs and fork crown, and built up a parts package that emphasized a classic bike feel. The resulting bike was given the prize of best city bike at the 2011 North American Handmade Bike Show in Austin Texas. We are honored to accept the award.

44th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend is October 14th-16th


 Perennial winner of Bicycling Magazine and the League of American Bicyclists Best Biking in America Awards. The Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. (CIBA) is proud to sponsor the 44th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, a classic bicycling event designed for the touring cyclists. If you like a bicycling challenge that includes entertainment and fellowship with more than 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several foreign countries, the Hilly is for you.
• This three day event (with two days of riding approximately 50 miles each day) is held in the scenic hills of southern
  Indiana.
• The challenging terrain is a wonderful mix of gently rolling country roads and breathtaking hills (literally).
• In 2010, the Saturday route was changed to use less of busy SR 43 and more county roads that are in better
  condition. Small villages on this new route are Whitehall, Newark and Solsberry. It will even nip off the far west side of
  Bloomington. There are some hills and scenic views on the new route that will leave you breathless.
• On Sunday, riders will head out toward perennial favorite, Morgan-Monroe State Forest and everyone’s favorite
  bragging hill, Mt. Tabor. A short route is available on Sunday.
• Free food and live(ly) entertainment at each of three rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Attendance is limited -- get your entry in early!
• As always, the Hilly is not a race, so come for a challenging tour but leave the racing gear at home.
• You must wear a bicycle helmet to participate in the ride.       

Cleveland has The Bike Rack


The City of Cleveland and The Downtown Cleveland Alliance offer the region’s first full service bicycle parking and commuter center. The Bike Rack demonstrates a collective effort to create a more bike friendly environment in downtown Cleveland, welcoming bicyclists with the convenience of secure bicycle parking and fulfilling everyday commuting needs with individual shower/changing facilities, lockers, and a full service bicycle repair shop.
The Bike Rack directly supports the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Initiative by promoting alternative forms of transportation and was funded from Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Kustom Caps has new logo and website [Nice work Dylan!]

You can buy one of our stock caps or select the "Your Message Here" or  “Fully Kustom” caps to make things even more personal. Roadie, MTB, BMX, Fixie...hey, we love you all. KustomCaps are the perfect finishing touch for your ride. Additionally, large orders are no problem, we can help you out with a small batch for your Wednesday night club ride or a thousand for your charity ride, bike store or other promo use.
And...look for our limited edition artist series and more coming soon.
If you get a chance, please send us photos of your rigs with our caps. We’d love to see them.


The Copenhagen Wheel

Monday, September 19, 2011

Helmet Laws by State as listed by Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

 This is a list of cities in Ohio with mandatory helmet laws. For the updated list please see Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

Ohio
AkronUnder 162001
BeachwoodUnder 161990
BexleyUnder 162010
Blue AshUnder 162003
BrecksvilleUnder 18 *1998
BrooklynUnder 142001
CentervilleUnder 181999
CincinnatiUnder 16 *2004
ColumbusUnder 18effective 2009
DaytonUnder 132004
East ClevelandUnder 18 *2004
EnonUnder 16 *2004
EuclidUnder 142001
GlendaleUnder 19 *2000
KetteringUnder 16 *2004
LakewoodUnder 181997
MadeiraUnder 17 *2002
MariettaUnder 16 *2004
Orange VillageAges 6 to 151992
Pepper PikeUnder 182000
Shaker HeightsAll ages over 5 inc. passengers1997
South EuclidUnder 142000
StrongsvilleUnder 121993
WaynesvilleUnder 17 *2000

Livery Design Group S-Line Frame - Look at that dropout!



[Livery Design Group]

Handsome XOXO Commuter

Built similar to how Bridgestone did it back in 1993. This build is great for commuting, riding unpaved fire roads or light off-road. The compact double crankset along with a wide range 9 speed cassette will give you great top end speed and very easy gears for climbing or treacherous terrain.
  • Frame: Handsome XOXO
  • Fork: Handsome XOXO
  • Details: Nitto mustache handlebar, Electra Ticino Stem, Shimano Ultegra bar end shifters, white Alex DM-24 26 x 1.5 rims, Shimano hubs, DT Swiss silver spokes, Shimano 105 53 x 39 crankset, Shimano Deore rear deraileur, white Cinelli bar tape, white Origin8 Aero Classic saddle, silver Origin8 canti brakes, panaracer 26 x 1.75 pasela amber wall tires

COP 21st Knox County Bicycle Challenge is Saturday September 24, 2011


Date: Saturday September 24, 2011
Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
 
Location: Gambier Community Center
Street: 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon College athletic facility
City State Zip: Gambier, OH
Notes: Full Service Tour.
Ride the beautiful hills of Knox County, slow down for buggies. Century route and longer loops are challenging CFC tune-ups.
Lower-cost short route have less hills and uses Kokosing Gap Trail back to Gambier.
33, 62, 78 and 100 mile options will be marked.
2011. $25.(member discount if pre-registered)
Gary Schmidt 614-657-9669 gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

PawPaw Double Nickel 2011 Ride Recap 09172011

Highlights
5 in our immediate group
5 other friends in smaller groups riding at their own pace
The ride turnout looked much larger this year than in 2010.
55+ miles
15.5mph average
2800+ feet of climbing
This ride is part of the Paw Paw Festival at Lake Snowden and is organized by Athens Bicycle. The ride fee includes the entrance fee to the festival, so once you return from the ride you can wander around and sample the various Paw Paw concoctions and food. There is a good bit of climbing, but the scenery is great and worth it, including several ridge top sections that have great views. The ride goes through Zaleski State Park and reaches 26% grade on the climb.

I will be back in 2012!

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 09132011

Highlights
20+ riders
23 miles
Airport roller coaster road
Bexley
Livingston
Hal & Al's for Goose Island tasting

Did a Bike Path Just Kill a Seattle Cyclist? [via The Sun Break]

Editor's Note: While I believe bike paths do have their place in the world, I really think cyclists should be able to ride on the streets with traffic without feeling like they will be run over at any moment. This path in Seattle is poorly designed and is not the way to keep cyclists safe.


Did a Bike Path Just Kill a Seattle Cyclist?

by  on September 8, 2011
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The bike path where Brian Fairbrother was discovered
The bike path where Brian Fairbrother was discovered
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Amid all the grief and remembrances of Vivace’s Brian Fairbrother, who suffered a tragic cycling accident in late August and sustained brain damage that has led to his removal from life support, there is the nagging question of how such an experienced, helmet-wearing cyclist crashed so catastrophically. As I read the account–that Fairbrother wiped out on some dirt near the bike path, but was found on nearby stairs–I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
Then I was sent these photos of the “bike path” in question.
As you can see, it’s not apparent (or even reasonable to assume) that the bike path veers suddenly into the street against oncoming car traffic (and oncoming cyclists, even if you do make the mental adjustment). Nor can you see that there are stairs ahead until right upon them.
I heard about Brian’s accident (like many, many others on Capitol Hill, I knew him from his 20 years of work for Vivace Espresso) not long after writing this post: “The Economist to Seattle: Car Speed Kills,” about failures of Seattle’s biking infrastructure. As it happens, I had just met the cyclist killed in that incident about three weeks before he was hit by a car. These accidents are beginning to feel less and less truly accidental.