1 Festivus Pole transported by the keg bike from Paradise Garage to Hal & Al's
10 mile loop from Hal & Al's to pickup pole and back to Goodale Park returning to the bar
Bike decorating contest
Ugly sweater contest
Water jug holding contest
Huffy toss for men and women
Airing of grievances
Saturday, December 10, 2011
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati has developed new signage promoting bicycle safety, the first of its kind in the region. The signs alert motorists that they should change lanes in order to safely pass cyclists. The signs will be installed in corridors where the city has already installed “sharrow” (shared lane) pavement markings.
Sharrows are pavement markings that are installed within shared travel lanes (lanes shared by cars and bicycles). The marking is a bicycle with a chevron above it. Sharrows can be helpful on streets where there is insufficient space to add bicycle lanes. Sharrows help cyclists position themselves within the lane safely to avoid being squeezed off the road or hit by suddenly opened car doors.
Posted by Raymond George at 11:47 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Editor's note: Burlington VT has similar models installed around town and even though there is no cover there were bikes locked up during a snowstorm. Cycle Hoop products were also installed in Montreal Canada on the parking poles.
Innovative design originally commissioned by the London Festival of Architecture, has since been Installed around the UK and several cities in Europe.
- Converts a car space into cycle parking for 10 bicycles.
- Perfect for promoting cycling at events
- The car shape acts as a barrier to protect parked bicycles from the cars.
- Easy to assemble and transport, it is ideal for temporary cycle parking.
- The unit can also be bolted down for permanent use
- Options include an integrated bicycle pump and a central display panel for branding
Posted by Raymond George at 6:52 PM
The draft of the Senate’s transportation authorization (S. 1813 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) has been a bit of a disappointment for cyclists. It reduces funding for dedicated bicycling programs and allows state departments of transportation an opt-out for spending it. However, even aside from funding, there is an egregious clause that has rightly upset cyclists.
Section § 203 (d) (p. 226), the part dealing with the “Federal lands transportation program”, states:
(d) BICYCLE SAFETY.—The Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency shall prohibit the use of bicycles on each federally owned road that has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or greater and an adjacent paved path for use by bicycles within 100 yards of the road.
Sign the petition to tell the Senate to remove this clause.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This paragraph would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands.
For those unfamiliar with this term, it’s a provision that used to be found in a lot of state vehicle codes that says that when a sidepath (bike path, trail) is provided for cyclists, they have to use it and can’t ride on the parallel roadway. Over the past 20 years, the number of states with this law still on their books has dwindled to just a handful. The problem with the provision is that the restriction applies regardless of the quality, safety, and utility of the path provided; it disregards the needs of cyclists to be on the roadway to access shops, services etc.; and ignores our fundamental right to the road.
Posted by Raymond George at 9:46 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
From the blog: Something about coffee and bikes go hand in hand, maybe it’s the effect caffeine has on the brain and body with the added ingredient of a bicycle it can create a great days adventure around the city. Most kiwi’s have no idea the we have some of the best tasting coffee in the world. Like anything good we get complacent with it, you could say the same thing for Auckland in general, people always complain about this city but I think it’s the fact most people never leave? Seems strange I guess. What we have in this post is a combination of a great Auckland coffee shop Eighthirty, found on K’rd next to the Mobil petrol station and bicycles. Glenn the owner is adopting bikes into their business for delivery and we worked together on this tandem turned cargo bike. The coffee at Eighthirty is nothing but the best around and next time your riding your bike past his cafe stop by for a coffee, you will not be disappointed- it’s good shit!
[See more at Cycling in Auckland]
[See more at Cycling in Auckland]
Posted by Raymond George at 8:41 PM
From the timbuk2 website: This year our design team worked really hard to develop a collection of serious cycling bags for serious cyclists. They created the Especial collection. It includes three packs – the Dos, Tres and Cuatro – and one pannier – the Viaje – and launches February 1, 2012 on timbuk2.com. But who wants to wait until February?! We thought you’d enjoy an earlier look at the Especial products that may change your commuting ways.
We gave our new Especial Cuatro Backpack to CS Couriers in Columbus, OH and asked them to ride it around. Here’s what the CS Couriers like about the Cuatro:
Posted by Raymond George at 7:51 PM
It is the nature of a beautiful object to inspire obsession. The bicycle—a practical, relatively simple machine—has been reimagined by countless enthusiasts over the years and cleverly crafted to fill nearly every imaginable niche and purpose.
London designer Michael Embacher caught the bike bug about 10 years ago, when he traded his car for a pedal-powered commute. He fell in love with the bicycle's clean, efficient design, and it transformed his life and health. More than 200 bicycles later, Embacher boasts an impressive collection of two-wheeled works of art.
Enthusiasm is best when shared, and Embacher does just that with his new book, Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design(Chronicle Books), a compendium of 100 strange, sleek, and classic bikes from his collection. This slide show features a few more of our favorites.
View the slide show --> The Bicycle: Art on Two Wheels
Posted by Bill at 6:11 PM
Posted by Bill at 6:07 PM
Michigan's 2012 cycling race season kicks off this year with the Killer Gravel Road Race- Like the classic it's named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against rolling gravel roads (80%), pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice, along with 2200 feet of climbing over its 35 mile loop. There is 1500 racer limit for 2012!
What is Barry-Roubaix?
What is Barry-Roubaix?
- A classic road/off road race featuring a variety of terrain and surfaces to test all your cycling skills. Cyclocross, Mountain, Road, Single-Speed, Fixie and Tandem bicycles are welcome in any category.
- The course will be determined according to conditions just prior to the race start. Maps will be available for pre-riding the course. Click on the map link on the website. Course marshals will NOT be at every corner or intersection, rules of the road apply!
- The course will NOT be closed to traffic and does not have a rolling escort. Cycling rules of the road apply, i.e. stop at all stop signs, yield to cars, no more than 2 riders abreast and do not cross yellow center line. Violations will be penalized by disqualification. Anyone caught littering will be disqualified.
- A sag van will make rounds looking for drop outs.
- CITY: Middleville/Hastings, Michigan
- COUNTY: Barry County
- Start/Finish/Parking: Gun Lake Unit-Yankee Springs Recreation Area
- Cyclists and racers of all kinds and performance levels (no license required) that want to start their season with a real challenge and experience the scenery of the Barry County back roads
- Open Class 61 miles*
- 35 miles*
- 23 miles*
- Single Speed – 23 miles or 35 miles*
- Fixies (one brake mandatory) – 23 miles or 35 miles*
- Tandem- 23 miles or 35 miles*
- Distances are approximate depending on final course designation made prior to race start
- We reserve the right to combine low category fields.
- Road, mountain or cross bikes can be used in any class. The 61 mile race is for elite/pro level athletes. Consider it is March, it may be cold out and last year it took the pros over 3 hours at 20+ mph avg! That would be over 4 hours for us mere mortals.
- $2300 cash awards plus trophies or medals to the top five 61 Mile Open racers (no age categories). 1st-$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd-$200, 4th-$100 and 5th-$50.
- Michigan Youth Cycling and Kisscross Events will award $375.00 in scholarship to the fastest under 18 year old male and female in the 23 and 35 mile races each.
- NEW! $1000 cash awards sponsored by Greenware plus trophies or medals to the top five 35 mile racers overall (no age categories). 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100, 4th-$50 and 5th-$25.
- Trophies to the overall male and female winner of the 35 and 23 mile race. Medals to the top five in age categories (generally 10 year age splits for 23 milers and 5 year splits for 35 milers) and pre-race raffle prizes to many lucky racers. Podium awards and photos within 30 minutes of the completion of each category.
- 4 wave starts, one for the 61 milers, two for the 35 milers (11-44 yrs and 45+ yrs) and one wave for the 23 milers. Racers will be disqualified for starting in the wrong wave.
- Instant Chronotrack Timing by Race Services Company. Rigid handlebar number plates with timing chips will be used for the best timing available. The race will be scored as a time trial (just like Iceman) to avoid a mass start with 1500 racers!
- All vehicles entering the Gun Lake Unit will need a $10 Michigan State Park motor vehicle passport or a daily pass for $8. Michigan residents please have vehicle passports purchased in advance to speed up the entrance to the parking area come race day. Out of state racers may purchase a daily pass for $8 or annual for $29 on site.
- Rustic Camping is allowed at the Gun Lake Unit Campground adjacent to the start area.
Posted by Raymond George at 8:00 AM