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Friday, August 31, 2012

New Albany, Westerville on planned U.S. bike route [ThisWeek]

New Albany and Westerville could be part of a national bicycle route that stretches across the United States and links to Canada and Mexico.
New Albany City Council last week approved a resolution supporting U.S. Bicycle Route 50, which would run through the city limits.
Mike Hooper, Westerville's parks and recreation development administrator, said Westerville City Council has not yet heard legislation to support the route.
Kathryn Meyer, New Albany's deputy community development director, said the bicycle route mostly would use scenic back roads, not heavily traveled roads.
Meyer said the preferred route designated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials comes through Prairie Township and Galloway on the Far West Side of Columbus and meets the Alum Creek bicycle trail. It runs on the border of Bexley before heading north into Westerville.
It then runs through New Albany and on to Granville and Newark. Heather Bowden, bicycle and pedestrian planner with the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the trail will meet the T.J. Evans bicycle trail in Newark...

Ohio Gran Fondo on Sunday is CANCELLED

Based on the impending weather which has a forecast for thunderstorms all day Sunday and the large number of individuals who have indicated they will not participate, the ride will be canceled and all fees paid will be refunded.

randonneur. [Thanks, David H!]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Google Maps for Android adds turn-by-turn biking navigation

Whether you’re a seasoned century rider or a casual beach cruiser, finding the best biking routes can be a challenge. That’s why today we’re bringing mobile biking directions and navigation to the 10 countries where we launched desktop biking directions last month (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK). Plus, we’re adding turn-by-turn, voice-guided biking navigation to Google Maps Navigation (beta) in every country with biking directions. Mount your device on your handlebars to see the turn-by-turn directions and navigation, or use speaker-mode to hear voice-guided directions.

Turn-by-turn biking navigation in Copenhagen

We know there are lots of ways to get from here to there, which is why in 2010 we added biking directions to Google Maps in the U.S. and Canada, and continue to work to bring more biking features to more places. Today, there are more than 330,000 miles (equal to more than 530,000 kilometers, or half a gigameter) of green biking lines in Google Maps. Dark green lines on the map show dedicated bike trails and paths with no motor vehicles, light green lines show streets with bike lanes and dashed green lines show other streets recommended for cycling. Biking navigation even helps you avoid steep hills.

Bike layer showing recommended streets for cycling in Stockholm

Where Map Maker and biking directions are both available, riders can add bike trails, lanes and suggested routes to Google Maps, helping to create a more comprehensive map for everyone living in or visiting their community. Thanks to the contributions of members of the biking community like Todd Scott and our partnership with nonprofits like Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we’ve added bike data for hundreds of cities and trails to Google Maps in the past two-and-a-half years.

Ohio Gran Fondo IMPORTANT Announcement

Dear Rider,

Due to matters beyond our control I am writing to inform you of a change to the Ohio Gran Fondo event. Out of a concern for the safety of riders, we will no longer be treating the Ohio Gran Fondo event as a competitive mass start, timed event. What this means is that the ride will now officially be treated a tour where riders start at their leisure and official start and finish times will not be kept.

Everything else about the ride will remain the same. Routes, start/finish line, shirts and swag, maps, painted and marked routes, aid stations, post ride catered meal etc. will all still be part of the event. We will provide a clock so riders can see when they start and finish, but officials will not be scoring the event and posting official finish times. Again, the only change will be that there will not be a mass start with law enforcement present to close intersections and there will not be official timing and scoring. 

We hope that you understand but our primary concern was that we run this event in a safe manner and hope that you still enjoy the challenging route and high level event we have put together for you. We understand that for some this may be a disappointment and for any rider that is aggrieved by this situation, please feel free to contact me at and I would be happy to discuss the situation with you further.


Alan Martin

[Ohio Gran Fondo]

The Old West Scenic Bikeway

Urban Velo - Bicycle Culture on the Skids

Urban Velo

Urban Velo is a magazine dedicated to bicycle culture in cities around the world.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Detroit Avenue in Cleveland will soon cater to those on 2 wheels (Columbus still confused)

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Biking along Detroit Avenue soon will be safer with the addition of 5-foot-wide cycling lanes.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Detroit Avenue, a major traffic artery on the city's West side, will soon make room for those driving on two wheels.
The city unveiled a plan Tuesday night to stripe 5-foot-wide bike lanes on Detroit from about West 25th Street to Lake Avenue.
The 1.7-mile stretch will narrow to one lane in each direction for cars. Parking along the curb will remain.
The biking community applauded the plan, which could be in place by year's end or by next spring. About 70 people, most of them biking enthusiasts, filled an auditorium at the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, West 52nd Street and Detroit, to see the plan's rollout.
"It's a great beginning," said veteran cyclist Joe Milan, 48, of Tremont. He's among a growing number of bicyclists who want a wider network of dedicated lanes and amenities in the city.

Stuck in traffic, cancer surgeon commandeers little girl’s bike to get to the hospital []

Breast cancer surgeon Catherine Baucom is six feet tall, but she rolled up to work last Wednesday on a little girl’s pink bicycle. Baucom had been stuck in nightmarish traffic after a serious accident that shut down the interstate, but she knew her patient was waiting at the surgery center. So she hopped off the highway, drove to a friend’s house, and commandeered his 8-year-old daughter’s bike.

Minneapolis Takes Away Car Lanes; Columbus downtown business owners would say that is silly and frivolous

Hennepin County’s public works department will repave and restripe Park and Portland avenues in late September. Plans suggest reducing the number of traffic lanes from three to two along much of the streets to allow for buffered bike lanes. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)

Plans to reduce the number of traffic lanes on Park and Portland avenues are raising hopes that the corridors will serve as more than a speedy route between south Minneapolis and downtown.
Hennepin County’s public works department has presented plans to remove one of three traffic lanes on much of Park and Portland avenues between East 46th Street and Washington Avenue in favor of a bike lane with wider separation between traffic and parked vehicles.
Plans also call for moving existing bike lanes from the left side of the streets to the right side, and reducing the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph. Sections around Lake Street and downtown Minneapolis would remain largely unchanged.

The reconfiguration will be discussed at a community meeting Thursday and undertaken as part of a county-led repaving project scheduled for September. The streets may not see similar work for another decade, so whatever changes are made will have a lasting impact.
Community members who have embraced the concept say the plans have the potential to do more than make the streets friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Columbus Transportation and Pedestrian Commission Bicycle Subcommittee Meeting TONIGHT

Bicycle Sub-Committee Home

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
I. Call to Order
II. Previous Meeting Notes
III. New Business
1. Sullivant Avenue Corridor Overview
2. Intersection Improvements Overview
a. Dublin Road @ Olentangy Trail
b. Dublin Road @ Twin Rivers Drive
c. King Avenue @ Olentangy Trail
3. Cleveland Avenue Corridor Study
4. Fourth Street Bike Lane
IV. Old Business
5. Downtown Action Plan
V. Parking Lot Issues
VI. Other Business
VII. Adjournment

46-Year-Old Cyclist Dies After Being Hit Monday Morning [NBC4i]

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A bicyclist who was hit early Monday morning while riding on North Hamilton Road has died from his injuries.

A bicyclist who was hit early Monday morning while riding on North Hamilton Road has died from his injuries.
Monday at about 5:15 a.m., a man riding a bicycle in the northbound lanes North Hamilton Road near Sawyer Road was hit from behind by a car.
The rider, identified as 46-year-old Thomas Leonard, was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.
Police said Leonard later died from his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, 59-year-old Antonia Benavidez, stayed on scene and cooperated with police after the crash.
Police said it is unknown if alcohol is a factor in the crash.
Police are investigating.

The Future of Travel: Bicycles [Huff Post]

Travelers--the future is on bicycles! Don't believe it? Consider the following trends, all of which show a dramatic increase in vacationers traveling by bike.
This list comes courtesy of Adventure Cycling, the largest (and as they are quick to note, growing) cycling membership group in North America. For full disclosure, I will say that I am very biased: I spent two years traveling by bicycle, and I think bike travel is the best way to see a state, country, or continent. It appears that an increasing number of people agree.
  1. Major Cycling Events Continue to Grow: David Harrenstein, executive director of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association (NBTDA), told us that attendance at major recreational cycling events has been going up. According to a recent study by Bikes Belong, these events (such as Ride the Rockies or RAGBRAI) are a huge economic boon: in 2008, 1,700 road riding events in the U.S. drew more than one million participants, raised more than 200 million for charities, and generated an estimated 572 million in direct economic impact.
  2. Commercial Tours Surge: Despite the downturn, bike tour operators are doing great. "Our business has seen a 20 percent increase from 2009 to 2010 and we are off to a good start for the 2011 season," said Tania Worgull, president of Trek Travel, which operates tours in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. "We continue to add new destinations each year to accommodate the growing interest in bike tours."
  3. The Economy is Noticing Bike Tourists: According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, in 2010, out-of-state visitors traveling to Wisconsin for cycling opportunities generated half a billion dollars in economic activity.

Laufradeln - Running bike [VIDEO]

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vuelo Velo

Vuelo Velo from Vuelo Velo on Vimeo.
The Vuelo Velo "1" ridden on the Sydney Olympic Velodrome and inner city streets. Music - "All Things To All Men" by The Cinematic Orchestra.

Vulnerable on the Open Road: Five pro cyclists reflect on bike safety

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Monday, August 27, 2012

STREET SHARK SPRINT SERIES PT IV registration is Tuesday, August 28, at Paradise Garage

Registration- Tuesday, August 28, at Paradise Garage from 11 A.M. till 8 P.M. . $5 buy-in gets you registered and a spot in the bracket.

Race Day- Friday, August 31, at 8:30 P.M. neet -up at Paradise Garage and group ride to the SHARK TANK at Mt. Vernon & 6th. ALL RACERS MUST CHECK-IN AT PG TO RACE. ALL SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME TO RIDE WITH US TO THE SHARK TANK OR ARE FREE TO MEET US THERE!!

FYI: I noticed at the last sprint that there were quite a few races where one sprinter cut the other sprinter off. Not cool. All sprinters must keep their own line. DQ's will be handed down if this persists. Your safety is my main concern! If you have any concerns or questions, message me in private and we can discuss this.

Much thanks to all of you who have been racing and spectating! Keep getting the word out!!

[Facebook event]

Wooden It Be Good? [Brooks]

It’s generally agreed that the very first machines we can nowadays still recognizably describe as “bikes” were built in the early 1800′s. Two wheeled, human powered… and made almost entirely of wood.
minor trend has developed over the past few years for eschewing carbon, steel and aluminium frames in favour of something more tree-y. We have some pictures this morning of a fine attempt from one of our readers.

Halo Belt

HALO Belt:

HALO is a sport safety belt that is illuminated by a patented LED system that utilizes thermoplastic polyurethane fiber optics. The LED system is powered by two nickel lithium batteries (CR2025) that are encased within the belt. Light modes of your choice: strobe, flash, or solid. One size fits most: Women size 0 to Men size 38.

Order your HALO now! (expected shipping date November 2012)

Tuf Rack

Every Tuf Rack is built by riders for riders.

Rack Specs:
Laser cut 16-gauge steel
MIG welded
Powder coated
Industrial-grade ratchet strap rated to 500lbs
1/8 plate strap brackets
Receiver piece – .238 wall receiver tubing plus one receiver pin
Hitch – zinc plated 1/8 2×2 rectangular HSS tubing plus one receiver pin

Tough like a tank, yet still on average 25% lighter than the competition’s tray style racks. Built with pride using only North American materials, Tuf Rack is guaranteed indestructible. And the Tuf Rack is modular, which means numerous racks can be attached inline on your vehicle.

Our racks feature a simple user friendly design that is as strong as it is easy to use. A hitch bar attaches using a hitch pin, the racks then slide on and are also held in place by hitch pins. In order to hold the bike securely in it’s tray, a custom ratchet strap drapes over the top tube ensuring that your ride isn’t going anywhere.

Due to the rack’s modular design, we can even custom make hitch pieces to suit specific vehicles and applications. No matter what your ride, we’ve got you covered.

Hamilton Road Reopens After Bicyclist Struck [NBC4i]

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Northbound North Hamilton Road has reopened after a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle early Monday morning.
Northbound North Hamilton Road has reopened after a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle early Monday morning.
Columbus EMS was called to the intersection of North Hamilton Road and Sawyer Road on a report of a pedestrian struck at about 5:20 a.m.
EMS personnel found a man in his 50's who had been hit by a vehicle while riding a bicycle.
The man was taken to Grant Medical Center as a level 1 trauma.
Police tell NBC4 that the bicyclist was riding in the middle of the northbound lanes of North Hamilton Road when he was hit by the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle stayed on scene and was being interviewed by police.
Northbound North Hamilton Road has reopened to motorists at Sawyer Road.
No further details were readily available.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Registration- Tuesday, August 28, at Paradise Garage from 11 A.M. till 8 P.M. . $5 buy-in gets you registered and a spot in the bracket.

Race Day- Friday, August 31, at 8:30 P.M. neet -up at Paradise Garage and group ride to the SHARK TANK at Mt. Vernon & 6th. ALL RACERS MUST CHECK-IN AT PG TO RACE. ALL SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME TO RIDE WITH US TO THE SHARK TANK OR ARE FREE TO MEET US THERE!!

FYI: I noticed at the last sprint that there were quite a few races where one sprinter cut the other sprinter off. Not cool. All sprinters must keep their own line. DQ's will be handed down if this persists. Your safety is my main concern! If you have any concerns or questions, message me in private and we can discuss this.

Much thanks to all of you who have been racing and spectating! Keep getting the word out!!

[Facebook event]

Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA’s hypocrisy [Washington Post]

View Photo Gallery — USADA says Armstrong will be banned from cycling: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it will recommend that Lance Armstrong be stripped of his titles.

First of all, Lance Armstrong is a good man. There’s nothing that I can learn about him short of murder that would alter my opinion on that. Second, I don’t know if he’s telling the truth when he insists he didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs in the Tour de France — never have known. I do know that he beat cancer fair and square, that he’s not the mastermind criminal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency makes him out to be, and that the process of stripping him of his titles reeks.
federal judge wrote last week, “USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.” You don’t say. Then when is a judge, or better yet Congress, going to do something about it?

[Keep reading at Washington Post]


The series will be wrapping up Sunday with the final race. That being said we have some COOL people coming out and sponsoring the final race.
Race Schedule
11:00am – Course Open
12:00am – Cat 3 Men/Women + Juniors – 15 minutes
12:35pm – Cat 2/3 Men/Women + Single Speed – 20 min + 1 lap
1:15pm – Cat 1/2/3 Men/Women – 30 min + 1 lap
1 – Advanced
2 – Intermediate
3 – Beginner
Men/Women 1/2/3 – $15, Juniors M/F $10

We have 3 super rad sponsors coming out this weekend!
First of them is Seagull Bags. They’ve donated 2 awesome bags to be given away at the race. Be sure to thank them for their support!
Second is Westerville Bike Shop. While Mason may not be there to hand out the prizes, expect some rad stuff.
Finally, the Sufferfest gave up some videos to race for.
Other than that, be sure to check the times. It will be the same format as the third race. If more riders come out, we will move races around as needed. But be sure to show up on time and ready to race.
***And as I said in a previous post, cash helps us big time***
In closing, the final race is worth double points, there may or may not be an overall championship race for city bragging rights and we’ll be there to have fun.
See you Sunday!

Friday, August 24, 2012


My lovely Fuji Crosstown 3.0 was stolen off of my front porch in Victorian Village Wednesday morning. It is a white (with gold lettering), 19" hybrid, that I was only just starting to understand and really enjoy. Some identifying features are a black rear rack, and if they haven't removed them by now, mounts for front/rear lights and a U-lock. I am absolutely determined to have this bike find it's way back to me; my deductible is too high to cover the cost of the bike, so I cannot afford to replace it. So please, if you see a white Fuji on one of your rides out, please let me know. I have proof of ownership and the serial on hand - which have been filed in a police report. 

And to everyone in the Short North/Victorian Village area - bring your bikes inside. There has been a spike in bike thefts, breaking through u-lock and cables like it is no-body's business!

(I do apologize if this is an inappropriate place to post, but I am hoping the bike community can help me out!)


Third Hand Bicycle Co-op is moving! HINT: THEY NEED HELP!

It's Official...

THBC is Moving!
Goobye 174 E 5th Ave!  
While our old space served us well, we are looking forward to expanding in the new warehouse we have purchased at 979 E 5th Ave, only one mile east of our old location!

Now is crunch time.  We need to be out of 174 by the end of this Friday, August 31st.  Our last open shop is tomorrow, Saturday, August 25 from 1pm-4pm.  
We need help packing and moving!! Here is our moving schedule:

We'll be packing and dismantling work benches and bike racks.  Please bring empty boxes and drills (to take apart racks) if you have them.  Otherwise we need as many hands on deck as possible. 
Sunday, August 26:  1pm-7pm.  Monday, August 27: 3pm-9pmTuesday, August 28: 3pm-9pm
We'll be actually moving the following days.  Please bring a large vehicle if you have one, but most importantly we need people power!
Wednesday, August 29: 3pm-9pmThursday, August 30: 3pm-9pmFriday, August 31: 3pm-9pm 

Please let us know if you would like to help by emailing back or just show up! We really need your help.  Email us at
And please forward this email to your friends.  Thanks!

[Third Hand]