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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Doing the `Tour de France' by Kick Bike | Bloomberg TV

Looking Smart on the Pedals | NY Times [Soon @CoGoBikeShare]

On a recent afternoon, Jocelyn Steiber zipped across Prince Street on a bright blue Citi Bike: blond hair loose, floral print Ella Moss sundress parachuting like Marilyn Monroe.
As she approached the Cafe Gitane docking station, Ms. Steiber, a charter member of New York City’s seven-week-old bike-share program, put down a foot — with pink toenails — clad in wedge-heel beige gladiator sandals. The shoe was no accident, but a considered choice.
“I’ve tried to do stilettos on bikes and it’s just too hard, you’re just slipping,” said Ms. Steiber, 27, who commutes daily by bike from NoLIta, where she lives, to the West Village, where she is the owner of Jost Social Media. Today she was returning from a Helmut Lang sample sale, bargain loot secured in her bike basket with the built-in bungee cord. “I like to be fashionable and safe,” Ms. Steiber said. “I find wedges are best, and kind of funky, which I like. It’s easy to pair anything with them.”
Now that bike sharing is sweeping New York, what to wear on your foot? As Ms. Steiber can testify, this is not a trivial question. The correct shoe can make biking more efficient and reduce stress on the knees, shins and feet. The serious bike shoe with cleats that click into the pedals gives cyclists the feeling of being one with their steeds. But the new program’s 45-pound bike is harder to wrangle, and is not made for cleats.
[Keep reading at NYTimes]

Friday, July 12, 2013

The National Brotherhood of Cyclists 4th Annual Major Taylor Cycling Conference - July 31 - August 4, 2013 Columbus, Ohio



July 31 - August 4, 2013 Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by The Major Taylor Club of Columbus
We are proud to be the official host for The 4th Annual NBC National Conference. This will be a 4 day action packed event filled with cycling information, seminars, great food, clubs and riders from around the country and fantastic rides.
This years theme will be "Building a Global Cycling Community". It is our goal to bring together our urban cycling communities to learn, ride and share stories.
Columbus, Ohio is the oldest Major Taylor Cycling Club in the country and we feature the longest bicycling trail dedicated to The Major in the world!
Join us in Columbus and lets roll ........
George Harper,
President MTCC Columbus, Ohio


[nbc2013.com]

Bikes can’t lose in cities. | Wisconsin Bike Fed

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett checks out a Milwaukee B-cycle bike from the new kiosk at Discovery World Museum on the Lakefront.

This morning Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett teamed up with Midwest Bikeshare, Inc., to announce the opening of Milwaukee’s first B-cycle kiosk. Mayor Barrett upped the ante not only by confirming the City will commit $288,000 toward Milwaukee bike-share system, but by announcing there will be 23 more stations open by March, 2014.
I know, I know, we shouldn’t run out and chisel that date in granite, or even cream city brick, but this announcement did come with the opening of the first functioning bike-share kiosk in Milwaukee. Perhaps even more important than the first station or even the money is having the Mayor as a true champion of bike-share in Milwaukee.
This milestone is just another indicator that even in my much loved, but sometimes slow to accept change, home town, that bicycles really are back on the rise as a legitimate form of transportation. Bicycles are such a good fit in urban areas and offer a simple, low-cost, singular solution to so many complex problems, that market forces and momentum should be enough to ensure their near-future position as a mainstream mode of transportation.

DIRT NORCO :: CASEY BROWN | Pinkbike


DIRT NORCO :: CASEY BROWN on Pinkbike

Victoria's Secret models cycle for cancer research | Hello Magazine #Pelotonia @VictoriasSecret


Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge led a team of Victoria's Secret angels in a supermodel fundraiser cycle on Wednesday.

"Here we come #SoulCycle!!! Riding for #Pelotonia! #JamesHospital! @VictoriasSecret @elsahosk," Lily tweeted.

The spinning event, held in New York, coincided with the annual ride in Columbus, Ohio and invited the public to cycle alongside the gorgeous angels.

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Amongst the top model team stood Elsa Hosk, Gracie Carvalho, Lindsay Ellingson and Magdalena Frackowiak.

Kitted out in lycra leggings and their fundraiser tops, the girls were also joined by their instructor, Melanie Griffith, who coincidentally shares name with Antonio Bandera's actress wife.

"Just finished @victoriassecret #supermodelcycle with the AMAZING instructor @iamnowmellyG! @soulcycle..." model Lindsay wrote on Twitter.

Columbus’ bike-share program to launch by end of month | Dispatch

Leaving the Statehouse for lunch at the North Market? How about dipping out of the Main Library to read at Bicentennial Park?
Columbus hopes you’ll ditch your four wheels and an engine for two wheels and a set of pedals.
The city has decided where its 30 CoGo bike-share locations will go when it launches the program this month.
Kiosks will be posted as far north as the intersection of High Street and 2nd Avenue and as far south as Schiller Park. The program will have stations in the Arena District, at COSI, and at the Main Library and the Livingston Park branch.
The system will have 300 bikes spread across the stations, said Heather Bowden, general manager of CoGo Bike Share.
“I have meetings at City Hall and around Downtown, and oftentimes I’ll walk to the Commons,” said Rick Wolfe, the executive director of the North Market. “Now, I’ll be able to walk out there, put my credit card in there, and grab a bike to go to my meeting.”
On Wednesday, the city will launch its bike-share website,www.cogobikeshare.com, where users will be able to buy annual passes for $75. Daily passes will be available at each kiosk for $6 using a credit card...
Continue reading at The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kelli is CBNC | Vimeo


Kelli is CBNC from The Sleepers on Vimeo.

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Risks of cycling, walking and driving put in context

Risks of cycling, walking and driving put in context

The benefits of cycling or walking outweigh the risks of death or injury from accidents, two health experts argue.

We read with interest The Vancouver Sun article “It may be time to start talking about licensing bikes” and the subsequent letters to the editor. We agree that an open and constructive discussion of cycling issues is needed. We are writing to provide a more complete public health context, since there may be misconceptions.

We address three issues related to modes of transport: the burden (or number) of injuries; the risk (or rate) of injuries; and other potential risks and benefits of various modes.

The burden of deaths and head injuries
The editorial suggests that “cycling remains the biggest cause of traumatic brain injury for all other forms of recreational activity among young people.” By this, we presume the authors meant the single most important recreational cause of traumatic head injuries. In Canada, cycling accounts for 10 per cent of head injury hospitalizations in kids. Of course, this includes mountain biking, the most risky cycling activity. We think that cycling as discussed in the article is better compared with other modes of transportation.

The most recent B.C. Traffic Accident Reports (2005 to 2007) indicate that, on average each year, there were 31 children (up to age 19) who had head injuries when cycling, 60 when walking, and 703 when in a car, SUV, van or truck. Unfortunately, this data only include crashes with motor vehicles, so it does miss some cycling and walking injuries.

Deaths are often considered a better comparison measure, since they almost always involve crashes with motor vehicles, are reliably recorded, and are the most devastating type of injury. So how do deaths compare between modes? British Columbia Motor Vehicle Branch data for the same years indicate there were 10 deaths a year on average (all age groups) when cycling, 70 when walking, and 300 when driving.

Thus, bicycling had the lowest “burden” of deaths and head injuries of the three transportation modes. The numbers of deaths and head injuries indicate that all modes of transportation deserve public health attention.


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Risks+cycling+walking+driving+context/8632074/story.html#ixzz2Yfexlgf9


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

45NRTH SUMMER TRAINING


45NRTH SUMMER TRAINING from 45NRTH on Vimeo.
June 2013. 85 degrees outside. 10 degrees inside. We chose to do our summer training inside.

Creating a Bike-Friendly Columbus [WOSU.org]

Dunsmuir Separated Bike Lane
Vancouver, British Columbia has separate bike lanes for two-wheel commuters. Columbus cyclists and motorists share the roads, where bike lanes are indicated with "sharrows."

11:00

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has expressed his wish that the city become “Bike City USA.” Although Columbus has $5 million in bike upgrades coming this summer, and a bike share program set to roll out, some riders feel the money’s being spent in the wrong places. This hour, we’ll discuss whether Columbus is ready to take off its training wheels.

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Make a soda bottle bike exhaust

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My son has this totally awesome “exhaust” pipe on his bike that I covet. It’s really a resonator for the classic baseball-card-in-the-spokes trick. It makes a terrific racket, and gets people to move out of the way without necessitating a honk on your horn. I decided to build my own, using a recycled beverage bottle. Armed with a Dremel Rotary Tool, a bottle of energy drink, and a depleted gift card, I set out to make my own soda bottle bike exhaust.
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Materials:
Dremel Rotary Tool cut-off wheel, 180- and 280-grit abrasive buffs, aluminum oxide grinding stone, and 1/8″ drill bit
Aluminum 16oz. beverage bottle
Hose clamps (2)
Plastic gift card (depleted)
#8 screw (1) with nuts (2) and washer (1) 
Pop rivet gun with 1/8″ short aluminum rivets 
Permanent marker
Masking tape
Dust mask
Safety goggles
MAKE_DownloadPDF_icon.gifDownload the Project PDF
(Right click to save the PDF to your desktop.)

Helping Our Cities Make the Transition | Momentum Magazine


M62 Protected Bike Lanes - PPW - Dmitry Gudkov
Photo by Dmitry Gudkov
Riding the Prospect Park West protected bicycle lane is safe and convenient for all ages and abilities.
Every transition is a challenge and what I love most about challenges is that they are also an opportunity.
This past May, I spent an afternoon riding the protected bike lane on 9th Avenue in New York City. On a beautiful, upright Viva city bike, perfect for riding safely with my head up, I enjoyed spotting the new bike share stations dotting the protected lane. I quickly noticed the difference between riding on a narrow and unprotected bike lane, like on nearby 6th Avenue, to that of riding on a protected route. Even though I am confident riding in any city and on any street, my experience was exponentially more enjoyable on a protected bike lane

[Keep reading at Momentum Magazine]

Infographic: Mapping 100 Years Of The Tour De France [FastCompany]

A CENTURY OF RACE ROUTES ILLUSTRATES THE EVOLUTION OF LA GRAND BOUCLE.

It’s surprising, given the physical duress, corporate sponsorships, and celebrity status of today’s cyclists, but the Tour de France was founded by a journalist. Géo Lefèvre, with the support of his editor, launched the Tour de France in 1903 in an effort to publicize their French newspaper, L’Auto. The inaugural race comprised 60 single riders (“routiers”), 1,500 miles, and six lengthy stages.
One hundred races later (the tour took a hiatus during both of the world wars), the competition is a different beast entirely. 100 Tours: Cent Ans de la Grand Boucle, a graphic from designer Sam Potts, charts the various routes the bikers have trekked over the years.
“It’s a pretty convoluted history,” Potts tells Co.Design. “They’ve done a lot of experiments. For a few years they had national teams instead of commercial teams. So riders would be riding for Switzerland instead of a company. But often now you come to associate a rider with a team.”
Read the rest of the article at FastCompany -->

At Last, A Solar-Charged, Theft-Proof Bike Light [FastCompany]

LIKE A RAY OF SUN ON A SURELY-SOMEONE-HAS-A-SOLUTION DESIGN CHALLENGE, PIXIO LIGHTS ARE ALWAYS SECURE ON YOUR BIKE, ALWAYS READY TO GO.

Bike lights are equal parts essential and infuriating. Toss them in your bag after locking up, and they’re likely to turn on and flash for hours, running down to zero before you reach for them again. Leave them on once you’ve parked, and a sticky-fingered stranger will gladly relieve you of their service. Forget to charge them, and they’re dead when you most need them. Bike design continues to evolve--tremendously, impressively, with a passion for new materials and aerodynamic and invention almost like none other. But apart from a few small recent introductions, bike lighting design is still pretty much in the dark ages.











It makes sense then that Dutch product designer Hugo van de Watering’s aha moment occurred due to a cyclist’s common act of nighttime improvisation. He was hanging out at a friend’s place, all set to head home, when he realized he didn’t have his lights. As one does, he duct-taped makeshift reflectors to his metal steed. They weren’t a good look and weren’t particularly effective, but they were enough to inspire him to action. He teamed up with friends and designers Koen Ruskamp and Jelle Van Stegeren, and together formed the Hague-based Rydon to build a brand new fixture.
“When we started we had a clear vision of what the product should be: A light that always works,” van de Watering tells Co.Design. Figuring out how to turn this platonic ideal into a physical reality, however, was quite a tall order. Pixio represents the culmination of a project five years in the making, developed in the off- and after-hours from the trio’s day jobs. It’s a bright new addition, thanks to a few key features...
Keep reading at FastCompany -->

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ATTENTION: HELP ANNIE ROONEY'S FAMILY - Crash victim’s family wants stolen bike back | Dispatch #letsfindthebike


The family of a Chillicothe woman killed in a car crash last week hopes to find the stolen bicycle that they say changed her fate.
Anna Rooney, 36, had recently developed a passion for mountain-bike racing. When someone used bolt cutters to steal two of Rooney’s bikes outside the German Village Guest House on Jaeger Street on June 30, she scrambled to borrow a bike for an upcoming race, said her brother, Walt Rooney, 42, of Seattle.
She had just picked up that bike from a friend in southern Ross County around 9:20 p.m. Thursday and was returning home along Rt. 50 when her Lincoln Navigator was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban that crossed into her lane, said Sgt. James Lott of the Chillicothe post of the State Highway Patrol.
Rooney and the driver of the Suburban, Shira Seymour, 36, of Bainbridge, were taken to Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe before being transferred to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, Lott said. Rooney died early Friday.
If her bikes hadn’t been stolen, she wouldn’t have been on the road that night, Walt Rooney said. “Unfortunately, she just had to get that bike.”
One of Rooney’s stolen bikes was recovered earlier on Thursday at a central Ohio pawnshop, but the bike she used for races is still missing.

Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard 37mm Tires: Final Review

This will be the Final Review on these tires. For the Introduction and First Impressions on these tires, go here.
37mm Panaracer Pasela T-Serve
37mm Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard
Now that I have spent hours and many miles on the Panaracer Pasela tires, I am ready to give my final review on these made in Japan tires with a touring pedigree. A quick recap is in order- At first, I was a bit underwhelmed with the size and ride quality of these tires. With such a stout reputation amongst randonnuers and touring aficionados, I had high expectations and when the ride was somewhat stiff and uninspiring, I felt a bit put out, actually. However; as I state in my earlier post on these tires, they seemed to be loosening up as I piled on the miles, so I was going to withhold judgment…..until now, that is.
Final Impressions: I swapped the Panaracers to a bit wider rim, but they never did “measure up”, as it were, coming in at a 36.3mm measurement at the end of the test period. Not what I had looked for, and would lead me to surmise that these tires tend to run under-sized in relation to the advertised width. That may be a blessing for those looking for a bigger tire, but can not fit a 38mm tire, and want something larger in volume than a 35mm tire.
Despite being run in everything from wet, muddy conditions to dry, rocky, and dusty summertime roads, the Pasela tires look fresh as a daisy, if not a bit dirty. That only due to a total neglect for cleaning them! Tread wear has been very minimal, and there has been no other issues noted with the tire carcass or otherwise. Pressures used ranged from 40psi to as high as 55psi for most of the test. This range seemed best suited to the gravel conditions here and is on par with what I would have expected to be using.
SpecializedPanaracer 4-13 010The tires look to be durable, and I did not experience any punctures during the test period, even though I commuted and tried to run in the gutter where debris was for several rides to and from work at the bicycle shop. On all accounts then, I was mostly impressed with the lone exception of the width.
Ride Performance: The overall ride of these tires...

Continue reading at Gravel Grinder News -->

Attention cyclists: Dutch Kitchen will be closing permanently on July 20


From all of the staff at Dutch Kitchen – Since 1960, it has been a privilege for Dutch Kitchen to serve guests from the Plain City and Columbus community. We've made many good friends over the years, but must sadly say goodbye on July 20. Our business is no longer what it once was and the decision to close our doors is based on finances. We hope you will join us at our sister restaurant, Der Dutchman just up the road in Plain City. As many staff as possible will be shifted to the "The Der" so you can still visit your old friends as well as make new ones.
Dutch Kitchen will be open our regular hours, 11am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 6:30am to 8pm on Saturdays through July 20. We invite you to visit us during this time and share your memories.
Again, we thank our guests for their fellowship and support over the years. As we open this new chapter, we hope you'll enjoy homestyle cooking and bakery with our friends at Der Dutchman.

Dahon to Offer Folding Bike-Share


DahonKenFagut with Dahon Dock-In Station prototype

Dahon Bikes is gearing up to launch an innovative bike-share program that will offer riders an opportunity to borrow a bike that will not only aid in their commute but also fit into tight spaces, like crowded buses and trains, or indoors should one not have a lock to secure it.
The Dahon Dock-In Stations Bike Share program is facilitated through a partnership with Best Lockers, effectively joining the worldwide leader in folding bikes with the leader in on-the-go storage technology. Best Lockers’ electronic GoPod lockers, developed in 2009, will make it possible for hotels, universities, city transportation and other organizations to offer more bikes while utilizing less space.

“This program will be a smarter, more efficient and cost effective way to share bicycles,” said Ken Fagut, Dahon’s director of sales and marketing in North America. “Under this program we can put 16 Dahon folding bikes in the same space used to accommodate two standard bikeshare bicycles.”
According to Fagut, when the program launches this fall riders will be able to reserve one of Dahon’s Vitesse D7HG bikes either at a kiosk on-site or online. The Vitesse, outfitted with a seven-speed Shimano Nexus internal hub and lightweight alloy frame, can be folded and in under a minute, shrinking from riding shape and size down to 11.3” x 31.2” x 25.7”. After use, riders will be able to return the bicycle to any empty locker.
Ken Fagut, Dahon’s North America Director of Sales and Marketing, said when the program launches this fall, riders will be able to reserve a bike at a special kiosk or using their smart phone and computer. They will receive a special access code to open the Best Lockers’ electronic locker, containing a Dahon Vitesse D7HG. After completing their ride, the bikes can be returned to any empty bike locker.
For more information visit www.usa.dahonbikes.com.

CoGo Bike Share event is 1115am July 17th at Bicentennial Park @CoGoBikeShare

From Cogo-

Please join us at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 at Bicentennial Park for a fun event featuring remarks by Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Council member Zachary M. Klein as well as an opportunity to see the CoGo bicycles up close. We will also be announcing the sale of annual memberships for $75 each at the event.

We are eager for everyone to come out and get acquainted with the CoGo Bike Share as we prepare to install 30 stations with 300 bikes across downtown Columbus.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Road Holland is having Annual Podium Sale! Check out the deals @roadholland #letsride



LESS CAR MORE GO, the crowdsourced cargo bike documentary



http://www.lizcanning.com/Liz_Canning_Creative/Cargo_Bike_Documentary.html

Chicago’s new Super Bike Highway | Chicagood


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It’s no secret Chicago believes biking will help boost it’s profile as a world class city. With that being said, Chicago’s Mayor- Rahm Emanuel announced another ambitious project to help boost it’s already 115 miles of bike lanes.
In four years, he wants to create 100 miles of protected bike paths — not just painted lines on the street but paths separated from car traffic by posts or other dividers. By next summer, he wants the city’s first large-scale bike-sharing program, starting with 3,000 bikes.
That is pretty impressive. Chicago could really encourage alternative forms of transportation as cars are becoming more of a problem with soaring gas prices and being home to some of the worst traffic congestions in the nation.
How does Chicago stack up with other cities? Currently Copenhagen is leading the way in cities with the best cycling infrastructure and ridership, (Copenhagen has a whopping 38% bike ridership  commute compared to Chicago’s 2%). Chicago looks to eventually top that by trying to replicate the culture of many hipster neighborhoods in Chicago such as Wicker Park and Logan Square that boasts a very solid 22% ridership. In America Portland and Minneapolis are looked to as the most bike friendly cities with Chicago not too far away. These cities already have an impressive bike lane infrastructure but soon will probably looking at Chicago’s infrastructure with envy.

Driver who hit cyclist on North Side sought [Dispatch]

Days after a hit-and-run collision that left a 21-year-old bicyclist brain-dead, Columbus police were still looking today for the vehicle that struck him. 

Elijah Smith was taken to Grant Medical Center after he was hit while riding his bicycle home from work about 4 a.m. Wednesday. His father, Rodney Smith, 48, of Canal Winchester, said doctors declared his son brain-dead on Thursday. 

Elijah Smith was struck near Woodland and Woodward avenues on the North Side, said Sgt. Brooke Wilson of the Columbus police accident-investigation unit. Wilson said police were looking for a black 2004 Volkswagen Passat with front-end damage, a smashed windshield and a smashed sunroof. 

Rodney Smith said his son was bicycling to his E. 11th Avenue home from his overnight shift at Plaskolite Inc., an acrylic-sheet manufacturing plant on Joyce Avenue. 

Elijah Smith is on life support at the hospital, Rodney Smith said, but his family and friends haven’t given up on his recovery. “We have been praying every day,” he said. 

Elijah Smith recently had become a father. His son, King, was born on June 22, Rodney Smith said. 

He said his family hopes the driver who hit his son will go to police. “We’re hoping the responsible party will at least step forward and take responsibility,” he said. 

The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, July 7, 2013

street trial et dirt backflip vintage ladies bike mickael dupont | Youtube

The Unconventional Cellist bikes her cello on tour | Treehugger



Photos: Kristin Rule
A couple of years ago Kristin Rule, alias 'The Unconventional Cellist' undertook a 20 week music tour, toting her cello on a motorbike with a solar trailer. With a new album recently released, she is soon to be touring again, but this time by bicycle accompanied by a solar-powered, electric-assist trailer.
The 30 watt solar photovoltaic panel on the 'Mechanarchy 'Watt-Bot' trailer stores electrical energy in a pair of 12 volt batteries. These provide up to three hours of electrically assisted riding for pedalling a cello laden Yuba Mundo up hills. The assistance offered by the 'Watt-Bot' is said to be "akin to having an extremely strong tailwind." But there's much more to the story.

Wolfpack Hustle. The Midnight Drag Race


Wolfpack Hustle. The Midnight Drag Race from Midnight Ridazz on Vimeo.