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Saturday, July 20, 2013

WooMan is September 15, 2013 | WooMan



Registration: 7 a.m.
Start: 8 a.m.
Last Bike Out: 10 a.m.
New location:
Start/Finish/Turn- Buehler’s Milltown Store-Wooster, 3540 Burbank Road, Wooster, Ohio
Start/Finish/Turn- Historic Ohio State Reformatory, 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio
The Historic Ohio State Reformatory is the “Home of the film Shawshank Redemption.”
One of the top five largest castle-like structures in the USA, the Reformatory houses the world's tallest free-standing steel cell block (6 tiers; 12 ranges, 600 cells). Four major motion pictures have been filmed there- Tango and Cash, Harry and Walter Go To New York, Air Force One and Shawshank Redemption. Considered a grand architectural achievement, the massive Reformatory building, large granite pillars and elegant construction encompass 250,000+ square feet and combine three architectural styles: Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne.

Pick Your Course

  • WooMan: 50 miles from Wooster or Mansfield to Ashland and back
  • WooMan 100: 100 miles from Wooster to Mansfield and back or Mansfield to Wooster and back
  • WooMan Recreational Ride: 20 miles in and around Wooster or Mansfield
* Targeted pledge levels are goals for fundraising, but not required.  Our objective is to raise money for breast cancer education and awareness so think of it this way:  Can you get people to pledge $1 per mile?  That’s how easy it could be to raise $20, $50 or even $100 for the cause! Any cyclist securing $250 or more in pledges for Breast Cancer education and awareness will receive a complimentary WooMan cycling jersey (a $69 value).

TDF Alpe D'Huez Fan Gets Tripped Chasing Tejay Van Garderen | YouTube

You Stole My Bike Lights--And My Heart - w4m - 20 (Short North Jeni's) | Craigslist

It was Thursday night. I had my bike locked up outside of the Short North Jeni's. I imagine you were tall, handsome, and exceptionally interested in bicycling. You may have had a mole on your left cheek, and dimples that crinkle when you flash that bashful grin. 

Sometime within the duration of my shift, as I provided Splendid and Creamy sustenance to the masses of famished yuppies, my bike caught your eye. You stopped, mesmerized. There was something--something different--about that bike. You couldn't look away. Suddenly, you found your hands upon that bike, caressing its frame. You pumped the pedals. Up, down, up, down. Felt the smooth, worn leather of its seat in your weathered palms. Before you knew it, you had detached the detachable bike lights from its rear. Little did you know, you had also detached a part of your heart. 

Stealing away into the darkness with those stolen lights, your heart thumping against the convexity of your amorously swollen chest, you thought of me. You knew. And you loved with a love that was more than a love. 

If this was you, please respond with the shade of white or beige that you imagine I would look most radiant in upon our wedding day.

[Original Craigslist Post]

Friday, July 19, 2013

Travel Oregon wants to fund (and film) your bike trips around the state


Grand Tour: Entering Cove
Riding the new Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.
(Photo by Kristin Dahl/Travel Oregon)

Now that's a headline we don't get to write every day.

Russ Roca of the bike-adventure media organization Path Less Pedaled, which works with tourism agency Travel Oregon to show off the state's scenic bikeways, just shared this terrific opportunity for people interested in bike travel over the next three months.

If you've got a bike, gear and a yen to see our state at human speed, Travel Oregon and Path Less Pedaled invite you to apply invite you to apply to be featured in a one- to two-minute video like the one below. The production will cover the subjects' meals and lodging, plus possible transportation.


Roca and his partner and collaborator, Laura Crawford, are looking for riders of various ages, sizes, shapes, colors and backgrounds, and encouraging all riders to apply.

"This is marketing, but it is also an advocacy tool, because we're attracting new people to bike travel," Roca says. "We have an opportunity to not only help build tourism in rural communities, but to inspire people from diverse backgrounds to ride a bike on their next vacation and travel to Oregon."

Here's Roca's rundown of their summer and fall agenda:
  • August 17-18: Tualatin Valley. Looking for: 4-6 cyclists, age: 20s. One full day of filming plus one camping overnight. 50 miles.
  • September 3-5: Grande Tour. Looking for: 4 cyclists, age: 50s/60s. Two full days of filming plus two overnights (one camping, one hotel). 30 miles per day. Some van support and shuttle will be provided back to start. Must have own transportation to start in La Grande.
  • September 14-15: Sisters to Smith Rock. Looking for: 4 women, age: 20s/30s. Camping in Sisters the night before, one full day of filming, camping at Smith Rock at the end. Shuttle will be provided back to start. 40 miles.
  • October 12-13: Twin Bridges. Looking for: a couple, 50s. One full day of filming (riding plus activities in Bend), plus one overnight in Bend. Road bikes, 40 miles.
Roca said it's a perfect getaway for city-centric bike lovers.

"You can only ride the West Hills or up Larch Mountain so many times," he wrote. "The scenic bikeways provide great cycling vacation opportunities in some of the most beautiful parts of Oregon, and they create bike-friendly places outside of the metro area."

Interested? Contact Roca and Crawford at pathlesspedaled@gmail.com, including a photo of yourself.



Bike commuters influence friends and colleagues to do the same, behavioural study finds | road.cc

Bike commuting NYC (copyright bicyclesonly via Flickr)
Research published in the American Journal of Health Behaviour and reported by the British Psychological Society found that people cycle to work often inspire their colleagues to do the same.
The study, led by Melissa Bopp, of Pennsylvania State university examined 1,234 surveys, which included questions related to how people travel to and from work.
They found that people were more likely to commute by bike or on foot, dubbed ‘active commuting’ by the researchers, if their spouses or colleagues approved of them not sitting in a car turning to lard.
The researchers also found that people who were confident of their cycling skills were more likely to ride to work, and that it helps if you believe your bike commute doesn’t take very long.

MUKA stove from SOTO in Patagonia


Concept for SOTO from James Smash on Vimeo.

Bike rider killed in collision with salmon cyclist


Pasadena bike rider killed in collision with salmon cyclist; 22nd cycling death in LA County this year


Now we have confirmation.

Last night I mentioned that rumors were circulating that a bike rider had died in Pasadena. This morning, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune confirmsthat a rider critically injured in a collision with a salmon cyclist has passed away.

The rider, publicly identified only as a 20-year old Pasadena man, was headed west on Mountain Street at Garfield Avenue around 6 pm Saturday when he was hit head-on by a 17-year old cyclist riding against traffic. According to the paper, the victim, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a severe head injury when he hit his head on the pavement.

He was taken to Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital, where he died Sunday evening.

The other rider was uninjured.

It’s hard to imagine how this collision could have occurred on what appears to be a relatively quiet street. It’s possible that the riders may have been boxed in by passing cars, or both may have swerved in the same direction in a last-second attempt to avoid the collision. It’s also possible that the younger rider may have just rounded the corner from Garfield, not leaving enough time for either to react.

Or one or both riders may have just not been paying attention.

In this case, whether or not the victim was wearing a helmet matters, as this seems to have been exactly the sort of relatively slow-speed collision helmets are that designed to protect against.

However, as Caltech Bike Lab points out, one of the many problems with riding salmon is that it dramatically increases the force of any impact.

It’s simple physics that when two objects traveling in opposite directions collide, their speeds combine to create the force of impact. For instance, if these two riders were both traveling at 10 miles per hour, they would have struck with the same force as hitting a stationary object at 20 mph.

And if they were both riding at 20 mph, they would have hit with a combined force of 40 mph — a speed almost assured to result in serious injury. The fact that only one rider was injured suggests that they may have struck a glancing blow, rather than a full head-on crash.

Riding salmon also reduces reaction times, making a collision that much more likely.

Finally, there is the legal aspect. By riding against traffic, the younger rider was in clear violation of CVC 21650, which requires all vehicles to travel on the right side of the roadway, as well as CVC 21202, which requires bicyclists to ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb.

By riding on the wrong side of the road, the 17-year old cyclist could face serious criminal charges, including a possible homicide charge, for causing the death of the other rider.

As well as a lifetime of living with the fact that his carelessness killed another person.

This is 48th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 22nd in Los Angeles County, which compares with 24 and 23 for all of the last two years, respectively.

And it’s the second cycling death in Pasadena in less than 30 days, following the death of Phillip O’Neill near Caltech last month, which highlights the need for a comprehensive bike plan in the city.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

BlinkerGrips - Bicycle grips for active road safety



http://en.blinkergrips.com/

Woman Travels 80 Miles Cash In Hand To Purchase Buffalo Bicycle | World Bicycle Relief



Photos and story by Leah Missbach Day
On a bustling day in the industrial center of Harare, Zimbabwe, 27-year old single mother Charity Msendo walked up to the Buffalo Bicycles Headquarters, having traveled 80 miles from her home town. Pulling $160 ragged single dollar bills out of her pocket, she bought her family a Buffalo Bicycle.
Charity’s Buffalo story began when her previous bicycle fell apart--only a month after purchasing it! At that time, Charity started noticing a neighbor whose bike got him through miles and miles of rough terrain without degrading. Charity learned that this was a Buffalo Bicycle--and not only was it tough, it was tough enough to regularly travel over  80 miles to and from Harare--and still work. This super strong bike belonged to the man's son who had worked as a spoke & wheel assembler for four years at the Buffalo Bicycles Headquarters in Harare.

Man v bike: which makes the difference? - video | Guardian

The Green Race [Kayaking adventure] | Vimeo


Our Lives S1 E01 The Green Race from Twelve Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Paravelo: The world's first flying bicycle




Takes off from any open space and reaches 4,000ft
Travels at 15mph on land and 25mph in the air
Pioneering ‘door-to-door’ concept - a roadable aircraft that packs down to store inside your house or office
Features a built-in tent for flamping (fly/camping)
Heralds an era of safe, practical and affordable personal flight
This is a brand new type of ultra-light aircraft – the combination of a para wing and conventional bicycle we call paravelo.
The paravelo is aimed at those who have a thirst for adventure, but are without, perhaps, the storage space or bank balance to accommodate a helicopter. 
As well suited to someone living in London as Mojave, we believe the paravelo can transform the way we travel for work, leisure and adventure.

Disaster Relief Trials bring cargo-bike heroism back to Portland | Bike Portland


Photo by Al Hongo.
Portland's 30-mile catastrophe-themed urban bike competition returned for a second year Saturday with a splash and a lot of grunts.
"Bikes in general solve more problems than they create, and that holds true even when we're at our most desperate."
— Austin Horse, DRT open Class winner
In all, 48 cargo bikers set out from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry past a series of checkpoints at which they picked up three eggs (representing vials of a precious vaccine during a hypothetical outbreak) from a local health station, a bucket of "food" from Sauvie Island and two buckets of fresh water hand-scooped from the Columbia River.

Boulder Bike Blenders | YouTube

Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter - AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon | Wall Street Journal


ON A RECENT SUNDAY, Brandon Jones, a 44-year-old fund manager at 9W Capital Management, traveled from his home in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children to meet friends for brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were heading to Reynard, the popular restaurant in the neighborhood's fashionable Wythe Hotel, where Manhattan-bound Town Cars regularly idle on the street outside.

Cargo Bikes by the Numbers

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal
Click to view interactive.
But Mr. Jones did not drive. Nor did he take the subway. Instead, he piloted his two children via the deck of his Yuba Mundo, a so-called "longtail" cargo bike. (His wife rode her own bike.) Picture a mountain bike, but with a stouter frame and smaller wheels, stretched out and lowered in the back. "We actually beat our friends who drove back to TriBeCa," Mr. Jones said. While Mr. Jones does garage a BMW BMW.XE +0.48% X5 SUV, his car rarely sees daylight within the city limits. Rather, for daily trips like the mile-and-a-half commute from TriBeCa to his children's school in Greenwich Village, he simply hops on another kind of SUV—one that actually includes a bit of sport.

SDOT makes guerrilla-installed protected bike lane permanent | Seattle Bike Blog


Remember when an anonymous bike safety group calling themselves “Reasonably Polite Seattleites” installed a series of plastic pylons on Cherry Street to demonstrate how easy it would be for the city to turn a regular bike lane into a protected one?
Well, the city took their advice and not only reinstalled a more resilient style of reflective pylons, but also extended the bike lane to connect downtown to First Hill via 7th Ave and Marion:
From SDOT
From SDOT
To recap, the anonymous group installed the pylons under the cover of night this spring. They then sent an email to Seattle Bike Blog and SDOT explaining why they did it and pointing out the fact that they used a simple adhesive to make them easy to remove should SDOT choose to do so.

Rack Bag | Inside Line Equipment


Designed to fit most common Porteur Racks
-Durable 1000D Cordura exterior and weatherproof Vinyl interior
-Rear facing pockets are ideal for ulock, keys, and items you want to access while riding
-Securely attaches to rack with 2 straps underneath
-Detachable shoulder carrying strap included
-Tie down straps to secure bulky loads (stow in sleeve under the flap)
-ABS plastic + EVA foam bottom for structure
-10.5x14x18 tall″ (42Liters max using included tie down straps)

[See more at Inside Line Equipment]

Club Ride Apparel

Check out or men's line of apparel



http://www.clubrideapparel.com/apps/store-locator

CoGo Bike Share website is live!


Here is a map of the bike stations --> http://www.cogobikeshare.com/stations

Monday, July 15, 2013

Please support Safer streets for Ohio bicyclists and Drivers


Please support Safer streets for Ohio bicyclists and Drivers by asking your State Representative to pass HB 145, and require a 3-foot passing law.

   HB 145 includes two provisions to help Ohio bicyclists.  

1. Ohio law already requires  that motorists pass bicyclists leaving a safe passing distance. HB 145 sets the safe passing distance as "not less than 3 feet".  Over twenty states  already have a 3-foot rule, and the rule is endorsed by both AAA and the League of American Bicyclists.Setting the 3 foot rule helps with education and enforcement of safe driving practices.  

2. Ohio law already lists situations in which vehicles may procede through an intersection when a traffic signal isn't working.  HB 145 adds another situation- it allows "Failure of a vehicle detector to detect the vehicle." This is a common problem for bicyclists when  the weight of the bicycle doesn't trigger the light to change, and the bicyclists is stuck waiting until a car triggers the detector.   

HB 145 is scheduled to be taken by the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee in September. 

Click this link! --> Please contact your State Representative and ask them to Support HB-145.


Reporter Demonstrates What To Do If You Find Yourself Face To Face With A Bear | YouTube

GSI Halulite Microdualist - contents and assembly | Looks like nice bike camping solution for two



[GSI site]

Bern Allston



Description

The Allston is the long awaited cycling specific helmet release from Bern, featuring over 50% more airflow with 16 strategically placed vents. We developed this helmet alongside the world's best cycle messengers, and cycle cross racers, and ended up with a helmet that performs as well as it looks. The Allston is made from Bern's exclusive ZipMold technology resulting in a high strength to weight ration with a clean finish. 

"Bizarrely, before developing the Allston for Summer 2013, Bern Unlimited had never made a cycling specific helmet. Having owned previous models from the Massachusetts body-protectors in the past (most recently the company’s Brentwood model, which I lost at a roof party in Brooklyn), I was kind of surprised by this fact myself. But for a freshman effort in the velo-specific category, the Allston is a star." - The Crosby Press


Sunday, July 14, 2013

FOR SALE: NEW 27.2mm Short Thudbuster with WTB Saddle - $100 OBO



Contact: bferriot [at] yahoo [dot] com


Mr.Tanabe Kalavinka NJS frame building work

Idaho cyclist recalls scary Alaska Highway wolf chase | Anchorage Daily News


 — Growing up in the Yukon, Melanie Klassen had seen numerous bicycle tourists pedaling the Alaska Highway, but never one with a canine companion running behind him.
"I thought it was odd until I saw the panicked look on the biker's face - as though he was about to be eaten," she said in a telephone interview.
"That wasn't a dog; it was a wolf."
The cyclist, William "Mac" Hollan, 35, of Sandpoint, Idaho, verified Klassen's observation of Saturday's incident: "At this point I realized I might not be going home, and I began to panic at the thought of how much it was going to hurt."
The Grande Prairie, Alberta, woman was among the heroes who rescued the North Idaho elementary school student-teacher halfway through his 2,750-mile pedal to Prudhoe Bay as a fundraiser for a Sandpoint school lunch program.
Hollan's account was posted Monday on his Point to Bay Facebook page from Whitehorse. He departed Sandpoint on June 17 for the six-week tour, loaded with bike camping gear and accompanied by Gabe Dawson, of Ashland, Ore., and Jordan Achilli, of New York.
As Hollan rode a half-mile ahead of his buddies, his nightmare began with a gray wolf sprinting out of the woods 60 miles west of Watson Lake and surprising the passing cyclist with an initial chomp that just missed his pedal.
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/07/11/2971482/idaho-cyclist-reflects-on-scary.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/07/11/2971482/idaho-cyclist-reflects-on-scary.html#storylink=cpy

Hal & Al’s South Side Garden Tour Scavenger Hunt is 10AM-6PM TODAY @halandals



A Scavenger Hunt, Food Truck Hop and Merion, Hungarian, and Vassor Village Garden Tours all on the same day! Win a Kona Beach Cruiser Bicycle or Yuengling Golf Bag! Your challenge will to be locating various items at garden stops and have a chance to get bonus points by performing different tasks along the way. Start whenever you like. All entries must be turned in by 6pm day of the event at Hal & Al’s. Winner will be announced at Hal & Al’s by 8pm that evening. Winners need not be present to win. We’ll have entry forms at Hal & Al’s, Merion Village Association office, and at the various garden tour stops, located in Merion Village, Hungarian Village, and Vassor Village at 10am July 14th. Winner gets choice of Kona Beach Cruiser Bicycle or a Yuengling Golf Bag. Other prizes are gift packs from various breweries. In the event of a tie, winner will be chosen based on earliest time received. [Facebook Event]

Bike Box


Our Mission Statement: To put Bike Boxes everywhere along popular cycling routes/trailheads in order to keep the cyclist in a bind on the road and trail.

Help us Help Your Organization 
Is there a cafe/coffee shop/convenience store where you and your biking buddies start from or stop by while on a ride that would be a good place for Bike Box? If so, let the store know about us, email us, and if a Bike Box ends up there, we'll send you a stocking stuffer (tube,CO2). Additionally, a portion of all proceeds are contributed to charity/cycling advocacy. We could donate this portion to your club/organization and place your website on the actual Bike Box and on our website which has a national audience.

To Prospective Bike Box Homes
Having a Bike Box strengthens your relationship with your existing cycling clientele while attracting new and loyal customers. Contact Us:info@24hrBikeShop.com

Bike Box ContentsBike Boxes contain cycling essentials (tubes,patch kits, CO2, energy supplements, and more) We have standard Bike Boxes and custom boxes made to order. Email for further information.

Working together with Local Bike Shops Help us achieve the goal of making cycling more convenient by placing Bike Boxes along your favorite ride routes and near trailheads. It's a great way to advertise your shop. We will  advertise your Bike Box locations along with your shop onwww.24hrBikeShop.com  Additionally, if you're interested in placing a vending machine somewhere, let us know as we have time and money saving tips to offer(recicprocal advertisement please).