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Saturday, October 5, 2013

DATA CONFIRMS IT: DC IS THE NEW U.S. BIKE CITY TO WATCH | @PeopleforBikes


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Riding in DC's protected bike lane on 15th Street.
Well, Washington DC isn't working the way it's supposed to. But one thing in the District definitely has been: its local bike transportation policy.
Census data released last month validated an idea that's been bubbling through the bike world for a couple years now: of all the major U.S. cities reinvesting in human transportation, none has been making bikes work better for its people more rapidly than the nation's capital.
washington dc chart
Source: Census Bureau, via League of American Bicyclists.
Last year, the new estimates found, DC jumped past San Francisco and Seattle to become the nation's No. 3 city for bike commuting. Since 2007, the District has added about 9,000 net new regular bike commuters, almost as many as there are in all of Minneapolis, the No. 2 city. And all this despite having only a "Silver" rating from the League of American Biyclists' widely respected rating of cities' bike-friendliness. DC is the only major U.S. city that has sold more than 3 percent of its population on bike commuting without at least a "Gold" rating from the League.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Bike Shift Lever for Anybody, by Anybody | Kickstarter

For people who rely on their bicycle--even the two aluminum parts are cast from scrap so anyone can repair it or make it themselves.
Bicycle Shift Lever assembled
I’m Sue Knaup, the executive director of One Street, an international bicycle advocacy organization. I designed this bicycle shift lever after countless complaints from our partner organizations in all parts of the world. Programs that provide bicycles to people who need them for transportation, hauling goods and carrying their children can no longer find shift levers that hold up to hard use. They can choose from ridiculously complex and expensive shifters that are usually integrated with the brake lever or cheap shifters made of plastic and pot metal. Both types wear out within months of daily use and cannot be repaired.
I owned a bike shop here in Prescott, Arizona for 13 years before founding One Street in 2007 (read more about One Street at OneStreet.org). Even as a bike shop owner I was frustrated by the lack of dependable, affordable shift levers being made. But when I started hearing from One Street partner organizations that they were setting aside multitudes of donated bicycles because they could not repair the shift levers, I knew we had to do something.
I am a trained welder (stick, MIG and TIG) and have designed and built many varied items for my customers at the bike shop. I used this design and build experience to create the early prototypes, then worked with experts in aluminum casting and CAD design to produce this final prototype. The prototype lever and base were created with a CNC machine. However, the shifters funded by this Kickstarter campaign will be cast from scrap aluminum here in Prescott using a primitive casting method that anyone can set up in their backyard using a flower pot and household charcoal.
One element to be funded by this Kickstarter campaign will be the permanent casting molds. These molds will be CNC machined out of steel, which has a higher melting point than aluminum so that each mold will produce thousands of these shift levers. For the first production run, I will personally use the first mold with the primitive casting method and scrap aluminum I have already been collecting for this purpose. During this first production run, I will work with the casting experts to refine this method and capture every step in our manual for producing these shift levers.
The shifters that come from this first production run will be collector quality, marking the beginning of a new paradigm in bicycle parts production (we expect these shifters to be just the first of many bike parts from One Street Components). This new paradigm will center around local production using simple, even primitive methods and parts that are readily available in all areas of the world.
The funding goal for this campaign is set at $10,000, which is the minimum we need for the design and production of the early casting molds as well as the first production run.
If this campaign is successful and you are one of the lucky recipients of a shifter from this first run, I would very much like to hear your ideas for refinements. The next molds will be refined after receiving feedback about the shifters produced in the first run. These molds will be made available to our partners around the world who choose to license with us for producing and selling the shift levers themselves.
Even if someone does not want to license with us to produce and sell the shift levers, we will make our production manual available at a reasonable price. The manual will explain all the steps needed to produce the shift levers, including in depth guidance on the primitive aluminum casting method.
I so appreciate any support you can offer through this campaign and look forward to hearing your stories about helping people get their bikes rolling and shifting again with these shifters.
Technical Details:
• Symmetrical – works on right or left side.
• Compatible with all bikes and all gear ranges, front and rear.
• Uses only six parts.
• Easily repaired and customized with common parts.
• Primitive casting using scrap aluminum.
• Simple, durable design for people who depend on their bike.
• Lever is slightly longer than others with a broad face for people with weak or injured hands.
• Supports upside-down bike during repair.
• Hose clamp is a common item found throughout the world.
• Friction is created by spring of stainless steel hose clamp and adjustable bolt tension.
• Bolt and nut are a common size, coarse thread; fits either an 11mm or 7/16” wrench.
• Nut rests inside recessed hex hole in bottom of base so bolt can be tightened easily from the top.
• Bottle cap visually emphasizes DIY design and functions as a slippery washer; customizable.
• Holes in bottle cap and hose clamp can be punched with large nail for easy repair and replacement.

[See more at Kickstarter]

WILD & UNKNOWN ALASKA | @SalsaCycles


To me, Alaska has always seemed like a far off wild country with no rules or laws. It seemed like a place where there might be more wild animals drinking beer at the bar than humans. I pictured few paved, and mostly minimum maintenance, roads that had car-swallowing ruts for miles. I imagined that people there carried guns on their hips, and the sheriff wore a cowboy hat with a tin star under his duster. These were the visions that floated through my dreams as a youngster longing to visit a not-yet-settled land.
My dreams started to come true when we announced the winner of our Reveal the Path contest. Erinn Vasquez solicited five more votes than the next closest contestant in the final minutes of voting. Click here to see his winning video. It was official, we had a winner and we needed to draw straws to determine which lucky Salsa team members were going to get the privilege to go to the beaches of the Kenai Peninsula. The straw drawing came shortly after we shipped Erinn his sweet new Mukluk Ti, the other half of his winnings.
Bobby Dahlberg and I came out the victors, and it only took a few weeks for the tears from the rest of the crew to dry. My mind found this an amazing excuse to buy a bucket load of new gear. And I do mean a bunch…quite possibly too much. But that theme seemed to be the same for everyone on the trip. From tents to cookware, to new camera gear, the folks on this trip found ways to make it memorable.
The Trip:
The trip was arranged to ride the same section of beach from Clam Gulch to Homer as is seen in the film Reveal The Path. We set out for three full days of riding with a day up front to test our gear and get a warm-up ride in, and a day after as a free day for travel and sightseeing. For Bobby and I, the free day would be for salmon fishing.
Day one we journeyed to Resurrection Pass. We heard of beautiful views of waterfalls and other tranquil Alaskan landscapes. On loaded Mukluk’s we set out for a climb. The gravel from the parking lot turned to singletrack and we headed up. And we headed up some more. This year, Alaska had a winter that lingered on much like most of the upper Midwest and their season was three to four weeks behind schedule. But the bike gods smiled down on us the whole trip and gave us beautiful weather with plenty of sunshine and 70-degree days. The nights did dip down into the 40’s and 50’s, but it was comfortable with the sun shining in your tent…more on that later.

Epic Crash: Don't Always Follow Your Friends

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pedal-A-Watt Generator


Pictured above is the Easy Pedal-A-Watt Package

  • Simple, quick insertion and removal of bike.  See setup video here
  • Sets up easily. Folds up for storage and transport - weighs 21 lbs
  • Price cannot be beat for 400 watts of power
  • Lifetime Warranty - we have been in business for 14 years  
  • Power small, household appliances such as a desktop PC, laptop, or stereo
The Pedal-A-Watt bicycle stand keeps the user fit while creating power that may be used to power lights and/or other small appliances.

Any bicycle that is in good shape will work with the Pedal-a-Watt Stand as long as the wheel is 20 inches or greater.  Smooth road tires work better than off road knobby tires as there will less noise and vibration.  See how easy it is to setup and use the Pedal-A-Watt in this short video.

The average rider will produce between 125 and 300 watts using the Pedal-a-Watt. While this may not seem like much power, many pieces of equipment draw very little power and can be powered for long spans of time with small amounts of power. For example, a laptop only draws 50 watts so one 20 minute workout could run the laptop for well over an hour.
The Easy Pedal-A-Watt Package is a great way to provide power during power outages.  During Hurricane Sandy many of our customers were able to provide power for heating, microwaves, mobile devices and high efficiency lighting during the nearly two weeks that some were without power.  Adding a solar panel option will increase the energy available.
Want to make your kids pedal for their TV time? See the PowerPak accessory and plug their TV into the PowerPak instead of the wall!

The Pedal-A-Watt may be used with our PowerPak to store power that may be used at a later time (see the PowerPak below under the Accessories Explanation section). The PowerPak may then be tapped at a later time when the energy is needed. Simply plug your appliance into the PowerPak's outlet.

Want a simple and cost effective way to show users and onlookers that the Pedal-A-Watt is creating useful energy? Our LED Light Strip accessory plugs right into the Pedal-A-Watt (requires 12 vdc regulator and 12 ft. cable with cigarette lighter plug options) and provides very bright light for hours after only 10 minutes of pedaling.  Great for emergency lighting or demonstrations.

The 12 vdc regulator accessory is required for use with the PowerPak or anytime 12 volt batteries are being charged. 

[See more at Pedal-A-Watt]

What the Rise of Technology Has to Do With the Decline of Driving | The Atlantic Cities


What the Rise of Technology Has to Do With the Decline of Driving
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In dozens of small ways, emerging technology has been subtly nudging our behavior – at work, at home, while socializing or traveling – in ways that directly impact how people use transportation.
Teleconferencing has made telework more common. E-commerce has reduced the need to drive to the mall. Real-time arrival apps have made public transit more predictable. Solar-powered stations have helped bike-share expand. WiFi and smart phones have made it possible to get work done on a moving bus, raising the mental cost of driving alone. And social media, for some people, has reduced the need to travel across town to see a friend you might more easily connect with on Facebook.
None of these personal technology trends has really revolutionized American mobility patterns, and for that reason it's easy to overlook their importance in influencing how people get around (people are driving less because of... apps?). But taken together? "They really seem to be more than the sum of their parts," says Phineas Baxandall with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

Brompton World Championship 2013 | @BromptonBicycle YouTube

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Midwest Outdoor Experience (formerly GearFest) - Oct. 4-5, 2013


Midwest Outdoor Experience (formerly GearFest) has grown beyond just gear and exploded into a multi-day event, featuring outdoor activitiesexhibitor village,competitionsmusiccraft beer garden & foodcampingexciting demos and more!Midwest Outdoor Experience offers something for the budding weekend warrior to the hardcore outdoor enthusiast. With over 15,000 visitors during the 2012 event, Midwest Outdoor Experience is one of the largest festivals celebrating the outdoor lifestyle in the Midwest.

http://www.metroparks.org/outdoorx/



Panty Raid: "How to Fix a Flat"


Panty Raid: "How to Fix a Flat" from Panty Raid on Vimeo.

Turn two plastic bottles and a hanger into the world’s best DIY bicycle fenders!

The most sophisticated, durable, efficient, simple, discreet, reliable, unique, soundless (not more clanking), light, eco-friendly, good looking bicycle fenders in the world. And they are free  :)
Am I exaggerating?
UPDATE: After six months of everyday use in the city (loads of rain), it’s still in perfect condition! I’m genuinely excited with this hack, it really is the best bicycle fender your money can’t buy!
Finally! The tutorial is here! Take a look to the detailed illustration (click on it and then zoom it to the actual size) and if you have any problems understanding something let me know in the comments section.
Also, I forgot to put it into the illustration that if you can put reflective stickers on the back of the fender so the drivers can see you in the dark. It even looks cooler that way.
DIY fenders tutorial




















In real life it looks like this:

A Nutty Idea for a Crazy Town: Bike Share Blossoms in NYC | Wall Street Journal


Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City's transportation commissioner. Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal
New York
The bike helmet on her head said "Nutcase," and though this was merely the name of the Oregon company that made it, there was something wry and self-aware about Janette Sadik-Khan choosing to wear one on the streets of New York. You had to be a little unhinged and adventurous to have the big vision that Sadik-Khan, New York City's transportation commissioner, brought to this unruly madhouse of a city. You didn't need to be a nutcase. But it helped to be a little nutcase-ish.
Because here we were, on a perfect Manhattan morning not long ago, sitting in an intersection on the West Side near 14th Street, where just a few years ago, we would have been promptly run over by a truck. Instead we were drinking iced coffees. And around us, other people were drinking iced coffees, prepared at a coffee stand that, like us, sat in an intersection where just a few years ago, it would have been promptly run over by a truck.

RideSTRONG for Cancer Survivors 2013 | @YMCAColumbus‎


TRAIN for 250 miles (we’ll help you!)

From Oct. 1-Nov 8, train at the YMCA’s indoor and outdoor cycling classes exclusively for RideSTRONG participants. You can participate in all of the RideSTRONG training classes at any YMCA branch.* track your mileage Coming Oct. 1

RAISE $250 (or more!)

That’s a dollar per mile. $250 will support one survivor to participate in LiveSTRONG at the YMCA for 6 weeks.

RideSTRONG Nov 9

Join hundreds of cyclists in Central Ohio’s largest indoor cycling event: The RideSTRONG for Cancer Survivors! 100 bikes, 6 hours, celebrity cycling instructors, raffle prizes** every hour, swag, plus 2 TREK bikes grand prizes! Select your own 2-hour time slot and join hundreds of cyclists in Central Ohio's largest indoor cycling.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wukong Animation | YouTube

Bicycle Touring - DC to Pittsburgh to Toronto


Bicycle Touring - DC to Pittsburgh to Toronto from Levi on Vimeo.
www.levipounds.com

I want this to be the video you show the friends that ask, "You're doing WHAT this summer vacation!?"

Video of my 2013 vacation: a solo unsupported bicycle tour from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh via the C&O Towpath followed by the Great Allegheny Passage route. From Pittsburgh, I used google maps turn by turn navigation set to "bicycle routes" until Toronto. The video was shot and edited by me.

Music:
40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
I do not own the rights to this music
(this video is not for profit and will not be monetized)

Shot with a Canon T4i and Sigma 30mm 1.4.
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition using Protune.
Edited on Final Cut Pro x in conjunction with GoPro Cineform Studio.
Exported using Compressor.

A Different Kind Of Bike Share Lets You Lock Your Bike Wherever You Want | FastCompany


Bike shares are exploding in popularity in cities, but the docking stations are expensive and ugly. Why not just lock up a bike where you need and have a GPS smartphone app to track them down?

Most bike sharing schemes are based around fixed hubs. You take a bike at one location and return it to another point in the network. Social Bicycles is different: You can leave the bike anywhere within a designated area. The bike--fitted with GPS, a cell link, and a computer--is the star, not the docking system.
That's good for a couple of reasons. One, it's much cheaper--about half the price, according to Social Bicycle's CEO Ryan Rzepecki. And two, the infrastructure is more flexible. While schemes like New York's Citi Bike operate from heavy fixed-length corrals, free-floating bikes can use conventional racks, minimizing neighborhood disruption.











"Our system behaves just like an stationary dock system, but it has other upsides," Rzepecki says. "The stations can be regular pieces of steel that are cheaper to install. You can put in racks that better reflect the community and are more context-sensitive."
You rent a Social bike either by booking in advance, or going up to one in the street. An app shows you where available ones are located. You punch in an account number to a keypad on the back, and enter a PIN code (like using an ATM). That releases a yellow lock, which you place in a holder at the side.
Social Bicycles is currently run out of a small office on Manhattan's Lower East Side. I visited recently to try out the bike: it was comfortable to sit on, felt lighter than a Citi Bike (which are tanks) and is nice to look at. Rzepecki explained that it's modeled after a classic Dutch design (see pictures in the slide show).











The bikes are currently in four locations: Hoboken, New Jersey (25 bikes), San Francisco airport (40), Sun Valley, Idaho (18), and Buffalo (70). And next year, there'll be two more: Phoenix (500 bikes) and Tampa (300).
Most bike shares use the fixed hub model. But the free-floating idea is catching on as well. ViaCycle, which we covered here, is on Georgia Tech and George Mason University campuses, and the company recently launched in downtown Las Vegas. Germany has several free-form schemes--notably Call a Bike, which launched in 2002, and is operated by the national railway.









Rzepecki is keen to stress that social bikes are not as free-range as they look (probably because some people have criticized the German bikes as being hard to find). GPS tracking means operators always know where they are, he says, and there are incentives to keep rides within certain areas. In Hoboken, if you leave a bike in a different location from where you picked it up, there's an extra fee. If you take it back to the starting point, there's no extra charge. And, if you put a bike in a location that needs a bike, you get a credit. Out-of-area docking costs $10.
"Potentially you have this self-balancing system," he says. "The economic penalty and the technology leads to the effective return to the hubs the same way as the docking stations out there do."
With U.S. bike sharing more than doubling in the last year (the Earth Policy Institute has agood run-down), there's probably room for several models. Free-float systems could make sense for cities and towns that want to avoid high upfront costs, and want more dock flexibility. Early projects, like the ones in Hoboken and Las Vegas, will help make the case either way.

Recon Jet with George Hincapie


Recon Jet with George Hincapie from Recon Instruments on Vimeo.
George Hincapie takes Recon Jet for a ride. Order now at http://jet.reconinstruments.com

Recon Jet delivers information instantly, effortlessly and unobtrusively via a microcomputer and high-resolution widescreen Heads-up Display. All this is mounted on a precision-engineered, fashionable pair of sunglasses on par with the best in the world.

George Hincapie is one of the most recognized riders in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories to his credit. He rode in the Tour de France 17 times, won three US National Road Race championships, competed in a record 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen races and finished second at the gruelling Paris-Roubaix, the best ever for any American.

Monday, September 30, 2013

REVIEW: PORLEX MINI MILL VS. HARIO SLIM MILL | The Epicurian Cyclist


Porlex Mini Mill Review
There is nothing quite like a fine well-brewed cup of coffee before…during…and after a bicycle ride. Many of my close friends will attest for my near obsessive love of coffee. In our apartment, I have a little “coffee corner” which has no less than 5 ways to make coffee as well as a small pile of gadgets and doodads (digital scale, measuring spoon, small artisanal drinking cups). At the heart of all the coffee paraphernalia and coffee making process is our grinder, the Porlex Mini Mill.
Porlex Mini Mill Review
The Porlex is not cheap. I had lusted after one for a while, but was quite content with my Hario Slim Millthat was half the price. However, after about 9 months, my Hario broke at the handle in a place that couldn’t be easily fixed, so I gave myself the green light for the Porlex.

Garmin Edge Touring Plus


Edge Touring Plus works like the GPS navigator you use in your car, only with maps and features specifically designed to help you find your way by bike. Whether you have a specific destination in mind, or just a distance you want to ride, Edge Touring Plus gives you the freedom to know you can find your way. You can even find and download rides others have completed on Garmin Connect and Garmin Adventures, or share your own with the community.
EdgeT menu

Find Places and Get Directions

Bike-specific maps preloaded in Edge Touring Plus make it easy to get from point A to point B (and beyond) and back again. Simply search for points of interest and Edge Touring Plus will give you turn-by-turn directions to your destination(s). You can choose between cycling, tour cycling and mountain biking modes to calculate the most appropriate route for the type of cycling you do, taking you on paved roads, unpaved roads or on paths and trails.
With round trip routing, you can tell Edge Touring Plus how far you’d like to ride and then choose from up to 3 ride options that will bring you back to where you started. The device makes it easy to plan rest stops, find attractions along the way and more.

Connect to Your Edge

Use Edge Touring Plus with a wireless ANT+™ heart rate monitor (sold separately) to help you track and log how hard you’re working. This ANT+ technology also provides integration for compatible eBikes to show range, remaining charge and other key data.

Search for Rides and Adventures

Don’t have a specific destination in mind? Search for rides others have completed on Garmin Connect or Garmin Adventures. Then download them to Edge Touring Plus to follow on your next ride. Customize the rides or create completely new ones and then download them to your device as well.
Connect activity

Share Your Experiences

Edge Touring Plus records where you ride so you can upload your rides to Garmin Connect or Garmin Adventures and relive them whenever you want. Garmin Connect and Garmin Adventures are free and allow you to share your cycling adventures with friends, family or fellow riders.

[Garmin Edge Touring Plus]

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Frank Seebode's letter to COP - Why I decided to put on the Ohio Fall Challenge | bike-ohio.wildapricot.org


FROM THE BIKE-OHIO.COM site

Why does a person decide to voluntarily lead an event be bicycling, boating, hiking, and the like? I would say it is because they have a passion for the event and the desire to bring others into the experience of the event. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits provided the medium for transaction to occur. COP simply asks those leaders to follow some guidelines and rules for safety, risk management, and record keeping. It is a relationship where the volunteer leader and COP both win. COP has generally kept a hands off approach to events management, even events that were fund raisers for COP. For example, in cycling a ride like Rocky lead by Peggie Shaw and Mitch O’Donnell is their ride, not COP’s. Peggie and Mitch have the passion, COP provides the medium for the ride to happen, and all parties benefit from that relationship. As long as COP gets the liability release, you are generally happy.
When there is no one who has the passion to run the event, there is no event. Nearly all people volunteer to run an event because they have a passion for that event, not because it is good for COP. An example of that is the Thursday evening New Albany. This is a large ride and when Jeff F., and Jeff S decided they had enough of running this ride did any COP members step up to run this ride for the good of COP? The answer was no. There was one person who had the passion to lead this ride. That person was Shannon Kurek. Did he do this because he was helping out COP? No, he was not even a member of COP, he did have a passion for the ride. He is now a member and both COP and Shannon benefit from the relationship.
One problem for COP has had is that over the years there has been steady decline in the number of people who have the passion to actually lead rides. That has become most apparent in more complex events where a significant amount of time is involved. Many pay events simply ceased to exist. Several cycling events (MOC, TOP, HOOT) became budget tours. In 2007 even CFC was canceled until I stepped in at the last minute to run it. Multiday events used to be quite a common offering in COP and now multiday events are quite rare outside boating.
TOSRV though was the 800 pound gorilla. COP could not let this bicycle ride die like it had with plenty of other rides when nobody had the passion to volunteer to run TOSRV. The COP board went to plan B, a paid Bicycling Events Director that was responsible for all bicycling events that generated revenue. With that for all intents and purposes COP ceased to be a volunteer organization when it came to the generation of money. COP now has a professional side and a volunteer side. As you well know the new business model formula is basically as follows:
Event Profit (no salary) + Membership Fees = Salary + Medical Insurance + Newsletter + Rent + Office Equip. & Supplies + Free Event Insurance.
The problem is I do not think event profit and membership fees will cover the expenses and thus the new business model will fail. A significant reason why it this will happen is COP’s approach to running TOSRV. The formula to generate TOSRV’s revenue was simple, provide a bare bones tour at the cheapest cost possible. COP has decided that this formula should remain unchanged. The problem has
been and in my opinion will continue to be that fewer and fewer people feel that TOSRV is a product they want to return and do again. There are plenty of people who love this ride. That number though gets smaller every year. There is only one path this can lead to, a non-profitable event. Right now TOSRV needs around 1800 riders to break even. TOSRV ridership levels with the current approach will decline to that 1800 ridership level fairly soon.
When TOSRV does not make a profit then COP’s business model will fail and the professional side will simply cease to exist. What will disappear as well is all the events the professional side runs. That means CFC will disappear. COP volunteer side will survive and you will restructure the operations so it be all volunteer. For simplicity sake you will spin off GOBA and it will become a freestanding entity.
With 5 Bicycle Event Directors of Event Directors in two years three months it sure seems that this new position has not gone off as envisioned. TOSRV 2014 will make four years that COP has had a new director learning the ropes or no one at all. COP hired an Event Director twice between November and March both times the newly hired person quit shortly after accepting COP’s job offer. Then COP had no one. I would venture to say that if Bill Gordon (a cyclist) did not offer himself as a candidate there would be no Events Director even today and thus no attempt to put on CFC. The question is how long will Bill want this job and how long COP wants Bill.
I have a passion for tough bicycle rides. I want to make sure a tough two day ride continues. I was on the route committee for the first CFC. I was the person to provide the Columbus to Athens routes ideas which Ed Honton agreed to and scraped his Columbus to New Philadelphia thoughts. CFC developed its cult like following during the Athens era. When CFC was canceled in 2007 and I stepped into to run it, I did not do this for COP. I did this for the ride. Clearly I have a passion for this ride. COP has become too unreliable of an entity for me to be assured that it will continue to put on CFC for the long term. COP was well on the pathway of not having anyone to run this year. In fact I really thought that COP would not put on CFC this year. COP prospects for a long term commitment to CFC still looks very dim because your business model will fail. My passion for CFC lead me to decided that I was going to do a CFC style ride. I want a quality event run by qualified folks. I can see myself easily doing this for another 10 years or as long as people are still willing to attend.
Sincerely; Frank Seebode 

[Bike-Ohio]

10 things people never say in restaurants | The secret bike mechanic


  1. "If I bring my own food, can you just heat it up for me?"

    And if the proprietor obligingly says yes to (1), then:
  2. "I don't know anything about cooking. Could you just quickly talk me through what ingredients to buy and how to prepare them?"
     
  3. "Can I just borrow a knife and a chopping board? I know what I'm doing, I used to work in a canteen."

I’d Rather Be a Messenger | MessMedia


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I’m speeding across town, weaving in and out of traffic. I’ve already done sixteen runs. Good messengers do twenty-five, but I’ll settle for twenty. I’m tired, and it’s late. But I’m trying for that magic number. So I pedal harder. I’m pushing, trying to reach the front of the line of traffic. As I move up to take the lead, I no longer feel tired. My mind is working fast, checking out openings. I hug the curb, keeping clear of the traffic. But I’m riding too close to construction debris: there are mounds of dry cement powder on the road. Before I realize what’s happening, the hike skids out of control. I pump the brakes but still can’t keep my balance. I can feel myself going down. The impact on the cold pavement overwhelms me. I remember there is a truck behind me, but my body won’t move. My head can turn, so I twist it backward and stare helplessly at the driver seated high above me. I feel like a conquered gladiator. The driver motions to me to lie still, not to move until I’m ready. The shock passes. I pick myself up unsteadily and walk my bicycle over to the curb. Still shaken, I get back on and begin to ride, a little slower, a little less arrogant, no longer trying for that magic number.”
So ended my first week as a bicycle messenger. I took the job in order to study bicycle messengers, but after a day or two I had become more concerned with magic numbers than with researching the story. Although it made me hesitant to continue riding, the accident on the cement powder put me back on the right path: I began to concentrate on meeting and arranging interviews with other messengers. I also began to understand the attractions of “messengering” as a way of life, particularly the romance of danger.