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Saturday, March 8, 2014

FOUR WHEELS BAD: CAR LOSES AUSTIN RUSH HOUR RACE TO BIKE, BUS, PEDESTRIAN | Austin Post

It was a simple enough idea. Last Friday, five Austin Post reporters set off across the center of town around 5 p.m. to see how our city's transportation options stack up: just a little more than four miles through rush hour hell.
We avoided the parking lot that was I-35 and the river of cars known as Mopac. No, we were in the mood for a multi-modal race, and we also wanted to test the powers of the new MetroRapid bus. We chose Guadalupe as our race route because it traverses the living, breathing (if not always moving) heart of the city and can be traversed any way you like, short of water travel. And so: 38th and Guadalupe to South Congress and Monroe.
Five travelers, five modes:
  • MetroRapid Bus
  • Regular Bus
  • Car
  • Bike
  • On Foot
We assumed our pedestrian would come in last. Austin traffic might be horrendous, but there’s no way a not-particularly-athletic person can walk 4.5 miles faster than a car can drive it, right?
Well, you know what they say about assumptions: don’t make any when it comes to how bad Austin traffic can be. We'll let the results speak for themselves:
Yes, that graph is correct: the driver came in last place and took an hour and a half to get 4.5 miles through town. That’s half the time it takes to get to Dallas on a good day. The regular bus didn’t do much better, clocking in at just under 80 minutes. 

Braving the Deep, Deadly South on a Bicycle | MSN News

The 'ghost bike' rests on a tree along Poindexter Drive in south Charlotte, N.C., as a tribute to Carl Hedrick, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on May 1, 2011.
Ken Spicer’s grandkids were expecting him when they heard the accident. From inside the house it sounded like a car had hit a post. But they knew differently when they heard their grandfather, age 70, cry out for help.
“I was knocked up into the air,” Spicer remembers. “My head hit the windshield, I came down on the hood, and then down onto the pavement.” While biking to his son’s house he’d been hit by a neighbor driving a white Subaru SUV. “The next thing I remember I was lying in both lanes of the street, in the most excruciating pain of my life,” he says. He had traveled all of three blocks.
This kind of accident can, and does, happen anywhere. But if you live where Ken does, in the Deep South — outside Charleston, South Carolina, in Ken’s case — this kind of accident is more likely to occur. Much more likely.
According to a benchmark study, released last year by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, the states of the southern U.S. are the most dangerous per biker, and per bike mile traveled, by a wide margin. If you bike in South Carolina you are 10 times likelier to be hit and killed by a car than if you bike in Oregon, one of America’s safer states for cyclists. In North Carolina, eight times more likely. In Louisiana, seven. If you bike in Mississippi, that number is close to 13.

SRAM Road Hydraulic Recall Announcement - March 6, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Best Indoor Bike Parks

Take it inside to pedal all winter long—no lobster mitts required.

Ray’s Indoor MTB Park


Ray’s Cleveland location is a 130,000-square-foot, two-story wonderland filled with swoopy jump lines, XC loops, pump tracks, teeter-totters, and foam pits. Ray’s opened a second park in Milwaukee in 2010 and both locations host a free annual Women’s Weekend featuring female pro instructors. 

Price: $21–$27/day

Features: Foam pit, kids' programs, lessons, pump track, rentals, street features, women-only programs

Info: raysmtb.com

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Mirrycle Rear View Mirror - This is a universal fit mirror, that fits in to the end of a handle bar or mirror mount. The convex lens gives a great width of view, without making things look too small


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Avid BB7 Front Disc Brake Kit (pair) - This kit includes everything you need to upgrade your trike's brake system to the best mechanical disc brake system available. Perfect for for any homebuilds.


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FSA Gossamer 52/42/30 Triple Crankset w/Guard and EXO Bottom Bracket - The FSA Gossamer Crankset features an EXO sealed bearing Bottom Bracket and comes with a chain guard. The ramped and pinned chainrings shift very well. 

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SRAM X7 10-Speed Rear Derailleur - This Mountain Rear Derailleur supports wide range cassettes and up to a 36T cog for low climbing gears. Features SRAM Exact Actuation for precise and dependable 10 speed performance.

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20in SRAM PG-1050 11-36 10sp Cassette w/X7 Derailleur X10 chain TT500 bar shifter - Efficient and reliable, this 10-Speed system has a wide range 11-36t cassette. Includes to 50 bar end shifter.

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The Unsolved Case of the "Lost Cyclist" | Smithsonian


Author David V. Herlihy discusses his book about Frank Lenz's tragic failed attempt to travel the world by bicycle

Shown here are Thomas Allen, left, and William Sachtleben, right, in 1892 in China

The sport of high wheel riding was introduced to the United States from England in the late 1870s. In its first decade, it was an elitist, fringe sport. American cyclists were predominately well-to-do young men daring enough to mount high wheelers—bikes with a large front wheel and tiny rear wheel. In 1892, Frank Lenz, an accountant turned long-distance cyclist from Pittsburgh, set off on a solo around-the-world tour to promote the “safety bicycle,” a successor to the high wheeler and precursor to today’s road bike that would ultimately spark the great, turn-of-the-century bicycle boom and transform cycling into a popular sport. In his new book, The Lost Cyclist, bike historian David V. Herlihy tells the story of Lenz, his mysterious disappearance in a volatile part of east Turkey and the ensuing investigation led by William Sachtleben, a fellow cyclist who succeeded in circumnavigating the world by bike. 
What drew you to this story? It’s been about 20 years since I first delved into bicycle history. I was familiar with the [bicycle] boom-era literature of the 1890s. Lenz is a name that comes up a fair amount. In the summer of 1890, he rode to St. Louis along the National Road from Pittsburgh. Then, in August 1891, he rode from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. But of course when he embarked on this around-the-world journey, he became quite the celebrity. When he disappeared in Turkey a few years later, he became even more famous. I knew there was a mystery surrounding him and found him an intriguing character. But I also knew, as well known as he was in the 1890s, he was completely forgotten afterwards. 
Lenz’s accounts of his pedal across North America and Asia, published by his sponsor Outing magazine, had, as you say in the book, “an intimacy only a cyclist could enjoy.” So what intimacies did bike touring allow that other travel up until that point hadn’t?  Sachtleben talked about how there is such a thing as too much comfort in traveling. In his time, only the wealthy took European tours. Typically, they traveled by luxury steamer and coach, with servants and trunks in tow. You don’t have any of that when you’re traveling by bike. You are not insulated. You’re there. You’re vulnerable. The bicycle really brings you to the people. You can’t help but interact with them. Lenz, too, recognized that travel by bicycle was a very intimate way to experience a culture. Both men became magnets for unwanted attention, not just because they were Westerners in foreign lands, but also because their vehicles were new and wondrous to the locals, who often demanded riding demonstrations.

Upon their return to the United States in the spring of 1893, Allen and Sachtleben are celebrated in the pages of Bearings magazine


[ Read more at Smithsonian Magazine ] 

FOUND: ROLL UP OR ROLL OUT WITH THE MINIMALIST MUSGUARD FENDER FOR FIXIES

Musgaurd Bike Fender



























Love it or hate it, Kickstarter has given the cycling community dozens of great projects. Among them is the Musguard, a super minimal fender that attaches to your seatube with velcro, and can be rolled up and stashed on your frame once the sun comes out to play. The only caveat is that it’s low slung profile works best on bikes without a rear brake.

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The  fender is die cut from a recyclable polypropylene (PP) plastic sheet and weighs only 40 grams. You can pick one up here in a wide variety of colors for $29.


Hit play if you’re into 80s kicks and hipster kids. More interested in a neat way to stay dry ? Then just skip ahead to the one minute mark.

Bill requires breath-test device for first-time OVI offenders | Chillicothe Gazette


The family of a beloved Chillicothe attorney killed by a drunken driver wants everyone convicted of driving while impaired to have their breath tested before they drive again.

Annie Rooney


Ohio law requires ignition interlock devices for repeat drunken drivers, but the family of Annie Rooney wants the device installed for first-time offenders as well. The device requires drivers to blow into a breathalyzer, which calculates blood-alcohol concentration, and will prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver tests higher than the preset limit, usually 0.025 BAC.

“It’s like having an electronic probation officer in the front seat,” said Doug Scoles, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Ohio.

The bill, introduced by State Reps. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, and Gary Scherer, R-Circleville, on Thursday, is called Annie’s Law in memory of the 36-year-old Rooney, who died after colliding with drunken driver Shira Seymour on July 4 in Ross County. In February, Seymour was sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison for Rooney’s death.

[ Read more on chillicothegazette.com ]

Creepy Bike Seat Sculptures That Look Like Faces

Creepy Bike Seat Sculptures by Clem Chen
Artist Clem Chen used a taxidermy animal mouth and glass eye to transform a pair of bicycle seats into creepy sculptures that look like faces. The sculpture “Bite It” features a ferocious animal mouth, while “Pink Eye” has one all-seeing glass eye.
Creepy Bike Seat Sculptures by Clem Chen

Thursday, March 6, 2014

INTRODUCING PEOPLE TO BIKE RIDING (WITHOUT RUINING THEIR DAY) | People for Bikes

green lanes
Image: Chicago DOT
If you’re reading this, chances are you already love biking. You have fond memories of weaving through trees, finding serenity in the blur of asphalt passing beneath your wheels, and enjoying a soundtrack made up entirely of your own heartbeat and the hum of rotating tires. And there’s probably someone out there who you wish felt just like you do about riding bikes.
Go ahead and make a convert out of them. But before you do, read this quick and dirty list of do's and don’ts for sharing the bicycling love:

Bicycling to opportunity...in safety | US DOT

When I was mayor of Charlotte, NC, I helped oversee development of a Complete Streets approach to transportation that included motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, transit passengers, and the businesses that lined the city's streets. I also was mayor when the Charlotte Center City Partners launched Charlotte B-Cycle, the largest urban bike-sharing system in the Southeast.
Cities and towns across the country are taking steps to make biking an option for their residents, but we have a responsibility to make sure that it's a safe option, too. Because, even though NHTSA reports national total crash fatalities at record lows, bicyclist and pedestrian deaths have not followed suit.
I didn't tolerate it as mayor of Charlotte, and we certainly won’t stand still at DOT and allow this crisis to build up over time. As I told the enthusiastic bicycling advocates yesterday at the 2014 National Bike Summit, our roads should be safe; they should be easy places to travel, no matter how we’re traveling on them.
Photo of Secretary Foxx at 2014 National Bike Summit
Photo courtesy of Brian Palmer
Traditionally, bicycling has not benefited from federal transportation investments. But in the past few years, our TIGER program has invested more than $150 million dollars in projects that have helped improve bike networks across the country.

The Infinity Pedal | Kickstarter



A revolutionary bike pedal born from the need for function, simplicity and form. By MöBIUS CYCLING

THE INFINITY PEDAL

Here it is the Infinity Pedal. And this is why it make you and your bicycle awesome.

FUNCTION

Infinite Engagement Positions (IEP) (Notice how it is round not flat) 

Work on final leg of the Little Kanawha Connector bike trail to start | News and Sentinel


Three miles of county land between it and Rail Trail

PARKERSBURG - A bicycle and multi-use trail more than 15 years in the making is planned to be completed this year.
Parkersburg-based 3D Construction is slated to start work March 10 on a 3,400-foot segment extending the Little Kanawha Connector, which starts near Point Park, from near the East Street Bridge along East and Mary streets and West Virginia 47 out to the city limits at Corning Park.
Plans for the path were submitted to the state in the late '90s, but funding for completion has only become available in recent years, Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said.

Article Photos

Photo by Evan Bevins
Parkersburg Development Director Rickie Yeager shows where the extension of the Little Kanawha Connector bicycle and multi-use trail will be placed this spring and summer along Mary Street.

"It goes back a ways," he said. "The whole purpose was to get it to the (North Bend Rail Trail) out there by the college."
The 72-mile trail covering portions of Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge and Harrison counties ends on Happy Valley Road near West Virginia University at Parkersburg. That's about three miles from the end of the Little Kanawha Connector once the project is completed this summer.
"Now the city's done all they can do when that's done," said Kim Coram, a Parkersburg city councilwoman and coordinator for the Wood County Alternative Transportation Council.
Then it will be up to the county, including the council Coram heads, to make the final connection.
"This three-mile connection connects us to a 1,400-mile network," she said, referring to a network of trails winding through 52 counties in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

[ Read more at newsandsentinel.com ]

Women’s Bicycling Forum Confronts Obstacles to Getting More Women Riding | streetsblog.org

NOW President Terry O'Neill told the Women's Forum that they need to put women -- not bicycles -- at the center of their analysis. Photo: Brian Palmer
NOW President Terry O’Neill told the Women’s Forum that they need to put women — not bicycles — at the center of their analysis. Photo: Brian Palmer
This year marks the third time a Women’s Bicycling Forum has preceded the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC, and, despite weather emergencies and an epidemic of flight cancellations, this is by far the best-attended one yet.
Despite impressive momentum, the movement to get more women on bikes faces many obstacles. Yesterday, National Organization of Women President Terry O’Neill laid out some barriers to women’s cycling that don’t often make it into the conversation. When bike advocates focus on safe infrastructure, group rides, and kitten-heel-friendly bike fashion to lure women, O’Neill says they might be missing some important points.
Overlooked Factors
Commuting to work by bike is all well and good if you live near work, O’Neill said, but low-wage women workers in the service industry — who live on the poor side of town and work on the rich side — might have long commutes on dangerous arterial streets at non-traditional hours. Telling them to bike that route is a losing battle.
But it’s also an opportunity to make important connections with other movements, she said — like the fight for affordable housing in all communities, so that more people can live near their jobs.
Women are also more sensitive than men to the dangers they face, not just from cars but from predators, O’Neill noted. Being exposed and unprotected on a bike might be a deal-breaker for women who have been victims of sexual assault or stalking.
Plus, it’s well-known that women’s days are more complicated than men’s. Grocery shopping, child-care dropoff, and soccer practice all create multi-point trips with different cargo. As Megan Odett of Kidical Mass DC says, a $100 investment will allow you to do about 75 percent of everything you need to do on your bike with your kid. But to make all your trips on a bike requires an investment of thousands: Cargo bikes and electric assists are not cheap.
O’Neill suggests that the women’s bike movement should shift its focus. “What do we do to bring women to bikes?” is the wrong question, she said. “Put women at the center of your analysis and you’ll ask, ‘What do we need to do to make bicycles a smart, natural no-brainer solution for the challenges women face in their everyday lives?’”

A High-Tech Rickshaw For The 21st-Century Commuter

INTRODUCING ECLIPSE: A PRETTY REDESIGN OF THE CENTURIES-OLD STREET VEHICLE.

Rickshaws, perhaps better known now as pedicabs, have come into vogue in recent years as a greener and easier alternative for getting around in crowded American cities. Next week in particular, thousands of visitors will swarm Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest festival, and will likely rely on some 500 or more pedicabbies for transportation between events.
That said, none of those carriages are likely to be as stunning as Eclipse, a new rickshaw concept that its designer Kenneth Cobonpue calls “a more civilized version of the humble three-wheeler.”











In both the United States and in South America and Asia (where Cobonpue’s studio is headquartered) modern rickshaw designs haven’t evolved much past their original 1800s counterparts--and in some ways, that’s okay. Passenger carts are low-tech by definition: they operate off the grid and are used exclusively for short distance travel. At the same time, if rickshaws came with a few more amenities, perhaps their adoption rate would imprive in urban areas.
Cobonpue’s proposal includes things that passengers might find on an Amtrak or in a new car: cupholders, an iPhone charging dock, speakers, a fan, and panels that can close. The feel of luxury is meant to extend to the peddler, too: the handlebars and seats are covered in soft, but waterproof, hand-stitched faux leather. The entire vehicle is built from aluminum and a woven polyethylene, so it’s both sturdy and lightweight. The piece is in line with Cobonpue's other work, which features woven, hardy, outdoor furniture.
Read on and more photos at FastCompany

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

You Should Treat A Cyclist The Way You Treat A Horse



See Cyclist. Think Horse. Safer Scotland driver/bicycle safety PSA.

Where Do You Want to Go? | Cogenhagenize

Copenhagenize Traffic Planning Guide II
Things are changing, no doubt about it. All over the world. Like in every paradigm shift there are cities that move fast, cities that try to play catch up and cities that are still tying their shoelaces in the starting blocks.

One of the primary challenges that remains is the perception of who infrastructure is for. I meet many politicians and planners around the world who clearly think that they are expected to provide safe infrastructure for the few people riding bicycles in their city right now. They fail to understand that they should be building infrastructure for all the citizens who COULD be riding a bicycle if they felt safe on a complete network of infrastructure.

The Zeros to Heroes cities that are way ahead of the curve - for example Barcelona, Seville, Dublin, Bordeaux, Paris, Buenos Aires - have just rolled up their sleeves and built infrastructure. Infrastructure that actually reflects where the citizens want to go in a city. Which is basically the same as where everyone else wants to go.

[Keep reading at Copenhagenize]

Cycling the GAP - Great Allegheny Passage


Cycling the GAP - Great Allegheny Passage from ashley NARDONE on Vimeo.

City Cycling: Health Versus Hazard | Gizmodo

City Cycling: Health Versus HazardSEXPAND
Are the fitness benefits of riding your bike worth the risk of an accident? Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels to find out.
It was just another morning commute. That is, until a bus driver ran a red light, turned right, and drove straight into Ann-Doerthe Hass Jensen. The bus knocked the social worker off her bike, trapping her underneath, a wheel pinning down and crushing her left foot. It was a school bus heading to a Copenhagen kindergarten, and the children aboard were screaming. Ann was rushed to hospital in excruciating pain, every bone in her foot shattered.
In the six weeks of hospitalisation that followed, part of Ann's foot was amputated. Salvageable bones were wired back into place and skin grafts were taken from her thigh to replace the torn and missing flesh. "I'm pretty lucky," says Ann. "People normally die when this happens."
It was a year before she could walk again. During that year, she had to take a taxi to work every day. "I hated it," she says. "Here, the taxi drivers are a menace, and I was really scared of accidents." She also hated having to wait. Travelling by bike in Copenhagen is often the fastest way to get around, which is the top reason why Copenhageners cycle.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Year of Yay! March 2014 : Spiritual Journeys is Saturday, March 8th #letsride @yaybikes

This month Yay Bikes! will be exploring several hidden gems among our community's spaces of worship!
Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that get people out riding bikes and supporting our local economy. This year's rides are being offered through the generous support of Whole Foods Market in Upper Arlington, where rides will depart shortly after 10am each month. All rides are FREE, but you must be a Yay Bikes! member or a first-time guest to join us. Memberships may be purchased along with your ride registration, or on the day of the ride, for just $25.
HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all Yay Bikes! rides, and LOCKS are useful at our stops.

Avoiding Bears While Fishing and Hunting For Singletrack in Alaska | PinkBike

Pete near Raven Glacier


Alaska is home to the world’s northernmost rainforest, resource development, North America’s tallest peak, and spectacular terrain. While the winter provides world class skiing, summer brings long days and plentiful wilderness. Living in Alaska in the winter and racing the mountain bike enduro circuit in the summer, I found a break in my schedule for a quick adventure in the 49th state.

After the Crankworx EWS race in the mecca of mountain biking, Whistler BC, I packed up my Altitude and flew to Anchorage, Alaska. I arrived to the sight of fog-covered mountains shooting straight up from the North Pacific Ocean and several moose lounging 100 meters from the runway, and made my way to the small ski-town of Girdwood. With persistent precipitation and fog, I met up with local photographer Charlie Renfro in hopes of a weather window to get some images.

[Keep reading at PinkBike]

In Idaho, Thin Snow Means Fat Tires

Max Lohmeyer takes a night ride across winter trails on Discovery Hill, in Salmon, Idaho.

Credit
David Lingle for The New York Times
Snow has been so scant in Idaho this winter that bicycles started showing up in shop windows in the middle of January, and cyclists began booking ski huts during a season when it’s usually backcountry skiers who are seeking accommodations.
What may be bad news for skiers has turned out to be an irresistible opportunity for those who love to ride on mountain bikes with four- and five-inch-wide tires, which are designed to float over snow and sand and still provide substantial cushion for rough single track (even without the suspension common to many bikes with skinnier tires).
Where trails are too soft for regular mountain bikes, or too sparse to protect skiers from subsurface obstacles, fat bikes are filling a gap. Riders do well on mixed terrain, including on trails where the snow is too thin for skiing and on south-facing pitches where dirt is exposed during a low-snow winter. “It’s opening a new way to be outdoors,” Chris Estrem, a Ketchum physical therapist, backcountry skier and world bicycle traveler, said. “It’s made me a better mountain biker. I want to ride it all the time. I love it.”
[Keep reading at NY Times]

FOUND: COMPASS TOURING & GRAVEL BICYCLE TIRES FOR ANY ROAD

Compass Tech 700c and 650b performance gravel and touring bicycle tires

As part of Bicycle Quarterly, Jan Heine routinely tested bicycle parts that weren’t readily available to the U.S. market. At times, he’d import small batches for their readers, including tires from Grand Bois and Challenge. Now, he’s decided to produce their own under the Compass brand.

The range is made for them by Panaracer, but are their own exclusive molds, designs and tread patterns. The center section uses straight ribs, and cornering grip is provided by chevronned ribs, all very low profile. Six sizes are available, each getting its own name inspired by some of their favorite bits of riding:
  • Cayuse Pass 700C x 26 mm
  • Chinook Pass 700C x 28 mm
  • Stampede Pass 700C x 32 mm
  • Barlow Pass 700C x 38 mm
  • Loup Loup Pass 650B x 38 mm
  • Babyshoe Pass 650B x 42 mm
Roll on for more tech details at Bike Rumor

Monday, March 3, 2014

9th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride is Saturday, May 3

Join Us for the 9th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday morning, May 3 beginning and ending on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square.  Various routes take riders through the forested hills of southeastern Ohio on both level and challenging courses.  This a non-competitive ride that raises funds for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which is committed to gathering, protecting and sharing the heritage, cultural and environmental assets of this boom-to-bust coal mining region that is now home to the Wayne National Forest and theLittle Cities of the Forest Collaborative  which promotes environmental restoration, education and recreation in the same region.
We added longer routes last year with success including a 63-mile route Metric Century route and a 100-mile Century route.  We also saw growth in participation from families and leisure riders who enjoyed short rides locally on the Hock Hocking Adena Bike Path.
Downloadable registration forms and on-line credit card registration will be available soon.  Please check back.  Please note that helmets are required on this ride.
 abike_logo_solidsmWe are pleased to welcome Athens Bicycle Shop as a corporate sponsor of this year’s ride!  We thank Bob Eichenberg, Sam Miller, John Winnenberg and Jerry Iles for serving on the ride’s organizing committee.

2013 DIRTY DOZEN RESULTS | Danny Chew

The 31st annual (30th anniversary) Dirty Dozen was held on Saturday, November 30th. The high temperature was 39 degrees F with variable sunshine. 261 riders started (including a record women's field of 22) making it the second biggest DD field. Of these 261 cyclists, 116 (44.4%) were rookies (first timers). 46 riders were over 50 years old including 7 over 60. There were 11 teenagers, and 12 year & 117 day old Rowan deBoer became the new youngest finisher (breaking Andrew Reay's old record {set in 2009} by 9 months). 50 year old Beth Jameson became the new oldest female finisher (breaking Laura Dick's old record {set in 2010} by 2 months). 260 pound Don Snow became the new heaviest finisher (breaking J. R. Petsko's old record {set in 2009} by 20 pounds). Here's a photo of Beth, Rowan, myself & Don at the awards ceremony. 

27 men (of which only two were rookies) scored points. Four 50+ riders and four teenagers scored points. 3 riders on single speed bikes scored points. A record 8 different men won hills. 14 of the 22 women were rookies. 10 women (of which 4 were rookies) scored points. 8 women made every hill, but only Patricia Rich & Angelina Palermo made all the hills on their first try. 31 riders graduate to my 3 or more DD list. Like the 2012 DD, the 2013 DD had only 12 hills. Rialto St./Pig Hill (left out in 2012) returned, but Berryhill Rd. (old hill #3) was eliminated because it had been barricaded (at both the bottom & top) off for the Winter early. Back again was Gene Nacey's(Cycling Fusion) LiveStream live web broadcast which allowed fans to follow the DD at home, and know what time we would be getting to each hill. Thanks Gene. 

Defending champion Steve Cummings (Steevo) won the first two hills, and led through the first 5 hills. However, Steevo failed to get any points on the 6th & toughest hill (Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess). So after this, Bob Stumpf led with a 4 point lead over Steevo & 16 year old triathlete, 2nd time DD rider Ian Baun (both tied for 2nd place). Bob led through the next (Sycamore) hill, but failed to score any points on Canton (in fact needed a 2nd attempt to make it). This gave Steevo the lead again which he held to the end (winning a total of 3 hills) for his record 10th consecutive DD win! 12 points behind Steevo, Baun finished 2nd, and 6 points behind Baun, Stump finished 3rd. Despite scoring no points for the first 5 hills, Mike Mihalik finished 4th and was the top rookie rider. 15 year old Willem deBoer finished 7th, and became the new youngest hill winner after winning Barry/Holt/Eleanor. Here's a photo of the top 3 men: Steevo, Ian, Bob & myself at the awards ceremony. The first 50+ rider was 1991 DD winner & 7-time DD rider Gunnar Shogren who finished 10th overall. All the more impressive, he did it on a single speed (gear) bike! None of the bikes were fixed gear. Here are the results of the single speed (SS) category: 

1. Gunnar Shogren, 57 points, 10 place overall 
2. Don Powers, 43 points, 14th place overall 
3. Bill "Stik" Westover, 36 points, 12th place overall 
4. Rob Lochner, 23 points 
5. Nathan Manchin, 21 points 

Note: Carol Moore used a separate points scoring technique for this category. 

The women tie a piece of pink tape around their handlebars to distinguish themselves from the men. In the women's race, Erin Yanacek won the first three hills, and led through the first 4 hills. However, Yanacek failed to score any points on the 5th hill (Rialto St./Pig Hill), which Ryanne Palermo won and took over the lead one point ahead of Dr. Patty George (now in 2nd place one point ahead of Yanacek in 3rd). Yanacek won the next - 6th & toughest hill (Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess) creating a 3 way tie for the lead between her, George, & Ryanne. George won the next (Sycamore) hill to take the lead. The next hill (37% grade, cobblestone Canton Ave.) can be a huge deciding factor in the women's race, and this year did not disappoint. The woman with the most DD experience (3rd time) Karen Brooks won Canton on her 2nd attempt. Needing 3 or 4 tries to make Canton, Yanacek scored no points. Ryanne made Canton on her 3rd try, but at the top of the hill, she broke the rear derailleur hanger on her bike, but did not crash. Her 3rd place on Canton put Ryanne back in the lead, but what bike would she use for the rest of the ride? Luckily, Ryanne's husband's cousin's wife Cheryl Palermo gave Ryanne the bike she was riding, and hopped onto her spare mountain bike. Ryanne kept the lead to the end (winning a total of 5 hills), but had to ride a flat tire up the entire last hill, which she still scored a point on. After finishing 5th place in 2012, this was Ryanne's first DD win. 

Part way up Canton on her first attempt (right behind Ryanne), DD leader George also broke the rear derailleur hanger on her bike crashing her to the ground. George took her broken bike to a bike shop on Liberty Ave. to be repaired, but decided it had gotten too late for her to go back out onto the course and finish the route alone. She did show up in street clothes on the top of the last hill with her father Thomas & I . Canton really has a way of weeding out (whittling down) the women's field. Twice before, women leading the DD couldn't make Canton. After winning the first 3 hills & still leading after 4 in 2010, Kristen Gohr failed to make Canton despite 4 tries. After winning the first 7 hills (every hill before Canton) in 2012, leader Nicole Cunningham fell off her bike her first attempt up Canton, and quit. Usually Canton is the final cut in the women's DD. All the woman who make it up Canton usually also make all the other hills. 

Back to 2013: On her 7th or 8th try, Danielle Millett finally conquered Canton! Even though Angelina Palermo & Patricia Rich made Canton (and all of the other hills) on their first attempts, they must have waited a while for the hill to clear out because they placed 4th & 5th on Canton. Overall, Erin Yanacek won 4 hills & finished 2nd only 4 points behind winner Ryanne. Karen Brooks was 3rd. Here's a photo of the top 3 women: Ryanne, Yanacek, Brooks & myself at the awards ceremony. Rich was 4th and the first rookie finisher. In 2012, Beth Jameson failed to make all of the hills. Armed with a lower gear, better training, and more determination, Beth came back in 2013, and made every hill her first attempt except Canton (needed 3 tries). At 50 years, 5 months old, she became the new oldest female finisher, and finished 7th place overall. The oldest women to start (both 53) were Cheryl Palermo & Ana Bailie, but neither one made it up all of the hills. The last of the 8 women finishers was Jacqui Ziegler who stokered a tandem captained by her husband Jay. 

To be an official DD finisher, you must ride up every hill without stopping or crashing. You must have continuous forward motion UP the hill! You can weave back and forth as long as you are continuing to go UP. As soon as you start to go level or back down the hill, you are disqualified. You can go back down to the bottom of the hill, and try again as many times as you want. In the early days of 20 or fewer riders, I was able to keep track of who made all the hills, but once the DD grew bigger than this, I was unable to police it anymore. Now there exists an honor system where riders keep track of themselves. Of course when it comes to scoring points and setting DD records, I still have to keep track of this. 

Once again, I had to organize an entire staff to help me run the DD. Thanks to Maura Spillane, Abby Ritter, Monica Reisz, Stef Burch, & Heather Ostrowski for doing registration in the morning. Thanks to Lee-Ann's brother Kevin Beatty (men's) & Carol Moore (women's & single speed) for officiating (scoring points) atop hills. Thanks to Dr. Patty George for letting them use her car. Thanks to Ron Lutz and Dave Shaffer & his daughter Izabella for driving the food vehicles, and organizing the food stops - Millvale's Riverfront Park on the Allegheny River at the bottom of the 4th hill Logan, and at the top of the 8th hill Canton Ave. Thanks again to Brian Wolovich & Millvale Borough for opening up the bathrooms in the library. Thanks again to Steve Mentzer for loaning me his 10 gallon orange coolers and 6 gallon cubes he uses for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. Thanks to Bike Pittsburgh's Mike Carroll for electronic bullhorns and directing overflow parking at the start. 

Thanks to Glenn Pawlak & Big Bang Bicycles for sponsoring the DD again this year. Unfortunately, Glenn's brother Scott passed away a few weeks before the DD. Here's a photo of marshal Christian Korey, Glenn & I at the start. Driving the BB support vehicle were Evan Robinson & Drew Bauer. Thanks to returning sponsor Eat'n Park and Brooks Broadhurst who made sure there were hot drinks at the start, and plenty of Smuckers Uncrustablespeanut butter & jelly sandwiches at the food stops. Thanks to the Eat'n Park employees who came out to marshal the busy intersections near their restaurant on the course - at Crane Ave. & Banksville Rd. in Beechview. Thanks to returning sponsor Red Bull. Thanks to Gary Baun (Ian's father) for driving the clothing/spare equipment vehicle again. If you lost any clothes, please e-mail him about it at soleman33@aol.com 

Thanks to 4 time DD rider Chris Helbling for doing such a wonderful job as head marshal again on his bike! Other riding marshals were 8 time DD riders Ted King-Smith & Jim Logan, and 3 time DD riders Christian Korey & Mike Carroll. Thanks to the rest of the marshals: Ken Kaszak, Mikhail Evstiounin, Stef Burch, Dan Blumenfeld, Cliff Spiegel, Stuart Strickland, John Arita, Justin Schell, Sarah Quesen, Faris Kindilchie, Liz Mowrey, and (even though he wasn't wearing a bright vest) Bob {looks like Al from "Home Improvement" TV show with Tim Allen} Bliss (Aaron's father) in Beechview. Here's a photo of Dan B., Jim Logan, Stef Burch & Sarah Q.marshaling the bottom of Rialto St. (Pig Hill). If I left anybody else out, please tell me who you are. Thanks to Fineview Citizens Council board president June Lloyd, Christine Grenci, Hope Burns, and Tom & Debbie Reay (Andrew & Aaron's parents) for placing encouragement signs, and setting up water, Gatorade & snacks atop of Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess - the single toughest DD hill! 

1,099 people have ridden (started) the DD over the past 30 years. 31 riders graduated to my 3 or more DDs ridden list. The riders with the most DD's riding this year were myself (with 30), Ray Russell (with 13). Stevo & Bryan Routledge (each with 11), and Ryan Borcz, Jeff Grimm & Ed DeLuca (all with 10). 

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Congrats to all the riders who conquered every hill. To those who didn't, train harder next year and bring a lower gear. If you have say over 50 DD photos in a Facebook album and would like to share them, please send the link to me at DanChew@yahoo.com and I will put them in my media links section. Could somebody with an advanced GPS unit please send me a file with the entire (oval to oval) 50 mile DD route on it with a cue sheet at least as nice as this one? I need to replace the old one (Liberty Tunnels used to be on the course) on my website. 

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