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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Keymoment unplugged


Keymoment unplugged from Folkwang | Experience Design on Vimeo.

Rap Battle: Mountain Biker vs. Road Biker

Orp Smart Horn {Smorn}

Friendly sound: 76dB
Loud sound: 96dB
LED output: 2 lights @ 87 lumens each, 120ยบ cone
Battery Life: 6 hours with lights constant on, 12 hours with strobe
ORP weight: 89 g (3.17 oz)
Handlebar Diameter: Orp stretches to fit handlebar diameters 26-33mm
Housing: Electronics are housed in a High impact polycarbonate case that is surrounded by a silicone skin  making the product weather and shockproof
Orp is accident resistant

Friday, June 20, 2014

Riding Bogota's Bountiful Protected Bikeways


Riding Bogota's Bountiful Protected Bikeways from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Tanner Goods Excursion Frame Bag

A waxed canvas workhorse, we designed this utility bag to carry a working day’s worth of gear without getting overstuffed. Its dimensions will fit all 13” MacBooks, a light jacket, a notebook and some other small essentials safely, without worrying about your legs hitting it while pedaling. The combination of 10 oz. and 18 oz. waxed cotton fabrics allows it to flex with ease, while also reducing its overall weight. Brass zippers resist rust or corrosion, and only get smoother with use, and the custom brass rivets add a contrasting detail to the durable canvas material. Five different attachment points let you position the bag securely to the top tube, down tube and seat tube.
[Tanner Goods]

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Audax Alpine Classic


Audax Alpine Classic from Nathan Kaso on Vimeo.

AN OPEN LETTER TO DRIVERS FROM A CYCLIST | Bike198

Lately, there has been a lot of press about cyclists and motorists not getting along. This shouldn’t really be any surprise as I rarely see any good news on the news but it does seem to be getting more attention as of late after some very unfortunate events. As I look at the ongoing feud be between drivers and cyclists, it really made me sit down and think a couple of things that just might help the drivers out there see our side of things. So here is the truth straight out of a cyclists mount/keyboard…

WE HATE ASSHOLE ROAD BIKERS AS MUCH AS YOU DO

You know the type. They take up all of the road, run three wide for no reason, run stop signs and disobey other traffic laws, preach about “sharing the road” and end up attempting to own it…they throw water bottles at cars, cuss at drivers and generally look like nothing but irate assholes every time they are on a bike. Unfortunately, they are the smallest percentage of cyclists on the planet but when you encounter one…it feels like they are all that way.  This is no different than encountering a bad driver on the road that isn’t paying attention or one that goes far too slow in the fast lane. There are plenty of drivers around you that aren’t irritating assholes but at that moment…it feels like everyone is.

These irate/asshole cyclists not only give us a bad name in general, they also make the roads less safe for the rest of us by antagonizing drivers. We absolutely hate these riders as much as you do. You are not alone.

Oskar Blues REEB Ranch Launches World-Class Beer & Bike Destination in Western North Carolina | REEB Cycles

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Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC– Oskar Blues Brewery’s new 145-acre farm will serve Western North Carolina as an epic beer and bike-fueled destination. Located about 8 miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, which opened in December 2012, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music & event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Forest.
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The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch will be home to The Bike Farm (http://www.bikefarmpisgah.com), an established bike guide and concierge service, owned by Cashion Smith and Eva Surls. The REEB Ranch/Bike Farm team envisions creating a world-class biking destination for the whole family at the site, which will offer a bike park and direct trail access to Dupont’s miles of single track.
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Cycling has always been a large part of Oskar Blues’ culture and was a huge reason that soul-founder Dale Katechis chose Western North Carolina as the home for a second brewery. “Western North Carolina rings true with the same eclectic mountain energy that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can,” Katechis says.
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The name REEB Ranch pays homage to REEB Cycles (http://www.reebcycles.com), Oskar Blues hand-made bike company based in ColoRADo. A stable of demo REEB Mountain Bikes & Dirt Jump rigs are available at the REEB Ranch.
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“It’s important to us to keep that trail-side camaraderie in the community,” Katechis says. “We’ve been able to integrate our passions of the brewery, farm, restaurants and REEB Cycles into much of what we do–the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that effort.”
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Oskar Blues has kept a grassroots, hands-on feel with ColoRADo projects such as REEB Cycles and the Hops & Heifers Farm, which provides home-grown beef, pork and vegetables to four Oskar Blues restaurants, including a new CHUBurger at Coors Field in Denver. The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that grassroots path in Western North Carolina.
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Construction on the REEB Ranch bike park has already begun, and rides from the property will start rolling soon.
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The ranch creates a ride-in, ride-out experience with direct Dupont State Park single-track access, pump track sessions, dirt jump progression lines and post ride beers alongside the swimming hole. On-site lodging includes a 1940s cabin at the base of two 43-foot waterfalls and an apartment on the top floor of a venue-perfect barn, while tent camping is also available.
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“Whether it’s brewing beer, building bikes, or creating one of the East Coast’s most impressive bike parks, Dale likes to dream big and enable big dreams for his partners,” Smith says.
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For the past two years, Oskar Blues has offered the Oskar Blues Ordeal bus tours for a backstage view into all Oskar Blues ColoRADo locations including the brewery, farm, restaurants & bike company during the Great American Beer Festival in the fall. Check out a chance to win a trip to the 2014 Oskar Blues Ordeal (ColoRADo) by signing up & recycling athttp://www.obordeal.com/.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YOU CAN KILL ANYONE WITH YOUR CAR, AS LONG AS YOU DON'T REALLY MEAN IT | Vice


Photo of Bobby Cann courtesy of Groupon
On May 29 of last year, Bobby Cann left the Groupon offices in Chicago, where he worked as an editorial-tools specialist. Traveling north on his bicycle, he rode up wide, sunny Larrabee Street. As he entered the intersection at Clybourn Avenue, a Mercedes SUV traveling more than 50 miles per hour slammed into him from behind. The impact threw Cann into the air. He landed unconscious, blood streaming out of his mouth and his left leg severed. Bystanders, including a registered nurse, rushed to help. Shortly after transport to a nearby hospital, he died.
What makes Cann’s story notable among the 700 or so bicyclists who are hit and killed in America each year is that San Hamel faces charges in Cann’s death. According to a recent report by the League of American Bicyclists, barely one in five drivers who end bicyclists’ lives are charged with a crime. The low prosecution rate isn’t a secret and has inspired many towonder whether plowing into a cyclist with a car is a low-risk way to commit homicide.

Think Bicycle Commuters Are Good Citizens? You're Probably A Democrat | Huffpost

Last week, Pew Research released a survey of 10,000 voters focused on partisan polarization. In their survey, Pew also collected data about lifestyle polarization. For example, Liberals want to live in smaller houses within walkable communities; Conservatives prefer bigger houses with an ability to drive to places of interest.
This reminded us of a survey we conducted late last year that explored partisan attitudes toward bicycling and bike lanes. We were inspired to ask these questions by the bike lane wars we had seen erupting in communities, including in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.
In theory, most respondents to a HuffPost/YouGov poll tended to agree with the concept of bikes and cars sharing the road. Three-fourths of voters agree that roads should accommodate both cars and bikes, while a minority (18%) thinks roads should be for cars only. While Democrats more widely support dual use (85%), Republicans (72%) and independents (70%) also strongly support the idea.

Garmin targets Waze and Google Maps with Viago, a $2, upgradeable GPS app | TechHive

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Hoping to compete with free navigation smartphone apps like Google Maps and Waze, once-mighty GPS giant Garmin announced a low-cost, turn-by-turn navigation aid for Android and iPhone. Called Viago, the new app costs just $2 and includes a host of powerful features that don't require in-app purchases.
Garmin features such as current speed, speed limit display, lane assist, weather information, in-map traffic display, and photo-realistic intersection views are all available for the $2 purchase price.
Some of those features, such as displaying your current speed and in-map traffic display, are already included apps like Waze. Depending on your location, Waze's traffic data may also be better than Garmin's. But photo-realistic views and a speed limit display for the road you're traveling on are handy tools to have available.
Anyone willing to pay extra can also get other features as in-app purchases, with prices ranging from $5 to $20, such as downloadable maps for offline navigation; real-time traffic with automatic rerouting (free on Waze); urban navigation with public transport (free on Google Maps); and 3D terrain view.
Garmin is also offering Garmin Real Directions in Viago for $10. This feature takes a more casual approach to turn-by-turn navigation with instructions based on landmarks, buildings, stop signs, and traffic lights. Instead of hearing instructions like, "In 500 feet, turn left" you'd hear something more like "turn left at the next 4-way stop."
Garmin is offering Viago for just $1 until July 13. Offline maps and traffic rerouting are also available for 50 percent off during the promotional period priced at $10 each instead of the usual $20.
In an age of high-quality, free navigation aids Garmin's app isn't really a must-have. But when a name brand navigation app costs as much as a can of soda until mid-July, it's hard to go wrong.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Commuter Racing | Bike Commuters


The other night I got home from work. Hey dear, said my wife, how was your day? Excellent, I replied, I overtook three people on the climb up the hill, and one guy made a big effort to overtake me, couldn't keep up the pace, and cracked. It was really great. Really. That was the one thing I was thinking about. Because, although many people will deny it, there is a subtle race going on. Its often referred to as commuter racing or the great race, but its seldom talked about openly (the first rule of commuter racing is, of course, that you don't talk about commuter racing). And one of the first things you'll find out when you start bike commuting is, everyone does it but few people admit it.

Think about it. When you see someone 100m further up the climb you're on, do you think Ahah, a comrade, a confrere, a brother cyclist toiling up the same ascent as myself  perhaps I could catch up and exchange some knowing banter about the difficulty of the gradient? Do you like heck. You think His arse is mine, and you put the hammer down to try and catch them. And if you do, you don't slacken off and have a chat in the Spirit of Cycling Fellowship  you breezily say Hello! as you go past (in brief acknowledgement of the S of CF), while going as fast as you can without making it obvious that you're trying. And if you do slacken off and ride next to someone to have a friendly chat, its usually to demonstrate that you're able to talk normally while the other guy is clearly riding at the point where they cant get out more than three words without gasping.

But, y'know, it's not a race.

Of course its not a race. If it was a race, you'd have numbers on. And you'd have all started at the same time. As is, you often see people who've just started their 5k saunter back home pitting themselves against someone who's coming up to the end of their 20k of rolling hills. You'd also be on roughly similar bikes; as is, road bikes compete with mountain bikes with sit-up-and-beg town bikes. The blatant inequality of equipment is all part of the fun. Have you ever seen the face of someone on a town bike when they pass a roadie in full team replica kit? You can see the grin from space. I know a number of single-speed mountain bikers who dedicate their commuting lives to overtaking riders on geared bikes. You, the guy with the beard riding a vintage 70s touring bike you've owned from new  you're telling me that you don't get a buzz from passing a 20-something on $4k of carbon fibre? No-ones immune.

If it was a race, there'd also be some agreement about such things as start and finish lines. You come up behind someone: maybe they're riding all the way to the top of the mountain, maybe they're turning off halfway. Maybe you can afford to put out a hell of an effort to stay ahead of them until the turnoff to Johnsonville, after which you can grovel slowly up the rest of the hill secure in the knowledge that you held the contender off. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Do you feel lucky?

If it was a race, you'd have an agreed list of participants. In practice, you just try and keep up with/overtake people as you see them. As you pass one rider, you spot the next one ahead and start chasing them. Over time, you get to recognize other people on your commute. I know three riders who do roughly the same route I do at about the same time who are stupidly, stupidly faster than me. Really. They pass me like Im standing still. Ill be rolling at 30kph and they'll blow past at 40. But I don't need to think Damn, Ive lost that one  they're clearly so far out of my league that theres no pressure to feel as though were competing.

And of course, if it was a race there'd be winners and losers. As is, if you overtake someone you can glory in your victory; if you get overtaken, you can just think Ouch, its not a race and deliberately slow up a bit to show that you're more concerned with the bike as a means of transportation rather than some silly macho competitive thing. The best of both worlds.

This is not, by the way, to imply that all commuter cyclists are cut-throat macho types who like nothing better than grinding others into the dirt. Of course there is a spirit of fellowship: any time I puncture on my ride home, I can guarantee that at least half the riders going past will slow down to call out You OK there mate? in case I don't have a patch kit on me. Its just that theres a certain competitive instinct that comes out of the mildest-mannered person.

So if its not a race, why do we do it? Because it is a race. Its a race inside my head. And Im winning.

Five tips for commuter racing:


  1. Obvious effort is frowned upon. Unless you can make it look like absolute eyeballs-out full speed head is your normal commute pace, trying too hard makes it look like you're, well, trying too hard. You may well be, of course, but nonchalance is important  when you pass someone, you've got to look as if theres no effort involved. Bonus points for putting on a spurt behind someone and then passing while audibly freewheeling.
  2. Drafting is fine. C'mon, it makes it feel more like a real race. But don't just wheelsuck. If you are drafting, take your turn. Especially don't wheelsuck for ages and then do a big sprint around to pass your imaginary finish line. OK, the pros do it, but its annoying.
  3. Pay attention to traffic and the road. Its pretty easy to get so involved in the prospect of overtaking the dude on the Bianchi that you miss the BMW about to turn across your path. Don't forget that you're on the road, and that there are drivers, kids, little old ladies and red lights around. And for the love of god, obey the road rules. Yeah, you can gain a few seconds on someone by blasting through a red light, but it makes you look like a twerp and further tarnishes cyclists reputation. Obey the rules and treat red lights as a chance to practice your track sprint starts.
  4. Local knowledge counts. After a while, you get to know your route really well. Get used to stuff like timing the lights. The rider who sprints off as the light goes green but has to wait thirty seconds at the next light down the road doesn't look as smooth as the rider who knows that if you stick to 20kph, you hit the next light just as it turns and you don't have to get a foot down. Style points count for stuff like this.
  5. Don't bring it unless you can take it. Passing someone is only half the job  now you've got to stay ahead. If you're just hanging on to someones wheel with a severe effort, you probably don't want to put yourself into the red and pass them. Overtaking someone and then falling off the pace just makes you look silly. You can try to pretend that you've just taken a short turn pulling and are now dropping back to draft again, but you're not fooling anyone.
[ Read more at bikecommuters.com ]

Video: Bike Parkour - Streets of San Francisco!



Monday, June 16, 2014

A Bike Helmet That Reads Your Mind To Help Map Better, Stress-Free Routes

The MindRider helmet knows when traffic is making you anxious.

Every time you strap on this new bike helmet, it starts to read your mind. As you ride down city streets, it tracks your brainwaves to measure your emotions and plots them on a map, so you can see the exact spots when you were most stressed out by traffic.
The MindRider helmet was designed to optimize cycling. After a few rides, you can pull up the data you’ve generated to plan the best route for commuting or a relaxing weekend trip. A crowdsourced map gathers data as a reference for other cyclists or city planners trying to figure out the best location for new bike paths.









Unlike most wearable tech, which require you to strap a gadget on your wrist or ankle or chest, the helmet integrates sensors into something you're probably already wearing while riding on busy streets. But it looks a little different from the average bike helmet.
"The bumps are inspired by the branching neurons and shape of the brain itself," saysArlene Ducao, who designed the helmet along with Ilias Koen, a fellow data visualization expert. "They are stylistic, but as we move toward a final design, we may use them to help secure the circuit in place."
First developed by a designer while she visited MIT Media Lab, the helmet has gone through several iterations--one early version tested red and green lights as a signal to drivers, so they could avoid particularly stressed cyclists. The current helmet has changed that light into a small indicator for the biker themselves; if someone’s relaxed, the light glows green, but as they get more anxious or focused in heavy traffic, it gets more and more red. The light is visible from the corner of an eye as you ride...
Read more at FastCompany

The Trail Map We’ve All Been Waiting For | WV Living

We’ve challenged you to a summer of outdoor adventure. The National Wildlife Federation has proposed a movement to get 10 million kids outside running, playing, swimming, and generally having fun, and in West Virginia we know there’s no limit to the opportunities to get a kid’s heart racing, young or old.
We also know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from a computer screen long enough to enjoy what’s just outside in your backyard—and today you don’t have to. In fact, we suggest staying online long enough to check out West Virginia’s new outdoor trail inventory map. Trust us—this thing is awesome. A project two years in the making, according to a Charleston Daily Mail report, the West Virginia Trail Inventory provides an overview of public trails, their start and end points, approved uses, elevations, and managing agencies. Just click on a trail of interest and all of the information pops up. [Keep reading at WV Living]

Two wheels & a hayfork


Two wheels & a hayfork from erwin z on Vimeo.

PLEASE SHARE: Safe Streets Ordinance Meeting Schedule – Columbus City Council @yaybikes

Join other Yay Bikes! members and followers in a silent, respectful demonstration of support for the adoption of the proposed “Safe Streets Ordinance” to protect bicyclists on Columbus streets. How? Attend this meeting of Columbus City Council in Council Chambers wearing your bike helmet.

1. Safe Streets Ordinance First Reading – Columbus City Council
June 16th 5:00PM
Columbus City Hall - Council Chambers 
90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Join other Yay Bikes! members and followers in a silent, respectful demonstration of support encouraging adoption of the proposed “Safe Streets Ordinance” to protect bicyclists on Columbus streets. How?  Attend this hearing in Council Chambers wearing your bike helmet. Or better yet, fill out a speaker and testify in favor of this legislation.
Columbus City Councilmember Michelle M. Mills will hold an Education Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 17th, at 5pm in Council chambers. The hearing will introduce the Education Department, including director Rhonda Johnson, and describe its work. When the business of the Education Committee has concluded, Councilmember Mills will host a public hearing on a proposed safe streets ordinance that would introduce new measures to protect bicyclists. Speaker slips for both hearings will be accepted on the 17th and the regular rules of speaking before Council will apply. The hearings will be broadcast live on CTV, Columbus’ government television channel on local cable systems.

2. Safe Streets Ordinance Hearing – Columbus City Council
June 17th 5:00PM
Columbus City Hall - Council Chambers 
90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

3. Safe Streets Second Reading & VOTE – Columbus City Council
June 23rd 5:00PM
Columbus City Hall - Council Chambers 
90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215