Saturday, September 13, 2014
The bike is good for everything from gravel tracks and dirt roads to pothole-ridden streets — it features a host of premium parts, including a Gates sprocket and belt, Shimano brakes and rear derailleur, and San Marco custom leather grips and saddle.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Woman cyclist killed on charity ride from Lands End to John O'Groats was top England rower | London Evening Standard
(Left image) Anna Roots, right, on the ride with her friend Rebekah Edgar and (right image) with fellow rowers
A woman cyclist knocked down and killed on a charity ride from Lands End to John O’Groats was an elite rower who had represented England.
Anna Roots, 34, whose husband Ian is a top British rowing coach, was taking part in a 12-day charity cycle ride with a friend when she was hit by a lorry.
She was raising money for leukaemia and lymphoma research when the accident occurred on a stretch of the A836 at Bettyhill in Sutherland, Scotland, on Saturday afternoon.
Mrs Roots died at the scene.
CINCINNATI —On a bike and the light won’t turn green? it’s a problem at many intersections in Cincinnati.
It’s a thermal traffic sensor. It detects the heat from cars and bicycles. It also has the technology, that when bicycles are detected, it can be programmed to allow a few extra seconds for the bike to clear the intersection.
Mel McVay, Cincinnati’s senior city planner of transportation, said that this intersection has the highest volume of bicycle traffic in the city and the intersection was in need of improvement for bicyclists.
“As we receive requests from people saying they are having a hard time triggering signals, we keep track of all of those, and this is one that people on bicycling were having trouble at, getting that green light.”
Posted by Raymond George at 8:00 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
It is a spring connecting the fork to the down tube. It adds a subtle self centering action to the front wheel, making loading and unloading of a bike with a basket, or say....our Porteur rack....much easier. You don't fight the bike while putting stuff in it. The front of the bike stays put. The spring offers some resistance to steering, so it counteracts deflections from hitting potholes and road debris, too.
It's sized for bikes with a down tube of 1-1/4" (31.8mm) or smaller (get the large size for bikes with thicker down tubes). It connects to the fork via the brake pivot hole. The hole diameter is made for nutted calipers or a M6 bolt. For recessed mount calipers, minor modification with a drill or a file is necessary. You can also use Sheldon'scan Fender Nuts to allow the wheel stabilizer to be attached to a recessed fitting, if you don't want to drill or file it.
The wheel stabilizer is rust resistant, includes all the required brackets and hardware, and has a pinch guard to cover the torsion spring. The little knob adjusts the spring tension.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
3 cyclists (Phil, Tim and Ray)
Roughly 40lbs of gear each
Food for 3 days
Ascended 18,475 ft
Descended 17,000 ft
WV Bikecamping Day 1
From Elkins to Laurel Fork Campground. We started with a 2000 ft climb and a bumpy but beautiful descent. A local kid offered to do a "burnout" on his 4 wheeler, haha. Stopped in Bemis at an interesting combo grocery/bar/hunter check-in station. I think this is where I lost my gloves. We decided to take a shorter route since we were running out of daylight and saw the remains of a car wreck below a washed out road. We setup camp and our neighbor Jack offered to help with a fire and gave us water to replenish our supplies. We ate dinner and then hung out trying to dry off with the fire. We had rain off and on through the evening.
WV Bikecamping Day 2
From Laurel Fork to Gatewood Campground. We had drizzle to start but it cleared later up. We passed through some pretty alpine farmland valleys and stopped at the Sinks of Gandy where the creek goes through a mountain in a cave. We stopped for lunch at Spruce Knob Lake. We checked into the campground, gathered our bulk water and headed up to Gatewood Campground, which is the group campground is at the end of a 500ft climb, of course. After setting up camp Phil and I rode up to Spruce Knob, which is the highest point in WV at 4,863 feet and some wonderful people gave us some water. After dinner the sky cleared out and we had some great stargazing. We had the campground entirely to ourselves. It rained over night and the wind picked up.
WV Bikecamping Day 3
From Gatewood Campground to Dolly Sods. This was our biggest day in the saddle. The 55 miles included a 4900 ft drop in the first half along Gandy and Seneca creeks and 4500 ft ascent in the second half (3000 in the last 10 miles). We had lunch under Seneca rocks, then rode up the Potomac River valley. The temps and humidity shot up and we stopped for a break at a church where we replenished water supplies. The last 4 miles was a 2000 ft continuous climb on tree lined gravel. We stopped at Bear Rocks at sunset and then rode into camp. We were able to eat before the rain started, but I got caught in a downpour before I could get into the tent.
WV Bikepacking Day 4
From Dolly Sods to Davis. We started at Dolly Sods with a hike down a nature trail to see one of the bogs. Then the big descent: 3000 ft in 3 miles. Friendly workers helped us carry our bikes over a culvert in progress. We then climbed up to the Canaan Valley for lunch and continued to Canaan Heights. Finally, we rode the Canaan Mountain Loop, which had stream crossings, rock gardens and a healthy does of big puddles. We checked into the Blackwater Falls State Park cabins, laid our gear out to dry and headed into town for dinner at Muttley's. We grabbed some beer and snacks at the store and headed back for a fire in the fireplace.
WV Bikepacking Day 5
Sightseeing at Blackwater Falls State Park and Davis, WV. We started with a hike out to Lindy Point near our cabin, lunch in town at Hellbender Burritos (very good and humongous), then back to Blackwater Falls. In the evening Phil and I rode back into town for dinner at the FOE (cheap wings and beer) and ducked into Sirianna's Cafe to escape the rain. We had pizza and beer for a second dinner. The ride back to the cabin was quiet and refreshing after the rains. We finished out the evening with another fire in the fireplace.
WV Bikepacking Day 6
From Davis to Elkins. We packed up the gear and rode into Davis for breakfast at the Bright Morning Inn. We backtracked and headed to Thomas to ride the Blackwater Canyon Trail. If the trail could be cleaned up it would be a destination. The canyon has a lots of waterfalls, but its a bit overgrown and has lots of downed trees. Our direction took us downhill almost the entire 10 miles. In Hendricks we picked up the Allegheny Highlands Trail and rode that back to Elkins (with a lunch stop in Parsons). This trail alternates between pavement in the towns and doubletrack between them.
Thanks to Tim for the route and logistics. Phil rode with a broken toe so he gets the trooper award. This was an incredible adventure. ~Ray
Posted by Raymond George at 10:52 AM