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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Thanks for all of the support in 2008. I hope to continue the bike event coverage, gear reviews and bike related stories in 2009. We are planning Bike the C-Bus 2009 and we hope to see everybody out on the ride.



Columbus Outdoor Pursuits - updated website

Site is here...

First Ride of 2009

Hilliard • New Year's Day Ride • January 1
11:00 am Class A, B, C. Get your first miles of the new year with Tom & Debbie Davis! 20-40 miles, depending upon weather. Ride to Dutch Kitchen or McDonald's in Plain City. Meet in parking lot at Heritage Rails-to-Trails.

270 to Cemetery Rd. exit. Go west to Main St. Right on Main. Left on Center St.
Tom & Debbie Davis 614-296-9981.

Ride the City interactive map

Welcome to Ride the City, a website that helps you find the safest bike route between any two points in New York City.

The concept is pretty simple. Just like MapQuest, Google, Microsoft, and other mapping programs, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points. But there are two major differences. First, RTC excludes roads that aren't meant for biking, like the BQE and the Queens Midtown tunnel. Second, RTC tries to locate routes that maximize the use of bike lanes and greenways.

Remember that Ride the City is in its beta testing phase. Send us your route suggestions and it will make the site even better.

check out the site. I think Yay Bikes! is planning on something like this for Columbus. Very cool. I think we should be moving more toward interactive versions instead of printed maps with the proliferation of phones with mapping capabilities.

Duracell powers New Year's Eve in NYC via bikes

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a membership supported advocacy organization working to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life in Los Angeles County.

Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only nonprofit, membership-based organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

LACBC envisions a new Los Angeles that is a great place for everyday, year-round cycling; a Los Angeles with healthier, more vibrant communities, where the air is cleaner, streets are safer and quieter; a Los Angeles where people can live, work and thrive.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition develops campaigns, programs, resources and events to support bicycling-related advocacy, education, outreach and fun all around Los Angeles County. LACBC works with the 88 civic jurisdictions of Los Angeles County, as well as with Caltrans, LADOT, METRO and other agencies. LACBC also acts as "bike central" - a resource for individuals and organizations from all reaches of the County, California and the nation.

Their site...

Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips


High gas prices. Expensive car payments. Traffic delays. Road rage. Expanding waistlines. There are many great reasons to consider traveling to work by bicycle. It's an effective, healthy, inexpensive, and fun alternative that is attracting more and more commuters all over the world.

Today, there's a lot of information on bicycle commuting available on the Internet. When I first created this bike commuting tips site, there were very few sources of information on just how to do it. And the more you know, the more enjoyable bike commuting becomes.

Most of the people I know travel by means other than the bicycle. For the most part, they're still internal combusters. Automobile drivers. It's the norm, isn't it? In a society like ours--where more money is spent advertising automobiles than is spent on the entire national mass transit system, where everyone's background assumption equates travel with driving--it isn't easy to make the shift to bicycle commuting. I can attest to that. As detailed in this essay, I made many mistakes. I did it all wrong.

This article isn't intended as the comprehensive guide to commuting by bicycle. It's not a "program" intended to work for everyone, in every situation. It merely relates the hard lessons learned by one cyclist over many years of riding to work everyday. My hope is that prospective bike commuters will avoid my errors. If nothing else, my experience demonstrates that it can be done. The addiction to driving can be broken, the necessity of mass transit strap-hanging can be avoided. The following might, just might, encourage others to discover how bicycle commuting can enhance their lives.

The site...
His blog...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tomorrow is a rest day. Today I broke 3500 miles for the year.

I decided to do the Columbus' most dangerous road ride. I headed north on New Albany Reynoldsburg to Kitzmiller. Headed west on Central College until Sunbury. Sunbury south to Morse. Morse over to Cleveland. Cleveland to Long. Pitstop at Zanzibar for coffee. Long to Nelson. Nelson to Broad. Broad back home. Finished with 38 miles. Averaged 16.4mph. Got yelled at heading south on Cleveland. It was a SUV that really needed to get to the red light faster than I was riding.

Finished with 3502 miles for the year, which is the most miles I have ever put on a bike(s). I had the chance to participate in a variety of rides this year including the night rides, HATTARICK, TOSRV, Pedal Pittsburgh, Bike the C-Bus and a wide range of the COP events.

3rd Thursday Ride - 15 JAN 09

3rd Thursday Ride - 15 JAN 09 - Map & Itinerary

Cleveland Ave, weather permitting.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Earl's Cyclery - South Burlington VT

Earl's Cyclery & Fitness, founded in 1953, is a specialty retailer of bicycles and fitness equipment. Earl's has been selected as one of the "Top 100" Bicycle Dealers in America, and for the last three years, has been chosen, "Best Place to Buy a Bicycle" by Burlington Free Press Reader's Choice Awards. Our Service Department, nicknamed "Home of the Bike Doctors" is schooled and certified in the most difficult of bicycle and fitness equipment repairs. Earl's is counted on by various hotels, fitness clubs, and schools for fitness equipment repairs, including maintaining the University of Vermont fitness equipment.

Bicycle Brands: Trek, Gary Fisher, LeMond, Kona, Bianchi, Orbea, Raleigh, Masi, Felt, Electra, Haro (Youth and BMX/Freestyle) Intense Cycles, Pinarello, Seven Cycles and Yeti.

Their shop was being renovated when I visited. They are expanding floor space to almost double their current size. Nice staff. Very friendly.

The site...

Sunday, December 28, 2008



In the fall of 2001 I began painting bicycle symbols around the streets of Montreal, mimicking those that are used to designate the city‘s bike paths. Being a cyclist myself and having spent a lifetime sharing the road with people who by virtue of their steel, glass and rubber carapace had the power to do me seriously bodily harm (and almost did on several occasions) I felt that it was time the cyclist be given his fair share of the public pie. After all, politicians have been encouraging us for years and presumably at the public‘s behest to adopt alternative modes of transportation as a palliative to the numerous ills associated with congestion, smog and green house gasses. I had been hearing this line of "encouragement" since I was young enough to comprehend "adult-speak" and I‘m sure it was being spouted long before. However, I had to date, found little encouragement in breathing car exhaust, having to share the road with eighteen wheelers and the prospect of receiving the dreaded "door prize"(having a car door opened in your face) except maybe the existence of a few recreational bike paths and ones own state of poverty. Same for a perpetually under-funded public transportation system that, bogged down by the overall level of traffic congestion seemed to take longer and be more crowded than ever. Maybe this is the incentive for cycling that was being referred to.

The site is here...

Ideas for making bicycling irresistible in Washington DC

proposed additions to the DDOT DC Bicycle Master Plan (BMP), inspired by the Active Transportation initiative as conceptualized by the Rails to Trails Conservancy

First submitted: 4/17/2008
Modified a number of times subsequently, including incorporating comments provided by a handful of people, including Washcycle.

the rest of the story...

Roll - Easton

Stopped in to roll: in Easton and ended up talking to Stuart, owner of the shop. They sell Giant, Independent Fabrication, Vicious Cycles, BMC, Swobo, Paul Frank and Biomega. Petty good selection of accessories and clothing. They provide free fitting as well.

The site...

Editor's Note: Our favorite cyclist does NOT work at Roll.

Network of interstate bicycling routes gradually taking shape - Dispatch

Sunday, December 28, 2008 3:27 AM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- At first glance, everything seems out of place on the map of a new interstate road system.
I-95 runs down the stunning sweep of the Pacific Coast, not the congested Eastern Seaboard. And you'll get your kicks on Rt. 76.

Mapmakers gone wild?

Not quite.

The rest of the story...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cool Folding Fixed Gear Bike - Update

Bike Weight: 10 kgs
Frame: 7000 Series Aluminum
Drive Train:Kevlar Greaseless Belt Drive (up to 50,000 miles)
Wheels: Alloy 16" Rim
Brakes: Disc Brakes
Speeds: Single Speed
Folded Size: 45" x 20" x 9"(114cm x 51cm x 23cm)
Grip: Gel
Bottom Bracket: Welded
Luggage Rack: Plastic or Alloy new option
Weight Limit: 100 kgs
Height Limit: 153cm – 193cm

I think this would be cool to have in town to ride to work or between work locations.

Brian and I were at Easton on Friday and we stopped at Roll. They claim to be the largest dealer in the country for these bikes and the distributor is located here in Columbus.

The Strida website...

Fellowship of the Wheel - Vermont's Hobbits?

Our mission is to advocate for, create, and maintain mountain biking opportunities and leadership in Chittenden County, Vermont. We are a passionate and ambitious organization that relies on a collective group effort to accomplish our goals and make our activities successful.


Island Line Trail - Burlington VT to (almost) South Hero island

Hop on the spectacular 12-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington’s waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound.

A new bridge dedicated in 2004 replaced the Winooski River bike ferry!

Come explore Vermont’s most popular multi-use trail. Stop into ECHO, the museum of Lake Champlain. Have a picnic lunch out on the causeway. Go for a swim. See below for a list of trailheads.

Bicycling, running, walking and inline skating are all popular trail activities. Please note: the 5 miles of trail in Colchester are unpaved and are not recommended for inline skates or road bikes with narrow tires.

Get A Trail Map: Pick one up at Local Motion and area outdoor shops, or order it on-line through Lake Champlain Bikeways.

Trail Updates: Find out about efforts to improve and extend the trail. Advocates are exploring the concept of a Burlington to Montreal trail – connecting to Quebec’s fabulous Route Verte bikeway network.

Island Line History: Learn about the Rutland Railroad’s Island Line for which the trail was named. More information >>

Trail Ferry Schedule: Click here for the latest news about the development of Allen Point ferry service across the cut in the Colchester/South Hero causeway.

More info

Bike Recycle Vermont

Rebuilding bikes, Rebuilding lives

Bike Recycle Vermont enhances the mobility and expands opportunities for low-income Vermonters by providing participants refurbished bicycles and job training skills.


Bicycle Recycle Vermont has three main objectives
To provide mobility to resettled refugees and other low-income Vermonters by providing quality refurbished bicycles
To deliver job skills and bike repair training to adults and children with limited means or physical challenges
To reduce the waste stream by diverting and rehabilitating bicycles destined for the landfill and recycling all metal and rubber components that are no longer usable
How Can I Help?

Contribute! To help us reach our “Keep It Rolling” Campaign goal, consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Volunteer! There are many ways to help. We need bicycle mechanics work, office help, donation pick-ups, and other skills.
Donate A Bike! We get our bicycles from police departments, civic groups and individuals like you! Do you have a bicycle seeking a new life

the site is here...

Saturday Ride 12/27/08 Recap - Faster Ride

61 degrees in December! Got out on the Klein road bike and rode from Blacklick up to Haven's Corner down to Gahanna. Headed south on Hamilton, then turned on to 5th. 5th to Nelson. Turned left onto Broad and headed back home. White pickup truck was honking at cars then at me and tried to cut me off in Whitehall. 22 miles, 17.4mph average. Dodged the rain puddles, but still ended up covered with grit and grime.

HATTARICK is SATURDAY January 3, 2009 - Be there!

8th Annual HATTARICK - Hockhocking Adena Trail To Athens Ride In the Cold for Koffee
Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hockhocking Adena RailTrail from Nelsonville, OH (Hocking Technical College) to Athens, OH.....and back. Friends, this is the only ride in Ohio that's downhill in both directions. You have to ride it to truly appreciate it's nuisances.

(IF you are 80+ years old, the 'and back' portion of the ride may be waived)

Day Before Ride: Reminder to xxxxxxxxx to come up with a better excuse than last year's for not riding. (Better = more creative) Last year's excuses were pretty lame. Person with "Best Excuse" will receive a pair of SmartWool cycling socks. Winner must be present to win.

Day of Ride:
9:15 - 9:45 AM Arrive at Hocking Tech Parking Lot
Dress for the weather, take extra gloves; if you wear sandals, don't worry, you won't be alone.
10:00 AM Leave the parking lot (preferably on your bike & on the trail)

This is a social ride, not a race. Some riders are talking trash, but it's usually about how little they generate, composting techniques, how to keep worms alive in winter, etc., etc. Everyone comes prepared to contribute at least one joke, one recipe, and one comment on how they wouldn't have missed this for anything. See what I mean? No trash.

11:30 ish Brunch/Lunch in Athens (Dutch treat)
12:45 ish Leave Athens for return trip (be prepared & count on better, or worse, weather on the way back)

2:00 ish Arrive back at HTC. (pack up, turn up the car heater, go somewhere warm)

If you've never completed a HATTARICK, you should. Otherwise, you can't brag that you did. You can't check it off your list. You birdwatchers know what I mean.

If you have completed one... hey, forgive and forget, okay? And you'll be glad to know, thanks to some savvy investments during the 2008 banking crisis, the HATTARICK remains on sound financial footing. The prizes this year will be double last year's amount.

HATTARICK riders are found in that small loop created by the intersection of those people crazy about cycling, and those who are just plain nuts.
The 2008 ride was a perfect example. Although snow was on the ground, the trail was clear, dark, and smooth... like glass... or as they say in Southern Ohio - "black ice". And it was cold; so cold Pete Hill had to wear his winter flip-flops with the shag carpet footbed. See what I mean by nuiance?

I could go on and on, and I'd like to, but I've lost the 'summary' from last year's ride. Here's the list of records for 2007, most were broken in 2008, except oldest rider... at 84 Pete said he'd crested the hill and since his name was Hill, he should know... from here on he was getting younger, so he was 83 last year.
Many records were broken again in 2007, including...
1. Oldest Rider: Pete Hill (84)
2. Coolest Bike: Pete Hill
3. Coolest Sandals: Pete Hill
4. Orneriest: Pete Hill
5. Best Joke: Pete Hill
6. Best Beard: Pete Hill
7. Most Justified Complaint: Rick Holt ("You lent me your gloves last year, why can't I borrow your sandals?")
8. Best retort: Pete Hill ("Cause your STILL wearing my gloves!")
9. Flattest Tire: Rick Holt
10. Most Photogenic: Martha Zinn
11. Least Photogenic: Jim Barrett (the author voted twice to break the tie )
12. Most HATTARICKs Completed: Jim Barrett - 3 (the author is not eligible for this award)

Editor's Note: I have the records from Rick's email.

Put another one in the record book folks, this was by far the worst weather, and therefore the best HATTARICK yet!

This one had EVERYTHING... snow and ice on 80% of the trail, sleet, freezing rain, normal rain, wind (mostly mild), 85 year old male in bare feet, beautiful women, brutally handsome men (ok, man, but I already mentioned him once), black market glove trading, keep off the grass violations, spills and thrills, mechanical failures due to ice, black ice, white ice... talk about excitement... I.. I.. I could go on, but... really you had to be there, with your glasses fogged up, to appreciate the experience.

And seven of us WERE there... 3 had never ridden HATTARICK before! And the other 4 eventually admitted they had.
Some photos are below, but some props first...

2008 HATTARICK Awards:
1. Oldest Rider: Pete Hill (85)
2. Coolest Bike: Ray George
3. Coolest flip-flops: Pete Hill
4. Orneriest: Pete Hill (once again)
5. Shortest Ride: Eric Soiu
6. Most Common Sense: Eric Soiu
7. Best Beard: Pete Hill
8. Most ice in the beard: Pete Hill
9. Scariest fall by a rider in a supporting role: Martha Zinn
10. Snazziest Jersey: Andrew Hall

This is the HATTARICK.
If it made sense, it would be called TOSRV, or GOBA or something like that.


Editor's Note: The ride starts in Nelsonville, OH and goes Athens and back. Here is the review from the 2008 ride


PlantLock frees up cluttered hallways and stairwells by offering a solid planter to lock your bike to. As well as providing safe and tidy bike storage, PlantLock transforms the front yard to a green space. (PlantLock can also be used in back gardens, balconies, communal gardens and other maintained public places.)

PlantLock constitutes an "immovable object" to lock bicycles to, weighing 75+kg when planted up.

PlantLock accommodates most bicycle types on the market. Bicycle frame and both wheels can be secured to the bar with the owner’s existing locks – ideally two quality locks of different types, as recommended by SoldSecure. PlantLock requires minimum maintenance, being made from robust, durable materials. The locking bar is made from boron steel, case-hardened and tempered, to achieve robustness beyond most commercially available bicycle locks. Each PlantLock accommodates 2 bicycles, and is available in a range of subtle colours.

PlantLock planting: PlantLock is available with a variety of pre-seeded compost blocks. It is also suitable for growing kitchen garden plants, vegetables & fruit, and alternatively, low maintenance, drought tolerant plants.

PlantLock is best positioned in a well lit location, in open view from inside and outside the house, avoiding blind spots and shadows from trees and other visual obstructions. 
For permanent fixture, PlantLock can be attached to the ground, using fixing holes.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Vermont Hospitality

We called around to find out if we could get some snow tubing in on Christmas. We called one place in Quechee VT. The owner said that it had rained and the snow wasn't that great. Plus, he was heading home to open presents at 11:30AM. But, if we wanted to come down, the switch was accessible to turn on the lift and we could tube if we wanted. We decided to stay in instead.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yay Bikes

This post is to inform everyone that I have officially resigned from the board and as president of Consider Biking, and that I now have no relationship with the organization. Have no fear—for the purpose of this community, what this means is simply that our forum has a new name (Yay Bikes!) and that it is no longer affiliated with Consider Biking. We’re working on improving the functionality of the site, and obviously the look is different now, but basically all is as it was before my yearlong travail with the group formerly known as COBAC.

It was last December at this time that I was announcing to the world that Consider Biking had merged with the Central Ohio Bicycle Advocacy Coalition (COBAC). It seemed to make a lot of sense back then—COBAC brought to the table long-time bicycle advocates with legislative expertise (and nonprofit status!) and Consider Biking brought grassroots momentum via this very web forum. I thought that we’d eventually meet somewhere between top-down and bottom-up to create a hybrid organization drawing from the best of both worlds. But over time it was my experience that the “top-downs” weren’t willing to budge from their view that there was a very particular way business must be done to achieve success—including strict adherence to Carver’s Policy Governance Model, uninspired replication of other cities’ efforts, and board leadership more resource-rich than representative. My insistence that we be a creative, innovative, grassroots organization, to the extent that it was appealing at all, seemed to be so not for the sake of it, but for the extent to which that methodology could generate membership and financial resources. And, frankly, given a governance structure in which the director was to dictate and manage what volunteers contributed under the name Consider Biking, I did not feel inspired to expend grassroots effort and generate dollars for the organization, nor did I care to advocate for others to do so. So I left to follow my heart and to allow Consider Biking the space to operate as they see fit, and I hope the community will continue to thrive for both our efforts!

Those who remain on the board of Consider Biking are: John Gideon, Ira Weiss, David Roseman, Kurt Lehmkuhl, and Catherine Girves; Jeff Stephens remains Executive Director. Newly seated board members are: Juana Sandoval, Lisa Antolino, Paul Rozelle, Alan Martin, Shari Heinrichs, and Tricia Kovacs. These are all good people. If you’ve given money to the organization in the past year, please know it’s in hands of a team that will continue to advocate on behalf of all cyclists in this town. I’m no longer privy to the insider scoop regarding the future of Consider Biking, but I think it’s safe to say that they will continue to be the city’s source of legislative bicycle advocacy and education.

Meanwhile Austin and I will now devote full attention to the task at hand: getting back to our grass roots and celebrating commuter bicycle culture in the city of Columbus. Stay tuned! We’ll continue to offer Bike to Work Week activities, Bike Art & Music, and this forum (with upgrades forthcoming), as well as lots of other fun stuff. I know it will be an awesome adventure, and I hope you all will join us.

Meredith Joy
The website...

Columbus' own Jen Duane highlighted in Venus Zine

Jen Duane, 28
Columbus, Ohio

Occupation: Engineer at an environmental consulting firm and also a student of art and dance
Bike-friendly: “I volunteer as co-chair for Consider Biking, a Columbus-based nonprofit bike advocacy group.”
Make of bike: Trek Elance
Customized? “Every 4th of July, Columbus hosts a ‘Doo Dah Parade,’” a 25-year-old pastime that celebrates lunacy and liberty by encouraging absurd costumes and political spoofs. “This year Consider Biking, my bike advocacy group, went with the theme ‘alternative fuel.’ People wore T-shirts with images of food or hung beer cans on their handlebars to demonstrate what fueled them to ride their bikes. I decorated my bike based on the scraper-style bike originating from San Francisco. The scraper bike normally involves intricately wrapping foil around the spokes of the wheels but has evolved to involve colorful bits of paper or fabric.”
Best place for bikes and people in Columbus? “Tip Top! It’s a bar and restaurant that’s got mad Ohio spirit. It offers a ‘two-wheel discount’ ($1 PBRs) and features a bike-powered film series.” (

The story...

All I want for Christmas...

I went to the bike shops in Burlington and begged for stickers and then raided my little brothers stash of bumper stickers. This is the gem of the lot.

The bike iceberg - where all the old bikes die

Old Spokes Home Location

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Burlington VT - Do not ride on the sidewalk

Burlington VT Bike Shop Tour Part 1

Old Spokes Home offers a huge selection of used road bicycles, mountain bikes, hybrid bicycles, cross bikes, touring bicycles and commuter bikes. We are the place for single speed bicycles, fixed gear bikes, three speed bicycles, retro bikes, and cruiser bikes. You’ll see why antique bicycles, classic bikes, vintage bicycles, parts and accessories are our passion! We also stock a large selection of new and used bike parts as well as some antique and vintage bicycle parts for that special restoration. We speak Sturmey Archer, Raleigh and 531 steel as easily as Campagnolo, Shimano, or Titanium. We offer repair service to all bicycles old and new.

Old Spokes Home

This shop was amazing. Not only did they have used bikes, but also full lines of road, commuter, fixie and mountain bikes. Upstairs is a mini museum with cool bikes hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. Opposite that they had racks of the used bikes.

Their website...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12/22/2008 - Columbus OH Edition

Started at 15th & Hi, proceeded to High & 15th. Total mileage 0.00 miles. Total elevation gained, 0.00 ft. Number of participants in the high 0's. Temperature 17 degrees F above 0. I won Most Ice in Beard Award. And all the other awards too. Maybe people were holed up in a tavern somewhere. I dunno.


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Editor's Note: Brett, I think you can count your mileage to and from the ride.

From Treehugger - Our Favorite Girl Celebs on Bikes

Is it a TreeHugger photo shoot? Hollywood bike patrol? Nope, just Sarah Michelle Geller on her pink bike. Love how she substitutes a basket for a plastic grocery bag!By Emma Grady, New York, NY
on November 5, 2008 7:57 PM

The site with the slideshow...

12/22/2008 - Burlington VT Night Ride Video

12/22/2008 - Burlington VT Night Ride

I drove 750 miles in 14 hours to see my little brother. After a meal and a beer we headed out to check out downtown Burlington. I borrowed a Specialized Crossroads and headed out for some fun with Jay and Brandy in tow. It was -1 degree. I rode about 3 miles total around town. Burlington has received about at least 12 inches of snow in the last few days so it is slushy.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Cyclists Pics from A CUP OF JO blog

These pics are from another blog - A Cup of Jo

Rant: Bike shops and winter clothes

I went to three bike shops today looking for full winter bibs. I have a pair now, but have lost weight enough that the chamois does not sit well (no pun intended). All of the shops had summer gear readily available. Nobody had full windproof bib tights in stock. I wasn't even addressed by a salesperson at one of the shops. And then they wonder why people shop online. Bah!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The 2008 Dirty Dozen Results


The 26th annual Dirty Dozen was held on Saturday, November 29th, but it was the first time I didn’t ride. Back problems have put my million mile goal on hold. In late October, I had surgery for a herniated disk only to find out I had re-herniated it shortly afterwards. Good weather (mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 42 degrees F) allowed for a record turnout of 147 riders including 84 (57%) rookies. There was a record 15 riders over 50 years old including 3 over 60. A record 11 women showed up for the 3 place, $300 prize list.

3 former winners rode: Defending champ Steevo, 2002 winner Justin Pokrivka, & 1986 winner Bob Gottlieb, and they all scored points. With 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th places from last year not returning, Steve Cummings had his easiest win ever - able to lead and win hills by as much as he wanted. He became the first person to win 5 consecutive DD’s. He won 10 hills, had it mathematically won after the 9th (Canton) hill, and won by the most (36) points ever over 2nd place Philadelphia DD creator Colin Sandberg. 2 points behind Sandberg, Chris Mayhew finished 3rd, and 4th place Darin Shriver was the first rookie. Of the 16 men to score points, only 4 were rookies. 49 year old Bob (big ring) Gottlieb was the only 40+ points scorer. Rookie Eric Lundgren won the Liberty Tube Sprint before the 11th hill.

The person with the most DD’s ridden (besides myself) is my long time friend Mark Hess. On his 16th one this year, Hess filled my shoes by blowing the whistle to signify the start of each hill. The race is up the hills and not between them. Thanks to Steve Revilak & Babs Peterson for driving the food vehicle again. A 2nd food vehicle (Chris Mayhew’s car) was driven by Rachel Teodori & Jay Hubstenberger. Thanks to Billy Kanarek for donating all of the pop again. Thanks to riders/marshals Ted McPherson & Ted King-Smith who both jumped off their bikes at dangerous intersections, and held traffic until the big group made it through. Thanks to ACA president Chris Popovic for taking over 600 great photos.

Rookie Andrew Seitz on his 6th attempt finally made Canton - popping wheelies on the 2nd half of the hill. In a Chew-like fashion, he added on extra mileage - riding to and from the Washington Blvd. Track/Oval from his home in Emsworth. Traditionally the final DD hill (Flowers/Kilbourne/Tesla) starts about 3 miles early - turning the event into a road race along the Monongahela River. As the route went down Becks Run Rd. and turned right on PA Rt. 837 (Carson St.) along the river, John Minturn attacked and got away solo. He waited for 2 guys who helped him stay away, but they dropped off at the Glenwood Bridge where sprinter Jared Babik bridged up to Minturn. This enabled them (Minturn & Babik) to start the hill in a breakaway. Minturn won the hill, but Justin Pokrivka & overall winner Steevo passed Babik (4th) to take 2nd & 3rd places on the final hill.

Meanwhile farther on down the hill, exhausted riders were just trying to finish the DD. Pushing Kevan Rutledge up the hill caused rookie Aaron Meyers to careen off and crash into a parked car. Both the car and Meyers were OK, and he got back on his bike to finish the hill. I counted about 95 riders cresting the top of the last hill (some of them walking with their bikes). Local resident Jack Murphy complained to me about the riders and parked DD vehicles disrupting his quiet neighborhood. I told him all about the event, and promised to call him a week or so before the DD next year so he can alert his neighborhood.

I was going to go 10 places deep on points (like I did last year) with the men, but I decided to concentrate on the biggest ever women’s field (because a prize list {first time ever on the DD} was offered), and went 10 places deep. I had the women put a piece of pink plastic tape around their handlebars to make it easier to find them amongst a sea of men. Thanks to Team Steel City Endurance coach Suzanne Atkinson for helping me spot the ladies.

I rode in official Mark Powder’s car with Mark Hess’s wife Mary (thanks). I thought she had a digital movie camera (to capture the top riders atop each hill), but it only took still shots. At the top of the first hill, Powder decided he would only pick the top 5 men (like every year from 1988-2006). I had to announce this change at the top of the 2nd hill. Thanks to Powder knowing shortcuts between the hills, we always arrived at hilltops before Steevo did.

Because the women were so far spread out, it was fairly easy for me to pick 10 places. To be eligible for the prize list, women had to make it up every hill, but they were allowed multiple attempts. Points were only awarded for hills ridden all the way up. Winning 12 hills and placing as high as 20th among the men on some hills, Patty Buerkle rode away with the women’s race. All the women were rookies except Carol Clemens who became the first woman to ever make it onto my 3 or more DD list. She broke her chain (had to stop and put it back together) on the first hill which she crested dead last. Hill #5 (Logan) defeated Michelle Bishop & Jenna LaTour who both stopped near the top, and didn’t try again.

For the first time on hill #6 (Pig Hill), I held a separate women’s heat (after the lead men’s heat) on which 2008 ACA women’s criterium champ Whitney Severino dropped her chain, but still managed to finish 9th for 2 points. Thanks to birthday boy Carl Flink for starting (blowing the whistle) this heat, as Mark Hess had already climbed the hill after starting the men’s heat and didn’t want to go back down & up the hill. The toughest hill #7 (Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess) claimed another woman Ginger (Valerie Christoff). I commend her for going all the way back down this long hill to try again (while the group was enjoying a food stop on top), but had no better luck.

Hill #9 (Canton) claims the most casualties - about 50% of the rookies don’t make it their first attempt, but they are encouraged (by those who have already made it at the top) to keep trying until they do. This was the only hill that Buerkle didn’t win because she needed 3 tries. The first woman to approach the hill, she stopped and began walking her bike up the hill when I shouted to her, “This is no cyclocross or mountain bike race so go back down and keep trying until you make it.” Only 3 women made it up Canton (and all the other 12 hills) their first attempt. Winner Carol Clemens, 2nd place 2006 ACA women’s criterium champ Lee-Ann Beatty, and 5th place Ruth Cunningham seated the entire way up on her mountain bike. Needing 2 tries, Severino was the 3rd woman up, and Buerkle was the 4th on her 3rd attempt. 2:48 marathoner Laura (Hruby) Dick needed 4 tries, and was the last woman to make it. So these 6 women were the only ones to ride up
every hill. Canton weeded out accomplished (has finished 5 Ironmen all in under 12 hours) triathlete Cheryl McMurray who left the hill defeated after 3 attempts. A long tri season and a marathon in Richmond, VA just 2 weeks before the DD left her exhausted and burned out.

Only 3 points short of a perfect score, Buerkle won the women’s DD and the $150 prize. Severino won $100 for 2nd place. Just 6 points behind Severino, Clemens won $50 for 3rd place. After registering, Charlene Walters became sick and went home.

479 people have ridden (started) the DD over the past 25 years. 23 riders graduated to my 3 or more DD’s ridden list this year. Dan Blumenfeld became the first recumbent rider this year. He made every hill except Canton, which he attempted 4 times. Michael Callahan became the first rider to attempt the DD on a fixed gear (45x16) this year. Riding on platform pedals in tennis shoes, he walked the middle part of the first hill, and called it quits at the bottom of the 2nd hill. Two time solo RAAM finisher Matt Bond became the heaviest (233 pounds) DD finisher this year. Using a low gear of 39x28 last year, hill #10 (Boustead) was the only hill to defeat 6’8” tall Bond last year. Armed with a 39x34 low gear this year, he rode up every hill his first attempt. 253 pound Gordon Kirkwood became the heaviest rider to start. After slowly riding up the first 4 hills, he fell far behind, got discouraged and quit, but he vows to be back to set the fat man
finisher record.

53 year old rookie Barry Sherry (from Virginia) broke his rear derailleur cable on hill #4 (High St./Seavey Rd.). Stuck in his 12 tooth cog (Where was the support follow vehicle with spare cables?), he called it quits. Having ridden the DD back in 1995, Rob Masterson returned this year to become the first finisher with an artificial hip. Riding his cross bike with a 36x34 low gear, Rob heard his cantilever brake pads rubbing while climbing up Canton. There were a record 4 kid/parent combos:

Carol Clemens and her parents Barbara (60) & Glenn (61) Acker

Turner & father Ed Johnson

Michael (14) & father Mark Runco

Gordon & father John (60) Kirkwood

Both DD winners Steve Cummings and Patty Buerkle also won their cyclocross races in Murrysville the next day.




Thursday, December 18, 2008

Third Thursday Ride Report - 12/18/2008

I decided to join Brett on the Third Thursday ride. We started at Bikesource in Westerville. We headed west through the side streets jumped on the trail (a little icy on the bridges) and made our way over to Cleveland Ave. We rode directly down Cleveland taking up a lane. We stopped at the designated stops. Unfortunately we did not have anyone else join us. 12.25 miles, averaged 15.3mph. Total mileage 17.5 miles.

Columbus Alive article on Winter Riding


Cold warrior
Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:58 AM
By John Ross

Riding a bike in winter is a completely different animal, as I discovered after a recent spill on an icy section of East Avenue. To keep you from the same frosty fate, here's some advice for surviving colder months on two wheels, with thanks to bike enthusiasts Aaron Beck and Zach Henkel, the staff at B1 Bikes and volunteers at the Third Hand Bike Co-Op.


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Editor's Note: I went home yesterday and stopped by Quick Service Bicycles in Martins Ferry, Ohio. They have the A2B on the floor. Runs about $2700.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:26 AM
By Jack Chesnutt, NBC News Producer
BOULDER, Co. – As real estate agent Matt Kolb recently toured several properties he wore a helmet. It wasn’t a hard-hat fit for a construction site but a bicycle helmet. Kolb sells homes from the back of a two-wheeler.

"Boulder is in the top-five bicycle-friendly cities in the world," said Kolb. "On a bike, you can get anywhere in town in 20 minutes or less."


Monday, December 15, 2008

How to steal your own bike in Columbus, OH

I was invited out to Bar Louie to celebrate Tania's birthday. I drove into town and headed over to the restaurant. I inadvertently walked in on a private party for members of the police force and sat down. This becomes important later on. So Jonny and Brian show up a little later. They rode down on their bikes and locked them up outside. Of course we were unceremoniously asked to leave the private party.

We ate dinner, drank and hung out. Fun times. Jonny and Brian decide to leave around 8:30 and headed out the door. A minute later Brian walks in with half a key for the bike lock. The tumbler decided to fight unfairly and chewed the key in half. So, the dilemma. Two bikes locked to the post out front with a non-functioning lock. What to do?

By the time they thought about buying bolt cutters it was already 8:50. Not going to happen. We considered driving to my house and getting a sawzall. We talked about asking the police upstairs. Brian yells up to some guy who is trying to hit on a woman and he gets snubbed. Brian calls the police. They claim not to carry anything in their vehicles that would cut a lock.

So Carolina is sitting at the table and she suggests calling one of the hotels and ask if they have one. Brian and Jonny walk over to two hotels without luck. In the meantime Carolina called one of her friends at Crown Plaza hotel. They would trade us the bolt cutters. For dessert. So Carolina buys dessert from Bar Louie and heads over for the trade.

While Jonny and Brian are cutting their bike lock out front of the restaurant the police party starts to break up. They literally laughed at Brian and Jonny as they were cutting the lock. So much for the police questioning bike thefts.

After the bikes were liberated Carolina wanted to ride Brian's fixie coastie coaster brake bike. On her return trip to the restaurant she fell over off the bike.

Thanks Carolina for saving the day and allowing us to steal our own bikes.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Ride 12/14/08 Recap - Slow Ride

It was a balmy 45-50 degrees with sprinkles (not chocolate) during the entire ride. Started in campus and rode south on High to Greenlawn. Greenlawn to Harmon and then I criss crossed the streets in Franklinton over to Broad. Broad back into town and I criss crossed over to Long when I stopped for a coffee at Zanzibar. They had live music and a local photographer showing. Down Long to Nelson up to 5th. Out 5th past the airport (stopped to watch them land) to Hamilton and back to Blacklick through the back roads. 24 miles total.

Bike with sidecar


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Friday, December 12, 2008

WAD Bikeway 3rd Thursday Rides


Come on out! The first ten minutes are the hardest!

Brett Allen for
WAD Bikeway Association

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Official Dirty Dozen Women's Results - From Danny Chew

Only 6 women made it up every hill this year, and winner Patty needed 3 attempts on Canton Ave., and 2:48 marathon runner Laura needed 4 attempts on Canton!

2008 Dirty Dozen Women's Results:

1. Patty Buerkle 127 points - won $150
2. Whitney Severino 106 points - won $100
3. Carol Clemens 100 points - won $ 50
4. Lee-Ann Beatty 75 points
5. Laura (Hruby) Dick 65 points
6. Ruth Cunningham 54 points

The other 6 women who started are:

Cheryl McMurray
Michelle Bishop
Jenna LaTour
Valerie Christoff (Ginger)
Barbara Acker (Carol's mother)
Charlene Walters

A big thanks to all 12 women for showing up.

Editor's note: I am waiting for Danny to publish the men's results.

Urban Guerilla Knitting

Monday, December 8, 2008

Have you seen this man? UPDATE

We had a sighting today. At approximately 4:40PM he was seen on High Street riding a hybrid.

Editor's note: He is not missing nor is he hurt. Just thought the photo was funny...

Ohio Safe Routes to Schools Program

Program Purpose:
Improve safety, encourage and enable children, including those with disabilities, to walk or ride their bikes to school.

More information is here at their site...

Children's Services Bike Program - From The Dispatch

Ann Fisher commentary: Mom puts bikes under tree for Children Services kids

Monday, December 8, 2008 3:02 AM

Kate Koch Gatch, with husband Brian Gatch and adopted daughter Lainey, emptied a Walmart store of kids' bikes to give to Franklin County Children Services -- an item usually beyond reach for foster children.

She must have been a sight -- a sight for sore eyes at a time when so many have less to give.
By the time Kate Koch Gatch had lined up the 26 bikes and 26 safety helmets at the front door of the Walmart on Nov. 29, store employees and other shoppers couldn't help but notice.

When they learned that she had just purchased the fleet for Franklin County foster kids, "The whole store kind of stopped," Gatch told me. "It was kind of magical. Perfect strangers came up and shook my hand."

As soon as store manager Ken Wright heard that she was raiding his bike department, he offered a free helmet for every bike she purchased that day. That meant she could buy even more bicycles.