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Friday, October 24, 2008

NetJets gift establishes cycling event to benefit cancer research at OSU

As part of the March 12, 2008 announcement to expand NetJets’ Columbus based operations, NetJets made a $12.5 million gift to establish a unique community based cycling event to benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University. Pelotonia reflects this commitment to the City of Columbus, the State of Ohio and the fight against cancer.

The goal of Pelotonia is to fund cancer research while creating an inspiring and emotional experience. Over the long term, Pelotonia will raise roughly $40mm over the first five years. Starting in Columbus, and extending across the state, over two thousand cyclists, as well as volunteers and other participants will enjoy a unique three-day experience while raising millions of dollars for cancer research for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute (The James).

“This is a long-term investment in one of the world’s leading comprehensive cancer centers.” said Daniel Rosenthal, Office of the Chairman, NetJets Inc. “Our intent is to invest in a new experience that can attract additional funding far above and beyond the initial investment and which lasts into perpetuity to benefit cancer research.”

NetJets is proud to be a part of this unique event and employees will have the opportunity to volunteer during the event and throughout the year.

Pelotonia is inspired in part by the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the largest single athletic fundraising event in the United States today. Established in 1980, the PMC is an endurance cycling event benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In 2008, PMC raised more than $34 million.

The name Pelotonia is derived from and inspired by “peloton”, a French word meaning small ball or pellet, which is a cycling term describing a pack of riders who benefit from working together. Pelatonia routes will include a single day 50 mile loop and a two day 190 mile tour. The tour will include a “century” ride, at least 100 miles in a single day, with an overnight stay and ride back to Columbus. For participants, the tour will consist of hard work and achievement; shared and celebrated with the community as a whole.

In road cycling races, the peloton travels as an integrated unit, with each rider making minor adjustments in response to nearby riders in order to stay in formation, reduce wind resistance and benefit from efficiencies. Against the peloton, rogue cyclists are hunted down and exhausted.

It is this concept that inspired the name Pelotonia as a way to describe a community of individuals joining together to hunt down cancer. Just as a peloton enables a group of riders to be more successful against rogue individual riders, Pelotonia will enable the community to be more successful in its fight against cancer.

In its first year, 2009, Pelotonia riders will be required to raise a minimum of one thousand dollars. 100% of all money raised will be donated to fund cancer research at The James.

Cyclists will travel from across the country to ride in Pelotonia. Many will ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease. The average cyclist will train for three months in preparation for the tour.

Tom Lennox, former Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations of Abercrombie & Fitch, was appointed Executive Director of Pelotonia in July 2008. Lennox is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2007.

“I am a cancer survivor, having fought this disease with help of the excellent physicians and staff of The James just last year,” said Lennox. “I know how critical it is that we continue to make research a priority, particularly the funding of new researchers, many of whom must wait years in order to receive funding to explore new treatments.”

In September, Lennox established headquarters for Pelotonia in the Arena District at 351 W. Nationwide Boulevard. In early October, Jessica Kinman, most recently with a Columbus based non-profit organization and graduate of The Ohio State University, accepted the position as Director of Publicity and Communications. Kelley Griesmer, formerly a partner with Jones Day, accepted a senior management role with Pelotonia as Director of Operations.

Both Lennox and Dr. Michael Caligiuri, Director of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chief Executive Officer of The James, rode in the PMC this year, each riding over 160 miles over two days.

“Pelotonia is more than just an event,” said Dr. Caligiuri. “The challenge and the cause will draw riders and supporters from across Ohio and well beyond, spreading awareness about our shared battle against cancer. Pelotonia will not be simply a fundraiser; it will be an intense and memorable experience, having a profound impact on participants and patients alike.”

Pelotonia’s board of directors consists of representatives from NetJets Inc., The Ohio State University and community leaders. Current board members include:

* Dr. Michael Caligiuri – Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

* James Christiansen – President, NetJets Aviation

* Cindy Hilsheimer – Principal, SC Search Consultants

* Thomas Lennox – Executive Director, Pelotonia

* Daniel H. Rosenthal – Office of the Chairman, NetJets Inc.

* Peggy Santulli – Community Volunteer

* Robert H. Schottenstein – Chief Executive Officer, M/I Homes, Inc.Peter B Weiler, Senior Vice President of Development and President, The Ohio State University Foundation

About Pelotonia

Co-founded by NetJets and The Ohio State University, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes an ambitious weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. With a goal of attracting over 2,200 cyclists, each raising a minimum of $1,000 and 100% of every dollar raised funding research; Pelotonia challenges cyclists to endure a variety of routes including a 190 mile tour across Ohio in effort to raise millions of dollars.

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Chris King Bottom Brackets are now available

We've been making our own sealed bearings here at King for over 32 years and never has there been a component that benefited more from their strength and durability than the bottom bracket. Yes, the Chris King bottom bracket is here and ready to take on the most challenging conditions your cycling adventures can deliver.

The Chris King bottom bracket is specifically designed for Shimano-compatible external type crank/bottom bracket systems and delivers every benefit you've come to expect from King and in the wide array of colors only King can do.

An available grease injection tool allows the bearings to be purged of existing grease and debris and new grease run through. What better way to maximize the life of your bearings than to do routine maintenance? Especially when it's this easy.

Racers take note! With the Chris King bottom bracket and injection tool, you can train day-to-day with a durable high-viscosity grease and race with a light, fast-rolling low-viscosity grease or oil. Imagine your current Friday night leg-shaving ritual finishing with a few minutes in the garage to get your bike as smooth as you are.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op's Post-critical Mass Halloween Bash

Friday October 31st, 2008
174 E. Fifth Ave.
This is a fundraising event

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bontrager Seatpost Issue

I have been experiencing a ton of issues with products this year. I totally forgot about this problem until I went back to Wheeling over the weekend and received my warranty replacement. I had a Bontrager Race carbon seatpost. It started to wobble and when I checked the junction between the carbon and the aluminum head it was slipping. I pulled that one and went and bought a Performance Forté Precision Carbon Seatpost.

On the ride after installation, I was riding along when all of a sudden the head slipped and shredded the teeth embedded into the carbon. So I trashed two seatposts in two weeks. I headed back to Performance and took my credit and bought the Thomson aluminum seatpost. If I can break this seatpost, I should become a full-time product tester.

So back to my trip back to Wheeling. I stopped in to see Andy Wallen and he handed me a Race X Lite ACC seatpost. It is a carbon seatpost with an aluminum sleeve inside to reduce clamping issues. Plus, it keeps "big" people from breaking it as easily as the old product because the head is part of the aluminum sleeve. I would definitely say it is an upgrade. $30 seatpost vs. $100.

Now I am torn over whether I should swap the Thomson for the Bontrager... Hmmm, what to do?

Twelve tips for cool weather bicycling - Marion Star

Use these tips to enjoy cycling when the temperature drops:

Wind chill - Since bicyclists move faster than pedestrians, they create their own wind chill in cool weather. If you keep almost all of your skin covered, you will negate the wind chill.

Keep your head warm - Cool air in the ear canal can be painful. Experienced cyclists often wear thin balaclavas to keep their heads warm when the temperature is below about 55 degrees. Balaclavas easily fit under a bicycle helmet, and can be adjusted to cover the mouth if desired. Several balaclavas can be layered when the temperature drops further.

Eyes - A pair of wrap-around sunglasses will keep the cool air out of your eyes.

Hands - Many cyclists keep their hands warm with their regular winter gloves while riding. Others wear thin "liner gloves" under their bicycling gloves, and (as the temperature drops further) pull on a pair of "lobster gloves" over their cycling gloves and liner gloves. Lobster gloves are a cross between mittens and gloves, with thumbs and two "claws."

Dress in layers - For a short trip, a winter jacket works fine. For a longer trip, a wicking material near the skin (such as polypropylene long underwear) will help to keep you warm and dry. A brightly colored jacket that blocks the wind makes a great outer layer, and a wool sweater will provide insulation.

Legs - Cycling tights will help to keep your legs warm, and it's easy to add a pair of long underwear underneath on cooler days. Sweatpants will also work. Some riders purchase cool weather tights, which have thick windproof material in front and a fleece-like material in the back.

Feet - Many cyclists ride in winter hiking boots when the temperatures drop. Others pull neoprene booties over their cycling shoes.

Cool first mile - It may take a mile or so for cyclists to start generating body heat, so they are often a little cool at first. In a few minutes, they will usually be comfortable.

Accept slower speed - For many reasons, bicycle riders tend to go slower in the cooler months. The thicker clothes on our legs add resistance to the pedal strokes, and we may be wearing heavier footwear that does not stay on the pedals as well. We're not riding as often, so our conditioning is not as good. Cool air is a bit thicker than warm air, so there may be a little more wind resistance.

Spin - If short days or treacherous road conditions won't permit a bicycle ride, or you just can't bring yourself to go outside in the cool weather, consider riding a trainer (an indoor bicycling device) or joining a spinning class at the YMCA. My cycling friends who take spinning classes are in great shape when spring arrives.

Hike - Many organizations offer peaceful hikes during the cooler months. The Heart of Ohio Tailwinds Bicycle Club offers winter hikes, as do Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Columbus Metro Parks, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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editor's note. - I only count eleven.

Smart car with bicycle rack

I keep running across photos from my trip to London and Amsterdam. This was taken as we were walking through the streets of London. I bet the bicycle is wider than the car.

NYC Bicycles via pinhole camera

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

London Calling - alleycat - Video by Lucas Brunelle

Lucas Brunelle video site

The front shifter could be dead... or not

Introducing the Hammerschmidt.

Truvativ developed two Hammerschmidt models. One is an all-mountain build comparable to Stylo cranks while the other freeride build uses cranks along the lines of the venerable Holzfeller. An included shifter looks remarkably similar to a SRAM X.0 model, but has only two positions.

There are several advantages to a single-ring, planetary-drive crankset. Riders can shift gears under incredible torque loads, while the cranks are stationary, or while pedaling backward. During the official unveiling, SRAM spokesman Greg Herbold was quick to point out that he could even shift while airborne. And shifting is more instantaneous than conventional derailleur systems—the gear mechanism uses a set of pawls to quickly engage a ramped gear, and they do it faster and more reliably than a conventional chain with a row of lifting ramps.

The review site

The Truvativ site

10/20/08 Ride Report

I think the main group did 17 miles. I did around 27 miles.

Highlights? Not much...
Casey led the ride.
No flats or mechanicals that I can remember.
Team UnderRoos was represented.
We rode through the Ohio State Fair Grounds. I haven't seen that many souped up golf carts/estate vehicles since I left the Ohio Valley.
We had mutiny at the gas station on Airport and Cassady. One group wanted to go to the bar, the other back to campus area. We split heading west on 5th.

More later, if I can remember. The GPS may be brought out of mothballs, i.e. the backseat of my car, for next weeks ride.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hit and kill a cyclist - Get awarded money from the jury

Award reduced in fatal bike crash
A Montgomery County judge said a judgment of $350,000 against Blacksburg was excessive.

A Montgomery County judge has ordered that a $350,000 jury award against the town of Blacksburg stemming from a fatal car crash be reduced. And that ruling may have reignited the 8-year-old liability lawsuit.

In a written ruling dated Friday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs reduced the damages owed to Blacksburg resident Sharon Knight to $50,000. Grubbs denied the town's motion to set aside the jury's verdict.

The case will likely continue, however.

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KryptoFlex® 1218 Key Cable Lock Follow-up

Well. I called Kryptonite and they sympathized with my situation. I received a new lock in the mail and sent the old broken lock back. They wanted to review it to see what went wrong. I will tell you what went wrong. Poor design. I doubt I am strong enough to break the lock if it was designed correctly. Keep in mind the lock was not compromised, only the mounting hardware, but it was annoying.

PBR Bike Frame

Those that ride fixed know it's not a trend or a bandwagon to jump on. It's all about simplicity. The first bicycle invented over 140 years ago was fixed so we know it is here to stay. The Ringleader is a true minimalist with no brazeons for water bottles, brakes, fenders or racks. Just pure stripped down goodness and nothing you don't need. The geometry is inspired from a traditional track bike but meant to be a fixed gear for everyday urban riding. There is a brake hole on the fork for a front brake option if you desire.

Paint Styles:
Purple Speckle Fade
Pabst Blue Ribbon (Limited Edition)
Old School Raw/Chrome

Frame Material: Double Butted Japanese 4130 Chromoly
Frame Design: Traitor Cycles USA
Frame Production: Taiwan
Sizes: 53, 56, 59
Weight (53cm): Frame 4.1 lbs | Fork 1.95 lbs (Uncut Steer)
Build Specs: Headtube 1 1/8", Seattube 27.2mm, Dropout 120mm, BB 68mm, Fork 1 1/8" Threadless

Price: $679 USD Frame/Fork | $569 USD Build Kit

Traitor Cycles Website

A Field Guide to the New York City Bicyclist

Live from New York, it's the Bicyclist Guide.

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A little late, but here is a video from the Race Down Walhalla 2007

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I am in the video in all my spandex glory within the first 20 seconds of the video. Where in the world is Ray?