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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Vending Machines for Bicycle Parts

Unless they happen to be near a bicycle shop during business hours, bicyclists who break down are typically out of luck if they don't already have the parts they need to make a repair. Aiming to make bike parts more accessible, two different vending machines we've spotted are always on hand with critical parts.

Most recently, bike manufacturer Trek set up a prototype Trek Stop Cycling Convenience Center at the end of June, just off the bike path in Madison, Wisconsin. Located outside (and operated by) bike shop Machinery Row, the Trek Stop is a 24/7/365 convenience center for cyclists that provides access to cycling products, information and a safe place to work on a bike. The full-service vending machine is stocked with bicycle products such as spare tubes, patches, tire levers, CO2 cartridges and more, along with food and cold drinks; it also features an information center with maps, a message board and advertising space for local announcements. A covered maintenance area, meanwhile, offers a work stand, free air and even how-to videos—available at the push of a button—for those trickier repairs.


George Bush Hates Track People

'George Bush Hates Track People'
Kanye may hate his fans, but he loves his fixed gear bike from Brooklyn Machine Works. Looks like he even got custom bar ends done—a play on that now infamous off script TV moment that shook Mike Meyers soul to the core. It's not black people that George Bush doesn't care about, it's "track people.


More Dirty Dozen Video - Riding the Liberty Tunnel into Pittsburgh

Rapha Ultimate Musette


A stylish take on a cycling classic, the Rapha musette is perfect for carrying essential items around the city. Constructed from a robust, coated cotton canvas and stitched with bound seams, it is fully lined and water resistant. Internal features include a hinged organiser pocket with two zipped storage compartments, one of which has a cable hole for iPod earphones. There are three stitched pen pockets and a separate mobile phone compartment with a leather clasp. In addition to the main shoulder strap, an additional chest strap helps keep the bag stable and there is a leather light loop on the main panel. The musette has a four-litre capacity, measuring 13in(l), 9.5in(h), 2.5in(w).

Rapha Performance Roadwear website

Friday, November 7, 2008

Trek jumps on Belt Drive

The website...

New National Study Examines Bicycle Related Injuries Among Youth

Although bicycles are a healthy and cost-saving alternative for transportation, automobiles continue to be the only consumer product associated with more childhood injuries. Despite bicycle safety programs and legislative efforts designed to enforce the use of bicycle helmets in some cities and states, an estimated 389,300 children and adolescents 18-years and younger were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries each year between 1990-2005.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oh Wiki your so fine! Track Bike Disassembly

How to Take Apart a Track Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is an increasingly popular activity for recreational as well as practical purposes. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to remove, replace, or clean certain parts of the bike.

A track bicycle is a type of bicycle (ridden with a single, often fixed gear) that is popular in urban areas for its simplicity, maneuverability, ease of maintenance and its style. In this article the maintenance and disassembly of such a bicycle will be discussed.

For the sake of convenience, this article assumes the bike in question has a fixed gear. This project is best done in a clean space, with a clean floor, as items with grease tend to pick up dirt and debris. This project can be done by anyone with the required tools, a bit of strength (for certain parts) and an interest in bicycle maintenance. This project may take anywhere from an hour to a day to complete, depending on your level of caution and familiarity with the parts.

And the rest of the story...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bicycling and Drinking? Meet PedalPub - in three countries

Contender #1 from Holland

The Fietscafe is a mobile pub, for groups up to 17 people per bike, who can transport themselves by moving the pedals. Not all guests do have to cycle; the Fietscafe® is provided with 10 freewheels, so you can change seats from time to time. You need a sober driver and of course, the best bartender looks after the beer and drinks.The Fietscafe's can be used for all events and success is always guaranteed.

The site...

Contender #2 from England

Comfortable serving bar table with ample space for 1 or 2 bar servers.
Dimmable mood lighting.
Single tap for cold draught beer and the accompanying equipment.
Fully waterproofed for interior and exterior use.
Optional integrated sound system.
24 hour help line during the hire period.
Full explanation of all aspects of the artnouveau bar during installation.

Everything needed for cold draught beer, optional drinks chiller
4 point mains power sockets.
Quick user guide to remind youreslf of the keg changing process as detailed at time of delivery

Maximum width 2m
Bar Height 1m
Maximum depth 0.65m
maximum height 2.05m
4 pints per minute beer flow
20 - 120 watts illumination

The site...

And finally, the US Contender

Rent the PedalPub for team building, company parties, parades, tailgating, singles mixers, conventions, and more!

The site...

Dirty Dozen in Pittsburgh, PA on Thanksgiving Day Weekend

Canton Ave 2007

The Final Hill 2007

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Columbus Cyclist Highlighted in Urban Velo

The original story from Urban Velo

The announcement we have all been waiting for....

Folks, the ride you've been anticipating for almost a year is.... still two months away. Yet, you wouldn't believe
the number of people hounding me about the announcement for this ride. (would you believe ... one?.... well, why not?)

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

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

Dura-Ace Chain - Blown Up - REPAIRED

Wipperman Connex Link for 10 speed. Ask for it by name.

Stunts on two wheels

11/03/08 Ride Report

There were about 40 people at the start. Regular leaders were nowhere to be found. Casey was probably at a bar. Zach has been MIA for months. Jonny and I stepped up to the task and led. We headed through campus and went south on Neil. On 5th we turned west and rode out to McKinley. We made a stop at the Mound and hung out for a little bit. Then south on McKinley until we reached Central. Central due south to Mound (recurring theme) and we stopped at Cooper Stadium. We did some loop de loops around the parking lot and hung out for a few minutes. Then south on Mound to Harmon. Onto Greenlawn and then High straight to the High Beck. Over the course of the ride we lost about half of the riders. I think as the ride progressed the temperature dropped from 58 to low 40's as we headed away from downtown. 14 miles total.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Customize the Hood!

This goes to ELEVEN! You haven't had that much choice about how to dress up the front end of your bike since Cinelli unveiled their "Splash" cork bar tape. Whether you feel like pink - yellow - blue - green - white blotched bar tape is 'right' or 'wrong,' we think it's difficult to argue against giving people choices (and not that it matters, but our HUDZ actually match most of the colors in that tape).
So whether you are a Campy girl or a Shimano guy - whether you want "Splash" bar tape, or Euro-pro white, we have the perfect set of HUDZ for you.
DA7800 - In stores
Campagnolo - In stores
ULT6600 - Shipping now
(Also fits Ultegra SL and 105 levers)
SRAM - Shipping now
Available Colors: Bastogne Blue, Bordeaux Gold, Brugge Black, Eroica Celeste, Ghent Grey, Lombardia Orange, Paris Pink, Roubaix Red, San Remo Green, Vlaanderen Yellow, and Wallonne White.
Coming Soon: Lausanne Clear will join the existing eleven colors of Hudz.

The site...

Rally Ride

I rode my handicapped bike down to the Obama Rally at the State House. When I got home I realized what the issue was with the chain. See previous post. Got in 23 miles riding down Broad to the event and then back home again.

Dura-Ace Chain - Blown Up

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Need a part time car?

Zipcar has services in Columbus

Joining Zipcar

Anyone who's 21+ or older and has a valid driver's license can apply. Complete the online application, which takes just a few minutes. We'll run a quick driving record check, then within three days to a week you'll get your Zipcard.(Even faster if you pick it up at the office.) Once you receive your Zipcard, you can begin reserving Zipcars and driving right away!

Reserving a Car

You can do it online or over the phone. You choose the car you want – there are MINIs, BMWs, hybrids, even pickups. Choose the time slot you want at the location you want. Reserve minutes or months in advance.

Getting in the Car

Your Zipcard will only open the car you've reserved during the time you've reserved it (which means no one else can open your Zipcar during that time, either). All you do is walk to the car, hold your card to the windshield and the doors will unlock.


Well, we guess you don't need us to tell you how to drive. Gas, reserved parking and insurance (a deductible may apply if you get in an accident) are all included. Just bring your Zipcar back when you're done and park it in the same reserved parking spot. That's all there is to it!

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Nice Rack! Made here in Columbus

Want to haul more than your butt around town. Check out the offerings from Community Carts.

They are located in Franklinton, or F-Ton as the hip like to say.

The website is here...

Bicyclists Show Off Their Two-Wheeling Tattoos

Wired has a slideshow of bicyclist tattoos

Halloween Adventure Ride Ride Recap

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We had five people show, including myself. Brett Allen led the ride, Duncan showed up (hadn't seen him for a while), and we had two new people, Morgen and Andy. None of the usual suspects showed for one reason or another. Because Morgen and Andy were not seasoned veterans we chose to play it by ear. We headed north and rode UP Walhalla, then south on Indianola (Studio 35 - which by the way was running Rocky Horror). We wound our way through the neighborhoods over to Joyce. At American Addition we realized that Woodford Ave does not connect through to Woodland as Google Maps would indicate. We passed Ohio Dominican and then hit the 670 Bike path over to Fort Hayes. For as long as I have been riding around Columbus I never ventured into Fort Hayes. The rehabbed buildings are nice. We shot out on Cleveland and passed Columbus State. Thurber House was next and then the Health Department building. We rode past several haunted locations in German Village and then hit Greenlawn to Berliner. We rode the path, about 4 miles roundtrip. Several trees are still down on the path. Next stop, Greenlawn Abbey.

Much to my surprise the Abby was lit up and open. Much to my dismay though, the people holding the event would not let us peek inside. Then we headed up into Franklinton and headed over to the Por Vida event at Junctionview Studios. 30 miles total. We did not make it to any of the cemeteries. Maybe some other ride.

The event had a decent size crowd. We wandered around, drank a PBR and headed into town for some food. High Beck had a private event packing the place, so we headed to the Tip Top.

I had 40 miles total for the ride.

I want to thank Brett for leading. Morgen and Andy were real troopers since this was their longest ride ever. I hope they join us again in the future.