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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Better photo of the Three Creeks Trail -- Petzinger Road Crossing

Beautiful photo from Amsterdam

I found this on a site that had other beautiful photographs. I do not know who the photographer is.

Nice bike Axl

Long Street Tour Race Video by Columbus Underground

I was surfing the vast interweb and ran across this video. I can't remember if I ever posted this.

Long Street Bike Race 2008 from Columbus Underground on Vimeo.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Don't snicker... It's Sprocket Man - from the Mailbag

From David -

A safety course for young cyclists in the form of a comic book featuring Sprocket Man, a superhero like character that points out the safe way to ride on streets and roads. Available in a downloadable PDF file which can be printed/stapled to form a 24 page (12 sheet) comic book. Fairly good advice and an attractive style, unusual for a government publication.

editors note - best line in the book, "Rain is a pain" - they might want to update the book to allow for aluminum rims. Better stopping power.

The book is here in PDF format...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Third Thursday Ride Report - 11/20/2008

Very short report from Brett -

Hi. We had three today. Jeremy from roll: could have been four but he showed up at the wrong starting point. Conditions were entirely decent.

Hopefully six next month.

European Style Double Bike Bags from Basil

When I was in Amsterdam I saw these style bags on so many bikes. They are made of a coated tarpaulin material. People were carrying everything on their bikes in these bags.

Check out their crazy assortment of colors and patterns.

Here: In Beechview, Canton Ave. (part of the Dirty Dozen Ride)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette article. Sunday, January 30, 2005

Despite the twin "Do Not Enter" signs at its midpoint, Canton Avenue isn't a one-way street.
It's a no-way street.

No way you're going to drive up it. Not this time of year, when it's covered with ice and snow.

This Beechview byway is way too steep -- even to plow.

It's the steepest street in this hilly town and, probably, the region, with a grade of 37 percent -- that is, rising 37 feet per 100 feet of run. So confirm records from the city Department of Engineering and Construction.



This holiday season, please consider making a contribution to purchase a bicycle, or give a gift in honor of a friend or loved one. Each bicycle costs just $134, and will help up to 20 people. To see the impact of our programs, watch this piece from The TODAY Show that aired in September.

UPDATE: Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all gifts received by December 31, 2008 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $750,000 – that’s $1.5 million toward The Power of Bicycles! Please help us reach our goal today!
Simple, sustainable transportation is an essential element in disaster assistance and poverty relief. Bicycles fulfill basic needs by providing increased access to healthcare, education and economic development, especially when compared to the alternative of walking. Bicycles empower individuals, their families, and their communities. Our mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.

Currently, World Bicycle Relief has partnered with a coalition of relief organizations to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Zambia. We will provide 23,000 bicycles to community home-based care volunteers, disease prevention educators and vulnerable households. We are also training and equipping more than 400 bicycle mechanics in the field. The program will reach more than 500,000 adults, orphans and vulnerable children.

More information...

A BLACK BIKE: NYC's first official Dutch Bicycle Company.

New York's first official Dutch bicycle company. We sell authentic specialty bikes from Holland for men and women.

Check out the site...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Reminder - Third Thursday Commuter Ride is tomorrow - November 20, 2008

The earlier post with route...

Sunday Cold Weather Ride?

Anybody interested in riding on Sunday November 23? I rode with Brett this past Sunday. I would probably start at High and Broad at High Noon. Thinking about riding west to find the trailhead for the Prairie Grass Trail.

email me at raymondmgeorge [at]

Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology

F r o m c l u n k e r s t o c a r b o n

The site is here...

Who is this Barbie? And why does she have a Birthday Bench?

A bench sits in the circle at the end of the Blacklick Creek Greenway. Someone sent me a pic on their last ride. It is a little odd. Does anybody know the back story on this?

Coming to a store near you: chainless bicycles - CNN

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- Pedalers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.

Bicycle shop manager David Oakley looks over the carbon fiber belt drive of a Trek bike at his shop in Richmond.

If you've ever been riding down the street and had your pants cuff ripped asunder, there may be a revolution at hand.

Trek Bicycle is part of a movement to bury the finger-pinching, pants-munching, rust-prone sprocket and chain, and usher in an era of belt-driven bikes that might have the inventors of the self-propelled transportation Schwinning in their graves.

Wisconsin-based Trek is introducing two models this holiday season that are chainless, instead using technology most often found in things like motorcycles and snowmobiles. While some smaller custom bike makers have used them before, Trek is the first to use the technology for mass-produced bicycles.


A tear has formed in my eye. I am a little sad today.

I love Klein bicycles. I lusted after them in catalogs in the 80's and 90's. My wife calls it "bike porn." When I got a job after college and I could afford a nicer bike I purchased a low end Klein Pulse Comp which I rode around Wheeling, WV. It is for sale at Wheelcraft Bicycles in Wheeling because I traded it in on a bike for my wife. When I was at TRM Cycles in Pittsburgh in late 1997 I saw the Klein Mantra at a great price and purchased it. I rode my first Seagull Century on the Mantra with skinny tires. I still have it and it is hanging in my basement waiting/wanting to be resurrected. Could be this weekend's project. In 2003, I purchased a Klein Q-Carbon Race. Aluminum and carbon with chameleon paint job. The cool thing about Klein paint jobs is there are no stickers. They remove the stickers during the multi-layer painting process. Almost every Klein frame I have seen has internal cable routing as well. Very cool. My bikes are here...

The reason why I am sad is this is the end of the line for Klein. Their website no longer works. : ( They have been rumored to be closing for the last few years. Damn you Trek.

Hand Job Cable Hanger from Ibis - Follow-up

Why am I surprised by this? I'm not... It is quite funny. What am I talking about? The fact that people are stumbling upon my site searching for handjob. Pretty funny.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Armstrong fears for his safety - CNN

LONDON (AP) -- Lance Armstrong fears he could be attacked by spectators if he returns to the Tour de France next year.
The seven-time Tour champion, who is making a comeback after three years in retirement, said in an interview in The Guardian on Tuesday that he is concerned about his safety.
"I don't want to enter an unsafe situation but you see this stuff coming out of France," said the American rider, who has many critics in France. "There're some aggressive, angry emotions. If you believe what you read, my personal safety could be in jeopardy.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Vanilla Bicycles

The Vanilla Track Bike is absolutely amazing looking. The craftsmanship and artistry of the frame is unbelievable. The good news, you can buy it. The bad news, they won't be taking deposits for another five years. Lust away. Start saving your pennies.

The Vanilla Bicycle site...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Cold Weather Ride Report - 11-16-2008

I didn't know what to expect when I sent out the request for fellow riders on a cold and windy day. The people I thought would show did not and someone who I hadn't talked to in a while popped up. The usual suspects were nowhere to be found (sleeping, went out?, homework), but Brett showed up (called me twice as well to make sure I was riding).

I rode in from Blacklick on Broad. There was a 18-25mph headwind blowing out of the west. And the temperature was about 35 degrees. It was a chore to keep the pace above 15mph. I met Brett at High and Broad and we proceeded due west on Broad all the way out to the I-270 beltway where we triumphantly turned around and felt like the temperature had risen ten degrees and the molasses stopped flowing on the streets.

We rode down the hill into Franklinton and Brett was sporting his fixie wheel setup so it was a little frightful watching him ride down that fast. He does have brakes on the bike though. We turned right on Central and then onto Sullivant up to Ryan to find the long lost and missed (from the Cemetery Ride) Feebleminded Cemetery. It is on the Columbus Developmental Center property and there is a path that leads up to it from Sullivant. As Brett pointed out, if someone stopped to ask what we were doing, we should say we are visiting relatives, Ha! He said it.

We rode back to Central then over to Mound and South to Greenlawn (with the tailwind). High St. up to Livingston and we wound our way through the streets to Cleveland and Long. Brett headed north, I headed east. Hit Broad Street off Monypenny. At the intersection of Nelson and Broad I proceeded through the intersection and was welcomed with a honk and "I will run your ass over" comment because I held up someone turning left onto Nelson.

Rode Broad St. home without anymore incidents. Had the tailwind too.

40 miles total
averaged 15mph.

Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling Association’s nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 44,500 members nationwide.

We research and produce cycling maps for our Adventure Cycling Route Network, one of the largest route networks in the world at 38,158 miles (and growing). We lead bike tours, publish Adventure Cyclist magazine for our membership, work on bicycle advocacy projects such as the U.S. Bicycle Route System, sell bike travel gear, and provide trip planning resources for bicycle travelers.

As a nonprofit organization, all proceeds from tours, sales, and membership go directly back into supporting our mission and programs. Adventure Cycling is headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

The site is here...

Hand Job Cable Hanger from Ibis

I don't think I need to say anything else.

The large photo...


After a several year hiatus, the Ibis Hakkal├╝gi cyclocross frame returns in all of its throat-clearing phlegmatic glory. This time around, we’ve added a few things and subtracted a few things.
We’ve subtracted a lot of weight by making the frame out of carbon fiber. For you purists out there, sorry. For you weight weenies out there, you’re welcome. We used to say “Steel is real”. Now we say “Steel is real…heavy”.
Geometry is classic cross. We’ve designed the frame around and mated it to a nice lightweight Easton EC90 X Cross fork.
Canti mounts are back AND so is the hand job cable stop, after a many year vacation from duty.

The ‘Lugi also features strong and svelte compression molded carbon dropouts not too unlike those found on the Silk SL.
A carbon fiber seat tube insert and some judicious carbon fiber layout ends up with a theoretical sub 1000g frame weight.
We’re just finalizing a few things with our prototypes and will have specifics on weight and deliver dates as soon as we can.
We’re particularly excited about the way this thing looks. The lion on the seat tube comes from the icon of the Flemish flag. We’re pretty sure you know this, but the Flemish people (the Phlegms?) live in a region of Belgium called Flanders and they are known for their cycling prowess - especially for their success in cyclocross racing. So as an homage that that, the color of the frame is called Phlegmish Yellow.

Ibis bicycle site...