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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!