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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Land of Cleve working to get a Velodrome?

We are a non-profit dedicate to develop, promote, and sustain the operations of an Indoor Velodrome and Multi-Sports park in Cleveland. When it is open, we will serve Cleveland and surrounding region with both Community focused programs and National level signature events.

the site...

Six-Day Bicycle Race - The film

The Glamour Sport of the 1910’s, 20’s, and 30’s — The Six-Day
Bicycle Race
The riders were some of the best paid and most respected athletes during the golden era of sports…the Jazz Age. It was a seen and be seen event every year in all the major metropolitan areas of the United States and Canada. Movie stars, politicians, and gangsters mixed with everyday sports fans to create an atmosphere not found in any other sport.

Jazz bands and song pluggers performed in the infield as the bookies plied their trade. The finest sports writers of the day, such as Grantland Rice and Damon Runyon, spun tales of heroes and villains. The riders raced for big money and big endorsements.

Every major city in North America had its own “Race to Nowhere” each winter, when the college football season was over (pro football was strictly small time) and the baseball season had yet to start.

This film traces the history of this completely forgotten sport from its early days in the 1880’s through its sad demise in the 1950’s. Over 40 hours of interviews with riders, supporters, family members and historians bring life to the rich tapestry which was the Six-Day Bicycle Race.

Narrated by award winning author and television sports journalist Frank Deford, this film brings to life the color and excitement of an era when a bike rider could make in six days what his father might earn in six years.

More than 10 years in the making, the Six-Day Bicycle Race is a film that brings together the largest known collection of photographs, archival footage and personal recollections by and of people long since passed away.

The producers of this film hope you will come to love the characters and the institution of the Six-Day Bicycle Race as much as we have.

Mark Tyson
Jeff Groman
Peter Joffre Nye

The site...

HATTARICK 2009 mini report and photos

I will let Rick provide a full report. It is much more entertaining.
22 riders.
30-45 degrees, sunny
29 miles
I averaged 14.8mph
Before we left Matt had his cuff strap pulled into the derailleur. Took an extra 15 minutes to convert to singlespeed.
Rick's daughter rode a recumbent tricycle.
Pete was up and about on his Giant electric assist bike. Wore aero sandals this year.


Friday, January 2, 2009

U.S. Bicycle Routes Designation System

I just want to get on my bike and head west... or south.

Got Carbon? Need Torque Wrench

The GiustaForza "Correct Force" Professional Torque Wrench (color: red) is the first bicycle torque wrench, designed to allow a safe use of lightweight parts.

Note: Always return the torque setting back to 2 Nm when not in use to ensure long-term accuracy.

Extremely User-Friendly
Ideal Torque Range, 2-16 Nm
Graduated scale with 0.5 Nm increments
16 bits included
Bits: S2 special steel, with very high (62 Hrc) surface hardness
Body: Anodized aluminum - Red
Adjustment knob: Steel
Bit-holder: Steel
Weight 169g
Professional precision: +/-4% guaranteed for 5,000 clicks (torque applications)
Unique serial number
Case: Molded Travel Case
Recalibration: The 1st recalibration is included with the PRO (color: red) version
Made in Italy

It is a little pricy at $250, but crack a carbon bar and see where that leaves you...

Manufacturer website...


The USBRS Vision
Cycling routes create viable transportation alternatives and positively impact rural economies. Well-planned bike routes also provide places for citizens to exercise & explore, offering a great opportunity for improving health and well-being, as well as connecting people to the landscapes and cultures of our fabulous country.
Our goal is to help create a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) that would incorporate an expanding network of bike routes criss-crossing the nation including the Adventure Cycling Route Network and other existing (or newly developed) national, regional, and local bike routes. This coordinated bike route network will be publicized, maintained, and upgraded through a partnership of appropriate public agencies and non-profit organizations.

The USBRS will link regions across the country, regions with important scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational value, including metropolitan areas. The end result will be a national network of bike routes that will connect communities and ensure opportunities for future generations to travel by bicycle throughout North America.

Adventure Cycling Association is a member of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASTHO) Task Force for U.S. Bicycle Routes. We provide staff support to the Task Force, and are helping coordinate the effort to create a corridor-level plan and route number system for the USBRS.

The AASHTO Task Force was charged with developing a recommended national corridor-level plan for use in designating potential future U.S. bicycle routes. The Task Force developed an every-evolving draft corridor plan based, in part, on an inventory of proposed and designated state bike routes and trails. See how the corridor plan developed.

The plan was reviewed by AASHTO sub-committees and was approved by AASHTO in October 2008. During the plan's development, we have received additional input from national bicycle groups, State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinators, and transportation engineers, designers, and others. Adventure Cycling will work with states, counties, bike advocacy organizations, and others to implement specific bicycle routes within the corridors.

You can read about the AASHTO Task Force, the plan of action, and meet members on the AASHTO fact sheet. Learn more about the process and read the most recent Project Updates.

Implementation of the U.S. Bike Route System can take several forms: signage and markings; bike route maps; highway maps with bike route markings; recognition of bike routes in highway planning and maintenance; and so on. State and local agencies will determine the details of bicycle route implementation that fit within their overall programs.

more information is here at Adventure Cycling Association website...

Why should you wear a bike helmet?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wow! This is a Critical Mass Ride

Tour de Troit - Motown sans Motor

The seventh annual Tour de Troit will take place on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of biking as a mode of transportation, to publicize the growing greenways network in the region and to raise funds for the Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink in Detroit, a project of the Greater Corktown Development Corporation.
The event is a leisurely, 40-mile, police escorted (courtesy of the Detroit Police Department Tactical Operations Section) bike ride, which allows bike and city enthusiasts to explore Detroit’s historic areas and most breathtaking sights free of cars and traffic signs.

Registration and sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Park in Corktown, in the shadow of Michigan Central Station. Coffee, carbohydrates and bike technicians will be available at that time, in preparation of the ride.
At 10 a.m., the ride will proceed through Downtown; Eastern Market; Brush Park; Boston Edison; University District; Palmer Park; Old Redford and Grandmont-Rosedale areas. A short rest stop is planned at the newly-renovated Northwest Activities Center to allow riders to eat, drink and learn about community development and greenways planning in the city. The ride will end at Roosevelt Park where cyclists can remain from 2-6 p.m. to enjoy music, food and drinks.
The pace of the ride will be approximately 10-12 miles per hour and helmets are mandatory. In case of mechanical problems, a SAG (support and gear) van will be present, as well as a “Sweeper Squad” of experienced cyclists.

The cost is $25 per rider ($15 for students) and includes a t-shirt if registration is confirmed prior to September 13. Roosevelt Park is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street. Plenty of on-street parking is available, but riders are encouraged to take the SMART bus or cycle to the event.

Ideal Bite serves up free, bite-size ideas for light-green living each weekday.

Ideal Bite serves up free, bite-size ideas for light-green living each weekday.
Welcome! We know you wanna do the right thing for yourself and the planet…if only it were convenient, affordable, down-to-earth, and fun. Now it is - Ideal Bite runs laps in eco-sneaks, concocts DIY chem-free cleaners, and taste-tests organic mixers to find the best in green, so that you - real people leading busy lives – don’t have to. Happy Biting…

The website is here...

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.

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