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Saturday, January 10, 2009

2008 Austin New Belgium Urban Assault Ride

Interesting concept....

Bamboo Mountain Bike

Bamboo Mountain Bike

Cross country bike designed for use with 80 mm travel fork. 100 mm can also be used. Available in 26" and 29" wheelsizes. (see chart below)

This bike is more crash tolerant than a carbon mountain bike, which is why we have not offered carbon mountain bikes to the general public.

Craig Calfee's website

More cold weather cycling tips from Canadians...

Tips include...

Keeping warm and dry
Riding tips
Bicycle choice and equipment
Wet weather
Snow and ice
Cold weather cycling brochure

The site is here...

Time to get naked!

The Naked Goods
Here at Naked, we can build you any type of bicycle you want and make it fit perfectly. What ever your needs are and painted with your favourite colour pattern too. All this finished off with finest mix of components you can afford.Here is the selection of products and services we offer:

Bicycle Frames
Build Kits
Handlebars, Stems & Forks
Alterations & Repairs
S&S Couplings


Petition Google to add "Bike There" Directions to Google Maps

To: Google, and the Google Maps team
We would like a 'Bike There' feature added to Google Maps - to go with the current 'Drive There' and 'Take Public Transit' options.

The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route. The Google Maps-based third party site, (, provides these features for two metro areas - Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin, and there are countless other mapping initiatives around the world aimed at accomplishing the same goal. We hope that Google will consider building this feature into the core Google Maps service.

There are many reasons why this feature would be a wonderful edition to Google Maps. Among them, some of the most influential would be to:
* Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
* Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
* Help Google realize its core mission of 'organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.'

By implementing the 'Take Public Transit' option, Google and the Google Maps team have shown themselves to be concerned and capable world citizens; a 'Bike There' feature addition to Google Maps would be the ultimate statement in support of sustainable development.

For more information on this feature request please visit the Google Maps 'Bike There' website (

Thank you, Google and the Google Maps team! And thank you, petitioners, for joining us in attempting to realize this very important goal!

The Undersigned

Sign it here...

Indianapolis Winning Campaigns Training

Winning Campaign Trainings are for leaders of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations: Board members, staff and super volunteers.

This winter Thunderhead Alliance is partnering with the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to bring our signature Winning Campaigns Training to Indianapolis, IN. Join your fellow bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders to learn from expert coaches and each other through the Alliance's proven curriculum on choosing, directing, and winning campaigns to increase bicycling and walking. After three days of fun and inspiring work with the country’s leading experts in advocacy, you’ll come away with the tools and confidence to not only advocate for improvements, but win them! You’ll learn how to:
Choose the right issue;
Set realistic but visionary goals, choose the best strategies and tactics, and stick to timelines;
Map out the power structure in your community, support and leverage allies, neutralize and convert enemies!
Communicate effectively, reaching the right audience with the right message through the right media, …and
Raise money, to strengthen your organization for the next bigger victory!
In the end, you’ll have a detailed campaign blueprint that will assure a victorious campaign and set up your organization for greater victories in the future.

Location: North American Hand Made Bicycle Show, Indianapolis, IN
Dates: Fri, February 27, 2009 through Sun, March 01, 2009
Pricing Information

Registrations must be received by Sat, February 07, 2009 and cost $50
Additional Registration Information

Registration includes lunch and breakfast Saturday and Sunday, admission to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and a pass to NAHBS's VIP party on Friday evening. A bicycle or walking tour Saturday evening is also included. The training is located at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis with the NAHBS.

Thunderhead's Website

Portland VeloSwap - Too far of a drive, but a great idea!

This weekend! Book your space today!

January 10th - 9am - 5pm - $3

Welcome to the 1st annual Portland Veloswap. It's a bike bargain hunter's paradise with up to 100 vendors under one roof!

Expect great deals on all things bicycling, new and used. As if that weren't enough, come socialize with like-minded bicycle enthusiasts and enjoy food & drinks at Roots Organic Brewing (1520 SE 7th Ave, just south of Hawthorne St) in Portland, Oregon. This is an all ages event. Bike parking available provided by Bike Racker.

Cycling in the winter may be for the hardened and seasoned cyclists, but for some that means clearing out the old parts, upgrading, or selling the past seasons cycling gear. The 1st annual Portland VeloSwap on January 10th, 2009 from 9am-5pm at Roots Organic Brewing located at 1520 SE 7th Ave is the event for you. Admission is $3 (16 and under free) with your paid admission you get $1 off your food or drink at Roots. Throughout the day there will be up to 100 vendors selling, which will change every 2 hours from 9am-5pm.

With a line-up of already confirmed local and national vendors, including: Cyclepath bike shop, Joe Bike, Health & Performance Chiropractic, Showers Pass clothing, Upper Echelon Fitness and Coaching, Team Sales Cycling clothing, and, the event is shaping up to be a great one.

“A common pastime in the winter for many cyclists is to sort through used or new gear that they want to sell or trade for the fast approaching cycling season, the Portland
VeloSwap is a great approach to getting a great deal on anything related to cycling,”
says Jim Anderson, Portland VeloSwap organizer. “Portlanders’ are synonymous with killer deals, as well as recycling... So, this event was made for Portland,” says Patrick Marzullo, Portland VeloSwap co-founder.

$3 (includes discount on food/drink at Roots), Youth are welcome: Kids under age 16 are FREE.

Interested in selling something(s)?
EASY! The Portland Veloswap is running a unique way to sell your gear.
You can reserve 2-hour time slots between 9:00AM and 5:00PM (9AM-11AM,
11AM-1PM, 1PM-3PM, 3PM-5PM), or we also will be offering a floating 1-hour that you can reserve as time and space permits. There is also the the option to purchase a
full day (8-hours) for $70.RESERVE SPACE NOW!

What can you sell? You ask!
If you can pedal it or use it while pedaling, it's fair game. e.g. Complete bikes, parts, accessories, and apparel.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bikesnob NYC Blog has Columbus Alive in a quiz question

The link is here...

Urban Velo highlights another Columbus rider

I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Jade Tran

LOCATION: Columbus, OH

OCCUPATION: Grad Student

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

In Columbus, the bike scene’s getting bigger. It’s awesome to see that more people are riding—from cruisers to teched-out road bikes, and everything in between. There have been some great initiatives in Columbus that are getting people to ride bikes, and also educating them about safety and maintenance.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

I like riding in Chicago a lot—maybe it’s just because I love the city itself and the fact that there are bike lanes. Or maybe it’s the lack of hills...regardless, it’s super fun.

Why do you love riding in the city?

It’s a challenge—there’s always so much to pay attention to—and you feel good dodging traffic and getting where you’re going that much faster.

The site is here...

Editor's Note: I want to thank Urban Velo for pointing out I forgot the link back to their site. I usually do, but missed this one.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Momentum Magazine

This issue features

Cycling on the High Road
Boston Bike Renaissance
Boston’s Bikes Not Bombs
SCUL - Boston's Chopper Armada
How to Tame Motorists & Restrict Car Use
The Well-Tempered Cyclist
A Match Made in Bike Heaven

magazine is here...

And we have now seen it all.... Monkey vs. Man

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


GO to and click on the Programs tab, the click on Cranksters, and then Listen to program. Three pages of 27 episodes over 13 months are available for your learning and enjoyment on a variety of cycling topics.

I was highlighted on one of the episodes... You will need to listen to all the episodes to find out which one.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bike the C-Bus named in Columbus Underground story

Best Mode of Transportation of 2008: Biking
By Walker | January 6, 2009 10:30am | Filed under Transit | Comments

The most popular form of transportation in 2008 was also one of the most controversial subjects on Columbus Underground: Biking.

more here...

Editor's note: Bike the C-Bus 2009 is tentatively scheduled for August 29, 2009. Bike the C-Bus website is here...

'Columbus aims to be 'best bicycling city in the country'

Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 3:47 PM EST

Columbus City Council has laid the foundation for the future of city sidewalks and bikeways.

Legislation passed last month resolves conflicts within the Columbus codes, brings the city into compliance with 2006 changes to Ohio law, and sets the legal framework for behavior by drivers and bicyclists, said Public Service Director Mark Kelsey.

Since 1993, Columbus City Council has adopted a number of ordinances that have to do with sidewalks and bikeways. It voted to express support for Complete Streets in July and adopt the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan in June.

more from Columbus Local News.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2

Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2
Perfect shifting, electronically

For years, the increased accuracy, smoothness and reliability of electronic shifting has been perhaps the ultimate goal for high-performance-bike designers. After several companies’ attempts failed—suffering from breakdowns in bad weather, poor battery life or unbearable complexity—Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 has finally delivered it.
The Di2’s black carbon-fiber setup looks traditional, but what appears to be a standard shifter is actually a switch that sends gear changes via a wire to sensors in the front and rear derailleurs (the parts that guide the chain up and down the gears). A CPU in the front derailleur, in turn, signals motors that move the chain across the bike’s front and rear cogs. Steel cables, a source of frustration in shifting, have been eliminated. They probably won’t be coming back.
The electronic system makes gear changes faster and virtually eliminates missed shifts, which can interrupt pedaling rhythm or even cause the chain to fall off. And the Di2 is two ounces lighter than last year’s mechanical Dura-Ace group.
Shimano spent three years testing the system, and it was used extensively in this year’s Tour de France. Available now on high-end 2009 bikes, electronic shifting should work its way into most bike makers’ entire product lines over the next five years. $2,100;
Ideas, thoughts, suggestions and questions about Best of What’s New 2008? Post them in the BOWN2008 forum. If you have questions, Popular Science magazine editors will answer them there!

Popular Science website

Monday, January 5, 2009

Science Tattoo Emporium: The Bike Power Equation

Andy writes:
This is all your fault, you know: a bike-riding forum I hang out on had a “check out these science tattoos!” thread, and it got me to thinking: what bicycle science tats are there? I’d just celebrated my 25th year in the saddle and was jonesing for some ink.
For ages I struggled to find something that abstracted the kinetics of bikes down to a couple of lines - with no success.
Then I found the power equation in MIT’s _Bicycling Science_ (and Wikipedia). It describes the power needed to propel a bike against our everyday foes: gravity, weight, friction, wind resistance. And it describes beautifully the way that the linear components of the resistance give over to the fat slamming wall of wind resistance.
So, of course, I got it tattooed on my calf. :)
Thanks for the album. The passion of nerds is just as intense as the passion of everyday folks, and it’s great to see more of ‘em out there.
Carl: We have crossed a threshold here at the Science Tattoo Emporium. People used to get tattoos, then find out about the Emporium. Now the reverse is happening. So let me take this moment to say that I take no blame if this emporium (and perhaps a glass or two of Frangelico) prompts anyone to get a science-related tattoo they regret the next day. Of course, if you like the results–send them here.


WCRS LP FM Now Streaming Online

January 5, 2009. Columbus, Ohio. WCRS, Columbus’ Community Radio Station and a Service of Simply Living began streaming its signal on the internet at midnight January 1, 2009. This new service simulcasts the radio station’s daily 13 hours of FM programming and will offer web-only broadcasting for the additional 11 hours of the day at

WCRS is a time-shared, low-power radio station, broadcasting at two frequencies, 102.1 and 98.3 FM. Its signal covers most of Columbus and Franklin County. This new streaming service at is available to anyone around the globe who has broadband internet access. Streaming will increase awareness and availability of WCRS..

WCRS offers hours of locally produced programs on a variety of topics and issues both in Central Ohio and across the globe and also serves Central Ohio’s Somali and French speaking population with programming in those respective languages. WCRS also broadcasts and streams award winning programs like Democracy Now! and Pacifica and syndicated programs like Free Speech Radio News and the Spanish language news program Informativo Pacifica.

WCRS LP FM is a Service of Simply Living in Central Ohio to create a compassionate and sustainable world.

WCRS LP FM is a non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station serving Central Ohioans, providing quality programming to:
• Promote personal and civic responsibility, informed action and thoughtful living;
• Challenge cultural and intellectual assumptions;
• Celebrate local cultures;
• Air alternative points of view and facilitate understanding through dialogue;
• To provide media training and to foster community empowerment and participation.
• To provide representation for under-served and under-represented constituencies and viewpoints, and to provide news and information not commonly found elsewhere on the airwaves.
For more information about WCRS, including a programming schedule and information about sponsorships and donations to our operating fund, visit
Zach Henkel, VISTA and General Information 614-447-0295,
Pat Leonard, WCRS Tech Committee Member, 614-296-2823,
Jayme Richards, WCRS/Simply Living Development Coordinator, 614-447-0296

The Blog must go on!

Well the results of the poll are in...

20 readers like the content.
2 people questioned our content.
9 haters said "shut it down."

Hmmm... I think we will keep going.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

More HATTARICK photos from Dylan


XtraCycle Test Ride

Dylan rode his "Goat" on the HATTARICK. We swapped bikes for a couple of miles. I didn't know what to expect with such a long wheelbase, but it handles well and is very stable. Very cool bike.

The Toolbox at Cycle Path

Their website...