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Friday, January 16, 2009

Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF)

Who We Are
The Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) is the only state-wide advocacy organization representing Ohio's bicyclists.
The OBF is an alliance of individuals and groups interested in promoting the use of bicycles for recreation, transportation and other appropriate purposes.
It serves by providing opportunities for the betterment of bicycle education, engineering, legislation, the encouragement of activities involving the use of bicycles and by serving as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
The OBF is a membership based organization operating under a constitution.

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Another Spoke Light Company

What are Hokey Spokes?
Hokey Spokes are unique bicycle safety lights that allow riders to display computer-generated images and text inside the spoke cages while riding at night. Not only are Hokey Spokes fun and interesting, but they also provide important side visibility, which is mostly unavailable in today's standard bicycle lights.

Hokey Spokes consist of transparent "blades" that attach to your bicycle spokes. As these blades spin during riding, a computer inside the blades modulates the internal LED lights so that design images and text appear.

The user can decide how many spokes they want to place on the bicycle wheel. Up to 6 "Blades" can be placed on each wheel. The more blades, the more visibility and persistence of vision at lower speeds.

Hokey Spokes are designed so that they fit virtually any mountain or road bike with a wheel diameter of 24" or greater. Hokey Spokes can be used on front and back wheels at the same time.

Each Hokey Spoke contains a number of designs and a customizable text message. The designs play and switch automatically or the text message can be frozen to play consistently all the time. Play mode is selected by using one of the waterproof keys located on the master blade.

Each Hokey Spoke blade houses 3 AA batteries.

Hokey Spokes is great for nighttime commuters, bicycle couriers, police riding units, bicycle shop promotional advertising, and others.


High-intensity side visibility (both sides)
Displays a number of designs
Fits on virtually any wheel
Uses 3 AA batteries per blade
Waterproof design
Red, green, yellow, orange, blue or rainbow lighted versions available
Weighs only 6 oz. with 3 AA batteries
Only 7 mph speed is required for full image persistence (using 3 blades)
Lasts up to 48 hrs on a set of fresh batteries

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Berlin's Fastest Bike Couriers - They are fast and funny looking...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Own a Belt? Own a U-lock? Why not a Lock Holster then...

This is simple. The first U-Lock Holster, designed to slide onto your own belt. Strategically place it to skip certain loops on your pants and stop blowing out your back pocket. Lock Holsters come standard in grey and are made from seat belts pulled from junk yards. The color may vary a little bit due to what we can find. These are usually made each week so please allow up to 1.5 weeks for us to ship it out. Thanks!

If you need something bigger please feel free to email us at with size specs. Also, we do have other colors available, grey is the most consistent to stock but if you want something else, just email us.

Carrie Collins founded Fabric Horse in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. It began as a name for the things she created in her spare time while studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati. Since then, FH has relocated to Philadelphia where it has grown into one of the city's most vibrant small businesses, hand sewing utility belts, fancy fannies, spats, bags, costumes and everything in between. Carrie grew the company for the next three years steadily, by working herself silly and sewing in her sleep.

In 2006, Mary Casper hopped on board in an attempt to escape a desk job. It worked! After interning with the company for several months, Mary became Carrie's first employee and has been an amazing addition. Not only does she stitch prodigiously, but she is also a veritable designer and the beautiful brains behind the FH Blog. Mary's contribution gave Carrie more time and energy to dream up new things and steer Fabric Horse toward bigger and brighter horizons. Mary's own background in sociology and writing, together with Carrie's flamboyant ideas and penchant for the fantastical has made FH what it is today: Philadelphia's premier outfit for utilitarian goods and costumes for urban life.

As a company, Fabric Horse aims to preserve the ritual of the handmade and by that token, all Fabric Horse products are designed and sewn by the two of us in our studio in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Each piece is made for you from scratch by a single pair of hands. As an environmentally and socially conscious company, all products are constructed from scavenged, reused, recycled, or environmentally friendly fabrics. Sometimes these materials are combined with exciting vinyls and upholstery for even more of that FH flare you know you love, in products you never dreamed possible. Fabric Horse remains committed to bringing you fresh designs that help you do what you do best and look good while doing it.

The design aesthetic of our small company is constantly changing, inspired by the streets we ride everyday and by the people of our fair Philadelphia. Fabric Horse owes much of its success and continued support to the bicycle community, which fuels our work day in, day out. Mary and Carrie commute most days on two wheels and conduct FH business entirely by bicycle. FH will never outsource its labor overseas and FH products will never be for sale in a mall. This is a promise.

Fabric Horse is a small operation, but don't let that fool you. Sometimes Mary comes in to work and asks Carrie, "So, what are we going to do today?"

To which Carrie always responds, with one eyebrow raised, "What we do everyday, Mary. Take over the world!"

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A Bicycle Evangelist With the Wind Now at His Back - NYT

Published: January 12, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. — For years, Earl Blumenauer has been on a mission, and now his work is paying off. He can tell by the way some things are deteriorating around here.

“People are flying through stop signs on bikes,” Mr. Blumenauer said. “We are seeing in Portland bike congestion. You’ll see people biking across the river on a pedestrian bridge. They are just chock-a-block.”

Mr. Blumenauer, a passionate advocate of cycling as a remedy for everything from climate change to obesity, represents most of Portland in Congress, where he is the founder and proprietor of the 180 (plus or minus)-member Congressional Bicycle Caucus. Long regarded in some quarters as quixotic, the caucus has come into its own as hard times, climate concerns, gyrating gas prices and worries about fitness turn people away from their cars and toward their bikes.

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America Bikes To The Inauguration

Washington Area Bicyclist Association OFFERING FREE VALET BIKE PARKING!

Thanks to the generous support of America Bikes, Dero Racks, The District Department of Transportation, and WABA members, WABA will be providing two bike valet stations at the Inaugural event. Just ride your bike to one of our free bike valet stations, hand the attendant your bike, and get a claim ticket with a number that matches the number on the ticket attached to your bike. Your bike remains safe with WABA's trusted attendants.
As an added bonus, commemorative spoke cards and valet claim check tickets will be available free of charge to everyone who uses the bike valet. While supplies last.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bamboo bikes for the masses - Velonews story

How can carbon fiber technology trickle down to African villagers?
By Matt Pacocha
Posted Feb. 26, 2008

Craig Calfee hopes to prove that one person with one idea can make a difference in some of the poorest corners of the planet. The maker of some of the most exclusive and sought after carbon-fiber bikes on the market, Calfee plans to use his knowledge to teach Africans how to build themselves bamboo cargo bikes.

Why bamboo?
Calfee made his first bamboo frame about ten years ago and his product line has included a bamboo model — a high-end design sold in boutique shops — for the past three years. Besides its classy aesthetics, Bamboo’s vibration damping and stiffness make it perfect for frame construction, says Calfee.

But one reason he likes the material so much is its low carbon footprint. A carbon fiber or metal frame might be lighter on the road, but, from a green perspective, nothing treads more lightly on the planet than a bamboo bicycle, he says.

His bamboo frames are built using a method similar to his carbon fiber bikes. The smoked bamboo tubes are selected based on a rider’s size and desired feel, then mitered and the junctures are wrapped with an epoxy-soaked carbon. Some customers choose a hemp wrap for an even more natural look.


The Bicycle Industry's Biggest Opportunity

25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers

The 25th Infantry U.S. Army Bicycle Corps stationed at Fort Missoula, Montana set out across the country on their bicycles in 1896-7. Lt. James A. Moss led the company of black soldiers on several obstacle intensive test runs of the iron two-wheeled alternative to horses for transportation. Their greatest trip covered 1900 miles to St. Louis, Missouri, returning to Missoula by train. The 25th Infantry gained fame and was nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers.


Oh Wiki - Bicycle infantry

Bicycle infantry are infantry soldiers who maneuver on the battlefield using bicycles. The term dates from the late 19th century, when the "safety bicycle" became popular in Europe, the United States and Australia. Though its use has waned over the years in many armies, it continues to be used in unconventional armies such as militias.

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Shred America - Its Official Trailer

Monday, January 12, 2009

Alternative Needs Transportation (A.N.T.) Bikes

Alternative Needs Transportation, or A.N.T., is a small shop run by Mike Flanigan and Betsy Eckel Scola in Holliston, MA. We are dedicated to building bikes for transportation that have the right combination of function and style. Mike has been in the bike trade since 1983 and joined the Boston bike building scene in 1989. Betsy is the webmaster and is in charge of marketing.

Our passion for the bike industry and the culture of living by bike shows in the creation of A.N.T. "We not only hope to meet the needs of people's commuter bikes, but to influence the consumers to think about bicycle commuting in a more positive way. We love all types of cycling but feel that there is a real need to bring to the table bikes that have the right combination of style and function that is so lacking in the market. Most people have this fear of investing in a bike for commuting, but it is their most-used bike!"

Favorite quote: "When I see an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of the human race."--H.G.Wells

We make all types of bikes, but as you see we are into commuter bikes and the like. Please consider us when you want a finely-crafted bicycle that has a real personality and will suit your city riding needs.

Thank you,
Mike and Betsy

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Boneshaker is in the house...

Boneshaker is available for $5, at bookstores, online, bike shops, and cafes in various parts of the country, or via subscription, and always, by asking the editors nicely.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Peanut butter recalled amid salmonella outbreak

(CNN) -- King Nut Companies issued a total recall of peanut butter that it distributes Saturday amid fears of a salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has infected 399 people in 42 states.

Salmonella bacteria are transmitted to humans by eating contaminated foods.

Ohio-based King Nut acknowledged in a statement that salmonella had been found in an open 5-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter.

"We are very sorry this happened," Martin Kanan, president of King Nut Companies, said in the statement. "We are taking immediate and voluntary action because the health and safety of those who use our products is always our highest priority."

In its statement, King Nut said it distributes peanut butter "only through food service accounts. It is not sold directly to consumers."

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I know several people who have been sick with intestinal issues. Don't know if there is a link...

Welcome to the adventure of Hap and Diane

Hap and Diane
We have been taking 2-5 week bicycle trips for the past 20 years. On all of these trips we have always had to rush from place to place and get back to work. Our dream trip was to be able to take our time, see the sights, meet people and let God show us whatever we are supposed to see. This is the story of our dream trip.

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Pole to Pole Manpowered

Last month, National Geographic Adventure magazine declared Gauntlett and Hooper "adventurers of the year" for their 26,000-mile journey from one of Earth's magnetic poles to the other using only skis, sleds, sails and bicycles.

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But there is a sad side to this story...

Young British adventurers killed in French Alps
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Rob Gauntlett, the youngest Briton to summit Mt. Everest, died in a climbing accident along with another mountaineer in the French Alps, the British Foreign Office confirmed Sunday. Both were 21.

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Sleeping Bag Suit

I want to buy this in black and wear it to work. I don't think they have a suit rated for 90 degrees, though. My office is very hot...

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