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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Baer Wheels truck

I headed down Weber toward High and noticed the Baer Wheels company truck and trailer were damaged by the fire across the street. It looks like the door handles melted down over the door.

Baer Wheels website

Octopus Caps, Seagull Bags and Delicious Mixtures

I stopped in to Octopus Caps to pickup my hat today. I get a chance to talk with Heidi and Trent from Octopus about their business and biking in Columbus. If you have not stopped in please do so and take a look at what they have to offer. They are working on some interesting projects. Seagull Bags is in the same space. They have a lot of bags ready to go.

A new business has opened in the basement. Rory Taylor, has opened Delicious Mixture, which is a frame painting service. Pricing is based on frame prep and painting complexity. He does not have a website yet, but you can reach him via email at

Visit all three at
3343 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 223-0272

Bike & Build

Bike & Build organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups.

Specifically, we fund projects planned and executed by young adults. We have donated $1,643,145 in our past 6 seasons, and have pedaled over 3.1MM miles, spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America.

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This hits home for me (no pun intended). I recently started a new position at a great organization, Columbus Housing Partnership. Our mission is to provide affordable housing solutions to our customers. We provide housing counseling, mortgage crisis help, rehabilitated housing and rentals. more here...

80,000 Euro - What a bargain...

Ok. I don't know what the hell is going on here, but you can purchase a gold and jewel encrusted bike for 80,000 Euros.

Here is the site...

Friday, March 6, 2009


new york craigslist > brooklyn > bicycles>WTB Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT - $1000000 (anywhere)

Carnage Ride

The Carnage MTB Ride from Clayton Peck on Vimeo.

No. 38 Momentum Magazine is out

No. 38
Washington DC
Going for the Green!
After School Bike Club at the Presidio YMCA
Canadian Safe Routes Program Struggles for US Style Funding
North America's Thriving Network of Community Bike Shops
Learning to Share the Road
The Tweed Run

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March 14 - 15, 2009
New Location: Warren G. Magnuson Park
A Cascade Bicycle Club Event

What is Bike Expo?
The Group Health Seattle International Bicycle Expo is a celebration of all things bicycling.

Bike Expo has been produced by Cascade Bicycle Club since 1988. Bike Expo is our second largest event, serving the Pacific Northwest cycling community and attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the nation and Canada.

Come and mingle with your fellow cyclists at Warren G. Magnuson Park in Sand Point. Visitors come to:

See what's new and hot in the future of cycling.
Purchase directly from vendors, in many cases at discount prices.
Test ride new models in our test ride area.
Enjoy our feature presentations.
Take kids to the Bike Thrillz & Skillz on Saturday.
Talk with coaches and training experts on training methods and programs.
Enter the ninth annual Photo Contest.
Enjoy a meal from one of our many food vendors.
And much more!

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National Bike Summit 2009

The League has an exciting week planned for the 2009 National Bike Summit. This year's event is packed with education, advocacy, a congressional bike ride and plenty of networking. Register today!

Annual Meeting
Bicyclists led the Good Roads movement in the 1880s, successfully lobbying for paved roads to drag our nation out of the mud. In 2009, the stage is set for bicyclists to once again lead reform of our transportation system. A “smart” transportation movement is needed to solve the challenges of climate change, obesity, congestion, pollution, safety, and dependence on foreign oil. The 2009 National Bike Summit is focused on making a powerful case for expanding Federal support for bicycling – for active transportation and recreation. Join fellow advocates, industry leaders, and retailers as we make our voice for change heard: we have a new President, new Congress and new administration to address. The new Congress begins writing a new federal transportation funding bill and bicyclists must be at the table. Please join us: we need every Congressional District to be represented.

The 2009 National Bike Summit program is finalized. It includes a detailed schedule, issue papers and asks, America Bikes agenda, and a guide to effective advocacy.

Our keynote speakers have been announced! The opening banquet of the 2009 National Bike Summit, Tuesday March 10 at 6.00pm, will feature Andreas Rohl, head of the City of Copenhagen's Bicycle Program Office - 36% of trips in Denmark's capital city are made by bike, and Andreas' job is to increase this to 40% or more! Also on the program that evening, the presentation of the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools' James L. Oberstar prize - the award will be given by none other than Congressman Oberstar himself.

Wednesday morning's opening plenary will be kicked off in traditional style by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), with a discussion to follow featuring prominent players in the upcoming transportation bill authorization.

Wednesday lunchtime our focus shifts to the critical links between transportation, land use, recreation and physical activity. Our featured speaker is Larry Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC. The Conservation Fund protects the nation's legacy of land and water resources in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, public agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals. Through land acquisition, community initiatives, and leadership development, The Fund and its partners demonstrate sustainable conservation solutions emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals.

The League invites all DC area cyclists to its annual meeting, Wednesday March 11th at 6.30pm in the amphitheater at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, to hear two inspiring speakers: Andreas Rohl, head of the Copenhagen Bicycle Program, and Jeff Mapes, author of the upcoming book Pedaling Revolution. Rohl will describe how Copenhagen has become a world class city for cyclists, one in which 36% of trips are made by bicycle. Mapes will explore the growth of the bicycling movement as a political and cultural force, especially at the local level. Summit attendees are invited to attend the annual meeting - Mapes, a two-time Summit attendee himself, will be signing copies of his brand new book - and to bring family, friends, home-stay hosts to this open meeting.

• The America Bikes agenda for transportation policy: changing outcomes. Discover how the America Bikes Coalition platform will change the rules of transportation funding and policy and get more people riding.
• Bicycle advocates and industry leaders united for change. The bicycle industry is more involved than ever in advocacy. Learn how we can more effectively work together in the corridors of power.
• The value of trails: so much more than a fun place to ride. IMBA leaders document the real estate, health, travel, and sustainability benefits of trails in urban areas. Learn how trails and bike paths can be a vital real estate asset and transform your community.
• Making local transportation choice a major national priority. Short, local, non-commute trips dominate travel throughout the United States but are overlooked in transportation models and priorities. Learn how and why we must turn this dynamic around in the next transportation bill.
• Climate Change: transforming ideas. Reducing emissions enough to mitigate the effects of transportation on climate change is going to require a diverse portfolio of measures. New climate change legislation must be tied to new transportation policy.
• Complete Streets: the next generation. Suddenly, Complete Streets is on everyone’s agenda for change. Complete Streets coalition leaders share their strategy for turning interest into effective, enforceable and measurable results.
• Getting a Fair Share for Safety. Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities and get less than 1% of federal safety funds. Strategize on ways the next transportation bill can redress this balance.
• Urban Trails and Jump Parks. The next frontiers are your neighborhood and city parks. Providing great riding close to home is the perfect way to attract youth to mountain biking. Learn how trails in urban areas have transformed the riding scene.
• Becoming best friends with transit. The benefits of combining bikes and transit are clear: join transit leaders and local bicycle advocates in exploring how to make the partnership work on the ground.
• The role of bicycle dealers in national and local advocacy. Local bicycle retailers straddle the business and bicycling communities, giving them a unique perspective. Learn how their voice can be a force for good in meeting with Congress, City Council and local business leaders.
• Safe Routes to School Times Three. The remarkable success of the Safe Routes to School program argues for a significant increase in funding and easier project delivery. Discover the game plan for getting this done in the new transportation bill.
• Quantifying the Case for Federal Investment in Nonmotorized Travel. The Rails to Trails Conservancy thoroughly documents the potential benefits of greater levels of bicycling and walking: we just need the money to make it happen.
• An urban agenda for transportation authorization. Cities make the case for greater levels of funding and control over transportation dollars in the next transportation bill.
• Creating a Bicycle Friendly America. The League, IMBA and Bikes Belong leaders examine the role of federal policy in creating bicycle friendly states, communities and businesses.
• Back to the Future: Affirming the rightful place of bicyclists in transportation policy. A youthful panel of wheelmen and women will focus on measures the Federal government can take to affirm cyclists’ rights to the road, 129 years after creation of the League.

Titanium Level
Bikes Belong

Carbon Level
International Mountain Bicycling Association

Aluminum Level
Federal Highway Administration

National Bike Dealers Association

Steel Level
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking

Bamboo Level
Dero Bikes

Tour de Cure

Alta Planning



Adventure Cycling Association







Washington Area Bicycle Association


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sillgey Cyclery

Our goal as a company is to make bicycles from what we feel is the best material, steel such as SiLLGEY 757, Reynolds 853, Reynolds 953 and Columbus xCr. By doing direct manufacturing, we can make high quality bicycles at affordable prices to the customers. All our bicycles are hand made, including our Reynolds 953, Columbus xCr stainless steel frames, with each design available in different colors and styles with the option for further customization to the customers desires. Sillgey has more than twenty years of steel welding experience to ensure maximum integrity. Our manufacturing process allows us to produce bicycles to exacting specifications by precision manufacturing all components before being hand welded, this ensures both speed and quality control.


Independent Fabrication

Their history...

After 12 years of business, the pioneering mountain bike manufacturer Fat City Cycles was sold in 1994. The company closed its Somerville, Massachusetts, doors leaving behind an empty factory and a handful of workers. But what kind of story would this be if that’s where it ended? Fabricator Lloyd Graves, welder Mike Flanigan, and machinist and toolmaker Jeffrey Buchholz still had the itch to design and build custom bikes. So they dusted off their work boots, brought out the drawing board, and joined forces with Sue Kirby, Ben Cole, and Steve Elmes to start their own company. An independent company. A company that would make bikes the way they knew they should be made.

In 1995, Independent Fabrication was formed. What they lacked in adequate workspace, they overcompensated with elbow grease. Would they be employee owned? Yes. Would they allow a customer to paint their bike whatever colors they wanted even if it was ugly? Why the hell not? Would they continue to build high-end, precise, handcrafted frames?


In its first year, Indy Fab designed to its strengths – forging the best steel mountain bike frames the industry had ever seen. Riders agreed, and IF’s cult following began to grow. The Deluxe and the Special mountain bike frames hit the bike show circuit and found success. The following year, the IF team called on their lifelong experience of riding city streets and love of racing to develop several new models: the Crown Jewel – a road bike, the Planet Cross – a Cyclocross inspired frame, and the Roadster – a cruiser. IF quickly emerged from the woods to become a complete cycling manufacturer.

In 1999, IF upgraded its talent by wooing Tom Burnett and Tyler Evans from Merlin Metalworks. Today the IF team of artists and fabricators continue to push the envelope by using the newest metal technologies and refining accepted techniques. But even as production methods become more sophisticated with the use of carbon fiber and titanium shotpeening, the IF team continues to make bikes by hand and respects the craftsmanship of the old way. But they’ll never stop doing things their own way.


Black Sheep Bikes - Ft. Collins, CO - saw them at NAHBS

Black Sheep is a title sponsor of the '09 Single Speed World Championships ( That means we are going to be representing with lots of nicely fast bikes on the race course plus throwing down a Black Sheep frame to the winner. It's going to be FUN. Check out my entry. See you in Durango.

For the 3rd year Black Sheep will be building the bicycle-commuting machines for the Tour de Fat. New Belgium's Tour de Fat is challenging folks to trade their car for said commuter. Simply submit your pledge to New Belgium in form of the written, filmed, or photographed and if your commitment to forsake your car for two wheeled, human-powered transport is true, you could take home a fine Black Sheep bike. The car trader bike is to be unveiled at the 5th Annual North American Handbuilt Bike Show in Indianapolis this February 27th - March 1st so check it out. Otherwise Ill also post a shot asap. For more details check out BTW - Im drinking an Abbey right now. Yum!

Stay tuned for James latest contender for the '09 NAHBS ti bike of the year. So many talented builders and beautiful bikes, the competition is going to be stiff.

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Bilenky wins best tandem at NAHBS

The Bilenky website

Sunday, March 1, 2009


48th Annual • TOSRV 2009
May 9-10, 2009

The Tour Of the Scioto River Valley is a 2-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Columbus, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Ohio, and back again

I did TOSRV last year. I am looking forward to riding again this year.

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Urban Velo Issue 12 is available now!

I met with the guys from Urban Velo at NAHBS. Check out their mag.

They also are providing coverage of NAHBS...

Villin Cycle Works


Talked to Alexis, co-owner of Villin Cycle Works in Gainesville, Florida. Very cool guy. They are a really small shop setup to handle any custom job. And, I voted for their show bike (see above)

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