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Saturday, March 21, 2009

B1 Bicycles


Stopped into B1 to see what was up. They picked up Cannondale Bicycles in addition to existing manufacturers like Surly, Van Dessel and others.

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Chris King Salt and Pepper Shakers


No matter how hard we try, a few hubshells here and there just aren't going to pass our quality control standards. A bore is a tiny bit off, a wall thickness is little out of the tolerance, or maybe the shell's surface finish is not quite right. But these hubshells are not condemned as rejected parts. Instead, we reassign them to a life of service that is more suited to their slightly non-conformist tendencies.

With a clear anodized star-pattern silver cap for salt and a black for pepper, the SNP shakers make a great gift for any bike enthusiast.

Two models currently available:
Classic Hub Style
Classic High-Flange Style (Limited Supplies)

Call us (800.523.6008) to place an order and check color availability.

Price: $120

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I have Peugeot (mechanism) Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinders - Very nice....

Yuba Mundo - now that is a bike for carrying stuff

Designed for maximum bicycle mobility, the all-terrain Mundo offers an affordable and sustainable alternative for:

environmentally friendly transportation
economic viability
unsurpassed cargo capacity
the ability to carry passengers
affordable mobility

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Columbus Underground - Future of Bicycle Parking in Columbus

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CinQo Saturn

The CinQo Saturn - the second generation is here. Five arms, each precisely instrumented in a (patent pending) arrangement and now connected by the "Ring of Saturn". Add in the ANT+Sport TM Bike Power Interface with the convenience of a user replaceable CR2450 battery and you've got Quarq Power!


Crankset based bicycle power measurement sensor, via torque transducer and cadence sensor.

Wireless Communication:

ANT+Sport Bike Power Interface, 2.4 GHz digital RF transmission. Compatible with other Bike Power enabled ANT+Sport computers from other manufacturers.


Strain gage based, 20 grids on 10 gages in Quarq proprietary arrangement (Patent Pending).


Ultra-low power electronics package including high-accuracy strain gage measurement and low power consumption.

Crank Arms Compatibility:

The CinQo is designed for attachment to production cranksets with separate spider assemblies.
Current Models (130mm BCD only):
Rotor Agilis
FSA Team Issue
Pinarello MOST (with a removable spider)
Bontrager Race X Lite
Truvativ Rouleur Carbon
Future Production Runs:

FSA Krono TT
Cannondale SI Hollowgram
Specialized S-Works Carbon
Lightning Carbon
FSA Carbon Pro Track
We will continue to increase our list of compatible cranks as we move forward.

* The CinQo replaces the spider on stock cranksets. Cranks that have an integrated spider and crank arm such as Shimano or Campagnolo are not compatible with the CinQo.

Bolt Circle Formats:

Current Models

Standard (130mm BCD)
Future Models

Compact (110mm BCD)
Track (144mm BCD)

CR2450. User replaceable without tools. Lid is threaded and seals like a contact lens case.


SRAM S900 CinQo + Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 935g (without BB = 808g)

FSA Team Issue CinQo+Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 936g (without BB = 803g)

Rotor Agilis CinQo + Cranks, Chainrings, BB = 909g (without BB = 812g)


+/- 2%


Calibration values are stored on the CinQo, for seamless interchangeability with receiving devices.


MSRP: US $1495 (CinQo only, no crankset)

Lezyne Multi-tool


Center-pivot, forged, and CNC-cut stainless steel bits and hardware

Stainless steel chain breaker and forged aluminum sideplates

2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Allen keys; Philips and flat heads; T25 Torx bit

Tire lever with 10mm open-end; bottle opener with 8mm open-end

3 spoke wrenches: 1x Mavic splined, 2x square sizes

60mm serrated knife blade; disc brake pad expander

Grams 150 g
Height 21 mm
Width 53 mm
Length 87 mm

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Ditch the training wheels - Go for a Gyrobike

Gyrobike: Reinventing the wheel
All of us at Gyrobike are delighted to tell you about the Gyrowheel, a revolutionary device that adds stability and balance to bicycles for riders of all ages. Here’s the scoop: The Gyrowheel “senses” unbalanced biking and re-centers the bike underneath the rider’s weight at the point when tipping starts to occur. The force created by the Gyrowheel creates high stability at very slow speeds, whether riding straight or turning. Biking at 2 MPH with the Gyrowheel is as balanced and stable as riding a conventional bike at 10 MPH. How is this possible?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lunch Ride


We stopped at the open house for the condos on Gay. Great lunch at Tip Top.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Apple Cider Century

Apple Cider Century (ACC) is an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks, Michigan. The ACC is a recreational and social tour for bicyclists. It is neither a race nor a test of stamina. It is intended that all participants ride the tour in a safe and intelligent manner.

Since 1974, it has become the Midwest's largest one-day century event with 5,000 cyclists participating in 2008. The Apple Cider Century is sponsored by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. Monies raised are used to finance the Apple Cider Century Tour, the Backroads Bikeway trails, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, donations to the Three Oaks Historical Museum antique bicycle display and to help fund community youth programs and other non-profit organization fund raising causes.

From September 1974 – 1979 the Apple Cider Century tour was held within the Village of Three Oaks. As our ride grew, we relocated 3 miles north to River Valley High School in 1980. After a 26 year hiatus, the Apple Cider Century has returned to where it began. We’re proud of our town and look forward to having you as guests to enjoy all that we have to offer.

The Village of Three Oaks is located in Berrien County, Michigan, approximately 60 miles from Chicago and Kalamazoo. Follow I-94 to exit 4 (US-12). Go East 5 miles to Three Oaks. Signs and security personnel will direct you to the start & finish location, now located at the Three Oaks Elementary School. The school is located on U.S. 12, in the East part of the village.

The weekend of the Apple Cider Century provides many interesting events Saturday and all you can eat breakfast and spaghetti dinner on Sunday. Come celebrate 36 years of touring!

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What’s a Lumen? - from Light and Motion's website

Short answer, a lumen is the unit measure of the luminous intensity of a light source. The more lumens, the brighter the light.
You want the long answer? Okay, here you go: Luminous flux is the measure of the perceived power of light. A lumen is the SI unit of luminous flux. One lumen is defined as the amount of light produced by a light source that emits one candela of luminous intensity over a specified angle.

Previously, many light manufacturers listed "output" in watts, which is incorrect. The Watt is a measurement of power consumption, not light output. For example, a 1-Watt LED can produce 120 lumens of light because of the inherent efficiency of LED's. To get the same output from an incandescent bulb (like the ones that you use in your lamps at home), you'd need to use a 4-Watt bulb. So 1 Watt for LED's versus 4 Watts for Halogen—but still the same 120 lumens of output. You can see how people were confused. We list our power in lumens to give you the clearest "apples-to-apples" comparison possible.
The best LEDs can produce 120 lumens at 350mA, or about 1W. Halogen bulbs (optimistically) produce about 30 lumens per Watt. This means that a Halogen bulb would require 4 Watts to produce 120 lumens, consuming 4 times the battery power of the LED!

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Vetta Pathfinder - Cyclocomputer AND headlight

Made especially for commuters, the PathFinder is Vetta's latest innovation that uniquely integrates a headlight with a cycling computer in a single elegant design. PathFinder offers different functions including NiteLite with SmartLite for night cycling as well as Multi-Freeze Frame Memory, which records your performance at any desired points.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Not bike related - Affordable Home in Columbus Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

March 13, 2009

Media Contact:
Nathan Minerd - (614) 545-4820 office
(614) 432-1484 mobile
Roger Beck – (614) 736-3398 mobile

Affordable Home in Columbus Awarded LEED Platinum Certification
Home is the first Platinum-certified residential home in the Midwest

Columbus, Ohio – The residence at 258 N. 21st Street, in the North of Broad neighborhood of the King Lincoln District of Columbus, Ohio was awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding. The home is the first Platinum-certified residential dwelling in the State of Ohio and the first in the Midwestern United States. The home was built by a collaboration consisting of non-profits, government, corporate and educational entities.

LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a national third-party certification system for energy efficient, healthy, green homes. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live. Green homes have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives.

The home was built in cooperation with Roger Beck, a Technology Education teacher, and the students of the college preparatory Home B.A.S.E. class (Building Academic Skills and Experiences), The Home B.A.S.E. Foundation, Columbus Housing Partnership, American Electric Power, the City of Columbus, NeighborWorks ® America, Limited Brands Foundation, The Home Depot, Betsy Pettit, FAIA, The Building Science Corporation Inc., Contract Lumber, Josh Lloyd, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Phillip Markwood Architects, and Sullivan Bruck Architects.

“The U.S. Green Building Council is proud to help celebrate the product of this collaborative effort and their commitment to greener living,” said Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Policy & Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “Their leadership, demonstrated at 258 N. 21st Street, is at the national forefront of quality; and their example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a healthier place to live.”

“We are proud to be involved in such a groundbreaking project,” said Amy Klaben, President/CEO of Columbus Housing Partnership. “This collaborative effort with a wide range of partners, including students from our community, will demonstrate to our state and the nation that innovation and great design can help us protect our environment and save our planet.”

“This project demonstrates that by engaging in real twenty-first century problems, students will learn the twenty-first century skills and knowledge necessary to solve our nation’s most pressing issues concerning energy, the environment, and education,” said Roger Beck, Home B.A.S.E. class teacher and contractor of the home.

A Community Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2009. At that time, tours will be available for the media. For more information, please visit

About the Home
The home features an innovative two kilowatt Solar Electric (or Photovoltaic) System that creates renewable, non-polluting electricity for the home. When the system produces more energy than the home can use, the energy is sold back to the energy company. The home also features a Solar Thermal System that will save residents 70% on the cost of their domestic water needs by harnessing on water heating by harnessing the renewable, non-polluting energy of the sun.

Many local, recycled materials were used to build and decorate the home. Local materials require less energy to transport, and bolster the local economy. Recycled materials save useful matter from landfill, while simultaneously avoiding the usage of more resources and energy for material production and transportation.

The home was built with innovative waste reducing techniques, which resulted in less wood and related materials being used and transported. A sustainable landscape was created that includes a backyard rain garden to absorb water runoff from the home’s roof. Because the water does not reach the City’s storm drains, erosion, pollution, and flooding are reduced. Also, the yard is decorated with native, drought-resistant plants, alleviating the need for irrigation.

The home is located in the North of Broad (NoBo) neighborhood in the historic King Lincoln District, less than a mile away from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Due to the proximity to downtown amenities, neighborhood residents are able to drive less, utilize public transportation, and ride their bikes all over the city.

NoBo features the first residential “green street” in the State of Ohio, made out of recycled asphalt and 968 recycled tires. NoBo’s alley system is part of a pilot program to test the effect of residents using individual garbage containers for their homes. Because, each home has ownership of their trash, there is less littering, overflow, and dumping. You can find out more about the North of Broad Community by visiting

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 14,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (, and a network of 77 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit

About LEED® for Homes
LEED® for Homes is a third-party certification system for high-performance green homes. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in seven categories of environmental performance: Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Homeowner Awareness, and Innovation and Design. To date, more than 540 homes have been LEED-certified, and over 13,000 have been registered and are under development. For more information, visit

About Columbus Housing Partnership
Established in 1987, CHP is a private, nonprofit organization that provides quality, affordable housing and related services to low and moderate income households in Central Ohio. Founded on the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community, CHP has developed over 4,000 single and multifamily affordable homes and has served over 23,000 people. CHP also offers homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities. For more Information, visit

About the Home B.A.S.E. Class
Home B.A.S.E. was created by teachers in 1996 and successfully ran for ten years and built eleven homes in two Central Ohio counties. The program was a unique and innovative learning community that strove to remake public schooling in America by authentically integrating senior year high school college preparatory coursework with providing affordable housing for America’s working urban families. This class did more to end poverty housing than any other high school class in America. To see the LEED Platinum house being built visit the blog:


Editor's Note: Why did I post this? Because I work at Columbus Housing Partnership. This is an incredible house built by our Homeport division.

We made it into - Thanks Walker

Light and Motion Seca - mmmmmm. 700 Lumens of light goodness.

reviews of this light and the competitors here....

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They look like big dog carriers....

Cycle-Safe® parking systems are simply the best bicycle parking products in the industry (read why). Our solutions provide security, convenience, and long-term value. How does that value translate? We have the lowest 10-year ownership cost of any commuter bicycle storage system on the market.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Octopus Cap - the end result

Pretty cool hat from Octopus Caps in Clintonville.


St. Patrick's Day Ride - REPORT from Tricia

David & I rode 45 miles yesterday (ed. note - Saturday 14th) from Avery Park to the Dutch Kitchen and around the area. Jan & Jon joined us for breakfast at the Dutch Kitchen and rode with us after breakfast. It was pretty chilly starting out (about 30 degrees or so), and I was glad I suggested we ride the tandem so one of us was warm (that would be me). When we got the tandem out we saw it had 218 miles on the computer from 2008 TOSRV which was ridden by my brother and me. Maybe that's how David & I have survived marriage for 10 years, we usually ride single bikes ;-)

Seriously, we had a joyous anniversary ride. Attendees received St. Patrick's Day fortune cookies.

FYI: the bridge over Big Darby Creek on Amity Pike is closed.


Ah! Roller Racing (again in Pittsburgh)

Saturday, March 21, 2009
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
2518 E Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Come out for head to head bicycleroller racing
action at Over The Bar Cafe in the South Side!!
Race! Heckle your friends! Drink Beer!!

Don’t miss the first of a three race spring series.
Prizes for the best racers, and a trophy for the
overall series champion!

Open Qualifying: 7-9pm
The best times will fill out an elimination bracket
for the most exciting racing of the evening.

$10 to race, and you get a free shirt!

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Over The Bar (OTB) Bicycle Café - Pittsburgh, PA

Over The Bar (OTB) Bicycle Café offers Pittsburgh’s outdoor enthusiasts a friendly, fun place to have great food and drinks in a unique bicycle-themed environment.The creative and fun atmosphere includes bicycle murals, sculptures and decorations made from re-used bike parts, many of which came from FreeRide. Even the toilet paper dispensers are made from old bike parts. Bike Pittsburgh has also added some wall decorations, providing the cafe with BikeFest posters and wall-worthy version of the Pittsburgh Bike Map.

Come in and try some of our most popular dishes such as the surprisingly delightful Dirt Rag Delight (burger smothered in peanut butter), the Spoke Junkie (a delicious cheese filled zucchini appetizer), or the Venture Outdoors favorite, Pedal Paddle Panini (a tomato, basil, roasted red pepper and buffalo mozzarella Panini).

With its location on East Carson Street, merely 1 block from the South Side Works trail head to the Pittsburgh to DC trail, the OTB Bicycle Café is the ideal stop after spending the day enjoying the South Side Riverfront Trail.

Oh Columbus... Where is our bicycle bar?

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