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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pedal with Pete - August 15, 2009

The 2009 Pedal-with-Pete Columbus Bike Ride
Ride, for Pete's Sake!

is coming...

On August 15, 2009

Location: Hilliard Heritage Middle School,

5670 Scioto Darby Road, in Hilliard Ohio

Join us for good fun, well marked scenic routes, great food, door prizes...
and help support Cerebral Palsy research!

Stay tuned for more details...

Meet Pete

Pete's got Cerebral Palsy. Like the hundreds of thousands of people suffering with cerebral palsy, or CP, Pete is trapped in a body that is twisted, a body that fights his every movement. It is a body that will not easily let him verbalize the intelligence and quick wit that is the essence of Pete Zeidner. What Pete likes to do, more than just about anything, is bicycling. For him, it is freedom.



Pete Zeidner was born to an immigrant family in 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was not expected to live, because he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Pete's parents, Otmar and Ilse, were both born in Transylvania, which is now part of Hungary. Otmar studied medicine at the University of Vienna while holding down two jobs in order to support his wife and two children, Christian and Cornelia. After medical school, in May 1952, his family came to America. They learned the English language from a pastor and the Salvation Army and Otmar became fluent enough to take the State Medical Boards. Otmar attained his medical license and soon after, he attained a job at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, Otmar began his own practice, and was often expected to speak up to four languages in a day, because of Cleveland's strong ethnic communities.

Pete, having CP, was not developing as a normal healthy baby . Sadly, when Pete was four-years-old, his mother died in a car accident. Otmar remarried and Pete gained a new mother who believed in tough love, and she became the most influential person in Pete's life. When Pete was five-years-old, she weaned him off the baby bottle, potty-trained him, and helped him learn to eat by himself. In the first and second grade, Pete learned to type using the eraser-end of a pencil, an ability he still utilizes today.

At the age of eight, Pete's parents took him out of second grade and started him on the Doman-Delacato Method, based on the philosophy that a child needs to be able to creep/crawl before he/she can walk. This is a very rigorous program and for the first three years, Pete was not allowed on his feet. By the end of the sixth grade, Pete was able to walk and function well enough to be integrated into St. Mark Lutheran School in Cleveland.

Pete was the only student with a disability and fortunately, only a few adjustments needed to be made to accommodate him. This was the first time Pete was able to be independent of his parents and to make friends.

Pete began high school in 1974, at Lutheran High School West. At 16, he felt cheated by his disability as he watched his friends receive their drivers licenses.

After graduating from high school, Pete enrolled at a community college and took classes over the television. The following spring semester, he began taking regular classes at the college, after convincing the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Services to pay for a Bachelors degree at a state school. Pete soon transferred to Kent State University, graduating in 1986, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing. At KSU he was involved with the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and with Lutheran Campus Ministries.

After graduation, Pete realized that he had reached another critical point in his life, because he had to learn to accept some limitations attributed to CP. He also had to deal with the ignorance of people who equated his physical disability with mental retardation and talk to him as if he's a toddler. Pete considers himself very fortunate, because he lives on his own in an apartment with occasional assistance from an attendant that preps his meals, does laundry, cleans, and takes him shopping. While Pete appreciates the assistance, he shares the wish of many others with disabilities to be completely independent.

42nd SPOT - Sat. 4/18 Ride Recap

Got a chance to ride with Brett and Ashley on this one. Brett was on his singlespeed and Ashley built up a steel frame. retty good turnout, there was a few hundred people at Cyclist Connection. We headed out in the cold, but it warmed up pretty quickly. Abundant sunshine and sunscreen. There was a headwind out of the southwest that we rode into until Circleville. Circleville was the lunch stop and we had burgers at Hardees. We decided to take the shortcut back so that Brett could make it back home at a reasonable time. We did 81 miles and averaged 15.2mph. Ashley continued on to do the 103 mile route.

A side note - Cyclist Connection had free burgers and dogs for the riders which was a nice touch. The shop was open and if you are a COP member you will receive 10% off a purchase. I picked up a Park Tool that I needed for some work.

Friday Night Ride Follow-up - 4/17/2009

Got out with Evan and Jonny. We rode west to Grandview to Jeni's. A little coffee and some ice cream to get motivated doesn't hurt. Headed north then out 5th to McKinley. Trabue all the way out to Rome Hilliard. Headed south to Broad and back into town. 25 miles, averaged 17. Good ride, warm weather.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tyler Hamilton retires from cycling after failing drug test - LA Times

Tyler Hamilton, who became an American cycling star in 2003 when he won a stage of the Tour de France while racing with a broken collarbone and who won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 in the time trial race, announced today he had failed a drug test for the second time in his career and was retiring.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


I mean, hey, it’s a question worth asking, right? After all, for a lot of us, it’s a kind of urban shorthand that the best way to avoid DUIs is to ride a bike while intoxicated as opposed to driving a car. more...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009



Catherine Girves, Director
University Area Enrichment Association

Pedal Instead to be Recognized for Innovative Transportation Solutions

04/15/2009, Columbus, Ohio—Pedal Instead, an initiative of Mayor Michael Coleman’s Green Team operated by the University Area Enrichment Association, will receive the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from WTS International at their May 2009 conference in Seattle, Washington. Pedal Instead is a free valet bicycle parking service which serves major events in
Columbus such as Earth Day, Ohio State University football games and more.

The volunteer-run program first received the award in 2008 from the Columbus chapter of WTS, whose mission is to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women. The Columbus chapter of WTS advanced the nomination to the International board, which then selected Pedal Instead as its international winner.

“Biking is good is for our health, good for our environment and good for our cities,” Mayor Coleman said. “I thank the University Area Enrichment Association for partnering with us on this worthy effort, and I thank WTS International for recognizing it.”

Pedal Instead, launched in 2006 to educate the general public about the advantages of cycling as a means of transportation. In 2008 alone, organizers from the University Area Enrichment Association reported that the program parked 3,871 bicycles and prevented nearly 40,000 pounds of climate-changing CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Pedal Instead provided its secure, supervised bicycle parking at 26 Columbus events in 2008 and is currently seeking sponsorships to allow for an expanded event schedule in 2009 and beyond.

University Area Enrichment Association director Catherine Girves is thrilled that the recognition Pedal Instead is garnering. “To receive an international award is a huge validation for the hundreds of volunteers who have made this program possible. We hope the Columbus community will increasingly see the value of cycling for our physical health and the health of our planet.” Girves will travel to Seattle for the WTS International conference May 20-22 to accept the award on behalf of Pedal Instead.


For more information about this exciting program and the international recognition it has received,
please call Catherine Girves at 614.371.8232 or email

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Planning Allegheny to C&O ride...

My good friend Ashley and I rode from West Newton to Frostburg in August 2006, 208 miles roundtrip. We are planning on part 2 this summer. We will ride from Frostburg to Hancock, MD for a total of 144 miles. I hope we can some others to join us (hint hint Kevin and Carolyn).

the site...


RAIN is an annual ride across the State of Indiana sponsored by the Bloomington Bicycle Club. Its 160-mile length runs mostly on the Historic National Route 40, an older divided four-lane road with light traffic. It has gentle rolling hills. You should be able to average at least 12 to 14 mph for over 11 hours.

the site...

BMX Freestyle Reunion Coming Up

SOLON, OH (BRAIN)—Solon Bicycle owner Dan Sirkin will be hosting a BMX Freestyle Reunion festival on July 18, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solon Community Center.

In the mid 80s to early 90s, Randy Loop of Columbus, Ohio assembled BMX Freestyle competitions that were held all across the country. The bulk of his efforts were concentrated in the Columbus region, however. His competitions consistently showed some of the strongest turnouts of any event series going at the time. Over the years, many of these riders ended up becoming sponsored by major bike companies. Some of these riders stuck with it throughout the 90s when the sport died while others just quit riding altogether.

Dan Sirkin, a former nationally ranked flatland freestyle ride, who rode for Haro Bikes, has never stopped riding. Although the actual amount of time spent riding is much less these days, he still feels the same thrill as when he was much younger. Recently, he reconnected with many of the riders from the past and decided to host this reunion, called the East Central Reunion Jam. While many of these riders from the past are now located all across the country, they are quickly booking flights to come out to the event and dust off their bikes in hopes of getting back into the game.

"This is not only a great way for us to catch up on old times, but also to promote a healthy lifestyle through biking," Sirkin said. Expected turnout is about 100 riders.

For more information, please contact Dan Sirkin at or call 440-349-5225. Register at

Mountain Bike Tricks

Monday, April 13, 2009


Date: Saturday April 18, 2009
Start Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Cyclist Connection
Street: 200 Cemetery Rd
City State Zip: Canal Winchester, OH

7:30-9AM Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH. Options
from 35 to 102 miles. Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Budget Tour.
$2 members, $4 non-members.

Bob Allen 614/866-8698 rdavisallen AT
David Hoodin 614/486-2123 (before 9pm) dhoodin1 AT

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ditch the Chain, a New Type of Bicycle Is Here

Bike Drifting

Saturday Ride 4/11/09 Ride Recap

The markings for Ridge Runner are still showing strong on the road. So was the headwind. Headed north from my house to meet David at the junction of New Albany-Reynoldsburg Road and old 161. Headwind was gusting to 25 out of the north. We rode to the northeast and then south to Granville. There were no cats in the road and the "Mayor of Leetonia" was not out. In Granville we stopped for lunch. Headed back west and the wind turned into a crosswind. Headed south to home with a tailwind. 66 miles or a metric century. Averaged 14.5mph. Great day in the saddle. Good conversation as well.

Bike Swap In Columbus Poll Closed

Looks like the majority of people are for a Bike Parts Swap and Meet. 88% of the people who answered the poll are in favor. There were two HATERS. I guess they don't have any bike parts to sell. They can just stay home.

Stay tuned for details...