Showing posts from May 24, 2009

China Re-invents the Bicycle Wheel

Move over Japan. China is making huge strides in the field of weird and wacky. Check out this crazy bicycle with a pentagonal wheel on the the front and a triangular one on the back. It was developed by Chinese inventor Guan Baihua who believes that people will want to ride the bike because it requires more effort than a conventional bike, and thus provides a greater workout for the rider. more...

36th Heart of Ohio Tour

Saturday June 6 7:30-9AM. Gloryland Nazarene Church off Coonpath Road, Carroll Ohio. Scenic tour in the Lanacaster area. Multiple routes, some hilly. Budget Tour, $2 members, $4 non-members./ Al Moore 614/756-9218 Donna Bush 614/837-6744

Bikes for Sale!

I am helping a friend sell some bikes. Please contact me at raymondmgeorge [at] for more info.

The 61-year-old who performs a balancing act with his BMX... on cliff edges

Expertly balanced 300ft up a rock face, Khiv Raj Gurjar is the world's finest exponent of Extreme Yoga. Using only a BMX bike for support, 61-year-old Khiv takes the ancient art of meditation to new levels as he performs complex forms of yoga merely inches from the sheer drop. Travelling to the top of the rocky outcrop near to his home of Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Khiv begins his exercises at dawn, so as to avoid the raging desert heat. more...

Bicycle Quarterly - The Discerning Cyclist's Resource

Bicycle Quarterly is a magazine about the enjoyment of the sport we love. In Bicycle Quarterly, you find professionally written articles. the site is here...

Classic Rendezvous - Dedicated to Lightweight Vintage Bicycles, circa 1900~1983.

The purpose of this not-for-profit site is to encourage those interested in enjoying and preserving vintage lightweight "racing" style bicycles of the period from the early 20th century until 1983. The goals are: identification of makers, publishing images of the bicycles & their components, providing key information about the marques & their history, listing resources and, finally, offering camaraderie among the buffs. Please contribute any information or illustrations you might have. Corrections are gratefully accepted. Updates are constantly being made to as new material become available. The most recent changes can be located by the small update note in each section. the site...

2010 Specialized Langster - Steel

I would feel bad for myself if I purchased the Langster before the steel version came out. Looks really nice. Could be an addition to my bike collection next year. Or not... I need to finish my vintage Fuji conversion. Real Japanese steel frame.

Custom wooden bike fenders

All of my bike fenders are produced one at a time from my small garage shop here in Bend, Oregon from as much recycled hardwoods as possible and are signed and dated when complete. The hardware is stainless steel to prevent rusting and I use cool looking brass bolts & nuts to attach all of the hardware. The color of the brass adds just that extra bit of distinctiveness to each set of fenders. To give the wood protection from the elements I finish them with four coats of a high quality Marine grade polyurethane. I offer you a choice of a gloss or satin finish. I don't use stains, paints, or tints- the colors that you see in my fenders are the natural colors of the woods used....natural wood colors rock!! They will fit a vast variety of bicycles and are easy to shape and or cut to fit hard to fit bicycles. Also because they are a three layer laminate they are super strong and flexible. Feel free to look thru my works, ask questions, and even come up with your own designs- as

Calvin's Challenge

Central Ohio Ultra Cycling welcomes you to the 17th Calvin’s Challenge. While the ownership of the race has change, not much else has. The same great route, the same great weather and most importantly the same great racing that makes Calvin’s Challenge the premier 12 hour race on the UMCA calendar. The following list is things that you may or not need to know depending on the event you are signed up for. We seemed to keep finding things that we feel you need to know to make your race the best possible. While the 12 & 6 hour races are drafting legal, we praise the accomplishments of the individual racer. We encourage you to set a goal, train for it and do the best you can come race day. You will face many challenges, from weather( always perfect) mechanical, intestinal issues, and plain old fatigue. But no matter your final score, know that we are proud that you came and put forth your beast effort. Learn from your mistakes and come back next year stronger and better prepared. Chang

What Is Ultra Cycling?

The UMCA recognizes records by gender and age. Records may be set by solo riders, tandem riders and 2- or 4-person relay teams. Record setters receive a UMCA plaque and are recognized in UltraCycling magazine. The purpose of the UMCA is to challenge cyclists to excel in one or more programs. The UMCA: Organizes the UMCA Year-Rounder Challenge. The Year-Rounder showcases consistent performance in cycling throughout the year. The Y-R includes the Larry Schwartz award which recognizes riders who complete (at least) a century every month. Riders earn certificates, medals and plaques and top riders are recognized in UltraCycling. Sponsors the Ultracycling Cup Competition. The UCC is a series of races to determine the best ultra racers of the season, with divisions based on age and gender. Riders earn medals and plaques and are eligible for prizes. Top riders are recognized in UltraCycling. Certifies ultra cycling records. Setting a record is a significant achievement for an endurance cy

Bun's Restaurant Ride 09 Pics

Bun's Restaurant Ride 09

This was my first time on a tandem. My friend Mary, who is Executive Director for the American Council for the Blind in Ohio, has asked me for over a year to be captain on her tandem. So when the email came in last week I decided to "just do it". We started at the Hoover Dam parking area. After pedal installation and seat adjustments, plus a spin around the parking lot we were off. The bike has bar end shifters which I was not used to. Tandems take a lot of work versus a regular bike. Some common issues that need to be worked out include, which side of the bike you dismount, starting together without dragging foot on ground (me), and making sure the stoker knows when to coast (again me). Slowly I learned to do these things as the day wore on. The route took us north and then west to Delaware to Bun's Restaurant. I has the philly steak sandwich which was pretty good. We headed back along the river which was a nice change of scenery. Temps got into the mid-80's and wa

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009 Quick Ride Report

I rode Pedal Pittsburgh last year, but this year it seemed a little easier. The organizers removed the climb past the Igloo at the beginning, but I don't know if that was it. I could be in better shape this year. : ) I recall we took almost 8 hours to ride the 60 mile route last year, but I realized we stopped a lot for one member of our group. Not this year, we took very little breaks. We started the ride around 8:30am and finished 12:30pm. We did the 50 mile route which did not include Mt. Washington. The route ended up being 45 miles though, because we cut out a section that we knew from last year was not that exciting. Another change this year was the start/end was at Southside Works. A little more confusing for parking, but it was a nice atmosphere.