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Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Bicycle Thief - Movie Trailer

I have never seen this movie. Anybody????

Stolen Bike Alert - A.J.

Specialized Allez road bike
Black/White/Silver Aluminum Diamond with Carbon fork & stays
Shimano rims & Gatorback tires
Ultegra components with DuraAce rear deraileur
Shimano SPD pedals
Gel seat
Cateye computer
Bag mounted under seat with extra tube and tools in nylon pouch
Serial number: (Garbled on receipt) either P47M10586 or P44M10586
Police report filed # 090547979
Stolen from Grandview area 7-1-09

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Great Allegheny Passage

I rode the ATA section a few years back...

C&O Towpath Ride in July

The 184.5 mile long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is located along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. The canal was built between 1828 and 1850, and it operated sporadically between floods until 1924. In 1954, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas organized an eight day hike up the canal's towpath in an effort to save it from being converted to a parkway. His efforts succeeded, and in 1971 the canal became a National Historic Park.

Today, much of the canal has been drained of water and reclaimed by the forest. However, the canal's towpath remains a favorite of hikers, joggers, and bicyclists. Like myself, many local cyclists have considered trying to bike the entire 184 miles between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD. I started biking large sections of the lower 60 miles with high school buddies back around 1981. (This was before ATBs so I used my "Sear's Best" Ross 10-speed). Since then, I've completed five "through trips". Thanks to the new Great Allegheny Passage Trail, it is now possible to ride 330 traffic free miles from Washington, DC all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, as we did in 2007. You can also read about my earlier trips in 1995, 2003, and 2004.

Looking for other Washington DC trails?
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Before you start out on your epic journey, I strongly recommend trying some shorter trips to prepare yourself. The towpath is not paved (the surface is typically clay and crushed stone), so it is a bit rough. Therefore, you will need to build up some calluses on your butt before starting out (no joke). The first 20 miles is the most heavily used and is a good place to practice.

Editor's Note: I will be riding a portion of this in July. Woohoo!


Cycle Italia

This is a match made in Paradiso!

We've married our unabashed passion for Italy with our extensive experience leading high-performance bicycle tours to produce hand crafted, small-group tours that we personally guide through cycling heaven - Italy. In no other country will you feel such respect for the sport of cycling. Come share the Italian passion for all good things in life: friends, food, wine, beauty... and the sport that comes from the heart.

What sets us apart?

CycleItalia was formed to serve those whose passion for cycling is matched only by their passion for Italian countryside, wine, and cuisine. For over a decade, we've heard your requests for longer trips, smaller groups, more riding days, authentic local foods, and unexplored regions. In 1998, we responded by creating CycleItalia with trips for those who love to "pedale forte, mangia bene" (ride hard, eat well)

Why ride in Italy?

The Best Place to Ride on Earth. Period.

Chef’s woo you. Drivers cheer you. Strangers make you family. Bike factories measure you for custom builds and legends pedal beside you on endless, rolling lanes. Welcome to Italy, the land where cycling is a national passion.
From “La Dolce Vita,” Bicycling magazine, November 2003

I is for Italy, the greatest place to be a cyclist.

I am unsure whether the Italian life interests your average American cyclist, but I constantly ask myself, Why not become a part of the world’s most beautiful culture? Why not taste the Italian specialties? Why live a day without seeing the excitement with which those in their prime can infect the elderly? That joy can only be found following in the footsteps of Coppi and Bartali.
From “Bobke II” by Bob Roll Velopress

Cycling in Europe is fun, but it's more than fun.

When they SAY Travel Broadens, they mean riding your bike in Europe. If you haven't been to Europe with your bike, please do not imagine that riding over THERE is just like riding HERE except for the food and languages. It's not like riding near your home or my home at all. I'm going to focus on Italy, 'cause that's what I know best and love best. I'm not going to talk about the food, the best food anywhere. You probably know more about that than I do. And I don't think I need to dwell on how nice Italian people are, how helpful, how empathetic, how gracious they are. Or how beautiful their country is. Not news, is it? You can read about all that in the travel section of your paper. The travel section won't tell you how you'll FEEL as an American cyclist in Italy. I'm an American cyclist. I've been to Italy. I'll try to give you an idea. You're climbing some endless pass in the north of Italy. As you pedal through a tiny village, narrow main street, tiny shops, one café, a black-shawled old woman cheers as you ride by. Forza, strength, she says. As you ride, you see names and words painted on the road. You read about this road in bike magazines. This climb has strung out Giro d'Italia fields year after year. You're pedaling on hallowed ground. Back home, you'd have to be driving around the track at Indy to equal this. You're riding down the shoulder of a busy two-lane secondary road between Milan and Lake Como. Kilometers roll under your wheels. It dawns on you that none of the cars and trucks zipping by will hit you. Nor will they skim by and scare you. You realize that in Italy you're welcome on the road. Tension eases between your shoulder blades. For the first time in your road-riding life, maybe, you feel safe.

Check out this website. I unhesitatingly recommend Larry and Heather's work, having had great trips with them in Italy. As many times as they've done this tour-guiding routine (for other outfits and now on their own) they have always shared their clients' joy, always been part of the group. I'm in email contact with them year 'round. It's no pose. They've never gotten over the wonder of cycling in Italy. Nor have I and neither, I'm betting, will you.
Maynard Hershon, 2000

A note from Torelli's Chairman Bill

A while back I was talking to Larry, owner of CycleItalia. He was lamenting the difficulties of highlighting the special touches that he and his wife, Heather, do to make a cycling vacation with CycleItalia special.

"Why don’t you just explain it all on your website?"

Larry explained that he did not want to engage in bragging or in any way run down his competition. The first, because he is such a gentleman and dislikes hype of any sort. The second, because he believes that whether or not a cyclist chooses his company or some other, the client will have a wonderful time. It’s just that the client will have a better time with CycleItalia. It’s a bit like the Italian frames and bikes Torelli sells. My competitor’s frames and bikes are all fantastic. They really are. At Torelli we do things a little differently to make them a bit better and a better value than the others. But, it’s degrees of perfection that we’re talking about.

Since Larry is asking you to spend a serious sum of money and a lot of time with him, perhaps it might help to know him a bit. Each December, Larry escapes frozen Iowa and comes to California. Carol and I get to have him for the better part of a single day. We feel cheated, but we take and enjoy the ration we are given. When he comes, he sits down in a chair in our living room and just talks and tells stories. The tales and stories keep coming, like that Greek vase that kept pouring wine. We never get bored. No story is repeated. He just fills up the room with fun.

That’s the point. Fun. I take my fun seriously and so does Larry. After all the scorecards are compared, the passion to enjoy life is what sets Larry apart. It may be why I like him so much. An example: Meals must be worth sitting down to eat. Mauro Mondonico and I have a nickname for Larry. It’s "Foodman", because he takes the importance of the table so very seriously. He wants others to have the same pleasure.

I could go on, but I think I said quite enough.

Cycling’s fun. Italy’s fun. Larry’s fun.

I prevailed upon Larry to send me a note about the specific things he and Heather do that are unique and special. I hope he suppresses his reluctance to shout about himself and puts this all on his website.

Chairman Bill
Torelli Imports

the site

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Urban Velo Issue 14 is available now!

Urban Velo #14 is now available online. Contents Include: The Fed - Hardcourt Bike Polo Considers Its Future, Crit Racing, Barcelona Tiene Poder, Windy City Wool, Safe Routes Revolution, KC Urban Cyclist Project, Stem Clamp Penny Trick, What’s in There? - Inside Conventional Freewheels, Looking Where You’ve Been, Love Riding in the City, Residue and No Exit.

Download it for free, or order a printed copy online.

Mailbag: handbuilt bikes here in Cbus

I'm also recruiting great/experienced road riders for a crit/road team next year. Id like to form a team of five including myself. Of course with this comes a custom made steel bike. Most likely made from columbus SL. riders will be responsible for material cost only involved with making of their bikes.

Any questions?! I'll be happy to answer!

Adam C. Eldridge
Stanridge Speed Bicycles
104 Nursery Lane
Columbus, OH. 43206

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ride 6/29/2009 - Ride Report

Pretty good ride. Lot of old faces, a bunch of new people. Two tandems were out in the crowd of at least 70 people. We rode south then east and had flats on 5th. As soon as we started moving we had another flat. A few people stayed back and fixed the tire. They caught up to us later. We headed north past Crew Stadium and east into the neighborhoods. We looped back west on Weber and stopped near the trail. I rode south on the trail with Andy and Bethia and down Neil into town back to the bar. I had 24 miles. Your mileage may have varied.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bike Price List

Bike Price list
Prices correspond to pictures on Flickr
contact Xenia at 614-286-4039 after six p.m.

1. Woman’s Blue Drake, hand brakes $100
2. Green Willawood Ladies Huffy Coaster bike $75
3. Aeroflight Rollfast, ladies blue one speed $75
4. Pinkish men’s bike w/basket 2 Mark on bikestem $75
5. Woman’s blue hand brake Schwinn Collegiate
3speed coaster brake $100

6. Man’s Black Sears 3 speed Sears $50
7. Man’s Sheffeld Dunelt England 3 speed $150
8. Woman’s Red Collegiate 3speed Schwinn
w/coaster brake $100
9. Man’s turn down handle bar Huffy 10 speed $75
10. Woman’s yellow Huffy 3 speed $100
11. Green Woman’s Unispeed, with brown seat $75
12. CBC Ross Europa Ladies one speed blue $75
13. Ladies blue Murray $75
14. A mix of many bikes hanging from rafters $50 to $100 (must call to see)**
15. Roadmaster Murray, blue $75
16. Western flyer/Sonic Flyer $75 - $100

Finally the pair of Schwinn Suburban 10 speed bikes $300+

** There are a couple of Schwinn 3 speeds (a man’s and a woman’s) which will be priced at $100 each
And the remainder of the selection are girls’ and woman’s bikes from the ‘40s/ and ‘50s eras. These will be priced accordingly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Comfest Bike Parking Pics

Officer On Bike Struck By Cruiser During Pursuit - Columbus, OH

OLUMBUS, Ohio — An officer was injured Saturday during a pursuit on the city's east side.
Police said two officers, one in a cruiser and another on a bicycle, were chasing a suspected robber in the area of Eastland Mall at about 8 p.m., 10TV News reported.

During the pursuit, the officer in the cruiser struck the officer on the bicycle.

The injured officer, whose name was not immediately released, was transported to Grant Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

Police said the robber was suspected of taking more than $300 worth of merchandise from a department store. He was arrested and was expected to face charges in connection with the robbery.

Stay with 10TV News and for more information.