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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Market to Market Ride Pics and Short Report

I rode down Broad to Victorian Village to ride with friends. 13 miles. Averaged 18mph. Then we jumped on the trail and rode to Hills Market. We had six to start and then added Greg and Scott along the trail. The only bad thing about the trail is a lot of people are training for the marathon and clogged the trail. My wife drove up to meet us for breakfast. We filled up on pancakes and sausage and hot coffee. Andrew had a flat so we repaired it before heading south. I ran into so many people I know at the Hills, it was great.

Rode south on the trail and doubled back to talk to Dylan and Janet as they headed north. Rode pretty fast to catch up to the rest of the group and caught them before the trail break in Clintonville. We grouped up again and then in campus broke apart as people headed on different routes to the North Market. We rode down to the waterfront and looped back.

I ran into Mary at the North Market and she estimated 300 people for the ride. Great turnout. We got in line for the ice cream and our goodie bag. Got some Pad Thai from Nida's. Ran into Nida and we talked for a moment.

As I was leaving I ran into David and Tricia and got to ride back with them to Gahanna.

56 miles total. Woohoo!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Columbus needs BikeStation

Bikestation is working to give people clean options.

Bikestation plans, designs, and operates bike-transit centers, enabling bicycling and other alternatives to be an integral part of the transportation system.  Our facilities offer secure bicycle parking and related services to make cyclists' lives easier. Park your bike at one of our facilities and you can be assured that your vehicle is secure and covered.  If you are a potential Bikestation project developer, please click here.
Whether you ride your bike to public transportation, to work, or you simply need a safe place to store your bike for the day, Bikestation is available to serve you. It's simple, convenient and affordable.
Many Bikestations offer free parking during their hours of operation, and paid memberships for 24-hour access to secure parking.  To find more information on what method of parking is more convenient for you, check the page of your local Bikestation for their daily hours of operation.

In addition, each Bikestation location provides unique services and amenities; but most Bikestations provide:
  • Shared-use bicycle rentals;
  • Access to public transportation;
  • Convenient operating hours;
  • Friendly and helpful staff;
  • Information to plan your commute trips.
Some Bikestation locations offer bicycle repairs, bicycle and commute sales & accessories, rental bikes for local and tourist needs, restroom/changing rooms and access to environmentally-clean vehicle-sharing. Select your local facility from the menu bar for specific services and programs.

Join your local Bikestation today and experience the freedom of choice!

COP 24rd Fall Hoot

Date: Saturday October 3, 2009
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Location: Bloom Carroll High School
City State Zip: Carroll, OH

8:00-9:30AM. Bloom Carroll High School, Rt. 33 between Canal Winchester and Lancaster. Longer route of 65 miles with lots of hills may remind you of CFC. Flat to rolling route of 35-40 miles. Plenty of food stops available. Budget Tour. $2 members, $4 non-members

David Miller 614/444-2276 tke.534 at
Roy Burnham 614/343-3704

Market to Market Ride is October 3, 2009

Market to Market Bicycle Adventure

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets are partnering to celebrate the bounty that Ohio producers bestow upon our great state. The Hills Market and North Market share not only a philosophical connection: one that makes it a priority to provide and promote the best Ohio has to offer to consumers, but also a physical connection: the Olentangy River Greenway (or more commonly, the Olentangy Bike Trial). Join both markets on Saturday, October 3, as they connect to celebrate the end of a great summer season with “Market to Market”: a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride, for amateurs and aficionados alike. Market to Market will be the kick-off event for Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus.   

Participants have the option of starting at either market to fuel up with breakfast before embarking on the 13 mile adventure to the market at the other end of the bike trail. Each participating rider will be issued a local foods passport at the beginning of their journey. Bikers can collect stamps along the way by visiting with local vendors and organizations set up along the path including Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Proud, Sustainable Worthington, Greenovate and Local Matters. Participants who show completed passports at their destination market will be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and goodies from local foods purveyors. Those intrepid enough to bike back to their market of origin will receive a completely different bag of goodies, creating a total value of $50 worth of savings and samples.

Market to Market will take place on Saturday, October 3. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), and reusable shopping bags from both locations filled with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s ice cream will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made at or or in person at either location. Participating organizations and sponsors include: The Hills Market, North Market, Local Matters, CrimsonCup Coffee, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, WCBE, Central Ohio’s NPR Station, Amanda Hills Spring Water, Fat Rabbit Racing, Greenovate, Ohio Proud, Pattycake Bakery and Sustainable Worthington. 

Columbus-based, Local Matters is a not-for-profit organization that believes the choice to grow and consume local food has the power to affect social, economic and environmental change in our communities. They are committed to making local, sustainably farmed, healthy food available to everyone - and from October 3 through October 9, they're doing it in a big way with Local Matters Local Food Week. The week kicks-off with the Market-to-Market bike ride and breakfast, includes a fundraiser on Thursday, October 8 at The Hills Market, and will conclude with a Local Food Finale on Friday, October 9. The entire Columbus-area community is invited to add a little more delicious to their lives with Local Foods Week celebrating our Local Food System: Farm to Fork, Urban Ag and Local Food to School. For more information and a detailed schedule visit

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday Night Ride. Anyone want to ride?

I am planning on a ride from Goodale Park at 7pm to the west side. If anybody is interested please email me raymondmgeorge [at]

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday Night Ride Pics

iPhone heads up display

America is officially messed up...

School district could backpedal on policy

Saratoga Springs board to consider modifying ban on riding bikes to schools

By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer
First published in print: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Seventh-grader Adam Marino is getting a firsthand lesson in civil disobedience.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

ProTonLocks Magnetic Pedal Locks

ProTon Magnetic Pedal Locks Should reduce the risk of injuries by providing a means to secure the rider to the bicycle pedal via the New Hi Tech Magnetic Pedal Locking Device. This allows the rider to maintain a positive attraction to the bicycle pedal through a new break through in magnetic materials, yet if the rider falls, the "side shear force" can quickly and easily release the rider from the bike reducing the risk of additional injuries. These units are made from A380 Aluminum, Nickel Plated High Power Magnet, Chrome-molly spindle and sealed ball bearings. This is a fully serviceable unit, with replacement parts available. Made in Silicon Valley U.S.A. These are offered in 3 sizes, Micro Mini, 3" X 3" "Mini" & 3-3/4" X 3-3/4" Pro full size. The magnetic force of the magnet will help keep your feet on the pedals while riding hard reducing the risk of "slipping a pedal". The Micro Mini is great for the road cruisers, Mini - BMX younger riders starting out in competition riding. It will help them learn to power out of the gate and maintain better control of the bike while in the air jumping. The "PRO" full size pedals are will suited for the "Down Hill" "Mountain Bike" group and larger riders in competition and for the riders with Prosthetic legs. 30 day satisfaction Guarantee, 90 day limit warranty on spindle & Bearings.

Look Ma, No Brakes! - Washington Post story about fixies!

What a profile they cut, slicing through the city: gorgeous, exotic, dangerous. You see them parked like emaciated steeds outside the coolest clubs.

They don't make much sense, yet for one more fleeting season at least, they are the rage in certain circles. Sort of dumb and super hip: the twin characteristics of many things in life.

We are talking about a bicycle. A very special kind of road bicycle, called a fixed-gear bike, or fixie for short.


Bike the C-Bus 2009 Photos

Gyrowheel demo at Interbike 2009

History class tackles Manhattan on 'epic' all-night bike ride - Columbia Spectator

The 35th Annual All-Night Bike Ride for the History of the City of New York class, taught by Kenneth Jackson, took students through Manhattan in a midnight tour of history.

Two New York University girls—drunk ones, so it seemed—call out to us, “Why are you all riding your bikes?”
“For a class!” we reply, rushing past and feeling the wind in our helmet hair.
“I don’t get that. I guess that’s why I go to NYU,” one says to the other.
And then my friend hums, “Oh, who owns New York?...”
This was the 35th Annual All-Night Bike Ride for the History of the City of New York class, taught by Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences. In a word—used at least once by each participant throughout the night—it was epic. Indulgent and extravagant, dangerous and obnoxious at times, this mass of around 250 people rode through the island of Manhattan in the wee hours of Friday morning, as if marking our territory.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

88 Bikes

88Bikes. You can go anywhere.

It doesn't always take a massive relief organization to tip the scales for joy and sustainability in places where children and young adults are challenged to be their own heroes. 88bikes provides a simple and direct opportunity to make a difference for a young person in the world: buy a child a bike! Use the links to see more about us and our work around the world.

Columbus needs to step up to the big leagues! Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is Now a Permanent Program

This year, San Franciscans enjoyed over 18 miles of car-free streets on six Sundays, in four San Francisco neighborhoods, from East to West! Upwards of 20,000 adults and kids came out for each event enjoying healthy activities from bicycling to dancing, rollerskating to yoga and hula hooping.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) was proud to play a big part in the success of Sunday Streets by coordinating and training more than 600 volunteers.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Sunday Streets is now a permanent program in San Francisco. With the enormous success of Sunday Streets in 2009, organizers would like to see more Sunday Streets events in 2010. If you would like to see more Sunday Streets events, extended hours or want it to come to your neighborhood, email Mayor Gavin Newsom and your City Supervisor.

Mad River Ride September 27 Pics