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HATTARICK 2010 Pics - Report later

I almost forgot about this - 9th Annual HATTARICK - Hockhocking Adena Trail To Athens Ride In the Cold for Koffee

9th Annual HATTARICK - Hockhocking Adena Trail To Athens Ride In the Cold for Koffee Saturday, January 2, 2010          10:00 AM Start Friends, it seems like only yesterday that it was........ yesterday. However, today is the first day of the rest of your life... a day to stop & take stock of how really lame these HATTARICK reminders have become. I can hear some of you right now saying.... 'become?  heck, they've always been lame'  and.... you'd be right of course.   Consistency is a  HATTARICK trademark. Fortunately, the "ride" is nothing like the reminders. For many, this is the FIRST ride of the new year.  For a few, it is also the last.   Why's that, you ask? Because the HATTARICK tests one's metal.  Only the truly strong survive it.   Well, a few of the truly 'thick' have also survived it, which underscores and supports the HATTARICK's strong stand on diversity. "Every one of you is unique...  just like everyone e

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

About Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition The Ohio & Erie Canal opened up the frontier settlement of Ohio and provided settlers with a reliable form of transportation to ship products. This unique waterway is being rediscovered as communities seek to celebrate their heritage while stimulating community & economic development. Today, there is renewed interest in the preservation, development and interpretation along the resources of the Ohio & Erie Canal as it extends from the New Philadelphia to Cleveland. Established in 1989, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is a private, non-profit organization working on the development of the Ohio & Erie Canal Heritage Canalway. The Coalition provides educational programs, events and publications about the Heritage Canalway while developing strong working relationships with partners to preserve and interpret the natural, historical and recreational resources throughout the corridor. more...

Inquisitive Visitor's Guide to the Ohio & Erie Canal and Towpath Trail

Welcome to the Inquisitive Visitor's Guide to the Ohio & Erie Canal and Towpath Trail. I started this site when I became interested in the history of the canal by virtue of my discovery of one of Northeast Ohio's greatest recreational assets - the Towpath Trail. I was amazed that the remnants of the most important transportation route in Ohio's early history had been left abandoned throughout the state for so long. As I craved more information, I became frustrated that there wasn't a site on the internet that contained all of the information I was looking for. So I took matters into my own hands and created this web site. In 1827, the first canal boat was pulled along the Ohio & Erie Canal from Akron to Cleveland. By 1832, the canal was completed from Cleveland to Portsmouth, connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River and providing the first water transportation route through the young United States from the North and East to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, most of t

"We are traffic" movie clip

Specialized Body Geometry Gel Gloves - Fail

I purchased a pair of the gloves in the middle of the summer last year. On long rides my hands were going numb. So I looked at the Specialized to help fix my issue. They lasted less than a year and I am disappointed in them. The spandex on the fingers fell apart. The rest of the glove is holding up, but they are unusable. Argh... I compare them to Trek gloves and Pearl Izumi gloves that I used in the past and have lasted at least two seasons and multiple washings. Any suggestions?

Happy New Year from Columbus Rides!

Thank you for reading my blog this past year. I hope you continue to follow my blog in 2010. I hope you all had a great year like I did in 2009. I had more ups than downs and made a lot of new friends, lost some friends (it is what it is), and continued expanding existing friendships. I realized toward the end of the year that I don't have much to complain about (finally!). 2010 will bring new and exciting challenges plus twists and turns that may open up a new chapter in my life. As for cycling I reached my goal of 3500 miles this year, finishing with 3510. My goal for 2010 is 4000 miles. We will be continuing with some of our theme rides next year, like Night of a Thousand Tacos , and of course, Bike the C-Bus will be back for 2010. Our goal is to get 500 cyclists out on the route. Hope to see you out on the bike. As my friend Crow says, "keep the rubber side down." Ray

Jerseys that make a statement!

About Us Share The Damn Road was created by professional cyclist Phil Gaimon. Phil was tired of being honked at, buzzed, and cussed out while he trained, and frustrated that the speed of motor vehicles made witty and insulting replies impossible. To solve that problem, he set out to create a line of jerseys that express what he's always wanted to say to passing cars. Get one yourself, and finally experience the joy of having the last word. The goal is to convey messages of safety and cyclist's rights, but there is an element of humor and frustration, which we feel cannot be denied in the cyclist/motorist relationship, so these jerseys are not for wimps. more...

Upper Arlington roll: Store Coming Soon!

FINALLY! On the list of things to accomplish for 2010 is the opening of the new roll: store in Upper Arlington. Building still under construction, it will be the newest and largest store in our soon-to-be-THREE store chain here in C-Bus. Under wraps for some time, everyone can share in our joy over the coming location. Filling a much-needed gap for us on the West end of town, roll:U.A. is located on Lane Avenue, just catty-coner to the Whole Foods Market near Kenny Road. more...

New Years Hangover Ride

January 1st, 2010 (Friday) -Holiday Ride Series #4 New Years Hangover Ride 3pm - Class C+ and B.  27 mile route.  Meet at Columbus East Trek Store (5334 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43230). Maps provided.  Weather permitting. Andy Skeen Skeena AT or 614-580-2749


January 1, 2010 11:00 a.m. All Riders Welcome. Get off your trainer (or your couch) and join us in logging the first miles of 2010.  Mileage, destination, and food stop depends upon weather. Meet at Hayden Run Rd. trailhead parking lot (adjacent to the Heritage Rail Trail).  Directions: 270 to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. exit. Go west on Tuttle Crossing until it dead-ends into Wilcox Rd.  Turn left. Take Wilcox until it dead-ends into Hayden Run Rd. Turn right.  Parking lot is on the right side of Hayden Run Rd., just past Cosgray Rd. Tom & Debbie Davis/614-296-9981

Lumen Testing from Light and Motion

Light and Motion hired a company to test their lights and competitors to show how accurate the lumen ratings are. From the Light and Motion site...  Their site has individual reports for download. 2009 LIGHT TESTING DATA We value the relationship that we have with our customers and understand that it is a relationship based on trust. Our customers trust that when they purchase a Light & Motion product that it will be solid, reliable and well-tested. These attributes are important to us as well, since many of our employees enthusiastically use what we sell. It makes sense then that we would put quite a bit of time and money into testing our own light systems—but we didn't stop there. We've also tested most of our competitor's lights. It's important for us to know that we can back up our lumen claims with hard data, but it's also important for us to know that we're comparing apples to apples with our competitors (note that many light systems from other br

Ride to Galena Ride Report

I needed to get out on the bike after a week and a half hiatus. I was starting to feel the effects of eating too well and no exercise. So I rode north, met Brett along the way and headed to New Albany to meet up with Katie. We headed north until we hit Red Bank Road and took that all the way into Galena. Because of the holiday weekend all the restaurants, all of one, were closed. So we headed south and took Vans Valley Rd east. I knew we had a headwind heading south, but I underestimated how much it feels whipping across the empty corn fields. We struggled to maintain 12mph as Brett and I switched off leading out. We continued at a diagonal heading southeast until we hit Central College and then went west until Kitzmiller. Old 161 back to New Albany where Brett split off and headed down 62. I dropped off Katie and headed due south back home. 52 miles. Averaged 14mph.

Avid cyclists gearing up for New Year's Day trek in Medina County - Medina Sun

By  Jennifer Karpus December 26, 2009, 1:26PM While most people are sleeping in on New Years Day, an energetic few are planning to participate in a bicycle ride around Medina County, no matter what the weather has in store for them. The ABCDEFGHIJ bicycle ride, or ABC ride for short, will mark its 34th year a week from Friday. The number of riders changes year to year, usually depending on the weather, but as many as 200 have come out in previous years. “I thought it would be a fun thing to do on a special day,” said Dick DeLombard, creator of the ride. “People are doing polar bear jumps . . . and we were riding in the winter.” more...

Pedal Brain - Ipod and iPhone powered cyclometer

With Pedal Brain you just focus on riding and everything else is taken care of. Pedal Brain can be thought of as three integrated products. First, it's an iPod and iPhone ANT+ accessory. Second, it's a complete training log. Third, it's a coaching platform. Each of these products have been designed together and as such integrate perfectly well. There's no distinction between your workouts on the web and your workouts on the iPhone or iPod. Simply go for a ride and all your performance data is uploaded in realtime to the web where coaches, teammates and friends can see it (if you allow them to). There's no post workout data upload step with Pedal Brain. Similarly there's no need to copy your workouts onto paper and stuff in your jersey before heading out. It's already there on your iPhone or iPod. Power through data is our motto. We believe better data leads to better workouts which leads to better results. Pedal Brain makes acquiring, processing and a