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Friday, January 1, 2010

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 else"

So, let's get on with it.... ( it = schedule).

Day of Ride:
9:15 - 9:45 AM   Arrive at Hocking Technical College Parking Lot, in Nelsonville, OH – Across the RR tracks from all those quaint log cabins.  Park near the tracks.  Dress for 2 kinds of weather, minimum.   Take extra gloves.  The ride leader will be trying to bum a pair off someone again this year.  Consistency is a HATTARICK trademark.
10:00 AM Leave the parking lot  (preferably on your bike & on the trail)
This is a social ride, not a race.   We will be using the same timing chips we used last year, because... they give inconsistent results, and
they're cheap.   (Note to those last year who dipped them in ranch dressing, and ate them:  Not funny)  

11:30 ish  Arrive in Athens, and this is a good point to explain how things are planned to be different this year.  (Change is a HATTARICK trademark)

Each year we ride past (twice) a really nice, locally owned, healthy food... restaurant in the quaint, salt-lick town of Enterprise.  This year the plan is to turn around in Athens and ride back to Enterprise, and eat there !   Discussion points not up for discussion include:
1.  That makes the first half of the ride longer, the second half short, and totally screws up the outdated concept of "half".   Deal.
2.  Some may want to ride to Enterprise, stop and drink coffee, until the rest return.   So be it.
3.  Some may want to stop and warn the restaurant in Enterprise that this group of riders will be back.   That is not wise.  
4.  Some may want to eat in Athens anyway, and skip Enterprise.  (Hey, I don't enforce the rules, I just make 'em)

11:40 ish  Reverse direction, head for Enterprise.

12:10 ish  Stop to eat in Enterprise (Dutch treat)

 1:15 ish  Leave Enterprise and return to Nelsonville

 2:00 ish  Arrive back at HTC.  (pack up, turn up the car heater, go somewhere warm)  

HATTARICK riders are found in that small loop created by the intersection of those people crazy about cycling, and those who are just plain nuts.
The 2009 ride had the highest attendance of any HATTARICK in history.   We needed two separate tables at the restaurant.   Will 2010 be even bigger?
Come and see.   Bring all the cycling clothing you own, be prepared for every contingency, and do the only January in Ohio ride that features an octogenarian rider barefoot & wearing flip flops.

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.

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 the canal no longer exists. In 1974, largely through the efforts of John F. Seiberling (D- Akron), the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area was established, protecting a large number of canal structures from the threat of urban progress. Even earlier, Ralph S. Regula (R- Navarre) realized the potential of the Towpath Trail through his Congressional district and set about preserving it for future use. His work led to the creation of the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor (now called the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway) in 1996 to protect what remains of the old canal and its structures through 4 counties in Northeast Ohio.
The most recognizable aspect of this project is the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which will ultimately run over 100 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia following the route of the original canal. In the summer of 2004, I discovered the Towpath and it became somewhat of an obsession with me. At first, I thought it was just a scenic, well maintained hiking/biking trail in Northeast Ohio. But I soon discovered it was so much more.
The Canal itself hasn't been used for travel since 1913 and most of it is dried up with only a large ditch marking its path. But the trail, originally used by mules to tow the canal boats along the canal, allows visitors to experience the rich history of the canal. Visitors can read informational waysides along the trail that tell the story of the canal and the areas it passed through. Many canal structures still exist and can be seen from the trail.
Ohio's history almost comes to life around you as you travel the route the early "canawlers" used to transport their goods. The trail meanders through scenic countryside like the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, cities like Akron and Massillon that were once major ports along the canal, and small towns like Canal Fulton and Peninsula whose size today belies their importance in the early days of the canal and who owe their very existence to the canal.
There are many ways to enjoy the Canal Corridor. The Towpath Trail is a multi-use route accessible to hikers, bikers, joggers, and horse riders. If you're the kind of person who doesn't like walking or riding bikes, then try traveling on the CanalWay Ohio National Scenic Byway - a road path that also follows closely the path of the Canal from Cleveland to Canal Dover. Or take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad which runs from Cleveland to Canton with a number of depots on the way.
Once you've reached the end of the Canal Corridor, you're far from done discovering the canal. Many of the small towns south of New Philadelphia embrace their canal heritage through parks around prominent canal structures. Other remnants of the canal are not so easily spotted, but are out there nonetheless and can be found with a little exploring.
This site is my personal experience with the canal and Towpath Trail. I hope it will provide people with information about the historical and current aspects of the canal and possibly even interest people in getting out and enjoying it for themselves. I have explored the canal from Cleveland to Portsmouth and plan to post as much history and information on this site as I can. It's a work in progress and I welcome input from other fellow fans of the canal.
Please contact me with any information or questions you may have as well as any comments on the site by sending an email to I'm not an expert, but I will help all I can. I'm Dave. Thanks for coming by.

"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?

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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."


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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

Monday, December 28, 2009

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.


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 brands don't even come CLOSE to their claimed output rating). We feel that it's also important that our customers have access to this test data, so that they can make a more informed decision when laying down their hard-earned money on a new lighting system.
As you'll see below, the test results confirm that our products deliver on our promised lumen output. The same can't always be said for some of our competitors, who many times claim substantially more output than they actually deliver.
All measurements were performed by an independent testing laboratory using calibrated instruments. All tests on Light & Motion products were performed using light systems from the current 2009 model year. All tests on competitors products are performed on the latest publicly available models unless otherwise noted.
To download a PDF document containing all of the test data, a brief explanation of the test methodology and definitions of key terms, clickhere.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

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
bicycle.jpgWhile 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.”

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 analyzing data simple. With a completely synced training log, you can focus doing the workouts and drills rather than trying to remember how long the interval break is suppose to be. Finally, Pedal Brain provides coaches unparalleled access to your training or racing data - in realtime even. Imagine doing a workout, not having it flow, messaging your coach and instantly have a new workout on your iPhone - all while riding.
With Pedal Brain you just focus on doing the workout, not on remembering it.