Showing posts from January 17, 2010

Yoga for Cyclists - Yoga Journal

A yoga program can build a cyclist's strength and endurance and introduce flexibility to chronically tight muscles. By Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola Rudi Altig was a man before his time. In the 1960s, the German Tour de France bike racer known as the "yellow dwarf" was a yoga enthusiast. Before and after his arduous races he used yoga to relax his muscular body. Maybe he instinctively knew that yoga—with its ability to usher athletes though other dimensions and angles—is the perfect foil for bicycling, a one-dimensional sport. more... YayBikes thread about Yoga and Cycling is here

Keep your hands warm while riding - install Bar Mitts!

Products The original design of the Bar Mitts was based on Shimano brake shifters with the shift cable coming out of the top of the brake / shifter hood.  Campy / SRAM / Shimano with internal shift cables & Mountain Bike / Commuter Bar Mitts are now available for sale. Bar Mitts are easily  installed  and removed. Bar Mitts stay secure on the handle bars while riding allowing your hands to slide in and out without difficulty. Braking and shifting is also easily accomplished. Bar Mitts are made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber often used for waterproofing or weather resistant clothing (wetsuits). The neoprene has a closed cell construction, meaning it is filled with closed air bubbles. These bubbles serve as insulators, just as styrofoam does. Since the cells are closed, the neoprene itself is waterproof. The thickness of the neoprene is 5.5 mm with nylon laminated on each side. Due to the body of the neoprene, the Bar Mitts stay open allowing easy access and removal of hands.

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 01192010

We had four people show for the TNR. Two new people, Jabar and Zach, showed up to ride. We headed out west and looped out past Georgesville Rd and back into Franklinton. Then up and over Grandview to 3rd back to campus. We stopped at Tip Top for food and drink. I ended with 17 miles. Become a fan on Facebook!

Just Tattoo the Helmet on your head!

Tatoo, Bicycle Helmet from Opton on Vimeo .

Mark Beaumont Cycling the Americas Blog

World record breaker Mark Beaumont is cycling from  Anchorage, Alaska  to  Ushuaia in Southern Argentina . Following the line of the mountain ranges which form the  American Cordillera , he’ll climb the two highest peaks  Mount McKinley and  Aconcagua , on foot. Recording the adventure on this blog and for a  BBC One  series, The Man Who Cycled the Americas. The blog is here

Trail Updates from the City of Columbus

Greetings! 2010 will be a busy year for greenways in Columbus...and well it should be.  We have lots to share. Olentangy Trail Starting with the hard news---the trail will be closed between Pacemont and Patterson for a sewer improvement project.  I've attached the detour (which of course has to rely on High St.).  Utilities has promised us this will be very quick.  Mostly February and March. OSU is building the trail @ Herrick bridge and the Drake Union!!!  (I'll let Steve Volkmann chime in on this--he's done all the hard work.)  Many of you have already heard about it.  Fantastic improvement.  It will mean a Cannon Drive work around the campus trail section for a season...but I think we all will rejoice when this is all done.  Congratulations Steve on patience and perserverance. Safety Improvements We will be out on the path this spring with some needed safety improvements: Re-striping the centerline of the Olentangy Improving the sharp turn hazard

Olentangy Trail Detour – Pacemont Avenue to Patterson Avenue - January 26 to April 2

Olentangy Trail Detour – Pacemont Avenue to Patterson Avenue January 26 to April 2 A 1.5 mile segment of the Olentangy Trail will be closed, between Pacemont Avenue and Patterson Avenue, from January 26 to April 2.  A detour will be posted beginning from Pacemont Avenue to High Street, south to North Street, to Neil Avenue, then west on Patterson Avenue to return to the trail.  From the south, the detour will route from Tuttle Recreation Center at Patterson Avenue, east to Neil Avenue, north to Dodridge Street, east to High Street, north to Pacemont Avenue, then west to return to the trail. The closure is due to a sewer improvement project. Additional questions or concerns can be directed to (Sewers and Drains) or 645-2441 (Recreation and Parks). 

The Lost Trail, or the Trail that nobody wants... The Downtown Connector

This trail is located on Convention Center Drive and connects Vine and East Goodale. It was supposed to be the connector for the 670 trail and Olentangy Trails. More information is available at the WAD bikeway website in the documents section.

2010 Ride-A-Thon to celebrate the life of John Blais

via ALS Warrior Ohio Blog Below is an email that I sent out to try and create support for a great local (and national) event.  This event was the inspiration for my “Without You, We go Nowhere” campaign and really helped me to realize that we can all do something, even if we don’t think we can.  Please offer whatever support you can, with whatever resouces you have.  Each act is a gift and supports the lives of others, while nourishing yourself, the cause, and the families who need it most.  Fighting ALS is an movement of action, being and ALSWARRIOR is a state of mind. more...

Stolen Bike Alert: Marin stolen from Olentangy Village this morning

Please email me at raymondmgeorge [at] if you see this bike on the street or being sold somewhere.

TOSRV 2010 is May 8-9, 2010 - who's riding this year?

May 8-9, 2010 The Tour Of the Scioto River Valley is a 2-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Columbus, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Ohio,  and back again Information   -   Entry Form

Pi Mobility advanced light electric bikes and electric motorcycles

Pi Cycle's arch promises a new, exciting and revolutionary experience. And it delivers. Hills, distances and other impediments to riding are now minimized. Pi Cycle's human electric hybrid plug-in operating system not only overcomes obstacles, but rewards owners with unparalleled comfort, style and performance. Just push the throttle and (silently) away you go! Pi Cycle details include: 36 volt brushless motor rated at 2 kilowatt - with 30 to 50 miles of range Auxiliary charging system 10.4 amp-hours of Lithion-ion with recharging time of 3.5 hours with a top speed in excess of *30 mph Disc brakes front and rear (8 inch front and 6 inch rear) Optional forged front trailing-link suspension fork Seating variations to accommodate heights ranging from 5' to 6'8" Pi Cycle's patented monocoque arch frame provides a stable and cool environment for the battery pack. This innovation makes Pi Cycle robust and reliable enough to use as daily transportation an

Sanyo Eneloop Bike

Electric Motor Assists Pedaling. The SANYO Synergetic Hybrid Bicycle is a next generation bicycle that transports you efficiently with minimal effort. The SANYO Synergetic Hybrid Bicycle features innovative functions such as "loop charging," which charges the battery while riding. "Two-wheel drive" allows for smooth start-up on hills and slopes and ensures a steady, stable ride. These advantages allow the SANYO Synergetic Hybrid Bicycle to be used for commercial or consumer purposes. Loop Charge* 1 Conserve energy while you ride. Loop charging is a power regeneration function that circulates energy for more efficient use, charging the battery by generating power while riding. The "brake charge system"works in conjunction with "Auto Mode" to deliver an ideal riding experience best suited for the particular riding conditions the bicycle and rider are currently experiencing. Brake Charge System Depressing the rear brake lever transforms the moto

Saturday 1/16/10 Ride Recap

The weather finally cooperated enough to allow me to head out on the bike for only the second time this year and the first on the Lemond. I replaced the Bontrager Disc front wheel last month after a friend fell and bent it during a ride. I don't see much of a difference in the new version over the old. Plus, I replaced the Shimano 105 derailleur pulleys with upgraded Ultegra models with bearings instead of bushings from Baer Wheels. They seem to shift a little better due to less side to side play. I rode north from my house through New Albany and out east in a loop which brought me back down New Albany Reynoldsburg Road. It was really quiet out, when the cars weren't passing, and I took the time to stop and watch Blacklick Creek gurgle through the ice. Very peaceful. I put in 26 miles and averaged 16mph. I wish the sun would have come out because it peeked through for just a moment and warmed up, but then went away just as quickly. My friends in Wheeling said the sun came out