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Saturday, February 27, 2010



The smoothest bike you'll ever ride, stealth quiet, light and responsive, stiff as you want. Renovo hollow wood and laminated bamboo frames will forever change your understanding of what a bicycle should be, and how these natural materials can perform when designed to their strengths.

Mayor Coleman - Columbus will be "Bike City USA" - Business First

Coleman: Columbus on 'road to prosperity'

Business First of Columbus - by Jeff Bell

Coleman also said he is determined to make Columbus “Bike City USA.” To help get there, the city will set aside $6 million from its capital budget to connect the Alum Creek Trail to the city’s bikeway system and build an additional 24 miles of bike paths and bike lanes on city streets.

entire story is here...

Fort Worth TX Mayor Admits Car-centric Planning a Mistake - Fortworthology

Fort Worth TX Mayor Moncreif speech excerpts;

Commuter Rail, street cars, and other alternative modes of transportation also remain a priority for me and this City Council. Unfortunately, Fort Worth and other major metropolitan areas are finding out the hard way what a mistake it was to design and build cities around automobiles years ago. Friends, we cannot continue to focus solely on building more roads for more vehicles. That’s counter productive at best.

Business as usual is dead!
North Texas requires a transportation overhaul. No more band-aides, no more patches—a complete overhaul!
Regrettably, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we cannot depend on the state or federal government to help us in the near term. In fact, there is no guarantee of any new money to build any new roads in Texas after 2012.
Frankly, I’m tired of talking about this. This afternoon, workers at BNSF…employees at Lockheed Martin or Bell Textron…even many of you in this room will leave work and then sit…and sit…and sit in traffic. It’s a frustrating daily routine that carries a great cost once you consider the impacts to our quality of life, our environment, our air, and our ability to attract and keep new business investment.
If this is a mobility crisis—and I believe it is—then it must be treated like one!
In the spirit of the early Fort Worth pioneers who took it upon themselves to pick up shovels and extend the first rail line to our city, it’s time that we took matters in our own hands. It is clear to me that we are not going to get where we need to be by relying only on help from the feds or the state.
We are going to have to pull ourselves out of the ditch!
In the coming weeks, I will appoint an 11-member Blue Ribbon Task Force. I will charge this body with returning specific recommendations to the full City Council on how we fix or relieve pressure on Fort Worth’s aging transportation infrastructure.

Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 Tour de H2O - Saturday, May 22, 2010

  • The Tour de H2O, a charity bicycling ride, will be on Saturday, May 22, 2010

  • Our goal: raise $15K to fund the construction of 2-3 water wells in Kenya.

Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The BikeRegistry Security Chain w/ Monobloc Padlock - Is this the best bike lock?

While we believe our BikeRegistry Decal Kits are THE key component of any proactive bike protection strategy, we also advocate using a high quality security chain (versus U Lock or Cable) for long-term parking of your bike in high-risk environments.
CHAIN- This 3/8” trapezoidal (4 sided) link chain, manufactured in Austria by PEWAG, GmbH is “case-hardened” to resist cutting by 3-foot long bolt cutters, hack saws, reciprocating saws and/or electric grinders. In tests we have found PEWAG's trapezoidal cross section much more difficult to shear cut than our asian competitors lower quality, cheaper-to-manufacture hexagonal (6 sided) design. We use an oxy-acetylene torch to cut bulk material into one (1) meter lengths (39"). YouTube. You will not find anything like this at your local big orange box hardware store. PEWAG has produced the finest quality chains since 1730 (that’s 279 years of experience dealing with the bad guys). Chain is sheathed in anonymous black Cordura.
MONOBLOCK PADLOCK - Manufactured by the well known German company ABUS. Their model 82/70. Large enough to do the job, but small enough to tote around in your pack or under your seat. Hardened 12mm sliding shackle cannot be breached by bolt cutters once secured. Buy two or more and they can be Keyed Alike for max convenience. Demo of Lock on YouTube. Complete w/ 2 keys.This no-nonsense 5.5# chain is offered at a no-nonsense BikeRegistry price. Only $34.95 plus 44¢ for shipping via Priority Mail (3 day shipping) to anywhere in the USA. ; compact shipping box is 8 5/8"x5 3/8"x1 5/8". The BEST price on the net for the best case-hardened security chain and lock system. Now INCLUDES a BikeRegistry universal Decal Kit!  BUY IT HERE

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Impromptu TNR 022310 Ride Report

I didn't know if it would be work riding so I didn't formally schedule a TNR. I called Brett and asked him if he was interested in getting out for a ride. We headed out from Hudson up north through the neighborhoods past Morse to 161. We stopped at Taco Nazo for a taco and then headed north to Schrock. Took Schrock all the way across to High St. Down to 161 and then down the hill to the trail. The trail was clear all the way down to the Park of Roses where it became a mess. We walked over to a road that connected up with High Street. Down High Street to Duncan and back over to Hudson. 22.5 miles total. Temps in the low 30's.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Time's Up! for Critical Mass rides in New York - Bike Radar

By Kirsten Robbins
A federal judge has ruled that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) can now require bike groups, such as Critical Mass, to apply for a parade permit before taking to the city’s streets.
The ruling by Judge Lewis A Kaplan has caused upset among cycling advocates like Time's Up!, who believe it is another case of NYPD harassment against cycling groups – as famously caught on video during a Critical Mass ride in 2008.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

NAHBS 2009 photos - I went last year when the show was in Indy

Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show is this weekend

Spring Roll Alleycat - Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The Spring Roll is a celebration of bicycles, the coming of springtime and delicious Asian food.

Meet at The Wall in Oakland (University of Pittsburgh campus, across from The Dirty O) on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 5pm. Bring $10, a bag and your bike. Racers will get an event t-shirt (while supplies last).

The afterparty will be hosted at Bike-PGH's new headquarters in Lawrenceville—3410 Penn Ave. Prizes will be supplied by Duro, PEONFX and Iron City Bikes. Post-race refueling and refreshments come courtesy of Urban Velo.

Facebook event page is here