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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ohio Market Day Ride Recap

Brett and I met Tim on High Street near Pacemont to ride to Hills Market. On the way down I realized my poorly mounted rear fender fell off somewhere on the road. Bummer. It was sprinkling when we started and the radar looked like the rain was going to move past us and it let up for a bit as we road north on the trail. The trail does have some low spots and we peddled through the deep puddles. Thankfully I was wearing neoprene shoe covers which keep the water out pretty well.

The Hills Market was pretty busy when we got there. We tried a whole bunch of Ohio produced foods including cheeses, sauces, beverages, and even free hot dogs. All great food, and I picked up a box of candy for my wife.

We headed back south and the rain picked up. By the time we got to where the trail connects with Olentangy Blvd my Showers Pass rain pants were starting to hold water in the fabric, but they never soaked through. As we started up the street we encountered a lively game of street hockey. They had a lull and I started riding through, when all of a sudden I hear screaming and they are going at it again. I continued to pedal and looked back but Brett was nowhere to be found. So I stopped and he cam riding up the road. He explained that he was in the middle of the scrum when they restarted and got knocked off his bike.

We finished with 22 miles. Temps were steady at 48 degrees.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Inflatable Bike-Bag for Air-Filled Air-Travel - BikND


The unique bicycle travel case equiped with air protection

THE HELIUM BIKE CASE was created for globetrotters who travel with their bicycles on airplanes, trains or buses. Traveling with a bicycle has never been this simple: the Helium is light and easy to carry and its revolutionary inflatable padding offers unrivaled protection. Thanks to its minimal dimensions, it fits easily in the trunk of even the smallest cars (width of100 cm). Every small detail has been looked into: the Helium bike case has special compartments for an extra wheelset and also for stowing you helmet, shoes and other essentials (pump, spare tubes, etc.) Developed with the input of pro cyclists, whose lives involve frequent air travel with bikes, The Helium is simply the best bike case on the market today. The Helium case is light, offers unsurpassed protections against impacts and allows you to pack your bike with only minor disassembly and without changing the adjustment of its components. 

With progressive ideas, we developed a bike case offering superior function, simplicity and performance.

Civia Loring

Loring I-Motion 9 Speed Build - Shown above*
ForkLoring Steel
FendersLoring Bamboo
Front/Rear RackLoring Aluminum/Bamboo
HandlebarLoring Swept 80º
RimsAlex SX44 disc specific
CrankTruvativ Isoflow 3-piece
Brake CalipersAvid BB5 mechanical disc
Wheel (Front)Civia disc hub, 36-hole, Alex SX44 rim
Wheel (Rear)SRAM i-motion 9, 36-hole, Alex SX44
Brake LeversSRAM FR5
HeadsetCane Creek SC-1
StemTruativ XR 12º rise
SeatpostTruativ XR 350mm
KickstandPletscher two-leg
SaddleBrooks B-67
TiresPanaracer Pasela 26 x 1.75 with Tourgaurd flat protection


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Announces Google Biking Directions at the League of American Bicyclists' 2010 National Bike Summit

Washington, D.C. - March 10, 2010 - The League of American Bicyclists is proud to be the forum for Google to announce what all bike riders have been waiting for - Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps. Google is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summit that they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps."This new tool will open people's eyes to the possibility and practicality of hopping on a bike and riding," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know people want to ride more, and we know it's good for people and communities when they do ride more - this makes it possible. It is a game-changer, especially for those short trips that are the most polluting,"

Users can now choose biking when deciding how to get to their destination, starting today, March 10, 2010. If you're one of the 57 million Americans who ride a bike, mapping your daily commute, and planning recreational or trail rides just became easier. According to Google this has been the most requested addition to Google Maps, and the League is delighted that they have chosen the National Bike Summit to unveil this new feature. Google's announcement further proves the importance of the Summit and the bicycle movement in helping our nation become a more Bicycle Friendly America. The Google biking directions will make it that much easier for bicyclists to get to work, school or play.

This new feature includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails outlined directly on the map; and a new "Bicycling" layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. The directions feature provides step-by-step, bike-specific routing suggestions - similar to the directions provided by our driving, walking, or public transit modes. Simply enter a start point and destination and select "Bicycling" from the drop-down menu. You will receive a route that is optimized for cycling, taking advantage of bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly streets and avoiding hilly terrain whenever possible.

Visit to try out this new feature. Biking directions for Google Maps is currently in Beta. Follow the League's news feed on the new Google feature on the League's Blog, Facebook and Twitter. If you have any further questions, contact Meghan Cahill at 202.822.1333 or

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Bike Theft in the Time of Twitter - NY Times

A Bike Theft in the Time of Twitter

Twitpic of a stolen bikeAustin HorseImmediately after his bike was stolen, Austin Horse alerted his followers on Twitter, posting camera-phone images of the bike, including this one.
Austin Horse thought he was just leaving his bike for a second when he ran into the lobby of an office building at 28th Street and Madison Avenue last Tuesday afternoon to make a pickup.
Mr. Horse, a messenger since 2005, expected a quick turnaround — run up to the desk, get the package, get back on the bike — and locking his bright orange track bike would just slow the whole process. “I had it fakie-locked,” he said, describing how he had placed a U-lock through the back wheel without closing it, as a decoy. “Normally, a pickup like that, it takes 30 seconds.”

yb! monthly newsletter | march '10

We're excited to announce that sponsorships for the 2010 Bike to Work Challenge (May 10-20) are now available!! You and/or your organization can contribute to Central Ohio's premier commuter cycling celebration --> learn how to reach thousands of cyclists and other professionals with your message! Our Sponsorship Coordinator is also available to help you get the best bang for your buck.
Get yourself, your friends & your colleagues prepped for spring cycling and the Bike to Work Challenge with one of these intensive traffic skills courses. All have on-road and classroom components, as well as parking lot drills for emergency maneuvers; all cost $60. 

Wednesdays, March 17 & 24 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Saturdays, March 20 & 27 @ 10am-2pm 
Instructors: David Jeffords & Randy Dull
Location: Greenovate, 9 East 2nd Ave

Sundays, April 11 & 18 @ 1-6pm both days
Instructors: Meredith Joy & Juana Sandoval 
Location: OSU area

Saturdays, April 24 & May 1 @ 10am-5pm
Instructors: Ken Cohen & Michael Reed 
Location: OSU Bevis Hall, 1080 Carmack Rd

Instructors can also work with you to create custom courses that precisely match the needs of your organization. Contact Ken Cohen soon to explore this option - our spring schedule is filling up fast!


Twenty-one women attended our first conversational forum, providing keen insights into why they ride and what would help them ride more. Thanks to all of them for sharing their thoughts so generously! Over the course of four such forums this year, Yay Bikes! will develop a women's cycling agenda to implement in 2011.

If you weren't able to attend this event, there is still time to have your voice heard! Attend our future events on May 30, August 29 & November 14, and submit your responses to our three questions from last week: 
What does the act of cycling mean to you?
What is your experience of cycling in Columbus?
What is your vision for cycling in Columbus?
We intentionally started with very broad questions that will give us the context from which we're now operating. Invite your women friends - cyclists or not - to future forums, to ensure the specific interventions we develop will resonate with the broader community of women!

Our board meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. The first meeting of our newly constituted board* will be held at Summit on 16th on March 14 (note the switch that day to Daylight Savings Time); the agenda will be to complete our 501c3 application & set our regular monthly meeting time. Please join us for the conversation!

*Members are: Meredith Joy, Andrew Hulvey, Ken Cohen, Tricia Kovacs, Michael Reed & Austin Kocher. Stay tuned for more on each of these advocates!

One goal for Yay Bikes! is to support people as they become advocates for the kind of cycling they'd like to see in Central Ohio. This month, we feature Ken Cohen. 

Over the past two years, Ken has emerged from his behind-the-scenes "subverita" persona to become a frequent Pedal Instead volunteer, a cycling instructor certified through the League of American Bicyclists, an outspoken advocate in the Hilltop Mobility Plan process, a Bike to Work Challenge Planning Committee member, and Treasurer of the new Yay Bikes! board. [Whew! Quite an impressive list!] Ken possesses an unrivaled passion for bicycles and bicycling, and particularly for bicycling education, that inspires all who work with him. We can't wait to see what more he will bring to our community!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bike to Work Challenge video from Fulcrum Creatives

Bike to Work Challenge Teaser from Fulcrum Creatives on Vimeo.

Goodbye chains, hello belt-drive bicycles - LA Times

Greg Martin, a 37-year-old firefighter from Ketchum, Idaho, won the single-speed division (and came in fifth overall) on a bike that didn't have a chain. It used a smooth, silent, carbon-polyurethane belt — similar to that of auto transmission and timing belts — to prove that belt-drive, a new technology unknown to most bikers, is ready for prime time.

With dedicated chain rings required to match the studded belt, this Carbon Drive system from Gates, a leading motor-vehicle belt supplier, isn't cheap — and it can't be used with derailleurs. But the system offers a number of benefits over the 150-year-old chain. It's lighter; doesn't use grease; requires no maintenance; won't break, stretch, rust or fall off; and, best of all, it offers a pronounced improvement in "engagement" — the millisecond it takes for the bike to react to your pedaling forces.

Each of the four review bikes below (reflecting categories that are best suited to belt-drive) delivered an instant reaction that my cycling buddies and I found rather exhilarating.

— Roy M. Wallack

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Who wants to be in a parade? Beer Camp is calling!

MARCH 28, 2010, 2PM - 5PM
Come join the fun at Wild Goose Creative as we celebrate Columbus' first annual BeerCamp; Better than any other event on March 28, 2010! 

What is BeerCamp you ask? 

Our event will feature all things beer. There will be 4 different competitions all centered on the love of beer. There will be beer crafts and art, food cooked with beer, homebrewed beer and beer music as well! 

Interested in attending? Tickets are $12 per person, click here to buy tickets, only 21 and over please, we will be checking ID's at the door! :) We are only selling a limited number of tickets so buy early and often! Tickets include 8 - 4 oz. beer samples from Columbus Brewing Company, samples of the Beer Competitors’ food, an Official BeerCamp Columbus: Presented by Surly Girl Saloon pint glass, sponsor swag, and live music by Kyle Sowash.

BeerCamp: The Parade, Presented by Neil House Brewery; The Best Parade in Old(E) North Columbus. 

The parade starts at 1pm and will march around Wild Goose Creative in Old(e) North Columbus. Don't miss being a member of the first parade ever in this historic part of Columbus. All parade participants will receive a goody bag for their efforts. Click here to register your float or marching group of misfits. We will only be accepting a limited number of participants due to permit limitations so get your idea in early! 

Ikea Build a Bike Rack Update

Bethia sent me a photo of the Ikea hacked bike rack project that Andy built for her. Looks pretty good for about half the cost of a similar wall rack.

Ride to Buckeye Lake Recap 03072010

So we headed out east from the east side. We had three choices, the Ridge Runner, Dawe's Arboretum, or Buckeye Lake. We decided to go to Buckeye Lake against Brett's wishes. His heart was set on Dawe's, but I didn't want to go out to a park full of non blooming plants. A few weeks from now and we will hit up Dawe's.

So we wound our way through the countryside crossing both Broad and Main and skirted Pataskala. Then we headed out east on Palmer and hit 37 down to the lake. We did the reverse route back.

Some highlights were the goat perched up on the dog house and the squirrel that darted out in front of us. We stopped at Weldon's in Millersport for ice cream. I had a scoop of strawberry and we listened to some music from their really old juke box that sports 45's including Hillbilly music. On the way out of town we stopped at the park on Lieb's Island. Mid to upper 40's for most of the day. 52.5 miles and averaged 15.2mph. Great day in the sun with some good friends.

Seagull Bags gets reviewed in Bicycling Magazine

Standard Messenger Bag
MSRP: $145
 5 stars (1 review)
Bicycling Review

Issue: Dec 2009 

Not many people dream of building the perfect messenger bag, but thank the cycling gods Dan McKewen did. Since 2003, Dan and his small Columbus, Ohio-based team have been designing and assembling hand-made bags that are roomy, comfortable, and practically indestructible.