Showing posts from March 28, 2010

Riding into the Tempest - Or a ride with three different types of weather!

Tim sent out the invites for a ride to Xenia. So I drove out the trailhead and Tim was already waiting. I then re-met Gary. I am horrible with names and Gary walks up to me and I asked if we had met before. He responded yes, and I was immediately stumped. I forced him to tell me because I was embarrassed. We had met at work during a project his company was helping out with. So Bill showed up a few mintes later and forgot his helmet and gloves, but we shoved off anyway. Bill and Gary didn't have many miles under their belt so this would be their longest ride of the season for the two. It was almost 75 when we left. The wind started to kick up as we left the trailhead but it was coming out of the south so it pushed us around on the path. We passed through London and then once we started out toward Xenia the wind really picked up. At one point Tim was pushed off the trail and we stopped to check the weather and regain composure. We continued on through South Charleston and Cedarv

The ShelBroCo Bicycle Chain Cleaning System

Disassembly Cleaning Lubrication Re-assembly It is well-known that proper chain cleaning is the most vital and important aspect of cycling. There are zillions of doo-dads and gimmicks out there intended to make this task easier for spoiled, lazy cyclists.Unfortunately, there's no "free lunch" in bicycle maintenance, and all of these existing systems are fundamentally mono-buttocked kluges. The  only  proper way to clean a bicycle chain is to disassemble it, otherwise there is no way to be sure you've thoroughly cleaned and properly lubricated the critical internal parts where chain wear occurs. Similarly, there's no way to apply correct lubrication to an assembled chain, since the rollers have different lubrication needs than the link articulation pins do! the rest is here... 

As seen at roll: Easton

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Tuesday Night Ride Report - 0330010

We had 11 people show for the TNR including a few new people that Bambo brought from AEP. Brett came up with the route this week and he decided to lead us to Easton. We rode east on the I-670 trail to Airport Road, then turned up North Cassady, Drake and Steltzer. We headed north, then took Easton Circle and ended up at roll: for a pitstop. Then we headed through Easton riding around the fountain a couple times for good measure before heading to Morse. We took Morse to High and headed south. People started peeling off at that point. I ended with 27.5 miles, but the official ride was closer to 23 miles. Great night for riding. No mechanicals and no drama. - By the Numbers: My Financial and Environmental Impact of Commuting by Bicycle

From the website It’s been a little over two months of not using an automobile for personal transportation, and in this post I will analyze the financial savings that I have realized in this time.  I did my analysis using Microsoft Excel.  In January and February I commuted by bicycle or bus a total of 36 days or 72 trips, not counting holidays and vacation days.   Of those 72 trips I took the bus 32 times.  February was a really cold, wet, and snowy month in Charlotte so I took the bus a lot in February. click for more...

Complete Streets

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams. Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to  complete the streets . States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. Instituting a  complete streets policy  ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with  all users  in mind - including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. the site is here...

Bike path additions to join people, parks, shopping and jobs - Dispatch

Some central Ohio communities want their bike paths and trails to connect people to places, not lead to dead ends. In Knox County, for example, the Mount Vernon City Council has voted to negotiate to acquire about 3 acres of abandoned railway along Foundation Park to eventually connect with the Kokosing Gap Trail. That path is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which aims to connect Cleveland to Cincinnati. "The idea is to put all of this together, and make that linkage," said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis. Funding would be both public and private. more...

Revised Columbus to Wheeling route - UNTESTED

Columbus to Wheeling REVISED route - UNTESTED Find more Bike Rides in Blacklick, Ohio

Test of will: Is it possible to ride from Columbus to Wheeling, WV on National Road in ONE day. Well, sort of, yes.

After a long and crappy week at work I decided I needed to do a solo adventure ride to be alone for awhile. So I thought, why not try to ride from Columbus to Wheeling, WV via National Road. I was planning on doing this with Brett and Kevin this summer, but I figured I would try it solo first. So on Friday night I sheepishly announced to my wife that I was going to ride my bicycle from Columbus to Wheeling on National Road on Saturday. Her response was, "alone?," which I immediately confirmed as affirmative. Brett was bummed out when he found out because he was busy, and I knew Kevin wasn't available to ride this weekend. I started from the east side of Columbus on East Broad and headed down Waggoner to Main and then set out on National Road. Here are the highlights; Two sections of National Road west of Zanesville and west of New Concord have bike lanes. Zanesville has a Y shaped bridge over the river. Pretty cool. see pics below Cambridge is pretty ugly. no p