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Saturday, May 29, 2010

More than one third of kids wear their helmet incorrectly.*

Most parents think that as long as their child is wearing a helmet, they've done their job. The truth is, a helmet that's not worn correctly may not protect the way it should. All the complicated adjustments have been made on our end so there's less tugging and adjusting to do on your end. True Fit goes on right-and stays that way. It's a new level of helmet protection. One that ensures true peace of mind.

*Provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jamis Satellite Sport

Any dyed-in-the-wool road junkie will tell you: Steel is real. It’s the most refined, resilient, lively frame material ever. It is the benchmark for ride quality.

Granted, flyweight carbon and lightweight aluminum are tough to beat on race day, when weight and stiffness are paramount. But our steel bikes are perennial sellouts, and that’s because of the ride, because we know how to make them work. 

Steel sings over pavement, with a resonance and springy liveliness that rewards crank-blurring spin-meisters and 
big-gear mashers alike. Factor in our award-winning geometry, and it’s an unbeatable combo. Year after year.

Editor's note: My little brother called me yesterday to tell me he picked up one of these for himself and his fiance. Looks like a nice bike for the price.

B1 Bicycles Announce 2010 Pelotonia Discount program

Contact: Tel: 614-222-0017
What: 2010 Pelotonia Discount program
To reward fundraisers when they purchase high quality bicycles and accessories from B1 Bicycles and to involve the shop and its employees in fundraising efforts.

When: Beginning June 1st and continuing until August 19th, 2010
Where: B1 Bicycles
124 E Long St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
5% off of any bike $949 and up, 15% off of bicycle and triathlon clothing and shoes

B1 Bicycles will be offering a discount for committed 2010 Pelotonia riders starting June 1st 2010. B1 Bicycles offers high quality bikes and clothing from Cannondale, Bianchi, Blue, Kuota, Sugoi, Orca, Louis Garneau, SIDI and Mavic. All bikes are built to the highest possible standards from factory trained mechanics. In addition to the discount B1 Bicycles offers free lifetime tune-ups and adjustments to all of its bicycles sold, and offers a free floor fitting to ensure the bicycle is adjusted correctly before you leave the store. Call 614-222-0017 or email for more information.

Tuesday Night Ride 05252010 Recap

Highlights -
20+ riders at start
Johnnies Tavern - coldest beer in town and home of the Superburger.
Shrum Mound
The beach
Almost stopped at a cool cemetery (democracy overruled)
Audubon Park on peninsula
20 miles total

I want to thank the riders for wearing helmets and bringing lights. Please keep in mind this ride has always been geared towards adult riders who can ride 15-20 miles at an average of 12+ mph.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chew on 100 Miles Century Ride this weekend - From the mailbag

Memorial Day West Virginia Century Ride with Danny Chew

Big Bang Bicycles presents Chew on 100 Miles Century Ride:

When: Memorial Day - May 31, 2010 - 7 am start

Where: Washington Blvd. Track/Oval where the ACA holds criterium races and the Dirty Dozen starts/finishes.

Route: West of Pittsburgh to and from West Virginia. No Dirty Dozen climbs, but it will be hilly.

No Registration fee for this first time held event
Bring your own snacks, and there will be at least two food stops at grocery stores (bring money).

100 Miles total distance

NOTES: Since Google maps only allowed me to make limited changes on their maps, I had to use 4 maps instead of 1. Please feel free to print out the 4 Google maps of the route or program them into your GPS. I will be leading the route, but it is good to know the route in case we get separated.

About 36 miles into the ride, we will have our first food stop in the town of Burgettstown, PA. at the IGA supermarket with a McDonalds beside it.

At about 44 miles, we will go from PA into WV making it a two state ride!

About 48 miles into the ride, we will go down a 1 mile descent on St. Johns Rd. into the beautiful Cross Creek Valley in WV.

About 52 miles in, just after crossing back into PA (up the steepest hill of the ride), there will be a 0.25 mile section of dirt & gravel road - all of which is ridable.

About 56 miles in, an error on Google maps means we will venture off the cue sheet (making the route shorter) by going straight through on Bethel Ridge Rd. Do NOT make the left onto State Line Rd as the cue sheet tells you to do. After about 2 miles, make a sharp right turn on Cedar Grove Rd., and start down a long hill. A few more miles you come to a T intersection where you turn left onto Cross Creek Rd. in the tiny town of Studa.

About 74 miles in is our 2nd food stop in the town of McDonald (which we already went through earlier) at the Giant Eagle supermarket. There is also a Dollar General store next door.


Here are the 4 maps and cue sheets:

25.6 miles from Washington Blvd. Track/Oval to McDonald:,-80.233197+to:S+McDonald+St&geocode=FXqVaQIdTbI8-w%3BFXO1aQIdxwU8-w%3BFfSQaQId5uw7-w%3BFVhsaQIdKs47-w%3BFd5baQIddL47-w%3BFQRMaQIdaac7-w%3BFWZBaQIdDJg7-w%3BFQEwaQIdtn07-w%3BFQEdaQIdNWI7-w%3BFYQNaQId71c7-w%3BFfr_aAIdASk7-w%3BFfIAaQIdIro6-w%3BFR0IaQIdGX06-w%3BFaXkaAId7i06-w%3BFXetaAId_hs6-w%3BFTyFaAIdw-U5-w%3BFdxuaAIdFR85-w%3BFSugaAIdS_E4-w%3BFfF7aAIdX6U4-w%3BFbRkaAIdzF44-w%3BFTtPaAId8UE4-w%3BFVc9aAIdQSE4-w%3BFbkfaAIdWf03-w%3B%3BFcj5ZwIdZ7Y3-w&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=23&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,

23.7 miles from McDonald to West Virginia:,-80.399623+to:Bruin+Dr%2FCross+Creek+Rd&geocode=Fdz6ZwIdPrY3-w%3BFXPtZwIdNo43-w%3BFffdZwIdrGM3-w%3BFb_UZwIdqyg3-w%3BFX02aAIdkFA1-w%3BFYAaaAIdAEw1-w%3B%3BFTAHZwIdwqsy-w&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=6&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6&sll=40.37519,-80.401297&sspn=0.009023,0.022144&ie=UTF8&ll=40.307022,-80.562615&spn=0.009033,0.022144&z=15&dirflg=d

25.0 miles from West Virginia to McDonald:,-80.235772&geocode=FTAHZwIdwqsy-w%3BFVISZwId-p8z-w%3BFd0wZwIde84z-w%3BFThFZwIdOtEz-w%3BFYCJZwIdt_Az-w%3BFYp1ZwIdqCg0-w%3BFdkrZwIdxGw0-w%3BFV8pZwIdoaw0-w%3BFQW0ZwIdeZc1-w%3BFSPqZwIdNqA3-w%3BFcj1ZwIdKLQ3-w%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=11&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10&sll=40.365741,-80.237961&sspn=0.009025,0.022144&ie=UTF8&ll=40.317232,-80.455284&spn=0.07225,0.177155&z=12&dirflg=d

25.8 miles from McDonald to the Washington Blvd. Track/Oval:,-79.963646+to:Washington+Blvd&geocode=Fcj1ZwIdKLQ3-w%3BFRgAaAIdTMI3-w%3BFX97aAIdo484-w%3BFeqfaAIdJfI4-w%3BFaR1aAIdhMo5-w%3BFXC7aAIdMCw6-w%3BFYLeaAIdwyw6-w%3BFZbxaAIdmzA6-w%3BFXkbaQId5-s6-w%3BFd0RaQIdego7-w%3BFeT4aAIdrDE7-w%3BFYL0aAIdHjg7-w%3BFUL5aAIdwEE7-w%3BFWgJaQIdLlU7-w%3BFRUcaQIdmmE7-w%3BFWU3aQIdh4k7-w%3BFY5haQIdsME7-w%3B%3BFWyWaQIdUrI8-w&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=17&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17&sll=40.465756,-79.966822&sspn=0.009011,0.022144&ie=UTF8&ll=40.476072,-79.911976&spn=0.00901,0.022144&z=15&dirflg=d

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tappan Ride 2010 Report

40+ riders (rode mostly with Tommy and Al)
74 miles total, averaged 16.5mph, 2000+ feet climbing
Rode through
Tappan Lake area
New Philadelphia

Injured Bicyclist's Friends Have Message For Hit-Skip Driver

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Friends of an art student who was critically injured while riding his bicycle said Saturday that the 20-year-old had proper lights and reflectors at the time of the crash.
Jeffrey Stevenson's only mode of transportation was his bicycle that was struck by a car early Friday morning along Sawmill Road on the northwest side.
A driver crashed into the back of Stevenson's bicycle and drove off, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.