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Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Sharrows Remind Bicyclists, Motorists To Share The Road - NBC4i

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New road markers remind both motorists and bicyclists that the streets belong to both.
The images painted on the roads are called "sharrows" (or shared-lane markings).
Crews begin painting the markings on High Street, between Morse Road and Nationwide Boulevard, Monday.
The 188 markings show a bicycle with two chevrons above it.  
The purpose of these road markers is to remind cyclists and motorists alike that bicycles have an equal right to the road while indicating the presence of a bicycle route.
The markers made their debut in San Francisco about five years ago as a means of promoting safety when bicycles and vehicles both use city streets.

disconstructed wheel video

I present Frankenstein's Monster Bike - with cloaking device turned on

OSU Bike Path Closures and Detours

OSU is about to begin construction on what they call Phase 3 of the Olentangy Bike Path.  They will totally rework the path near the electrical substation south of John Herrick Bridge – building a retaining wall into the river, widening and re-grading the path.  OSU has also identified funds to conduct Phase 2 work which will move the bike path to the West side of Drake Union.  This package will be going out for bid this summer and they hope to begin construction this fall.
These will be big improvements to the trail, but will bring with them the inconvenience of on-street detours this summer and fall.  Expect barricades to go up TODAY!

Man Riding Bike Faces Drunken Driving Charge - ONNTV

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — A man on Tuesday was facing charges of drunken driving, after being pulled over while riding a bicycle.
On Sunday, Genoa Township police stopped Darrell Hutchison, of Whitehall, after they saw him riding on the wrong side of the road, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported.
"He could have caused a crash with any of the vehicles on state Route 3," said Lt. Russ Ciballi.
SLIDESHOW: Images From Report
Police received a call from the nearby gas station, where an employee inside said Hutchison bought a 24-ounce beer, drank it, then left on his bike and rode off down Route 3, Seavert reported.
"When we stopped him and put him through field sobriety tests, before we did that I asked him if he had been drinking and he said, 'Yeah, I had a beer down at UDF," Ciballi said.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bike Fails: Don't try this at home.

Franklinton Cycle Works has MOVED! Help them work on their shop Saturday June 26th

From their website;

We've been working on preparing the shop space and I'm pleased to say that its coming along quite nicely. Some scraping, sanding, and new paint go a long way. 

This coming Saturday is our big volunteer day. We'll begin the day at 9AM with coffee. Please wear work clothes, and if you don't like splinters, you may want to bring gloves. We'll have everything else. 

Please notice the updated location listed on the website. We'll be meeting at 103 Avondale Ave and not the old ware house space. 

Thank God, we are almost there!


Tour Divide: 2,745 miles ultra-cycling challenge

Tour Divide is an ultra-cycling challenge to race self-supported along all 2,745 miles of Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Tour Divide has no designated rest periods or set distances a racer must travel daily. The clock runs non-stop. She or he who can ride the fastest while making fewer, shorter stops usually wins. With an average time-to-completion of three weeks in the saddle, TD is the longest–arguably most challenging–mountain bike race on the planet. It is a contest for the ultra-fit but only if ultra-prepared for myriad contingencies of backcountry biking.
Tour Divide was born of inspiration from John Stamstad's watershed `99 Divide ITT, and the US border to border challenge known as the Great Divide Race (ca.`04). TD observes all the historical Divide racing controls save length. It pushes the envelope further by staging opening day racing from the top of the GDMBR in Banff, AB, where MTB-legal wilderness in Banff National Park serves as an immediate test of mettle. The Canadian section adds only 10% more trail, yet rewards riders with unforgettable geology, rugged terrain, abundant wildlife, and an international flair cycling has come to expect from grand tour racing.
Whether voyager or voyeur, Tour Divide is a dramatic tribute to both human capacity to endure and Adventure Cycling's excellence in crafting North America's crown jewel of off-pavement touring routes.

Frankenstein's Monster Bike Update - Doo Dah Float

More photos will be released next week.

Some specs;
Custom Tandem BMX frame combining a mountain bike and a BMX frame.
20" Wheels
20" Suspension Fork (may be swapped for solid fork)
Custom rear wheel has 3 speed internal geared hub, custom spoke lengths, won't shift under load though
Front and rear V-Brakes
Coaster brake does not work and will not work
Bike weighs in around 50lbs
Bike was tested to 700lbs
Rolling weight for the parade will be about 600lbs.
When we tested Monster with two riders and the Elevator keg the weight was 560lbs. We rode 4 miles with the keg and 17 miles total.

Check out the Facebook Doo Dah Parade Float page

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/22/10

20+ riders at start
Mechanical (chain blew up) repaired very quickly
Innis Park
Reviewed the progress on Alum Creek Trail
Yellow Brick Pizza
Weather was really warm and humid

Monday, June 21, 2010

Follow the Hungry Bicyclists on their journey across the US

On June 9, 2010 Leonora Pepper and I (Rosie Baldwin) will be setting out on a food-filled trek across the Unites States. In the midst of brainstorming for this trip, we came to the conclusion that the only means for survival would be to feed ourselves continually, with hearty, rich, local foods. In order to maximize our eating opportunities I decided to make the trip a research venture and the foundation of my undergraduate Environmental Studies Thesis at the University of Vermont (UVM).
My goal for the thesis project is to discover a variety of local food producers across the USA, who are currently defining what it means to be “transformers” (as Jessica Prentice so accurately described it). These producers are taking local products and working to make delectable and sustainable foods that are consumed in the community in which they were grown. They are often part of a larger trend to revitalize local economies, and redefine what “development” can mean within their own communities.
So the question remains, who exactly are these people? What do their practices, livelihoods, and businesses look like? They could be artisan cheese makers who sell at the local market, fermentation specialists, underground restaurant owners, street food vendors, and much, much more. If their business is small enough they may not even be recognized outside their immediate community, yet their presence and practices have an impact nonetheless. Through a series of semi-structured interviews I hope to begin to record their stories, from their path to local food production, their methods and business models, to their own understanding of what a local economy means and how they see food systems being restructured in the years to come.
BUT, here’s the big challenge… Leonora and I are going to be so famished at the end (and beginning) of each day that we will need some advice about where to go to fill our bellies. Because these transformers are often small businesses, who have a loyal but small client base, it is not always easy to know which store or farmstand carries their product. In fact, we would appreciate recommendations, opinions, and tidbits of knowledge about the best of everything around town– any chance we get. This is not to say we won’t be avid local foods detectives (quite the opposite) but I do know that with a sore bum and low blood sugar we will surely appreciate any advice we can get.
So, this is where this whole blog thing comes into play. We’ll supply a map and space for comments, and hope that you can post useful info for the Hungry Bicyclists, allowing us to both research and devour local foods at every point along the way. In return, we hope to share with you the results (and stories and pictures), with a wide range of places to check out (and avoid) the next time you’re traveling through Northampton, MA or Seattle, WA.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mad River Ride June 20, 2010

Covered Bridge Tour
25+ riders at start
Nice little climb from the valley and a nice downhill (I hit 38mph)
After the rest stop I rode with the 9 riders on the longer, hillier route back
Total 35 miles
Averaged 16.5mph
Climbed 1250 feet