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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Market to Market Bicycle Adventure - Recap

8 in our group, the usual suspects
250+ pre-registered / Upwards of 400 riders
Pedal Instead free parking was available at North Market
Belgian Waffles for breakfast
Vietnamese food for lunch

Quitmann Big Apple

Quitmann "Big Apple"
Strong personalities need strong material. By that the Quitmann Big Apple is dynamic and performance willing. The properties of suspension of the voluminous tires are unique. It keeps distance to every unevenness like an air-cushion and is easy going anyway.

The Big Apple allows driving to finer occasions, too, bacause all components are covered.
The banker loves it in black, the classic friend in british green and the individualist just orders his wish-color.



Top of the Town&Country range. Dynamic and fully-equipped. Exclusive Rohloff hub transmission with 14 (!) gears. Hydraulic brakes. Very low maintenance. Available as gents bike or with low step-through frame.FRAME SIZES50-54-57-60-63cmCOLORSolid black/Warm grey metallic/Aluminum paintdetails

Montague Navigator - Fold it in 20 seconds.

Like your morning coffee and paper, the Navigator is a commuter's necessity. Fast like a road bike, and built for the commute, the Navigator folding bike rides like the wind and folds to stow under your desk or on the train.
The Navigator is a 27-speed folding bike that is built for the daily commute.  Along with 700c tires and the Octagon height-adjustable stem, this bike comes standard with fenders and a rear rack, prepared for the commute to work in rain or shine.  It folds in under 20 seconds without the use of tools, offering flexibility in today’s multi-tasking world.

Award winning features behind the Navigator.

The Navigator comes standard with a rack, to keep the load off your back, and fenders, to keep you warm and dry. The clever placement of the rack and detachable design of the fenders keeps the folding simple and easy, the way we designed it.
Clever integration of CLIX technology allows for the Navigator to be folded in under 20 seconds without the use of tools. A flip of the CLIX quick release lever on the top tube and the bike folds to a compact size.
The Navigator frame is designed around a patented folding system. This design eliminates the need to break the frame in order to fold the bike. Not only does this make folding easier but it makes this bike the strongest folding bike on the market. The Folding Integrated Technology (F.I.T.) is based around frame construction concepts designed for serious full suspension downhill bikes.
Each bike in our pavement series comes equipped with 700c wheels. This wheel size offers a significantly better ride than 24", 20", or 16" wheels. By keeping it smooth over potholes, and enchancing the handling of the bike, the 700c wheels are ideal over pavement and trails.
The Octagon offers all the benefits of an angle adjustable stem without shortening “reach” when raised. This unique design allows for handlebar height to be changed while preserving the way the bike handles and rides. Also, with the octagonal shape of the post, steering remains engaged while raising or lowering the stem. For more information on the OCTAGON check out

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two Wheel Revolution - (614) Magazine

Two Wheel Revolution

By Travis Hoewischer

A quick guide to basic Columbus cycling law:

- Bicycle riders are required to comply with all operational rules and traffic control devices applicable to vehicular traffic.
- Bicycle riders must not ride on the sidewalk, except for children's non-motorized vehicles and at locations designated as bikeways or shared-use paths.
- Bicycle riders must yield the right of way to a pedestrian upon a sidewalk or shared-use path or a crosswalk.
- Bicycle riders are NOT required to ride on the right side of the roadway when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so.
- Bicycle riders are NOT required to use a marked bike lane.
- Adult bicycle riders are NOT required to wear a helmet.
- Bicycle riders must yield the right-of-way at bike crossings, controlled by a stop or yield sign, or a traffic signal, to all vehicles on the road or street unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

Read entire story here...

Opening Volley - (614) Magazine Article

By Travis Hoewischer

I crashed my bike once. It was on a summer gym class trip to the lake, you know, one where the gym teachers are excited about kids getting fit, and the kids are excited about making out with other kids.
Despite the promise of bikinis and barbecues - for school! - I was still nervous as hell about the 30-mile bike ride to get there.
I was a farm kid, and my cycling experience was limited to tooling around my gravel driveway, ramping tiny pieces of concrete on a Huffy I had won in elementary school for hawking over-priced fund-raiser chocolates.
Sure enough, the hometown gravel wasn't enough to prepare me for the rural terrain en route to Lake St. Mary's, and halfway through the trip I dumped myself, my buddy Phil and half the skin on my leg into a debris-filled ditch.
For years, that's where my cycling experience stayed. Right there in that ditch. 

COP-Columbus Fall Challenge This Weekend

Date: Saturday October 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Notes: 35th Columbus Fall Challenge - Full Service Tour
Saturday and Sunday October 2nd and 3rd 7-8:30 a.m.
Berne Union High School, Sugar Grove, OH. Roads will be marked. CFC is a challenging ride, for the rider who likes steep climbs, swift descents, and breathtaking (if you even have any left) views from the hills of Southeastern Ohio. It is a strenuous, two-day ride that covers over 200 miles, starting and ending at Sugar Grove. 110 miles each day. Full Service Tour. $45 COP members. $55 non-COP members. $70 day of ride (limited to first 25 day of event registrants).
Frank Seebode frankseebode AT

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Detroit Lives

Make Profile: Bicycle Rodeo

Ride like the wind: A student's guide to cycling around town - UWEEKLY

By Richard Kemp
Children dream of that first ride. Young pre-teens save their allowance to jazz up their wheels and impress the girls. However, by the time these children get old enough to drive, they often forget about their two-wheeled friends.
Let's face it: a bike is for life, not just for Christmas. It is more than a useful accessory that will keep you healthy, fit, green and looking good, especially if you wear one of those snazzy helmets. These two-wheelers are also a fun and speedy form of transport around a college campus. 

Steve Magas writes - “SHARE THE ROAD” Stinks…

“Share The Road” to me, actually STINKS as a marketing & legal concept… in fact, it’s not “legal” at all…

Usually diamond-shaped and yellow, these “warning signs” caution drivers that the road is slippery when wet; there is an intersection ahead, the lanes narrow, or there may be bicyclists, farm animals, or wildlife on or near the roadway. Somehow cyclists are supposed to be comforted by the notion that Big Brother is “protecting” us by putting out a “warning” that we are nearby – as though we are a hazard to motorists, like deer leaping from the woods or kids darting out after a ball. They might as well put up “Bikes Might Be In The Way” signs…

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Market to Market Bicycle Adventure - Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets, North Market and The Hills Market, are returning with what is now one of the most anticipated bicycling events of the season, Market to Market. We are proud to celebrate our third event on the anniversary of the inaugural Market to Market ride with the cycling adventure that was named the “Best Bike Ride for Foodies” in 2010 by Columbus Monthly. Join both markets on Saturday, October 2, as we kick-off  Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus and celebrate the end of a great summer season with a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride.
Participants have the option of starting at either market to fuel up with breakfast before embarking on the 13 mile adventure to the market at the other end of the bike trail. Each participating rider will be issued a local foods passport at the beginning of their journey. Bikers can collect stamps along the way by visiting with local vendors and organizations set up along the path including B1 Bicycles, Greenovate, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), Opera Columbus, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, the Wexner Center for the Arts and Wild Goose Creative. Participants who show completed passports at their destination market will be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and goodies from local foods purveyors. Those intrepid enough to bike back to their market of origin will receive a completely different bag of goodies, creating a total value of $50 worth of savings and samples. All participating riders will also be entered into a random drawing for prizes including a custom messenger bag created by local courier bag gurus Seagull Bags, tickets to the Local Matters Harvest Ball and a bonanza of gift certificates to local businesses provided by the Small Business Beanstalk.
Market to Market will take place on Saturday, October 2. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), an event t-shirt and reusable shopping bags from both locations filled with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10 a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made online here> or by phone by calling 614-463-9664 (North Market), or in person at either location beginning September 10.
Market to Market will take place in conjunction with The Hills Market's Ohio Market Day and the North Market Harvest Festival. Ohio Market Day at the Hills Market is a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. featuring the wares of Ohio's best food producers. The North Market Harvest Festival is also a free event that celebrates the end of a great growing season in Ohio with fall produce and an abundance of baking contests.

Market to Market sponsors include: The Hills Market, North Market, Amanda Hills Spring Water, B1 Bicycles, CrimsonCup Coffee, Greenovate, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, Snowville Creamery, WCBE: Central Ohio’s NPR Station and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Cycle Michigan Trails

MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just Six Pounds! - via Inhabitat

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Think your bicycle is lightweight? It’s probably a clunker compared to this $45,000 racing bike designed by Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. The speedy bike weighs just 6 pounds–considerably less than the 15 pound bikes used by professional racers.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tour de Troit - 09252010

Tour de Troit website
Third part of the Triple D Challenge (9pm - 2am UDM ride, 6:30am Beat the Train ride, 10am Tour de Troit) We did 90+ miles from 9pm on 9/24 to 2pm on 9/25
3000+ riders (I heard close to 3500 riders)
Police bubble for the entire ride with motorcycle police at EVERY intersection blocking traffic.
Map was good and gave a little description for all the major points of interest. 
Riders spread out over 1+ miles. The ride stretched out so long that I doubt you would get lost with all the riders and police coverage.
Start and end was at Roosevelt Park in front of the Michigan Central Station.
Rest stop for the 30 mile route was at the Gabriel Richard Park next to the bridge to Belle Isle.
Food/beer tents were setup and ready upon return to Roosevelt Park.

I liked this ride, but of the three it is probably third on the list. The Beat the Train ride was more intimate and the ride leader, Andy was knowledgable about buildings, neighborhoods and historic locations. We stopped at a lot of the same locations as TdT but since there was only 20 of use we could take pics and talk.

Beat the Train Ride - 09252010

Beat the Train Detroit website - Best way to see Detroit by bike!
Part 2 of the Triple D Challenge (UDM ride, Beat the Train, Tour de Troit)
20 riders
Start - Historic Ft. Wayne, Detroit MI
6:30am ride time
Andy Staub is the ride leader. Jimmy is an animal (we rode up the parking lot once and he was complaining that we were leaving and he couldn't get in his fifth climb : ) 
Most of the riders ride in from other parts of town. We were one of the few cars to park at the lot. The parking is free and security patrols the lot.
Some riders from UDM ride joined us for the Triple D Challenge, although they did the Detroit   Critical Mass on Friday evening to make it 4 rides in 24 hours.

Parking Lot Climb - see pics
Roosevelt Park
Michigan Central Depot
The Heidelberg Project
Elmwood Cemetery
Mexican Town
30 miles

University of Detroit Mercy Midnight Ride - 09/24-09/25/2010

Start (and end) point - UDM campus at Livernois Ave., Detroit MI
Free bike usage for those who did have a bike
Police bubble during entire ride. Entourage included three police cars, police on bikes, box truck, pickup truck for bikes, passenger van for sag
Free snacks and drinks at several stops

130+ riders
9pm start
Mix of older riders, students, and commuters. Ken and the night riders were a hoot.

Saw illegal drag racing on airport runway
Palmer Park/Palmer Woods areas, Indian Village, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Eastern Market, the Boston - Edison District and north Woodward
Midnight snack at American Coney Island
Rode with Ken and the night riders - see pics
31.7 miles
Ended at 2am