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Friday, November 12, 2010

Schmidt Nabendynamo - From Peter White Cycles

The Schmidt Dynamo front hub or SON (Schmidt's Original Nabendynamo) weighs 1.5 lbs and has significantly less drag than either tire driven dynamos or any other hub dynamo. Made by Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau in Tübingen, Germany, the hub is quiet and reliable, and is designed to give at least 50,000 kilometers of trouble free riding between servicings.  The hub powers several different six volt headlights including Schmidt's own E6 halogen models, the Schmidt Edelux LED headlamp, both halogen and LED headlamps (as well as taillights) made by Busch & Müller in Meinerzhagen, Germany, Supernova lights from Germany, Spanninga lights from France, and Inolight LED headlights from Inoled in Ochsenhausen, Germany.

SON28, SON20 & SON20R

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Work continues on the Camp Chase Railroad section of the Ohio to Erie Trail. Park staff hope to have a 3.5-mile section from Lilly Chapel to Georgesville done by the end of the year. Asphalt has been laid on a 2-mile section from Olmstead Road to River Street in Georgesville. A 60-foot bridge will be put over a tributary of Little Darby Creek near Olmstead Road in November. Metro Parks has committed to building 11 miles of the Ohio to Erie Trail from Wilson Road in Madison County to Sullivant Avenue on the west side of Columbus, just inside I-270. The 325-mile Ohio to Erie Trail is a multiuse trail that runs from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

Presenting the Boo T (Boo Bicycles)

The Boo Bicycles T is a boutique touring bicycle.  Its bamboo rack, integrated into the frame, holds 100 kilograms comfortably.  It is specially designed for longer touring rides when comfort and stability are paramount.  For shorter touring around the city, it is simply perfect—a beautiful bicycle for cruising in comfort and style.

The Boo T has specific features meant to improve comfort and touring, including an internal gearing system to reduce noise and improve reliability without require maintenance or adjustment as well as a belt drive instead of a dirty and unsightly chain.  The wheelbase is longer for stability and the geometry is more upright for comfort.  The Boo T also has clearance for wider tires for comfort as well as V-brakes for slowing down efficiently with larger loads.

Whether traveling across country or simply cruising around downtown in style, the Boo T will turn heads and provide years of pleasure and pride of ownership.

website here

Penny Farthing Racing

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 11/09/10

13 riders
23 miles (I ended with 27)
Los Gauchos (Tuesday is two for one taco night)
Soap Box Derby Track races
Audubon Park
Hal and Al's for post ride food and drinks

Cranksgiving Columbus is 3:30pm on November 20th, 2010 at Goodale Park

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Iceman Experience: 2010 Iceman Cometh Challenge

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Steepest Street in US is included in Dirty Dozen

Canton Avenue wiki post

28th Annual Dirty Dozen will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 10am.

The 28th Annual Dirty Dozen up Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 10am. Anticipating another large crowd this year, please show up as early as 8-9am to start registration early.  Meet at the Bud Harris Cycling Track (Where the ACA holds weekly criterium races in the summer) on Washington Blvd. I recommend a low gear of 39x27. The route is 50 miles, but will take at least 5 hours because we go neutral between the hills, and there are 3 stops atop hills where I offer snacks and drinks. 

Again this year, there will be a 3 place prize list for men and women riders, but they need to ride up EVERY HILL to be eligible.  The breakdown will be:

1st woman  - $ 150
2nd woman - $ 100
3rd woman  - $  50

1st man  - $ 150
2nd man - $ 100
3rd man  - $  50

A 5 place points (5, 4, 3, 2, & 1) system will be used at the top of each hill to determine overall podium positions.  The women will ride amongst the men, and will be picked out from a pink ribbon around their handlebars. 

To pre-register ($10), either snail mail: send a check made out to me at:

Danny Chew
5846 Marlborough Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

and please print out, sign, and fill info out on the 
Liability Waiver
and send to the address above.

Or e-mail me $10 at:

PayPal. and include the names, ages, gender, e-mail addresses, and number of DD's ridden (including this year) of the people you are registering. Print out the Liability Waiver (above), sign it, and bring it with you when you check in on event day.

Entry fees are non-refundable if the DD is held on Saturday, November 27, 2010.

You can also e-mail me, and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Thanksgiving Day (November 25th) is the pre-registration deadline. I have to receive it by the end of that day (midnight).

Event day registration ($15 entry fee) will be between 8 - 10am.

If you live nearby, please try to ride to the start, or carpool so we don't run out of parking spaces at the Oval.

For a listing of the hills, history of the event, and former winners, go to:

For a cue sheet of the route, go to:

It may be a wise idea for one person in the group you are riding with to have a cue sheet as riders have gotten lost in previous years.  With the field size growing to almost 200 riders last year, my primary concern is safety.  Can Iplease have a few volunteers who know the course to marshal the most dangerous intersections?  I will give you bright orange vests to wear. In order to insure the DD's future, we will no longer be riding thought the Liberty Tunnels (illegal for bicycles) between the 10th and 11th hills. Instead, we will be climbing a connecter hill (no points) over Mt. Oliver. 

There were far too many vehicles (DD affiliated) on the route last year - clogging up roads and pissing off local residents. This year, only 5 vehicles will be allowed to move along with the huge pack: 

1. Officials to score points atop hills 
2. Food 
3. Technical support 
4. Photographers 
5. Clothing drop off 

If you want to take photos or cheer on your riders, go way ahead of the pack, park legally somewhere, and wait for the riders to show up. Wait until the entire pack has passed by before you leave, and then perhaps hit every 3rd or 4th hill this way. 

Please feel free to call me at (412)421-3143 for more info.

A big thanks to my sponsor: Big Bang Bicycles

The official DD after party will be hosted by Iron City Bike Racing, and held at Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe at 2518 E. Carson St. on the South Side at 7pm.



STRICT LIABILITY - Drive carefully