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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Country Roads Ride Recap 03122011

3 riders (Tim, Bill and myself) for full ride, 1 rider (Adam) did 25 mile loop
54 miles
15.2mph average
20mph+ tailwind for 27 miles, 20-30mph headwind with gusts to 40mph
Loop through Johnstown

Do you think any of these bikes are stolen?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cyclist Connection Garage Sale is March 19th

Details here...

I want to share my bike route. What are my choices? Part II




Kona Bikes: Discovering Amsterdam By Bike

Editor's Note: I walked through the same multi-level bike garage when I visited Amsterdam. There must be at least 10,000 bikes parked in the garage at any one time.

I want to share my bike route. What are my choices?

1) Garmin Connect
2) Map My Ride

3) Ride with GPS

Will this be Franklinton Cycleworks with a coffee bar? [MSNBC Bike cafes story]

John Brecher  /

By Tanya Mohn contributor
updated 3/10/2011 1:09:18 PM ET
At bicycle cafés, travelers can stop for coffee, grab a bite to eat and get air in their tires or even a tune up, all at the same time. These cafés are proliferating across the country, enhancing the “in the saddle” experience for everyone from urban riders and hard-core cyclists to weekend warriors and tourists.
“In cycling culture, there is a strong connection to coffee,” said Gene Oberpriller, partner, One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis. “We’re the engine for the bike,” explained the former mountain bike racer, bike messenger and industry spokesman, whose café, opened in 2003 in the city’s warehouse district, he says is known for its quality bikes and service, hearty soup, low key vibe, and of course, great coffee.

What happened to the Cleveland velodrome [via fresh water cleveland]

fast track: can indoor bike racing rescue slavic village?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Introducing the 3-D Printed Bicycle

Last year, Stratasys and Kor Ecologic introduced the first 3-D printed car. A few days ago, researchers demonstrated the viability of 3-D printed organs. And now EADS, the European Aerospace and Defense Group, has figured out how to construct a 3-D printed bicycle--out of nylon, no less.

The Airbike was manufactured using Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM), which takes a computer-aided design and builds it with a laser-sintering process that adds successive, thin layers of a structural material until a final product emerges. The bike's nylon frame is strong enough to replace aluminum or steel, and weighs up to 65% less than conventional models.

So far, the Airbike is just a technology demonstrator--there are no plans for commercial production. But the bike's technology has uses far beyond the cycling industry. Now that EADS can manipulate nylon, metals, and carbon-reinforced plastics at the molecular level, the organization envisions building lighter airplanes that save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

And that's just the beginning, according to EADS:
On a global scale, ALM offers potential for products to be produced quickly and cheaply on ‘printers’ located in offices, shops and houses. It would allow replacement components to be produced in remote regions, improving logistics on humanitarian relief and military operations...Further ahead, by removing production lines and the need for factories, the costs of ‘manufacturing’ will be significantly reduced and, through this, ALM has the potential to reverse trends of urbanization that have historically accompanied industrialization.

Factory towns won't disappear anytime soon, to be sure, but 3-D printing can at least make manufacturing processes simpler and more energy-efficient.

Original Article

The 2011 Land of Legend Bicycle Tour (40th Anniversary)

This year's ride will be on Saturday, July 9th. Registration is from 7:00  a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Licking County Family YMCA.  The tour will be a fully hosted tour with well defined routes, rest stops, plenty of food vendors along the route, SAG and, of course, cookies!   We've designed this year's tour to appeal to family riders, casual road riders and the long-distance hill-climber looking for a challenge.  Route options of 32, 64 and 100 miles wind through the scenic back roads of Licking and Knox counties.

After your tour enjoy a fun filled day at the YMCA outdoor pool.  Refreshments will be on-hand throughout the day.

This full service tour will guide cyclists through some of the most beautiful trails and back roads in Ohio.  The 32 mile route features paved bike paths and country roads that are level to rolling with a few short hills that will take you throughout the communities and landmarks of Licking County, Ohio.  The 64 & 100 mile routes present the same beauty with just a few more significant hills.  Proceeds from the tour will support maintenance and preservation of the trail systems located in Licking County.
3 Routes to Choose From:
32 Mile Ride
64 Mile Ride
100 Mile Ride

Editor's Note: I rode this with a group last year and the 64 mile route was a challenge between the hills and the heat. 

Ex - 18-volt-screwdriver driven BIKE?

Screwdriver-powered vehicle "EX"

Excentricity is defined as a deviation from what is ordinary or customary. To match this definition we couln´t just modify an existing vehicle but had to start designing something new from scratch. The result is a completely new driving concept: The driver lies headlong on his three-wheeled vehicle and accelerates the "EX" with sprawled out arms up to 30 km/h. 
Eccentrically is also how the steering works: A specially developed joint tilts the back wheel and leans the driver´s weight dynamically into the curve.

The vehicle was built and designed in cooperation with Sebastian Auray, Ruben Faber and Ludolf von Oldershausen.

Columbus courier isn't just delivering documents anymore.

Ian Dowden
Photo: Adam Lowe Photography

Why Recycling by Bicycle?Having your recyclables picked up by bicycle in the Downtown area just makes sense. It reduces the need for large recycling trucks Downtown and thus reduces the traffic congestion and pollutants emitted by diesel exhaust.

C.S. Courier is the first bicycle driven food and Jeni's delivery service in Downtown Columbus only. 

E-mail your order!

Court Filings, Research, Recordings.
Envelopes, Documents, Books, Folders, Small Boxes, Architecture Rolls,
Film, Prints, Disks, CD's, Laptop, Bank Deposits and other small objects.

[CS Courier Website]

The Metropreneur interview is here...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pittsburgh Ride: TAKING IT TO THE STREETS March 13th

City/Park/Rail Trail ride, Sunday the 13th at 11:00am (adjusted time). Meeting at the parking lot near Panther Hollow (2nd Ave), end of the Jail Trail. We will ride Schenly Park, Frick Park, Homestead, Mt Oliver, Riverview Park and back to parking lot. Bring a MTB or Cross bike, both will work as we will be riding mostly Rail Trail and street. Ride will be 30 to 40 miles bring
change of clothes as we will be stopping by the Hofbrau Haus after the ride.


Dirty Harrys Bicycles Inc.
730 Allegheny River Blvd
Verona, Pa 15147

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 03082011 - Destination Los Potosinos

11 riders
20 miles
14.2mph avg
Los Potosinos on west side for tacos

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is May 29, 2011

What Trans-Sylvania Epic is:
  • 7 Days of Pure Mountain Biking Bliss in Central Pennsylvania
  • America’s Longest Mountain Bike Stage Race Experience
  • A value priced event at a convenient location offering incredible trails and fun!
The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is a seven day mountain bike stage race scheduled for May 29-June 4, 2011.  The event is based out of the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Campground in Spring Mills, PA, very close to State College.
Five of the race’s stages will loop from the campground.  The other two stages will be within a one hour drive of the campground.
Full transport and food services are offered from the campground, in addition to multiple lodging options.
Who would want to participate in an event like this?
The Trans-Sylvania Epic promoters have worked tirelessly to design courses that are fun and challenging for a wide range of riders.  While we hope to continue to attract the very best pro cyclists to our event, we want to keep the fun factor high for weekend warriors and mid-level enthusiasts.  If you can ride 3-4 hours at a steady pace and smile at the end, you will do just fine at Trans-Sylvania.  The longest courses should not take our slowest riders more than five hours to complete, and most of our courses are shorter than this.  Remember, you’re racing fully supported: aid stations are stocked with food and supplies and the courses are all marked and (modestly) groomed for your enjoyment.  Plus, you’ve got nothing to do all week but ride, party, and recover.
Remember: if you haven’t the time, motivation, fitness, or cash to spend the week racing solo, you can enter our EPIC TEAM category with your buddies.  Read more…

Ride 4 Autism registration is open

Join us Saturday April 30th, 2011!

There are 3 different rides available. The ride is designed for novice to expert riders. There are 3 routes to choose from ranging in 10, 30, and 75 mile increments.
Register today for only $25 and you receive a complimentary t-shirt and raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand new 2011 Giant Cypress ST donated by GIANT.Register today!

Want to help but don’t want to ride?

No problem! Our idea is that nobody can do everything but everyone can do something. We understand that not everyone can ride and without volunteers this would not be possible. Rather you are checking riders in, refueling riders at the food stops or just flat out sponsoring the event there is something for everyone to contribute. Learn More.

Tuesday Night Ride: Destination Los Potosinos - Columbus, OH

Tuesday Night Ride - Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 8 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Goodale Park
Buttles and Park
Columbus, OH

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Bike. Lights. Helmet. Ride....  Bring cash because we will be stopping mid-ride at Los Potosinos. Lidia will be staying open late for us so that we can have pollo al carbon (grilled chicken) tacos.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Zinn Coupled Stems for Travel Bikes, for a mere $895

Get the one component most break-down travel bikes lack – a quick way to remove the handlebar. Packing a bike requires separating the handlebar from the bike, and the Zinn/KGS Coupled Travel Stem (patent pending) unscrews and comes apart in 10 seconds. It also goes back together just as fast. This is a vast convenience improvement over conventional stems.
The coupler is super secure and strong, and it is easy to get to, even with cables crisscrossing in front of the bar and computers clamped to it. In titanium, our coupled stem still only weighs 250 grams in a 110mm length with an oversized (31.8mm) handlebar clamp.
Admittedly, today’s conventional front-opening stems are a huge improvement already over single-bolt stems. A 3- or 4-bolt stem clamp makes it possible to separate the handlebar from the bike without either removing the entire stem and bar (thus requiring replacing spacers and adjusting your headset at your destination), or the even worse alternative of removing the tape or grips and the brake and shift levers and sliding the handlebar out of the (single-bolt) stem clamp. However, removing and replacing your stem’s front cap to remove and install the handlebar at the beginning and end of every trip is not only tedious and time-consuming, it can also be dangerous.
Getting at those 3 or 4 little front-cap bolts hidden behind cables and computer mounts can be a pain, and unscrewing all of them completely takes a while. Then you have to keep track of them en route, usually by screwing them back together with the cap completely, so they won’t jiggle loose in transit, thus doubling the number of times you unscrew and re-tighten them.
The nightmare scenario is that one of those many times tightening those little bolts, you will strip the threads and won’t be able to ride the bike you lugged with you on airplanes and ground transportation. Little bolts with fine threads screwed into aluminum are easily stripped, even if you are careful to not over-torque them; just doing it often weakens the threads. And not tightening them enough is also dangerous; you don’t want your handlebar flipping down suddenly the first time you slam on your brakes in an unfamiliar city.
The Zinn/KGS coupled travel stem solves all of those problems. It speeds your preparation for your trip, and it reduces the time by many minutes to get your bike on the road at your destination or back and home.

[ZINN website]

For City’s Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism - THE New York Times

Randy Harris
Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, in 2007.