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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Springfield 200k Brevet Recap 03262011

Ohio Randonneurs 200k Brevet
Bill, John, Tim, myself rode as a group
Taylor Kruse and Andrew Hall also were on the ride, but rode their own pace
Bill and I ended with 129 miles
Averaged 14mph
Time in saddle 9 hours: 14 minutes
23 degrees at start (water bottles iced up) peaked at 41 and when we ended 34 degrees
10mph headwind from north and northwest with 17mph gusts
First 17 miles and last 48 miles into the headwind
Tim flatted at 5 mile mark, subsequent slow leaks forced him to withdraw around 40 miles
4080 feet of climbing, Max grade 13%
Towns we passed through - Urbana, Wilburforce, Yellow Springs, Xenia, Waynesville, Springfield

Some of the foods consumed - twinkies, a lot of coffee and gatorade, water, pringles, 5 hour energy drink, red bull, NOS, hot dogs, barbecue potato chips, power bars and granola bars, mcdonalds, hardees, peanut butter cheese crackers.

Quote of the day by John when we stopped at Caesar Creek dam for the info control stop - "Is that a brown bear out in the field", as he pointed to a person bent over searching for fossils standing next to another person.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Newark mayor proposes solar field, downtown bike path

NEWARK, Ohio - Mayor Bob Diebold unveiled a citywide initiative yesterday aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles for Newark residents while also attracting businesses and promoting renewable energy.

Diebold said his Healthy Green and Growing campaign would help the city meet many of its challenges. Among them: an older population, increased energy costs, limited natural resources, obesity and other health problems, and an aging city infrastructure.

He said the city will create a bike path through downtown that will connect paths on the western and eastern sides of Licking County...

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Tuesday Night Ride Recap 03222011 - Three Creeks

10 riders
28 miles
Three Creeks Park trail loop through Obetz
Trail still flooded at Refugee Rd underpass
Temps in 50's

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dispatch article on Cyclists and Motorists gets it partially right

Although it misses the mark on a couple of key points, the Columbus Dispatch article "Motorists, cyclists need to learn how to share pavement" was a good look at the rise of bicycling in Columbus and the need for understanding about the rights and responsibilities of both parties...

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The trouble with plastic fenders…

I like fenders. I was a big fan of plastic fenders for a number of years. They work for sure, but I’ve come to realize they have some problems:

Read more at the Lazy Randonneur

Rohloff AG - Speedhub production

The film shows a small insight into the production of the SPEEDHUB 500/14.

Rohloff AG - Speedhub production

Yay Bikes! April Newsletter

Paradise Garage
In This Issue
501c3 status attained
new board & staff
bamboo bikes presentation
bike month 2011
just another bike ride


Monday, March 21, 2011

L'Eroica Video

L'EROICA (english version) from Edouardi Sepulchro on Vimeo.

For Sale: 2006 Lemond Poprad Disc 57cm - SOLD 03/31/2011

Frame & Fork
Frame ConstructionTIG-welded
Frame Tubing MaterialLeMond True Temper OX Platinum Steel
Fork Brand & ModelBontrager Switchblade Elite
Fork MaterialCarbon fiber, aero crown
Component GroupShimano 105
BrakesetAvid BB-7 disc brakes, Shimano 105 STI Dual Control levers
Cane Creek bar top levers
Shift LeversShimano 105 STI Dual Control
Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra (compact compatible)
Rear DerailleurShimano 105
CranksetBontrager compact 50/36 with FSA chainring
Bottom BracketGXP
BB Shell Width
Rear Cogs10-speed, 12 - 27 teeth
SeatpostThomson Elite
SaddleFizik Pave Gel
HandlebarBontrager Race Cross
Bontrager Buzz Kill bar end plugs
Handlebar StemBontrager Select 
Headset1 1/8" threadless Aheadset Slimstak

WheelsBontrager SSR Disc
TiresBontrager Road

An extra front and rear wheel will be included in the purchase.
The rims need replaced but the hubs are usable.
NOTE: The photo shows Schwalbe Durano tires and Selle SMP seat, but they WILL BE REPLACED with items listed above before sale.

Priced at $750 OBO, Sold AS-IS
Call 6144779142
Email raymondmgeorge [at]
Prefer to sell in Columbus, OH area, but will ship anywhere in continental US for $125.00

The Future is Bamboo Bicycles Presentation is this Friday! I'm going, are you?

Friday, March 25 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Columbus Idea Foundry, 1158 Corrugated Way, Columbus, OH 43201

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In partnership with the Columbus Idea Foundry, Yay Bikes! presents its adventures building bamboo bicycles at the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, NYC. Learn the whys & hows of bamboo bicycles and what it would take to build them in Columbus—plus take a spin on one of our three sweet rides. It'll be a fun and informative evening, please join us.

RSVPs requested for snack planning. Contact us to sponsor this event!

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Motorists, cyclists need to learn how to share pavement [via Dispatch]

Tim Cristy, one of a growing number of cycling commuters in central Ohio, was bruised in a collision with a car last week.
Tim Cristy, one of a growing number of cycling commuters in central Ohio, was bruised in a collision with a car last week.

Monday, March 21, 2011  03:05 AM


Jim [sic] Cristy's string of close calls came to a crashing, bruising halt a week ago on Cannon Drive south of Ohio State University.
The North Side resident was riding his bike in the right lane when a car passed on his left and then made a right turn into a parking lot. Christy [sic] hit the car's rear passenger side and was thrown to the street. He bruised his hip and shoulder.
The car never stopped.
Coexistence isn't always peaceful these days on central Ohio streets, many of which are being re-engineered to accommodate people driving on two wheels and four.
Columbus has created 14 miles of bike lanes on its streets since 2008. The city also has added pavement markings - "sharrows" - and signs along 37 additional miles to welcome cyclists to the streets.
But people's knowledge of the rules of the road hasn't kept pace with the biking boom.
"There's a new paradigm," said Bernice Cage, spokeswoman for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which monitors traffic of all types. "Motorists aren't sure where cyclists should be, and a lot of cyclists don't know where they should be."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Columbus Ride of Silence is Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 18 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Columbus Commons

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The 2011 Ride Silence will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm. Tentatively, we will start at Columbus Commons and ride in silence to The Ohio State University campus. Maximum of 12 miles per hour.

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Three Creeks Ride Loop Recap - 03202011

5 riders (Katie, Brett, Adam, John, myself)
38 miles (for Brett and myself)
32 mile loop from and back to Third Hand
Rode south through Three Creeks and west over to High Street back into town.
Part of trail was under water, still
Temp in 60's and sunny

Third Hand has a lot of bikes that need owners

Spring 2011 Market to Market Ride is May 7, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets are returning with an event that debuted with great success last October: Market to Market. The Hills Market and North Market share not only a philosophical connection: one that makes it a priority to provide and promote the best Ohio has to offer to consumers, but also a physical connection: the Olentangy River Greenway (or more commonly, the Olentangy Bike Trial). Join both markets on Saturday, May 1, as they connect to celebrate Ohio-made foodstuffs, the opening of the farmers market and bicycling season with “Market to Market”: a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride, for amateurs and aficionados alike. 
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 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. 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. 

Gravel Rouser Recap

2 riders (Tim and Bill)
54 miles
5100 ft of climbing
11.2 mph average
Half pavement/half gravel roads
Temps between 65°F and 75°F in the afternoon
Absolutely beautiful loop from Athens to Zaleski and back with a 10 mile mountain bike race in between

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