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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Bicycle City

The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.

What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible.

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Stop signs don't work for bicycling

Riding my bicycle home not long ago, I encountered a police officer videotaping bicyclists at Ladd Circle, on one of Portland’s most popular bikeways. More than 4,000 cyclists a day circumnavigate the large, landscaped roundabout — the salient feature of the historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood.

A couple times a year, neighbors complain about cyclists rolling through the stop signs. Police then hand out a couple dozen $242 tickets and go back to ignoring the situation. Once again, someone had complained...

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Gazelle - Taking you further! [VIDEO]

Gazelle - Taking you further! from Gazelle Bicycles Australia on Vimeo.

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Lynskey Performance bikes from all over the world (slideshow)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bicycle Comics - Yahuda Moon

Ever hear of -- or read -- Yahuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery comic?
It's quite entertaining and you just might relate...

Light Bright 04-20-11

No Such Thing As Bad Weather 04-21-11

Boston gets Bike-Share [via]

Hub set to launch bike-share program

Menino to sign deal worth nearly $6m today; 600 bikes, 61 stations to be ready by July

Boston’s bike-share program, scheduled to debut this summer with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, was modeled after a similar program in Washington, D.C.
Boston’s bike-share program, scheduled to debut this summer with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, was modeled after a similar program in Washington, D.C. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
As early as this summer, residents and visitors taking quick trips in Boston will be able to rent bicycles from dozens of sidewalk kiosks, under an agreement expected to be signed today that will create a bike-sharing network inspired by those in Paris and Washington.

Boston officials said the system, to be called Hubway, will open in July with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, though they envision growing in a few years to as many as 5,000 bikes at more than 300 kiosks, from Brookline to Somerville.
At an afternoon ceremony with bicycling advocates, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is scheduled to sign a contract worth nearly $6 million with a company called Alta Bicycle Share to build and operate Hubway for three years. Alta is also behind a program that debuted last year in the Washington area and now boasts 1,100 cherry-red bicycles at 114 stations.

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Life is so Sweet on a Bicycle Seat

Hydraulic shifting for bicycles (via GizMa)

There was a time not all that long ago, when hydraulic brakes on mountain bikes were viewed as super-high-end equipment for the elite few. Now, virtually all bikes over the mid-range price point have them. At last weekend's Sea Otter mountain biking trade show in Monterey, a new product was unveiled that could lead to the same thing happening with gear-shifting, as German component-maker Acros presented its A-GE hydraulic shifting system to the world.

Path Less Pedaled Video: Small Wheels to the Coast

We do a fully loaded shakedown ride with the Bromptons from Beaverton to Cape Lookout on the Oregon coast. Our friends Brian and Cynthia from Santa Monica join us with their Dahons. A lot more climbing than we were expecting but it was a great time!

TNR Ride Recap 04192011

8 riders
beautiful weather - temps rose into the mid 60's by rides end
COSI scale
Log Cabin post office
Franklinton Cycleworks
Soap box derby track
Greenlawn Abbey
Main Street Bridge
Tip Top
22 miles for me (others mileage may vary)
13mph average

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Community Ties Bike Ride 2011 is Saturday, July 23

Community Ties 2011, Saturday, July 23

The 9th Annual Community Ties Ride promises to build on the break-out success of the 2010 ride, with well-marked routes through scenic Delaware County, multiple snack stops featuring homemade cookies, and another delicious and healthful, locally grown and made lunch provided by Graumlich Family Farm under a large outdoor tent.
More than 250 riders participated in the 2010 ride, making it the largest turnout ever with all proceeds going to support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail.
The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 7 - 9 a.m.
The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R., 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per rider, or $20 per family participating in the Family Ride. Day-of-ride registration is $25.
Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail.

Mid Ohio (Not so Century) Ride Recap 04172011

Ashley and myself
Ryan from NYC was at start with his family and they left before us.
Temps in the 40's
12-15mph headwinds from SW
As we headed east we passed Ryan who had blown a spoke and needed a replacement.
When we reached the grocery store near the lake we ran into Steve Miller who rode with us. He also indicated that Ryan was able to find a spoke from another rider.
At the 100 mile split Ashley continued on. Steve and I met Tom and a group of riders and hung with them to the finish to fight the headwinds.
When we finished the winds were up to 30mph gusting over 40mph.
63.5 miles
14.8mph average

Drivers, cyclists will need to learn to share roads [The Dispatch]

The death of cyclist Steve Barbour in 2009, the trial of Ed Miller and the deaths in 2010 of Columbus cyclists Jeff Stevenson and Trent Music have created a palpable tension between motorists and cyclists in central Ohio. A war of words has erupted in The Dispatch.
Cyclists are rightfully angry that one of their most cautious and beloved brethren was killed and then blamed for causing his own death. Motorists argue that cyclists drive carelessly, should "pay for" using the roads though licenses and taxes and should not be allowed on certain roads in the first place.
Let's step back, take stock and address some of these concerns.
Why are cyclists allowed on the roads? The roads in Ohio, and throughout the U.S., are public ways open for all to exercise a constitutional right to travel. Bicycles were on the roads before cars existed. Bicycle operators were included as legitimate, legal road users in the first traffic laws and rules of the road in all 50 states. Under Ohio law, bicycles may use every non-freeway road and may not be banned from the roadway.

'Scandal'bars bike bust [NY Post]

The city is dying for a few good cyclists -- but handbag owners need not apply.
A Nightingale-Bamford School executive was pulled over by a cop while cycling on Columbus Avenue and slapped with a ticket for -- of all things -- pedaling with a tote bag strapped to her handlebars.
Claire Lecomte du Nouy, 38, the dean of students at the exclusive prep academy on East 92nd Street, said at first she thought the cop was just yanking her chain.
Having ridden a bike for five years in New York, Lecomte du Nouy said she couldn't understand how the city -- which is supposedly trying to encourage cycling -- would hit bike riders with frivolous tickets.

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