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Friday, April 29, 2011

Bike Built Entirely of Wood Could Set Speed Record

A bicycle made entirely of wood, created by a pair of British designers, is aiming for a 31-mph speed record.

SplinterBike doesn’t have a single piece of metal, rubber or plastic. The axles are made of ekki. The frame, wheels and cogs are birch, and the bearings are ironwood. The pedals and handlebars have been refashioned from a broom handle.

Michael Thompson and James Tully say they were inspired to build SplinterBike after watching the Tour of Britain pass Thompson’s front garden. Tully bet him 1 pound [$1.65] he couldn’t build a bike entirely out of wood...

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Hold Fast FRS (Foot Retention System)

Welcome to Hold Fast, home of the Hold Fast FRS (Foot Retention System).
We are riders like you. We founded Hold Fast because we couldn't find any toe clips that could stand up to the rigors of fixed gear freestyle riding. After breaking countless clips and straps, we decided to design and make some ourselves. Only after many months of street testing by some of the best and burliest trick riders on the scene, did we feel that we had a product worthy of the name Hold Fast.
We believe these to be the finest foot straps made.
Hand made in Brooklyn, Hold Fast FRS offer superior comfort and adjustability no matter what type of shoe you ride in. Whether you are a die-hard fixed gear rider seeking a long lasting alternative to toe-clips, a hardcore bicycle polo player who wants a more protective toe strap, a trick rider seeking greater confidence, a single-track MTB rider who wants to stay connected on drops and switchbacks, or a commuter seeking maximum adjustability and comfort...these are the straps for you.
More innovative products coming soon!
Enjoy the ride.

Nutcase Watermelon for your MELON!


S/M (52-60 cm)
L/XL (61-64 cm)

Injection-molded ABS shell
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) protective
inner foam for high impact protection
2 front intake vents
7 multiple top-mounted exhaust vents,
and 2 rear exhaust vents
Adjustable Spin Dial allows for perfect fit
Three sets of removable low-density
polyurethane foam insert liners for
comfort & refined fit
Anti-Pinch, Magnetic Buckle for easy,
one-handed operation
Reflective logos front, back & sides
1 Nutcase wrist band for letting your friends
know that you “Love Your Brain”!
Rust proof rivets with Nutcase helmet guy logo
Soft fabric chin strap for maximum comfort
Certified CPSC for Bicycle Riding

Playdate Bike Club - Yeah, they're cruisers...

Welcome to Playdate from Playdate Bike Club on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lockup your bike the right way!

Have you thought about biking to work now that gas prices are higher? Take the challenge in May!

The cornerstone of Central Ohio's Bike Month celebration is The Bike to Work Challenge, a friendly competition among employer-based teams in Central Ohio to determine which can achieve the highest bicycle mode share during the entire month of May. The 4th Annual Bike to Work Challenge begins May 1. Take the challenge here.

East Coast Greenway - Ride from Maine to Florida

The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.

[East Coast Greenway]

Cooper Zandvoort

Cooper Bikes T100 Zandvoort

  1. T100 Urban Street Bike
  2. 3 Speed Sturmey Archer Crankset and Hub
  3. Reynolds 520 Frame
  4. Brooks Swallow Saddle
  5. Sturmey Archer Crankset
T100 Zandvoort is an edgy, aggressive track bike, with the convenience of 3 speeds. The bike is finished in gun metal gray with straight bars. Supplied with black and silver trim.

Folk Engineered Marsupial


A bike evolved in our regional habitat
of beaches, suburbs, mountains, and urban jungles.

• Use: A practical and adaptive sport touring bicycle for daily commuting, pleasure road riding, light touring, and adventure.
• Frame Design: The strong, lightweight steel tubeset is joined with fillet brazed construction for a light, lively ride. The quick and nimble front end matches your reflexes when riding in a city. The spacious rear triangle is comfortable on long rides and while carrying weight.
• Features: Versatile 27-speed drivetrain for varied terrain. Reliable and comfortable bar-end shifters. Adjustable integrated derailleur cable stops. Drop bars for varied hand positions. 700c wheels. Immense stopping power of cantilever brakes. Mounts for 2 water bottles and racks. Clearance for fenders, panniers, and up to a 35mm tire. Bolt-on seat post deters theives that lack wrench skills. Durable and stylish leather saddle.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TNR Ride Recap 04262011

15 riders
19 miles on route, I ended with 25 miles
Elevator Brewery
Port Columbus Airport
Yellow Brick Pizza
Weather was clear in the 60's

BUSC 2011: Brompton US Championship Race

Armani wants you to look good on a bike! [VIDEO]

The video trilogy by Justin Anderson kicks off with "Bike". Got somewhere to go? All you need are two wheels and a great pair of jeans.

Rain, rain, go away...or get some fenders!

Crud Roadracer Mk2 review -

Aimed at racing steeds with neither the clearance nor the bosses for standard mudguards, the Roadracer Mk2 – an updated version of Crud’s original – is a sleek but practical way of protecting you from winter grime.

Like their predecessors, they have ingenious brushes that keep the sides from rubbing, but they also have strengthened brake bridges, a wider section next to the drivetrain and longer tailpieces – available separately as spares, which you can fit retrospectively to the originals...

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What's the best bike for cycle commuting? -from

Your choice of bike for the ride to work will depend on your own tastes and on the distance, terrain and varying surfaces you’ll encounter on the journey. For longer tarmac commutes, experienced riders tend to favour drop-bar bikes of one sort or another for their extra turn of speed. Many people are happy with the more upright position that you get with a flat-bar road bike or mountain bike with slick tyres, though.

If your ride takes in some trails or unsurfaced paths, then the fatter, grippier tyres of a mountain bike will help with traction. They can be overkill for many situations though, so don’t overlook the option of fitting a flat-bar road bike with fatter rubber (there’s often room for deeply-treaded 32mm or 37mm tyres)...

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Art of Frank Patterson

Cycling Art | music: Ani Maamin

Frontier Airlines Makes Travel Better and Different with New Guest Enhancements


Frontier is removing the flat fee for checked bicycles and will now include them in the standard baggage allowance, meaning customers traveling on Classis or Classic Plus fares can include their bike as one of their two complimentary checked bags and Economy passengers would pay $20 if the bike is one of their first two checked bags. Bikes will be exempt from any oversize fees, but subject to overweight fees and excess bag fees, if applicable. This is similar to the carrier’s current policy for golf clubs and skis.

Frontier Airlines

Do you want to install fenders on a disk brake bicycle frame? Try Jandd adapters

Disc Brake Adapter for Racks and Fenders

Disc Brake Adapter for Racks and Fenders

Product ID: FDBFA
These handy adapters will allow you to mount a rack on bikes where you must have clearance from disc brake calipers or other accessories. Simply screw them into the same holes on the dropouts you’d use for rack or fender bolts. They’re made from special hardened aluminum stock with a threaded steel insert. Best when only torqued to the same degree as rack bolts. And, don’t forget to use your “blue” Loctite for best results. Can be used single sided or double sided. The pegs are about .75" long. We can custom make longer pegs if required. Sold in Pairs.

Weight 1oz
Color Silver

Fast Freddy Top Caps

So fast you'll cry!
Get your FAST FREDDY top cap today!

Use it on your Single Speed, Mountain bike, BMX, Road Bike, Cyclocross, Franken bike, Tandem, etc...the possibilities are so darn endless...all of these are 1 1/8" Thread-less so they work with TONS of bikes.

FAST FREDDY top caps are $6.99, and there are different colors to choose from, and different designs. Custom caps can be done, but they take longer and do cost more. All good stuff.

Find us on FaceBook and "Like" us for specials...

Be the Envy of your friends with this bit of coolness!

[Fast Freddy Top Caps]

Rainmates - yeah, they look like butt-less chaps, but they work

Rainmates are...

  • Lightweight at only 4.25 ounces
  • Rain, hail, snow and wind resistant
  • Convenient — Worn as a belt around your waist
  • Easy to use — Simply unroll and click
    the straps around your thighs
  • Ventilated — Won't make you sweat like traditional rain gear
  • Green — Bike to work and arrive
    dry and clean

Gambier Century Ride Recap 04232011

6 riders (Brett, Tim, Bill, John, Carey, Ray)
106 miles
15mph average
2000+ feet of climbing
15mph headwinds, gusting to 32mph
25 miles of rain

Gambier (Kenyon College) loop ride from Clintonville
Lunch at Gambier Deli