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Friday, May 6, 2011

Even founder pondered quitting on first ride (TOSRV) via The Dispatch

Thursday, May 5, 2011  03:08 AM

The Columbus Dispatch

Charles Siple of Canal Winchester, center - with his sons Doug, left, of Canal Winchester and Greg of  Missoula, Mont. - rode in the first Tour of the Scioto River Valley with Greg. Doug has ridden in 42 tours, and Greg has ridden in 30.
Charles Siple of Canal Winchester, center - with his sons Doug, left, of Canal Winchester and Greg of Missoula, Mont. - rode in the first Tour of the Scioto River Valley with Greg. Doug has ridden in 42 tours, and Greg has ridden in 30.
Charles Siple in 1962, at the end of the initial Columbus-to-Portsmouth bicycle ride. Their ride later became the Tour of the Scioto River Valley
Charles Siple in 1962, at the end of the initial Columbus-to-Portsmouth bicycle ride. Their ride later became the Tour of the Scioto River Valley
Greg Siple
Greg Siple


Cyclists will make the 210-mile round trip from Columbus to Portsmouth, Ohio, and back in TOSRV, which celebrates its 50th   anniversary this year.
START TIME 6:10 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday
REGISTRATION $67, cash only; limited registration is available from
4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt on Capitol Square
Charles Siple might have been the first person who felt like quitting early during a bike ride between Columbus and Portsmouth.
He certainly hasn't been the last.
A cyclist at 44, in an era when most riders were youngsters, Siple and his son had been studying a map of Ohio when he noticed a good biking route, a 105-mile course that avoided major roads.
But his enthusiasm had faded by the time they reached Waverly, where in 1962 he sat down on a curb and told 16-year-old Greg that he was miserable.
"I said, 'I can't go any farther; we've got to call somebody,'" recalled Siple, now 92 and living in Canal Winchester.
"And he said, 'Dad, we can't do that. Look how far we've come.'"
In completing the ride (and even adding a victory lap across the Ohio River to Kentucky), the Siples unknowingly created a cycling tour that would be enjoyed for decades to come.
The 50th Tour of the Scioto River Valley this weekend is expected to draw almost 3,000 cyclists, many of whom have made "TOSRV" into a personal tradition.

Don't forget Pinchflat: A Bike Poster Blowout! is May 14, 2011 from 1-9pm


Phone: 614.859.WILD


Wild Goose Creative, in collaboration with Yay Bikes!, Jeremy Slagle
Design, and Fulcrum Creatives, is proud to present Pinchflat: A Bike
Poster Blowout! Join us for the opening of the exhibition on May 14,
2011 between 1 and 9 pm at Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit Street,

Over 25 artists from central Ohio designed and created posters that
celebrate cycling, the art and craft of bikes, and Columbus as a great
place to ride. All posters will be on sale for $30 at the event, and
until June 17 at

The poster party on May 14 will include musical performances by Mike
Wojniak, To Kill a Monster, Teen Fiction, and The Seasonal Help. There
will be a bike ride departing from Wild Goose Creative at 1pm.
Columbus Brewing Company has provided a keg of beer for the
festivities. Pedal Instead is providing their Bike Corral for bike
parking, so guests are encouraged to ride to the event. Between 4 and
8pm, Backroom Coffee Roasters will be pouring coffee. ThoughtCo will
be on site printing T-shirts with the Pinchflat logo. Additional
sponsors include: Octopus Caps, Seagull Bags, Jeni's Splendid Ice
Creams, Paradise Garage, Trek, Make Believe Monsters, The Small
Business Beanstalk, and ARTillery Ohio.

Pinchflat is the centerpiece of a whole month of Wild Goose Creative
programs celebrating National Bike Month in May. For more information,
visit, email, or call Jessie at 614.390.3161.

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Street
Columbus, OH 43202
Surprising Art - Real Community

Support Art and Community: Choose a delicious Menu Item today!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Riding Momentum (Cincinnati is on the move)

New bike plan brings renewed hope for a bike-friendly future for Cincinnati

Anyone familiar with Cincinnati’s cycling infrastructure or, perhaps more importantly, the great lengths other cities go to provide safe and effective means for navigating the streets by bike knows that Cincinnati isn’t exactly what you would consider a cyclist’s dream. But our city during recent years has taken the initial steps toward becoming a more bike-friendly place.
The city’s 2010 Bike Plan includes the creation of 445 miles of on-street and off-road improvements, including dedicated bicycle lanes, shared bicycle lanes (sharrows) and on- and off-street facilities. By creating bike-friendly streets, city planners hope to provide traffic relief along with environmental, economic and health benefits to residents.

PARK(ing) Day 2011 is Friday, September 16

Community leaders Meredith Joy, Mike Reed and Jung Kim have partnered with the Columbus College of Art and Design to sponsor a CCAD student art competition for PARK(ing) Day 2011 (Friday, September 16).

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has grown from a single project in San Francisco to an international DIY community event.

For the competition, first prize for the best PARK(ing) space is $400. Second prize is $200. (read less)

Do you own a business? Do you run a festival? Would you like bike parking for special occasions? Call Pedal Instead!

Pedal Instead is the best way to add bike parking to a festival or special event.

Park Ride Play
From their website:
Pedal Instead provides secure bicycle parking at festivals throughout Central Ohio and educates the general public about bicycling for transportation. 

What People Are Saying

By far the most impressive part of Comfest to me so far has been the bike corral, by the way. The number of bikes it contains pretty much made my jaw drop when I got a good look at it. Props to you folks who are taking care of it and promoting it.
--Bear B.

It is amazing to see how many bikes [the corral] can hold. It looks like a lot of chaos from a distance, but thanks to Catherine, Andrew and many others it’s really very well organized! Hats off to them!
--Rich K.

[Pedal Instead]

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TiGr: Titanium Lock as Cool as your Bike

The TiGr is our titanium lock system, it’s secure, versatile, elegant, light, easy to use and easy to store. A really secure bike lock that’s actually sexy. How secure? Check out the TiGr destructive testing video. How sexy? Keep reading.

The TiGr system includes a flexible Titanium bow and a compact, highly pick resistant lock cylinder. The TiGr bow has a protective coating to protect your bike and stores snugly and unobtrusively on the top tube with simple and light weight straps. The Titanium bow is flexible so you can lock your bike to a variety of structures up to about 5 1/2” in diameter. Depending on your wheel base, rim and tire configuration, you can even lock both wheels (without removal) and frame to a structure...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Debrett's cyclist etiquette guide for London canals [via BBC News]

Little Venice on Regents Canal Regents Canal is the busiest canal in London
Cyclists are being asked to adopt Victorian-style manners and make sure they "ting ting" when approaching pedestrians on London's busy towpaths.
British Waterways said complaints from pedestrians and cyclists sharing Regents Canal led it to issue a guide from etiquette authority Debrett's.
The guide asks walkers to give way to cyclists and riders are reminded to "smile" and say "a polite thank you".
A Victorian-themed event marked the launch of the guide at Regents Canal.
The British Waterways, which first launched Two Tings campaign in 2007, said its research showed people consider Victorian age as the most polite era and it decided to prepare a code of conduct and had now decided to call in Debrett's.

Taco Truck Tour by Bicycle is May 15th, Join us for food and fun on the bike!

Sunday, May 15 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Goodale Park
Buttles and Park
Columbus, OH

Created By

More Info
We will be riding around Columbus and visiting 3-4 taco trucks. The ride will leave promptly at NOON so please be at the park by 11:45AM.
[Facebook Event]

Bike-Lock Handlebars: Break Them, And The Bike Can't Be Ridden

It's convenient and makes the bike impossible to ride if it does get stolen.

New York bike thieves don't play. They have Mission: Impossible-level skills and enough balls to steal your wheels in broad daylight... while being filmed. So when Savannah College of Art and Design student Jaryn Miller was told to design a solution to bike theft as a class exercise, he knew that throwing more iron at the problem wouldn't work. " If even the most durable lock is vulnerable, I figured I had to find a way to make it more trouble than it’s worth to steal the bike," he tells Co.Design. His Senza lock actually functions as the bike's handlebars, so even if you destroy the lock, you'll have a hell of a time riding away...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Research required in picking a bike

Mountain, road, hybrid, townie, comfort, cyclocross, cruiser, chopper – there’s a bewildering array of bikes to choose from, but if you plan to bike to work, your choice of the most suitable steed to purchase narrows down quickly.

If you have a bike in your garage you might get away without buying one. Pry it loose from under the stuff stacked around it and check it over. If it’s a mountain, hybrid or road bike of decent quality and in reasonable shape, get it tuned up at a bike shop and hop on it...

The Metropreneur highlights Stanridge Speed - Small Manufacturers Gaining Ground Thanks to Internet, Technology


For many, the term “manufacturing” is synonymous with noisy factories and assembly lines a dozen workers deep, not to mention faceless corporations headquartered outside the United States. However, a more streamlined form of manufacturing is gaining momentum domestically− at the smaller end of the scale. In fact, small manufacturers, making products as varied as bicycles and baby teethers, are flourishing right here in Central Ohio.  [read more at The Metropreneur]

Alpha: Possibly the Most High-Tech Bike Ever

Black Hand Gorge Almost Century Ride Recap 04302011

8 riders
98.6 miles
15.3mph average
3000+ feet of climbing
40mph top speed descent
Stops at...
Dawes Arboretum
Flint Ridge
Black Hand Gorge
Newark (lunch at The Eatery)