Showing posts from May 22, 2011

Rapha Backpack

Rapha Backpack Following the success of the acclaimed Rapha Backpack comes its larger counterpart. Using the same robust fabrics and ergonomic design, the pack has greater capacity and additional features that make it ideal both for commuting and touring on the bike. Whether it’s a hard slog through the rain to the office, or a week’s randonee in the Alps, this is the pack to choose. The Large Backpack combines elegant styling with road cycling performance features and functionality. The pack is lightweight and has an increased capacity of 17 litres (Rapha’s regular backpack is 11), large enough for a change of clothes, books, tools and a large laptop (15 inches). The pack has an additional, fold-out compartment of five litres, designed to take a pair of shoes. The main pack is made from a tough, waterproof fabric and the zips are also waterproof to keep the elements at bay. The plain black exterior has reflective ‘pin dots’ to make a rider more visible when cycling at night and there

Metal Cowboy By Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie

An excerpt from Joe's Best Selling First book. "Metal Cowboy" "Tales from the Road Less Pedaled" By Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie Oh, to Be Young and Go Very, Very Fast It was 5:30 a.m. in Pocatello, Idaho, a thin sheet of icy rain masked sunrise, and I wasn't quite sure I was up for my latest bicycling adventure. Coasting through the nearly deserted streets of this small western town, I found myself poised at a stoplight. An ingrained obedience to traffic laws coupled with a sleepy hangover from the long train ride kept me anchored in place though there wasn't a car in sight. As I waited, an old rancher ambled up to the intersection. The fur collar on his long coat was tattered, crusted with tobacco stains, and faded. As his cane tapped its way over my bike, I noticed for the first time that he was blind. One eye drooped shut like that of a tomcat that had seen too many late-night brawls, while the other, still open, was cloudy and

Arkel Randonneur Rack® and TailRider Trunk Bag

It's strong, light, stable, goes on and off in seconds and adjusts to fit both longer or shorter seat post set ups. A sleek quick release bracket attaches to both sides of the seat rails, forming rock-solid attachment points. The front of the rack gently envelopes the seat post with a soft rubberized clamp that is secured with a velcro strap. The three point attachment system of the Randonneur Rack® brings unequalled stability - it feels like it's bolted on to the frame! Move it from bike to bike depending on what type of riding you want to do People sure are vocal about what they want - and it suits us just fine! Arkel has designed what might be the sleekest trunk bag available. A single glance shows how different it is: sleek, uncluttered and aerodynamic. The Tail Rider is fully insulated, has an immense opening, many internal pockets and a divider to keep the content from shifting around. Waterproof zippers keep a sudden rain outside, but for longer rides the Tail Rider has

BMC Alpenchallenge AC02

Go everywhere on just one bike – on newly laid asphalt or a forest path. Now it’s the AC02’s turn. Based on the same frame as the AC01 with eccentric bottom bracket/inner bearing, the AC02 also gives you the choice of two wheelset sizes ( 700C or 26“ ). As well as top-quality SCOR parts, we’ve also installed the new SRAM X5 group with a race triple crankset and Avid Juicy 3 disk brakes in the alpenchallenge AC02. Frame and fork are equipped with eyes for easy retrofitting of fenders and carriers. The alpenchallenge AC02 delivers stress-free biking. [BMC Website]

Yelp On Two Wheels: A Taco Truck Tour! is July 9th Noon at Goodale Park.

Time Saturday, July 9 ·  12:00pm  -  4:00pm Location Goodale Park Buttles and Park Columbus, OH Created By Columbus Rides Blog ,  HalandAls Bar ,  Y elp Columbus , Taco Trucks Columbus , Columbus Food Adventures Rev your engines, yelpers! Er, we mean hop on your bike. We're takin' it to the streets to hit up some awesome centrally-located taco trucks! We will be riding out to the west side of Columbus and visiting 3-4 taco trucks. Bethia Woolf from and Columbus Food Adventures is working with the trucks to make sure they are ready for throngs of hungry people. The ride will leave promptly at NOON so please be at Goodale Park by 11:45AM! Columbus Rides will be leading the cyclists to and from the taco trucks. Mileage from Goodale to the trucks and back is roughly 20 miles. The pace will not be fast, so don't let that stop you from joining us! The ride normally takes about 4 hours, so plan accordingly. But the fun doesn't stop when


>>>> O R G A N I Z A T I O N   N E W S <<<< YB! SAFETY CAMPAIGN FUNDED     The Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have  awarded Yay Bikes! a $150,000 grant to provide a cyclist safety campaign for OSU students  this fall! The campaign is designed to reduce the number of car/bike crashes on campus and within the University Area by addressing the specific behavors known to lead to crashes. It will include:    Data collection and analysis of unsafe bicycling and driving behaviors, and bike/car crashes A research-based mass media safety campaign targeting specific behaviors An "onslaught" of bicycling education classes, workshops, rides, volunteer experiences, etc. Lights handouts for ill-equipped bicyclists There are  volunteer  and  internship  opportunities associated with this project; we also request  financial support  to help YB! develop organizational capacity as we implement the campaign. Please contribute in any way

Bike the Drive Chicago is this weekend! Bike The Drive - Car free Lake Shore Drive

Bike The Drive - Car free Lake Shore Drive from Steven Vance on Vimeo . [Bike the Drive]

Bicycling Magazine highlights Mt. Lookout ride in Chattanooga, TN.

I rode up to Mt. Lookout last year when we took a roadtrip to Chattanooga, TN. Great ride, see the pics. Here are some pics from when we drove up the next day.

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 05242011

Highlights 12 riders 20 Miles (I had 25 and others' mileage varied) One flat tire Taqueria El Fogoncito on Morse Rd for two for one tacos Hal&Al's

The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities [this big city]

By  Kasey Klimes  – founder of the sustainable urbanism blog  Secret Republic  and Creative Consultant at  MindMixer , a civic engagement platform for cities. We all know the talking points. The benefits of bicycles have been tirelessly elaborated upon; bicycles improve health, ease congestion, save money, use less space, and provide efficient transportation with zero fuel consumption and zero carbon emissions. All of this is great, and the culmination of a population on two wheels can have a drastic impact on the overall wellbeing of a city. However, none of these come close to the most meaningful aspect of cycling, a factor that cannot be quantified but has endless value to those fighting to improve their communities. The most vital element for the future of our cities is that  the bicycle is an instrument of experiential understanding. [continue at this big city]

Bicycles are getting artsy smartsy [via Baltimore Sun]

Striking electric/manual bike with anti-theft electronics and an arch-shaped aluminum frame swooping from hub to hub, which was originally sketched 20 years ago by Pasadena Art Center alum Marcus Hays.  ( Pi Mobility ) Roy Wallack Gear May 23, 2011 Creative bicycles, long a favorite subject of student industrial design contests, are busting out of art college and onto the streets. This year, there's been an explosion of creative frame designs across the cycling spectrum — road, mountain, electric, commuter — that are nothing short of sculpture on wheels. And unlike a lot of artsy inventions that are good only for mounting on a wall, these two-wheeled wonders not only work but also offer some innovative functional capabilities not seen on bikes with the century-old diamond-shaped frame. [Baltimore Sun]

LA: 7th St. Bike Lane Campaign Promo [VIDEO]


Cycle Oregon: The Best Bike Ride in America

The best way to sum up Cycle Oregon might be through the honorary title riders have bestowed upon it: The Best Bike Ride in America. That’s because Cycle Oregon delivers the best combination of scenery, challenge, amenities, camaraderie and philanthropy of any ride out there. A fun-loving mix of back-road riding and two-wheeled tent revival, our event moves from town to town with 2,000 or more riders enjoying generous hospitality and providing direct financial benefits to our host towns as well as cycling-related causes throughout Oregon. And it’s a new route, and a new experience, every year! [Cycle Oregon]

2011 Tour of California — Intro [Rapha]

2011 Tour of California — Intro from RAPHA on Vimeo .

Dodridge Street Bridge Replacement Notice

Project to require the closure of  Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail beneath the bridge early this summer Dear Neighbor, Replacement of the Dodridge Street Bridge, spanning the  Olentangy River, will require the roadway and the Olentangy Trail, which passes beneath the bridge, to be closed early this  summer until September 2012, weather permitting. The project involves the demolition of the current bridge, built in  1967, and the construction of a new triple-span, arched, concrete  girder structure. Architectural enhancements include decorative  railing and street lighting, and a pier-free river span.  The Olentangy Trail and embankment retaining wall adjacent to  the bridge will also be rebuilt.  Detours routes will be posted for motorists and trail-users (see  maps). Please watch for electronic message signs that will  announce the road and trail closure date. The Franklin County Engineer’s Office will supervise the building  of this $7.7 million bridge improvement by

SUDS: Sell Ur Dad's Stuff (all things bicycle related swap meet) is June 19th at FCW

Time Sunday, June 19 ·  1:00pm  -  4:00pm Location Franklinton Cycle Works 897 West Broad St. Columbus, OH Created By Franklinton Cycleworks More Info SUDS is an all things bicycle related swap meet. This Father's Day, show your dad you care by clearing out his basement of all the bicycle parts and accessories he hasn't used since 1999 and invite him along to the swap meet as well. Most likely, he'll find a new pair of fenders that he simply must have, and you'll probably find something cool too. Nothing to sell? Stop down and browse the tables. Good food, fine coffee, and chill music are expected to accompany patrons of this Father's Day event making it not only a good time, but a great gift. Tables are $10 and space is limited so reserve yours as soon as possible. For more information, call Jonathan of FCW at 614-315-9315 or email him at Co-sponsored by Columbus Ride Blog and Yay Bikes! [Facebook event]

Tour Homes for Sale by Bike! Columbus WheelTours

Like to Bike? Thinking of buying a home?  Join us to tour great homes in Columbus' most scenic neighborhoods! We start at a local park, then trek out to visit 4-5 homes. Doing a home tour on a bike lets you see the neighborhood from an intimate perspective that you won't experience elsewhere! You don’t have to be looking for a house to join this event. It’s always fun to look, right? The Sellers are taking time to get their house prepared for us to see so a great way to repay them is to share photos of their home on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Maybe one of your friends IS looking? That way, it’s a win/win and we can keep having these events. Free advertising for Sellers…and you get to checkout some sweet cribs & get some exercise too. Here is a list of dates for future events. For up to date info regarding WheelTour events, stay tuned to  or  "Like" Rare Breed on Facebook. Events start at 9 am. May 14th – Westerville May 28th – Victorian Vil

Welcome to The Water Cycle Project: Meet and Greet is Thursday 5/26 at FCW

Welcome to The Water Cycle Project The Water Cycle Project is a grass-roots organization in Central Ohio, dedicated to raising money to drill fresh-water wells for the impoverished communities of the world. In 2011, our goal is to raise $100,000 to drill wells in rural portions of Central and Southern India. To do this, we've arranged a series of long distance, multi-day bike trips. Please  join us for one of our cycling trips  around the Great State of Ohio, or simply  donate to our cause . Thanks for visiting our site, please don't hesitate to  contact us  if there's any way we can assist you. Website Meet and Greet details! FB event page Time Thursday, May 26 ·  7:00pm  -  8:30pm Location FCW Shop 897 West Broad St. Columbus, OH Created By Franklinton Cycleworks More Info The folks behind The Water Cycle Project are good friends of ours at FCW and will be giving a talk on their mission and the bike rides they've planned for this summer in an effort to rai