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Saturday, June 25, 2011

London Cobra Car Show Ride Recap 06252011

75 miles
16mph average
Tim, Shelee and myself
Hilliard start
Dutch Kitchen breakfast
London Ohio Strawberry Festival and Cobra Car show

Thursday Night Ride Recap 06252011

19 Miles
4 riders
Lower Scioto Greenway
Bridge to McKinley
Rhodes Park
Main Street Bridge
German Village

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 06212011

Canceled normal start time and rode at 630pm to beat the rain
4 riders up, 9 riders back
Hills Market
Tail wind and light rain
25 miles

Friday, June 24, 2011

Testing a DIY 1x8 trail bike

Due to some unfortunate bike-on-tree action at Mohican state park, my favorite single-gear trail bike is kaput. Tight summer funds (due to overlapping apt. leases) inspired me to dig out the frame that first introduced me to mountain biking. I'm not looking forward to running gears again; I've become quite accustomed to life without chain slap and trail-side derailer re-engineering.

As this frame has vertical dropouts prohibiting a proper single gear setup, I've decided to run a 1x8 with wide ratio cassette (11-32t) and my single-speed crank (36t). The 36/32 is plenty low for crawling up hills, and the 36/11 is overkill for going down. The middle of the cassette gives a 36/21 and a 36/19, either of which are acceptable single-speed ratios. Best yet, I can get away with using a short cage road derailer due to the short chain length. I found an old SunTour SVX ( which has very stiff springs for its original use on friction-shift bikes. I don't seem to need a front derailer/chain catcher right now, as my bash ring prevents throwing the chain to the outside, but I may fabricate a simple one later like this:( if I find myself throwing the chain to the inside.

My preliminary test-rides on campus are promising. Shifting is very tight and precise, with very little chain slap. I'll give a report after my first "real" ride.

Tour De Donut The Sweetest Ride in Ohio is SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 2011

The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed bicycle "race" where riders visit two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time. There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted "donut time". We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time.
This ride is meant to be fun, and include all cyclists pro to amateur, triathletes, tourist, fitness riders, fun riders, or you can dust off that 2 wheeler you found along side the road, you are not going to want to miss this.

Tour de Dayton is August 28th [VIDEO]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chequamegon Northwoods Overnight in WI by Salsa

Want Jobs? Build Bike Lanes

Turns out that building bike lanes isn't just a benefit for bikers. Building those bike lanes provides a big boost to the economy.

As states and cities face increasingly limited budgets, tough decisions about service cuts loom. Some people might get frustrated when they see government workers painting out a new bike lane; what was sacrificed to keep those self-important cyclists a little safer? But in reality, bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects generate more than just peace of mind. They also generate 46% more jobs than car-only road projects, according to a new study.

Streetsblog points us to the University of Massachusetts study, which evaluated job opportunities created by 58 infrastructure projects in 11 U.S. states. The result: Cycling projects create a total of 11.4 local jobs for each $1 million spent. Pedestrian-only projects create a little less employment, with an average of 10 jobs for the same amount of money. Multi-use trails create 9.6 jobs per $1 million--but road-only projects generate just 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

A similar study that examined infrastructure projects in Baltimore, Maryland came up with similar results: Pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects create 11 to 14 jobs per $1 million of spending while road infrastructure initiatives create just seven jobs per $1 million of spending.

And so, the latest study's authors reason, encouraging walking and cycling can do more than just cut down on car-based CO2 emissions and obesity rates. They can also "address the problem of unemployment, by creating jobs for engineers, construction workers, and workers who produce the asphalt, signs, and other construction materials." So next time someone argues that bicycle facilities are a waste of money, tell them to think of the job opportunities.

[Image: Flickr user Chicago Bicycle Program]

Link to article and study

A Bench With A Pedal-Powered Streetlight Built In

Central St. Martins student Bharat Bhargava's concept urges strangers to interact with one another.
This concept marries some of our favorite things: bikes, good-looking street furniture, and self-generated power. Not only does it provide a bench (always in short supply) but it invites people to hop on the attached stationary bike and actually exert themselves -- and in turn create enough juice to power a streetlight. Altogether, it’s a purpose-driven lesson in urban civics.

The idea comes from Bharat Bhargava, a postgrad design student at Central Saint Martins, in London, whose goal was to get pedestrians talking to one another. “The combined functionality allows for social interaction amongst strangers,” Bhargava tells Co.Design. “Using human power, this strategy also addresses ownership issues by allowing users to pedal to power their neighborhood park lighting.”

While we’d love to see such furniture installed along the streets of New York, we’re afraid that some of our residents seem to grasp the concept of ownership all too well, so much so that they reserve the right to trash everything in their wake. In very short order, what was once a multifunctional piece of design would be reduced to its starting point: a bench.


Packing Your Panniers

StemCAPtain - replace your boring stem cap with something useful!

StemCAPtain — Time to Ride…!
StemCaptain is a locally owned and operated small business that produces innovative accessories for bicycles.  Our flagship product is the StemCAPtain Stem Cap Bike Clock.  It replaces the normal, non-function stem cap of a threadless style headset with an analog clock.  We also offer a thermometer, picture frame and compass, and are busy working on other model variations and products.  Please check out our website, or ask for us at your local bike store.  StemCAPtains are very easy to install.

Tour de Grandview is Sunday, June 26th

Sunday, June 26, 2011
  • First Avenue Street Party – Food, beverages, children's activities & live entertainment.
  • Kids' Sprints – There will be two age categories for both the girls and the boys: Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-10. Bike helmets and ribbons will be awarded on the big stage! Registration begins at 12:30 pm at Broadview and First Avenue. Come be part of the fun!
  • Criterium Cycling Schedule
    Juniors - 11:45
    Mens Category 4 - 12:20
    Womens Open and 3/4 - 1:10
    Celebrity - 2:00
    Mens Pro 1-2 - 2:30
    Kid Sprints - 4:15
    Mens Category 3 - 4:30
    Mens Category 5 - 5:30
  • Corporate sponsor exhibits along race route
  • Courseside concessions, neighborhood parties

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

GET TO WORK by Horse Cycles [VIDEO]

GET TO WORK from Horse Cycles on Vimeo.

Horse Cycles is a small one-man custom bike shop tucked away in the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Each frame is made with love and care, innovation and inspiration and is 100% unique. The bicycles are made to fulfill each individuals needs by considering who you are, and where you ride. Horse's goal is to make precision bicycles one at a time using the best possible materials while working in concert with the customer to improve their riding experience. Horse offers a small alternative to a massive production based industry by paying attention to the individual to create something that is made locally, by hand, and with no limitations.

†Thomas Callahan

Video by Tray Nelson

Woodman Integrated Seatpost

Fully CNC-machined from premium 6061 T6 Aluminum billet with a carbon fiber cradle and precision-machined premium titanium bolts.
  85 g (34.9mm)
Or upon request
Black, Gold, Red

The Price of Gas [Video]

The City and Bikes: Rubber Meets Road [WSJ]

 now summer 2011 and have you noticed a change? New York City isn't freaking out so hard about bicycling.
Spring was a little shrill and embarrassing. There were crazed media furies about bike lanes, non-stop reports of police crackdowns, hyperbolic worries that the city was transforming into an effete Euro village. If we didn't defend our streets, the cyclists would overtake Manhattan. Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan would open a leg-shaving station in Union Square.
One day you'd walk down to the harbor and see the Statue of Liberty sausaged into tight shorts, sipping a Stumptown espresso and thumbing through Velonews.
But then a funny thing occurred. It got warmer, more people started riding, and the mania was eclipsed by reality.

The LifeCycle Tree at Comfest courtesy of Pedal Instead!

How do we get people to act collectively, and change their habits? The LifeCycle Tree is the third of our experiments around driving collective behaviour through game dynamics, information visualization, and art. This time, we cast the act of biking not in the negative (“saving a tree”) but in the positive, and constructive: “giving life”.
To give life to the LifeCycle Tree, ride your bike to Comfest this year. Park at the corral, and receive a seed. Show the seed to the eye of the tree, and you will have added a leaf to its canopy. Come back over and over again (and on multiple days) and watch your leaf grow, flower, and bear fruit.
Or give life - almost literally - to the installation itself, by riding the attached bike powered generator,  thus charging its batteries and keeping it going for others to see.
This is a work in progress. If you’d like to help out, drop us a line.

VIO POV HD camera

VIDEO - 1080p HD Video
Resolution/Frame Rates: 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps, 1080p/25fps, 1080p/24fps
Video Codec: H.264
Video Container: MPEG-4 
Exposure control: Automatic Exposure Control and White Balance
IMAGING HARDWARE - Advanced Native 1080p CMOS Sensor
Sensor: 1/2.7” HD CMOS sensor, 3.0 µ meter pixel size
Dynamic Range: 69 dB
Sensitivity: 3300 mV/(lux-sec)
Operating Temp: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Processor: 32 Bit ARM Microprocessor, 10 Bit Image
OPTICS - Widest 1080p FOV On The Market
Aperture: f/2.0, Relative Illumination @ Full Field 90%
Focus Distance: .7m - Infinity 
Field Of View: 142° (1080p), 95° (720p)
AUDIO - Built In Mic
Audio Codec: AAC
Mic Type: Monaural Omni-directional Cable-mounted, -40dB sensitivity at 1kHz
Resolution: 16 Bit Half Duplex
Sampling Rate:16kHz
SNR: 80dB
Speaker: Monaural 8 ohm Mylar, 0.7W Max
Max Storage Media: 32GB SDHC
File Functions: Record, Playback, Delete
I/O Ports: SD Card Slot, USB 2.0 High Speed (Mini-B), Mic-In, NTSC/PAL Analog TV /Audio Out (Live Stream Capable)
Record Time: 4.33hrs (1080p 30fps/720p 60fps) 15Mbit/S
Image Display: 2 Inch LCD Screen, Resolution 640x320
Navigation Controls: All On Recording Unit, Including Quick Mode Select Keys For Recording, Playback, & Set-Up Modes.
Auxiliary Controls: RF Remote Control With Record, Tag, & Stop Controls
Functionality: Record, Tagging, File Navigation Including Select, Playback, & Delete. Recording Configurable for either Standard Clip, Loop, or Loop and Forward. User-configurable Camera Settings Via Settings Menu Screens.
SIZE & MASS - Lightweight + Compact
Recording Unit: 40mm x 60mm x 167mm, 328 grams (With 4 AA Batteries)
Camera Head: 58 grams
Remote Control: 24 grams (With A27 Battery)
Digital A-V Cable: Approximately 1.5 meter Length, 128 grams
Battery/Runtime: 4 AA Alkaline/2.5hrs (1080p 30fps/720p 60fps), 4 AA Lithium Ion/5hrs (1080p 30fps/720p 60fps)

Kevin Cyr - Camper Bikes

Camper Bike, a sculptural piece built in April 2008. A stand alone piece and the subject of a series of paintings.

They get along so well in our garages. Why not in our streets? [VIDEO]

Brooks at the 2011 Retro Ronde [Brooks England]

He talks the talk. Does he walk the walk? Or is it the other way round?
Instead of the antipasti and vino rosso of Siena’s L’Eroica, it’ll be moules frites and lashings ofheavily fortified beer this coming Sunday, when devotees of that exotic and near-extinct breed of cyclist, The Flemish Hardman gather in Oudenaarde, Belgium to pay rolling hommage over the potentially (but hopefully not) slippery cobblestones of the Flandrian countryside.
The Retro Ronde has been going since 2007, and Brooks is once again an enthusiatic sponsor of the event. Participants ride their choice out of two routes; the 40km “Jaunt”, or the slightly more taxing 70km “Cold, Wet Hell on Two Wheels”. Though maybe those could be translated differently; our Flemish is a little rusty.

Bicyclists vs. drivers - Why can't we just get along? [via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Monday, June 20, 2011
At 7:20 a.m. on Memorial Day, we were cycling along Butler Street just past the Highland Park Bridge. A driver seen weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed hit one of us, Robert Noll, the lead cyclist, and seriously injured him. He remains hospitalized, recovering from two full days of surgery to repair his many broken bones.
Dr. Noll has endured weeks of pain, lost time from work and is facing possible long-term disability. Another member of our group, Jonathan Finder, was thrown to the pavement face-first, sustaining facial fractures and a concussion.
This accident received a lot of media attention probably because we are doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Clearly it has resulted in major changes not only for our families, but also in the lives of our patients, whose continuity of care has been affected.

Read more:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bicycling’s gender gap: It’s the economy, stupid [via Grist]

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20 JUN 2011 10:03 AM

This is the ninth column in a series focusing on the economics of bicycling.
That uptick in bicycling numbers you've been hearing about nationwide?
It's mostly men.
A recent paper looked at cycling demographic trends and found that, on average, nearly all the new riders on U.S. roads in the past 20 yearshave been men between the ages of 25 and 64.
Meanwhile, the rate of women on the roads has held steady, with 24 percent of bike trips nationwide made by women in 2009 (according to the national travel survey for that year).

SCICON Solar Messenger Bag Sustainable energy. Everywhere.

Solar Messenger Bags charge virtually all handheld electronics (mobile phones, mp3 players, cameras, psp, etc.) The innovative solar panel incorporated in this bag will charge a proprietary battery pack located inside the bag to supply free power, at any time.

A messenger bag is a type of sack, that is worn over one shoulder with a strap that winds around the chest, resting the bag on the lower back. Messenger bags are often used by bicycle messengers, though they are increasingly becoming an urban fashion icon.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Red River Rally is Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Join us in our 39th annual celebration of the fall season! We invite you to ride the valley of the Red River, climb the old logging road to Nada Tunnel, ride past wonders of nature Raven Rock, Chimney Top Rock and Tower Rock, as you climb your way up to Sky Bridge for lunch. Ride the ridges of Pine Ridge, past Parched Corn Creek and Zachariah.
Finish the 38 mile hilly loop back at Natural Bridge or continue on to Lee County and into the charming town of Beattyville for the 65 mile loop.

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Welcome to Wabash Cannonball Trail

The WABASH CANNONBALL TRAIL is a 63 mile multi-use recreational trail in Northwest Ohio. It provides non-motorized access to hikers, bikers, equestrians*, and cross-country skiers. The 12 foot wide trail surface varies within the different jurisdictions, from asphalt to hard packed cinder ballast. *Some juristictions may restrict horse traffic. The trail is a part of the nationwide movement to rejuvenate former railroad corridors into linear parks where people can enjoy the beauty and solitude of the outdoors while also providing a safe alternate mode of transportation between towns and villages along the route. There are more than 15,000 miles of rail-trails throughout the United States. View the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy web site for more information about rail-trails. Portions of the Wabash Cannonball Trail are also certified segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600 mile long hiking trail connecting the Lewis and Clark Trail in western North Dakota with the Appalachian Trail in upstate New York. The Trail is administered by the National Park Service.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

SUDS: Sell Ur Dad's Stuff recap

Seven vendors including Octopus Caps
Pretty good crowd of shoppers filed through
Vendors indicated that they sold a decent amount of merchandise
Grilled dogs and burgers were available

Zigo Leader Stroller Bike, Jogging Stroller, Baby Stroller

All the functionality of a carrier bicycle (Bakfiets), baby bicycle trailer, jogging stroller, conventional baby stroller, and bicycle in one brilliant system.

Get fit. Be green. Have fun. All with your kids.

Save the world a little. Spend time with your kids. Get healthy. Reduce your carbon footprint. With the Zigo™ Leader™ Carrier Bike (or Bakfiets) anyone can do their share to make the world a better place. You’ll feel better. Your kids will love you. The Earth will smile.

A concept so simple, we couldn’t believe that no one had thought of it: instead of towing kids behind a bike in a baby bike trailer or on a baby bike seat, out of sight and exposed to danger, why not put them in front of the bike where parents can see them? The Zigo™ Leader™ allows children to ride in full view of the pilot. No more awkward twisting around to see a rear-mounted baby bike seat or baby bicycle trailer.

Using patent-pending LeaderLink™ technology, the ChildPod™ stoller is easily coupled or uncoupled from the Cycle in a matter of seconds, creating a fully functional baby stroller (or jogging stroller with optional Zigo™ Jogger Kit). And of course the Leader™ Cycle is a practical multi-speed city bike, perfect for around town errands or recreational riding, with or without the ChildPod™.

...and we're not just talking carbon. The Zigo™ Leader ChildPod™ can fit in the trunk of an economy size vehicle or a typical closet. The ChildPod stroller easily rolls through standard doorways. Pop off the Pushbutton Release Wheels, fold the ChildPod™ flat, and you’ll barely know it’s there.

The Dutch call it Bakfiets (we prefer the more American-sounding "Carrier Bike".) The Danish call it Ladcykel. And people who have never seen one before call it Stroller Bike, Bike Stroller or Strollercycle. People ask, Is it a baby stroller? Is it a jogging stroller? Is it a bicycle trailer for kids? It doesn't matter what you call it, the Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle is a revolution in family transportation. Try it for yourself and see.

ElliptiGO - It's a cross between an elliptical machine and a bike.

From the description page:

What is the ElliptiGO elliptical bicycle?
At its core, the ElliptiGO 8S is a fitness device that emulates running outdoors without the associated impact. It was designed by runners to be the ideal low-impact substitute for running. We believe it is the ideal cross-training device for healthy runners and the best replacement for running for injured runners. It delivers an exercise experience that is closer to running than anything else available today.

Who is the ElliptiGO for?
The ElliptiGO has some unique characteristics that make it a great solution for a wide variety of people. Obviously, running is near and dear to our hearts, and the ElliptiGO was designed in particular for cross-training and injured runners. However, most of our customers are not runners. They are people who want a comfortable, fun, efficient, low-impact, and weight-bearing exercise that they can enjoy outdoors. The ElliptiGO delivers on each of these conditions in a way that no other device can. As a result, our customers range from hard core cyclists and elite athletes to recreational riders just looking to get fit. It truly enables a customizable experience, enabling you to challenge yourself as much or as little as you’d like.

Watch the ElliptiGO in action:

The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt. [via Surly Blog]

Thursday, June 16, 2011

posted by Skip Bernet
Skip Bernet's avatar

Some answers to just about any bike forum post I’ve ever read

If you think your bike looks good, it does.
If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.
You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike.
Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is.
Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is.
Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is.