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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Yelp On Two Wheels: A Taco Truck Tour! 07092011 RECAP

88+ riders
17 miles for the route, longer for others
Kegbike with keg full of water
Several flat tires, broken rear axle
3 Taco Trucks were ready for the throngs of hungry riders
30+ riders for the after-party at Hal&Al's
All the money raised was donated to Yay Bikes! to raise awareness for bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation.

Thanks to all the partners who made it possible to have a great event! And, thanks to all the riders who came out to support Yay Bikes!
Columbus Rides Bikes bloghttp://www.columbusridesbi​ for leading the ride to the trucks.
Franklinton Cycleworkshttp://www.franklintoncycl​ for providing technical support for the riders.
Yelp for providing marketing and product donations 
Columbus Food Adventures for communication with the taco trucks.
Hal & Al's for hosting the after-party
Elevator Brewing for donating the kegs
Taco Trucks
Los Potosinos
Las Delicias 
Taqueria Little Mexico 

Thanks to sub_urban riot for the hats and shirts for riders!

Send a letter and send a GREEN message with new postage stamps!

The Postal Service is doing its part to “Go Green” by providing you with eco-friendly mailing materials and stamps.
As part of our Go Green commitment, we’ve designed a series of 16 Forever stamps showing what each of us can do to promote the health of our environment.

Some ways you can go green

Plant Trees stamp
Plant trees. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees and other plants provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Adjust thermostat stamp
Adjust the thermostat. Every degree you lower your thermostat in cold weather, or raise it during hot weather, can lower your energy bill by 3 percent and conserve valuable natural resources.
Public transportation stamp
Use public transportation. Taking the bus, train or carpooling vs. driving your own car saves gas, money and reduces pollution.

Last call for riders - Yelp on Two Wheels: A Taco Truck Tour is today.

Some reminders:
Please be at the park at 11:30am so that we can get everybody signed in. We expect around 100 riders so make sure you get there early to get your pint glass because we have limited numbers.
While you are waiting for us to leave please be courteous to the walkers and joggers in the park and hang out on the grass.

More details here on FB...

Central Park Cyclists Get Wish to Share Shortcut. But Slowly. [via NYT]

Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
Cyclists in Central Park can use roads open to vehicles, but not paths for pedestrians. Some walkers say they fear being hit.

Bicyclists trying to get legally from one side of Central Park to the other have long faced a challenge: because the park’s pedestrian paths are closed to cyclists, they have to either ride the looping vehicular drive south to 60th Street and then head north again, potentially going miles out of their way, or brave the narrow, crowded transverse roads.

Friday, July 8, 2011

How much money (and time) does cycling to work actually save you? [via The Guardian]

The potential savings made by not using public transport can often end up going towards bike maintenance and gear

Cycling in London
Does cycling actually cost more than commuting? What about in rural areas? Photograph: Crispin Hughes/Getty Images

Last week, London-based Steve Morgan launched the charming Cycle to Work Calculator to tell you just that. He emailed us to ask us what we thought and it got me thinking about the calculation I did when buying a bike four years ago. Like many, I remember balking at the combined £650 cost of a bike and accessories (lock, lights, helmet, jacket – they sure add up, don't they?) and having to remind myself they would pay for themselves. But how long would it take?

URGENT: Federal Funding for Biking and Walking Under Attack [via LAB]

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) held a briefing on the morning of July 7, 2011 to outline his plan for the new transportation bill. In response, the League's Andy Clarke said:

"Chairman Mica and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) are hell-bent on cutting out funding for anything other than cars and trucks, seemingly oblivious to the disastrous impacts of 60 years of sprawl, air pollution, congestion, dependence on foreign oil and millions of needless highway fatalities. That's out of touch with what American's want and is so deliberate that it smacks of vindictiveness rather than sound policy. The reality is that Americans want choice. At the individual, community and national level we need more people bicycling and walking rather than less. We need fewer people trapped in a system that forces them to make even the shortest trips by car because there are no safe alternatives. We need robust and dedicated funding for transit, bicycling and walking to keep up with the demand for these critical modes of transportation." 
[PDF] of report via Bike League

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Military Bicycles of World War II

Gustaaf Desmet's very original and desirable Westfield Columbia Serial N° MG99828. Note the USAAF sign attached to the upper frame tubes....

US Army Bicycles

Genuine WW2 US Army bicycles are amongst the rarest of vintage military vehicles around. Sure, you will see a lot of them at shows but when you have a closer look, hardly any of those are real, complete military production bikes. So few of them are left, especially in Europe, that a bicycle with provable World War 2 US Army use and in any condition is truly a very rare and expensive vehicle.

Although the US Army had used bicycles for many years before WW2, none were standardized for procurement before 1942. The Army's official use for these bicycles was: 'To provide Transportation for Personnel engaged in Dispatch or Messenger Service'. Of course they were used for many other purposes. They proved a fast and economical way to get around Depots, Camps and Airfields.

The 'Bicycle, Military, Universal' was adopted in October 1942 by the Ordnance Department. It was a military version of the Westfield 'Columbia' and was equipped with heavy duty rims and spokes. It came with a D-Cell powered headlight on the front fender and basic tools were carried in a tool bag attached to the Persons saddle. A tire pump was clamped to the frame.

These bikes were manufactured by both Westfield Columbia and Huffman with only minor differences in parts. Huffman fenders were rounded as opposed to gothic ones on the Columbia, chain guards varied and Huffman front sprockets had a unique whirlwind design.... All parts were interchangeable. Early rubber pedal blocks were replaced with wooden ones later in the war. Early frames had a curved front tube but these were replaced with straight tubes on later models...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bike Camping at Tar Hollow - Recap

4 riders (Tim, John, Adam and Bill)
Tim's stats: Day 1: 63 miles, 1700 ft of climbing, avg speed 14.2 mph, max speed 33 mph. Day 2: 59 miles, 1600 ft of climbing, avg speed 14.7, max speed 43.
Bill's stats: Ride time 10:25:29, Distance 145.09, Average speed N/A, Max speed 45 mph.

Tour de iPhone

The Tour de France is underway. Whether you want to follow the cycling race or do a little riding of your own, these apps can get you on course.

Click Here

Monday, July 4, 2011

Doo Dah Parade 2011 Recap

Yay Bikes!
35+ cyclists
Righteous Mothers Tall Bikes joined our group
Kegbike with full keg of water cooled down participants, riders and filled water bottles

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Old Man Mountain Frequent Flyer

Frequent Flyer
Frame set
7005 heat treated aluminum construction
Custom one-of-a-kind drop outs with hand-tooled hub caps with anti theft hardware
Internal brake cable routing for clean lines
Integrated rear pannier rack
One piece sculpted handlebar with internal routing and custom spacer
State of the art Shimano Alphine Group set including sealed system 8-speed gearing and front light dynamo
XT-quality hydraulic brake system
XTR clipless pedals
Custom DT Swiss Wheel set
Integrated Chain guard
Additional info
This bike was a project we built for the Shimano Alphine contest. It is one-of-a-kind and is not for sale.

[more Frequent Flyer]

Old Man Mountain Racks

Our rear racks offer something for everyone.
The Cold Springs and Sherpa models mount to your axle down below and to brake bosses or our OMM band clamps up above. Our design works with most bicycles out there. These include frames with no eyelets, small rear triangles, disk brakes, and suspension.
Our Red Rock rack mounts to lower eyelets down below and to v-brake bosses or OMM band clamps up above. The Red Rock does not work with bicycles with disk brakes or 29-ers.

Toyota + Parlee: Be the shift!

Imagine yourself shifting into a lower gear on your bike. Now imagine that imagining yourself shifting could actually shift your bike. Confused? Don’t be.
Since our last update, the engineering masterminds of Deeplocal have devised a system that lets riders shift the PXP’s gears without using a single one of their appendages. Imbued with the sort of forward thinking that went into the design of Prius, the system lets riders command an electronic shifter with their own brain waves captured by a helmet stuffed with neurotransmitters.

Raining on Everyone’s Parade [via Bike League]

Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration informed state Departments of Transportation of another rescission of funds, this time totaling $2.5 billion. A “rescission”, you may recall, is a mechanism by which states return to Washington various unspent amounts of money that they could have spent but haven’t yet done so. The action is taken under the 2011 Full-year Continuing Appropriations Act. This is the FHWA notice, which includes the total amount of funds each state is to send back to Washington. Not the most entertaining piece of prose you’ll ever read, but hidden within the language is another significant threat to the funds that are available to spend on bicycling improvements.

[Bike League]