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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Paul Budnitz Bicycles [manufactured by Lynskey]


This is the fastest, most comfortable, and most beautiful commuting bicycle in the world. Created for daily trips to the office or for a 2-week trek across Europe.
Includes our trademark super-light all-titanium No.1 Cantilever Frame™, Half-Crown™ fork, proprietary Ti handlebars & seat post. Available as a belt-driven single speed or with an 11-speed internally geared transmission. Shifter & brake cables are elegantly hidden inside bicycle frame tubing. Rack and water bottle mounts.
Created by hand in limited quantities, featuring some of the best components in the world. Built to last a lifetime. This bike is extremely fast!

Friday, August 19, 2011

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is open until 8/26! Save $5 and get a t-shirt.

2011 Bike the C-Bus RED limited edition shirts are available for order!

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Garmin Brings Power to the People with Vector

VectorOnce you start using a power meter and seeing the benefits of power-based data, you quickly realize that you want power from every ride that you do – on every bike, from every event. The data becomes so valuable to you, that a ride without power is almost a ride that didn’t happen. And so, most cyclists are suddenly wrestling – struggling - with how to get power on every one of their bikes and from every type of riding situation. That is why we bring you Vector.
    Today we announced the unveiling of Vector – a high-precision pedal based power meter – designed for cyclists, by cyclists. Vector is the lightest weight direct measurement power meter on the market, and designed for quick installation, portability, and ease-of-use. Taking only minutes to install, Vector provides accurate and reliable power data and uniquely measures and presents right and left leg power balance to ANT+™ compatible head units. Vector was announced in preparation for a world unveiling tour beginning at Australia’s Ausbike, then climbing to Germany’s Eurobike, and finally sprinting to Las Vegas’ Interbike where it will be prominently displayed at Garmin booths in each location. To see Vector in action, go to

    Bikes of San Francisco - Pretty cool poster

    Boost Your Bike [Science Friday]

    Maxwell von Stein, a 22-year-old graduate of The Cooper Union, built bicycle that uses a flywheel to store energy. Instead of braking, Max can transfer energy from the wheel to the flywheel, which spins between the crossbars. The flywheel stores the kinetic energy until Max wants a boost, then he can transfer the energy back to the wheel using a shifter on the handlebars. En EspaƱol.

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Garmin Edge 200 is a GPS cycling computer for riders on a budget [ENGADGET]

    From Engadget

    Garmin Edge 200
    The Garmin Edge 500 and 800 are pretty sweet GPS-enabled cycling computers, but they're also pretty expensive. The new Edge 200 shaves a cool Benjamin off the price of the aging 500 by cutting back on non-essential features. There's no navigation function or even the ability to pull in data from power meters, heart rate monitors or cadence sensors. It will, however, map your rides, let you download them over USB and share them via Garmin Connect. The 200 offers up basic info like speed, distance, calories burned and time without the need for additional harfware or a complicated set up. You can keep on pedaling for quite a while too, thanks to the roughly 130-hour memory and 14-hour battery life. The Edge 200 should start popping up sometime in Q3 for $150 and, before you go, check out the PR after the break.

    [Continue reading at Engadget]

    Tour of Utah - Queen Stage - Wacky Food Hand Ups [VIDEO]

    Tour of Utah - Queen Stage - Wacky Food Hand Ups from Roots Culture Connect on Vimeo.

    We like our cycling but this ain't Alpe D'Huez, and this ain't the Tour De France, this is the good ole U.S. of A. In the land of wrestling and demolition derby we take a different approach, more of a peanut gallery than a cheering section. In keeping with the traditions of L'autobus we posted up on Little Cottonwood Canyon to take in the Queen Stage of TofU RCC style... bring on the Super Soakers and inhospitable foods

    Columbus Food Adventures donates TWO tour passes for Bike the C-Bus 2011 raffle. Register today!

    Columbus food tours satisfy the food lover:
    from our walking tour of the Short North Arts District, featuring artisan producers and the finest local cuisine to exploring the city's colorful taco trucks, we offer something for everyone!
     Columbus Food Adventures even offers an ethnic food tour to whet your curiosity and your appetite. Our clients include the tourist looking for a unique city tour in which to explore Columbus and local residents wanting to expand their horizons and have fun while doing it. Group tour and private tour options are available for the culinary explorer inside of you. If you're visitingColumbus, Ohio, this unique culinary attraction is not to be missed!

    Rack System for Honda Fit for SALE!

    FEET: Thule Rapid System 754
    CROSS  BARS: Thule Square Bar 769 50”
    CLIPS: Kit 1465 for 2008 Honda Fit Sport

    TWO orange Rocky Mount Pitchfork trays.  They fit every bike from 24”x1-2, to 700c x 23’s, to 29er x 2.3’s.  Disc brake compatible. 

    Two Thule 593 “Wheel On” front wheel holders. 

    All were purchased in May through ORS Racks Direct and I believe I only used it one time!  Sold my car and it will not fit on my new car.


    B1 Bicycles has a new commercial! @B1Bicycles

    B1 Bicycles from B1 Bikes on Vimeo.

    [B1 Bicycles]

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Breathtaking Bike Infrastructure: Minnesota’s Martin Olav Sabo Bridge

    Martin Olav Sabo Bridge (Minneapolis) from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

    by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. on August 11, 2011

    In 2007, in order to route cyclists away from a challenging 7-lane crossing on busy Hiawatha Avenue, Minneapolis built the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.

    The first cable-stayed bridge of any kind in the state, it’s breathtaking, even to the people who have been riding it for years. It provides a safe, continuous crossing and offers up a glorious view of the downtown skyline (especially at sunset!). The sleek Hiawatha light rail line runs beneath it, and there are benches to sit on and take everything in.

    Used by an average of 2,500 riders a day, peak use can hit 5,000 to 6,000 per day on some gorgeous summer weekends, according to Shaun Murphy of the Minneapolis Department of Public Works.

    The bridge was named in honor of Minneapolis' Martin Olav Sabo, a former U.S. Representative from the 5th District who helped secure much of the $5 million needed to build it. Thanks to the Bikes Belong Foundation for enabling us to feature this majestic piece of bike architecture and to show that investing is cycling and walking is well worth every penny for our communities.

    weBike: Collegiate Bike Sharing

    Rent - Ride - Return

    A station-less bike fleet that run on SMS Text Messaging to provide an engaging user experience:weBike is a fast and convenient way to share bikes in a community.

    weBike aims to get more people biking as transportation with a new, affordable solution to bike sharing: a station-less design that leverages mobile technology to power a rider's interaction with bikes. Our model of bike sharing is targeted towards small and collegiate communities; it's light and customizable, which means easy to install, cost effective to maintain,  and most importantly, complementary to a rider's needs and lifestyle. Join the weBike movement and find out how to Make Shift Happen!
    weBike, do you?

    The end of the road for motor mania [via New Scientist | Opinion]

    Something unexpected is happening to our car-crazy culture. What are the forces driving us out of motoring?
    IS THE west falling out of love with the car? For environmentalists it seems an impossible dream, but it is happening. While baby boomers and those with young families may stick with four wheels, a combination of our ageing societies and a new zeitgeist among the young seems to be breaking our 20th-century car addiction. Somewhere along the road, we reached "peak car" and are now cruising down the other side.
    Peak car takes several forms. Sales of new cars have almost halved in the US, down from nearly 11 million in 1985 to about 5.5 million in 2009. We shouldn't take much notice of that, though. Cars last longer these days, and sales go up and down with the economy. But we have hit peak car ownership, too. And, more to the point, peak per-capita travel.
    The phenomenon was first recognised in The Road... Less Traveled, a 2008 report by the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, but had been going on largely unnoticed for years.

    The latest edition of Momentum Mag USA is available online - FREE!

    Click to read!

    Bike the C-Bus 2011 is donating to Yay Bikes!, Faith Mission and Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association! Register today!

    Bike the C-Bus 2011 will donate a portion of each registration to THREE charities. Yay Bikes!, our local bicycle advocacy group, Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association, bringing awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, and Faith Mission of Ohio, serving those without food or shelter.

    SPANK scented grips! Available @CyclistConnect


    Long Grip 145mm, with 50mm flange • Ultra thin for improved tactile responsiveness • Bar Tie down grooves • Custom Kryton Rubber compound, well balanced density offering reasonable longevity and moderate tacky comfort • Expander end caps with stainless steel hardware.
    Magic Black / Apple Red / Grape Purple / Berry Blue / Zesty Orange / Vanilla White
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    After 500 Miles, Hitting a Wall

    The ride to Pomeroy, Wash., from Walla Walla was about 65 miles, and there was a companionable tail wind most of the way. But just at noon, not quite 40 miles in, we stopped for lunch at a spot on the map, Starbuck, and when we emerged from the air-conditioned cafe refueled about 45 minutes later, the temperature had leapfrogged at least 10 degrees.

    My companion, Tom Scribner, a lawyer in Walla Walla who had designed our mostly back-road route through the rolling wheat fields of southeast Washington, rode blithely ahead as we found the intersection to U.S. 12 and began the 20-mile final stretch to Pomeroy, where we had a motel reservation.

    Before long I crossed an invisible threshold, 500 miles since I left Astoria, Ore., bound for my apartment in Manhattan. But it was a short-lived exhilaration. With the temperature north of 90, I began to fade. Big time.

    Continue reading...

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Great Allegheny Passage 2011 Ride Recap 08122011 - 08152011

    Some highlights

    Brett, Nathan and I drove to McKeesport, PA. We christened the ride the "Snark N Bark" tour 2011 and then rode the GAP trail south through Boston, West Newton to Connellsville, PA where we stayed at the Melody Motor Lodge. 
    48 miles total

    We rode 17 miles to Ohiopyle to meet up with rest of the group including Tim, Bill, Ryan, John, Jack, Mitzy, Aliceann, Carla and Bambo.
    Trail passed through Confluence, Rockwood, Meyersdale, Frostburg and we finished in Cumberland, MD
    Carla - broke her front derailleur
    I killed a bird and snake, flattened...
    Ryan flatted coming down off the mountain after hitting a coal chunk from scenic railway
    Baltimore Street Grille for dinner and drinks, great food and service!
    91 miles total

    Bambo decided to drive back to Ohiopyle after enduring the ride on Saturday
    Carla wrecked on a wet rail crossing and joined Bambo in the car
    John unloaded his gear with Bambo and rode solo for most of the way to Ohiopyle
    Aliceann needed to get home so she was picked up in Meyersdale
    Ryan's shifter for the rear derailleur broke causing it to ghost shift

    Tim lost a bottle from his bike and I crushed it flat as we entered the Salisbury Viaduct.
    We bid farewell to the group in Ohiopyle and continued riding north.
    Before we got to Connellsville we experienced a 30 minute torrential downpour which caused 3 inches of water on the trail and lots of water in bags and shoes.
    VDO cyclometer succumbed to being waterlogged twice during the weekend 
    iPhone's don't like water either
    91 miles total

    Melody Motor Lodge in Connellsville, PA to McKeesport, PA.
    We ran into a little rain coming into McKeesport.
    Uneventful day
    48 miles total

    Two Wheels vs. Four [SLATE]

    How far do I have to ride my bike to pay back its carbon footprint?

    Bike commuting. Click image to expand.I'm thinking about switching my daily commute from four wheels to two. But I'm concerned about all the energy it takes to manufacture and ship a new bicycle. How many miles would I need to substitute a bike for my car before I've gone "carbon neutral"?
    It's tough to say exactly how much greenhouse gas making a bicycle requires, since none of the major manufacturers has released data on their energy consumption. Independent analysts have used a couple of different measures. Shreya Dave, a graduate student at MIT, recently estimated that manufacturing an average bicycle results in the emission of approximately 530 pounds of greenhouse gases (PDF). Umbra Fisk, a research associate at Grist, came up with a total carbon footprint of one ton of carbon dioxide-equivalentsfor every $1,000 of manufacturing cost. These two estimates intersect at a bike that costs $265 to build—well within the range of manufacturing costs for the wide variety of bicycles on the market.

    Osymetric USA chainrings - Awesomatic?

    For the rider that wants a full range of gearing with the least amount of repeated gears the compact designed Osymetric chainring set is a must.  The 50 tooth outer ring is matched with a 38 tooth inner ring giving the rider a low gear to ascend even the steepest of climbs with a 10% decrease in lactic acid over a standard round ring.  The patented Osymetric curve get the rider through the dead spot quickly and then into the power phase with a larger gear to take advantage of the bodies natural biomechanics.  Ride them and feel the difference. 

    revolights - Kickstarter project


    Dear Kickstarter Supporter, 
    Thanks for checking out our project. We hope you are as excited about revolutionizing the bike light industry as we are. With your help, we will morph Revolights into an innovative bike light solution used worldwide. We recognize Revolights are different, but we're from the Bay Area where different is, well, sometimes better. People aren't used to wheel mounted lights, but simply put, we intend to change that.
    Today we have a product (patent pending); a product we're proud of and believe in, but it's not complete! Our goal here on kickstarter is clear... we must further the revolution; the bike lighting revolution. We must raise enough support to take Revolights through the rest of design and final product development. We will take them from where they are now (v4 below) to where they will be at the end of 2011, as a viable, user friendly, finished product.

    What are Revolights? Revolights consist of 2 thin profile LED rings (white in front, red in back) that mount directly to each wheel rim (just below the brake calipers) using a series of rim specific clips. Power is supplied via a thin wire to the hub where a lightweight and slim, USB rechargable polymer lithium-ion battery is held in a special bracket. A small magnet is secured to the fork to provide speed and orientation information to the rings.
    (Battery holding device and battery are not pictured, but they will be located on the hub.  We promise, they will be very, actually, in fact they might just be pictured...)
    Where's development at? We currently have the 4th design version complete of the Revolights rings and clips. The rings are made of lightweight aluminum alloy, which can be finalized into a production 5th design version quickly. The clips are currently developed for Road Bike style rims only. The battery holding device is in initial design. The first design version of the battery holding device will be complete by the end of the funding duration. The developmental process will take Revolights right up to the point where they will be ready for manufacturing tooling.
    What's the money for? As mentioned, we are on prototype design version 4. V4 currently demonstrates all of the critical functions: it is simple to install, does not interfere with the ride, and is fully functioning. But we need to incorporate further design elements to get it to a production ready status; i.e. to a place where it can be used by everyone. This involves construction of a 5th, possibly 6th, prototype version in quantities that will allow testers to assure the lights are ready for prime time.
    So, in short: 1) prototype design, 2) prototype building, 3) tester program design, 4) tester acquisition, 5) program execution, 6) data analysis, 7) and repeat…
    If funds remain, we will use them to build the working capital necessary for manufacturing the first production batch of Revolights.
    How long are we thinking this will take? If you become one of our supporters, you will get exclusive, regular updates on our status. We believe in transparency, both procedural and financial. We want you to know everything we know. We want your monetary support, but need your involvement. We've got some cool stuff planned. We promise you won’t be let down; let’s ride.
    A bit about why we are doing this, and why we believe...
    The invention began as little more than an after school idea, but has blossomed into a product that we believe can throw a new "spin" on bicycle rider safety.
    On the road, bike lights contribute to rider safety in two ways: 
    1) lighting - allows riders to safely navigate at night by illuminating their forward path.
    2) sighting - increases the rider's front, back, and side visibility which signals their presence (i.e. i am a bike) and location to those sharing the road.
    Currently no product on the market provides both lighting and sighting at a functionally high level. Our solution, Revolights, is a double threat. It represents the first fully functional lighting and sighting solution; more specifically, the first solution based on a spoke/rim/hub mounted design.
    Let's use a few stats to paint a picture… 
    In 2008 [1]:
    ●      The two most frequent causes for the 52,000 reported bicycle accidents are collisions with motor vehicles (58%) and individual falls (30%).
    ●      Of the 716 reported fatalities, 69% occurred in urban areas and 39% were between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight.
    ●      Nearly 70% of all nighttime Bicycle-Car collisions are due to inadequate side visibility[2]
    And finally our hypothesis… an increase in bicycle lighting and sighting has the potential to reduce rider injuries and fatalities. It's time to provide rider's with a single bike light solution that allows them to safely experience the joy of riding, regardless of the time of day. Let’s shift the bike light paradigm.

    15-Pound, Retro-Tech Flywheel Helps You Pedal Your Bike To Tomorrow

    A 22-year-old inventor combines two old technologies into a bicycle that saves energy when it brakes and can then accelerate without pedaling.

    The technology of a flywheel is simple and old: Use energy to spin up a wheel very quickly. Later, you can take that spinning energy and use it for something else. But you normally think of flywheels as enormous steel monstrosities spinning in factories. But 22-year-old inventor Maxwell von Stein's new bike employs a small flywheel to boost his speed and take a load off his legs while pedaling:

    When braking, the biker simply shifts gears and allows the energy to transfer from the back wheel to the flywheel (instead of transferring uselessly to the brake pads). Once the rider wants to accelerate again, he simply shifts the gear and the flywheel transfers that power back to the bike, sending the cyclist on his merry way.

    The wheel weighs 15 pounds, so you certainly need the extra help it provides to keep moving. But, as the simple flywheel makes a comeback in all sorts of applications, Stein's invention shows that even the bicycle can get a boost from the the technology. Just don't reach down looking for your water bottle. You're liable to lose a finger.

    [Original Article]

    Danny Macaskill - Industrial Revolutions

    It's NOT too LATE! We goofed yesterday, so BtCB EARLY BIRD Registration ends AUGUST 16th @ Midnight.