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Saturday, September 10, 2011

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


Better World Club 30% DISCOUNT plus BICYCLE roadside assistance

Better World Club is offering a 30% discount off first year membership AND a free bicycle membership! use this link here for the discount -

Better World Club, Inc. is dedicated to balancing economic goals with social and environmental responsibility. Better World Club supports a cleaner environment and alternative modes of transportation. We provide our customers with high quality, good value and environmentally sensitive products and services:
- Emergency Roadside Assistance
- Travel Products and Services
- Insurance Products and Services
We act as an advocate on behalf of the consumer and demonstrate our social and environmental commitment by donating an amount equal to 1% of our annual revenues toward environmental clean-up and advocacy and by providing unique eco-friendly travel alternatives.

History - Ohio Boys Make Good

Todd Silberman and Mitch Rofsky met forty years ago in an Ohio Cub Scout troop. Little did they know that someday they would create Better World Services, Inc. Wouldn't their den mother be proud? (There's so much more to tell about Todd and Mitch in their youth: from academic honors to the culture of the 1960’s—you know about the 1960’s don’t you? But we thought you'd be most interested in the Cub Scout story.)
Better World Club's founders worked their way through law school in the 70's, Todd as a travel agent, Mitch with winnings from game shows like the Joker's Wild. Upon graduating, Todd sensed the airline industry beginning to deregulate. He seized the opportunity and co-founded the third largest travel agency in the U.S. before selling it to American Express in the early 90's. Todd was an innovator at the cutting edge of the fast evolving industry.
Meanwhile, Mitch selflessly dedicated himself to the public interest, working for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen —(this was Nader well before he became a politician). He later helped to provide the initial financing for the socially responsible Working Assets Mutual Fund and became its President in 1991. He was the first chair of Business for Social Responsibility, and in 1996 founded just such a progressive business, American Consumer Insurance which is now Better World Insurance, Cambridge MA.

The Right Idea at the Right Time

While test marketing the insurance program in Massachusetts, Mitch was approached by environmentalists who were fighting AAA on issues like Clean Air and Mass Transit. Mitch thought there was an opportunity to compete with AAA as well and Todd agreed. But there was work to do. Better World Club has grown through the efforts of a commited staff whose dedication to social responsibility spans every aspect of travel -- whether when from flying around the world, renting a cottage in Ireland, or riding a bike to work.

Travel Services

Our hotel-booking engine is powered by World Choice Travel (WCT), a division of LP. WCT is a member of the ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network). WCT is also registered as a seller of travel with the State of Florida - Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST34200.

Our powerful hotel engine provides the widest selection of hotel accommodations with choices fromthroughout the world. Its technology connects directly to the central reservations systems of hotels worldwide, resulting in better rate and room descriptions, and in many cases, a greater variety of rates. This arrangement translates into considerable savings. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Fast Boy Cycles - Fixed Gear Porter

To stay interested, Ezra has decided always to be working on a bike that HASN'T been ordered. Just a project of his own. A chance to try something different, learn something new. He'll be presenting these projects as fully built bikes and selling them here. The sale price will be less than the usual cost of the frame and the build. The proceeds will fund the NEXT project bike.
#3 Fixed gear porteur
main upskirt stainless 
main upskirt stainless 

Fixie Porteur $3250

  • 53cm center to center (but a high bb and relatively fat tires! so 31.5" standover +/-)
  • columbus spirit for lugs tubes (with s bend stays)
  • custom stainless platform rack
  • flashlight mount
  • nitto 65 seat post
  • nitto pearl stem
  • sugino 75 cranks
  • formula k18 hydraulic disc brake
  • open pro rims laced to white industries hubs
  • phil BB
  • chris king headset
  • panaracer ribmo tires
  • nitto promenade bars
  • $3250 without saddle or pedals
The classic porteurs were pretty unique in their very low trail and flop. Many of you who have had a front basket or rack know just how much it can affect the handling of a bike. The front end geometry of this machine is designed to minimize that effect. It works! I've been alternating between this thing and my white track bike this summer, and I must say it's a great ride! Best of all, it's a great deal, and is ready to ship.

[Fast Boy Cycles]

Friday, September 9, 2011

Contested Streets

Contested Streets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The Cycling Eight

The story of eight teenage girls from Michigan who went on a multi-day bike trip in 1940. Produced by Heather Andrews.

Time to Take Action

I Bike I Vote - It is time to Save Cycling
This year, around $700 million of Federal transportation funds, which in reality is less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars, will be spent on bicycling and walking. In 2012 that figure might be a big fat zero.

In the next few days, Senator Coburn and Representative Cantor will ask Congress to eliminate the federal Transportation Enhancements program – the primary funding source for the past 20 years for bike lanes, trails, bike racks on buses, bike education etc. This isn’t safe or smart; it’s not good for the economy or the environment; this is bad health policy and bad transportation policy. But they are going to try because they don’t think bicycling matters.

Even though bicycling projects create more jobs per dollar than highway-only projects and cutting enhancements won’t impact the deficit – the money just won’t be spent on bicycling – some Members of Congress want to force us backwards to a 1950s highway-only mindset: as if oil embargoes, congestion, smog, the obesity epidemic and climate change never happened.

Now is the time to Save Cycling. As we expect the Senate to move first, we are asking you to contact your Senator and urge them to support continued funding for biking and walking. Don’t let them take away this vital investment program for smart, sustainable, safe transportation choices.

Please Take Action today.

Thank You.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Impulsive Traveler: In Detroit, ruin porn and an incipient renaissance [Washington Post]

(Michelle Figurski/ HEIDELBERG PROJECT ) - Tyree Guyton created this the “Motor City Lot” (taxis and cars) as part of the Heiderberg Project in Detroit, MI. The artist asks “Where are we going?” referring to the city of Detroit and Detroit auto industry.
In Detroit, there’s room to ride.
I spent my last day in the city on two wheels. The light traffic on downtown roads makes the Motor City surprisingly accommodating to visiting cyclists who don’t really know where they’re going. (Okay, there were a few times when somebody yelled “Get the [expletive] off the road!” from a passing car, but those were the only exceptions to the cheerful welcome we got from most locals.)
Had I known about the show the city would put on, I would have gotten on a bike much sooner. I rode Grand Boulevard into the city’s eastern neighborhoods, turned north into Hamtramck (a two-square-mile municipality that’s technically separate from Detroit but sits smack in the middle of it), then traveled back west through the tree-lined streets of the historic districts of Arden Park and Boston-Edison.
The city is a visual feast: urban farms, derelict houses, art deco skyscrapers, 19th-century churches, industrial ruins and vibrant murals declaring, “Detroit Lives!” Above all, there’s a lot of space.
It’s a more eclectic picture than I’d imagined. After years of stories about population loss, bad government and auto industry bailouts, it’s a safe bet that the overwhelming view of Detroit among those who’ve never visited is one of decline. Yet as of late, the city is undergoing a revival, however nascent, led by creative types and entrepreneurs attracted to the low cost of living — and all that space to do stuff with.

Calm down: With a very few exceptions, America is no place for cyclists [via Economist]

DYING while cycling is three to five times more likely in America than in Denmark, Germany or the Netherlands. To understand why, consider the death of Michael Wang. He was pedalling home from work in Seattle on a sunny weekday afternoon in late July when, witnesses say, a brown SUV made a left turn, crunched into Wang and sped away.
The road where the 44-year-old father of two was hit is the busiest cycling corridor in Seattle, and it has clearly marked bicycle lanes. But the lanes are protected from motor vehicles by a line of white paint—a largely metaphorical barrier that many drivers ignore and police do not vigorously enforce. A few feet from the cycling lane traffic moves at speeds of between 30 miles per hour, the speed limit for arterials in Seattle, and 40 miles per hour, the speed at which many cars actually travel. This kind of speed kills. A pedestrian hit by a car moving at 30mph has a 45% chance of dying; at 40mph, the chance of death is 85%, according to Britain’s Department of Transport.
Had Mr Wang been commuting on a busy bike route in Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Berlin, his unprotected exposure to instruments of death—namely, any vehicle moving at 20mph or more—would be nearly nil. These cities have knitted together networks for everyday travel by bike. To start with, motor vehicles allowed near cyclists are subject to “traffic calming”. They must slow down to about 19mph, a speed that, in case of collision, kills less than 5%. Police strictly enforce these speed limits with hefty fines. Repeat offenders lose their licenses.

Bike Crash Wiped Details; GPS Data Filled Them In [via NY Times]

WOODSIDE, Calif. — After racing and biking back roads on the San Francisco Peninsula for almost half a century without serious incident, on July 3 I crashed while riding downhill at more than 30 miles an hour. I knocked myself out, broke my nose and was left with lots of road rash and stitches on my face, as well as a deep gash above my knee that went all the way to the patella.
Mike Piper
Before GPS The writer at a criterium race in 1967 in San Jose, Calif. 
But when the paramedics picked me up and sent me to the hospital, I found that the worst thing I had sustained was a hole in my memory, lasting about 20 minutes. I had been riding by myself, and I had no idea what led me to crash.

"Contested Streets" to be shown on September 12th, Campus Gateway

Monday, September 12 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm


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Contested Streets examines the problems with
our nation’s transportation system and offers solutions.

South Campus Gateway
Columbus, 43201

Sept. 12th, 2011 at 7:30pm
Cost $5

There will be a short panel discussion following the movie with transportation experts.

There will be a raffle and prizes given to the first three people who used alternative transportation to get to this event!

Questions? Please contact Ben Wickizer
of the Sierra Club:
[Facebook event]

RideDEAF is Saturday, September 24


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GCGC Garden Tour and Potluck is Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:15pm - 9:00pm


Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:15pm - 9:00pm

Ist Annual Greater Columbus Growing Coalition Garden Tour & Potluck with Bicycle Tour Option!

"Four Great Gardens, One Great Meal!"


What:   First GCGC Garden Tour and Potluck Dinner with Bicycle Tour Option 

Where: COLUMBUS – Westside

RSVP: PLEASE RSVP if you are coming to this first annual tour.  Let us know if you will be touring by bicycle. RSVP to Noreen Warnock,

Misc.:  You can either drive the tour by car or ride by bicycle.  All tableware will be provided.   If you want to car pool, meet at the church below at 5:45 PM.  Carpooling will be up to you. 

                St. John’s Church
                1003 West Town
                Columbus 43222


FOR THOSE WHO ARE DRIVING: Please be at first garden at 6PM 
FOR THOSE WHO ARE BICYCLING: Be at St. John's church ready to start promptly at 5:45.

Bicyclists:  Optional bike tour

5:15 PM: Optional pre-fun ride starting at St. John's on Town St.  We will tour Franklinton and downtown Columbus. Have your tomato sauce in the pot and be ready to ride by this time. Because of time constraints, this pre-fun ride will start promptly at 5:15 PM.

5:45 PM:  Official start of the optional bike ride for the tour will start promptly at this time.  Have sauce in pot by start of ride. We will ride together from St. Johns' to arrive at the first garden by 6 PM.

Note: You must wear a helmet and sign a legal waiver to participate in the bicycling option.   In case you have a flat, have a spare inner tube and any wrenches needed with you to repair your flat.   No inner tubes or wrenches will be available but tire levers, air pump, and assistance will be provided on the ride.  Contact:  Roger Beck @ (614) 736-3398 before or during the ride.



1.     Highland children's garden - 67 S. Highland
2.     Hilltop Lutheran garden - 12 S. Terrace
3.     Highland West Community Garden 29-31 N Wheatland Ave
4.     Franklinton garden - CORNER OF SCOTT ST AND JONES AVENUE
5.     St. John's Episcopal Church for dinner
·      Community Pasta Sauce Medley (Two recipes follows if you want to try one)
Please bring tomato sauce to feed four. This will be put into a big pot with everyone else’s sauce before the tour begins!

·      Salad – If you want, please bring greens from your garden for the salad; dressing will be provided
·      Bread – will be provided
·      Parmesan Cheese provided
(We will pass the GCGC watering can to collect contributions to help defray  the cost of the pasta, bread, salad dressing, and cheese etc.).

Charge your gadgets with Silverback Starke 1

Frame / Rahmen
Fork / Gabel
Rims / Felgen
Hubs / Naben
Tyres / Reifen
Shifters / Schalthebel
Front derailleur / Umwerfer
Rear derailleur / Schaltwerk
Crankset / Kurbelgarnitur
Bottom bracket / Innenlager
Cassette / Kassette
Pedals / Pedale
Brake set / Bremsen
Flow Formed Nickel Alloy
SBC Starke Alloy fork
Alex SX 44
F: Supernova Infinity S Dynamo; R: Shimano Deore LX
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26" x 2.0
Shimano XT 9 Speed
Shimano XT 9 Speed
Shimano Alfine 2 Piece
Shimano 2 Piece
Shimano 9 Speed 11-32T
VP Components
Shimano Hydraulic disc Brake

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wider Tires Are Faster (PDF)

In theory, wider tires offer better performance. Their contact patch is wider and shorter, thus requiring less tire deformation as the wheel rotates. However, the casings of wider tires en- dure greater stresses, and a wider tire requires a sturdier, less supple casing. Such a casing requires more energy to deform, and the net result often is a tire that is slower.

An alternative to sturdier casings is running the wider tires at lower pres- sures. This solution has been adopted by some track riders, who run their 25 mm tires at 10 bar (150 psi) instead of the 14 bar (200 psi) used for narrower track tires. Our real-road tests have confirmed that very high pressures offer no significant performance ben- efits.3 However, harder tires feel faster, probably because they transmit a higher frequency of vibrations, which riders associate with higher speeds.4 This appears to be the reason why performance riders have gravitated toward narrower tires time and again over the history of the bicycle.

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COP 27th Covered Bridge Tour is Saturday September 10, 2011

Date: Saturday September 10, 2011
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 4 days, 4 minutes.
Location: Cyclist Connection
Street: 200 Cemetery Rd.
City State Zip: Canal Winchester, OH
Notes: Roads will be marked and maps provided.
45, 55, 95, 105 options.
$4 member, $7 non-member.
Robert Allen 614-866-8698
Suzanne Birk 614-581-4316.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

DecoBike Miami Beach - Bike share


Hourly Rentals: An hourly rental allows a rider to keep the bike for the entire duration of the rental period. As a perk, you can also dock/park your bike at any station and check another during your rental period. The rental period starts at the time of your original transaction.
Memberships: Bike Sharing Membership is a concept that has been used very successfully in a variety of European cities, such as Paris and Barcelona. A membership allows a rider to check out and return ANY available bike from ANY station, all day long. The first 30min of every ride is included for free, so it gets you from station to station where you dock/park the bike, then just grab another one when you are ready to ride again (like a taxi, but a lot more fun!). The 30min trip clock resets each time you arrive at a station/destination, so you get UNLIMITED 30min rides at no extra charge. When docked, the bike is then available for the next person to use. Since it's bike 'sharing' you do not keep the bike in your possession the whole day.

[DecoBike Miami Beach]

Bike the C-Bus 2011 - Personal photos

These are photos that my wife and I took during the event. Keep checking back for event photos from Sarah Gaylor Photography.

Coker Monster Cruiser - This one rolls on 36 inchers!

The first of its kind, the Coker Monster Cruiser is all about comfort and style. Big is the name of the game and it’s available in both men’s and women’s designs. It’s the world’s largest cruiser bicycle with massive 36-inch wheels, but its design makes it easy to ride. Gear ratio selections via the three-speed coaster-brake hub is another step toward easy riding, as it allows the rider to choose a low gear for steep inclines, or a higher gear for faster speeds on flat ground or downward slopes.
The double wall aluminum rims are plenty strong and are laced to the hubs with 48 stainless steel spokes, before being professionally trued. The Monster Cruiser features Coker’s button tread tires, and a classic springer seat for the vintage look. Wide (30-inch) handlebars offer comfortable cruising, and a front caliper brake offers assistance to the rear coaster brake. These monstrous bikes are available in two color offerings—red for the men’s version and white for the women’s model. Monster Cruisers are $699 and are shipped free to the continental U.S. and some assembly will be required, as the bike arrives in two boxes.