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Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 Fall Leaf Peepers Tour Recap 10152011

Nelsonville - Hocking Technical College start/finish
Passed through Wayne National Forest
Shawnee and other small towns
Great ride with 4 rest stops on the 70 mile route
Winds gusted to 35mph, consistent for 20+ miles

From Tim's GPS

Departed:Oct 15, '11, 06:18am
Starts in:Nelsonville, OH 45764, US
Distance:70.1 mi
Elevation:5554 / - 5591 ft 
Max Grade
29.6 %
Avg. Grade
2.2 %
Total Duration:06:08:30
Moving Time:05:01:55
Stopped Time:01:06:35
Max Speed:39.4 mph
Avg. Speed:13.9 mph

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New York City High Line Park

The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. Section 2, between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

[High Line Park website]

Firefly Stealth UltraCommuter:: Titanium :: Bertone Edition - Amazing Di2 Integration

For the front end we went a little nuts: we made a titanium bar/stem combo.
We integrated the front and rear shifting into the bars via a couple of brass buttons and a complicated, yet sleek, internal mechanism that Jamie machined and assembled.
The action of the buttons are flawless. Precise shifting with a stealthy minimal look and engaging feel.

[Firefly Bicycles]

Wireless Bike Brake Concept [Gizmodo]

This Wireless Bike Brake Concept Fails Maybe Three Times in a Trillion

Researchers at Saarland University in Germany developed a system that replaces both the bike's brake cables and levers with a wireless system that employs control algorithms typically found in aircraft and chemical plants.
These super-dependable brakes reportedly offer 99.999999999997 percent reliability and are able to apply the brakes within 250 milliseconds of being activated—half the time it takes to blink.

PRE Franklinton Gardens Benefit Show ride is October 15th 5PM

The weather will be beautiful this Saturday so come out for 15-20 mile urban ride that will be starting at 400 West Rich Street Arts Complex at 5 PM this Saturday, October 15th. The ride will end at 7 PM and coincide with the start of the Franklinton Gardens Benefit Show which starts at 7 PM and will be held at the same address.

Bring your helmets, light and be ready to ride and then to have a fantastic time supporting Franklinton Gardens at their Benefit Show.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jim Langley, Bicycle Aficionado

WRENCH (fix your bike)
Bicycles are easy and fun to fix. Everything’s right there, easy to see and figure out. With basic hand tools, you can make many common repairs. Just by riding, you can diagnose problems. And even advanced bicycle repair such aswheelbuilding is within your reach . . . (more)
Here are articles that’ll help you achieve your wrenching needs and goals. Maybe you’ll even become a pro mechanic (agreat occupation, because you can get a job anywhere, and every repair is different; be sure to read my story aboutwrenching at the world championships)! Plus, you too might land a gig as a cycling journalist (read my weekly Tech Talkcolumn).
Twenty-five Repair Articles
Click the 1938 bicycle wrenches to see the articles:
Stuff to Know
Basic Maintenance
Basic Repairs and Procedures
More Involved Repairs and Procedures
Fun Stuff

Please note that versions of a few of my how-to repair stories also appear on some bicycle-retailers’ websites and may occasionally appear on certain bicycle-club websites. They are used with my permission.

Vertigo Bicycles will install internal hydraulic lines, for a price...

017 :: Internal Hydraulic Routing
Since returning from NAHBS I've received quite a few inquiries about the hydro routing on my personal 29er. It seems fair that I write a little bit about it.
It will cost $1500 for that option. I want to be straight forward by saying that the hard internal line doesn't do anything at all to help performance in any way. It doesn't make the brake stiffer and it's definitely not going to do anything to help you with the ladies. What it does is add two days and about $900 in material costs to the build.
Material costs are high. Error tolerance is low. For example, the tolerance on line length is about 0.020" making the banjo mount hole location critical. It obviously has to be tested leak proof, requiring a test procedure, a line cleaning procedure. It's not going to work with all bottom bracket combinations as the line location inside the BB shell is highly dependent on where the chainstay meets the BB shell. It's also critical that the line itself won't interfere with the BB spindle or spindle sleeve.
It's a big expensive job with a lot of risk and I won't compromise any other functionality on the bike just to implement this design feature.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

50 Rides of a Lifetime [via Bicycling Magazine]

We asked readers and staff to name their all-time favorite places to pedal. The result (in no particular order): classic destinations, must-do events, and two-wheeled adventures that should be on every cyclist's bucket list.
ByEvelyn Spence

2011 Leaf Peepers Pre-registration extended (Ride is October 15th)

We have extended the $25 per-registration for a few more days for you. 

This is the perfect event as an end of year ride. All routes take you through the Wayne National Forest during the height of leaf color season. 

Fund raiser for The James!
Great Route!
Easy to reach!
Great food and treats!
Great support!

We have 3 routes. 

70 mile Metric Century is a challenge on the order of Pelatonia to Athens with stunning scenery as you ride along what is known as "The Rim of the World"

35 mile Half Metric is a challenge on the order of Pelatonia to Amanda with some very long "close to flat" sections and some of the hills from the Pelatonia route at the end. 

Your choice length - bring the family to ride the bike trail from Hocking College as far as you like and back. Family fun includes the pioneer village and the train stop at the ride start/stop point. Perfect for sharing some family fun or riding with novice cyclists.  

Fully supported with rest stops, sag, mechanical support on all routes including the bike path. 

Mitzi's family is making the special treats and getting ready to make some delicious bean soup and cornbread for end of ride goodness. 

Link to the Active:

Ride info and maps:

John Crook
John Crook's Cycle Right a cycling performance center Cell 614 496-8982 Office 614 417-1551 829 N. Columbus St Lancaster, OH

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Bike of the Future Is Theft-Proof, Solar-Powered, and Very Slick

An Olympic cyclist puts together some of the coolest bike-tech out there to create a vision for the next-generation urban two-wheeler.


Bicycles aren't known for being high-tech when compared with other forms of transportation. But cyclist Chris Boardman's new bike design prototype takes bikes well beyond advances in carbon-fiber frames and electric assist technology.

The bike, which relies on existing technology, has a mini-computer attached to the handlebars to count calories; a purportedly unbreakable locking device that uses fingerprint identification; and a battery-assisted motor powered by solar panels. Boardman's design also features a lightweight carbon-fiber frame, spoke-less wheels that improve aerodynamics, and self inflating, puncture-proof tires.
All told, the contraption could remove many of the barriers that prevent citygoers from using bikes as their main source of transportation, including concerns about theft, maintenance, and too much physical exertion.
The one hurdle Boardman's advanced design still needs to work on? Cost. The Olympic cyclist estimates that it will take 20 years before the bike is cheap enough for mass-market adoption. But look on the bright side: If you start riding your current bike instead of driving, you'll save enough money to be able to afford this thing when Boardman gets it made.

Almost Genius: Spokeless Bike Wheels

Almost Genius: Spokeless Bike Wheels

A wave of spokeless bike designs (more renderings than reality) prompts one question: why?

spokeless bike
Come on, guys: what did spokes ever do to you? It seems like every new bicycle prototypespinning around the blogosphere has one thing in common. Or rather, lacks it: spokes. For some reason, designers hate the things, coming up with one heavily-stylized way after another to do away with hubs and spokes. Some mechanical engineers from Yale even caused a stir last month by actually building one.
spokeless bike
But why? The most common reason is weight: Hubless wheels are supposedly lighter. But considering it's pretty easy to find wheel pairs (with spokes) weighing less than 1.5 kilograms, the claim is dubious. You'd need a pretty powerful rim to hold up under pressure unmediated by a set of spokes, and that's bound to weigh quite a bit. Spokes are near perfect: They put the wheel in tension, like a suspension bridge wrapped in a circle. The concept works so well, wheelbuilders have gotten away with using as few as eight spokes on a wheel--but they're still using spokes. When designers play around with the physics--putting spokes in compression, instead of tension, like Mavic infamously tried with their R-Sys wheels--the results are explosive. Should designers give up on rethinking the bicycle? Not necessarily. But maybe it's time they shift their attention to a different part. A more comfortable seat, say, or better-looking spandex.
spokeless bike
spokeless bike

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Detroit GETS IT! Detroit Greenlink offers new connections for cyclists [Bike Radar]

Detroit's new GreenlinkDetroit's new Greenlink (Giffels-Webster )
With the world headquarters of General Motors dominating the skyline of downtown Detroit, MI few people need a reminder that despite its hard times this city is still the “Motor City.” Yet despite this car culture, city planners are serious about making the old Motown friendlier to those looking to get around via pedal power.
This is evident in the city's recent completion of the Corktown-Mexicantown-Southwest Detroit Greenlink, 16 miles of bike lane that will connect these three inner city neighborhoods. Additionally, this project now connects to the Southwest Detroit Greenway, the largest concentrated network of bike lanes in the city.
The irony of this happening in Detroit is that the city has wide roads, originally built to accomidate big cars, which atucally made adding bike lanes all the easier. “Detroit's streets are actually a huge asset in creating a bicycle-friendly city,” Scott Clein, PE, LEED AP, and executive vice president at Giffels-Webster Engineers, told BikeRadar. “The wide rights-of-way and reduced traffic volumes allow for significant improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians with little to no negative impact on vehicular traffic.”
Clein adds that the unique design of the city’s street plan, which to this day utilizes the post-1805 fire plan by Augustus Woodward, also offered opportunities that many other cities don’t have. “The radial layout of the ‘spokes’ and their relationship to the more traditional grid configuration of streets outside of the central business district is also helpful in creating a connected system,” said Clein. “It allows for more direct routes along streets like Michigan Avenue and positions the city nicely to expand the network out to the surrounding communities.”

CU on a Bike recap 10092011

10 miles
20 cyclists

Goodale Park start
DK Diner - brunch
one flat : (
Hilltop Connector bridge
Main Street Bridge
Scioto Mile
Barley's - beer tasting and tour
Bodega - beer and cheese pairing

NTT DoCoMo Shared Bicycle Initiative hands-on [Engadget]

Well, NTT DoCoMo is at it again, this time dabbling in the fine art of bicycle sharing. The Japanese mobile carrier's own flavor is currently undergoing beta testing in Yokohama, just outside Tokyo, and uses a familiar kiosk system to collect and dish out bikes. Residents (and tourists with Japanese cell phone numbers) can rent bikes 30 minutes at a time for 105 Yen (about $1.40) for the first half hour, then 210 Yen for each subsequent period. You also rent bikes by the month for 1,050 Yen (about $14). Overall, this implementation doesn't appear to be different than what's already been installed in some US and European cities, but it's apparently a first for the Tokyo area.

[continue reading at Engadget]