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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crook's Cycle Right Open House is TODAY, Saturday 11/26

Hi everyone,
It is really going to happen this time!

We have a lot going on this winter and wanted to invite you into see the new studio.

Door Prizes include Fits, Coaching, TRX Sessions, a Month of Cycling Camp, Power Bar products and more.

Plus Open House Specials. Come to the Open House and book a Wobble Naught Laser Precision fit for just 149.95 - (if you don't win)

Have you heard of TRX work outs? We have added TRX Full Body Blast workouts to the Studio because we believe it is a very effective way to build cycling strength.

What is a VO2 Max test and what do you do with the results - Tim Rucker will discuss the test and how it is used to in coaching cyclists and runners (great for Triathletes).

 What is special about Computrainers and how do they make our Winter Cycling Camps an different from your trainer.

How is Wobble Naught different from all other cycling position systems. This is a competition proven cycling position system that will make any type of cyclist better.

We hope to see you today, Open House hours are 10 to 2.
-- John, Tim, Tom and Penny
Crook's Cycle Right a cycling performance center
Cell 614 496-8982
Office 614 417-1551
829 N. Columbus St 
Lancaster, OH


Live Animation Of A Bicycle Wheel [Thanks Dylan!]

Purple Extreme - The world's most advanced bicycle chain lubricant

Purple Extreme is an advanced, high performance, synthetic bike chain lubricant. It provides excellent protection for chains, open gears and exposed metal surfaces subjected to severe loading. In addition, it works extremely well even in abrasive, cold, wet or acidic environments. Purple Extreme's additive technology forms a slippery, super-tough, synthetic film on metal surfaces that protects drivetrain parts far beyond the ability of conventional oils or waxes.
  • High Mileage Per Application – Most cyclists Experience 400+ Miles of Road Riding Between Applications of Purple Extreme
  • Best Value For Your Money! One Bottle of Purple Extreme Provides Three or More Times the Mileage of Most Competing Products
  • Runs Clean – Doesn't Attract Dirt
  • Originally Designed To Run Chains In Salt Water – Will Not Wash Off In Rain, Mud Or Snow
  • Smooth Running - Reduces Drivetrain Noise
  • All Conditions Lubrication Security – Protects From Wear Up To 400° F. and Down To -100° F.
  • Does Not Harden in Cold Conditions
  • Ultra High Film Strength – Prevents Metal To Metal Wear
  • Stays In Place – Does Not Shed or Fling Off
  • Penetrates Quickly To All Parts Of The Chain
  • Helps Prevent Corrosion – Stops Rust From Ruining Your Drivetrain
Purple Extreme was originally formulated to protect drive chains in the mining business and on offshore oil rigs, in some the harshest conditions imaginable, for months at a time.

Purple Extreme has extremely high film strength, way beyond most conventional chain lubrication products available within the bicycle industry. The ability of a lubricant to keep two surfaces separated is called film strength. Our film strength is second to none.

The Timken Extreme Pressure Test is one of the laboratory methods used in determining the load carrying capacities of oils and greases. In this test, a Timken bearing cup is rotated against a steel block. The highest load under which a lubricant prevents scoring (caused by contact) of the steel block by the rotating cup is the reported value.

Our dare-to-compare live demonstrations using a Timken machine have consistently and conclusively proven Purple Extreme's ability to keep metal surfaces separated. Purple Extreme has a Timken OK load in excess of 90. No other bicycle chain lubricant has ever exhibited film strength even remotely close to Purple Extreme. What does that mean to our customers? Simple, less wear.

Like an insurance policy, this extraordinary film strength provides extra protection for bearings and surfaces subjected to mechanical stresses. Your equipment lasts longer, runs smoother and cleaner, with less frequent applications of lubricant.

As bicycles make greater use of 10 and 11-speed drivetrains, there is much less metal to carry the load. Choosing the right chain lubricant is more crucial than ever. Purple Extreme is the perfect lubricant to help extend the life of older components and make new equipment run even better... far into the future.

Don’t put your equipment at risk by being deceived with fashion lubricants. Having a grimy, black drivetrain, loaded with grit is still the ultimate pollution in cycling. It is a mess to even touch and the grit wears away metal with every pedal stroke.

PURPLE EXTREME prevents chainwear from the inside out!

When you add it all up, Purple Extreme is Lubrication Perfected!

Purple Extreme website

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ohio: A State DOT That Doesn’t Try to Hide Its Total Disregard for Bike-Ped [DC Streets Blog]

Cartoon: Jeff Darcy The Plain Dealer
Just how highway-focused is the Ohio Department of Transportation under John Kasich? Well, it’s not good. In fact, it’s sort of laughably, hilariously terrible (if you don’t live here, that is).
Yes, ODOT is showing its true colors in its dismissive attitude with the West Shoreway highway-to-boulevard project that Cleveland has been planning for decades. It’s clear from this case that John Kasich’s ODOT thinks livability projects like highway-to-boulevard conversions are pretty silly.
First of all, this project has been advanced by three governors of varying political stripes. Already $400 million in desperately needed investment is underway along the corridor. That money is what we in Ohio call economic development — the sort of thing John Kasich has built his whole governorship around attracting.
Okay, here comes the funny part. ODOT let the project go way, way over budget and now there’s not enough to complete the plan. So the city of Cleveland returned to the state DOT for its second round of funding.
But ODOT is making it clear they aren’t too enthusiastic about this kind of thing anymore.
ODOT Spokesman Steve Faulkner told the Plain Dealer last week: “Given the budget crunch states are facing, it’s really hard to justify throwing more money into a project that is designed to reduce speed, won’t alleviate congestion and in some ways downgrades a perfectly good roadway.”

[Please continue reading this entertaining discussion of why Ohio sucks for bike-ped projects at DC Streets Blog]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Icarus Leviathan - great looking frames

From their website: This one is a special project I have been working on in between other builds. It had been a while since I built something for myself so I figured it should be something over the top, and a chance for me to try a few things I had been interested in. It is a whole lot of fun to ride and I am looking forward to more warm weather for longer rides. Some of the features are: internal cable routing, a missing seat tube, aero head tube joint, extended down tube, custom bar/stem combo.

[Icarus Frames]

Bike Lady is looking to provide 500 bikes this Christmas!

Dear Friends of the Bike Lady,

From my home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

For three years, I have asked you to join me in donating bicycles to the Franklin County Holiday Wish program to benefit local kids under the care of Franklin County Children Services (FCCS). To date, your generosity has created immense holiday magic and you’ve given a new bike, helmet and lock to 861 children with a history of abuse and neglect. Earlier today, on Thanksgiving, I looked back at some delivery video from last year and I give thanks for your annual support. You are amazing.

New kids enter the system every day and you don’t come under the care of FCCS unless you’ve experienced unfathomable trauma, astounding poverty or are completely alone without a single relative to care for you. These kids want a family, stability, security and love. A bike seems miniscule compared to their true holiday wish, but we’ve learned in the past three years that bikes truly change these young lives. And in most cases, what these children receive from FCCS Holiday Wish will be their only gift this holiday season. Seeing a new bike under the tree brings tears of joy, squeals of delight and hours upon hours of riding joy.

You make Bike Lady come to life each year. Your participation is the sprinkling of fairy dust needed to create this holiday magic. With a goal of 500 bikes and over $35,000 total to raise, it’s a long haul in such a tough economy with so many struggling financially. If you can, please help.

Spread the word, follow the progress at Bike Lady Inc. on Facebook, forward this email and, of course, donate:

  • Donate online at
  • Or mail a check payable to Bike Lady, Inc., PO Box 311, Blacklick, OH 43004
  • Or select and purchase a bike, helmet and lock, then drop them off at FCCS Holiday Wish Santa's Workshop at 855 W. Mound Street, M-F, 8-5.

Bike Lady Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. Your donation is tax deductible per IRS guidelines. EVERY dollar goes directly to the purchase of bikes, helmets and locks, and all bikes are donated to FCCS Holiday Wish to be matched by caseworkers to children under care.

Special thanks to Westerville ABB employees who have already raised over $3,000. The ABB Foundation will match their efforts and double their total donation. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is once again a huge sponsor with their gift of $4,999, and Wal-Mart and Bell Helmets will help make every dollar go further. Abbruzzese Brothers, Inc. is the best bike hauler in town when not landscaping, and year after year transport our precious cargo. And the Harmony Project will hold their winter concert December 14th and 15th raising hope, toys and bikes for FCCS kids.

Thanks to these organizations, we’re already rolling. Please join us. Truly, no donation is too small. I ask that if you have a little to share, could you give a kid a bike? You’ll change their life.

Forever grateful,

Kate Koch Gatch
Executive Director
Bike Lady, Inc.
PO Box 311
Blacklick, OH 43004
Facebook: Bike Lady Inc.

Burn off the turkey: FAT BURNER FRIDAY ride is TOMORROW

0, 20, 35, 50 mile routes
Choose your distance DOW, brunch always available.
A and B riders on their own (maps provided), leader will sweep at C+.  Meet at the SE corner of Kroger parking lot at the junction of Routes US 36 and OH 3 Sunbury.
Dick Seebode 740-201-3312

[COP website]

biciklo: Guide to Cycling Tours

2011 Biciklo Guide to Cycling Tours

The 2011 edition features Bike Asia’s Wild Naadam and Mongolia tour, Escape Adventures’ Trail of the Ancients tour in Moab, Utah, Randonnee’s self-guided tour of Puglia, Italy, and Joy Rides’ City and Country tours in Amsterdam. Other features include:

Getting started
Biking with kids
Tour de France cycling tours
Adventure Cycling’s trans-America tour
Cycle touring hot spots
Longest, steepest cycling tour descents
Cycling in Beijing
Travelling with your bike
Complete tour equipment list
Top 5 tours for wine lovers
Top 5 eco-friendly cycling tour companies
Top 5 airlines for travel with a bike
Top 5 singles tours
112 pages, 86 photographs
Buy the 2011 Biciklo Guide to Cycling Tours now for just $24.95 US & CAN (€19.99, 17.50 GBP).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Edventure - Because there's a little Edventure in all of us!

IMPROVE IT: City Biking

IMPROVE IT: City Biking

IMPROVE IT: City Biking
November 13, 2011
The last week has been tragic for cyclists. On Monday, Jenna Morrison, a 38-year-old mother of one who was expecting another child, was run over and killed by a truck while riding her bike in Toronto. Three days prior, 47-year-old Bruce Sims was riding his bicycle when he was killed in traffic in Shreveport, Louisiana. Cycling advocates are upset about what they believe are preventable deaths. Dave Meslin of the Toronto Cyclists Union saidthe death of Ms. Morrison highlights "the lack of proper infrastructure on the streets".
These deaths have highlighted the issue of bike safety - and how cities can be made safer for bicyclists. With that in mind, here are some ideas - and some inspiration - from bike-friendly cities around the world.
Change Is Possible - Washington, D.C.
In 2002, Washington, D.C. was bike unfriendly, with only three miles of bike lanes. As of 2010, it was named one of the most welcoming cities for bikes by National Geographic, and had increased ridership by 80%. How did they do it? First of all, with more bike lanes - the city went from three miles in 2002 to a full 50 miles in 2010, with 10 miles more in the works. One key to increased ridership was the creation of dedicated bike lanes, which are separated and protected from car traffic. City planners estimate these lanes brought 18 to 20% more riders into the system.
Sorry Drivers, Bikes are Better - Zurich
This probably wouldn't be a popular policy in some North American cities, but many places in Europe, Zurich included, have endeavoured to make driving a car in the city less pleasant and convenient. Their methods are designed to encourage more people to take bikes, and to make riding in the city safer. The Traffic Planning Department in Zurich has added closely spaced red lights on roads into town, removed pedestrian underpasses to slow traffic down, and banned cars on many blocks near one of the city's busiest squares.
You Need to Commit - Copenhagen
The bicycling infrastructure in Copenhagen is held up around the world as an example - but it didn't start out that way. The cost of turning the city from a place without many bike lanes to the cycling mecca it is today? Between $10-20 million a year. But that cost (about $25 per citizen per year) has paid off. More people now ride their bike to work than take any other method of transportation.
Sidewalks? Why Not Also Side-Rides? - Berlin
Across most of Berlin, a very large city that isn't, according to Guardian columnist Helen Pidd, "a classic cycling city", bicycles are welcome on the sidewalks. Admittedly, Berlin is blessed with extremely wide streets, but they've also made a conscious effort to create bike lanes on most of their sidewalks, keeping car traffic and bike traffic completely separated, except at intersections. That means a safer ride, and fewer opportunities for fatal accidents.
Billions of Reasons for Change - The American Midwest
Beyond the possibility of saving the lives of individual cyclists, a recent study from the University of Wisconsin looked at 11 cities in the upper Midwest of the United States. They found that the health benefits of swapping a car for a bicycle for trips less than five miles in length could save huge amounts of money by improving people's health: "$3.5 billion per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs". So in addition to saving lives, improving biking conditions could save billions of dollars.
If You Build Them, They Will Ride - Montreal
One Canadian city to look to for inspiration is Montreal. It has consistently beenrated as "one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the world during the past decade", despite the fact that it was known 20 years ago as a bad place to ride. The city continues to add bike lanes, and according to recent researchfrom McGill University, it's working. Between 2008 and 2010, bicycle trips in Montreal increased 35 to 40%. On Laurier Street, a new bike lane led to a 125-per-cent increase in bicycle traffic, bringing the average number of riders pretty close to the average number of cars. Creating a more bike-friendly city, and getting people riding, is possible. 

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2012 route announced

2012 Route Overview
THE ADVENTURE: Saturday, June 16 - Saturday, June 23, 2012
Hillsboro - Chillicothe - Ashville - Washington Court House - Wilmington - Hillsboro

Each year the GOBA route features a different part of Ohio, traveling through peaceful countryside and stopping at exciting tourist destinations. Highlights of the 2012 tour include
  • 5 days of cycling 45-55 miles from town to town and 2 days of optional loops
  • Terrain: rolling with some hills... hillier than 2011
  • Mileage for the week: minimum 245, maximum 404
  • Primitive tent camping at fairgrounds, schools, and parks
  • Opening day bicycle parade with costume contest
  • Optional bus trips Monday & Thursday (details in confirmation packet and March newsletter)
  • Raffle for Rider Number 24: prize package worth $350.00
  • Friday Song Contest
  • Discount for registering early

DOOMAP by Zéfal

Waterproof and washable
Built-in rigid structure to keep the map opened
Folding format of the map :
MTB: 245 x 245 mm / Road: 120 x 245 mm

  • Material : Sealed PVC
  • Mounting : 3 Velcro straps : 1 on stem and 2 on handlebar

Winooski Bicycle Shop

I had the chance to meet Dave, the owner of Winooski Bicycle Shop in Winooski, VT. Dave is a very cool and knowledgable guy and it was a pleasure to meet him. He primarily sells Seven Cycles and provides wheel building and repair services. Plus, he dabbles in frame building and frame modifications (see pics). The shop is very eclectic and there is no sign, no website, no social media, no stickers and no business cards. If you get the chance, stop in and say hi to Dave. Enjoy the photos.


Co-Motion Americano Rohloff

The Co-Motion Americano Rohloff combines unmatched frame reliability with the amazing Rohloff Speed hub’s 14 internal gears, eliminating the need for derailleurs. Borrowing from our tandem experience, we include an eccentric bottom bracket to easily take up chain slack. We designed our own house-made dropout for superbly elegant and simple integration of the Rohloff hub system.
Self-locking eccentric bottom bracket for simple, clean chain adjustment
14-speed internally-geared hub means sleek, derailleur-free set up for unparalleled reliability
Dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control
Upgrade to the Classic Trim Package with a Brooks B17 saddle, and leather grips/bar tape plus a nickel-plated Co-Motion head-badge
Now available with Gates Carbon Drive option
Larger head tube with internal Chris King Inset headset


Designed by Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen

The BauBike is inspired by Bauhaus design.
It is constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle. The design is stripped down to clean lines and raw material.

The open-end piece above the back wheel, offers the possibility to customize the function of the bike to whatever need you may have. The different accessories can be placed in the tube and can easily be changed if needed.

The design follows a set of formal rules, limiting the geometry to straight lines in a pattern of 60 and 90 degree angles in proportions following the principle of the golden section.

By limiting the form with a fixed set of design rules and stepping away from the traditional function-oriented approach to the design process, this project transcends the border between design and art, raising fundamental questions about the nature of the bike as design and as a lifestyle accessory and introducing a much needed playfulness on the bicycle scene.
The BauBike is a bike for the modern urban society where adaptability is a necessity.

Last Ride and/or The Great Vermont Bicycle Toss

Dave from Winooski Bicycle Shop is seen at 3:30 having his CONCRETE real wheel bike being weighed for the competition.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

bike ♥

bike ♥ from Rick Darge on Vimeo.

Directed by Rick Darge

Starring Dee Dee K

Music by Françoise Hardy & Daniel Johnston

Dargelos’s Lightning Vest

Dargelos’s Lightning Vest

After years of wearing a bright yellow vest while biking, cyclist Audrey Robinson decided to invent her own reflective safety garment.
“I wanted to combine everything that was lacking in that vest into one piece,” said the 32-year-old founder of Dargelos (named after the androgynous character in Jean Cocteau’s “Les Enfants Terribles”), a company she launched nearly two years ago in Brooklyn, N.Y. The old vest, she said, was unventilated and hot to wear, and it was also very conspicuous.
The result, the lightning vest, is a safety vest that can also be worn as an accessory. The vest’s reflective, custom material is lightweight, and its woven design makes it breathable and small enough to fit into a pocket. “It won’t tear—it’s very durable,” said Ms. Robinson, who currently makes every piece by hand.
“At first, sales were very international,” said Ms. Robinson, who said she had orders coming in from France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Iceland, Indonesia and Denmark.
But now she sees strong interest in the U.S.—especially New York.

Dargelos: Lightning Vest from DargelosNY on Vimeo.

The Lightning Vest is a hand-netted, highly visible safety vest made from 3M reflective ribbon that can be worn all year, day or night and layered over jackets or t-shirts. Neck opening is wide enough to pass over your helmet and netting is large enough for your hand to access pockets. The Lightning Vest is very strong, lightweight and compact enough to fit in your pocket without getting tangled.

Available now at

How Losing My Car Saved My Life

How Losing My Car Saved My Life

By Russ | November 6, 2011
It will surprise some readers to know that, in a not too distant past, before Path Less Pedaled, before Epicurean Cyclist, and before I was the bicycling photographer of Long Beach, I didn’t ride bikes, buses or trains. It’s almost embarrassing to admit, especially to our very astute bikey readers, but these things barely registered on my radar. I only relay these not-so-pretty details now to hopefully show others what is possible… just because you have one lifestyle now, doesn’t mean you are doomed to live it until the very end.
So yes, dear readers, I drove and drove a lot. I was younger, freshly graduated from college, subsisting on the poor man’s diet of hotdogs and a pack of cigarettes a day. I was working as a graphic designer. Most of my day was spent sitting in front a computer, pushing a mouse around. The rest of it was spent sitting in traffic. Lots of it. This was Los Angeles, the sort of place where you could fill a whole evening’s conversation with the question, “so what freeways did you take to get here?”
My life, in short, was fairly typical for a Los Angelean. I had resigned myself to commuting about 35 miles one way from Long Beach to Culver City. A childhood of sitting in the back of a car to go everywhere conditioned me to believe that there was just no other option. So, as an adult, I merely accepted my fate. This is what people do. On an average day, my commute took 45 minutes in one direction. On a hellish day, it could be upwards of an hour and a half to two hours in ONE direction. I did this for a couple of years and shudder now to think of all the time I’ve lost staring at someone’s brake lights in front of me. But at that point of my life, I didn’t know there was any other way.
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