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Saturday, December 17, 2011

New study compares bicycling's CO2 emissions to other modes

New study compares bicycling's CO2 emissions to other modes

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 12th, 2011 at 9:34 am
Cover of ECF study

A new study by theEuropean Cyclists Federation (ECF) offers an in-depth comparison between the CO2 emissions of bicycling versus other modes of transportation. The new study is aimed at encouraging policy makers to make bicycle promotion a larger part of their greenhouse gas emission reduction toolkit.
What makes the study interesting (and useful for settling debates) is that it took into account not just the emissions from the vehicles themselves, but from the entire life cycle of the mode including production, maintenance and fuel — which in the case of bicycling includes caloric intake.

ECF infographic.
Even with the CO2 emissions of food required to power a bicycle, the ECF study found that — while not emissions free — the bicycle is still the lowest emitter of greenhouse gasses per passenger kilometer traveled. One of the key findings was that emissions from cycling are over 10 times lower than those stemming from the passenger car, "even taking into account the additional dietary intake of a cyclist compared with that of a motorised transport user."

When the complete life cycle of each mode is calculated, here's how they stack up (results in grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer traveled):
  • Bicycle: 21 g
  • Electric-assist bicycle: 22 g (e-bikes scored well due to larger range of standard bicycle and therefore greater chance to replace passenger car trips)
  • Passenger car: 271 g (based on short trips similar to those a bicycle could make)
  • Bus: 101 g
The study was focused on the European Unions emission reduction goals, but the findings are useful for anyone in the transportation realm who needs data to back up arguments about CO2 emissions.

Here are a few other key findings taken from the study:

Bicycle-share schemes also have the potential to reduce further emissions, considering it is a substitute for motorised transport for 50-75% of the users.
If levels of cycling in the EU-27 were equivalent to those found in Denmark in 2000, bicycle use would achieve 26% of the 2050 GHG target set for the transport sector
With EU crude oil imports at 955 million barrels per year, EU citizens cycling at Danish levels would reduce EU oil importations by close to 10%.

Read more about the study in The Guardian and download a full copy of the report here (PDF).

The not so green bike: carbon fiber's carbon footprint

The not so green bike: carbon fiber's carbon footprint

By Peter Suciu, from Detroit, MI
Much is made about the environmental benefits of cycling. Bicycles are almost universally touted as being “good” for the environment, because riding a bike is green due to their small—if any—carbon footprint when compared to automobiles. But—even disregarding their environmentally costly production—what about the carbon fiber footprint that is left when a carbon bike ends up in a landfill?

The fact is it will be there for a very long time.

Carbon fiber is neither biodegradable nor photodegradable. It's a composite material, which means that it's a combination of materials, whereby the different materials remain chemically separate and distinct within the finished structure. And as manufacturers have told us: it's all about layers of material. The precisely engineered layers are what give a carbon frame superior performance, but those many layers also make it a bear to recycle.

Use of carbon, as a bike frame material is fairly new at least considering that steel had been used for more than 100 years to build bicycles. American manufacturer Craig Calfee was among the first to build a carbon bike, but the Italian manufacturer, Colnago, can be credited introducing carbon to the European pro ranks. Colnago partnered with Ferrari in the 1980s to build bikes from the, then, space age composite technology, which Ferrari exploited on the automotive racetrack.

The C35, a Colnago-Ferrari collaborative project, arrived in 1989 and went on to claim victories in the sport's highest profile events. By the mid-1990s several companies including early carbon pioneer Kestrel, as well as Trek were producing full carbon fiber frames. And today, just about every brand builds a large percentage of their bicycle line from carbon.

With all of these carbon frames out there many are likely to end up in landfills simply because their is no clear path to recycle the materials, but change may be coming as bothTrek and Specialized announced carbon recycling initiatives— just this year...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Transformer Bicycle - Tall bike or chopper? How about both!

Triformance Central Ohio indoor cycling classes designed JUST FOR Cyclists and Triathletes!

FINALLY! Central Ohio indoor cycling classes designed JUST FOR Cyclists and
Tired of the same boring indoor spinning classes, bored to death in your basement, banished to
a trainer and VHS movies?

Our high-intensity indoor cycling classes are designed on the concept of Blood, Sweat & Gears
meets Exercise Science. These classes are designed specifically to take triathletes and cyclists
to all NEW performance levels. Enjoy professionally led group rides, on the comfort of your
own bike. We know your training time is valuable, so don’t waste it at stop signs, dodging traffic
and dealing with the elements, and wondering with all the distractions if you are keeping in the
correct HR zone. Get in on the action NOW and join one of our custom designed training
programs. Perfect for any experience level! Classes start the week of January 9th.

You will need Heart Rate Monitor, Trainer Skewer (10$, in stock), Towel(s), Running
shoes, and of course Your Bike.

Indoor Cycle X
This 90-minute workout is specifically built to address Aerobic Endurance, Strength and Speed
Skills. All the necessary skills needed to form that perfect foundation for great racing this
coming season. Join WES as he coaches you through 60 minutes of riding, with a 30 minute
Core/Functional Strength intermission in each class. This class is custom built to insure and
prepare your body for another season of racing. Designed to provide you with muscle balance,
flexibility and cycling economy; guaranteeing you get the most out of your bike when you need
it…RACE DAY! The 6 week/12 session class will begin and end with a Time Trial to establish
proper HR zone for training as well as aid in gauging improvement throughout the season.
Instructor: WES, Owner Triformance
TUES/THURS mornings 5:30 to 7:00am 6 week package ONLY $155 (Drop in class $15 IF
TUES/THURS mornings 9 to 10:30am 6 week package ONLY $155 (Drop in class $15 IF
**NO mix and matches

2 the Core
Take advantage of indoor training time this winter and incorporate two “core” workouts in one. 2
the Core focuses on aerobic base building and efficient technique on the bike (45 to 75 minutes)
followed by building core endurance and stability off the bike (15 to 45 minutes). As a cyclists or
multisport athlete a strong, stable core is crucial to your performance over the long haul. This
class will teach you to integrate your core work with other body weight exercises.
Neuromuscular activation, dynamic flexibility and functional strength moves will also be
Instructor: Lauren Updyke, MA,
Mondays: 6:00-8:00 PM…6 week package ONLY $78 (Drop in class $15 IF available)

Cycle Power Plus
This indoor cycling class focuses on efficiency and form while building the athlete’s aerobic
base on the bike and strength off the bike. Using perceived exertion, heart rate, and/or power,
athletes will be lead through a series of intervals designed to improve your fitness on the bike.
The remainder of class is a structured strength workout designed to increase strength off the
Note: Participants will complete an aerobic assessment AND functional strength/flexibility
assessment during the first class. This information is used to determine effort levels and
appropriate exercises in following classes. This class is an excellent way to supplement your
strength training program.
Instructor: Lauren Updyke, MA,
Wednesdays: 6:00-8:00 PM…6week package ONLY $78 (Drop in class $15 IF available)

Big Spin Pump
Spend 90 minutes minimum building your aerobic base this winter, followed by a challenging set
of strength exercises using bands, bosu’s body weight and eventually the TRX suspension
trainers. Suspension trainers allow you to utilize your own body weight to create very effective
full body strength exercises and incredible core strength. If you are bored of the same old
dumbbells and machines are your regular gym this is a GREAT way to supplement your
strength routine.
Instructor: Lauren Updyke, MA
Sundays: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM…6 week package ONLY $100! (Drop in class $20 IF

Want a FREE SAMPLE? We are offering FREE classes on:
Wednesday, December 28
6:00-7:00 PM 2 the Core
7:20-8:20 PM Indoor Cycle X
Thursday, December 29
6:00-7:00 PM Cycle Power Plus
7:20-8:20 PM Indoor Cycle X
Friday, December 30
6:00-7:00 PM Big Spin Pump
7:20-8:00 PM TBA
Limited availability…call now to book a spot…575-BIKE (2453)
or E-Mail
*** TRIFORMANCE reserves the right to change Times, Content and Dates
of classes.

Tour de Cause Winter TT Series at Crook's Cycle Right

Hi, I have finalized plans with Ron Burris to host a Winter Time Trial Series for Tour de Cause.
The highlights are in the attachment.

This should be a great way to put some cycling in the winter months and have some fun, maybe win some prizes. Ron is working on that now, so more details to follow.

The Series will run from 11 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday each event, book early for the time slot that works best for you. 4-6 riders will compete each hour, rankings will be by age and gender - so you can race with your friends and the results will be by the age and gender classes.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this winter!
Crook's Cycle Right a cycling performance center Cell 614 496-8982 Office 614 417-1551 829 N. Columbus St Lancaster, OH

[Crook's website]

Pork N' Pine delivers Christmas trees with a side of barbecue [Baltimore Sun]

Off-beat service brings holiday trimmings by car, bicycle

  • Jason Toraldo, dressed as Santa, climbs up to the roof deck of a Locust Point rowhouse, cargo in hand. He started Pork N' Pine, which delivers Christmas trees and pulled pork sandwiches by bike and van to customers in and around Baltimore.
Jason Toraldo, dressed as Santa, climbs up to the roof deck of… (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)
December 13, 2011|By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
Santa Claus and two of his elves pedaled their bicycles across Fort Avenue and up Woodall Street, stopping beside an apartment across from the Domino Sugar Factory.
With Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" blasting from a boombox — and a handful of curious neighbors looking on — the trio carefully unloaded their cargo: A six-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir and a pulled pork sandwich. Up the stairway they went.

Christmas had officially arrived at Marilyn Agro's home. Lunch, too.
The man behind the fake white beard was 29-year-old Jason Toraldo, a recruiter for a Johns Hopkins University gifted-and-talented program. Last month, he started Pork N' Pine, a combination of Christmas trees and sliced meat that taps into a niche market Baltimore never knew it had.
"People just aren't expecting Santa Claus on a bike, to show up with a boombox playing Christmas tunes, with a Christmas tree on the back and a pulled-pork sandwich in his hand," said Toraldo, who stopped taking orders last week and will be delivering his last tree before Saturday. "This is my first season, so I'm still trying to work out the kinks. But people seem to be enjoying the experience."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

San Francisco’s Plan To Keep Cyclists Lit Up

San Francisco’s Plan To Keep Cyclists Lit Up

Want bicycles to be safe? You could pull them over for minor infractions, but in San Francisco, they’re going the carrot route. You can now get a free bike light from the city--if you find the right secret locations.
There are few things more dangerous in the evening on busy city streets than cyclists riding around without bike lights. It’s an especially big problem in the winter, when cyclists--some used to only riding during the day--must pedal home during rush hour in the dark. But San Francisco cyclists that have a bum light or lack lights entirely don’t have to head to the store. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) is at the tail end of a month-long campaign to hand out 2,000 bike lights to residents.
The yearly "Light Up the Night" event, put on as part of a partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, features stations along popular city bike routes where cyclists can snag free bike lights during rush hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Front lights feature five LED lights, and the back lights have a number of blinking settings. The SFBC and MTA will even install the lights--and hand out bike safety information, of course.

It’s not just dangerous to ride without lights; it’s also illegal in California and a handful of other states. But with the number of cyclists in San Francisco steadily increasing, chances are that there are more people riding without lights than in past years.
In a similar move this past summer, New York City handed out free bells as part of a program to get bikers to treat the rest of the city’s residents better (and to quell some criticisms of the DOT being grossly pro-bike). It seems that part of encouraging city biking involves giving cyclists a little nudge to remind them that they’re part of the flow of traffic--and subject to some of the same laws.
If you want to snag a light before the SFBC’s event is over, hunt down a free light station (exact locations are secret) by December 15.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kiwi Chronicles Ep1: To the Edge of the World -

Kiwi Chronicles Ep1: To the Edge of the World - from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

First full episode of the Kiwi Chronicles. Thanks to our partners Bicycle Times and Adventure Cycling. For more, visit:

and follow us at:

Happy Trails EcoVelo! Popular blog comes to an end...


It’s with a bittersweet mix of emotions that we’ve decided to close up shop on January 1, 2012. It’s been a great ride that we’ve enjoyed immensely, but it’s time to move on to new challenges.
We want to thank all of those who have supported us along the way, from family, friends, readers, sponsors, and fellow bloggers, to those who submitted material for our Bike Gallery, Photo Contests, and Commuter Profiles. Your input and participation were extremely important aspects of what made EcoVelo unique.
Our plan is to leave the site live on the web as a resource for the cycling community for two years, until January 1, 2014. With over 3,300 posts, there’s certainly plenty here to keep new riders busy for a while. Over the next 30 days we’ll be wrapping up a few remaining articles and posting any new Commuter Profile or Gallery submissions that come in.
Finally, this change does not signify a move away from our commitment to using bicycles for transportation. In fact, going forward we hope to spend even more time riding bicycles and sharing information with people we meet on the road. Who knows, perhaps we’ll cross paths with you out there on the trail one day…
All the best—
Alan & Michael

Stylish Threads That'll Keep You From Getting Run Over

Stylish Threads That'll Keep You From Getting Run Over

Want to be safe on your bike without looking like a crossing guard? We-Flashy's got you covered.
For a grad-school project at NYU, Alex Vessels and Mindy Tchieu thought up ways to make cyclists visible to cars. Their first idea: a large, inflatable version of a brain that would fit over a bicycle helmet. “The idea behind that was that it would be very visible, illuminated at night, and rendered in such a way that would convey the delicateness of cyclists body to motorists,” Vessels writes on hiswebsite. Kinda brilliant, but something you’d more likely see in a MoMA exhibition than in a fashionista’s wardrobe. “We soon realized that people, especially New Yorkers, were not willing to sacrifice style for safety.” So the duo decided to turn ordinary T-shirts and sweatshirts into biking gear, embellishing them with retroreflective material cut into stylish, modern patterns.
While still students, Vessels and Tchieu launched their We-Flashy designs on Kickstarter to an enthusiastic audience. Now, riding their initial success, they’ve opened an online shop just in time for holiday orders. Our favorite is the relatively subdued houndstooth, but the less tame can pull off the dizzying cubic design or unicorn montage. The designs are applied by hand to American Apparel Ts ($55) and sweatshirts ($85-$150).
Sound spendy? We-Flashy explains: “Most apparel companies using retroreflective elements only use it for small logos or trim. We-Flashy uses a generous amount of ANSI-rated retroreflective material to create entire patterns on our garments.” In the end, it’s a small price to pay for fashion, not to mention your life.
Click here to visit We-Flashy's online store.

Monday, December 12, 2011

ORTOVOX MOUNTAINSKYVER - Stand on it going downhill?

The model RACE stands for absolute purism and an excellent climb performance. At 7.8 kg, it is the lightest aluminum model of the new ORTOVOX MOUNTAINSKYVER. It is aimed at mountain sports enthusiasts who train specifically but do not want to burden their knees with long descents. Instead of a heavy suspension fork, a lightweight rigid fork is used. As with all MOUNTAINSKYVERs, we mount mechanical, very snappy disk brakes (160 mm) and very grippy tyres. The 60 mm elastomer buffer provides optimum road grip and thus maximum control on the descent. 

[Ortovox website]

Cyclefilm - Yep, cycling films.

CYCLEFILM is a European based production company specializing in informative cycling documentaries, how-to ride and reconnaissance films as well as news gathering from cycling events and trade shows around the world.
We own over 500 hours of road cycling related stock footage available for commercial use.  Please get in touch with us for details on licensing and syndication.
From backstage coverage of pro events like the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, to daily diaries of charity rides for the Geoff Thomas Foundation and the Leuka Fireflies, to event and recon films of European Sportives & Gran Fondos, Cyclefilm covers it all.
Cyclefilm also offers New Media Production services for small businesses and corporations, helping to build stronger customer relationships with emerging media tools.
Cyclefilm can formulate a comprehensive online strategy, produce powerful, targeted content and help deploy it effectively across the web.

CyclePassion Calendar 2012 is available!


Calendar 2012 

New: printed double-sided. The double-sided print means there are twice as many photos. Side one features mostly full-color, sexy (yet tasteful) photographs of each athlete, while the side two explores the ladies' professional life with black and white action photographs.
Photos by Daniel Geiger

Size: 40 cm x 68 cm // 15,75" x 20,72"
Veronica AndrĂ©asson // Sweden //  Pauline Ferrand Prevot // France // Liz Hatch // USA // Hanna Klein // Germany //  Katherine O`Shea // Australia //Marion Rousse // France // Maja Wloszczowska // Poland
36,00 EUR
( 19 % VAT incl. excl. Shipping costs )  | Shipping time: 3-4 Days

Urban Lace Jewelry - Not just recycled tires!

Urban Lace Jewelry specializes in making unique eco-friendly designer jewelry. Our one of a kind jewelry is created from recycled bicycle inner tubes collected from local bike shops. Our goal is to make high quality, high fashion, environmentally friendly products that people love to wear. We create elegant design with the planet in mind. 

Inner tubes are not only durable, flexible, and waterproof, they can also be beautiful. Each year thousands of inner tubes are thrown into landfills in the US alone, where they will sit for hundreds of years. Urban Lace is committed to renewing those discarded tubes into wearable art. 

Barbi Touron, the lead designer for Urban Lace, started out in a small garage below her apartment making jewelry for friends in 2006. As more and more people wore her jewelry and word of mouth spread, so did the demand for these unique creations. With orders growing beyond her ability to keep up, Barbi partnered with Aaron Shear and Urban Lace was born. They been working together since March 2011 making new designs for the up coming year 2012.

Urban Lace Jewelry is handcrafted, each piece is unique and custom made.


We support:

Breast Cancer Awareness
Bicycle Transit Alliance
Sister's of the Road
West Georgia Flyers
Seeds of Opportunity
Charity Art Fair

A percentage of our proceeds each year will be donated to an environmental education group of our choice.