Showing posts from December 25, 2011

Dublin Ride Recap 12312011

29.2 miles Seven cyclists Tim, Bill, John C, Taylor, Carey, Cory, and myself Coffman Park Indian Run Meadows Park ML Trabue Nature Reserve Glacier Ridge Muirfield Golf Course

Top 10 Stories (Traffic) for 2011 on

Here are the stories that you, the readers, read the most in 2011. Blackberry Night Bikes Commercial 2006 Lemond Poprad for sale Biomega Copenhagen bicycle 2009 Surly LHT for sale Camera catches cyclist hit by car Fixed gear coaster brake bike Look KEO power pedal Van Nicholas bicycle Bike routes in Gahanna Bamboo bicycle for sale Thank you for taking the time to read Columbus Rides Bikes blog in 2011!  Our traffic DOUBLED from 2010 to 2011. Look for continued posts on the blog in 2012. Ray and Bill

Salsa Anything Cage

Salsa Anything Cage by  Adventure Cycling Association  on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:58am Sometimes it is the simple things that bring the greatest joy, and that's why Salsa's new Anything Cage  is going down as my personal pick for 2011 Touring Product of the Year. For most of us, this oversized cage will be mounted to the standard water bottle eyelets, but it can also be mounted up to Salsa's Enabler and generation 2 Fargo forks.  The purpose of the Anything Cage is to provide some extra gear or hydration storage with a very small time and monetary investment.  I've seen it used to carry a sleeping bag, stuff sack of clothing, and a sleeping pad.  On my most recent trip, I used it to maintain a steady supply of grape flavored Fanta (see photo above). The cage installs as easily as a standard water bottle cage, and your gear is secured with a pair of included nylon straps.  At $25, you pretty much can't a

Riding on the shoulder: The marginalized cyclists of the Twin Cities [via Daily Planet]

High school senior Laqueshia Moran works on her bikes at the Sibley Bike Depot's Open Shop. (Photo by Jake Mohan) BY JAKE MOHAN,  TWIN CITIES RUNOFF November 08, 2011 Mike “Gizmo” Johnson and his partner, Christina, were riding their bikes along the Mississippi River in St. Paul last spring after heavy rains caused the river to flood its banks. On Harriet Island they came upon the dilapidated frame of a blue 10-speed Motobecane road bike, seemingly plucked from the river by the rising waters.“It was wedged between two thick tree logs,” Johnson says. “I took some parts that my friend gave me and put them on there.” He restored the bike back to working condition and added it to his fleet, which also includes a Peugeot and a Schwinn that he is steadily improving through DIY repair and restoration. He and Christina have gone on bike trips all over the Twin Cities, including one ride all the way from downtown St. Paul to the Mall of America. Johnson’s bikes are not new. He do

What is Velo-city [VIDEO]


How to rent a Villo bike in Brussels, Belgium [VIDEO]


Best road tyres of 2011 - BikeRadar, UK

Best road tyres of 2011 By BikeRadar, UK Michelin Krylion Carbon road tyre  (Bikeradar) Previous Next View Thumbnail Gallery Continuing our look back at the last 12 months, we take a look at the  road tyres  that had our testers raving about rubber. From the fast, benchmark-setting Michelin Krylion Carbon to the tough as old boots Schwalbe Durano Plus, we've reviewed racing and training tyres for all types of road cyclist. While the prices and specifications of these tyres vary, they all have one thing in common - a top rating. Michelin Krylion Carbon £34.99/$63.99 See the rest at  BikeRadar

Chicks and Bikes - A blog about Chicks and Bikes

Not much more to say... [Chicks and Bikes blog]

Seasucker Vacuum-Mount Bicycle Rack

SeaSuckers are vacuum cups, not suction cups.  There's a big difference between the two.  Our vacuum cups are bigger, which means they're stronger, so you can always count on them to keep your bike safely mounted.  The 6" SeaSucker will pull over 200lbs! That amazing strength is combined with an incredible safety feature not found on suction cups.  When a SeaSucker starts to lose vacuum (and it will lose some vacuum over time - it's not a permanent mount), it will let you know. The SeaSucker's built-in finger pump will reverse itself as it loses vacuum, exposing an orange band.  When you see orange, you don't have to take it off and lick it - just give it a couple of pumps, and then you're back to full strength. [Seasucker website]

Joy Machines Bike Shop - Cleveland

Joy Ma chines Bike Shop  is a full-service community-oriented startup bike shop in Ohio City’s Market Square District, jointly owned and operated by Ohio City natives Alex Nosse and Renato Pereira-Castillo. The concept for the shop was born in the winter of 2010 and we opened our doors to the public in the summer of 2011. Joy Machines caters its products and services to everyday cyclists and commuters, as well as any all individuals interested in integrating bicycles into their daily routines. Both owners are committed and passionate transportation cyclists and envision a healthier more vibrant Cleveland where bikes are a more prominent mode of transportation. Contact: 1836 West 25th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 Map it 216.394.0230 Hours : Mon – Sat, 11 am – 7 pm Weds, 11 am – 9 pm Sun, 12 pm – 6 pm [Joy Machines website]


Contact: Adam Eldridge 371 Maier Place Dock 4 Columbus Ohio 43215 Phone: 614-406-7678 CHABANOV CHOOSES STANRIDGE CYCLES FOR CHARGE AT REDHOOK THREE PEAT 24-year-old Brooklyn local, ex-NYC messenger and full-time racer Dan Chabanov is aiming high and rightly so; Chabanov has climbed from a CX Four to Elite in less than Two Years. Columbus, Oh. - December 28, 2011 - Stanridge Cycles, a small boutique bicycle builder in Columbus, Ohio has been tapped to build Chabanovs’ 2012 Red Hook frame.   The Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned bicycle race through a desolate post-industrial area of Brooklyn NYC. The race enters its Fifth year this March 24 th .    The secretive course changes locations every year. The only constants are track bikes only, 20 laps around a three-quarter mile course and an 11 PM start. Stanridge Cycles’ Adam Eldridge states “I’m very excited to have the opportun

ROADS WERE NOT BUILT FOR CARS is a free e-book coming April 2012

ROADS WERE NOT BUILT FOR CARS is a free e-book about roads history, focussing on the period 1880-1905, which saw the Bicycling Boom and then - pop - the start of Motoring Mania. Motorists are the johnny-come-latelies of highway history. The coming of the railways in the 1830s killed off the stage-coach trade; almost all rural roads reverted to low-level local use. Cyclists were the first group in a generation to use roads and were the first to push for high-quality sealed surfaces and were the first to lobby for national funding and leadership for roads. Without cyclists, motorists wouldn't have hit the ground running when it came to places to drive this new form of transport. 'Roads Were Not Built for Cars' is a history book, focussing on a time when cyclists had political clout, in Britain and especially in America. The book researches the Road Improvements Association - a lobbying group created by the Cyclists' Touring Club in the 1880s - and the Good Roa

2011 Bike Lady Final Tally - from Kate

Dear Friends of the Bike Lady: What an amazing year it’s been! Your generosity created shiny two-wheeled holiday miracles and lifetime positive memories for 345 children under the care of  Franklin County Children Services ! Thank you! We raised over $27,000 in monetary contributions, plus an additional 14 physical bike donations. Your generosity is truly astounding. Every bike included a lock, although we ran short on helmets. The  website  has been updated with pictures, video and donor names. Take a moment to review. EVERY contributor turns this annual effort into realty, from the large donors to the friends who simply share our Facebook posts and emails. We appreciate each of you. The 2011 Bike Lady season will extend to the first week of 2012 thanks to  Groupon  which will offer a $10 charitable Groupon to its entire central Ohio subscriber list. Purchasers of the Groupon will get a great feeling knowing they are helping to put more local FCCS kids on bikes and B

Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery is starting up again in 2012!

About Kickstand Comics Yehuda Moon works at the Kickstand Cyclery, lives on his bicycle and dreams of a day when everyone does likewise. The strip chronicles the on road and retail adventures of Yehuda Moon. Yehuda owns a bike shop, the Kickstand Cyclery, with his friend Joe, and the two are confronted with the challenges presented by their daily bicycle commute and the customers (or lack thereof) at the bike shop. Along the way, you'll meet ('first appearance' links) the  bike ninja , the  bike hypochondriac , Yehuda and Joe's elderly compatriot  Fred ,  Thistle Gin  (a mechanic who works in the shop with Yehuda and Joe), the  Shakers  who build the bicycle frames,  Kevlar Bead  (owner of Rival Cycles),  neighborhood kids ,  roadies ,  commuters , and many, many more. Get to know the Kickstand Cyclery by reading through our  comic archives  or reading the  best of Kickstand Comics . Drawing the comic Here's a short YouTube video of the  May 26, 2