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Saturday, January 14, 2012

HATTARICK 2012 Ride Recap 01142012

9 riders, including 4 fat bikes
26 miles, Nelsonville to Athens and back
22 degrees at start, sunshine made it feel like upper 20's
Trail was snow covered with ice base heading to Athens
Trails was mushy on way back to Nelsonville

Month 1: A Year of Yay! ride is Saturday, January 21!

YEAR OF YAY! is a series of 12 rides to celebrate our city and promote membership in Yay Bikes!. Everyone who rides with us will receive an exclusive button designed by Bandito Design Co, as well as other goodies TBA. 

January's theme is "warm & cozy", so we'll be visiting several coffee shops to warm up as we ride through OSU campus, Grandview, Franklinton, German Village and Downtown. Layer up and come on out to kick it with some really great folks.

This ride is FREE! All future YoY rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else.

Check out details and tell us your are riding with is on Facebook

Friday, January 13, 2012

Measure your bicycling performance with an iPhone [Macworld]

Measure your bicycling performance with an iPhone

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Geek Tech blog at
Really serious bicyclists measure their performance not in speed, but in watts, with power meters integrated with their bikes. The problem is, those power meters come with really serious price tags. The soon-to-be-released iBike Powerhouse makes it possible to measure your power output much more cheaply.
iBike makes a case to mount your iPhone on your handlebars.
iBike makes a case to mount your iPhone on your handlebars.
The Powerhouse, which will cost $269 when it’s released later this spring, consists of a special case for your iPhone that attaches to your handlebars, along with the company’s own app. As you ride along, the Powerhouse not only measures your speed (through standard sensors attached to your bike and wheel), it also measures the forces you’re contending with: wind, hills, etc.
By measuring what you’re pushing against and the speed you manage to achieve, the Powerhouse can calculate the wattage you’re putting out.
Bike nerds will find that data useful in itself, but the folks at iBike don’t want to limit the benefit to those who study watt levels obsessively. The system lets cyclists choose a goal: losing weight, improving their looks or getting faster. Then it tailors workouts to help them meet that goal.
In fact, cyclists don’t need to know about watts at all. Their phone display will simply tell them to ride with the needle in a certain range on a dial. If they do that, they’ll be at the perfect power setting to reach their goal. The Powerhouse will measure their improvement and make their workouts correspondingly tougher to ensure they continue to improve.

[via Macworld]

Bicycle Commuting Trends in the US: Infographic by Kory Northrop

[Click here for a super sized version]

Sadik-Khan: Bike-Share GPS Data Will Help Plan NYC Bike Network [Streetsblog]

This map of bike-share trips in D.C. reveals plenty about cycling patterns in the city, but New York City's data will be far more robust, including exact routes for each trip. Image: CommuterPageBlog via GGW.
Here’s one more reason to get excited about the launch of bike-share later this year: the reams of data generated by the GPS units located in every public bicycle. The Department of Transportation will use that data to inform their bike lane planning, commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan revealed last night.
“It’s going to be amazing to have GPS generated data for all these trips,” said Sadik-Khan. “For planning purposes, it’ll be huge.”
Right now, data on individual bike trips are very scarce. While bike-share trips aren’t representative of the larger set of bike trips, the ability to track exactly where a large set of riders bike and at what speeds could be quite valuable for bike planning. DOT has used taxi GPS data tomeasure traffic speeds in Manhattan and evaluate initiatives like the pedestrianization of parts of Broadway, and there’s far more that can still be done with that kind of rich data set. Bike-sharing could start to build a similar toolkit for bikes.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MIT Green Wheel


GreenWheel, developed by the MIT Media Lab Smart Cities, is a modular, in-wheel electric motor that transforms any pedal-powered bicycle into an electrically assisted hybrid bicycle (an "E-bike"). In a jointed workshop between the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and the Smart Cities group we imagined different scenarios combining GreenWheels with mobile phone and sensors.

Design Process

The Green Wheel, developed by the Smart Cites group at the Media Lab, is a self-contained unit that includes an electric motor and battery, along with a generator that can recharge the battery. With a wirelessly operated throttle, the generator can release energy stored in braking to support pedaling during more difficult stretches. While the concept of bikes that can recycle their own energy and even make small contributions to the grid provides numerous opportunities, the Green Wheel project is not limited to power microgeneration.
The Mobile Experience Lab combined the hardware with innovative software and electronics to create a new platform for sustainable mobility.
Combined with a GPS-enabled wireless device and appropriate software, the Green Wheel system can combine with ubiquitous computing to form an integral part of a smart city. For example, bikes outfitted with the Green Wheel and a mobile device can create a network of distributed urban sensors, collecting data on road conditions, sound pollution, and mobility patterns using the mobile device's accelerometer, microphone, and GPS. Sensors on the handlebars can collect data on air quality. A dedicated Web service can aggregate the data in real-time, providing an easy way to measure a city's "health signs."
Peer to peer shipping is another exciting application of the Green Wheel technology. People biking in the city could elect to participate in an ad-hoc bike-messenger service. A biker would receive a message from the Web service that someone across town has just bought an item online and would like it delivered. To earn a quick fee, the rider could go to the vendor's location, pick up the item, and deliver it to the customer. The MIT Mobile Experience Lab has developed many such scenarios for how Green Wheel bikes could help to turn a regular city into a smart city.

Hybris Challenge: change a bike tire in less than a minute

Bikeway Prioritization [MORPC]

As part of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update, MORPC has developed a draft bikeway prioritization methodology for the region. This methodology helps MORPC to prioritize future bikeways at a regional level. We welcome any comments on the methodology and map by January 18, 2012 to
To view and download the methodology, please click on the following link: 2012 Draft Bikeway Prioritization Methodology.
To view an interactive version of the map, please click on the following link: 2012 Draft Bikeway Prioritization Interactive Map.
To view a pdf version of the map, please click on the following link: 2012 Draft Bikeway Prioritization PDF Map.

MORPC plans for the development of bikeways as a component of a multimodal regional transportation plan. The goal of the bikeway planning effort is to create a network of bikeways that provide transportation between Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, and Pataskala in Licking County. (This is the MORPC planning area.)
The development of a regional bicycle transportation system requires the following collaborative efforts:
  • Local governments provide data on existing and committed bikeways.
  • The bicycling community provides desired routes.
  • Bicycle organizations and public agencies provide technical information on bikeway design, location, barriers, and the overall cycling environment.
For more information contact Juana Sandoval at (614) 233-4140 or

Kiwi Chronicles: Episode 3 - On the Road Again -

Kiwi Chronicles: Episode 3 - On the Road Again - from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

In this episode, we leave the city of Auckland and get our first taste of riding in the New Zealand countryside. We work our way to Rotorua where we interview Jeff Anderson, NZ's only steel bike builder. We also interview Damian Day, who suffers from several nerve disorders but has been bike touring full time through NZ for the last 5 years.

2011 GT Peace Tour Commuter Bike

2011 GT Peace Tour Commuter Bike Overview

Thinking about giving bicycle commuting a try? GT's Peace Tour commuter bike is ready when you are. It's the real deal, with a triple triangle frame made with Reynolds 531 steel tubing, the choice of touring enthusiasts worldwide because of its fabled combination of strength, stiffness and resiliency. It has 27 gears for efficient power transfer no matter what the road conditions, and mechanical disc brakes for dependable, all-weather stopping power. Integrated fenders help shield you from road spray on rainy days, and Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires feature puncture protection to keep you rolling and reflective sidewalls to increase your visibility at dawn and dusk and give you commuting peace of mind. 
  • Triple-Triangle frame is made with Reynolds 531 tubing, the legendary steel of choice for touring bikes because of its ability to render frames that are strong. stiff and responsive
  • GT touring design fork has chromoly blades that help dampen road chatter. Braze-on rack mounts allow you to easily increase your carrying capacity
  • 27-speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears for getting up to speed quickly and maintaining your momentum, whether the road is flat or hilly
  • Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes provide dependable stopping power in dry and wet conditions
  • Classic Regal road-style saddle provides a comfortable platform for pounding out the miles efficiently

2011 GT Peace Tour Commuter Bike Specs

BOTTOM BRACKET:  FSA cartridge sealed bearing, JIS chromoly axle 
BRAKES:  Tektro, Lyra "Road" mechanical disc, 140mm Light-Wave rotor 
CASSETTE:  Sunrace, 9-Speed, 11-34T 
CHAIN:  KMC Z9200, 9-speed 
CRANKSET:  FSA Tempo triple, JIS interface, 52/42/30, 7075 alloy outer ring, cr-mo mid. and inner 
FORK:  GT touring design, 4130 chromoly tapered blades and 1-1/8" steerer tube, disc mount, investment cast dropouts, rack and fender braze-ons 
FRAME:  Reynolds 531 Triple-Triangle 
FRONT DERAILLEUR:  Shimano non-series 
GRIPS/TAPE:  Suede-type padded with 3-M adhesive, custom GT caps 
HANDLEBAR:  Alloy compact road design, 31.8mm 
HEADSET:  TH, standard press-in 1-1/8" alloy cups, cage bearings 
LEVERS:  Tektro, RL-340 alloy ergo road 
PEDALS:  Alloy touring with CP steel toe clips 
REAR DERAILLEUR:  Shimano Deore, 9-Speed, top normal 
SADDLE:  Classic Regal road style, custom GT cover with black rivets, 7mm CP rails 
SEATPOST:  Alloy micro-adjust, 2-bolt micro-adjust head 
SHIFTERS:  MicroShift, bar-end shifters, 9-speed 
STEM:  Alloy, 10-degree rise, 4-bolt 31.8mm clamp 
TIRES:  Schwalbe Delta Cruiser, 700x35c, puncture protection, reflective sides 
WHEELSET:  Rims: Jalco, X320 double-wall, 700c, 23.5mm width, eyelets, 32-hole: Hubs: Alloy, disc-type, water-resistant seals, alloy QR (Front), Alloy, disc-type with 9-speed cassette, water-resistant seals, alloy QR (Rear); Spokes: Stainless 14-guage

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Available from: Performance Bike

Art/Sculptural bike parking? What a concept.

Here is what Burlington VT is doing for bike parking. Notice the snow on the ground and no cover. Yep, people ride their bikes in the snow without worrying about a cover to protect their bike.

If you haven't heard by now $480,000 is being spent on the 16 bike shelters ($30,000 each) around Columbus. They look like bus shelters and I have yet to see more than one bike locked in them.

During a discussion with a friend he suggested that the process should (coulda/shoulda/woulda) have involved local designers working to create unique and relevant design art/sculptural bike parking and have local companies fabricate the designs for installation around Columbus. Unfortunately, we ended up with relatively expensive bike shelters that do nothing to raise the bar on innovative and cost effective bike parking solutions. We had a chance to be, "oh, wow", and ended up with, "oh yeah, they cost WHAT?".

Do you want your voice to be heard? Stop down to the 

October 26, 2011 Sub-Committee Meeting Notes
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

And another one from Burlington

And another one.

Eugene, Oregon did a bike rack design competition. Winner had their design built and installed.

Here is what PNC Bank installed at a branch in Pittsburgh-via Bike Pittsburgh's website. Not as dramatic, but still nice.

The PNC Bank Logo as a sculpture bike rack

I was stopped at the light on Millvale Ave and Baum Blvd in Bloomfield, and my eyes caught a new bike rack at the PNC Bank branch across the street. The new bike racks feature the PNC logo, are made of solid steel and look fantastic. There is also a bicycle stamped into the base adding a nice touch. It will be great to see if other companies follow suit with custom bike racks.

[Bike Pittsburgh]

Street Meat Myths: An Editorial [from CMH Gourmand]

Editor's note: As many of you know I love food trucks in Columbus and routinely lead the Tuesday Night Ride to support taco trucks. CMH Gourmand picks apart a recent Dispatch article about food trucks.


...Recently there was an article in The Columbus Dispatch about placing Food Trucks in Franklinton as a means to help grow an area of town looking for a boost and to create a few jobs. Neat idea, everyone wins. Hooray!
Well…no. There is a vocal minority in our city who have a deep-seated hatred for mobile food. There is also a sizeable apathetic majority who don’t care one way or the other.
This is not a surprise to me. I have encountered these concerns since 2009 when Andy, Bethia and I started the Taco Trucks Columbus website. From our perspective we were sharing a hidden part of Columbus culinary culture with the world. The number and the quality of Taco Trucks in Columbus sets our city apart from any city in the Midwest and most in the country. It has drawn nationwide attention. It puts Columbus on a map. It proves our city has diversity. The food is VERY good.
But to some people, this does not matter. Many detractors have never eaten at a Taco Truck yet they are fast to make all types of allegations about the legitimacy of these businesses. In my experience these accusations were often just thin veils for racism. Harsh words but true...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cleveland Velodrome halfway to reality

Fast Track Cycling needs your help to get phase one of our project — the construction of an outdoor Velodrome — off the ground. We've passed the halfway point and want to keep moving forward: we've raised $160,000 of our $300,000 goal. Please click the graphic to learn about how you can support the velodrome! [Click here]

Pataskala man who struck bicyclist guilty of traffic offense [Newark Advocate]

A bicycle and pair of shoes belonging to a 15-year old sits in the road near the corner of Foor Boulevard and Blacks Road in Pataskala on Jan. 4. / Jason Lenhart/The Advocate
NEWARK — A Pataskala man accused of driving impaired and striking a teenage bicyclist was found guilty of not maintaining proper distance.
Scott Bowles, 40, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of failure to maintain assured clear distance, a minor misdemeanor. Licking County Municipal Court Judge David Stansbury fined Bowles $25 on Tuesday.
Bowles also pleaded not guilty to two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, each a first-degree misdemeanor. A trial was set for Feb. 8.

Yay Bikes! launches new website and membership program!

On top of completing some top-notch community work in 2011, Yay Bikes! has also devoted considerable time to developing our organizational capacity during these past few months. And now, the spoils are ours (and yours!). Behold!

NEW WEBSITE—Today is a day of great rejoicing, for we have launched a New Website and it is Good! We hope it will allow you to get a better picture of who the hell Yay Bikes! is and what the hell it is we do...because we admit that it's been difficult to ascertain heretofore (ahem...!). Unfortunately, the forums have been a casualty of this upgrade, if only temporarily — as you're probably aware, they are old and ugly and don't really work all that well. So we'll need to make some substantial revisions before relaunching them this spring, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact me to participate in the forum upgrade and/or to sponsor it. In the meantime, comment on this post with any suggestions for improvement on the site or forums; we really appreciate all feedback as we work out a few kinks here and there.

NEW FOUNDING MEMBERS CAMPAIGN—That's right, you can actually join us now. Like, officially! You'll even get a card with your name on it, just like the cool kid card of your dreams way back in middle school! The first 200 members of 2012 will receive a "Founding Member" designation on their membership card, plus ride free on all Year of Yay! rides and get other goodies randomly throughout the year. For only $25 per person, this is a sweet-ass deal.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS—Ray George assumed Chairmanship of our board in November and promptly invited Jim Coleman, Bill Ferriott and Emily Burnett to join us. Thankfully they all said yes! We're so excited for the new blood that we're flirting with other folks as well, so if you are interested in board leadership contact Ray for a (no-guarantees) conversation. We're particularly interested in hearing from women and minorities, as our board is weak in the area of diversity.

Clearly it's an exciting time to be on the Yay Bikes! team, and we invite you to join us this year as we transform traffic in Central Ohio. Let's finally DO THIS, eh????!!!!!!!