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Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Wheel Horse With No Name - Read the cross country exploits of Chris and Lauren

Today in My Eyes


GlenDale to Yorktown, VA

Didn't sleep a wink. Like a kid on Christmas Eve. Stared at the wall in the "quiet room" until light saturated and I could make out the sharpie drawing on the face of a Cabbage Patch doll. Slammed some Poptarts, signed the church's guestbook and busted out of there. Rode through the dew-wet forest. Flat, straight rode. So unusual.

I have been excited since we first changed the final destination to Virginia rather than Maine to see Williamburg. I visited when I was 11 or 12 with my family and remembered the awesome magic of historical reenactments and candle making. Now, as an adult, it appeals to me in a slightly different way. Shopping, dudes in tights with three pointed hats, mugs of meade.

Crept around town at four miles per hour checking out the Market Square, Colonial Village and William and Mary College. I was transported to another time. Not so much the late 1700's. More like the early 90's.

"Lauren! Isn't this nice? Wouldn't you like to go to college here?" One of my mom's favorite daydreams. I go to a fancy college and she can visit me, and shop. I am sure that I am donning at the time some kind of peasant bonnet, and loving the hell out of it. Perhaps holding some kind of beeswax treat my mother has allowed me. I'm looking at the elaborate Colonial brick buildings and thinking that this is what all colleges look like. 

[keep reading here]

The Bike Initiative - new blog in Columbus

I rode through slush and snow to Cafe Brioso on the first ride in Yay Bikes’ Year of Yay series.  Come to the next one on February 11th.
I rode through slush and snow to Cafe Brioso on the first ride in Yay Bikes’ Year of Yay series.  Come to the next one on February 11th.

LIFECYCLE: 365 days in the life of a bike in NYC [VIDEO]

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mountainbike on Ice [VIDEO]

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires - Wikihow (number 3 scares me)

Method 1

  1. 1
    Purchase the right supplies, as listed in the "Things You'll Need" below.

    Tire Sizes

     Look for the Perfect Tire by Size. Tire Rack is Your Online Source.
  2. 2
    Drill (using a very small bit) down from the center of chosen knob into the tire.
  3. 3
    Drill a screw up from inside-out. If the angle isn't perpendicular to the tire, it'll stick out one side or the other.
    • Do one hole and screw at a time. Don't try drilling all the holes, then installing'll drive yourself crazy trying to find which knob you drilled.
  4. 4
    Put duct tape over the screws on the inside of the tire; sometimes it is best to use two layers of tape. You can purchase "tire liners" (there are a few brands include Slime and Mr. Tuffy) that are designed to go in between the tube and the tire instead of using duct tape to protect the tube.
  5. 5
    Mount the tires back on the rims.
     Mount the tires back on the rims.
    Mount the tires back on the rims. Getting the tires mounted on the rims will be difficult, comparable to wrestling a rabid porcupine.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: 2012 Model Year Giant Defy Advanced and Avail Advanced Bicycles

Units: About 900

Importer: Giant Bicycle, Inc., of Newbury Park, Calif.

Hazard: The fork can crack, posing a fall hazard to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

 This recall involves all 2012 model year men’s Giant Defy Advanced 0, Giant Defy Advanced 1and Giant Defy Advanced 2 model bicycles and the women’s Giant Avail Advanced 0, Giant Avail Advanced 1, and Giant Avail Advanced 2 model bicycles. “Giant” and the model name are printed on the bicycle. The bicycles are various colors and sizes.

Sold by: Authorized Giant Bicycle dealers nationwide from August 2011 through November 2011 for between $3,000 and $4,550. 

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bicycles and contact any authorized Giant Bicycle dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the fork.

Consumer Contact:
 For additional information, contact Giant Bicycle toll-free at (866) 458-2555 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at

For a complete list of serial numbers of bicycles affected by this recall, click here.
To view the Consumer Product Safety Commission web page about this voluntary recall, click here

For Sale: Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Handlebar Bag - Medium w/New Map Case

For Sale: Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Plus Handlebar Bag, medium, black, used, like new, with all hardware, straps, divider, instruction sheet, etc. ALSO includes new, never used map case that snaps to the top ($20 value). $75

Contact: Bill - bferriot [at] yahoo [dot] com

For Sale: Keen Commuter Sandals - Men's 11

For Sale: Keen Commuter Sandals, men's size 11 (they run narrower than regular Keens, they are designed specially for biking), black, used, good shape, stiff, with all hardware (they are clip less) $50 

Contact: Bill - bferriot [at] yahoo [dot] com

For Sale: Crank Bros. Candy SL Petals - Black/Gold

For Sale: Crank Bros. Candy SL Petals, black with gold metal trim, used, good shape, includes original box and instruction sheet $35  SOLD

Contact: Bill - bferriot [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recycled Tire Tube Purses from One World Projects

Recycled Tire / Tube purse from El Salvador - Afra.
"Afra" Recycled Tire Tube Purse   $70.00
New Lower Price!
Cotton lined with a zipper closure.
One adjustable strap.
17" wide x 6" high x 4.5" deep

Detail of Recycled Tire / Tube purse from El Salvador - Afra.
Besides being a fashionable accessory that's just the right size, our "Afra" recycled tire tube purse promotes earth-friendly practices by utilizing the tires found in rivers, ravines and along the roads in El Salvador.

(You might even get a couple fun tire patches! A great attention-grabber.)

Recycled tire inner tube purse - Ada style - from El Salvador.Recycled tire inner tube purse - Adela style - from El Salvador.
These stylish purses and wallets promote earth-friendly practices by avoiding the accumulation of discarded tires.

Now more than ever it's fashionable to be "green" with a reduced carbon footprint. These Fair Trade El Salvador accessories show that you care about the earth and our future.
"Ada" Purse     $50.00
Cotton lining and zipper closure.
Two adjustable straps.
12" wide x 7" high x 3" deep
"Adela" Purse     $50.00
Cotton lining and zipper closure.
One adjustable strap.
10" wide x 7" high x 3.5" deep

[One World Projects]

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bike Valet, A Rack That's Stylish Enough For Your Pride And Joy [FastCompany]

Wanted: Bike Valet, A Rack That's Stylish Enough For Your Pride And Joy

Now on Kickstarter.
We’ve made no secret of our fondness for bikes, even suggesting that they could be the key to solving some of our pressing problems. But if you live in a tight apartment, having a bike presents its own vexing question: How do you store your precious ride? Chain it to a pole outside, and you may never see it again; bring it inside, and you risk tripping over it or snagging your dress pants. Some clever wall-mounted options have hit the market in recent years, including the popular and unobtrusive Cycloc, but few are as stylish as the Bike Valet, a new project gaining funding momentum on Kickstarter.
Designed by Steven Tiller of Reclamation Art and Furniture, the rack consists of two pieces of laser-cut cold steel that have been heated and hand-bent into sculptural curves, the insides of which are covered in either leather or neoprene to protect the bike’s finish. It weighs in at 6 pounds, is 24 inches long and, once mounted with the provided fasteners, protrudes 12 inches from the wall, allowing for handlebar widths of up to 21 inches--enough space to accommodate most road bikes and fixes.

Tiller is offering the Valet for $87 (shipping included) on Kickstarter--it normally retails for $95--with the hope of raising $10,000 for 100 preorders and the tooling equipment that was stolen just a day prior to shooting his Kickstarter video. Pledgers have a choice of six colors: red, blue, black, cream white, pale green, or grey. Go here to place a pre-order.

Bikecart Blog

This Blog is being written from the perspective of an individual who has used bicycles for a lot more than just transportation for a long time.
Making my living on a bike, or in some way using a bike, or at the very least riding a bike to work,  has been the norm for all, but a few years, of my adult life.
I’ve learned as a pedicab operator and messenger in the city,  and as a trail builder, and a rain water harvester  in the high desert mountains, that you can do a lot more than just get some place on a bicycle. Loads of  up to 500 lbs are doable  with a well-built trailer, tricycle, or cart.  If you tandemize the vehicle or cart in that you allow 2 people to deliver power to the drive train or get hold to the  handles, if it’s a hand cart, you can more than double the cargo capacity.
In the past I have built human powered vehicles with new materials and, more or less, conventional fabrication processes. At this point I will be trying to see how much of the materials can be extracted from the waste stream.  Using this waste stream to create the vehicles and machines, with which I can extract more materials.
This Blog will be a window  to this thread of development and discovery.
Everything I have done in the past is free for anyone to use in any way they like, and that will continue with the ideas and designs presented here.
This work is currently being done in cooperation with the Ohio City Bicycle Coop, they are a not for profit 501c, so if you think this project is of value, and you feel you have benefited in some way from the material here, please support the work through a donation to OCBC. Let them know it’s for this project.
Bart Can be best reached By Email

TOSRV 2012 Registration is open!

Registration Options
Use the Online Entry Form and PayPal to pay by credit card - even if you are not a PayPal member. If you register online, you will receive an email confirmation with your rider number and links to rider instructions, maps, and other information. Please be sure your spam filter does not block automatically generated emails from TOSRV or PayPal.

Registration for One-Way TOSRV is only available online.  This link is only for the One-Way tour on Saturday with bus transportation back to Columbus on Saturday evening. 

Download and print the 2012 PDF Entry Form. Fill out the form and send it in along with your check. Be certain to fill out the form completely, making sure to sign and date it. Note that a parent or guardian must sign for entrants under 18. Please include a check in US funds to cover the total. Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (#10 business-size with first-class postage of 45¢). Mail to:  TOSRV 2012, P.O. Box 16003, Columbus, OH 43216-6003.
(You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the Entry Form in PDF format.)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bicycle Traveler - FREE Magazine Issue now available!

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Korean artist turns bicycle chains into human forms [Bicycle Times]

Korean artist turns bicycle chains into human forms

Korean artist Seo Young Deok has created some amazing sculptures from different types of chains, including bicycle chains. The sculptures depict the human form in life-size and large scale formats. The exhibition, Dystopia, is currently on display at the INSA/Arko Art Centre in Seoul.

Republic Bike | Built by the People

about republic bike
republics are built by the people
Just like the people who ride them, bikes come in all shapes and sizes.  Generally, they're designed for utility:  a go fast, down the mountain, get to work or cruise the town tool. Unfortunately, they usually look about as snappy as a tool too.  At Republic Bike, we decided to shake up familiar aesthetic conceits and expectations of what a bike should look like.  In fact, we decided to leave it up to you. The only tools we offer here are those to let your creativity go for a ride. You pick, choose, swap and decide, and we'll build it, box it, and ship it out. It's a bike we design and build together.  It's built by us & you.

We keep it bold and simple, clean and colorful, whimsical and elegant.  Our bikes are practical, affordable, and meant to make you smile.  So we encourage you to play!  Take a spin, twirl and zoom in our 3D Bike Shop. Experiment with something outrageous or keep it muted.  Keep designing until you're ready, and we'll wrench your dream into a two-wheeled, rolling reality.  Give it a spin.

When we're not busy assembling your custom build, we're outfitting our corporate friends with handsome transportation as well. We extend our built by us & you designs to certain corporate customers needing something as unique as they are.  Check out some of our corporate and promotional programs.  Also, take a look at some of the attention we've received by leaving the designing up to you.
your canvas
Whether you're looking for a minimal, contemporary silhouette, or something a little more extravagant, your design starts here:
Aristotle $399Aristotle CRMO Bull $449

Aristotle CRMO Drop $499Aristotle CRMO Stripe $519

Plato Dutch Diamond
1-speed $399
3-speed $499
Plato Dutch Step-thru
1-speed $399
3-speed $499

Republic Bike Aristotle Fixed Gear Bike
Plato® Dutch bikes
The satisfying spirit of the Dutch bike is upright and relaxed, practical and pleasant ... and Platoagrees. The Plato Dutch bicycle is designed as a mix of retro styling and modern twists – because a dose of whimsy arouses just the right attitude for these bikes.
not your grandma's omafiets
Plato is a daily delight – from the morning errand to the ride home from an evening with friends. For the Plato, being Dutch is about your pose, and our Dutch bicycle is designed to let you sit upright, chest lifted, head high. It's a graceful act, and Plato radiates joy with every revolution.
So whether you're looking to spread the mirth on your commute or carry home that load in style, hop on, grip those swept-back bars and ride.
Plato is available in many flavors: 1-speed or 3-speed, step-thru or diamond. For details and specifications or to build a custom Plato, clickhere.
Aristotle® singlespeeds
In the spirit of simple machines and bold design, Republic Bike offers the Aristotle singlespeed bicycles. With clean lines and components,Aristotle is a balance of value and beauty.  A singular beauty with pleasing angles and sensible outfitting, Aristotle is a multi-purpose, simple, practical ride at a beautiful price. 
fixed or free – you decide
Aristotle is a singlespeed bicycle with a fixed/free hub.  Fixed gear or track bikes have their rear cog attached or "fixed" to the rear wheel.  A fixed gear bicycle is essentially a singlespeed bicycle. However, singlespeed bikes allow the rider to coast without pedaling, but on a fixed gear bicycle you can't coast without pedaling. So, you're always pedaling on a fixed-gear bicycle.
If it's new to you, riding a fixed gear bicycle takes a bit of getting used to.  However, the Aristotlecomes standard with a fixed/free dual hub. So if you're new to a fixed gear bike, or need the comfort of the occasional coast, Aristotle serves both purposes. Flip around your rear wheel anytime to switch from fixed to not. Or not to fixed. And back.  Fix or free - you decide.
Aristotle is available in several different configurations. For details and specifications or to build a custom Aristotle, click here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

One Good Earbud - mixes both channels of stereo audio devices into one ear.

One Good Earbud - Hear all of your music while safely running or cycling.

One Good Earbud mixes both channels
of stereo audio devices into one ear.

One Good EarbudTM is the ideal way to safely listen to music, podcasts, audio books, and mobile calls while running, cycling, snowboarding, or working out at the gym. Our custom-designed earphone mixes both channels of sound from a stereo audio device into a single ear - enabling the wearer to maintain alertness in any environment.

Looking for a gift for an athlete in your life?

By keeping one ear open, One Good EarbudTM promotes safety for participants in the following sports:
  • Running

  • Cycling

  • BMX

  • Snowboarding

  • Horseback Riding

  • Triathlon

  • Mountain Biking

  • Hiking

  • Fishing

  • Free Running

  • Motocross

  • Skating

  • Skateboarding

  • Slacklining

  • Parkour

In addition to its safety benefits, One Good EarbudTM can also allow individuals with a single-sided hearing impairment to finally enjoy fuller sound.

Recent Video Features

Daily Grommet Feature
KVOA News 4 - Two Wheelin' in Tucson

Select an Earphone Style

In-EarWrap AroundiPod-style
In-EarWrap AroundiPod-style
In-EarWrap AroundiPod-style
Blocks some outside noise
Includes 3 sizes of rubber ear tips, to find your best fit.
Stays put during strenuous activity. Shaped to help reduce wind noise.Compatible with iPod earbud accessories such as Yurbuds and BudFits.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yep, Lynskey is made in the good ole USA. Take the tour.

Designing and Funding a Bicycle Revolution in our Cities

Designing and Funding a Bicycle Revolution in our Cities
The Los Angeles Department of Transport said “for the bike to catch on we need a revolution in our (bicycle) infrastructure”. This is true, but infrastructure – of any type – is expensive. Governments, contractors and financiers around the world are increasingly ‘cash strapped’. Not only do we need a revolution in the type of bicycle infrastructure we design and build but also in the way we fund and finance infrastructure projects.
A revolution in thinking about the way we design bicycle infrastructure
After being awarded the 2008 AITPM Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship, I was able to facilitate focus groups with those often underrepresented as cyclists; women, children and seniors. In addition to this, visiting 24 of the world’s ‘cycling cities’ allowed me to develop a revolutionary concept for bicycle infrastructure; ‘Cycling Super Highways’ – a network of 7.7 metre wide dedicated cycle paths completely separated from parked/moving vehicles which are wide enough, safe enough, and practical enough for everyone to use, regardless of age or ability (you can download the full study here).