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Saturday, February 11, 2012

HampCo Yard Sale - Hampsten Cycles frame sale

Team OS

This one uses Richard Sachs' new OOS/UOS lugs for 31.8mm TT and ST, with a whopping 35mm DT. We used Life tubing for the main triangle and SpiritforLugs SS and CS and we'll pair it with an Enve 1.0 fork painted to match, your choice of color.
We  wanted to try these lugs and the frame looks great but the feeling here is that a) standard OS lugs and tubes are really the way to go if you want a lugged frame, and b) if a customer wants the bigger tubing we would rather offer it on a welded frame - see our La Dolce Vita or MAX for more info. $2000 OBO.

All City Nature Boy (complete) 61cm - $650 (short north)

This is an All City Nature Boy Cyclocross complete bike. It's a single speed race bike and is 61cm. Current gear ratio: 42/19 (set up for cross)

-Cane Creek Stem
-FSA Vero Cranks
-All City Hubs with Alex Race 32 Rims
-Tektro center pull front and back breaks
-All City Saddle
-Salsa Bell Lap Cyclocross drop bars with glow in in the dark bar tape
-Kenda Small Block 8 Tire on the front and WTB Pathway Tire on back

I'm asking $650. The bike is amazing and has only been raced twice and ridden maybe 6 other times.

  • Location: short north
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Friday, February 10, 2012

TOSRV 1984 poster pretty much sums up the ride.

Beechwold Cycle Works (Yes, Columbus, Ohio)

I take pieces of steel tubing, in various shapes and sizes, and turn them into functional bicycles for people to ride. This is the corner of the web that you visit to find my ramblings. I make no promises about how coherent or on point any of the topics will be.

Latest back from paint

I received 2 bikes back from my painter Jack at  He does some pretty awesome work.  The details on the cow bike make it pretty hilarious.  I did stainless rings on the head tube I got from Walt.  The weight is 4.4lbs which is not bad for a 29er with a 44mm head tube and sliders.  The all white bike is a standard 26" for a 5'4" female.  It weighs in at 3.6lbs.

How It's Made - The Bicycle

Thursday, February 9, 2012


MAY 5th
Pinchflat is back for the second year! Join us on May 5 to celebrate bikes and the cycling life with a bike poster blowout. At the event you’ll be able to meet artists and buy super-affordable works of art. Watch for details about music, food, sponsors, and participating artists.
Admission is free!

Turn your iPhone into a Cyclemeter


Powered entirely by your iPhone

Cyclemeter is iPhone-centric. No Web site logins, no monthly subscriptions, no uploading data, and no ads. Cyclemeter is a complete solution for tracking your rides on your iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4. It can also be used for running, walking, skiing, and more.


Cyclemeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed - years of rides only take up the space of a few songs. Stop and start recording on-screen or with your earphone remote.


See your results on maps, graphs, and a calendar, and organized by routes and activities. Know how much distance you've ridden by day, week, month, year, and overall.


Monitor your progress with up to 25 configurable announcements including distance, time, speed, elevation, and more. Announcements may be heard automatically at time or distance intervals, or on-demand with your earphone remote. Voices may be downloaded through In App Purchase.


Use Facebook, Twitter, dailymile, and email to share Google Maps of your workouts, automatically updated every few minutes. Have emails automatically sent to keep family and friends notified of your location and progress. During your workout, hear replies from family, coaches, and friends. (Requires In App Purchase.)


Compete against your previous workouts along a route, or import and compete against other people's workouts. See your virtual competition on a map and in graphs. Hear announcements of how far you are ahead of or behind your competition.


Import a route or virtual competitor by simply clicking on a GPX or KML link or file in Mail or Safari. Export complete summaries of your workouts, or detailed CSV, GPX, or KML files for use in maps, graphs, or social fitness sites.


Cyclemeter, Runmeter, and Walkmeter and are built from the same core foundation, but come preconfigured for cycling, running, or walking, respectively. Each supports all features and activities.


Cyclemeter gives you the data that helps you achieve your goals, whether it's to ride a block or a march, reduce your weight by burning off calories, or improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Year of Yay! February is this SATURDAY! Brave the cold and ride.

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 (look left], as well as other goodies TBA. 

February's theme is "bike love", and we'll be visiting places that we love in Franklinton, German Village, Olde Towne East, Franklin Park and Downtown. Bring your tandem, bring your sweetheart, or bring the (bike) love of your life and join some great folks for a fun ride.

All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Become a YB! member at

Don't forget to bring a LOCK for our stops!

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Save Biking and Walking [via America Bikes]

Both chambers of Congress are about to vote on their version of transportation bills, and it's time to ask our elected officials to save our streets. Contact your elected officials today.

The current Senate transportation bill dilutes walking and biking programs. To make the bill better, we're asking senators to vote for the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran Amendment. The Cardin-Cochran amendment would:
  • Give local governments a voice in transportation. The amendment ensures that cities and counties will have a voice in making transportation decisions about safer streets in communities.
  • Make Main Street safer for all users. Bicycle and pedestrian deaths make up 14% of all traffic fatalities, but less than 2% of federal transportation funds go towards making walking and biking safer. The Cardin-Cochran amendment would allow local governments to fund the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that keep people safe.
  • Invest wisely in transportation infrastructure. Walking and biking infrastructure is low-cost, creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway spending, and is critical to economic development for Main Street America.
As written, the Senate bill is deeply concerning. Without the Cardin-Cochran Amendment, the Senate bill:
  • Incentivizes state-level highway construction over local safety projects. The base bill takes transportation choices away from local governments by allowing state Departments of Transportation to siphon off limited funds from local street safety projects for expensive highway construction.
  • Cuts dedicated funding for walking and biking. As written, the Senate bill disproportionately cuts walking and bicycling funding that local governments use to keep Main Street safe.
For America Bikes' official statement on the Senate bill (MAP-21), please click here (PDF).
To improve the bill, the America Bikes coalition urges senators to support the Cardin-Cochran amendment on the Senate floor. The Cardin-Cochran amendment would improve the MAP-21 Senate bill by giving a voice to local governments in their transportation decisions, allowing communities to build the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that keep people safe. For a detailed summary of the Cardin-Cochran amendment, click here. (PDF)
In the House, we are asking representatives to oppose the House transportation bill. Despite the fact that walking and bicycling infrastructure is a low-cost investment that creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway spending, the House bill eliminates dedicated funding for walking and biking.
Please contact your senators and representative and ask them to save our streets! Stay tuned for a link to an easy way to contact your elected officials.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

City may raze site tied to Wrights (including bike shop) - Dayton Daily News

Structure is 1 of 2 local historic buildings in peril.

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Staff Writer

Two Dayton buildings tied to the National Register of Historic Places have been declared public nuisances and are gradually heading toward demolition, with public meetings scheduled on both this week.
The former Gem City Ice Cream building at 1005 W. Third St. has created significant interest because it was built around the first Wright brothers bicycle shop.
Michael Perkins, a Wright-Dunbar neighborhood resident, hopes to save the building, saying it is one of the few remaining Wright brothers-related structures in the West Third corridor. Others have been demolished or relocated to Michigan.
City Planner Roane Smothers confirmed that three walls of the original two-story bicycle shop that the Wrights ran in 1892 are still standing inside the current structure.

Bikes Belong to Help Six Cities Build Protected Bikeways [DC Streets Blog]

Six cities will adopt innovate street designs for safer cycling over the next two years as part of a new program from Bikes Belong.
The Green Lane Project will provide financial and technical assistance for cities to develop physically protected cycling infrastructure. The six to-be-determined cities will then serve as models for other American cities looking to incorporate street designs that make cycling appealing to residents of all ages.
A few major cities including New York and Washington DC have implemented protected bike lanes, but the designs are still “When a city is out on the front like this and they have a problem, it’s not always clear where they go. We’re trying to help those cities figure it out,” said Green Lane Project Director Martha Roskowski. “So they don’t have to go to Copenhagen to see how these things work.”
Bikes Belong is looking for cities that have political support for creating world-class bike infrastructure, as well as a plan in place. The organization also wants to include three “emerging cities” outside the superstars like New York and Portland, Roskowski said.
“We’re looking for six cities where they have elected officials that are on board with this,” said said. “They’ve gone through some type of a planning process. They get it. They want to do these things.”

Breaking the law! Paris cyclists given right to break traffic laws [Telegraph]

Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists.

Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists.
Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red Photo: ALAMY
A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents.
It follows a fierce three-year campaign by cyclists' associations.
Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red.
They must, however, make way for pedestrians and incoming traffic on the left and will be held responsible in the event of an accident.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Winter Bike Show at Knowlton is Thursday FEBRUARY 23rd




Preregistration is free and recommended,
contact Denis de Verteuil 

[Facebook Event]

Monday, February 6, 2012

Seeking Revenge In 'Underworld Of Vanished Bikes' [NPR]

The majority of stolen bikes end up for sale on eBay or Craigslist.
The majority of stolen bikes end up for sale on eBay or Craigslist.
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In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes' bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.
He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece "Who Pinched My Ride?" The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stake-outs and undercover stings.
By some estimates, more than one million bike thefts go unreported annually. The annual value of stolen bikes is as much as $350 million, according to the FBI and the National Bike Registry. Still, some police departments are not following up on the crimes.
Symmes talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the world of organized bike crime and the measures bike owners will take to retrieve their stolen property.

Da Brim - Taming the Blazing Sun

Cycling Da Brim™

The Da Brim™ cycling model is designed for cycling helmets and for use in any bicycling activity.  The cycling model has special sizing and features for cycling use. MSRP $36.95.
  • Adjustable front visor angle and rear brim height to accommodate different riding styles, user preferences, and helmet designs
  • Front strap keeps brim from flopping forward and impairing vision
  • Rear brim height adjustment also allows for effective use with backpacks and hydration packs
  • One size fits most.
  • Tested to combined wind speeds of 25 mph (sum of your speed and wind from all directions). NOTE: This model is not designed for high speed downhill descents or performance cycling
Link --> Da Brim

Kiwi Chronicles: EP 5 - Bicycling in Nelson, New Zealand

Kiwi Chronicles: EP 5 - Bicycling in Nelson, New Zealand from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

In this episode, we discover NZ's most bike friendly town, Nelson! Not only is it great for biking, it also has great beer (reminds you of a few places like that in the states right?).

We talk to an artist turned bike tour operator and a local businessman who built a ferry to serve cyclists and pedestrians.

Dutch Kids Pedal Their Own Bus To School [FastCompany]

Dutch Kids Pedal Their Own Bus To School

In the Netherlands, bikes abound. And now, they even take kids to school. Behold, the bicycle school bus.
The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people. Devotees of the national obsession have taken the next logical step by launching what is likely the first bicycle school bus.
Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in Dutch) is powered entirely by children and the one adult driver (although there is an electric motor for tough hills). Its simple design has eight sets of pedals for the kids (ages 4 to 12), a driver seat for the adult, and three bench seats for freeloaders. The top speed is about 10 miles per hour, and features a sound system and canvas awning to ward off rainy days.
Co.Exist spoke with Thomas Tolkamp who built the BCO about its origins and how the idea is catching on around the world for the sets of 11 lucky kids who get to arrive in school pedaling their own school bus.
Co.Exist: What was the inspiration for the bus?
Tolkamp: I had already made other big bikes (like the Beerbikes) and a few years ago someone mailed me with the question if I could develop a bike especially for transporting kids. So for that other company (a child care) I made the first bicycle. Some other companies were also interested, so I began to produce more bicycles and have improved the bike.
How many of these have been sold? How many are in use?
We’ve sold around 25 bikes. They are still all in use, except for the very first one, which was a prototype.

Does it only come in yellow?
No, we’ve sold bicycles in green, blue, purple, grey, red, yellow, but all [standard] colors are available.

How much does it cost?
Around $15,000, so less than a taxi or normal bus.

Can the kids alone make it go?
It’s possible to ride the bike without the motor when most seats are in use, but it wouldn’t be safe to ride without an adult.
Do you have plans to export it?
We have already exported some bikes to Belgium and Germany, but not this kind of bike. We have gotten frequent requests for information about the bike from all around the world (North America, South America, Europe) but we’ve never sold a bike outside of Europe.

Do you think it will work well in other countries, or is it something special about the Dutch culture?
I don’t know really, but what I do know is that people from all around the world like the idea. We have gotten interest from the press all over the world and all people are positive.
I hope I can sell the bike in the near future to a foreign country and see how people at other countries react on the bike. I think it will work well in other countries, because as more and more people [are] becoming fat and "green living" becomes more important, ideas like this get more popular.

Hat tip: Yes! Magazine