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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jingle Cross Speedo 2010 [Coed Video]

TNR 03062012 Ride Recap

13 cyclists
25 miles (totals may vary by cyclist)
American Addition to see the Extreme Makeover house and new homes
Gahanna (almost)
Tour de Port Columbus
Yellow Brick Pizza (see pics)

Looking to ride on Tuesday's? Check out the Columbus Rides Bikes! group

25th Infantry Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels

The widespread popularity of the bicycle worldwide caught the attention of military leaders in the United States during the late 1800s. Major General Nelson A. Miles, as Army Commander-in-Chief, expressed his interest by recommending that one full regiment be equipped with bicycles in 1892, and that existing troops at different posts around the country use bicycles to obtain a thorough knowledge of their own country, especially the topographical features, conditions of the roads, sources of supplies, and all information of military importance.
On May 12, 1896, Fort Missoula's 2nd Lieutenant James A. Moss received permission to organize the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, the first of its kind in the country. Moss, a native of Louisiana and a West Point graduate, was an avid cyclist who set out to thoroughly test the practicality of the bicycle for military purposes in mountainous country.
Moss contacted the A. G. Spalding Company, who agreed to provide military bicycles co-designed by Moss at no cost. The Corps, consisting of eight black enlisted men, soon was riding in formation, drilling, scaling fences up to nine-feet high, fording streams, and pedaling 40 miles a day. Each bicycle carried a knapsack, blanket roll, and a shelter half strapped to the handlebar. A hard leather frame case fit into the diamond of each bicycle and a drinking cup was kept in a cloth sack under the seat. Each rider carried a rifle (first slung over the back, later strapped to the horizontal bar) and 50 rounds of ammunition.
The Spalding military bicycles were furnished with steel rims, tandem spokes, extra-heavy side-forks and crowns, gear cases, luggage carriers, frame cases, brakes, and Christy saddles. They were geared to 68 inches and weighed 32 pounds. The average weight of the bicycles, packed, was about 59 pounds.
Training trips consisted of a series of rides of increasing lengths, including a trek to Lake McDonald in the Mission Mountains. In August 1896, Lieutenant Moss was ready for a major expedition: a trip from Fort Missoula to Yellowstone National Park and back - 800miles in all. The Bicycle Corps left Missoula on August 15. Moss kept a detailed log of each day's progress, noting the types of grade, road conditions, and weather that the Corps encountered along the way. The Corps arrived in Yellowstone on August 24, 1896.

Motherf***ing Bike [HD] - NSFW or children. You've been warned.

Yay Bikes! and a Movie is April 2, 2012 - "Breaking Away" on the big screen!

Join us for the inaugural Yay Bikes! membership meeting. We’re celebrating the 200Columbus Bikecentennial by setting a goal to get 200 members by April 2nd. Come mix and mingle with your fellow riders. We will be discussing our Year of Yay 2012 rides, Bike the C-Bus and other great rides!

April 2, 2012 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

5:30PM - Mix and Mingle Happy Hour – Cash bar Food available for purchase from Backstage Bistro Menu
6:30PM - YEAR OF YAY! – Speakers Jim Coleman & Meredith Joy
EARTHDAY 2012- Speaker Danielle Allison
Other speakers will be announced soon!
7:00PM Screening of the film “BREAKING AWAY”

Admission is FREE to all Yay Bikes! members.$5 for non-members. Not a member yet? Join at

Please RSVP to by 3/24/12.

Pinchflat Artwork Submissions due March 15, 2012

What and Why
Wild Goose Creative, in partnership with Yay Bikes!, Make Believe Monsters, Bike OSU, and Jeremy Slagle Design, announces a call for entries to a bicycle-inspired poster show called Pinchflat 2. Posters will be displayed and sold at Wild Goose Creative and starting with a poster party on Saturday, May 5, 2012 and continuing through the end of May.
All posters will be created by artists in Columbus or central Ohio. Artwork included in the poster show will encourage bike riding, celebrate the art and craft of bikes, or invite thought about bikes as an important way to get around Columbus. Artwork might also be designed to persuade people to get on a bike in the first place!

Posters should be silkscreened, etched, lino cut, or letterpressed and should measure at least 11×17 inches. Each poster will be priced to sell at $30 and will be displayed along with between 20 and 30 other posters. Artists will be responsible for having their artwork printed and delivered to Wild Goose Creative for exhibition and sale. Wild Goose Creative and Pinchflat will retain the right to handle sales of posters for the duration of the exhibition.
20% of proceeds will be retained by Wild Goose Creative.

Don’t have access to printing resources or can’t front the money to have posters printed? Consider asking a friend or business with whom you have a relationship to sponsor your poster, investing money up-front that they will then make back when your posters sell. Poster sponsors will receive credit on title labels in the exhibition at Wild Goose Creative and will be noted on the Pinchflat Columbus website. We suggest that you consider the following businesses for printing:

How to Submit
Submit your artwork in PDF or JPG format via email to: before March 15.
Once a proof is submitted, notifications of show entry will be provided within 48 hours of receipt. A run of at least 20 posters must be printed and delivered to Wild Goose Creative by May 1.

Any questions should be directed to:

[Pinchflat site]
Pinchflat event on FB]

How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme [The Atlantic]

How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme
Flickr user Kaizer Rangwala, licensed under Creative Commons
It will not be news to anyone who is reading this that the United States remains in the midst of the deepest economic crisis in my lifetime. (I guess it turns out that you can’t start two major wars while cutting taxes and failing to regulate financial institutions, at least not without paying a steep price. Surprise.) Getting out of this mess and becoming more economically resilient will require a basket of solutions, including a serious look at the way we have been growing our cities and towns.
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
This week, Strong Towns has released a substantial new report analyzing data and arguing that we must change our development approach if we wish to end the current economic crisis. In particular, we must emphasize obtaining a higher rate of financial return from existing infrastructure investments, focusing on traditional neighborhoods where large public investments in infrastructure are currently being underutilized.

Bike & Roll: The Best Way to Tour New York City!


Bike the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway
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The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a continuous dedicated bike path circuit that extends around the entire island of Manhattan, and is part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway that extends north to Albany. It offers a safe and easy way to get up close and personal with the city's best sites. Most of the circuit is car-free; all of it is fun, offering a relaxed riding atmosphere for bikers of all ages and experience levels.
The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway encompasses a bountiful assortment of famous parks and destinations, including Hudson River Park, The Battery, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River Waterfront Esplanade, Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and Liberty State Park. These parks include museums, art exhibits, boat tours, bike tours, restaurants, historical buildings, and famous landmarks. Most of the waterfront parks are accessible by bike along the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway or by water transit within the waterways.
As a coastal route, the Greenway provides convenient access to water transit, allowing riders to connect to all five New York City boroughs and the Manhattan waterfront park system by bike. Most Bike and Roll locations are near NY Water Taxi landings.
Bike and Roll is America's premier bicycle rental and tour company, serving thousands of satisfied customers each year. Bike and Roll was established in 2001, and operates locations in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Miami Beach and Washington D.C, with plans to expand into other cities and parks throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Bike and Roll's success is based on a simple philosophy: We want our customers to have fun! We achieve this objective by:
  • Offering only safe, top-of-the-line rental equipment
  • Meticulously planning and organizing our rides and tours
  • Consistently providing outstanding customer service
Biking keeps us young in spirit! And there is no better way to get around, see new things, and stay healthy and active.
The perfect way to explore New York City is on a bike. Bike and Roll supplies free maps for its many self-guided tours, along with supplies, equipment and all the assistance you will need to explore New York City on your own or with your family and friends. Whether it's a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge, biking the Greenway, exploring Governor's Island, or hopping on and hopping off all round the City, Bike and Roll will provide the equipment and expertise to make your outing fun, safe, and memorable.
Bike and Roll is a "green" company, helping the Earth's environment by encouraging alternative, safe and healthy modes of transportation. Make a reservation to explore the many facets of New York City on your own, at your pace, and with a Bike and Roll bike.
[Bike and Roll]

Jill Outside - The adventures of Alaska Jill

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Los Altos, California, United States
I'm a cyclist, trail runner, journalist, winter enthusiast, photo documentarian, former (and hopefully future) Alaskan and endurance junkie who likes to go where the wind takes me. I've been blogging here since 2005, primarily as a personal scrapbook for my outdoor adventures.
From her blog

It's beautiful when you're commuting to the airport beneath a full moon and the strongest solar storm since 2004, witnessing luminescent waves of white and green aurora despite layers of light pollution.
[Check out her blog]

Idéale Saddles: Behind the Leather Curtain [EBykr]

Idéale saddles are among the least understood bicycle components given their historical prominence and sometimes exorbitant value. The dizzying array of models produced continues vexing even the most ardent collectors, who seem to enjoy the punishment received when combining obscurity of fact with broad product offerings and potential stratospheric price appreciation.
Idéale Ebykr 001
The celebrated yet largely unknown Idéale saddle deserves its enigmatic reputation every bit proportionate to its modern popularity and then some. Had it not been for a collapsing French cycling industry and distinct inability to move beyond core markets, Idéale might even be around today.
1890 in France was a wonderful time and place for transportation breakthroughs. Armand Peugeot and Emile Levassorgave motorized four wheelers their first automobiles, while motorized two wheelers had Marquis Albert De Dion and Georges Bouton finalizing the motorcycle engine before emerging as the world’s largest car producer by 1900.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Michigander - Bicycling magazine's top 10 favorite multi-day rides

Yay Bikes spreads the cycling message at Yelp Helps Event #letsride

Bill, Emily and I spread the message of bicycle advocacy to a ton of the 200+ attendees of the Columbus Yelp Helps event on Wednesday evening at the Westin Columbus. We met a lot of people who are interested in our mission and discussed partnerships with many companies and organizations.

Celebrating Women in Sustainable Transport [The City Fix]

A woman enjoys a cycle lane on Ahmedabad's Janmarg system. Photo by Meena Kadri.
Today is International Women’s Day, dedicated to the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Women have made much progress in society, but there are still many injustices and inequities to tackle, especially in the realm of transportation.
In 2007, for example, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office found that 86 percent of public transportation riders who said they had been sexually assaulted did not report it to the police. Granted, women are not exclusively the victims of sexual assault, but women do comprise the majority of this group.
There is also a gap between what women need to be safe on public transportation and what policy and practice are willing to do. For example, a nationwide survey of transit agencies in the U.S. led byAnastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and supported by the Mineta Transportation Institute found that while two-thirds of respondents believed that women travelers have some specific needs, only one-third felt that transit agencies should really do something about it. But even worse was that only 3 percent of the agencies had any programs directed at women. (Just to note, the survey targeted general managers and the heads of security, and 75 percent of the respondents were men.)

Bike Lanes: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly [Twin Cities Streets for People]

Minneapolis is certainly moving full speed ahead in its support for cycling. NiceRide is expanding its stations; the city is considering hiring a full-timecycling & pedestrian coordinator; bike lanes are freshly restriped in bright green (at least in Dinkytown, anyway); and last year Minneapolis surpassed Portland as the nation’s #1 biking city. As an urban enthusiast, ardent supporter of Minneapolis’ pro-cycling efforts, and downtown resident, I should be excited to be biking every day in my city. But I’m not! I walk, or drive, for all my trips. But I don’t bike.

Why, you ask?

I am afraid of being hit by cars, that’s why!

Laurier bike lanes bad for business [Ottawa citizen]

Store and restaurant owners hurting as lack of parking keeps customers and diners away

Boston Bike Lane + Cab = Bad [VIDEO]

NY Post Blames Bike Lanes For Bad Business On Broadway [Gothamist]

That darn pesky bike lane (juleskills's flickr).
The Wall Street Journal may have announced earlier this summer that the bikes have won but don't tell that to the paper's scruffy sibling the Post. That tabloid, like some Upper East Side community boards, thinks the battle is still on and today anti-bicycle zealot Steve Cuozzo has posted another report from the front line: Broadway between Columbus Circle and Times Square, where the bike lanes are supposedly murderingbusinesses.
Though murder is probably too strong of a word, even if Murdoch's minions used for their headline, as Cuozzo doesn't cite any actual closures. What he does cite are a handful of business owners who tell him "in guarded but passionate terms" of "lost business they may never be able to recoup." For instance Stephen Hanson, whose restaurant group B.R. Guest owns Ruby Foo's at Broadway at 49th Street, complains that the paths and the pedestrian arcade that came with them have "hurt our business there tremendously. There's no walk-by traffic we used to have at night, because everybody's in a mad dash to get to the central arcade area."

U of M Bike Lanes: Bad Design, Bad Results []

Editor's Note: This is from April 2011. - My fear about the current initiative in Columbus is implementation. If the proposed bike lanes are going to follow the precedent of the few existing lanes in Columbus then we will end up with issues.
In the wake of yesterday’s cyclist death near the University of Minnesota, I pointed out that the bike lanes near along 4th and University do not seem to meet current accepted standards for width, although I’ve not personally measured them.Twin Cities Sidewalks observes that the post-tragedy discussion is likely to center on bicyclist and pedestrians being careful, rather than touching off a much-needed discussion of the poor roadway design in the University and Dinkytown areas.
Twin Cities Sidewalks is right. High-speed roadways through the heart of campus, with or without bike lanes, are dumb, yet that’s what University, 4th and even Washington Avenue amount to. The bike lanes are built such that campus buses will migrate in and out of the bike lane at spots to pick up and discharge passengers. The lane placement encourages cyclists to overtake motorists on the curb side and requires skilled lane passage to make left turns. Lanes also set up numerous right-hook opportunities, placing the bike lane to the right of potential right-turning vehicles. This is especially obvious and serious near I35-W, but is true throughout the campus area. The number of opportunities for life-changing accidents is pretty huge.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why You Should Explore Cities by Bike [Momentum Mag]

Cyclist in Chinatown, Washington, DC
Jim Darling
One of the best things about seeing a cit by bike is feeling the wind in your hair while you explore diverse neighborhoods, such as Washington, DC's Chinatown, pictured here.
There is something inexplicably thrilling about using a bicycle to explore a strange new city, its streets pulsating with life. The glass and steel of buildings shimmer with a certain magic, street life seems more vibrant and the smells and sounds of a metropolis at full tilt threaten to overwhelm your senses. When you’re on a bicycle, you can’t help but feel completely alive and immersed in the moment. Instead of merely gazing passively through window glass, you experience and interact with a place in an immediate way.

1937: wielrenners hinderen stoomtrein [watch out for the train]

James H Kunstler dissects suburbia [VIDEO]

Form Cycles Viaje


A performance touring bike that can handle cargo, mud, snow and cobblestones. We have many different options for the commuting bike.  Pounding the pavement, jumping curbs and high-tailin’ it into work or just the coffee shop - the Viaje will deliver.  This is a bike designed to be comfortable while still earning you some style points with the endless array of customization.


      - WHEEL SIZE: Comes in 700c wheel size. 650c (good for five foot and under riders) is an option 
      - FORK: Designed around standard steel commuter fork geometry
      - FRAME: Standard cable routing comes as top-mount with a seat tube pulley for easier shouldering and keeping cables out of
       the elements 
      - FRAME OPTIONS: Cable routing changes, geared or horizontal drops, PRESS-FIT 30 or BB30, rack mounts, and bottle
      - FINISH: Powdercoat color choice/selection on steel; Brushed or Sand-blasted finish for Titanium

Bike co-op needs room to grow [The Other Paper]

Can Third Hand find a new home?Courtesy Reda Ashour
After helping thousands of cyclists, the folks at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative are now looking for a little assistance themselves.
The nonprofit group has outgrown its space at 174 E. Fifth Ave. Gentrification has hampered the search for a new location within its Weinland Park-area home because most of the good properties have already been snatched up.
“We’re finding almost every property is spoken for, even if they’re vacant,” said Reda Ashour, outreach coordinator for the group.
From its roots, operating out of a basement on 15th Avenue, today’s core members of Third Hand trace their history to 2005 when they first opened to the public out of a residential garage in Clintonville.