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Friday, March 23, 2012

Park Tool Professional Travel and Event Kit

A carefully selected set of some of our finest tools, housed in the BX-2 Blue Box Tool Case. The EK-1 contains 35 shop level tools fit into BX-2 Blue Box Tool Case with extra room for more tools and parts. Perfect for professional shop and team mechanics, as well as the home mechanic who wants the ultimate portable tool kit.

Incase Range Backpack

Inspired by the freedom of cycling, the Range Collection is designed for everyday excursions on foot or on a bike. Signature Incase device protection, safety features and weather resistant construction combine to give you ideal carrying solutions whether you’re headed across town or down the trail.
 The Range Backpack’s wide mouth top provides easy access while the padded notebook compartment fits up to a 15” MacBook Pro. The padded shoulder straps, sternum strap and mesh back panel keep heavy loads comfortable and stable. High-vis reflective details ensure you get to your destination safely while the U-lock pocket helps to make quick work of securing your ride.
  • Durable twill material with weather resistant coating
  • Wide-mouth top with zipper pocket for easy access
  • Internal cinch collar for additional weather protection
  • Padded notebook compartment with plush faux-fur lining
  • Fits up to 15” MacBook Pro
  • Padded shoulder straps for increased comfort and ergonomic support
  • Adjustable sternum strap for load stability
  • Padded mesh back panel with integrated air-flow channels
  • Reinforced nylon top-loading handle
  • Multiple organizer pockets
  • High-visibility reflective details
  • U-lock utility pocket with organizer
  • Safety light attachment

125 Years of Raleigh Bicycles [VentureThere]

The history of cycling, some might say, begins on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England --home to a small workshop that once produced three diamond-frame bicycles per week.
What first started as a investment project for a successful lawyer in the winter of 1888, called The Raleigh Cycle Company, quickly turned into a family-owned global-leading bicycle company by the 1920s.
POV: By 1925, the company had manufactured just under one million bicycles. In 1951, Raleigh produced more than one million cycles.
Fast forward one heavy-hitting century later, laden with recessions, depressions, transportations movements, wars and famines, Raleigh has seen the bicycle come and go --and come and go, again-- in popularity as a stylish, modern and practical mode of transport.
For anyone who collects or simply appreciates the bicycle, either in its vintage or cutting-edge molds, be thankful that Raleigh stuck with it through the years. Check out this gallery, which features some iconic frames of the past, as well as the 2012 Raleigh line.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spin-A-Thon to leave cancer in the dust! is APRIL 15

WHAT: “SPIN out to leave Cancer in the dust!” is a stationary cycling competition and fundraising event that will go to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Teams of 2 to 6 members will ride spin bikes for a total of four hours, with each member riding for at least one 30 minute heat. All ...proceeds made from this event will go to benefit LLS!

WHO: “Spin out to beat out Cancer!” is open to all community members, friends and family over the age of 18 who are in the physical conditioning to participate in at least 30 minutes of stationary cycling.

WHERE: Burn Studio in Gahanna, Ohio
WHEN: Sunday, April 15th, 2012 You will need to register for the event by no later than Friday April 13th, 2012 in order to secure your spot at this event. Please visit the following website to register officially: To register simply make a donation to this page under "donate now" and title your name as "SpinOut - Team(Insert Name)". The challenge begins at 7:00AM and ends at 11:00AM.

HOW: Participants must register as a TEAM by Friday, April 13th, 2012. Funds must be submitted prior to event. We will be giving out three awards: Highest Mileage Completed by 2, 4 or 6 person teams.

Team of 2 people must "pay" 35/each rider
Team of 4 people must "pay" 20/each rider
Team of 6 people must "pay" 15/each rider


There are 16 spin bikes available - be sure to register early to solidify your spot in the event! Unable to make it but would like to make a donation? Please use the following link to donate directly to the cause!

*Not looking to compete, but would like to give back and get a great workout? Reserve a spot today on one of our 8 bike trainers for $10/hour! Every dollar counts!

We will be providing food/beverages throughout the event to fuel you through the four hour event! Please come prepared with water bottles – as you will need them! There will be a projector screen playing videos to keep you visually entertained - as well as heart pumping beats to keep your legs pedaling!

Prizes will include gift cards to local running stores/bicycle shops/and much more! Interested in finding out how you can get involved? Please contact Alysia Smith at (614)203-0698 or GO TEAM!

[Facebook event]

City of Columbus To Start Intensified Pothole Repair - Call 311

The city of Columbus will begin a two-week intensified pothole repair program Sunday, March 18, 2012.  Department of Public Service Street Maintenance crews will patch potholes around the clock during the effort through April 1, weather permitting.  Potholes cannot be repaired during snow, ice and rain events.
The pothole effort will be done within regular working hours at no additional costs, without using overtime. 
During the two-week intensified pothole repair effort, residents may report potholes through Facebook at Report Columbus Potholes or Twitter @ColumbusDPS, in addition to the customary 311 Customer Service Center.  To help the City better serve residents, the City asks residents to include the location of the pothole by referencing:
  • The name of the street where the pothole is located
  • The address of a home or business closest to the pothole
  • The direction of travel (northbound, southbound, eastbound, westbound) where the pothole is located
  • If it is a multi-lane street, the lane in which the pothole is located
Residents are also reminded not to tweet/facebook and drive.
The mild winter of 2011-12 has allowed City crews who would otherwise be plowing snow to get a head start on winter pothole repair:
  • City crews fixed 7,758 potholes in December 2011, more than the combined 7,541 potholes repaired during the previous two Decembers of 2010 and 2009 
  • City crews repaired 10,400 potholes in January, more than the 7,597 pothole filled in January 2011 and the 8,653 potholes fixed in January 2010
  • The 16,465 potholes repaired in February are fewer than the 17,968 of February 2011.   This is the result Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s 2011 increased investment in street resurfacing in 2011 and the absence of the typical repeated winter freeze-thaw cycles that are a leading contributor to the creation of potholes.
Pothole patching is a year-round city of Columbus priority.  The standard for pothole repair is within three days after a service request is filed with the City’s 311 Customer Service Center.  The standard may go beyond three days when:
  • A very large volume of potholes are being reported
  • Snow, ice or rain storm that prohibit pothole patching; In these instances, the standard is to patch potholes as soon as possible
The severity of winter weather and the general condition of city streets drive the number of potholes.  From 2007 through 2011, the City has patched an average of 124,753 potholes.
Residents are encouraged to report potholes throughout the year by contacting 311 at 311 or 645-3111, or online at
The City is responsible for repairing potholes on 6,366 lane miles of roadway; a lane mile is one mile of roadway multiplied by the number of lanes on the roadway.   
The two-week pothole repair effort will be funded through the Department of Public Service’s Street Construction Maintenance Fund.

                               City of Columbus Pothole Patching Fact Sheet
The City of Columbus patches potholes on City of Columbus streets and parts of State routes 315, 33 and 104 that are in the City of Columbus
  • ODOT is responsible for patching potholes on I-70, I-71, I-270 and I-670
Columbus’ Pothole Patching crews are responsible for 6,366 lane miles of roadway. 
  • This effort is measured in lane miles because potholes can occur in each lane of a roadway
  • A lane mile is defined as one mile of roadway multiplied by the number of lanes in the roadway.  For example:
  • 1-mile stretch of roadway x 5 lanes in the roadway = 5 lane miles
 Pothole Patching  policy and practice:
  • The process for patching potholes begins two different ways:
  • Residents contact 311 (call 311 or 645-3111, or online at to notify the City of the location of a pothole.  Please include an address or nearest address of a home or business where the pothole is located to help us serve you better.  The locations are then forwarded to the Department of Public Service to be scheduled for patching, or
  • Separate from, and in addition to, 311 requests, Department of Public Service crews are routinely deployed to locate and patch potholes.  These deployments are proactive standard practice that works in tandem with 311 requests to find and patch potholes.
 Patching potholes is a City of Columbus priority:
  • The City’s standard:  Potholes are typically patched within three (3) days after a service request is filed with 311 to do so
  • This standard may go beyond three days because of:
  • A very large volume of potholes being reported.  In these instances, the standard is to patch potholes as soon as possible
  • A snow, ice or rain storm prohibits pothole patching
 Columbus’ Pothole Patching crews are responsible for 227 square miles, much more than their counterparts in other Ohio cities:
  • Cleveland:  82 square miles
  • Toledo:  80 square miles
  • Cincinnati:  79 square miles
  • Dayton:  57 square miles
  • Dublin:  26 square miles
  • Grove City:  16.2 square miles
  • Gahanna:  12 square miles
  • Reynoldsburg:  12 square miles
  • Hilliard:  11.5 square miles
  • Upper Arlington:  9.67 square miles
  • Pickerington:  9.58 square miles
  • Worthington:  5 square miles
  • Bexley:  2.5 square miles
 Columbus’ pothole repair crews are responsible for more than 6,300 lane miles of roadway, more than any other Ohio city (or, 2,060 linear miles, approximately the distance between Columbus and Las Vegas)
  • Cleveland:  3,000 lane miles
  • Cincinnati:  2,986 lane miles
  • Toledo:  2,700 lane miles
  • Dayton:  1,600 lane miles
  • Dublin:  502 lane miles
  • Westerville:  409 lane miles
  • Reynoldsburg:  270 lane miles
  • Worthington:  176 lane miles
  • Gahanna:  140 lane miles
 Hot patching potholes
  • During winter, is most effective above freezing (32°).However, hot patch, at 300 degrees, does not bond well with the dramatically colder pavement in cold winter weather, including cold temperatures above freezing The hot patch shrinks away from, and does not conform to, the surrounding asphalt and the contours inside the pothole. Because hot patch does not bond well with a cold pothole and pavement, it is like cold patch:  a temporary fix Therefore, cold patch is typically used during winter months Cold patch is less expensive ($75/ton) than hot patch purchased during the winter from a private vendor ($100/ton)
 Cold patching potholes
  • Cold patch is a temporary fix designed to repair potholes until they can be hot patched during warmer weather in the spring and summer if the cold patched hole reopens
  • Lifespan of a cold patch varies and is affected by traffic volume and speed of the roadway where the cold patch is made

City does have a limited supply of hot patch that it produces in an asphalt recycling machine.
  • The recycled asphalt is the waste asphalt when a street is torn up for resurfacing or reconstruction.
 Total potholes patched
  • 2011:  190,196 potholes patched
  • 2010:  133,517 potholes patched
  • 2009:  114,475 potholes patched
  • 2008:  115,390 potholes patched
  • 2007:    70,183 potholes patched
 Total cost for asphalt (hot mix and cold mix) purchased to patch potholes
  • 2011:  $319,991 (4,313 tons)
  • 2010:  $318,015  (5,126 tons) 
  • 2009:  $355,390.84 (3,893 tons)
  • 2008:  $391,132.73 (4,214 tons)
  • 2007:  $183,910.50 (3,194 tons)
 Tons of hot patch used
  • 2011:  3,209 tons
  • 2010:  4,346 tons 
  • 2009: 3,100 tons
  • 2008: 3,208 tons
  • 2007: 2,636 tons
 Tons of cold patch used
  • 2011: 1,104 tons
  • 2010:    780 tons
  • 2009:    793 tons
  • 2008: 1,006 tons
  • 2007:    558 tons
 Columbus Pothole Patchers have other job responsibilities including, but not limited to:
  • Snow removal
  • Street cleaning
  • Alley surfacing treatment
  • Mowing
  • Underpass cleaning
  • Graffiti removal

Cyclists' Special - part one [VIDEO]

Your Chamois: A User's Guide [Bicycling]

Myth A chamois is little more than extra cushioning between you and your saddle
Reality Assuming you wear it correctly—i.e., without underwear—a chamois pad not only supports your sit bones, but also prevents chafing by transferring moisture away from your body and moving with you on the seat so your skin doesn't rub.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Carver Ti 99'er Frame - Ti 29er frame for $1199

Love the big wheel geometry, but looking for the compliant ride and durability of Titanium?  Introducing the Ti 99'er, a 3/2.5 Seamless Aerospace Titanium frame weighing only 3.5lbs.  Ride quality is of the utmost importance and nothing rides quite like Titanium.   Factor in the durability of titanium and this makes the Carver Ti 99'er quite possibly the last hardtail MTB you will ever need to buy.
  • 99'er (29" Front & Rear)
  • Suspension Specific for 80-100mm travel fork
  • 3/2.5 Seamless aerospace titanium with X-Rayed welds
  • S-bend chain and seat stays
  • Clearance for 2.6" tires
  • 6mm Water cut dropouts with rack mounts
  • 27.2mm Seatpost size
  • 1-1/8" Headtube diamter
  • Curved top tube for extra standover
  • Welded water bottle bosses
  • 3.5lbs in the 17" size

Bike Butterfly [VIDEO]

Alliance for Biking & Walking 2012 Advocacy Award Winners [momemtum mag]

BikeTexas at Alliance for Biking and Walking 2012 Advocacy Awards
Carolyn Szczepanski
BikeTexas, winners of the Innovation Award
Each year the Alliance for Biking & Walking recognizes the leading individuals and organizations responsible for engaging communities and promoting people-powered mobility.
On March 20, 2012 the Alliance for Biking & Walking announced the winners at a reception during the National Bike Summit. The 2012 Advocacy Award winners are:
Advocacy Organization of the Year: WalkBoston
Working to promote the economic benefits of walkable communities and engage underrepresented populations in planning, WalkBoston launched the successful "Good Walking is Good Business" campaign in 2011.
Advocate of the Year: Eric Rogers, BikeWalkKC
A passionate advocacy leader for the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, and trusted, go-to expert on bike-ped issues. Rogers chairs the Kansas City Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and serves as the executive director of BikeWalkKC.
Business Advocate of the Year: CLIF Bar
Thousands of people logged trips on the 2 Mile Challenge website tracking metrics like miles pedaled, car trips avoided and carbon dioxide saved. In addition, CLIF Bar donated $100,000 to the three nonprofits associated with the 2 Mile Challenge.

Some Thoughts on Outdated Bikeway Designs [Walk Eagle Rock] Read up Columbus!

(This is a non-Eagle Rock specific post mostly consisting of thoughts on bicycle infrastructure design standards that dictate bikeway design in Los Angeles)
When bicycling on the streets of Los Angeles I am expected to ‘share the road’ with motorists. On quiet residential streets this is rarely an issue, cars seldom go above 20 miles per hour. But even on residential streets there is the occasional pressure to speed up or move aside when a motor vehicle approaches from behind. However, residential streets are pretty manageable and subjectively safe for myself, and the many people I see who simply enjoy to go for a ride around the block. Intersections are not an issue either as residential streets are usually narrow with little traffic.
However, the comfort utilitarian and recreational bicyclists feel on residential streets quickly disappears when traveling on major, commercial streets. One of the biggest hindrances to people choosing the bicycle for travel is how dangerous larger streets with greater amounts of traffic feel.
Now I am an everyday bicyclist and while I have no problem negotiating with motor vehicle traffic, making left turns like a motor vehicle. I expect motorists to needlessly discriminate me by shouting, honking, and telling me to get out of the way. But this is not the reality I want to experience. When traveling by bicycle I’d prefer to be separated from motor vehicles traveling over 20 miles per hour;I do not want to breathe in exhaust, feel cars zoom by, or put up with the noise pollution and increasingly distracted drivers. And I’m not the only one who feels this way, there are many more who cite their number one reason for not bicycling more often being how unsafe and unpleasant conditions are, being forced to mix with motorized traffic to go to the grocery store, a friend’s house, or local restaurant.
So what is being done to address the concerns of the many people who want to get on their bicycles but don’t? Well, here locally in Los Angeles the city has a Bicycle Master Plan which seeks to create a 1,600 mile network of bicycle facilities over the course of the next 30 years. And in 30 years the city hopes to have bicycling make up 5% of the city’s traffic.
Almost half, 700 miles, of the 1,600 miles of bicycle facilities will be on the a backbone network which will consist of the heavy traffic streets many are currently afraid of. And what will the facilities on these major streets look like? Currently bike facility designs are largely dictated by: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); California Highway Design Manual (CHDM); and the California Manual of Unified Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD). What do these manuals have to offer?
Facilities offered in AASHTO and CAHDM are:
  • Class I Bike Path: Completely separated right-of-way for exclusive use by bicycles and pedestrians
  • Class II Bike Lane: Provides a striped line for one-way bicycle travel on a street or highway
  • Class III Bike Route: Provides shared use with pedestrians or motor vehicle travel
It well known that the majority of people will refuse to start bicycling unless safe, separate facilities are provided. My own anecdotal evidence of this consists of asking my non-bicycling friends, my grandfather, my sister and mother. I also observe where people do cycle most– bike paths. Admittedly the majority of users on LA’s bike paths are recreational riders but a few points can perhaps explain why: Current bike paths are largely isolated and are difficult to integrate into any kind of travel other than recreational; current bike paths are often linear, uninterrupted paths, optimizing them for recreational travel; the facilities feel safe enough to use for recreational purposes (unlike the streets closer to where the bike path users live).

Teva Best Trick Bike - Winter Teva Mountain Games 2012

Independent Fabrications Super Commuter

So it's a decent day out, slight drizzle, cool, the taste of coffee still on your lips and it's time for work. It's nice enough out so you want to ride, but the coffee hasn't kicked in yet and you're not ready to think yet so you grab your Club Racer Super Commuter. Why? Because of the fenders, the ease of the maintenance free drive train and the front rack bag (custom made byBaileyWorks) to hold your wallet, keys, lock and rain jacket. This bike is like your best friend.
These Super Commuters show off the potential of our Club Racer model. With a little imagination, the Club Racer can become your Super Commuter.
[IF website]

National Bike Summit opens with fireworks from Bikesnob [BikeBiz]

But there was no kickback from members of the League of American Bicyclists over the proposed merger with two other bike orgs.
With a record 800 delegates in attendance, the US National Bike Summit started today in Washington DC.
Tomorrow there will be a keynote speech from Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation. The keynote speech at today's opening meeting of the League of American Bicyclists was given by Eben Weiss, aka Bikesnob. He plugged his new book, The Enlightened Cyclist, a comic, yet serious, take on bicycle transportation.
He said commuting by bike was the "most dynamic aspect of cycling today" and "it's the one aspect of our lives where, on a daily basis, we're exposed to fighting with strangers. And death."
However, by acknowledging this "maybe we can make conditions a little better," he said.
"Riding a bike is a beautiful thing."

Great vintage bike videos available at British Pathé

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world.

Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.
They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathé Gazette. After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial and Eve's Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens' issues.
By the time Pathé finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items.
Over the last 30 years this material has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, home videos, advertisments, corporate productions and, most recently, in web publishing.
Whereas all professional usages still require a licence fee we are delighted to be able to offer free "preview" facilities on this site.
If you wish to license British Pathé footage please click here for contact details. All Rights Reserved.

Bamboo bike shop relocates to midcoast [Bangor Daily News]

Jessie Odlin-Tobias, 33, of Camden, plans to open Bamboo Bike Studios in Camden on April 1. The company, which helps people build their own bamboo bicycles, has stores in New York, California, Canada and Alabama, but recently decided to move its headquarters to Camden.
Posted March 17, 2012, at 3:12 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The Bamboo Bike Studio staff won’t build you a bike. You can’t walk through the french doors of the 1837 blacksmith’s shop, hand them money and ride away. You’ve got to build it yourself.
For about $600 people can take two-day workshops at the Bayview Street store where they will be taught how to make a bike to their size and style. The bike building process doesn’t require any welding or special skills, so anyone can do it, according to the Camden store manager Jessie Odlin-Tobias. But the process can be grueling and involves about 30 hours of work.
“It’s intense. You want to cry at times because you work long and hard. But people find it’s worth the push,” she said.
Odlin-Tobias, 33, of Camden recently helped her brother open the Camden branch of the company, which will now operate as the business’ headquarters. For Odlin-Tobias, moving to Maine in May was a homecoming. She grew up in the state before leaving for New York where her brother hired her to work for the bike workshops there. They recently decided to move headquarters out of Brooklyn to coastal Maine.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ohio: Federal Investments in Biking and Walking - League of American Bicyclists

Yay Bikes Tricia Kovacs is attending the LAB conference this week. 
Watch out for some exciting updates!

Pittsburgh Airport Now Accessible By Bicycle [90.5 Public Radio]

(Deanna Garcia / Essential Public Radio)
Bicyclists arrive at the airport via the new Montour Trail connection
Dozens of spandex-clad bicyclists pedaled to the airport via the newly-opened connection between the Montour Trail and Pittsburgh International Airport Tuesday.  According to organizers, the Montour Trail is the longest suburban trail in the nation.  Years ago area officials were tasked with connecting it to the airport.  Now that it’s complete, officials said an economic boost to the region will follow.
This is going to have tremendous impact on the visitation to this region by bike tourists from all around the country, and all around the globe,” said Allegheny Trail Alliance President Linda McKenna Boxx, “access to the airport is definitely going to improve the world class reputation of our trail systems in Pennsylvania.”