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Saturday, April 28, 2012

7 Reasons Not To Own A Car [Huff Post]

Margaret Thatcher earned the undying enmity of the world's transit users when she said (in her sexist and condescending way), that any "man who, beyond the age of twenty-six, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure."
Following the former Prime Minister's calculus, that makes me a loser of almost two decades' standing. But I'm not afraid to admit it: I ride the bus. What's more, I frequently find myself on subways, streetcars, light rail, metros, and high-speed trains. I've never owned an automobile, and though I'm no anti-car zealot (I belong to my city's car share program, and dutifully pay to renew my license every year) I'm proud to call myself a straphanger: somebody who relies on public transit for most of his or her urban travel.
I'm not alone. Half the population of New York, Toronto, and London do not own cars, and transit is how most of the people of Asia and Africa, the world's most populous continents, travel. In North America, the Millennial generation, who now outnumber the Boomers, are fleeing the 'burbs for old city centers by the millions, and have far fewer hang-ups about fare cards and bus passes than their parents' generation. (A recent survey found that half of American teenagers would now rather have a new smartphone than a new car. Makes sense: armed with a new iPhone or Android, they can download apps that will tell them exactly when the next bus or train will get to the stop.) Last year, ridership on the New York subway surpassed 1.6 billion, the most trips since the boom years after the Second World War. Meanwhile, though the U.S. population continues to grow, vehicle miles traveled, the most reliable indicator of automobile dependency we have, have been in decline for the last seven years.

For Sale: 2003 Jamis Eclipse steel frame 57cm

For Sale: 2003 Jamis Eclipse steel frame 57cm. Carbon front fork and Shimano Ultegra brakes also included. Frame and all parts have less then 200 miles on them. $350.00. Contact

Respect The BIke report from The Great Lakes Courier

Respect The BIke

Respect the Bike--created by Blazing Saddle Cycles, Travis Peebles, and James Rychak--was the final destination for April Critical Mass, and drew hundreds of cyclists to the Greenhouse Tavern for an exhibit of historic and current, Ohio-built bicycles. Plus, there was beer and great music. And did we mention that the Great Lakes Courier made its print debut?

  • Graham Veysey and David Jurca peruse the first issue of the Great Lakes Courier at Respect the Bike

  • Alex Nosse of Joy Machines Bike Shop arrived in styl
  • Graphic artist Amy Dwyer-Peck and artist Bob Peck

Barriers rethought after fatal bicycling accident []

MANSFIELD - Bicyclists have safety concerns regarding the metal posts known as bollards used to keep motor vehicles off of the Richland B&O Trail.
A 53-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries received in a bicycle accident Tuesday evening on the trail. The experienced cyclist, Giuseppe Maino, hit a barrier in Bellville.
Steve McKee, director of the Richland County Park District that oversees the bike trail, said the bollards have caused accidents in the past.
"It wasn't really on the horizon until this accident," McKee said of the bollards. "We've had a few people with scrapes in the past. This is going to make us take a serious look.''
Maino was a contractor at the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio National Guard base in Mansfield. He died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital, said Richland County Coroner's Investigator Bob Ball.

Lovely Bicycle Blog

Cycling in Lower Manhattan

Julie and Kate M.
I am in New York City for a few days, with all sorts of nice cycling people who have gathered here for the New Amsterdam Show this weekend and the Bobbin Bicycles/ Adeline Adeline party last night. One of the first familiar faces I encountered was the beautiful Julie, of the Julie blog. This lady works in the fashion industry and rides all over the city on her white and pink Linus loop frame named Kate Middleton... which I think speaks for itself: Cycling in New York has certainly become more accessible over the past few years.

Cycling in NYC
On my way down here on the train I realised that I had not been to the city since maybe 2008 - which is almost 4 years ago now. I have to confess that I don't love New York. It's not that I hate it. I just fail to see the magic and romance in it that everyone gushes about. Maybe it's because my family briefly lived in Washington Heights at a time when it was anything but romantic and my impressions are forever coloured by those childhood memories. Whatever the reason, I just see New York as a very large, very crowded city where you have to watch yourself despite all the art galleries and coffee shops and lofts and trendy boutiques that have popped up in neighbourhoods that used to be considered "dangerous." 


Jeff Stephens Leaving Consider Biking

Columbus, Ohio April 23, 2012 - Consider Biking Executive Director, Jeff Stephens, has announced his resignation from thebicycle advocacy organization effective May 11th. Stephens has accepted a Government Relations position with a national voluntary health organization.

Editor's note: We wish Jeff the best in his new endeavor. 

Formigli Florentia - great looking women's bike

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Florentia is the ancient name of what today is known as Firenze, Florence. Florentia means blooming. This name was given to the Lily opening its petals, that is the symbol of Florence. The coat of arms of Formigli, our family, is the only coat of arms of noble Florentine families, that carries the lily of Florence.
Renzo Formigli only has one bicycle in his quiver and its steel.  For many Italians, steel is the only material a true bicycle is made out of.  
Florentia's classic design is sexy, its retro, its timeless.
Choosing a steel frame is like having the perfect black dress, it will never go out of style.


  • FRAME CrMo4 Steel tubeset
  • Steel drop outs
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  • HEADSET 1” integrated with option for threaded *Dedda, Cane Creek or FSA headset included with frame purchase
  • SEATPOST Option for Integrated Seatpost or 27.2mm non-ISP
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Italian Thread
  • SIZES 100% Custom geometry to specifications given by customer
FIXIE If you want to turn your Florentia into a fixie, just let us known upon ordering and we will make the modifications to the frame.  Click here to view a fixie and custom Italian handmade fixie pedals that can be ordered with Florentia Fixie.

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Mapping Abandoned Bikes in NYC [Transportation Nation]

Bike carcasses are a common site around New York City — a dented frame chained to a street sign, wheels pilfered, seat long ago appropriated, rusted chain and remnants blighting even the swankiest of sidewalks like a broken window. What’s a citizen to do?
Call 311.
Or email a picture to and we’ll add it to this map:
In late 2010, the Department of Sanitation of NY was given jurisdiction to remove derelict bikes (they also remove derelict automobiles) from public property like street signs. In January of this year, that power was extended to bike racks too. In 18 months, 40 have been snipped free to make room for functioning bikes to park.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Support Shawn Slivinski

Shawn Slivinski was recently the victim of a head injury and is currently residing at an ICU in Columbus, OH.  Shawn lives a meager lifestyle by choice, is active in the community but is without health insurance. His extended stay in the hospital affects not only himself but everyone who knows him as a fellow gardener, barista, cook, local foods advocate, cyclist and friend.  

THE ACCIDENT:  Shawn was running a routine errand to the bank from his job as the manager of A Touch of Earth in the North Market.  A car door was opened in front of him sending him off course, wrecking his primary mode of transportation and causing his head to strike the pavement (on one of the rare days when he was not wearing a helmet).  He allowed an ambulance to take him to the hospital where his condition quickly deteriorated, he began to jumble his sentences and get tired.

HIS CONDITION:  Shawn has two skull fractures (which have been beneficial to the initial swelling), bleeding on four parts of his brain and bruising in two areas.  Luckily the brain swelling did not increase and after over four days of sedation doctors removed the brain monitor installed in his head.  His oxygen and blood pressure levels have not been ideal at times but are closely monitored by doctors.  He will be spending at least two more weeks in the hospital. *Update 4/26: Shawn is no longer on paralytic medication, he is still sedated and is heading in for minor surgery to install a filter to prevent blood clots. He currently has pneumonia which is common.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you or a loved one has ever had to visit the hospital you know that the costs can be out of this world.  

    *Donate today (coming soon!) to help Shawn's recovery
    *Leave him a comment or email photos (for slideshow below) to
    *Sign up to make him a vegetarian meal when he returns home (see calendar below)
    *Stop by A Touch of Earth in the North Market to show your support
    *Look out for an upcoming fundraising event. 

                                    Every little bit helps.
[Donate Here]

Midget Bushtrekka The Flagship Bicycle Trailer [VIDEO]

Respect the Bike is tonight in Cleveland!

Ride down and check out how our region has influenced cycling. Bicycles from pre-1900 through current day builders such as Dan Polito, Rustbelt Welding, Carmen Gambino and many more! Don't miss this awesome bike extravaganza! Local bike photography and artists, Live MUSIC, BOOZE and Chef Sawyers fantastic array of GRUB! Live music from Heelsplitter, The Dreadful Yawns and Scoliosis Jones, and The New Lou Reeds. DO NOT MISS THIS PARTY! Take a ride through our glorious city on Cleveland Critical Mass and finish the ride ere, with Ohio's greatest bikes and Ohio's greatest bike riders! What better way to kick off bike month!

Bike The Bridge, 2012 is Sunday, 17 June 2012 in Detroit

Ambassador Bridge

This is a very special Biking event. The Ambassador Bridge, spanning from Detroit to Windsor, pauses traffic to allow bikes to cross.  Canadian riders will ride to the US, across the bridge, and meet up with the Americans.  Then both the Canadians and Americans will ride back across the bridge.  A delicious Breakfast will be provided after the bridge ride, at Canada's beautiful Mic Mac Park.  Breakfast will be provided by Tres Bean Cafe' of Windsor.   We also plan to have a special guest speaker.  Then one of two tours can be selected. The short tour will be approximately 15 miles/ 24 KM in length.   The Long tour will be approximately 40 miles/ 64 KM in length. Both tours will focus on the theme of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  The long tour will include a trip to Fort Malden.   At the conclusion of the tours Americans, will be bussed back across the bridge and their bikes will be transported via truck. You will also receive a uniquely designed T-shirt as a memento of the event.   If you want to attend this event you must have a valid Passport, Passport card, enhanced driver's license, or Nexus card at the time of registration.  This applies to everyone attending this event.

If you have had radiation treatment recently please inform us so we can get you a medical clearance ahead of time.  Xrays do not count as radiation treatment.
Helmet Cams will not be allowed on Bridge property this year.
There is online registration only.  No registration the day of the event.

All riders must be over the age of 16, no exceptions.

All riders must wear helmets.
Alcohol prohibited.

Riders will be dealing with Customs and Border Protection (Homeland Security) and Canadian Customs, as well.  All applicable laws apply.

Riders must have a valid passport, a passport card, enhanced driver's licenses, or a Nexus card, to exceptions. BE SURE TO KEEP THE ID YOU USED TO REGISTER ON YOU AT ALL TIMES!  You may be stopped by Customs to show your ID.
All proceeds go to Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: Riders must obey traffic rules as apply to bicycles in both countries.

No stopping on the bridge.


**No selling of entry to another party.**


Registration will close 2 weeks before ride date, even if not full, so that all the necessary paperwork can be sent to the appropriate agencies at their request.  June 1, 2012.
Registration for American riders starts at 6:15AM.
Check-in for the US participants will begin at 6:15 AM at the State of Micchigan Welcome center.  The Welcome Center is located at 2835 Bagley Street,  Detroit, MI 48216, US.  Parking is located at the Welcome Center and surrounding streets.  Please pay attention to posted parking signs if parking on a nearby street.  Check-in will end promptly at 7:15 AM and the riders will assemble to cross the bridge where Bridge Officials will provide safety instructions.   The ride across the bridge is steep so please condition yourself before the ride and make sure your bike is in good working order.  Be especially cautious that your brakes are in working order.  After the ride across the bridge we will ride to Mic Mac Park, in Canada, for a delicious breakfast.
Americans who are arranging their own transportation home need to email Mary Grant ahead of time.  We need an accurate count to ensure no one is left behind.
Please remember to bring:
  • ID (whatever you registered with MUST be with you)
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Layered Clothing
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sunscreen

Registration for Canadian riders starts at 6:15am.

Ambassador Bridge ParkingPlease arrive on time! We have 100 or more people to park, register & instruct so we would appreciate it if you do your best to arrive close to 6:15 AM.
The registration process takes about 20 minutes and around 7:00 am we will walk our bikes across the road and then ride the very short distance to the first staging area for the Ambassador Bridge.
Around 7:10 AM will will get our final words from customs, then we will proceed across the Bridge to meet up with the U.S. riders.  Then we will cross the Bridge as one large group.  After the Bridge crossing we will ride to Mic Mac park for a group breakfast.
If you are running late, you must park and register and meet up with our group BEFORE we clear the first staging area. After that point you will not be allowed to join us and you forfeit your registration.

The Ambassador Bridge has again given us access to a prviate parking lot located just west of the Bridge entrance.
Parking is available at the Ambassador Bridge lot located on Huron Church Road across from the bridge’s exit/customs plaza.  This turns into a one-way street just before the parking lot so you must access it from Riverside Drive, University Avenue or Wyandotte Street.  Regardless of which of these cross streets you come from, turn south onto Huron Church Road.  Just past Wyandotte you will drive under the Ambassador Bridge and you will see a plaza on either side of the road; just past that are some overhead lights and immediately to your right there is an entrance to the parking lot (just where the concrete wall ends).  Pull in and lot attendants will have you park at the far end of the lot.
Because the street is a one way and is near the bridge, there is no sidewalk to enter from the south side.  If you are arriving by bicycle and are coming from the south side, you must go around via Indian Road (there is a pathway just past the McDonalds) or via Wyandotte.
Please remember to bring:
  • ID (whatever you registered with MUST be with you)
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Layered Clothing
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sunscreen
We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning for this great event!
If you have any questions call Windsor's information line at 311.

Cleveland Velodrome cycling track scheduled to open in June []

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Rendering of the Cleveland Velodrome, which is scheduled to open June 16 in the city's North Broadway neighborhood.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After about five years of planning, the nonprofit Cleveland Velodrome cycling track is scheduled to open in June in the city's North Broadway neighborhood.
Groudbreaking is planned for Tuesday on 8.4 acres at Broadway and Pershing Avenue, the former home of St. Michael Hospital. The bicycle track is scheduled to open June 16.
"It is a great way to get kids into cycling," said Brett David, board president of Fast Track Cycling, which is running the velodrome. "It is safer than driving on some of these roads, battling cars."

Sea Otter 12 Raleigh CX with Discs Ui2: Clean Routing [Hugger]

Sea Otter 12 Raleigh CX with Discs Ui2: Clean Routing

Bypass, bike spur and bridge replacements on tap [The Athens News]

With the warm weather comes amped-up highway and bridge projects, and Athens County will see a variety of improvements planned by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The planned work amounts to more than $16 million in estimated costs.
A brochure recently released by ODOT's District 10 – which covers a swath of southeast Ohio counties from Gallia to Hocking to Noble – shows 14 projects with estimated costs totaling $16.2 million.
ODOT also is continuing its work on the U.S. Rt. 33 Nelsonville bypass, including plans for a second roundabout for Athens County, this one in Nelsonville.
Athens City Council is also discussing a bike path spur across the Hocking River in the Columbus Road area.
Not all of these projects are slated for construction this summer, and some will not have a contract awarded until the fall months. They include four bridge replacements, four slide repairs, four resurfacings, one intersection improvement and one preventative maintenance.
The most expensive project, estimated at $4.13 million, is for preventative maintenance on U.S. Rt. 50 near Coolville. That contract is slated to be awarded on Dec. 10 of this year.

Hit and run in Berkeley CA [VIDEO]

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Study Ranks Transit Systems Of Major U.S. Cities [Columbus 24 of 25] via MarketWatch

Walk Score research reveals which U.S. cities offer best transit alternatives to rising gas prices.

Walk Score®, the only site that makes it easy for apartment renters and home buyers to find neighborhoods where they can drive less and live more, announced today a new ranking of U.S. city transit systems based on residents' access to public transportation. New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. top the list, while cities such as Houston, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Columbus, Ohio are among the cities in the bottom half of the ranking.
"Heading to the gas pump this season is about as much fun as getting a root canal. With gas prices expected to hit new highs, more people are riding transit, walking and biking to save money," said Walk Score CEO, Josh Herst. "And being able to leave your car at home more often is great for your wallet, your waistline and the environment."
As gas prices rise and consumers seek shorter commutes and more sustainable transportation options, demand for convenient access to public transit is growing. This lifestyle shift is being led by the Millennial generation (those born roughly between 1980 and 2000) that is choosing to own cars and drive less than their predecessors.
Riding public transportation saves individuals on average over $10,000 a year.[1]
Americans took over 10 billion trips on public transportation in 2011.[2]
The average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16 to 34-year-olds) in the U.S. decreased 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. [3]

Experienced cyclist dies after hitting barrier on B&O Trail []

BELLVILLE -- A 53-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries received in a bicycle crash Tuesday evening on the Richland B&O Trail.
Giuseppe Maino, a contractor at the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio National Guard base, died at 1:10 a.m., Richland County Coroner's Investigator Bob Ball said.
Bellville police Officer Burt Skeen said police responded to the bike trail shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, about 200 yards west of the bridge where Ogle and East streets meet. Maino, of Turin, Italy, was taken to MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital by Jefferson Township Fire Department rescue personnel. He underwent emergency surgery.
Maino was riding with a group of cyclists associated with Y-Not Cycling and Fitness in Lexington.
"He was to the rear of the group and only one gentleman was beside him. The other bicyclist was approaching the posts on the bike trail (which prevent cars from entering the trail or a park entrance) and he went ahead to make sure Giuseppe could pass either on the left or the right of the center pole. Mr. Maino impacted the pole," Skeen said.

Specialized Turbo Test Ride [Hugger Industries]

Marley Coffee Takes Off with BikeCaffe

“Life is one big road with lots of signs, so when riding through the ruts don’t complicate your mind,” sang Bob Marley in Wake Up and Live.
The ride continues as today we announced a new partnership with BikeCaffe, the eco-minded, organic, fair-trade coffee service by bike, to bring their distinct way of delivering and offering coffee with the addition of new Marley Coffee-branded BikeCaffe Coffee Bike franchises to their roster.
BikeCaffe, found in select cities nationwide and in Europe, is a new approach to serving coffee to customers: the three-wheeled, geared bikes are full-service caffes that can roll from location to location, leaving little carbon footprint behind. The Marley Coffee BikeCaffe concept will be revealed for the first time at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow in Las Vegas, April 25-27 at the Marley Coffee Booth #447.  Marley Coffee BikeCaffe franchising opportunities are available now by visiting

World x Cycle

Going the distance.

From the seat of a push-bike, we will ride over 30,000 km across six continents and twenty-six countries. The expedition will take ten months and, once completed, will be the fastest world circumnavigation by a female according to Guinness standards.

Ozon Cyclery Bamboo Bikes

Ozon Cyclery is commited to custom building beautiful and unique bicycles from earth friendly materials. From our home base in Berlin, a city full of inspiration, we strive not only to create new, innovative Ideas but also to refine them to the highest level possible. For the past 2 years we have been developing a new method for constructing Bamboo bike frames, allowing for improved stiffness and reduced weight. Our frames have been ridden thousands of kilometers, from Berlin to Paris, to the Baltic Sea and Poland. They are the daily ride of a number of couriers and commuters within Berlin itself. The bikes receive nothing but excellent reviews both for the amazing ride quality of Bamboo and for our custom geometry. The frames are made of TigerBamboo, (Phyllostachys pubescens boryana) with hand sculpted Flax fiber composite joints. They generally weigh in at about 1.75 Kilos and have a ride quality similar to high end steel, but with better vibration absorption. Bamboo also has excellent safety characteristics, much like steel.

[Ozon Cyclery]

Wednesday, April 25, 2012



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