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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote Bag [etsy]

Bicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote Bag
Bicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote BagBicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote BagBicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote BagBicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote BagBicycle Basket Liner with Drawstring - Bike Basket Liner Converts to Tote Bag
Beautiful reversible cruiser bicycle basket liner - created for carrying your keys, phone or wallet with you on your bike and then with you once you've parked. I've also made many Basket LIners for four legged friends!

One side of this Cruiser Bicycle Basket Liner is made with a bright fucsia colored heavy cotton/canvas with a folky flower pattern. The other side is made with a strong durable canvas fabric in a beautiful versatile flax color.

When you’re done riding your bike, just pull the drawstrings of the basket liner to make
a cool tote bag, so you never even have to take your stuff out of the basket. Just grab it,
sling it over your shoulder and go! How easy and cool is that? You can bring your swim
gear to the beach, on the boat, or go shopping on your bicycle and easily manage a few
groceries all at the same time. The cute tote bag serves as an eco-friendly
solution to save wasting paper and plastic bags.

Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.

Abus Granit X-Plus 54 - As secure as Fort Knox?

Granit X-Plus 54
Recommended for securing two-wheelers with a high risk of theft 
Attach two-wheeler to a fixed object (e.g. lamppost, road sign, fence) 
Strong square parabolic shackle (patented) with very high protection against brutal attacks, e.g. with bolt cutters, car jack or saws 
Shackle is double bolted extremely secure in the patented ABUS power cell 
ABUS-X-Plus cylinder for highest protection against intelligent opening methods 
TexKF Twin: Universal fixing to all common or special frame profiles with the textile fixing strap (Ø 21 – 80 mm) 
USH 54: Universal carrier for U-Shackle locks 54, 51, 47, 46


Norman Rides a Bike

Cannondale Bicycles Assembly Line

design:ROLLS – An Architectural Bike Tour of Columbus is Sunday, June 3

design:Rolls event poster
design:Rolls event poster
On Sunday, June 3, we will host our first architectural bike tour. This 9-mile bike ride in and around the  Downtown area will include stops in German Village, the Audubon Center, the Arena District and the Short North. Riders will hear first-hand from city planners and architects about historic preservation, brownfield/green design, activation of public space, and new redevelopment plans for the city of Columbus.
Registration will open at 12:30, with the tour beginning promptly at 1:00 PM. Participants are required to bring their own bikes, and helmets are required for this ride. Please keep in mind that this ride takes place in an urban environment. No children under the age of 12 permitted.


  Seems like every time I post a bicycle related post there are a few angry, f-bomb filled replies and/or rebloggs on my blog, Views From The 'bus, located on Tumbr. Hate is more often an adjective used to vent these folks frustrations with the two wheeled peddler. It's what I like to call “off road rage” and it's a little creepy. Especially when these people are maneuvering a half ton of steel at a much higher velocity than I can propel my bike. Yet, we as riders are the villains to many of this nations “car culture” . Interestingly enough I have not seen the same venom spewed towards pedestrians and their jay walking or automobiles and their speeding, illegal U-turns, driving down one way streets the wrong way or non-signaling ways. I have heard drivers state ” bicycles do not belong on the road”, then where I ask? The sidewalks? Bicycles are illegal on sidewalks in most states, are considered motored vehicles in 48 states and are supposed to be ridden in the street. Automobile owners have a false sense of ownership of the road and should be aware of how governments in most major cities in the U.S. of A. are forming their cities around this “bike culture” that is often scoffed at or marginalized by the owners of an environmental dinosaur, like the automobile.

  I do not own a car and I ride year round. I chose 9 years ago to go without one and have shaped my life to fit. I live a minute and a half walk to the hospital in which I work and my home is within walking and/or riding distance to multiple grocers and night life. I have situated my self into a very simple riders life. I have never tried to force my lifestyle on anyone or berated someone for how they have chosen to live. Everyone has the right to live there life as they see fit. Not all adhere to this and as a free society they do not have to and shouldn't. Calling a group of people douche, hipster assholes, cycling f#*ks, p.o.s. bikers or advocating all riders should be killed, maimed or harmed in all kind of imaginative ways IS WRONG. I do not care how the cyclist is riding his or her bicycle. My firm belief and what is LAW is all cyclists must follow all the rules of the road as would an automobile. Period. I will not condone the harm or allow the perpetuation of poison towards a group of people to be played out on my blog. Smart, thought out opinions will be heard and read. Discussions can be had on Views From The 'bus, but hate will not be tolerated.

Riders Ride, Bicycles never die!

Your friend in bikes,

The ‘bus commuter

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bicycle Traveler Magazine - FREE Download!


Welcome to the Bicycle Traveler Magazine e-newsletter.
The third issue is now online and can be downloaded at :



In this issue:

Hitch-biking through Africa
Jo Charnock travels the length of Africa via folding bikes.

The art of the unplanned journey
Tom Allen advocates true adventure cycling

Inspirational photos from Adam Coppola

Equipment information and more…

Also download the free Bicycle Traveler packing list spreadsheet to discover just how much weight you carry.


"Bike Touring Basics" is a free magazine, created by to help answer the questions that so many people have when they’re planning a first tour. It will tell you about budgeting and planning for a tour, which bike to buy, the other equipment you'll need and good places for a first tour. Get your copy here!"

Americans Support Federal Funding For Biking and Walking

Americans Support Federal Funding For Biking and Walking
Ask Your Member of Congress to Protect Funding in the Transportation Bill
Senators and Representatives are meeting now to create a final transportation bill, and we need your help to protect the funds that the Senate designated for local biking and walking programs.
We are working to preserve the Cardin-Cochran agreement. This agreement was part of the Senate bill passed two months ago with bipartisan support. It allows local governments and school systems to access much-needed funds to make bicycling and walking safer and more accessible, in response to local needs. The agreement does not increase the overall size of the transportation bill, it simply maintains a funding stream that local governments have used for over 20 years to provide their citizens with a variety of safe transportation options.
Funding for bicycling and walking has popular support—a recent Princeton survey found that 83 percent of Americans support federal funds for sidewalks and bike lanes.
Please act now.  Fill in your zip code, below, or, if you're seeing this in an email, click here to go to our action center.

Bike To Work Day: Your Photos, And Riding Advice From Grant Petersen

For many people, Bike to Work Day (which is today) is a reason to put air in their bike's tires and see if their chain is too rusty to get them to work on time. And as a growing list of photographs shows, many people who follow NPR online also ride to work.
You can submit a photo of yourself and your bike, a scene from your commute's route — or, if you can manage it safely, a picture of yourself actually riding to work. Just post the image to Twitteror Instagram with the hashtag #NPRbike...

...For Grant Petersen, Bike to Work Day probably feels like just another day — after all, he has been riding his bike to work for three decades.

"It's always been easier for me that way," Petersen tells NPR's David Greene, for an interview on Morning Edition. "I've never really taken to the car. I don't hate cars; I own a couple. But, I like to ride my bike."
Petersen is the iconoclastic founder of Rivendell Bicycle Worksand the author of Just Ride, a new book that distills practical bike wisdom he has gleaned from years of riding and designing bikes. In it, he makes the case for putting comfort ahead of aerodynamics, and fun over efficiency.
When asked what advice he would give to bike commuters, Petersen starts out with the basics.
"Wear the clothes that you're going to wear at work," he says. "Don't dress up like an American Bike Geek just to ride a bicycle to work."
"If your commute is reasonable — say, 10 miles or under — no problem," Petersen adds. "Dress the way you're going to dress for the weather, or the day."
As for the equipment a commuter bike should have, here's what Petersen recommends: "A bell; lights; reflectors; kickstand; baskets; bags," he says. "You know, make the bike useful. Certainly for commuting, it is not a workout tool. It should be a pickup truck on two wheels."


Jess, was a victim of a house fire here on The OSU campus, local bike club, The Righteous Mothers are holding a rummage sale to benefit her! All proceeds go to Jess to help get her back on her feet and offset the staggering medical bills occurring as she recovers. Find cool stuff and help out a fellow Columbus resident!

Join Yay Bikes! TOMORROW for May Year of Yay ride! #letsride

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, as well as other goodies TBA. 

Start time: NOON
Location: Goodale Park open air shelter inside the park
May's theme is Bike Month. We will be visiting some of our favorite bike shops, Cafe Brioso (our YoY sponsor for May) and Seagull Bags to see the Pinchflat bike/art show.

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

{ { { { HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. } } } }

[Facebook event] - a resource

For the last few weeks, the last thing I think about, before I go to sleep, is called Big Eau Pleine. It’s a park up in Marathon County, Wisconsin that I’ve frequented over the years. While I’ve ridden my bike there, it isn’t what I would call a mountain bike destination. Big Eau Pleine (BEP) is a penninsula that juts out into the BEP Reservoir and recently has me thinking and dreaming about its beach and snow riding possibilities. What wouldn’t be considered a very exciting MTB ride has my imagination completely engaged for more than one kind of Fat-bike adventure ride! That’s a very important aspect of fat-bike rides…one doesn’t have to head to a mountain bike mecca to get a full ear to ear grin on a fatty.

[keep reading at fat-bike]


Born of a love for FatBikes and all things FAT, this site aims to become a one-stop resource for all things FAT-BIKE!
  • Ride Reports
  • Gear Reviews
  • Interviews
  • Events
  • How To’s
  • Videos
  • Tips on Where to Ride


    It's a CO² Inflator and Mini Tool all in one!
    • Tools included:8,6,5,4,3,2.5, 2, 1.5 mm allen keys, phillips and standard screwdrivers, 25, 30 Torx, open wrench 3.23, 3.3, 3.45, 3.96mm, spoke wrench, chain cutter with retainers and CO² Inflator
    • CO² Built in to the Mini Tool
    • 17 Funtions
    • Full Metal Body
    • Compact and Functional
    Sizes: One 

It's Ok to Bully Bike Hipsters on Ladyblogs [Urban Adonia]

I read a few "ladyblogs," primarily xoJane and Jezebel. If I click on a post, I usually read the comments, too. When the topic of bikes comes up, there's always a mini-war in the comments between people who despise "bike hipsters" (read: entitled, privileged jerks who think they own the road) and people who actually ride bikes. Commenters trot out their most extreme stories of negative interactions they've had with people on bikes, sometimes concluding with things like "FUCK BIKING HIPSTERS I HOPE A BUS HITS YOU."

These are the same websites that promote things like fat acceptance and anti-bullying campaigns. Why are bicyclists portrayed as inhuman creatures unworthy of sympathy, dismissing an incredibly diverse world of practice (bicycling) because of the stupid behavior of a few jerks? And, this is the thing that really confuses me, why do people find jerk bicyclists so harmful to society when they constantly interact with motorists who run red lights and stop signs, use infrastructure like traffic circles in dangerous ways, talk and text in the car, drive without looking from side to side when entering intersections, and engage in other dangerous behaviors that kill people every day?

I asked a few of my friends, one a bicyclist and one less inclined to the bicycling arts, what they thought about this phenomenon. Both responded that it's because you can see a bicyclist's face, whereas it's easier to think of a motorist as a car. The interactions with bicyclists stick out in people's minds, and maybe they feel more personally insulted by the face-to-face flouting of laws. I think it's also because we've trained ourselves to think of driving as passing through an obstacle course rather than moving through a social space. Cars that do dumb stuff are a nuisance, but they do not interrupt the illusion until there's an actual crash. Bodies that do dumb stuff are a threat to the idea that driving is a no harm, no foul activity. You might actually hurt someone!

[keep reading Urban Adonia]

Bike Tourism Impact - Survey Results Are In! [ACA]

Last fall, Adventure Cycling staff worked with a University of Montana (UM) communications class on a survey to assess bicycle-travel habits and spending. The survey went out to 4,505 people who had purchased Adventure Cycling maps within the last three years. A link to the survey was also posted on our social media sites. We had nearly 1,300 people answer the survey and some of the data confirmed our long-standing beliefs about touring cyclists, while other information provided some ah-ha! moments.

Age. No surprises here, but what we were really curious to see was how many people under the age of 40 were traveling by bicycle. We've seen map sales ramp up considerably over the past few years, and while we know retirees -- both early and traditional, are our biggest market, the younger demographic is also on the upswing. 370 of the respondents were 40 or under. That's a promising sign for the future of bike travel.

Trip length. What I found interesting was that almost 29% said they bicycle travel for durations of less than one week (no - with the tagline, Don't wait to go cross country. Go Overnight.  is so popular). Breakdown also showed that about 29% take 1-2 week trips, with 22% saying 31-89 days was their trip length. 

Spending. We get the question, "How much do touring cyclists spend?" often, so tracking the average daily spending was important. We know that researchers on the Great Allegheny Passage tracked $98/day spending by overnight bike tourists (vs. $13 by day riders). We also know that traveling cyclists are typically a pretty thrifty group, and so when nearly 47% responded that they spent $25-75/day and 18.9% spent less than $25/day on their last trip -- we weren't surprised. Conversely, over 21% spent $75-$125/day and almost 10% spent over $125. This is helpful to us as we seek to elevate the needs of bike travelers and draw attention to the economic benefits of bicycling as we coordinate the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

[Adventure Cycling Association]


The PUBLIC V7 is our affordable, 7-speed, all-purpose, lightweight steel-frame urban bike. It's ideal for rides in any urban (or rural) terrain, whether you want to speed around town or enjoy the slow ride life. Comfortable enough for everyday trips for casual riders and reliable enough to be your everyday, rain or shine, commuter workhorse.
Signature PUBLIC features include a durable steel-frame. Guaranteed for life. Upright handlebars and relaxed frame geometry provide European feel and comfort. Featherweight aluminum chain guard and sturdy steel fenders keep your clothes clean. You can add a PUBLIC rack to carry a pannier, basket, or bungee your items. Add a front rack for purses, baguettes, or any lightweight items.
Color options include our classic Cream and British Racing Green. We've modified the frame geometry with a sloping top tube that provides more stand-over clearance. Put simply, the PUBLIC V7 rides like butter.
We make delivery and assembly easy for you, including our unique Ready to Ride option that allows anyone to assemble a PUBLIC bike at their home or office in minutes (tools included).
  • Comfortable: Steel tubing and frame geometry make for a softer ride than with other materials. Seats are designed for normal clothing.
  • Ergonomic: Upright handlebars keep you looking forward, not down. They're also kinder to your back.
  • Practical: Kickstands so you don't have to prop your bike up against a lamppost. And chain guards to keep grease off your fresh, clean clothes.
  • Modern: The Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur and Revo twist shifter brings state-of-the-art technology to the shifting system. Changing gears is done with a simple twist of the wrist.
  • Safe Braking:Alloy brakes combine with lightweight alloy rims with machined brake surfaces for quick, safe and controlled stops.
  • City Smart: 35 MM tires are wide enough to handle curbs and potholes but narrow enough for speed.
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  • Love At First Ride Or Your Money Back: The ride itself may be the best thing about your PUBLIC bike. Which is why we offer our Love at First Ride guarantee:If you do not love your bike from the very first ride, well take it back. Period.