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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gone Bike Camping! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, get on your bike! #letsride

Posts will resume on Monday, unless my co-conspirators want to post in my absence.

Ion launches Air Pro WiFi, helps you document your morning commute (video) [Engadget]

Ion's officially releasing its Air Pro camera that we put through its paces back in March. The sports shooter is designed to be strapped to a helmet or extreme-sports gear to document your extreme adventures in high definition. It'll also come with 8GB of free storage from MiMedia to share your death-risking achievements over the internet. Budget models are available starting at $230, but for the full package (with the WiFi module) it'll set you back $350 from today. Oh, and if you'd like to see what you're expected to do with the gear, you can head past the jump for test footage.

The Road to Hell: Will the war between motorists and cyclists ever end? [Metro UK]

The more extreme among each group believe the road isn't big enough for the both of them, but do cyclists and motorists have more in common than they think? Or will they continue to be at loggerheads for the foreseeable future? Metro talks to both sides to find out.

CyclistsIn the way or right of way? Cyclists and motorists continually battle for the road (Pic: Getty)
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Every day, there is a battle waging across Britain. In the red lane next to the kerb, an unruly gang straddle their two-wheeled devils, ready to spring into attack mode. Out in the middle of the road, meanwhile, a cocooned rabble prepares to give their bidding to evil, four-wheeled monsters. 
Of course, that is a complete load of nonsense. But if blogs, radio phone-ins and Metro’s own letters pages are anything to go by, you could be forgiven for thinking that cyclists and motorists are at constant war with one another. 
Public forums regularly teem with anger from both sides at the other’s behaviour. Bike riders complain about getting cut off and hit by drivers, while motorists accuse cyclists of going through red lights and ignoring the rules of the road. In the past few weeks, the negativity has moved into a higher gear. 
First, the boss of taxi firm Addison Lee called for cyclists to be forced to pay road tax. ‘Get trained and pay up,’ said John Griffin, forgetting that the vast majority of cyclists already pay vehicle excise duty on the cars they also own. And that road tax was abolished… in 1937. 
His comments outraged cycling groups, who called for a boycott of the company’s services.

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High Maintenance Boyfriend

Friday, May 25, 2012

Biking Columbus Blog - check it out!

I'm a Columbus biker who believes in the utility of cycling. Bicycles are cheap alternatives to cars and gives you freedom from transit schedules. 
[Biking Columbus]

Race Day

Uh-oh: Skinny Jeans Are Bad For Your Health [Gizmodo]

They might be a staple of the well-dressed geek's wardrobe, but skinny jeans aren't doing you any favors. In fact, they might be causing you real, physical damage.
ABC recently interviewed Dr. Karen Boyle from Greater Baltimore Medical Center, who has recently seen cases of women suffering pain from wearing tight jeans. She explains:
"This disorder is called Meralgia Paresthetica and it's a disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. The pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain in the outer part of the thigh."
[Learn more at Gizmodo]

Athens entrepreneurs celebrate life through biking [College Green Mag]

Cycle Path offers a number of bicycle options to fit the needs of all patrons. Photo by CG Photographer Brenna Hettler.
By Katie Foglia, CG Lifestyles & People
Across the world, bikes have become a dominant part of culture. For many, learning how to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage, and the old cliché, “you never forget how to ride a bike,” has become a euphemism for revisiting past experiences. Now, biking has become more than just a cultural statement: it is an eco-friendly way of life.
Whether for recreational or functional purposes, the benefits of riding a bike can be expressed in many ways. Biking can improve environmental and personal health, reduces traffic jamming and has economic rewards, among incentives. In Athens, people have recognized its importance.
Athens resident David West bought his first cycling bike when he was 13, and competed in his first race at age 41. He has since competed in races in Athens and Nelsonville. “Biking gives you the freedom of being a kid again,” West said. “For me, it’s like being at church.”

Nitto Albatross Bar via Rivendell Bicycle Works

This 55cm Albatross Bar is a fantastic bar: great looking, extra comfortable, good for all kinds of riding on and off road, and is the only bar of its type (a lightweight, swept-back, old-fashioned type) that accepts bar-end shifters. It's perfect for converting mountain bikes to comfortable all-around bikes. Lots of our Atlantis bikes go out with these bars. I/Grant have one like that, and I ride it everywhere, in all conditions.

If you ride a bike and have more than two or three of them, you ought to have this bar. It is the only bar in the world with this luscious look, this super quality, and that'll fit mountain bikey brake levers and bar-end shifters. You could just as easily set it up with mountain bike shifters, but it was designed specifically to work with bar-end shifters, and doing it that way frees up more room in front of the brake lever, for a good off-the-saddle climbing grip. I/Grant like riding this bar now, and ride it a lot (average 60 miles per week year round on it); and I just know it's the bar I'll ride full-time when I'm rickety, too.

Here's a good question: What's the diff btw this Albatross bar and the Dove bar, at lesss than half the price?

Answer: Alba is made of stronger aluminum (2014-T6, for those of you with metallugical backgrounds), polished better, about 2cm wider, and it fits bar-end shifters. The Dove bar is made for the Japanese market, for puttttting around on sidewalks and narrow streets, and for slight-framed riders. It's an excellent bar for many Americans, especially women and children.

The Alba bar opens you up more, fits the bar-end shifters, and both stronger and more beautifully finished.

If you want to use bar end shifters with this bar and your bike is 58cm or bigger then you'll probably need extra long shifter cables and housing.

Albatross bars have a 25.4mm stem clamp diameter.

You need the Nitto 26.0 to 25.4 shim (part#16-095) if you're gonna use this with a 26mm clamp stem.  Stem, cork grips, brake levers, shifters not included.

Requires brake levers with 22.2mm clamp diameter.

Only available in 55cm wide. That's not as wide as it sounds. My 21-year old daughter has been riding hers since she was 14. Try it on a good bike. It's worthy of the best bike you own.

If you want to use bar end shifters with this bar and your bike is 58cm or bigger then you'll probably needextra long shifter cables and housing.

Nitto name: B352

“REEL” by Yeongkeun Jeong – Storage within a triangle

‘Reel’ can transform the main triangle of the bike frame to store your belongings. The silicone stickers are attached onto the frame and the elastic band is wound up between them. Unlike common bicycle accessories, the flexibility of the band allows the user to express their style by customizing the shape of ‘Reel’.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Meet The Artists: Downtown Bike Tour with Reinigungsgesellschaft is Saturday, May 26th

MEET THE ARTISTS! Downtown public art BIKE TOUR Saturday

WHAT: In cooperation with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Reinigungsgesellschaft has created “The Bus to the Future,” a temporary public art project that renames Downtown... Columbus bus shelters with issue-oriented titles and poses the question, “What would you call your bus line that leads your city to the future?”

Reinigungsgesellschaft will discuss their process while touring the sites near Broad and High streets on bicycle, giving their insights into the future of our community.

WHO: International artists Henrik Mayer and Martin Keil of Reinigungsgesellschaft

WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Bike riders will meet at Cafe Brioso, 14 E. Gay Street in Downtown Columbus.

INFO: “The Bus to the Future” is one of 13 public art projects in FINDING TIME: Columbus Public Art 2012, which is taking place in public spaces, plazas, parks, streets, and alleys in a 360-acre area of the downtown surrounding the Statehouse and along the riverfront. These public projects will transform the downtown into an open-air gallery, where innovative and surprising public art accessible to all will create memorable experiences for downtown workers, residents and visitors. Project partners have commissioned 13 temporary site-responsive public artworks by international, national, and local artists who reflect the broad range of contemporary public art in multiple forms and media. Several projects involve multiple artists. More than 50 artists will create works over the course of the bicentennial year. Participating artists will create works about time with the goal of inspiring the community to think about their city in relationship to time, the chronology of life, and the notion of temporary and permanent. 

Please visit or for more information.

Primary project support for “The Bus to the Future” is from COTA. All sponsors, partners, and collaborators for Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 are available at

Official trailer for "Recovering," the documentary film

2,000 sign petition railing against downtown bicycle lanes [Ottawa Citizen]

A group of Centretown residents has submitted a petition with more than 2,000 signatures demanding the removal of the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue, between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.

A group of Centretown residents has submitted a petition with more than 2,000 signatures demanding the removal of the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue, between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.

Photograph by: Julie Oliver , The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — A group of Centretown residents has submitted a petition with more than 2,000 signatures demanding the removal of the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue, between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.
The petition was signed by local residents, business owners, service providers and visitors of Laurier Avenue West, who largely are concerned with the loss of parking spaces due to the bike lanes, said Janine Hutt, the Ccair of the Bay/Bronson Residents’ Action Group for Fair Access to the Road (BBRAGFAR).
“Not only were our buildings’ front entrances literally barricaded with concrete barriers, residents lost (parking) access to both sides of the street,” said Hutt.

Balance: Unique Accident Insurance For Cyclists

As cyclists we all know that the ground is hard and at some point we will most likely hit it. Most of us have Major Medical Insurance to protect us from the cost associated with medical care necessary after a serious cycling accident.

However, Major Medical Insurance does not pay many costs associated with more serious injuries. That is why we created BALANCE Insurance for cyclists. BALANCE Insurance pays injured cyclists lump sum cash payments to fill the gaps not covered by Major Medical or Disability Insurance.

BALANCE Insurance was created by cyclists for cyclists. We have friends who have been severely injured while riding their bikes. Many of the costs associated with their accidents were not covered by Major Medical Insurance. Things like rehabilitative, nursing, and other care are very important for a full recovery and in most cases Major Medical has limited benefits for these services. Major Medical in most cases will pay nothing for having a house retrofitted or a car equipped to transport an immobile person.;

BALANCE Insurance pays lump sum cash benefits that can be used for these or any other expense. You decide, not us, how you use these dollars if you are in a covered accident.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury$50,000/$250,000
Hospitalization$100 per day
Coverage available in units of $50,000 up to $250,000

For less than the cost of a new set of tires, get BALANCE Insurance today and ride with the security of knowing that you and your family are protected from financial hardship as the result of a serious cycling accident.

pedaldabs - better pedal! [Columbus, OH company]

Kurtis Meyer, bikedabs’ founder, worked at a small family-owned bicycle shop while he was in college. He designed and patented the pedaldab because he wasn’t satisfied with any available options for riding his bike with regular street shoes without switching pedals.
bikedabs products bear the “Made in the U.S.A.” logo as a symbol of our pride and commitment (the pedaldab was designed and is being produced in Ohio). We also use recycled materials wherever possible. For example, the plastic used to produce the pedaldab is recycled abs plastic.
pedaldabs is only the first bikedabs product. If you have an idea for a bicycle accessory product, we’d be happy to talk with you about getting it produced and distributed through bike shops nationwide. We have the capability at bikedabs to make your ideas a reality, open doors to the vibrant cycling industry, and help you get credit for it! Click on the Ideas link in the top menu to get started.


Sheldon brown locking method potential flaw

Explore America: Inside Ohio's Beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park [Huff Post]

Memorial Day is upon us, which means that road trip season has arrived. AAA estimates that some 30.7 million people will drive to American destinations this year. A lot of these road warriors will end up driving through Ohio, a near inevitability for west-bound east coasters, and the smart ones will stop at one of the Midwest's few national parks to explore a patch of uncelebrated beauty.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which spans 33,000 acres along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, is the only national park in Ohio, but this national park offers something else a little unusual -- there's a historic railway that runs through it. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers visitors a way to take in the area's scenic views, feel a connectedness to nature and see the topography many Native Americans and settlers once roamed.
In 1880, the first steam railroad took a trip down the Valley Railway to deliver coal from Canton to Cleveland along with other goods and farm produce. The historic rails are now owned by the National Park Service and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad bills itself as one of the oldest, longest and most scenic tourist excursion railways in America. You can take the train ride through historic sites and imagine riding back to a simpler time as you see fox, deer, beavers and owls. This can be a great way to spend some of the weekend with the family at just $15 a ticket for the whole day and $10 for kids.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities [Bicycling] Sadly Columbus is not in the list.

To determine our top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, we evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bike-ped coordinators. To make the list, a city must possess both a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture. Read on to find out how your city stacks up. —Ian Dille

Photo: Charles Gullung

1. Portland, OR

Population: 583,776 

After being named runner-up in our last round of best bike city rankings in 2010, Portland reclaims the top spot. The only large city to earn Platinum status from the League of American Bicyclists is a paragon of bike-friendliness, with 180 miles of bike lanes and 79 miles of off-street bike paths. Always quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, Portland was the first city in the United States to implement bike boxes at intersections and elementary-school bike commuting trains. Among the city's many bike shops is newcomer Go By Bike, which is located under the aerial tram and offers valet parking, rentals, and repairs.

Ride in Portland 

Biking Kenowa Hills seniors punished [WoodTV8]

Senior prank rolled over school officials' toes

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) - As high school seniors get set to walk commencement, toilets are exploding, lockers are getting graffitied and doors are getting super-glued.

The vandalism is part of the tradition known as senior pranks.
But a decision by Kenowa Hills seniors to do something a lot less harmful has drawn the ire of their principal.

The plan was to hold a bike parade as a nice, non-destructive, healthy senior prank.
Seniors called police for an escort, and even called Walker's mayor, who rode in the parade.
"Police escort, with the mayor, who brought us donuts. ...The mayor brought us donuts..." said a group of seniors following the ride. 
But school official weren't told in advance, hence the word prank, and were not happy with the event. 

They kicked the seniors out of school for their last day and threatened to keep them from walking in graduation ceremonies set for May 30. 

Cellphone video caught audio of principal Katie Pennington in a post-prank gathering in the school's performing arts center. 

"...Get your butts home. You're not participating in senior walk today." 

[Keep reading at WoodTV8]

'The Kuramoto Model (1000 Fireflies)' To Coordinate Citywide Synchronized LED Light Network Via Bicycle (Huff Post]


Fireflies are the only species in North America that can synchronize their flashing light patterns; through a new project, bicyclists are soon to be the second.
The Kuramoto Model (1000 Fireflies) is a community-wide art piece by David Rueter, an MFA candidate in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through this project, 1000 flashing LEDs will be distributed to bicyclists who attend Northern Spark, an all-day, city-wide arts festival in Minneapolis. Riders will participate in a midnight ride on June 9 when the safety LEDs will sync up, resembling fireflies dancing in the night.
The project will perform the cooperation and unity of the urban social network, especially as it applies to the cycling community. The synchronization will highlight cycling as a system with unique patterns and effects while transforming the system momentarily through a large-scale community ride/ performance piece. We are big fans of Reuter's project, both for its focus on unity built from the individual and the possibilities of perception. Also, we imagine making 1000 flashing lights is no easy task. See the process in closer detail on Reuter's blog. Scroll down for our interview with Rueter on the project.

Danish sperm bank transports samples by sperm-shaped bike.

If you’re in Copenhagen, keep your eye out for this curiosity
After explaining that this bike is for environmental friendliness, Peter Bower, CEO of Nordisk Cryobank, admits “We’re always looking for new donors so it’s a fine bonus that the Sperm Cell Bike gets peoples attention.”
I would say so.

NY DOT’s Newest Bike/Ped Safety Campaign: “Heads Up” [Streets Blog]

DOT's newest PSA campaign urges cyclists and pedestrians to pay attention and follow the rules of the road.
“Heads Up.” That’s the Department of Transportation’s newest message for cyclists and pedestrians, whichwill appear on six billboards, 300 bus shelters and 250,000 coffee cup sleeves around the city.
The new campaign marks a more positive tone than DOT’s “Don’t Be A Jerk” campaign, which many cyclists felt unfairly stigmatized bike riders. It’s also an expansion of emphasis from that campaign, aiming to influence pedestrian behavior as well.
Cyclists are urged to use lights at night, yield to pedestrians, travel in the direction of traffic, and stop at reds (“because it’s always better to arrive fashionably late,” says the ad). Pedestrians are told to watch for turning cars while crossing the street and not to cross mid-block. We’re not too optimistic about the effectiveness of any PSA campaign to convince New Yorkers not to walk the straightest route between point A and point B.

Bicycle Roundabout Houten Netherlands

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Mag]

May 22, 2012
Pedaling to Prosperity Factsheet image
New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.
New and key data highlighted in the fact sheet includes:
  • Bicyclists in the U.S. save $4.6 billion per year by riding, instead of driving
  • If American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the whole year, it would save more than 2 billion gallons of gas.
  • From 2001 to 2009, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans took up biking at faster rates than other Americans, representing 21 percent of all bike trips in the U.S. in 2009.
“There are so many reasons more people are riding, from improving their health to protecting the environment,” said League President Andy Clarke. “But, especially in tough economic times, bicycling can also be an economic catalyst, keeping billions of dollars in the pockets of American families.”
“Biking is an important piece of a 21st century transportation system,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Biking reduces America’s dependence on oil and lets individuals bypass the gas pump, saving individuals money and protecting our health and environment from dirty oil pollution.”
“Bicycling is a crucial mode of commuting for many Latinos,” said Catherine Singley, Senior Policy Analyst at NCLR. “Federal transportation policy should ensure that biking is a safe and viable way to connect people to jobs.”
Widespread desire for-and widespread benefits to be gained from-bicycling make it an important part of a 21st century transportation system. Everyone who chooses to bicycle should have access to safe infrastructure that lets them take advantage of the economic benefits of bicycling.
Read the full report here (PDF).