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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bike Assistance needed for Relay Around Columbus

Some Bike Assistance, Please? Please help… and forward on to your cycling friends!!!
(Great opportunity to ride around Columbus some more!)

Relay Around Columbus (, a 105 mile distance relay, is looking for 
some cyclists to support the runners and walkers in our overnight event on June 16 & 17.

The cyclist would ride casually for 4 hour shifts over a 4 to 8 mile section, or Leg, of the course. The course is 90% on the Greenways Trails and Metro Parks around the city... and Leg sections can be found on the event website.

All bikers receive a RAC event t-shirt and a reflective vest for their assistance. Helmets are a must, and riding at night will require a bike light, or headlight.

For more information, details, and to register - go to this link: http: //

Please contact me at if you have questions and THANK YOU!

Why bike lanes are not cool [Calgary Herald]

Calgary Herald archive
Bicycling isn’t cool, which isn’t to say that it can’t be. It simply doesn’t matter. Sewer pipes and water mains aren’t cool. They’re logical. What does the logic of bicycling and moving human excrement and water have in common? Perhaps surprisingly, through the right lens of analysis, they’re the same thing.
Introducing bicycling infrastructure into cities is becoming a popular topic of city planners and bicycle advocates. The narrative has been largely constructed around the appropriateness of catering the design of roads, and cities in general, to the additional requirement of bike lanes. The debate is not without controversy. Questions have been raised about the impacts to local commerce when vehicle lanes are turned into bicycle lanes – as though bicycling versus driving will affect the exchange of goods and services. Other vocal opposition concerns the viability of cycling in cities that have seasons. “It snows here!” Perhaps to lessen the negative feedback, the conversation about bicycle infrastructure needs to be looked at through a wider-angle lens.
Roads, sidewalks and the utilities under them are predominantly a part of the public infrastructure. Their role, in the most reductionist form, is to move what they are designed for, be it people in vehicles or data in fibre optic cables. In this light, it becomes an exercise in stating the obvious that bicycle lanes, like roads and sidewalks, are for the movement of people and, therefore, should be part of the public infrastructure. This doesn’t reduce bicycling to a utility (nor does it driving or walking), but rather recognizes the purpose of our asphalt and concrete planar environment.

Kona Sutra 2012 Touring Bike - First Impressions [Toms Bike Trip]

I wouldn’t agree to test anything that didn’t fit my criteria on paper first. The Sutra did indeed fit my criteria on paper for this, primarily a road tour of a developed-world nation. It’s been a pleasant surprise to ride and has exceeded my expectations.

The Kona Sutra has been aimed at the mid-range touring/expedition bike market, and has been in production for a long time now, changing little in design over the last few years. Rather than take a road bike, beef it up and add some racks, Kona’s designers started from the ground up, and it’s easy to see the results.
Put next to my steel Honky Tonk road bike, the tubing is far beefier, particularly the weight-carrying rear triangle; the wheelbase is longer and the bottom bracket lower, the top-tube sloping off towards the seat tube in a style recognisable from Kona’s mountain-bike range — all in all, a very different geometry. The centre of gravity is therefore nice and low, and that results in a pleasingly stable ride, whether loaded up or not, with the steel frame and fork eating up bumps and uneven road surfaces. It’s an extremely confidence-inspiring and comfortable bicycle to ride.
Off-the-peg touring bikes often come with sub-standard racks, and cyclists often fit aftermarket racks such as those from Tubus. The Sutra’s rear rack, on the other hand, is a stocky-looking thing, rated to 30kg and rigid as can be — and so far, so good.
Drive components are sensible and durable choices; Shimano XT rear mech and gearing with a Sora road triple chainring up front, heavy-duty 700c rims with 36 spokes on Shimano cup & cone hubs. Stock tyres are Continental Contacts; no Marathon XRs, but they don’t make them any more. (I’m using Marathon Supremes for this trip, with Ben on the stock tyres, so it’ll be interesting to compare the two side by side.)

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Friday, June 1, 2012



What is a J. Livingston bike? [Bend Velo]

Ronda's Christmas present, thanks Toby
Inspired by John Livingston, these bikes are recycled steel bikes assembled at Bend Velo in Bend Oregon. These unique bikes started life as 70’s and 80’s mountain bikes and are rebuilt and reborn as practical town bikes.
Bend Velo is committed to local business. We currently use a local powdercoater, we now feature custom chainguards produced here in Bend, Oregon. And, we have started to use CORIL clients for the disassembly of our bikes.
If you don't know about CORIL, please check them out through this LINK.

What is the process involved?

The old bike is inspected and then completely disassembled. All parts are removed and sorted by what can be reused, and what should be discarded (recycled). The stripped frame and fork are then sand blasted and locally powder coated. A new set of brand new (J. Livingston) decals and  custom single front chainring are instaled. A mixture of old and new parts are then installed. The bike is tested, refined, and offered for sale. The result is a unique (no two are ever the same) practical bike that is comfortable for short to medium range trips.

What’s so special about a J. Livingston build?

Because these bikes are built to be used everyday for many uses, they have many features not found on today’s “specialty bikes”. We are strong believers that town bikes should have the following items:
Upright Riding Position: Every J. Livingston is sized and built so that the rider is in a very comfortable upright riding position (handlebars above the seat). These days many of our bikes are built and set-up for an aerodynamic position, that’s great for racing, but not ideal for comfort. J. Livingston bikes are comfortable to ride.
Fenders: When you have fenders riding in less than perfect weather is not an excuse to drive. Discover how fun it is to zip through a puddle and not get your shoes or back wet. Riding with fenders lets you feel like a kid again.
Racks and Baskets: Backpacks are fine for backpackers, but weight on your person isn’t great for riding. There are a number of good strong affordable racks and baskets that make bikes much more useful. A good set of panniers can hold most of what we take along in our cars.
Kickstands: Once you have one you’ll wonder how you lived without one.
J. Livingston bikes are constantly evolving. They reflect the needs of the end user, and strive to make us as a community less dependent on cars. They can be built to order with special colors and designs that best suit the rider’s purpose.
If this sounds like a bike you’d like to own, please contact us or come in to our shop at 1212 NE 1st Street in Bend, Oregon.  We are right off Greenwood near Miller Lumber. Thanks.

Total Number of Bike Corrals in Portland? 80

Portland's On-Street Bicycle Parking Corrals


Providing ample, convenient, comfortable and secure bicycle parking is an important part of serving those who currently use bicycles for transportation and encouraging future cyclists.  Bicycle parking is an inexpensive and efficient means of increasing both public and private parking capacity for the city as a whole.  


Are you are a business or property owner and believe that you location has sufficient bike parking demand to warrant an on-street bicycle corral? Bike corrals provide bike parking for 12 to 24 bicycles.

- Do you regularly see more than 10 customer bicycles locked outside?  

If no, perhaps additional bicycle racks installed on the sidewalk is a better solution.  You can call 503.823.CYCL torequest a bicycle rack to be installed by the City

What is a Bicycle Corral?

On-street Bicycle Parking Corrals make efficient use of the parking strip for bicycle parking in areas with high demand. Corrals typically have 6 to 12 bicycle racks in a row and can park 10 to 20 bicycles. This uses space otherwise occupied by one to two cars.

Most of Portland's bicycle parking is provided in bike racks on the sidewalk.  However, in a growing number of commercial areas the high demand for bicycle parking is too much for the sidewalk.  In other cases, local businesses simply prefer bicycles in the parking strip rather than autos in order to attract a customer base that is turning more to the bicycles for transportation. In all cases, corrals are installed at the express request or cooperation of the adjacent businesses. 

For a map of Portland's existing bike corral locations, click here.

Why On-Street Bicycle Parking?

On-Street Bicycle Parking provides many benefits where bicycle-use is high and growing: 
  • Businesses: Corrals provide a 10 to 1 customer to parking space ratio and advertise “bike-friendliness.”  They also improve the outdoor café seating environment by removing locked bicycles from the sidewalk.
  • Pedestrians: Corrals clear the sidewalks and serve as de facto curb extensions.
  • People on bicycles: Corrals increase the visibility of bicycling.
  • Motor vehicle drivers: Corrals improve visibility at intersections by eliminating the opportunity for larger vehicles to park at street corners.
For these reasons the design’s popularity is growing.

How can I request On-Street Bike Parking in my neighborhood? 

While the City’s Bureau of Transportation has been scrambling to meet the high demand for bicycle parking, we’re continuing to seek more! Because of the large number of requests we’re currently working on the City will evaluate corral requests together by commercial corridor/neighborhood.

Do you know of a location that could benefit from a bike corral? Notify the owner of your favorite business that a bicycle corral is an option to deal with high local bicycle parking demand (ie more than 10 bicycles on a regular basis). Click here to download an On-Street Bike Parking Application Form. 

Ideal locations for on-street bike parking corrals are adjacent to destinations that attract at least 10 bicycles or more on a regular basis.  Occupancy rates measure demand on a typical day, typical hour, May through October. 

Where will they go?

The City of Portland prefers locating on-street bike parking corrals at street corners in order to add additional benefits, such as creating defacto curb extensions to shorten pedestrian’s crossing of the street and improving visibility for cars turning into traffic from side streets. 

Corrals should be located on the main street as close as possible to the main entrances.  The City requires that the immediately adjacent business owner and property owner approve of the corral installation and sign an agreement requiring minor, regular sweeping of the corral to discourage the accumulation of debris.

Program Contact Information
Sarah Figliozzi
City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204

STREET SHARK SPRINT SERIES PT. 2 ( some photos from the races )

These are a select few of the 85 taken by Megan of Megan Leigh Photography

Bicycle Innovation Lab's bicycle library allows you to test drive the bike of your dreams!

The library's bikes can be loaned for three to four days, either Monday through Thursday or Thursday through Monday. The bikes can be booked on our website, once booked you will receive an SMS confirmation when the bike is available for pick-up. Pick-up is either Monday between 5 pm and 6 pm, or Thursday between 5 pm and 6 pm. The bike has to be returned by Monday between 4 pm and 5 pm or by Thursday between 4 pm and 5 pm. There is a 500,- DKKR. refundable deposit on every bikeloan.

Our bike stock is constantly being expanded and we strive to have a large and varied selection of bicycles to loan. If there is a type of bicycle you think we are missing please send us an email, preferably with the brand and specifications, and we will do our best to add it to the collection.

The concept behind the bicycle library is that everyone should have the opportunity to test drive a wide variety of bicycles- with the conviction that the more bikes you test, the greater the chances that you'll find the perfect bike to suit your individual needs.

We believe that just the ability to try different kinds of bikes will help inspire your imagination and create enjoyment for current and future bicycle users, enthusiasts and designers.

We are always curious about new and different bikes and if you have a bike you have built or have left over, you are welcome to donate it to the library. Contact us via e-mail or come by during opening hours!

Columbus Bike Fancy: Michelle Clements

Michelle’s classic yellow frame is locked faithfully to a downtown meter every day as I ride on by home from work.
The utilitarianism of its baskets and fenders and the anthropomorphic reliability of it waiting patiently every day in the same spot for its owner to arrive appealed to me.
I have these special bike fancy tags I make with a simple hole-punch, a business card, and plain old string. One of these days I’ll post a picture of my MacGyver-ed calling cards. Anyway, I left a tag on Michelle’s bike.
So we met. We photographed. And we interviewed.
Here’s the outcome:

What kind of bike are you riding?
Where did you get it? Not sure—will double check! Picked it up at a flea market.
 (old school Schwinn Collegiate)

Does he or she have a name?

Bike accessory you can’t live without?
After many years carting groceries on the handle bars, I fell in love with having a bike basket! I don’t know why I waited so long; I can carry a record number of 6 packs in it, too! Also my glitter helmet. My dad lost his sense of smell in a crash when he raced, so I never leave without it.

Where do you ride?
What’s your favorite route? I ride mainly on the weekends to hang out with friends and do errands. If I’m biking for the joy of biking, I’ll head to the Olentangy river path or to Schiller park to check out all the awesome dogs.

What’s the most exotic/interesting/strange ride you’ve experienced?
My dad and I rented mountain bikes in Idaho one vacation and rode up rocky mountain trails and down around the river rapids. Gorgeous!

What does Columbus NEED in reference to bikes, in your opinion?
Bike lanes and respect for bikers! Maybe a social happening, like the Late Night Pretzel Ride in Philly.**

 * Suggestions of bike names for Michelle?

**The editor has since been sending Michelle invites galore to bike events, as she recently moved to Cbus from Philly. Michelle amended her original answer to What Columbus needs:

Since now I know about all the awesome rides- I'd rather say that Columbus could use some more bike lanes- I think they'd bring awareness to drivers and bring out excitement in cyclists. I'm excited to get involved in the rides!

Hold yer Line

Yay Bikes! Art Themed Year of Yay is 9AM tomorrow, Saturday, June 2

Meet at the Goodale Park open air shelter in the center of the park at 9AM.

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. 

June's theme is Artistic Expression. We will be touring a wide variety of art locations in Columbus and end at the 2012 GCAC Columbus Arts Festival where we will park for free with Pedal Instead.

We always have surprises for members so show up a little early to register or become a member. Save the wait and become a YB! member at today!

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. } } } }

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Green Lane Gets More Women Riding in LA [LAB]

There’s no simple or single solution to get more women riding bikes in the U.S. In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of bike trips and the reasons for that under-representation are numerous and complex.
Jennifer Klausner (left) and Alexis Lantz (right) of the LACBC (Credit: Women on Bikes SoCal)
But one thing is becoming clear — specific types of facilities can dramatically impact the number of female cyclists.
The latest evidence? New data on a separated bike lane in downtown Los Angeles, California.
In late 2011, the city installed a green buffered bike lane on Spring Street, a major corridor in the downtown district. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (which, incidentally, is staffed by some phenomenal female leaders) wanted to capture the impact of the new facility, so they conducted bike counts before and after the paint went down. Released this month, the results are impressive.
Overall, riding went up 52 percent after the green lane was installed, with a particularly big jump on the weekends (250 percent). But even more eye-opening was the gender shift.

Stray Dog Runs With Cyclists Across China [ABC News]

A stray dog completed a 1,100-mile trek across China, climbing 12 mountains in nearly 25 days.  All it took to get the dog to complete the mission was giving it a bone.
The tenacious pup, nicknamed “Xiaosa,” or Little Sa, encountered a team of cyclists in the beginning stages of a race from Sichuan province to Tibet.  When one of the cyclists fed the hungry-looking dog some food, the smart dog decided to stay with the hands that fed him and continued the race, the BBC reported.
Soon Xiaosa was the team’s mascot, and a national hero in China was born.
A blog started by one of the cyclists – reported to be a graduation trip among friends – chronicling  Xiaosa’s adventures had attracted 40,000 fans by the end of the race, according to the BBC.
The UK’s Telegraph reported that the dog’s Internet followers in China have nicknamed her “Forrest Gump,” after the fictional Tom Hanks character that ran and ran and ran in the movie of the same name.
“She was lying, tired, on the street around Yajiang, Sichuan province,” one cyclist told China Daily.  “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.”
The dog, the cyclists reported, kept up with them on their daily treks of 30 to 40 miles and even stayed on foot while others took a shortcut.

Stolen Bike Alert: OSU Campus area

Stolen yesterday evening at the OSU Union. The parts list is:

Front wheel-Hed3
Back wheel-B43 with Chub hub
Frame-Gorilla Zengang
Bars-Ritchy carbon bullhorn
Stem-Ritchy carbon 4 Axis Matrix
Crank set-Campy pista
Saddle-Fizik Kurve Snake
Brake-Campy Super Record
Break lever-Campy 

If you have any info on the whereabouts of this bicycle, please call 614-949-7721

Top 5 reasons to claim the lane (and why it's safer) [Commute by Bike]


Here are the top two least safe places to ride:

  • Sidewalk – While the odds of you getting hit from behind diminish greatly, there are other dangers that come into play.
    • Drivers are not looking for fast moving objects on the sidewalks, so when you come to a cross street there is a good chance you’ll get hit by a turning car.
    • Sidewalks are available for pedestrians and, in many states, it’s illegal for bicycles to ride on them.
    • You are forced to (and should) go extremely slow. Besides dealing with turning cars and pedestrians, you are riding on surfaces that are not maintained for traffic and you will often have other obstacles to deal with.
  • The extreme right side of the road – This is the most dangerous place you can ride. You are risking two dangers:
    • Cars will repeatedly try to squeeze by you in the same lane and will almost always come very close to you which, obviously, increases your chance of getting hit.
    • The Peek-a-boo bike. Picture two cars approaching. The second car is following closely to the first. As the first car moves to miss you, it is seen by the second car as merely drifting in the lane since the car isn’t moving that much out of the way. The second car doesn’t realize you are in the road until it is too late.
Because of the above dangers–and contrary to many people’s “common sense”–the best thing for a bike commuter to do is claim the lane. I ride at least a third of the way into the lane and, around curves, I roll right down the middle.