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We Ride with PRIDE recap 06162012

Highlights 30+ riders Pride Parade Temps in the 90's Keg Bike with a keg full of cold water

A Sample of Summer Cycling Fun [Detroit Metro Times]

By  MT Staff PUBLISHED: JUNE 13, 2012 5th Annual Taco Tour. 17 mile bike ride to Ypsi's best taco joints. Price includes meat or vegan tacos, Taco Tour swag, a beverage at the Corner Brewery and the ride. See for details and registration. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, 734-262-4040. (9/16, 1 p.m.) Americane Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival. A show and swap meet, bringing together vintage track- and road-cycling enthusiasts from around the country. Vintage bikes in multiple categories are invited, covering a full century of cycling. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-656-4673. (6/30) Beat the Train. A 33-mile ride through the early morning streets of Detroit. Takes off every Saturday at 6 a.m. from Fort Wayne, April through October. Helmets are required. Visit for info. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (6/16-10/20, 6 a.m.)  Bike Ypsi. This c

AASHTO Bike Guide Video

More than a quarter of the U.S. population over the age of 16 rides a bicycle. For transportation officials bicycling remains an important mode of transportation that is growing in popularity due to its environmental advantages, convenience, energy efficiency, health benefits and cost effectiveness. Local, state, and federal, transportation agencies are responding to the increased popularity of bicycling by implementing a wide variety of bicycle-related projects and programs. This video introduces viewers to the Fourth Edition Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This comprehensive publication gives transportation designers and builders sound guidance on ways to incorporate bicyclists into the roadway environment.

Manly Bike for sale [Best of Craigslist]

Bike for sale What kind of bike? I don't know, I'm not a bike scientist. What I am though is a manly guy looking to sell his bike. This bike is made out of metal and kick ass spokes. The back reflector was taken off, but if you think that deters me from riding at night, you're way wrong. I practiced ninja training in Japan's mount Fuji for 5 years and the first rule they teach about ninja biking is that back reflectors let the enemy know where you are. Not having a rear reflector is like saying "FUCK YOU CAR, JUST TRY AND FIND ME". The bike says Giant on the side because it's referring to my junk, but rest assured even if you have tiny junk that Giant advertisement is going to remain right where it is. I bought this bike for 300 dollars from a retired mercenary that fought in both World War 1 and World War 2 and had his right arm bitten off by a shark in the Phillipines while stationed there as a shark handler. When he sold it to me I had to arm wrestle hi

How Not to Flash People While Biking in a Skirt


A Closer Look at Smart's Award-Winning Electric Bike [Treehugger]

© Mairi Beautyman It's big news when a leader in the sustainable transportation market goes all out on an electric bike: Meet the Smart ebike, which Mike brought to our attention last month in the article  Smart's Award-Winning Electric Bike is Coming to the United States . The ebike is now on sale in Europe, but won't hit the U.S. market for a few more months. © Mairi Beautyman As Mike mentioned, the ebike recently picket up the prestigious  Red Dot award for its design . Now it has been named a participant in Germany's most prestigious design prize, the  Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland , and I got to see it first-hand at contemporary design show  DMY Berlin . Winners in the awards program will be announced in the fall. [Keep reading at Treehugger]

LINE OF SIGHT - Official Trailer

LINE OF SIGHT - Official Trailer from Zenga Bros on Vimeo . Line Of Sight is a rare view into underground bicycle messenger racing which has become a global phenomenon. For over a decade Lucas Brunelle has been riding with the fastest, most skilled urban cyclists around the world while capturing all the action with his customized helmet cameras to bring you along for the ride. This is bike riding like you've never seen before, in gripping first-person perspective through the most hectic city streets, on expressways in Mexico City, over the frozen Charles River, under the Mediterranean Sea, across the Great Wall of China and deep into the jungles of Guatemala. Directed and Edited by Benny Zenga, Line of Sight is 60 minutes of the best Lucas Brunelle footage, with titles by Futura 2000, plus extras, outtakes, and a 40 page art book featuring photography and spoke cards from a decade of Alleycat races around the world. Get the DVD at: "Luc

Columbus Bike Fancy: Andy Willis

You’ve probably seen Andy Willis around Columbus. If not spotted on the road astride his bike, then at regular haunts Impero Coffee or Paradise Garage  in the Short North. Maybe you’ve read his blog, Views from the ‘Bus . Or maybe you’ve ridden in the new sprint series Andy co-founded, Street S harks . Yeah, Andy has a lot going on. That’s why I had to ask a lot of extra questions.  What kind of bike are you riding and where did you get it? The one pictured is my all-around commuter. It's a Torker U-District frame and fork. It's built up as a single speed that I ride in the spring, summer and fall. During the winter I switch to fixed and a knobby tire. Of all my bikes this is my favorite! Due to the fact that it is so dialed in.  Does he or she have a name? Yes, Torky!! I know, not real original, right!? My surly Pacer is Adrianna and my urban assault cruiser is Buck. My polo bike is, Bull ( due to the fact that it bucks me off it every chance it


What is it  Spybike is a covert tracking device that is hidden inside your bicycle steerer tube. The device is disguised to look like a normal headset cap to avoid suspicion. If someone steals your bike, you can use SpyBike to track their movements online and on your mobile Free Online Tracking Service Should your bicycle be stolen, this vibration activated tracker will begin uploading its coordinates to our free online service. You can log into the WhereIsIt page and see where your bicycle was taken. This service is free for you to use. Cheap to run Install a pay-as-you-go SIM from your country. We do not charge for our tracking service. It is free to use. Your only cost is the SIM credit. In the UK, each data-upload costs a fraction of a penny. Costs will vary depending on country. The tracker does not upload via SMS message. It uses GPRS and only sends a very small amount of data Anti-theft key Spybike comes with a special installation key. This lets you install a

Tour Divide 2012 Live Tracker

Salsa Japan Tour 2012 - Bringing It Back

May is a beautiful time to be in Japan. Kelly Mac, Kid Riemer and I were full of anticipation when we all three arrived to Narita. Our mission was to launch Salsa and Adventure by Bike into Japan. I think it is safe to say that what we experienced far exceeded our expectations. At one point in the trip we were interviewed independently for a magazine article. All three of us were asked about our experience while in Japan and what stood out? All three of us answered with the same three things; the kindness and generousity of the people, the beautiful land, and the incredible food. While these are the things that really impacted us on our trip, there were many, many things that left lasting impressions. Over time, we'll be bringing you many stories from our trip. Today, I'll share just one of my stories and a personal surprise from the trip. Seven years ago I visited Japan for work. I've also travelled quite a bit in Taiwan and also made a trip to mainland China. On eve

Study: Bikeshare Riders Neglect to Wear Helmets

Study: Bikeshare Riders Neglect to Wear Helmets A Georgetown University report finds that only a third of bike commuters bother to wear a helmet By  DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN June 14, 2012   RSS Feed   Print Bikeshare proponents often argue that one of the benefits of the systems is helping people exercise. But those healthy effects could easily be negated by severe head trauma. That's because bikeshare users are far less likely than other cyclists to wear helmets when they ride, according to a new study from Georgetown University. For the study, researchers observed riders around Washington, D.C., and classified them as "commuters" or "casual" riders based on the times and locations at which they were observed. The study found that only 33.1 percent of bikeshare commuters wore helmets, compared to nearly 71 percent of commuters who used private bicycles. The divide was even bigger for casual riders: casual bikesharers wore helmets only 15.7 percent of

CyclingSavvy course comes to Columbus OH

The Saturday class is full, but we still have 5 openings for Sunday. We'd also like to invite folks to come to the Friday free "Tips & Techniques", sponsored by OBF. We have room for 50+ people. - Tricia Session Info CLASSROOM FREE Truth & Techniques Friday, June 29, 2012 6 - 9 pm Ohio State University Women's Field House 1790 Cannon Dr Columbus, Ohio 43210 ON-BIKE Train Your Bike  Saturday, June 30, 2012 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday, July 1, 2012  8 − 11 am (Lunch) Road Tour Saturday, June 30 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday, July 1, 2012 1 − 5 pm Start-End: OSU Transportation and Parking Express office 2055 Millikin Way Columbus, Ohio 43210 You may sign up for just the classroom session or a full course. [Register here] [Learn more about CyclingSavvy]

America's love affair with the motor car is running on empty [The Guardian]

The country once wedded to driving is having its eye turned by other forms of transport – but policymakers are oblivious The number of miles driven by the average American has fallen since 2000. Photograph: Joe Baraban/Alamy America's love of driving is iconic. The open road is a central manifestation of America the free. During the 20th century, the total movement of cars and trucks on our national roads and highways grew as fast as our economy, or faster. Movement – measured by total vehicle miles travelled (VMT) – was considered an unqualified blessing. In the 1960s each American drove about 5,000 miles a year in a car, van, or truck. By 2000 that number was 10,000 miles. Which means we are twice as well off – right? Wrong. In the early years of the 21st century, something very interesting happened. Individual vehicle travel in America lost its glamour – and its connection to economic growth. In 2003 when VMT was 2.9 trillion miles, US gross domestic product

Lynskey jumps into the road disc market with impressive Sportive Disc model

Lynskey sent over a sneak peek of the upcoming 2013 Lynskey Sportive disc specific road model. Be watching on the Lynskey website for more details, and if you are in the UK, this bike, built up Di2 internal, will be on a dealer media tour the first week in July. [Lynskey website]

Path proposed for north side of Route 161 [This Week]

By  GARY SEMAN JR. ThisWeek Community News View Slideshow Columbus officials are considering putting a shared use path along the north side of Dublin-Granville Road (state Route 161) between Sawmill and Linworth roads. The city of Columbus says it is looking to create a safe and accessible alternative for cyclists and pedestrians trying to navigate the busy West Dublin-Granville Road corridor. It calls for the installation of a 10-foot-wide shared-use path on the north side of the road between Sawmill and Linworth roads. And it goes an extra step in tying together the Olentangy Trail and the Dublin bike systems. City officials and engineers laid out their plan last week in front of a packed room at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. The $2.5 million project would extend 2.2 miles, with a 28-foot-wide median strip separating the path from fast-moving cars and trucks, said Nick Popa, an engineer with the city. "We don't have to tell that for pedestrians and

TNR 06122012 Ride Recap

Highlights 18 riders 23 miles West side Franklinton - we encountered a rapid groundhog that hissed and frothed at the mouth in the middle of the street Los Guachos two for one tacos Soap box derby coasting races - Matt Ungar was the winner! Jury Room - drinks

Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: new evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes

Ralph Buehler • John Pucher Published online: 6 July 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011 Abstract This article analyzes the variation in bike commuting in large American cities, with a focus on assessing the influence of bike paths and lanes, which have been the main approach to increasing cycling in the USA. To examine the role of cycling facilities, we used a newly assembled dataset on the length of bike lanes and paths in 2008 collected directly from 90 of the 100 largest U.S. cities. Pearson’s correlation, bivariate quartile analysis, and two different types of regressions were used to measure the relationship between cycling levels and bikeways, as well as other explanatory and control variables. Ordinary Least Squares and Binary Logit Proportions regressions confirm that cities with a greater supply of bike paths and lanes have significantly higher bike commute rates—even when controlling for land use, climate, socioeconomic factors, gasoline prices, public trans

Knog Strongman

Educated in underground Luxembourg. Blooded on  the streets of Nicaragua. Lingerie modelled for Victoria’s  Momma’s Secret before inventing the expression ‘perfect ego’.  Regularly plays tennis with Johnny Cash’s niece and wrote  the best-selling self-help book ‘You’re A Great Lock –  Now Be A Better One.’ Need we say more? SPECIFICATIONS - 13mm hardened steel shackle 1.1Kg Silicone overmoulded plated hardened steel U-lock FEATURES - HIGH SECURITY U-LOCK   SECURITY RATING: 90/100 13mm hardened steel shackle UV resistant silicone body that won't scratch your ride High security disc style lock cylinder 3 x ultra strong high security keys 1 x unique key code card (to replace lost keys) Colour matched mounting bracket for your bike Sold Secure (Pedal/Bicycle Gold Standard) and ART 3 star [Knog]