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Saturday, June 16, 2012

We Ride with PRIDE recap 06162012

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]

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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 cadre of enthusiastic Ypsi riders holds weekly rides 52 weeks a year. Sunday rides depart from Recreation Park at 1 p.m. and last for about an hour or two, depending on the size and ability of the group. On Friday mornings, meet at Beezy's Cafe at 8 a.m. to take part in a group cycling commute to the office. Beezy's, 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-485-9625. (Saturdays and Sundays) Ongoing.
Birmingham Bike Festival. The fest features a criterium bike race (a race with a short course on closed-off city streets), family-friendly events, live entertainment and more. See for details. Downtown Birmingham. (8/26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

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 him for the honor to buy it. I broke his arm in 7 places when I did. He was so impressed with me he offered me to be his son but I thought that was sissy shit so I said no way.

The bike has some rusted screws, but that just shows how much of a bad ass you are. Everyone knows rusted screws on a bike means that you probably drove it underwater and that's bad ass in itself. Those screws can be replaced with shiny new ones, but if you're going to go to that trouble why not just punch yourself in the balls since you're probably a dickless lizard who doesn't like to look intimidating.

The bike is for men because the seat is flat or some shit and not shaped like a dildo. If you like flat seated bikes you're going to love this thing because it doesn't try to penetrate your ass or anything.

I've topped out at 75 miles per hour on this uphill but if you're just a regular man you'll probably top it out at 10 miles per hour. This thing is listed as a street bike which is man-code for bike tank. The bike has 7 speeds in total:

Gear 1 - Sissy Gear
Gear 2 - Less Sissy Gear
Gear 3 - Least Sissy Gear
Gear 4 - Boy Gear
Gear 5 - Pre-teen Boy Gear
Gear 6 - Manly Gear
Gear 7 - Big Muscles Gear

I only like gear 6 and 7 to be honest.

Additionally, this tool of all immense men comes with a gigantic lock to keep it secure. The lock is the size of a bull's testicles and tells people you don't fuck around with locking up your bike tank. It tells would-be-thieves "Hey asshole, touch this bike and I'll appear from the bushes ready to club you with a two-by-four".

Bike is for 150 OBO (and don't give me no panzy prices)

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How Not to Flash People While Biking in a Skirt

Friday, June 15, 2012

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.

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:

"Lucas Brunelle goes for it. If you want to see what it's like to play a live game of 'frogger', on a bike, with only one life, check out Line Of Sight." - Mat Hoffman

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 Sharks.
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 gets ).

 Bike accessory you can't live without?

Up until a month ago I would have said my PDW leather grips. Now, hands down I'd say my new Wald basket. I usually ride with a messenger bag during the summer and hate that it makes my back sweat. The basket affords me a cooler ride and I can still carry my laptop, a book and my rain coat if need be. Plus, Junior's Tacos fit perfectly!! $15 was worth every penny and wish I would’ve gotten one before now.

Where do you ride? What's your favorite route?

I gave up my car nine years ago and I commute everywhere. So mostly I ride the streets of Columbus. My favorite route though is the southern part of the Olentangy trail and I love the view of downtown coming off the trail near Confluence Park on the Scioto. Love the rail bridges that traverse the river.

 So, we're coming up on the third series of Columbus's Street Shark Sprints. How did the conception of this idea take place? I imagine sitting on your porch with your buddies, leaping in the air and yelling "Eureka!"
Was it anything like that?

I raced in a sprint Oct. 2011 and had the best time. I had never raced before in any way and showed up to the sprint as a spectator. There was an odd pairing and I volunteered to help out and even up the number. I got smoked that first sprint, but on my ride back to the starting line I had the biggest grin on my face and was thrilled to have participated. That night I asked the race organizer, “why are there not sprints every month?”. That's where the idea got rooted in my mind and stayed as a thought and a pipe dream. Until mid March sitting on my porch with some friends ( pretty good guess, Cherie ). One of them being Josh Direen, co-organizer and fellow Street Shark. I threw out my idea to do a sprint and how fun the one in October was. Josh loved the idea along with Joe Scar and Trent Saska of Paradise Garage. Three days later Josh sent me the first Street Sharks flier and the rest as they say is history. On a side note, the race was supposed to be called Street Sharts ( much laughter was had over this ) . When the talk turned into a reality Josh thought Sharks might be a more appropriate name.

 Tell me how Street Sharts work. What are the rules?

The rules are pretty simple. A series of 6 sprints in 6 months. 1/8 mile sprint with no shifting and track stand starts ( those who can't track stand are assisted by fellow riders so everyone starts on equal ground ). Two divisions- Men and Women's with a $5 buy-in to race. Single elimination, head to head race. The men’s winner gets all the money from the male racers and the women get the females’ money.
The top 4 in each division get points that will be used for seeding in the 6th and final race.

 What do you hope to gain, short term?

In the short term? Camaraderie. Being able to provide one night a month through the summer for riders to compete and socialize. To be honest, I don't really care who wins. The privilege to be able to meet and bond with Columbus riders of all styles is why I am doing this. We have doubled the spectators from the 1st race and are expecting more for the 3rd. Knowing people are going to be at the finish line cheering is causing amazing head to head races. Not to mention a pretty groovy party for the eliminated racers.

How 'bout when it's all over? What do you to see changed or accomplished?

What I would like to see changed is the factioning of riders. The whole spandex vs. jean shorts, roadies vs. fixed gear riders, Yay Bikes! vs. Consider Biking etc. etc. That's why everyone is welcome at the sprints. There's a sticker I saw a while back that said, “Just because we both ride bikes, doesn't mean we are friends.” Very true...but we need to at least respect one another. Are the sprints going to change that much in Columbus' bike culture? No. It's a place to start though!

What is your favorite part of Street Sharks thus far? What thrills you, so to speak?

As competitive as the men are and they have had some amazing races ( Peter Brown vs. Kelly Nowles, Aiden Vs. Rob Luikart, Julian vs. Joe Scar ) I get a real joy watching the ladies throw down. I run all the Men's races and Josh runs the women, so I get to watch. That's one of my faves. The other is after the final race of the night. When I'm alone at the starting line and I pack up my stuff and ride to the finish where everyone is. I like to reflect on the event and 1/8 mile ride is plenty of time to reflect as I approach the throng of racers and spectators assembled at the finish, cheering and dancing to Julian’s [Jungleman of Go Bike Columbus] music. Where a race ended a party has begun and I award the cash to the victors. I like the sense of community and the feeling of joy that I see in the faces around me. It totally makes it worth it.

When are YOU going to race? :)

Ha! Not sure? I might give it a go in the 5th race. The 5th is going to be a timed race and the best times will be entered in to the final bracket with the leading point getters from the first 4 races.

Check out the Facebook event page to participate in Street Sharks.


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 and remove the tracker
Vibration armed
When you lock your bicycle up, you can arm the tracker with your arming keyring. Should the bicycle then detect movement, it will send you an SMS to alert you. It will then automatically start uploading its position. You can then logon and track your bike.
GSM fallback
Should your bicycle be inside a building it may not be able to obtain a GPS lock. In this case it will fall back to GSM positioning. This is less accurate (approx 200 meters) but will give you an indication of where your bicycle is until it can obtain a better lock
The tracker contains a rechargable lithium battery and comes with a charger. The tracker can go for months between charges so long as you remember to disarm the tracker before riding your bike. It will send you an SMS when the battery runs low and you can view battery usage online
The trackers main defence is disguise. It is designed to look inconspicuous. It appears as a regular headset cap.
Initial configuration is done by sending the unit SMS text messages. Once it is installed, you should not need to touch it again. It is armed and disarmed with your Spybike Keyring
Your tracker requires a SIM card. Since it will use very little credit it is usually most cost effective to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM and just top it up occasionally
The Spybike tracker fits inside the steerer tube of your bicycle. You bike must have an "AHeadset" (it has a cap similar to the above photo). The tracker has a diameter of 23.5mm which fits steel, aluminiumm and most carbon fibre steerers. The tracker is 110mm long. This typically means your steerer must be minium 250mm long. See this link for more details Spybike Instructions
Returns policy
If you find the tracker does not fit your bicycle or does not suit your purpose for any reason, just return it within 30 days for a full refund.

Spybike is an anti-theft device. The basic operation is as follows :
  1. You chain your bicycle up at the bike rack
  2. Arm the tracker with your keyring
  3. A thief comes along and steals your bicycle
  4. Spybike has a vibration sensor in it that you armed in step 2. This detects the movement
  5. You get an SMS text message to your mobile phone telling you your bicycle is moving
  6. Spybike starts uploading its GPS position to our website every 20 seconds until the vibration has stopped
  7. Log into the tracking site and you will see a red line going from the bike stand back to the thief's house
  8. Spybike will go to sleep after the thief puts the bicycle down. The next time they go for a ride you will receive another text and can track their ride into town
Here is some more information that people commonly ask for :
  • The Spybike tracker is concealed within the bicycle fork tube and appears as a normal headset cap
  • The tracker can be securely fixed to the frame with your installation key
  • The battery can last months between charges as long as you disarm the tracker before riding it (so it is not always tracking you)
  • The tracker uploads its location using GPRS which is very cheap. It does not upload positions via SMS
  • We don't charge contracts, you just pay for a pay-as-you-go SIM. Our tracking service is free of a charge.
  • It has a quad-band GSM modem which basically means it will work on any mobile network in the world and so works in every country including the USA
  • The vibration sensor needs several seconds of movement to set it off. A bump won't activate it.
  • If there is not a clear enough view of the sky, the tracker can use GSM triangulation. This will give you a rough idea where your bike is based on the location of nearby phone towers
  • If you forget to activate the vibration sensor and the bicycle is stolen, you can still find it because it wakes up every 6 hours (default) and checks its text messages. You can remotely arm it with an SMS text message.
  • If the bicycle is taken to a block of flats you may not know which flat it is in. Spybike will go back to sleep when the thief parks the bike (the bicycle stops moving). The next time they go for a ride you can receive a text and track where they take your bicycle to.

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 every trip I've had trouble getting coffee. Being a coffee addict in a tea culture, I thought I'd better be prepared for this tour as I expected a tea culture. I'd hate to be on a bicycle tour without coffee. In fact, I can't even imagine it. So, as I packed up my own bike cook kit for this trip, I included my coffee filter, ground beans and some emergency Via packs. Little did I know that I was in for a real coffee treat.

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

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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 the time, compared to over 68 percent for casual riders on other bikes. Altogether, bikesharers accounted for roughly 11 percent of all bikers observed--so while they may be a smaller population than the private-bike riders, the individual bikeshare users could be at a far greater risk of injury.

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

FREE Truth & Techniques
Friday, June 29, 2012
6 - 9 pm
Ohio State University Women's Field House
1790 Cannon Dr
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Train Your Bike 
Saturday, June 30, 2012 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday, July 1, 2012 
8 − 11 am
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]
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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

A man refuels his car
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 was just under $11tr. In 2011 GDP passed $15tr while total vehicle travel was still about 2.9 trillion miles. In 2011 alone GDP went up 1.5% while VMT went down 1.5%. VMT per capita is receding as well, with each American now travelling less than 9,500 miles annually.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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 NewsView SlideshowColumbus 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 bicyclists it's not the most comfortable environment," Popa said.
The Dublin-Granville path was a top-12 project in the city's Bicentennial Bikeways plan, a guide for bike facilities in Columbus, including shared-use paths, racks, lanes, signage and other amenities through 2028.
Still, the audience raised questions over the placement of the path and whether it should be built on the south side of the street, where there is more open land.

TNR 06122012 Ride Recap

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 2011Springer 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 transport supply, and cycling safety. Standard tests indicate that the models are a good fit, with R2 ranging between 0.60 and 0.65. Computed coefficients have the expected signs for all variables in the various regression models, but not all are statistically significant. Estimated elasticities indicate that both off-street paths and on-street lanes have a similar positive association with bike commute rates in U.S. cities. Our results are consistent with previous research on the importance of separate cycling facilities and provide additional information about the potentially different role of paths vs. lanes. Our analysis also revealed that cities with safer cycling, lower auto ownership, more students, less sprawl, and higher gasoline prices had more cycling to work. By comparison, annual precipitation, the number of cold and hot days, and public transport supply were not statistically sig- nificant predictors of bike commuting in large cities. 

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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?


  • 13mm hardened steel shackle
  • 1.1Kg
  • Silicone overmoulded plated hardened steel U-lock


  • 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