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Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Plug II

The Plug II

The Plug is the world's first electric power supply, which is fully integrated and can be operated and serviced on devices such as GPS devices, mobile phones or MP3 players. The electricity is generated from the existing dynamo hub and converted to the nominal voltage of a USB port. This USB port also serves as a connection to external devices that can be mounted on the handlebars or transported in handlebar bags.
After last year's successful product launch the Plug was continuously developed further. One of these evolutions is the extended functionality of the TopCap, which now allows charging Apple´s iPhone® without using a special cable. The option to now connect the Plug II directly to an E-Bike battery is also worth to be mentioned.
The biggest revolution is the complete integration of the entire electronics, which has been in the head tube cartridge so far, into the TopCap. The electronics are encapsulated with a sealing liquid in a housing completely made from aluminium to protect it from humidity in the best possible way. With everything in a simple TopCap installation becomes a piece of cake - just connect the cable with the USB-Top Cap and the dynamo hub - it is that simple!


  • Eco-friendly power supply for USB-devices (GPS, MP3 player or mobile phones) via dynamo hub
  • The full integration provides a clean look, easy upgradeability and a very good anti-theft protection
  • E-Bike ready: the Plug II can directly be connected to an E-Bike battery and brings the USB-port to the handlebar
  • Meets USB specification: The Plug II converts power from an existing dynamo hub into USB 5V standard.
  • Tough aluminum housing: The tough aluminum housing does not only look great, but also withstands even serious impacts.
  • 6061 aluminum salt water and corrosion-resistant housing with sealed electronics for increased lifetime

Life Cycles: A Cycling Documentary

This is a short documentary on the bicycle community in Burlington, VT and three of the cyclists who support it. These cyclists are:

Chris Norris - A bike mechanic and college student who works at the Old Spokes Home. He along with friend and co-worker, Brian Kleiber, recently launched a blog chronicling the bike scene in Burlington and beyond:
Hubert d'Autremont - A small business owner who has just recently setup shop in an artist collective warehouse building hand-built bicycle frames.
Glenn Eames - The owner and founder of The Old Spokes Home in Burlington, VT. The Old Spokes home is a unique shop that prides itself on honoring the history of cycling and on creating an environment that is welcoming to all.
Their passion and commitment to cycling as a life style is what fueled this documentary. Thank you.
This documentary was created for the 2010 Champlain College Documentary class led by Professor Gordon Glover.
Directed by William Babcock, Justin Derry, & Chris Tremblay.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Pentax 50mm F/1.8, Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8
Editing: Final Cut Pro 6
Color Grading: Magic Bullet Looks
Music: The Beatles, "A Day In The Life" and Explosions In The Sky, "Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean"
Vehicle Operator: Sam McGuire

AAA Washington Launches Bicycle Service on July 1

Now AAA members are eligible to have their bicycle transported by AAA in WA, OR, ID and BC
BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 26, 2012) – On July 1, AAA Washington will begin providing its more than one million members in Washington and northern Idaho emergency bicycle service. AAA members now have membership benefits that cover them on their bicycle in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
AAA Washington’s new bicycle service works exactly like its emergency road service for vehicles. A member with a disabled bicycle due to mechanical failure calls the AAA hotline (800-­‐AAA-­‐HELP) and AAA will dispatch service. The member and their bicycle will be transported to a safe location within the distance their membership level allows: Classic – 5 miles, Plus – 100 miles, or Premier – 200 miles.
“We are excited to extend our legendary emergency road service to bicycles,” said John Milbrath, vice president of Member Services for AAA Washington. “People who live in the Northwest are avid outdoors enthusiasts and have an affinity for cycling. We think our members will embrace this new service and have a new level of comfort as they travel long distances from home knowing that AAA will be there if their bicycle becomes disabled.”
Members can go online to and click on “Emergency Road Service” for more details about the new bicycle service. AAA Washington is the preeminent provider of emergency road service in Washington and northern Idaho. Members receive four service calls per year, per person on the membership. Bicycle service calls will count as one of their service calls. AAA membership begins at $56 per year for Classic, which gives the member five miles of towing/bicycle transporting, up to Premier for $124 per year, which provides 200 miles of towing/bicycle transporting. Additional Associate members can be added to each membership level for only $34 per year and receive all of the same benefits as the primary member.
For more details about AAA go to
AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904. The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1,045,000 members. In addition, its full-­‐service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-­‐800-­‐562-­‐ 2582.
Contact: AAA Washington Jennifer Cook – 425-­‐646-­‐2055 Cassie Devaney – 509-­‐358-­‐6950 

Raleigh Record Ace

53cm SM, 55cm SM/MD, 57cm MD/LG , 59cm LG 
Lugged Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly  
Flat Crown Lugged 4130 Chromoly Road 
Shimano 105 Double Crankset, Hollowtech 39/52t  
Shimano Outboard Bearing 
Shimano 105  
Shimano 105  
Shimano Ultegra 10spd STI 
Shimano 105 STI  
Shimano 105 
Shimano 105 (11-25t)  
Weinmann DP18 Double Wall  
Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x23c 
Steel Clips w/Leather Straps 
Polished 31.8 Short Drop  
3D Forged, 31.8  
Avenir 200 Series 27.2x350mm 
Avenir Classic Road  
Ahead 1-1/8" w/Alloy Cup  
Shimano 105  
(F) Formula Alloy QR 28h (R) Formula Alloy Cartridge QR 28h  
14g Stainless MAC w/Alloy Nipples 
Gel Tape 
Water Bottle Mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner’s Manual 
Specifications are Subject to Change

[Raleigh Record Ace]

Don't miss out on bikes and food trucks this weekend!

Yelp on Two Wheels: A Food Truck Bike Rally
Saturday, June 30, 2012, 11AM

Join us for a bicycle tour of Clintonville to sample food trucks. The ride will start from Goodale Park in the open air shelter inside the park. A $10 donation will get you a Yelp goodie bag and a Yay Bikes! pint glass donated by Hal & Al's. Riders can pickup their bag at our last stop, Brothers Drake Meadery.

We will hold a raffle for TWO passes to a Columbus Food Adventures Taco Truck Food Tour at Brother's Drake once all the riders return.

Sponsored By: Food Fort/ECDI, Yelp, Hal&Al's, Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus Food Adventures.

Big thanks to Food Fort for organizing the trucks.
Ray Ray’s
Per Zoot
El Manantial Latino
Pitabilities at Brothers Drake 

[Facebook event]

On Sunday July 1 the fun continues. If a rider brings their Yay Bikes! pint glass to the Monthly Food Truck and Cart event at Hal & Al's there will be special drink discounts (TBA). A percentage of the food sales from the SUNDAY Food Truck and Cart Rally will go to Yay Bikes! as well.

July 1st food truck and cart hopA portion of your food purchases will benefit Yay Bikes!
Yay Bikes! creates opportunities for personal and community transformation through innovative campaigns and unconventional partnerships that promote bicycling as an alternative to driving. Yay Bikes! envisions a Central Ohio in which people ride their bicycles for as many trips as possible.

Here are some of the trucks and carts attending:

The Cheesy Truck
twitter: @thecheesytruck
The Hungry Monkey
Explorers Club
Inner Circle Street Food

In addition to all that great food look for...

Merion Village Association selling root beer floats made with Abita root beer

Flimsee Sticks Tournament

Paradise Garage bike tune ups

PetPromise, Inc. will be there with adoptable dogs and puppies! Great food, a great cause, and adorable dogs? Sounds like the perfect day! Check out PetPromise to see some our adoptables!

Yelp games and prizes

Friday, June 29, 2012

B1 Bicycles is celebrating its fifth year in business. [Columbus Underground]

B1 Bicycles is celebrating its fifth year in business.
The shop, at 124 E. Long St., opened its doors May 5, 2007.
“We started out primarily as a single-speed, fixed-gear, urban-focused cycle shop that also offered full service repairs,” said Casey Karnes, owner of B1 Bicycles. “I made sure to have every tool for every job from the beginning. As the business matured, we were able to use other companies’ lines of credit to stock merchandise and not pay cash for everything, which limited our selection.”
As time went on, B1 began carrying higher end road, mountain and cyclocross bikes, and trimming its selection of fixed-gear bikes as the trend shifted toward super low end products.
“We have focused more on the fitness side of cycling, as well as staying true to our urban/commuter roots,” Karnes said.

Transportation Bill a Step Back [rails-to-trails]

The Federal Transportation Bill finally presented to Congress today takes a step back from key reforms of recent decades, says Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Vice President of Policy and Trail Development Kevin Mills.

"It shrinks from the challenge of meeting America's need for forward-looking 21st century policy that provides balanced transportation choices and improves public health and safety, the quality of our environment and the livability of our communities," Mills says.

"From a broad transportation reform perspective, there are many reasons for concern, including misguided transportation priorities and gutting of provisions that ensure public input and consideration of the environment in transportation decisions."

"The core programs that support trails, bicycling and walking are seriously compromised, but not undone," he says.

Much as in the Senate bill, the most significant changes include:
  • Merging the three core trail and active transportation programs - Transportation Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Recreational Trails  -and forcing TE and SRTS to compete for severely limited dollars against expensive new eligibilities, including some road projects;
  • Reducing the initial amount of funds available to these programs by 25-30 percent, and greatly increasing the ability of states to transfer funds away from these core programs which could multiply the loss; and
  • On the positive side, the bill will provide for greater local access to the funds through sub-allocation for larger communities (regions of 200,000+) and focusing of state administered funds on local needs (except where states opt out altogether).
In addition, a new Complete Streets policy that was in the Senate bill to require routine accommodation of all roadway users was not included in the final bill.

"Some in Congress sought to undermine these vital trail and active transportation programs in more fundamental ways than the bill we have now," Mills says. "It is a credit to RTC's supporters and organizational allies that these more reactionary views did not carry the day. There are scores of people across the country working hard for a better transportation system for America - as volunteers, as advocates, as planners - people who are passionate about trails and know that active transportation is good for their communities. Because trails, bicycling and walking are critical to communities of all sizes and types, they will remain a vibrant part of America's transportation future."

Final passage of the bill is expected by Saturday.

The Affordable Care Act - "An Appeal" - Short Film

Daniel Menges is a 23-year-old photographer, artist, and recent college graduate who just moved to Pittsburgh from NY. He was just starting to get his footing when a bike accident left him with three fractured vertebrae. Fortunately, because of the Affordable Care Act, his medical care is covered under his mother's health insurance plan. This compelling short film comes at just the right time - as the Affordable Care Act faces the threat of repeal in the coming weeks of June 2012. Send this video along, get impassioned, and speak out about your right to affordable, quality health care.

See more videos and get involved at:

Video produced, directed, and edited by Julie Sokolow

Daniel Menges, Alison Tan, and Margaret K. Reed

Featured Artists:
Eanna Holton, Robert Isenberg, Teresa Martuccio, Sigh MeltingStar, Mary Tremonte, Davon Magwood, Ken Bolden, and Jude Vachon

Music by:
Boca Chica, Dan Koshute, and Dazzletine

Special Thanks to:
Scott Tyson

Video shot with a Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V, sound recorded with a Rode Videomic, and edited with iMovie '11

'Traffic calming' medians approved for New Albany Road [This Week]

New Albany Links residents can anticipate slower traffic coming through their neighborhood on New Albany Road East after three medians are installed west of the commercial business campus.
New Albany City Council voted 6-0 on June 19 to authorize the city manager to advertise for bids for the street project. The work includes repaving 15 miles of city streets and installing ramps to the Americans with Disabilities Act specifications as needed. It also includes sealing cracks on 17 other roads and repairing curbs in the project area.
Councilman Glyde Marsh, who said he does not support "traffic calming" devices because they are difficult to navigate around, tried to amend the bid authorization to remove the traffic calming project. Council voted 5-1 against the amendment
Marsh voted in favor of the bids after he could not remove the traffic calming project.
City Service Director Mark Nemec said the entire street project will cost $1.47 million, which will be drawn from the street improvements and capital improvements funds.
The median installation is anticipated to cost $75,000.
Nemec said New Albany Links residents have complained about speeding traffic for two years, even though the speed limit is 25 mph. Local police also say speeding is an issue, which could be because the road is wide and straight, Nemec said.

Press Release: Congress Decreases Funding for Biking & Walking [Bike League]

On Friday, Congress will vote on a new transportation bill that reverses years of progress on biking and walking policy and cuts by 60 to 70 percent funding for local safety projects such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes.
For the past 20 years, a modest portion of federal transportation investments — less than 2 percent of all transportation funding — has been dedicated to biking and walking projects that make streets more accessible for everybody, reduce preventable traffic fatalities, help boost local economic development, and create construction jobs. But, despite an outpouring of support from mayors, county executives, and the American public, the deal negotiated by a small number of Congress members behind closed doors eliminates much of this popular funding.
“This new transportation bill is bad news for biking and walking,” said Caron Whitaker, campaign director of America Bikes. “Across the country, people are biking and walking more, and vehicle miles traveled are decreasing. Young people are delaying getting their driver’s licenses and the real estate market shows that people want to live and work in areas where they can walk and bike safely. Yet this new bill ignores current trends and includes drastic and disproportionate cuts to biking and walking.”

City of Columbus BikeShare RFP

During the past several years, few cities in the country have been more aggressive than Columbus in moving towards a first class biking and walking friendly city. With a highly supported downtown vision plan, a robust commitment to investing in bike infrastructure, the second largest university population in the country, a heavily used regional trail network, favorable terrain, and a dense downtown surrounded by unique neighborhoods, the city is capable of providing an ideal support structure for bike sharing.

Columbus is seeking to put in place a dynamic piece in how residents, employees, and visitors experience the city. By creating a bike transit system to compliment the expanding network of bike infrastructure, more people will have access to short trip cycling, replacing vehicle use, cycling for fitness and recreation, and exploring the city. 

Key Points of the Proposal
  • Keen understanding of Columbus and its unique characteristics.
  • Concise and comprehensive implementation plan for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 launch of the network
  • Projected Costs of Implementation, both Phase 1 and 2
  • Business Plan
  • Sponsorship sign-on strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Timeline for Implementation
  • Locations Plan
  • Performance Standards/Evaluation
  • Customer Service
  • State-of-the-art stations, cycles, terminals, networking, and system components. Describe the specifications of the hardware, technology, and software
    (i.e. solar powered, cell enabled, PCI-Compliant, GPS, etc.)

  • Operation/Maintenance Plan
  • Creation of Green Jobs
  • Integration and Expansion of the System
    The above list is not all-inclusive. It is expected that the proposal will include technical discussions recommending additions, deletions, unique features, examples, and best practices.
    Columbus is not interested in proposals recommending E-Bikes or any motorized assisted bicycles.

    Get your RFP here!

    [Editor's Note: Let's hope that the group who pushed for the covered bike shelters isn't involved in this one.]   

With six kids and no car, this mom does it all by bike [bike portland]

The Finch Family
Emily Finch and her seven-person family vehicle.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Biking with kids is all the rage in Portland these days, but biking with six kids between the ages of 2 and 11? That's something I never would have thought possible before I met southeast Portland resident Emily Finch.
Finch, 34, is a powerhouse. Watching her pedal her bakfiets cargo bike with four kids in the front, another one in a child seat behind her, and another one on a bike attached to hers via the rear rack, is a sight that not only inspires — it forces you to re-think what's possible.
The Finch Family
The Finch family train. Note: One of the children in the cargo bin is a family friend and Emily's 11-year old son (in photo below) is riding just behind.
A few days ago, I rolled over to the Finch house in Ladd's Addition to join Emily and the kids on a trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). I pulled up to a scene of five kids (and one doll) already strapped into the bakfiets and three others milling about. Hey that's eight! I thought to myself. It turned out Emily invited a few neighborhood kids to come along.

The Best Bike Lock [Gizmodo]

Leave a bicycle locked up on the street, and a pro with the right tool can spring it faster than you can buy a Slurpee. We're not bike thieves—not even close—and we were able to slice through cheap locks with $20 bolt cutters and a hacksaw, on our first try.
So we wanted to see how much a quality U-lock increases the odds that your ride will still be there when you get back. We put four popular brands of locks against those hand tools, and the bike thieves' weapon of choice—a cordless angle grinder. In the end, we found some locks that can buy you a few extra seconds of security. But the results conclusively proved one thing: Your bike is never really safe outside.

Testing Methodology

These four mid-range locks (~$50 street price) are large enough to fit around a bicycle frame, a wheel and a parking meter. All of these manufacturers make locks that are more expensive and heavier, but we chose these for their affordability, convenience, and for the fact that these are the locks we see people using all over NYC. They're made of hardened steel and outfitted with complex locking mechanisms. Beyond the security of the locks, we looked at cost, weight, and how well the locks mount to your bike.
The hand tools in our test included the $20 bolt cutters and the hacksaw mentioned above, the latter of which had a fresh, tense blade ready for each new lock. We went to work with each of those for five minutes and measured the results. (We tried out a Sawzall, which did the same level of damage as the hacksaw, just more quickly.)
For our primary power tool, we used a the cheapest angle grinder we could find—a Ryobi 18-volt lithium-ion tool—which cost $40 for the tool, and totaled just under $100 with a battery. We fitted it with new Bosch-branded 4 1/2-inch-diameter, 7/8-inch thick cutoff wheels. With a little practice, let's just say, we didn't need the full five minutes to measure the damage.
And remember, we're inept. For a pro, a bike locked up on the street must look like free money. Lay out $100 for a power tool, and you could just go get a new bike. Any bike you want. Again and again. And these four locks are usually all that's there to stop you.

Proposal: Waucoma Bicycle Backcountry [Mount Hood National Park Campaign]

It’s no secret that mountain bikes have been relegated to second-class status when it comes to recreation trails. They’re not allowed in designated wilderness areas, and even with the special set-asides for mountain bikescalled out in the recent Mount Hood Wilderness additions, the trail options around the mountain are limited.
It’s also true that bikes and hikers don’t always mix well. Since I’m both a hiker and cyclist, I’m probably more comfortable than most hikers when it comes to shared trails. I love to hike and bike the Surveyor’s Ridge Trail, for example, but most hikers shy away because of its popularity among mountain bikers.

The view toward Mount Hood from Blowdown Mountain
This article is a proposal for something a little different for mountain bikers: the concept is to convert fading logging roads in a scenic area directly adjacent to the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness to become a dedicated bicycle backcountry. In addition to providing an exciting set of mountain biking trails, the concept would specifically allow for bikepacking — overnight camping at a several destinations that would be bike-in, only.
Most importantly, this new destination would be close to both Portland and the mountain biking hub of Hood River, where bicycle tourism has become an important part of the recreation economy.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Upcoming Yay Bikes! events. [@yaybikes] #letsride

Instant Identity: Just Add Money [Bike Snob NYC] - Great post!

Further to yesterday's post, a reader left the following comment:

Anonymous said...

Mandatory helmet laws weed out the people who don't LOVE riding their bikes. Fight it, but ride not matter what!

June 27, 2012 8:56 PM

This is exactly the problem.  I don't want to "weed out the people who don't LOVE riding their bikes." People who love riding bikes are obsessive-compulsive freaks, and I say this as one of those people.  For the most part, America is a crappy place to ride a bike, which is why the people who actually ride bikes anyway are such weirdos.  I don't wantto be surrounded by other weirdos like me.  American cycling badly need an infusion of people who aren't especially excited about riding bikes but do it anyway.  This is the only way we can water down our extreme dorkitude.  Otherwise, cycling in America is going to continue to look like this:

Before you complain that this image is not safe for work, please explain to your boss and colleagues that I am using it in a sociological and anthropological context, and therefore it is no more offensive than anything you're likely come across in "National Geographic" while waiting for your dental appointment.  It's also a valid cultural exploration, since the guy on the right is no doubt an authentic Rastafarian, albeit by way of Lake Forest.  And now, thanks to the miracle of Kickstarter, you can sponsor this image and others like it by giving money to "Positive Bodies: A World Naked Bike Ride Supporters Art Show:"

[Keep reading at Bike Snob NYC]

Spinlister - rent or list your bike for rent

The Low Down

Spinlister is a marketplace that lets you find the best bikes to rent online, whether from individuals or existing bike rental shops.
Just type where you'd like to ride and Spinlister gives you the best bike rental options for that location. We connect you with awesome people and great bikes from around the world.
If you'd like to list your bike, just snap a few pictures and share your sweet chariot with awesome people like you. We help you meet up, exchange the bike, and have a great experience, whether you're the renter or the lister.
We're currently live in New York and San Francisco with plans to expand to other cities soon. We're accepting listings from all over the world.


Put onus on drivers, says cycling world champion Mark Cavendish [The Times]

Mark Cavendish, the cycle road race world champion who is tipped to win Britain’s first gold medal at the London Olympics, today calls on ministers to consider European laws to protect cyclists.
The fastest man on two wheels says that if drivers knew that they would face harsh penalties if they knocked down a cyclist they would pay more attention and safety would improve.
He cited the example of the Netherlands and Belgium, where there is a presumption of liability against drivers involved in crashes with cyclists.
In most European countries the onus is on drivers to prove their innocence in collisions resulting in civil law suits for damages. The reverse is true in Britain, where cyclists or their families have to prove that the driver was at fault if they are to win a civil action.
Change would be opposed by many motorists, but Cavendish said that in return cyclists would have to ride within the law, a move that would help ease tensions with drivers.
“In Holland and Belgium the actual law is if the driver of a motorised vehicle has an accident with a cyclist, unless the driver can actively prove it was the cyclist’s fault it is the driver’s fault. There is an assumption of guilt on the driver,” he told The Times during a break in training for the Tour de France and Olympic Games.

North Bend Rail Trail connector is opening soon

Saris Gran Fondo

Design Features

The all-new Gran Fondo features an innovative design that uniquely positions two bikes vertically on either side of your rear license plate. Its lightweight, rust-resistant aluminum frame attaches easily with rubber-coated hooks that protect your vehicle's finish.

With the Gran Fondo, it’s easy to load up your bikes and hit the road. No overhead lifting, twisting, or balancing required. The Gran Fondo holds your front and rear bike wheels securely in aluminum-spined, injection-molded wheel cradles. Ratcheting straps adjust easily to fit bikes with 26"-29" wheels. And, when you're done with the ride, the Gran Fondo’s compact frame makes it easy to store.

Like all of our racks, the Gran Fondo is built in Madison, WI and is covered under a limited lifetime warranty.