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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sell Ur Bike Stuff (SUBS) Swap Meet! is TOMORROW!

Join us for our second Swap Meet to raise funds for FCW!

1. Buy a vendor spot and sell all your bike stuff that's been sitting in a box in your garage waiting to be put to use.
2. Come and shop around for great used bicycle parts that may be just what you've been looking for
3. Come buy food from Hungry Monkey Food Truck (I recommend the Wyatt Earp and Banana Pudding!)
4. Come and buy a coffee from Solar Coffee and learn about how they use solar power to make every delicious cup!

Vendor spots are $20 each. If you register for a spot before August 10th, they are only $15 each! Email info@franklintoncycleworks
.org to claim a vendor spot as soon as possible!

Proceeds from vendor spots and portions of proceeds from Hungry Monkey and Solar Coffee sales benefit Franklinton Cycleworks! So come on down even if you are not shopping for bike parts!

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All-City Cycles Space Horse

The Space Horse is the most versatile bike in the AC lineup. It can handle front and rear racks, fenders, and has clearance for 42c tires.  It also has our new custom semi horizontal dropouts which allow it to be set up geared or single. 
This bike was made to get you into and out of trouble,  to be your companion on exploration missions and all day benders,and to get you and your stuff around as quickly as possible.
One of the coolest aspects of the Space Horse project was getting the opportunity to design our second signature dropout.  Knowing that we wanted to allow the bike to be used single or geared and designing around fenders, meant that the obvious choice was a semi horizontal. Now semi horizontals are great for allowing single speed use, and unlike rear entry dropouts they don't require the rider to remove the rear fender to change a flat.  But we've always felt that the design has a few shortcomings, so we got in there and designed a semi that acts more like a vertical dropout. 
The small tab on the front of the dropout in combination with the adjustment screw, not only means that the wheel is fixed in place like a vertical, but that you never have to wonder where you'll get best shifting.  Simply place the wheel fully forward in the dropout and you're done. 
The geometry of the frameset itself, is a mix of traditional road and touring geo's giving the bike agile head tube and seat tube numbers, a relatively short rear end, but with a lower than roadbike bottom bracket for increased stability while loaded.  The tubest was chosen with 30lbs rear and 20lbs front max loads in mind. 
The Space Horse is rugged, can run whatever drivetrain you wish, haul crap, and take your cycling experience further. 


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Frame | All-City Space Horse
100% full 4130 ChroMoly steel. Double butted down, top, and seat tubes. Externally tapered, ovalized, and dimpled chain stays, tapered seat stays
130mm rear spacing, 1 1/8th headtube, English bottom bracket, 27.2 seatpost
Fork | All-City Space Horse
100% 4130 ChroMoly tapered fork blades, lugged crown and matching dropout.
Headset | Cane Creek S-10
Stem | Kalloy
Silver, four bolt, 1 1/8th threadless, 31.8 clamp
Handlebar | Kalloy
Silver, Classic bend, 31.8
Tape | Velo Cork
Shift / Brake Lever | Shimano Tiagra 4600
10 speed
Front Derailleur | Shimano Tiagra 4600
Rear Derailleur | Shimano Tiagra 4600
Brake | Tektro R520

Friday, August 17, 2012

Here's how to share the road with bikes

Steven Jordan, a division director for the state Department of Health and Human Services, was killed on July 4 in the afternoon while bicycling in the rightmost lane of Louisburg Road near Perry Creek Road in Raleigh. Louisburg Road at that location is three lanes in each direction, with driveways and traffic signals that result in slow or stopped vehicles. Delays are expected.
Jordan, 49, was struck from behind by a truck driver who told police that “...he was not able to move over into the center lane due to vehicles in that lane,” according to the police report. The police report also shows that his original speed was 35 mph and the speed at impact was the same 35 mph. Jordan, the bike rider, was estimated to be doing 15 mph.
Rather than slowing to the bicyclist’s speed – or slowing at all – the truck driver attempted to pass in the same lane at relatively high speed differential. Had the vehicle in front instead been a 15 mph car turning into or out of a driveway, or starting or stopping at a traffic signal, the truck driver would likely have used his brakes, slowing to that speed. Truck and other motor vehicle drivers do not try to pass other motorists within the lane. They change lanes to pass, or wait behind to avoid collision. Only bicycle drivers are subjected to the Squeeze Play.
Most of the time, motorists pass bicyclists with ample clearance, but that requires at least a partial lane change, straddling the lane line. So why not make a full lane change?
Too often, the pass is too close. How much passing clearance would you want if you were on a bicycle? Sometimes the Squeeze Play is tragically unsuccessful. Again, why not a full lane change as standard procedure?
If you or I drive a car or motorcycle, we enjoy the benefits of a full lane width of space around the vehicle. But if we choose to be the “engine” and drive a bicycle, there is an expectation to share the lane side-by-side with fast-moving wide vehicles driven by increasingly distracted drivers.
The only protection a motorcyclist or bicyclist has is the space cushion around him or her. There are no crumple zones and air bags. As the slowest drivers, bicycle users ought to have the most space cushion protecting them from faster vehicles, not the least.
North Carolina has ubiquitous yellow Share The Road signs, supposedly to warn motorists that bicyclists are using the road ahead. Given that official purpose, why don’t they instead say Expect Bicycle Traffic, or Watch for Bicyclists, or something equally simple and clear, as is required of a traffic control device?
Share The Road is sometimes misinterpreted to mean Share The Lane side-by-side, and as a message directed to bicyclists. When on two wheels, I’d much rather the sign said Change Lanes To Pass rather than have the occasional motorist yell “Share the road!” If motorists routinely changed lanes, bicycle users would not get struck from behind or sideswiped or be terrorized by the Squeeze Play.
Crumple zones crumble bones. The same metal exterior that protects and emboldens motorists is a danger to bicyclists. It’s easy to feel entitled to try the Squeeze Play and share the lane with a bicyclist when it’s not your skin in the game. To share the lane is to encroach on bicyclists’ space and right-of-way.
Let’s abandon this sign and paradigm and replace it with white regulatory Change Lanes To Pass signs.
For their part, bicyclists who don’t operate on the margins of the lane are less likely to be marginalized, obscured or overlooked. By controlling the lane like other vehicle drivers, bicyclists maximize their space cushion and reduce the risk of several different types of collisions. Some motorists won’t like this perceived audacity, while others will appreciate the predictability that is fostered.
When the Share The Road signs are replaced, the yellow bicycle icon warning signs could also be replaced – with Bicycles May Use Full Lane signs.
Bicyclists are not hazards requiring a warning sign; like other slow vehicle drivers, we are a normal and reasonable movement of traffic. We’re people going somewhere, just like you. Motorists can competently coexist with bicycle drivers or other slow traffic.
Wayne Pein is a bicycle driving advocate who lives in Chapel Hill.

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This Is How We Ride By DAVID BYRNE

THIS summer the city’s Department of Transportation inaugurates a new bike-share program. People who live and work in New York will be able to travel quickly and cheaply between many neighborhoods. This is major. It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible. Parks, restaurants and friends who once seemed beyond plausible commuting distance on public transportation will seem a lot closer. The possibilities aren’t limitless, but the change will be pretty impressive.
Josh Cochran

Readers’ Comments

Readers shared their thoughts on this article.
I’ve used a bike to get around New York for decades. There’s an exhilaration you get from self-propelled transportation — skateboarding, in-line skating and walking as well as biking; New York has good public transportation, but you just don’t get the kind of rush I’m talking about on a bus or subway train. I got hooked on biking because it’s a pleasure, not because biking lowers my carbon footprint, improves my health or brings me into contact with different parts of the city and new adventures. But it does all these things, too — and sometimes makes us a little self-satisfied for it; still, the reward is emotional gratification, which trumps reason, as it often does.
More than 200 cities around the world have bike-share programs. We’re not the first, but ours will be one of the largest systems. The program will start with 420 stations spread through the lower half of Manhattan, Long Island City and much of western Brooklyn; eventually more than 10,000 bikes will be available. It will cost just under $10 for a day’s rental. The charge includes unlimited rides during a 24-hour period, as long as each ride is under 30 minutes. So, for example, I could ride from Chelsea to the Lower East Side, from there to food shopping, later to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and after that, home. This system is not geared for leisurely rides up to the George Washington Bridge or to Coney Island. This is for getting around.
I’ve used bike-sharing programs in London, Ottawa, Washington, Toronto, Barcelona, Milan and Paris. In London, where they introduced a public bike program two years ago, I could enjoy a night out without having to worry about catching the last tube home or finding a no longer readily available black cab. In Paris, the Vélib program has more than 20,000 bikes and extends all the way to the city’s borders. Significantly, the banlieues, the low-income housing projects that surround that city, aren’t included, so the system reinforces a kind of economic discrimination, but maybe more coverage is coming.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Cyclists [Bike Snob]

Seriously, Why Not Just Spell It "Wensday?" I Mean Come On.

I used to think the United States in America was the world's bestest country in the world.  But then I got older and learned about this place they have up north called Canada, and it turns out that Canada is beating us at everything.  Their Pacific Northwest is more smug and weed-addled than our Pacific Northwest.  Their French-speaking population is vastly more pretentious than our French-speaking population.  And the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is a bigger idiot than any big-city mayor we have down here in Canada's scranus:

(I will heretofore refer to Rob Ford as "Robs Fords," as his considerable girth technically qualifies him as plural.)

If you recall, Fords had the following to say on the subject of cyclists:

"And what I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten," said Ford speaking in 2010 as a Toronto city council-member.

"And every year we have dozens of people that get hit by cars or trucks. Well, no wonder: roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes.

"My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day."

I'm not sure what comes out of his heart when it bleeds, but I'm assuming it's some form of custard.

In any case, now a reader tells me that Fords has been caught reading while operating one of the only vehicles large enough to contain him:

Here's how he explained it:

Reporter: "Sir, there's a picture that went out on Twitter this morning of you reading while still driving on the Gardiner [Expressway]."

Ford: "Yeah, probably. I'm busy."

Reporter: "So you read while driving?"

Ford: "Yeah, probably, yeah. I'm try[ing] to catch up on my work and you know I keep my eyes on the road, but I'm a busy man."

Reporter: "You don't see a problem doing that on the Gardiner?"

Ford: "Well, I'm busy. I got to be — I don't know what that has to do with a trade mission, but anyways. Ridiculous questions sometimes, seriously."

This further debunks his "swimming with the sharks" comments, since "sharing" the road with people like this is less like swimming with sharks and more like swimming with distracted manatees.  I'd also add that my heart bleeds hummus for obese mayors from Toronto who get killed because they were reading recipes they printed out from "Bon Appétit," but it's their own fault at the end of the day.  And even the police are taking him to task:

"Finally, on behalf of all the citizens of Toronto that value road safety, Mr Mayor... please get a driver. It is obvious that you are busy enough to require one and no amount of money you are saving by not having one is worth the life of one of your citizens."

In fairness to Fords, it's not an issue of money.  It's more about finding a driver who can be sealed in an Escalade with Fords and not lose consciousness due to all the flatulence.  Plus, the records shows that he's actually an excellent driver:

Ford in July admitted he drove past a streetcar's rear doors, and was then confronted by the operator of the streetcar.

In October, Ford was accused of illegally dialing numbers on his cellphone and talking on it as he steered his gold minivan westbound along Dundas Street West near Spadina Avenue.

And last July, the mayor denied accusations that he gave the middle finger to Ottilie Mason and her six-year-old daughter after the mother accosted him for talking on his cellphone while driving.

That little six-year-old snot had it coming I'm sure.

Bike Snob NYC

Welcome to FOOTbrake

A special fold up shoe designed for bikers and other athletes when they need a "Brake". The product that gives your feet a "Brake" when you stop for a "Brake."

Stow in your jersey when you stop to shop, eat or browse. Slip off the clip ons - Slip on your FOOTbrake.

 Two women out biking with their friends in Napa were enjoying the rides. The scenic stops for meals and wine tastings were terrific, except for one thing, the discomfort associated with walking in clip-ons. What could be done to leave the clip-ons with the bike, walk in comfort during the stop? So the solution emerged, a light weight fold up shoe that could fit in a biker's jersey pocket.

[See more at FOOTbrake]

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tamarack Circle Reduced To One Lane - Confusing Drivers - Dangerous to Cyclists [NBC4]

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Tamarack Circle is suddenly more of a roundabout.
The roadway has been reduced from two lanes to one, with a bike path next to a parking lane.
A lot of drivers are either ignoring the new pattern, or are simply confused.
“I don't know what they're supposed to be doing with it," said motorist Susan Busch.
During the time when NBC4 crews were watching, drivers were in the parking lane, the bike lane, and some drivers took their half out of the middle.
"I think it's very dumb the way they have it set up," said Gloria Ridenbaugh who lives nearby.
No project or change can please all the people all the time, but the project doesn't seem like its pleasing anyone -- at least anyone who spoke toNBC4.
"Most of us did not know anything about it. I have heard that a couple of business owners were approached, I don't know who those people are," said John Biteman, a block watch captain with the Forest Park Neighborhood.
David Cooper isn't one of them, and he's head of the local business owners association.
"It's something we didn't plan for. It is something we didn't know about. I'm still not sure exactly what the long term goal is," said Cooper.
NBC4 left messages for the city's public service department, but the messages were not returned.
The project is listed as resurfacing project No. 1 on the city's website.
"The people that are going to be riding the bike right in the middle, they have no chance," said Ridenbaugh.

What’s It Like to Bike to Work on Separated Lanes? “Awesome.” [Streetsblog]

Dottie at Network blog Let’s Go Ride a Bike has had an experience I think most of us would envy.
A new separated bike lane in Chicago makes one woman's commute a joy. Photo: Let's Go Ride a Bike
Recently Dottie had a chance to bike to work on a route of fully and partially separated infrastructure, thanks to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign to add 100 miles of buffered cycle lanes.
So, what’s that like?
I love it! Biking down this wide industrial road with fast traffic is now easy as pie. Bikes have their own area and cars seem to respect it.
Intersections and parking lot entrances are marked with green paint to remind drivers to watch for bicyclists. Some stretches of the lane have car parking to the left, providing real protection from moving traffic.
After a while, the separated lane ends and turns into a buffered lane, which is also new. Although this design forces bicyclists to watch out for opening car doors and cars pulling out of parking spaces, there is a lot of breathing room that helps bicyclists feel more comfortable.
Biking my entire commute on mostly separated bike lanes was awesome. I’m excited for the city to create more of these safer lanes.
By year’s end, Chicago will have added 22 miles of protected bike lanes in 2012, bringing the city’s overall total to 33, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. That would put Emanuel slightly ahead of schedule in his goal to add 100 miles of separated cycling infrastructure in his first term.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Transit Miami explains that 11 crashes over the last few years on a single road haven’t yet inspired the Florida Department of Transportation to act to improve safety. TheFABB Blog shares a pretty great newspaper editorial from a woman who explains how cycling changed her life for the better. And The Political Environment analyzes dueling op-eds debating whether transit accommodations should be included in Wisconsin’s ongoing highway-building bonanza.


Have you ever enjoyed a nice, invigorating bike ride on a scenic rail-trail or rolling section of singletrack? Do you wish you had more trails like this closer to where you live or work? If you answered yes, then you will want to take action today.

State Governors are now allowed to opt out of receiving funding for these trails (through a program called Recreational Trails), due to a change in the recently updated federal transportation bill.

We’re contacting you because there’s a chance your Governor may refuse to receive this funding for recreational trails in your state—trails that boost local economies, keep people active, and enhance your personal health and well-being.

We are working with our partners the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the Coalition for Recreational Trails to make sure your state doesn't lose these critical trail funds. Please take a moment to send a strong message to your Governor to protect these trails using this easy form. The deadline for Governors to opt out is September 1, so your quick response is needed.


Thanks for your quick action,
Tim Blumenthal,

Yay Bikes! & Local Matters—Urban Garden Ride (Month 8 Year of Yay) & Picnic is Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tour some of Columbus' most exciting urban growing operations! Choose from one of three exciting tours with a route for every level of experience: the "Watermelon" route (19 miles), the Eggplant route (9 miles), and the Cherry Tomato route (3.5 miles). Site visits will include a variety of growing operations in Columbus, including several Local Matters' Growing Matters sites!
All tours will begin at Goodale Park and will conclude at Godman Guild for a delicious picnic lunch with food provided by Chipotle, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Two Caterers and Snowville Creamery. 
As part of Year of Yay, all garden tours are free for all Yay Bikes! members. Members are invited to attend the picnic lunch after the bike ride and may purchase a ticket for a reduced price of $15.
Three routes are available for this ride. [REGISTER HERE]
  1. The Watermelon – Moderate/Hard, Distance 18 miles: A longer route that is more for the bicyclist who wants to see and hear about urban gardens but wants to do a eighteen mile ride. The Watermelon is the longest and the fastest-paced tour with an average speed of fifteen miles pre hour. It is the most technical and challenging of the three routes and it requires you to be comfortable riding on streets that are bit busy. Who should take a bite out of the Watermelon? A person who already does extensive aerobic training or who already is good at riding 18 miles and who wants to be safely led to not only see great urban gardens but to have an adventure by experiencing Columbus from the wonderfully different perspective of a bicycle. You’ll be visiting the neighborhoods of Franklinton, Victorian Village, Weinland Park, and Linden. If you want to enjoy a bit of Watermelon on a nice August day, be prepared to ride! This route is 60 percent about the bicycle and 40 percent about local urban garden food production. Start time is 9:00am sharp from the concrete shelter located in the southwest area of Goodale Park by the basketball court. Let’s Ride!  
  2. The Eggplant – Easy, Distance 9 miles: The Eggplant won’t ask much from you to be able to combine your passion for local food with an urban bicycling adventure. If your bike tires have not touched the road for a long time and or you feel a bit intimidated by the Watermelon but still want to do a bicycle tour, then this leisurely and shorter nine mile ride is for you! The Eggplant will allow you to experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle while staying closer to the central city core. The riding pace will be relaxed and include many stops. You’ll see the Scioto Mile as you’ve never seen it before while visiting the great Columbus neighborhoods of Franklinton, Victorian Village and Weinland Park. On the Eggplant, you’ll visit and spend more time at more gardens than on the Watermelon tour and you’ll be able to ask more questions and even have time to “kick the dirt” on this tour. Be prepared to have one of your best Saturdays of the summer! This route is 40 percent about the bicycle and 60 percent about local urban garden food production.Start time is 9:00am sharp from the concrete shelter located in the southwest area of Goodale Park by the basketball court. Let’s Ride! 
  3. The Cherry Tomato – Very Easy, Distance 3.5 miles: This ride is just as it sounds, small and sweet. The Cherry Tomato is a wonderful and concise short three and a half mile route. We built the Cherry Tomato to allow just about anyone to ride this Local Foods Week capstone event. Your Cherry Tomato ride joins the relaxed-paced Eggplant tour at the Thompson Recreation Center and will then share the rest of same route and gardens as the Eggplant. You’ll visit over 70% of the same gardens as the Eggplant while you experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle but without the anxiety of wondering if you will be able to complete this route. This route is 30 percent about bicycling and 70 percent about local urban garden food production. The Cherry Tomato takes away all excuses for not riding. Start time is 9:45 AM sharp from the concrete shelter located in the southwest area of Goodale Park by the basketball court. Let’s Ride! 
The farm style picnic will be held at Godman Guild garden, 303 East 6th Avenue.
Farm Style Picnic Lunch 
  • The Menu is as follows:
  • Assorted Burritos provided by Chipotle
  • Summer Salad
  • Jeni's Ice Cream
  • Snowville Chocolate Milk
This event is a fundraiser for Local Matters and Yay Bikes!. Proceeds from the picnic lunch will be shared between both non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dooring fears prompt bike lane rethink

Sun Herald  HUNTER EDITION  21.10.06  Bicycle lane hazards. Cyclist Daniel Endicott faces the unexpected opening door.  Story by Michael Blaxland  picture by Brock Perks
Open car doors present a common risk for cyclists.Photo: Brock Perks
Bike lanes across Melbourne are being redesigned in a bid to encourage cyclists to steer clear of parked cars to avoid serious injuries in having doors opened on them.
Traffic engineers in several councils are working on plans to put buffer zones between parked cars and bike lanes, to move riders away from the risks of opened car doors.
Melbourne City Council has started works in Clarendon Street, East Melbourne, to create a 60-centimetre separating strip between car parking and bike lanes, with plans to upgrade eight other routes.
Boroondara and Stonnington councils are also understood to be pushing for the traditional green-painted bike lanes to be narrowed and moved away from parked cars on roads, including Chapel Street and Glenferrie Road, which are notorious for so-called 'dooring' incidents.
Boroondara environment and infrastructure acting director Steven White said the council had developed plans to "minimise the likelihood of dooring incidents" on Glenferrie Road, which included a thick white line aimed at keeping parked cars as close as possible to the kerb and an unpainted strip between the white line and green bike lane, where cyclists should not ride.
"These road markings are designed to make it clearer to all road users where they should optimally travel or park in order to improve the safety of all involved," Mr White said.
Cycling safety campaigner Boyd Fraser, who, with two colleagues, met with Boroondara staff on redesigning bike lanes, said narrowing the green bike lane and moving it away from cars would encourage riders to move out of the "door zone".
"It provides guidance for novice or naive cyclists that we don't want them to ride in the door zone ... whereas more seasoned cyclists ride in the extreme right of the lane, outside the door zone. This is where we want all cyclists to position themselves," he said.
Mr Fraser said bike lanes could be adapted to suit most major roads and was hopeful that VicRoads would consider redeveloping cycling lanes across the state.
VicRoads confirmed it was working with Stonnington on improving cycling facilities in Chapel Street and was assessing Boroondara's proposal.
There were 163 reported incidents of dooring last year, three up from the previous year, including 44 cases where riders were seriously injured. VicRoads figures show there has been more than 1200 reported incidents since 2000, including the death of James Cross in Glenferrie Road in 2010.
The state government last month announced tougher penalties for drivers who opened their doors on cyclists, increasing on-the-spot fines from $141 to $352.
But the government baulked at a recent push to dock drivers' demerit points because drivers could not be responsible for passengers opening their doors on cyclists.
The government also recently announced it would commit $1 million to improving cycling infrastructure on Chapel Street, which has been ranked as one of Melbourne's worst roads for dooring incidents.
Physically-separated bike lanes have been earmarked for other parts of inner Melbourne, such as La Trobe Street in the CBD and Wellington Street, Collingwood.

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