Showing posts from August 19, 2012


My lovely Fuji Crosstown 3.0 was stolen off of my front porch in Victorian Village Wednesday morning. It is a white (with gold lettering), 19" hybrid, that I was only just starting to understand and really enjoy. Some identifying features are a black rear rack, and if they haven't removed them by now, mounts for front/rear lights and a U-lock. I am absolutely determined to have this bike find it's way back to me; my deductible is too high to cover the cost of the bike, so I cannot afford to replace it. So please, if you see a white Fuji on one of your rides out, please let me know. I have proof of ownership and the serial on hand - which have been filed in a police report.  And to everyone in the Short North/Victorian Village area - bring your bikes inside. There has been a spike in bike thefts, breaking through u-lock and cables like it is no-body's business! (I do apologize if this is an inappropriate place to post, but I am hoping the bike community can help me ou

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op is moving! HINT: THEY NEED HELP!

It's Official... THBC is Moving! Goobye 174 E 5th Ave!    While our old space served us well, we are looking forward to expanding in the new warehouse we have purchased at 979 E 5th Ave, only one mile east of our old location! Now is crunch time.  We need to be out of 174 by the end of this Friday, August 31st.  Our last open shop is tomorrow, Saturday, August 25 from 1pm-4pm.   We need help packing and moving!! Here is our moving schedule: We'll be packing and dismantling work benches and bike racks.  Please bring empty boxes and drills (to take apart racks) if you have them.  Otherwise we need as many hands on deck as possible.  Sunday, August 26:  1pm-7pm.   Monday, August 27: 3pm-9pm Tuesday, August 28: 3pm-9pm We'll be actually moving the following days.  Please bring a large vehicle if you have one, but most importantly we need people power! Wednesday, August 29: 3pm-9pm Thursday, August 30: 3pm-9pm Friday, August 31: 3pm-9pm   Please let us know if you would like to

How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking [Nation of Change]

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel campaigned on the promise of building 100 miles of these “green lanes” over the next four years to heighten the city’s appeal to new businesses. You can glimpse the future right now in forward-looking American cities—a few blocks here, a mile there, where people riding bicycles are protected from rushing cars and trucks. Chicago’s Kinzie Street, just north of downtown, offers a good picture of this transportation transformation. New bike lanes are marked with bright green paint and separated from motor traffic by a series of plastic posts. This means bicyclists glide through the busy area in the safety of their own space on the road.  Pedestrians are thankful that bikes no longer seek refuge on the sidewalks, and many drivers appreciate the clear, orderly delineation about where bikes and cars belong.   “Most of all this is a safety project,” notes Chicago’s Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein. “We saw bikes go up from a 22 percent share of traffic to 5

Almanzo 100 - A Gravel Road Race in MN

Almanzo100 from Royal Antler on Vimeo .

Bartenders on Bikes: G & Ts for London's Unlikely Corners [GOOD]

For entrepreneurs Edward Godden and Joseph Lewis, no location is too obscure for a gin and tonic. That boozy ambition has made their Travelling Gin Co. —a roving bicycle bar—such a success. Equipped with a basket full of limes, mixers, spices and a curated selection of local gins, their cocktails are as complex any old timey bar's, without the overhead or environmental impact.  The two Londoners conceived of their recession-style mobile business last year after a cycling trip Lewis made from London to Amsterdam. "Joe took an old butcher bicycle for the journey, and attached a spirit optic to the front of the frame. He served drinks when they stopped off for the evening…it all developed from there," says Godden. [Keep reading at GOOD]

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USADA's Tygart: Armstrong to Lose Seven Tour de France Titles [Bicycling]

Photo:   Lance Armstrong. (Getty Images) AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 23, 2012 (AFP) —   Lance Armstrong  will be stripped of his seven  Tour de France  titles, the US Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday after the cycling icon announced he would no longer fight the drug charges that have stained his legacy. USADA said Armstrong will be barred from cycling for life for using performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling's most prestigious race from 1999-2005, charges that Armstrong has vehemently denied. Armstrong, while maintaining his innocence, announced his decision after a US federal court dismissed his lawsuit against USADA on Monday, paving the way for the agency to continue its case against him. USADA said in June it had evidence that Armstrong used banned substances, including information supplied by former teammates. [Keep reading at  Bicycling]

TLC Attorney Declares That Bikes Aren’t Vehicles [Streetsblog]

One morning in May, I was riding my bike up Park Avenue in the East 70s, a stretch that is rife with double-parking at that hour. Seeing a cab and another vehicle stationary ahead of me in the right-hand travel lane, I carefully checked behind and then pulled into the middle lane. As I passed the cab it began to move — parallel to me and into my lane. It was quickly clear to me that the driver saw me but meant to occupy my space, whether or not I was in it. I shouted and swerved. The driver advanced a little more, then stopped and leaned on her horn. Then, seeing an opening, she whipped around me. Photo:  mikealex/Flickr Catching up to the cab at the next light, I told the driver that she should have yielded. No, she indignantly asserted, you should have been in “the bike lane.” I pointed out that there is no bike lane on Park Avenue and that a cyclist has a right to the road. She insisted that bicycles are subject to different rules. When I told her I’d report her actions

Spectacular New Floating Cycle Roundabout - Hovenring in NL

The bright white 70 meters (230Ft) tall bridge pylon can be seen from far away. Attached to the top are 24 cables that suspend a large bicycle roundabout, 72 meters (236Ft) in diameter, that seems to float over a large new junction for motorized traffic. This roundabout can be found in  Eindhoven  and it is called Hovenring. The exceptional piece of bicycle infrastructure was built to stand out. It is to be the iconic new landmark that signals ‘you are entering Eindhoven’. At night the slender bike ring is lit from below to further enhance that floating effect. A new landmark for Eindhoven/Veldhoven and Meerhoven: the Hovenring floating bicycle roundabout. Thus far this was an extremely large rural roundabout (officially a ‘traffic circle’ because of the right of way arrangements) with separated cycle paths all around it. Google shows us the old situation. Google is getting outdated very quickly, because of all the new infra that is being built in the Netherlands, but as a hist

Girl on bicycle struck, dragged in Mad River Twp. [Dayton Daily News]

MAD RIVER TWP., Clark County —  An 8-year-old girl was listed in good condition Wednesday night after she was struck by an SUV while on her bicycle and dragged at least 20 feet, according to one witness. The girl, identified by neighbors as Piper Pruitt, rode her bicycle down a private driveway, onto Conway Drive and into the path of an oncoming Chevrolet Equinox at Charlotte Drive, Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Erika Englund said. The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. The child, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and facial injuries and initially was determined to be in critical condition, Englund said. A Mad River Twp.-Enon Fire Department crew transported the child to Enon Elementary, where a waiting CareFlight helicopter took her to Dayton Children’s Medical Center, officials said at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, William Blevins, said he didn’t have time to stop or swerve as he drove west through the intersection. Englund confirmed Blevins’ vehicle had th

Bike-Part Vending Machine Arrives in Minneapolis [GOOD] Columbus to install car part vending machines for new parking spots

Minneapolis was named the country's number one city for biking last year by  Bicycling   magazine, but the city's bike community isn't resting on its laurels. Looking to make Minneapolis even more welcoming to cyclists, local entrepreneurs recently opened the city's first self-service bicycle repair kiosk, to serve the flat tubes and busted gears of the thousands of cyclists who travel Minneapolis's bike paths each week. The kiosk, called  Bike Fixtation , offers basic bike tools, a repair stand, and a vending machine full of useful goodies, including tubes, lights, patch kits, and snacks. For their first station, founders Alex Anderson and Chad Debaker chose a location along the city's bicycle superhighway,  the Midtown Greenway . The crowning achievement of the city's pro-biking initiative, the Greenway is a cyclist's dream with 5.5 miles of bike-only trails reclaimed from an outmoded railroad corridor. The repair center will be open 18 hours a d

Bike It Baby: Wheel Your Way Around Detroit [visit detroit]

The following is a guest post by Amber Hunt, and originally appeared in Visit Detroit Magazine. If you’re interested in being a guest blogger with Visit Detroit, email us at  with subject line: Guest Blogger. "I love my commute to work. Yeah, I said it." Most people would compare their commute to getting a root canal or listening to the sweet sound of a baby screaming. But not me. Some days I drive the 10 miles from Ferndale to Quicken Loans' headquarters on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit; other days I take the bus. But my favorite way to get to work is by bike. People don’t think of Detroit as a bike-friendly city, but in fact a few of Detroit’s most well-known innovators, the Dodge brothers (Horace and John) and Henry Ford, revolutionized their industry by first dabbling with bicycles. The Dodge duo invented the first ball-bearing bike and later went on to assist Ford in creating automobile engines. Ford’s first automobi

Urge Governor Kasich: Don't opt out of the Recreational Trails Program [People for Bikes]

Due to a change in the recently updated federal transportation bill, state Governors are now allowed to opt out of receiving funding for recreational trails like rail-trails and singletrack. If you live in one of the following states, there's a chance your governor may choose not to accept this valuable funding:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, DC, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, N. Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin. We are working with our partners the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the Coalition for Recreational Trails to make sure these states don't lose critical trail funds. Recreational trails boost local economies, keep people active, and enhance personal health and well-being. If you live in one of the states listed above, please take a moment to send a strong message to your Governor to protect these trails 

Puch Lugged Steel Road Bike - $200 (Grandview / Columbus) - Craigslist

Late model Puch road bike with lugged crom-moly frame, vintage Suntour AR components (12 speed), and Diacompe brakes. Approx. 53 cm frame size. The bike has been well-cared for and stored indoors. It is mechanically sound and ready to ride. Comes equipped with Vittoria Zaffiro city tires, comfortable Terry Gen Y saddle, and a new brushed Nitto stem. Sale also includes 2 replacement tubes and a handlebar bell. Perfect for campus commuting or city riding. Email with questions. Thanks.   [Craigslist listing]

Columbus to consider placing path on south side of road [ThisWeek]

Columbus is open to the possibility of placing a shared-use path on the south side of West Dublin-Granville Road. The city has taken a closer look at crossing options, land acquisition, environmental concerns and other major issues on the south side of the roadway, said Nick Popa, an engineer with Columbus. "So we're assessing everything we've assessed on the north side," he said. Meanwhile, representatives from Perry Township and the city of Worthington have formed a working group to determine specific concerns and decide what is acceptable. "We're appreciative the city of Columbus is willing to be flexible at looking at all the options that could be on the table," Perry Township Trustee Chet Chaney said. "We were a little confused because we weren't officially informed at the beginning." The group will meet over the next couple months and future discussions will include other interested parties, including residents, business


Both are Electra Cruisers: one is an Amsterdam Classic Women's with a brown basket on back, leather seat and handles; the other is a Matte Black Straight 8 with 3" Fattio Tires, red spokes. Both have bells and LED lights on them. Sad day. Stacy Buttari  via FACEBOOK

Chuck Harris | 1935-2012: Gambier cycling enthusiast was always looking behind [Dispatch]

Chuck Harris was renowned among bicycle enthusiasts for his innovations and use of recycled materials. Chuck Harris was known nationally and among Ohio bicycle enthusiasts for his innovations in making customized rearview mirrors for helmets. He was a colorful fixture at bike tours in Ohio, where “the Mirror Man” would show up with his brown VW bus and handmade grinding machine mounted on a bicycle frame. Harris, 76, who had his own shop for bicyclists for years in Gambier in Knox County, died on Saturday at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. He had been in failing health after suffering a stroke in April, said his daughter, Bonnie Coleman of Columbus’ North Side. When bicycling became a popular pastime during the 1970s, Harris was one of its innovators. Coleman said that her father — a bicyclist himself — got the idea of putting clips on mirrors after seeing a bicyclist with a dental mirror taped to his helmet. As the years went by, Harris perfected a custom-de

2012 Catch on Tour

Jerry Smith, is a man passionate about bringing hope to youth who struggle with both physical and spiritual health. Jerry was founder of About Face Ministries and has worked with youth for over a decade. This year he is taking his passion for the next generation to a whole new level. In October of 2010 he was forced to close his youth center for the second time, not being able to do what he loved spiraled him into a deep depression. In October of 2011 Jerry weighed over 400 pounds. When he stepped on his scale and it erred out, he knew something had to change. Jerry decided if he couldn’t help others through his youth center, he could inspire them by doing something out of the ordinary. It’s extraordinary. The Biggest Loser was a great inspiration for him. He has always been about helping others and decided he wasn’t about to stop now. Jerry decided to take a stance, make a statement, and do something that had never been done before. He is going to bike over 8

BikeCharge Dynamo - add dynamo without a new hub

BikeCharge is a new generation dynamo system that is powerful, efficient, compact, and easy to install. It produces 5V DC power that can be used to charge any USB powered device. It is universal and fits any spoked wheel. Features: Fits any spoked wheel. Charges any USB powered device. All-in-one design with bike light and power generator integrated in a stylish body. 3W 5.0V DC output. Fully charges most mobile phones with 2-3 hours’ ride. 20% lighter than similar system driven by hub dynamo. Low load resistance. Zero resistance possible if not in use (by disengaging clutch). Starts to work at 5 kmh. Full capacity at 20 kmh (based on 26” wheels). Easy DIY installation. Tool-free for Quick Release wheels. 1W front LED with integrated lens optics. 2 S/B LED rear light. With 700mAh Li-ion battery for keeping lights on for 2 hrs after stop riding. Beam angle adjustable. Remote-controlled lighting switch. Weatherproof [BikeCharge website]

Early Bicycle History in Denver [VIDEO]

Early Bicycle History in Denver from Jim Kellett on Vimeo .

Hand Painted Belle Helmets

A composition based on the Paul Klee painting "Eros" (1923). All of our helmet designs are one-of-a-kind, hand-painted with ink and acrylics, and sealed with a UV-protected varnish to make its surface scratch and water-resistant. Each helmet comes with adjustable foam padding for the perfect fit. The  S/M  fits head circumferences  20" - 21.75" and the  L/XL  fits head circumferences  22" - 23.75" .  type:  painted cpsc protective helmet   by:  belle helmets [belle helmets]

Segregated bike lanes the way of the future []

Local cycling advocates bring message from international conference Citizens for Safe Cycling.  Citizens for Safe Cycling president Hans Moor, left, hands a bicycle seat cover to Post Velo-City panelist Colin Simpson as a thank you for speaking at the Aug. 9 event at the Causeway Centre. Laura Mueller Painted bicycle lanes are a thing of the past and Ottawa is on the right track for the future by starting to build a network of segregated bike lanes, according to local delegates who attended the Velo-City cycling conference in Vancouver last month. The delegates brought that message back to Ottawa during a port-mortem session on Aug. 9 organized by Citizens for Safe Cycling. Five panelists – cycling advocates and city staffers from Ottawa – shared their thoughts after attending the conference, which is the largest cycling planning conference in the world. A main theme that emerged was the need for cities to create a network of separated bicycle lanes, said Jamie Stuck

Bike the C-Bus registration with FREE t-shirt ends Saturday, August 25th

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Chuck Harris, Mirror Man of Gambier passed away on August 18

Imagine if you could come up with a product you  could manufacture yourself. This device would weigh less than an  ounce and require only three parts that can be fashioned from recycled materials, some of which you can find scattered along the roadside as you bicycle through the countryside. The tools required for manufacturing your device will fit on your kitchen table.  With very little marketing effort you are approached by dozens, then hundreds, and finally thousands of enthusiastic customers. As the years roll by you find that you can support your family with your one-man, table top manufacturing plant. And some of your customers write to tell you how your simple accessory has greatly improved their bicycling experience or even saved them from serious injury or death. This is, in fact, the story of Chuck Harris, who, since 1969, has made 88,000 rearview mirrors that mount on eyeglasses and helmets. [Excerpted from Adventure Cycl

Bike OSU 2012 Launch Party is Monday, August 27th

6-9pm at Ohio Union ADD our event photo to your FB page, Bring a print out of it, and be entered into a raffle for a CHROME hip bag!! Want to ride your bike to campus everyday?! Want to get involved with bike advocacy on campus?! Want to learn how to fix your bike?!?! FREE! How We Roll Bike tours food+drinks Bike maintenance Anti theft bug a bike registration Dj powered by Ohio energy bikes Mountain Bike skills course Free bike skills clinics and information from: OSU cycling team OAC mountain bike trips OSU bike polo Yay Bikes Bike OSU Franklinton Cycleworks Revolution Cycles Giveaways from: Seagull bags, Chrome, Bailey works, Hold fast [Facebook Event]