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Friday, August 24, 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 out!)


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-9pmTuesday, 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-9pmThursday, August 30: 3pm-9pmFriday, August 31: 3pm-9pm 

Please let us know if you would like to help by emailing back or just show up! We really need your help.  Email us at
And please forward this email to your friends.  Thanks!

[Third Hand]

How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking [Nation of Change]

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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 52 percent of traffic on the street with only a negligible change in motorists’ time, but a drop in their speeds. That makes everyone safer.”
Klein heralds this new style of bike lane as one way to improve urban mobility in an era of budget shortfalls. “They’re dirt cheap to build compared to road projects.”
“The Kinzie project was discombobulating to the public when it first went in,” notes Alderman Margaret Laurino, chair of the city council’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee. “Business owners had questions. But now people understand it and we’re ready to do more.”
“Protected bike lanes are not just for diehard bicyclists—they offer a level of safety and confidence for less experienced riders,” adds Rey Colón, a Chicago alderman who first saw how well these innovations work on a trip to Seville, Spain.

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 theirTravelling 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]

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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.
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 to the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), her response was essentially “go ahead.”
I thought long and hard about following through on my threat.  After all, it was a trivial incident compared to the tragic crashes that kill or seriously injure cyclists in this city. What tipped the scales for me was the knowledge that bike-share would soon be adding thousands of bikes to the streets. I wanted to do my part to spread the word among cabbies that cyclists are legitimate road users, so I made a formal complaint to the TLC.  I never suspected that a TLC attorney would share the driver’s view.
In July, I received a letter from Sameer Shukla, Esq., of the TLC, informing me that although the agency understood that I had “a negative experience” with one of their licensees, “we cannot at this time file charges in relation to your complaint.  The conduct you describe does not constitute a violation of any specific TLC rules.”
I called Mr. Shukla for a fuller explanation. During the course of our conversation, Mr. Shukla first suggested that I should have gone around the cab to its right — a narrow and perhaps impassable space between the double-parked and parked cars. He then stated inaccurately that a bicycle is not a vehicle in the eyes of the TLC, and suggested this as the reason the agency would not pursue my claim. If I wanted clarification of the policy, he said, I could contact TLC Commissioner David Yassky. Here is my exchange with Mr. Shukla. His declaration that a bicycle is not a vehicle appears about 20 lines down.
COUGHLIN: Isn’t there a rule against failing to yield to another vehicle that has the right of way?
SHUKLA: There is a rule but the case as I understand it you were behind the driver and you were going around him [sic] as he [sic] moved, correct?
COUGHLIN: No, I was to the left of the driver, I had to go into the other lane because she was in the right-hand lane . . .
SHUKLA: [interrupts] then it wouldn’t be a failure to yield
Continue reading at Streetsblog

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.
Hovenring Floating Bicycle Roundabout
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 historic reference it is perfect. Now why did this have to change? It had cycle paths and there were traffic lights to control the flow of traffic. But to the Dutch that is not safe enough anymore. Yes, there was separation, but at the places of crossing motorized traffic and cyclists were only separated in time and not in place. When people make mistakes (going through a red light for instance) this could still lead to dangerous situations. The area is full of new housing with a lot of children and especially for those kids cycling to school, the new situation is far better. Now, both types of traffic are completely separated in time and also in place, so cyclists can pass this large junction safely and without stopping.

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 the right of way. There is no stop sign for westbound traffic at the intersection.
Blevins said he’s lived in the area for 30 years and sees children frequently ride down that hill.
Neighbor Leslie Brewer’s 11-year-old son Ryan said he saw the vehicle hit Piper and drag her about 20 feet, prompting him to called 911. His twin sister, Kaitlin, is best friends with Piper and also saw the crash, Leslie Brewer said.
“I wish they’d put a stop sign there,” she said. “I knew this would happen sooner or later.”
The investigation will be turned over to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine if charges will be filed.

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

Bike Fixtation
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 day, 365 days a year, and a second location is already in the works.  [More at GOOD]

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

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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 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.
BIKE features Bike-It main1 250People 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 automobile, the Quadricycle, was made using four bicycle tires. See what he did there? It’s like a bicycle, but because it has FOUR wheels, he called it a Quadricycle. Oh Henry, you jester you.
That little fun fact is fine and dandy, but you may be wondering why I choose to ride my bike in Detroit. The answer is simple. Biking is the best way to experience the outright beauty of the city and the renaissance that is happening on its streets. Buildings are being renovated, people are bustling around, businesses are open and active, and the city is thriving. On bike, you can see someone’s smiling face, smell the amazing breakfast at the Hudson Café and hear the music being played at Campus Martius Park. You just don’t feel that same energy if you blast by in a car. I readily encourage everyone who comes to Detroit in fairer weather to give pedaling a go. You’ll see a new side of Detroit that you might not have expected.

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 using this easy form. The deadline for Governors to opt out is September 1, so your quick response is needed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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. 

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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 owners and land owners, such as Ohio State University.
"Our expectations for the process is we're going to all work together toward a project that works best for the multiple communities along the corridor," said Matt Greeson, Worthington city manager.
"I have every expectation that will occur," he said.
"The city of Columbus is going to get a lot of good input and, as a result, it will make it a better project."
The 2.2-mile path, which would cost $2.5-million, would extend between Sawmill and Linworth roads.
It is part of the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways plan and is designed to link other bike paths in the area.
At a public meeting in June, some residents questioned the wisdom of putting the path on the north side of the street, where it would intersect with roads, entrances to businesses and driveways.
There are still many advantages to the north side of the road, said Randall Bowman, manager of the division of mobility options for the city.
He said West Dublin-Granville doesn't qualify for additional traffic lights, leaving a large stretch of the roadway without signaled crossings.
"Crossing this busy arterial without a signal is danger-ous," Bowman said. "The neighborhoods using the path are located along the north side."
Columbus is now seeking construction and right-of-way funding from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Construction is a few years away, officials said.


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.

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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-designed mirror that could hook to a bicycle helmet. It was hailed for its quality, and Coleman said her father had customers worldwide.

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
8,500 miles through the 25 fattest cities in America to raise awareness and sponsorship
for at-risk youth and youth obesity. According to the Men’s Fitness Magazine’s 2012 list
of the 25 fattest cities he put together a Route to take him from Lansing, MI through each
of these 25 cities culminating with a final stop in Los Angeles California. He hopes to be
able to meet up with Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution movement happening in L.A.
this year. He believes the work Jamie is doing is the local school districts is a great way
to help youth get a great start to healthy living.
Jerry will leave on September 3rd and this trip will take him a grueling 114 days. As a
Grand Finale Jerry and fellow fundraisers hope to bicycle to the Biggest Loser Ranch
and enjoy a “Last Chance Workout” with Bob and/or Dolvett! Jerry is due to arrive in Los
Angeles on December 24th, 2012.
WHEN: September 2rd 2012 around approx.1p (will have exact time)
WHERE: Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing MI
CONTACT: Jerry Smith, About Face Ministry Founder

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BikeCharge Dynamo - add dynamo without a new hub

BikeCharge Dynamo

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.

  • 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

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"

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 Stuckless, an active transportation planner who works with Green Communities Canada in Ottawa.

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

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 Cycling - keep reading here]

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?!?!

How We Roll Bike tours
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]