Showing posts from November 11, 2012


STOLEN BIKE ALERT: Green Surly LHT just got stolen from outside my mothers house in Clintonville after the YoY ride: 48 inches, wide mud fenders, bar end shifters, topeak rack on the back. Aliceanne 248 885 0388

2012 Dirty Dozen Just One Week Away!

2012 DD Start & Registration Info is on my website at: With seasonal weather predicted, I expect the biggest starting field ever - well over 300 riders.  My primary concern is safety.  Even though I plan to have more marshals than ever wearing red vests at intersections, I can't guarantee that all 87 intersections will be marshaled, so please ride defensively - assuming there is no marshal.  This is especially important for stragglers who have been dropped off of the back of the main group/pack.  I need more riding and car marshals.  If you are able to volunteer, please e-mail me at:  or call me at (412)421-3143 30th Annual Dirty Dozen t-shirts are on sale at: Welcome new sponsor Red Bull energy drink: And returning sponsors Eat'n Park: http://www

Cycletouring + Camping in Baby Steps

Cycletouring + Camping in Baby Steps from Blanche on Vimeo . Does your cycletouring and camping life stop as soon as a baby arrives? Watch this video to find out ..... Reizen met de fiets en kamperen, leuk! Maar zodra er een baby is, kan je het wel vergeten. Is dat echt zo? Kijk naar deze video en je weet het ..... www.Footage : Canon HF100 www.Editing : Final Cut Express 4 www.Music : Triggerfinger - I follow rivers (This video is not about editing or photographing but effort nr. 2 to learn some script writing- and video interviewing skills. It's filmed last weekend. During a cycling and camping overnighter with our friends Friedel, Andrew and Luke Grant.)

Coolest commutes on two wheels [CNN]

Oakland-California based Xtraclycle is out to prove that bike commuting means more than just riding to work, but using pedal power for routine chores as well. Its extended bikes are more like trucks -- able to carry up to 300 pounds -- making the bicycle a natural choice for all manner of errands. "We've seen a huge spike in sales the last few months," said Nate Byerley, the company's chief operating officer, crediting the recovering economy. This model starts at $1,099.  [See more at CNN]

Leatherman Mako bike tool

The Mako bike tool is named after one of the fastest shark species in the world, not unlike you when you're up and running. For those unfortunate breakdowns though, the extremely lightweight and compact Mako features nine essential tools for a road or trailside fix to get you back up and running in no time. Complete with a bottle opener for the occasional "road soda," five metric box wrenches and two spoke wrenches; this is the first bike tool that you won't even notice in your pocket! SPECS PRESS Tools: 1/4" Hex Bit Driver 8mm Box Wrench 9mm Box Wrench 10mm Box Wrench 15mm Box Wrench 16mm Box Wrench 14-guage Spoke Wrench 15-guage Spoke Wrench Bottle Opener Features: Titanium Lanyard Hole Rubber Bit Holder TSA Compliant 25-year Warranty Included Bits: #1 Phillips & Torx # 25, Hex 6mm & 5mm Measurements: 3.5 in | 9.5 cm (Length) 1.4 oz | 42 g (Weight) [Leatherman]

Harrison West Awarded Funds for the Olentangy Trail Connector [Harrison West Society]

The Harrison West Olentangy Recreation Trail connector has been recommended for funding by the city of Columbus under the Development Department’s 2012 Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund (UIRF) Program. Back in May of 2012, attendees of the Harrison West Society meeting reviewed a list of possible improvements to our neighborhood and  ranked them in order of importance . Extending the Olentangy trail connector behind Superior Beverage was one of the top priorities. The society currently has at its disposal a number of funding sources for neighborhood projects. The Gowdy Field stipend, for example, is earmarked for green space acquisition and improvement and would be a good funding source for a community garden. We also have TIF funds, which have fewer use restrictions and could be used to fund street, lighting and overhead-line improvements. The society decided to apply for UIRF funds to complete the Olentangy trail connector project because of the program’s overall expense, it’s p

Whole Foods adds bike fix-it stations [Tuscon Velo]

On a recent trip to  Whole Foods on Speedway , I spotted this bicycle repair station outside it’s doors. It’s been a while since I’ve stopped in to that location. Apparently the station went up a few months ago and was put in by the store management because they recognized many of their customers were bicyclists. It’s interesting to see some businesses recognizing the value of cyclists and trying to make it a better experience for bike riders. [See more at Tuscon Velo]

Custom Fast Boy Cycles for SALE (@ezracaldwell) #letsride

From Ezra's site - This bike is currently for SALE!  Columbus spirit tubes with paramount lugs. Campy athena 11 spd. Paul Comp canti brakes. Nitto. Chris King. Custom Fast Boy racks and fenders. I should explain. In 2010, I built Hill a touring bike. She got it in a pretty raw state with her coffee on the morning of her birthday. She chose some colors and it went off to paint and came back looking quite beautiful, I thought.   (It's quite possible that the color choices were unwittingly effected by the bedding!  and even her hair?) The idea was that as soon as I had the time I'd build myself one too, and we'd go and do some touring.  In particular, we liked the idea of starting in the Seattle area with a visit to the infamous  Timmy Corkery , and then heading north through Bellingham ( Cory B! ), to vancouver ( Perfect Tommy ), and on to Vancouver Island to see what the west coast Nova Scotia looked like. This project got a little derail

Plage Blanche | Cycling Morocco

Plage Blanche | cycling Morocco from Blanche on Vimeo . In the winter of 2010 we cycled Morocco fo the 12th time. This time we pedalled to plage Blanche, the white beach. This video is about dreams and how dreams turn out in reality. www.Footage: Canon HF100 www.Editing: Final Cut Express 4 www.Music: Don't blow it | Cliff Martinez + Song For Jesse | Nick Cave & Warren Ellis + La salida de Lima | Gustavo Santaolalla

Iva Jean: Bike Fashion for Women, Spring 2013 [Kickstarter]

Embed Inspiring women to bike with style and confidence, we design functional and fashionable clothing that works on and off your bike. Launched:  Nov 7, 2012 Funding ends:  Dec 7, 2012 Remind Me At Iva Jean, we know the joy of riding a bike. We know the satisfaction of a sunrise commute and the happiness in an afternoon ride to meet friends. We believe every woman deserves to experience the thrill.  That’s why Iva Jean focuses on providing the products and resources that inspire women to  BIKE EVERYWEAR .   //   //  // ABOUT IVA JEAN I started Iva Jean in early 2010 to encourage women to get on a bike and ride with the style, personality and confidence they bring to every other aspect of their lives. Over the years, biking has become a huge part of my life. The more comfortable I became, the more I realized that I didn’t need to become a

4 Reasons to Love Rain Riding [Women on Wheels]

There are definitely fewer people on the bike lanes now that the rains have arrived in Portland. When I see another woman passing me on her bike, we generally give each other the secret smile, as in: “It isn’t so bad out here after all, is it?” Though sometimes, it does feel that bad. Like the other day when I left a workshop in Mt. Tabor, it was raining one of those pissy rains, those dribbly drippy rains where it doesn’t seem bad when you are looking at it from inside. And so I decided not to don my rain pants. On top of that, I was carrying a large white paper bag filled with leftover plates, napkins, and cutlery from the workshop. It’s almost always a bad idea to have a swinging bag dangling from your handlebars. So I had two bad ideas going – no rain pants, swinging paper bag – as I pulled away from the church curb. My helmet, a new Bern all-weather helmet with a nice rim to keep the rain out of my eyes, doesn’t keep the rain off my head, due to its big vent holes at the

Clement Cycling X’PLOR MSO

The  X’Plor MSO  is a 700 x 40mm adventure tire designed for mixed conditions. The combination of smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs provide great traction and durability for dirt roads, trails, cyclocross, urban assault and even pavement. The MSO will fit on your cyclocross bike, commuter, and touring bike. The MSO tire is named for the airport code of Missoula, Montana, home of the Adventure Cycling Association and the inspiration for countless cycling journeys. Clement’s X’Plor adventure tire series is designed to bridge the gap between pavement and blazing your own trail. Each tire within this series is designed for multiple conditions from off-road touring to gravel racing to just getting outta’ Dodge. Product Features: Size:  700 x 40 mm Tread:  Smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs. Soft rubber compound for extra grip and shock absorption. Casing:  60tpi or 120tpi versions available. Details:  Clincher, folding bead, color

2nd Annual Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival

Full steam ahead.  We’re sending out  this media release  today and starting to do a little online promo. You’ll notice two changes (both in the release and on the website) since my last blog post (which I’ve now edited): The venue for the event has been changed to the  Sawtelle Mountain Resort  in Island Park, Idaho.  We’ve got a spiffy new domain name: .  Boring, I know, but a little more memorable than  which, shockingly, didn’t receive any votes from our planning team.  (I’ve tricked out the link, in case you’re tempted to click on it.) Here’s the full text of the press release (links added) in case you prefer it over  the PDF : Continue reading  →


Ukraine from Blanche on Vimeo . It's the second biggest country of Europe. Still a lot of Europeans don't really know it. This summer we discovered it by bicycle! Here is what we found in Ukraine. www.Footage: Canon HF100 www.Editing: Final Cut Express 4 www.Music: Glad by myself | Zapaska + Loboda | Burdon + Good bye | Nameless + Lost in space & Ginger girl | Fearless Sunrise

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can take the high road to safety [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

Bill Wade/Post-Gazette Bicycle riders on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. By Annie Siebert  / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cyclists captured Pittsburgh's attention this summer after two bicyclists were killed and one was gravely injured in hit-and-runs and another was brutally attacked. Another cyclist was injured on Tuesday after being sideswiped by a driver who fled the scene. In comments on news websites, letters to the editor, tweets and Facebook posts, Pittsburghers offered their opinions on cyclists, drivers and the rules of the road. Some of those comments make it sound as though the world contains only two kinds of people: bicyclists and drivers. Some criticized cyclists for zipping through stop signs or red lights and otherwise failing to follow the law. Cyclists and their advocates lamented distracted drivers and speeding cars making the roads unsafe for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, said some