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Friday, March 15, 2013

Have grill, will ride. Backbrat

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Becoming a Biking Family [Paranoid Stay at Home Mom]

“We spend how much on the car?” My wife asked in disbelief at the figure I had presented to her during a discussion of our family’s budget. She had already been bike commuting to work most days and the kids and I were doing the lion’s share of our errands around town by bike. Our car sat unused for a week or more at a time. When we added all the car expenses up (purchase price, insurance, maintenance, registration, and gas) it averaged out to over $500 per month. Car expenses had always been something we accepted. They were just something we took as part of life. We paid them and never questioned if they were necessary... until now. 

Let me back up-- about a year after our first child was born, I thought it would be fun to go biking with kiddo. I bought a $50 mountain bike and $30 kid trailer off craigslist. After a tune-up at the local bike shop, the bike ended up costing closer to $200, but that’s another story. A neighbor gave us a kid-sized helmet and we began using the bike/trailer for fair-weather errands around the neighborhood.

Almost immediately I realized, or more accurately, I remembered that I love to ride bikes. 

Follow Danielle Musto race her FAT BIKE!

Friday (day before the race): I was up at 5 a.m. and out the door by 6. After a quick stop for coffee I drove 2.5 hours North to pick up Jorden. He was literally waiting for me right off an exit ramp! We threw his Mukluk and bags in the truck (Big Red) and were on our way.

The 12 hour drive to Cable, Wisconsin went by much quicker then I thought that it would. Maybe I'm becoming immune to long trips in the car??? Anyways, it seemed like we were pulling into the Telemark lodge in no time. After picking up our registration packets we ate a quick (and not very good dinner), and then ate a second dinner of food we had brought with us. Jorden had peanut butter and bread and I had trail mix plus some cold, hard mac&cheese. Dinner of champions :-)

I was in bed and sleeping by 9 a.m. I think it was the most sleep I've ever gotten before a race.

Saturday (race day): When my alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. I was awake and ready to go. The Fat Bike Birkie started and ended at Telemark lodge and I have to say it was a great feeling knowing that we didn't have to load up our gear and rush to a different venue. The race started at 8 a.m. and all I had to do was roll my bike out the front door to the starting line.

Lots and lots of fat bikes were rolling around. The Fat Bike Birkie had a cap of 300 racers and filled up long before race day. It was by far the biggest fat bike race in the United States. Normally the Birkie trail is closed off to bikes in the winter, so it was a really great experience to be able to race fat bikes on it.

I had no clue who I was racing against, and quite frankly it's kind of hard to tell racers apart in the winter. With so many layers, goggles and more layers everyone looks the same :-)

[Keep reading at Danielle Musto]

Gone In 15 Seconds: The UK's Stolen Second-Hand Bicycle Market [BikeShepherd]

As cycling has grown in popularity, more bikes are being resold on the second-hand online market. Not all of these are legitimate. So how do prospective bike buyers minimize their chances of buying stolen bikes on online classified sites? 
In the UK, a survey from London Cycling Campaign found that one out of every 6 bikes sold online is stolen, with many bikes up for sale within hours of being taken.  College towns such as Oxford, Cambridge, York, Norwich, Sheffield and Lincoln are some of the highest bike crime hotspots with London & Edinburgh being in the top three for worst cities for bike theft overall. 
Selling stolen bikes online is big business. In Edinburgh, one man was charged with selling 28 stolen bikes on Gumtree, one of which was valued at £4,000. All the bikes were being sold at a fraction of their real worth.   
The investigating officer, PC Keith Young, said: "The person who saw his stolen bike on Gumtree was looking for his property as he knew so many bikes are sold on it. We have contacts at Gumtree and were able to trace the seller. His information showed the victim's bike was put up for sale online the same day it was stolen.” 
We found the seller had offered a total of 50 different bikes for sale and we were able to identify 28 as having being stolen,” Pc Young went on to say. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Columbus Rides Bikes will be heading to Detroit to attend Detroit Bike City 2013 (@detroitbikecity)

Columbus Rides Bikes will be heading to Detroit to attend Detroit Bike City 2013
[Facebook event]
Detroit Bike City returns to Cobo Center to fill an even bigger space, Wayne Hall. With 100,000 ft2 of floor space and 30 foot ceilings, Wayne Hall is going to be filled with bikes, lots and lots of bikes. With vendors from all over the Midwest and beyond offering new, used, custom, road, mountain, BMX and more, all things two wheeled will be covered.

March 16, 2013 Cobo Center // Wayne Hall
10:00am - 6:00pm
$10 at the door (look out for early bird tickets with discounts / raffles)
Kids 12 and under get in free
Everyone in welcome to swap for FREE, details below.

Detroit Bike City is the premier bicycle event of the year. Started in 2012, Detroit Bike City took hold of the cycling community with a bike show on a scale that Detroit had not yet seen, and it was met with great appreciation.

What to expect:
Detroit Bike City 2013 is expected to more than double the first year in almost every way. Which means more for everyone! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about new products, get a deal on last years and be a part of the growing Detroit cycling community.

Individuals wishing to sell or swap complete bicycles, frame sets, wheels, etc. may do so in the Swap Section for no additional charge, limited to 2 bikes and 10 items per person. Additional bikes for $5 per, bike tags will be available at the door the day of the event, March 16th, 2013.

CUSTOM BUILDER’S ROW A collection of the great talent that the Midwest holds.

DETROIT MARKETPLACE Showcasing Detroit small businesses that doesn’t require them to be bike-centric but represents the City and our growth.

BIGGER BMX DEMO With more space and ceiling height, the ramp show will be expanded and there will be a bike swing, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever, and interactive.

BIKE AUCTIONS Multiple auctions throughout the day, a fun way to engage the crowd and introduce new ways to get a bike and contribute to different causes.

CHARITY EVENT A black tie ballroom event overlooking the Detroit River. Ticket holders will get to preview the show, mingle with sponsors, vendors and reps, eat, drink and be charitable.MUSIC Adding a little more flavor to the bike show, there will be local bands and Dj’s gracing the stage.

KIDS SELECTION With such a great response from families across the region, we will expand the safety classes, lessons, courses and have an area of youth bikes to buy/sell/trade.

Who Should Attend:• Vendors and sponsors of all kinds will have a captive audience of people who all share in the love of bikes, and the best part of that: everyone rides a bike, we even have a saying for it. • Racers, commuters, leisure and fitness cyclists come out to check out gear, while some just come to participate and see a good show. • Families with bikes outgrown can swap or sell to get the bike that fits, while at the same time enjoying a day full of activities. • There is something for everyone on every level, from the pro to the novice, to someone who wants to pick it back up. If you want a bike, want to sell a bike, want to learn about bikes, or just want to see what all the talk is about, we invite you to come share in this universal activity that crosses all borders and come together for a celebration of the bicycle.

RACING THE END ------(Marathon Crash Race 2011)

RACING THE END ------(Marathon Crash Race 2011) from Warren Kommers on Vimeo.

On March 17th 2013, The Marathon Crash Race is back! Register at if you want to race and find out more about this event and future races. Registration is free foo and everyone is invited.
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Bikes in Space: Taking the Lane #10 @ellyblue [Kickstarter]

"Bikes in Space" was a whim, but it's a whim that's been a long time coming. 
I started reading science fiction as a child, While I read broadly, I gravitated away from writers whose characters were macho heroes, hurtling through space with giant guns, ready to protect and/or tame their scantily clad space babe. I remember the realization that this was a trope, and also that it didn't have to be, and that to deviate from it could be quite radical. I related far more to visions of the future that were populated by strong, intelligent, empowered women with complex personalities, and I hoped I would grow up to be one of them.
The Taking the Lane series, of which "Bikes in Space" is the tenth issue, began as a response to some especially infuriating instances of unquestioned sexism I encountered in the bicycle movement and while riding my bike. The series has evolved over two and a half years into something even bigger and better—a platform for many people to share their different experiences, reactions, and visions for a totally new path. 
After a long period in my twenties of being embarrassed by my former love of science fiction, I've been dipping my toe back into those waters, rereading old books and discovering new ones. This renewed fascination got all mixed up in my imagination with my ongoing obsession with bicycling and desire to produce feminist literature, and "Bikes in Space" was born. 
It turns out I'm not the only person turned on by the idea—the response to the trifecta of feminist sci fi about bikes has been tremendous. I get more thrilled by it as the days go by and the submissions roll in. As a publisher, it's compelling, too—there's some good history to tap into here, of printed anthologies of fantastical fiction with hyperspecific themes and wonderfully cheesy cover fonts. (The cover, featuring a badass space lady on a penny farthing fending off an attack by space sharks, is by Taking the Lane veteran Katura Reynolds.)
The issue is on track so far to come out by the end of April. Submissions are looking great, the artwork for this issue is coming along splendidly, and we even have our first-ever sponsor—appropriately enough, Planet Bike, known for its bike accessories, strong advocacy chops, and human-propulsion space laboratory. (Ok, just kidding about the last part. I can dream, right?)
I'll have quite a few updates in the next few weeks as this project runs its course. Til then, please pitch in for a copy or something more, and please spread the word. 
Thank you! 

Risks and challengesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is the tenth quarterly issue of Taking the Lane, and my eleventh or maybe twelfth successful Kickstarter project. But it's my first foray into publishing fiction -- which is a little nerve-wracking, though mostly in a good way. How do you promote fiction? I'll definitely be relying on backers and supporters (aka, you) to help spread the word.
As for money, this project will, if funded, nearly/close-enough cover the cost of printing, shipping, rewards, and fees. If it's funded plus a little extra, we'll have space shark stickers. If it's funded plus a LOT extra, I will probably need to go ahead and print more copies, which would be a whole 'nother ball game (albeit a really good problem to have).
Of course, if the project isn't fully funded, I won't be able to print this anthology at all, and let's face it, the world would be a slightly less awesome place.

[Get her to her goal at Kickstarter]

2013 Funk 100/200 is Saturday June 29th

For the 2013 edition of the Funk Bottoms Gravel the distance will be 100K/200K. Riders will have the option if riding one lap or two laps. The Funk 100/200 will be on Saturday June 29th at 7:00 at the Funk Bottoms Wildlife observation platform parking lot in Funk, OH. On each 62 mile loop riders can expect paved, chip & seal, gravel, and dirt roads with over 5,500 feet of climbing. 

To enter send a postcard with your name, hometown, email address, and category (see below) for the event to:

Funk Bottoms Gravel
8609 SR-176
BVH, OH 44147-1907

Funk 100
Open  Men
Open Women

Funk 200
Open Men
Open Women

The Funk 100/200 is a self supported event you must be prepared for any mechanical or nutrition needs. There will be 2 parks at approximately miles 12 and 36 that will have water. The course will NOT be marked. A cue sheet will be distributed prior to the event. All riders are required to have a cyclocomputer that can track mileage - Yes, we will verify that you completed the entire distance at the end. 

Questions, comments, concerns? Post here or send me an email


Mountain bike tire pressure - all you need to know [BikeRadar]

Question: I’m relatively new to mountain biking, so forgive me if this seems silly, but how important is it to follow the recommended tire pressure guidelines? They seem much higher than I feel I should be running.

Answer: Tire pressure is a critical component in getting the most out of your mountain bike. There are a number of variables that go into figuring out the ideal pressure range for a bicycle tire. Many of those are completely out of the control of the manufacturer, causing them to err on the side of caution. “It’s a lawyer thing, for sure,” said Schwalbe's North American OE sales manager Henry Horrocks.

A tire’s maximum pressure is not the pressure at which it will burst like a balloon; more often than not it’s the rim that can’t withstand the pressure. Not all bicycle rims are created equal; some can withstand much higher pressures than others. Companies have no way of knowing which rims you, the consumer, will be pairing with their tires. Consequently, their maximum recommended pressures tend to be conservative.

For mountain bikers, the maximum pressure rating generally isn't the issue, as most riders run well below this number. Many – myself included – often run pressures well below the minimum rating, especially with tubeless setups.

Why go lower? Well, it can allow your tires to roll faster and absorb more trail irregularities, and can increase traction as well as comfort. There are numerous studies that offer supporting evidence (though most focusexclusively on road performance). When it comes to mountain biking, finding one's ideal tire pressure is a qualitative pursuit.

While the maximum pressure rating is a hedge against rim strength, the minimum recommended pressure is a hedge against you, the rider. If the pressure is too low the tire can squirm, roll off the rim, or burp air as you corner. Riding under inflated tires can also cause the casing to flex excessively, leading to premature wear. At best, minimum recommended ratings are educated guesses as to what will work for most people most of the time.

Manufacturer's tire pressure guidelines may get you close, but it will take some experimentation to find the pressure that works for you:
The pressure ranges printed on the sides of your tires are educated guesses 

The variables that impact tire performance can be broken down into six categories, and while companies might not be able to account for all of them, you can.

Six things to consider when finding your perfect tire pressure...

Continue reading at BikeRadar

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DORA Bicycle Helmet Concept

Cyclist Connection - March 16th is THE Sale NOT to miss!!

This Saturday, March 16th starting at 9AM, don’t miss our biggest BLOWOUT of the season. EVERYTHING in stock is on sale at CLEARANCE prices (get rid of the old and in with the new). EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Have something you want to sell or trade? Bring it along or bring it early. Spring cleaning has begun!! The SWAP MEET begins at 9am as well :)

[Cyclist Connection]

Amish Country Roubaix is April 6, 2013

Helmet cam footage of some of the milder sections of the Amish Country Roubaix route in Holmes County, Ohio. Race is coming up on April 6, 2013. Go to for details.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

City to spend $8.7 million on trail upgrades [Northland News]

The city of Columbus will add two significant pieces -- and 6.25 miles overall -- to its system of bikeway trails this year.
Included in the $8.7 million in planned 2013 improvements to city trails is the 3.5-mile extension of the Camp Chase Rail Trail, a $1.6 million project that will connect to the Ohio to Erie Trail, completing a 160-mile section of continuous path from Columbus to Cincinnati.
When the northern section is complete, the statewide trail will be more than 260 miles as it stretches from Cincinnati to Cleveland.
"I think we are beyond excited about the Camp Chase trail improvements because of what it does," said Terri Leist, an assistant director with the city's Recreation and Parks Department. "It allows that connection to Cincinnati via Dayton, via Yellow Springs and every little town along the trail."
Another substantial addition is the Alum Creek Trail, which completes the two final segments near Ohio Dominican University to Easton, creating 22 miles of seamless trail from Westerville to Obetz.
Leist said the $4.4 million project achieves a milestone because it completes the city's section of that portion of the trail system.
"I think what's really great about the completion of the Alum Creek Trail is that it connects so many neighborhoods," she said. "It's not only park-to-park connections but it's people-to-people connections because it connects people to neighborhoods."
There's good news for urbanites, too: The city will build a new connection at Goodale Street that will give residents of Harrison West and Victorian Village direct access to the Olentangy Trail.
This year's improvement plan includes short trail connections to the Alum Creek and Scioto trails. Also, the city will begin planning for a 4.5-mile extension of the Big Walnut Trail between Three Creeks Metro Park and Refugee Road on the Southeast Side.
Leist said the 2013 program will add 6.25 miles to the city's 67-mile trail system.
"The city of Columbus continues to be committed to construction of these trails throughout our city to connect ourselves to our neighboring communities for the health and wellness of our citizens," Leist said.


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Erden Eruc. Photo: Ryan Heffernan

Who is the man at the oars, alone in the middle of the ocean? What is his purpose? Ten-foot swells roll beneath the little boat, ferrying it into the troughs, then lifting it, presenting the horizon in queasy undulations. He drives his feet against a brace plate, dunking the carbon-fiber blades, putting the full power of his Popeye forearms and blocky shoulders into his strokes. The oarlocks groan; the Calderdale slips a few more feet through black water.
The date was December 3, 2007. Erden Eruc, a 46-year-old Turkish-American software engineer from Seattle, had been on the Pacific for 147 days, struggling forward in a 24-foot plywood rowboat. For weeks there had been rain on and off; his world was sodden and gray. Salt sores—burning red boils raised by chafing and sea spray—covered his arms and thighs. He was roughly halfway between Northern California, where he’d started, and the eastern coast of Australia, his destination, a distance of more than 10,000 miles. He’d recently reached the equator, where crosscurrents, fierce winds, and powerful waves had forced him off course. A man in a rowboat generates only about half a unit of horsepower, so Eruc was often at the mercy of domineering seas. He checked his GPS coordinates and confirmed what he feared: for the past 16 days he’d been rowing in a vast circle, getting nowhere.

Traffic camera ban sought by some Ohio lawmakers: Road Rant []

traffic camera.jpgView full sizeLegislation introduced at the Statehouse could prohibit Cleveland and other Ohio communities from red-light and speed enforcement cameras. 
 Some state lawmakers want to ban the controversial red-light and speed cameras that ticket thousands of motorists a month in Cleveland and more than a dozen other towns in Ohio.
Legislation introduced last month would prohibit communities, counties and the State Highway Patrol from using photo-monitoring devices to enforce traffic laws. 
State Rep. Zack Milkovich, a Democrat from Akron, said the cameras siphon money out of people's wallets. Milkovich is a cosponsor of the bill, which has bipartisan support.
"They're oppressive to folks just trying to put food on the table," said Milkovich, who added that he regularly hears complaints about the devices. "It's a little bit too much."
Cleveland officials believe the proposed legislation is unconstitutional given a city's right to home rule, said Maureen Harper, the communications chief for the mayor's office.
The city's photo enforcement program began at the end of 2005. Annual reports and court records show that Cleveland's cameras clicked out more than a half-million tickets during the first six years of the program, through December 2011. Fines and fees collected on those citations amount to more than $47 million.
Camera-generated tickets in Cleveland start at $100. Violations qualify as a civil offense and don't go on a driver's license record.

Monday, March 11, 2013

LBi UK - Cool Unicorn Bruv

London’s Billion Euro Cycling Plan – A Story of Successful Advocacy [ECF]

About ECF’s UK members
ECF’s member groups in the UK include Cyclenation, the umbrella group of city cycling campaigns, CTC the national cyclists’ organisation and Sustrans the sustainable transport charity. All played a big part in the campaigns in London.
You can find a copy of London’s new planhere
London has planned to spend over €1 billion (£913 million) to revitalize urban cycling. Such changes would not have been possible without a strong advocacy movement. 
You’ve probably heard the news. London’s cycling revolution has been backed with money, big money. More than one billion euro. 
The capital’s ambitious new cycling plan backs Dutch style infrastructure with strong commitments on better cycle routes, traffic restriction and ‘Little Holland’ style developments. The £913m investment forms part of a ten year plan with the majority of infrastructure to be built within the first four years. 
So how did this change come about? Well, credit should definitely go to bicycle advocacy groups who brought about this change. The ‘game-changing’ plan was in large part due to their hard work. 
London’s new cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan said: ““Both the Mayor and I pay tribute to the London Cyclists’ Campaign, journalists, bloggers and other campaigners for driving the issue so far up the political agenda.”

The Bike Helmet Paradox [The Atlantic]

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(Jonathan Hayward / AP)
Admonishing a teenager for smoking is commonplace. Reprimanding people for taking antibiotics when they don't really need them is the next big thing. And giving people a hard time about biking without a helmet is still entirely in vogue. It's because we care. But as we learned from the original food pyramid, sometimes good intentions pave the road to adult-onset diabetes. 
People are still questioning whether bicycle helmets, compulsory or voluntary, reduce injuries. Do we ride more aggressively when we wear them, because we feel invincible, putting our whole bodies in more dangerous situations? Drivers are more cautious around riders without helmets. While good evidence says helmets do their job in reducing head injuries, we're best to -- as in all things -- think outside of our heads.
Helmet laws are associated with a number of less intuitive behaviors. The case against them is increasingly compelling -- surfaced again last week in a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Analogously, the argument tests a culture where we helmet-shame people into either wearing a helmet or not riding. It's not a libertarian crusade; it's a public health question. And it's not as straightforward as Officer Friendly taught:

[Keep reading at The Atlantic]

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