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Friday, April 5, 2013


Nano Brew Cleveland is a friendly neighborhood brewpub with 24 beers on draft both at the inside bar and at the lively outdoor Beer Garden Bar. Enjoy a freshly brewed beer from our 1 barrel brewhouse or any of the other local craft breweries we feature on draft. Brewmaster Andy Tveekrem brings over two decade of award-winning brewing experience to this small but mighty brewhouse to turn out adventurous and at times experimental brews. From one of a kind brews to recipes that might make it to full scale production at ourMarket Garden Brewery & Distillery just down the block, the lineup of beers will change daily.
We love to ride bicycles almost as much as we love to drink beer with family and friends, so we decided to collaborate with our neighbors Joy Machines Bike Shop on the Nano Brew Bike Tune-up Station inside the bar. All the bike tools you’ll need to get your two-wheeled steed back on the road are free to all. And there’s a drink rail to rest your brew while you work on your bicycle. Did we mention that your bike helmet gets you half-off your first beer? There’s nothing like the old “brain bucket” to keep us safe while we enjoy cruising on our bicycles.
Our fun and simple food menu is sourced from local and often organic farmers and butchers. The free-range Ohio Beef burger patties are hand ground daily by Vince Bertononaschi at the historic West Side Market just down the block. Our fruits and vegetables come seasonally from local farmers including the Refugee Response volunteers at Ohio City Farm across the street from us.

Topeak Bikamper

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Bikamper is a personal shelter that utilizes a 26” mountain or 700c road front wheel in place of tent poles.
The main body is constructed of water-resistant urethane coated 45D ripstop nylon and features three mesh panels for ventilation and stargazing on pleasant nights. The fly is constructed of fully waterproofed 70D ripstop nylon for additional protection should the weather turn foul. Both tent and fly pack down to a small, space saving size.

Bikamper™ packs down to a compact size and has it’s
own special stuff sack that straps to the handlebars.
Capacity1 Person
Season3 Season
Fabric(Canopy) 45D 210T Ripstop Nylon With
2500 mm PU
(Fly) 70D 190T Ripstop Nylon
With 2500 mm PU
(Floor) 70D 210T Taffeta Nylon
With 3000 mm PU
Packed Size(L X H) 26 x 14 cm / 10.2” x 5.5”
Floor Space200 x 90 cm/200 x 70 cm
Floor Area1.6 m2
Doors1 (Right side)
Windows3) two side, one end
Weight (Tent only)1.35 kgs / 2.98 lbs
Total Weight1.63 kgs / 3.59 lbs

PARKCYCLE is for SALE for FREE! #letsride

A human-powered, open space distribution system

The Parkcycle is a human-powered open space distribution system designed for agile movement within the existing auto-centric urban infrastructure.
While its physical dimensions synchronize with the automotive “softscape” of lane stripes and metered stalls, the Parkcycle effectively re-programs the urban hardscape by delivering massive quantities of green open space—up to 4,320 square-foot-minutes of park per stop—thus temporarily reframing the right-of-way as green space, not just a car space.
Using a plug-and-play approach, the Parkcycle provides open space benefits to neighborhoods that need it, when they need it, as soon as it is parked.
Built in collaboration with the kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin at his studio in Emeryville, California, the Parkcycle made its debut on Park(ing) Day 2007 in San Francisco.
PARK(ing) Day 2007 and the Parkcycle were both made possible by a generous grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
Date: September 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Hirondelle from alexandre devaux on Vimeo.
A short film from a ride in Paris in a nice evening.

Music: "You" (Second one) Gold Panda.
Hirondelle was the name of the bike, made from Manufrance bicycles company created in 1885, this was France’s first modern bicycle. Repainted and cleaned it's a nice ride:)

Location scouts upset again over green bike lane in downtown L.A. [LA Times]

Location scouts are once again red-faced over the bright green bicycle lane in downtown Los Angeles.

City officials painted a 1.5-mile strip of Spring Street neon green in 2011 for a bike lane as part of larger effort pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to make streets safer and more inviting to cyclists.

But the bike path still rankles location scouts and filmmakers, who see it as another hurdle to filming in Los Angeles.

Their concern: The bright color would be a distraction to viewers, doesn't belong in period movies and makes it harder for L.A. to do what it does best: play other cities.

"As we all know, unlike other major cities, our downtown footprint is very small and limited and we've used this stretch for [an] 'anywhere in the world' big city for years and it is vital to us for many projects, " Ed Duffy, business agent for Teamsters Local 399, which represents location managers, wrote in a recent email to members.

After weeks of negotiations, the mayor's office assured location managers last year that the city would let the stretch of Springs Street between 3rd and 9th fade away, Duffy said.

Portland Bicycle Postcard

Streetfacts #2: Americans Are Driving Less

The Shakedown - Salsa Cycles

Titanium bikes are a lot like drugs. You don’t think you want one. Then someone let’s you ride theirs on a whim. “Wow that feels pretty nice!” Then you venture out and buy your very first Ti bike. “One won’t hurt, will it?”
Late last summer I got my hands on a Mukluk Ti. Wow, my very own Ti bike! And I fell in love with it. The ride was quick and responsive, yet compliant. Smooth and supple the titanium soaked up the harshness of whatever I threw into my bike's path. Dang, I was addicted. 
The next bike was an easy choice. I love the do-it-all nature of my Fargo. From singletrack trails to gravel roads, to a bit of pavement sprinkled in with a few gravel connectors, the Fargo is my Jack-of-all-trades bike. The Ti frame graced my hands and the ideas of the build started flowing. In my opinion, with Ti it is imperative to build with a single color in mind. The whole bike comes together nicely when you have that one little bit of information to tie it all back together. My color choice was blue. 
Building a bike in the winter is nice...and it isn't. You think you will slowly chip away at it in your basement since the idea of riding in sub temps is numbing. But if you are like me, you just can’t. I put in the blue headset and the rest of the parts started flying on. What a beauty. 
Spring came the day before I finished my build, and as in many other areas of the world its arrival has been a cold one. But nonetheless, it was time to ride the bike, shakeout any bugs,  and stretch those new cables. But this being a special bike, it needed a special shakedown ride. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cycling Central Asia

Cycling Central Asia from on Vimeo.
Sweaty, itchy beards. Pounding 45°C desert heat. Lung-implodingly high mountain passes. Cows in lime-green Ladas. More friendly kids than an extremely enthusiastic baseball coach could high-five in the busiest of baseball seasons, and so much more vodka than even the thirstiest Russian could ever dream of consuming. The result of months of adventure (and equally as many months spent editing in hotel rooms from Kazakhstan to Vietnam) whittled down to seven minutes of digital moving-image-magic for your armchair entertainment. Kick back with a nice cup of tea and enjoy a few snippets from the Central Asian leg of our around the world tour.

Huge thanks to our friends for the fun and adventure along the way, and of course for the amazing footage! Good luck with the rest of your adventures!

Arian and Monique
Marianne and Tobias
Ramon and Hanne

Soundtrack Credits

Kyrgyzstan recordings by Jerome Alexandre

The following tracks are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

“Khorezm family band 4″ Silk Road in Stereo

“over and under” Antiphon

“Overand (csum cover)” csum

“You on Stage” Heidi Harris

“TEDxPeƱas-Jorge Saade-una sinfonia de introspeccion-Two Guitars (Russian traditional song)” TEDx Global Music Project

“Happy song by King Konsul & 12 Tribu Basque Roots Reggae Band” King Konsul

“The Stories Without Words (first edition, home records) — 7 — Song of Brass” aksenty

The tracks listed below are licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons License. We're very honored to say that each artist also gave us specific permission to use their music. Thanks everyone!

“Machines and Muscles” CAVE

“Banjo” musicisfreenow

“Ouistiiti” aztec

“Russian waltz” accordeosynther

Film Equipment

Nikon D90 with 18-135 Zoom (kit) and 35mm fixed lens
iPhone 4
Ricoh R8
and a few other point and shoot cameras our friends used.
Zoom H1

7 Steps to Tune Up Your Bike for Spring

Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Safety Checks

It's no secret that the modern bicycle is a versatile machine, offering options for transportation, recreation, fitness, competition and employment. Cycling provides a host of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular functioning, leg strength, balance and coordination, plus improvements in mood. Biking can also help with weight management. For those living in seasonal climates, our bicycles typically lie dormant during the cold winter months and resurface in spring. But before you head outside for your first ride of the season, spend some time getting your bike ready for the road. These basic bike maintenance tips will help ensure a safe, efficient ride all season.

7 Steps for a Spring Tune Up
Before you think about taking your bike for a spin, make sure you give it a thorough tune-up. Don’t worry; most of these checks are easy to administer. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, have a bike shop tune your bike (cost is approximately $30-65).

Tune-up task #1: Clean your bike. 
A clean bike extends the life of all its components, just as a clean car lasts longer.

What to do: Use a basic biodegradable cleaner such as Simple Green, a towel and an old toothbrush to clean everything: the frame, chain, chain rings, cassette, derailleurs, pedals, brakes, and seat. Make an effort to use as little water as possible. Also, remove the seat post (the tube connected to your seat that slides into the frame) and after cleaning it, and add a small amount of bicycle grease before reattaching it. This grease will last longer than oil, which dries out faster, and will also act as a barrier against rust in the seat tube...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The cycle bug

The cycle bug from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.
After 9 month on the road it is time for a review...

Guitar music by Felix from Vienna, Guitar and harmonica by two unknown guys on a beach in Allaphuza

Ocean Air Cycles Rambler

The Rambler is our flagship sport touring model made in the USA.  A true sport touring bike rooted in the traditional french style with modern design and hand-made in the USA.
The OAC design sketchbook is filled with ideas for other models, some will come to fruition, others will likely remain a sketch.  The culling process for future models is driven by many factors, customer feedback being one of them, so if you have a wish list let me know.  All Ocean Air models will have a solid design base rooted in proper handling for the intended use, material strengths that are appropriate, but not overbuilt  and a focused purpose.  The designs will never need to make the compromises seen by larger companies, wheel size appropriate to the fit and function of the design, room for tires and fenders,
Applying strong engineering principles and decades of riding experience to the design process we have some strong feelings that do not always fall in line with the current mass market.  Wider tires can be faster if appropriate used.  Stiffer is not always better.  Engineered flex in the frame can improve the rider/bicycle interaction increasing speed and comfort.  There is more to it than flex, location of the flex, direction of motion with respect to human kinematics and keeping the areas of high stress stronger all play into design choices.  Steel is the original “green” bicycle material, easily repaired, recycled and has an incredible fatigue life for the price, translating into a long lasting durable ride.
Ideas that are pushing to the front of the line?  A 650b camper with sloping top tube(s), a few unique twists, but intended to be an upright bike that will pick up a bit where mountain bike design diverged when suspension stole the show.  A pure sport bike pushing the rambler design towards the lighter and faster side of things.  I could go on and on with my own wish list, but first need to get the Ramblers rolling.

Donate Without Opening Your Wallet - Charity Miles

Ready to become a sponsored athlete? Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you exercise, we'll track your distance and the money earned. When you're finished, accept your sponsorship, spread the word, and we'll send you a note confirming your good work.

How it Works

It's as easy as this: get moving. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to our initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. [Download it]

Charity Miles Instructional Video from Bohemian Innovation on Vimeo.

The Angry Singlespeeder: Why Strava Sucks []

Editor’s Note: The Angry Singlespeeder is a collection of mercurial musings from contributing editor Kurt Gensheimer. In no way do his maniacal diatribes about all things bike oriented represent the opinions of Mtbr, RoadBikeReview, or any of their employees, contractors, janitorial staff, family members, household pets, or any other creature, living or dead. You can submit questions or comments to Kurt And make sure to check out Kurt’s previous columns.
What do you call two people going for a bike ride? A race. What do you call two people with Strava going for a bike ride? A race that never ends.
In concept, Strava seems like a good idea; mapping rides and archiving them for people to reference is a terrific service. It’s especially terrific for out-of-towners who don’t know of any good places to ride and need a quick guide at their fingertips. But in reality, I think Strava sucks because of one main reason — humans can’t be trusted to use it in a socially responsible manner. It fuels the alpha-male ego in all of us, eroding the social fabric that makes riding bikes fun.
Whatever happened to the old days of training where you had a wristwatch and a segment you regularly rode? Some days you’d go out by yourself and hammer it, other days you’d ride with friends and enjoy the social aspect of chasing after the fittest guy, seeing if you could hang.
Nowadays people brag about being 10th out of 200 on a specific climb, as if it’s some kind of huge achievement. Who cares? On Strava, if you’re not first, then you might as well be last. And that’s the problem. The constantly futile quest to be first is ruining the pleasure that used to come with riding a bike.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Red Hook Crit Recap (Complete with Crash Footage)

Carol and Guy's Bicycle Tour Blog Site : The Ohio to Erie Trail 2012

From the blog:
We are Guy and Carolyn from Cleveland, Ohio. This is our new bicycle touring blog site, dedicated to all the great bicycle trails in Ohio. We have started a trail guide with detailed information about where to stay, eat, find beer, etc along the Ohio To Erie Trail in the Lodging tab. There are also gear reviews, a list of the gear we carrysafety tips and some words on trail etiquette. If you are new to bicycle touring, there’s some great information here; Getting Started in Bicycle Touring. We have also included some of our own original maps for sections of the Ohio to Erie trail that are difficult, on roadways or otherwise not clearly marked.
Our 2012 tour of the Ohio to Erie Trail was a fact finding mission, as Carolyn has been commissioned to design the new, official Ohio to Erie Trail Map. The tour started when we left our house on May 19th, and we were on the road for three weeks, from Cleveland to Cincinnati and back. It is our hope that this website will be a valuable companion piece to the map with current information and updates and a mobile app in the works! Relive our tour by clicking on the Blog link in the menu and don’t forget to check out all of the cool news stories about us! Use the contact page to email us with any questions, comments or trail observations you might have.

A New Long-Distance Bike Trail Takes Shape [The Active Times]

The eastern U.S. may finally be getting its answer to the West’s epic long-distance mountain bike trails.
Pioneered by mountain biker Chris Scott, the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail is taking shape in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.
Scott, who owns Shenandoah Mountain Touring and organizes a century ride through the mountains every September, originally envisioned a multi-state mountain biking equivalent to the Appalachian Trail, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He pared the idea down—for the time being, anyway—to one that links existing trails in Virginia.
“We just weren’t getting a lot of traction with [a multi-state trail],” Scott told the paper. “So, we thought, ‘Let’s just focus on what we have right now, a Virginia trail.’”
The dream was realized in fall 2011 when Scott led a group on a 12-day inaugural ride down the route, which traverses George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - The Bike Song