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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cyclists, e-bikers spar over bike lanes []

Doug Beatty, president of the Toronto Electric Riders Association, rides his e-bike on a street in Toronto earlier this month. The city is trying to establish rules on where these vehicles fit in the transportation mix.
Doug Beatty, president of the Toronto Electric Riders Association, rides his e-bike on a street in Toronto earlier this month. The city is trying to establish rules on where these vehicles fit in the transportation mix.
For cyclist Paul Farnan it’s simple: bike lanes are the only place in the city where you can operate non-motorized vehicles in relative safety.
To buttress his point, he showed up at Saturday’s stakeholders’ open house with photographs of the muscular electric two-wheeled vehicles he fears will squeeze cyclists out of bike lanes if the city abolishes rules keeping electric bicycles out of bike lanes and parks.
“It’s a thin edge of the wedge thing,” he says, pointing at a photo of an electric scooter. “I don’t know what reality anybody lives in where that is a bicycle.”
But for Gary Salo the conflict is just as clear-cut: Toronto should place e-bikes — bicycles with both pedals and an electric motor — into the same category as normal bikes and allow them free access to bicycle lanes. He says cyclists who don’t want to share are either selfish or indifferent to the peril e-bike riders face.
“We feel we’re in danger on the road, especially in downtown Toronto,” says Salo, whose company manufactures bicycle-to-e-bike conversion kits.
And for the city, the trick is to establish a set of bylaws that satisfies both sides.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Third Hand 24 Hour WRENCHATHON is April 27

Come wrench with us from Saturday morning (Fri night) at midnight through Saturday night at 11:59pm. Stay the whole 24 hours, or stop in whenever and leave whenever you want. 

Free pizza, snacks, beer, coffee, movies, and fun! We'll be bumpin' some tunes and playing movies the whole time. We obviously don't expect you to work the full 24 hours, but do bring a sleeping bag if you want to hang through the night. There are also comfy couches in the space. 

All skill levels welcome to help come fix up bikes for Third Hand. We need a lot of people to simply clean bikes and pump tires, as well as mechanics to do other repairs.

Earn $8 an hour in Third Hand credit to use in the shop. Four hours of volunteering earns a membership! We'll be having an awesome volunteer party while helping the community by providing ready to ride bicycles.

Earn extra positive karma for doing good in the world while hanging out with your friends!

[Facebook Event]

Why aren’t younger Americans driving anymore? [Washington Post]

Ever since the recession hit in late 2007, Americans have been driving less and less. Was that because of the horrible economy? To some extent, perhaps. But it’s striking that Americans are still cutting back on driving even though the economy is growing again.
Doug Short, who charts financial data, has put together a nice graph that uses the latest Transportation Department data on vehicle-miles driven and adjusts for population growth. Looked at this way, the plunge in driving is even more startling and began back in June  2005:
A bit of historical perspective is useful. This isn’t the first time Americans have pared back their driving habits — after the OPEC oil shock in the late 1970s, miles driven fell about 6 percent from the peak, though they started climbing again by the end of the recession in 1982.

The cost of owning your car? $9,000 a year [USA Today]

The average owner of a sedan has to shell out nearly $10,000 a year to own and operate that car, according to auto club AAA.
A new AAA reports shows, on average, the cost of driving 15,000 miles a year rose 1.17 cents to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year. Overall, that's a roughly 2% increase on the cost of operating a car last year.
Auto club AAA studies five cost categories – maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation – for its annual "Your Driving Costs" study.
The biggest percentage increase this year was in maintenance costs, which grew by 11.26% to 4.97 cents per mile, on average, for sedan owners. Average costs in all categories are lower for smaller vehicles and higher for bigger ones.
The maintenance cost estimates are based on the cost to maintain a vehicle and perform needed repairs for five years and 75,000 miles, including labor expenses, replacement part prices and the purchase of an extended warranty.
"As a vehicle gets older you tend to encounter more significant repair costs," says Michael Calkins, AAA's manager of technical services.
Since last year's study, there were substantial increases in labor and parts costs for some models, and a significant rise in the price of extended warranties. "People are keeping cars longer," Calkins says. "Extended warranties are seeing a bit of an increase in claims. That's where the costs have gone up."

The Old West Scenic Bikeway


Although the Sea Otter Classic is more known as a mountain bike event, the road side of things didn't disappoint, large in part to Calfee Design deciding that the four-day festival would be the ideal launching ground for their prototype Manta (as in manta ray).

What Calfee has in the pipeline isn’t just an updated Dragonfly; no, this was an all new platform and fresh territory for the Northern California-based builder. Oversized carbon tubes, a tapered steerer, and a massive 65mm bottom bracket shell housing a Look Zed 2 crank are all highlights of the new frame, but that’s only half the story. A pivotless rear suspension tucked into the mono-seatstay that allows 1cm of elastomer dampened travel is really what the new design is all about.

The Manta's rear shock is clean, elegant, and simple. 10mm of elastomer dampened travel creates a unique ride that changes the feel of a road bike as you know it. 

The frame has been in the works for the past five years and is by no means designed as a “comfort bike”—it’s all about performance. “A smoother ride would give athletes a competitive edge in allowing them to be fresher by the end of the race, as well as descending faster and safer”, says Craig Calfee. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Testing the world's first All-Wheel-Drive Fatbike


Sometimes it’s the little things that make the ride go from good to great, or just start a conversation with new friends.

These doodads from students at Lausanne, Switzerland’s ECAL were shown at Milan Design Week 2013. Some are more likely to gather rider use, but all are fairly clever. And yes, we know, hanging a bag from the handlebars screws up the handling. Photo gallery after the break…

2013 Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek is May 16-19

A Cycling Adventure that Makes a Difference 
May 16-19, 2013

Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek
Celebrating 26 years on the Trail!

 Join us for a three-day, 100 mile ride along the Greenbrier River Trail and help to improve lung health and save lives! 

Check-in Thursday, May 16 at Greenbrier Youth Camp where participants will then be transported to the Inn at Snowshoe. Our ride begins Friday morning with a 34-mile ride and continues on Saturday with a 44-mile ride. During this time you will go through two tunnels and enjoy relaxing lunches along the river. The final 22-miles of your journey will be completed on Sunday by noon, which leaves time to visit the area and make the trip home.

The trail is hard packed and bicycles with large, wide tires are recommended. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited to participate.
Amenities Includes:
  • All meals, as well as refreshments on the trail, are included Friday through Sunday's breakfast.
  • Hotel rooms are provided on Thursday and Friday nights at the Inn at Snowshoe. Saturday night accommodations include bunkhouse type lodging at the Greenbrier Youth Camp or bring your own tent and camp under the stars.
  • Transportation includes gear shuttle, sag service, and rest stops every eight to ten miles.
  • Medical personnel and bike mechanics will accompany the Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek.

Create Your Own Electricity With Your Feet, With This Simple Bike-Powered Charger

The Atom easily attaches to your back wheel and then uses your pedaling energy to charge a battery that you can use to power your devices.

Bicyclists who want to charge their mobile devices as they ride have options: you can choose between various dynamos (“hub,” “bottle,” “bottom bracket”), decide if you can make peace with the resulting weight and drag, and research the scattered manufacturers of devices that convert the resulting electricity into a usable form. In other words, there are options, but if your idea of DIY doesn’t involve electrical engineering, the options aren’t great.
This is the niche that Aaron Latzke saw on a trip to Belgium, on a work trip for his job as a mechanical engineer. He saw bikes everywhere with lights powered by bulky “bottle generators” (so-called because they look like bottles strapped to the tire). “That’s such an awesome technology,” says Latzke, “but it’s so dated.” For the last year and a half, Latzke has been working on updating this technology as CTO and co-founder of Siva Cycles. Today, that company is coming out of stealth mode and launching a Kickstarterto fund the manufacturing of the result: The Atom.

The basic idea is simple: Add the Atom to your back wheel, and while you ride it will deliver power both to any device that plugs into a USB and to a portable battery pack. The $105 price point and straight-out-of-the-box functionality is designed to appeal to bicyclists who want the technology without the hassle. “We want to go after the 95%,” says CEO and co-founder David Delcourt. “We don’t want to go after the 3% that understands the ins and outs of bicycle energy.”

Read on at --> FastCompany

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The 42nd Annual Tour of the Hocking River Valley is May 11, 2013

Sponsored by the Athens Bicycle Club


The Tour of the Hocking River Valley is a two-day bicycle tour on scenic, rolling, lightly traveled roads along the Hocking River. You will camp overnight Saturday after eating a delicious dinner, and return to Athens on Sunday.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 2013, Depart at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Park and depart from the Walmart Parking lot on East State St in Athens, near the soccer fields.

Route: 54 miles on Saturday and 44 miles on Sunday.

Registration fee: $35, including a catered dinner Saturday night (vegetarian choices available) and breakfast on Sunday. The fee also includes camping at Lake Hope State Park, sag support, maps, etc. Children under 6 are free, children 6 to 12 and seniors 70 or older are $16.

Bring: A tent, sleeping bag, clothes for riding and for camp. There is no electric service at the campsite, so bring a flashlight. Also bring plates, cups, eating utensils and a collapsible camp chair. A helmet is required for this ride. Ensure that your bike is in safe working order, and carry a spare tube and basic tools with you on the bike. You should carry full water bottles and enough food for a ride of this length.

The sag vehicle will carry tents, food, and other equipment to and from the park. There will be limited space in the vehicle, so plan to be your own mechanic and remember to bring food with you on your bike. Please no private support vehicles on the route.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2012. Limited to 60 riders.

To register, download the registration form via the Athens Bicycle Club Group page. If you are not already a member of that Group page, you will need to submit a request to join the Group before downloading the file. Or, if you do not wish to join that Group page, feel free to mail your applicable registration fee (see above) to Athens Bicycle Club, 11 Garfield Ave, Athens, OH 45701-1650. Please include your name, age, phone number, street address, city, state, ZIP and e-mail address with your registration fee. You will need to sign a waiver on the day of the event.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Columbus to spend $8.7 million on trail upgrades

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.

Dinner and Bikes - Columbus, Ohio is Friday, May 24, 2013

Join us for a traveling road show of yummy food and bicycle inspiration and a celebration of local and national bike culture, advocacy, and activism!

Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale (pay what you can) at the door, and include dinner. This is an all ages event.

Come enjoy a gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet by personal chef Joshua Ploeg, while participating in an interactive presentation about the everyday bicycling movement by author Elly Blue and watching a near-complete excerpt from film-maker Joe Biel's forthcoming documentary Aftermass, a history of bicycle activism in Portland. The tour is traveling with a food- and bicycle-themed pop-up bookstore, and authors will be available to chat and sign books after the event.

This event is hosted by Yay Bikes! and RideSolutions.

Learn more about the Dinner and Bikes tour at

[Facebook event]

Obama pedals bike at 3rd White House science fair []

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was an offer President Barack Obama couldn't refuse.
"You're welcome to try this out if you like," the Oakland Park, Fla., high school student said.
With that, a president who often laments a lifestyle that denies him the pleasure of driving eagerly hopped on the blue-and-silver bicycle in his dark blue suit and pedaled away, never mind that the machinery didn't take him anywhere.
"Only because these guys really want this," Obama said, gesturing to the small group of reporters and photographers who were brought to a White House garden to watch the president go from exhibit to exhibit at his third White House science fair.
He said afterward that it's "one of my favorite events during the course of the year."
As Obama pedaled, Payton Karr and Kiona Elliot, classmates at Northeast High School, explained their pedal-powered water filtration system. The collapsible, transportable emergency water-sanitation station filters E. coli and other harmful pathogens from contaminated water. During emergencies, the device can be assembled and broken down in less than an hour and can produce enough water for 20-30 people during a 15-hour period.
Karr and Elliot were among some 30 student teams that were invited to the White House to show off projects that won them top honors in science, technology, engineering and math competitions around the country.

Cycling summit coming to Springfield []

After the Miami Valley Cycling Summit in Dayton in 2009, the city saw increased activity downtown and near the University of Dayton campus, and Dayton was designated a bike friendly community.
The one-day event comes to Springfield for the first time May 31, and organizers say area leaders could get some ideas that could help turn cycling into an economic resource.
“It’s a great showcase for the city of Springfield. It’s not only a chance to show some of our new infrastructure and amenities, it’s also an opportunity to draw a line so people can see the value of cycling,” said Chris Schutte, director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The summit is expected to draw about 400 people and will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, 100 S. Fountain Ave.
Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Planner Louis Agresta said the event is expected to attract people from the Miami Valley as well as Columbus and Cincinnati.
“I’m optimistic that this is going to be the most well attended (cycling summit) yet,” Agresta.
Agresta said Springfield currently has about five bike racks downtown, but the Center City Association has discussed adding more.


sandwichbike build it yourself 
Would you have believed that two wooden panels could deliver the funkiest ride there is? Designer Basten Leijh did, and dubbed it the Sandwichbike. A Dutch Design original that was inspired by the concept of flat packing, home assembly and our never-ending drive to create exceptional products. Now it is time to share it with the world, so that you can get involved too.


To enable you to build it yourself, Basten Leijh had to rethink every aspect of the classic velocipede. Hecame up with a concept that is unlike anything out there. Instead of a welded frame, it is engineered as a ‘sandwich’ of two weather coated frames of layered plywood. Bonded together by ‘smart cylinders’, the frames and components become a rock-solid piece of technology that is both durable and extremely attractive.


The Sandwichbike fits in a small, flat package, so we can send it to you by post. The fun will begin the moment the postman rings your doorbell. Everything you need is in the box including the tools, so you can start assembling right away. In total, there are less than 50 parts. If you can make a sandwich, you can surely build a Sandwichbike.


The thrill of building your own Sandwichbike is only matched by taking it for a spin. Whether you head downtown, cycle around the park or go cruising down the boulevard, you’ll feel the excitement of this smooth ride. Just remember, we can’t be held accountable for all the extra attention you’ll get.
More information about designer Basten Leijh and Bleijh Industrial Design Studio: 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spokejunkies first ride is Saturday, April 27, at Mohican State Park #letsride

Just a reminder for the mountain bikers out there. The Spokejunkies are holding their "First Ride" event this Saturday at Mohician State Park. You don't have to ride the entire trail (24 miles), there are a number of options for shorter routes. 

In addition to riding, there will be food, raffle prizes, and best of all beer. Last year about 70 riders showed up. Everyone had a great time. Below are the details from the FB event. They goofed and made the event public to group members instead of public to all. The Spokejunkies are a free club/group. Join the group and then RSVP for the "First Ride".

Spokejunkies FB Group -
First Ride FB Event -

First Ride Details are here! This is going to be the biggest and best Spokejunkie First Ride! It has been an awful Spring, so I am sure you are anxious to get out and ride -so come on out and join the fun! The event takes place Saturday, April 27, at Mohican State Park. This is an Open event, all Mtb'rs are invited. This is not a race, but a social event. We have a change of venue this year as Josh at Mohican Adventures has graciously let us use his Pavilion. It has Plenty of tables, 2 Large Grills, facilities, and plenty of parking for everyone! Best of all Beer is allowed! It is Across the Street from the Park just past the mini golf and slightly before the MTB lot. There will be a sign out on Route 3 so Hopefully you will not miss it! All riders should park and meet there. If you still choose to park at the MTB lot you can ride your bike to the Pavilion. The ride will start at 11am, so that means be ready to RIDE at 11, not arrive! After the ride we have our traditional “Trailgator” – everyone contributes a side dish/dessert/condiments to share, you are responsible to bring your own meat or main course to grill. (there will be a food list posted later, so not to duplicate). We also will be having our First Ride Raffle. These funds help the Spokejunkies, however this year, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Mohican Malabar bike club. They help maintain this fabulous trail that we all utilize, and this is a great way to thank them and show your support. I have commitments from 4 Ohio Bike shops, and others to help make this the biggest raffle yet!
Contributors include:
*Roll Bike shop in Columbus (Polaris)
*Bike Ohio in Bainbridge
*Edge Outdoors in Medina
*Kims Bikes in Loudonville
*Fred Peters / Fast Freddy Headset Caps
*CAMBA ( Purchase of their merchandise from raffle funds will support CAMBA)
* Spokejunkies
Roll Bike shop will also be bringing some Demo bikes! This is a first for our event, more details will follow.
For those who may be attending for the first time, The ride is broken up in groups according to ability. Most riders do not complete the entire trail. (it is only April!) Some will skip sections to shorten the ride. There is a short loop for beginners. Generally we allow for 4 hrs of trail time. Festivities start as riders who are done early can get the grills warmed up! So expect the Cookout to begin at approximately 3:30. If you have not RSVP'd on Facebook do so, or join the group for more details. This helps our contributors have an idea of how many riders to expect. Hope to see you there

Using Street Space for Bike Parking []

I ventured into the city centre of Copenhagen for a night out yesterday and was thrilled to behold the new cycle track down Gothersgade. It's a one-way street for cars and bikes - until now. This stretch was a missing link for bicycle traffic. Bicycle users had to do a rather irritating detour to get to key destinations.

Now a cycle track runs straight down the street towards the harbour while the street is still a one-way street for cars. Mary blogged about it a short while back - you can see what the street looked like before- and now the construction is almost complete.

On some stretches The Arrogance of Space has been addressed by adding cycle tracks in both directions, like above. Narrowing the space for cars to create safer conditions.

[Keep reading at Copenhagenize]

Walking and biking makes us more secure in more ways than one []

Pennsylvania must invest in active modes of transportation not only to make us healthier, but also to help protect our country
April 21, 2013 12:18 am
From these early investments to the development of our modern-day rail, aviation and interstate highway systems -- the latter formally known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways -- our state and national governments have invested in various types of transportation on the grounds of national defense.
As retired general officers of the U.S. armed forces and members of a growing effort known as Mission: Readiness, we urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to invest in a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure our nation's security. This time we are calling for the state to include investments in "active modes" of transportation.
So what does transportation funding for bicycling and walking have to do with national security?

Read more:

Columbus Recreation and Parks Trail Construction Updates

The suspension bridge over Alum Creek between Academy Park and Wolfe Park will be closed from April 15 to September 1 for a restoration project.  The historic structure was built in 1922 and will undergo a complete overhaul of the towers, railings, decking, and approaches.  The structural work will close the trail for a short segment on the east side (Wolfe Park) of the river, between Broad Street and Park Drive.  Signed detours around the bridge site are posted for users.
See the Detour Map.

We are excited to announce that construction is now beginning on the gap in the Scioto Trail between Grandview Avenue and the Central Post Office.  This linkage is being built by ODOT, and will connect the entire path between downtown and the Grandview/Hilltop area.  Construction includes two bridges over the Scioto River.  During this 18 month time period, users will not be able to access the path @ Grandview Avenue, and the path will be barricaded near its current end @ the Post Office.  Users will still be able to use the path from the Confluence to the Sauder Avenue bridge and cross to the Floodwall Path.  Users can also still use the north segment of the trail from McKinley Avenue, the new Hilltop Connector bridge, and a 0.5 mile section to Riversedge.
Scheduled completion date is the fall of 2013. --Holly Grimes (11/13/2012) 

Construction has started on a new 1 mile extension of the trail north to Fifth Avenue.  This will not involve any detours or closures. 

A section of the I-670 Trail between St. Clair and the north entry drive to Fort Hayes High School will be closed beginning December 7, 2011.  This 800' closure is for the 670/71 bridge reconstruction project.  The path segment will be closed until 2014.  The east leg of the trail, from Nelson Road to St. Clair, and the west leg from Jack Gibbs/Cleveland Ave. to Fort Hayes, will remain open.  An on-street detour is posted using Spring St. and Long St.
--Updated (10/12/2012)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Eric Barone at 222.22 km / h downhill

The Barone Speed ​​Week 2013 is over, and once again Eric Barone proves he is a man of challenge. Monday, April 15, 2013, he broke the world record for downhill mountain bike series recording a speed 217.30 km / h to the cells.
It lacks a few km / h almost beat his own world record on a bike prototype set at 222.22 km / h.
It lets you enjoy the passing of Eric downhill. Turn the sound up!
Teaser made ​​in 3D until the long format ...!