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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Keirin: Speed Racers

Keirin: Speed Racers on

Bike to Work Day is this Friday, May 17, 2013

Bike to work from Imagery with Impact on Vimeo.

In an effort to encourage more people to bike to work, this film contrasts a driver and bike commuter’s start to their workday. The film highlights the question, how do you want to start your day?

For more information on Bike to Work Day, visit:

Bike to work day is May 17th, 2013.

Music by Alt + J "Something Good" visit:

Written by Khalisa Bolling

Co-produced by Khalisa Bolling and Brian Kranson

Directed and edited by Leylla Badeanlou: A Film by Imagery with Impact Productions

Camera: 5DMIII
Lenses: 21mm Zeiss, 35mm f/1.4, 45mm T/S, 85mm/f1.2
Tools: Glide track, Glidecam, Manfrotto monopod & tripod, FCP7

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Amish Country Bike Camping Adventure (May 11-12, 2013)

Overcast and upper 40's/low 50's
4 cyclists (Ray, Bill, Brett, Tim)
Coshocton, OH start
Clark, OH
Beck Mills, OH (Beckless of course)
Charm, OH (lunch)
Berlin, OH (stopped for chocolate)
Winesburg, OH (Camped at Amish Country Campgrounds)
Dinner in Winesburg (My wife drove up to camp with us)

Saturday night a cold front moved through with rain and wind and temps dropped into upper 30's/low 40's

Sunny and clear with headwinds of 20-30 mph
No restaurants are open in the heart of Amish country on Sunday. (Duh!)
We ate breakfast at camp and headed out
Sugar Creek, OH (sightseeing and lunch)
End at Coshocton, OH
8300 ft of climbing
Lots of Amish and cows scattered throughout beautiful countryside.

11 Of The World’s Hottest Bikes [FastCompany]


New York City’s soon-to-be-launched bike-sharing program has met with Big Apple-size skepticism. It’s too dangerous for a city with so little cycling infrastructure, detractors cry. The bike stations are too ugly (and a blight on historic neighborhoods), and the bikes themselves are crass advertisements for their corporate underwriter, Citibank. Regardless of whether those criticisms are fair, the program does reveal the fact that bike culture--the lifestyle most often associated with the Netherlands and, on this side of the pond, Portland, Oregon--is riding into the mainstream.
New York may not become Amsterdam anytime soon. But even here, interest has fueled daring experiments in bike construction and fashion. Supported by technological advances, designers are sculpting novel materials (wood, bamboo, carbon fiber, and even cardboard) into breathtakingly novel forms. Never before has there been such a range of rides--from porteurs and cargos to folding and e-bikes--and as many lightweight frames and components. The best are catalogued in Velo: Second Gear, a new book from Gestalten, a collection of profiles of the makers who are on the bleeding edge of bike engineering.
Most of the examples in the slide show are custom-made, handcrafted, limited-edition pieces for the select few who can afford them. But they are also indicators of an exciting moment in the evolution of the bicycle as an object, as well as the foundation for a growing movement that may even come to thrive in hard-hearted New York.
Buy Velo here for $37.

Want To Make Money? Build A Business On A Bike Lane [FastCompany]

Want To Make Money? Build A Business On A Bike Lane

Research from New York City notes that newly installed protected bike lanes do more than keep bikers safe--they raise the income of the stores they are in front of.

We’re written before about cyclonomics--the economic impact of biking. Studies show that cycling brings in tourists, delivers jobs, and boosts retail sales.
Now comes more evidence: a report from New York looking at the impact of a single bike lane, and another from Oregon, looking at tourism spending. Neither will placate drivers who want roads to themselves--but anyway.
New York may have dropped in a recent ranking of cycling cities. But it does have some world class infrastructure, including a "complete street" on 9th Avenue, with a protected bike lane. Built in 2007, it was controversial at the time (like everything else bike-related in the city). But a study by the Department of Transport finds that it’s paid dividends economically. Local stores between 23rd and 31st streets have seen a 49% increase in sales, compared to an average of 3% for Manhattan as a whole.
The DOT doesn’t give an explanation. But other research has shown similar things. While bikers tend to spend less per visit than drivers, they spend more over a month, according to onePortland study. Bike advocates note that you can park more bikes in a limited space than you can family-sized vehicles.
The Oregon study, by Dean Runyan Associates, measures the impact of bike tourism. Based on a survey of about 5,000 people, it finds that vacationing bikers spent $400 million last year, or $1.2 million a day. Of that, $175 million went on accommodation and food, $54 million on groceries, and $28 million on bike repairs, clothing, and gear. Bike tourism also secured 4,600 jobs, the report says, and $18 million in tax receipts.
Of course, these are all the positive stories. We don’t hear about the economic disadvantages of bike lanes, if there are any, because the studies, generally, don’t get done. Still, the evidence is mounting for biking’s positivity. It’s not just good for you, but good for the economy, too.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ride On! A Bike Swap Benefiting Pelotonia is May 18th

Have a bike to sell or donate? Looking for a bike to buy for yourself or a family member? Attend "Ride On! A Bike Swap Benefiting Pelotonia" sponsored by the Granville Rec District on Saturday, May 18th from noon - 5:00pm at Granville Intermediate School. This free event offers families and cycling enthusiasts an outlet to buy or sell new and used bikes, bike equipment and gear while supporting the fundraising efforts of local Pelotonia riders. The swap will feature vendors, food and educational workshops by bike experts. For more information, visit

POC Trabec Race MIPS

The Trabec Race MIPS is a well-ventilated in-mold helmet that combines functionality and performance for single track and enduro riders. The construction is similar to the trabecular bone structure, which has excellent resistance and durability. The inner EPS core, reinforced with aramid filaments, is tough and resilient and the outer PC shell is constructed with the seams located in the least exposed areas. The helmet is equipped with the patented MIPS system to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the case of an oblique impact.
  • MIPS system
  • Size adjustment system
  • Adjustable visor protects your eyes from rain, sun, mud
and tree branches
  • Aerodynamic ventilation channel system - 16 vent slots
  • The fit is designed to be around the head versus on top, for superior protection
  • Aramid fiber grid for protection and durability
WEIGHT: 350 g

Five Ten Æscent - The Red One

The new Æscent is the ultimate lightweight performance shoe. Built on a brand new midsole-outsole package with the perfect balance of traction for hiking, rubber-on-the-rock for climbing and stability for everything from biking to cruising your longboard, the Æscent features a breathable mesh toe and high-friction Stealth S1 rubber soles. We've made this classic “approach” shoe the lightest, strongest, best-performing kick available. An innovative medial and lateral arch support add torsional stability and mid-foot support, while the 2-piece molded EVA midsole ensures your ride is as smooth as a magic carpet.

[Five Ten]

Fairdale Coaster [Wired]

Fairdale’s Coaster ($430-490) has the maneuverability of a track bike, but the overall relaxed feel of a regular roadie. A coaster brake comes stock (hence the name), but the frame can accept standard brakes, racks and fenders, so you can build it up. Custom riser bars set you in an upright position, ideal for riding in traffic.

[See the rest of the Bike to Work Week reviews at Wired]

Ride the Elevator 2013 is TONIGHT! @halandals @ftoncycleworks @ElevatorBrewing @yaybikes #letsride

Join us TONIGHT for Ride the Elevator 2013. This is a FREE ride from Goodale Park, Franklinton Cycleworks and Hal & Al's and we will converge on Elevator Brewery to enter the brewery and meet Dick the owner. You must be 21 to participate.
There are several starting points
Meet at Hal & Al's bar at 5:15pm and ride with the Keg Bike to Goodale Park
Meet at Goodale Park at the corner of Park & Buttles around 6:00pm. The ride rolls no later than 6:15pm.
Meet at Franklinton Cycleworks on W Broad at 6:15pm and the group from Goodale will swing by to join them for the ride to Elevator Brewery.
The entrance fee at Elevator Brewery is $10 and all proceeds go directly to Yay Bikes! and Franklinton CycleWorks. We will all be handed a beer and commemorative PINT GLASS to pose for a mass cheers photo. At beer 30 (7:30pm) we can pop open our beer and smile for the camera.

We will then head down to Hal & Al's on Parson's to fill our pint glass with beer specials TBD.

Here are photos from Ride the Elevator 2012
Here are photos from Ride the Elevator 2011

More proof that bike lanes boost business [Treehugger]

bikes 9th ave
Public Domain NYC Dept of Transportation
In any discussion about installing bike lanes the argument often is put forward that they are bad for business, what with the loss of parking spaces and the increased difficulty of loading and deliveries. But what if this is completely backwards? TreeHugger alluded to this in How bicycles bring business to your community and There IS a Bicycle Economy, Two Cities Find, but here is the real proof from New York's Department of Transportation.
The most shocking data are from the protected bike lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues. 49% increase in retail sales. (The decrease in injuries is pretty spectacular too.) It all works because there is a place for everyone, not just the car.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Everything about riding in traffic I learned from my four-year-old [People for Bikes]

According to Bikes Belong, 27% of kids (13.7 million individuals) ages 6 to 17 bicycled in 2010, for a total of 989 million bicycling outings (72 outings per bicyclist.).

The other day, I was embarking on one of my favorite activities: riding around town with my family. With my four-year-old attached to my bike on one of those newfangled trail-a-bikes, I took him straight over a small section of bumpy rocks. I assumed he’d ridden on rocks before. I’d assumed he’d enjoy bouncing up and down. I assumed he’d think riding rocks was cool.
“Mommy, that was NOT cool,” I was quickly informed.
Here I was, in the middle of a bike ride with my son, and I’d just broken one of the major tenants of cycling: I didn’t ride predictably. And though this lesson was reinforced with a few tears (his) and pangs of guilt (mine), I realized this wasn’t the first lesson on cycling I’d received from my pint-sized wheelman. Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve learned just about everything I know about riding with traffic from my kiddo.

[Keep reading at People for Bikes]

When is Bike to Work Week and Day? [League of American Bicyclists]

Sponsored by the League, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!
CLICK HERE to download promotional items!

When is Bike to Work Week and Day?

In 2013, Bike to Work Week is May 13-17 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17

When is Bike to School Day?

In 2013, Bike to School Day is May 8.

Bike Month Guide

Need some ideas? Use the League's Bike Month Guide to learn how to get started promoting your event.

Bike Month Promotion

Click here to download logos, posters, web banners, a social media toolkit, a Bike Month Bingo sheet and more! Contact with any specific questions!

Bike Month Events

Check the Bike Month events section often to see what Bike Month and Bike to Work Week events are going on in your community. Also, post your area, club, business or school's Bike Month events on our Web site for free! Post or find Bike Month events today. 

U.S. Bike Commuter Data

According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000. Many Bicycle Friendly Communities have more than doubled their bike commuter share since 2000. Read more and find stats for your area.

Ride Better

The League's Ride Better page has detailed the Rules of the Road and commuting tips to making riding fun and safe for all new and returning riders.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Portable bike brake light is also completely wireless [TreeHugger]

We've reviewed a lot of bike lights in TreeHugger, and this new one is a little different. Inventor and tinkerer John Craig has created an easily removable, battery-powered brake light that senses a cyclist's decelerations in order to strongly flash when a bike is coming to a stop.
Calling his new Kickstarter campaign invention the LucidBrake, Craig says the light will help save lives by preventing some of the accidents caused by drivers that say they just don't 'see' cyclists. The LucidBrake has a patent-pending algorithm that is supposed to ignore normal wheel rotations and road bumpiness, yet sense the deceleration that indicates slowing down or stopping. The brake's eight LED lights are placed in an octagon shape so that they resemble a stop sign.
For regular cruising the LED-based LucidBrake shows a weaker flashing light, then flashes intensely when the cyclist is braking or decelerating to a stop. The light stays steady for a few seconds and then returns to weaker flashing. There are no wires or installation, and no plastic parts or covers.
LucidBrake weighs in at just 23 grams and the company says it is easily mounted and dismounted from a bike (though a flat surface is needed), or a helmet, or a backpack. The LucidBrake team consulted 3-M to find a 'dual-lock' fastener, a bit like sticky velcro, to make it easy to put the brake light on and off. Craig says a tough sunlight and waterproof coating means you can dunk a Lucidbrake in a lake and it keeps on flashing.
LucidBrake isn't the first wireless brake light, but with the eight LEDs it does seem one of the brightest. At the current Kickstarter, getting one of the first-production lights entails a $50.00 pledge.
Too bad the light isn't solar or otherwise alternatively powered. Maybe some day.