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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Honoring the founder of TOSRV | Dispatch

I never met Charles Siple, but I feel like I know him … and owe him a debt of gratitude. You do too if you’ve ever ridden on a bike path, with a bike club or in an organized ride. And especially if you've ridden TOSRV.
Charles, 94, passed away last week. He was a World War II veteran, artist, dedicated letter writer and Master Penman, husband, father and grandfather.
But the Clintonville resident is perhaps best known for creating the Tour of the Scioto River Valley, or TOSRV.
Charles was a bike rider long before it was cool and popular to be a bike rider.
tosrv22On a scorching-hot July day in 1962, Charles and his son, Greg,  16 at the time, went on a "little" father-and-son bike ride from Columbus to Portsmouth and then back the next day, a 200-plus-mile trip.
This just wasn’t something people did back then.

1997 Klein Mantra SOLD

FOR SALE (Columbus, OH area ONLY unless you want to pay packing and freight)
1997 Klein Mantra Race
Purchased in 1998 from TRM Cycles in Mt. Lebanon PA
Updated components/wheels through 2003
Rear triangle replaced in 2003 via Klein warranty
Rear triangle bearings replaced at same time
According to Gary Klein this is a medium. I am 6'1" and it fits me.

Components (see photos)
Deore XT 8 speed drivetrain
Truvativ Stylo crankset 44/32/22
Deore XT V-brakes
Custom White Industries - Sun Zero Degree Rim wheel set. Front wheel is radially laced.
Rock Shox front fork (needs rebuilt) and a spare of unknown functionality
Raceface seat post
Specialized saddle
Fox ALPS 5R shock

Rear shock pump
Extra brake assemblies
Extra brake levers
2 knobby tires
2 Ritchey 26 x 1 slicks

Note: Photo shows platform pedals but they are not included. There is a cyclometer harness in the picture too and it will be removed because it died.

McKeesport does its part in making Great Allegheny Passage complete | @TribLive

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013, 4:21 a.m.Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 

Grand opening for the final mile of Pittsburgh's portion of the Great Allegheny Passage is set for the weekend, and McKeesport is doing its part to make the trail more navigable.
Saturday's ceremony will celebrate the completion of the link between Pittsburgh's and the Steel Valley's trail systems. McKeesport is putting the final touches on the section that runs through the city, which provides a direct route between the Marina at McKees Point and RIDC Riverplace Industrial Center.
“It looks spectacular and I'm excited that it's finished,” McKeesport Trail Commission president Linda Brewster said. “The bikers coming through the city have a clear pathway that they can see and they won't be confused.”
When cyclists began traveling local sections of the Great Allegheny Passage early in its development, McKeesport was a rough patch between Elizabeth Township and the Steel Valley.
With support from Steel Valley organizers, the Regional Trail Corp. and the Allegheny Trail Alliance, McKeesport Trail Commission made improvements over the years.

The bike lobby rolls on [Politico]

aren’t ready to crow about their clout just yet. | AP Photo
The bicycle lobby is real.
Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz drew widespread mockerywhen she suggested in an online video that “the bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise” while she blasted the New York bike sharing program as the product of a “totalitarian” city government.

All-powerful the bike lobby is not. Cars — and the infrastructure needed to accommodate them — receive an overwhelming percentage of federal, state and local transportation dollars. But a scrappy band of bicycle manufacturers, smart-growth advocates and cycling nonprofits is increasingly fighting — and winning — battles at all levels of government.

[Keep reading at Politico]

Don't try this at home folks. #letsride

Friday, June 21, 2013

Taunting Craigslist Post About Bicycle Crash Strikes Nerve With Biking Community [10TV]

A driver claiming to have struck a bicyclist on the streets of Columbus bragged about it online, and now the central Ohio biking community is enraged.

The message, posted on Craigslist, begins, "To the bicyclist who went down hard today, I admit you must be hurting and I laughed all the way to work."

The post titled "A warning to bicyclists in Columbus" goes on to describe the incident in detail and warns other bicyclists to "beware of people like me who won't stop for you."

"Last year, I was hit right here coming from work -- the driver sped away. I've been doored, I've had a water bottle thrown at me, I've been spit at."

Read on at 10TV...

I posted A warning to bicyclists in Columbus! (some anger issues, Get help) [Craigslist]

Here are some very rude Emails I got from some real idiots.
As you can see they clearly have some anger issues they need to address.
Please get help.

PS. the post was made up just to see how many wackos would come out of the wood work. I will post some more emails later.

jennifer grimm
Asshole. Karma's a bitch. Better hope you are never in the hospital yourself and have me as your nurse.
shawn kothe
I will throat punch you!
John Newsom
You are a pathetic excuse for life. I hope your vehicle catches on fire with you trapped inside. Seriously. I wouldnt risk my flesh to pull you out. Instead, I would say, "Oh well, that asshole was asking for it".

Bragging about hurting a random stranger is pretty sick and twisted. You probably belong in a mental institution.

Have a great day.

[10TV story]

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: The Next-Gen in U.S. Protected Bike Lanes

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: The Next-Gen in U.S. Protected Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

CitiBikes are a Pain in the Ass

Ride On

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bike riders will be able to yield legally at stop signs around Aspen [Aspen Times]

The Aspen City Council on Tuesday decided it will make legal what many bicyclists already are doing: rolling through stop signs.
With little discussion, Mayor Steve Skadron and council members Ann Mullins and Adam Frisch agreed with Aspen police and other city staff members to create an ordinance that allows bicyclists to use stop signs in the same manner that motorists use a yield sign. Councilman Art Daily, who is traveling, was not present for Tuesday’s work session.
The new rule — heralded as a safety measure and a possible incentive for more people to use bikes — won’t become official until it goes through the council’s regular meeting cycle with an introduction at one meeting and a vote for or against final approval at another.
“I am ready to move forward with this,” Skadron said. “I think it’s safe, sensible and efficient bike transport.”
In February, the City Council discussed the issue after Aspen police brought information to them about the “stop-as-yield approach” which has worked in Idaho for many years. A 2008 study by the University of California at Berkeley showed that in Idaho, police and motorists have accepted the measure as public policy that makes sense.

CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME [] Go Chris, Taylor & Kristen! #letsride

Chris Arndt didn’t have much time to stop and chat Tuesday.
Arndt, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, was one of about 140 people who are racing through Helena as part of the Tour Divide. As he passed by Reeder’s Alley on his way up Grizzly Gulch, Arndt paused to woefully note that he slipped by seven positions when he stopped for lunch at Pizza Hut.
“They had all-you-can-eat pizza for $5. I bet I ate two,” Arndt said, with a wide grin below his helmet and sunglasses. “I was in the top 10 until just a few minutes ago and plan to be in Butte later today.”
With that, he put his feet back on the pedals and turned his mountain bike back toward the Continental Divide. He left Banff on Friday, embarking on the 2,745-mile ultra-challenge, and chances are he’ll make it to the finish line in New Mexico in about three weeks.

A warning to bicyclists in Columbus! [Craigslist] #speechless #letsride

To the bicyclist who went down hard today,I admit you must be hurting but I laughed all the way to work.
Yes, I saw you speeding down the street with no intentions of stopping .And like a moron you thought I wouldn't pull out.I had already come to a complete stop at my stop sign. Yeah, I knew you were going to swerve around me and when I heard that loud thud the smile on my face was as wide as could be! I didn't stop but saw you rolling around on the ground as others gathered around you, to see if you were ok.I pray you read this and reply back so I can sit you down and have a man to man with you.Most likely you're in the hospital though.To the other bicyclist driving like idiots,beware of people like me who wont stop for you..We are out there and fed up...Still laughing man...Damn the look on your face when you saw that I wasn't letting you blow through that stop sign!!!!! Priceless...
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Yay Bikes! rides with PRIDE this Saturday, June 22 #letsride

Join Yay Bikes! as We Ride with PRIDE! in the Stonewall Columbus 2013 Pride Parade. Ride your bike down to the corner of Front and W. Town St. where we'll gather to become a rolling, mobile parade float!

Please bring plenty of water and snacks to munch on while we wait for the parade to start. Also, sunscreen or other weather related apparel and/or fun PRIDE parade shenanigans are strongly encouraged!

Please wear your "Yay Bikes!", "Bike Curious?" or other RED t-shirt if you have one. NEW --> Special Yay Bikes! event t-shirts will be available at the event before the parade starts. $10 CASH

We will be lining up in the YELLOW area at Town and Front St. at approximately 11 AM.

The Insurrection of Connection [Bicycling] - How do you handle irate motorists? #letsride

By Bill Strickland
All the stiffest climbs of the day were behind us—at least until we turned around—and the seven of us were on the winding, rolling, smooth two-lane with the gradual drop that, on a good day, for thirty minutes or so feels like a sled ride. We were two-up, with the last rider sitting in the most sheltered spot, between the last two paired rear wheels, the place we call the cradle. I was thinking about how an uneven number in the pack means the combination reshuffles every time you finish a pull and go to the back and the solo rider slots in with one of you: the conversations change up, the new pairings can lead to two calm and steady riders at the front or two half-wheelers or a learning (or teaching) opportunity if an old lion sets up next to a cub. Sometimes two people who don’t talk much wind up next to each other and go on in amiable silence until they rotate back and swap. And the draft changes as bigger or smaller riders end up in front of you, and—
A white wagon pulled up alongside us, in the other lane on a double-yellow section, and the driver, a woman about my age, leaned across and, through the open passenger window, yelled, “Single file! Single file!”
We were a good, steady group that day, men and women who are regular commuters, who have ridden all over the world, who were racers of various experience and ability and frequency. We held our lines and our speed and we pedaled on. I lifted a hand, palm down, and gave the sign for easy, easy, okay, okay.
“Single file!” she screamed again. Behind us, a car honked. Honked again. She yelled at us again, more words, intelligible only as fury. The car behind honked. The wagon jerked away to the left, farther over the yellow line. The driver accelerated and passed us, then so did the car behind.

Christoph Strasser Wins The 2013 Race Across America in Record-Setting Fashion [PAVED Mag]

Was Christoph Strasser excited about his record breaking ride? Hmm, perhaps.
Was Christoph Strasser excited about his record breaking ride? Hmm, perhaps.
By Vic Armijo
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 19th, 2013)— Christoph Strasser has earned his 2nd Race Across America win, reaching Annapolis this afternoon in a record time (pending certification) of 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes with an overall average speed of 15.56 mph, thus becoming the first rider to finish RAAM in under 8 days. He has also broken Pete Penseyes’ record of 15.4 mph average speed set back in 1986, “It’s so great I can’t even realize it, because the record—it was from back in 1986 when I was just 3 years old,” Strasser said minutes after crossing the finish line, “It is unbelievable for me because I was not planning doing this record before the race. I was just trying to be as fast as possible. When I was thinking that it can be possible if everything works out, but it was not my concrete plan to do it. So I am really surprised that it has worked so nice.”Continue reading 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The League of American Bicyclists has a new website

At the National Bike Summit in March, we revealed the new face of the League — a more modern, sophisticated and forward-moving branding that draws on our storied history and propels us to a brighter future for biking. A few weeks later, members started receiving our redesigned magazine, with more vibrant content, creative visuals and even a centerfold infographic. Next, we rolled out a fresh take on our National Bike Month Guide andresources, and, before the end of May, released an equity report that showed in content and layout that the League is stepping up to change the face of bicycling.

Brodie Elan

Shimano XT hubs, shifting and disc brakes, because a fully loaded touring bike deserves better brakes than what's been offered in the past. Now with more rack mounting options!


MODELElan (touring) $1549
COLOURGreen Emerald
SIZESXS / S / M / L / XL
FRAME4130 DB Cromoly Touring
FRONT FORKBrodie Cromo Classic Touring
HANDLE BARBrodie Compact Road 31.8
STEMBrodie 4 Bolt SL
BRAKESShimano Mech. 6" Disc
CRANKSShimano Deore 26/36/48T
PEDALSNot Included
HUBSShimano Deore XT Disc
CASSETTEShimano Deore 11-32t
RIMSSun Inferno 29er
TIRESVittoria Randonneur Pro 35c
SHIFTERSShimano Dura Ace Bar End 9 Spd
S/POSTBrodie Road 27.2
EXTRAS48cm- 26" wheels / Fenders

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Handlebars - Keeping it Weird

About a month and a half ago I wrote a post about my current cockpit setup on my touring rig. I mentioned that my ideal setup would have the swept back hand position of funky mountain bars along with the flats and hoods hand positions of drop bars. I also alluded to the fact that I was getting a prototype of a bar that would provide all of those hand positions. Well it's here, and I'm pretty sure the whole office has become concerned for my sanity.
The initial inspiration for these bars came from looking at pictures or old condorino bars and more modern bullhorns in too rapid of succession.
The swept back portion of the new bars will provide a similar hand position to the VO Postinos
We may end up slightly changing the look of the bar but, testing withstanding, the production model should be functionally similar to the prototype. Here's the nitty gritty: The clamp diameter is 25.4, these bars can only be used on stems with removable faceplates (obviously). The swept back mountain portion of the bars have a 45 degree sweep and 22.2 outer diameter. This means that most flat bar brake levers will fit on it. For my setup I'm using the Tektro FL750's. The bullhorn portion of the bars will have a 23.8 outer diameter. This means  that you can put bar end shifters at the end, or most inverse brake levers. Like the Tektro RX4.1 inverse levers.Cross levers can also be mounted on the flats. You can also put the VO thumb shifter mountsanywhere that your heart desires.

Amtrak Looking to Handle Growing Demand for Bikes on Board [Streetsblog]

Amtrak can be a great option if you want to travel to another city sans car. But if you want to take your bike on board an Amtrak train, on most routes you’ll have to dismantle it, at least partially, and fit it in a box that for a $10 fee can be stowed with the luggage. Then once you arrive, you’ll have to put it back together — if you know how — before rolling away from the station.
More cities and town served by Amtrak are calling for bikes to be allowed on board, like they are on the Capitol Corridor route. Image:
Only eight Amtrak routes (Amtrak Cascades, Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner, Downstate Illinois Services, Missouri River Runner, Piedmont) allow passengers to roll bikes on board fully assembled. Even those that do allow “walk-on” service only do so in very limited numbers; most trains allow just six bikes per train. (Though if you have a folding bike you can store it in carry-on luggage.)
But Amtrak is seeing increased demand for walk-on bike service across the United States. In California, demand for bike accommodations has been so overwhelming that Caltrans and Amtrak recently added a reservations system for walk-on bike service for the Pacific Surfliner. Before the policy, if too many  passengers wanted to bring bikes on board, they were bumped or, at best, forced to hold bikes in the aisle...
Keep reading at Streetsblog -->

Tour de Grandview is Friday, June 28th, 2013 #letsride

The sharp turns, steep inclines and grueling demands of the Tour de Grandview criterium courses have long made them a favorite among participating cyclists. So have the city's laid-back, eclectic culture, the spectators' enthusiasm and the community's historic hospitality. If you've already raced here, you know. If you haven't, the only way to find out what makes this event so special is to put the Tour on your schedule. 

For more information, prize money details, and team and rider registration, contactAndys Burns

Men Category 4/5 30 minutes 6:30 PM

Kids Sprints 

Women Category 1/2/3 30 minutes 7:30 PM
Women Category 3/4 30 minutes 7:30 PM 

Men Category 3 60 minutes 8:05 PM 

Men Category 1/2 70 minutes 8:50 PM

[Tour de Grandview]

MacAskill's Imaginate - Riding Film

Two years in the making, street trials rider Danny MacAskill releases his brand new riding film. Whilst previous projects have focused on locations and journeys, MacAskill's Imaginate sees Danny take a completely different approach to riding. Enter Danny's mind and enjoy.

Craigslist ad for a bike recounts man's emotional and turbulent divorce from his bike.

Tiny Ti

Monday, June 17, 2013

Riding the Ohio to Erie Trail [Dispatch]

There’s a thin strip of mostly-paved amazingness that runs from Cincinnati to Columbus and on to Cleveland.
And it’s not Interstate 71.
It’s the Ohio to Erie Trail, and while technically it’s a multi-use path and walkers, runners, roller bladers and even cross-country skiers (but only in the winter) are welcome, we all know it’s really a bike trail.
And it is 329.7 miles long.
ohioerie2I had the chance to ride a 30-mile chunk of it this weekend with the guy who probably knows as much about the O to E as anyone: Jerry Rempelt, executive director of the O to E Trail Fund. They’re the non-profit group that promotes the trail and are helping local communities acquire and pave the last few miles needed to complete it.
“It was started in 1991 and is 85-percent paved,” Jerry said, adding it will be totally complete in another couple of years. One of the biggest missing pieces of the puzzle is here in Columbus, but they’re working on it. In the meantime hundreds of people ride from one end of the O to E to the other every year and thousands more ride sections, such as the popular and nearby London to Xenia portion...
Continue reading at The Columbus Dispatch

Cyclist’s death should be a lesson for all drivers: don’t kill people with cars [The Collegian]

At 8 a.m. on May 31, Gail Lynne Kline rode out of Salina on her bicycle, heading west on Crawford Street — a paved county road with no shoulder and a speed limit of 55 mph. Between 8:05 and 8:45 a.m., authorities estimate, Kline was struck from behind by a driver in a large, white van, who fled the scene without reporting the accident. Her unresponsive body was discovered lying beneath her bike in the ditch by a passing motorist, both her back wheel and her shoes knocked off. She was pronounced dead later that morning at Salina Regional Health Center.
49-year-old Gail Kline did not have to die. But it was not Kline who was in the wrong. It was the driver, whose inattentiveness caused the accident and whose cowardice prevented him from reporting it, who killed Gail Kline.
Yet days after the tragic accident, Ben Wearing, executive editor of the Salina Journal, drew a different conclusion. On June 5, in an article condescendingly entitled “You’re Not Training for the Olympics,” Wearing admonished cyclists to stay off county roads.
The May 31 hit-and-run accident that killed Kline, Wearing wrote, marks “an appropriate time for us to make our annual appeal for bicyclists to stay off county roads during harvest.”

Joshua "Pro" Hartman from Major Taylor Development Team Medical Expenses [gofundme]

This website was set up by the Major Taylor Development Team in show of support for our talented teammate Joshua “Pro” Hartman and his family during this incredible crisis. As many of you know, Joshua participated in a bike race on Saturday, June 8 and experienced a devastating crash during the qualifying rounds. He sustained multiple injuries to his face - he fractured his cheekbones, nose, and jaw. Thankfully he had on a helmet which protected his head. However when his face hit the protective railing his mouth was split open. Joshua lost a tremendous amount of blood and now remains in the ICU at Kings County Hospital. 

We hope to raise lots of money to assist the family with the overwhelming medical burden they will surely incur. Joshua will need a series of surgeries to reconstruct his face. I can’t emphasize enough how critical the situation is and that your support is deeply needed. 

Joshua is a fierce competitor, whose talent is equally matched in both road and track cycling. He’s the youngest member of the Major Taylor Development Team, an amateur race team, based in Brooklyn, NY. For the past two years he’s amazed all of us competing in countless races throughout the Tri-State area. Not only does he compete at the Jr. Level he also competes as a Cat-3 on the track and Cat-5 on the road. Last summer 2012, he placed first in the Floyd Bennett, Mango Seed Summer Series along with placing 3rd in the Lucarelli & Castaldi Series in Prospect Park all at the tender age of 14 years old. 

Joshua is an exceptional talent and we love him dearly. We have all the confidences that he will be on the mends in no time. In the meantime, WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Your donation will enable him to have the countless reconstructive surgeries needed to change his life and his ability to thrive in the future. 

We hope we can count on you…  [Donate here]
PS: Visit ebay to check out our online auction to support Joshua  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mayor Coleman To Kick Off Columbus’ Bike to Work Week on Monday, June 17, 2013 7:30 a.m.

For Immediate Release                 
Friday, June 14, 2013
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Dan Williamson, Mayor’s Office, 645-5300
John Ivanic, City Council, 645-6798
Rick Tilton, Public Service, 645-7263
Jose Rodriguez, Public Health, 645-6928
Steve Faulkner, ODOT, 644-7101

Mayor Coleman To Kick Off Columbus’ Bike to Work Week
Unveiling Share the Road Education Campaign

Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be joined by City Councilmember Eileen Paley, Ohio  Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock, along with LOTS of bicyclists, to kick off Columbus’ Bike to Work Week.

Mayor Coleman also will unveil the City’s Share the Road campaign ( He created Share the Road to make Columbus’ roads safer for everyone – motorists and bicyclists. It is part of the City’s Bicentennial Bikeways Plan and sponsored by the Ohio  Department of Transportation. Share the Road is part of a national effort to encourage safety and awareness by all road users by staying alert, respecting the rights of others and knowing and following traffic laws.

Westside Health Center, 2300 W. Broad Street, 43204, at Wheatland Avenue

Monday, June 17, 2013
7:30 a.m. Program


EDITOR’S NOTE: PHOTO OP — Action shots of bicyclists

Photographers and videographers are invited to get footage of bicyclists, including Mayor Coleman, as they travel east along Broad Street to City Hall, between 7:45-8 am. Local bicycling organizations will have informational tents at City Hall until 9:30.

Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store.
I’ve always felt that this was complete bullshit, but I admit that my emotions may have been playing a part in this rapid condemnation as well. I started riding bikes about 32 years ago, and I just never stopped. To me, bicycling is being alive, and I’d rather run any necessary risk of death than be condemned to a life where cars were the only way to get around, because that sort of soggy dependence wouldn’t be much of a life to me.
But luckily for all of us, we don’t have to choose between safety and freedom. They both come together perfectly in the form of bicycle transportation, and once we work our way through the statistics of the matter, all talk of choosing cars over bikes because of safety can be banished from the face of the Earth – forever.
There’s going to be a bit of math involved, so for busy people we’ll begin with the final answer, then work through how we got there below.
Riding a bike is not more dangerous than driving a car. In fact, it is much, much safer:
Read on here