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Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Cyclotrope

The Cyclotrope from tim Wheatley on Vimeo.
Music- Jherek Bischofff
Song- Kule Kule (Orchestra Version) from "Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers" Alternative takes on Congotronics (Crammed Discs)

The Cyclotrope

Created and animated by tim wheatley

The cyclotrope is a cycle of 18 images that is spun at a certan speed so that the frame rate of the camera filming it gives the illusion of animation.

This film is my first experiment with the cyclotrope and i intend to work with it more.

watch another experiment here

follow my project here

and visit my website

Don’t Bike Like A Dickweed: 10 Rules for New Cyclists

Here’s the thing. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was new to riding a bicycle once. I bought my first bicycle as an adult four years ago, and if you think I wasn’t embarrassingly inept for the first year, you’re completely tripping. There is no way to become a serious cyclist who knows what they’re doing without spending a long time learning by trial and error. We’re biased, since we bleed chainlube if you prick us, but we think every human with the physical ability to pedal a bicycle should at least try riding in the city they love.
Even the most ardent supporters of community cycling have a hard time coping with the influx of novices every spring and summer, though. Suddenly the empty lanes we owned all winter are full of creaking, out-of-repair bicycles that are passing us on the right with like two inches of space between our knees despite the fact there’s a red light coming in two seconds, and we want to fucking strangle everyone.
The new Chicago bikeshare program, Divvy, means lots of ordinary citizens are experimenting with cycling, and we love it. But a few minutes on the road will show you that most users of the program could use a crash course in bike etiquette.
We’re not saying anyone should be ashamed of being new to cycling. We’re not saying anyone should be too nervous of making a mistake to even try. We’re not trying to make the bar to entry even higher. We’re saying that, if new cyclists take a few simple considerations to heart, we probably won’t even know they’re new to cycling when see them out there sweating it out on Milwaukee. We’ll just think they’re one of us.

Moving Violations

Ignoring the rules listed here can be seriously dangerous. They make commuting on a crowded street more inconvenient for everyone. You might think they make your trip safer, or easier, or faster, but in the long run you’re putting yourself at risk and delaying/endangering other cyclists for your own selfishness. This is the kind of stuff that will make other cyclists seethe.
Now, do hard and fast rules exist in cycling? No. The same red light that it’s just idiotic not to run at three in the morning is equally idiotic to run during rush hour. There’s a difference between riding along a deserted sidewalk instead of taking a very sketchy bridge, and weaving through pedestrians on the sidewalk for miles. The same route that a bike messenger takes everyday without incident might seem like a certain deathtrap to someone without the same skill level and disregard for personal safety. I’m not saying “never pass a cyclist on the right even if you’re about to be hit by a car and that’s the only path available to you.” I’m saying “if you pass a cyclist on the right instead of waiting two seconds, looking over your shoulder, saying ‘on your left’ and passing on the left, please be aware that they’re beaming psychic death rays at the back of your fool head.”

Queen - Bicycle Race

Queen - Bicycle Race from Cristian Molina on Vimeo.
Taken from 'Greatest Video Hits 1' (From Queen official youtube channel). The single and the song are from the 1978 album Jazz.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Biking Cincinnati to Columbus

Biking Cincinnati to Columbus from UrbanCincy on Vimeo.
UrbanCincy's Jake Mecklenborg biked from Fountain Square to the Ohio Statehouse. Read the full story at:

Biggest bicycle jump into a lake | Youtube

Biking To Fight Cancer -- One Stride At A Time | Huff Post

In the fashion industry, when someone is taking their job way too seriously, you often hear the phrase, "it's not brain surgery" or "it's not rocket science," and even, "it's not like we're curing cancer." And it's true, my job, as amazing as it is, often makes me question myself - am I doing enough? In May of this year, I had the opportunity to tour The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC--James). It is one of the nation's premier cancer centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. I met the CEO, Dr. Michael Caligiuri and many other doctors and researchers who spend their days searching for a cure for this horrible disease. I imagined what it would be like to be making such a difference in the world -- it gives me chills just thinking about it! They are all incredibly inspiring to me. So I asked myself, what can I do to help?
Lucky for me, I work for a brand that is extremely dedicated to giving back to the community. Victoria's Secret is one of the biggest supporters of an amazing organization called Pelotonia, which is an annual bike ride that takes place in Columbus, Ohio. Each year, thousands of cyclists ride up to 180 miles in an effort to raise money for the OSUCCC-James. The goal is simple: End Cancer! After three years of participating in Supermodel Soul Cycle, which has raised over $500,000 through Soul Cycle spinning classes, this year I decided to participate in Pelotonia so that I could broaden my efforts to raise money for cancer research.

republic bike x portlandia aristotle

Become bike oastal
Cars, man.  Why?And yes, we put a bird on it.
If you have absolutely no self-control and undying devotion to Portlandia, we've got you covered. Republic Bike has teamed up with the folks at Portlandia to properly outfit you.
Designed by Fred and Carrie, our Limited Edition Portlandia Aristotle (also available in a Mixte), features our integrated cargo bars, subtle but overt Portlandia branding, and birds.
Cars, man. Why?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Classic Tandem Electric Bike | Pedego

MotorBrushless Gearless Hub Motor on Rear wheel
Power500 Watt
Gears & Speeds6 Speed Shimano Tourney Gears
BatteriesLightweight Lithium in a Removable Pack
ShifterShimano SIS Index® Shifter
ChargerSmart Charger Included
Amps10 AMP Hour
Volts48 Volt
TiresKenda 26″ x 2.125″ K-RAD Urban Tires
Speed20 MPH using motor power only
Distance15 – 30 miles per charge(depending on rider weight & terrain)
Throttle TypeTwist Throttle Variable Speed Control
Frame Type6061 Light Weight Aluminum
HandlebarsCruiser Style with Promax Stem
Braking SystemAvid BB-7 Front Disc Brakes and Dia-Compe Rear Hub Brake
Drive SystemRear Hub Motor (Motor is in rear wheel)
MeasurementsFrame Size 17″
Axle to Axle 74″
Handlebars 28″
SeatPedego Padded Adjustable Seat Height 32″ to 39″
Battery IndicatorOn Handlebars
Bicycle Warranty1 Year
Battery Warranty3 Year Limited Warranty
WeightBicycle Only – 75 lbs
Battery Pack – 10 lbs
Total Weight – 85 lbs


Robert Penn explains why it's all about the bike | Vimeo

Robert Penn explains why it's all about the bike from Penguin Books on Vimeo.

Spot Wazee | Bike

In the spirit of Colin Chapman, the brash auto racing entrepreneur who created the Lotus 38that won the 1965 Indy 500, we present the Wazee—a city bike that blends modern technology with retro racing aesthetics. The sleek and streamlined steel frame delivers the classic ride characteristics and road-feel that bicyclists prize. And with its Lotus-inspired Chapman green (of course) color scheme, the Wazee handles city streets with precision and panache. Our Wazee is the newest member of the Spot family but its heritage runs deep. Wazee Street is one of Denver's most storied thoroughfares, the epicenter of LoDo and beating heart of Mile-High commerce and culture. Anchoring the bike is the most innovative drive system available: a CenterTrack belt drive that motors fast and quiet, lap after lap after lap. Colin Chapman would be proud. AVAILABLE in shops in late August.

The Bridge Street Saddlebag

The 21st Century saddlebag for unencumbered adventures
There's room for a better saddlebag....
The bicycle has always been about freedom: Throw a few essentials into a bag and set out for a day, a weekend, or a year...
The Bridge Street Saddlebag emerged from our search for the perfect bag for lightweight, unencumbered adventures. It takes all the benefits of traditional large capacity saddlebags, and adds a bunch of new ones too:
  • It lets you carry all you want, without encouraging you to take more than you need
  • It keeps the load off your back - so it won't make you hot and uncomfortable - and puts it close to the centre of the bike for better handling
  • It's light, since it doesn't need an external rack or frame, while clever use of modern materials mean its around half the weight of a canvas or leather bag
  • It fits directly onto your bike's seat post with a robust, proven quick release bracket, so it can be fitted or removed in a second, and it works with any kind of saddle
  • It has a simple, roll top closure that keeps out the rain and allows the capacity to expand and contract according to your needs
  • It doesn't sway from side to side as you ride, or rub against your frame, tyre or mudguard 
More at:

Michal Marosi crazy wallride | Youtube

Lucky Escape After Car Door Opens On Cyclist | SkyNews

A woman has escaped serious injury after she was knocked off her bike when a passenger opened a car door in front of her.
The victim, whose family name is Shi, was riding home on her electric bicycle in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, when the accident took place.
A rear door of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) stopped by the roadside opened suddenly in front of her, sending her tumbling from her bike into the rear wheel of a passing truck.
Woman has narrow escape after being knocked off her bike
The woman is thrown into the back tyre of a passing truck

[See the video at SkyNews]

Proof That Bike-Share Generates More Foot Traffic Than Free Parking |

Divvy user Richard Hurh at the Smoke Daddy docking station. Photo: John Greenfield
[This article also appeared in "Checkerboard City," John's column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets on Wednesday evenings.]
As I’ve written, the 32nd Ward’s Scott Waguespack is a good guy, and he’s one of Chicago’s best aldermen. A key independent voice and reformer, he’s sort of the Eliot Ness of City Council. He made headlines for leading the opposition to Richard M. Daley’s much-hated parking-meter contract, as well as Rahm Emanuel’sfishy reboot of the deal. Waguespack is generally a strong supporter of sustainable transportation, and he bike commutes regularly—he’s been doored or struck by cars on multiple occasions.
It’s a bummer when a politician you respect is on the wrong side of an issue you care about. So I was distressed to read quotes from the alderman that seemed critical of Chicago Department of Transportation initiatives that convert car parking spaces to productive uses like Divvy bike-share stations, on-street bike racks and “People Spots” seating areas. “Bike shares, People Spots … what will that do to businesses?” he asked at a community event this spring.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Helmet vending machines to debut at four Boston Hubway stations this month

“Boston will be the first city in the US to do this,” said Nicole Freedman, head of the city’s bicycle programming. “The real goal is to make sure cyclists in Boston are wearing helmets as much as possible.”

City officials, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino, are scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Aug. 26, for one of the first HelmetHub machines, which will be attached to a Hubway station outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, said Freedman, director of Boston Bikes.

Locations for the other three pilot helmet vending machines have not yet been finalized, but Freedman said they will likely be installed at Hubway stations that attract the highest amount of “casual ridership,” or riders who are least likely to wear helmets.

The top Hubway stations for casual ridership are at: Beacon and Arlington streets, Boylston and Arlington Streets, Charles Circle, North Station and South Station, she said.

Pricing has also not been finalized, but Freedman expects the machines will charge users $2 to rent a helmet for 24 hours. To buy the helmets, the cost will be “in the $20 range,” she ...

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Annual Franklinton Bicycle Swap Meet - August 24

Trade, sell, and buy used and new bicycle parts at the 400 West Rich Farmer's Market!

What is there to do?
-Get some deals on bike parts
-Check out some local bike organizations
-Enter a raffle
-Get free expert help & advice on your bike from real mechanics
-See amazing, cool bikes during the bike show
-Listen to some great music
-Have lunch at one of the many local food trucks
-Take home some fresh, local produce
-And more!

From Jonathan Youngman:

Hey Cycling Friends. Just wanted to let you know that Franklinton CycleWorks' third annual Swap Meet is coming up on August 24th.

I know most of you have lots of parts, gear and accessories lying around. I also know most of you are currently looking for a particular part to complete a project. The Swap Meet is a perfect place to either clean out or switch up your inventory.

I know many of you also have some fantastic bicycles. Share them with the city by showing them off at the swap's Ride In. You'll be able to display your bike on a show floor and talk with other enthusiasts about what you love most; bicycles.

Vendor Registration is $20.
Ride In (Bike Show) Registration is $5.
The event itself is free.

All proceeds go to Franklinton CycleWorks, a 501c3 non-profit, serving the neighborhood of Franklinton and the city at large by helping folks maintain and repair their bicycles.

Email Jonathan at to register.

When: Saturday August 24th from 10am to 2pm
Where: 400 West Rich
What: Bike Swap Meet and Farmers Market
Details: Buy, sell, trade anything bike related/ Show off your stead at the Ride In/ Buy local produce/ Listed to music/ Eat local cuisine from a food truck/ Eat some Jeni's/ Enter a raffle and more

These Sneakers Come With A Built-In Tent, For When You Need A Private Moment [FastCompany]

The Walking-Shelter set of kicks means you’re never far from home, because home can be wherever you set up your shoe-tent.

Being human is hard. We’re squishy, lumbering, and sensitive. We don’t have claws or wings, and instead of arriving on this planet with houses on our backs like hermit crabs, we have to build them.
Australian architecture collective Sibling has designed a solution for this last problem. When Aussie clothing manufacturer Gorman asked 21 companies and artists to optimize a white canvas high-top sneaker for a line of “Choose Your Own Adventure Shoes,” Sibling, a collaboration among eight architect friends, made theirs with a built-in nylon and polyester shelter. The Walking-Shelter is perfect for a vision quest, walkabout, or epic bar crawl that demands collapsing of exhaustion at the end...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nice Way Code Think Horse

The Culticycle: a Pedal-Powered Tractor

Culticycle pedal powered tractor
"The Culticycle is a pedal powered tractor that can cultivate, seed, spray, or pull gear for most low horsepower tasks. Small tractors do many jobs very well and very fast, but also consume fuel, compact soil, cost a lot, and cause physical damage to the operator -– mainly spine and joint problems. Many of their jobs could be done, slower but better, by human pedal power.
This prototype consists of:
  • the front ends of 2 bikes welded together at 42” on center;
  • a lawn tractor differential mounted in a unistrut rectangle for a rear end , with 3/4" round axles and 20” ATV tires;
  • a bike frame welded above the rear end with motorcycle sprocket and chain driving the differential (a springloaded idler tensions the chain);
  • a belly mount lift to hold cultivators, seeders, etc.;
  • a bike handlebar, separate from the bike frame and joined to the front end, steering the front wheels.
The materials are rebar, unistrut, landscape rake tines, and parts from bikes, an ATV, and a lawn tractor. It attempts to show that human pedal power can do some jobs of small tractors, albeit in twice the time, and that the design can be simple enough that no extra weight is needed for traction. The effort required is similar to climbing a 10 degree slope on a seventies Schwinn 3 speed. This prototype was built for testing: a more easily buildable version is in the works."


Bult X3 Helmet With Integrated HD Video Camera

bultHelmet cams are all the rage to capture rides and wrecks, and to document maliucous drivers for the authorities to deal with. Add-on models can be pricey, and while it isn’t spoken about much there is a risk of increased injury in attaching anything to the outside of your helmet. The BultX3 helmet has an integrated 720p HD video camera with a 120ยบ wide angle lens for capturing all of the action unfolding in front of you at 30 FPS. A simple two button power and record system keeps it easy to use on the move, and the four-position lens allows you to aim it where you need depending on your riding and what you’re trying to capture. The built in memory can record an hour of video, and is easily downloaded to your computer via a USB connection. The Bult X3 multi-sport helmet is CPSC and ASTM certified and retails for $119, less than most add-on cameras alone. More information and a list of distributors is available at
Also available is the lower resolution X1, and coming soon the X5 with even more resolution and double the framerate for better slow-motion replay.

Kite Patch | Vimeo

Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on Vimeo.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Capturing The Inconsiderate Drivers Who Make It Dangerous To Bike In The City [FastComapny]

A new blog--Get Off My New York City #Bikelane!--collects pictures of cars and other impediments blocking the city’s impressive collection of bike lanes.

"How sweet was my ride home today," Marc Jayson Climaco, 28, wrote on his Tumblron July 30. "Didn’t yell, scream, or curse at someone for blocking my fucking bike lane."
Get Off My New York City #Bikelane! is Climaco’s answer to the Dorothy Rabinowitzes(the well-mocked anti bike lane advocate and Wall Street Journal editorial board member) of the world. Aiming to show that New York City cyclists aren’t the most reckless, lawless people on wheels in this town, Climaco began documenting items (mostly SUVs) blocking bike lanes last week. He’s already amassed quite a collection.

When Climaco was 17 years old and cycling in the Pyrenees, a speeding car knocked him off his bike on a curvy mountain turn. When he came back to the United States, he had trouble crossing the street, let alone going for a ride. And it was only when New York City rolled out its bike-share program in May, Climaco says, that he felt comfortable enough to hop back on.
Still, Climaco noticed some issues on his daily route from his apartment in the Lower East Side to his job in Chelsea. "Last week I was having a moody day, I got angry, and I decided to start taking pictures of cars," he says. "Ultimately, what I would like to have is a better integration of New York City bike culture on the streets. Clearly that’s a lot of work and that’s going to take some time, but I think for now just documenting cars or trucks blocking the bike lanes is just a good start."


DSC_0449Nothing finishes a new build like matching anodized parts. The problem is getting everything from hubs to chainrings that perfect shade of polarizing pink.Luckily for OCD owners , Paul Components has a brand new color anodizing program.
Starting (today) August 1st, they’ll be offering one custom color a month for any component at no additional charge. They’ll take orders for the custom color over the course of the month and ship the following month. The ano schedule for the next 7 months is available on the website. Orange, purple, pink, etc… will all be available in the next few months.

RAPID FIRE: Ray George at the Post Office | Vital MTB

RAPID FIRE: Ray George at the Post Office - More Mountain Bike Videos

Let's Ride to the Crew on Saturday Night

Ride with us from Goodale Park to watch the Crew take on the Red Bulls. Pedal Instead will be there for bike parking. We will most likely be sitting in Nordecke which is general admission so we will need to leave Goodale Park by 6:30PM to allow time to park our bikes and get good seats.
[FB event]

(614) Night – Bike to Crew Stadium
Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
Saturday August 10th 2013 – 7:30pm

Participants Will Receive:
Special Offer Ticket Offer (No Limit!)
$10 off of match tickets
- $18.00 Upper Sideline (Regular $28.00)

- $23.00 Lower Sideline (Regular $33.00)

· Free secure bicycle parking compliments of Pedal Instead and Ohio Health
· 1. Call Sam Beall directly at Crew Stadium (614) 447-4189 to reserve your tickets or Groups of 10 or more!
· 2. Or to take advantage of this limited-time offer now, click on the link below.

Enter this Offer Code: bikecrew

6 simple steps to order your discounted Columbus Crew tickets:
1. Click the 'Click to Order' button.
2. Click the 'Find Tickets' tab.
3. Enter the Special Offer Code 'bikecrew' and click 'Verify'.
4. Access the offer by creating your own personal account and password (unless you already have a Ticketmaster account).
5. Search for tickets based upon quantity and location. You will be given the best seats available in the location of your choice.
Complete transaction and your tickets will be emailed directly to you - no need to wait in line or pick up your tickets elsewhere!

If you have questions about (614) Night – Bike to the Crew please call Sam Beall for the Columbus Crew front office at (614) 447-4189.

If the button does not work please click this link

***Offer expires on Friday August 9th 2013***
Ticket quantities are limited and subject to availability
Offer not valid day of game

2nd Annual Local Foods Week Garden Ride is Saturday | Event @localmatters @yaybikes

Remember! You MUST register before August 7, 2013 to get your ticket for $25. After August 7 the ticket price rises to $30. 


Tour some of Columbus' most exciting urban growing operations with YayBikes! Choose from one of three exciting tours with a route for every level of experience: the "Watermelon" route (under 20 miles), the Eggplant route (under 10 miles), and the Cherry Tomato route (under 5 miles). Site visits will include a variety of growing operations in Columbus working to increase the availability of fresh, organic produce, including several Local Matters' Growing Matters gardens!

Snacks on the route will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

All tours start at The Aetna Community Garden and will conclude at the Near East Side Cooperative Market’s production garden for a delicious vegan lunch from Willowbeez Soulveg.

Three routes are available for this ride.
1. The Watermelon – Moderate/Hard, Distance under 25 miles: A longer twenty-three mile route that is more for the bicyclist who wants to see and hear about urban gardens but wants to do a longer ride. The Watermelon is the longest and the fastest-paced tour with an average speed of fifteen miles pre hour. It is the most technical and challenging of the three routes and it requires you to be comfortable riding on streets that are bit busy. Who should take a bite out of the Watermelon? A person who already does extensive aerobic training or who already is good at riding 20+ miles and who wants to be safely led to not only see great urban gardens but to have an adventure by experiencing Columbus from the wonderfully different perspective of a bicycle. If you want to enjoy a bit of Watermelon on a nice August day, be prepared to ride! This route is 60 percent about the bicycle and 40 percent about local urban garden food production. Start time is 9:00 AM sharp. Let’s Ride!

2. The Eggplant – Easy, Distance under 10 miles: The Eggplant won’t ask much from you to be able to combine your passion for local food with an urban bicycling adventure. If your bike tires have not touched the road for a long time and or you feel a bit intimidated by the Watermelon but still want to do a bicycle tour, then this leisurely and shorter eight mile ride is for you! The Eggplant will allow you to experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle while staying closer to the central city core. The riding pace will be relaxed and include many stops. This route is 40 percent about the bicycle and 60 percent about local urban garden food production. Start time is 9:00 AM sharp. Let’s Ride!

3. The Cherry Tomato – Very Easy, Distance under 5 miles: This ride is just as it sounds, small and sweet. The Cherry Tomato is a wonderful and concise short two mile route. We built the Cherry Tomato to allow just about anyone to ride this Local Foods Week capstone event. Your Cherry Tomato ride joins the relaxed-paced Eggplant tour at the Thompson Recreation Center and will then share the rest of same route and gardens as the Eggplant. You’ll visit over 70% of the same gardens as the Eggplant while you experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle but without the anxiety of wondering if you will be able to complete this route. This route is 30 percent about bicycling and 70 percent about local urban garden food production. The Cherry Tomato takes away all excuses for not riding. Start time is 9:45 AM. Let’s Ride!


This event is a fundraiser for Local Matters and Yay Bikes! Proceeds from the event will be shared between both non-profit organizations.

{ { HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. } }