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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bike the C-Bus 2013 @bikethecbus registration with shirt ends August 23rd #letsride

REGISTER TODAY! Bike the C-Bus is celebrating our SIXTH year! The ride is a fun way to explore a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus. Experience segments of the King Lincoln District, Woodland Park, Olde Town East, Downtown, Short North Arts District, Italian Village, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village.

The entire ride will cover approximately 25 miles over 4 segments and will feature stops that highlight change that is occurring in our neighborhoods. Each stop will be sponsored by businesses and community groups and provide snacks, drinks and entertainment for the riders. The ride is configured to allow cyclists to complete segments if they do not feel comfortable riding the entire route.

The $30 registration fee includes an official 2013 Bike the C-Bus t-shirt (if you register by August 23) and wristband along with drinks and food at designated rest stops, plus a free lunch at the hospitality tent. Online registration ends at NOON on Friday, August 30, 2013. On-site registration on Friday evening and Saturday morning will increase to $35.

Bike the C-Bus is the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles. “Bike the C-Bus” is considered a ride and not a race and will offer a variety of course options to accommodate everyone from recreational riders to hard-core fitness enthusiasts.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Changing Story Of Teens And Cars | NPR

This is the first of a series of stories produced in collaboration with Youth Radio on the changing car culture in America.
When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom.
In American Graffiti, the iconic movie about teenagers set in 1962, the kids find all of that just by getting in their cars. The teenagers spend a whole lot of time tooling around in their cars — looking, cruising.
But the deep relationship between American teen culture and the automobile depicted in the film has changed. Young people are driving less, getting their licenses later and waiting longer to purchase their first new car.
The movie was set — but not filmed — in Modesto, Calif., and I wanted to see if any part of the city was like the movie. So on a hot Friday and Saturday summer night, I drove around Modesto.
With its downtown and long, wide streets, the city seems a perfect place to cruise. But that's not what's happening.

Why do American streets treat bikes like cars and pedestrians?

People new to riding bikes as transportation routinely tell me they’re confused about their place on the road. It led me to wonder: Are people riding bikes like slower, more vulnerable drivers, or faster, glorified pedestrians?
In countries like the Netherlands, it’s not hard to find where people riding bikes are supposed to be; they’re given the proper infrastructure and treatments at intersections. Biking is safe and practical. In other European countries, while not always as wonderful as the Netherlands, biking is still popular and people riding bikes are often given the proper infrastructure, and/or inherently dangerous road users (drivers in cars) are accepting of a bike’s place on the road.
Come back to America. It’s hard for a lot of people to understand where a bike belongs.
Until I was late in high school, I thought bikes belonged on the sidewalk. I grew up in a small town, and bikes were for recreation (or a trip to Madison, which my parents and their friends lauded as a “great place to bike,” as if it weren’t possible in our own town). When I started to get into riding a bike for everyday trips (which was neither easy nor interesting on rural roads), I was surprised to learn bikes were supposed to ride with traffic – and I thought it was absurd. Apparently so did several drivers around me, who would act aggressively toward the “obstacle” I was. The people driving were just as unaccustomed to bikes on the road as I was.
Anyone who is used to bikes as recreation and not transportation will likely relate to my story. It does not come as a shock to me that with the increase in riding a bike as transportation in American cities, more people are confused – drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians alike. At times, bikes are placed with pedestrians (e.g. the Chicago Lakefront Trail); other times, with drivers. When asked about the situation, drivers who complain about illegal bike riding behavior often describe behavior that is completely legal, yet unfamiliar, to the driver.
The Chicago Lakefront Trail is used by tens of thousands of people daily – people walking, running, rollerblading, and biking. Image: Northwestern.
My theory is that people riding bikes are closer to pedestrians than cars, and deserve infrastructure that is more similar to pedestrian infrastructure than driving infrastructure. However, bikes are still not pedestrians (I’ll get to that). Here are two examples:

Tern Tool

The Tern Tool is your bike buddy whose job is to ensure you stay on your bike riding and not on stuck on the roadside with a problem. Specially designed to service your Tern bicycle, the Tern Tool features 20 integrated tools, including a 15 mm crescent wrench for tightening axle nuts and pedals and a 6 mm wrench for adjusting joint levers on Tern bikes. The included neoprene cover can be slipped onto the body handle for a more comfortable grip. The tool folds into a flat, compact size and can be easily slipped into pant pockets or a ride jersey.
  • 15 mm crescent wrench for axle nuts and pedals
  • Patented StuckNut™ design securely locks wrenches in place
  • 20 integrated tools
  • Neoprene tool cozy
  • Includes tire patch kit
  • Dimensions: 90 × 54 × 28 mm (3.5” x 2.1” x 1.1”)
  • Weight: 175 g (11 oz)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

For Bike Lanes, Design Makes All The Difference | Mashable

When we think of design, we think of the products featured on Fab — functional and beautiful. "Art doesn’t just belong on your walls," boasts the product description of a simple but colorful rug. There's also the products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that defy expectations — a bag is a bag is a bag, until it starts charging your electronics.
But if you've ever had extended contact with a real-life designer, no matter her or his specialty — you will find that design principles extend beyond just gadget features and colors. "Why is the handle here, when it should be here," this designer friend might say. Once someone has power to inspire the design of one thing, they begin seeing bits and pieces everywhere that could benefit from better design.

Cyclists should be rewarded | Delta Optimist

Editor: Re: No reason bikes should get a free ride, letter to the editor, Aug. 2 I thought I had heard it all when a complaint about air traffic noise took whininess to a whole new realm, but sadly, the outrageous letter from R.D. Grant has trumped that grumble.
As an avid cyclist and, yes, a car owner, Grant's complaints have really hit a nerve because of the ludicrous suggestion that cyclists should start paying to ride their bicycles.
The notion that cyclists should pay a licence fee must surely come from the fact bikes cause so much damage to the roads that this fee will offset the costs of repair. No? That's not it? Well then, it must be because cyclists do not pay taxes that go towards our infrastructure that includes
transit and bike lanes. Hmm, I seem to remember paying my property tax and my gas tax when I drive my car, so that can't be it.
Maybe it's because cycling is an inherently unhealthy activity that contributes to our rising health care costs. Wrong again.

The Bike Box, an innovative bicycle parking station, is in need of a good home in Cuyahoga County |

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Interested in a re-purposed shipping container made to corral bikes? You're in luck. LAND Studio is looking to place one last Bike Box in Cuyahoga County.
As Tipoff told you last year (second item), the idea for the Bike Box came from Greg Peckham at LAND Studio, a Cleveland nonprofit devoted to parks and public art. Rust Belt Welding made the conversion from shipping container to bike corral.
"Like so many great ideas, this started over beers," Sam McNulty said last year. He welcomed the first Bike Box next to his Nano Brew in Ohio City.

GPS Lock Catches Bike Thefts | DigTriad

Denver, CO -- In an effort to illustrate how quickly weak cable locks attract thieves, our partners at KUSA's 9Wants to Know set up a GPS tracking device on a bike and locked it up at some of the worst areas for theft around town.
The GPS device is disguised as a workable rear bike light. It can send text messages to a cell phone when the bike moves or when it is stolen. Coordinates are uploaded every 30 seconds to a website that tracks the bike in real time.
In two of the thefts documented by 9Wants to Know, thieves broke through a cable lock commonly sold at stores around town.
A $94 brand new Huffy mountain bike was used during 9Wants to Know's experiment to show how thieves will steal any bike, regardless of cost, if it's unsecured with a weak lock.
9Wants to Know picked two locations recently profiled in Denver's Top 10 Worst Bike Racks.

[Keep reading at DigTriad]

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A better bicycle bell, made in the USA | Spurcycle Kickstarter

Powerful sound from a trim, precision form—a bell for any bike: modern road, mountain, or vintage townie.
Our objective was simple: design a bell that is exceedingly effective in a busy, urban environment AND that looks sexy on any bike. We tasked ourselves with distilling your average clunker bell into a smaller, more potent, and more streamlined form—befitting even a peleton-crushing road bike. To do so forced us to reconsider every design aspect and engineer to a higher standard.

FORM:  We set out to design a compact, well-integrated component. A large bell may sound great but protrudes and looks bulky installed on many modern bicycles. Meanwhile, the tiny micro bells on the market are too small—dinky really, and generally cheaply made. We pursued the best form by way of the cleanest execution, encompassing both modern and classic aesthetics. It’s a bell that’s just the right size, tidy not tiny. Streamlined and effective.

MOUNT: Even a bell of the right size and shape flows best if it can be reoriented and positioned to match the bike's form. Our mount was engineered around adjustability. A single fastener is visible through the top of the dome, and that’s the only bolt needed to secure the entire assembly. This thru-bolt design allows the overall form to stay super clean but fits a broad (22-32mm) range of diameters. That means you can mount it near the brake of your flat-bar commuter or near the stem of your oversize road handlebar. 

ACTUATION: Our unibody wire lever is a powerfully simple design. Utilizing the wire's natural torsional springiness, we can deliver proper ergonomics and modulationwhile maximizing aesthetic simplicity and functional reliability. 
We wanted an actuation that doesn't require much reach, just a flick of your thumb without repositioning or stretching the width of your hand. Moreover, modulation is key: from a light courtesy "ding" while passing another rider to an alarming "DING-DING-DING" to grab a driver's attention. 

Better still, our bell doesn't rattle or ring when it isn't supposed to, over rough road or potholes. In fact, we've raced mountain bikes with our bell, which made not a sound until we needed to pass.
SOUND: We didn't work on a beautiful bell and ignore the critical function of a bell. It's got to be loud enough to alert other riders and drivers. Of course, it's nicer if the sound is effective without losing its pleasant tone. That's why we've chosen to work with Bevin Brothers—a company that's been making bells since the Industrial Revolution—and why we've chosen alloys that make an inherently better sound. After all, if you just want to annoy people, you can always buy a horn.

MATERIAL: To make the highest quality bell, you need premium materials. We've chosen metals that will never rust: stainless steel, aluminum, and brass. No plastic. No junk "pot metal". No shortcuts. 
Dome size: ⌀30mm x 20.5mm Total bell weight: 42g

Separated Cycle Paths: Who Asks the Cyclists? | Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

In the discussion about separate or “protected” cycle tracks, it has been surprising that planners and decision makers don’t seem to want input from those who actually ride bikes.
In some cases, there is open disdain for those who have been cycling in North America for many years. Now that cycling is becoming popular, largely through the example and tireless efforts of these cyclists, we are labeled “a frustrating deterrent to mainstreaming cycling” on the popular “Copenhagenize” blog. The author even suggests that we hit our children, and insinuates that we prefer to mix with cars and trucks on freeways rather than ride on a separate path. (We don’t, the photo in the blog shows a location where a cyclepath actually makes sense.)
Those are extremes, but the tenor isn’t much different when you talk to many bicycle advocacy groups who have jumped onto the cycle path bandwagon.
Why this animosity? Because many experienced cyclists don’t want to ride on segregated cycle paths (except in the very rare instances where they actually make sense). For the most part, they prefer to share quiet streets with slow-moving cars, rather than ride on “protected” paths that put them in harm’s way at each intersection. And if they have to ride on busy streets, they prefer on-street bike lanes that keep them visible and predictable to other traffic.
On the other hand, if you ask non-cyclists what they would be afraid of – if they were on a bike – many will tell you that it’s cars. To those unfamiliar with riding in traffic, it can make apparent sense to “separate” cars and bikes in order to provide “protection.” But many non-cyclists don’t understand the real risks of riding bikes… which occur at intersections.
What about those who actually have ridden their bikes for many years? Even in Berlin (above), where cycle paths were mandatory until recently and remain deeply ingrained in the culture, more and more cyclists prefer to ride on the street, rather than use unsafe cycle paths (the path is on the right in the photo above).
Even more experienced cyclists in North American are opposed to segregated cycle paths. When “physically separated cycle tracks” were mentioned on the popular Bike Portland Blog recently, the vast majority of comments was by cyclists voicing their dislike of these facilities – even though the blog post only mentioned the cycle paths in passing.
So why doesn’t anybody want to listen to those who actually ride bikes for transportation? 

An Alabama Town Revives Local Manufacturing With Bamboo Bikes | FastCompany

It grows by the side of the road (and incredibly quickly). Could bamboo be the material that revitalizes this dying town?

A group of activists and artisans in the small Alabama town of Greensboro (population 2,497) are bucking the trend of declining manufacturing and unemployment across the South with an unlikely solution: making high-end bikes from bamboo grown on the side of the road.
"We are always looking for materials we can make something from, and neighbors are always complaining about how hard bamboo is to get rid of," explains Pamela Dorr, executive director of HERO, the community development nonprofit in Greensboro that’s spearheading the project. "As we talked to designers and friends about what could be done, we learned about the DIY bikes at Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn and started working with them as a partner."

The result is a product line called HERObikes. The third model, the Semester, recently debuted on Kickstarter. Built from hexagonal tubes made from bamboo and lined with carbon fiber, "the look of the Semester Bike is designed to be minimal and sparse," says Door. The bike will retail for $850.
HERObike currently employs two people in its shop, according to Dorr, while the main arm of the nonprofit employes another 30, focused on its mission of alleviating rural poverty through responsible development of housing and community spaces. "When the Kickstarter is complete, HERObike will be able to employ two additional positions to build bamboo bikes," she says. "We hope this is just the beginning of big changes in our small town."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Turtle Shell® Speaker

In all seriousness though, the Turtle Shell® will go wherever you do. Designed from the ground up at Outdoor Tech's Los Angeles headquarters, it features an angular, triangle-themed construction that fits in as well on your coffee table as it does out in the elements. Its water-resistant, dust-proof, shock-proof shell is probably tougher than you are, and its built-in speakerphone and microphone functionality means you'll be double-fisting Dr. Peppers and having hands-free conference calls before you know it. Whatever your path and wherever you roam, the Turtle Shell® allows you to bring your music along to share with whomever you like.

Wireless SpeakerFully wireless, fully portable.
The Turtle Shell® wirelessly connects with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. It streams crystal clear audio for a range of up to 30 feet for 9 hours on a single battery charge. That means you have to be within thirty feet of the party and the party has to last 9 hours or less. We know, the latter is a little tough, but you have to go to class at some point, skippy.

Rugged Wireless SpeakerRugged, dust-proof, shock-proof, and highly water-resistant.
Designed and built with the outdoorsman in mind, the Turtle Shell® comes equipped with the features necessary to keep the music playing wherever your road may lead. Drop it, play hot potato with it, skip down your favorite dusty country path with it, you name it; the Turtle Shell® will handle it all, with its rubber-coated shell keeping out the dust and absorbing substantial impacts. Its IP65 water-resistance rating means it will withstand any amount of water short of submersion, so the occasional rain shower or splash of water will do no harm. It just can't replace your favorite underwater battleship bubble bath toy...but we all know you're too old for that anyway.

Bluetooth SpeakerBuilt-in call/speakerphone functionality.
Have your next conference call on the best-looking Bluetooth speaker out there. Make and receive hands-free calls from anywhere, any time. Mario Cart and multi-person calls about how to still obtain burritos should a natural disaster occur just became part of your repertoire. Go ahead and put multi-tasking on your resume, you deserve it.

Big bass, clear highs, clean sound.
The Turtle Shell® comes with some of the biggest Hi-Fi sound in the business. That Drum & Bass never sounded better...who you calling a hipster?

The sky is the limit.
The Turtle Shell® is the only wireless Bluetooth speaker available with standard camera threading built into the base. This makes it compatible with any standard camera threading accessory, including Outdoor Tech's own.

Details, details, details.
  • Two speakers and passive bass radiator provide 96 decibels of clear sound, wirelessly
  • Connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device with easy one-touch pairing
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • IP65 dust-proof and water-resistant. We tested it, it passed.
  • Built-in microphone, because you've got a lot to say
  • External controls allow you to adjust volume, change tracks, play/pause Harry Potter on Tape and answer calls
  • Rugged, minimal design
  • Standard camera threading for multiple mounting options
  • 3.5mm audio-in port in case you are still rocking a Walkman
  • Reconnects automatically to previously paired device
  • Play Time: 9-10 hours
  • Standby Time: 700 hours
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP for high quality stereo sound streaming & AVCRP to control track and volume remotely
  • Wireless Range: up to 30 feet
  • Size: 5.6" X 3.9" X 2.1". Fits in the palm of your hand. Maybe both hands, if you are a small child.
  • Weight: .7 Pounds
  • Includes: AC adapter, USB charging cable, carry pouch, and instruction manual

In VS Out - Urban Riding Trends | Momentum Mag

Indiegogo Campaign - Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story trailer | Vimeo

Indiegogo Campaign - Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story trailer from stephane gauger on Vimeo.

Bicycle Underpass Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | Bicycle Dutch

It was opened on the 13th of July, 1885, the magnificent national museum of the Netherlands; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. And it was festively re-opened on April 13th this year, after an almost 10 year renovation that brought the interior back to the old splendour from under white wash that came with 20st century “modernisations”. But even more important: it has been two months since the underpass for bicycles was re-opened on 13th of May, 2013.
The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in1885 was then located at the edge of the city.
The Rijksmuseum was built as a national exhibition building mainly to display the paintings of 16th and 17th century Dutch masters. At the time, other architects looked down on it. They called it a ‘medley of styles, with its renaissance-style arches, Neo-Gothic windows and medieval towers, out of step with contemporary life’. Architect Cuypers won a design competition, but even the king despised the building. He called it a catholic cathedral and as a protestant he refused to attend the opening. This controversy resembles the discussions about re-opening the underpass for people on bicycles that culminated late 2012 and continued until the final re-opening this May. The great-grand daughter of the stubborn king, Queen Beatrix, did come for that re-opening, the last museum she would open during her reign.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cogburn Outdoors


This project will provide a safe crossing over County Line Road for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is located just east of N State St (State Route 3) at the Ohio to Erie Trail.
Project Manager: Designer: Contractor:
Jeff Kessler, 614.901.6669, WD Transportation
To Be Determined

Design 2012-2013; Construction 2013-2014
Design: $170,000
Utility Relocation and Construction: $1,450,000
This project has received a $500,000 grant through the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, administered by The Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The project was awarded on July 2, 2013. Construction is scheduled to begin mid August and continue through May 2014. 

[City of Westerville]

Nosebleeds, blurred vision — nothing could stop Sally Bigham this year | VeloNews

Sally Bigham celebrates her victory and course record. Photo: Sam Wells |
LEADVILLE, Colo. (VN) — Maybe she’d have won last year, without that wrong turn. It’s one of those unanswerable questions now, the truth buried somewhere under miles of Colorado dirt roads.
But thankfully, Sally Bigham (Topeak-Ergon) doesn’t have to wonder what could have been any more. She thrashed the Leadville course and her competitors on Saturday in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB’s 20th edition, taking the course record from the woman who beat her last year, Specialized’s Rebecca Rusch, by more than 10 minutes. She finished in 7:17:01.
“This year, I knew that I could have been at least five minutes faster. But after being sent off course last year, it really stressed me out,” she said.
“I stopped drinking and got stressed and panicked trying to make the time back up. By making that mistake — on this course you can’t stop eating and drinking. It’s disaster. Last year wasn’t good for me because of that.
“This year in my head I knew I could go at least 10 minutes faster. On my course profile, I marked the split times of where I wanted to be at what time … I wanted to be 10 minutes faster than last year, which would have broken the course record. But in fact I was quite a lot faster than last year. I was ahead of schedule at all of the splits, so I knew everything was going well.”
That’s not to say Saturday was without problems. The altitude affects Bigham strongly. If she tries to do intervals here in training, she gets nosebleeds; on the Columbine climb, up to 12,500 feet, she got blurred vision.

Tentsile Stingray tree tent | Product

The Tentsile Stingray is a unique lightweight tree tent. It offers occupants a spacious triple hammock interior, accessed via a hatch through the floor or via a large side door. It can also be set up on the ground or suspended at any height.
Tentsile Stingray specs:
Size: 4.8 x 4.8 x 4.8m/ 13 x 13 x 13'
Bag Size: 59 x 25 x 25cm/ 25 x 10 x 10”
Height: 110cm/ 3'
Unit weight: 7kg/ 14lbs 
Poles x 2: 10mm aluminium alloy
Roof: 2oz PU coated waterproof polyester 3000mm hh in a choice of 4 colors
Floor: 420d reinforced, PU coated balistic nylon - Olive Green

Tentsile Stingray uses heavy duty yet lightweight components with a 2.5-tonne minimum breaking strength, however it is recommended to carry only the weight of three adults and their gear.
Package includes:
Tentsile Stingray tree tent and its poles
Lightweight durable bag 
Ratchet straps x3 
Instruction manual

Note : Due to continuous innovation & improvements, Specification subject to change without notice.


Sunday, August 11, 2013


Salsa 2014 Bikes Saddle Drive (44)
In addition to the Split Pivot mountain bikes and new fatbikes, Salsa had the rest of their line up on hand at Saddle Drive. Most of the models have been previously available, but carry small updates or big improvements for 2014 like the new Fargo above.

We picked out a few of the highlights, and put them up on the scale after the break.

Salsa 2014 Bikes Saddle Drive (45) Salsa 2014 Bikes Saddle Drive (47)
Now in it’s third generation, the biggest change to the Fargo is the introduction of the new Firestarter carbon fork. No, unfortunately it doesn’t actually include a fire starter (seems like a good idea to us though), but it is specifically designed to work well and look good with a steel frame. Often times the addition of a carbon fork to a skinny tubed steel or ti bike can look a little odd, so Salsa spend a lot of time ensuring that the new fork fit the lines of the bike while still offering dual Anything Cage mounts.

Continue reading at BikeRumor

Phnom Penh Traffic Dance

Phnom Penh Traffic Dance from Willie Weir on Vimeo.

Australia’s Bicycle Riding Shearers of the Early Twentieth Century

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After photographing the well presented shearer’s bicycle at Pushies Galore, I had to find out more about these men who rode bicycles thousands of kilometres across Australia’s harsh and unforgiving – unpaved interior, only to find more back breaking work when they arrived at the sheds of Australia’s vast sheep stations. Then there were the  games these pedaling shearers played, Thumbs Up and Birds Fly……

Australian shearer’s bicycles which came into use in the late 1890′s were more than a form of efficient transportation. When it caned hard with rain and the sheep were too wet to shear, work-horse bicycles became racing bikes, on other days races for shearers were organised events at local race tracks. The rim of one dispirited shearer’s bicycle became a place for him to scratch his epitaph. Traversing vast distances on dusty outback tracks over thousands of kilometres, sometimes across more than one state was the norm for many shearers. For others the bicycle was the means to get to the shearing shed nearest home and back each day.


Full article at