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Saturday, October 26, 2013

THE CYCLIST'S ALPHABET | @outdooralphabet

From aero bars to Team Zed, the Cyclist's Alphabet is now available for your walls. Two-wheeled enthusiasts from everywhere can appreciate both the technology and history behind our favorite mode of transportation with all 26 letters illustrated on 18x24" True White French Paper stock.
Printed and signed 2nd edition of 250, with a few of the illustrations updated.
US Shipping for one is $7, and $15 for international situations. Add one dollar for each additional poster, up to three (that's as many as I'd feel comfortable getting into the packaging).
© 2013 Seth Neilson

Biking On The Old Railroad Tracks in Genoa Township Trail |

Great Use For Old Train Tracks

Genoa One
Ohio to Erie Trail sign near Plum Road
The thing I love the most about Delaware County is its ability to show me urban excitement and country serenity in just a few short miles. It’s one of the few unspoken secrets about where we live: Delaware Ohio is the perfect mix of everything. Hands down, my favorite way to experience this duality is via the Genoa Township Bike Trail.

Riding the Trail

Entrance to McNamara Park from The Genoa Township Trail
Entrance to McNamara Park from The Genoa Township Trail
Bike trails are seemingly popping up all over the place. Next time you’re on Google Maps, click on Bicycling and watch the map flip over to reveal the bold green spaghetti strings of bike paths all over Central Ohio. Delaware County has several paths, but one of my favorites has to the Genoa Township trail. In six short miles, you and your family can enjoy a healthy day outside on what is a beautiful and relatively easy ride.

Bike on the Street, Not on the Sidewalk - Safe Cycling in Chicago @YouTube

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tour de Troit 2013 | @TourDeTroit

Check out :40 in and you will see a few familiar faces from Columbus

Tour de Troit 2013 from Tour de Troit on Vimeo.

Hey, Cyclists: This LED-Powered Backpack Could Save Your Life | FastCompany


There are more cyclists than ever in cities today, a fact that isn’t lost on city planners and administrators. Streetscapes are changing accordingly, as they are amended to accommodate bike lanes. The result is a healthier urban environment with a robust transport network.
But tensions inevitably arise when such different transportation beasts as cars and bikes travel side-by-side in such intense proximity. Drivers don’t always respect the line of demarcation separating the two vehicles. Bike lanes aren’t treated with the deference afforded car throughways, so cyclists are frequently forced to dart into the main road (or onto sidewalks) to avoid collision. Then there's the fact that people, whether in cars or on bikes, can behave recklessly to the point of injuring, or at least antagonizing, those with whom they share the road.

Cielo Cross Racer Disc

Starting with the competition proven design of our Cross Racer, the Cross Racer Disc adds the incredible stopping power and mud shedding capabilities of disc brakes to our performance driven frame set . Borrowing the same geometry and spartan layout from the Cross Racer, the Cross Racer Disc features a 2-degree sloping top tube, aggressive bottom bracket height and Paragon Disc Specific rear dropouts. The Cross Racer Disc comes equipped with an Enve™ CX Disc carbon fork, painted to match and a Chris King I7 InSet™ 44mm taper compatible headtube for increased front-end rigidity.

Inspired paint scheme: Each year we will create a new Inspired paint scheme. Our intent is to pay homage to an iconic design motif while outfitting the Cross Racer with fresh look for the coming cross season. For 2013 our Cielo Cross Racer and Cross Racer Disc framesets draw upon the Le Mans winning Aston Martin’s for inspiration. Raced in the late 50s on demanding courses like Targa Floria, Nurburing, and Le Mans they were piloted by a who’s who of car racing’s elite; Carroll Shelby, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, and Roy Salvadori to name a few. The cars had distinct color bands painted around the front air intakes for easy identification when pitting in even the harshest weather conditions. We loved the two-tone paint schemes; the classic base colors represent the rich, luxurious color palate traditionally found in racing counterbalanced with a bright splash of lively color that is a loud reminder that these bikes are modern bicycles built for speed. We figured when you build a bike to be ridden fast it should come dressed for the occasion. For 2013 your paint scheme choices are either Silver/Orange or Green/Yellow.
Bike shown: 17.75 pounds / 8.05 kilograms

Disc Brakes on Road Bikes - The Industry Speaks | @bikeradar

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars | @NPR‎

A mechanic repairs a bike at Calmera bike shop in Madrid in September. As car sales slump across Europe, bicycle sales in Spain are outpacing cars — a trend seen across much of the Continent.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
We know that Europeans love their bicycles — thinkAmsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.
Indeed, earlier this month, NPR's Lauren Frayer reported that Spain, which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren noted, bicycles outsold cars in the country.
But it's becoming a Continent-wide phenomenon. More bikes were sold in Italy than cars — for the first time since World War II.
This prompted us to look at the figures across the 27 member states of the European Union for both cars and bicycles. New-car registrations for Cyprus and Malta weren't available, so we took them out of the comparison.
Here's what we found: Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in every one of those countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. The top five countries by bicycle sales can be seen in the top chart.

Proteq Starpath - a glow-in-the-dark bike path?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FOR SALE: UHaul Sportframe 1 1/4 inch Receiver Hitch (Powder Coat) 24857 - $100

Sportframe 1 1/4 inch Rec (Powder Coat)

Originally installed on 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback
Installed by UHaul - Removed by Ford dealership when vehicle was sold.
To find out if it fits your vehicle please refer to
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Max weight: 2,000 lbs,
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Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights @advcyclingassoc

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route has received incredible media coverage over the last few years, made famous in large part by the fabulous documentary Ride the Divide and its subject, the unsanctioned, winner-takes-nothing-but-bragging-rights Tour Divide race, which runs the route's entire 2,774 miles.
Early this year, with the release of the second edition of Mac McCoy's classic Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Routeguidebook on the horizon, we brainstormed how we could promote the solitude, beauty, and accessibility of the route to an even broader swath of cyclists who weren't looking to compete, but just enjoy the ride and stunning beauty of the route; cyclists wishing to ride it in its entirety at their own pace, or who hope to complete a short section of the route, perhaps on a leisurely weeklong tour. (Did you know that our maps for the route are broken into 250- to 500-mile map sections?) So, over the last six months Adventure Cycling and Co-Motion Cycles, in conjunction with Revelate Designs, worked to produce a terrific new highlights video for the Great Divide. Directed, shot, and edited by videographer and photographer Doug Davis, we're pretty happy with the results. Check it out below. 

[See more at Adventure Cycling]

How To Be A Mountain Biker @YouTube

Pickup driver’s fight with cyclists leads to crushed bike, jail | @YahooAutos

In the past few years, many cities and local governments have embraced bicycling as a reasonable way to use public roads — carving out special lanes, setting up bike-sharing stations and generally making life easier for those who want to travel by two wheels rather than four.
But those moves haven't come without complaint about congestion and special treatment, and just as biking clubs have grown for weekend riders, so has anti-bike advocacy and concerns about who rules the road — such as the handmade warning signs above from a pro-vehicle group. In a shocking but not surprising turn, one Texas man now faces charges after being caught on video threatening a group of cyclists with a baseball bat — and ending the row by running over a $5,000 bicycle.
The incident took place in Conroe, Texas, last week, where the Woodlands Cycling Club often rides a loop around subdivisions — a route, its members say, that has little traffic and a 30-mph speed limit. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, the cyclists were riding single-file when one Sherman Ralph Clark, 74, yelled at them from his pickup, then pulled into their path and braked suddenly, causing one of the riders to crash.

[Keep reading @YahooAutos]

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dirty Talk | BikeSnobNYC @bicyclingmag

I love to ride mountain bikes. For some reason, this always seems to surprise people. I suspect that because I'm cranky and ornery by disposition, people assume I'm a roadie. I used to be, actually, but that was in a simpler time.

When I was a child, all the kids had their birthday parties at the local bowling alley, and when it came time to eat there were two choices: a piece of soggy, recently thawed pizza, or a wrinkly, desiccated hot dog sitting in a dry bun like a severed finger stuck between two beige sofa cushions.

You made your choice, and you lived with it.

When I got older, the world of cycling seemed to me much like those birthday parties. If you wanted to buy a racing bike, you had two choices: a road bike or a mountain bike. No "monstercross" bikes, no urban fixed gears, no purpose-built snow bikes, and no internal-gear-retro-randonneur-French-porteur hybrids (with dynamo-powered GPS).

Drivers and Cyclists Should Be Equals | NYT Opinion

Since the 1920s American car culture has carried on a campaign to make motor transport the highest priority for streets and highways. While cyclists originally had the same rights as other drivers, the vehicular campaign against bicycle traffic was based on three arguments:
1. Roads are made for motor vehicles.
2. Cyclists must stay close to the edge of the roadway, or off of it if there's a path, because the greatest danger to cyclists is same-direction motor traffic.
3. Cyclists cannot be expected to be capable of obeying the rules of the road.

The Copenhagen Wheel - Teaser | @YouTube

Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop | Vimeo

Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo.

The Copenhagen Wheel Makes Your Bike Electric, And It's About To Go On Sale | FastCompany

In 2009, MIT researchers wowed the world with a way to electrify any old bicycle. Now, it's finally a product you can buy.

This week, a new company called Superpedestrian has debuted from "stealth" mode by announcing $2.1 million in venture capital funding and a promise: the long-awaited Copenhagen Wheel will be made available to the public in late November.
For years, cyclists have been taunted by the prospect of the Copenhagen Wheel, a prototype wheel from MIT’s SENSEable City Lab that can make any bike electric. It was everywhere: On the news, in magazine articles--the wheel even had a story arc on Showtime's Weeds, when a character launches a business selling the product in (where else?) Copenhagen.
Ever since the wheel first received attention in 2009, researchers at MIT's SENSEable City lab have been refining it. "The project touched an exposed nerve somehow. Aside from news coverage and design awards, people were wanting it. Over 14,000 people emailed saying 'I want to buy it, sell it, make it for you,'" says Superpedestrian founder Assaf Biderman, who is also the SENSEable City lab associate director and one of the creators of the wheel, along with lab director Carlo Ratti.
At the end of 2012, Biderman decided it was time to spin off a company to make it happen. MIT filed all the relevant patents, and Superpedestrian acquired exclusive licenses to the Copenhagen Wheel technology.
Biderman won't reveal too many details about the wheel until the official November launch, but here's what we do know: The wheel can be fitted to almost any bike, and it has a power assist feature that doesn't require any work on the part of the rider (the wheel is automatically controlled by sensors in the pedals). Its range "will cover the average suburban commute, about 15 miles to and from work and back home," according to Biderman.
A regenerative braking system stores energy for later use in a lithium battery. And while the wheel comes with an app that locks and unlocks the bike, selects motor assistance, and offers real-time data about road conditions, an open-source platform called The Superpedestrian SDK will let developers work on their own wheel-related creations.
It's hard to discuss the Copenhagen Wheel without also mentioning its newly-hatched rival, the FlyKly Smart Wheel. The Smart Wheel, which has raised over $150,000 onKickstarter so far, is extremely similar to the Copenhagen Wheel in most respects--though it will be hard to compare details until Superpedestrian does a full launch.
"It's actually a coincidence, the timing. We're getting out of stealth mode now after months of working together to build a team and continue engineering," says Biderman. "I don't know their product. I haven't seen or ridden it, but from the outset, it looks awfully similar." Of course, the Copenhagen Wheel has years of brand recognition and the MIT name behind it--two big advantages.
Biderman says that the primary audience for the wheel isn't just cyclists, but city dwellers everywhere looking for alternatives to their four-wheeled vehicles. "If you're an urbanite, you can use it to move all around, and go as far as the edges of most cities with this quite easily. You overcome topographical challenges like hills. The point is to attract more people to cycling."
No word yet on exact pricing, but the wheel will have a price point that's competitive with today's e-bikes.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stolen BIKE ALERT: All City Space Horse

2013 All City Space Horse, light blue/white with black panniers, Serial # M12111365, was stolen from the sheltered City rack at 100 E. Broad St. (along 3rd St.) today, October 22, 2013, between 12:05 pm and 2:15 pm. Contact Jack Decker (614) 286-5036.

Salsa Cycles Idaho Overnighter @salsacycles

Reverse Keg Ride 2013 is 11/2 | @EastEndBrewing

Once again, that crisp Fall air means that the end of Pedal Pale Ale Season is drawing near!
As you may have heard, back in April of 2013 about 600 of you, our GOOD FRIENDS came out to help deliver the first Pedal Pale Ale kegs of the season at our annual PEDAL PALE ALE KEG RIDE, and raised over $9,000 for our two charities!  And just like last year, we need to get the last of this year's empty Pedal Pale Ale kegs back to the brewery... which in my book is the perfect excuse for another bike ride.  (Okay, it's still a pretty flimsy excuse, but work with me, okay?)
FIRST, A BIT ABOUT THE BEER: In case you've missed it so far this year, our summer seasonal, PEDAL PALE ALE is a crisp, American Pale Ale with a bright floral hop character, and a lighter body than its big brother (our flagship Big Hop IPA).  I believe it just might be THE PERFECT post-bike-ride beverage, but that's just my opinion.  And since this year's supply is winding down, we need to send it off in style...
THE RIDE:  From the OTB Bicycle Cafe, we'll head off in a nice tight group.  Of course, the big difference is that unlike the KEG RIDE in the Spring, everybody knows where we're going on the REVERSE KEG RIDE... to return the kegs to the brewery at 147 Julius St.
Like the Spring Keg Ride, this will be slow-paced, slightly meandering, and maybe even a little surprising, in spite of already knowing the destination.  When we arrive, we'll say goodbye to Pedal Pale Ale until next year, and raise a glass of SNOW MELT WINTER ALE to toast it's passing, on us of course.
Like last year's Reverse Keg Ride, this one is right around Halloween, so again, it's COSTUME PREFERRED. And as a little encouragement, there will be prizes awarded in these three categories:
  1. Best Beer-themed Costume
  2. Best Pittsburgh-themed Costume
  3. Best Team Costume
DIFFICULTY, PACE: There's no two ways about it.  Riding from OTB to EEBC is an uphill trip.  If you've not been on your bike for 3 years, this ride may not be for you.  But we'll do our best to keep the pace nice and gentle, and keep the group together...which will mean some waiting around for the quicker riders.
Parts will be on roads with regular car traffic, part will be on paved trails, so any kind of bike/tires should work just fine.  And if you need to pick up a used bike for this event, check out FreeRide
THE PARTICULARS: Saturday, November 2nd.  Rain or shine.
Check-in: 3:00pm at OTB Bicycle Cafe, 2518 E. Carson St. in the South Side. Map HERE.
Depart at 4:00pm, Arrive at 5-5:30pm
Keep the Glass: You'll also leave with a commemorative KegRideGlass, so be sure to bring a bag or a busboy to carry it home.
Return trip: Why return when you can stay for a 3 Hour BEER FEST!!! (More on this below.)
Cost: $20 for REGULAR on-line registration, $25 for LATE on-line registration. There's NO day-of registration, and the ride is limited to the first 300 participants.  Regular registration will end on a mysterious day of our choosing without notice, so yeah... sign up now.  All Registration will close when the ride hits the stated limit or a few days before the event.
This charitable contribution gets you a fun day of riding your bike in a big group... and this year's very first SNOW MELT WINTER ALE fresh from the brewery.  Not to mention all the silliness that comes with riding a bike in a Halloween costume.  And of course, your registration goes to support an excellent cause...
THE CAUSE: A friend of the brewery who has walked the walk of sustainability for decades is battling cancer and the EEBC community is here to lend a hand in their time of need. This year we're pedaling for Billy Pepmeyer of Agents of Change Recycling.
HOW TO SIGN UP:  If the idea of dressing up in a costume and following kegs being pulled around town by bicycles sounds like the kind of thing that interests you, I have to say that you're our kind of people!  All you have to do is REGISTER, show up at our starting point with your costume, your bike, and your helmet.  Get yourself checked-in, collect your all important "beer token", and then just follow the bouncing kegs when we head out.
CAN KIDS COME? On the ride portion of the day's activities, yes. But not at the BeerFest.  But be advised that this ride is on OPEN CITY STREETS, and a decent portion of this trip will be up one loooong hill.  And of course the kids don't get a beer at the end of the ride.  But we can substitute that beer with some Home Made Root Beer for anyone that's interested.
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW: As you know, we do LOTS of events every year... Beer Dinners, Festivals, Volunteer Days, but these rides are probably my favorite events of the year.  It's a great excuse to get out on your bike with your GOOD FRIENDS for day of group riding, some good food, some good fun, some GOOD BEER, and of course a good cause.  So seriously, tell everyone you know about this.  The more people we have, the more money we will raise, and the more fun it will be.  
We've finally answered the centuries old question: What should we do AFTER the Reverse Keg Ride?  Since you're already at the brewery, why not stick around for a couple beers?
Immediately after the Reverse Keg Ride, for the modest price of $35 ($45 if you miss the EarlyBird pricing) we'll be opening up our brewery and our taps to you for to spend some quality time with a wide range of East End Beers.  PLUS, great music by DJ Zombo, food trucks parked on Frankstown Ave to fill your belly, and a heck of good time as we sample GOOD BEER with GOOD FRIENDS. You'll also see behind the scenes: the mill, the brewhouse, the giant fermenters, and Scott's secret beer lair.
The Fest is limited to the first 250 ticket holders. Like the ride, there will be no day-of ticket sales. The Fest happens on Saturday, November 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm
I hope to see you on the ride, or see you at the Fest... or better still, see you at BOTH!
Cheers, Scott

LeMond: Lance Should Go to Jail | @bicyclingmag

Greg LeMond presented his new line of road bikes at the Interbike show in September.
Three-time Tour de France winner to talk about Armstrong doping scandal on Anderson Cooper 360°
By Emily Furia
Greg LeMond, who became America’s only official Tour de France winner whenLance Armstrong was stripped of his titles last October, will appear tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8 p.m. ET, to talk about the Armstrong doping scandal.
The three-time Tour winner and anti-doping advocate’s feud with Armstrong dates back to at least 2001, when he criticized Armstrong for working with controversial Italian cycling doctor Michele Ferrari.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Towards A Slower, Simpler, More Civilized Bicycle Culture | @hushvancouver

There are two types of cyclists in the world: militant cyclists and civil cyclists, as pointed out by Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program Manager, Andreas Røhl. If you’ve spent any time on two wheels in our fair city, you’ll recognize the undeniable fact that Vancouver is dominated by the former: Gore-Tex clad Super-Dads, hunched over mountain bikes decked with “One Less Car” stickers, pedaling like maniacs with scowls on their faces. They are an unfortunate product of their environment, which contained some of the most historically unfavourable conditions in North America: inadequate and unsafe bike infrastructure, an incredibly wet climate, an unforgiving terrain, a misguided mandatory helmet law, and a MEC-mentality that pervades everything we seem to do outdoors.

Brooks Victoria Handbag | @brooksengland

Originally conceived as a stylish saddle cover with incorporated saddle bag, the Victoria developed into a whimsical handbag with the iconic saddle shape.

Lenght 23cm
W idth 17cm
Depth 5 cm
Volume 1l

Bike-sharing rolls to a good start in Columbus | Dispatch

Mike Whaling has never considered himself much of a bicyclist. But each morning, he leaves his car parked at his German Village home and walks the three blocks to a CoGo Bike Share station on S. 3rd Street.
He swipes his membership key, hops on a bicycle and glides north on 4th Street with commuter traffic. Within minutes, he parks in the heart of Downtown and walks the rest of the way to his office on Lynn Street.
“My whole commute is like 15 minutes door-to-door, and it’s just been ideal for me,” said Whaling, 35. “A majority of my meetings are right around Downtown, so I’ll even take (a bicycle) to jump over to the other side of Downtown.”
Whaling is among the 422 people who have purchased $75 annual subscriptions to the service. Since its July 30 launch, 4,333 daily passes have been sold, and 19,264 trips have been made on CoGo bikes.
Last week, Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Ore., provided the city with the first detailed look at the data behind CoGo’s first few months in Columbus. The company’s contract requires quarterly reports.
CoGo’s numbers lag bike-share programs in some of the country’s largest cities, but local officials say they compare well when the numbers are adjusted for the number of bicycles in its fleet.
“We’re pleased with the number of riders, the number of uses,” said Alan McKnight, executive director of Columbus Recreation and Parks. “It’s meeting our expectations at this point.”
Subscription and use fees have racked up $90,624 that can be used to make system improvements. For the first year, the city is paying operating expenses. Any future profit on the system will be split between Alta and the city, which plans to reinvest its share in the service.
Subscription sales and daily use are expected to dip through the winter months, said Heather Bowden, CoGo general manager.
In late July and August, 321 annual memberships were sold compared with 111 in September. Casual users who buy $6 daily passes have accounted for much of the system’s early ridership, she said. “A lot of people are testing out the system to see how it works in their daily lives.”
The data show CoGo mostly is used on weekends and that Bicentennial Park, where 1,646 rides have originated, is the most popular of the 30 docking stations.
“That says to us people are mostly using this for recreation,” said CoGo spokeswoman Frankie Cropper.
Stations in the Arena District have been used the least so far, according to the data, but Bowden said those were installed only three weeks ago.
Both CoGo and city officials said there isn’t enough data to draw conclusions about the system. McKnight said the city wants to see a full year of data before it considers moving docks or making other changes.
The 1.6 times that Columbus’ 229 bikes are used each day compares favorably to systems in Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn., said Brad Westall, city greenways planner.
Other bike-share systems in larger cities generally have outperformed CoGo. For example, New York’s CitiBike launched in May, and the service has signed up more than 80,000 annual members. Capital Bikeshare in Washington, which has been operating since 2010, has nearly 35,000 annual members.
Since June, Chicago’s Divvy bike share added about 10,400 annual members.
All of those systems have more stations and bicycles than Columbus, and they serve more-populous areas.
“It’s really hard to come up with an apples-to-apples comparison,” Bowden said.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ride to work? You’ll need a bike barrier for that | The Conversation

We’ve got to stop seeing paint on the road as adequate for cyclists. Flickr/crosby_cj
Between 1% and 3% of Australian commuters are out on the roads today proving cycling is often the fastest transport choice in Australian cities.
Why don’t more people join them?
It is not for a lack of interest. Australians have already stocked their households with an average of 1.6 bikes. The reason most of those bikes gather dust in garages is that few of us are prepared to risk our lives riding near cars, as Australian traffic and planning authorities expect us to do.
Now even the US has decided to make it easier for cyclists. Will Australia ever catch up?
In-carriage cycling – mixing it with car traffic – is the primary reason our death rates per million kilometres cycled are three times higher than in the Netherlands. We may have helmets, but the Dutch have the protection that matters: barrier protection from cars.

Around the Bend, Oregon | Vimeo

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