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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy | Experience Life

This book’s subtitle is a vast understatement: Author Elly Blue believes bicycles can also save us from healthcare woes, global warming, the energy crisis, community disintegration, and maybe much more.
She’s not alone: As H.G. Wells is believed to have stated about a century ago, “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.”
Bikenomics isn’t sci-fi, however. Nor is this fun and fluffy beach or bedtime reading. Blue details and itemizes the bicycle’s super-hero potential in well-reasoned, well-researched prose.
Blue is a writer and bicycle activist living in Portland, Ore., whose writing has appeared in The GuardianGristBicycling, and Bitch magazine, among other publications. She blogs about bicycling and empowerment at
With Bikenomics, she’s written a community manifesto, summed up in her maxim: “The bicycle may not be able to save either the economy or the world that we have now. But it is one means by which we may be able to get through whatever comes next with grace and meaning. And it provides us with the opportunity to build ourselves lives, communities, and an economy that we can truly afford for the long run.”
And if you’re feeling inspired by Blue’s Bikenomics, check out her earlier practical guidebook, Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle), also from Microcosm Publishing in Portland.
The author, Ellie Blue

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Magnic Light Dynamo-powered Bike Light System

"Magnic Light is the first contactless dynamo-powered bike light system with no additional components in the wheels. Energy is drawn from the rotating bicycle wheels without any physical contacts, and thus without friction. Electricity is generated in the lights by making use of eddy currents created by strong magnets (International Patent Pending PCT/EP/2012/001431).

With this new technique lights can be completely encapsulated with no batteries and no external cables but with enormous efficiency. In 2013 Magnic Light was awarded with the ISPO Brandnew Award of ISPO Munich as winner of the category bike parts. For a short first impression, watch the Magnic Light video."

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Take the back wheel off your bike and connect to the Wahoo KICKR for accurate power measurement, controlled resistance, open third-party software options, and the smoothest indoor riding on the market.

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Saddle Setup Video from Selle Anatomica

Saddle Setup Video from Selle Anatomica on Vimeo.
Learn the proper steps required in order to setup your new Titanico for maximum comfort and proper fit.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ohio House OKs tougher sentences for hit-skip

...With backing from a variety of interests, including county prosecutors, House Bill 397 would make a hit-skip involving a death or serious injury a second-degree felony. The penalty would be a maximum eight years in prison.

Under current law, fleeing a fatal crash is a third-degree felony with a maximum three years in prison; a hit-skip causing serious injury is a fifth-degree felony, with a maximum 12-month sentence...
...Ohio averages 473 hit-skip crashes a year involving people killed or seriously injured, according to State Highway Patrol data.
Patricia Kovacs of the Ohio Bicycle Federation called hit-skip an “intolerable problem” and said the bill would “send a clear message that the state of Ohio is going to punish drivers severely if they fail to stop.”
Kovacs said that of the bicycle crashes that result in injury or death, 28 percent are hit-skips...

Public Art Bike Rack Program - Vote for Your Favorite Bike Rack!

Voting Instructions:
Scroll through the design options below and you'll find the link to the survey located at the bottom of this page. One design can be selected for multiple locations: just pick the one you like. Voting will be open until 5:00pm, May 6, 2014. Please note, you may only vote once.

Bike Rack Pilot Program Photo

The Columbus Art Commission (CAC) has partnered with the Recreation and Parks Department, Department of Public Utilities and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) to install new public art bike racks at selected locations across the city. A total of nine bike racks, one per facility, will be fabricated and installed at the following locations (map link):

  • Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
  • Blackburn Community Center, 263 Carpenter Street, Columbus, OH 43205
  • Dodge Community Center, Park & Pool, 667 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
  • Indian Mound Community Center, 3901 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43207
  • Milo Grogan Community Center, 862 E. Second Street, Columbus, OH 43201
  • Tuttle Community Center, Park & Pool, 240 W. Oakland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202
  • Westgate Community Center & Park, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
  • Whetstone Community Center/Park & Park of Roses, 3923 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214
  • Department of Public Utilities, 910 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

The designs were solicited in a call for proposals issued last year to professional artists living or working in Columbus. The proposals were reviewed for artistic merit by an artist selection panel seated by the CAC. From this artist call, a group of nine proposals were chosen for community review and selection.

Each of the selected design proposals has undergone a preliminary engineering review for constructability, safety and budget. Once the selections have been made they will be submitted to the Columbus Art Commission for final approval. The City will bid all of selected proposals together to retain a contractor to fabricate and install the art bike racks at locations selected by Recreation and Parks. The Department of Public Utilities will select the bike rack design for their facility.

Voting Instructions:
Scroll through the design options below and you'll find the link to the survey located at the bottom of this page. One design can be selected for multiple locations: just pick the one you like. Voting will be open until 5:00pm, May 6, 2014. Please note, you may only vote once.

Bike Rack Designs:

Dreaming Big 

Dreaming Big
Artist: ALTernative
Like a child, a trike always wants to be bigger. This design plays off this idea, enlarging a kid-size trike to become a bike rack. Powdered-coated metals will be used for its durability and low maintenance requirement. The structure of the enlarged trike can accommodate at least 4 bikes to park. Seating and planters are also incorporated to make it multifunctional. There is also space for signage to indicate names of different locations. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Artist: ALTernative
Glasses make clearer visions. An enlarged pair of glasses inspires the community to see the future. The structure can easily accommodate 4 bikes or more and create interesting in-between spaces for people to interact with. A seemingly unrelated object to biking, the eyeglasses add to the surprise quality as an artwork. It is whimsical, playful and carries on with the pop art traditions to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.
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Bike ride in spherical panorama timelapse

360° Video using 6 GoPro Cameras - spherical panorama timelapse from j0n4s on Vimeo.

Your City. Your Design. Your CoGo.

Design a bike. But not just any bike.

We are calling all Columbus designers and artists to design a unique CoGo Bike. We want to see what inspires and moves you about your city. What makes Columbus US-Powered? The winner of the contest will see their design made into one special CoGo Bike released into our fleet of 300 bikes across the city. The winning design will be revealed by Mayor Michael B.Coleman at CoGo's First Birthday Celebration on July 11, 2014.
The contest begins March 31st and ends April 30th. With help from the City, our review team will choose a group of finalists and then a winner. All finalists will be notified and invited to our birthday celebration where the winner will be recognized when the special bike is revealed.

But wait, there's more.

In addition to the winner be recognized on stage with the Mayor in front of thousands and have their bike circulate in our system during our peak season (which is sure to create lots of fun photos), there's more.
The winner will get:
    Free burritos for a year from our pals at Chipotle*
    A specially designed Bike Share bag from our partners at Seagull Bags
    A free annual membership to CoGo
    And a few more surprises.

So, show us what you've got.

Download the Art Design Template from our friends at Spoke'n Art, who will be wrapping the bike. Check out the call for submissions PDF for the full rules and details on the contest. Want to help spread the word or know someone who would be perfect? Download our flyer.

We are excited to see what Columbus comes up with. We know you've got it Columbus!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fiks: Reflective Bicycle Wheel Stripes and More

We discovered these at the Detroit Bike Show, they are out of Pittsburgh, PA. Very cool stuff, check them out at!

Big Road Gap Crash

Bike to Work Day is May 16th. Ride with @yaybikes. Largest group gets @MichaelBColeman to lead group.

Join Bike to Work Day, on Friday, May 16 rain or shine by riding into downtown along one of seven pre-planned routes described below and mapped here (open using Chrome). Each group ride will end at Columbus Commons for breakfast, awards, booths, and networking at 8:00AM. Mayor Michael B. Coleman will ride with the group that has the most committed riders. Registration is now open . 

More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it's not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent. 

Bike to Work Day is an international event. Commit to ride and celebrate in Columbus! You might even win a folding bicycle compliments of car2go, visit their booth at Columbus Commons to enter.  

Event Date: May 16, 2014
Event Type: Athletic
Event Location: Columbus Commons

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bike Law Dropped, Human Garbage Responsible

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The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums | The Independent

Sexism, apathy, injury, death… From city commuters to elite professionals, women in the saddle have had it too tough for too long. Finally, female cycling is about to step up a gear

A year ago, Peter Sagan, a jockish Slovakian road racer, pinched the bottom of a young podium girl as she kissed the winner of the Tour of Flanders. As a scandal, it was minor by cycling standards, but it symbolised a major issue. The cyclist, who had finished second in the Belgian classic, apologised, but his actions and their fall-out had already said something more about a sport in which women have often been valued for their bearing in tight dresses. Because what few fans gleaned in the coverage of the pinch was that, on the same day, the brilliant Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won the women's version of the race. Typically, it had not been televised.
It was sad, the cycling columnist Jane Aubrey wrote afterwards, that, "Instead of celebrating one of the most prolific athletes in the sport… we were again left to consider ways in which cycling sets women back and an industry that perpetuates a misogynistic attitude."

Citi Bike Rides: September 17th & 18th, 2013

Citi Bike Rides: September 17th & 18th, 2013 from Jeff Ferzoco on Vimeo.
At long last, we have documented trips on Citi Bike. Rides are displayed as point-to-point journeys (not routed in the street grid – yet) and are rendered in color based on whether the rider was an annual or casual user.

This visualization was produced using journey data from Tuesday, September 17th at 12 midnight and Wednesday, September 18th at midnight. Approximately 75,000 rides were taken in these two days.

The weather was mild, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s. No rain at all was recorded.

Some points to watch:
> Port Authority, Grand Central and Penn Station rushes at 6am
> Post-work leisure rides
> Transit delays throughout the day (taken from MTA's feed)
> Heavy annual member use in Brooklyn
> Tourist rides on Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge
> Stations along the FDR during morning commute
> Long trips from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side
> Casual users surging in mid afternoons
> Riding pairs throughout, but especially noticeable in the afternoons and right after midnight
> Heavy post-midnight travel in Brooklyn

Jeff Ferzoco:
Sarah Kaufman: Rudin Center for Transportation
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga: Spatial Information Design Lab

And thanks to Ekene Ijoema, David Stolarsky, and Chrys Wu for their support and help.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Might Be The Cleverest Bike Light Ever | FastCompany


Bike lights are an essential safety tool, and yet the vast majority of them are cheap and shoddily designed. There are a whole host of issues, from the way they're powered to the way they're mounted to the way they produce light, and, incredibly, a new Kickstarter project seems to address all of those issues.
The Double-O light was created by London-based design shop Paul Cocksedge Studio, best known for their work in light and sound, like thisbent vinyl sound cone and these phenomenal non-lamp lamps. It's a rechargeable LED bike light but so cleverly and carefully designed as to be much more than an experiment--it's one of the most practical lights I've ever seen.
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The "New Standard" | Santa Cruz

Joe Graney
Each time we work on a bike design - and we're always working on new bikes- the engineering group and our product manager sit down to haggle about what the frame is going to be like, and what type of parts it will accept. This used to be a fairly simple process - it basically consisted of deciding 68 or 73 mm width on bottom bracket width. We try to make a lot of components interchangeable between our various models. If there's not a damn good reason to have different diameter seat-posts or front derailleur clamps, then those numbers remain the same. Recently, however, we've seen a proliferation of new "standards" representing conceptual minefields that must be crossed when designing a bike frame. An incomplete list would include (stick with me through the list, there's a point somewhere near the end):
Headsets: 1 1/8, 1.5, 1 1/8 to 1.5 tapered. And then you have integrated and semi-integrated options for each of those. Stems and forks are both subject to these dimensions, and each one can affect clearance between the fork crown to down-tube as well as influence bar height and frame geometry. To figure out what makes sense for what, we have to balance stiffness versus weight of the entire system, including the frame, headset, adaptors, stem AND fork. I've been told that the purpose of the tapered steerer "standard" (Sram and Fox have different taper lengths...) is to make it easier to find stems. WTF? So they're basically saying there is a new standard (1.5) that hasn't yet been adopted fully, so we're introducing another standard to address it, even though finding a headset or a fork will be more of a pain than finding a 1.5 stem ever was.

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Bookman Cup Holder

Bookman Cup Holder from Bookman on Vimeo.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Barry-Roubaix Race Report

Two weekends ago I made the trip north to the tiny town of Hastings, MI to take part in what is called America's largest gravel road race, Barry-Roubaix.  Here's a report I originally wrote for the Ohio Gravel Grinders Facebook group.

Support Minimum Passing Distance for Cyclists in Ohio

Over the weekend I contacted the members of the Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee regarding the removal of language requiring a minimum 3-foot passing for bicycles from HB 145. This morning I received a response from the chair of the committee's office (Rep. Damschroeder), and they indicated that the legislation's sponsor, Rep. Henne, may be interested in having constituents testify on behalf of the legislation. If anyone would like to do similarly, here are the e-mail addresses of the members of the committee and Rep. Henne., Rep. Damschroder, Rep. Ruhl, Rep. Mallory, Rep. Becker, Rep. Celebrezze, Rep. DeVitis, Rep. Green, Rep. Hagan, Rep. Johnson, Rep. McGregor, Rep. Milkovich, Rep. Patmon, Rep. Perales, Rep. Henne
The e-mail I sent follows if anyone would like a template, however it is always a good idea when contacting legislators to make your message personal and different from others they may have received. If you do contact the legislators, make sure you include your FULL name (as it appears on voting records) and at least your full address. This allows the legislators to know that you are an actual constituent and not an out-of-state special interest. Including your phone number is also a good indication to their office that you are serious about your concern.

To the members of the Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security committee,
I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in the removal of language requiring a safe passing distance for bicycles from HB 145. As reported by WCMH (, the language was removed as a result of opponent testimony, however I have been unable to find any indication on the General Assembly's websites that this bill received testimony before the committee at all. I hope that this is only a matter of delay in posting the record of the testimony.
However, I am also completely stymied as to why this common sense legislation would be opposed at all. 22 states and the District of Columbia have all passed similar legislation, and as an experienced cyclist I can attest to the need for this legislation. Just yesterday I was buzzed by a vehicle well within 3 feet of me; and sadly another experienced cyclist, Joe Giampapa, just lost his life this past weekend as a result of a vehicle attempting to pass him too closely. There is no question in my mind that this legislation serves an immediate need.
As a cyclist, I am looking for the State to uphold my rights as a slow-moving vehicle on the road, and make a statement to motorists across Ohio that cyclists should be treated with caution and respect on the road. This simple legislation could have easily sent the message to motorists that as the operators of 3000 pounds of metal, they have an obligation to take care of a human life that is a fraction of their size. This will also give law enforcement officials an additional tool to address unsafe behaviors on the road, particularly as they put human lives in danger.
Before the end of this legislative session I beg you to reconsider this decision and send a clear message to motorists across the state that a human life is more important than having to wait to pass a cyclists at a safe distance.
Thank you for your consideration.

Undercover stings target drivers endangering bicyclists | KHOU

HOUSTON -- Next time you drive past a bicyclist on the streets of Houston, mind your manners. The bike rider just might be an undercover cop.
Houston police have adopted an unorthodox enforcement tactic, deploying plainclothes officers pedaling along streets to catch drivers disobeying a bicycle safety ordinance.
“What that simply means is that there are officers out there on bicycles, dressed as normal citizens, who are just riding around town,” says Mark Eisenman, an HPD assistant chief.
The enforcement effort that started three weeks ago focuses mainly on Houston’s Safe Passing Ordinance, which dictates that drivers should stay at least three feet away from bicyclists they pass on city streets. It also calls for cars and trucks to stay at least six feet behind bicycles they’re following.
Police say they’ve had problems enforcing the ordinance, mainly because it’s difficult for a patrol officer in a passing car to quickly determine whether a driver veers closer than the prescribed three feet.


It’s been a long slog for New York City’s bike-share program. Citi Bike, named for its primary sponsor, Citibank, was first announced by the Department of Transportation in 2010, and, at that time, it was expected to be up and running by the spring of 2012. The launch was delayed by software problems and by Hurricane Sandy, but, two months ago, docking stations finally began appearing around Manhattan and Brooklyn. On Memorial Day, the bikes rolled out, offering rides to and from hundreds of locations.
We examined how the first few weeks of the program fared by tracking when the bikes appeared at different docks. After a Citi Bike is unlocked (through a code or a key), it can be used for up to forty-five minutes before it must be redocked. Using live data provided by the Citi Bike Web site, it’s possible to see how many bikes are checked into each station at any particular moment. Other Citi Bike-trackers have used this data to developinsightful live views of the program, or to follow it closely for a single day. We chose to take a long look, grabbing information at fifteen-minute intervals each day for a month, from June 8th through July 8th.

Velocity Clothes Hangers

Retired, recycled, or rejected rims find new life.  
  • Heavy duty enough to support your overalls or your TT skinsuit.
  • Compliments the finest designer closet, or the classiest home workshop. 
  • Available individually or as a pack of four.


Most hangers are made from one quarter of a 700c Deep V rim, two 260mm stainless steel spokes, two brass spoke nipples, and a little bit of good old fashioned American ingenuity.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Detroit Bike City 2014 & Beyond Recap @detroitbikecity

We had 12 for our group. Four took bikes even thought the weather forecast said wintry mix. Of course there was no rain or snow in Detroit so the rest of us were kinda bummed we didn't bring bikes.

As we entered Detroit we stopped at Los Galanes in Mexicantown for breakfast. The food is always great there. The Detroit Bike City show has expanded each year we have attended and this year was even better. There is a great mix of local bike shops, builders, advocacy and event booths, plus demo areas for bmx, kids, electric bikes and a swap meet. Some of us picked up equipment while others marveled at cool tech and bike porn. The show was well attended but not over crowded.

Afterwards we headed to Atwater Brewery for a beer. Atwater is always a great place to hang out. We headed toward 8 mile to see The Thunderdrome and Craig ran around the track while we cheered him on. For dinner we headed downtown to Grand Trunk. Before leaving Detroit we swung by Belle Isle and The Heidelberg Project.

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