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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bicyclick for Bicycle - Stand your bike upright everywhere. @Kickstarter

With a simple click, stand your bicycle upright on any terrain or park your bike at the office or in your house!

"Imagine how the little things in life could change the way you live life" - From about Bicyclick

Huge Crash Eneco Tour 2014 Stage 4

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPDATE: Camp Chase Trail - Columbus' West Side Bike Trail

Below: Camp Chase Trail retaining wall and gravel base before paving. Here, you are looking west towards Alton Road. Alton is where the paved section of the trail ends and this gravel section begins. The bridge being constructed over Hellbranch Run is behind me in this photo. The bridge abutments are in place and the prefabricated bridge sections have been delivered and are on site ready to be installed. I predict this section should be open all the way to Galloway by the end of this year.

Below: Here is the trail at Alton Rd. facing East. The trail is all gravel from this point.

Below: Here is the trail at Alton Rd. facing West. The trail is paved in this direction all the way to Cincinnati. There is no parking available here, we recommend parking at the trail head at Big Darby Creek and the Little Darby Creek on Alkire Rd. You can request a permit for overnight parking from the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park rangers, office or possibly the new nature center.

Below: You are here (click for larger version)...

Below: Galloway Rd. where it crosses the railroad tracks in Galloway. Crews are now clearing trees and brush eastward between Galloway Rd. and Norton Rd. Trail work is also in progress further east between Hall Rd. and (west) Sullivant Ave.

This Bright Orange Skyway Is Copenhagen's Newest Bike Lane | FastCompany

This elevated track is the city's latest attempt at creating a cyclist's heaven.

When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined.
But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new infrastructure to make cycling as easy as possible. The latest: An elevated roadway that speeds cyclists over an area that's usually crowded with pedestrians.
The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, designed by architects at Dissing and Weitling and completed earlier this summer, winds through buildings a single story above a busy waterfront shopping area.

"There was a missing link that forced bicycle users to use the stairs or make a huge detour around a shopping center," says Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagen-based urban design expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. "This solution provided a fast A-to-B from a bridge to a bicycle bridge on the harbor, while freeing up the harbor front for meandering pedestrians."
It's not only easier for bike commuters to use, but also more fun: In a city that's flat, the long orange ramp offers a little bit of a hill to coast down, and cyclists can check out views of the harbor without worrying that they're about to crash into a pedestrian around a blind corner.
The city doesn't plan to build any other elevated ramps, since this one is intended only to solve a very specific problem. "Bicycles belong on cycle tracks on the streets, where they have been since the bicycle was invented," argues Colville-Anderson, who has criticized Norman Foster's plans for what he calls the "ridiculous" Skycycle in London...
Read the rest and see more photos at FastCompany

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bridges and Vines Bicycle Tour 2014 - This Saturday, August 16th!



Saturday August 16, 2014                    from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
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South River Vineyard
6062 South River Road W
Geneva, OH 44041

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Randy Jones
United Way of Ashtabula County

Bridges and Vines 

Bicycle Tour 2014 

The 2014 Bridges & Vines Bicycle Tour will be held on Saturday, August 16.  Spend a beautiful day in the country on rides of 12, 25, 39 or 62 miles through vineyards and over historic covered bridges.  All but the 12 mile use a portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.  Following your ride relax at one of Ashtabula County's terrific wineries. $20 before August 2.  $25 after August 2.  Fee provides well marked roads, maps, SAG service, water/snack stops, lunch after your ride and a georgeous setting.

Waxed Canvas Feed Bags, totes and more | Randi Jo Fabrications

Bartender Bag

Bartender Bag
The Bartender bag. A handy bar/stem bag when you need your essentials close at hand.
Mounts to handlebar, stem and head tube.
Universal right/left side design
Adaptable to most bar and frame styles.
One handed access with aerohead pull
Foam insulated
light colored liner for visibility
Comes with 3 Total Hook straps
Great for coffee, compact camera, iphone, kids toys, snacks, etc.!
Made from durable 10.10 oz. waxed canvas with a ripstop nylon lining
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M.U.T. (Multi-Use Tote)

M.U.T. (Multi-Use Tote)
A tote to carry what your little heart desires. Tool kit & tube, scrumptious snacks, mini camera, 24 oz. tall boy or glass bottle.
Made with durable 10.10 oz waxed canvas with a ripstop nylon lining.
A thin layer of foam insulates and protects your load.
It boasts an outer pocket that cleverly fits over a standard bottle cage.
The buckle closure and roll top let you customize the fit according to your load.
Bartacked nylon webbing runs down the back giving you more options for mounting as an under-seat bag, frame bag or in a non-standard bottle cage.
Standard bottle cage pocket
Roll down top with buckle
Multiple loops on back for mounting
Two ‘Total Hook’ straps included
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M.U.T. as seat bag
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Teach A Kid To Ride A Bike - The Trick: Without Pedals and Training Wheels!

"Learn how to ride a bike using the stress-free "balance first" method at a park near you! As seen on It's My Park on NYC TV."

"Have you been wishing for an easier way to learn to ride a bike? Well there IS an easier way. It took about 60 minutes of practice for me to get my son from training wheels to riding a bike on his own. I got the idea from Bike New York - a non profit that runs "teach your child to ride" clinics around New York City."

"Did you know that you're not supposed to use training wheels when learning to ride a bike? Good Mythical Morning Episode 95!"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Brilliant Cycling App Is Helping A City Plan New Bike Paths

By capturing and processing data from cyclists in the German city of Wiesbaden, the city is putting paths where they're actually needed.

When the German city of Wiesbaden was voted the worst city for cycling in the country by a bike organization, a local creative agency decided to help change that with a new app called Radwende: As cyclists ride down city streets, the app traces each route and adds it to a giant crowdsourced map of suggested bike paths in the city.

Designers at Scholz and Volkmer saw it as a way to bring new digital approach to a problem that was a struggle for government and advocacy organizations.
"We believe in change, because a lot of people in City Hall as well as citizens want it to happen," says agency founder Michael Volkmer, who was the driving force behind the project. "But it's a chicken-and-egg problem: The city doesn't invest if people don't cycle. People do not cycle because it's not safe. We believe that design and technology can fix that."
Since late May, local cyclists have captured data from nearly 3,000 rides. A robot processes the data from each day and traces the routes, one by one, out onto a map, so viewers can watch as the most popular routes get thicker and thicker--showing exactly where a new bike lane might be most helpful.
The robot and map are just finished a run on display at an art museum. "The results were open to the public from the very beginning on the Radwende website," says Volkmer. "It was just that the art world picked it up quicker than the politicians--that's why we got the chance to build the machine in the museum."

The city government has been closely watching the results; the mayor was one of the first people to get a printed version of the map, and members of city council have attended riding events...
Read on at FastCompany

Shimano BR-R785 hydraulic brake testing

Road Rage Against Cyclists

Road Rage Against Cyclists from TriNut on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Suitcase Folding Bike - Wave of the Future?

How Brownsville, Texas, Is Using Bikes to Address Social Problems | usa.streetsblog

Brownsville, Texas' open streets events CycloBia has been a huge success. Photo: CycloBia Brownsville
Brownsville’s open streets event, “CycloBia,” has been a huge success. Photo: CycloBia Brownsville
This post is part of a series featuring stories and research that will be presented at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place conference September 8-11 in Pittsburgh.
Brownsville, a Texas border town, is frequently cited as one of the poorest cities in the country. It also has one of the highest obesity rates.
But local officials have taken on some of the city’s health problems. And one of the key tools they’re using is cycling.
Planning Director Ramiro Gonzalez says it’s been about two years since the city of 180,000 people — 93 percent of them Latino — began its cycling push. City Commissioner Rose Gowen, a doctor, made health-based initiatives a key part of her agenda.

Paul Kimmage - Unfinished stone for an unfinished love | Independent

Johannes Draaijer was a Dutch cyclist. He won two stages of the Peace Race in 1987 and one stage of the Vuelta a Murcia in 1989. The same year he finished 130th in the Tour de France and was part of the team that won the race. - See more at:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mount Air neighbors don't want cyclists in their backyards | Dispatch

Barbara Bergmann and Gordon Grigsby object to a proposed bike path that would run between their house in Mount Air and the Olentangy River. Two other proposals would put the path on the other side of the river from their home.
The Olentangy River drifts lazily past the picture window in Gordon Grigsby’s house in Mount Air, an unincorporated community in northern Franklin County. He doesn’t want that view sullied by hundreds of bicyclists who might pedal past some day.
“It would be a disaster,” said Grigsby, a retired Ohio State University professor of modern literature and poetry.
A neighbor, Benjamin Knepper, wants to maintain the security and the peace and quiet he has known since he moved to Mount Air 25 years ago.
“It’s a unique place that’s kind of been forgotten for a long time,” he said. “Most of us kind of like it the way it is.”
Metro Parks officials are considering three routes to extend the Olentangy Greenway Trail northward to Highbanks Metro Park.

Long Line Of Cars