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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Most Popular Bike Video of 2015? A clown takes a pratfall

Sometimes people's bad behaviors and lack of knowing the rules catch up with them. The driver is now internationally immortalized for his road rage and horrible behavior. Thanks to the brave cyclist for standing his ground. *Warning: foul language*

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

America’s Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing | New Republic

The morning I wrote this I took public transportation to work. I hopped on the bus around the corner from my house, then the train for a few stops farther. I took mass transit because it was convenient, because my card was already preloaded with the cash that diverts from my paycheck, and because the ride gave me 20 minutes to start the day browsing Twitter.

Baked into this decision, however, were a number of other nearly subliminal calculations about the alternatives not taken. I did not drive the car (yes, my household has a car) because downtown Washington, D.C., is a hot mess at rush hour, and because parking near the office costs the equivalent of a fancy hamburger a day. I did not bike because it was snowing. And I did not walk because the distance was too far.

My commuting choices—just like everyone’s—are the sum of the advantages of one transportation mode weighed against the downsides of all other options. Or, more succinctly: my feelings about the bus are mediated by what I’m thinking about my car.

[Keep reading at New Republic]

San Francisco to Tijuana @RoadHolland

San Francisco to Tijuana from Road Holland on Vimeo.

Monday, December 28, 2015

VOTE @ColumbusGov @yaybikes Summit St. project @StreetsblogNet 2015 urban street transformation contest #letsride

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015, which means we’re about to hand out Streetsies to recognize achievements for walking, biking, and transit in American cities this year.
Earlier this month we asked readers for nominations for the Best Urban Street Transformation of the year, and here are the standouts from your submissions. It’s a great batch and all of these cities deserve recognition for claiming space from cars and devoting it to people. But only one can win! Your votes will determine who gets the honor.
Here is the only nominee you need to worry about - 

Columbus: Summit Street

Summit in Columbus
Photo: City of Columbus
Summit Street in Columbus
Photo: City of Columbus
Summit Street is near Ohio State University’s campus, not far from downtown Columbus. Scott Ulrich, the city’s bicycle planner, writes that the Ohio Department of Transportation was getting ready to resurface the road when the city stepped in.
Initial traffic studies and public involvement indicated that these streets had excess capacity, speeding problems and low safety perceptions for walking, biking and people waiting for buses.
The City of Columbus, in partnership with local bike advocacy group Yay Bikes!, decided to take advantage of the resurfacing project as an opportunity to redesign the street to re-allocate space more equitably.
The project repurposed one traffic lane to create a parking-protected two-way bike lane and bus bulbs. It calmed a dangerous, high-speed one-way route through a huge residential college campus with lots of walking (including much walking that’s a little wobbly). In addition, it connects a dense, growing residential area (Campus, the Short North) to downtown with high quality bike lanes, making it an ideal commuter bike route.

Cycle Adelaide - hardest climbs - Cherryville

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Spreading comfort and joy — and trees — by bike @BostonGlobe

Jimmy Rider pedaled through Boston toward Copley Square with a Christmas tree in tow. Rider has delivered 200 trees this season.
Jimmy Rider pedaled through Boston toward Copley Square with a Christmas tree in tow. Rider has delivered 200 trees this season.
BROOKLINE — Sitting on the floor after setting up the bushy balsam fir Christmas tree, stand and all, in an apartment with a view of the Boston skyline, Santa Claus leaned back on his hands. Looking up at the ceiling, he emitted a satisfied sigh.
Jimmy Rider, decked out in a red suit and hat, the cotton ball at the tip poking through a slit in his bike helmet, had just traveled from Somerville to Boston to Brookline by bicycle, lugging the six-foot tree in a trailer behind him.
He was spent but still full of cheer.

The real Santa has a sleigh and reindeer to do the hard work of bringing presents to people’s houses. But for Rider there’s no Prancer, Dancer, Donner or Blitzen. And there’s certainly no Rudolph to light the way.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Jeff Jones: A Man and His Bikes @Jonesbikes #letsride

Filmed over the course of four rides near the Jones Bikes headquarters in Southern Oregon, this latest Jones Bikes video combines high-quality riding footage with Jeff Jones' explanation of what makes these bikes ride so well. Learn more about the riding and the rider that created these bikes and bars, as well the thinking behind them.

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Music: "Miles Away" by Kasger & Limitless and "Not Too Cray" by Huma-Huma

29 Plus bike and 29er bicycle ride.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New World Record for Brompton folding (5.19 seconds)

Bikepacking the Mongolian Steppe

Bikepacking the Mongolian Steppe from Jay Bird Films on Vimeo.

New leadership @yaybikes #letsride

I led my last Yay Bikes! Board meeting Monday evening after 4 years as Chair. I am excited to hand the reins over to our new Board Chair, Emily Monnig and Vice Chair, Brian LaliberteJoe Powell has been reelected Treasurer and Rahel Myers Babb is our new Secretary. I look forward to being a part of a new chapter in our organization.

I was humbled with the recognition and kind words from Catherine Girves after the meeting. You can read her words here as part of my profile. ~ Ray

“I felt it was something I could do to help change for the positive.” – Ray’s story

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bike Love - PREVIEW REEL from Filmed by Bike

Bike Love - PREVIEW REEL from Filmed by Bike on Vimeo.

Great Allegheny Passage fall foliage (Ohiopyle) with Bike the GAP

TRANS-AMERICA TRAIL @swallowbicycleworks LOVELAND, OH via SeekandEnjoy

The Background
The incentive to undertake a transcontinental bicycle ride is different for all of us. For some, it’s a life goal to experience the country from the seat of a bicycle. Others do it for a taste of adventure; to live a simple life for a while, to spend some time in the great outdoors, to welcome the unknown. Regardless of the calling, the simple act of equipping a bicycle with basic essentials and then pedaling it across a continent is something a lot of people take on. Throughout my years working in bike shops, I have had the pleasure of assisting many individuals on this kind of journey. Inspired by their stories, I imagined myself setting out the same way one day to truly experience this place I call home.
When most people consider doing a trip like this, the challenge is timing. The time it requires to complete the journey can take anywhere from one month to four months, depending on the route and speed of the rider. This certainly was a big factor for Tom and me. To complete a cross-country tour would require us to close our business for a number of months. Another barrier was the prospect of riding a paved road route and sharing roads with large vehicles traveling 55-80 mph. I do not imagine a long, healthy, and enjoyable life cycling on roads where semi trucks are buzzing past me, which is why Tom and I travel on dirt roads. Riding on dirt roads is a lot like riding on a bike path, but with the diversity of hills and curves that back roads often have. Most of the time you have the whole road to yourself allowing you to ride side by side and to actually hold conversations with your partner. Stopping – to take in views, to take pictures, or to picnic – is a carefree, and often car-free experience. So we waited for the right time to one day ride across the country, not by way of highway, but by dirt roads and back roads.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Are roads for cars or kids? My part in the fight to make people-friendly streets @GuardianUS

Consultation on this Mini Holland proposal for Enfield town centre closes on Friday.
 A consultation on the Mini Holland proposal to make Enfield town centre bike friendly closes on Friday. Photograph: Cycle Enfield
My sister Sally started it when she sent me a video about Playing Out – the seminal Bristol project which closes residential roads to traffic so children can play freely – adding: “Shame you couldn’t do this on your street.” Nothing goads like a sibling, and two years later our Palmers Green rat-run was an official London Play Street. Each month traffic is blocked off for three hours and the children play out with bikes, scooters, balls and chalk. Our girls, aged five and eight when it started, love it. It was a revelation seeing the tarmac used for something other than cars, and we got to know our neighbours in a way that was not possible when we only used the street to park on. 
The other revelation was the attitude of those neighbours who hated the idea. They organised a petition against the play street, and quotes from the time include: “Roads are for cars, not kids”, “We’ll be a magnet for paedophiles” and “Who’s going to pay when my car gets scratched?” Now these same neighbours have either approved the renewed play street order, or take part as stewards. I guess they just needed to see it up and running.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Video: Mundubicyclette Trailer

Andoni and Alice started their bicycle journey around the earth in 2004, from '04 to '13 they cycled during 7 years, covering 55 countries and more than 70.000 km.
On the way their children joined the adventure, Maia was born in 2007 and Unai in Bolivia in 2011.
This movie is the story of their incredible adventure.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+ (2016) Bike Packing @jamisbicycles

BeeLine Kickstarter Video - bicycle navigation made simple @RideBeeLine

Motor City to Bike City: Inside Detroit's Bicycle Renaissance @nbcnews

When you think of the Motor City, bicycles may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In recent years, however, Detroit has seen a surge in cycling interest and bike-related small businesses opening. Now, "The D" is home to one of the largest weekly community bike rides in the world. 
Slow Roll Detroit, which was founded in 2010 by Detroit residents Jason Hall and Mike MacKool, meets weekly to explore different neighborhoods on their roughly 10-mile route in an effort to highlight new businesses and community projects happening around the city.

Monday, November 23, 2015

INSPIRED TO RIDE An adventure cycling documentary coming to Columbus on February 2 @inspiredtoride @yaybikes

“Inspired to Ride,” a stunning documentary about the inaugural TransAm Bike Race held in 2014 on the TransAmerica Trail, will screen at the Drexel Theatre in Columbus on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Yay Bikes!

“Inspired to Ride” is the followup film from the creators of the wildly popular and award-winning film “Ride the Divide,” as well as their second film, “Reveal the Path.”

On June 7, 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural TransAm Bike Race, a 4,233-mile cross-country, self-supported race from Astoria, OR, to Yorktown, VA. The route roughly follows the TransAmerica Trail as created by the Adventure Cycling Association, traversing through ten states in a transcontinental adventure of epic proportions.

“Inspired to Ride” follows closely the journey of a handful of these cyclists as they prepare, compete and experience what riding 300 miles a day feels like with only a few hours of sleep each night. They will rely solely on their fitness, meticulously chosen gear and mental fortitude to get them to the finish. And to make it even more interesting, they will be entirely self-supported – no crew, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end.

These athletes will endure agonizing climbs iin the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, potential bragging rights and a cold beer when it’s over. Some are out to make history and set records, while others are simply trying to finish.

The filmmakers used the latest technology to give the audience an incredibly immersive experience while these cyclists speed along the TransAmerica Trail, revealing its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and captivating stories which dot this path to discovery.

Advance tickets to the screening are $12 at The Drexel Theatre is located at 2254 E. Main St. in Columbus.

According to Yay Bikes!, few activities suggest harmony with the world like riding a bicycle. Bicycling for transportation ameliorates the poor health, environmental degradation, oil dependency and financial strain associated with automobile travel and facilitates community between cyclists, their neighbors and their environment. Yay Bikes! offers programs and services that promote bicycling as a means to a more fulfilling life, and works to increase trips by bicycle and reduce bicycle crashes in the Central Ohio area and beyond. For more information, go to

To view the trailer or for more information about the film, go to

For additional information, contact Garry Harrington at 603-209-5010 or


Few tools are used as frequently, and can cause as much heartache or wasted time as the seemingly simple hex key. It’s one of the first things you notice at the top levels of motorsport tools, or in the toolboxes of Pro-Tour mechanics: extremely high quality hex keys. The reasoning is simple, better tool fit leads to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significant reduction in the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Aluminum.

[See more at Silca]

142 Miles From Monday from Alex Witkowicz

142 Miles From Monday from Alex Witkowicz on Vimeo.

This is a film about stepping away from the 9-5 lifestyle, the benefits of scaring yourself, and about connecting with nature to find meaning in everyday life.
The film follows three mountain bikers riding the legendary Kokopelli Trail in the high mountain desert; a place they’ll find is often unpredictable and unforgiving, but one that reveals lessons for those who explore its lonely landscapes. 
Check out my behind the scenes post on Medium here:

The Steamboat Ralleye @KITSBOW @NinerBikes #letsride

The Steamboat Ralleye from Kitsbow on Vimeo.
197 dirty, epic miles and 19,302 brutal feet of climbing from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Niner Bikes and the Ralleye Riders.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

45NRTH WØLFGAR @45nrth #grippy

45NRTH WØLFGAR from 45NRTH on Vimeo.
Introducing WØLFGAR - Designed to keep your feet comfortable in the worst winter conditions down to -25ºF, Wølfgar is our warmest boot yet. The double boot system features a removable felted wool liner to wick moisture away from your feet with a durable, lightweight outer boot to keep wind, snow, and cold out. Precise placement of Aerogel under the foot and over the toe blocks cold transfer from chilling your feet. The custom Vibram® rubber outsole is 2-bolt compatible and has stud pockets for inserting 45NRTH studs for even more traction and control on slick, icy surfaces.
With Wølfgar, there are no more excuses.

Woman Insists She's a Bike, Sits on CTA Bus Rack

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How Low-Income Cyclists Go Unnoticed @bicyclingmag

Jorge Diaz turned his BMX bike (shown without cart) into a convenience store.
Jorge Diaz turned his BMX bike (shown without cart) into a convenience store.
This article first appeared in the July 2006 issue of Bicycling magazine.
Francisco Orellano wakes before sunrise. His mornings, sometimes for weeks on end, are nearly always the same. He carries his bike from his apartment to the street. Then he pedals into the dawn. He passes among other riders, who sit upright and silent, moving almost nothing but their legs, which revolve not in spinning cadences but in slow-motion circles. The riders roll forward, determined, toward some unseen destination.
Francisco looks elegant on his bike. His grey hair and moustache are neat; his striped, button-down shirt is pressed. He is proud of his appearance.
He travels the wide boulevards that lead to the shipping terminals at Long Beach, California. He passes unopened supermarkets, unilluminated car lots. Occasionally he pedals through the glow from an all-night filling station. Sometimes, as he rides, he thinks about El Salvador, where he walked to his jobs. But mostly, as he rides, he wonders whether he’ll work today.

‘Beyoncé On A Bike’ Opens Sexualized Can Of Worms @TheGearJunkie

Evidently the Internet is not ready for this jelly. This Instagram post by Beyoncé, appearing in all her Foxxy Cleopatra glory astride a bicycle, made some tremors in the cycling community after Momentum Mag reposted the image with the simple comment “Guess who’s riding a city bike?”

After a maelstrom of backlash, the magazine defended its post with the following statement.
“Our main goal at Momentum is to get more people riding bikes, and a large part of that work is making bicycling seem practical, stylish, fun, and yes, sexy… There is nothing inherently objectifying about sexuality. Sexism tends to come into play when women are automatically perceived as victims or morally dubious just because they did something explicitly sexual. Beyoncé is a feminist, and as part of that has chosen to embrace her own sexuality. What she chooses to do with her body, her brand, her clothes or lack thereof are all her choices, and it isn’t up to us to decide how she should feel about that.”

[Keep reading at Gear Junkie] 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Interview: Swallow Bicycle Works x TAT - @pathlesspedaled

The Web Monkey Speaks: Dear Bike Industry @bikemag

Before you change everything all over again, consider this...

I’m a hater. At the risk of sounding egotistical, I am quite good at hating. I see something new–something I haven’t tried, something that strikes me as useless or, simply, something I can’t possibly afford–and I hate it with a passion. True, I don’t go online and chat about it on forums with other haters, but it’s probably only because I have alternative opportunities, like this one, to showcase my loathing for that which is new.
By now, you might be asking yourself what exactly it is that I hate. Bleepy-bloopy music completely lacking in electric guitars, a beginning and an end? Hate that shit. Skinny pants, neck beards, people typing or (worse yet) saying “lol”? My vision narrows and goes a shade of red every time I encounter these things.  [Keep reading at Bike Mag]

Friday, November 6, 2015


Dexter Avenue.
For those of us watching, the last two years have revealed a very clear new superstar in the country's progress toward protected bike lane networks.
It's the Emerald City: Seattle.
In the last two years, Seattle has completed seven protected bike lane projects, more than any other city in the country in that period except New York.
As we've written, Seattle heaved through a significant "bikelash" a few years ago. And (much like NYC before it) it's discovered an ocean of political support on the other side.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA)

On Wednesday and Thursday the House of Representatives are going to voting on the transportation bill- including up to three  votes to cut eligibility for biking  projects.

We need your help!

Please ask your Representative to vote NO on the Carter amendments 68 and 69 and Yoho amendments 158 that would end eligibility for biking and projects.

Last week the Transportation Committee, led by Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA). This bill includes a carefully constructed agreement on bicycling and walking funding that we support - and need to defend.  It maintains funding streams for biking infrastructure projects, and it maintains the local control aspects and competitive processes that have made the transportation alternatives program effective. 

Rep. Carter and Yoho have introduced amendments that undermine that agreement. Rep Carter has two amendments. One amendment makes biking and walking projects ineligible for certain types of transportation funding. The second opens up the transportation alternatives funding to road and bridge projects.

Representative Yoho's amendment would make the Recreational Trails Program ineligible for any transportation funding.
Please ask your Representative to Vote NO on the Carter and Yoho Amendments

Click the link below to log in and send your message: 

Video: McLaren 675LT vs. a Bicycle

TRANS AMERICA TRAIL: THE END OF AN ODYSSEY @SwallowBicycle @bikepackingcom

An inspiring epilogue to the Swallow’s 87 day, 4,970 mile, off-road ride on the Trans America Trail. Plus, tips for riding the TAT, a final QA, and their favorite gear…
From Morehead City, North Carolina into the Great Smoky Mountains, across Southern Tennessee, we dropped into Northwest Mississippi, pedaled across Arkansas, over the Ozarks, and dead straight across Northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle. We rode into the gulches of Northeast New Mexico, climbed up into Colorado, up and over the Rocky Mountains, before we dropped down to ride across Utah, and from basin to range northwest across Nevada and the high desert. We tapped California before riding northwest again, across Oregon, where we came to the end of our western route in Port Orford, Oregon on Sunday, October 26, 2015. The final tally of miles came in right around 4,970, which we completed in 87 days (81 days pedaling with 6 days off).

[Keep reading at]

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Bike to Work @momentummag

Photo by Todd Mecklem
Photo by Todd Mecklem

Despite vast improvements in cycling infrastructure in many cities across the continent, the majority of North Americans still don’t bike to work. While the benefits of cycling to work are nearly innumerable, we managed to round them down to just ten so we wouldn’t run out of space on the Internet. From the Momentum Mag staff, here are our top 10 reasons to bike to work:
1. Fun!
Biking to work is fun, plain and simple. Many people look back wistfully on fond childhood memories of riding their bike around their neighborhood, wishing they could still be so carefree amid the rigors of working life. Biking to work allows you integrate that simple feeling of exhilaration into your daily grind. Observe your surroundings, listen to the birds and wave at passing cyclists as you ride. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself wishing your commute were longer.
2. Fitness
Biking to work is good for you. While the exact calories burned on a ride varies between each person, their speed, and the topography, cycling on average burns as many calories as jogging, with considerably fewer negative impacts on the joints. Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Sneaking the health benefits of biking into your daily commute is so easy it almost feels like cheating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water @salsacycles

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

The Velocipede Races @ellyblue @kickstarter

[Support the project at Kickstarter]


The traditional bottle cage is the stuff of legend. It works well but does not cover the needs of all cyclists.

Perhaps you would like to carry a vacuum flask safely and conveniently for those HOT or really COLD drinks? Or maybe you feel the need to carry a large container up to 2 LITRES capacity? Cycle campers are often at a loss as to where to keep their stove fuel bottle when traveling from site to site.

Back in 1986 we thought about these requirements. The result was BIKEBUDDY the unique ADJUSTABLE bottle cage system.

BIKEBUDDY comes in three versions: MK1 for cycles without bottle cage fittings, and the MK2 and MK3 for cycles, which do. They are all manufactured entirely from stainless steel, so there is no fear of corrosion.

The MK1 is designed to fit the most popular tube size i.e. one and one eight inches (28.5mm) diameter.

The MK2 screws directly to the frames bottle cage fittings. Its central chassis contains eleven slots for positioning up or down the tube.

The MK3 has the advantage of QUICK RELEASE (see illustration). This model is withdrawn from the frame whilst still attached to the flask or bottle, leaving behind an unobtrusive pair of location pegs, which are screwed, into the bottle cage fittings, so you need only carry the MK3 when you want to. The LOCATION PEGS weigh approx 25 grammes and are available separately for fitting to your other bikes, enabling the transfer of the flask/bottle from one bike to another at a modest cost. MK3 requires only 20mm of lateral and 10mm of vertical movement to secure or remove it. This is VERY useful for carrying a large container in a small frame.

All three models adjust from 2.8 to 4.4 inches diameter (70 to 112mm). Where leg room is not a problem, BIKEBUDDY can be adjusted up to 6 inches (152mm) diameter by substituting the standard springs for '200' series which are available as an extra - very handy for carrying a small tent or rainwear.

For the better part of a quarter of a century, cyclists worlwide have made BIKEBUDDY their preffered choice, be it for cycle touring, cycle camping, commuting or off road.

BIKEBUDDY probably the most versatile system on the planet!