Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Century Cycles' owner Scott Cowan talked about the Bike To School Month event this morning on Kickin' It With Kenny. You can view the video clip on the Fox 8 Cleveland web site.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Join us for our next ride on Saturday, May 17. Get more info here.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Bike To Work Week is May 12-16 and ClevelandBikes is planning Bike To Work events for each morning that week. We need your help as a Ride Leader to show new bicycle commuters how to get over their initial fear of riding in traffic. It would be simple and it would be fun: we have a number of scheduled starting points and you would meet at one of them. At the scheduled time, you lead the group to downtown where ClevelandBikes and the YMCA has set up a temporary BikeStation. There are free showers, bike storage, food, and coffee waiting for you. NOACA has also donated a ton of bicycle accessories, so you might just get some new gear, too. You’ll be having fun while doing a good deed and helping a new bicycle commuter.
Bike shop folks – most of your stores open at 10:00 so you could be a Ride Leader and still get to the shop…what do you think?
Nurses, physicians, firemen, and others who might have a weekday off – can you volunteer for one morning that week?
People who work from home – this is a chance to get out for a morning – what do you say?
Attorneys, consultants, or professionals who can set their own schedule – want to break out of the routine?
If you can volunteer to be a Ride Leader, e-mail Kevin Cronin firstname.lastname@example.org your name, where you live, the days you are available, your cell phone number, and any other pertinant info. For example:
Fred Garvin; I can volunteer for Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri, I live near Metro Hospital, I can be a Ride Leader from Tremont or from Ohio City, 216-555-1212
Thanks everyone! Pass the word if you know cyclists who could help.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest private, national organization devoted to melanoma. Their mission is to support medical research for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, to educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma, and to act as an advocate for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.
Corporations and other organizations are encouraged to contact the Miles 4 Melanoma team to discuss sponsorship, in order to assist with trip expenses, or provide equipment, services, or other contributions-in-kind in exchange for promotional consideration.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I'm all for the idea of riding long distances for a good cause, and I thought I'd seen every possible variation on the theme, from people riding tandems, pulling their kids/dogs in trailers, riding fixed-gear bikes, etc. But I think this guy has the last word...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Getting Earth Week off to a great start, Scott reports that they had a whopping 244 students sign up for Bay High School's Bike to School Month on the first day of registration yesterday!
Our latest sticker (shown at right) was designed by the BHS students and is being used throughout the school for the event. You can pick one up at any of our stores, too!
Monday, April 21, 2008
If you're less handy with a saw and hammer, you can accomplish the same thing using off-the-shelf components. If you've already got a Big Dummy or Xtracycle, add the Wide Loader racks, then bolt on any standard rooftop bike carrier, such as those available from Thule or Yakima.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The new, paved section of Towpath runs in two spurs through Steelyard Commons. One section continues along Jennings Road through the middle of the plaza (where we stopped for a Starbuck's); another spur runs along the eastern edge behind Home Depot. The two spurs meet up at the north end of the plaza. The trail then continues through two small tunnels under the freeway ramps, and then leads up to 14th Street on the southern end of Tremont, right by the traffic roundabout that leads to/from the Rt. 176 ramps. From there, it would be an easy commute through Tremont and into downtown Cleveland.
A vintage hot metal railroad car on display in Steelyard Commons. These are used to carry molten steel between different process areas in the mills, often using railroad bridges over rivers. In my former life in the steel industry, an engineer once told me that if there were a derailment or some other mishap that caused one of these to fall into the river, the resulting energy release from the tons of hot liquid steel combining with the water would be the equivalent of a small nuclear blast.
Railroad crossing on Jennings Road.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
On a lighter note, we came across this site, but we're not exactly sure what it means:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Other news we saw this week....
Bicycle Commuting Advantages:
- It’s great exercise
- Saves money on fuel, tolls and parking
- Reduces air pollution
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Reduces need for parking spaces
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Every manner of shoe was represented, from sneakers, sandals, hiking boots, golf spikes, even a pair of ski boots.
What I wonder is what is the story behind this roadside curiosity? Is it a neighborhood tradition, or a school prank that is grudgingly tolerated by the local residents?
If you live in that neighborhood and know the deal, drop me a note and fill us in!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The most common type of brake found on most modern hybrid and mountain bikes is the linear-pull brake. These are sometimes called "V-brakes," although that name is actually trademarked by Shimano for their version of linear-pull brakes. These brakes have excellent stopping power, are easy to adjust, and have a quick-disconnect feature that makes it easy to clear the brake pads out of the way when installing or removing your wheel. Linear-pull brakes are mounted using a set of posts that are built into the frame of the bicycle, one pair on the front fork, and the other pair on the rear seat stays.
Cantilever brakes were common on older mountain bikes and hybrids, but are still commonly found on modern touring and cyclocross bikes. These brakes are distinguished by two roughly L-shaped calipers on either side of the rim, connected by the brake cable, which is pulled vertically away from the wheel. Cantilever brakes provide better mud clearance compared to linear-pull brakes. They are also easy to disconnect for wheel removal. The only downside to cantilever brakes is that they require an additional "cable stop" for the brake housing to pull against. This cable stop is sometimes provided as an integrated part of the bike's frame, but can also be an add-on bracket type of device. The mounting posts on the bike frame for cantilever brakes are the same as those used for linear-pull brakes.
Linear-pull and cantilever brakes use the same style of brake pads. Sometimes, the brake pads have a smooth post that is held is place by a bolt that is part of the brake caliper; other times, the pad itself has a threaded post with a bolt on the end. So, whether you have linear-pull or cantilever brakes, you need to be careful to buy the brake pads that have the correct type of attachment post for your brakes.
The most common type of brake on most modern racing-style road bikes are referred to as dual-pivot caliper brakes. These brakes have a compact "C" shape, with the brake cable that extends vertically from one side of the caliper. They usually have a small, rotating release lever that allows you to temporarily open the caliper for wheel installation and removal. The brake caliper mounts to the frame using a single bolt, either through the fork crown on the front, or through the seat stay bridge on the rear. Dual-pivot calipers are very easy to adjust and service. Their only downside is that they are only appropriate for very skinny-tired road bikes; they usually do not have enough clearance to accomodate wider touring tires.
Disc brakes have become a popular option for mountain bikes in the past several years, and recently are starting to become more common on hybrids and some road touring bikes (such as the Raleigh '08 Sojourn). You would have expected to pay $1000 or more for a disc-brake equipped mountain bike a few years ago, but through trickle-down technology, very reliable models can be found on $350 mountain bikes today. Disc brakes provide the absolute best stopping power in all conditions, even in the rain or mud. The better models are easy to install and adjust, and replacement brake pads are readily available. The most common disc brakes use the same kind of steel cable as other brakes, although there are hydraulic disc brake models available on high end mountain bikes. The hydraulic models provide the best stopping power in extreme conditions, but do require a bit more technical expertise to install and adjust. Another nice feature of disc brakes is that you do not need to disconnect them in order to install or remove your wheel. The only possible disadvantage of disc brakes is that they require special hubs on your wheels for mounting the disc rotor, and mounting tabs on the bike's frame for the disc caliper. This is not a problem on a new bike, but could be an additional expense if you are looking to upgrade an existing bike to disc brakes.
One important point to note is that the hand levers used with each type of brake described above are NOT interchangeable. Each type of lever is designed to pull a specific amount of cable, in order to actuate the brake properly. Linear-pull brakes require a longer amount of cable movement, so they must be used with linear-pull-specific levers. Cantilever, dual-pivot, and U-brakes can use the same brake levers. Most mechanical disc brakes use the same kind of levers as linear-pull brakes, but some manufacturers have created road-bike-specific disc brakes that can use the same brake levers already found on most road bikes. Hydraulic disc brakes come as integrated brake and lever systems, where the lever is designed only to work with the corresponding model of brake.
Of course, the old-fashioned "pedal-backwards" brake can still be found on one-speed cruiser-style bikes, and some multi-speed bikes that use an internally-geared hub. This brake is actually referred to as a coaster brake. A coaster brake-equipped bike can be identified by an L-shaped steel bracket that is bolted to the bike's frame and the left side of the rear hub.
There are a few other older-style brakes that are very uncommon these days, such as center-pull brakes that have a similar mechanism to cantilever brakes, but attach with a single bolt more like dual-pivot calipers. For many years, tandem bikes were equipped with a powerful drum brake on at least one wheel. There was a rod brake system commonly used many years ago, but can still be found on some special-purpose bikes.
Jeff will be helping promote Colorado tourism by talking about mountain biking in Breckenridge, CO. "The producers have also asked me to give viewers some tips on choosing the right mountain bike," Jeff said. "So I'm bringing a Giant Trance X series bike to demonstrate."
If there's enough time in the segment, Jeff will try to teach one of the shows hosts how to bunnyhop, riding a Giant Lenosky edition STP bicycle. "Weekend Today" anchor Lester Holt is the possible student, said Jeff, "Although the producers didn't tell me which host it would be. I'll make sure whoever it is wears a helmet!"
ABOUT WEEKEND TODAY
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday May 5: Walk+Roll Benefit
In the car-free East 4th Street District! Celebrity co-hosts, networking extravaganza, icebreakers, prizes, food, drinks and fun...you won't want to miss it!
Monday May 12: Bike To The Movies
Film shorts at the Natural History Museum: see films about bikes, made by cyclists and that celebrate the wonder and the joy of bicycles.
Thursday May 15: Bicycle Friendly Community Conference
Full day conference to share ideas and learn about bicycling for transportation, health, sustainability, and community development.
Saturday May 10 thru Sunday May 18: Cleveland Bicycle Week
Tons of activities like Bike to Work, Discover Cleveland Metroparks, Bike to The Movies, Mtn Biking in The City, Bike Slavic Village, Bike to RiverSweep, Chippewa Valley Road Race, Every Saturday Social Ride and lots more.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Ohio State Highway Patrol checkpoints will be established at all 1,374 entry points to the state, to ensure no unauthorized motor traffic is permitted entry, and to direct traffic near the temporary stateline parking zones. Police, fire, and other emergency services are exempt from the motorized vehicle ban. Any drivers caught trying to circumvent the motor ban will be subject to ticketing, fines, and impoundment.
For more information, see the official Car-Free Ohio web site at www.carfreeohio.org.
The new Garmin Super-Edge 5000edcs will satisfy even the most data-hungry bicycle statistician with it's rich set of information gathering features. Aside from the usual capability to record ground speed and distance traveled and all the other navigational tools you'd expect from a Garmin device this baby is equipped with the new "edcs" (Environmental Data Collection Sensor).
This little powerhouse can record temperature, light, UV and moisture/humidity levels as well as barometric pressure. Oh and lest we forget...it also tracks the AQI (Air Quality Index)!
Thought to only be targeted to the Aerospace and Meteorological industries, the engineers at Garmin believe they have found a niche in cycling for the use of the edcs. As we all know, us avid cyclists are information junkies; imagine being able to extrapolate information about how your performance is affected by the sun's UV levels, or finding out how much faster you can really ride when barometric pressures are below normal. The 5000edcs is, of course, bundled with a software package that releases the full potential of the edcs.
There are so many ways you can analyze data with this baby, you may never have time to ride your bike!