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“Hop On” The Riderless Biking Video

“Hop On” is our rallying cry to encourage people to get on their bikes and contribute to Canada’s reputation as a leading cycling nation.

Learn how you can ride, cheer and show your support at www.hoponcanada.ca. All that’s missing is you.

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Thanks Rails to Trails

Last year I joined Rails to Trails because I ride regularly on the Little Miami Bike Path which is a rails to trails transformation.

Rails to Trails Bike Path

The people at Rails to Trails are creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors of people and places. It’s a wonderful project. Their vision is that 90 percent of Americans will live within three miles of a trail system by 2020.

Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are most often flat or follow a gentle grade as they traverse urban, suburban and rural communities in America. Ideal for many uses, such as walking, bicycling, inline skating, cross-country skiing, and equestrian and wheelchair use, rail-trails are extremely popular for both transportation and recreation. – Source: Rails to Trails

Rails to trails exists in a large way from Railbanking. There are more than 350 rail corridors (43 states plus D.C.) have been railbanked, with more than 160 trails open partially or fully on railbanked corridors. Railbanking is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency, which enables the agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service.

Thanks to Railbanking and Rails to Trails many Americans have access to smooth, safe bike paths. My favorite is The Little Miami Scenic Trail in Ohio. It is 78 miles long paved with Asphalt and Concrete. One I’d like to try is Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail a 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) that stretchs the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, (love Key west) the southernmost point of the continental United States.

Find out more: http://www.railstotrails.org/

Donate if you can, I did.

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Smartphone Bike Theft Tracker

Bike theft costs over $350 million in property loss each year in the U.S. alone, and a Chicago based startup is addressing this costly problem with a new gadget called BikeSpike.

Currently raising funds via Kickstarter, the BikeSpike is a GPS tracking device with open API that alerts your smartphone when your bike is tampered with and makes it easy to notify police. Users receive text and email alerts and can track the cycle’s location on the web and through your smartphone.

Not only does it protect your bike, BikeSpike’s accelerometer can also detect a crash, pinpoint its location and alert people on your contact list to send help. Parents could also be alerted when kids ride outside a set “safe zone.”  Plus, BikeSpike enables cyclists to monitor stats like distance, speed and courses, and fans and coaches can oversee groups of bikers or watch a specific person race from the web.

With 18 days left to go, BikeSpike has raised $30,000+ in funding, and the bike community is helping bring this product to fruition. Many are pledging $149 to get the device, carbon filter water bottle cage and bundled data plan set to launch in October, and the blogging community is hopeful, saying:

·        “BikeSpike: The best idea yet for recovering stolen bikes” – Commute by Bike

·        “It’s a device I’ve heard a lot of people mention always wanting, and this may be the chance to make it a reality.” – Urban Velo

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054587410/the-bikespike

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The Man from Canada Who Lived on His Bike

So this guy (Leguigz) rides through the streets of Montreal, Canada on his bike while doing all the things normal people do at home. This includes showering, shaving, cooking, business meetings, playing, sleeping, and much more.

The music is just fantastic that is really what I think. Oh, by the way, the Music is by Paul Maco.

Best of all, Leguigz dedicates this film to his dad, Yvew Blanchet. He must be a good son.

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1st Bike Ride of Spring 2011 On Little Miami Bike Path

If you ever wondered what its like to ride on the Little Miami Bike Path? It is my privilege to share with you this short video of my first official spring ride on April 6, 2011.

I like to launch near the Wilmington Bridge on the Little Miami River. The bike path goes for 76 miles from Springfield to Milford and beyond.

I ride from Origonia to Xenia north or Loveland south. As you can see the bike paths are very nice, riding much of the way alongside of the Little Miami River.


Click Image to Enlarge Little Miami Bike Path Map

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Bike “Hunting-Season” Safety Tip

Orange Headgear Good Idea During Hunting Season

Nerd Alert: You could buy a helmet cover like the one above here.

I wasn’t sure how to title this post, because the title I wanted to use was:

“How to Keep Your Head from Being Blown Off During Hunting Season”

but it was too long.

Gir Xar Orange Helmet

If you ride during hunting season, you want to wear orange to avoid being mistaken for a deer.

Especially if you ride off road. You can’t buy this New Giro XAR Orange Helmet until Feb 2011. and it will cost about $130. You might have to go with a helmet cover like the one above.

Orange Long Sleve Cycle Jersey

Next consider an orange jersey for cycling like this Capoforma from Cambria Bike.  Capoforma cycling apparel and casual clothing is one of the few treasures in cycling. American owned, Italian manufactured. Its the bright orange color you need during hunting season.

Wearing orange during hunting season is a wise idea, even if you are on a bike path like the Little Miami Valley Bike Path. You ride alongside a river, but you also ride through farmland and some wooded areas. And I hear guns going off all year long, not just during hunting season.

Hunting Season is here, stay safe, wear some orange.

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Skagway, Alaska Bike Trip

Our trip started with a two hour train ride on the White Pass – Yukon Route into the Yukon Territory in Canada. We boarded in Skagway and traveled north to a summit elevation of 2865 feet at the White Pass summit. There was a train guide who filled us in on the history, life and death surrounding the railroad and trails in the area.

On to Alaska with Buchannan - US Canada Border Checkpoint - We biked through this checkpoint. This shot is from the train on the way to the summit.

Near Frazier Station we passed the immigration checkpoint, with ‘On to Alaska With Buchanan’ painted on the rocks below.  George E. Buchanan, a Detroit coal merchant, began bringing boys and girls to Alaska on adventure trips in 1923. Many years later members of the various Buchanan Boys groups returned to Skagway to ride the WP&YR and to revisit the memories of their special and happy trips. Reportedly the boys from one of the summer trips painted the sign “On To Alaska With Buchanan” on the side of the mountain to commemorate their inspiring leader, George Buchanan.

Upon arriving at Frazier Station, we took a 15 minute shuttle van to the summit of White Pass which is 3294 feet.

White Pass Summit Elevation 3292

There we were instructed by our tour guide Stephanie, on how to use hand-brakes and other safety precautions. Then we started down the mountain on our 15 mile bike trip.

Too bad we never went faster than 30 miles per hour, mostly under 20. There were some steep areas where you could easily do 50 mp. We stopped 4 times during our descent one time at a waterfall, where we filled up our waterbottles with clear clean water.

The views were breathtaking and the ride was the easiest 15 miles I ever biked. All and all it was fun but a bit pricey. We paid $195 per person for the train and bike ride. For more information visit Skagway Bicycle Tours.

Music by Perspective XIV – Album: Shadow of Doubt

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