Friday, June 25, 2010

Muxu offering Euro-style clothes for cyclists

Yet another great company is offering a line of regular street clothes with the urban cyclist in mind: welcome to the party Muxu!

I first heard of Muxu this morning via a Thrillist email, which tells us a bit about the car-restrictive nature of Barcelona, the Spanish city where Muxu's clothing is designed and inspired.  Bike messengers in Barca have been testing and using such clothes on their daily rounds for a while, it seems, and the styling keeps them looking good while the technical specs keep them comfortable.

From their website:
Taking the cyclist seamlessly through the day, Muxu apparel blurs the boundary between what you wear on and off the bike. From a light commute, a game of bike polo, to 100 kilometre messenger days, your Muxu is designed to look and feel amazing, whilst functioning without compromise.
The shirts are designed with seams that are out of the way of your shoulders so that messenger bag straps don't rub you raw.  There's a hidden MP3 player pocket in them, too.  And the fabric is a wicking fabric that fights odor and dries four times faster than regular cotton.

Their 3/4 shorts have fewer seams as well, and are slightly elasticized for more comfort and ease of movement without looking stretchy.

Prices are good - a little higher than normal, but not as bad as some of the other companies that have entered this market.  And the styling is great - not baggy, but rather created for people whose physiques show the time they spend on the saddle.

It's great to see yet another company that is making clothes for the urban cyclist who wants to look good while riding!

People, not speed.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Expanded BikeColumbus Coming in July

Image by BikeColumbus Festival 
Columbus's official bicycle festival is right around the corner, with the approach of the BikeColumbus Festival 2010.  The 3rd annual offering has been expanded for this year and includes some great new events to make cyclists of every type sit up in the saddle and take notice.

The first event for this year is the Friday, July 16th  Mayor's Twilight Tour.  Starting and ending at Crew Stadium, you'll have a choice of a 20- or 9-mile loop that will loop through Clintonville, OSU Campus, Downtown, and feature a rest stop at McFerson Commons in the Arena District.  The festivities start at 6:00 pm and the ride will take off at 8:00.  Cost of the Ride is $25.00, which can be paid in advance (registration is online).  Registration for the ride also gets you a ticket to the Crew's August 28th game versus Dallas!  Bring a light - or get one at...

...the second event of the festival: the Ineeda Bike Swap. Also at Crew Stadium's VIP tent (west side of the stadium), the Bike Swap starts at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 16th, and goes till 7:00 pm.  Bike Vendors from all over the area are invited to come in and share their wares at this event.  There is still space for more vendors if you're interested, registration is online.  The price of admission to this event is $5.00 for patrons 13 and over, kids 12 and under get in free!  Swaps are generally for cash only, unless individual vendors are willing to take checks.  An ATM will be on site.

The third event for the festival is the Steve Barbour Memorial Tour.  In honor of the local bicycling advocate and enthusiast who was killed by a motorist last year, this fully supported ride will take place on Saturday, July 17th, with distances of 50, 100, 150, and 200 kilometers (with staggered start times).  Pre-ride check-in is at McFerson Commons in the Arena District from 7:00-9:00.  The $25.00 Registration is online, and funds will go to help Columbus Outdoor Pursuits and Consider Biking's Steve Barbour Memorial Fund.

The final event of the festival doesn't take place till August 1st, but it's sure to be an exciting one: the Garrett Wonders Criterium.  In honor of an aspiring Olympic cyclist who was run down by a car during a training ride, this Criterium race will be run downtown along the Riverfront and turn downtown into a race track!  Not to be missed, criterium races are always an exciting event for everyone.  Athletes who'd like to participate can register online for various skill and ability levels - including a free kids' race!

Consider Biking and the Mayor's office are putting a lot of work into this great event, please come out and support better transportation for Columbus!  

People, not speed.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Share the Road" Signs Too Vague?

Photo by Brent Nimmo
The case of Brent Nimmo and his ticket for violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.55 Section A, which was overturned earlier this month, brings to mind a point that many people have made about Columbus's new signage on High Street.

As you all know by now, we have "Share The Road" signs on High Street with bikes on the signs so that people know that they need to be aware of bikes on the road.

But there are many problems with that verbiage.  Critics of the phrase "Share the Road," including myself, say that the signs are too vague.  A much better phrase for the signs would be something like the picture on this post displays;  "Bikes May Use Full Lane."

There's no mistaking what that means at all, where "Share the Road" simply doesn't say anything concrete.  And to people who don't understand bicyclist rights on the road or are unaware of them completely, they may think it's telling cyclists that they have to ride too far to the right so that cars can pass them without getting into the next lane.  Believe it or not, there are people who think that's exactly what those signs mean.

"Share the Road" is a nice sentiment.  But it's not a firm statement of bicyclist rights like "Bikes May Use Full Lane."

People, not speed.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Some Changes...

Hi all, Jamie here with a little bit of blog management.

We've gotten a troll on the comments here, and after asking the members of this blog's Facebook community for their opinions on things, the decision was made to moderate all comments. I'm somewhat surprised, now that I think about it, that it took this long to get a real troll under our bridge, but it's happened and it won't happen again.

I'm a believer in free speech, without a doubt. But I'm also a believer in appropriate speech. An ignoramous who was simply trying to bait cyclists while accusing them of ignoring the law (which he obviously didn't know, as he proved to us) was making comments that were designed to start fights. And we don't need that here. I like to keep things positive and helpful on this blog - even when I get going and go off on a rant, as sometimes happens, I like to spin it to a positive direction by the end of a post.

Starting a flame war isn't going to help anyone, so we're moving back to full comment moderation. Nothing negative will make it out. Constructive criticism is one thing but this was not that.

Thanks to all the folks who chimed in with opinions on the Facebook page, I really appreciate your candor and support.

People, not speed.