Monday, October 30, 2006

Week of 10/30 Rides

Monday rode the trail with Sarah. It was in the lower 60's for the ride. We rode 22.5 miles @ 13.9mph

WEATHER UPDATE - We will be watching the weather on Wednesday.
Increasing clouds with showers arriving sometime in the afternoon. High 52F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday night:
Rain showers early mixing with snow showers late. Low 31F. Winds light and variable. Chance of precip 40%.

Wednesday Night Ride starting at Mason Rehab Center in Elm Grove at 6pm-6:15pm. Last week we had three people, hopefully we will have more this week (that means you Dave, but Kevin has already canceled). Weather looks good. Might be mid 50's for the ride. Please bring headlights and dress appropriately.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Bicycle Furniture

Cool bicycle furniture made from recovered/recycled bicycles.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

10/25 Wednesday Night Ride Recap

27.8 miles/11.1 mph ave/1725 feet climbing/38-48 degrees

Kevin, Sarah and I rode on Wednesday Night. We started at Mason Rehab. It was cloudy and 48 degrees with a slight breeze. We headed over to National Road and headed out towards Triadelphia. We turned onto Peters Run Road. About 2/3 the way up Peters Run we turned right onto Maxwell Hill Road. This is a gravel road that climbs slowly and ends up a steeper at the end where it connects with Chapel Hill Road. We turned left onto Chapel Hill Road and headed out to Dement Road. From there we turned right onto Dement and rode to the GC&P junction. From there we turned left and coasted down to 88. We crossed 88 and kept going on GC&P until Boone and Hedges. We turned right onto Boone and Hedges, also a gravel road, which is fairly flat until the end. It climbs up through several farms, we had several dogs barking and chasing. The other side is a nice long downhill with switchbacks that leads to North Fork. We turned left onto North Fork and rode to Short where we forced Sarah to make the decision as to whether we should turn right and ride the road out to the trail (all flat and longer ride) or turn left and head to Dean's Hill and GC&P (hill with long downhill and shorter). She chose the latter. By the time we reached the top of Dean's Hill and headed down the other side the temperature had reached 38 degrees. After heating up on the climb it was very cold heading down the other side. Kevin decided to jump out in front of a truck and hit 38mph on his mountain bike. Sarah and I finally caught up to him at the vets office. We rode through Woodsdale and dropped off Sarah at her house. I noticed that my light had started to run out of juice as we were heading up Washington Ave. We made it back to Mason Rehab on the trail without any problems. We rode for 2:30 but it took us around three hours with stops for adjustments (Sarah), light problems (Kevin), and clothing problems (Kevin).

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Week of 10/23 Rides

Wednesday Night Ride starting at Doug's house in Oglebay at 6pm. We will be riding on gravel roads and climbing some hills this week. Planned route may be out 88 to GC&P to Boone and Hedges road. From there we will hit North Fork back to 88. After we go through West Liberty we will climb the hill out towards Bethany. We will turn off onto Locust Grove down to Castlemans Run over to Longs Run Road over to GC&P. From GC&P we will turn onto Dement Run Rd back to 88 and back to Doug's.

Last week we had three people, hopefully we will have more this week (I have given up on Dave, but Kevin may join us). Weather looks clear but cold. Might be upper 40's, low 50's for the ride. Please bring headlights, mountain bike with lower gearing, and dress appropriately. If you don't own cold weather gear you may want to stop at Wheelcraft and check out their gloves, jackets, and headgear. Please call me at 304-281-7041 for directions to Doug's house.

10/20 Weekend Recap

16 miles/16 mph ave.

I decided to ride from my house to my brothers house for my nieces birthday dinner/party. So I started out on 214 and rode out to Rt40. Down the hill through Blaine to Bridgeport. Then I crossed the suspension bridge into town. I headed down Main Street to 12th up to Chapline where I headed up wheeling hill. I cruised down the other side and headed into Woodsdale where I ended at my brothers house.

Wednesday Night Recap

22.5 miles/13.9mph ave

We still had three people for the ride. It was nice weather, not too cold. We rode from Mason Rehab to the dam and back. Sarah met us at Washington Ave.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Week of 10/16 rides

Wednesday Night Ride starting at Mason Rehab Center in Elm Grove at 7pm. Last week we had three people, hopefully we will have more this week (that means you Dave). Weather looks good. Might be upper 50's, low 60's for the ride. Please bring headlights and dress appropriately.

10/13 Weekend Wrapup

37 miles/13.6mph/2252 feet climbing

I decided to ride on Sunday. I rode from my house on Rt 214 (outside of Bellaire) towards the I-470 interchange. I passed over the highway and turned right onto Kirkwoods Heights Road. The ridge road has rollers as it progresses towards the Ohio River Valley. The descent from the ridge to Bridgeport is very fast and steep. It ranges from 8 percent to 16 percent and is very rough. I crossed onto Wheeling Island across the back channel bridge and crossed into downtown Wheeling via the suspension bridge. I stopped midway across the bridge because I heard music, which I thought was coming from the waterfront. It was not. I looked down the river and noticed the Mississippi or Delta Queen heading south on the river playing music on a steam calliope. I headed through town onto the trail out to Elm Grove. Rt 40 took me to Peters Run Road where I headed up to Rt 88. The grocery store at the top the hill is closed. I stopped at my mom's house in Leewood Park for a water stop. Then I headed down Pogues Run (newly paved and smooth) to GC&P. National Road to Mt DeChantal Rd up to the trail. Through town tracing my route across the river to Bridgeport. I then took Rt 7 south to Bellaire. I climbed out of the valley on Rt 214 (lower section newly paved) back to my house.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Russell Peck Memorial Ride

On Saturday, Oct. 21st at 9:00 am, a ride will be held to honor Russell Peck. The ride will be approximately 5 miles long and is open to anyone with a helmet and bike. After the official ride, if people are interested a longer ride will be organized. The ride will start at Trizilla, 15 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15215.

For more information, contact
Christopher Danz
Manager/Head Mechanic
Trizilla Triathlon Equipment Co.

A few words about Russ

Russell Peck was an avid cyclist who fell in love with the sport over the last few years. He was dedicated to his training and showed unbelievable improvement during his tenure with the Trizilla Cycling Team, especially in the area of hill climbing. He was a great friend to everyone on the team and always had the first smile of the ride. His grin was contagious and he was always a pleasure to be around.

Russell was taken from us prematurely when he was murdered a few weeks ago. We will all miss him very much and would like to honor him with this ride.


Wednesday Night Ride 10/11/2006 WRAPUP

22.5 miles/13.3mph/RAIN

Doug, Sarah, and I rode on Wednesday night. We had sprinkles for a little bit. It cleared up and was quite nice riding back from the damn, until we hit east Wheeling. About a half a mile from Tunnel Green the clouds opened up and rained down. It continued to get heavier as we neared Washington Ave, where we bid Sarah farewll, and started to lighten up as we made it to the trail head in Elm Grove.

I am still planning on riding tonight if the rain moves through. The weather shows clearing late afternoon, and chance of rain early evening. Kevin cannot ride tonight, so I would like to start at the Mason Rehab Center at 7pm. Please email to let me know if you will be riding. My cell phone number is 304-281-7041.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Week of 10/09 rides

We will be watching the weather for this Wednesday's night ride. It looks like rain.

This weekend in New Martinsville;

Fall Tour de Monroe

326 Main Street

New Martinsville, WV

Baristas Café&Pub

October 14 – 9 AM

Following the ride all participants and family are invited to Gary McIntire’s famous barn party. A New York Times story has been written about Gary’s party. The current October issue of Ohio Magazine will feature Gary and his place. Food aplenty including, but not limited to a roast pig, home cooked autumn specialties and all legal beverages will be served. At 5 p.m. , John Fridy’s jazz band will provide music. Anyone wishing to camp on some part of Gary’s 160 acres is welcome to do so. A food dish with a fall harvest theme or a donation of $10 would be welcome but the only thing that is mandatory is a friendly attitude. You can check the place out at :

20 mile mostly flat ride

30 mile mostly flat ride

45 miles some hills

Further info:


Sunday, October 08, 2006

10/06 Weekend Wrapup UPDATE

58 miles/16.1 mph average/1700 feet climbing/sunny 40-70 degrees

I did not make it down to the Seagull Century beacuse of the weather. But, Dave Crow and I headed up to Franklin, PA to ride with his friend Sam Gibb. When we arrived in town we headed right into the AppleFest. After driving aound the center of town to avoid the festivities we finally arrived at Sam's house.

Sam had several of his friends, Cubby and John, join us for the ride. We started out from Franklin on 322 and rode out of town. We turned onto 427, then 173, on 27 down into Titusville. From Titusville we rode through the Oil Creek State Park down to 8 into Oil City. From Oil City we rode the rail trail back to the crazy traffic of the AppleFest in Franklin.

It was nice riding in a different area and seeing different scenery. Hopefully we will get a group together and go up next year.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006



Had a great time with my son, Seth, at the Findley Connector event yesterday. Weather was sunny & in the low 60's. Road was very nice & perfect for Seth in that the hills were not too bad at all (maybe 3% at most). We did 9 miles in all and saw a beaver dam too boot. Lot's of cyclist's including a little girl ona two wheeler with training wheels. There were about 50 motorcycles and 50 old cars for a car show. Bands & food as well! Keep the rubber side down..........



For your info there is a new road opening in Pittsburgh this weekend from the Airport to Rt 22 called the Findley Connector. It will be open to cyclists & runners on Saturday to kickoff the opening. Rides & food will be available all day. Nice ride for kids for sure!

Parking is over by the old airport on Business 60. Road is ~ 6 miles long (one way). My 8 yr old Seth will be riding his new Trek KDR1000 road bike. He is all pumped for sure.


John Carenbauer


October 7, 2006

9 am to 6 pm

“Let’s Pedal on the Pike!”*

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
invites you to come out and enjoy a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bike,
walk, jog, stroll or picnic along the new
Findlay Connector before it opens to
traffic later this fall!

This day-long, family-oriented event will
include a children’s area featuring Mike the
Balloon Guy, guided bus tours, food and informational booths and other attractions along
the new highway!

Directions: Parkway West to Route 60 at the
interchange with Pittsburgh International Airport
(Do not enter the airport). Follow the signs to
the designated parking area. Free parking and
shuttle buses to the main event area will be

*No motorized vehicles will be permitted
beyond the parking areas.

Community Day
on the Findlay



Montour Trail
Council Group Bike Ride

10:00am - 4:00pm

Classic Car Show

10:00am - 5:00pm

Mike the Balloon Guy


Entrance & Display

11:00am (Main Stage)

Children’s Paper
Airplane Contest


West Allegheny High
School Marching Band

12:00 NOON
Brave Riders Motorcycle
Club Entrance


Moon Area High
School Marching Band

2:00pm (Main Stage)

West Hills Symphony

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Crank Brothers Egg Beater Pedal UPDATE

I own two sets of the original Crank Brothers Egg Beater Pedals for my cross and road bikes. On Sunday while I was riding my Lemond Poprad, the right pedal started to snap and crackle while I was pedaling. I knew that they had not been rebuilt in at least 2000 miles and figured that it was time. On my way up the last hill, I stood up, clipped in, and the pedal flew off the spindle. I had to call sag (my wife) to transport me home.

The bearings are held in with a snap ring. The bolt holds the pedal on the spindle with direct contact to the bearings. When the sealed bearings fail, as in my case, the pedal body slides over the bolt, thus ejecting the pedal body from the spindle. Luckily I did not hurt myself, but I can imagine the injury if a pedal body sslides off and your leg slides down the spindle.

This from Crank Brothers
We have greatly improved the design of the eggbeater since the original
2002 eggbeater model that you have. Instead of a plug with a snap ring,
newer eggbeaters have a threaded end cap and spindle nut that gives better
bearing support. We can offer you a warranty upgrade, send in your old pedals
and $45 gets you new eggbeater SL pedals. Let me know if you are interested.

jason // rider support
Crank Brothers
310 Broadway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Monday, October 02, 2006

Sunday Ride Review

Miles: 47 Ascent:2100 feet

Kevin and I rode from Elm Grove out RT 40 (newly paved) to McGraws Run (newly paved). GC&P down to West Liberty Harvey to West Libirty. We turned left onto 88 and climbed the wall. We rode straight onto Apple Pie Ridge to Hartley Hill Rd and met up with 67. 67 leads to RT 2. We took the Brooke Pioneer Trail to Rt 2 (trail is not finished) back to Wheeling Heritage Trail to Elm Grove.

For Sale

If anyone is interested in the Shimano SC-6501 (9 speed/triple) compatible cyclocomputer, please let me know. It is three years old, works great, but I replaced it with the VDO MC 1.0 for use on both my Lemond and Klein.

Oak Floor to Ceiling Bicycle Rack for sale - I will have pictures later