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ellsworth "The Ride" bicycle

It rides like no other bike on earth – a smooth, almost silent glide. It’s The Ride™ by Ellsworth – the first bike to use the revolutionary gearless NuVinci™ Continuously Variable Planetary (CVP) drive. Built from the finest materials, The Ride offers not only ground-breaking new technology in its drivetrain and frame geometry, but also a sleek, stunning design that will turn heads wherever you ride. No off-the-shelf parts would do when Ellsworth created this complete bike. The patent pending frame and fork, as well as many other components were specifically designed for The Ride. It’s a piece of art and a piece of history, all in one package. Website

What is the toughest hill climb in the Ohio Valley?

I nominate a few that I have ridden... Airport Hill (Girty's Point Road) - Ohio County Airport Kirkwood Heights - 18% Bridgeport Stone and Shannon - Wheeling Wheeling Park Drive to WPHS - 16% Wheeling Rt 88 south of Bethany 1st Street - Wheeling 29th Street Hill - Wheeling Boggs Hill Road - Wheeling Miller Hill - Wheeling Bellview Heights Rd - Bellaire Kilgore Rd. - West Wheeling Post hill climbs that you consider the toughest. If possible mileage and percent grade. I know I missed a few or more. I have only rode in the Ohio County/Belmont County area.

From the mailbag: Tappan to Tuscarawas Ride

Sunday, May 20, 2007 is the date of our ride. So mark that date and get back to me as soon as possible to enroll. This is a day ride. All you need to do is show up with your bike at the starting point, County Home in Cadiz, Ohio. This ride is a loop and will bring you back to your car in the late afternoon. There are many options off of this loop, from the full Century (100 mi), to a metric (60 mi) to as little as 36 mi. We all start at the same time, meet at the Lunch stop in New Phila. and return back to the County home. So .... imagine biking in the morning with Tappan Lake on your left shoulder and the afternoon biking through the quaint Ohio countryside and towns along the lazy Tuscarawas river. We all LOVE this ride and we are approaching 20 consecutive years doing it. I have done this ride in the past and it is a great ride. I plan on going this year. This would be a great tuneup for the Heritage Trail ride the following week. If you are interested in more information please ema

D.R.E.A.M. Ride The D.R.E.A.M. Ride is a non-profit bicycle ride created to raise funds for international development and relief work in order to educate, aid and mobilize those most in need around the world. The 2 routes and their ambitious daily paces are challenging, yet are meant to show that anything is possible if we work together as a group - just like the end of global poverty.

West Virginia Bicycle Law - from

West Virginia Bicycle Law §17C-1-8. Bicycle. "Bicycle" means every device which does not have a motor attached and which is propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is more than twenty inches in diameter ARTICLE 11. OPERATION OF BICYCLES AND PLAY VEHICLES. §17C-11-1. Obedience to article; duty of parents and guardians; applicability of article to bicycles. (a) It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this article. (b) The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter. (c) These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein. §17C-11-2. Traffic laws apply to persons r

Wheeling Heritage Bike Trail Bicycle Tour

The Walkable Wheeling Task Force, a group consisting of local community and business members, is developing an annual bicycle tour of the Wheeling Heritage Bike Trail system to celebrate the existing trail and encourage future trail development and use. The date is set for Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Heritage Port in Wheeling from 12p.m. to 5p.m. Long distance riders will start at 11am. This is a non-race event for cyclists, walkers, runners, rollerbladers and other trail enthusiasts. Pre-Registration is $20 ($25 on the day of the event). The family fee is $10 for each additional family member to a maximum of $50. Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration covers a pre-tour bicycle safety check, snacks at rest stops along the way, lunch, t-shirts to the first 200 pre-registered, and ride assistance provided by Quick Service Bicycle Shop and Wheelcraft. The tour will take place rain or shine! Cyclists will choose one of three rides that may inclu

Ohio Bicycle Law Revisions as of 8/23/06

Changes to the Ohio Revised Code’s Bicycle Laws Effective September 21, 2006 House Bill 389, The Better Bicycling in Ohio bill, results in the changes detailed below: 4511.07 Local Traffic Regulations and 4511.711 Driving on a Sidewalk Continues to allow local authorities to regulate the operation of bicycles as long as such regulation is not inconsistent with the uniform rules of the road prescribed in Ohio law. In general, local authorities may not prohibit the use of bicycles on any public street or highway. Local authorities may prohibit but not require bicycle riding on sidewalks 4511.22 Slow Speed. Current Ohio law prohibits operating a vehicle at such an unreasonably slow speed as to impede or block the normal flow of traffic. Now the courts must take into consideration the capabilities of the vehicle and its operator in deciding if an infraction has been committed. 4511.25 Lanes of Travel upon Roadways The law removes references to the curb or edge of road

Have you ever wondered what bicycle components weigh but were afraid to ask?

Weight Weenies Why this site? Postings saying "How much does X bike component weigh?" can be found on almost every bicycle related message board. Often the same parts weight is stated several times further down the board. So, why isn't there a website that already lists component & bike weights? Well that's what we do. Component lists are updated almost daily.

Japanese Bicycle Tram/Coaster

Paris-Brest-Paris is August 20-24, 2007

From the official website; In August 2007, more than 4 000 randonneurs will gather in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to enter into the legend of the PARIS-BREST-PARIS (P.B.P.) Randonneur. Since 1931, thousands of randonneurs have tried their hand at the most famous brevet at “allure libre” (self paced rides), the 1200 km PBP, which must be completed in 90 hours, the present maximum time limit. By entering this mythical ride, you will test your cycling agility and your human endurance. They will strive to obtain their Personal Best or they will try simply to rally the arrival… but they will always do their best to live this adventure while supporting each other and building friendships with those who participate in this endurance monument, which is much more than a simple hike. No place of honour, nor any podium, only the pleasure of the challenge alone will help them to overcome the suffering... and the magic moment of the arrival will obliterate the doubtful moments on the roads