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David Hohmann Wed Oct 29 16:17:00 2014
@Eric M., the "transportation" category (which means you avoided a car trip and saved some CO2) includes commutes and other purpose-driven rides. The NBC logging here on Endo allows you to specify a commute if you log it manually on the website (no time, duration or other data) as a trip. The app I believe let you only log it as Cycling:transport or Cycling:sport . So if it was a leisure or fitness or club ride for fun only, then it is "sport". But sport miles still counted for the NBC miles and points.
Eric Martineau Thu Oct 16 14:22:00 2014
David, do you know if the commute data includes the "transportation" category? I used that category for almost all of my rides, as it applies whether going to/from work or going to the bank, grocery, etc.
David Hohmann Fri Oct 3 09:34:00 2014
I think Ohio showed itself well in the National Bike Challenge. It's just unfortunate that our supposed commute ridership rate in the census stands at a meager 0.31 percent. I've certainly seen more bikes on the roads during my recent commutes. Yesterday we had a Copenhagenesque bunch of 4 riders (unaffiliated) together at a traffic signal for a moment. I doubt any of the others were aware of this challenge, or logging anything at all. I'm ever more convinced that bikes are great self-empowering transportation :-)
Glenn Talaska Mon Sep 29 16:59:00 2014
Well Done, Teammate John Hein! And congrats to the others who finished ahead of (and behind) me in the Challenge. I think we proved a point about how cycling has grown. Google "The Dutch on US cycling" to see where we have to go. This was fun.
Don Burrell Thu Jun 26 16:14:00 2014
Added 330 miles last week on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Great ride, great people (2,500 of us), and great weather. I should get extra credit for carrying all my gear on my bike.
Rodney Kent Rudinger Wed Jun 25 21:48:00 2014
Mike, you might wish to consider a regular tube with tuff tire inserts. These are soft plastic liners that go between the inner tube and the tire. They prevent punctures by stopping sharp stones, thorns, glass, etc. from reaching the tube. I've used these for several years now and they are worth their weight in gold. Just be careful you get the soft plastic tuff tires inserts; some are harder plastic and I've had problems with them wearing a hole in the tube. Good luck!
Mike Grote Wed Jun 25 20:38:00 2014
I had my first puncture riding my tubeless road tires. They worked as designed with the sealant plugging the hole quickly. I got home from my 95 mile ride without even having to stop to add air to the tires. On the downside, the patch wasn't perfect (slow leak), so I'll have to replace the tire. Anybody have success with installing these? After struggling for 2 hours, I'm taking it to the shop. Definitely a downside for tubeless.
Jody Dzuranin Sun Jun 22 18:30:00 2014
Definitely my all time record week thanks to GOBA! 254 and I need to post 5 miles from the route out of Greenville.
Mandi Payton Tue Jun 10 20:05:00 2014
Why doesn't the leaderboard let you see it by women? There is the option but the results are not right, still has guys and doesn't let you switch through the pages.
Brian Hinchcliffe Sun Jun 8 15:36:00 2014
Unfortunately, I tore my achilles tendon! Biking and running are on hold for a few months, though I'm sure I can get back to biking before running! There goes my summer....
Chris Hart Fri Jun 6 02:53:00 2014
Just recieved clipless pedals today. Put them on, and went for a very short test ride. These are going to take some getting used to, but I can tell already it will be worth it.
Bob Steinbach Wed Jun 4 12:49:00 2014
Mini vacation - perfect weather, pretty scenery, peaceful ride this morning on the way to work. Can't beat it.
Darrell McGrath Wed Jun 4 00:48:00 2014
Sadly, I haven't the time nor the money. But someday...someday...
Tim Smith Tue Jun 3 03:35:00 2014
Darrell ... You can still register online from 6/3 - 6/8 for GOBA
Kay Wert Minardi Tue Jun 3 02:25:00 2014
GOBA riders, if you sleep lightly, bringing a pair of earplugs is a good idea.
Darrell McGrath Mon Jun 2 23:11:00 2014
I'm jealous of all you GOBA riders. I'll expect a full report here afterwards! :-)
Tim Smith Mon Jun 2 20:50:00 2014
This will be my wife Jodie's and mine first GOBA. We have no advise to offer other than do as much training (time and distance) as you can prior to the event.
Anne Kennedy Mon Jun 2 00:13:00 2014
It will be my first GOBA, too! Any advice for newbies?
Jody Dzuranin Sun Jun 1 20:55:00 2014
Congratulations to the top 5 finishers in the Ohio Most Active Minutes in May: 1 - Mike Grote 5d:5h:35m:34s; 2 - Tim K 3d:12h:26m:52s; 3 - Ruth Ann Reiner 3d:2h:34m:43s; 4 - Mike Overmyer 2d:18h:12m:19s; 5 - Keith Mayton 2d:15h:43m:30s
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9718817
Jody Dzuranin Sun Jun 1 20:38:00 2014
I am riding GOBA for the first time - yes I am excited!
Tim Smith Sun Jun 1 10:38:00 2014
Two weeks until GOBA. Who's excited?
Emily Taylor Thu May 29 15:56:00 2014
Thanks! I really appreciate it.
Amber Finkelstein Thu May 29 15:25:00 2014
I would definitely recommend B1 - Casey was great, and very helpful.
stephen hornyak Thu May 29 03:47:00 2014
Emily...B1 Bicyles..124 E Long St Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 222-0017...ask for Casey...
Tim K Thu May 29 03:23:00 2014
@ Emily: Don't know of anything downtown, but there's a good shop at Tin Apple shopping center on Hilliard-Rome Rd in Hilliard. It's mid-way between Roberts and Cemetary Rds.
Nik Olah Wed May 28 18:25:00 2014
Emily Taylor - 2 places downtown for bike repairs. B1 Bicycles near the corner of 4th & Long or Franklinton Cycle Works across the river. Depends if you want to do it yourself (and have FCW volunteers help) or pay someone to do it.
Emily Taylor Wed May 28 16:40:00 2014
Can anyone recommend a good place for bike repairs in downtown Columbus? My chain has been slipping a lot lately.
David Hohmann Wed May 28 14:49:00 2014
you can edit your workouts in Endomondo to correct things, such as if you enter a ride the next day... you can correct the date (so no inaccurate 400 mile days show up in your log), or duration or distance if you pull up the ride and fix those details. I tend to avoid using the chatty endo app to save my phone battery. besides, my "lap time" is not so important in town when i stop at traffic lights.
Tim K Wed May 28 12:15:00 2014
@Susan. The Hocking Hills area has a few good routes. One of the better spots for hills is actually around Lake Hope outside of Nelsonville. Really challenging ride, but it's not recommended for road bikes.
Susan McQuade Tue May 27 23:47:00 2014
Does anyone know of a good route in the Columbus area or close surrounding area that would be good for hill training?
Glenn Talaska Sat May 24 17:29:00 2014
I looged over 400 miles one day because I rode centuries (Cincy-Columbus-TOSRV-home) over a weekend without access to my computer. I logged each day's ride seperately. Best I've ever done one day was 212 in 12 hours at Sebring...400 in one day is crushing it (your seat, that is!). Great work guys
Steave Scott Fri May 23 15:50:00 2014
Keith, while I have no idea just what values are used to calculate the dollars saved, I suspect that they are lowballed by an assumption that the cyclist still maintains a car. From my own experience, although the money saved by cycling vis. motoring is significant, it pales when compared to dropping one car entirely from the family budget.
Keith Mayton Fri May 23 14:54:00 2014
"Cycling is fun. Ride for yourself. Enjoy." Wise words, Jeff!
Jeff Stephens Fri May 23 02:34:00 2014
Timothy - I'm registered for my18th National 24hr. Challenge in mid- June. I used to be a 400 mile/24hr guy...but, life and sanity haven't allowed me to compete at that level for some time. Nonetheless....I'll post a pretty big number on/aboutJune 17th...so, hope it doesn't bother you. Cycling is fun. Ride for yourself. Enjoy. See you on the road.... :)
Steave Scott Tue May 20 19:20:00 2014
My last commute to Citigroup! Of course, without that 110 miles of weekly commuting, I may have to give up sour cream!
Keith Mayton Tue May 20 16:23:00 2014
Recent AAA figures are about $.46-.75 per mile to drive a car, but that does include insurance which you pay even if your car has cobwebs growing on it.
Keith Mayton Tue May 20 16:15:00 2014
I'm curious how the "total dollars saved" is calculated. Seems low.
Keith Mayton Tue May 20 14:19:00 2014
Have fun on GOBA David, Jody--did it once with my son (also on a tandem) in 2003. We had a great time. I think GOBA this year is in the same general part of Ohio--nice because it's not too hilly.
David Hohmann Tue May 20 14:15:00 2014
I'm a-GGBAing too (with my son, on a tandem), Jody et al.
Tim Smith Mon May 19 02:44:00 2014
Jody - GO GOBA!!
Jody Dzuranin Sun May 18 22:42:00 2014
Wow, I've ridden 66 miles this week, pretty good for me, but I will have to ride that each day on GOBA!
stephen hornyak Sat May 17 22:39:00 2014
Tim, although it's possible to ride that much in one day, highly unlikely. There's a better chance of a decimal mistake.
Mike Grote Sat May 17 22:01:00 2014
@Tim-don't know the person in question, but I've ridden the 24-hour challenge up near Grand Rapids in the past, and there were several people over 400 miles in 24-hours, so it is possible...(most I've done is 224, but I'm 65.)
Anne Kennedy Sat May 17 02:54:00 2014
Who is planning to bike to work tomorrow as a part of National Bike to Work Week? It won't be out of the ordinary for me to ride in but I was wondering if anyone new to commuting by bike will give it a try.
David Hohmann Thu May 15 16:35:00 2014
It's running on the League of American Bicyclists site, but the "log miles" function here still works to feed them the data if you set up the account there to sync with this. In my opinion the new site is really a step backward in terms of functionality and usability, compared to the 2013 challenge. There is no local challenge in 2014 for Central Ohio that I am aware of
David Hohmann Thu May 15 11:35:00 2014
It's running on the League of American Bicyclists site, but the "log miles" function here still works to feed them the data if you set up the account there to sync with this. In my opinion the new site is really a step backward in terms of functionality and usability, compared to the 2013 challenge. There is no local challenge in 2014 for Central Ohio that I am aware of
Keith Mayton Wed May 14 19:47:00 2014
#11 as of right now.
Jim Lemaster Wed May 14 16:59:00 2014
Make that #12!
Jody Dzuranin Wed May 14 15:36:00 2014
The Consider Biking Team is #13 in the National Team Standings - Great work Pedal People! http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/leaderboard
Jim Lemaster Tue May 13 20:42:00 2014
I, too, have noticed it will count the distance if I manually pause and then travel some distance before unpausing. In one case, it reported I had traveled 6 miles in 1 second.
Jody Dzuranin Mon May 12 16:33:00 2014
In reading it again, you say the time is paused, but it still adds the distance. I haven't noticed that, but will test it. There is a link to the right to report a glitch. >>>
Jody Dzuranin Mon May 12 16:28:00 2014
Mike, I use autopause, I don't see that as a glitch, if I am moving it is tracking. So yes either manually pause it if you are moving but don't want to track, or post the ride and restart when you are riding again. If you manually pause it shouldnt track the drive time.
Mike Grote Mon May 12 00:58:00 2014
Here's a little glitch in the app that I noticed. If you turn on "auto pause", the app tracks your distance even if you have not hit the green triangle (arrow) to start a ride. For example, it tracked my distance driving my car to a trail, although it recorded the time as only a few seconds (i.e., it showed I went 10 miles in 11 seconds). It also does this after you have stopped a ride. I edited my rides to eliminate those false biking distances, but apparently one MUST remember to turn off auto pause when not biking.
Steave Scott Sat May 10 19:39:00 2014
@Jason, riding in the rain is quite possible, but you do need to invest in good gear to do it at all comfortably. Good raincoats are fairly easy to come by at reasonable prices - especially on line. Just get on the email lists of a few internet bike bandits, and browse their big blowout sales religiously for a couple of weeks. Rain pants and booties are another matter. My rain pants were about $90.00, and I have yet to see good ones marked down over the last five years. My booties I got at 50% off when the model was discontinued. That was $30.00, thanks to a heads-up on one of the boards. Both of those purchases were money well spent (even if it does feel like wearing a plastic bag on a warm, rainy afternoon!) When I began biking to work, I committed to having the capability to ride whatever the weather, and I make a point of keeping both my gear and skills in good shape - although I can be tempted to use the car (when it's available) just because it would be nice to sleep in just a little. Whatever you do, though, wear something bright up top and use your blinkies, especially for heavy rain, and allow extra time for the trip.
David Sanchez Sat May 10 15:25:00 2014
Not sure how everyone tracks their miles, but I have an app on my iPhone called Ride Tracker.

It will record your Time, Pace, Max Speed, Avg. Speed, Distance and Altitude. It works well and it will sync with your phone's GPS to show you the route you took via a Google Maps overlay.

It also will show you your last workout, week,month and total stats.

Mike Grote Sat May 10 00:51:00 2014
@Jason: Ride to work every day it is not raining. One of those days, it will be raining when it's time to go home, so your stuck--you have to. It really isn't bad if it's a light rain, esp. in summer. I would not ride in very heavy rain mainly because I worry about being seen. (Easy for me to say now that I am retired!)
Jason S Funk Fri May 9 23:57:00 2014
Any advice for someone wanting to commute when it rains but just can't push themselves to do it?
Jody Dzuranin Fri May 9 15:29:00 2014
@Keith, Yes I noticed a large difference with Mike Grote's points (leader board vs team). I will post it to the question forum. http://bit.ly/13mDj9K
Keith Richmond Fri May 9 15:17:00 2014
Quick question... we have a rider that on our team page he has 70 points but when we go to leader board he has 67. Anyone know why?
Sonia Baidya Thu May 8 22:32:00 2014
Has this started again for 2014?
Mike Grote Thu May 8 21:17:00 2014
Thanks Stephen, I see how to do it in the future, but I didn't see any way to change it once it is logged. Not important since it was just once. Another query: Another logging site I use allows one to post photos from rides or of interest (which is really pretty fun). I don't see any option for doing that on endomondo. Anyone notice that option anyplace?
Sonia Baidya Thu May 8 17:32:00 2014
Has this started again for 2014?
stephen hornyak Thu May 8 12:33:00 2014
To Mike Grote: Under "My Commute Settings" I set up a ride called commute with specific mileage and categorized it "Transport", also another one for Errands under Transport, then I have one for Sport. You simply record them separately for categorization purposes but they eventually total for the day. The system will do the math and provide pie chart analysis.
Mike Grote Wed May 7 21:49:00 2014
So I purposely did 2 rides today, one sport and one running errands so I could have some transport mileage. Unfortunately, they both are added together and I can't see how to make one transport and one sport on the same day. Is that possible to do?
Christopher Nickelman Wed May 7 13:41:00 2014
i'm not a rainy day rider, just yet. no biking for me this week. hoping for sun for the rest of the week.
Jody Dzuranin Tue May 6 22:23:00 2014
Best Wishes Ray - thanks for riding with us, but I hope you find your people! Good luck!
Ray S Tue May 6 15:11:00 2014
I'm going to try to move to Cleveland by removing & re-entering my zip code. Apparently there is a glitch in the system that if you joined before a community existed, you don't get added to it. I'll see if that works but won't be able to report it is does, you can only post within your own community. Nothing personal ;)
Ray S Mon May 5 15:02:00 2014
Weird, I wonder how I ended up here then.
Jody Dzuranin Sun May 4 20:11:00 2014
Ray, that's odd, yes It should be grouped under the greater Cleveland challenge being managed by bike Clevelands. Grouping is determined by zip code. Also, Mike grote, same here , we live in Columbus but grouped in Dublin because of our zip.
Mike Grote Sat May 3 00:11:00 2014
My mailing address is Hilliard (which is probably how I'm being classified), but I am actually in the city of Columbus. So the comment about Columbus being behind in riders may not actually be true. I'm sure a lot of us on the "fringes" get counted in suburbs instead of the city.
TJ Likes Bikes Fri May 2 22:12:00 2014
Another beautiful day, and I hear tomorrow is looking to be about the same. Crazy good weather to kick off May, I'm honestly surprised.
John david kosicki Fri May 2 15:30:00 2014
Rode last night with the boys mostly racers types it was a Hammerfest felt great.,,what a wat to start the challenge.
Ray S Fri May 2 14:37:00 2014
Jody - You say the Ohio Community Challenge excludes Cleveland and Cincinnati, how is that managed? I'm in Cuyahoga Falls (outside Akron for the geographically challenged) and in this group, yet there are others from the same city that are grouped in Cleveland. Just curious.
Jeff Dafler Fri May 2 13:44:00 2014
I was pleased to fit in even a short ride last night in what was perfect weather. Looking to stretch it out a bit this weekend and keep adding to the total. Let's ride!
Chris Hart Fri May 2 12:03:00 2014
Day 1 was a great day to commute by bike. Too bad I forgot to start the software until a mile into the ride home. (Logged the morning without a problem
Jason S Funk Fri May 2 10:52:00 2014
I only got a ride down to the library and back yesterday but I plan on logging miles as often as I can. Good luck everyone!
Ray S Fri May 2 04:03:00 2014
Day 1 wasn't too bad, didn't ride as far as I originally planned though. I blame the bugs, they annoyed me off the trail. The roads/trails weren't as busy as they were yesterday, I guess people are already sick of the nice weather ;)
Jeni Mantle Fri May 2 02:47:00 2014
I so wanted to get out and ride this evening but my new bike is getting some maintenance in the shop. I can't wait to ride!
TJ Likes Bikes Fri May 2 01:31:00 2014
How was everyone's first day. I am pretty pleased with myself, but I have a long way to go to get back to where I want to be. =)
Jody Dzuranin Thu May 1 02:17:00 2014
All points reset to zero tonight! Get ready to pedal!
Jody Dzuranin Wed Apr 30 19:41:00 2014
There are 75 Communities represented in the Ohio Community Challenge! (Check the Leaderboard for details). I invite all those communities to declare May or June "Bike Month" Here is sample wording from Texas: http://www.biketexas.org/news/community/1492-bike-month-proclamation
Susan Hatfield Wed Apr 30 14:15:00 2014
I commute as often as I cna. I love riding my bike and being outdoors
TJ Likes Bikes Wed Apr 30 04:40:00 2014
May is almost here, eeeek!
Jody Dzuranin Tue Apr 29 18:55:00 2014
287 Riders in the Ohio Community Challenge (which excludes Cleveland and Cincinnati) and 689 in all of Ohio. Can we get that up to 1,000? Join - ride - log!
Jody Dzuranin Wed Apr 23 18:55:00 2014
Bethany - You are showing up under Ohio, I found you at number 469. When you go to leaderboard, it should default to go to your own position. Give the leaderboard a try.
Jody Dzuranin Wed Apr 23 18:22:00 2014
Bethany - welcome! The way to see who is riding is to visit the leaderboard. Toggle the tab at the top between local and National. To see the state you click National - Leaderboard - States - Ohio - then all the riders are listed. You don't have to sign up for Ohio specifically, you will be grouped in the state you live.
Bethany Lee Wed Apr 23 14:47:00 2014
How can we find out how many riders are in Ohio? Also, I couldn't figure out how to sign up as an Ohio rider? Can anyone help?
Jody Dzuranin Sun Apr 20 23:09:00 2014
214 riders in the Ohio Community Challenge, 32 teams, go!
Jody Dzuranin Fri Apr 18 03:39:00 2014
No Anne, I understand. Seeing my 0 miles ridden for the day or this week motivates me to do at least a short ride.
Anne Kennedy Thu Apr 17 14:44:00 2014
Is it sad that I keep thinking of errands to do in order to get more commute rides logged? Ha!
Jody Dzuranin Wed Apr 16 21:03:00 2014
Ohio Commuter Challenge: The #1 spot keeps switching between these 3 loyal commuters - Top 3: James Sonnhalter, Randy Dull, David Hohmann and our top woman running strong at 4 overall is Anne Kennedy, nudging for a spot on the podium!
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666
Jody Dzuranin Wed Apr 9 19:11:00 2014
Are you riding the Ohio Commuter Challenge? This warm-up challenge goes until April 30 - Here is a list of the top 3! Nice job James, Anne and David!
1 - James Sonnhalter
2 - Anne Kennedy
3 - David Hohmann
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666
Jody Dzuranin Sat Apr 5 16:55:00 2014
Thank you David and Bob - so glad to hear the glass ceiling has been lifted! :)
David Hohmann Sat Apr 5 16:47:00 2014
Yes a team member who had been unsuccessful joining for over a week, reported success to me today. Let's roll! :-)
Bob Waddell Sat Apr 5 13:25:00 2014
I got word Thursday that Endomondo fixed the team member limit error. Riders may now resume attempts to sign up on a team.
David Hohmann Wed Apr 2 16:36:00 2014
OK thanks Jody for any assistance you can provide getting this resolved for us all. Yes, per their instructions I went ahead and created a brand new team for the 2013 challenge. (It is called Ohio EPA Bikers) And I have coworkers invited to the team who are stuck waiting in the wings (logging commute rides but not able to join the team). No reason we can't get more credit for the good work being done here... with the logging issue fixed.
Jody Dzuranin Sat Mar 29 16:01:00 2014
News from the National Page: Katie "Challenge Staff" Omberg
Endomondo's offices are closed this week, but we will be in thouch with them next week to discuss the team issue. We are sorry for this problem--and are just as frustrated!--and are thankful for your patience as we work to get this sorted out. Stay tuned!
Jody Dzuranin Fri Mar 28 19:18:00 2014
We've been told team size is not limited this year. I will try to find out if there is a threshold somewhere we can't fix. David, was your team set up new this year? I will see what I can find out.
Bob Waddell Fri Mar 28 19:14:00 2014
David, same problem here. We're stuck at 22. I have reported in a couple of different places.
David Hohmann Fri Mar 28 18:38:00 2014
we are having trouble adding riders to our team roster. we are stuck at 11 but there is an error message saying team size limited at 10. Rules and training this year said that team size is not limited, and that team memberships don't require invitations. I posted on the national board but wanted to advise others here about this. at least one other team in the national system seems to be having this problem today, from what I could tell.
Jody Dzuranin Fri Mar 28 16:27:00 2014
Take the Ohio Commuter Challenge - Most "Cycling Transport" trips logged from now until April 30. http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666 Open to all Ohio Riders. Errands and other transport trips count, not just commuting to work.
Jody Dzuranin Fri Mar 28 13:19:00 2014
To Start or Join a team click: Local, Leaderboard, Teams and over to the right it says, "Looks like you are riding solo" would you like to join a team? If I find a direct link, I will post it.
Jim Gleeson Thu Mar 27 12:26:00 2014
Had a car at a stop sign pull out in front of me. I was able to brake hard enough to just miss. I was wearing a bright orange parka, so probably a distracted driver (cell phone?)
Jody Dzuranin Wed Mar 26 21:53:00 2014
Bob - I can relate, I came upon it yesterday. For all who are the first at your organization - register your team here:
https://www.endomondo.com/registration/organizations
Bob Waddell Wed Mar 26 20:09:00 2014
Finally found the link after much browsing. New team for AEP-Columbus is started.
Bob Waddell Wed Mar 26 19:48:00 2014
Jody, I do not see any information about how to start or join a team. What is the process? I am already listed as riding solo for AEP.
Jody Dzuranin Tue Mar 25 19:06:00 2014
We have posted more information: http://www.considerbiking.org/nationalbikechallenge2013/
Jody Dzuranin Tue Mar 25 16:19:00 2014
Want to invite your colleagues to ride? Check out the tool kit for organizations. It has a sample letter and you just fill in the team name (Company Name) just as you want them to type it when they sign up. http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/orgguide
Jody Dzuranin Tue Mar 25 16:02:00 2014
Welcome to the Ohio Bicycle Challenge, Consider Biking will be hosting the Greater Columbus contest as well as supporting in other parts of the state. No matter where you live, when you sign up, you will be grouped in the correct challenge for your geographic area. You can sign up today and starting gathering points during the warm-up period. Then May 1 all points reset to zero for the Challenge Period. Make sure to get the mobile application for Endomondo, it makes ride logging very easy.
You get points for:
Biking - Transport (commuting, errands, bike to an event)
Biking - Sport (rides for recreation, training or exercise)
Mountain Biking

Enjoy!

Ray S Sun Mar 23 23:01:00 2014
I visited the goose convention again, but it wasn't as busy as when I last was there, must still be early. The towpath was very soggy, at least half my ride today was in low gear just to keep moving. It was nice and sunny today, a little chilly, but I didn't need a face mask, so that was a nice change. I planned on riding more than just 31 miles, but that mud really wore me out.
Jody Dzuranin Fri Mar 21 20:29:00 2014
Glad to see you all are logging miles already! We are still in the Warm up phase and all tallys will be reset on May 1. Please encourage others to join. There is NO limit on Team members this year (last year it was 10). So set one up for your employer and then invite your colleagues to join!
Ray S Sat Mar 15 14:32:00 2014
The last time I rode south of Akron, I didn't worry about bugs, I was too busy dodging geese. I took the towpath through downtown and south to Barberton, it was like riding through a goose convention.
Howard Hake Fri Mar 14 15:45:00 2014
Ray, We were out on a trail in N. Canton Sunday and twice gnats got betwen my glasses and face! So much for the no bugs. Riding was great, though.
Ray S Thu Mar 13 14:47:00 2014
I was out of town and missed the warm weather, but it will be spring soon enough. I have been out riding in the cold a few times this winter, it isn't so bad if you dress right and keep moving, but once you stop it is amazing how quickly the cold sets in. I don't mind the cold, its actually nice, the trails and towpath are mostly deserted ;) (and no bugs!) But, I'm ready for the warmth so I can just go out and ride without having to put on a few layers beforehand, then again, no worries about sunburn when almost every inch of skin is covered up.
Jeff Dafler Mon Mar 10 18:41:00 2014
Warm day, and back at it again! Just logged my first miles for the Ohio Bike Challenge warm-up. Looking forward to many more miles in 2013.
David Hohmann Tue Oct 29 20:17:00 2013
@Eric M., the "transportation" category (which means you avoided a car trip and saved some CO2) includes commutes and other purpose-driven rides. The NBC logging here on Endo allows you to specify a commute if you log it manually on the website (no time, duration or other data) as a trip. The app I believe let you only log it as Cycling:transport or Cycling:sport . So if it was a leisure or fitness or club ride for fun only, then it is "sport". But sport miles still counted for the NBC miles and points.
David Hohmann Tue Oct 29 16:17:00 2013
@Eric M., the "transportation" category (which means you avoided a car trip and saved some CO2) includes commutes and other purpose-driven rides. The NBC logging here on Endo allows you to specify a commute if you log it manually on the website (no time, duration or other data) as a trip. The app I believe let you only log it as Cycling:transport or Cycling:sport . So if it was a leisure or fitness or club ride for fun only, then it is "sport". But sport miles still counted for the NBC miles and points.
Eric Martineau Wed Oct 16 19:22:00 2013
David, do you know if the commute data includes the "transportation" category? I used that category for almost all of my rides, as it applies whether going to/from work or going to the bank, grocery, etc.
Eric Martineau Wed Oct 16 14:22:00 2013
David, do you know if the commute data includes the "transportation" category? I used that category for almost all of my rides, as it applies whether going to/from work or going to the bank, grocery, etc.
David Hohmann Thu Oct 3 14:34:00 2013
I think Ohio showed itself well in the National Bike Challenge. It's just unfortunate that our supposed commute ridership rate in the census stands at a meager 0.31 percent. I've certainly seen more bikes on the roads during my recent commutes. Yesterday we had a Copenhagenesque bunch of 4 riders (unaffiliated) together at a traffic signal for a moment. I doubt any of the others were aware of this challenge, or logging anything at all. I'm ever more convinced that bikes are great self-empowering transportation :-)
David Hohmann Thu Oct 3 09:34:00 2013
I think Ohio showed itself well in the National Bike Challenge. It's just unfortunate that our supposed commute ridership rate in the census stands at a meager 0.31 percent. I've certainly seen more bikes on the roads during my recent commutes. Yesterday we had a Copenhagenesque bunch of 4 riders (unaffiliated) together at a traffic signal for a moment. I doubt any of the others were aware of this challenge, or logging anything at all. I'm ever more convinced that bikes are great self-empowering transportation :-)
Kevin Remhof Mon Sep 30 20:18:00 2013
2500 points! I had to ride a few extra miles on my way home to make it.
Glenn Talaska Sun Sep 29 21:59:00 2013
Well Done, Teammate John Hein! And congrats to the others who finished ahead of (and behind) me in the Challenge. I think we proved a point about how cycling has grown. Google "The Dutch on US cycling" to see where we have to go. This was fun.
Glenn Talaska Sun Sep 29 16:59:00 2013
Well Done, Teammate John Hein! And congrats to the others who finished ahead of (and behind) me in the Challenge. I think we proved a point about how cycling has grown. Google "The Dutch on US cycling" to see where we have to go. This was fun.
Joseph Betz Sun Sep 29 15:14:01 2013
Miles logged but no points. Anyone else having this problem?
Barry Schumann Fri Sep 27 03:23:00 2013
Way to go, Jody. Congratulations!
Barry Schumann Thu Sep 26 22:23:00 2013
Way to go, Jody. Congratulations!
Jody Dzuranin Thu Sep 26 21:32:00 2013
Made it to 2500!
Jody Dzuranin Thu Sep 26 16:32:00 2013
Made it to 2500!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Sep 26 16:32:00 2013
Made it to 2500!
TJ Likes Bikes Sat Sep 21 23:20:00 2013
Great job Jody. Last year I didn't quite get past 2500 myself, this year I'm quite a bit over it and very proud of myself for getting on the bike more.
TJ @Jurusy on Twitter Sat Sep 21 18:20:00 2013
Great job Jody. Last year I didn't quite get past 2500 myself, this year I'm quite a bit over it and very proud of myself for getting on the bike more.
Thomas @Jurusy on Twitter Sat Sep 21 18:20:00 2013
Great job Jody. Last year I didn't quite get past 2500 myself, this year I'm quite a bit over it and very proud of myself for getting on the bike more.
Jody Dzuranin Fri Sep 20 02:11:00 2013
A couple more rides and I will have 2500 points! Exciting!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Sep 19 21:11:00 2013
A couple more rides and I will have 2500 points! Exciting!
Don Burrell Sun Sep 15 20:53:00 2013
Glen: sounds like a great cycling experience. Don't forget to log those commuting miles here, I had the opportunity to ride around Amsterdam for an afternoon on a rented 3-speed Dutch bike while on vacation last year, Nirvana for me!
Don Burrell Sun Sep 15 15:53:00 2013
Glen: sounds like a great cycling experience. Don't forget to log those commuting miles here, I had the opportunity to ride around Amsterdam for an afternoon on a rented 3-speed Dutch bike while on vacation last year, Nirvana for me!
Glenn Talaska Sun Sep 15 13:19:00 2013
Just got back from 10 days in Europe. Thought I was not going to get any riding, but a friend loaned me his 30 pound beater bike and I was able to commute from the Church Inn at Chelmorton to the Heath and Safety Laboratory in Buxton for our meetings, as well as to tool around a bit afterwards. This is in the "Peak District" and looks just like Hobbitton without the rounded houses. For road kill they have 50 pound badgers. It was a real treat.
Glenn Talaska Sun Sep 15 08:19:00 2013
Just got back from 10 days in Europe. Thought I was not going to get any riding, but a friend loaned me his 30 pound beater bike and I was able to commute from the Church Inn at Chelmorton to the Heath and Safety Laboratory in Buxton for our meetings, as well as to tool around a bit afterwards. This is in the "Peak District" and looks just like Hobbitton without the rounded houses. For road kill they have 50 pound badgers. It was a real treat.
Andy Piteo Fri Sep 13 02:16:00 2013
Amber, well done the miles are not really the point of it all but falling in love with the ride is.
Andy Piteo Thu Sep 12 21:16:00 2013
Amber, well done the miles are not really the point of it all but falling in love with the ride is.
Amber Finkelstein Wed Sep 11 17:16:00 2013
It's not a huge achievement, but it was to me - I posted an 18.8 mile ride on Sunday, which is a new distance personal record for me. I tend to be a two-mile-a-day commuter, so the long ride was different, and a lot of fun. :)
Amber Finkelstein Wed Sep 11 12:16:00 2013
It's not a huge achievement, but it was to me - I posted an 18.8 mile ride on Sunday, which is a new distance personal record for me. I tend to be a two-mile-a-day commuter, so the long ride was different, and a lot of fun. :)
Kay Wert Minardi Sun Sep 1 03:58:00 2013
Congratulations on your retirement -- and staying active in it -- Don!
Kay Wert Minardi Sat Aug 31 22:58:00 2013
Congratulations on your retirement -- and staying active in it -- Don!
Don Burrell Fri Aug 30 01:21:00 2013
Since my retirement as of July 1, I have ridden my bike every day for at least 1 mile in my subdivision to 53 miles out in the country side. Most nominal subdivision rides are 3 or 4 miles. I did miss 10 days on a vacation tour in August. I guess I should go back and log the daily nominal rides. I do miss the 17 mile round trip work commutes once or twice a week.
Don Burrell Thu Aug 29 20:21:00 2013
Since my retirement as of July 1, I have ridden my bike every day for at least 1 mile in my subdivision to 53 miles out in the country side. Most nominal subdivision rides are 3 or 4 miles. I did miss 10 days on a vacation tour in August. I guess I should go back and log the daily nominal rides. I do miss the 17 mile round trip work commutes once or twice a week.
Christopher Nickelman Wed Aug 28 13:37:00 2013
finally logged my miles. had already logged them at our companies website, and had forgotten to log them here. bike will finally need a tune-up after 20 yrs of only casual riding.
Christopher Nickelman Wed Aug 28 08:37:00 2013
finally logged my miles. had already logged them at our companies website, and had forgotten to log them here. bike will finally need a tune-up after 20 yrs of only casual riding.
Darrell McGrath Sat Aug 24 00:35:00 2013
Okay...it just let me upload multiple files just fine. Maybe the single file wasn't impressive enough and I had to go out and log more miles.
Darrell McGrath Fri Aug 23 22:20:00 2013
I haven't been able to upload from Garmin or .gpx file. This is for about 24 hours now. What gives?
Darrell McGrath Fri Aug 23 19:35:00 2013
Okay...it just let me upload multiple files just fine. Maybe the single file wasn't impressive enough and I had to go out and log more miles.
Darrell McGrath Fri Aug 23 17:20:00 2013
I haven't been able to upload from Garmin or .gpx file. This is for about 24 hours now. What gives?
John Heim Thu Aug 22 15:14:00 2013
Can't upload from my Garmin any more. Anybody else having trouble?
John Heim Thu Aug 22 10:14:00 2013
Can't upload from my Garmin any more. Anybody else having trouble?
Amber Finkelstein Wed Aug 21 18:30:00 2013
Congratulations, Brian! Keep up the great work!!
Amber Finkelstein Wed Aug 21 13:30:00 2013
Congratulations, Brian! Keep up the great work!!
Brian Hinchcliffe Thu Aug 15 22:39:00 2013
Still in rehab and recovering from Achilles tendon rupture, but still riding and logging miles! Foot and areas near injury feel better when riding than walking. My range of motion and strength are improving each week. Not yet ready to set riding goals as I'm taking this day by day during my rehab progression and through recovery efforts...
Brian Hinchcliffe Thu Aug 15 17:39:00 2013
Still in rehab and recovering from Achilles tendon rupture, but still riding and logging miles! Foot and areas near injury feel better when riding than walking. My range of motion and strength are improving each week. Not yet ready to set riding goals as I'm taking this day by day during my rehab progression and through recovery efforts...
Karen Mitchell Wed Aug 14 21:52:00 2013
Mike, I had a similar incident last summer where a driver screamed at me because I was on the road (on the white line because there was no shoulder) instead of the bike path. I wasn't on the bike path because it was the day after a bad wind storm had knocked trees over the path and the path hadn't been cleared. Unfortunately, he never gave me a chance to explain. I'm glad you got an apology though. I try to be respectful of drivers even when they aren't respectful of me.
Karen Mitchell Wed Aug 14 16:52:00 2013
Mike, I had a similar incident last summer where a driver screamed at me because I was on the road (on the white line because there was no shoulder) instead of the bike path. I wasn't on the bike path because it was the day after a bad wind storm had knocked trees over the path and the path hadn't been cleared. Unfortunately, he never gave me a chance to explain. I'm glad you got an apology though. I try to be respectful of drivers even when they aren't respectful of me.
Andy Piteo Wed Aug 14 01:37:00 2013
Mike I think if you approach it the way you did (minus any hostility) you stand a good chance of winning someone over.
Mike Grote Tue Aug 13 23:44:00 2013
OK, I know this was not smart on my part, but after a pickup truck gave me a long horn (while I was riding on the white line, not the shoulder), I caught him at a traffic signal and explained that the shoulder was covered in glass and it was not possible to ride there. I think he was shocked that I actually called him out on his behavior. Anyway, he apologized! (Of course, I could have probably just as easily have been shot. I'm not recommending my behavior--just getting a little tired of "putting up with juvenile behavior from drivers.)
Andy Piteo Tue Aug 13 20:37:00 2013
Mike I think if you approach it the way you did (minus any hostility) you stand a good chance of winning someone over.
Mike Grote Tue Aug 13 18:44:00 2013
OK, I know this was not smart on my part, but after a pickup truck gave me a long horn (while I was riding on the white line, not the shoulder), I caught him at a traffic signal and explained that the shoulder was covered in glass and it was not possible to ride there. I think he was shocked that I actually called him out on his behavior. Anyway, he apologized! (Of course, I could have probably just as easily have been shot. I'm not recommending my behavior--just getting a little tired of "putting up with juvenile behavior from drivers.)
Matt Reid Thu Aug 1 02:50:00 2013
Hey Anne, I've never been biking in Cleveland, but I saw this on the Yehuda Moon site and thought it might help http://www.clevelandbikerack.com/ . Looks like they have bike rentals for pretty reasonable prices
Matt Reid Wed Jul 31 21:50:00 2013
Hey Anne, I've never been biking in Cleveland, but I saw this on the Yehuda Moon site and thought it might help http://www.clevelandbikerack.com/ . Looks like they have bike rentals for pretty reasonable prices
Anne Kennedy Wed Jul 31 19:54:00 2013
I'm going to be up in Cleveland for a conference this weekend and will be going through bike withdrawal. Does anyone know if I can rent one somewhere for a spin around town?
Anne Kennedy Wed Jul 31 14:54:00 2013
I'm going to be up in Cleveland for a conference this weekend and will be going through bike withdrawal. Does anyone know if I can rent one somewhere for a spin around town?
Linda Fullerton Tue Jul 30 18:17:00 2013
Just logged in my miles from the Pan Ohio Hope Ride. 4 days = 328 miles all for The American Cancer Society. Cleveland Ohio to Cincinnati Ohio. Top of the state to the bottom. Second year. What fun and good friends 580 of us!! Woo hoo!! This is what I trained for. Linda F
Linda Fullerton Tue Jul 30 13:17:00 2013
Just logged in my miles from the Pan Ohio Hope Ride. 4 days = 328 miles all for The American Cancer Society. Cleveland Ohio to Cincinnati Ohio. Top of the state to the bottom. Second year. What fun and good friends 580 of us!! Woo hoo!! This is what I trained for. Linda F
Kate Fenlon Mon Jul 29 17:01:00 2013
You know, I have found that the weather seems to affect the way people drive - perhaps August will be better. I just don't understand why people have to be so nasty. Last year a guy in an F250 ran into me at red traffic lights because I shouldn't have been in his way and he needed to be right behind the car that was in front of me. The cops said that they couldn't do anything because the truck had commercial plates..... What can you do when the cops don't take the matter seriously. The first assumption is that you, the cyclist, did something wrong!!!
Nik Olah Mon Jul 29 14:48:00 2013
Sorry to hear of your loss, Mike. Kate, I'm glad that you're (relatively) OK. Stay safe out there everyone!
Mandi Payton Mon Jul 29 13:46:00 2013
On Friday, an agressive driver decided to come up to me at a stop, and creep up until his bumper was almost touching my leg. At first, I was going to hold my line and stay where I was, but decided making a point that I belonged there wasn't worth it. I moved toward the curb, light went green and the van schreeched off. Not sure what would have happened if I hadn't moved over. Sorry to read about these other stories. I think the only thing we can do is keep riding smart and safe, and follow traffic laws so the driver's don't hate us. If enough of us ride, they will get use to us being there.
Kate Fenlon Mon Jul 29 12:01:00 2013
You know, I have found that the weather seems to affect the way people drive - perhaps August will be better. I just don't understand why people have to be so nasty. Last year a guy in an F250 ran into me at red traffic lights because I shouldn't have been in his way and he needed to be right behind the car that was in front of me. The cops said that they couldn't do anything because the truck had commercial plates..... What can you do when the cops don't take the matter seriously. The first assumption is that you, the cyclist, did something wrong!!!
Nik Olah Mon Jul 29 09:48:00 2013
Sorry to hear of your loss, Mike. Kate, I'm glad that you're (relatively) OK. Stay safe out there everyone!
Mandi Payton Mon Jul 29 08:46:00 2013
On Friday, an agressive driver decided to come up to me at a stop, and creep up until his bumper was almost touching my leg. At first, I was going to hold my line and stay where I was, but decided making a point that I belonged there wasn't worth it. I moved toward the curb, light went green and the van schreeched off. Not sure what would have happened if I hadn't moved over. Sorry to read about these other stories. I think the only thing we can do is keep riding smart and safe, and follow traffic laws so the driver's don't hate us. If enough of us ride, they will get use to us being there.
Darrell McGrath Mon Jul 29 01:15:00 2013
*throwing my hands up*

Let's just hope it's a July curse, and August is the BEST MONTH EVER!

Andy Piteo Sun Jul 28 23:39:00 2013
Now I get to join the club. Less than 2 miles from my home, pulling up to a stop sign, a young lady decided it was ok to cut her turn into a neighborhood, she did not see me coming up to the intersection and had it not been for just plain old reflex, I would have rolled up onto her hood. As it was, I swerved left onto her passenger side and struck my elbow on her mirror. I could ride away, but the shocking thing was, her passenger could not understand why I was upset.
Darrell McGrath Sun Jul 28 20:15:00 2013
*throwing my hands up*

Let's just hope it's a July curse, and August is the BEST MONTH EVER!

Andy Piteo Sun Jul 28 18:39:00 2013
Now I get to join the club. Less than 2 miles from my home, pulling up to a stop sign, a young lady decided it was ok to cut her turn into a neighborhood, she did not see me coming up to the intersection and had it not been for just plain old reflex, I would have rolled up onto her hood. As it was, I swerved left onto her passenger side and struck my elbow on her mirror. I could ride away, but the shocking thing was, her passenger could not understand why I was upset.
Andy Piteo Sat Jul 27 21:03:00 2013
You know, to put some of this in perspective, I teach martial arts and I teach a mother and son who lost their mother and grandmother, about three weeks ago, in an automobile accident on 270. The lady was rear ended and her car was "crushed" between another car killing her instantly....... Horrible. The driver that caused this did not see traffic coming to a stop in front of her, she was not paying sufficient attention. In both of these tragedies, the common theme (make it three but thank God Kate survived) seems to be unfocused people behind the wheel. I have to admit, I am a little freaked out by the cycling end of it, but not the car crash. In fact, I have a much greater chance of being killed in my car than on that bike. Kate I hope you are able to jump back on that bike, because if your even a little like me, it is when your pushing those pedals you feel most alive. Back to the self defense, maybe that's the reason I feel a little bit afraid (yep that word), because no matter how aware I am, and how well I ride, no matter if I do everything correct and by the law, I still have to rely on people who I wouldn't trust... well fill in the blank.
Darrell McGrath Sat Jul 27 19:53:00 2013
This is all very sad. I want to say something positive to highlight the beauty and magic of cycling that inspires us to ride, but I think I've hit a low point. Bad stuff in the news, bad stuff going on here, and four flats in one week. I need a break. Wishing a speedy recovery to Kate and a turnaround in general for us all!
Andy Piteo Sat Jul 27 16:03:00 2013
You know, to put some of this in perspective, I teach martial arts and I teach a mother and son who lost their mother and grandmother, about three weeks ago, in an automobile accident on 270. The lady was rear ended and her car was "crushed" between another car killing her instantly....... Horrible. The driver that caused this did not see traffic coming to a stop in front of her, she was not paying sufficient attention. In both of these tragedies, the common theme (make it three but thank God Kate survived) seems to be unfocused people behind the wheel. I have to admit, I am a little freaked out by the cycling end of it, but not the car crash. In fact, I have a much greater chance of being killed in my car than on that bike. Kate I hope you are able to jump back on that bike, because if your even a little like me, it is when your pushing those pedals you feel most alive. Back to the self defense, maybe that's the reason I feel a little bit afraid (yep that word), because no matter how aware I am, and how well I ride, no matter if I do everything correct and by the law, I still have to rely on people who I wouldn't trust... well fill in the blank.
Darrell McGrath Sat Jul 27 14:53:00 2013
This is all very sad. I want to say something positive to highlight the beauty and magic of cycling that inspires us to ride, but I think I've hit a low point. Bad stuff in the news, bad stuff going on here, and four flats in one week. I need a break. Wishing a speedy recovery to Kate and a turnaround in general for us all!
TJ Likes Bikes Sat Jul 27 13:20:00 2013
I feel for you Kate, people seem to be in such a rush that the lives of other creatures, both human and not, seem to become pointless, makes me very sad when I see people ignoring basic safety just because they don't want to slow down/pay attention/not be cell phone obsessed. I hope you recover quickly!
Kate Fenlon Sat Jul 27 08:59:00 2013
Hi Andy, I'm bruised, my bike is battered, and I'm very lucky to be alive. I fully intend to use my experience as a lesson for my non-cycling friends. It's strange that when you hop on a bike you cease to be a human being in the minds of some road users.
Thomas @Jurusy on Twitter Sat Jul 27 08:20:00 2013
I feel for you Kate, people seem to be in such a rush that the lives of other creatures, both human and not, seem to become pointless, makes me very sad when I see people ignoring basic safety just because they don't want to slow down/pay attention/not be cell phone obsessed. I hope you recover quickly!
Kate Fenlon Sat Jul 27 03:59:00 2013
Hi Andy, I'm bruised, my bike is battered, and I'm very lucky to be alive. I fully intend to use my experience as a lesson for my non-cycling friends. It's strange that when you hop on a bike you cease to be a human being in the minds of some road users.
Andy Piteo Sat Jul 27 02:15:00 2013
Kate your very fortunate and I hope you were not injured.
Kate Fenlon Fri Jul 26 22:08:00 2013
Hey all, I got hit from behind yesterday evening. Just riding home from a training ride, and boom, the lady drove straight in to me. She repeated stated that I was riding on the road - I wonder if she thought that cyclists should be flying... I'm not sure that there is anything you can do to prevent this kind of accident. Mike, I'm sorry for your loss.
Andy Piteo Fri Jul 26 21:25:00 2013
Mike I am truly sorry to read of your loss, what a tragedy. You are correct in that we are so very vulnerable, I hate reading this kind of thing and cringe at the number of times I have been "buzzed" by inattentive or aggressive drivers. In regards to a mirror, sometimes I wonder if they only let you see the guy who is going to hit you anyway.
Andy Piteo Fri Jul 26 21:15:00 2013
Kate your very fortunate and I hope you were not injured.
Kate Fenlon Fri Jul 26 17:08:00 2013
Hey all, I got hit from behind yesterday evening. Just riding home from a training ride, and boom, the lady drove straight in to me. She repeated stated that I was riding on the road - I wonder if she thought that cyclists should be flying... I'm not sure that there is anything you can do to prevent this kind of accident. Mike, I'm sorry for your loss.
Andy Piteo Fri Jul 26 16:25:00 2013
Mike I am truly sorry to read of your loss, what a tragedy. You are correct in that we are so very vulnerable, I hate reading this kind of thing and cringe at the number of times I have been "buzzed" by inattentive or aggressive drivers. In regards to a mirror, sometimes I wonder if they only let you see the guy who is going to hit you anyway.
David Hohmann Fri Jul 26 15:47:00 2013
@Mike, sorry to hear this sad news. Everyone: I swear by my helmet mirror which is made just like this one. Bonus: It's Ohio- made, of upcycled materials! http://www.ebay.com/itm/130954737826
Amber Finkelstein Fri Jul 26 13:55:00 2013
I'm so very sorry for your loss, Mike.
Mike Grote Fri Jul 26 13:10:00 2013
A cautionary tale: Tuesday morning I lost an online friend/cyclist up in Port Clinton, Ohio (I had known Dale for several years through another workout-posting website like endomondo; we communicated daily.He rode 300-400 miles a week both on the road and on his trainer). He was riding a loop he rode regularly when he was struck from behind. He was killed instantly. Only 37 years old with a wife and 3 kids. We are so vulnerable out there. I'm using a mirror now to check that cars overtaking me are getting over to the left. Take care and be safe
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David Hohmann Fri Jul 26 10:47:00 2013
@Mike, sorry to hear this sad news. Everyone: I swear by my helmet mirror which is made just like this one. Bonus: It's Ohio- made, of upcycled materials! http://www.ebay.com/itm/130954737826
Amber Finkelstein Fri Jul 26 08:55:00 2013
I'm so very sorry for your loss, Mike.
Mike Grote Fri Jul 26 08:10:00 2013
A cautionary tale: Tuesday morning I lost an online friend/cyclist up in Port Clinton, Ohio (I had known Dale for several years through another workout-posting website like endomondo; we communicated daily.He rode 300-400 miles a week both on the road and on his trainer). He was riding a loop he rode regularly when he was struck from behind. He was killed instantly. Only 37 years old with a wife and 3 kids. We are so vulnerable out there. I'm using a mirror now to check that cars overtaking me are getting over to the left. Take care and be safe
.
Anne Kennedy Fri Jul 19 21:02:00 2013
Here is a link to the segment Mike mentioned http://goo.gl/PNJdQ
Anne Kennedy Fri Jul 19 16:02:00 2013
Here is a link to the segment Mike mentioned http://goo.gl/PNJdQ
Mike Grote Fri Jul 19 12:51:00 2013
One of the local Columbus TV stations ran a segment yesterday morning where a reporter biked along Dublin Road for 45 minutes. He weighed himself before and after. He drank 2 bottles of water during that time, but still lost about 5 pounds (water loss) during the ride. Really drove home the importance of staying hydrated during this heat. DRINK LOTS OF WATER PEOPLE, stay safe if you are outdoors riding in this heat!
Mike Grote Fri Jul 19 07:51:00 2013
One of the local Columbus TV stations ran a segment yesterday morning where a reporter biked along Dublin Road for 45 minutes. He weighed himself before and after. He drank 2 bottles of water during that time, but still lost about 5 pounds (water loss) during the ride. Really drove home the importance of staying hydrated during this heat. DRINK LOTS OF WATER PEOPLE, stay safe if you are outdoors riding in this heat!
Anne Kennedy Thu Jul 18 16:02:00 2013
Here is a link to the segment Mike mentioned http://goo.gl/PNJdQ
Mike Grote Thu Jul 18 07:51:00 2013
One of the local Columbus TV stations ran a segment yesterday morning where a reporter biked along Dublin Road for 45 minutes. He weighed himself before and after. He drank 2 bottles of water during that time, but still lost about 5 pounds (water loss) during the ride. Really drove home the importance of staying hydrated during this heat. DRINK LOTS OF WATER PEOPLE, stay safe if you are outdoors riding in this heat!
David Hohmann Tue Jul 16 21:51:00 2013
closing in on Platinum by tomorrow. Diamond by the end of this challenge may be a bit of a stretch unless I uncork something big mileage recreationally
David Hohmann Tue Jul 16 16:51:00 2013
closing in on Platinum by tomorrow. Diamond by the end of this challenge may be a bit of a stretch unless I uncork something big mileage recreationally
Tim Smith Fri Jul 5 11:05:00 2013
Greg ... A rider gets 20 points for riding per day. If you've ridden 100 miles on one day this month you'd have 120 points. Some other rider has ridden all 5 days thus far but with a total miles of 25 would have July points of 125. They would already be ahead of you by 5 points for July. The driving factor is 20 points per day of riding. Ride on...
Tim Smith Fri Jul 5 06:05:00 2013
Greg ... A rider gets 20 points for riding per day. If you've ridden 100 miles on one day this month you'd have 120 points. Some other rider has ridden all 5 days thus far but with a total miles of 25 would have July points of 125. They would already be ahead of you by 5 points for July. The driving factor is 20 points per day of riding. Ride on...
Greg Thomas Fri Jul 5 01:43:00 2013
Why is it that there are some people with less miles than I have are ahead of me in the standings?
Greg Thomas Thu Jul 4 20:43:00 2013
Why is it that there are some people with less miles than I have are ahead of me in the standings?
Rich James Fri Jun 28 12:30:00 2013
Anyone think they lost a tail light on the trail near confluence park this morning? I may have found it. Contact me at [email protected]
Don Burrell Wed Jun 26 11:14:00 2013
Added 330 miles last week on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Great ride, great people (2,500 of us), and great weather. I should get extra credit for carrying all my gear on my bike.
Rodney Kent Rudinger Tue Jun 25 16:48:00 2013
Mike, you might wish to consider a regular tube with tuff tire inserts. These are soft plastic liners that go between the inner tube and the tire. They prevent punctures by stopping sharp stones, thorns, glass, etc. from reaching the tube. I've used these for several years now and they are worth their weight in gold. Just be careful you get the soft plastic tuff tires inserts; some are harder plastic and I've had problems with them wearing a hole in the tube. Good luck!
Mike Grote Tue Jun 25 15:38:00 2013
I had my first puncture riding my tubeless road tires. They worked as designed with the sealant plugging the hole quickly. I got home from my 95 mile ride without even having to stop to add air to the tires. On the downside, the patch wasn't perfect (slow leak), so I'll have to replace the tire. Anybody have success with installing these? After struggling for 2 hours, I'm taking it to the shop. Definitely a downside for tubeless.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat Jun 22 13:30:00 2013
Definitely my all time record week thanks to GOBA! 254 and I need to post 5 miles from the route out of Greenville.
Mandi Payton Mon Jun 10 15:05:00 2013
Why doesn't the leaderboard let you see it by women? There is the option but the results are not right, still has guys and doesn't let you switch through the pages.
Brian Hinchcliffe Sat Jun 8 10:36:00 2013
Unfortunately, I tore my achilles tendon! Biking and running are on hold for a few months, though I'm sure I can get back to biking before running! There goes my summer....
Chris Hart Wed Jun 5 21:53:00 2013
Just recieved clipless pedals today. Put them on, and went for a very short test ride. These are going to take some getting used to, but I can tell already it will be worth it.
Bob Steinbach Tue Jun 4 07:49:00 2013
Mini vacation - perfect weather, pretty scenery, peaceful ride this morning on the way to work. Can't beat it.
Darrell McGrath Mon Jun 3 19:48:00 2013
Sadly, I haven't the time nor the money. But someday...someday...
Tim Smith Sun Jun 2 22:35:00 2013
Darrell ... You can still register online from 6/3 - 6/8 for GOBA
Kay Wert Minardi Sun Jun 2 21:25:00 2013
GOBA riders, if you sleep lightly, bringing a pair of earplugs is a good idea.
Darrell McGrath Sun Jun 2 18:11:00 2013
I'm jealous of all you GOBA riders. I'll expect a full report here afterwards! :-)
Tim Smith Sun Jun 2 15:50:00 2013
This will be my wife Jodie's and mine first GOBA. We have no advise to offer other than do as much training (time and distance) as you can prior to the event.
Anne Kennedy Sat Jun 1 19:13:00 2013
It will be my first GOBA, too! Any advice for newbies?
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat Jun 1 15:55:00 2013
Congratulations to the top 5 finishers in the Ohio Most Active Minutes in May: 1 - Mike Grote 5d:5h:35m:34s; 2 - Tim K 3d:12h:26m:52s; 3 - Ruth Ann Reiner 3d:2h:34m:43s; 4 - Mike Overmyer 2d:18h:12m:19s; 5 - Keith Mayton 2d:15h:43m:30s
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9718817
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat Jun 1 15:38:00 2013
I am riding GOBA for the first time - yes I am excited!
Tim Smith Sat Jun 1 05:38:00 2013
Two weeks until GOBA. Who's excited?
Emily Taylor Wed May 29 10:56:00 2013
Thanks! I really appreciate it.
Amber Finkelstein Wed May 29 10:25:00 2013
I would definitely recommend B1 - Casey was great, and very helpful.
stephen hornyak Tue May 28 22:47:00 2013
Emily...B1 Bicyles..124 E Long St Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 222-0017...ask for Casey...
Tim K Tue May 28 22:23:00 2013
@ Emily: Don't know of anything downtown, but there's a good shop at Tin Apple shopping center on Hilliard-Rome Rd in Hilliard. It's mid-way between Roberts and Cemetary Rds.
Nik Olah Tue May 28 13:25:00 2013
Emily Taylor - 2 places downtown for bike repairs. B1 Bicycles near the corner of 4th & Long or Franklinton Cycle Works across the river. Depends if you want to do it yourself (and have FCW volunteers help) or pay someone to do it.
Emily Taylor Tue May 28 11:40:00 2013
Can anyone recommend a good place for bike repairs in downtown Columbus? My chain has been slipping a lot lately.
David Hohmann Tue May 28 09:49:00 2013
you can edit your workouts in Endomondo to correct things, such as if you enter a ride the next day... you can correct the date (so no inaccurate 400 mile days show up in your log), or duration or distance if you pull up the ride and fix those details. I tend to avoid using the chatty endo app to save my phone battery. besides, my "lap time" is not so important in town when i stop at traffic lights.
Tim K Tue May 28 07:15:00 2013
@Susan. The Hocking Hills area has a few good routes. One of the better spots for hills is actually around Lake Hope outside of Nelsonville. Really challenging ride, but it's not recommended for road bikes.
Susan McQuade Mon May 27 18:47:00 2013
Does anyone know of a good route in the Columbus area or close surrounding area that would be good for hill training?
Glenn Talaska Fri May 24 12:29:00 2013
I looged over 400 miles one day because I rode centuries (Cincy-Columbus-TOSRV-home) over a weekend without access to my computer. I logged each day's ride seperately. Best I've ever done one day was 212 in 12 hours at Sebring...400 in one day is crushing it (your seat, that is!). Great work guys
Steave Scott Thu May 23 10:50:00 2013
Keith, while I have no idea just what values are used to calculate the dollars saved, I suspect that they are lowballed by an assumption that the cyclist still maintains a car. From my own experience, although the money saved by cycling vis. motoring is significant, it pales when compared to dropping one car entirely from the family budget.
Keith Mayton Thu May 23 09:54:00 2013
"Cycling is fun. Ride for yourself. Enjoy." Wise words, Jeff!
Jeff Stephens Wed May 22 21:34:00 2013
Timothy - I'm registered for my18th National 24hr. Challenge in mid- June. I used to be a 400 mile/24hr guy...but, life and sanity haven't allowed me to compete at that level for some time. Nonetheless....I'll post a pretty big number on/aboutJune 17th...so, hope it doesn't bother you. Cycling is fun. Ride for yourself. Enjoy. See you on the road.... :)
Timothy Kilkka Mon May 20 23:07:00 2013
I was able to contact a live official person for the company. they stated that if you win any sort of recognition for your efforts during ANY of the contests, you will have to perform your longest recorded day again, for officials, to verify that you can/did do it. If you can't/fail to prove, you're disqualified.

This makes me so much happier to know because of the certain people that I know are lieing about their mileage will be ratted out to the community as being liars.

Steave Scott Mon May 20 14:20:00 2013
My last commute to Citigroup! Of course, without that 110 miles of weekly commuting, I may have to give up sour cream!
Keith Mayton Mon May 20 11:23:00 2013
Recent AAA figures are about $.46-.75 per mile to drive a car, but that does include insurance which you pay even if your car has cobwebs growing on it.
Keith Mayton Mon May 20 11:15:00 2013
I'm curious how the "total dollars saved" is calculated. Seems low.
Keith Mayton Mon May 20 09:19:00 2013
Have fun on GOBA David, Jody--did it once with my son (also on a tandem) in 2003. We had a great time. I think GOBA this year is in the same general part of Ohio--nice because it's not too hilly.
David Hohmann Mon May 20 09:15:00 2013
I'm a-GGBAing too (with my son, on a tandem), Jody et al.
Timothy Kilkka Sat May 18 23:44:00 2013
It sucks that GOBA is the week it is.. Our exchange student is going back right in the middle of that week, which means I can't join in GOBA. Sorry:( Maybe next year.
Tim Smith Sat May 18 21:44:00 2013
Jody - GO GOBA!!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat May 18 17:42:00 2013
Wow, I've ridden 66 miles this week, pretty good for me, but I will have to ride that each day on GOBA!
Timothy Kilkka Sat May 18 15:33:00 2013
@ Mike and Stephen.... I think he's lieing about it because there's nothing in his other inputs to say that he was even ready for such a challenge. His name is Charles, and that's all I can say about that. I did learn that EVERY challenger has to prove his mileage, and times if they were to get any of the recognition of being anoe of the awards winners through AEP. So, that helped me to relax on the issue because I know he'll get screwed once he's found out that he was trying to screw all of us.
I work my butt off trying to do this biking after being out of shape, and worsening for the last 10 years. Even back when I was in perect shape biking across states just to go fishing, I could only do around 200 miles in a day before needing to rest. If he could do that much mileage then he's a robot, or alien LOL.
stephen hornyak Fri May 17 17:39:00 2013
Tim, although it's possible to ride that much in one day, highly unlikely. There's a better chance of a decimal mistake.
Mike Grote Fri May 17 17:01:00 2013
@Tim-don't know the person in question, but I've ridden the 24-hour challenge up near Grand Rapids in the past, and there were several people over 400 miles in 24-hours, so it is possible...(most I've done is 224, but I'm 65.)
Anne Kennedy Thu May 16 21:54:00 2013
Who is planning to bike to work tomorrow as a part of National Bike to Work Week? It won't be out of the ordinary for me to ride in but I was wondering if anyone new to commuting by bike will give it a try.
Timothy Kilkka Thu May 16 14:22:00 2013
WTF?! There is no way in hell ANYONE can go 397 miles in one day! I think there are people on this thing that lie their asses off, and it just pisses me off!
Keith Mayton Tue May 14 14:47:00 2013
#11 as of right now.
Jim Lemaster Tue May 14 11:59:00 2013
Make that #12!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue May 14 10:36:00 2013
The Consider Biking Team is #13 in the National Team Standings - Great work Pedal People! http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/leaderboard
Jim Lemaster Mon May 13 15:42:00 2013
I, too, have noticed it will count the distance if I manually pause and then travel some distance before unpausing. In one case, it reported I had traveled 6 miles in 1 second.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sun May 12 11:33:00 2013
In reading it again, you say the time is paused, but it still adds the distance. I haven't noticed that, but will test it. There is a link to the right to report a glitch. >>>
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sun May 12 11:28:00 2013
Mike, I use autopause, I don't see that as a glitch, if I am moving it is tracking. So yes either manually pause it if you are moving but don't want to track, or post the ride and restart when you are riding again. If you manually pause it shouldnt track the drive time.
Mike Grote Sat May 11 19:58:00 2013
Here's a little glitch in the app that I noticed. If you turn on "auto pause", the app tracks your distance even if you have not hit the green triangle (arrow) to start a ride. For example, it tracked my distance driving my car to a trail, although it recorded the time as only a few seconds (i.e., it showed I went 10 miles in 11 seconds). It also does this after you have stopped a ride. I edited my rides to eliminate those false biking distances, but apparently one MUST remember to turn off auto pause when not biking.
Timothy Kilkka Sat May 11 00:32:00 2013
@Jason.... Home Depot and Walmart Both have whole rainsuits for about $30. The ones at home depot have the over-all type too. they make great rain suits for just about every need. I have 3 total just for fishing, and they work great. And if you go to the Tractor Supply Company, you get get "Muck Boots" for usually around $30, if they aren't on sale. Those you can fit over a regular shoe if you get the right size.
Steave Scott Fri May 10 14:39:00 2013
@Jason, riding in the rain is quite possible, but you do need to invest in good gear to do it at all comfortably. Good raincoats are fairly easy to come by at reasonable prices - especially on line. Just get on the email lists of a few internet bike bandits, and browse their big blowout sales religiously for a couple of weeks. Rain pants and booties are another matter. My rain pants were about $90.00, and I have yet to see good ones marked down over the last five years. My booties I got at 50% off when the model was discontinued. That was $30.00, thanks to a heads-up on one of the boards. Both of those purchases were money well spent (even if it does feel like wearing a plastic bag on a warm, rainy afternoon!) When I began biking to work, I committed to having the capability to ride whatever the weather, and I make a point of keeping both my gear and skills in good shape - although I can be tempted to use the car (when it's available) just because it would be nice to sleep in just a little. Whatever you do, though, wear something bright up top and use your blinkies, especially for heavy rain, and allow extra time for the trip.
David Sanchez Fri May 10 10:25:00 2013
Not sure how everyone tracks their miles, but I have an app on my iPhone called Ride Tracker.

It will record your Time, Pace, Max Speed, Avg. Speed, Distance and Altitude. It works well and it will sync with your phone's GPS to show you the route you took via a Google Maps overlay.

It also will show you your last workout, week,month and total stats.

Mike Grote Thu May 9 19:51:00 2013
@Jason: Ride to work every day it is not raining. One of those days, it will be raining when it's time to go home, so your stuck--you have to. It really isn't bad if it's a light rain, esp. in summer. I would not ride in very heavy rain mainly because I worry about being seen. (Easy for me to say now that I am retired!)
Jason S Funk Thu May 9 18:57:00 2013
Any advice for someone wanting to commute when it rains but just can't push themselves to do it?
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu May 9 10:29:00 2013
@Keith, Yes I noticed a large difference with Mike Grote's points (leader board vs team). I will post it to the question forum. http://bit.ly/13mDj9K
Keith Richmond Thu May 9 10:17:00 2013
Quick question... we have a rider that on our team page he has 70 points but when we go to leader board he has 67. Anyone know why?
Mike Grote Wed May 8 16:17:00 2013
Thanks Stephen, I see how to do it in the future, but I didn't see any way to change it once it is logged. Not important since it was just once. Another query: Another logging site I use allows one to post photos from rides or of interest (which is really pretty fun). I don't see any option for doing that on endomondo. Anyone notice that option anyplace?
stephen hornyak Wed May 8 07:33:00 2013
To Mike Grote: Under "My Commute Settings" I set up a ride called commute with specific mileage and categorized it "Transport", also another one for Errands under Transport, then I have one for Sport. You simply record them separately for categorization purposes but they eventually total for the day. The system will do the math and provide pie chart analysis.
Mike Grote Tue May 7 16:49:00 2013
So I purposely did 2 rides today, one sport and one running errands so I could have some transport mileage. Unfortunately, they both are added together and I can't see how to make one transport and one sport on the same day. Is that possible to do?
Christopher Nickelman Tue May 7 08:41:00 2013
i'm not a rainy day rider, just yet. no biking for me this week. hoping for sun for the rest of the week.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon May 6 17:23:00 2013
Best Wishes Ray - thanks for riding with us, but I hope you find your people! Good luck!
Ray S Mon May 6 10:11:00 2013
I'm going to try to move to Cleveland by removing & re-entering my zip code. Apparently there is a glitch in the system that if you joined before a community existed, you don't get added to it. I'll see if that works but won't be able to report it is does, you can only post within your own community. Nothing personal ;)
Ray S Sun May 5 10:02:00 2013
Weird, I wonder how I ended up here then.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat May 4 15:11:00 2013
Ray, that's odd, yes It should be grouped under the greater Cleveland challenge being managed by bike Clevelands. Grouping is determined by zip code. Also, Mike grote, same here , we live in Columbus but grouped in Dublin because of our zip.
Mike Grote Thu May 2 19:11:00 2013
My mailing address is Hilliard (which is probably how I'm being classified), but I am actually in the city of Columbus. So the comment about Columbus being behind in riders may not actually be true. I'm sure a lot of us on the "fringes" get counted in suburbs instead of the city.
Thomas Alexander Thu May 2 17:12:00 2013
Another beautiful day, and I hear tomorrow is looking to be about the same. Crazy good weather to kick off May, I'm honestly surprised.
John david kosicki Thu May 2 10:30:00 2013
Rode last night with the boys mostly racers types it was a Hammerfest felt great.,,what a wat to start the challenge.
Ray S Thu May 2 09:37:00 2013
Jody - You say the Ohio Community Challenge excludes Cleveland and Cincinnati, how is that managed? I'm in Cuyahoga Falls (outside Akron for the geographically challenged) and in this group, yet there are others from the same city that are grouped in Cleveland. Just curious.
Jeff Dafler Thu May 2 08:44:00 2013
I was pleased to fit in even a short ride last night in what was perfect weather. Looking to stretch it out a bit this weekend and keep adding to the total. Let's ride!
Chris Hart Thu May 2 07:03:00 2013
Day 1 was a great day to commute by bike. Too bad I forgot to start the software until a mile into the ride home. (Logged the morning without a problem
Jason S Funk Thu May 2 05:52:00 2013
I only got a ride down to the library and back yesterday but I plan on logging miles as often as I can. Good luck everyone!
Ray S Wed May 1 23:03:00 2013
Day 1 wasn't too bad, didn't ride as far as I originally planned though. I blame the bugs, they annoyed me off the trail. The roads/trails weren't as busy as they were yesterday, I guess people are already sick of the nice weather ;)
Jeni Mantle Wed May 1 21:47:00 2013
I so wanted to get out and ride this evening but my new bike is getting some maintenance in the shop. I can't wait to ride!
Thomas Alexander Wed May 1 20:31:00 2013
How was everyone's first day. I am pretty pleased with myself, but I have a long way to go to get back to where I want to be. =)
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 30 21:17:00 2013
All points reset to zero tonight! Get ready to pedal!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 30 14:41:00 2013
There are 75 Communities represented in the Ohio Community Challenge! (Check the Leaderboard for details). I invite all those communities to declare May or June "Bike Month" Here is sample wording from Texas: http://www.biketexas.org/news/community/1492-bike-month-proclamation
Susan Hatfield Tue Apr 30 09:15:00 2013
I commute as often as I cna. I love riding my bike and being outdoors
Thomas Alexander Mon Apr 29 23:40:00 2013
May is almost here, eeeek!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon Apr 29 13:55:00 2013
287 Riders in the Ohio Community Challenge (which excludes Cleveland and Cincinnati) and 689 in all of Ohio. Can we get that up to 1,000? Join - ride - log!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 23 13:55:00 2013
Bethany - You are showing up under Ohio, I found you at number 469. When you go to leaderboard, it should default to go to your own position. Give the leaderboard a try.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 23 13:22:00 2013
Bethany - welcome! The way to see who is riding is to visit the leaderboard. Toggle the tab at the top between local and National. To see the state you click National - Leaderboard - States - Ohio - then all the riders are listed. You don't have to sign up for Ohio specifically, you will be grouped in the state you live.
Bethany Lee Tue Apr 23 09:47:00 2013
How can we find out how many riders are in Ohio? Also, I couldn't figure out how to sign up as an Ohio rider? Can anyone help?
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat Apr 20 18:09:00 2013
214 riders in the Ohio Community Challenge, 32 teams, go!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Wed Apr 17 22:39:00 2013
No Anne, I understand. Seeing my 0 miles ridden for the day or this week motivates me to do at least a short ride.
Anne Kennedy Wed Apr 17 09:44:00 2013
Is it sad that I keep thinking of errands to do in order to get more commute rides logged? Ha!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 16 16:03:00 2013
Ohio Commuter Challenge: The #1 spot keeps switching between these 3 loyal commuters - Top 3: James Sonnhalter, Randy Dull, David Hohmann and our top woman running strong at 4 overall is Anne Kennedy, nudging for a spot on the podium!
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Apr 9 14:11:00 2013
Are you riding the Ohio Commuter Challenge? This warm-up challenge goes until April 30 - Here is a list of the top 3! Nice job James, Anne and David!
1 - James Sonnhalter
2 - Anne Kennedy
3 - David Hohmann
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri Apr 5 11:55:00 2013
Thank you David and Bob - so glad to hear the glass ceiling has been lifted! :)
David Hohmann Fri Apr 5 11:47:00 2013
Yes a team member who had been unsuccessful joining for over a week, reported success to me today. Let's roll! :-)
Bob Waddell Fri Apr 5 08:25:00 2013
I got word Thursday that Endomondo fixed the team member limit error. Riders may now resume attempts to sign up on a team.
David Hohmann Tue Apr 2 11:36:00 2013
OK thanks Jody for any assistance you can provide getting this resolved for us all. Yes, per their instructions I went ahead and created a brand new team for the 2013 challenge. (It is called Ohio EPA Bikers) And I have coworkers invited to the team who are stuck waiting in the wings (logging commute rides but not able to join the team). No reason we can't get more credit for the good work being done here... with the logging issue fixed.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri Mar 29 12:01:00 2013
News from the National Page: Katie "Challenge Staff" Omberg
Endomondo's offices are closed this week, but we will be in thouch with them next week to discuss the team issue. We are sorry for this problem--and are just as frustrated!--and are thankful for your patience as we work to get this sorted out. Stay tuned!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Mar 28 15:18:00 2013
We've been told team size is not limited this year. I will try to find out if there is a threshold somewhere we can't fix. David, was your team set up new this year? I will see what I can find out.
Bob Waddell Thu Mar 28 15:14:00 2013
David, same problem here. We're stuck at 22. I have reported in a couple of different places.
David Hohmann Thu Mar 28 14:38:00 2013
we are having trouble adding riders to our team roster. we are stuck at 11 but there is an error message saying team size limited at 10. Rules and training this year said that team size is not limited, and that team memberships don't require invitations. I posted on the national board but wanted to advise others here about this. at least one other team in the national system seems to be having this problem today, from what I could tell.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Mar 28 12:27:00 2013
Take the Ohio Commuter Challenge - Most "Cycling Transport" trips logged from now until April 30. http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/9203666 Open to all Ohio Riders. Errands and other transport trips count, not just commuting to work.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Mar 28 09:19:00 2013
To Start or Join a team click: Local, Leaderboard, Teams and over to the right it says, "Looks like you are riding solo" would you like to join a team? If I find a direct link, I will post it.
Jim Gleeson Wed Mar 27 08:26:00 2013
Had a car at a stop sign pull out in front of me. I was able to brake hard enough to just miss. I was wearing a bright orange parka, so probably a distracted driver (cell phone?)
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Tue Mar 26 17:53:00 2013
Bob - I can relate, I came upon it yesterday. For all who are the first at your organization - register your team here:
https://www.endomondo.com/registration/organizations
Bob Waddell Tue Mar 26 16:09:00 2013
Finally found the link after much browsing. New team for AEP-Columbus is started.
Bob Waddell Tue Mar 26 15:48:00 2013
Jody, I do not see any information about how to start or join a team. What is the process? I am already listed as riding solo for AEP.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon Mar 25 15:06:00 2013
We have posted more information: http://www.considerbiking.org/nationalbikechallenge2013/
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon Mar 25 12:19:00 2013
Want to invite your colleagues to ride? Check out the tool kit for organizations. It has a sample letter and you just fill in the team name (Company Name) just as you want them to type it when they sign up. http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/orgguide
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon Mar 25 12:02:00 2013
Welcome to the Ohio Bicycle Challenge, Consider Biking will be hosting the Greater Columbus contest as well as supporting in other parts of the state. No matter where you live, when you sign up, you will be grouped in the correct challenge for your geographic area. You can sign up today and starting gathering points during the warm-up period. Then May 1 all points reset to zero for the Challenge Period. Make sure to get the mobile application for Endomondo, it makes ride logging very easy.
You get points for:
Biking - Transport (commuting, errands, bike to an event)
Biking - Sport (rides for recreation, training or exercise)
Mountain Biking

Enjoy!

Ray S Sat Mar 23 19:01:00 2013
I visited the goose convention again, but it wasn't as busy as when I last was there, must still be early. The towpath was very soggy, at least half my ride today was in low gear just to keep moving. It was nice and sunny today, a little chilly, but I didn't need a face mask, so that was a nice change. I planned on riding more than just 31 miles, but that mud really wore me out.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Mar 21 16:29:00 2013
Glad to see you all are logging miles already! We are still in the Warm up phase and all tallys will be reset on May 1. Please encourage others to join. There is NO limit on Team members this year (last year it was 10). So set one up for your employer and then invite your colleagues to join!
Ray S Fri Mar 15 10:32:00 2013
The last time I rode south of Akron, I didn't worry about bugs, I was too busy dodging geese. I took the towpath through downtown and south to Barberton, it was like riding through a goose convention.
Howard Hake Thu Mar 14 11:45:00 2013
Ray, We were out on a trail in N. Canton Sunday and twice gnats got betwen my glasses and face! So much for the no bugs. Riding was great, though.
Ray S Wed Mar 13 10:47:00 2013
I was out of town and missed the warm weather, but it will be spring soon enough. I have been out riding in the cold a few times this winter, it isn't so bad if you dress right and keep moving, but once you stop it is amazing how quickly the cold sets in. I don't mind the cold, its actually nice, the trails and towpath are mostly deserted ;) (and no bugs!) But, I'm ready for the warmth so I can just go out and ride without having to put on a few layers beforehand, then again, no worries about sunburn when almost every inch of skin is covered up.
Jeff Dafler Sun Mar 10 14:41:00 2013
Warm day, and back at it again! Just logged my first miles for the Ohio Bike Challenge warm-up. Looking forward to many more miles in 2013.
Jeff Dafler Sat Mar 9 14:41:00 2013
Warm day, and back at it again! Just logged my first miles for the Ohio Bike Challenge warm-up. Looking forward to many more miles in 2013.
Wed Oct 24 09:36:00 2012
hey Susan, wife talked me out of it and i went to a benefit walk instead :(. kind of happy, it was cold and rainy that weekend.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Wed Oct 24 09:36:00 2012
hey Susan, wife talked me out of it and i went to a benefit walk instead :(. kind of happy, it was cold and rainy that weekend.
Wed Oct 3 06:45:00 2012
How did it go Joseph?
Susan Kaiser Wed Oct 3 06:45:00 2012
How did it go Joseph?
Fri Sep 7 15:42:00 2012
going to do a metric century near Pittsburgh PA on September 22. looks pretty good. on the montour trail. if you are within driving distance come on out and join me!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Fri Sep 7 15:42:00 2012
going to do a metric century near Pittsburgh PA on September 22. looks pretty good. on the montour trail. if you are within driving distance come on out and join me!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Thu Sep 6 15:42:00 2012
going to do a metric century near Pittsburgh PA on September 22. looks pretty good. on the montour trail. if you are within driving distance come on out and join me!
Mon Sep 3 17:38:00 2012
The stats aren't wiped out, but the overall points and miles totals seem not to be updating in September on the Challenge pages, even though the Endomondo miles total is being updated. I suppose the challenge technically ended on Aug. 31, so I guess this makes sense.
Jeff Dafler Mon Sep 3 17:38:00 2012
The stats aren't wiped out, but the overall points and miles totals seem not to be updating in September on the Challenge pages, even though the Endomondo miles total is being updated. I suppose the challenge technically ended on Aug. 31, so I guess this makes sense.
Mon Sep 3 12:47:00 2012
Theresa:
The stats are not wiped out. Go to the leaderboard, click on the category you are interersted in, then for the time period click on which time period you are intested in and it still is all there.
Scott Eley Mon Sep 3 12:47:00 2012
Theresa:
The stats are not wiped out. Go to the leaderboard, click on the category you are interersted in, then for the time period click on which time period you are intested in and it still is all there.
Sat Sep 1 14:57:00 2012
Check the month it's September change it to August. My stats are still up and my employer's.
Howard Hake Sat Sep 1 14:57:00 2012
Check the month it's September change it to August. My stats are still up and my employer's.
Theresa Bowles Sat Sep 1 13:57:00 2012
I am a little upset that they wiped out the stats today. Good thing I looked last night to see where my team and I ended up on the leaderboard. If you waited until today...sorry it's all gone.
Michael Alcock Thu Aug 23 09:22:00 2012
Long hiatus over the summer...when I started the Challenge I was able to bike to work, which got me out every day, but then I changed jobs and had to find time in the morning and night and that didn't go too well. However, my schedule just changed so I have about three hours in the morning - so I'm riding again! And it feels great!
Lyz Liddell Wed Aug 22 07:39:00 2012
Got back on my commute yesterday after almost two months off due to work travel, family emergencies and general chaos. SO nice to be back on!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Thu Aug 16 14:06:00 2012
welcome back Shayne, happy to have you back!
Don Burrell Thu Aug 16 09:57:00 2012
Sunday 8/12 I rode 6 miles on the Wabash and Erie Canal trail in Delphi IN. Very pleasant wooded limestone trail with lots of historical interest. Delphi has created a historic village along the canal including a visitor's center and canal boat rides along a restores section of the canal. I was told the county roads are great cycling, but didn't get there.
Shayne Dillinger Thu Aug 16 06:50:00 2012
Sure was nice to ride my bike last night!!!! First time since I broke my hip/pelvis in a crit on July 1st. Took it easy, only 10.5 miles. My Orthoped. Dr. says he's always amazed at how fast cyclists heal. Be safe.
Ray S Mon Aug 13 10:16:00 2012
@Howard - The new bridge is open. They still have some work to do, but it is open to traffic.
Barry Schumann Sun Aug 12 13:31:00 2012
@David, I can't confirm but I believe Endomondo is only including AEP riders in Ohio in the Local challenge (currently 86,707 points) vs the National challenge where the AEP workplace is number four with 227,793 points with riders from 10 states. .
David Hohmann Fri Aug 10 19:37:00 2012
The top for AEP riders (attributed in the leaderboard to Ohio?), are in AR, Michigan, Michigan and Louisiana.
David Hohmann Fri Aug 10 19:27:00 2012
Okay so if AEP is ranked #1 workplace in the challenge in Ohio, and their top rider for August lives in Fayetteville, AR... how is that a fair way to establish the leaderboard scoring?? This scoring/ranking system needs to be validated and corrected.
David Hohmann Tue Aug 7 10:10:00 2012
Who will log the 10 millionth mile?
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat Aug 4 13:48:00 2012
5 more riders to get to 1,000!
Ray Swanson Fri Aug 3 10:31:00 2012
There is an update on the Summit County MetroParks site... "The new ODOT bridge over I-271 was placed in June, and the bridge should open by August 10." I found these videos a couple weeks ago, pretty cool to watch the cranes moving the sections into place http://youtu.be/z9LL8z8fcbI and http://youtu.be/kXn_l_8h1c8
Ray S Fri Aug 3 10:31:00 2012
There is an update on the Summit County MetroParks site... "The new ODOT bridge over I-271 was placed in June, and the bridge should open by August 10." I found these videos a couple weeks ago, pretty cool to watch the cranes moving the sections into place http://youtu.be/z9LL8z8fcbI and http://youtu.be/kXn_l_8h1c8
Howard Hake Thu Aug 2 21:04:00 2012
Ray, thanks for the update on the bridge. My wife and I have ridden there three times this year and have been eagerly waiting for it's completion.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Wed Aug 1 11:05:00 2012
Ohio was well represented in the monthly drawing, congrats all you lucky guys and gals!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Wed Aug 1 11:02:00 2012
@ Don, I recently upgraded to the Droid Razr Maxx. I was able to do a metric century in 4 hours and 20 minutes and had about 40% left on my battery at the end! i wasn't running anything else during the ride (i.e. music or other apps). before the upgrade, my old droid 2 would die after about an hour.
Ray Swanson Wed Aug 1 10:34:00 2012
The new bridge over I-271 at Brandywine Falls for the Bike & Hike trail is very close to completion. On Sunday they were installing the "don't jump" fencing, as of last night that looks done. It looks like all that is remaining is the railing and I assume some protective barriers on each end. I have been watching the progress for months, can't wait to finally get to ride across it. Now if only they could smooth out the bumps in the trail. They put "rough surface" signs up on a section in Stow, I guess that is a start.
Dan Fulton Mon Jul 30 19:54:00 2012
@Don - I turn off all background syncing, Bluetooth, WIFi and other to conserve power. Also, make sure your phone screen turns off automatically after no more than 1 minute. The GPS receiver uses a good amount of juice, so you want to dedicate as much battery to that as you can.
Don Burrell Mon Jul 30 10:55:00 2012
First time using Endomondo on the bike yesterday and the phone ran out of power half way thru a 5 hour ride. Try to rememder to use it on a commute this week. Last friday's 7/27 got interrupted for 20 minutes by a thuinderstorm.
David Hohmann Fri Jul 27 10:43:00 2012
@Howard, congratulations. Welcome to the world of transporation cycling. Be empowered to have more carfree days ahead now! It's all good
Howard Hake Tue Jul 24 21:20:00 2012
Yesterday started a new era in my biking. Used to drive to the trail, unload bikes, and ride. Yesterday, we rode from home to the trail. It's a mile. Opening possibilities to actually ride to town to do things. Great feeling.
Don Burrell Mon Jul 23 14:25:00 2012
Sunday's ride - Sport or Transport? Doing work related research on two bike trail facilites in Cincinnati to see what's been built and pictures of them. 38 miles and 8 miles of trails. Well it was Sunday and I won't be paid for it, so it must be Sport.
Theresa Bowles Mon Jul 23 13:07:00 2012
I have made it to (and past) 1500 points...WooHoo! I have gotten in a bike ride every day of my break, even in this heat. I have rode everywhere I needed to go and haven't had to move my car in a whole week!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Mon Jul 23 08:59:00 2012
awesome visuals Susan, that is what is most important, that cycling is enjoyable
Susan Kaiser Mon Jul 23 07:02:00 2012
This past week my rides have been down right enjoyable! Riding has helped with the RA in my knees (other areas too) and it simply just feels fantastic to be on my bike. I am thinking of ways I can ride more. No one else in the family rides. My husband wants to when we can buy a bike for him and well getting our daughter to ride has been interesting. She needs a nother bike too. I love being able to compliment someone on a corner waiting at the same light if I notice something I like (great dog, nice shirt, and so on). Listening to the birds sing in the morning is the best start to any day. Last week I saw some bats. Very cool.
Ray Swanson Wed Jul 18 09:11:00 2012
It probably depends on who is working. I have seen some places that give you free ice or water, but charge for the cup. I'm sure any policy would be to prevent abuse or limit people getting free water instead of buying a bottle. What do you do with your bike while you are in the store? I don't carry a lock with my road bike, but I think I may grab a basic one for those emergency situations where I need to leave my bike unattended, something has to be better than nothing.
Mike Grote Tue Jul 17 17:58:00 2012
With the high temps, I find I have to have ice in my water bottles on long (100 mi) rides (along with my Nuun). It seems some convenience stores will give you a cup of ice when you buy something, while others charge up to 50 cents. Anyone know if there are corporate policies that govern those ice prices or do store managers just do what they want. (I've had the best luck at Speedway where they usually give you a cup of ice when you buy something).
Anne Kennedy Mon Jul 16 12:46:00 2012
@David Pretty much the same thing! It looks like the main difference is that the Savannah ones (and ones in a couple other cities, http://crawlerfabrications.com/links) are being made here in the states. How did I not know about Cycle Tavern?!
David Hohmann Mon Jul 16 12:03:00 2012
@Anne, I wonder how this thing you rode on compares to the "Cycle Tavern" pedal contraption in Cbus? www.cycletavern.com
Anne Kennedy Mon Jul 16 09:58:00 2012
I just got back from a vacation in Savannah, GA where I rode on a Savannah Slow Ride 15 person "bike." It was a 2 hour ride with 3 stops where you could "rehydrate" or get food. The entire experience was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. Of course, you won't break any speed records because the max. speed is 5 mph!
Jeff Dafler Mon Jul 16 00:00:00 2012
Had a blast on the towpath Saturday night on a ride organized by Ernie's Bike Shop. We rode 8 miles up to Canal Fulton for the Canal Days fireworks at 10 and then back to the Lake Ave. trail head. Good times!
Keith Mayton Sat Jul 14 09:02:00 2012
Solar flares?
Eddie Jayne Fri Jul 13 00:28:00 2012
I have not been able to add a trip for the past two days. I get an error message each time after I enter the new information for the trip.
David Hohmann Thu Jul 12 13:29:00 2012
yes. and my route of travel is looking very irregular. it has me going through buildings, into the river, etc. The other day I rode for 8 minutes and it never locked into anything, so I had to manually update the miles and time. I have taken to updating on the website for actual mileage and time, after each ride. the app just isn't so awesome. the user interface was tweaked a couple days ago... I am going to do a 70 mile ride in a couple weeks, but doubt the app is up to logging it. It will probably kill the battery first.
Eric M. Thu Jul 12 11:25:00 2012
Yeah, it's not just taking a few seconds. It is multiple minutes "locating" whereas before it would be just a few seconds to reach "gps excellent". A shame as it was working very well.
Dan Fulton Thu Jul 12 10:04:00 2012
Mine snapped right to the satellites this morning; no issues. I usually open Endo before I put on my helmet and clip in, just to give it some time to find itself.
Eric M. Thu Jul 12 07:25:00 2012
Anyone having a problem with the Android app locating satellites? I've used the app for over 2 months now and it has been very good at logging my rides, but the past 2 days it can't "find" me for a half-mile or so after starting my ride.
Don Burrell Mon Jul 9 17:56:00 2012
Not much commuting with 100+ degree temp.
Ray Swanson Mon Jul 9 15:57:00 2012
I was up in southwestern New York state for the holiday and took a ride around Chautauqua Lake, 42 fairly scenic miles. It follows a designated New York State Bicycle Route, but as it is all on the road you have to watch cars more than admire the view. It is a pretty easy ride, a few hills, but nothing too extreme. A nice change of pace from all the towpath and/or paved trail riding I do in Ohio.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sun Jul 8 17:17:00 2012
Very nice tour along captina creek in powhatan point. I did the 25 but most did metric century.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu Jul 5 23:51:00 2012
We rode to boom too, great night. Bikes are royalty at boom. Olentangy was very busy when we rode down at 8 pm, it was awesome seeing all the red blinkies. We had a bite at Dempsey's and rode High St North around 1. No busses, just a few cabs and pedicabs!
Leslie Renee Hill Thu Jul 5 13:06:00 2012
My husband and I had a wonderful "Bike to Boom with Baskets" pleasant breeze and great gathering downtown. Enjoyed some delectable garlic wings from Donato's on a bench at the Columbus Commons. Nice to see a number of cyclists riding down to the fireworks. REALLY NICE not having to be gridlocked in traffic afterwards. Bikes is the best way to enjoy downtown events. Don't have to pay for parking. After leaving the Red, White, and Boom, we enjoyed a twilight ride through German Village and Schiller Park. Saw some rather large trees down from last Friday's storm in the park. I must say a magical ride. Finished with some cranberry juice and a Snicker's Bar. In all, approximately a 12 mile outing. Happy cycling
Don Burrell Thu Jul 5 09:21:00 2012
Spent Sunday on a 55 mile loop of the Ky Bluegrass country from the Ky Horse Park in Lexington. Beautiful country on back roads thru the horse farms. Returned on the 8 mile Legacy bike trail from Lexington back to the Horse Park. 103 degrees that day, but I almost stayed hydrated and got back by 3 pm just beating the leg cramps.
Shayne Dillinger Thu Jul 5 06:16:00 2012
Thanks Joseph, Ray,
Not to big a deal. Simple broken hip/pelvis. No surgery required, just a lot of time with crutches. I think I need to keep all weight off it for 8-12 weeks, depending on how fast it heals. Hope to be back on the bike for a fall century or 3.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Thu Jul 5 05:43:00 2012
Shayne, hate to see you down, your daily rides inspire me! heal quickly my friend!
David Hohmann Tue Jul 3 11:41:00 2012
I brought some small ratcheting nippers with me and this morning trimmed back some broken branches hanging along side the bike trail where I ride. Storm damage cleanup continues. It's amazing what a little initiative can accomplish. I feel safer already!
Steave Scott Mon Jul 2 17:21:00 2012
Well, I was hoping to post a nice, "let's begin the third month of the Chalenge on a hapy note," but the elements have ben most uncooperative. First, we had a fearsome storm on friday with 80+mph. winds. My house still has no electricity. Then, after icing down the frezer, etc. My wife's car quit, yesterday. My bike is now the only working vehicle the household can call its own - and the city's bus drivers are on strike as of today. This makes life interesting.
I realy have enjoyed the Chalenge so far, and I'm sure I'll enjoy the second half just as much. It's ben intersting to se that just my ordinary utility cycling routine puts me firmly in the 97th percentile of the participants - in points.
Ray Swanson Mon Jul 2 10:37:00 2012
@Shayne - Ouch! That must have been some crash. I'm going to try to hit the road every day this month, 2 for 2 so far.
Shayne Dillinger Mon Jul 2 05:04:00 2012
Keep the miles rolling in folks. I'm out for a bit to heal up an injury, so it's up to you all to show the rest of the country how well Ohioians cycle. Be safe.
Dan Fulton Wed Jun 27 20:41:00 2012
In my experience, riding in the right groove created by cars provides the smoothest and safest ride. Smoothest, because cars have picked up most of the gravel and broken glass with their tires (and motorists have reported most of the potholes that they have encountered in their drive lanes), and safest, because you are less likely to drop off the road (not "on the white stripe") and cars are more likely to move over if they have to clear the hump between the right and left tire grooves.

Bottom line: Claim Your Lane until it is safe for YOU to move over to the right (if necessary). There is no law that requires bicycles to ride on unsafe pavement or shoulders (berms).

JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Wed Jun 27 05:11:00 2012
Theresa, I heard this on cycling360 podcast and thought, what are you crazy? ride further out in the road? I have had two cycling accidents. both of them were a result of riding too close to the edge of the road and the front wheeling dropping off the side. one of them was pretty bad. I completely agree, having done it a while now, keeping a couple-few feet into the lane forces the driver to slow down and go around, and also prevents accidents.
Theresa Bowles Wed Jun 27 00:09:00 2012
I have been reading through all the posts about rude drivers and I would like to pass on a bit of advice I read when I was just starting out riding on busy roads. The article said to "own you space" by riding at least three feet in from the edge of the road. That way cars will have to go in the other lane to pass you instead of trying to shave past you in the same lane. It also gives you some wiggle room to get over and not go out of the road if one does come to close. I too believe in lighting my bike up as much as possible. The little kids in my neighbor really like my wheel lights that change colors. One time one of them ask me if I was a policeman since I had blinking lights on the front and back.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sun Jun 24 07:50:00 2012
Chris: inspirational!
Gaymon Howard Wright III Sat Jun 23 00:08:00 2012
sheldonbrown.com contains a lot of good bicycle information.
Chris Freter Fri Jun 22 23:55:00 2012
It has been over four weeks since last filled up with gas and that was on the way back from a race in Ft. Wayne, IN. In that same time I have ridden 1249 miles of commuting, errands and training. The money saved has gone to fuel me up and new team clothing for the Cyclocross season :D Riding on!
Steave Scott Fri Jun 22 11:51:00 2012
Susan, another book is "The Chainbreaker," available online from various booksellers. I've never actually held a copy, but it has some stellar reviews, and it's been mentioned in glowing terms by bike technicians I respect. Also, in Columbus our two local bike co-ops have volunteer nights where you can practice on donated old beaters. Frequently, the first hour will be dedicated to one particular task, such as greasing a wheel bearing. Third Hand also (unless it fell by the wayside while I wasn't looking) has a Ladies' Night.
Darrin Via Wed Jun 20 11:07:00 2012
Susan: Lennard Zinn has written a few books. I have "Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance" but he also wrote books for road and tri bikes. I have a road bike too, but a lot of the stuff I needed to know crossed over, so I never bought that book. Everything is broken into a skill level by the tools and the talent needed to do the work. I found it easy to follow and know when I should attempt the repair, or drive it down to the LBS (local bike shop). You Tube videos are also a good place to look and sometimes seeing a video helps clarify things. Also I found some LBS mechanics were willing to teach me what they are doing if I hang out when they work on my bicycle... if they are not too busy.
Susan Kaiser Wed Jun 20 06:54:00 2012
I have been enjoying my rides lately. I decided to just suck it up and have more confidence and it has definitely made a difference. I think that crazy girl that harassed me was someone having a bad day or running late and I was the person she wanted to take her frustration out on.

Anyone have a book or websites they would recommend for taking care of bikes? I want to be a bit more self sufficient and be able to do general work and upkeep myself. I tried to do a search online and ran into so many different things that it was confusing. I with I could find a class or two to take that was inexpensive (money is insanely tight).

Eddie Jayne...Wow that sounds pretty cool!!!

Eddie Jayne Tue Jun 19 17:43:00 2012
I am riding GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure). This is the 24th annual GOBA. I am in Ashville currently. We are staying at Teays Valley H.S. 7 days, average of 50 miles per day, about 2,000 riders.
Susan Kaiser Tue Jun 19 11:44:00 2012
Reading all of these makes me want to just get out and do a fun ride! On Saturday I have to come into work for a couple hours. Maybe instead of riding straight home I will just ride and see where I end up!
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Mon Jun 18 17:34:00 2012
Rode the trails out by Xenia this weekend - it's nice riding their interconnected system. Lunch in Yellow Springs Saturday - Beavercreek on Sunday. Got in 77 miles last week, which is a lot for me.
Anne Kennedy Mon Jun 18 14:47:00 2012
I'm late to the party but have started logging all of my miles since May 1st. Looking at all of the miles made me realize that I had gone into a cycling rut (commute to work, out to where I keep my horse, trips to the store to get groceries). Yesterday, I went out on a fun, not going anywhere at all ride. If I hadn't gotten a flat and had to call for a ride, I would have ridden 50 miles! As it was, I went almost 43 miles! That is, without doubt, my longest ride ever. Plus, I got to learn how to patch a tire (but is that really a plus?).
Jeff Dafler Sun Jun 17 17:23:00 2012
I was out on the Towpath yesterday and my longest ride ever -- 41 miles. Now I know I'm ready to ride the Cleveland to Akron leg of RideUnited next Sunday! Anyone else riding in that event?
Leslie Renee Hill Sat Jun 16 13:25:00 2012
Put in 20 miles roundtrip on Alum Creek Bike Trail. Had to stop a couple of times. I read in the book "Mud, Sweat, and Gears" that chocolate milk helps for a quick pick up. I thought that milk and heat would be a bad mix, but it actually give me a little pick up. I am middle-aged and got a chuckle that cyclists decades older than me out pace me. I am really out of shape. I had a headache later that day from the sun, but I actually feel ok. Anyone riding down to Red, White, and Boom on the 3rd?
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat Jun 16 09:34:00 2012
group training ride for an upcoming triathlon today. it is unnerving to ride with people you haven't been with before especially on the roads. makes me want to stick to tours and take my time.
Susan Kaiser Fri Jun 15 07:40:00 2012
I have often thought of having a shirt made that said "On Your Left is not a bad thing to say" basically. LOL I do keep an eye on my mirror so I see folks coming even if they do not say anything before passing. The best thing I saw at the end of last year was a cyclist riding in traffic around 4pm on High St sitting upright (no hands on the handle bars) that was looking down and texting. Wow.

Lydia, what you said about being more confident is extactly what I had decided to do.

Ray Swanson Thu Jun 14 09:44:00 2012
Blinkies front and rear are legal. I agree that they probably don't care about bicycle lights, but I'd refrain from any combination of red & blue. Considering all the cars I see driving around with illegal headlights, illegal neon, illegal windshield washer nozzle lights, illegal license plate frames, illegal this, illegal that, the odds of being harassed for having a green light in the front spokes are probably pretty slim.
Steave Scott Thu Jun 14 09:30:00 2012
Ray, I don't think other colors are illegal, if you also have the required lighting: a steady white light in front and a steady or blinking red light in back. Columbus police don't quibble about that "steady" provision for headlights, quite sensibly since a blinking light is more visible. To be strictly legal with a front blinkie, one should have another one that is steady, but the blinker would not be illegal - just a bit of useful bling.
Ray Swanson Thu Jun 14 08:29:00 2012
Ohio needs to adopt the "Idaho Stop" law to make it legal to roll a stop sign when safe to do so, and there should be something saying it is legal to run a red light (after stopping) if there is no traffic. I usually run the red at this one intersection because 1) it takes too long for the button to make the light change and 2) it never fails in that I could have crossed 10 times before it changed and when it finally does, that is when the cars finally show up. I know its for my safety, but I always feel guilty holding up traffic just to cross legally, because once the light changes, it stays green for a long time. I have been caught rolling stop signs and proceeding after a stop at a red light, never been pulled over though.
Lydia Stone Thu Jun 14 08:29:00 2012
Susan, I can relate to be very lit up in the mornings. During the winter my boyfriend says I look like a christmas tree or UFO going down the alley. And the little kids in the neighborhood said I was "beasty", which I've been told is a compliment. As far as rude drivers I've been lucky for the most part.

To Susan and Karen: I know how unnerving it can be to be involved in a collision with a car or fear one due to a dangerously driving motorist. Try to use those experiences to embolden you to be a more confident cyclist that has every right to be on the road with cars. After my collision with a car right hooking me after my first month of commuting downtown (2 years ago) I became more determined to ride with confidence and take the lane when necessary. (I also started wearing a helmet the next day.) She accused me of hitting her too and I wish I hadn't been too rattled to call the police on her. I vowed never to let a driver get away with anything like that again. Fortunately I've only had to give the stink eye to drivers trying to pull out in front of me since then (and I do at least once/day). When did the legal turn at a red light after stopping become roll through the red light without even looking for traffic or pedestrians?

For the most part I find pedestrians, joggers and some cyclists on the paths more annoying since some cyclists rarely announce they are passing as they zoom by and pedestrians/joggers (many cyclists too) are too plugged into headphones to hear me announcing so they don't get out of the way. I'd rather ride in traffic.

Ray Swanson Thu Jun 14 08:28:00 2012
Those spoke lights work great for added visibility, but I think technically they are illegal unless the are clear/amber in the front clear/red. I assume white would suffice for clear. I've been meaning to order some white ones to replace my green one in the front. I have passed a couple cops with the green light in the front and never been pulled over. This page on the Ohio DOT site lists the bicycle laws: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPR/bicycle/Pages/BikeLaws.aspx
Steave Scott Thu Jun 14 08:21:00 2012
Susan, that sounds like a good safety rig, especially the ankle bands. There was a study done in the UK a year or so ago that found ankle bands to be the item most noticed by motorists. Naturally, I'm always forgetting to put mine on, but I ride with two 28 emitter LED flashlights in front and a Portland Design Works rear blinkie set to a varying flash pattern. From mid Spring to mid Fall I wear tie dye shirts to be more visible (besides which, I've always liked tie dye.) The shirts come from a religious commune in Tennessee, and they have all sorts of Buddhist blessings incorporated into their fabric; on top of that, I pass the church of St. Stephen the Martyr on my commute, and he's probably looking out for me, too.
I have long been saying that I see far more bad behaviour by cyclists than motorists on the road: ignoring stop lights, riding at night without lights, riding against traffic, etc. The other day on Bryden I was really wishing for a helmet camera to record a, "how NOT to drive your bike" video. The guy was weaving in and out of empty parking spaces. He got honked at, justifiably, three times while I was behind him. I was tempted to catch up to him and try screaming some common sense advice, but his girlfriend (riding much more sensibly) was already calling him a Godfrey Daniel idiot.
I agree that we should have a series of public service spots on the local TV and radio. The motto, "Same Road, Same Rights, Same Rules" is applicable: there are a few motorists who need some "Same Rights" reminders, and a LOT of cyclists who need to get the "Same Rules" message. Anyone here know any TV producers or station managers?
Susan Kaiser Thu Jun 14 06:53:00 2012
I have seen people annoyed but the other night was definitely the worst I have experienced. Granted I have been riding less than a year so I understand I am a newer rider and yes I am not exactly fast. I am getting stronger.

I should have gotten her plates but I was more focused on not being on the same road as her. I changed my route to avoid even being behind that car.

Glad you were okay Karen.

I almost find walking more dangerous. One day a couple weeks ago I decided on riding the bus for some reason. When crossing Cleveland Ave by my work I was almost hit by three different cars! The first was texting as they decided to turn right and the other two were turning from the opposite direction. They were simply in a hurry although one was turning from an outside lane and I think they could not see me due to the other turning vehicle next to them. After that I decided to ride my bike except when it rains (no rain gear).

In the mornings when I ride around 6am I can be a parade on wheels. My family teases me but my daughter is more than happy to light me up. Of course any extra lights are her idea for me. She likes to watch me ride off with my reflective sash, reflective things on my ankles, 2 white LED lights up front, 2 red LEDs on back, 2 green lights on my front spokes, and finally a light on the rear spokes that can either flash red or be set to change colors (rainbow). I have a couple bands reflective bands I can wear on my wrists when it is dark or I am wearing darker colors with gloves so drivers will have an easier time noticing any hand signals. Right now I do the sash, ankle bands, and both sets of the LED's since it is not dark out. I let her know that the fun lights on the spokes are best for when it is dark. Can we say parade on wheels? I will let her turn them all on but I do turn off the extra's a couple blocks from home. Going home I like to wear the sash since it is before 4pm and I ride as much of the bike paths as I am able. I do have a nice sized mirror so I can watch what is going on behind me.

I think it would be nice if the city would do actual tv/radio snippets to help educate drivers and cyclist about everyones rights on the road. I am passed every morning at intersections with red lights by regular cyclist that go through the lights instead of stopping. The city has taken the time to paint all the sharrow's and put up signs so to me it seems a logical next step. Trails are being improved and added from what I hear so why not?

I know the thing I like most about riding right now is that it does force me to stay very focused. I have a chance to relax and not think about the day. Being forced to be aware of what is going on around me and my own body is such a great feeling. By far this is not the only thing I enjoy about riding my bike to work.

Karen Mitchell Wed Jun 13 16:55:00 2012
Yes, I've had some incidences as well with drivers, but thankfully not too many. The worst was last summer when I was commuting home traveling on East Broad Street out of downtown. A male driver turning left from a side street waited until I was directly in front of him (and we were making eye contact so I know he saw me) when he let off his brake and hit me with his car. Not hard, but just enough that I had to reach down on his hood to keep from falling. Then he had the nerve to get out of his car and yell at me for hitting me. Luckily my bike was fine and I only had a few scratches, so I just got back on the bike and took off.
David Hohmann Wed Jun 13 13:54:00 2012
I have only had one bad interaction with a vehicle operator threatening me (passing very closely with wide mirrors hanging off the sides too) in the past 18 months. It was a few weeks ago. I talked to the driver at the next stoplight and asked for 3 feet of space, but he was angry at my presence on the road at all (even with sharrows down the middle of Bryden and the "Share The Road" bike signs every half mile on the route. Luckily these occurrences are uncommon, but it only takes one to make a bad day or worse. I am glad for my rearview helmet morror and reflective tape, lights, vest etc.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Wed Jun 13 12:19:00 2012
I am sorry to read your post Susan, it is disheartening. There is something in the water these days that makes people act this way. When I used to run 20 years ago, I had people yell at me or beep the horn but don't recall anyone ever being assaulted (which is what happened to you). It makes me pause, tighten my shoes and helmet and think twice about where I ride, reading stories like this.
Ray Swanson Wed Jun 13 11:19:00 2012
That is a shame, Susan. I have had moron kids say stupid things as they drive by and a couple "adults" scream out their windows as they go by, but luckily no one has tried to run me off the road. Were you able to get a plate number off the car? Glad to hear you didn't get hurt physically, and that mentally you are still able to get back on the bike and keep on riding. I took a 15 mile ride on the streets last night and with one eye on the road ahead and one eye on my mirror, I felt safe enough. It is hard to tell in the mirror just how much room that car is giving you when it is dark, but I felt that everyone gave me plenty. But, they are watching you and looking for oncoming traffic, not paying attention to potential road hazards, so I was stuck riding through a couple bad patches because it wasn't safe to try to avoid them with a car approaching. One thing I found was that I pushed myself a lot harder than usual trying to go as fast as possible, which was pretty tiring with a strong headwind. I had a white LED flasher up front along with my NiteRider MiNewt 600 headlight on low, and a Planet Bike Super Flash Turbo on flash along with a basic 3 LED tail light on solid in the back, plus a high-vis yellow vest with reflective stripes. I lit up 4 cop cars along the way, I was hoping one would come up from behind and tell me that I was very visible or not visible enough, but no such luck. One guy sitting at a bus stop at 9:55pm asked me what time it was, so I know he could see me. I saw three other people on bikes, none had any lights or a helmet, and I barely saw them, people are crazy.
Steave Scott Wed Jun 13 08:28:00 2012
Susan, You certainly have my sympathy, since I have had a number of such encounters over the last four years. Take heart and don't despair! Such incidents are becoming increasingly rare. On my own route, the motoring public has become used to seeing me, and almost all of them now pass safely and courteously. This is on the West Side of Columbus, near Bolton Field, which is one of the least bike friendly parts of town. Continue riding safely and legally, and give as much courtesy as possible to drivers.

One other plus: since I've been using my particular route for a long time, the local police patrols all know me by sight. I've had three encounters with them, all good. One officer pulled into the parking lot behind me when I got to work, just to ask where I was riding from. It seems I had become a topic of speculation at the Big Run substation, and they just wanted to know what was happening on their turf. (He was rather impressed when he learned that I commute from Olde Towne East.) Another officer waved me over once to tell me my rear blinkie was almost invisible. I changed the batteries, and he said, "I see you all the time, and I know how safety conscious you are."

That said, although the ignorance and road rage stuff is on the decline, the few incidents like yours do leave me shaken.

Susan Kaiser Wed Jun 13 06:42:00 2012
Last night I was shaking when I got home. A "driver" got behind me (less then a foot from my back tire) and started to blow their horn. I had no where to go since there were parked cars and I was riding within the law. I almost crashed from being scared. They then crossed a double yellow line, driving in the other lane, while blowing their horn some more and yelling at me to get off the road. They then cut me off almost clipping my front tire. Made me not want to ride roads today. Coming to work roads are clear and quite nice. Tonight I will take the nearest bike trail. Last night after work I was simply trying to get to a park to meet my family a bit sooner. I am still freaked out.
steve d louderback Sun Jun 10 17:42:00 2012
phase 1 mountain bike trail crushed us today. My son flipped off the bike, rolled down a hill and grabbed a tree before going in the drink. With his spare hand he grabbed the bike. Was like from the movie cliff hanger.
Vishnu Sreekumar Sun Jun 10 08:36:00 2012
Ray, congrats on your 50. I now have EVEN greater respect for the people here who do centuries a couple of times or more a week!! Surprisingly, my legs and knees aren't too bad today. I've been doing 20 miles on the trails at least 2-3 times a week for some time now, so that got me conditioned. During my trail rides, I set speed challenges and so have been improving my speed steadily (also, the 80 year old riders on the trail who threaten to lap me motivate me to maintain higher speeds :P). Since I was in a slow group yesterday, half the ride wasn't challenging. I then broke off from the group at the end, and did ~45 minutes of high speed riding at the end which was exhilarating! I probably did an avg of 19-20mph during that period (the last 17-18 miles or so). I had a headache from being in the sun for 3.5 hours but that's about it. I want to do a century sometime soon and see how I hold up. I'm somewhat surprised that I could do this because I weigh a hefty 225lbs (5'8"). :)
Ray Swanson Sat Jun 9 20:44:00 2012
Check out the map for my ride today. Look at it upside down and use your imagination, does one of our state travel slogans come to mind?
Ray Swanson Sat Jun 9 20:42:00 2012
That's a big jump, Vishnu! But, now you know you can do it. I did 50 today, so I can imagine what your legs & knees must feel like.
Keith Mayton Sat Jun 9 18:53:00 2012
About 1/3 of the way through Grant Petersen's new book, "Just Ride." It's the perfect book for a novice or veteran rider to (re)discover how fun cycling can be. It's message is liberating.
Vishnu Sreekumar Sat Jun 9 15:04:00 2012
Did my first long ride today: 48 miles. The max I'd done before this is 20. Feel great, I was in a slower group, so it wasn't too exhausting.
steve d louderback Sat Jun 9 09:35:00 2012
broke a spoke yesterday at the end of my bike ride. This morning had to use the road bike - wow was passing everybody - seams faster (no speedometer)
Theresa Bowles Fri Jun 8 23:12:00 2012
No long rides in the last few days, but lots of riding around to do errands. Once I am home, my car is parked and my bike comes out. I think people are starting to get used to seeing this old gray-haired lady out and about on a bike.
Susan Kaiser Fri Jun 8 08:54:00 2012
That is fantastic Shayne! It feels so good to move and I have already seen improvements. Joints are not swelling as much if at all and I certainly have seen a decrease in stiffness. My muscles are stronger too which helps my joints. Wow, all those races...amazing! So far I have managed to avoid the ground :) Then again I am slow and not doing races. LOL I was excited the first time I passed a jogger going uphill....
Scott Kaiser Fri Jun 8 07:15:00 2012
I agree with Shayne, The first rule in the "I Haven't Had A Flat In A Long Time Club" is.....we don't talk about the "I Haven't Had A Flat In A Long Time Club, but we are not talking about that club, nope, not at all
Shayne Dillinger Thu Jun 7 11:10:00 2012
Nice job Susan!! I have PA and cycling has changed my life. Slowly progressed from walking with a cane, to avg. 7500 miles and 40 races a year for the last 5 years straight. It's really helped health......as long as I stay off the ground :-)
Susan Kaiser Thu Jun 7 06:45:00 2012
Okay not super impressive but I have now ridden everyday to work for 3 weeks. Granted I had a couple days off last week but still I am excited! So far no real rain to make me ride the bus. Next week looks to be week 4 if the weather forecasts hold! Not bad for someone with RA, working to lose weight, and be healthier. Rhuem doc recommended biking so I upgraded my bike a couple months ago (lighter bike) and I have been riding pretty consistently. I rode some last year to work for a couple months but this year I suspect I will be riding most of the year. It feels fantastic! I feel fantastic!
Shayne Dillinger Thu Jun 7 06:31:00 2012
The first rule in the "I Haven't Had A Flat In A Long Time Club" is.....we don't talk about the "I Haven't Had A Flat In A Long Time Club". :-)
Theresa Bowles Thu Jun 7 06:26:00 2012
That's funny Mike, the very same thing happened to me yesterday. I very rarely ever get flats from punctures, but I went home last night and discovered a flat tire from a torn valve stem. At least it happened before I started out.
Ray Swanson Wed Jun 6 21:06:00 2012
I know what you mean, Steave, that leaderboard is evil! I have yet to convince myself that riding 25-40 miles after a full day of work is fun, but the competitive part of my brain forces me to do it. I hit 3 personal bests last night on a 25 mile ride, I broke all of those tonight and set another one, on a 40 mile ride. The one steep hill at mile 23-24 really hurts the average speed.
Mike Grote Wed Jun 6 20:01:00 2012
Just saying, earlier today, that I haven't had a flat in years and jinxed my luck. Flat was due to a stem which torn, however, not due to anything puncturing the tire.
Steave Scott Wed Jun 6 10:50:00 2012
I've been enjoying this immensely, and especially the leaderboard. How on earth did I get ahead of Randy Dull? (Actually, its simple: I do a longer than average commute, and we recently transitioned from four ten-hour shifts to five by eight.) The only change to my riding is that I'm now much less likely to succumb to the "Sunday driving" temptation when my wife won't need the car: I'd rather rack up the points! Also, these last couple of weeks I've been boosted by dental appointments which involve a fairly long boogie. Translated into percentile scores, I'm firmly in the 98th. on the national and 99th. for Ohio; what's more, it's all transportation. (Since I work weekends I don't get to ride those double centuries or 600k brevets, alas.) Bragging rights!
Ray Swanson Tue Jun 5 22:13:00 2012
I ate better today and was feeling good, so I pushed myself to make up for yesterday. I did 25 miles on the dot, average speed 15.1mph, not too shabby since my prior best average this year (of any length) was only 14.0. Endomondo says I also hit personal bests for 1 hour distance, 10 mile and 20km times. It rained briefly just before I headed out, so the trail was mostly empty and I was able to roll through almost every intersection, both of which helped keep the speed up. That was on my Trek 7100 hybrid. --- On a related note, I picked up a set of Bontrager's "Commuter Road" fenders (the plastic quick remove ones) the other day and they did a very good job of keeping me dry, well worth the $14.99. My feet still got wet, but the front of my legs and my back were both clean and dry when I got home. The road/trail was not super wet, but I purposely hit a few puddles and stayed dry. They also kept my water bottles clean, for an added bonus.
Ray Swanson Tue Jun 5 11:03:00 2012
I don't know if I am getting lazy or if it was just my unbalanced diet of Dorito's and ramen noodles yesterday, but I was pretty slow on my ride last night. I even took what I thought was a shortcut, but it ended up being the same distance. It was the actual marked bike route, but it was not very convenient. The first part is through a small neighborhood, but the middle requires you to navigate a couple left turns at busy intersections (or use sidewalk), then there is a short trail which dumps you off onto a road with a short hill to climb to get back to the path and a blind downhill behind you. There is a marked bike lane on the other side of the road for those going the opposite direction, but no room on the side I had to use. Riding slow uphill, people racing down a hill behind you, not the safest.
Theresa Bowles Mon Jun 4 07:45:00 2012
I got in a very hilly 13 mile ride yesterday....my legs were screaming when I got through, but suprisingly I feel fine this morning. I also got in 24 miles Saturday...til I got rained out.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat Jun 2 18:52:00 2012
nice to see you guys again! i'm back! happy riding guys and go ohio!
Theresa Marks Sat Jun 2 12:39:00 2012
Rode to the park with the 4 year old - at his pace....tried out the Endomondo app on my phone,,,,works great!
Ray Swanson Sat Jun 2 12:03:00 2012
It's nice today, so when I step away from the "office" I'm heading out for a 40 (maybe more) mile ride. It didn't rain much last night, but it was windy and looked like it could open up at anytime so I didn't risk it. I drove up to Half Price Books instead and found Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About The Bike" on the clearance rack, so I sort of got some cycling in. ;)
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri Jun 1 22:51:00 2012
Uh Oh, one bad weather day and Ohio is now 21 for June. Hoping we will get back up to 8 or higher when the miles start posting again.
Roxanna Diyanni Fri Jun 1 18:40:00 2012
I did 28 miles Thursday and hope to do 50 Saturday
Leslie Renee Hill Fri Jun 1 17:27:00 2012
Joseph...welcome to commuter cycling, I have been doing it for about 3 months myself in combination with public transportation. Nice system with front racks on the bus. Comes in handy when there's inclimate weather. I have been taking in a good read. Lots of helpful information. Vishnu, be careful of riding with certain viruses, especially if there is congestion below the neck. The book is entitled "The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling" by Edmund R. Burke and Ed Pavelka
Scott Kaiser Fri Jun 1 10:04:00 2012
The points for May are still there. You will see a drop down box, defaulted to "June", you can change it back to "May" and see your last months poiints. Or "Entire Period" to see all your points.
David Hohmann Fri Jun 1 09:33:00 2012
where did the points from May go to? the leaderboard appears to have reset itself. What about our cumulative points status for the whole period of the national bike challenge?
Rahel Babb Fri Jun 1 00:02:00 2012
My points from today haven't been updated either.
Vishnu Sreekumar Thu May 31 23:13:00 2012
I did 15 miles today hoping to bump up my pt total to 500 to qualify for the gold.. the points usually get updated within a couple of hours after I log my miles but it hasn't updated my pts today. I wonder why.
Theresa Bowles Wed May 30 00:56:00 2012
That sucks, Joseph. I had that happen on a trail about a month ago. A bee got in my shirt and caused me to swerve off a paved bike path. There was a steep drop-off and I couldn't get unclipped fast enough to recover, so down I went. Nothing was broken, but I did get 4 stings from the dang bee and a badly scrapped up knee and elbow. Hope you and your bike get better soon.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Tue May 29 13:31:00 2012
thx Ray...ugh. going to be at least 3 days before I get my bike back. luckily i got my mileage in for gold before the end of the month! time to let the scrapes heal then. keep riding Ohio!!!
Ray Swanson Tue May 29 08:40:00 2012
Sorry to hear about your wreck Joseph, good to see you were able to keep riding and walking. Get that bike to a doctor, stat! ;)
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Mon May 28 09:21:00 2012
not so bad today. left knee swelling went down thru the night but I have a nice mark to remind me to stay on the pavement in the upright position. i bent something or knocked something loose because i can't shift properly. i can't see anything visibly cracked or broken but I don't have an eye for things like that, time to take old bessy to the shop.
Mike Grote Mon May 28 09:10:00 2012
Just an FYI since I'm near the top of the Ohio mileage junkies: I am using a program called Cyclemeter (an iPhone app) to track my rides and both the routes and mileages are posted on a website called dailymile.com. I had been using this website for a while and didn't want to change to endomondo since my whole family posts to dailymile and we sort of use it as a "twitter" about our workouts to each other. I'm listed there as Michael Grote. Just wanted to assure everyone that the mileages are real and can be verified. Although I used to commute 50+ miles each day, I'm retired now, so most of my miles are "sport."
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sun May 27 13:35:00 2012
Pretty bad wreck today. Was holding with lead pack in wheeling wv tour when i dropped of the trail. Was sharp dropoff and spun my handlebars sideways. Ground my knees to hamburger but everything is ok. Got an xray just to be on safe side. Did an extra 9 miles after the crash.
David Hohmann Thu May 24 16:42:00 2012
I have noticed the Endo stats for my ride give completely bogus reports of my elevation changes, putting hills where there are none in my flattish city. I also don't think it tracks my ride time very well/accurately, often pausing late and restarting erratically. The "lap time" verbal reports don't add up acurately either as I do the math in my head. Whoever thought a "lap" was a mile on a commute (with stoplights thrown in the mix)? I continue to advocate for tracking of "rides" not "workouts", it seems like an easy fix for a programmer to offer this as an option for those of us who cycle. By the way, other ride-tracking sites offer many other categories for rides, including social, errand, commute, race, training (fitness).
Ray Swanson Thu May 24 12:23:00 2012
As far as I know, when a lost signal is reacquired, it simply draws a straight line from the last known location and not all devices record enough data, so you get the straight lines simply because they don't collect or simply discard the "fluff" in the middle. That is the nice thing with the 305, I can tell it to record a point every second, but even 1 second can be too long depending on the speed and course. For anyone interested, here is side by side by side tracking of the 301, 305 and Endo app: https://sites.google.com/site/btd819423fsavr98ddea5/TrackCompare.jpg The map is outdated (images from Garmin Connect website), that whole area has been rebuilt. Search for Brandywine Falls on Google Maps to see what it really looks like, bridge over I-271 is on site, hopefully in place next month.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Thu May 24 11:04:00 2012
Ray, this is interesting. I am amazed with how good the tracking has been with my droid 2 using endomondo app, as compared with my front tire mount cateye. despite tons of tree cover I always end up within about 0.1 miles between the two at the end of a 10+ mile ride. I have wondered if the app extrapolates the missing data when you go thru a tunnel or heavy tree cover based on its mapping system.
Susan Kaiser Thu May 24 07:01:00 2012
Thanks for the suggestions! Money is extremely tight (I support the entire family while my husband is in school) but I think saving up and taking the bun until then will be a worthy investment! Afterall, this is my main mode of transportation now. :)
Matt Hamann Wed May 23 23:21:00 2012
Just bring a change of clothes with you or have some at your destination. You don't need performance gear to ride your bike to work.
Ray Swanson Wed May 23 22:15:00 2012
I'm curious what everyone uses for data logging. I did my 40 mile loop this evening and decided to do an experiment, so I took my Garmin Forerunner 301, Garmin Forerunner 305 and iPhone 4S with the Endomondo app. All were set for auto-pause at stop due to road riding and street crossings, the 305 set to record every second instead of smart recording. The distance was very consistent across all three device, 301 - 40.56 miles, 305 - 40.36, Endo - 40.23 miles. Time was close on the Garmins, 301 - 3:01:19, 305 - 3:00:54, while Endo logged 3:04:54 (h:mm:ss). I trust the Garmin since one was on the handlebars, the other on my wrist and I could see and hear them pause/resume right on cue. The phone was in my saddle pack for the entire ride other than a couple checks to be sure it was working. Max speed is where Endo really went crazy, saying I hit 44.6mph, while the 301 was 26.7 and the 305 was 27.8.

In the end, I logged the data from the 305 because comparing the track, it showed the best representation of where I actually was, especially in the heavy tree cover. The 301 and Endo had a lot of corners where there should have been curves. The app is nice, but it burned around 30% of my battery in 3 hours, plus it is inconvenient to use while riding. I'm a data junkie, I like to see my speed, distance, elevation, etc on the fly, not easy with a smartphone, especially one I don't want to drop.

I have had the 301 for a few years and upgraded to the 305 at some point after that because the 301 was not good under trees in the neighborhood. (both were purchased for running) I think I'll retire the 301 from service. The 305 does a very good job, but was designed for running, not mounting on a bike, so I've been considering upgrading to a Garmin Edge 500. Anyone have one? Likes/dislikes?

Theresa Bowles Wed May 23 08:46:00 2012
Susan, I invested in a good rain jacket and pants after doing two metric centuries in a pouring rain. I looked a long time before deciding on a jacket from "Showers Pass". It is really comfortable and breathable. I bought "Gore Tex" pants that can be slipped on over my clothes without taking my shoes off. These even came in handy a couple of days ago for a walk on the beach on a windy, rainy day.
Lydia Stone Tue May 22 09:16:00 2012
@Susan -- I have a pair of Vaude Drop Pants that keep me completely dry. I just pull them over my work pants in the rain or even in the winter just for extra warmth. I have a regular rain coat from Outdoor Research that keeps the upper half dry. Although it's not super breathable. I've ridden in torrential downpours with no problem.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Tue May 22 08:44:00 2012
thx also Ray. great work Brad and Susan!
Susan Kaiser Tue May 22 08:23:00 2012
I am fairly new to biking to work. I only did it for a couple months last year, stopped during the winter, and then picked it up again as the weather improved this year. I would like to be able to ride in the rain. Any suggestions on what to get to wear would be GREATLY appreciated! I am trying to replace driving with biking (or walking) because I enjoy it among other reasons.
Brad Walbolt Mon May 21 09:43:00 2012
Rode in the Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race on Saturday. The first leg was 36 miles. There were over 300 at the event. I talked to as many people as I could about the National Bike Challenge and not one person that I talked to was aware of it. Hopefully we will get some more people to sign up. If everyone there would have just counted that one event, we are looking at about 10,800 miles and about 16,800 points. That would have been a nice bump for Ohio.
Theresa Bowles Mon May 21 09:39:00 2012
Rode 50 miles in the Tour de Chesapeake Saturday. It was a gorgeous sunny day with the temp. in the seventies...just right for a bike ride on the bay.
Ray Swanson Sat May 19 14:55:00 2012
Joseph... also be very aware of the road ahead and what is behind you. Hazards in the road come up faster and you have less time to react, and if there is a car behind you, you need to know before you try to avoid that pothole. I know what you mean about riding up hill, just got home from a 40+ mile "sport" ride and at mile 23 there is an almost 300ft ascent out of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a connecting path from the towpath to the bike & hike trail. I'm sure Lance could ride it, but I opted to walk. I might put my pj's on later go out on the 12 mile pajama party night ride later, but we'll see how the knees feel in a couple hours.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 19 13:20:00 2012
thx Shayne :)
Shayne Dillinger Sat May 19 13:00:00 2012
Joeseph.....If your new to descending, don't push it. Keep you speed under control at all times. Don't tense up, keep your body & arms loose. Your bike will handle better this way. Hard braking should be done before the corner, not during the corner. If you happen to be heavy and run your tires at max preasures, then alternate braking front to rear to keep temps from building tire preasure. Shouldn't be an issue on short descents of less than 5 min. With time, you'll become more comfortable, just stay within your abilities and comfort level. No one is standing at the bottom handing out cash :-)
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 19 10:08:00 2012
first commute to work today. haven't been cycling that long, about 2 months, so decided i needed to give it a shot. endomondo app says over the 15 miles, my total vertical change was 3518 feet. i had 4 climbs over a mile each, one was 1.5 miles. had to stay in first gear on each but made it without stopping. was very nervous/tentative about the descents. any advice on downhills?
Vishnu Sreekumar Sat May 19 01:03:00 2012
Indeed.. wait for the bug to bite. I rode to work yesterday even though I was weak from a virus attack the previous day. I hate waiting for the bus now! I get home faster on my bike than if I were to wait for the bus and then take the bus. Its been a couple of months now since I took the bus.
Rahel Babb Fri May 18 19:30:00 2012
Yay Rose!!! I know your ride home wasn't the most encouraging, but give it time. Eventually, the bug will bite you and you won't want to travel any other way.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri May 18 15:58:00 2012
Rose - thanks for sharing your bike and bus success story!
Keith Mayton Fri May 18 15:34:00 2012
Thanks David. I think the estimate is sound. My subjective sense is based in part on the early TOSRV group photos that depict riders at the Statehouse. The crowd at ROS looked about the same size as TOSRV 1969, which had about 700 riders, and not much smaller than 1970, which was about 1000. The photos are on the TOS website.

http://www.tosrv.org/00/photos/oldphotos/69group750.jpg

http://www.tosrv.org/00/photos/oldphotos/70group750.jpg

Brian Andres Fri May 18 14:30:00 2012
Congrats, Rose! The first day is the hardest. I bet if you give it a few weeks you'll spend most of your day each day thinking about all the fun you'll have on the way home that evening!
David Hohmann Fri May 18 11:22:00 2012
@Keith, it is my own personal estimate based on conversations with others at the event. I was hauling the photographer on the back of my longtail cargobike. I later saw an estimate of ~600, by Consider Biking. Since there was no sign-in sheet, it's just going to be estimates. Unless someone has a video record and wants to count heads. We were strung out for 3-4 blocks during most of the ride. averaging 3 abreast (using full lane on N High St and Summit.
@Rose, welcome aboard, enjoy the ride!
Karen Mitchell Fri May 18 11:02:00 2012
@Rose - This is my third year doing the bus/bike thing. I hope you enjoy the commute as much as I do. Because I live so far from work, I can only do it during Daylight Savings Time, but I do enjoy it.
Rose McLean Fri May 18 08:23:00 2012
My first bus/bike to work day. Got the hard part out of the way first - biked to the bus stop, attached my bike successfully to the bus and made it to work on time. I'm looking forward to my bikeride home!
Bryan Dearinger Fri May 18 08:12:00 2012
Rode to work today, it was a little chilly! 42 degrees, it will be a warmer ride home tonight..
Jeff Dafler Fri May 18 07:08:00 2012
Wow, 39 degrees on the morning ride. I am definitely awake now!
Keith Mayton Thu May 17 11:37:00 2012
David, where did you get the 650 count? It sounds right to me.
David Hohmann Thu May 17 10:41:00 2012
i was there at Ride of Silence in Cbus. so were about 650 others. impressive and well run. Hope it makes everyone think about sharing the road safely
Keith Mayton Thu May 17 10:20:00 2012
I rode in Ride of Silence too. It was a solumn occasion, but also good to see many cycling friends, new and old.

Overslept and drove the evil car today. : ( But I'll get a ride in at noon with a bike I keep at work.

Scott Kaiser Thu May 17 08:43:00 2012
I was at the Columbus event as well.
Rahel Babb Thu May 17 07:56:00 2012
I went to the Ride of Silence last night. Columbus, Ohio
Scott Kaiser Thu May 17 07:16:00 2012
Who went to Ride of Silence last night?
Todd Fisher Wed May 16 22:21:00 2012
Scott I am a 41 year old heavy weight, age can play a factor, but bike design has more to do with, so can fit.
Vishnu Sreekumar Wed May 16 13:24:00 2012
@Brad: I see there is a separate contest going on.. don't know if this is a Columbus thing or an Ohio thing. The contest goal is to log the maximum NUMBER of workouts. I was talking about that. :)

@Scott: I'm new to road biking. I was at 12-13 mph in my first week. When my legs got slightly stronger, I found that I could do an average of 14 the next week. The max mph I attained during that time was around 18mph. In my third week, I made an effort to maintain greater speed and I could do an avg of 15-16mph (over 10-12 miles). Yesterday, I managed to accelerate from 16mph to a max speed of 23 mph. I think the key is to maintain a constant cadence and use your gear shifting efficiently (watch videos on youtube about that). Also, make sure your seat height is appropriate. It can aid a lot in power transfer to the pedals. I made a small adjustment in my seat height at the beginning of my second week and the effect on average speed was immediate.

Karen Mitchell Wed May 16 12:52:00 2012
Thanks Dan Fulton for the information on Pelotonia. I have to admit that I was also initimidated by the pledge amount and the fear of having credit card charged for the balance if I couldn't raise enough funds in sponsorhip.
Brad Walbolt Wed May 16 08:48:00 2012
Actually, for each day you ride you get 20 points. For each mile you get an additional point. If someone rides six different times in a day, they do not get any additional bonus points. They will just accumulate more points from distance.
Vishnu Sreekumar Tue May 15 22:33:00 2012
I'm a little confused about the contest. It says the goal is "maximum number of workouts" and I see people logging 0.5 mile rides, etc. My commute to work is 3.9 miles round trip (and I log that as two trips, since they are well separated in time). I also do fitness rides a couple of times a week. That is logged as one trip each (as it should be). So I ride more miles than some other people who seem to have a greater number of workouts because they've been logging all these 0.5 mile rides, which in my view is slightly unfair. The reason is, I could very well log each of my rides to each of my classes every day as a separate ride. I would probably have hundreds of rides every month then. I don't think that makes sense though, so I don't log those 0.2-0.4 mile rides from one class to another.
Vishnu Sreekumar Tue May 15 21:26:00 2012
I wanted to ride Pelotonia too but did not sign up for the same reasons as Todd mentioned. I am an international student here, don't have too many friends/family in the US that I can count on for donations, and I simply couldn't take the risk of going bankrupt with all of my commitment charged to my credit/debit card (I don't have any savings to speak of!). I wish international students (or even just students) had a lower commitment amount (of say around $300) and that would encourage many more of us to sign up. If contributions surpass that amount, we can always commit to more. I'm also new to road biking, if nothing else, I will join the buckeye team next year and hope that fund-sharing will save me if I don't meet my commitment amount. Just wasn't sure enough about that this year.
Dan Fulton Tue May 15 20:14:00 2012
Karen Mitchell - Yes, signed up to ride the full 180 again (rider DF0023) this year and, of course, my starting goal is to beat the $5K raised last year.
Dan Fulton Tue May 15 20:08:00 2012
Todd Fisher - I thought the same thing, initially, but I signed up last year to ride 100 miles ($1800 commitment). I asked family and friends to support my ride and when they surpassed the $1800, I committed to ride the full 180. All you have to do is ask -- and let folks know why you're riding: To END CANCER. Also, don't forget to remind folks about corporate matching, it can double individual donations. 'Ended up raising over $5000 with an average donation of just over $20.
Jarrid Wong Tue May 15 13:22:00 2012
I gotta say congratulations to everyone who is participating! Special thanks to Athens #1 points per person in Ohio! Who's dedicated we are!
Rich James Tue May 15 09:39:00 2012
I invite Columbus area bike challenge participants to come down to Columbus State at 6pm on May 31st to celebrate the conclusion of Bike Month. We will be hosting a Pecha-Kucha-style presentation challenge and the theme is anything bike related. You can read more about it here: http://cscc.edu/tnbt. You can submit a proposal present or just enjoy listening and discussing big ideas related to biking. We'll have some light munchies and, if spoken word is your thing, stay on campus for a poetry slam in Nestor Auditorium at 7pm.
Bryan C Saums Tue May 15 09:28:00 2012
Joseph, congrats on your first race!
Bryan C Saums Tue May 15 09:26:00 2012
Karen, Consider Biking President Doug Mornag is hosting a Pelotonia training ride on June 23rd...email me, [email protected], for details.
Todd Fisher Mon May 14 23:49:00 2012
I wanted to ride pelotonia, but I can't afford the fund raising commitment
Karen Mitchell Mon May 14 14:54:00 2012
Anyone riding in the Pelotonia in August?
Shayne Dillinger Mon May 14 11:29:00 2012
Way to pin on a number Joseph! Try and find some fast group rides in your area, nothing makes you faster than being smoked on a regular basis :-) Your "group" skills will improve too.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 12 15:43:00 2012
got smoked today but it was fun! oval races kinda suck if you are a back of the packer, after they lap you the 8th time :) but it was cool. have been riding two months now, can only get better from here!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 12 07:18:00 2012
my first race today! bud harris oval series in pittsburgh. have a great day guys and get some miles in!
Todd Fisher Fri May 11 23:33:00 2012
Thinking of starting my own team of heavyweights. Any clydesdales interested?
Todd Fisher Fri May 11 12:49:00 2012
I know by june it should be second nature to log them
Bryan C Saums Fri May 11 11:26:00 2012
Todd, you can always go to your workout web page on endomondo and put your commutes in after the fact. I sometimes wait a day or two before I log my rides and other workouts. Cheers!
Todd Fisher Thu May 10 23:44:00 2012
I feel bad cause I keep forgetting to go in and log my commute,
P.J. Gilmore Thu May 10 17:41:00 2012
Thanks Meredith, I didn't see this team yesterday. Maybe you just formed it. Guess that explains why it's just the two of us. Yeah, kind of confusing.
Shayne Dillinger Thu May 10 11:20:00 2012
I'm recovered enough from Calvin's, so I'm jumping into TOSRV too. Two bucket list rides in two weekends!!!
Andy Alberts Thu May 10 09:58:00 2012
@Rob

Holy crap. I have no idea, but I can't wait to see!

Rob Hendricks Thu May 10 06:30:00 2012
Andy, I was referring to how many points TOSRV will bring for the whole state, the self calculations are easy enough
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Wed May 9 22:42:00 2012
@eddie jayne, I recommend Baer Wheels on High St in Clintonville. My husband just got the bike fit service, then a new bike there.
Meredith Erlewine Wed May 9 21:00:00 2012
Hey P.J.! Feel free to join the Athens Bicycle team if you want. There also is a Team Athens Ohio, with some fun folks on it as well. I don't think any of us exactly know what it means to be on one of these teams, but we can all find out. I think this is the most confusing website I've ever used in my LIFE!!!!!!
P.J. Gilmore Wed May 9 20:42:00 2012
Hey people in Athens! Maybe I should join one of these teams.
Bryan C Saums Wed May 9 12:25:00 2012
Yes, indeed, a big shout out to Athens! You rock, Jarrid, and so do all Athenians!
Bryan C Saums Wed May 9 12:23:00 2012
Scott, not sure how the metrics are calculated to see how PA is ahead of Ohio; however, I do know that we are now behind. Let's just keep recruiting and forming teams...we'll beat them in the end.
Bryan C Saums Wed May 9 12:22:00 2012
Chris Fretor at the Trek Store on Lane Avenue is BRILLIANT and bike fitting and just received new industry certification in bike fit...he's been into bike fitting for years and I heartily recommend him.
David Hohmann Wed May 9 10:16:00 2012
Eddie Jayne, Roll: can give you a professional bike fit. My wife did there and I think it was even free.
Scott Eley Wed May 9 10:10:00 2012
How can Pennsylvania rate highter than Ohio in the standings when Ohio has more miles bicycled and Pennsylvania has a greater population?
Eddie Jayne Wed May 9 09:45:00 2012
I want to get a professional bike fit. Does anybody have experience with a professional bike fit in central Ohio? Can you give me information on who/where I can go to get this done.
Jarrid Wong Tue May 8 18:52:00 2012
Whooo HOO! Shout out to Athens, for having the highest points per person! Were a small bunch right now, but dedicated!
Andy Alberts Tue May 8 16:41:00 2012
Beware of vicious geese on Olentangy Trail.

You've been warned.....

JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Tue May 8 10:46:00 2012
great work Brad. want to share something so you guys don't make the same mistake. have been trouble getting my workouts to upload lately so i deleted past workouts from my phone. that also deletes them from the website! i was able to remember workouts last week but prior to that they are gone. so my challenge miles for may are there, but tech support said my old data is gone :(
Brad Walbolt Tue May 8 10:32:00 2012
In addition to cycling sport and cycling transport there is Mountain Biking. Since I am in alot of the Endomondo challenges related to mounting biking I prefer to log my miles as such when I am trail riding.

All of my Mountain Biking miles seem to count towards this challenge. They just count as sport and not commute/transport.

No big deal I suppose.

Keep chewing up those miles guys.

Bryan C Saums Tue May 8 10:28:00 2012
Brad, there are only two options for cycling on endomodno, "cycling sport" and "cycling transport". You decide which category your ride fits into. If you're using the mobile app, you can go to settings off the main page to change the kind of ride before you this that start button. Or you can edit your ride or enter it on your endomondo workout page...just click "endomondo" in the top right of your screen and then click "workouts" on the left. You'll see a new workout button which is pretty intuitive after you click it. If you want to edit a ride/workout, just click it in your calendar then go over to the right and click the edit button (I need to scroll down on my screen to get to it). Hope this helps!
Brad Walbolt Tue May 8 10:14:00 2012
So I commuted to work today 28miles (one way). However, I take an old rail-road that has been converted to a trail and I have to hop some curbs along the way. As a result, I have to use the mountain bike for this ride. Is there anyway for me to log mountain biking in Endomondo and it count as commuting for the challenge and not sport?

Lets push hard this week and get Ohio into 6th place.

Andy Alberts Tue May 8 00:09:00 2012
It follows the same formula of
miles ridden + 20 points daily for riding.

TOSRV is 200 miles in 2 days (100 each day) correct?
Then assuming you drive to and from, it'll be
120 points for the first day
120 points for the second day
240 if you ride both days.

Rob Hendricks Mon May 7 22:52:00 2012
How many points will TOSRV be good for?
Andy Alberts Mon May 7 12:31:00 2012
Ohio is staying strong in #7 rank nationally!
Keep it goin guys
Shayne Dillinger Mon May 7 11:33:00 2012
My miles from Calvin's showed up today! Thanks. Many great stories out there on Sat. A para-athlete rode a hand crank bike 219 miles. An overweight mother of 2 year old triplets rode 169, she was very thankful for our cheers as we passed. IMO the best was Adin. Adin is an 8 year old boy who rode 151 miles!!
David Hohmann Mon May 7 11:03:00 2012
This challenge still thinks I am riding solo, I am on team LGC Bikers Ohio EPA and we have ten riders. I hope we can be properly assigned to this as a team.
Bryan C Saums Mon May 7 10:11:00 2012
Great job at Calvin's, Shane. You should get those mileage points...ask on the national comment board too...click "National" on the top left of this screen.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Mon May 7 08:25:00 2012
wtg Shayne! I have entered a couple workouts manually because too much tree cover screwed up the GPS, and I got credit for the points. you rock!
Shayne Dillinger Sun May 6 15:15:00 2012
In all the excitement of the start for Calvin's Challenge 12 hour race, I forgot to start the app. I entered my milage manualy, but it's not showing up in my points yet. Anyone know if I'll get credit? The race went very well. New personal best of 4:16 at 100 miles, the double century came in at 9:14 and I ended the day with 247 miles for the race. That was good for 2nd in my age group and I think 6th overall. I had 252 mile total with warm-up & cooldown. Don't want to see a bike saddle anytime soon though :-) Be safe!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sun May 6 09:52:00 2012
thought I was getting pretty good at riding until I put it out on a real road. Did Barkamp park today, very hilly. usually average about 17 mph on the flat rails to trails, all I could do to avg. 10 mph today for 10 miles. few times I had to go all the way down to first gear and had my doubts if I would get up a couple of those hills. very humbling, much work to do to be ready for a real road ride with traffic.
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Sat May 5 17:32:00 2012
I added a public route from today's Market to Market ride. Enjoy! http://www.endomondo.com/routes/53218811 (It is easy to make a workout into a public route. Pull up the workout on the web (not mobile) and the choose "To Route" in the edit area (lower right). Make sure to change the pull-down from Private to Public if you want it to show up in the "Routes" choices on the main page.
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 5 10:47:00 2012
Ohio inches ahead of PA...#7!
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Sat May 5 10:20:00 2012
20 miles today woohoo!!!!!!!
Bryan C Saums Fri May 4 22:23:00 2012
Yeah Athens! You're #1 in Ohio. Columbus, you're #2. Ohio is #8 in the nation, just a whisper behind Pennsylvania. Spread the word and recruit more riders. Let's kick some bootie in the National Bike Challenge.
Bryan C Saums Fri May 4 22:17:00 2012
To join our "challenge within a challenge" search "Ohio Bike" and then join:

Ohio Bike Challenge #1, May

Residents of Ohio only, based on zip code. Log your commuter rides and we'll look at point totals at the end of May and pick some winners for great gift cards at various bike stores, coffee shops, etc.

Email [email protected] for more info! Happy riding!

Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri May 4 13:28:00 2012
I added the Roundabout Ride as a public route on Endomondo. Give it a try - 8 roundabouts and 12.5 miles. http://www.endomondo.com/routes/52952934
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Fri May 4 11:35:00 2012
To see the National leaderboard, clck national at the top. It toggles with local which is OBC only. Under leaderboard you can see states etc. Try it. - Jody
David Hohmann Fri May 4 10:58:00 2012
I created a team and have 8 members but can't figure out how to get it on this challenge. Help?
David Hohmann Fri May 4 10:58:00 2012
in fact this challenge appears to be termed a :"national campaign" despite the Ohio moniker in the title. I couldn't find this National bike Challenge or Ohio Bike Challenge anywhere in the Team Challenges section of the site. I think I need help from a site administrator?
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Fri May 4 09:37:00 2012
Jody, I would recommend getting on the beltway in DC and doing a couple laps that way (LOL)
Jody 'slow ride' Dzuranin Thu May 3 19:51:00 2012
Take the Roundabout Challenge! http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/4780482
I love riding roundabouts - something about the circular motion and the centrifugal force - plus it is good for motorists to get used to seeing bikes in the roundabouts. You can begin at any point in the 12+ mile loop. (Your mileage will depend on how many times you ride around each roundabout)!
Bryan C Saums Thu May 3 14:44:00 2012
Shayne, endomondo pro costs a few bucks but it does have a powersaver mode that the free version does not have. You may want to consider using it. I downloaded the pro version and have not had any battery issues...but my longest ride with endomondo this year is only 3 hours...great good luck at Calvin's!
Ray Swanson Thu May 3 14:06:00 2012
@Shayne: You might want to hit Walmart and look at one of those rechargeable battery packs from Rayovac which can charge things via USB, to include iPhone. I think they are under $20. You don't get a full charge of your phone, but it gives you a little extra juice. They are quite small and light. I'm sure there are alternatives, but I know Walmart has them, check up front by the register or in the back by the digital cameras.
@Joseph: I agree, I've already been riding a lot the spring, but I know I'll be riding a lot more now. Gotta love living near the Bike & Hike trail and the Towpath!
Bryan C Saums Thu May 3 12:21:00 2012
Mr. Young: That's great to hear...and Shayne, good luck at Calvin's Challenge this year. This is the second year in a row I have been registered and then unable to ride! [email protected]
JOSEPH PATRICK YOUNG Thu May 3 09:01:00 2012
this contest has prompted me to ride more than I ever dreamed before. thanks endomondo!
Shayne Dillinger Wed May 2 20:45:00 2012
Short ride tonight to dial in some bar changes for Calvin's Challenge 12 hour race this coming Sat. I'm hoping my phone keeps a charge for the whole race and logs it all.
Bryan C Saums Wed May 2 16:07:00 2012
Jeff, what's your new bike? My "new' bike is my rebuilt, repainted 1983 Trek 400.
Jeffrey Stroup Tue May 1 22:51:00 2012
new bke new year lookout
Bryan C Saums Tue May 1 11:18:00 2012
Bob, thanks for your input! Click the "NATIONAL" link on the top left of this page and post your comment there...the techie stuff is all handled at the national level. I'm just glad all my workouts were saved for the year--cycling, weight lifting, etc--I was nervous about that.
Bob Waddell Tue May 1 08:22:00 2012
There appear to be some issues with the points calculations on the leader board this morning. What's up? How can the points for any one day be less than 21? And why do riders with no workouts today (May 1) have points?
Lydia Stone Mon Apr 30 17:45:00 2012
I guess it's easier to be a low tech kind of person because all I have to do is choose the type of ride and enter the miles. I don't know what people are talking about entering times and stop lights etc... No reason to complicate something as simple as bike riding. This seems like an easy way to try and win prizes while doing what you are already doing -- riding a bike!
Amy Mallat Mon Apr 30 14:02:00 2012
Riding around the Dodridge bridge detour: I used to go through Chem Abstracts but the security guards starting heckling me - one even took my photo with his phone, whatevs buddy - so now I use the "official" detour where you go past the Chem Abstracts drive and cross over Olentangy then turn left onto the designated bike path and up to Lane Ave, then cross back over Olentangy. It's annoying but pretty safe.
Chris Freter Tue Apr 24 19:49:00 2012
This site is O.K. hard to get around in after May, Bike to work month is over I'm only using RideNet and Strava. Strava only because of the segments. RideNet so straight forward and easier to use. If I type Ohio Bike Challenge from my home page this search engine says there is none. I have to go to my original email to get here. Riding on!

http://trekstorecolumbus.ridenet.net/rider/274

Tim Womack Tue Apr 24 06:14:00 2012
Eric, I totally agree. I recently commenting something to the effect of my "commutes", the actual rides to and from work aren't usually what is considered the easy-going take your time, transportation cycling. In the past I only used Transportation for things like going to the store, getting food, etc and used sport for everything else. That also made participating in the other challenges on the site more viable.
However, because I believe in the good of this challenge, I've switched every bit of riding that takes me somewhere to transportation.
Eric M. Thu Apr 19 16:00:00 2012
Looking at my ride data, when I log a "Cycling - Transportation" ride with the app it counts that as "Commuting" on the OBC/Endomondo site. That is misleading, as often my transportation rides aren't commuting (to/from work) but rather rides to the bank, lunch, an out-of-office meeting... not what I normally think of as "commuting".
Andy Alberts Thu Apr 19 09:55:00 2012
I love the wetlands!
I take a little 6mile loop as 'the long way' home.
I just head from Consider Biking, south to the wetlands, and loop around at the closed off part of the trail and head north to about henderson.
A great little loop.
Angelica Huerta Wed Apr 18 13:16:00 2012
I take the trail (from the south) and exit to the Lane Ave. bridge and then ride along the westside of Olentangy River Rd. Then I take the crosswalk to Dodridge and go through the wetlands. I've heard a rumour of a shortcut through the Fawcett Center but haven't tried it.
Rich James Wed Apr 18 10:54:00 2012
A colleague who wants to ride the Olentangy trail asked about negotiating around the Dodridge bridge. I don't ride the trail so I am wondering what others do. Can you scoot through Chem Abstracts to the Fawcett Center? Do you turn left on Olentangy then cut back?
Bryan C Saums Tue Apr 17 11:02:00 2012
I love the community aspect of Endomondo and the National Bike Challenge. Go Ohio!
David Hohmann Mon Apr 16 17:08:00 2012
In interest of fairness I have discovered how I can log a ride from this screen by clicking on the icon of the pencil above saying "log miles"-- the screen there looks kind of like what we were used to on Ridenet (less the comments space) so for simply logging trip miles... that is an option
Andy Alberts Mon Apr 16 16:59:00 2012
you raise some REALLY good points David.
This really isn't the place to post it though. If I were you I'd shoot an email to someone working at Endomondo.
Or maybe post this same thing on the national section of the challenge.

Either way, you need to be heard, and by someone that can actually do something about it. You may change the face of endomondo for the better, for everyone.

David Hohmann Mon Apr 16 16:27:00 2012
BTW I have used the Endomondo droid app. I have used the website interface to log rides. I have also used competing ride logging platforms on a Ridenet, Bikejournal, 2milechallenge and don't log on MapMyRide. I have also used a personal spreadsheet log on google docs to track my transportation cycling impact, savings and bike expense/investments.
I think we need to make the trip logging as easy as possible. Forgetting to activate the start of Endomondo app as I begin riding, is a major drawback. There needs to be a way to anonymize my route endpoints for privacy and security as well. The last thing we need is a web ticker saying "George Smith just left his house for a long bike ride! Come rob it, because nobody's home!
David Hohmann Mon Apr 16 16:11:00 2012
I am commuting by bike daily, and saving many other local car trips by using my bike-- but have to say that Endomondo is not my favorite platform for this purpose. Where else but this screen can I view my saved CO2? I am not logging a "workout" when I do transportation cycling. I am getting from point A to B in a way that I enjoy, that emits zero carbon, that connects me to the world unlike riding in a cage car. So, let me "log a ride" without "logging a workout". Let me silence the kilocalories, seconds and minutes on my log interface. Let me track things like the weather conditions, (temperature and wind, precipitation), clothing notes, and which bike I was riding. Let me enter my car's MPG to calculate avoided CO2. Let me enter my saved parking fees and/or saved bus fares and watch those $ add up. Those are the challenges that matter to me, not whether I make a stoplight (out of 20 on my route) and save 30 seconds vs. my last ride. I don't want to virtually race against myself or anyone else. Feeling good about my ride involves leaving stress behind, not building it thru some macho competition on my commute. Also, Endomondo's tracking of stop/start at traffic signals, is plain inaccurate (late stopping, false restarts and stopping). I would MUCH rather see a bike-specific logging platform for cyclists, or a highly customized interface for transport cycling on Endomondo. Knowing these limitations, I am not optimistic that I can get my "2by2012 team" at Ohio EPA (which this month is averaging 30 bike commuters daily and 10 logging on Ridenet) to switch to this platform yet.
Andy Alberts Fri Apr 13 11:47:00 2012
98 riders!
On the verge of 100, which is over double what we had last week. Good job Ohio! Let's keep it going.
I noticed there are a BUNCH of people with 0 points, who aren't riding. We need to get these guys/ladies on bikes. Signing up alone isn't enough!

Ride on Ohio!

Tim Womack Thu Apr 12 06:18:00 2012
Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering if all these people complaining about the complexity of Endomondo are not actually using the app that is available on every major mobile platform... as opposed to RideNet's which is only available on iOS??? Even still, for all the years I've been using Endo, I've never had to enter more than a distance and time if my phone didn't pick something up.
Rich James Wed Apr 11 14:01:00 2012
I made a new Columbus State team. How to I get it added to the Columbus group?
Rich James Wed Apr 11 13:52:00 2012
I barely got people in to Ridenet. It is going to take a lot to get them to change once more. And this site asks for much more input.

And our logo is wrong. I'm going to make another CSCC bike group.

Jess Mathews Tue Apr 10 14:05:00 2012
Maybe I'm just not use to it but I'm not feeling how detailed my 'workouts' need to be. Ridenet seems much more user-friendly. Meh
Bryan C Saums Mon Apr 9 14:18:00 2012
Hi Matt: Glad you like endomondo!
Matthew Faulkner Wed Apr 4 12:12:00 2012
I like this WAY better than RideNet. Seems like a great upgrade!
Bryan C Saums Wed Apr 4 10:52:00 2012
Welcome to all the new Ohio Bike Challenge riders! If you have any questions, email me at Consider Biking: [email protected] Great to have you on board!
Tim Womack Fri Mar 30 06:16:00 2012
I get the logic behind it, but my commutes to work are hybrids. When the weather is good (which it has been the past 12 months), I take a round-about way. So it's fitness-commuting.
Doesn't really matter. I'll switch all intown stuff to Transportation and leave the sport cycling for the trails.
Andy Alberts Wed Mar 28 13:46:00 2012
Tim, that would make sense. Riding for transportation means that you're riding instead of driving, thus saving dollars on gas. Unless you drive for recreation, riding for recreation does not replace gas.

And if you drive for recreation, and are now riding for recreation instead..... I guess say you're riding for transport, and make it count!

Tim Womack Fri Mar 23 22:21:00 2012
So I just noticed the 'dollars saved' metric only applies to 'transportation' cycling. Is that right?
Ira S Weiss Tue Jan 31 07:45:00 2012
Now I get to fill TWO things out! This and ridenet.