Friday, November 30, 2007

Who won Cranksgiving.

Today is Critical Mass.
November 30th. The 7th year anniversary of the WTO protests in Seattle.
Meet at 7:00pm at the North Side of Union Square

Old news.

Here is a posting for the results of this years Cranksgivng alley cat.
Thanks to Ken Stanek for organizing.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Street films nominates the Neistat Brothers as cyclists of the month

Streets flims spent a minute with the Neistat talk to them about their movies and cycling in NYC. They were nominated cyclist(s) of the month.

They make great videos which can be viewed at their website

Now how do you get to be cyclist of the month? I think the bikeblog guy should get a bout cyclist of the year? Just sayin. I shame.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

NYC Bike rack study

now you choose
NYC bike rack study is a website set up by two Hunter college graduate students to find out where bike racks would be most needed.

Take the survey and help with the process.

When you see bike lane them.

NYC is keeping track of bike lane violators.

Here is how it works:

(From their website)
"How To Use MyBikelane
Bring your digital camera or camera phone on your next bike ride.
If you see a car/truck/etc. parked in the bikelane, take a picture of that car, making sure to try to capture the license plates in your picture (if they are not clear, that is ok, we will still take the pic).
Upload your picture to our site (using the button in the upper right) and tell us where you saw this incident.
Browse around and see other submissions.

if you have questions, find bugs, have feature suggestions, or just want to say hi, feel free to contact us by emailing us at"

Monday, November 26, 2007

Help Liberate the bike Lanes

Bike Clown Brigade Video and Upcoming Video Collective Meeting!
Since 2005, the Time's Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade has been liberating bike lanes throughout New York City from illegally parked cars and trucks blocking the path of cyclists.
Join them on their latest liberation ride filmed and edited by Time's Up! Video Collective member Elizabeth Press.
Clown Liberation Video

If you would like to be part of the Time's Up! Video Collective we are always seeking new volunteers. Editors are especially welcome. JOIN US Tuesday, November 27th at 7 p.m. at the Time's Up! Space at 49 East Houston Street.

For more Time's Up events check out their calender.

For more on the clowns check out the Villager article by Jefferson Siegel.

and photos at
Time's Up Flickr page

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thanksgiving race in CT


Race for Charity

This Saturday the 17th, is the annual Cranksgiving alleycat where participants ride around and collect food for the hungry.

Someone took the time to create this great online history of past races including an archive from flyers past.. Cranksgiving History

City Room Blog...Bikers Blog React while Drivers Chat.

The NY Times has a blog called CityRoom which has had a couple of stories that struck the fancy of this Bicycle Blogger.

One was about NYC fixed gear forum, an online source for fans of the single cog to discuss everything from the best music to rock while bombing broadway to who's making the most colorful parts to pimp your ride. (or more important stuff like the new romance of Tour De France winner Lance and one of the Olsen Twins)

the article, posted on November 14th by Joshua Brustein and titled: Stolen Bike? Geeky Chat comes to the rescue.

Some loyal forum contributers took offense to being called geeks, but the article pointed out how this tight online community was able to help out Agata Slota win back her custom fixie which had recently been swiped.

Thanks to this bike "geek" Jack for being alert...jack crank.jpg

the other blog posting was about a recent project by Hunter College researchers who monitored 3,210 NYC drivers at 50 intersections just to see how distracted they were while driving...check out the findings... here the next time your quick to blame a cyclists death because they didn't wear a helmet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ugh, Holiday season is close at hand...

There used to be one way to get through the maniacal rash consumerism of the holiday season...Santacon. Now we may have another visual aid, no its not Fred Claus (possibly the worst Holiday movie ever)

Its, "what would Jesus buy", the new documentary by filmmaker Rob Van Alkemade and produced by Morgan Spurlock.

Its about Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping choir as they travel the country enlighting people of the empending "shopocalypse!"
See the trailer here.

The movie talks about the environmental devastation from Holiday Waste. Did you know…

• From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%.

• The amount of cards sold during the holiday season requires the harvesting of nearly 300,000 trees.

• 38,000 miles of ribbon is thrown out each year, enough to tie a bow around the Earth.

This Friday, the film opens in NYC at Cinema Village.

Bike too heavy?

Are you tired of lugging that 20 pound bike up 5 flights of steps? Maybe you should get a bike that weighs 2 pounds and it can survive an attack from schrapnel when your trying to ride to work in the Green Zones.

Check out this video of a new kevlar bicycle...(click image for link)

also it seems there is a new trend of bicycle manufacture's making "urban bikes." Bikes meant for the needs of city riders.

The November issue of Dwell magazine, the ecco-sheik, rag had an article on 6 hot new bikes.

Future Gringo talks about the article and here is a link to a dwell's gallery of 6 bicycles and messenger bags for the new "urban rider."

bicycle by Kona

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tricks are for Kids this Thursday

For those of you who like to do things like this on your fixed gear...

Picture by: Cadence

or the things in this video from Luke Stiles:

Then come out this Thursday, under the BQE in the WILLY B. and rip it up at the Peel sessions:

backin up...

Whats been going on? Well I had a pretty hard crash on my bike...yes the fixie, the one with no hand brakes...for all you "victim-blamers" out there. Oh yeah, and I was riding on the sidewalk. I'm not going to was very unglamorous. I hit a some sort of a weird storm grate down by the Shaffer landing apartments in Williamsburg. Down on Kent Ave. where the cement mixers coming barring through a 2-way roadway nicely lined with cars. Sometimes the sidewalk is the best option. I wasn't riding very fast and there were no pedestrians insight for me to bother or to witness one of the hardest falls I've ever experienced on two wheels. I just flipped over the handelbars and landed right on the old noggin. One word. HELMET. I can not imagine what condition my skull would be in if it were not for that 1/2 an inch of compressed stereofoam padding and a thin layer of plastic. I still got a nice bruise on my head, even with the helmet. But I realized, helmets are a good thing...even on that little trip to the dry cleaners or the deli. Then I tried to not ride my bike for a couple of days, just till I fixed the flat and remembered how to ride a fix again. Every journey on public transportation made me refirm how much more efficient the bicycle is. Sitting there waiting for the F train that never comes and the totally packed L train...I longed to be back on the bike no matter what the road conditions. Once you go bike, you never go back.

Then I turned 37 years old and we celebrated with a bowling party in Williamsburg's new alley: The gutter. Really fun dive bar and 8 lane bowling alley from the folks who brought you your Pac Man and Donkey Kong vintage arcade fix at Barcade

here are some pictures from our our party.

Here are a few things from the past...

Did you wonder who won the La Bruja Halloween Alleycat in NYC:

NYC 13th Annual Halloween Race

1st Dan Chabanov *Edged Felipe for the win in the last few blocks.
2nd Felipe The King *Caught a massive skitch over the Williamsburg Bridge to put him self back in contention.
3rd Andrew Toews *Don’t sleep on this guy. Third 3rd place finish in a row for him.
4th Ralph N. *Was in the lead after the bridge but got lost in Brooklyn.
5th Chris Cali
6th Yatica
7th Brantley
8th Dominican Chris
9th Cooper *Heard this kid was like 15?!?
10th Wesley

1st Girl Heather M.

Thanks to six racing for posting is a report back from the race...

"The Halloween weekend in NYC is always epic and 2007 was no exception. Whatever your in the mood for its happening here. Want to race bikes that go no where? Well Friday night was your chance. Chris Kim provided the bikes and the fastest legs in this city went at it. Corry the Courier vs. Felipe the King… Watching people ride nowhere was never this exiting. In the end Felipe was still the king. But Crihs still managed to crash a bike that wasn’t moving...."

more at team six report

The race ended at the 5th annual Black Label Bike Club's Bike are two photographers who took some awesome pictures of my favorite mutant bike event...

Tod Seelie of suckapants
I must have left early cause I didn't realize, they had bike surfing...
photo by Tod Seelie

and our own Ed Glazar took some dope pictures too:

ed's set

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Article on Portland Oregon's bicycle business

Portland Oregon, "bike city" usa.

Here is a article from the NYtimes

In Portland, Cultivating a Culture of Two Wheels

Cyclists have long revered Portland, Ore., for amenities like on-street bicycle parking.

Published: November 5, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. — Susan Peithman did not have a job lined up when she moved here in September to pursue a career in “nonmotorized transportation.” No worries, she figured; the market here is strong.

The Business of Biking
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Stuart Isett for The New York Times
Trains with spots for riders to park their bikes.
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Stuart Isett for The New York Times
Now, business owners like Tony Pereira, a bike builder, are part of the city’s growing cycling industry.
“In so many ways, it’s the center,” Ms. Peithman, 26, explained. “Bike City, U.S.A.”

Cyclists have long revered Portland for its bicycle-friendly culture and infrastructure, including the network of bike lanes that the city began planning in the early 1970s. Now, riders are helping the city build a cycling economy.

There are, of course, huge national companies like Nike and Columbia Sportswear that have headquarters here and sell some cycling-related products, and there are well-known brands like Team Estrogen, which sells cycling clothing for women online from a Portland suburb.

Yet in a city often uncomfortable with corporate gloss, what is most distinctive about the emerging cycling industry here is the growing number of smaller businesses, whether bike frame builders or clothing makers, that often extol recycling as much as cycling, sustainability as much as success.

Like the local indie rock bands that insist they are apathetic about fame, many of the smaller local companies say craft, not money, is what drives them.

“All the frame builders I know got into this because they love bikes,” said Tony Pereira, a bike builder whose one-man operation has a 10-month waiting list, “not because they wanted to start a business.”

Mia Birk, a former city employee who helped lead Portland’s efforts to expand cycling in the 1990s, said the original goals were rooted in environmental and public health, not the economy.

“That wasn’t our driving force,” Ms. Birk said. “But it has been a result, and we’re comfortable saying it is a positive result.”

Ms. Birk now helps run a consulting firm, Alta Planning and Design, which advises other cities on how to become more bicycle-friendly. In a report for the City of Portland last year, the firm estimated that 600 to 800 people worked in the cycling industry in some form. A decade earlier, Ms. Birk said in an interview, the number would have been more like 200 and made up almost entirely of employees at retail bike stores.

Now, Ms. Birk said, the city is nurturing the cycling industry, and there are about 125 bike-related businesses in Portland, including companies that make bike racks, high-end components for racing bikes and aluminum for bikes mass-produced elsewhere. There are small operations that make cycling hats out of recycled fabric. Track, road and cyclo-cross races are held year-round, and state tourism groups promote cycling packages. There is Ms. Birk’s firm, which had two employees in Portland in 1999 and now has 14. There are nonprofit advocacy groups and Web sites, including, that are devoted to cycling issues and events in Portland.

And then there is the growing, high-end handmade bike industry, which was made up of just one or two businesses a decade ago but now has more than 10. The Portland Development Commission is working with a handful of the bike builders to improve their business and accounting skills and help them network with one another.

This month, the city will be the host of a trade show featuring bike builders from Oregon, which locals say has more makers than any other state. And early next year, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show will bring its fourth annual event to Portland for the first time. It is expected to be the largest national show so far.

Sam Adams, a city commissioner in charge of transportation, joined development officials to help lure the show to Portland. It seemed a natural fit. The city regularly ranks at the top of Bicycling Magazine’s list of the best cycling cities and has the nation’s highest percentage of workers who commute by bike, about 3.5 percent, according to the Census Bureau. Drivers here are largely respectful of riders, and some businesses give up parking spaces to make way for bike racks.

“Our intentions are to be as sustainable a city as possible,” Mr. Adams said. “That means socially, that means environmentally and that means economically. The bike is great on all three of those factors. You just can’t get a better transportation return on your investment than you get with promoting bicycling.”

Although the city has worked to help drivers and riders share roadways, two cyclists were killed in October when they were hit by trucks, and questions persist over whether enough is being done to protect cyclists.

Mr. Adams said he was preparing a budget proposal that would spend $24 million to add 110 miles to the city’s existing 20-mile network of bike boulevards, which are meant to get cyclists away from streets busy with cars. Doing so could “double or triple ridership,” he said.

The streets were not always so crowded with cyclists. Andy Newlands, by most accounts the first person in Portland to start making bikes by hand, got into the business in the 1970s. Back then, he said, young men would come to him for help piecing together racing bikes. Now, he said, “More and more it’s some guy with a wife and kids and a BMW and all that, and he wants a handmade bike.”

Thirty years ago Mr. Newlands sold frames for under $300. Now a new bike might cost the buyer well over $5,000.

“There’s so much mass-produced stuff out there that there’s just kind of a little bit of a backlash,” he said. “People like a handmade product.”

Sacha White, who was a bike messenger before he started Vanilla Bicycles, one of the most prominent bike makers in Portland, said city officials embraced not only cycling but also the niche industry that has grown out of it, something he considered striking given the size of most operations. His company, among the largest of its kind, has six employees including himself.

“I think the biggest thing that’s come from the effort the city has put into this is the vote of confidence,” Mr. White said, speaking of bike riders and bike makers. “They want us here.”

Ms. Peithman, the recent Portland arrival, had lived in Chicago until September, where she worked for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, a nonprofit advocacy group. She decided to move here on her own without any job prospects based “90 percent on the bike thing,” she said.

“I’m a long-term-thinking, spreadsheet kind of girl,” Ms. Peithman said. “This is the most rash thing I’ve ever done.”

Friday, November 02, 2007

Damn, I'm so behind...

Saturday, Oct. 28th was the 5th annual bike kill. Thanks to Black Label Bicycle Club for putting on a great event.

You have to go...make tall bikes and mutant choppers or just ride ones you find at the event. ITS FUN FUN year.

There were some great events...the six pack attack, footdown. Some new events like bike surfing, and the big attraction of the evening...Tall Bike Jousting.

Chunk 666 was representin and the Cutthroats from Richmond, VA...who seemed to kick ass at most of the events.

Here are some great pictures from photographer Konstatin Sergeyev
jump tallbike.jpg

Flickr set

other photosets:
not elyse



my flickr set

Speaking of mutant bikes. If you want to make tallbikes and choppers and other welded creations or you just wanna work on a bike...check out the 1,2,3 Freegan space and their bicycle workshops Wednesday nights 6pm till midnight and Saturdays 2pm to 7pm

more info here and myspace page.

The space is located in Brooklyn at: 123 Tompkins Ave. Between Myrtle and Vemon Ave.

google map

They are having a party This FRIDAY, November 2nd, whoo hoo. with Team Spider and others.

Here is a flyer

here is a little plug from Team Spider:

FRIDAY NOV 2nd 2008
123 Tompkins Street (near myrtle) *G train to Myrtle
Co$t: 7 dollar $ug. donation, 1 dollar BEER$
bands: “Hipster Holocaust,” “Free Stuff”, “Bust the Clocks”, and “Team Spider” ( expect a sweaty mosh pit pogo’rific time )