Friday, January 25, 2008

Themeatic Approriate Band has a gig. 1/26/08

The Bike Blog house band has a gig tomorrow at passout records.

Oh yeah and its also the idiotarod...


Heres the skizzy:
HAPPY 2000grrrr8!
TEAM SPIDER's kickin' it off w/ a FREE, LIVE, (rare) IN-STORE appearance...
( expect Record-Bin stage diving, underage drinking, and more...)

---STORE: P@s$0ut Re(ords , brooklyn
--------ADDRESS: 131 Grand Street (btw. Bedford and Berry)
-----------TIME: 5-8 pm in the Afternoon!
--------------Team Spider TIME: ( T.B.A.... probably 5:45pm, or later... will update myspace when we know!)
------------------Transpo: L TRAIN [Bedford Stop] or !Ride yer F'ing Bike! ;-)
---------------------C0$T: FREE!

===============BANDS:===============================
=The Pigs ( fun energetic punky stuff from T.S.'s own <> and his Bronx Chums and Chum'ettes)
==Team Spider ( NYC's original Ska-core Art Punks...spreadin' the Bike-Core Reality... sucka )
===G.S.D. ( we have no idea who they are.. sorry)
====The Mercy Killers. (Drunk, psycotic state,"matracide rock")
====================================================


12noon,Doors Open!, ((( buy some vinyl / remember what is was like 2 hang in a cool record store ! )))
5PM "The Pigs": kick off the Live Muz(a)k
Team Spider: ???time
8PM. Show OVER !! you missed it sucka.
Admission: FREE. People are allowed to drink there by bringing their own drinksssssssssssssss.


...........oh, sh*t yeah,, I Forgot! we have 3 NEW FREE DOWN-LOADABLE songs at http://www.myspace.com/teamspider
happy 0H-Gr8 !
X. /TS

Today is Critical Mass all around the world.

So get out there and ride a bike.

Mike Maronna of the 90's classic kids show: "The adventures of Pete and Pete," is a member of my local film union, a talented actor and a member of our bike community. Here he is in a new music video for Nada Surf. Nice riding Mike!


Music video

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Watch out on your commute tomorrow and Props to the London Rollers

Friday is Critical Mass-January 25th. So remember...the cops have been setting up these sting operations to harass cyclists and continue their "hurt-pride" war on the monthly Critical mass ride. They have been consistently set up on Broadway around 19th St. So if you are riding home from work starting as early as 6:30pm...stay away from Broadway unless you want a summons for some stupid crap like "not riding in the bike lane." I got a ticket in November and friends of mine got tickets in December. If they don't get you on the bike lane thing these bored cops, will look to see if you have a head light or a back red light. I am not kidding. Sometimes its not just Broadway. Cops have been seen on Park Ave as well. So either pick a different route, far to the East or West of Broadway, or wait a few hours.

Meanwhile in London they are having their tenth Rollapaluza. This is an indoor roller race.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Oh yeah and one more thing...

This was in the New York Times blog: City Room.

A question:

"A Bikes-Only Parking Lot in Midtown?"

Ah yes...Private Sector Solutions for bike parking in NYC.

Jacob's race Boston February 23rd.

Demoliton Fixie

Trends come and go and often die in a fiery blaze. Remember when everyone used to rollerblade to work? Where are they now. Kind of like the day Disco died, when mainstream artists like the Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and Kiss started having disco songs. Sometimes the trends can be antiquated with actual days like when the record promoters staged a "Demolition Disco" night during a Chicago Whitesoxs double header in July 1979. Music historians claim this it the official day disco died when fans were encouraged to bring disco albums to the game, throw them in a pile and watch them explode.
Heres a video from MSNBC explaining.


We may be heading that way with the whole fixed gear trend.

Take this ad for Tobi.com



Its there new spring collection for 08 called: alleycats. With other really offensive rip-offs of bike culture that aren't even in the same decades: "Breakaway from the mainstream" an obvious reference to the 1979 movie. (Hey 1979-the year disco died...hmmm) Its all really laughable.

Bikesnob has a good quiz about all this.

Then I stumbled onto this blog: yofixie who had up this great video spoofing fixed gears with fixed skateboards...

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Time's Up for Time's Up

Today there was a sale for Time's Up to raise funds for their new space...which hasn't been located yet. There were items for sale upstairs, clothes and various nick-knacks, but the real goods were downstairs in the basement. The volunteer mechanics were on hand to sell off some bikes, bike parts, bike tools and lots of other gear. It was kind of a reunion for this 20 year old environmental organization. Interesting how people come out when there are things for sale...hmmm. Still it was proof that the cycling community is tight and it was good to see familiar faces. 49 East Houston has been an amazing gift but it looks like its curtains for this prime piece of real-estate. It has been such a quintessential space for organizing, hosting screenings, having meetings and all the bike mechanics workshops.


Now onto the task of finding a new space. If anyone has ideas...please let them know. Here is the page to find out more and get involved. Space is hard to come by, but Time's Up is a surviver and will always be on hand to educate the public and host lots of free bike rides.

Here are some photos from today's sale:

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More pictures here

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Website and Blog roundup.

Here are some news and tidbits from blogs and websites giving love to the bike community:

Photos by Will of Razorapple

For three years there's been an alleycat race open to those new to the sport, affectionately called, "alleykitten." December 30th was the date.
Here are three recaps with pictures:

Six racing
Razor Apple
Prolly's blog with race results.

picture form six racing...Guy in the black hood is race veteran Victor, who organized Monster Track 08 last year. He's really camera shy.


Meanwhile...we may all be in trouble. No not the nose-diving economy but Rapper Kanye West bought a Cinelli Vigorelli Track bike from Track Star. This has got bikesnob only mildly freak out about the hipsterfication of fixed gear culture.

Then things got worse...Looks like Lance Armstrong is riding tallbikes.

oh snap.


Bikesnob sees the coming apocalypse...personally I think thats cool as shit. Skidmarxx gets more friends now on his myspace

J.Martinez took some nice photos of Willis and the boyz form Bootleg sessions at Bikeshorts which took place on Sunday.


Check em out at fatlace


Some other Blogs I like:

all posers must die
Mad Fajita
Ephemeroi good place for events.
Hubs and Spokes
Knucleheadnyc
Nubloom
Sweat and Champagne
Cyclingwmd
Kyle's Dave Quality Meat's blog which pointed out this trailer for the real bike porn.

This is art...of course.

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Time's Up Sale on Sunday


Time's Up is moving from the space they have been given on 49 East Houston Street, Manhattan. This Sunday, January 20th from 3-6:30pm they will be selling most of the stuff in their basement. A good opportunity for great deals on bikes, bike parts, frames, sound equipment, etc. Bound to find some good deals. If your looking for a used bike, there are some real gems down there, so stop by.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Is the New York Times ignoring us?

4 days after our 3rd annual memorial ride, the New York Times comes out with this article on Ghostbikes and Bike Boxes in Portland, Oregon. Now I know this West Coast city is the US model for cycling utopia, but we have Ghostbikes here and Bike Boxes. I know America is looking to Portland for ideas, but the Times is doing a great disservice by ignoring what is happening here in New York City.
Here is the article, from the times.

Here's a local paper who felt it was important to report on the NYC memorial ride.

the villager article and photo by Jefferson Siegel.


Here is a video from streetfilms, where Clarence Eckerson Jr. explains how the DOT 60 new bikeboxes work.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Flyer for BikeShorts and Bootleg Premeire

Video from this years memorial ride.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Need some Thermals, socks or cycling jersey's?

RNC, in Minneapolis...history repeats itself...again.

We New Yorkers know there is no better way to ruin your critical mass ride than a Republican National Convention coming to town. We're still feeling the effects of a once largely attended worldwide event, reduced to 50 or so people brave enough to ride bikes in a group and challenge a childish police grudge from 4 years ago. An RNC is a golden opportunity for law enforcement to break out their shiny new 'non-lethal' weaponry they got for Christmas and put your hard earned tax dollars to work. Not to mention treat everyone like terrorists and turn up the Orange levels to maximum.

Since we've ignored the urgent calls for campaign reform, yet again...we've front loaded the primaries and have created such a rush in candidate selection that now only those with top dollars can stay afloat through super Tuesday in the first week of February.

The police activity is also front loaded and the cops in Minneapolis have wasted no time in preparing for the next Republican Convention in September of 2008.

The pattern repeats itself.

Back in August of 2007, Minneapolis' peaceful critical mass ride was...you guessed it...taken over by ANARCHISTS...or so the story goes by the police.

Minneapolis is hosting this years RNC, September 1-4th 2008, and people are already front loading the organizing to give these wealthy, war mongering, corporate welfare receiving, public service destroying delegates a proper HELLO (NOT WELCOME)

Not that any Republican has a chance this time around, but that won't stop Homeland Security form cracking down on our rights of free speech, free assembly and freedom to ride bikes.

Here's a little recap of what went on by Huffington Post writer Peter Smith.

Here's a little video:



Things seemed to have calmed down...since the ANARCHISTS left. Damn those ANARCHISTS, they hate our freedom. There like TERRORISTS only without a "T."

so in September the critical mass seemed to be more peaceful.

Here is a great video from the the uptake.



Check out the Uptake, a group of citizen journalists who happened to have a live stream from the primary in New Hampshire.

I'm sure they will be following the activities leading up to the RNC.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

50 bike vacations


Amy S Quinn, sent me this link, to 50 bike vacations.

Rick Graves has a courier company and a blog


Rick Graves spent 10 years in NYC as a messenger then he moved to Santa Cruz where he is the owner of Clutch Couriers.

He also has a blog.

When your in a clutch, you know who to call...

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bootleg Sessions video

If you don't advocate behavior on bikes racing through traffic and holding onto cars, your definitely not going to like this behavior...


This is a second trailer for a new dvd put together by Cadence and a bunch of fresh riders who do tricks on track bikes...its the latest craze and all the kids are doing it.

So if you are one of those people that think riding like this is done by skillful athletes who can probably handle their whips better then your average cyclists...you might want to think about buying this new dvd and checking it out.


DVD's are available at this website for $15.00

It will be premiering in NYC at "Bike Shorts" (from their website)--

"The World Premiere of Bootleg Sessions has been scheduled! It will take place at Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on January 13th as part of Bike Shorts 4. If you live in NYC, you must attend. The Philly crew will undoubtedly be there to represent, and where they go, action (and injury) will most likely follow.

Big thanks to Luke Stiles for hooking this up!"

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Short video of yesterday's Balloon Project.

The ariel footage from the balloon's should be up soon.

Links to New Year's Ride

Every year Time's up has its annual New Years bike ride, a pleasant environmentally friendly alternative to standing for hours in Time's Square in the freezing cold. This year the ride was about 200 strong and another 200 came out to see fireworks in Central park, where the ride ends.

Here is a link to Fritz's pictures of the event.



and check out this pool of pictures at flickr.com

The New York Times ran this article before the event.

Here is a little feel good statement for Time's Up director Bill DiPaola,

Part Bike ride, part New Years Eve Party, the 10th Annual Time's Up!
New Years Eve Party Ride gathered over 400!


This year Time's Up! stepped it up by adding more meeting points
including Brooklyn and Queens. We also emphasized the importance of
starting off the new year with your community with by supporting
time's Up! and the environment. We had over 200 celebrating bike
riders and we met up with another 200 people in the park, which added
up to an amazing party with fireworks at the end.


The timing posed a huge challenge, however Everything seemed to come
into place perfectly and the bike ride and party rocked on thanks to
the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (who even trailered their instruments up
from the Time's Up! space!). Special Thanks to Rich, Barbara, Judy,
Curtis, Peter and everyone else who contributed. None of this would
have been possible without our volunteers!

Monster Track 9 is coming in March

NYC premiere race. Track bikes, no hand brakes...the classic and in its ninth year.



check out the Monster Track website...and prepare.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Balloon Project this Saturday in Manhattan

The Balloon Project started in San Francisco when a bunch of friends, intent on getting some aerial footage, launched a video camera attached to balloons. No strings attached: just the wind, gravity, and chasing it down by bike.

The New York Balloon Project will take place with a planned trajectory over Central Park this Saturday. The weather will be in the 40s, with the wind headed in a North-north-easterly direction through Manhattan.

As far as everyone here is concerned, the chase is the race. The objective is to follow and capture the balloons with video camera first. If you ride faster than the wind, you win. Money. $50 cash prize and YouTube FAME.

Short and sweet. No registration fee, no manifest, no checkpoints, no planned route. Just chasing the balloons to their final resting place after they're launched, rise up a few hundred feet, and gradually descend after 20-30 minutes.

Be at Columbus Circle at 1pm so the race and the New York Balloon Project can commence by 1.30.

Got doubts? This has been done in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Texas, Berlin, and on 2008 New Years in Times Square.
Here is a video from Berlin, only the German's could take something like this so seriously...hence the music.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A new year and time for reflection


This Sunday is the third annual Memorial ride to commemorate the deaths of cyclists in 2007. There are three starting points for this ride in Jamaica Queens, South Brooklyn and the North Bronx at 9:30am. The groups of riders will stop at the various points where ghost bikes have been placed and take time to reflect, say words and place flowers. The rides will all converge in Williamsburg and then meet up with the "Walk to remember pedestrians killed in 2007." There will be a rally and press conference at City Hall in Manhattan to end the event. For more information on the ride and where to join in visit Ghostbikes.org