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Ship A Bike Guide From ParcelHero.com

Just sold a bike on-line and need to pack it for shipping or taking it on a plane? Here is a great step-by-step *guide from parcelhero.com

*This is a British based website, so the information is listed according to UK statistics and money, however the packing information is quite useful for us in the US.

How to Pack a Bike for Shipping

Are you getting a new bike for Christmas? Trading your old wheels for new? Upgrading and reselling? Planning a cycling holiday? All good reasons to want some top tips on how to pack a bike from the experts at ParcelHero!

Over 43% of Brits have a bike, three million of us cycle three times a week or more, almost 800,000 cycle to work every day and over 5billion km are cycled in the UK every year. Bikes can be cheap but are often not. The Trek Emonda SLR 10 2015 Road Bike will set you back a juicy £11K, so looking after it is a must. Even a scratch on the frame will devalue the bike, and the last thing you want is to damage a key component.

Your bike may be a smooth ride but that doesn’t make it the easiest thing to package up and send. And now that airlines are so draconian with luggage charges, cycle enthusiasts are sending their bikes on ahead.

Assuming you are not buying an expensive bike case, which can cost up to £300, here is the smart, safe way to package up your bike. Along with some useful pics we took with our friends at Evans Cycles, here are some tips to reduce the cost of your delivery and ensure your bike arrives in tip-top condition. All you need is a good box, some packing materials, strong tape, a set of allen keys, an adjustable spanner and half an hour.

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Read more: here.

Kickstarter Of The Week: The Commuter Gaiter

Brent Thomas is not only into biking, but actively concerned about making streets safer and cyclists more visiable to motorists. He is the creator of the The Bike Wrap, a super bright reflective system for nightime riding and designed to be stylish by day.

  
Now he’s expanding with a new product that also combines safety concerns and the needs of cyclists.

  The commuter gaiter is a wrap around spat of sorts with addresses the annoyance of having to roll up a pant leg or using a velcro leash while also being highly reflective and gets bikers noticed. 

  
Find out more and fund this project:

here.

The Bike Jumble-5/9/15

Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.11041514_1113945805289644_6222993661731002304_n

This Saturday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope is the annual spring swap meet known as the NY Bike Jumble.

5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell. Bike people are notorious hoarders and NYC is short on space, an excellent combination for bicycle buyers. You never know what you’ll find.

Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!

Kickstarter Of The Week: Modular Travel Bag System

Here is the kickstarter of the week: 
Green Guru presents: The Stand-by Travel Bag System. Modular Pack, Messenger & Kits

By Bryan Beard & Kit Hendrickson

These design students have come up with the ultimate in travel pack: 

   
 Here are highlights from their kickstarter campaign:

As design students and as human beings, we have been fortunate enough to see the value and impact traveling can have on our lives. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Recently, our love of travel has run head-on into another aspect of our lives; we are “backpack people.” 

   
 

After going on a few trips that included air travel mixed with outdoor excursions and unexpected journeys, It has become clear to us that there is a need for a bag that can function just as well in flight as it does upon arrival.  So we set out to create the Stand-by travel bag system; a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to the user’s needs. We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets.  Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc. 

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Find out more and how to fund, over here: Here.

This Is The Ground & Priority Bicycles Are Popping Up For Bike Month

Los Angeles based handmade leather company, This is Ground and Priority Bicycles are teaming up with a Pop Up store experience for the Bike Month of May. 

Here is a little press: 

This Is Ground and Priority Bicycles are collaborating on a pop-up project called Daytrip launching in SoHo for the entire month of May.  The limited-run retail pop up will open on May 1st at 246 Mott St., at Spring St. 
 
The shop will feature signature products from each brand in addition to limited-edition, co-branded products like the customizable This Is Ground Mod 2 carryall featuring inserts designed to hold bike tools and other commuter necessities.

Come check it out.

   
 

May is Bike Month, 5 Boro Ride, Bike Expo and more.

This weekend kicks off Bike Month and the five boro bike tour, where 30,000 + people wind their way through all five boroughs on Sunday. (May 3rd)

There are tons of bicycle related events all month.

A good place to look for events postings is: bikenyc.org/events

Starting tomorrow, May 1st is the Bike Expo.

This has traditionally  been the registration pick-up spot for the 5 boro ride and has now morphed into a whole convention for bicycle retailers and related products. Plus food, music and bicycle demos.

The event is free and open to all:

May 1st (10am-8pm)

May 2nd (91m-6pm)

All the way east in Manhattan

Pier 36-Basketball City (299 South Street)

more info, ride over: here.

A number of vendors have contacted me about stopping by their booths at the expo. One of them is Priority Bicycles who is making slick looking urban commuter bikes with nice details like a belt drive:
   

 

All for around $400.00.
If your going to the expo, stop by booth #218 to take a look and for a pricing special.
  
To get to know the communtity better they are having an after party on May 3rd, after the 5 boro.
Here is more detail from them: 
  
AFTER PARTY: 
Sunday May 3rd,

Priority is participating in the Five Boro Bike Tour. As a New York-born brand, Priority wants to get friends and community together for some drinks and celebration.  Before the ride heads over the bridge to Staten Island, the Priority crew will stop in Brooklyn at The Woods – hence the FOUR BORO After Party.  Open to riders who want to relax after the long ride and non-riders who want to have some fun, The Woods has great food and drinks.  Priority will also be raffling off prizes to help raise money for Hashtag Lunchbag – a non profit dedicated to raising awareness and reducing hunger.

 

Red Hook Crit 8. Recap.

Congratulations to Ivan Ravaioli from Team Bahumer (beer made in Italy) for winning this year’s 8th annual Red Hook Criterium in Red Hook Brooklyn. (Race was Saturday, April 25th, 2015) 11149246_1644497242453230_2472852399043957899_n
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Full race results posted: here, for the men’s.

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Congratulations to: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Team Conor WRC) who won it for the ladies.
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Full results posted: here.
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Favorited, Kacey Lloyd (Long Tail Creative) came in third. She was interviewed by CBS reporter, Adriana Diaz about racing on bikes with “no brakes.”

Here’s a video:

Full story, here.

For more action:

and here is a great wrap up video by JC Ramirez:

If You Build It (Or Not)They Will Come.

Although needed bicycle  infrastructure may be stagnated, ridership increases in NYC according to this article by Sarah Goodyear.


The Steady Rise of Bike Ridership in New York Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be doing more. 

By: Sarah Goodyear
April 16th, 2015
The Atlantic-CityLab

  

The newest commuter cycling numbers are out for New York City, and they’re bigger than ever. The latest count available from the city’s transportation department shows a 4 percent increase over the previous year, as measured during 2014’s peak cycling season at key points in New York’s bike network [PDF]. The 12-hour weekday count at seven data-collection points was up to 21,112—compared to an anemic 5,631 in 2002.

Read more by riding over: Here.

10th Memorial Bike Ride

  

Sunday-April 19th, we honor cyclists killed in the streets by reckless drivers.

The 10th Annual Memorial Ride brings New Yorkers together to remember cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the tenth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike installed since our last memorial ride. At the final stop we will remember all cyclists and pedestrians who died in 2014. Bring flowers to honor those lost.

See more details: Here.

Spring Is Here. LockUp Your Bike. The Rise Of Theft

With any great trend in NYC, especially when it comes to bicycles and the increase in their popularity…comes the bad news. The increase of bicycle theft. To me this is personal, almost akin to a hate crime. How can one steal our trusted steads, our friends and companions? Also an analog non-polluting transportation solution in an age of inefficient mass transit, overcrowded streets and false claims that digital technology will make our lives faster. Bike theft also reminds us that we live in a city where you can’t just bike from one place to another without being very conscious of how and where you lock a bike.

Here was the cover of a today’s AM NY.

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New York City bicycle thefts on the rise: NYPD
by: Dan Rivoli

The city’s boom in bicycling has had an unfortunate side effect: more stolen bikes.
Reported bike thefts last year reached 4,849 — 600 more than in 2013 and a nearly 70% increase from 2011 figures, according to NYPD statistics provided to the City Council Wednesday.
“The trend is upward” and likely the result of the surge in bicycle use here, Susan Petito, an NYPD assistant deputy commissioner, told the City Council.
The stats showed a substantial increase in reported bike thefts each of the last four years.

Read more: here.

Yes, this is the reality we ride in.

Make sure you lock your bikes up within your building. I know, you just humped a heavy dutch style vintage beater bike up 5 flights of stairs and now you have to lock it to the railing? Yes. Many bike thefts occur within buildings, backyard spaces and other make-shift bike storage that landlords are too cheap to provide.

Here are some steps to keeping a bike as-safe-as we can.

Start by watching this hilarious classic video by the Neistat Brothers from 2005:

Then watch the updated experiment from 2012 by Casey Neistat:

Then check out Hal Ruzal, mechanic at Bicycle Habitat, who rates your bike lock up:

Then check out my bike locking tips on my Stolen Bikes Page.

There is only so much we can do to protect ourselves, especially from thieves who drive around in vans with battery operated 18 volt angle grinders that can cut through any lock in about 10 seconds.

Maybe when the NYPD spends more time on bike theft then this:

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The environment can change.