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Bicycle Roots on holding the NYPD’s AIS more accountable

Bicycle Roots, the woman’s owned bicycle shop (1078 Fulton St.-Brooklyn) wants to do more than just sell bikes:

At Bicycle Roots, we try to be more than just a bike shop. Any shop can sell bicycles. But we consider the business of building a community of cyclists to be our main commodity.

They are [...]

Video–oh whatever day.

Here are a few bike videos:

Title: Almanzo 100 Seen on: Prolly How does a man move and shape a culture? Our love of storytelling compelled us to find out, so we dug into the story of the Almanzo 100 gravel road race–the granddaddy of them all. We found that a single man’s [...]

Ride Brooklyn getting a new shop

Husband and wife team Peter and Jessica of Ride Brooklyn (468 Bergen St.) are opening a new shop in Williamsburg.

Saw this on their facebook page:

“Ride Brooklyn Williamsburg, our second bike shop located on the corner of Kent and North 7th will be opening in September! Stay tuned for more updates [...]

Premium Rush Opens Nationwide

The new action messenger movie Premium Rush is getting hyped up here in NYC.

Affinity Cycles in Brooklyn has even designed a bike based on their track bike that was used in the film.

The Affinity Metropolitan.

Get yours today: here.

Last night (8/22/12) was the red carpet premiere and [...]

New Poll-New Yorkers like bike lanes. Personal account suggests NYPD hates cyclists and their kids who use them

A recent NY Times poll just revealed 66% of New Yorkers think the bike lanes are a good thing. This may be insight that the cycle friendly direction the city has taken may be starting to gain acceptance.

There is also information that New Yorkers are less than enthusiastic about the proposed bike sharing [...]

Premium Rush, messenger movie keeping local, Vayabags Interview.

What do we know about the new messenger thriller Premium Rush? We know it stars Joesph Gordon-Levitt as the hotshot fixed gear riding protagonist. We know it’s about bike messengers in NYC and premiers August 24th. But what you might not be aware of is it was entirely shot in New York City and used a lot of real messengers as consultants, actors and stunt riders. Our own Austin Horse (who took 4th place in this years Cycle Messenger World Championships in Chicago) was Joesph’s double for much of the riding in traffic and skids.

Photo By: Sarah Shatz-
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Austin Horse and director David Koepp on the set of Columbia Pictures’ Premium Rush.
Read an article on the Austin working with Joesph in Momentum Magazine.
See the trailer:

Something else you may not know is the messenger bags used in this film are hand made right here in Ridgewood Queens by Tianna Meilinger and her lady co-workers Angie and Grace of Vaya Bags.

I recently got a chance to visit Tianna and her crew at the Queens shop to see the whole operation of this company who’d I’d been admiring for years.

Continue reading Premium Rush, messenger movie keeping local, Vayabags Interview.

Video Monday-8/20/12

More videos to start your week off, right?

Title: Flight of the Conchords-Mel Dreams Seen on: Urban Velo Here’s a blast from the past. Love the hair helmet.

Title: Fairdale Weekender Seen on: Urban Velo We’ve got one of these in house for test, so be on the lookout for a full review. [...]

Who need bike sharing, Time’s Up has 450 bikes for sale.

Ok, so no bike sharing till next year. There are some other options. Why not get your very own bike?

Time’s Up just got a whole shipment of used Dutch style bikes and they’re rapidly fixing them up for sale.

Here is more about the lot of bikes from Time’s Up:

Times Up! introduces low cost Dutch bikes to its Brooklyn space.

We ordered 450 bikes from Japan that we are recycling and getting on
the streets fast, for the cheapest prices possible. While Bike Share
stutters to a start, we are getting people on their own perfect
commuter bikes at an affordable price.

While Time’s Up! recycle-a-bike program offers all different styles of
bikes, we focused on providing a very practical Dutch-style non-gender
specific recycled bicycle. This single speed bicycle can be ridden in
the rain and includes full fenders, both front and rear, full chain
guard, and in most cases rear rack baskets, and a kick stand. The
upright safe design of a Dutch Bike provides more visibility than
typical bicycles. The introduction of low-cost (just over $100) Dutch
bikes is a way to change the mindset of New Yorkers. Many times in
America, biking is viewed as more of a sport rather than a mode of
transportation. Through the use of more practical and leisurely
designed Dutch Bikes, the American concept of biking can be
transformed from solely sport biking to an enjoyable method for
everyday commuting or enjoying the city’s bike paths and greenways.
Subsequently, bike ridership can spread to various groups of people
and increase non-polluting forms of transportation. This program has
been remarkably successful. We are starting to see more and more Dutch
bikes all over NYC

We’ll be recycling bikes in the back yard of the Brooklyn Space four
days a week every week from now on!

–VOLUNTEER BICYCLE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
99 S 6th St, Brooklyn
http://times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php

Wednesdays and Sundays from 4pm-8pm and Thursdays and Fridays from
12noon-6pm, join us for bicycle recycling in the back yard of our
Brooklyn Location. This is a great opportunity to learn basic bike
repair from our mechanics on a one-on-one level, and also to help
Time’s Up! with this hugely important project to get more New Yorkers
on bikes – the best way we know to create a greener, more livable
city. We need people to help recycle bikes, sell bikes, input bike
sales into our database, keep the shop in order, and more! Follow us
on twitter to get the latest schedule changes – we’ll probably be
working even more hours and days than these.

This is a great way to learn bike mechanics skills and get first dibs on a great street-ready bicycle.

Now here is more on the schedule of Time’s Up events:
Continue reading Who need bike sharing, Time’s Up has 450 bikes for sale.

Bike sharing NYC, but not now…2013

In case you hadn’t heard (I hadn’t until just now) the NYC bike sharing program has officially been delayed until 2013.

Here is a more informed news service than me, the NY Times.

Bike-Share Program Delayed Until Spring, Mayor Says By: Matt Flegenheimer & Michael M. Grynbaum Published: August 17, 2012

Photo by: [...]

Diamond Derby DC

Ready for some underground bike racing in a garage in DC?

Diamond Derby, September 29th, 2012

www.diamond-derby.com