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Santa brings NIMBY bike lane haters a present.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and opened up their new bikes that Santa delivered.

(Photo’s from bike nashbar’s facebook page)

A few crotchety rich neighbors who would rather put their own personal gripes forward then think about the safety of their neighborhood and overall health of the community were rewarded [...]

Next host city of 2013 North American Cycle Courier Championships? (NACCC)

Just found out the next host city for the NACCC,

Seattle

www.sea-naccc-2013.com

Seattle native and cycling blogger Zlogblog.com is already talking launch party and fund raiser alleycat.

March 9th! Alley cat 7:30 starting at The In.

Bands starting at 9 pm! Lake Fight Junk Drawer Vibrator White Coward

I’m psyched, [...]

Couple of New Year’s events in NYC

Hey all you Alleycat race curious out there. Here is your chance to experience what it’s all about…

*December 30th, 1pm at the Atrium at 590 Madison Avenue and 56th Street. $6.23 to race. No machismo allowed.

Flyer found on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide.

Then, don’t forget to come celebrate New Year’s on [...]

Instagram contest to win Kryptonite lock.

Congratulations to Jamieson Provan (@jdoggny) for winning our Kryptonite twitter giveaway. By answering a trivia question planted in one of my blog postings, Jamieson won this:

Kryptonite’s classic mini u-lock in a 40th anniversary limited edition ruby red.

So now, we’re going to have another contest to give away this:

Kryptonite’s [...]

Stuff your socks from Outlier

Who doesn’t need socks? This holiday season why not pamper your cycling feet with fine Merino wool.

The people who make amazing hand made clothing, Outlier, are now making a great practical gift.

Here is more from them:

Introducing the Outlier Megafine Merino Sock.

Built with 15.5 micron merino, the Outlier [...]

@glowingbike A gallery of NYC cycling community on Instagram

There’s a busy cyclist photo bug out there.

Last week I got snapped by a mystery photographer on his make-shift tandem bike.

(Who’s that freak? Boy do I carry a lot of stuff on me)

He handed me this card…

He’s got a little photo gallery of the NYC cycling community, putting [...]

Video Friday-12/7/12

A bunch of video for your Friday:

Title: Cranksgiving ’12 from Boda Boda 2012

Title: In That Spiniard Dreamland

Title: Murder Of Couriers Trailer 5
Seen on: Urban Velo
After a couple of years in the works the Murder of Couriers film is complete and gearing up for the film festival season. Check out the latest trailer.

Title: Brompton Urban Challenge-Milano-BFF 2012
Seen on: Urban Velo
Ah yes, those aged hipsters on Brompton’s or at least the aged being so aged they now look like hipsters. Anyways, Brompton hosted an Urban Challengein Milano complete with a folding contest, some sort of crashing into boxes finale and other tweedtastic camaraderie. It’s like alleycat culture for the retired. Nah, it actually looks like a good time, if clown bikes are your thing. I kid, I kid.

Title: Fixed Alpcross
Seen on: Urban Velo
Four riders, four days, 400 km and 4000+ m of climbing crossing the Alps from Germany through Austria and into Italy. Check out the teaser video and the four day diary “This is so ridiculous that it is fun again…”

Title: Black Metal Fixed-we ride along
Seen on: Urban Velo
Black Metal Fixed is a clothing company created by riders in Singapore, an this video was created to show off the local scene and a different perspective riding the outskirts of Singapore’s urban core.

Title: Fijate 2012
Seen on: www.urbancyclistworldwide.com

Title: Burro Commercial
Seen on: www.urbancyclistworldwide.com

Continue reading Video Friday-12/7/12

Bicycle Film Festival-First time in Mexico City (Video)

The Bicycle Film Featival, entering it’s 12th year, has become a world wide sensation not only providing amazing bicycle related films but also uniting local bicycle communities with live music venues, group rides, outdoor block parties and art shows.

In cities like New York, LA, Milano and Paris the festival has reached a happy [...]

Pocket full of Kryptonite–Lock(s) giveaway on twitter and instagram

About the title of this post==I mean who doesn’t miss the Spin Doctors?

I’ve only had two bikes stolen (that were locked to a structure or object) within the 21 years I’ve been riding in NYC. Neither of which have been with a Kryptonite lock, which has been a leader in bike security for decades. This is not to say there aren’t other reliable manufactures out there or that not having this particular brand was the only reason my bikes were stolen. Rather it’s been the name brand I’ve always gravitated towards and been the most readily available in NYC. When I was a messenger in the early 90′s the insider street knowledge was you either had the big Kyrptonite chain & lock or your bike got stolen. They’ve also been super active on the bike culture front and provided lots of free prizes for alleycat races and other events.

Kryptonite’s generosity trickled down to little ol me and they recently sent me two care packages.

The first came when I inquired about getting spare keys for the five chains and u-locks I have owned for years. I’ve lost one to many key sets in the past and didn’t want to be caught unable to get my locks open.

Kryptonite responded with full spare sets and all they needed was the numbers written on each key. (word of advice–write these numbers down or register on-line)

The care package included a ton of stickers, a water bottle, their new transit H-Bar handlebar mount and a limited edition 40th anniversary U-lock.
I was really excited about their evolution series 4 Mini-5 U-Lock, which has come out in limited supply to celebrate 40 years of bike security perfection.

This is the same trusted lock as the as part of their evolution series (the signature orange color) with 13mm hardened steel shackle that slides into one end of the crossbar. The lock has a small key hole which is strategically placed in a reinforced cuff so as not to be easily pried upon by thieves. Weighing 770g or 2.1 pounds, this is the smallest lock in the series. It’s perfect for slipping in a back pocket or in a u-lock holder on the belt of a hip pouch (Fabrichorse.com) I use this lock to secure my back wheel to the frame. Its not long enough to fit around a standard NYC street sign and go through the frame and front wheel so it’s definitely used as a secondary lock. They do however make longer models to accommodate frame and wheel, as well as bigger locking options. Many urban riders only want to carry u-locks to avoid more bulky chains.
mini ulock 1

The lock riding hipside or sticking out of a back pocket has become an icon of urban bike fashion and is such a classic design that Kryptonite’s K-4 lock is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) design collection. I felt rather nostalgic (or maybe old) that this was an anniversary edition with a flashy ruby red color on the crossbar.

Check out contest details on the next page.

Continue reading Pocket full of Kryptonite–Lock(s) giveaway on twitter and instagram

Tech watch: Boombotix Rex-kickstarter

Portable sound pioneers Boombotix are launching their smallest and most powerful speaker yet…a real monster.

Introducing the Boombotix Rex.

After 15 months of R&D the Rex is ready to launch a pilot production program and in order to make this happen Boombotix has announces a kickstarter campaign.

Their goal is to [...]