So our publisher, Sky Horse Publishing, has added our upcoming cycling guide to NYC to their catalog.
Look for it here, on their site and coming soon in June 2011.
We’ve heard of companies rewarding their employees and recently that has come in the form of a Bicycle.
Last October, Blue Ribbon’s owners, the Bromberg Brothers, gave their workers 200 bikes to keep and use on the MS ride.
Now, I heard through Urban Velo that IKEA is giving employees over 12,000 bikes.
Read more here.
You are cordially invited to join us in celebration of a wonderful year of winning better biking, walking and public transit for New York City. Join us for great company, music, snacks, drinks and some awesome raffle items!
Complimentary drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Cycles Gladiator Wines.
Friday, December 10th
This year we’re happy to offer pre-sales online, to help you get in the door quicker at party time.
Not a Member? The Holiday Party is the best time of year to join.
You can still buy tickets and memberships at the door, don’t worry!
Bike Valet parking will be available (note: rain or snow cancels bike parking)
More info here.
RAB is turning 16 and they are having a winter celebration:
It’s Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Sweet Sixteen!
Celebrate in style with complementary inner tube bow ties, spoke flower corsages, and bicycle drivers licenses!
When: Wednesday December 15, 2010 from 6:30-9:30pm
Admission Price/ Metals of Honor:
Tickets/Contributions: For advance ticket purchases, please visit our website, click the “donate” button, include your name and contact information, and designate your donation as “Celebration”. If you are unable to attend the celebration but would like to make a contribution, please send a check made payable to Recycle-A-Bicycle to 35 Pearl Street Brooklyn, NY 11201. You can also make a donation through our website by clicking the “donate” button on our homepage. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Directions: F Train to York (Exit station, take right on Jay Street, left on Front Street, right on Main Street) -or- A/C Train to High (Exit station at Cadman Plaza, walk across park, left on Washington Street, left on Front Street, right on Main Street)
RECYCLE-A-BICYCLE: Recycle-A-Bicycle is a community-based bike shop and non-profit organization that facilitates educational/job training programs and encourages environmental stewardship. Through innovative programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Cycle Craft, and Summer Youth Employment Program, RAB is dedicated to the health, development, and empowerment of NYC youth. In the past year alone, RAB worked with more than 1,000 young people who collectively built 500 bicycles, pedaled 10,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvages 1,200 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 36,000 pounds of waste from NYC’s landfills.
For More Information:
I had the 4th edition, written by Jim Langley back in 1999. It was a very informative guide and always helped me to avoid having to take a whole bag of parts in a zip lock bag to my local bike shop. Complicated repairs, should be done by qualified technicians, but for the routine maintenance and general wear this book was invaluable. It also gave me a thorough understanding of how bicycles work, what parts are what and helped me identify which tools I should have on hand. This really is the bible for bike repair.
This updated and revised edition is packed with 17 chapters of valuable information and includes maintenance and repair tips for both mountain and road bikes.
There are over 450 photos detailing step by step instructions to basically build a bike from scratch.
It is so detailed it even includes individual manufactures of parts, so when they are talking about a crank extraction they reference Shimano, SRAM and Campy.
You may not be up to truing your own wheels, but this book will come in handy for basic wear on the bicycle, with lots of detailed charts and info on proper tire inflation, brake adjustments and gearing.
More about the book and to buy a copy go to the Rodale Store here.
To celebrate the new book, this Wednesday, 12/8/10 Bicycling Magazine and Park Tools are hosting:
The Bike Repair Challenge.
Here is more about that:
Are you a hotshot amateur bike mechanic? Come prove it.
To celebrate the newly released Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, Bicycling magazine and Park Tool Co. are teaming up to find the cyclist with the fastest bike repair skills in the New York City area.
On December 8, 2010 at 6:30pm at Sid’s Bikes (151 W. 19th Street, NY, NY) 12 lucky cyclists from New York City will compete to see who is the quickest at classic bike repairs, with the Bike Snob and Bicycling editors on-hand to give play-by-play on all the action. The prize for the top wrench? A trio of excellent prizes from Park Tool –including a professional tool kit, repair stand and floor pump, altogether worth more than $800 — along with a $500 gift certificate to Sid’s Bikes, and a premium membership to local advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives. The second and third place finishers will also take home great prizes. In addition, Bicycling and Park Tool will be raffling off plenty of swag to audience members, so come check it out even if you’re not competing.
If you’re up to the challenge, submit an application and a short essay found on the this website. In your essay, tell us in 250 words or less “Why should you be picked to compete in the Bicycling Magazine Bike Repair Challenge?” Bicycling will then choose 12 contestants to compete in the Bike Repair Challenge. Contestants will be notified by email.
I know, it’s kind of last minute to be one of the contestants, but it sounds like it’s going to be pretty interesting to watch the action.
Chrome Bags is having a Wish List Contest.
Chrome Offers Chance to Win $500 Holiday Wishlist
Chrome, the world’s leading manufacture of bike messenger bags, footwear and urban cycling apparel, invites all online shoppers to register for a chance to win their dream Chrome Wishlist worth $500 in Chrome gear.
Browse to win:
It’s quick and easy to enter. Shoppers can create one wishlist per email address, share their list with friends and family and three luck wishers win their list–FREE!
For more information and to enter: www.chromebagsstore.com/winawishlist
Looks like the first event of 2011.
The ride heads along the West Side Highway and is a charity event requiring a pledge for a minimum of $40.00.
POLAR BEAR RIDE
To enter, sign up here.
Please arrive at 12:30pm, Warm up after at COVO Lounge, 701 West 135th Street on 12th Avenue
Got this from Transportation Alternatives:
December 9th, 9:30am, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 14th Floor
The City Council will hold a hearing on bicycling on Dec. 9th to
It would be spectacular if many of you can plan to attend. You are,
You will need a photo ID to get into 250 Broadway. The hearing is
If you plan to attend, it would be helpful for you to testify in
Here are some ideas for talking points that your testimony could include:
If you would like to testify but are not able to attend the hearing,