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New Bicycle Repair Book and Challenge

In my brief attempts to fix my own bikes I always relied on Bicycle Magazine’s Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance. You know, back when we used to use things called books…to find 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.

The fine people at Rodale Publishing (who also produce Bicycling Magazine) were kind enough to send me the latest version (the sixth addition) written by Todd Downs.

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.

Event Details:
– Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 @ 6:30pm
– Sid’s Bikes in NYC, @ the Chelsea location (151 West 19th Street, NY, NY)
– For a chance to compete, fill out an application and submit an essay below
– Space is limited — please arrive early to attend

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 Wish List Contest

Chrome Bags is having a Wish List Contest.

Chrome Offers Chance to Win $500 Holiday Wishlist
This Holiday Season, Chrome Picks Up the Tab for Three Lucky Winners

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:
1) Login or register at www.chromesf.com
-Submission deadline: Sunday, December 19th, midnight PST
2) Browse the site and add your favorite items to your Wishlist.
-Do this by going to the desired product page and selecting the “Add to Wishlist” link.
-The product will automatically be added to your list.
-To view your Wishlist, click the “View Wishlist” link, located at the top of each page.
3) Winners announced: December 20th-just in time to receive your new gear for the holiday!

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

GOLDEN BIKE AWARDS

Forget the Grammy’s, the Oscars or that Dumb Country Music award show…

This weekend…get Golden.

December Bike Shorts

Too cold for bike shorts? Think again.

More info at bikeshortfilms.com

Polar Bear Ride to raise money for Velo City and Recycle-A-Bicycle

Looks like the first event of 2011.


Two great organizations that help kids learn valuable skills such as bike mechanics and urban planning, Velo City and Recycle-a-bicycle, are having a Polar Bear Ride on January 1st.

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
Roll into the New Year with Velo City
Saturday, January 1st, 2011 at 1pm
Velo City and Recycle-A-Bicycle are hosting a 10 mile ride to raise money to support our education programs.

To enter, sign up here.
Get your friends and family to make a pledge for you to ride, ($40.00 minimum)
Prizes will be available for those that raise the most money.

Please arrive at 12:30pm, Warm up after at COVO Lounge, 701 West 135th Street on 12th Avenue

December 9th-Hearing on Biking in NYC

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
address balancing the needs of cyclists with those of other road
users. The hearing will also look at how well the Transportation
Department has worked with community boards to review large-scale road
changes. This hearing stems from complaints, largely regarding
Prospect Park West, and it is going to be essential that we pack the
room with supporters.

It would be spectacular if many of you can plan to attend. You are,
after all, the best of the best! We are collecting RSVPs on our
website so that we can keep track of how many supporters to expect:

transalt.org/events/calendar/4939.

You will need a photo ID to get into 250 Broadway. The hearing is
scheduled for 10am, but we anticipate large crowds and a very slow
process getting through security. Please arrive as close to 9:30 as
possible, to ensure that positive voices pack the room.

If you plan to attend, it would be helpful for you to testify in
support of bicycling and bicycle lanes. Anyone can participate and
it’s an easy process. T.A. will be testifying. Members of the public
who would like to testify are allowed two minutes to speak, are asked
to sign-up at the beginning and to submit twenty double-sided copies
of their testimony (if you need help printing copies, let me know). It
is important to speak from your individual experience in your
testimony. We don’t want our common belief in the benefits of
bicycling to be written off as a private interest concern, because it
just isn’t true! Livable streets and safe, sustainable transportation
are in the public interest and these issues resonate with New Yorkers
across many lines. Too often it is only people who are unhappy that
are heard. Let’s make sure that’s not the case on December 9th!

Here are some ideas for talking points that your testimony could include:
A) Bicycling is great for NYC and for New Yorkers. Bike lanes make it
safer for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to give bike riding a
try. In fact, streets with bike lanes have led to a 40 percent
decreases in crashes for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists, as well as
lowered rates of speeding, according to before and after data gathered
by the DOT.
B) Streets and sidewalks make up 80 percent of our public space in
NYC. Re-thinking how we use our streets and sidewalks and making them
safer through design ensures that we are using our public space in an
equitable way to benefit the majority of New Yorkers who take transit,
walk and increasingly, bike.
C) Bike lanes are safety improvements just like sidewalks. They allow
people to bike safely and they create a predictable place for cyclists
to be on the street. Bike lanes improve bike behavior. Streets with
bike lanes have seen an 84 percent decrease in the rates of sidewalk
riding.
D) The bike lanes that the City has added in the past 3.5 years are
encouraging neighborhood friendly bike commuting. Biking is a healthy
thing for New Yorkers—counter-acting epidemics like diabetes and
asthma– and helps clean the air we breathe.
E) All of the bike lanes that have been added are a part of the NYC
Bicycle Master Plan, a citywide plan that was the result of extensive
community input. Every bike lane that has been added has gone through
the Community Board prior to installation, a forum in which all
citizens are allowed to participate. Like sidewalks, bike lanes work
best when they are continuous, and lead to somewhere.

If you would like to testify but are not able to attend the hearing,
you can submit your testimony to caroline[at]transalt[dot]org. But
remember, the more bodies reading testimony in-person, the better!

Want a velodrome in Greenpoint Brooklyn?

Saw this on Affinity Cycles blog:

Tomorrow is the big day! The city has set the voting date for the selected project finalists to decide who will receive the 6 million dollars of funding which the Newtown Creek Water treatment plant has to pay out for damages its caused to the Greenpoint area. The Velodrome is one of these projects and we need your support.

Please show your support for the Velodrome and vote tomorrow December 2nd from 3 – 8pm, at PS 34, 131 Norman Ave. (near McGuinness Blvd.), Greenpoint Brooklyn.

The proposed Velodrome and Cycling center project will hopefully be in Greenpoint Brooklyn at the MTA lot on 65 Commercial Street. We are working on the proposals now and there’s been press about the project in the Brooklyn Paper and the Greenpoint Gazzette.

Our goal is to create a world class Velodrome and a cycling center for NYC with a crit coarse and BMX park.

Again its Thursday December 2nd from 3 – 8pm, at PS 34, 131 Norman Ave. (near McGuinness Blvd.), Greenpoint Brooklyn.

Come rally tomorrow in support for this promising opportunity for all cyclists!!

Hipster Cyclist Pixel Art Game


I love it. Coming soon as an iphone app, a lo-fi video game about…well you get it.

Check out hipstercitycycle.com

Video from Broadway Bombin

Here’s a video from Crihs Thormann of this year’s Broadway Bombin alleycat race, a POV helmet camera.

Broadway Bombing 2010 from crihs on Vimeo.

Can this be true…a velodrome in Greenpoint

Check out this article in the Greenpoint Gazette:

A Velodrome for Greenpoint?
Nov 27, 2010 by McCarton Ackerman

North Brooklyn has become synonymous with bike riding in recent years, but a new plan for a velodrome in Greenpoint would bring the cycling craze to a whole other level.

Utilizing a $7 million design competition for waterfront improvements in the neighborhood, Williamsburg-based Affinity Cycles owner Jason Gallacher and national cycling champion Andrew LaCorte have joined forces to create a proposal for a velodrome, or championship cycling track, on a city-owned lot on Commercial Street.

The velodrome will first have to compete with other proposals including a $5 million public boathouse and a $2.4 million biosculpture. However, the track could potentially be a reality in as little as two years.

“There’s a real need for this because there’s such a strong cycling culture here,” said Gallacher. “Our (Affinity Cycle’s) team has three national champions and one Olympic hopeful. There’s national caliber racing in this neighborhood already.”

Read more here.