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Say Hello to Laek House

Just wanted to give a shout out to my new sponsor, Laekhouse.com.

Ethan Laek has been rockin sweet prints on t-shirts and hats, with lots of ode’s to the classic days cycling legends.

Available on his site and in chic cycling retailer shops.

His blog also has lots of great Do’s:


such as a tour of Brooklyn’s own: Bamboo bike studio.
and Don’ts:

Denim style cycling shorts from Carrera? Or as he puts it…”So Bad, it’s Awesome.”

Check out the Laek House site and stay tuned for new developments.

How bikers can uncork a wine bottle.

John Hamel of Hamel Family Wines, sent me this video of how bikers can open a bottle of wine.

How to Uncork a Bottle Without a Corkscrew from Hamel Family Wines on Vimeo.

Blue Ribbon gives their employees the best gift ever!

This weekend is the annual fundraiser and bike ride to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis, otherwise known as the Bike MS NYC. The ride is Sunday, October 3rd and leaves and returns to Manhattan’s west side Pier 94.

I haven’t given much coverage to these big charity rides in the past but I recently found out about an awesome giveaway.

Eric and Bruce Bromberg are the restaurateurs behind the incredibly delicious Blue Ribbon restaurant chain. Oh yeah, and they’re partners on a cool bowling alley in Williamsburg too. They also have a big thing for bicycles and decided to donate a whole fleet of 160 Cannondales to a 200 member “top-tier” team of their employees who will be riding involved in the MS ride. Now that’s my kind of boss. I got a chance to send them some questions about…why they did it.

What inspired you to get involved in the NYC MS Ride? How long have you been working with the organization?

My brothers and I have loved cycling ever since we were kids. We rode in the MS Society’s Northern California “Waves to Wine Ride” in 1996. For Bike MS NYC 2009 we created the Blue Ribbon/Naked Nuggets team to include our employees, who are also very passionate about the sport.

What’s the story behind the amazing employee bike giveaway?

Last year many of our employees told us they could not ride because they did not have bikes. This year we partnered with Cannondale to donate 160 Cannondale “Quick” recreational bikes to anyone on our staff that wanted to take part in the charity ride.

How did Cannondale get on board?

We are long time friends with Leigh Sorrells from Bike Express 52 Division in Danbury Connecticut. It was through this relationship that we were able to partner with Cannondale. We have long admired Cannondale and the company’s small American roots. It was a dream to be able to do this with them.

What do you hope your employees will gain from this experience, at the ride and beyond?

We are hoping that the new bikes will inspire our employees to continue to lead active lifestyles. We are always looking for ways to promote more sustainable business practices, and this is a wonderful way to include everyone in that mission.

What have been your past experiences with this event? What have your employees experiences been?

Last year at 81 riders strong we raised over $30,000. It felt very rewarding to make a sizeable donation to such a worthwhile cause. This year at 200 plus members we are close to doubling that number. Seeing our employees get energized and inspired like this is incredible.

Why did you decide to form a team?

We sponsor an elite amateur team called Blue Ribbon Cycling, as well as professional rider Rob Morlock, in Race Across America, a coast-to-coast endurance race. Creating a team for our employees, whom we consider members of our family, felt like a natural next step.

How did the event go at Brooklyn Bowl?

It was awesome! Everyone received a brand-new beautiful bike, helmet, and safety instructions. A fundraiser party and silent auction followed the event, and everyone bowled with their families.

What are your future bike plans?

We are in the process of developing a television series called Tour de Food where we will combine our passion for cycling, being active, and culinary exploration.

What do you wish people asked you about why you do events like this?

Blue Ribbon participates in events like Bike MS NYC, because in our business there are things that are more important that the bottom-line. Raising money for a worthwhile cause and seeing what we can accomplish as a team are the ultimate motivations for doing an event like this.

The team is also being sponsored by Naked Nuggets.

Other Links:

twitter.com/nakednuggets
shedthebread.com
BlueRibbonFB
twitter.com/BlueRibbonNYC

Now, if working for amazingly tasty place like Blue Ribbon weren’t inspiration enough, their employees now have new bicycles to get to work. I couldn’t help but do some math on this…let’s see 160 bikes, 200 members on the team? Do 40 people have their own bikes or is their going to be some of this going on?

Philly Bike Expo, Oct. 30th and 31st.

Who’s going?

The Philly Bike Expo

From their site:
For nearly 30 years, Bilenky Cycle Works has been a renowned fixture 0n the Philadelphia (and the world) cycling scene, creating custom-built frames that are regarded as functional works of art. Owner and multi-award winner Stephen Bilenky had a vision of bringing an event to Philadelphia in which all segments of the cycling community could come together The Philadelphia Bike Expo is his vision in action.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia shares in this vision. The Coalition, one of the oldest entities of its kind in existence, has been serving Philadelphia and its cyclists with education and advocacy since the 1970’s. Through rides, fundraisers, classes and sponsorship, the Coalition strives to establish Philadelphia as a safe and aware bike-friendly city.

The Expo will host a wide range of activities: exhibits by artisans, manufacturers and distributors, informative panels, seminars, and demos, a swap meet, fashion show and much more. The Philadelphia Bike Expo is an all-inclusive celebration of everything bicycle.

Latest video from People for Bikes

People for Bikes, is a grass roots national organization that is trying to advocate for a more bike friendly future. They’re goal is to build a million supporters and become one large voice for bikers.
Please add your name to their pledge.

And now an inspirational video:

Time for another: Caption the photo

New bike shop in Greenpoint

Pablo and Adam have a new bike shop in Brooklyn called: Green Point Bikes. They’ve got a huge space selling, as the website puts it: Rescued, Recycled and Renewed. So if your looking for a completely overhauled used/vintage bike by top notch mechanics, come on down to 1078 Manhattan Ave. (between Eagle St. & Dupont) 7 days a week 10am-7pm.

They are also having an art show, open house on Saturday.

A recent memorial for Jasmine Herron

The Brooklyn paper recently filed this report on last weekends memorial ride for cyclist Jamsine Herron who was killed on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn.

Mean Streets: Ghost bike for Denver gal.
By Thomas Tracy
The Brooklyn Paper

(photo by: Stefano Giovannini)

Brooklyn has a new ghost bike.

Mourners installed the white-painted memorial — one of a growing number of tributes to killed cyclists — at the corner of Atlantic and Washington avenues on Saturday to mark the spot where Jasmine Herron was crushed by a city bus on Sept. 11.

The 23-year-old Ditmas Park resident was remembered as an aspiring artist who often rode her bike from her apartment to Think Coffee in Manhattan where she worked as a barista.

Herron was rolling down Atlantic Avenue when a driver opened her car door at just the wrong moment, knocking Herron into the path of a B45 bus.

Read the rest of the article here.

Chasing Legends, new documentary about Le Tour.

Chasing Legends, a documentary with an inside look at what it’s like to race the Tour De France.

Comes to NYC

September 30th @ 8:00PM

Symphony Space, Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Tickets at: Symphony Space

Time Trail like the Pros-Gran Fondo

I got this from Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives.

RACE WITH THE PROS IN 7.1 MILE STORM KING “CANNIBAL”

Join cycling star Evelyn Stevens for individual time trials in Hudson
Highlands

Sunday, Oct. 10th, 9 AM to 12 PM
Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., near Storm King State Park

Test your racing stripes on the Hudson Valley’s Storm King Highway, a
twisting two-lane road that will be closed to traffic for the first-ever
Storm King “Cannibal.” Racers will be timed, one by one, on a 7.1 mile
course with rolling hills, hairpin turns and spectacular views of the
Hudson River. The Storm King Cannibal is named after five-time Tour de
France winner Eddy “The Cannibal” Merckx and is a licensed USA Cycling
event, with photo-finish timing. Wall Street banker-turned-cycling champ
Evelyn Stevens will participate, with other cycling pros.

“It’s a rare opportunity to experience a real European-style time
trial,” said Race Director John Eustice, founder of Sparta Cycling, a
company in Manhattan that promotes professional cycling events. “The
course is reminiscent of a stage in the south of France-it’s about bike
handling skill and deep fitness.”

After the time trial, Transportation Alternatives will lead a 34-mile
ride through Harriman State Park followed by a luncheon near Anthony’s
Nose
in Garrison, N.Y. The social ride and luncheon are open to cyclists
who donate $250 or more, with proceeds benefiting Transportation
Alternatives and its advocacy work for safer cycling and improved
cycling infrastructure in greater New York City. The day-long
fundraising event is called the Gran Fondo, after the Italian long
distance cycling tradition.

“This is a super fun way to support vital bike advocacy campaigns that
are making it safer for New Yorkers to ride,” says ride leader Paul
Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives.

Cost:
Storm King Cannibal time trial only: $35
Gran Fondo fundraiser: $250 for time trial, social ride and lunch;
Donate $500 or more and receive a commemorative Storm King Cannibal
jersey.

To register: www.transalt.org/events/granfondo
Important: Standard road bikes only: no time trial bicycles, aero-bars
or disc wheels.