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Halloween bike events

The Halloween bike events are starting to pour in.

Here are a few so far:

In Washington DC:
(from the organizers)

So here’s the nitty-gritty on the race:
WHAT: Dead City Halloween: Halloween alleycat through Washington DC
WHEN: Sat 30 Oct 2010
WHERE: 3:30PM @ Thomas Circle (14th & Mass & M & VT)

We’re trying to pull together sponsors for prizes to give away in categories like First Fixed Gear, First Free-Wheel, First Female, Out-Of-Town, and the like. (Also Skid, Trackstand and Footdown Competitions after the race.) so if you know of anyone that could help us out with any of that, the help would be sooo much appreciated!

For more information/comments/questions/applause/juicy secrets or to just give us a shout — please check out our blog:
deadcityhalloween.blogspot.com
or email me back at dead.city.halloween@gmail.com

In Burlington Vermont,

More info at Culture Cycles

Berlin always represents with their 18th annual alleycat:

More info here.

and in NYC, Austin Horse wanted me to spread the word about a tricks comp.

I know there will be a lot more so stay tuned.

Also, if you have an event you’d like to promote…send it!

Today is Bike to School Day

Got this message from Kanessa Tixe,

Bike to School Day is on Wednesday, October 13th. This event was created by President Obama to encourage kids to bike to school and not depend on public transportation.

Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the NYC Department of Transportation will lead group rides to and from Brooklyn’s public school MS 51.

The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists with their parents. There will be safety tips given before the rides start by Bike New York and the DOT.

In addition, there will be a number of routes in the morning, but below is the starting point for a press kick-off.

Logistics:
· (STARTING POINT) Time: 7:35 am at 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Park Slope – Kick-off with speeches by Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the Department of Transportation

· (FINAL POINT) Time: 7:50 am at MS 51: 350 Fifth Avenue (Fourth Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn – Parents, kids and hosts are available for interviews

Hundreds of Brooklyn Students to Bike to School on October 13, 2010

Students from all over the world will be walking and biking to school on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, as part of International Walk and Bike to School Day. Locally, Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation are teaming up to lead group rides to and from Brooklyn’s William Alexander School MS 51. The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists.

New York City Councilmember Brad Lander also will be participating in the group rides, biking to MS 51 with his son and giving a short speech in front of the school before 8 a.m.

Whereas nearly 50% of students nationwide walked or biked to school in 1969, that number has fallen to just 13%. As recently highlighted by the NYC Department of Health and first lady Michelle Obama, active transportation provides a wealth of benefits. Biking to school is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into daily life, it’s good for the environment, it’s quick, and it’s exciting. In addition, studies have shown that kids who are physically active are more able to pay attention in school and perform better on tests.

MS 51’s celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day follows its successful Bike to School Day events, held during Bike Month on May 28, 2010. Bike to School Day was also hosted jointly by Bike New York and the NYCDOT.

On October 13, group rides will set out from Sunset Park and Carroll Gardens, making neighborhood “bike stops” to collect more students en route to the school. While parents are welcome to join in, there will be adult ride leaders helping to keep the group on course.

More Info: Bikenewyork.org/bike-to-school

Congrats to Sonny

@sonnytime nailed it in 12 minutes and won himself a Nalgene bottle.

Nice work.

Philly bike racks-suck

Remember back when you could pop a Kryptonite lock with a bic pen? I hope those going down to the Philly Bike Expo at the end of the month, plan on bringing their bikes inside.

From Evan Watkey’s blogs Bits and Bikes.

Nalgene bottle giveaway

Nalgene, makers of cool on-the-go water bottles, sent me a few of their latest models.

The OTF (on-the-fly)


These are BPA free, holds 24oz and completely spill proof.

I want to share the love so,

The first person to tweet #nalgene and #bikeblognyc gets a free bottle.

NY Bike jumble swap meet at Philly Bike Expo

Looks like the NY Bike Jumble will be down in Philly having a swap meet as well.

Check it out here.

Chris and Allie in the NYTimes

Ok, this wedding had a special place in my heart not just because I was honored to be a groomsman, but also for the wonderful use of bicycles.

Chris and Allie’s wedding made the NY time’s Vows section and it’s an excellent recap of how people meet, fall in love and get married, with the magical influence of two wheels.

Vows
Allie Compton and Chris Ryan
(photo by Justin T. Shockley)
The Statue of Liberty was the backdrop for the couple, who met at the Anarchist Ice Cream Truck.

By JOHN HARNEY
Published: October 8, 2010
His life is a fast-moving swirl of punk rock stagecraft, two-wheeled protests, film projects and occasional bits of street theater.
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Justin T. Shockley

So in September 2008, when Allie Compton, an artist, connected with Chris Ryan, a punk guitarist and singer and a longtime participant in the bicycle rides organized by Critical Mass, she, too, soon found herself jumping on a bike and uninhibitedly wheeling through New York’s car-clogged streets.

The setting for their meeting that September was an art exhibition, called “Democracy in America: The National Campaign” at the Park Avenue Armory. Mr. Ryan, who plays with a band called Team Spider, said, half-jokingly, that he had been invited to the event along with other members of Time’s Up — an environmental advocacy group that is another of his causes — “to give some street cred or something.”

He hadn’t been there long when he noticed Ms. Compton from across the enormous room — her “bright and sunshiny face, rare in this world of cynics in New York,” he remembered.

read the entire article here.

A video from the wedding:

Article on the upcoming NACCC

This year the NACCC which is pronounced like that 80′s one hitters, The Knack, is short for the North American Cycle Courier Championships.

This year it’s being held in Atlanta, yes they have bike messengers there, this weekend.

Here is an article found on the messenger news source: messmedia.org, dutifully maintained by Joe Hendry.

The NACCC hits Atlanta’s Streets

The Examiner, October 8th, 2010

By Thomas Moore

Starting today and running through Monday the 11th, Atlanta will play host to an influx of cyclists for the North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC). It is a great opportunity for the city and its citizens to experience the urban cycling scene at an unprecedented scale.

First off, for those curious, the NACCC is an event showcasing the best and brightest of the courier biking scene. Traditionally, a bike courier braves the big city streets to deliver messages, parcels and pretty much anything else that needs delivering. They are famous for their rocketing through the streets of New York and San Francisco despite the heavy traffic. (A quick side note: Quicksilver, a movie from the 80s, gives a look at the messenger biker and is an awesome-in-an-80s sort of way).

The NACCC provides a venue for these messengers to show off their skills in races, track stand competitions, sprints and even some trick riding. All these skills are by-products of the typically messenger’s day and have developed from necessity into a sport of its own. The NACCC are not only about supporting the new sport, but about celebrating the messenger culture that has been developing for years.

Centered on Grant Park, the NACCC will run all weekend through Columbus Day on Monday. Also, there will be a chance to check out various vendors that will be show-casing cycling and cycling-related gear. One such vendor is Stanley that will be showing off their rugged vacuum bottles. Stop by their tent, share a story and perhaps you will walk away with a bottle of your own. In addition to Stanley, there will be numerous other vendors for you to check out, talk with and perhaps purchase some gear.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, enjoy the fact that Atlanta is playing host to the NACCC and so many cyclists. As always, email me with any questions or comments and keep riding!

Protest against the 1st Ave Bike Lane

If you are upset with all this pesky infrastructure for cycling?

Another Stolen Bike

I apologize for not posting this sooner.

Stolen, September 30th
From: Anna Sian
Last night, I lost my friend Windsor, a dark silver fixed gear bike. He was locked up with an orange Kryptonite lock and cable to a street sign in front of 199 Water Street, between John and Fulton, in the financial district. I couldn’t ride back home last night because of the wind/rain and left him there overnight, only to come back to no bike and no lock in the morning!

Please keep an eye out for a matte silver, WINDSOR “The Hour” 49cm fixed gear bike with black Riser handlebars, Oury grips.

I’m shocked, disappointed and so so sad. The bike is really dear to me and I miss it so much!

Offering a cash reward for any information leading to the return of my bike. Email annalisian@gmail.com

Details:
Frame: Windsor Custom Butted and Tapered 4130 Cromoly with Track Dropout 120mm width, Externally butted seat tube, single water bottle mount, REAR RACK braze on mounts.
Frame and fork drilled to fit normal front/rear road brake calipers.
Fork Windsor Custom Drawn Triple Butted and Tapered 4130 Cromoly Aero Road
Drilled for road brake, 1.125 inch steerer
Headset CH Sealed-Cage, Ball Bearing Threadless 1.125
Crankset LCO Black anodized Aluminum, 48T CNC Ring, 1/2×1/8, 130BCD
(43/49/52/54: 165mm, 56/58/61: 170mm)
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge 103mm
Pedals: MKS Silver
Cog/s / Chain Fixed Gear cog 15T or 16T (NoChoice), 1/2×1/8 / KMC Z410
Hubs Formula TrackSpec Black Anodized Aluminum, High Flange, sealed cage ball bearings. 32 hole.
Rims / Spokes 32H Aero Track DoubleWall, black anodized aluminum (machined brake track)
Stainless spokes
Tires Kenda K191 700x23c or 700x28c (no choice)
Black wall high pressure road, presta valve tubes
Handlebar Black Risers with Black Oury Grips
Stem Forged/Welded Aluminum, Removable Bar Clamp, Black Finish Threadless 1.125
Saddle Specialized
Seat Post/ Seat Clamp SL Micro Adjust Aluminum 27.2mm x 250mm
Windsor SL Machined Aluminum 29.8mm
Sizes
49 cm

Color Matte Silver