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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

Stolen Bike and map

I get a fair amount of bicycle thefts reported to me so I decided to start a map to chronicle the locations of where these crimes occur.


View Bike Theft 2010 in a larger map

Recently I was sent the following bad news:

Hello my bike was just stolen yesterday on 10/6/2010, in front of
524 East 72nd Street, between 4:30-5:15pm, off a bike rack outside in front
of several buildings with doormen and cameras but sadly none of which
seemed to stop this person from taking my beloved bike. My bike is a
2001 Raleigh r700 black/yellow body with full ultegra components and
wheelset, black tires, egg beater pedals, syncros(tri bars spelling
sorry).. a black flite seat, a Thompson seatpost, and sadly i just
spent an hour replacing my brake pads the night before which have
brand new koolstop black pads on both front and rear brakes. the red
tires are not on the bike anymore and instead just the pure black ones
are.

you can reach me, Stephen DAndrilli
917-715-3095
nycste@gmail.com


NACCC in Atlanta

This weekend is the North American Cycle Courier Championships in Atlanta.

More info at dirtysouthmessengers.com

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.