December Bike Shorts

Too cold for bike shorts? Think again.

More info at

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.

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:

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
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

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.

2 bikes stolen

2 stolen bikes to report:

Stolen 11/24/10

My Dahon Speed D7 was stolen today on 90 st and 1st ave. $100 reward if found, no questions asked. It has the larger rear rack and reflective tape in the rim between spokes. I also has a ZENBIKES sticker.

Call José 787-627-9225

(not this bike, but close)


My bike was stolen today at the corner of Crosby and Prince.
It is a black woman’s Biachi Milano Parco.
[like this but in black]
It has a black basket and a ladybug bell.
I know that the likelihood that I get it back is slim, but if anyone sees it please contact:
Nadia at or call (404) 202-6399

These theft reports have also been added to my Stolen Bikes Google Map:

View Bike Theft 2010 in a larger map


Trash Messenger Bags

Trash Messenger Bags:

They got a new website:
Check it out!

This winter…Get Bright

Brett Novick of the Pedal Pushers Club, who makes my bikeblog t-shirts, has a new reflective hoodie, using some super bright 3M scotchlite.

A write up about it:
To The Dismay of Orange Safety Vests, PPC Releases Its First Reflective Hoody
In an attempt to undo the historical association between wearing reflective clothing and being known around the office as “the crazy bike commuter guy”, Pedal Pushers Club has begun selling an everyday, casual sweatshirt with exceptional reflective capabilities. Under normal lighting the bicycle graphic looks and feels like a regular screen-print, however under direct lighting such as from a car, the print exhibits its reflective qualities. Made from hyper-reflective 3M Scotchlite, the bicycle graphic acts as an excellent addition to wearing a regular blinky light or provides a good backup to help riders remain visible when they forget their lights at home or face a dead battery.

The sweatshirt itself is a ridiculously soft blend of 55% post consumer recycled polyester and 45% organic cotton. Available in a full-zip pill-free Slate grey from the Pedal Pushers Club at:

The Pedal Pushers Club is a small “lifestyle” apparel company for people who like bikes. Our t-shirts, hats, and hoodies are great for cruising around town on the single speed or looking sharp for post-ride social activities. Look for PPC’s new line of technical riding jerseys in Spring 2011.