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Live from the Blvds of Death

There was an alleycat recently hosted by Rafael and Stone Tone featuring the deadly Ave’s of Queens.

Check out the latest video from Diablo.

Live from Interbike

Trade shows. They’re a chance for companies to show off new products, build hype, fill plastic bags full of crap and hopefully get free drinks…I mean stuff. For gadgets, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, for Mac users it’s the Mac World expo and for us bike nerds, its Interbike.
(photo from belmont distribution)

I had a my foreign corespondent Nona Varnado on the scene in Las Vegas. (Right, actually she was already going, just to dispell any rumors that I have any kind of staff what so ever.) Nona was on hand to promote her line of cycling apparel for woman, she filled this report on the current state of bike fashion from Interbike central.

Interbike 2010 Fashion Report

Interbike is overwhelmingly “back” according to the number of exhibitors and attendees after last year’s ghost town. From components manufacturers to apparel there seems to be a big gulf between companies updating existing lines and companies pushing out innovative new stuff, largely in response to the huge growth in new cyclists and fashion conscious urban riders.

Not surprisingly the coolest stuff seems to be coming from small new companies trying to make a name with stand out products. And where fashion is the usual all male concentration becomes decidedly more female. I’m at interbike to launch a fall/winter line of women’s cycling apparel (nonavarnado.com) and it has been awesome to meet a bunch of super talented young women producing gorgeous quality products; from Po Campo’s bags to DZR’s amazing street cycling shoes (originally designed only for women, but they were so hot she added a men’s line).

Dzr….. Shoes that everybody who rides wants Now. from James Adamson on Vimeo.

Riyoko from Canada had some very cute pieces.

Spandex, pink stuff and more floral prints were strongly represented, so for ladies who joy those established looks, have no fear of a total revolution in bike chic. For that category, Dude Girl is my clear favorite. Sticking to the comfortable classics my favorite jersey’s were from Swobo; comfortable fabrics, minimal (but cute) details.

Men’s choices, being a far more developed business, are both more varied and nuanced. Campagnolo, unsurprisingly has the most minimal garments – from spandex to outerwear with both the men’s & women’s lines coordinating. Chrome has some gorgeous men’s apparel and accessories out now that will be classic enough to look great a few years from now too. Wheelmen’s bags & shirts looked whimsical & fun.

Speaking of bags, there are a few companies (Ortlieb. Timbuktu) making small rectangular backpacks that are gorgeous. They look comfortable & hip even outside of a bike context.

For high tech garments, the Mavic shoes and apparel look great, incredibly well made and super minimal. Their shoes & jackets are all one color, plus the yellow logo. Showers Pass had some really lovely rain jackets for men and women in the fashion show that were attractive enough to be worn to work or on a date.

Chrome & Swrve have some great bike specific pants for both men & women, though I can’t speak as to the fit (soon hopefully!) Swrve has a pair of riding pants that seem insulated enough to be worn on your next commute through Siberia.

With a few worthy exceptions apparel seemed to be a low point amongst all the bikes and components. The most intense fashion experience seemed to come from accessories, such as the gorgeous BASIL bags from the Netherlands. Between those and some of the new commuter bike lines (Linus, Globe) you could probably wear a plastic trash bag and still look good.

Lazer helmets seems to have heeded the call of ‘helmet covers’ and has come out with a really attractive plaid helmet that comes pre-covered.

It’s a significant leap from some of the DIY craftsmanship but with all the styling. Nutcase has also upped their offering to include the really silly (watermelon?) to the simply pretty (Gold & sparkles).

Caption the photo

I kind of laid this gimmick to bed, but with this photo, sent by one of my most vocal commentors…I can’t help put revive…

CAPTION THE PHOTO.

Penny Farthings gone wild

This race of high wheelers takes place in Knutsford, UK September 5th. Hard not to snicker with that name.
Wait for it, wait for it…at the end there is a crash, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Winner of Bike Shorts: Rachel Brown looks at 1st Ave. bike lane.

In case you missed it.

I missed the last Bike shorts, Ken Stanek’s ongoing short film festival in Brooklyn. Even though there were two opportunities to see the movies, due to a rain date. RATS.

There was a lot of buzz about the winning film, Rachel Brown’s short about bike lanes.

It doesn’t take a great documentarian such as Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line, the Fog of War) or Michael Moore (Sicko, Capitalism a Love Story) to make a concise investigative film. Rachel just grabbed a camera and interviewed some riders of the new bike lane on 1st Ave. This is an excellent look at the debate about whether bike lanes in NYC are actually safer.

718 Cyclery is opening a shop

Joe Nocella, of 718 Cyclery has this really cool concept about outfitting people with the perfect urban commuter. He calls it collaborative builds and it basically works like this: You pick out a frame, generally an old school ten speed or some gem either you find or he finds it, mostly on ebay or craig’s list. Then you discuss parts, wheels, what you want to use the bike for and your riding style. Then Joe orders the parts, lays them out and then you schedule an appointment to build your bike. Joe builds the wheels.

According to his blog, it looks like Joe is getting a store front, scheduled to open at the end of October. (pending the signing of a lease) 461 7th Ave. In Park Slope Brooklyn.

Luckily, Joe is also an architect so he’s put up some concept graphics of the new space.

Things Republicans hate…big surprise.

Ok, first there was the immensely popular and hilarious, stuffwhitepeoplelike.com. Take a look at this blog, in case you had any doubts, or need a good laugh.

Then I stumbled upon this little gem. It’s good to know we made the list of Things Republicans Hate.

#37 Cyclists.

“Riding a bicycle has become fashionable for extreme liberals known as ‘Bohemians’ or ‘Hipsters’. These hipster cyclists can often be seen with their right pant leg rolled up. This fashion statement is the equivalent of a pierced right ear (they’re gay). Hipsters enjoy riding their bikes to useless, liberal arts courses and head shops.”

Read more here.

Bike Sharing, now on Campus

Thought this was the best way to get around school?

Looks like college campuses across the US have adopted bike sharing programs.

Check out this article in USA today.

Bike-sharing programs spin across U.S. campuses
By Didi Tang, USA TODAY

Photo caption: Jason Dallam, left, adjusts a bike Blake Bodendorfer checked out for the semester from Drury University on Aug. 30.
Photo by: Bob Linder, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader

Drury University junior Garret Shelenhamer ditched his car and gets to his classes and volunteer commitments using a shiny, new bike provided by the school.

Shelenhamer, 20, is one of a number of students across the USA taking advantage of free or low-cost bike sharing programs, which have become increasingly popular. Drury students agreed to pay a $20-a-year sustainability fee, which funds the bike program. The Springfield, Mo., school purchased 40 new bikes for use by students in time for the fall semester.

“It’s helped me so much,” Shelenhamer said. “It’s been fun.”

Nearly 90 American universities, from New York University to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, offer some form of campus bike program, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Read the article here.

SF Cyclecide Bike Rodeo comes to the MakerFaire.

This weekend, the World Maker Faire is coming to Queens. Make Magazine started this upgraded science fair in San Francisco as an expo to highlight the types of things they offer their readers, homemade robotics, DIY inventions and all kinds of innovative projects. Such creations as how to build your own coffee roaster, to making a decorative sewing machine cover and constructing your own solar powered hot tub…who doesn’t need that?

Now this build it yourself renegade craft and science fair is making it’s New York City Debut in Queens at the Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street–Queens, NY 11368-2950–

September 25th and 26th.

For a complete schedule visit: makerfaire.com

Looks like the San Francisco vibe is coming to NYC with the famous CYCLECIDE BICYCLE RODEO

This troupe of bike makers create amazing tallbikes, choppers and participatory contraptions like this:

They’ll be on hand taking bike making to a whole new depth.

Come on down and meet them along with NYC’s own Hungry March Band, and the Madagascar Institute.

Second Life bike shop in Asbury Park, NJ

Kerri Martin used to do a lot of great community service for bikes here in NYC. Now she has moved on to New Jersey and is working with a new space called Second Life Bike Shop.

I mean, they’ve got a bike blender, what more do you need.


Here is more about it from the Asbury Park Press.

Asbury Park shop gives new life to used bikes
Asbury Park shop teaches meaning of recycling to area youngsters
By NANCY SHIELDS • STAFF WRITER • September 17, 2010
ASBURY PARK — Curdel Changoo, 12, a seventh grader at Hope Academy Charter School, tells it this way: There is a boy who is his cousin’s brother’s cousin who came to visit and took Curdel’s bike to the boardwalk where it got stolen last year.

Curdel’s mother told him about this new place at 21 Main St., a 7,500-square-foot space full of donated bicycles, where kids can earn their own bike by working 15 hours learning bicycle repair. So far, he’s worked 10 hours at Kerri Martin’s Second Life Bikes.

Martin, 38, is working hard at her latest job operating a not-for-profit community bike shop where people donate their used mountain bikes, cruisers, trick BMX bikes, and tot-sized bikes.

Kids can earn a bike or work one hour for a seat or tube, two hours for a tire.

Adults can find bike parts they need or pick out a bike that needs some repair and pay about $45 to $100 for Martin to get it road ready.

Read the whole story, here.