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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

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