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New bike shop in Greenpoint

Pablo and Adam have a new bike shop in Brooklyn called: Green Point Bikes. They’ve got a huge space selling, as the website puts it: Rescued, Recycled and Renewed. So if your looking for a completely overhauled used/vintage bike by top notch mechanics, come on down to 1078 Manhattan Ave. (between Eagle St. & Dupont) 7 days a week 10am-7pm.

They are also having an art show, open house on Saturday.

A recent memorial for Jasmine Herron

The Brooklyn paper recently filed this report on last weekends memorial ride for cyclist Jamsine Herron who was killed on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn.

Mean Streets: Ghost bike for Denver gal.
By Thomas Tracy
The Brooklyn Paper

(photo by: Stefano Giovannini)

Brooklyn has a new ghost bike.

Mourners installed the white-painted memorial — one of a growing number of tributes to killed cyclists — at the corner of Atlantic and Washington avenues on Saturday to mark the spot where Jasmine Herron was crushed by a city bus on Sept. 11.

The 23-year-old Ditmas Park resident was remembered as an aspiring artist who often rode her bike from her apartment to Think Coffee in Manhattan where she worked as a barista.

Herron was rolling down Atlantic Avenue when a driver opened her car door at just the wrong moment, knocking Herron into the path of a B45 bus.

Read the rest of the article here.

Chasing Legends, new documentary about Le Tour.

Chasing Legends, a documentary with an inside look at what it’s like to race the Tour De France.

Comes to NYC

September 30th @ 8:00PM

Symphony Space, Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Tickets at: Symphony Space

Time Trail like the Pros-Gran Fondo

I got this from Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives.


Join cycling star Evelyn Stevens for individual time trials in Hudson

Sunday, Oct. 10th, 9 AM to 12 PM
Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., near Storm King State Park

Test your racing stripes on the Hudson Valley’s Storm King Highway, a
twisting two-lane road that will be closed to traffic for the first-ever
Storm King “Cannibal.” Racers will be timed, one by one, on a 7.1 mile
course with rolling hills, hairpin turns and spectacular views of the
Hudson River. The Storm King Cannibal is named after five-time Tour de
France winner Eddy “The Cannibal” Merckx and is a licensed USA Cycling
event, with photo-finish timing. Wall Street banker-turned-cycling champ
Evelyn Stevens will participate, with other cycling pros.

“It’s a rare opportunity to experience a real European-style time
trial,” said Race Director John Eustice, founder of Sparta Cycling, a
company in Manhattan that promotes professional cycling events. “The
course is reminiscent of a stage in the south of France-it’s about bike
handling skill and deep fitness.”

After the time trial, Transportation Alternatives will lead a 34-mile
ride through Harriman State Park followed by a luncheon near Anthony’s
in Garrison, N.Y. The social ride and luncheon are open to cyclists
who donate $250 or more, with proceeds benefiting Transportation
Alternatives and its advocacy work for safer cycling and improved
cycling infrastructure in greater New York City. The day-long
fundraising event is called the Gran Fondo, after the Italian long
distance cycling tradition.

“This is a super fun way to support vital bike advocacy campaigns that
are making it safer for New Yorkers to ride,” says ride leader Paul
Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives.

Storm King Cannibal time trial only: $35
Gran Fondo fundraiser: $250 for time trial, social ride and lunch;
Donate $500 or more and receive a commemorative Storm King Cannibal

To register:
Important: Standard road bikes only: no time trial bicycles, aero-bars
or disc wheels.

Great report from last Friday’s Mass

Here is a great recap of the current state of Critical Mass in NYC, from Criticalmasspanic.

About 40 cyclists gathered at the new and improved Union Square as the light faded from the sky. A good crowd, many new faces. Some visitors were from LA, where they have a thriving mass ride scene, and a handful of friends of the late Andrew Wolf, a Brooklyn cyclist who was run down in broad daylight by an 18-wheeler in Canada last week. After much socializing, light distribution and information sharing regarding NYPD harassment of cyclists, the participants gathered round to hear a few of Andrew’s friends speak about who he was, and what we have lost in his death. It was moving…emotionally. The mass itself stayed put.

Read the rest here.


Alan from Home grown cycle in Detroit rock city sent me an email about an up coming event.


we’re throwing a road bike/mountain/moped/scooter racing event at Detroit’s abandoned Dorais Velodrome.

We’re calling it The Thunderdrome. The event is scheduled for October 16th, 2010. Doors open at 8:00AM

The event is free to spectate and only $20 per entrant to cover costs. Any profits we do make will be rolled into the repair and upkeep of the Velodrome.

The Mountain Bike class, sponsored by Homegrown Cycles is for human-powered mountain bikes having sturdy construction. Suspension is suggested, but not required. The course includes most of the Velodrome and a grueling, super fast downhill portion with roots and other obstacles. Finally, the mountain bikers will need to huff out a long stretch along some very tiring grass sections. Come strong.

The Road Bike class, sponsored by Sweet Bikes, is for human-powered road bikes with on-road tires. The course is only the Velodrome, but the Velodrome surface has some moderate cracks that will change your racing line considerably. This’ll be interesting

The Moped class, sponsored by 1977 Mopeds, is for engine-powered mopeds 75cc or smaller. Electric mopeds of similar power to a 75cc engine or smaller will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Transmission and clutches are totally open and free to choose. Pedals are optional, but extremely suggested based on the Le Mans-style start. The Moped class runs on only the Velodrome, but the surface is sure to give you some surprises to your line.

Finally, the Scooter class. Everyone in this world hates Scooters – except that everyone also loves to ride them. Scooters must be under 50cc and must have a single drive ratio. Electric scooters of similar power to a 50cc engine or smaller will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Scooters cannot have pedals.

David Byrne on sound check tomorrow.

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Author of “Bicycle Diaries,” and musician David Bryne will be on WNYC’s sound check tomorrow at the Greenspace.

The Greene Space at WNYC Presents:

With David Byrne and Phil Collins

The music icons discuss their latest projects
In front of a live studio audience with host John Schaefer

Also, ANGELIQUE KIDJO to perform live, unplugged

Tuesday, September 28th at 2pm
Tickets On Sale Now

(September 23, 2010 – New York, NY) – As summer winds down and outdoor concerts come to a close, people are heading indoors for all things music – and WNYC’s Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, is no exception. Next week, WNYC’s daily music and conversation program kicks off another season of live broadcast events from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with two pop and rock icons and “Africa’s premiere diva” (Time magazine).

On Tuesday, September 28th at 2pm, Soundcheck opens its fall season with up close and personal conversations with DAVID BYRNE and PHIL COLLINS. Singer-songwriter – and avid cyclist – DAVID BYRNE will discuss how public radio inspired his unusual audiobook of Bicycle Diaries, the latest version of his recent travelogue. PHIL COLLINS will tell the story behind Going Back, his first studio album in eight years. In it, the eight-time Grammy Award-winner re-visits the music he loved as a teenager, faithfully recreating Motown hits from Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas.

The Grammy Award-winning West African singer ANGELIQUE KIDJO, known for her social activism, diverse musical influences, and collaborations with artists including Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Branford Marsalis, and Joss Stone, will perform an intimate unplugged performance for the in-studio audience.

This special edition of Soundcheck, live from The Greene Space, will broadcast on 93.9FM and will stream live as a video webcast

Previous guests on Soundcheck in The Greene Space include Lou Reed, Tori Amos, The Decemberists, Rosanne Cash, Santigold, The Hold Steady, Das Racist, Moby, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Joshua Bell, among others. Additional opportunities for audiences to enjoy Soundcheck in The Greene Space will be announced shortly.

TICKETS: $15, available at
More information: (646) 829-4000

SOUNDCHECK is WNYC’s daily talk show about music that features conversations with musicians, critics, scholars, journalists and others related to the music industry, as well as special live performances. Recent guests include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Quincy Jones, Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard, Clive Davis, Ry Cooder, Isaac Hayes, Burt Bacharach, and others. The show is hosted by John Schaefer and is broadcast live from 2-3 pm ET, with an encore play at 10pm ET, on 93.9 FM and is available for on-demand listening at For more information, please visit

Rapha’s Pop Up shop goes Pop!

The party is coming to an end.

Report backs from Interbike

There have been a lot of good report backs from this year’s interbike in Las Vegas.

Prolly’s been all over it, giving good commentary on new products and loading his site with photos and information.

Also Urban Velo, has had tons of postings about this years show.

Go to their full coverage: here.

Lara a buyer for NYC’s bike shop Bicycle Habitat, was kind enough to file this report with me.

The bike expo was pretty crowded again this year. We didn’t see a whole lot of new product from a cycling perspective. Probably most impressive was SRAM, which has some gorgeous components and good info coming out. They really have a nice product line.

We did like the new models coming from Linus. We think they will be a great fit for urban riders.
I’m excited about the computer pannier they’re coming out with in the spring of 2011. More functional than their previous panniers and less intense than the Ortlieb brand, though they still have some engineering to do on improving the latches, hooks and such.

Interestingly, the big “trend” the show emphasized this year was e-bikes or electronic bikes. Apparently they are growing significanty in popularity, but we don’t see this occurring as much in the city – it seems to be more of a fit in the suburbs where roads are more open and the lifestyle is more conducive to that need. Regardless, the bikes were everywhere. We have sold a few ebikes in the past year, but we have yet to be much smitten with them, so it was entertaining to us to see them everywhere. The year before, bamboo bikes were the fancy feature of the show, but I saw much less of them this year.

Kryptonite locks are coming out with “skins” for their most popular U-locks, which I think will be really nice for everyone. They’ll come in a few colors, and allow some personalization for what has traditionally been a pretty utilitarian-looking product.

We also selected some nice new baskets, autumn clothing, saddle seats, awesome helmets (we’re finally going to carry Nutcase!), and cycling shoes. We’re working on ordering the cool SPD-compatible street shoes I mentioned; not sure when we’ll get them in stock.

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.