Bamboo bikes are becoming more popular than ever. Don’t take my word for it, check out this article in the NY Times:
Just Donâ€™t Let a Panda Borrow Your Bicycle
By MALIA WOLLAN
Published: August 11, 2010(Photo by: Christian Hansen for The New York Times)
Photo caption: Justin Aguinaldo, a designer at the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, tries one of the bikes.
BAMBOO is one of the worldâ€™s fastest-growing plants, adding as much as three feet in a single day. That growth rate, along with the giant grassâ€™s sturdy hollow stalks (with a strength-to-weight ratio similar to that of steel) may explain why bamboo is being heralded by bikers, environmentalists and social entrepreneurs as a material with no carbon footprint and the potential to provide cheap wheels in poor countries. Serious spandex-clad cyclists like bamboo bicycles, as do tattooed bike messengers and thrifty Ghanaian shopkeepers.
â€œThere is something going on with bamboo bicycles,â€ said Jay Townley, a partner in the market research firm Gluskin Townley Group. â€œTheyâ€™re catching on with urban and commuting cyclists.â€
Though bicycles with bamboo frames account for only a fraction of the bicycle market, the number of bamboo bicycle start-ups is expanding. They include Boo Bicycles, with bamboo bikes available in shops like Signature Cycles in Manhattan and the Pony Shop in Chicago; Renovo Design out of Portland, Ore.; Panda Bicycles, in Fort Collins, Colo.; Organic Bikes in Wisconsin; and Calfee Design, of Santa Cruz, Calif., a pioneer in bamboo frames whose cycles sell in shops like Eco, a London store owned partly by the actor Colin Firth.
Turns out it is unofficially open now, and will be having their grand opening on Saturday, August 28th. Here is a little press release:
CHROME LAUNCHES NEW YORK CITY FLAGSHIP STORE
Grand Opening Celebration August 28 Featuring DJ Sean S.K.E. and Limited Edition
Shadi T-Shirts and Chances to Win 15 Year Anniversary Messenger Bags
San Francisco, Calif. (August 9, 2010)â€”Chrome, the worldâ€™s leading manufacturer of
bike messenger bags, has just opened its first New York City flagship store, featuring
the complete range of Chrome messenger bags, footwear and accessories for urban
cyclists. This is the companyâ€™s second retail location, having a flagship store in San
Francisco as well. Located at 238 Mulberry Street, the store recreates the experience of
being in the companyâ€™s factory in Northern California with live sewing and an industrial
ceiling conveyor belt.
â€œWe are really excited to bring a piece of the Chrome production line to New York City,â€
says Chrome President, Bayard Winthrop. â€œChrome has an extensive history of making
durable bags for working messengers throughout the city and weâ€™re looking forward to
bringing a piece of our manufacturing heritage to our customers on the East Coast.”
Interactivity will be encouraged at the store, and customers will be able to create their
own custom color combinations for messenger bags. In addition, Cycle Hawk
Messenger Delivery will provide same-day messenger service for online orders within
A Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, August 28 from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for
the general public will feature free food delivered around the neighborhood by roller
derby legends The Gotham Girls, DJ Sean S.K.E. spinning records and limited edition
Shadi T-shirts with the first 100 purchases.
Chrome store hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sundays, Noon-
7:00 p.m. Phone number: 646-792-7835.
Founded in 1995, San Francisco-based Chrome is the leading manufacturer of durable,
utilitarian bags for city living from Brooklyn to Berlin to Tokyo. Made in the U.S.A and
sold in over 600 retail stores worldwide, Chrome recently expanded to include
footwear and apparel for men and women. For more information, please visit: chromesf.com.
I was lucky enough to get the:
Golden ticket…to a special preview party…nah nah.
August 26th. And I’m not bringing T-Pain.
This blogger loves bikes. He also loves green spaces in NYC so I give a pulpit to the hard work people are doing trying to preserve them and our community gardens.
Yesterday there was a public hearing and NY1 had this report and video.
The city Parks and Recreation Department held a public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed rules to govern community gardens.
In 2002, an agreement between then attorney general Eliot Spitzer and the city preserved hundreds of community gardens on city land across the five boroughs and increased protection from development. Those rules expire next month.
Some community garden organizers now fear that their spaces will be taken over by developers.
“The fear is very real, especially after having fought for this particular garden for the last three to four years,” said Peggy Morales, gardener at El Gallo Community Garden. “It was a very, very hard-fought battle in order to keep it here in perpetuity. To learn now that there’s a possibility that this garden could be lost to development would really be devastating to this community.”
The man featured in the image above, speaking at the public hearing is Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/CUNY Ben Shepard. He wrote an nice recap of some of the actions last week involving Time’s Up.
From the Huffington Post–
Posted: August 9, 2010 11:43 AM Paul Revere Ride to Save New York’s Community Gardens
“When Paul Revere sounded his bell to announce to Lexington Mass, all he had was his voice and his bell to sound the alarm: “The Patriots are coming!” In the case of the July 29, 2010, Paul Revere bike ride organized by Times Up!, a two-decade-old direct action environmental group, the group was aided by modern media — the internet, email, text messages, and a newspaper announcing the action. The point of the action was to sound the alarm about the city of New York’s new rules to eliminate protective status and endanger hundreds of community gardens. The new rules would replace the 2002 Preservation Agreement, expiring September 17, 2010, that have allowed gardens throughout the city to grow over the last decade.”
Now I realize I went away to Maine, for a little family vacation and some of this:
and what may appear as old news seems to keep resonating some common themes, that this blogger just can’t keep from ignoring.
Such as the impact all this bicycle fever is having on our nation or perhaps its just the desperate nature of the Republican party who has nothing better to do but bitch at a bunch of cycling initiatives. As if that is a bad thing.
It’s Mid-term election time so you’ve got Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes, warning voters that the Denver mayor is following some master UN plan to get everyone to ride bicycles. OH NO!
Look out! The next thing you know people will be following that Socialist Obama and taking health care issues into their own hands, like eating right and exercising. They might even start questioning scapegoating and misinformation from people who claim to be authorities on investigative news gathering.
I mean you make it easier for people to start cycling with a bike sharing program and you guessed it…the next thing they want to take your guns away.
Things have reached a ridiculous level here in NYC.
First of all the residents of Prospect Park West believe there is some sort of “BICYCLE LOBBY” involved in spinning data away from the fact that this busy roadway in Brooklyn is actually safe and everyone obeys the speed limit. Um. Right and nobody jaywalks in NYC either.
Here is a complaint form the facebook group against the ALL READY BUILT bike lane on PPW.
“The DOT and the well-organized bike lobby has claimed that the new bike lanes are making PPW safer from speeding cars. You may have seen some of these claims in blogs and news articles. The facts are that unless you define “speeding” as going 35 miles an hour for a short stretch between lights on a street with a 30 mph speed limit, the rhetoric about speeding on PPW is way overblown. It’s not been a “speedway” and it’s not been unsafe. The pro-bike lobby, particularly Park Slope Neighbors and Transportation Alternatives through its blog Streetsblog.com, wants you to believe that there are regularly cars going 65 on PPW jeopardizing the safety of pedestrians and bikers. This is just not true. They are “spinning” the data for their own ends by reporting it in a highly slanted and selective manner.”
Ah yes, the “PRO BIKE LOBBY,” such a force to be reckond with. Not like those other whippy lobbying groups with no power…
They are all pissed off because now when cars and trucks double park, like they always did…there is one less lane of traffic. When cars are inconvenienced, there is only one logical thing to do…blame the bike lanes. It only adds fuel to the fire with such evil neferious groups like this:
One local Brooklyn resident in Williamsburg has had it up to here with all these bicycles, and has decided to take matters into his own hands.
He is on a crusade, to battle what is being called, a “BIKE CRISIS.”
According to the Brooklyn Paper, someone is going around Super gluing locks to all those pesky bicycles chained up. I mean nothing makes more sense if you want to get rid of bicycles then to make it so people can’t remove their bicycles. Right.
Bike Lobby, Bike Crisis? Rattling the cage of the outdated auto age supremacy? Smells like one thing to me:
I don’t want to leave any genre of bikes out, so I’ve been asked to announce:
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals in Windham New York, August 26th-29th.
Here is some press on the event:
Windham, N.Y. â€“In addition to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) races at the Mountain Bike World Cup Finals presented by Shimano, several family-friendly activities are scheduled for the week of the races.
A huge Block Party, set for Friday, Aug. 27, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., will be located on a section of Route 23 in downtown Windham that will be closed to vehicular traffic. The party will feature a variety of activities and vendors and is free to the public.
Featured performances include a bike stunt show by Mike Steidley, eight-time National Trial Champion and stunt rider; a classic rock and blues performance by local powerhouse band Johnny Moon and Starz; a KANJAM tournament (a revolutionary disc tossing game perfect for all ages); a demonstration by the Albany All Stars Roller Derby; and a fire stunt show by PrimalMatic PyroAddicts.
â€œThe Windham World Cup Festival is the perfect venue to introduce people to the sport and culture of mountain biking while exposing them to the excitement of world-class international competition,â€ said Nick Bove, race director of the Windham 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup. â€œRacers ride hard but like to play hard too. This is when families and casual riders can mix with their favorite racers and explore some of the fun that Windham has to offer.â€
Additional festival activities include: â€œRace the Worldâ€ citizen races for non-UCI pros and amateurs; indoor and outdoor expos showcasing bikes and accessories, local crafts and retail products; a â€œBig Wheelâ€ race; a kidsâ€™ fun race and a free outdoor concert by Chris Barron and The Time Bandits. Barron, best known for his role as the lead singer of The Spin Doctors, now also tours with The Time Bandits, and performs an array of songs from Barronâ€™s solo album, â€œPancho and the Kid,â€ as well as some Spin Doctorsâ€™ classics.
The 2010 World Cup Finals attracts the worldâ€™s top professional cyclists in three disciplines of racing including cross-country, downhill and â€œfour-cross (4X). The U.S. last hosted a mountain bike World Cup in 2005 at the Angel Fire resort in New Mexico; the finals have never before been held in the U.S.
Scott Fitzgerald wrote in with another tragic tale:
–My bike was stolen from in front of my building last night. (8/9/10)
2007 Jamis Aurora; tan and copper. Brooks b17 saddle, black rear rack, fenders, black reflective tape on frame, fork and fenders. On the top tube, right hand side near the handlebars, there’s an 1.5 inch tear through the paint.
Please call/email scott : 347.277.0941 firstname.lastname@example.org
As we do around here now, you have to include how it was locked:
It was locked below street level in the exposed entryway of my building. Locked with a heavy cable and kryptonite lock. Probably cut the cable. My bad for thinking my own foyer would be safe for a night.
Don’t expect any hallway, staircase, out front or alley way near your apartment to be any more safe then just randomly locked up around the city.
Don’t be a shy Ronnie this weekend.
Sunday, August 15th. Brooklynbybike.com is hosting a food tour through Brooklyn and Queens.
From the site: “Join us for a ride from Brooklyn to Flushing Queens! We will be venturing across two boroughs to taste our way through the street food carts of Roosevelt Ave.
This is a casual ride and great opportunity to meet like-minded bike loving folks as we explore Brooklyn and Queens. The ride is about 10 mi and we suggest you bring the essentials and some cash for the food trucks. New folks always welcome.
New folks always welcome.
This ride has two meetup points!
A. 11:30pm – Meet under the Grand Army Plaza Arch. We’ll bike north to pick up more folks at McCarren Park.
B. 12 noon – Meet at the corner of N 12th St and Berry St @ McCarren Park and we’ll all head up to Queens.
Reminds me of this article in NY magazine, from their cheap eats issue, rating the top 25 food trucks.
Read more here, Trucks on a roll (picture from designnoted.com)