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Interbike is coming, Who’s Going?

Well the world of bicycle manufactures and retailers are getting ready to descend upon the most un-bike friendly place in America for some, “Gear and Loathing in Las Vegas!”

Yes it’s time for Interbike2010, September 22nd-24th.

My good friends at Urban Velo, Brad and Jeff will be covering this like a broke foreclosed homeowner on the nickle slots machine.

This time they won’t have the excuse of running away from the riot cops gone wild for the G20 in Pittsburgh.

Some other people I heard that will be there,

Bicycle Habitat, NYC’s prolific and ever expanding bike shop on Lafayette St.

My good friend Nona Varnado promises to send back some dispatches from the field if she’s not to busy sipping martini’s pool sid—I mean schmoozing her wears around for her line of woman’s cycling apparel.

She’ll also be apart of Interbike’s Fall Fashion show called, “Ready to Ride,” sponsored by Momentum Magazine.

(this is not Nona)

Also Crihs Thormann, NYC courier, alleycat champion and one of the film makers of Empire, will be on hand throwing a race in Vegas.

Trailer from empire.

Their will be lots of cool vendors at interbike such as:

Velo Transit. who make cool backpacks and messenger bags from Seattle.

I’m sad I can’t go. It really is a lot of fun.

Some other bikeblognyc interbike postings:
2008, Chris Kim gets some HED.
I went back in 2006.

Damn, has it been 4 years already.

Tragic News, cyclist killed.

Really saddened to learn about this.
A 23 year old woman, Jasmine Herron was killed on Saturday, (9/11/10) on her bicycle in Brooklyn.

Here is an article from the Daily News:

Woman in bike tragedy, Jasmine Herron, rode bike everywhere, co-workers said

By: Barr Paddock, Mike Mclaughlin, Edgar Sandoval and John Lauinger
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Monday, September 13th 2010

article:
The woman killed this weekend in Brooklyn when her bicycle clipped the door of a parked car – launching her into a city bus – rode her bike everywhere, co-workers said.

Jasmine Herron, 23, who died in the freak accident Saturday night in Prospect Heights, worked as a barrista at Think Coffee on Mercer St. in Manhattan. She rode her bike to work every day, co-workers said, and always wore a helmet.

“She was a nice girl. It’s a tragedy,” said a neighbor who lived near the apartment Herron sublet on Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn.

Read more: here.

It is illegal to open a car door into a cyclists path. It’s also illegal to operate a vehicle without a license. The driver of the car was arrested and charged with, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driving, and a vehicle and traffic law violation.

More on that from this article in Staten Island Live.com

A message from a playwright friend of Jasmine’s, Casey Wimpee, found on illraper.com.

RIP, Jasmine Herron. 2/14/86 – 9/11/10. a sweet, fearless, beautiful, amazing young woman to know & work with, & funny as hell. who else could segue conversations from Slavoj Zizek to Kathy Acker to broom of the system while gang of four plays in the background? you & HCB will be dearly missed, valentine.

I post this to pass on my deepest condolences to all friends and family involved in this tragic accident. Knowing full well the realities of being a cyclist in NYC,
please be careful out there, watch for car doors…maybe even avoid Atlantic Ave., especially with all the construction that is going on there with the new stadium.

New NYC cycling related blog: The Guardrail NYC

I stumbled upon a new blog which takes an interesting and critical look at some of the roadways and commuting options out there for NYC cycling.

Dan Oliverio writes:

His subtitle is: “Where the automobile stops and your feet take over. A blog covering new and old ideas for transportation and its alternatives, infrastructure, urban planning and design within the metropolitan area. Probably some politics too…”

More about the site from Dan:

“I have been riding in NYC for just about as long as I have lived here, which is a mere five years. The past year I challenged myself to ride every day possible, and with this experience I have been able to truly see the city from a completely different perspective, through the eyes of a cyclist. There is something to be said for the thrill of riding a bike thorugh NYC streets – something that can often be a complicated task.

I originally created this blog as a way to express my thoughts and ideas around a different perspective on life in general. A few weeks ago it started to evolve in to a focus on transportation alternatives, urban planning, city projects and general New York City life, something I have always has a passion for. Recently I have been taking photos of my biking journeys down various NYC streets and bike paths and showing what life as a NYC cyclist is really like. These “photo journeys” are something I hope to continue doing in the future.”

Follow along at: theguardrailblog.blogspot.com

Oh behave!

What? I’m bored.

Ditmas Rides-Tonight

From ride organizer Rene Netter,

If you can think of new routes to ride or other parts of the city to explore by bike in a group ride then please come to the Ditmas Ride maybe you can even prepare the route you’d like to ride so we can all come along. Just keep in mind that their will be children on the ride and that there might be not so experiences riders.

The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (9/10) at 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford. It will be fun to see you so please come it will make a difference.

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.

Ride Brooklyn, Lot Party.

There will be a bit of a lot party this weekend on Bergen Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. Local business are coming together in an empty lot between 450 and 448 Bergen St, to raise money for the Brooklyn based charity, The Center For Anti-Violence Education.

Ride Brooklyn, will be having a weekend long sale and some computrainer competitions from 4:00-6:00pm on Saturday.

Here is some info from owner Jessica Murray Kocher (posted on facebook.)

2 Racers will go head to head on a virtual Computrainer coarse complete with hills. The coarse will be 1 mile long. It will be raced tournament style with the final of 3 miles.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 as well as a few prizes for best time and highest power output.

1st place is a $50 gift card good on anything in the store. It will be increased to $100 if we have more than 25 racers sign up in a single category. (If the woman’s group has fewer than 10 it will be $25)

We will have separate categories for single/fixed gear, Multi-speed bikes, and a woman’s category.

Don’t forget… ITS FREE!!!!!…. plus there will be food and bevys and entertainment on hand and the entire Bergen street block will be having specials and sales for this event!!

CMWC in Guatemala, mudslides and all.


Nadir Olivet, a Guatemalan native and owner of La Carrera Cycles in Toronto, had a wild idea. Why not host this years 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in his native country. Despite severe weather such as mudslides, the show has gone one.

Here is a report, via Messmedia.org from VeloNews.

The show goes on: Guatemalan landslides challenge Cycle Messenger World Championships organizers
By Connor Boals • Updated: Sep 9th 2010

It’s a bike messenger’s job to get the delivery done in any condition: rain, sleet or snow.

But what about landslides?

The 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships will answer just that question as hundreds of messengers from across the globe descend on the tiny Guatemalan town of Panajachel, where some preliminary events started Sept. 3

Heavy rains from tropical storm Hermine have already brought the mountainsides down, closed roads, stranded racers across Central America, displacing villagers and even taking several lives.

Read the whole story here.

A promo video by Lucas Brunelle.

CMWC Guatemala from Lucas on Vimeo.


Bill Chidley of the London messenger blog, Moving Target Zine, has been filling daily reports on the scene.

Bamboo bike just stolen

Justin Aguinaldo from the Bamboo Bike studio had a bamboo bike robbed 20 minutes ago. Canal St. and Varick St. 121 Varick. Thief was seen heading North. Bamboo frame, black components, white riser. Be on the lookout!

NY Craft Beer Week-with Matt Levy on Bike

Matt Levy loves bikes. You’ve seen him around with handlebar mustache, hosting the bike kill with a megaphone, riding around on his tall bike. He’s also from an entire family of licensed tour guide who know the secret ins in our beloved city.

In October he has a really unique tour coming up on bicycle, which explores the Brooklyn breweries in the late 1800’s and into the turn of the century.

BIKE BROOKLYN BEER BLITZ!

A 3 hour bicycle tour of Williamsburg, East Williamsburgh and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!

See historical photographs of various brewery buildings when they were built, between the 1880s and 1920s, compare them with vintage 1970s photos (in the heart of Bushwick’s deep dark arson-and-gangs era) and observe them as they stand today, re-purposed but obviously the same brewery buildings. German Churches, banks and social halls will also be observed. The tour will end at Evergreen Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, where many of the Brewers are buried . . . with a surprise!

A historical, educational, beer-drinkable adventure!
Part of NY Craft Beer Week!

Sept 25 & 26 12-3pm
Oct 2 & 3 12-3pm
BYOBike and helmet.

$25 per person, includes one beer served mid-tour.
Check out more pictures on our Tour Page!

RSVP: matt@levysuniqueny.com

I wish you all safe travels in Guatemala.

Looks like this years Cycle Messenger World Championships is off to a rough start in Guatemala due to flooding. Several messengers from NYC are heading that way. Good Luck to all.


Guatemala mudslides kill at least 38; 2 buses hit

NAHUALA, Guatemala – Torrential rains from a tropical depression caused landslides that have killed at least 38 people in Guatemala — some of them rescuers trying to save people already buried under a wall of mud.

In the village of Nahuala, about 200 rescue workers suspended the search for bodies Sunday afternoon after heavy rain fell in the area, Civil Protection spokesman David de Leon said.

Two slides in the same spot in the town of Nahuala killed at least 20 along a highway leading northwest of the capital toward Mexico. Another slide closer to Guatemala City killed at least 12.

“We will return when the rain ceases,” De Leon said. “It is difficult and dangerous to continue with the search.”

Read the rest of this article here.