Looks like the NY Bike Jumble will be down in Philly having a swap meet as well.
Check it out here.
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.
By JOHN HARNEY
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 Yorkâ€™s car-clogged streets.
The setting for their meeting that September was an art exhibition, called â€œDemocracy in America: The National Campaignâ€ 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 Timeâ€™s Up â€” an environmental advocacy group that is another of his causes â€” â€œto give some street cred or something.â€
He hadnâ€™t been there long when he noticed Ms. Compton from across the enormous room â€” her â€œbright and sunshiny face, rare in this world of cynics in New York,â€ he remembered.
read the entire article here.
A video from the wedding:
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 messengerâ€™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!
I apologize for not posting this sooner.
Stolen, September 30th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Color Matte Silver
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.
Recently I was sent the following bad news:
Hello my bike was just stolen yesterday on 10/6/2010, in front of
you can reach me, Stephen DAndrilli
More info at dirtysouthmessengers.com
Just wanted to give a shout out to my new sponsor, Laekhouse.com.
Available on his site and in chic cycling retailer shops.
His blog also has lots of great Do’s:
Check out the Laek House site and stay tuned for new developments.
This weekend is the annual fundraiser and bike ride to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis, otherwise known as the Bike
I haven’t given much coverage to these big charity rides in the past but I recently found out about an awesome giveaway.
Eric and Bruce Bromberg are the restaurateurs behind the incredibly delicious Blue Ribbon restaurant chain. Oh yeah, and they’re partners on a cool bowling alley in Williamsburg too. They also have a big thing for bicycles and decided to donate a whole fleet of 160 Cannondales to a 200 member “top-tier” team of their employees who will be riding involved in the
What inspired you to get involved in the NYC MS Ride? How long have you been working with the organization?
My brothers and I have loved cycling ever since we were kids. We rode in the MS Societyâ€™s Northern California â€œWaves to Wine Rideâ€ in 1996. For Bike MS NYC 2009 we created the Blue Ribbon/Naked Nuggets team to include our employees, who are also very passionate about the sport.
What’s the story behind the amazing employee bike giveaway?
>Last year many of our employees told us they could not ride because they did not have bikes. This year we partnered with Cannondale to donate 160 Cannondale â€œQuickâ€ recreational bikes to anyone on our staff that wanted to take part in the charity ride.
How did Cannondale get on board?
We are long time friends with Leigh Sorrells from Bike Express 52 Division in Danbury Connecticut. It was through this relationship that we were able to partner with Cannondale. We have long admired Cannondale and the companyâ€™s small American roots. It was a dream to be able to do this with them.
What do you hope your employees will gain from this experience, at the ride and beyond?
We are hoping that the new bikes will inspire our employees to continue to lead active lifestyles. We are always looking for ways to promote more sustainable business practices, and this is a wonderful way to include everyone in that mission.
What have been your past experiences with this event? What have your employees experiences been?
Last year at 81 riders strong we raised over $30,000. It felt very rewarding to make a sizeable donation to such a worthwhile cause. This year at 200 plus members we are close to doubling that number. Seeing our employees get energized and inspired like this is incredible.
Why did you decide to form a team?
We sponsor an elite amateur team called Blue Ribbon Cycling, as well as professional rider Rob Morlock, in Race Across America, a coast-to-coast endurance race. Creating a team for our employees, whom we consider members of our family, felt like a natural next step.
How did the event go at Brooklyn Bowl?
It was awesome! Everyone received a brand-new beautiful bike, helmet, and safety instructions. A fundraiser party and silent auction followed the event, and everyone bowled with their families.
What are your future bike plans?
We are in the process of developing a television series called Tour de Food where we will combine our passion for cycling, being active, and culinary exploration.
What do you wish people asked you about why you do events like this?
Blue Ribbon participates in events like Bike MS NYC, because in our business there are things that are more important that the bottom-line. Raising money for a worthwhile cause and seeing what we can accomplish as a team are the ultimate motivations for doing an event like this.
The team is also being sponsored by Naked Nuggets.
Now, if working for amazingly tasty place like Blue Ribbon weren’t inspiration enough, their employees now have new bicycles to get to work. I couldn’t help but do some math on this…let’s see 160 bikes, 200 members on the team? Do 40 people have their own bikes or is their going to be some of this going on?