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
you can reach me, Stephen DAndrilli
This weekend is the annual fundraiser and bike ride to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis, otherwise known as the Bike MS NYC. The ride is Sunday, October 3rd and leaves and returns to Manhattan’s west side Pier 94.
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 MS ride. Now that’s my kind of boss. I got a chance to send them some questions about…why they did it.
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.
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?
From their site: For nearly 30 years, Bilenky Cycle Works has been a renowned fixture 0n the Philadelphia (and the world) cycling scene, creating custom-built frames that are regarded as functional works of art. Owner and multi-award winner Stephen Bilenky had a vision of bringing an event to Philadelphia in which all segments of the cycling community could come together The Philadelphia Bike Expo is his vision in action.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia shares in this vision. The Coalition, one of the oldest entities of its kind in existence, has been serving Philadelphia and its cyclists with education and advocacy since the 1970â€™s. Through rides, fundraisers, classes and sponsorship, the Coalition strives to establish Philadelphia as a safe and aware bike-friendly city.
The Expo will host a wide range of activities: exhibits by artisans, manufacturers and distributors, informative panels, seminars, and demos, a swap meet, fashion show and much more. The Philadelphia Bike Expo is an all-inclusive celebration of everything bicycle.
People for Bikes, is a grass roots national organization that is trying to advocate for a more bike friendly future. They’re goal is to build a million supporters and become one large voice for bikers.
Please add your name to their pledge.
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.
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 â€” one of a growing number of tributes to killed cyclists â€” 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.