New York Bike Jumble-Fall edition

Everyone’s favorite NYC bike swap meet is coming back for the fall.

From their site:
Join us at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for New York’s only bi-annual cycling flea market.

The event will be held in the park, on Fifth Avenue between fourth and fifth streets, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, one of the epicenters of bicycle commuting in New York City.

At this one day only event, vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, bicycle components and cycling accessories to the public. Good deals abound as do good times! Come down between 10AM and 4PM and remember, the early bird gets the worm!

As the Jumble winds down, an outdoor dance party DJ’d by JStacher and Dirty Finger will kick off till about 8PM when Bike Shorts will begin their outdoor short film festival.

WHEN: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday, September 12, 2010
Jumble – 10AM – 4PM
Dance Party – 4PM – 8PM
Bike Shorts, short films about the bike – 8PM 9PM

WHERE: 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 768-3195

More info:

Golden Bike Awards

December 4th, 2010. NYC. Benefit for the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. Coming soon.

Summer’s fading fast… alerted me that summer is fading fast. She posted some September rides you might want to check out including the New York Cycle Club’s Escape from New York.

Unicycle festival tomorrow

Tomorrow starts the three day festivities of…

There is a kick off event with a ride across the Brooklyn Bridge, around Prospect Park and then onto Coney Island. Find out more on their website:

Also there is an article on AOL news.

Unicyclists to Roll Over New York City
by: Marc Hartzman

(Sept. 2) — New York City has given a big boost to bicyclists in recent years by installing hundreds of bike racks and some 200 miles of bike lanes. Now the bike’s quirky one-wheel cousin wants some love, too.

With this weekend’s first annual NYC Unicycle Festival, it gets plenty of it.

The three-day event is being organized by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and begins Friday with a 13-mile ride beginning at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge and finishing on the Coney Island boardwalk. Approximately 30 riders are expected to make the trek. Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, has proclaimed it Brooklyn Unicycle Day.

Read more here.

This just in…

No wonder everyone’s been so pissed off.

8.4 Million New Yorkers Suddenly Realize New York City A Horrible Place To Live
‘We’re Getting The Hell Out Of This Sewer,’ Entire Populace Reports

September 2, 2010 | ISSUE 46•35

NEW YORK—At 4:32 p.m. Tuesday, every single resident of New York City decided to evacuate the famed metropolis, having realized it was nothing more than a massive, trash-ridden hellhole that slowly sucks the life out of every one of its inhabitants.

With audible murmurs of “This is no way to live,” “What the hell am I doing here—I hate it here,” and “Fuck this place. Fuck this horrible place,” all 8.4 million citizens in each of the five boroughs packed up their belongings and told reporters they would rather blow their brains out with a shotgun than spend another waking moment in this festering cesspool of filth and scum and sadness.

By 5:15 p.m. there was gridlock traffic on the outbound sides of the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the area’s three major airports were flooded with New Yorkers, all of whom said they wanted to go anyplace where the pressure of 20 million tons of concrete wasn’t constantly suffocating them.

Read more from this Onion piece, here.

Nice celebrity snapshot

Diablo from Cyclehawk Couriers is hanging out with a friend…special agent Johnny Utah, Keanu Reeves.

and Jared Leto is biking around Soho:

find out more here.


Inception star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is in town shooting a new messenger movie called “Premium Rush.” Looks like an Affinity frame. Right on.

Timbuk2, my new sponsor

Just want to give a warm hello to my newest sponsor, Timbuk2 bags.

Born out of a garage in San Francisco in 1989, Timbuk2 pioneered the messenger bag. Since that time they have seen tremendous growth, but still haven’t forgotten their modest, hardworking, true tested, bike messenger roots. They make products that are good-looking, tough-as-hell that you can truly make your own.

And you can use them to carry, what I hope will be my next sponsor.

I made the NY Times green blog

Wow, sometimes my ranting gets noticed…
The Biking Boom Breeds Discontent
By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF, August 30th, 2009
New York Times Green Blog

Biking is booming in New York City, with the number of daily cyclists rising to an average of 236,000 in 2009, up 26 percent from 2008, according to statistics compiled by Transportation Alternatives, a pro-biking nonprofit group.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other city leaders have praised the increase in cycling for reducing congestion and pollution and making the city streets safer overall. To accommodate the surge in bike commuters, the city has installed hundreds of bike racks and roughly 200 miles of new bike lanes in the past three years, with plans for future expansion.

Yet according to a recent weeklong investigative series by Tony Aiello, a reporter with New York City’s WCBS-TV (Channel 2), the cycling boom is breeding discontent. Titled “Bike Bedlam,” the segments turned a critical eye on reckless riders who flouted traffic laws, and profiled a young father who was killed by a cyclist riding the wrong way on a one-way street in Midtown Manhattan. A former bike shop owner declared that cyclists were “way out of control.”

The reaction of the New York City biking community was mixed, with some cycling bloggers decrying the series for perceived sensationalism, while others admitting that too many cyclists were, in fact, ignoring traffic laws, often flagrantly.

“Cyclists, clean up your freaking act,” wrote Jen Benepe, a cycling blogger.

The Web site BikeBlogNYC urged “fellow cyclists” to heed the laws of the road. “Take those flip-flops off, put down that cellphone, put on a helmet, ride in the correct direction and pay attention,” read a recent post that, at the same time, mocked the WCBS series as sensationalist.

Read more here.

Look who’s riding a bike…

Remember my friend Jonathan who got hit by a car back in May?
He’s BACK!!

The Doctor said he could ride again, and I was proud to be on his first ride back into Brooklyn.

Article on Bicycle Habitat

While doing research for our upcoming book: BIKE NYC, I’ve visited almost every bike shop in the 5 boroughs. Along the way I’ve meet a ton of interesting shop owners and heard their stories about how they made their journeys into the world of bike retail and repair.

I just found this in depth article which interviews one such owner, Charlie McCorkell, who along with mechanic Hal Ruzal opened Bicycle Habitat in 1977. That makes it one of the oldest shops in NYC, besides Bellitte Bicycles in Jamaica Queens, who beat them by opening in 1918, but that’s another story.

Charlie was a real pioneer in the bicycle world, not only opening up a shop back when there weren’t any around, but also becoming the executive director of Transportation Alternatives and putting an engineering degree to good use by changing a lot of what NYC was doing wrong for his fellow cyclists. He used direct action to protest too little access to the bridges and eventually worked with the city to remove stairs on the Brooklyn Bridge. He would also do DIY things like paint in his own bike lanes, long before they were doing in on Bedford Ave.

The article is from a new site called which is culture and news stories about, “How New York works.”

Here it is:
In a changed city, Soho bike mecca Bicycle Habitat grows up
by Gillian Reagan,
Aug. 31, 2010
McCorkell at his station. Photo by Erin Nicole Brown Photography.

On a summer afternoon walking up Lafayette Street toward Houston, just past Spring, you’re likely to approach a cluster of characters on the sidewalk. It’s hard to tell what everyone is doing there, but they all have bikes. They’re looking at bikes, testing bikes, locking up bikes, putting air in bike tires, sitting in storefronts nearby talking about bikes while drinking iced coffee from La Colombe cafe down the street.

It’s because of the independent bike shop, Bicycle Habitat, which has been selling bikes to everyone from hardcore messengers and utilitarian commuters to wispy Soho model types for some 33 years now.

On one such afternoon recently Hal Ruzal, the affable shaman of bike mechanics in New York, with hefty dreads hanging down past his chest, tanned arms bulging from a sleeveless T-shirt, wrestled with a frame of a track bike at the front of the room, where his work is visible from the street. Sales staffers shuffled around him, fetching bike parts or running to another mechanic’s station in the back of the room to work on other bikes.

Read the entire article here.