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.

The Blonde is back!

Monica Hunken has a one woman show about her experiences bike riding through the Middle East.

Monica Hunken & The Living Theatre Present

Blondie of Arabia

The story of an American Woman’s bicycle journey through the heart of the Middle East. Alone.
A solo play written, performed (and lived) by MONICA HUNKEN, Directed by LAURA NEWMAN
Returns to The Living Theatre 21 CLinton St, NYC after a sell-out preview season
September: Wed 22nd / Thurs 23rd / Fri 24th / Thurs 30th @ 8pm
October: Fri 1st / Sat 2nd / Thurs 7th / Fri 8th @ 8pm / Sat 9th @ 2pm & 8pm

“A performance of passion and politics, humour and hope. Following the true story of Monica Hunken’s courageous voyage, unarmed and unafraid, across hostile territory presents us with a triumph of the soul…”
– Judith Malina, founder of The Living Theatre
“The life-confession form of monologue has had its day. People thought the heedless self-congratulation of 70’s performance art strangled it forever. But then a Ruth Draper or Richard Pryor or Spalding Gray comes along and makes the pretensions of talking about your own life for an hour beside the point because the audience doesn’t notice time is passing. I had such a sensation with Monica Hunken’s Blondie of Arabia…”
– Rev Billy Talen, The Church of Life After Shopping

Two weeks before Christmas, Monica Hunken flew into the heart of the Persian Gulf to cater at a royal wedding party and ended up biking across the Middle East. This play chronicles the true story of her desert odyssey. Watch the broke, blonde American swerve her bicycle through close encounters with military capture, sex tourism, Gulf royalty and near death. As Hunken perseveres in her adventure as a parade of one, defeating trouble at every turn, indulging her super-hero fetishism, she plays over 20 characters in this 80 minute comedy that brought audiences to their feet every show.
Blondie of Arabia will be performed across Europe on a bicycle tour planned for Spring 2011 joining Follow the Women in their ride to Palestine.
Laura Newman (We Are The Hartmans) directs. Tickets for Blondie of Arabia cost only $15-$20 with a $5 discount on opening night for those who wear their bike helmets to the box office, ensuring a safe purchase for the daring ride ahead.

You can watch excerpts of the show at
PHOTO CAPTION : From left to right: (Monica Hunken) in (Blondie of Arabia). Photo credit: (Hunter Canning)

Adeline, Adeline Labor Day weekend sale.

The new Dutch bike shop on the block Adeline Adeline (147 Reade Street-NYC) is having a sale. See.

Here are some cool deals on cool gear for you and your bike:

Labor Day Sales Event

Dear friends and neighbors,
Hello from Adeline Adeline! We’ve come a long way from our inaugural launch in May: bringing a spectrum of classic bicycles overseas, adding scores of stylish new baskets, totes, and accessories to our roster, and tuning up our customers’ rides to make sure they run the very best.

Of course, our summer success is all thanks to YOU, our savvy customers. Thank you for making this a season to remember—hopefully it was for you as well.

While we all gear up for back-to-school and harvests o’plenty at the greenmarket, we at Adeline Adeline are making room on our shelves for a few exciting new seasonal surprises–and what better way to do it than our first-ever sale?

This Labor Day weekend, September 3-5, visit our location at 147 Reade Street in New York City and take a peek at some of our fantastic products at a healthy 15% discount. Interested? Here’s a glimpse of what we have to offer:
Batavus Breukelen and Breukelen Step-Thru, $1035
Stainless Steel Disc Lock, $11.90
Basil Kavan II Pannier, $191.25
Soma Front Alloy Rack, $33.98
ThinkSport Sunscreen, $12.00
Minnehaha Medium Saddlebag, $55.25
Wire Mesh Basket (Black or Silver ), $10.20
Lezyne Alloy Patch Kits and Knog Patch Kits, $8.50
Minoura Bottle Cage Mounts (Handlebar or Seatpost), $9.35
Trinity Helmet, $59.50
Predator and selected Nutcase Helmets, $34.00
Bensimon Lacet and Elastique Shoes, $46.75
FastRider Shopper Deluxe pannier, $59.77
FastRider Kidshopper Luxe pannier, $89.66
Sunlite Wire Basket with Handle, $45.89
White Lift-Off Front Basket, $8.93
Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit, $115.00
Sunlite Round Heavy-Duty Mirror, $9.16
Dimension Bike Handle, $25.49

Stay tuned to get the inside scoop on more sales and fantastic new products. Become a fan of Adeline Adeline on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @AdelineNYC.

Which reminds me, the Daily News did an interview with Adeline’s top mechanic, Frank Wruk. Yes, not just a place for fancy dutch bikes and helmets, Adeline Adeline is also a full service bike shop.

Pedal pusher: City spokes man spreads the word on bike repairs
By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Sunday, August 29th 2010, 4:00 AM

The Big Apple belongs to the bicycles. According to Transportation Alternatives, cycling is the fastest-growing way to get around town — and the city’s new $1 bicycle parking stations are making NYC even more bike-friendly. Inspired to spin your wheels? Tribeca mechanic and bike enthusiast Frank Wruk shares his tricks of the trade to ensure everyone from the training-wheels set to daredevil stuntmasters gets a smooth ride.

Where did you learn to build and fix bikes?

I grew up riding BMX bicycles, and I would ride them very hard and break them. So I would have to go and buy new parts, and I just kind of learned to install them myself and make the bikes work better. I love ­tuning bikes and making them roll for as long as they can.

What kind of damage do bikes in the Big Apple suffer most?

Flat tires are the most common repairs. In the city, the wheels take the most beating. There are so many potholes, cracks in the road, sidewalk aprons, things like that. In New York, we also have lots of stop-and-go traffic, so the brakes go through a lot of wear and tear, too.

Read the rest of the interview: here.

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.