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The Bicycle Film Festival-Minneapolis and DC


This 2010 Bicycle Film Festival is rolling into two cities this weekend.

Minneapolis
and
Washington DC

For the scoop on Minneapolis check out this posting from local blog bikejerksmpls.blogspot.com

and in DC,
my pal Gwadzilla.blogspot.com

Midnight Keirin in the NY Times

the NY Times did a story on the Midnight Keirin Club underground track bike street racing hosted by CK.

With a great photo by Ed Glazar.

(photo by Ed Glazar)
Photo caption: John Kniesly took a corner during a race around McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Monday night.

Night Racing for Pride and a Little Cash
By SEAN PATRICK FARRELL
July 13, 2010, 3:53 pm

The riders balanced on their fixed gear bikes, wobbling ever so slightly as the race organizer Chris Kim counted down.

“Three, two, one, green light, go!”

The second Midnight Keirin Club race of the year was off. The small pack lurched forward and began churning their pedals around the perimeter of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was 10:15 p.m. and they were soon absorbed into the dark at the end of Driggs Avenue.

Mr. Kim held on to each rider’s five dollar entrance fee: the pot would go to the winner.

“People really race for pride,” he explained, “but the money is nice.”

read the whole article here.

Escape from NYC with Eugene

So there was this Escape from NYC ride last weekend and one of my team mates Chris Ryan made a nice little recap.

Check it out at the Blog for Chris’s new production company, Dedicated-lane.com/blog

another one of my team mates Gene,

was so inspired by the Tattoo offered up to one of each team participating…

He went out and got his first tattoo.

He said he had a real great and proffessional experience by Derik Snell of Hand of glory in the south side of Park Slope.

Meanwhile Gene leads his own impromptu bike tours often advertised to the Gay and Lesbian communities but open to everyone. I went on one of his trips to the Brooklyn waterfront and it was amazing. He’ll be hosting another one this Sunday based on a ride he did last year.

EIGHT BRIDGES IN ONE DAY – BY BIKE !
SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, 2010, STARTING AT 11 am

Discover New York City from four major and four lesser-known bridges.
Starting from downtown Brooklyn, we will zig-zag through Manhattan then into Williamsburg.
We’ll cross the East River four times, along with Hell Gate and Newtown Creek. The scenery
keeps changing along this exciting and challenging urban ride. Be ready for some moderate
hill climbing along with awesome views.

MEET: The steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Court St & Remsen St. 11am

Group Limit: 15 Length: 25 miles

Food: Lots of places to stop for coffee; big lunch at the end in Greenpoint. Bring Money.

Contact: Gene Kahn Email: emkahn@Earthlink.net
Reservation: RSVP Suggested. Weather: Rain of iffy weather cancels. Contact Gene

This Ride is sponsored by Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society.

Post about Tour de Queens from Bitch Cakes


Ms Bitch Cakes of the blog msbitchcakes.blogspot.com is on a quest to loose weight and she’s being brave enough to make her experiences public. She’s seems to be doing quite well and I’d have to say biking around the city has been a big help. I’ve really enjoyed her postings and wanted to share her latest entry about riding in this year’s Tour de Queens.
(shown here with my buddy Mitch)

Today was a brand new biking adventure for me: The Tour de Queens! It was the most bike riding I have ever done in the NYC borough of Queens. Good thing I had my trusty NYC Bike Map to get me there!

Read the entry here.

Tomorrow is Bastille Day

Tomorrow is Bastille Day. Everyone should be watching stage 10 of the Tour de France. Special shout out to all the french riders…like Sandy Casar who won today in stage 9, Christophe Moreau, Jérôme Pineau and John Gadret.

Some insight to today’s stage in the Alps from the NY Time’s tour corespondent, Juliet Macur.

Alps Turn Tour Into a Two-Man Race
By JULIET MACUR
Published: July 13, 2010

ST.-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France — With their top opponents falling by the wayside behind them, many moving slowly, as if in stuck in mud, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador zipped to the finish line of Stage 9 of the Tour de France, nearly side by side.

The cruel Alps, with their steep, unrelenting ascents, had not beaten those two riders. But others were not as lucky. Tuesday’s climbs, especially the seemingly never-ending Col de la Madeleine, had caused other top riders to crumble.

“I still think the Pyrenees will decide the race, but it’s easier for me now because I have only one rider to look after,” Schleck, 25, said of his effort to win his first Tour. “I think the other riders were really weak today. I don’t think any of the riders have the possibility to come to the front.”

Read the article here.

And updates from Team Radio Shack’s Chris Horner

who is also racing a hundred or so miles a day and then writing a daily blog.

Read more here.

Viva la France!

Short blurb on Tour de Queens-1,500 riders!

MY FOX NY has a short little blurb on Sunday’s Tour de Queens:

The Tour de France may be going on across the ocean but in New York the Tour de Queens is the bike tour of record.

The tour has become the largest cycling event in Queens and welcomes cyclists of all skill levels.

The first Tour de Queens in 2008 hosted 500 cyclists. This year’s tour boasted more than 1,500 participants and took riders on a leisurely 18-mile bike tour of northeast Queens, exploring Flushing, Bayside, Oakland Gardens, Little Neck, Queens Village and Fresh Meadows. Riders were treated to a rest stop at the Queens County Farm Museum, a working farm in New York City.

“The Tour de Queens is all about celebrating the strides we’re making towards a more bike-friendly borough,” says David Dubovsky, Chair of Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Committee. “Where else in New York City can you bike from a two-time World’s Fair ground to a working urban farm–all in one morning?”

For more information on the tour visit tourdequeens.org

source.

Summer fun with Time’s Up

1. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 16th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:30 p.m.- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
8 p.m.- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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2. DEAD RAIN FORESTS OF NEW YORK
Saturday, July 17th, 10 a.m.
High Line- Gansevoort Street and 10th Avenue
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3. CONEY ISLAND SUNSET DANCE RIDE
Sunday, July 25th, 5 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
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4. SUMMER TIME DANCE RIDE
Thursday, July 29th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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5. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, July 30th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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6. FOUNTAIN RIDE
Saturday, July 31st, 2 p.m.
Bryant Park on the corner of 42nd and 6th Avenue
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7. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, July 31st, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** All classes are being held at our Brooklyn location! **
Time’s Up! Brooklyn is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

become a member!

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1. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 16th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:30 p.m.- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
8 p.m.- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

A new Luna Park has opened. Fireworks too! Is Coney back? Did it ever leave? We are back. Heck XUP’s ride & Coney Island- then, now, forever…

More info here.

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2. DEAD RAIN FORESTS OF NEW YORK
Saturday, July 17th, 10 a.m.
High Line- Gansevoort Street and 10th Avenue

We’ll ride the cool morning air along lower Manhattan’s waterfront, stopping where tropical timber has been installed.
Ancient forests over 50 million years old are being logged for our boardwalks, park benches, bridge decking, ferry pilings, and other outdoor uses; they can easily be built with more sustainable materials. This ride will go at an easy pace, lasting about an hour to 90 minutes with some stops along the way.
So come ride with us! See for yourself how this wood is holding up, learn what’s at stake and find out what’s been accomplished so far to change the City’s use of these beautiful trees: ip, greenheart, ekki, teak.

More info www.rainforestsofnewyork.net

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3. CONEY ISLAND SUNSET DANCE RIDE
Sunday, July 25th, 5 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

The sunset dance ride brings you to a rocking outdoor boardwalk dance party sponsored by the Coney Island Dancers who provide the powerful sound system and DJ’s so you can dance the night away!
The ride leaves from Grand Army Plaza and should give you plenty of time to dance with each other and watch the sunset as you welcome a new week in the most Brooklyn of ways!

More info www.facebook.com/CONEYISLANDDANCERS
and
here.

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4. SUMMER TIME DANCE RIDE
Thursday, July 29th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Ride the heat wave in style with our funky summer soul mobile party!

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5. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, July 30th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

For more information see http://www.criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com/

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6. FOUNTAIN RIDE
Saturday, July 31st, 2 p.m.
Bryant Park on the corner of 42nd and 6th Avenue

It’s our public space! Let’s make a splash. Bring your swim trunks! Bike and swim tour of all the best fountains in midtown.

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7. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, July 31st, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures at Flickr.com

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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now ALL workshops are in Brooklyn! **
-99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue-

More info here.

MONDAY WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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TUESDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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SUNDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Sunday at 4 p.m.

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.

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New bike lane is coming to 1st Ave.

(photo by Ben Fried)
In case you didn’t notice, 1st ave has been all torn up from Houston Street on up to 42nd. Things are slowly being repaved and it looks as if a new bike lane is being installed.

Check out this report from Ben Fried at Streetsblog.

Reflection on Keith Alexander


5 years ago, Sunday, Tattoo artist, musician and avid cyclist Keith Alexander died on the Shore Road in Brooklyn. I found this report back in 2005.

I’m not sure why I chose to post this, but it seemed like a fitting tribute to someone who was reviered in both the cycling community and body modification community.

Read the article here.

Insight into faded Albany bike lanes

Alex Brunin writes the bicycle blog for the Time’s Union up in the state capital of Albany.

He recently wrote an interesting account of some of the bicycle roadways upstate.

Magic Bike Lanes
July 12, 2010 at 1:00 am by Alex Bunin

I realize that the City of Albany has a Plan which seeks to incorporate bicycles within its commuting traffic. However, a plan is merely a statement of intent. Its completion is necessarily a future event. New York’s capital could ultimately either look like modern Amsterdam, a bike commuting utopia, or we could return to the settlement founded by their Dutch ancestors here on the banks of the Hudson 400 years ago – mud trails that ultimately became cobblestone streets. A lack of funding or other unpredictable crises could intervene and dash the Plan.

Yet, as an eternal optimist, I am sure conditions will improve. Everyday there are portents of change for the better. Streets are being resurfaced. Pedestrians are getting actual curbed sidewalks, so they do not have to wander into traffic. However, the history of government support for bike travel in Albany has not been good.

It is not completely the City’s fault. New York State has two main Bike Routes which intersect in Albany. Route 5 extends East/West along Madison and Western avenues and Route 9 travels North/South on Broadway. They meet at the ramps for the 787 freeway. As you can see in the picture below, green signs with a bicycle icon direct riders to this inviting scene.

Read the rest of the article here.