New NYC cycling related blog: The Guardrail NYC

I stumbled upon a new blog which takes an interesting and critical look at some of the roadways and commuting options out there for NYC cycling.

Dan Oliverio writes:

His subtitle is: “Where the automobile stops and your feet take over. A blog covering new and old ideas for transportation and its alternatives, infrastructure, urban planning and design within the metropolitan area. Probably some politics too…”

More about the site from Dan:

“I have been riding in NYC for just about as long as I have lived here, which is a mere five years. The past year I challenged myself to ride every day possible, and with this experience I have been able to truly see the city from a completely different perspective, through the eyes of a cyclist. There is something to be said for the thrill of riding a bike thorugh NYC streets – something that can often be a complicated task.

I originally created this blog as a way to express my thoughts and ideas around a different perspective on life in general. A few weeks ago it started to evolve in to a focus on transportation alternatives, urban planning, city projects and general New York City life, something I have always has a passion for. Recently I have been taking photos of my biking journeys down various NYC streets and bike paths and showing what life as a NYC cyclist is really like. These “photo journeys” are something I hope to continue doing in the future.”

Follow along at:

Oh behave!

What? I’m bored.

Ditmas Rides-Tonight

From ride organizer Rene Netter,

If you can think of new routes to ride or other parts of the city to explore by bike in a group ride then please come to the Ditmas Ride maybe you can even prepare the route you’d like to ride so we can all come along. Just keep in mind that their will be children on the ride and that there might be not so experiences riders.

The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (9/10) at 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford. It will be fun to see you so please come it will make a difference.

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.

Ride Brooklyn, Lot Party.

There will be a bit of a lot party this weekend on Bergen Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. Local business are coming together in an empty lot between 450 and 448 Bergen St, to raise money for the Brooklyn based charity, The Center For Anti-Violence Education.

Ride Brooklyn, will be having a weekend long sale and some computrainer competitions from 4:00-6:00pm on Saturday.

Here is some info from owner Jessica Murray Kocher (posted on facebook.)

2 Racers will go head to head on a virtual Computrainer coarse complete with hills. The coarse will be 1 mile long. It will be raced tournament style with the final of 3 miles.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 as well as a few prizes for best time and highest power output.

1st place is a $50 gift card good on anything in the store. It will be increased to $100 if we have more than 25 racers sign up in a single category. (If the woman’s group has fewer than 10 it will be $25)

We will have separate categories for single/fixed gear, Multi-speed bikes, and a woman’s category.

Don’t forget… ITS FREE!!!!!…. plus there will be food and bevys and entertainment on hand and the entire Bergen street block will be having specials and sales for this event!!

CMWC in Guatemala, mudslides and all.

Nadir Olivet, a Guatemalan native and owner of La Carrera Cycles in Toronto, had a wild idea. Why not host this years 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in his native country. Despite severe weather such as mudslides, the show has gone one.

Here is a report, via from VeloNews.

The show goes on: Guatemalan landslides challenge Cycle Messenger World Championships organizers
By Connor Boals • Updated: Sep 9th 2010

It’s a bike messenger’s job to get the delivery done in any condition: rain, sleet or snow.

But what about landslides?

The 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships will answer just that question as hundreds of messengers from across the globe descend on the tiny Guatemalan town of Panajachel, where some preliminary events started Sept. 3

Heavy rains from tropical storm Hermine have already brought the mountainsides down, closed roads, stranded racers across Central America, displacing villagers and even taking several lives.

Read the whole story here.

A promo video by Lucas Brunelle.

CMWC Guatemala from Lucas on Vimeo.

Bill Chidley of the London messenger blog, Moving Target Zine, has been filling daily reports on the scene.

Bamboo bike just stolen

Justin Aguinaldo from the Bamboo Bike studio had a bamboo bike robbed 20 minutes ago. Canal St. and Varick St. 121 Varick. Thief was seen heading North. Bamboo frame, black components, white riser. Be on the lookout!

NY Craft Beer Week-with Matt Levy on Bike

Matt Levy loves bikes. You’ve seen him around with handlebar mustache, hosting the bike kill with a megaphone, riding around on his tall bike. He’s also from an entire family of licensed tour guide who know the secret ins in our beloved city.

In October he has a really unique tour coming up on bicycle, which explores the Brooklyn breweries in the late 1800’s and into the turn of the century.


A 3 hour bicycle tour of Williamsburg, East Williamsburgh and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!

See historical photographs of various brewery buildings when they were built, between the 1880s and 1920s, compare them with vintage 1970s photos (in the heart of Bushwick’s deep dark arson-and-gangs era) and observe them as they stand today, re-purposed but obviously the same brewery buildings. German Churches, banks and social halls will also be observed. The tour will end at Evergreen Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, where many of the Brewers are buried . . . with a surprise!

A historical, educational, beer-drinkable adventure!
Part of NY Craft Beer Week!

Sept 25 & 26 12-3pm
Oct 2 & 3 12-3pm
BYOBike and helmet.

$25 per person, includes one beer served mid-tour.
Check out more pictures on our Tour Page!


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.