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Check out the Bespoke show at Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design is getting into the bicycle cult as well.

They have a new show there running til August 15th: Bespoke, the handbuilt bicycle show.

More information here.

A bit about the show:

Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle displays the designs of six internationally renowned bicycle builders whose work in metal, as well as graphics and artifacts, elucidate this refined, intricate and deeply individual craft. Organized by Michael Maharam, owner of the eponymous textile company and an avid bicycle collector, along with master builder Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles in Portland, Oregon, this survey is presented as part of the MADProjects exhibition series, which explores emerging trends and innovations in the design world.

The twenty-one handbuilt bicycles exhibited sit squarely at the intersection of design, craft, and art, and include a range of contemporary designs: fixed-gear, road racing, cyclocross, mountain, and commuter bicycles, as well as the stripped-down radonneur, designed exclusively for long-distance racing. The exhibition features bicycles by: Mike Flanigan, Alternative Needs Transportation (A.N.T); Jeff Jones, Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles; Dario Pegoretti, Pegoretti Cicli; Richard Sachs, Richard Sachs Cycles; J. Peter Weigle, J. Peter Weigle Cycles; and Sacha White, Vanilla Bicycles.

Read more also on Vanilla Bicycles blog Speedbloggen.com as seen on prollyisnotprobably.com

Rumor has it there will be a panel discussion in June with some of the frame builders including Brooklyn’s own Johnny Coast.

BTW, the word bespoked is a British term which applies to something that is handmade to someone’s specifications…I didn’t know this…thanks wikipedia.org. See, we learn something everyday.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located at:
2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE NEW YORK, NY 10019 212.299.7777
www.madmuseum.org/

Velo, a new book

Just got word from Harry Schwartzman of the upcoming New York Bike Jumble swapmeet, about a new book coming out from a German publisher, Gestalten.


Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design

Here’s a quick description: Velo introduces a wild bunch of passionate cyclists – frame builders, urban planners, artists, photographers, and those who ride professionally – who are making an impact. They are not only shaping styles, but promoting cycling as a primary form of transport. The book also explores the aesthetic of today’s cycling culture and presents custom-made frames and art bikes as well as a selection of contemporary illustration and design influenced by the cycling movement. Geared toward anyone who has a personal or professional interest in cycling, Velo is the fast lane into a current topic that is both entertaining and socially relevant. More here.

They used some photos from last year’s bike jumble booth by amazing photographer: Keiko Niwa who will be on hand this Sunday at the next Jumble, taking more great shots. Definitely come by and get a photo with you and your ride and you may end up on a German book about the incredible things people are doing with bike and bike accesories.

I just love what they chose for the back cover, Helmet art by Danielle Baskin. Danielle custom paints designs on helmets and more of her work can be viewed on her site: www.bellehelmets.com

Also featuring some more of Keiko’s photos of Harry (lower) and Alan Sikiric (Middle right) from Cyclingwmd.blogspot.com

You can pre-order a copy from Amazon here.

Quick guide to Time's Up events this weekend and beyond.

1. GREEN APPLE IN BLOOM CYCLING TOUR
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park, Temperance Monument
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2. PROSPECT PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza
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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 14th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where
Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West
intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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4. STILL WE RIDE VIEWING, POST CRITICAL MASS BBQ PARTY
Friday, May 14th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street
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5. COAST TO COAST
Saturday, May 15th, 12:30 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park
or 1 p.m. on Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge bike path
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6. HOEDOWN DANCE PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDENS
Saturday, May 15th, 2 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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7. RED BULL ARENA RIDE
Saturday, May 15th, 4:30 p.m. meet up, Rides begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m.
134 West 24th Street at Zen Bikes
$15 includes game ticket, RBNY scarf, secure bike parking, and
donation to Time’s Up!
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8. PEACE RIDE TO TIBETAN MUSEUM
Sunday, May 16th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet up at Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal for departure on noon Ferry
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9. HAND TOOLS 101
Monday, May 17th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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10. POWER TOOLS 101
Tuesday, May 18th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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11. PUP YOUR RIDE WORKSHOP
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets
**Doggie Pedal Parade is Sunday, May 23rd!**
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12. CENTRAL PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 21st, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle, entrance to Central Park at 59th Street and Broadway
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13. BRIDGES BY NIGHT- UPTOWN
Friday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m.
East 84th Street, at Carl Schurz Park
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14. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** In NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio
which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton
Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn
which 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. GREEN APPLE IN BLOOM CYCLING TOUR
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park, Temperance Monument

Tour downtowns remarkable community gardens, renewable energy sites,
riverside wonders and social innovations for everyday greener living
with Green Map Systems.
All ages welcome! Easy ride.
Rain cancels.

www.greenapplemap.org

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2. PROSPECT PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza

This will be an old fashioned traffic calming ride supporting a
car-free Prospect Park. Join us as we use our bodies, bikes, skates
and mouths to slow down traffic and claim Prospect Park for children
After the ride, a group will head to Brooklyn Critical Mass.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=traffic-calming-rides

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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 14th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where
Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West
intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other
nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the
road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders
participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first
Critical Mass was in 1993.

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4. STILL WE RIDE VIEWING, POST CRITICAL MASS BBQ PARTY
Friday, May 14th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street

Bring food for the BBQ!
Still We Ride is a documentary that chronicles the police crackdown
and resulting court battles in New York. The movie takes on issues of
civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the
benefits of alternative means of transportation.

www.stillweridethemovie.com

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5. COAST TO COAST
Saturday, May 15th, 12:30 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park
or 1 p.m. on Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge bike path

Come see a demo of bicycle frame building by New York’s own
Johnny Coast and Seth Rosko! Held at Coast Cycles, there will be
demonstrations on simple brazing techniques, frame alignment,
and simple frame design.

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6. HOEDOWN DANCE PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDENS
Saturday, May 15th, 2 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Garden Ride/ Procession/Dance to Save the Community Gardens
This will be a festive celebration of Spring and our community
gardens! Come dance to defend New York’s beloved and once again
endangered urban gardens.
Why: Because the 2002 deal to save the gardens is coming to an end and
the city is dragging its feet. Ten years ago we fought, screamed,
dressed up, and fought for the community gardens. Today these gardens
are once again under the threat of development.
This year we’re asking you to come dressed like your favorite garden
vegetable, bring some noise to defend, and celebrate our community
gardens.
After party at Dias y Flores Community Garden Lower East Side- 522
East 13th Street between Avenues A & B.

http://www.prod.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117728511592922

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7. RED BULL ARENA RIDE
Saturday, May 15th, 4:30 p.m. meet up, Rides begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m.
134 West 24th Street at Zen Bikes
$15 includes game ticket, RBNY scarf, secure bike parking, and
donation to Time’s Up!

Enjoy a bike ride with Red Bull Athlete (and long-time Time’s Up!
volunteer) Austin Horse- from NYC to Harrison, NJ to the Red Bull
Arena and watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Seattle Sounders at
7:30 p.m.
Two Course Options:
- 24+ mile ride through NYC, over the George Washington Bridge to Harrison, NJ
- Ride to Battery Park for Ferry Ride to NJ and ride to the arena
RSVP to Austin Horse at redbullarenaride@gmail.com

More info here: Here.

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8. PEACE RIDE TO TIBETAN MUSEUM
Sunday, May 16th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet up at Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal for departure on noon Ferry

This will be a peaceful ride through Staten Island to the Jacques
Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art which is committed to promoting the
awareness of Tibetan art and culture. Bring money for museum admission
($5) and bring lunch (or money for food).

tibetanmuseum.org

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9. HAND TOOLS 101
Monday, May 17th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn the basics of how to use everyday hand tools and their
applications- screw drivers, alan keys, ratchets, wrenches, riveter,
leatherperson, and the amazing vice grip!

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10. POWER TOOLS 101
Tuesday, May 18th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn the basics of how to use power tools! Learn about the
cordless drill and necessary attachments, hammer drills, the angle
grinder, and spectacular sawzall.

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11. PUP YOUR RIDE WORKSHOP
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets

In preparation for the May 23rd Doggie Pedal Parade!
Come transform your bicycle into a companion animal transporter. Bring
your bicycle along with supplies such as a basket or trailer
appropriately sized for your furry friend, in order to prepare for the
Doggie Pedal Parade. We’ll provide mechanics to assist you.

More info Here.

Click here for pictures of last year’s Doggie Pedal Parade:

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12. CENTRAL PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 21st, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle, entrance to Central Park at 59th Street and Broadway

This will be an old fashioned traffic calming ride supporting- and
enforcing- a car-free Central Park. Join us as we use our bodies,
bikes, skates and mouths to slow down traffic and claim Central Park
for pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters.
After the ride, a group will head east to the Bridges by Night- Uptown Ride.

More info Here.

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13. BRIDGES BY NIGHT- UPTOWN
Friday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m.
East 84th Street, at Carl Schurz Park

Join Time’s Up! for a twilight tour of numerous bridges over the
Harlem River, the Bronx Kill, and Little Hell Gate Inlet, with stops
in Manhattan, Wards and Randall’s Island, and the Bronx, inspired by
an East River tradition, this ride uncovers bicycle access points and
takes in stunning sunset vistas while touching on environmental issues
as overly industrialized waterfronts, highway systems, and damaged
marine and shore ecosystems are viewed.
Though it’s just 6 miles long, the Harlem River is crossed by 14
bridges, making it the most-bridged waterway of that length in the
world.
The last bridge we cross will leave us at 179th Street and Amsterdam
Avenue in Manhattan, from which some people will head to the subway
and others will ride back to the start location. Bring lights, snacks,
and water. Be prepared for a veritable urban obstacle course,
including a bit of gravel, some stairs, hills, broken glass, pot-holed
roadways, stretches of heavy traffic, and maybe even a Yankees game.

More info here.

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14. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** In both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

More info: here.

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
**
WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
**
FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

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

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 4-6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

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TIME’S UP! IN THE NEWS
Great Video!
Times Up! Best Environmental Group of the year 2009!

Be on the Look Out: Another Stolen Bike

got an email from Quay Quinn-Settel

Hi there…

I’d really like to list my bike on Bike Blog NYC.. not sure how it’s done..

My bike was stolen from my building in Fort Greene yesterday and since it’s a pretty distinctive looking, I’ve been trying to seed its description with all the right people in hopes that someone will spot it…

I realize my chances are very remote.

But this bike, for a host of reasons, means a great great deal to me. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s just a bunch of metal and rubber, but I feel like I lost a child or a pet. It was my first build, and is my first loss. I’m sure you can relate. So if you could keep an eye/ear out for it, I would be so very grateful…

It’s a royal blue single speed Gazelle Champion Mondial, 56cm, with white wheelset/crank and black mustache handlebars w/ brakes. It has black wraps and a black seat. It also has a couple nicks on the top tube near the seat.

Thank you…
Quay
917 459 6619
or contact through email: quinnsett@gmail.com

We did have one success recently, Jeff from Continuum Cycles got his bike back as illustrated in this post on Prolly’s Blog.

(photo by: Ed Glazar)

Read more about it on Chris’s Tumblr.

Win Stuff!

So maybe you’ve noticed that we’ve been giving away a lot of cool stuff as part of promotion for our upcoming book.

Here’s how it works. We put up an image once a week on our facebook fan page. Be the first one to comment on where the photo is in NYC and win great prizes.

This week, apparently we stumped everyone with this image:

Well rather than giving up, we are letting it ride for a little while longer. So if you can figure out where this is you could win a great pair of white tires from our amazing sponsor:
Panaracer Tires

Come on, You CAN DO IT!

Tons of events this weekend

It’s National Bike Month. Here in NYC there are so many things to do this weekend.

Friday, May 14th:

Time’s Up- Green Apple Ride

6:00 pm
Temperance Monument, Tompkins Sq. Park.

also
Brooklyn Critical Mass

Then
Saturday, May 15th:
9:00am, Green Markets Tour. Check the Bike Month Calender for more details.
Meet at Union Square (17th and Broadway) in Manhattan

Austin Horse has asked me to promote this event, a ride to a Red Bull’s game:

from Austin-
Tickets are discounted to $15. We will need to collect this at the start of the ride. Please remember to bring cash for all the members of your party.

The Details:
4:00pm – Meet at Zen Cycles, 134 West 24th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
$15 cash only at the ride start

4:30pm – The longer ride will be 32 miles long and will leave from Zen Cycles first.
Long route. (involving the GW Bridge)

5:00pm – The shorter ride will be 16 miles long. Please note there is an additional cost for the ferry ride of $7 per ticket.
Short route (involving a ferry–This event is in New Jersey)

For both rides we recommend you wear shoes you will be comfortable riding and walking in and ride a bike you are able to carry down stairs.

Thank you!

Please RSVP Austin at redbullarenaride@gmail.com

Sponsored by: Zen Bikes and Time’s Up.

Also on Saturday, Time’s Up is sponsoring 2 more great free rides:

HoeDown Dance Party for the Community Gardens!

Garden Ride / Procession / Dance to Save the Community Gardens
What: A festive celebration of Spring / dance party to celebrate and defend New York’s beloved and once again endangered community gardens
When: Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 2:00 PM
Start: 2:00 PM, Center of Tompkins Square Park
End: After party at Dias y Flores Community Garden Lower East Side. 522 E. 13th St, between Avenues A & B Subway: L Train to 1st Avenue, from 4-6 PM.

Why: Because the 2002 deal to save the gardens is coming to an end and the city is dragging its feet. Ten years ago, we fought, screamed, dressed like tomatoes and sunflowers and fought for the community gardens. Today, these gardens are once again under threat of development.

So, this year year we’re asking you to come dressed like your favorite garden vegetable, bring some noise, defend, and celebrate the monumental achievement of the community gardens.

More info: benshepard@mindspring.com

and…

Johnny Coast and Seth Rosko are frame builders making bikes from scratch right here in Brooklyn. They are having an open house of their shop in Bushwick and Time’s Up is sponsoring a ride as well.

Details from Facebook.

Come see how custom bicycles are built with NYC framebuilders Johnny Coast & Seth Rosko. Johnny and Seth are opening their shop to the public and will be demonstrating brazing and welding techniques as well as discussing frame design. Finished bikes and works in progress will be available to view.

Enjoy some BBQ and Beer as well as music provided by DJs Dirty Finger, Porkchop & James Stacher.

Times-Up! will be leading a group ride from Manhattan & Williamsburg to the shop. First group will leave from Tompkins Square Park at 12:30 PM. Brooklyn riders will be met at Washington Plaza (the park on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge), leaving at 1 PM.

Visit www.johnnycoast.com & www.slrosko.com for more info as well as photo galleries of their work.

Afterparty to follow at Tandem Bar, 236 Troutman Street.

Sunday, May 16th

It’s the 5BBC’s Montauk Century

and the Brooklyn Bike Jumble.

from one of the organizers, Frank Lentini:

WHAT: Families and bike enthusiasts will gather at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for Brooklyn’s only annual cycling-focused flea market. Local bike vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, accessories and provide cycling tips to jump start the summer cycling season. Known for making cycling accessible to all New Yorkers, bikes at the Jumble will be available from $50 – $200 dollars.

Along with purchasing bikes ranging from racers to cruisers, cyclists can have their pictures taken with their favorite rides, view the new exhibit “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, obtain free bike repairs from Times Up and learn more about safe cycling in New York from The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

WHEN: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday, May 16, 2010

WHERE:
The Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHY: As the summer heats up in New York, it’s time to tune up your bike or pick up a new one and enjoy all the cycling activities the city has to offer. Whether you’re a parent looking for their child’s first bike or a cycling enthusiast on a budget, local professionals will be on hand at the second annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble to help with purchasing a new bike, picking up some new clothes and finding that part or accessory to get your bike back in shape.

The Brooklyn Bike Jumble has brought together New York’s premier cycling vendors at The Old Stone House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. On hand will be vintage Schwinns, kid’s bikes, cruisers, BMX, mountain bikes and fixed gears, both new and recycled. Bike artist Taliah Lempert will exhibit her paintings and new line of bike-themed children’s clothes. And The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will be available to help plan your next bike outing. In conjunction with Bike Month, The Old Stone House is hosting a new exhibition showcasing cycling’s history in Brooklyn.

WHO:
The Old Stone House
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Bike vendors including: Recycle-a-Bicycle, Outlier, Coast, Mr. C’s Cycles and Times Up
Artist Taliah Lampert
Photographer Keiko Niwa
Hundreds of area families and cyclists

Tables for private vendors are still available. For more information go to nybikejumble.com/vendor
To see photos of past events, please visit: www.nybikejumble.com/photos

About the New York Bike Jumble
The NY Bike Jumble, New York’s first and only outdoor bicycle flea market, exists to provide a safe, inviting place where the cycling community can connect with local neighborhoods to educate and invite more New Yorkers onto bike paths. From buying new and recycled bike parts from former racers and knowledgeable dealers, to learning cycling information from non-profit organizations, the NY Bike Jumble provides a one-stop destination for both novices and hardcore enthusiasts.

To more learn more about NY Bike Jumble, visit www.nybikejumble.com.

To speak with Harry Schwartzman, NY Bike Jumble founder and curator of “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, please contact Frank Lentini at 917.699.5450/ frankleniti@gmail.com

Friend of mine got hit by a car…

I got back to town with some bad news.

A really good friend of mine, Jonathan Beck was hit by a car in Brooklyn Monday night (5/3/10) while riding home from work on his bike.

I don’t know how many blog readers knew Jonathan but he loved bikes and is a super warm and friendly person.

To say he’s is really into bikes is a understatement. He’s been an active member of bike community and was a big part of Freewheels, (www.bicycledefensefund.org) a coalition of cyclists who raised money to help with legal defense of cyclists being harassed by the NYPD at things like critical mass. He recently took a train cross country and rode around the West Coast and went all the way to Copenhagen just to buy his beloved Bullitt Cargo bike. We’re talking obsession.

(photo by: Keiko Niwa)

He constantly commuted to work by bike and being a camera assistant in film and tv, he always had random hours and different locations throughout the city.

Monday night, the impact from the car broke his fibia and tibia bones in his leg as well as his hip in three places. Luckily he had no major injuries above the waist and he never hit his head.

After a number of surgeries, Jonathan is recovering at New York Presbyterian on the Upper East Side. He will probably have to be in the hospital for another couple of weeks.

He’s in good spirits and we are all hoping for a fast and healthy recovery.

He could really use some cheering up so please leave comments here for him to check in with.

Jonathan, so sorry this happened to you. I guess we all know the risks of riding a bike in NYC, but your positive energy and spirit is an inspiration.

Get well soon my friend and lets get you back on the bike soon!

I’m on vacation

So I’m taking a long awaited family vacation to some place that looks like this:

So enjoy your start of bike month NYC, and I’ll be back sometime around May 8th.

TA has a new look, just in time for bike month

Transportation Alternatives has a new look for their website.

Just in time, because Bike Month is just around the corner…starting Saturday May 1st.

Check out the events page for all that is going on for the month of May.

Some highlights include:

Bikenewyork’s TD Bank Five Boro bike tour-May 2nd.

The opening of the Bespoke hand built bicycle show at the Museum of Arts and Design -May 11th

Time’s Up Coast to Coast ride with frame builders Johnny Coast and Seth Rosco-May 15th

The NY Bike Jumble swap meet-May 16th

The 7th annual Bicycle Fetish Day,-May 22nd

Help Chombo’s Grill

An outstanding member of our NYC bike community, bike polo super star and events organizer, Chombo:

(photo by: Fred Askew Photography)

Was in a bad accident and lost some teeth.
Please help if you can.

Find out more here.