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24-bike shop...Vending machine?

Need to patch a tube as you blowout riding back from Hipster Central? Now you can with a 24 hour bike shop…in a vending machine. Practical necessity or Practical joke?

Find out in this NY Time’s article about Traif Bike Gesheft, an eccentric Williamsburg bicycle shop owner, and his wacky invention.

24-Hour Bike Shop (Bring Plenty of Quarters)
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
The squat black vending machine sits on the sidewalk on South Sixth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, outside Traif Bike Gesheft, eliciting curious glances from passers-by and occasionally a more thorough visual inspection.

Six feet tall and three feet wide, the machine features nine rows of plastic windows housing rotating trays. At the click of a button, the trays spin to display the items inside: bicycle tire patch kits, pumps, brake pads and other objects that are neither edible nor potable, but which might come in handy for a quick repair.

The contraption, says Baruch Herzfeld, the owner of Traif Bike Gesheft — Yiddish for “non-kosher bike shop” — is the first vending machine for cyclists in the city.

Read more, here.

Law and Order looking for BMX rider

I was sent this by a casting agent:

Central Casting and Law & Order are looking for Union & Non Union kids, teens & young adults who are freestyle BMX bike riders who are able to perform tricks at a competitive level for an upcoming episode. We are looking for guys & girls of all ethnicities and who would be available for background work on the show on or between April 6th & April 15th 2010. This is a paid job and the rate could vary from $80 for 10hrs for regular background work, to approximately $140 for 8hrs for the special ability riders who would actually perform the tricks. We would likely have an audition for the main riders who would perform tricks. Please indicate what type of tricks you can perform and if you have been in any competitions. Please include the following in your Email, your phone numbers, age, pictures, what type of tricks you can perform & on what type of course or ramps you have performed on. Please indicate what you are submitting for in the subject line of the email.
Central Casting
Attn: Ali/Law & Order
875 6th Ave
24th Floor Suite 2411
New York, NY 10001
amerhi@centralcasting.org
Cc LawSeason20@gmail.com

New ride series in Brooklyn (Ditmas Park)

Got this message from Rene Netter of Ditmas Rides, a group ride series in the Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn:


“The Ditmas Ride of this month will be this Friday around 5:30 pm. The fist date for the Ditmas Rides is March 26th. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford).

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.”

The date of the following rides will be:

April 30th
May 28th
June 25th

If you or your friends like to be kept in the loop then you can add yourself to this email list here.

Maybe I’ll bring this guy…

Zigo's giving away a bike.

Zigo, part bicycle, part stroller, part jogging stroller…is giving away a chance to win one of these innovative contraptions.

Just go to their site, on this page, Download this image off of facebook,

make it your profile image and then follow some more instructions.

Services from Brooklyn Bike and Board

Even though there is a bit of a chill still lingering in the air, you may be thinking about partaking in what many NYers have realized…The bicycle is not only the greatest invention of human kind, it is also the most reliable, most fun and most economical way to navigate around our urban environment.

Your going to see ridership increase again this year and don’t be left behind. Besides, the more people we get on bikes, the closer we get to WORLD BICYCLE DOMINATION!! (insert maniacal Dr. Evil type laughter)

I wanted to give a special shout out to one of my local bike shops… Brooklyn Bike and Board, located for your convenience in the heart of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Neighborhood and on the easily accessible thoroughfare…Vanderbilt Ave. 560 Vanderbilt Ave. between Dean and Bergen, to be exact.

This friendly bike shop makes it fun and easy to get your bike serviced and welcomes first time buyers who maybe stepping into the world of owning their first NYC bike.

One option that may be right for you is one of Brooklyn Bike and Board’s recycled bikes, like this one:

You can read more about them on their website, here.

Basically, their meat and potato of this shop is commuter bikes. Bringing back to life classic, durable steel framed bikes that just might be the perfect commuter for the tough, potholed ridden streets of NYC. I was talking with Brian the owner today, as he was fixing a flat for me, about their used bikes. Your not going to find bicycles under $200.00 here, and if that’s what your looking for, try craigslist or a flea market. You will however find bikes built back to tip top shape with complete overhauling. They also come with service guarantees. And lets not forget, you are supporting your local bike shop and keeping the whole industry thriving, kind of like buying paint and tools from your local hardware store instead of Home Depot.

Also Brooklyn B and B has a new feature added to their website which I’d also like to highlight.

A stolen bike registry. If your bike is stolen you can go to their website and post it here to make the announcement. Also check the site for bikes that have been stolen, in case you see that shady person at the bottom of the Manhattan bridge trying to sell bike for $50.00.

Ride Safe.

“Ladies Dance Ride”

Journalist and photographer Jefferson Siegel wrote a short article for the Villager about Times Up’s recent “ladies night dance party ride.”

article and photograph by Jefferson Siegel / the Villager.
“On Friday night, Time’s Up!, the cycling and environmental group, held a “Ladies Night Dance Ride.” In honor of International Women’s Month, a gathering of female cyclists met in the twilight at Tompkins Square Park, where they performed an R-rated (for “Ride”) dance with their bikes before pedaling off to Astor Place and Union Square to repeat the performance. In some countries, the group said, women are not allowed to ride bicycles. They held the event in solidarity with women the world over in a call to get out of cars and onto bikes.”

you can find the link to the article here.

Thanks Gothamist

I got a nice mention in Gothamist about the Red Hook Criterium.
Check it out here.

Thanks.

Shout out: Culture Cycles

Just wanted to give a shout out to a new bike shop in Burlington Vermont.

Culture Cycles

They’ve got a great blog, where they post sick videos like this:

Getting Grimey

The Grime Crew has T-shirts printed and ready for sale.

Check them out at thegrime.bigcartel.com
Checkin in with Krillz and his smashenger site, the screen presses are hard at work.

Stay tuned– www.grimest.com is coming.

Upcoming events for Time’s Up

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1. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, March 26th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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2. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, March 27th, 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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3. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 28th, 12 noon
Union Square Park, SW corner, near the Gandhi Statue
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4. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square North
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5. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 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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6. FREE RIDE TO FIRST SATURDAY
Saturday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Union Square South (or 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge)
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7. BROOKLYN LOVE YOUR LANE RIDE
Sunday, April 4th, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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8. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, April 9th, 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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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, April 10th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.
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10. 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 here.

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1. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, March 26th, 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.

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2. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, March 27th, 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 here.

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3. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 28th, 12 noon
Union Square Park, SW corner, near the Gandhi Statue

Let us ride for peace: peace on our bikes, peace in our hearts, peace in our city, peace in our country, peace on our planet. A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites, including: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Veteran Memorial, and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church.
Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides.

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4. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square North

Celebrate non-polluting transportation with a new, spontaneous, monthly mass-ride creating fun, safe and sane streets.
First Friday Ride is a new monthly celebration of pollution-free transportation, creating fun, safer streets for human beings! A fun and inclusive group bicycle ride through the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace. Route to be determined by participants. Participants are encouraged to stay close together for increased safety. Courteous behavior towards pedestrians and other road-users also encouraged.
Bring lights and bells. No bike needed but highly recommended. Skaters or joggers will be joyfully accepted. Come with your love and creativity to spaces usually dominated by motor vehicles by dressing up, bringing music or snacks to share. A real fun way to build real community!
Post-ride dinner at a delicious and affordable eatery, TBD.

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5. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

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6. FREE RIDE TO FIRST SATURDAY
Saturday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Union Square South (or 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge)

Come ride with Time’s Up! to the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday- http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php
Every month the Brooklyn Museum opens its doors for a a free day and evening of arts, entertainment, and dance.
Note: This ride is one way. There are subways right at the museum that will get you back to the city. Typically people group back up for rides back over the bridges and back into Williamsburg.

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7. BROOKLYN LOVE YOUR LANE RIDE
Sunday, April 4th, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Love it or loose it! Bike to visit the good, the bad, and the ugly bike lanes of Brooklyn. Love ‘em and use ‘em before they go the way of the Bedford Ave. lane doom!

More info, here.

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8. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, April 9th, 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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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, April 10th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.

Join us for a totally safe, auto-free ride as we explore Prospect Park at night. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the fields, woods and ponds. Bike guides in the front and back. Bring your favorite bike: the one with the lights! The park is dark at night.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=moonlight-ride-prospect-park

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

More info here.

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
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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*
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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