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New Bike Shops in Manhattan


I spoke with John Keoshgerian of Zen bikes, a few days ago to get the scoop on Chelsea’s latest bike shop which opened a few weeks ago. John used to be the sales manager over at Toga bikes and along with his wife have ventured out on their own. He says he really wants to get at the cyclist from the beginning, someone who may be new to the whole thing. Get them hooked and then stay with them as the go from novice commuter to fully kitted out race fanatic. Zen bikes is a nice size space, located at: 134 West 24th St. between 6th and 7th Ave. Their hours will be: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 8-7 and Sunday 8-5.

John says the reason for being open so early on the weekends is to have a place for cycling clubs to meet and hang out before training or group rides. Zen bike will be a full serviced Scott, Kona and Felt dealer with everything from commuter single speeds, mountain bikes to high quality road bikes. They also carry Dahon foldups, kids bikes and have a nice selection of apparel, helmets and accessories. They even fix Babyjogger strollers. Rumor has it they soon will be getting a “big name” mechanic full time.

Future plans for the shop are to hold weekly workshops on riding the proper cadence and the best way to lock up a bike in NYC.

John’s philosophy is to work with people who are really embracing cycling as a lifestyle choice and want to make it part of their lives, not just the weekend warrior.

Also stay tunned…John will be challenging himself to loose a few pounds and get down to his racing weight. He’s going to install a trainer in the shop window and encourage people to come by and track his progress. Maybe even join him. Sounds like an excellent thing for the display window.

For the next three Saturday’s, April 17th (today–I know, a little late in the announcement) April 24th and May 1st, the shop will be having special discounts and serving drinks to celebrate their grand opening. Come on by.

Also, I got word through twitter…about another bike shop in Tribeca. For all you Dutch cruiser types check out the fancy pants Adeline Adeline 147 Reade St. between Greenwich and Hudson.

Saw this on their website: THE TRIBECA STORE IS OPEN!

Just in time for summer, the retail store has a selection of bikes from Pashley, Abici, Retrovelo, Batavus, Linus, and Biomega ready to take out for a quick ride right outside the store, or on the West Side bike path just 2 blocks away. The store also has a great selection of sophisticated accessories – baskets, bags, helmets, and other beautiful things to dress up your bike.

Learn more about designer, Julie Hirschfeld’s new store, from this Refinery29

Tech Watch-The latest


Here is the latest in bicycle innovations and gadgetry.

Check out the Yike Bike:

Read more at: Engadget.com

Then Mickey McManus of Maya.com sent me this link to the Ipad Sprocket Pocket. How to turn your brand new ipad into a clever turn signal. (ipad not included)

More about this:

iPad Sprocket Pocket from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

A 5-minute film that shows how-to build your very own wearable iPad Sprocket Pocket. Watch the whole film and try to find the easter egg!

This was a MAYAmake 24-hour project.

The Sprocket Pocket, and the MAYA Sprocket iPad application were designed, prototyped, tested, manufactured in limited quantity (9 in first 24 hours were built and 4 were given away at an Apple Store just for fun to random bike riding iPad owners), packaged, and deployed all within 24 hours before the launch of the iPad.

Yes this is a silly example of having fun with an iPad. It’s also an example of “precycling” where we try to picture how you could recycle products after they aren’t expensive objects of desire. A $600 iPad today, will be a $300 one in a year, and a $50 dollar one a year after that, and soon you’ll be finding spare iPads in the cushions of your couch or in your cereal boxes as prizes for choosing NanoCrispies as your zap, spackle, and zop choice in the future.

So once that happens what do you do? We suggest wearing it.

The first day we wore these around town people suggested all sorts of other ideas:
- Put it on the front as a networked programmable t-shirt graphic
- Wear it with a group to have coordinated networked protest graphics when you go on your next march
- Give it to crossing guards
- Sell advertisement on people (afterall isn’t that how the world goes round?)
- Broadcast coordinated imagery across a crowd of people at your next big football game to make a giant mosaic on everyone’s t-shirts
- Hang an iphone with the camera pointing outward from your back and an iPad in a Sprocket Pocket on your front and you’ve got a window right through your body where the sun shines through
- Put one on the front and back of your shirt and use it as a touch, tilt, tag football game (remember by this time iPads sell for $1 and are disposable)
- Wear it on your hand and play hacky-sack pinball with a group of friends
- Mount it on your handlebars and have a GPS dashboard

For more information, to download the patterns or just find out what the heck we’re talking about, check out: www.maya.com/sprocket

Meanwhile in Monterey California, the Sea Otter Classic is in it’s 20th year this weekend. Part Pro cycling race event and part premiere cycling expo, here is a chance to show off more of the latest in cycling innovations from designers all over the world.

BikeRumor.com has some great coverage of the event and great write ups on new products like these:

Slick straight bars from Foesracing.com

Time’s up events-April

Environmental Tour of the South Bronx- This weekend!

Join Friends of Brook Park for a unique tour of the South Bronx and Randalls Island. The ride will promote environmental awareness through site visits to the waterfront, community gardens, public artwork, and historic places, as well as power plants and waste transfer facilities that pollute our rivers’ shores. Afterwards, learn how to take positive action.

Saturday, April 17th at 11 a.m.
See events listing for more details.

here.
or
friendspfbrookpark.org

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Time’s Up! is currently accepting tool donations!
Do you have tools at home that you no longer use, or do you have doubles? Time’s Up! needs your hand tools, power tools, truing stands, bike stands, and bike pumps. We provide bike repair workshops five nights a week at two different locations empowering individuals to use tools- your donated tools can be used in these programs.
Please contact us to donate or if you have any questions!

timesup.events@gmail.com

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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or join Times up.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.
Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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1. BIKE TOWN MOTOWN DANCE RIDE
Thursday, April 15th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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2. NYC NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD SPRING FLING
Friday, April 16th, 6- 10 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Arts Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street
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3. ENVIRONMENTAL TOUR OF THE SOUTH BRONX
Saturday, April 17th, 11 a.m.
Brook Park, East 141st Street and Brook Ave, South Bronx
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4. EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY RIDE & AFTER PARTY
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square Park North
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5. CLEAN & GREEN THE GOWANUS CANAL
Saturday, April 24th, 12 noon
See event listing for location rsvp
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6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, April 24th, 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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7. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, April 25th, 12 noon
Union Square Park, SW corner, near the Gandhi Statue
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8. 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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1. BIKE TOWN MOTOWN DANCE RIDE
Thursday, April 15th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Dance the night away on your bike!

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2. NYC NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD SPRING FLING
Friday, April 16th, 6- 10 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Arts Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street

Honoring the People’s Lawyers! Champions in the struggle for civil rights and justice. Live entertainment and dancing, cocktails, entrees and hors d’oeuvers
Not a Time’s Up! Event but wow we do love the NYCNLG!! See NLGNYC website for ticket details.

www.nlgnyc.org

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3. ENVIRONMENTAL TOUR OF THE SOUTH BRONX
Saturday, April 17th, 11 a.m.
Brook Park, East 141st Street and Brook Ave, South Bronx

Join Friends of Brook Park for a unique tour of the South Bronx and Randalls Island. The ride will promote environmental awareness through site visits to the waterfront, community gardens, public artwork, and historic places, as well as power plants and waste transfer facilities that pollute our rivers’ shores. Afterwards, learn how to take positive action.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=peoples-bronx-tour

http://www.friendsofbrookpark.org

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4. EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY RIDE & AFTER PARTY
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square Park North

Earth Day bike ride starting from Union Square Park. Dress in green with respect for the planet! This festive musical ride will end at a BBQ and dance party at the East River Bar @ 97 South 6th Street in Brooklyn. The Just Seeds Artist Cooperative will be exhibiting members prints of an ecological & environmental nature following the ride. Included in the exhibit will be previews of the upcoming Just Seeds portfolio Resourced.
Please bring some food to contribute to the After Party BBQ.
Local change for global solutions!

justseeds.org

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5. CLEAN & GREEN THE GOWANUS CANAL
Saturday, April 24th, 12 noon.

Join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to help clean up this Brooklyn waterway. Volunteer tasks will include bulb and wildflower planting, picking up trash and installing bird and bat houses. RSVP for location! info@gowanuscanalconservancy.org

< a href="http://www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org">
www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org
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6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, April 24th, 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianmcgloin/tags/riversideride/

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7. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, April 25th, 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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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** In both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
more info: < a href="http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op"> 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

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Danger Party

Danger Party tomorrow:

Brooklyn, Saturday April 17th

Xango 2012

One part fashion show, one part dance party. Featuring: More of an experience than your traditional fashion show, at 9:30p, Xango shows her latest works of fierce art infused clothing devoted to our most precious life feeding element: water. Plus arts by Satya, Zev Deans, Mark McNamara, Unitribe, and the Green Bus Tour.

Experience your classic all night dance throw-down with music evolving from Balkan brass to Indian dubstep to throw-down dirty bass by DJs Geko Jones, Uproot Andy and the Cumba Mela trio including DJs 2melo, Thornato, and Atropolis.

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
8:30p; $15 a percentage of the bar proceeds benefits grassroots disaster relief project Domes for Haiti, which addresses the immediate need for hurricane and earthquake resistant transitional shelter in Haiti
21 and over

xango2012

Bike porn 3

oops almost forgot to post this:

from the nonsense list–

tonight, Friday-April 16th.
Bike Porn 3: A Collection of Short Erotic Films and Bikes

Bike Porn, a Portland based project initiated in 2007, has developed into a touring film festival of shorts exploring the eroticism and sexuality of human-powered transportation. Though Bike Porn they aim to break taboo, provide a forum for emerging artists to screen their work, and facilitate cultural acknowledgement of fringe communities. The show is an exhilarating experience, but the real magic happens afterwards when people who otherwise would feel uncomfortable discussing sex, gender, or other topics are able to speak freely. The films as hetero and queer oriented, but above all sex positive and full of bikesexuality. For adult audiences. Feeling bike-curious? Check out one of the trailers.

House of Yes
342 Maujer Street, Brooklyn
L train to Grand Street station
8p, 10p, and midnight; $8

bikesmut.com

Great video on Bicycle Station in DC

Great job Streetfilms.org

I love my bike book progress

Matt Finkle and Brittain Sullivan have been hard at work on their photo book: I love my bike book. They’ve been putting up on their site great photos like this:

Hopefully you were able to stop by and be photographed with your favorite ride. Thanks Matt and Brittain for treking out to Park Slope in the snow.


Meanwhile they’ve enlisted great typography artist Chris Piascik, to design the book. He’s now got a facebook fan page to join, here.

Check out this interiview from feltandwire.com
and this cool video of his work:

Drawing a Q (Daily Drawing 03/36/2010) from Chris Piascik on Vimeo.

Nadir will be Here

(Nadir Olivet, on the right)
So Nadir Olivet, former messenger superstar, owner of La Carrera Cycles in Toronto, and one of the organizers of the next Cycle Messenger World Championships will be here in NYC for a week. Back on the road for Squid at Cycle Hawk Couriers.

I don’t think he’ll be riding this though:

But he will have paperwork on him to register people for the 2010 CMWC in Panajachel Guatemala.
If your interested give him a shout: (647) 299-1203 or email: wooracer@hotmail.com

Maybe you just want to hang with some old school couriers who were never in a cult.

That’s one way to get to Panajachel.

Another, would be to win tickets at the Squid’s 5th annual Velo City tour which is taking place in LA (May 1st), San Francisco (TBA), Chicago (TBA) and NYC (July 3rd) This is were urban riders and messengers compete on the track to win paid airfare to the CMWC.
More info: Cyclehawk.com.

This will also be in conjunction with a great fun ride based on the cult classic: Escape From New York.

Follow along at www.escapefromnewyorkfunride.blogspot.com

On Sunday, April 18th will be a screening of the movie at the bike friendliest bar around in Brooklyn, The Second Chance Saloon 659 Grand St.

Bikes, bikers and blowhards in NYC, make the news


On Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was interviewed on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show by transportation issues reporter Andrea Bernstein.

Bike Lanes are a clear indicator of respect for cyclists on the streets and weather the city is taking bikes and those using them for transport, seriously.

Marty’s comments are an even clearer indicator that motorists don’t respect cycling as a viable mode of transportation and should never “stigmatize” motor vehicles. Oh, yeah and DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is some sort of crazy zealot who has an anti car agenda.

Oh Marty…FUGGGETABOUTIT!

Read more on Streetsblog.org

See a follow up video from Streetsblog reporter Ben Fried, who was at a local community meeting to discuss the new proposed bike lane.

This brings up my poll of the week:





What should happen with Prospect Park West?





Put in the 2 way bike lane as planned
make a one way bike lane
keep it the same
Make 6th Ave one way instead, with a bike lane
make a mixed use bikelane on the sidewalk (Marty Markowitz plan)



View Results



Make your own poll

Meanwhile…

Is it 700cmx or freestyle fixed gear? What is behind the new craze of doing tricks on fixed gears? NY Times spokes column reporter J. David Goodman finds out:

The Slowly Fading Cult of the Messenger
by J. David Goodman

(photo by: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times)

The immortal class is looking a little more mortal these days.

With fewer packages to deliver and an increasing number of urban riders draping themselves with shoulder bags and cutting through traffic on track bikes, some say the cachet of being a bicycle messenger is wearing off for a new generation of street riders. It certainly is not the same as it was in 2001, when Travis Culley could write in his ode to the urban cowboy, “The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power,” that:

I am sometimes seen as a social misfit, a freeloader, a junkie, but I am also envied for the color, the vigor, the picture of America I can find while they push their way through the weekday treadmill routine.

Joseph Lanza, a messenger of six years who goes by the street name Joey Krillz, said that he had recently noticed a shift in attitude among some of the younger riders, especially those who prefer brakeless fixed-gear bikes.

“Previously, in the scene, if you were a courier, you were it,” Mr. Krillz, 29, said. “But now it’s like, no one cares if you’re a messenger anymore. It’s all about the tricks.”

As fixed-gear bicycles have become de rigueur for young urban cyclists in cities around the world, a new type of riding has grown up in the past two years, riders say. With so many now braving traffic in Midtown, the radical aspect of just being in the street has disappeared and a new style is emerging, one that appears more tethered to skateboarding and BMX bikes than to messengering.
read the rest of the article here.

Cycling the “last mile.”

Jarret Walker is a transit planning consultant, who helps design transit networks and with policy making decisions.

He writes the blog: Human Transit.

He sent me he latest article on how transit systems can help cyclists better incorporate with issues of the “last mile.”

Check it out: here.