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New Chrome shoes, Tobruk

Chrome bags and apparel out of San Francisco knows how to appreciate their messengers. They figured if couriers can ride bikes in the hills of this West Coast gem, they might as well be able to ride a barrel connected to some ropes. That’s right they threw an old fashioned rodeo right in their store.

Read the recap here.

They also know how to appreciate the feet of us riders. They’ve just come out with a new shoe…the Toburk Slip-on.

Here is a press release:
After countless requests to build a classic slip-on shoe that will hold up on the bike, Chrome is proud to announce the newest addition to their footwear line, the Tobruk.

The Tobruk is filled with details that make riding in them easier and the shoe, itself, tougher. Those features include:

· Low profile design to better fit into a toe cage
· 100% vulcanized construction
· Weatherproof 1,000 denier Cordura with back-padding
· Re-enforced nylon/glass fiber shank to support the midsole
· Board lasted sole to eliminate pedal hot spot
· Skid resistant contact rubber on the sole
· Polyurethane contoured crash pad insole
· Durable rubber heel cup with reflective safety hit
· Center gore slip-on design

After leading the way in both bag and apparel design and manufacturing, footwear was the natural extension of Chrome’s commitment to building durable, functional products that last. It just so happens that they look great too.

available in Black and Grey.

Landlords Cycling Club?

To any culture, there is always an underground…then there is the “really” underground. Maybe like the weather underground.

Somethings are best left to the imagination, such as the “Landlords Cycling Club.”

Check out this video of a book about the Landlord’s vintage messenger culture:

If your confused about this book, the landlords or the current state of track bike culture, look no further then this video which explains it all:

If for some reason this didn’t clear it up for you, there is a chance to see a screening of the Landlords Cycling Club video zine:

Also the Danish documentary about the 1976 Paris-Roubaix cycling race, A Sunday in Hell. This is part of the Bicycle Film Festival’s 10 year anniversary.

Both screenings will be at the Albert Maysles Institute in Harlem

new video from David Rowe

2 years ago, film maker David Rowe brought us: Fast Friday, a story about fixed gear culture in Seattle. This time around he’s moved on to LA.

Check out the trailer for his new flick: To Live & Ride in LA

More info on the the movie’s website.

Doggie Pedal Parade, Sunday

THIRD ANNUAL DOGGIE PEDAL PARADE

Sunday, May 23, 2010
Meet 2:00pm at the Tompkins Square Park next to the dog run
near Avenue A and 9th Street, NYC

Must see photos from last year’s ride:
here.

Bring your dog and bicycle to third annual Time’s Up! Doggie Pedal Parade. We will ride our dogs in baskets and trailers attached to our bikes, listen to doggie tunes playing on the “music bike”, and end at Washington Square Park for a party complete with free snacks and drinks for all, including tofu dogs & vegan chocolate bars donated from Earth Matters & Rescue Chocolate.

The ride will highlight bicycles adapted to transport pets (see 5/20 Pup Your Ride workshop) as well as the benefits of adopting homeless animals.

If you don’t have a dog you’re encouraged to still come on the ride or join the Safety Pooch Patrol to help escort the ride.

If you don’t ride a bike, you and your dog can still join us at the end-of-the-ride party at Washington Square dog run, starting at approximately 3:30 PM. Rain date May 30, 2010.

To prevent any Ruff Riding and for the fun and safety of the group, non-social pets are asked to stay at home.

For more info on the Doggie Pedal Parade, Pup Your Ride workshop or how to volunteer contact Nadette at 212-971-1989 or bike4peace@aol.com or go:

here.

Bike shorts at the old stone house

SATURDAY May 22nd, 8pm
at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. This is on 5th Avenue and 3rd Street. It’s going to be an outdoor screening and the weather’s going to be spectacular. Bring a picnic blanket and a basket on your bike with a baguette. It’s better that way. bikeshortfilms.com

Bike Giveaway

Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Daily is giving away a bunch of great bike prizes (many designed for woman)

From now until Saturday at 4pm, enter to win. Here is what you have to do:
1) Follow Whole Living on twitter: twitter.com/wholeliving.
2) tweet the message “@WholeLiving I love the #WheelLife. Enter me to win!”

Find out more here.

Here’s my picture:

Boston’s Geekhouse Bikes-open house

If your in Boston this weekend check out Greekhouse Bikes is having an open house.

Located at:
15 West Sorrento St.
Allston, MA 02134

Google Maps

DC Alleycat-Business Casualley Cat

This Saturday, Alleycat in DC.

Read more at businesscasualleycat.blogspot.com

Locally Made bikes.

A friend of mine, Darren is ready to take the plunge and buy a new bicycle after his last ride was stolen. He really wanted to get something unique and was having a hard time finding a steel bike, that was light and fit his size. Then he discovered local Brooklyn frame builder Seth Rosko. (In the black shirt on the right)

Formerly a builder at Brooklyn Machine Works, Seth now shares a space with another Brooklyn bike builder, Johnny Coast.

Looks like Seth will be making Darren a bike out of super light weight True Temper OX Platinum Steel. In case you wanted to learn more about this product… check this out.

I really can’t think of anything more special then getting a one of a kind original bicycle custom made with US steel by a local frame builder, as opposed to a stamped out in a Taiwanese factory. Just for a few examples here is a list of where most popular bicycles are made.

If you’d like to get in touch with Seth to find out about his work email him slrosko@yahoo.com
For Johnny Coast, johnnycoast@johnnycoast.com

Other locally made frame builders, right here in Brooklyn: Horse Cycles and Squarebuilt.

Just a big shout out to support your local bike makers.

This Saturday, Fetish Day!

This Saturday, is bicycle fetish day.

I could talk about this event, but here is a press release from events coordinator Matt Levy from the organization putting on this event, The City Reliquary.

The City Reliquary Proudly Presents
Our 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day!
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 from 12noon – 6pm
Havemeyer between Grand and Metropolitan Aves.
Afterparty in the CR Backyard 6 – 10pm.
FREEEEE!

WILLIAMSBURGH – IT’S A BLOCK PARTY FOR YOUR BICYCLE! The Sixth Annual Bicycle Fetish Day takes place on Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand. Biking activities, bike competitions, bike rides, bicycle advocacy groups and artists selling their wares. With a BBQ grill and more, you couldn’t miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle.

Bring Your Bikes Because We’ve Got Prizes!!!

Contests include: Best Vintage Bike, Best Shiny Bike, Best Family Bike, Best Mutant Bike, Best in Show and much more! Win great bike prizes donated by: Outlier Tailored Performance, Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop, Affinity Cycles, and not one, but two free bikes from NYC Bikes and Trek Bikes.

Cycling, Artists, and informational booths including:
BIKENY, Transportation Alternatives, Times UP!, Taliah Lempert Bicycle Paintings, Outlier Tailored Performance, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Coast Cycles, Horse Cycles, Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop, Nona Varnado, Domes for Haiti, NYC DOT Bicycle Program, Swagger Saddles and a Bake Sale to Help Chombo Get His Teeth Back!!

BMX tricks courtesy of POST Bike shop.
Goldsprints courtesy of Affinity Cycles
Alley Cat @ 2pm Courtesy of Victor “Don’t Steal Bikes Bro” Ouma

Performances by: Heels on Wheels, Lucky Chops Brass Band, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, plus DJ Stacher & Dirtyfinger on the turntables all afternoon!

AFTERPARTY @ 6PM at the City Reliquary with Brooklyn Beers for sale. Featuring the amazing Apocalypse Five and Dime and DJ Tinsletown!

And, new this year, cyclistically designed 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day bandanas to commemorate the event!

See you there!!!!!!!!!!!
The official lineup:
12noon – 1pm: BBQ grill & block party starts to warm up
1pm: Heels on Wheels Dance Troupe struts their stuff
1:30pm: DJ Stacher starts on the decks.
2pm: AlleyCat & Bike Contest Registration gets underway.
3pm: Post Bikes BMX turn some tricks in the street.
3:30pm: The Lucky Chops Brass Band blasts all bike blues away.
4pm: DJ Dirtyfinger takes over with sticky jams
5pm: Bike Awards are awarded.
5:30pm: Rude Mechanical Orchestra brings the block party to the backyard of the City Reliquary.

6pm: Afterparty starts in the CR’s backyard.
6:30pm: Apocalypse Five and Dime perform in the CR backyard.
7pm: DJ Tinseltown takes over through 10pm.

The 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day
A Block Party for Your Bicycle!
Havemeyer st btwn Grand and Metropolitan aves.
Noon – 6pm
FREEEEE!
Afterparty at the city Reliquary, 6 – 10pm.
370 Metropolitan Avenue.

Two more bicycle events with the City Reliquary!

Sunday May 23rd, 11am-3pm The Levy’ Unique New York! hosts the Great NYC Bridgeathalon! Come ride your bicycle across 4 East River Bridges (and 1 East River Creek) in one day! NY’s First Family of Tour Guides will bring you across the Queensboro, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges with mini-lectures before crossing each bridge. Celebrate Bike Month NYC and these fine engineering masterpieces by bike, then raise a toast to bicycling and bridges in NYC at the Patriot Saloon in Lower Manhattan at the end of our ride. Meet at the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge Bike Lane, North Path. $5 suggested donation.

Monday May 24th, 6-8pm The City Reliquary hosts the 127th Birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Ride! Every year we ride our bicycles to and halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping to enjoy some birthday cake, sing Happy Birthday and listen to NYC licensed tour guide Matt Levy tell the most exciting story about the building of the most beautiful bridge in America. Ride leaves from and returns to the City Reliquary for drinks and conversation. FREEEE!

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Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization provides a wide array of services to the community. As a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are committed to serving the people of New York City – natives, newcomers, and passersby. Originally established as a window-front display only museum in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Sts, it moved into its present location in 2006 and is committed to plan and host public events, which provide neighbors and visitors with a place to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our community.

The City Reliquary’s hours are: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 6pm. Admission to the museum is by suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website www.cityreliquary.org or call 718. R U CIVIC.

Matt Levy
Events Coordinator
City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization