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Red Hook Criterium Recap

David August Trimble, has been around bikes his whole life. His father designed the first carbon bike back in the early 80′s as part of Trimble Racing. David is an avid racer himself and each year for the past three years he has been celebrating his birthday with his very own bike race. Last Saturday, the quiet streets of Red Hook Brooklyn, became a 20 lap course for what is known as the Red Hook Critierium. The race brings together roadies, messengers and track bike enthusiasts who turn a three quarters of a mile course into their own velodrome. All riders must be on fixed gears.

I volunteered as one of the Marshalls as a whim, even though a race starting at 11:00pm was way past my bed time. The trick to this was to put marshalls at the course turns and watch for traffic so cars don’t plow into riders going 20-30 miles an hour on bikes with no brakes. For the most part the drives heading down near IKEA weren’t in too much of a hurry, if their were any at all. In my experience, I found most people were cordial and quite willing to just turn around. Some even wanted to stop and watch. One guy had to pick his wife up at IKEA. I tried to convince him to wait till the race was over and watch the action. Turned out his wife was willing to walk the two blocks and ended up being totally cool with the holdup.

But enough about me and my boring job. The real action was about the racers. Here are the results:

1. Dan Chabanov
2. John K-Tel
3. Al Barouh
4. Chris Thormann
5. Pavel Marosin
6. Matthew Arleck (Tio)
7. Brean
8. John Taki
9. Izumi
10.Joshua Robot

Dan, Al and Chris have really been tearing it up and I was very impressed with their results. Pavel Marosin, was someone I interviewed as a rookie back at his first Monster Track in 2009. Glad to see he’s sticking with it and getting faster. This race has really showcased some talent including last year’s winner, Neil Bezdek who now has a pro racing contract, which didn’t allow him to race this year.

Here is other coverage around the web and in the news.

the NY Post had a video story on it.

Photographer, Ed Glazar was on hand taking great photos like this:

Long time messenger photographer Takuya Sakamoto (TAK) had set up a few strobes right near the corner I Marshalled. One rider bit it, and landed into a telephone pole, right before he took out one of Tak’s flashes. Tak posted a few photos on his site New York Bike Dreams.

Velo News had a story on the race.

And here is a recap from John Prolly

bikeblognyc.com chainring x blake sessions

Want to give a huge shout out to Sessions Sprockets. They make custom engraved chainrings and they were kind enough to send me one.

Another innovative idea that no cycling nut should be without. Their website makes it super simple to upload ideas and get the fabricated chain ring that’s best for you.

Now If I can just figure out how to get it on my bike and put it through the rigorous paces of riding in NYC.

Spring Fling at Ride Brooklyn


Brooklyn’s newest bike shop is gearing up for Spring with a big sale and events.

Ride Brooklyn
468 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, NY. 11217

Here’s more:

Spring Cycling Festival & Sale
The Spring Cycling Festival is coming to Ride Brooklyn on March 19-21.

Come join the Brooklyn bike community for a weekend dedicated to all things bike. In addition to the best prices on all bikes and snowboards for the year, Ride Brooklyn will host clinics and guest speakers to support commuters, racers and bicycle-loving families.

Finally, the weekend will be packed with nutrition, exercise and bike maintenance clinics. Representatives from the bicycle advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives will also be on hand during the weekend along with plenty of our vendors.

Sunday we will have free fun indoor Computrainer bike races! Test your strength and challenge your friends for tons of sweet prizes from your favorite bike companies!
Don’t forget to check out the best prices of the year on everything!!

* All 2009 or older in stock bikes 20% off!
* 2010 bikes 10% off!
* 5% off plus free shipping on all special orders!
* All snowboards and snowboard gear 30-50% off!
* Indoor trainers 20% off!
* 30% off all cold weather cycling gear!
* 10% off everything else in the store!!!!!

As always 1 year free service and free fitting with all bikes!!

Schedule

All weekend we will have representatives from local clubs to hand out info and sign new members. We will have many manufacturer’s reps on hand to answer questions on all the newest, hottest gear. We will also be having plenty of swag to throw out for raffles and fun competitions!
Friday, March 19

* Afternoon: Police from the 78th precinct will be on hand to register bikes.
* 6:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic

Saturday, March 20

* 10:30am: Hayes Lord, Director of Bike Program at the Department of Transportation
* 12:00pm – 4:00pm: Transportation Alternatives on hand to pass out flyers, maps, answers and sign up new members.
* 1:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic
* 6:00pm: Nutrition and Trigger Point therapy clinic sponsored by Clif Bar and Company

Sunday, March 21

* 9:00am: Family Ride through Prospect Park sponsored by Zigo. Call ahead to reserve a Zigo Leader demos for the ride!
* 1:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic
* 2:00pm: Computrainer races and “Power House Competition”

Check Facebook and Twitter for updates and changes.
Vendors
Reps will be here from: Chrome, Cannondale, Linus, KHS, Diamondback, Clif, Ortlieb, Lake Other brands include: Orbea, Park Tool, Uvex, WTB, Krooked, Creature, Anti-hero, Real, Baker, Sartori Wheels, Bones Wheels Clothing including: Pedaler, Osloh Jeans, Sugoi Performance Apparel, Octopus Caps,

RUMBLE is coming

Seven years strong of messenger style racing in the BX:

you have been warned.

NEW PROJECT…A Travel Guide Book

Well this is going to be a busy year.


I’ve got a book deal!

I’ve teamed up with amazing bike culture photographer:
Ed Glazar and superb writer Marci Blackman.

We’re writing the definitive travel guide to biking in NYC loaded with information, bike rides, history and fascinating characters who make up our unique cycling community.

We are working with Skyhorse Publishing and are set to release the book in April of 2011.

Follow along our progress on twitter.
Join our facebook page.

Website: www.bikenycthebook.com coming soon.

New website uniting bikers: www.peopleforbikes.org


Eric Bull sent me this info on the launch of a new website that is trying to get a million people to unite for one step closer to WORLD BICYCLE DOMINATION!

If you haven’t heard, this week we launched a great new website and initiative to promote bicycling that I think will be right up your alley:

peopleforbikes.org

Peopleforbikes.org is a campaign created by Bikes Belong, the national group of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to put more people on bikes more often. Our goal is simple: to unite one million voices of support to improve the future of bicycling – to make it safer, more convenient, and appealing for everyone.

With one million riders on our side, we’ll create a national movement with the clout and influence to get things done.

Sign up and be counted!

BMX shorts program. BFF and Defgrip


Defgrip is a collective of photographers and friends who put together a website focusing on street art and BMX bikes.

They are teaming up with the Bicycle Film Festival this year for a special BMX shorts program.

read more here.

You know what BMX is right?

Defgrip Presents the BMX shorts at the 2010 Bicycle Film Festival from Defgrip on Vimeo.


Also don’t forget this is the 10th year of the BFF and they have extended their submission deadline to MARCH 27th. So you still have time to get in your bicycle related movies.

Tech Watch-Inflatable bike bag

Looking for a new way to travel with a bike?

Check out the inflatable case from Bikind.

Here is an article from Gizmodo:
A niche market, yes, but when you reach a certain age and the idea of going on a cycling-and-camping holiday in a foreign country appeals, you’ve got to consider how to transport your bike over.

I’ve always thought just hiring a bike in the chosen country would work out cheaper, but some people have spent too much time—and money—pimping their bikes to optimum levels and would rather walk than ride a hire bike. So! Onto the inflatable Helium case, from Biknd.

Read the rest here.

Poll of the week…Maps

Wednesday, Google maps launched a new feature to include directions for bike routes.

Katherine Noyes, wrote an article on it for Tech News World magazine.

GOOGLE MAPS OUT HAPPY TRAILS FOR BICYCLE RIDERS
By Katherine Noyes
TechNewsWorld
03/10/10 11:46 AM PT

Bicyclists in 150 U.S. cities can now use Google Maps to figure out the best way to go from Point A to Point B on two wheels. The move “reaffirms the legitimacy of cycling as a form of transportation,” said New York blogger BikeSnobNYC. The addition of biking directions was one of the most requested new features for the popular service.
In a move sure to make the grade with cyclists across the United States, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) on Wednesday added bicycle routes to its Google Maps service.

Biking directions and extensive bike trail data are now available for the United States through Google Maps, giving cyclists nationwide a way to customize their trips, figure out the most efficient routes, make use of bike lanes and avoid big hills.

“When I need to get off the trail to cross town, biking directions makes sure to keep me on bike-friendly roads and avoid some of the city’s busiest intersections,” Google product manager Shannon Guymon explained in a blog post early Wednesday morning. “The time estimate for the route is based on a complex set of variables accounting for the type of road, terrain and turns over the course of my ride.”

read the entire article here.

Seems like there is a lot going on with mapping. I got sent info on a new iphone app that was launched today:

Iparksny.com

Here is a press release from developer Jeff Willoughby:

NEW YORK, NY – March 11, 2010 – iParks NY, the first iPhone App designed to illuminate the Places and Events occurring in New York City’s parks system, was launched today by Ring Bear, LLC. iParks NY uses the iPhones GPS combined with a proprietary database to help users find the nearest or highest rated parks, playgrounds, dog runs, etc. The App also features an events database that links “the where” with “the when” showing users when to visit Central Park for the official walking tour or when to head to Union Square for its famous green market.

The combination of the iPhone platform and iParks NY App turns the iPhone into a dynamic personal guidebook for navigating the 2,000+ city, state, and private parks and playgrounds that New York City has to offer, and has obvious appeal to both locals and visitors, be they adults, kids, or parents. Additional features include an integrated bike map, editorial content including reviews and pictures, location information including costs, hours, phone numbers and links, as well as content bookmarking which makes it a snap to see upcoming events at your favorite places whenever you reopen iParks NY.
iParks NY was inspired by a 2.5yr old New Yorker and playground aficionado, Maya Willoughby, who frequently exhorted her father, “Daddy, I want to go to a NEW park!” He realized it was too difficult to navigate the parks system on his iPhone, bought a programming book, and spent many months visiting parks by day, programming by night.

So I wanted to find out, what applications are most helpful to you in mapping bike routes. Here is my poll of the week.





What helps you map your ride?





Google Maps
Iphone apps
GPS
The NY bike Map
Keen sense of direction
I just ride around, lost, its more fun that way



View Results



Make your own poll

Monster Track Eleven Recap

Here’s a couple of recaps of what went down at last weekend’s fixed gear only, world famous alleycat race:
MONSTER TRACK.

Recap of what happened and what didn’t from the organizer himself:
Victor-

“So this is how it all went down.

* the only thing that went according to plan was friday. Why, we’ll there wasen’t that much to do but wait until Saturday. Saturday, the way it was supposed to be was after registration, we would mass ride to manhattan from brooklyn over the Williamsburg bridge car path. Of course there is a new law in NyC that says you can’t have more that 50 people at a time anytime, riding anywhere, and i had about 130 people registered . Whatever, a plan is a plan and we would give it a go. i had instructions on how to get to the first checkpoint where the first manifest would be printed out. i couldn’t tell anyone where that was since, nyc alley-cat riders would and do try to cheat,(thats just how it is in alley-cats,always is,always will be)and i gave half to jason from affinity with instructions. he was to start the race if the cops stopped us,and i would try and stall the cops,get a ticket if need be.A cop from NYPD 90 precincts reminded me that,potentially we could all get stopped.i figured the worst that can happen was me getting a ticket,like a couple of years ago when i got not one but two tickets,which i don’t even know where they are right now. Well we rode over the bridge and of course since no one listens or pays attention when you have a big crowd,everyone followed someone,and apparently,bumrushed jason for the instructions on how to get the first checkpoint. “
Read the rest here.

I mean, come on…the cops secretly love us as seen here with our own Heather Loop.

Chari and Co, grabbed a few shots of MT winners Alfred and Austin, from their checkpoint.

Kevin Dillard of Demoncats.com has a great series up.

Check out his albums here.

And over at Smashenger, Krillz put up a great link to a recap from Dave’s Quality Meats Blog.

Photos by Aaron Joseph

Check it out here.

And my photo set on flickr.