Toby Miller is a good friend of mine and avid NYC cycling commuter. Check out his sweet ride:
He and his girlfriend Martine Charnow, have written a great short film about bicycle love. They are using this website Kickstarter which helps you promote an idea for a documentary or narrative and raise money to get the film made. It’s a way of becoming a backer of the project with incentives at different levels such as $25.00 gets you a button, $50.00 gets you a dvd of the completed film. Its a way of funding the cinematic arts.
Check out their kickstarter page.
This site will be up for another 48 hours. They have reached their goal of 4,200.00, but the more money they get, the more they can do with the project.
This week is National bike to work week leading up to National Bike to work day this Friday (May 21st) I know, everyday is bike to wherever day. The organization People for Bikes is trying to gather 1 million cyclists who are united to improve the future of biking, and they want you to have a chance to win a free bike just for signing on.
Click here (the image), sign up and win.
Here in NYC, ING bank is getting into biking to work week:
ING DIRECT USA TO CELEBRATE NEW YORK CITY BIKE MONTH BY HOSTING FREE EVENTS FOR BIKERS
WHAT: With Spring in the air, there is no better time for New Yorkers to tone up their physical and financial fitness. ING DIRECT USA â€“ the nationâ€™s largest direct bank â€“ wants to help by encouraging New Yorkers to bike to work.
May 22nd: Join Bfold Bikes, a local bike company specializing in folding bikes, for an â€œEasy Bike Maintenance 101â€ seminar and a chance to win a messenger bag from Manhattan Portage from 1pm to 3pm.
The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (5/21) around 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford.
Coco and I won’t be able to make it but their will be others so please come if you feel like riding. We will be going the Friday after this one I promise.
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.
If you want to be updated on more Ditmas Rides, join the email list here.
Got this message from Leonard Jones who had parts of his bike jacked–Be on the look out!
I know itâ€™s not a full stolen bike, but I figured Iâ€™d email you about
this anyway. I work at NYU Medical Center on 33rd and 1st Ave and
yesterday at about 2:45, the fork was stolen off my bike, right
outside the hospital. Itâ€™s a red Carbon-2 road fork w/ 1 white stripe
fit for a 700×23 wheel. This has been a big problem at this hospital,
with my coworker having his mountain bike fork and seat post stolen just
a few days ago and me losing a rear wheel 2 months ago (now I only
lock w/ my kryptonite chain). With awful security camera placement, a
bike shed that has a 2+ yr waiting list for commuters, and a general
apathy towards bike theft on the part of hospital security, those of
us who ride to work sort of have our hands tied. If by any chance you
come across or hear through the grapevine of a lot of forks being
sold, weâ€™d be really grateful for a heads up. Also, any
recommendations you might have regarding encouraging awareness of
cyclist commuter needs in the workplace, or what places to keep an eye
on for stolen parts will be much appreciated.
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.
Here’s a quick description: Velo introduces a wild bunch of passionate cyclists â€“ frame builders, urban planners, artists, photographers, and those who ride professionally â€“ 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 todayâ€™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.