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Team T.A. Happy Hour

I was asked to post this:

YOU are invited: On April 15, you will have finished your taxes, so treat yourself to a beer and pick yourself up a nice, new Crumpler bag. Showcase your financial savvy by paying only $15 for entry and enjoying free beer and an amazing 30% discount off of Crumpler merchandise while supplies last! Learn more about TEAM T.A. and meet the team members and coaches. All proceeds support TEAM T.A., a group of riders who are training for the NYC Century Bike Tour and supporting Transportation Alternatives’ advocacy work all over New York City. Invite your friends! Plan your ride over there using Ride the City on BikingRules.org: http://bikingrules.org/ridethecity

Date: 4/15/2010
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Crumpler, 49 8th Avenue, New York, NY 100014
Contact: info@teamta.org
Event link: http://transalt.org/events/calendar/4420

Cycle on,
Molly Sullivan
Events Coordinator
Transportation Alternatives
127 W.26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 646-873-6031
Fax: 212-629-8334
transalt.org

Kids Art bike Parade-May 8th

More info, East Village Community Coalition.

Terrible tragedy in Baltimore, County

Tragedy struck in the Baltimore MD, area as two cyclists were hit in an accident on Tuesday.

Here is one story from a CBS affilate in the Baltimore local area:

Baltimore Co. Cyclist Hit By Car, Killed
Kelly McPherson
BALTIMORE (WJZ) ―

Sharing the road became deadly Tuesday afternoon when a Baltimore County driver hit an Owings Mills cyclist, Lawrence “Larry” Bensky, and another biker.

Kelly McPherson reports Bensky leaves two young daughters and a wife behind.

Alex Salzberg teaches Bensky’s oldest daughter.

“It was incredibly tragic. And he’s such a vibrant presence in the class that I couldn’t really process it for a while actually,” said Salzberg.

The Falls and Butler Road intersection is a popular spot to see cyclists because they can access scenic roads through Baltimore County. But there’s no bike lane, and there can be a lot of traffic, which can lead to friction between cyclists and drivers.

Read the whole story, here.

and a message from a local bike shop who knew the cyclists:

Race Pace Bicycles
April 10, 2010
Greetings!
As many of you know, two cyclists were hit by a car last week. One of our good friends and customers was killed and another is recovering in Shock Trauma with serious injuries. We have a few things in the works to help the families, but we have a last minute opportunity to meet with our representatives in Annapolis to support the house bill 461 requiring motorists to pass cyclists at a safe distance. Monday is the last day of the current session so this is the reason for the late e-mail.
Message 1 Headline We would like to get an idea on how many cyclists we can expect to ride to Annapolis. Please email me if you are planning on coming. (subject annapolis – # of riders) Visit Our Website
Thanks for your support. We can make Maryland’s roads safer for all of us!
Sincerely, Marc Lefkowitz
Marc Lefkowitz
Race Pace Bicycles

email: mlefkowitz@racepacebicycles.com
web: RacePaceBicycles.com

STOLEN BIKE ALERT

Jeff Underwood, owner of Continuum bike shop on Ave B, just had his bike stolen right in front of the shop. Be on the look out for a Green track bike with the Continuum logo on the downtube.

Here is more about the bike from co-owner Amanda:

“Jeff’s green Continuum was just stolen from outside the shop tonight at 9:40. It’s a green 2008 aluminum Continuum with a carbon Wound Up fork, Paul front cantilever brake, carbon Salsa risers, Moots seat post, and brown leather saddle. It has brown Fyxation tires on it and clipless pedals. I’m still in shock. We keep bikes outside all day long and presume that there’s an understanding between us and our neighbors. We had one incident last year where a bike that was left unlocked leaning against the fence was stolen. Even though it wasn’t locked, I was still mad. These bike owners are no longer just faceless people; they are the people right inside the store & your neighbors. A friend of ours saw the guy and recognized him from the neighborhood. He’s a short Latino guy and he rode the bike west on 13th Street. And it’s not just any bike. Jeff designed that bike and he’s customized it and dialed it in so that it fits him perfectly. It’s the first bike that he could ride again after he almost lost his leg. I’m so angry. I alternately want to beat this guy up or just cry. Anyway, for everyone who has ever been helped with their bike by Jeff, especially all the people whose bikes he’s recovered, if you can all look out for it, maybe we’ll get it back. If you have any information, please call or email us. There’s an incentive in it, too. And if you see the bike, take it back or throw your lock on it and call us!

Thanks,”

Amanda

Details about the bike:

Bright green aluminum continuum frame – fixed gear
lots of stickers on the frame
black grips
black paul lever… See More
black paul canti front brake
brown Fizik saddle
Grey MOOTS TI Seatpost
silver thomson stem
black oversize SALSA Carbon risers
cane creek black S-2 headset
Black Level hubs laced to silver open pros
brown tires with white walls
time attack clipless pedals
Sugino 75 cranks silver

jelli bell on the bar
and a clamp for iphone on the stem”

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Continuum Cycles
199 & 207 Avenue B
Between 12th & 13th St.
New York, NY 10009
212.505.8785 t.
212.505.0136 f.

continuumcycles.com
email: continuumcycles@gmail.com

Need to borrow a tallbike.

I’m in need of a tall bike for a shoot with Japanese television. Anyone have one I can borrow and explain to the host of a show how to ride it? Need it for a shoot on Wednesday.

Let me know.

mgreen@bikeblognyc.com

Time’s Up Events

Recycle your Bicycles with Time’s Up!
Help organize a ‘Clean up your bike room’ Day!
Talk to your friends, talk to your super or building manager. Do you know any bikes that can be recycled?
Bicycles are not only a great non-polluting way to get around but also most bicycles stay around for yeas and get passed on and recycled from one person to the next.
Large amounts of bikes can be picked up by Time’s Up! from around Manhattan and the New York City area.
Now that we have a larger space in Brooklyn, we are hoping to get back into recycling mode.
Please help us and spread the word.
Contact timesup.events@gmail.com for pick ups and more information!

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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 becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support
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 here.

times-up.org

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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1. 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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2. 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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3. BIKE TOWN MOTOWN DANCE RIDE
Thursday, April 15th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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4. 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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5. EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY RIDE & AFTER PARTY
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square Park North
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6. 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 at here.

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1. 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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2. 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.

More info, here.

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3. 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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4. 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 action.

More info, here.
also see: Friends of Brook Park

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5. 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!

More info, here. and
justseeds.org

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6. 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

Stolen Bike Alert

Got an unfortunate email From Matt Nahoum…

Hey, was hoping you could post my stolen bike alert

Blue and Chrome older model GT Outpost Mountain Bike
52cm frame
Blue GT Saddle
Wellgo Alloy pedals
OnGuard Axel and Seat Post locks
Street Tires

If seen, please email
watership.down@yahoo.com

Messengers in the News

Here are some bike messenger related stories…

Joe Hendry of Mess Media posted a story about Couriers in Toronto.

Couriers the latest free-enterprizers on two wheels
By Reuben Sokol
Toronto Observer, April 7, 2010

(about photo: Andrew Parker, Amy Dyer, Steve Beiko and Marli Epp (left to right) huddle on Mar. 25 at the end of a long day of riding.–Photo by: Reuben Sokol/Toronto Observer)

Amy Dyer makes her living on two wheels in Toronto … unless those wheels get damaged.

“If one of my wheels on my bike decides it’s had enough … and blows up, unless you build it yourself, you have to pay the mechanic to build it … That is upwards of $200,” Dyer said.

“We buy special Gore-Tex socks so you’re not going to get wet and cold, and you’re not going to freeze and die of frost bite.”

On March 25, fully dressed in several layers of winter clothing, Dyer and five other bike couriers sat at the roundtable in downtown Toronto.

Some are members of the Toronto Bike Messenger Association (TOMBA), a non-profit organization set up for the benefit of 500 bike messengers. They’re planning an emergency fundraiser for May 1 and 2. Dyer explained the purpose of the Bike Messenger Emergency Fund.

read the whole story here.

Joe also posted a story about bike couriers in in Dallas, old school…like back in 1923.


This is a picture of my wife’s grandfather, Gordon Mackenzie, as a young Western Union messenger boy in Dallas circa 1923 (third from left). Gordon died last year at the age of 96 but was a messenger from the age of 12 to 14. He’d tell us stories about his Western Union days, and wearing down three different bicycles while working for the company. His bicycle of choice was a Pierce-Arrow which was outfitted with a shaft drive instead of a chain.

read more here.

Meanwhile here in NYC,

Have you heard of Hot Dudes on Bikes? Its a photo blog of, well you get the point. Here are a couple of NYC’s “hot” bike couriers.
Squid and Diablo (Cyclehawk)

How bout,
Aias and Justin of Mess Kollective.

speaking of Mess Kollective, bike courier coop…
Heather Muller made CNN.

May 15th, get your tweed on.

There have been lots of other tweed rides in other cities. Come mid May, NYC is going to have their own. More information at: bigappletweed.com

Contest up right now...

As part of our new book hype, we are having these weekly contests.

Right now the prize is a fresh hip pouch form Archive Bags in San Francisco.

Go to the facebook fan page, be the first to guess the location of the photograph and win.

If you know where this is:

You could win.