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Alleycat in Memphis

Along with a great weekend of the bicycle film festival, there will also be an alleycat in Memphis:

More info at www.gottabegritty.blogspot.com

The Bicycle Film Festival-Year 10

The bicycle film festival is on and in it’s 10th outstanding year! This weekend they’ll be rolling into Memphis.

This will be the second time around for Memphis. Check out this interview I did from last year’s festival organizer Cort Percer.

More info on Memphis’s bicycle film festival: here.

What’s going on in Huntsville Alabama

Find out at this blog: bellovelo.blogspot.com

They’ll be having an alleycat on June 5th.

Find out more at: www.twofivefix.blogspot.com

Stolen Parts

Got this message from Leonard Jones who had parts of his bike jacked–Be on the look out!

I know it’s not a full stolen bike, but I figured I’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. It’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, we’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.

Many thanks,

Leonard Jones

Any info contact leonard.jones@gmail.com

Looking for a witness

Got word from Ken Stanek, that cyclist Stefan Karfakis was hit by a car in Williamsburg Brooklyn last Friday. We are looking for a witness.

Check out the Bespoke show at Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design is getting into the bicycle cult as well.

They have a new show there running til August 15th: Bespoke, the handbuilt bicycle show.

More information here.

A bit about the show:

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.

Read more also on Vanilla Bicycles blog Speedbloggen.com as seen on prollyisnotprobably.com

Rumor has it there will be a panel discussion in June with some of the frame builders including Brooklyn’s own Johnny Coast.

BTW, the word bespoked is a British term which applies to something that is handmade to someone’s specifications…I didn’t know this…thanks wikipedia.org. See, we learn something everyday.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located at:
2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE NEW YORK, NY 10019 212.299.7777
www.madmuseum.org/

Velo, a new book

Just got word from Harry Schwartzman of the upcoming New York Bike Jumble swapmeet, about a new book coming out from a German publisher, Gestalten.


Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design

Here’s a quick description: Velo introduces a wild bunch of passionate cyclists – frame builders, urban planners, artists, photographers, and those who ride professionally – 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 today’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.

I just love what they chose for the back cover, Helmet art by Danielle Baskin. Danielle custom paints designs on helmets and more of her work can be viewed on her site: www.bellehelmets.com

Also featuring some more of Keiko’s photos of Harry (lower) and Alan Sikiric (Middle right) from Cyclingwmd.blogspot.com

You can pre-order a copy from Amazon here.

Quick guide to Time's Up events this weekend and beyond.

1. GREEN APPLE IN BLOOM CYCLING TOUR
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park, Temperance Monument
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2. PROSPECT PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza
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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 14th, 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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4. STILL WE RIDE VIEWING, POST CRITICAL MASS BBQ PARTY
Friday, May 14th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street
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5. COAST TO COAST
Saturday, May 15th, 12:30 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park
or 1 p.m. on Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge bike path
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6. HOEDOWN DANCE PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDENS
Saturday, May 15th, 2 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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7. RED BULL ARENA RIDE
Saturday, May 15th, 4:30 p.m. meet up, Rides begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m.
134 West 24th Street at Zen Bikes
$15 includes game ticket, RBNY scarf, secure bike parking, and
donation to Time’s Up!
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8. PEACE RIDE TO TIBETAN MUSEUM
Sunday, May 16th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet up at Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal for departure on noon Ferry
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9. HAND TOOLS 101
Monday, May 17th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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10. POWER TOOLS 101
Tuesday, May 18th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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11. PUP YOUR RIDE WORKSHOP
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets
**Doggie Pedal Parade is Sunday, May 23rd!**
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12. CENTRAL PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 21st, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle, entrance to Central Park at 59th Street and Broadway
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13. BRIDGES BY NIGHT- UPTOWN
Friday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m.
East 84th Street, at Carl Schurz Park
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14. 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!

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1. GREEN APPLE IN BLOOM CYCLING TOUR
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park, Temperance Monument

Tour downtowns remarkable community gardens, renewable energy sites,
riverside wonders and social innovations for everyday greener living
with Green Map Systems.
All ages welcome! Easy ride.
Rain cancels.

www.greenapplemap.org

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2. PROSPECT PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza

This will be an old fashioned traffic calming ride supporting a
car-free Prospect Park. Join us as we use our bodies, bikes, skates
and mouths to slow down traffic and claim Prospect Park for children
After the ride, a group will head to Brooklyn Critical Mass.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=traffic-calming-rides

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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 14th, 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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4. STILL WE RIDE VIEWING, POST CRITICAL MASS BBQ PARTY
Friday, May 14th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street

Bring food for the BBQ!
Still We Ride is a documentary that chronicles the police crackdown
and resulting court battles in New York. The movie takes on issues of
civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the
benefits of alternative means of transportation.

www.stillweridethemovie.com

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5. COAST TO COAST
Saturday, May 15th, 12:30 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park
or 1 p.m. on Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge bike path

Come see a demo of bicycle frame building by New York’s own
Johnny Coast and Seth Rosko! Held at Coast Cycles, there will be
demonstrations on simple brazing techniques, frame alignment,
and simple frame design.

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6. HOEDOWN DANCE PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDENS
Saturday, May 15th, 2 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Garden Ride/ Procession/Dance to Save the Community Gardens
This will be a festive celebration of Spring and our community
gardens! Come dance to defend New York’s beloved and once again
endangered urban gardens.
Why: Because the 2002 deal to save the gardens is coming to an end and
the city is dragging its feet. Ten years ago we fought, screamed,
dressed up, and fought for the community gardens. Today these gardens
are once again under the threat of development.
This year we’re asking you to come dressed like your favorite garden
vegetable, bring some noise to defend, and celebrate our community
gardens.
After party at Dias y Flores Community Garden Lower East Side- 522
East 13th Street between Avenues A & B.

http://www.prod.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117728511592922

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7. RED BULL ARENA RIDE
Saturday, May 15th, 4:30 p.m. meet up, Rides begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m.
134 West 24th Street at Zen Bikes
$15 includes game ticket, RBNY scarf, secure bike parking, and
donation to Time’s Up!

Enjoy a bike ride with Red Bull Athlete (and long-time Time’s Up!
volunteer) Austin Horse- from NYC to Harrison, NJ to the Red Bull
Arena and watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Seattle Sounders at
7:30 p.m.
Two Course Options:
– 24+ mile ride through NYC, over the George Washington Bridge to Harrison, NJ
– Ride to Battery Park for Ferry Ride to NJ and ride to the arena
RSVP to Austin Horse at redbullarenaride@gmail.com

More info here: Here.

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8. PEACE RIDE TO TIBETAN MUSEUM
Sunday, May 16th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet up at Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal for departure on noon Ferry

This will be a peaceful ride through Staten Island to the Jacques
Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art which is committed to promoting the
awareness of Tibetan art and culture. Bring money for museum admission
($5) and bring lunch (or money for food).

tibetanmuseum.org

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9. HAND TOOLS 101
Monday, May 17th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn the basics of how to use everyday hand tools and their
applications- screw drivers, alan keys, ratchets, wrenches, riveter,
leatherperson, and the amazing vice grip!

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10. POWER TOOLS 101
Tuesday, May 18th, 7 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn the basics of how to use power tools! Learn about the
cordless drill and necessary attachments, hammer drills, the angle
grinder, and spectacular sawzall.

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11. PUP YOUR RIDE WORKSHOP
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets

In preparation for the May 23rd Doggie Pedal Parade!
Come transform your bicycle into a companion animal transporter. Bring
your bicycle along with supplies such as a basket or trailer
appropriately sized for your furry friend, in order to prepare for the
Doggie Pedal Parade. We’ll provide mechanics to assist you.

More info Here.

Click here for pictures of last year’s Doggie Pedal Parade:

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12. CENTRAL PARK TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, May 21st, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle, entrance to Central Park at 59th Street and Broadway

This will be an old fashioned traffic calming ride supporting- and
enforcing- a car-free Central Park. Join us as we use our bodies,
bikes, skates and mouths to slow down traffic and claim Central Park
for pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters.
After the ride, a group will head east to the Bridges by Night- Uptown Ride.

More info Here.

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13. BRIDGES BY NIGHT- UPTOWN
Friday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m.
East 84th Street, at Carl Schurz Park

Join Time’s Up! for a twilight tour of numerous bridges over the
Harlem River, the Bronx Kill, and Little Hell Gate Inlet, with stops
in Manhattan, Wards and Randall’s Island, and the Bronx, inspired by
an East River tradition, this ride uncovers bicycle access points and
takes in stunning sunset vistas while touching on environmental issues
as overly industrialized waterfronts, highway systems, and damaged
marine and shore ecosystems are viewed.
Though it’s just 6 miles long, the Harlem River is crossed by 14
bridges, making it the most-bridged waterway of that length in the
world.
The last bridge we cross will leave us at 179th Street and Amsterdam
Avenue in Manhattan, from which some people will head to the subway
and others will ride back to the start location. Bring lights, snacks,
and water. Be prepared for a veritable urban obstacle course,
including a bit of gravel, some stairs, hills, broken glass, pot-holed
roadways, stretches of heavy traffic, and maybe even a Yankees game.

More info here.

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14. 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

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TIME’S UP! IN THE NEWS
Great Video!
Times Up! Best Environmental Group of the year 2009!

Be on the Look Out: Another Stolen Bike

got an email from Quay Quinn-Settel

Hi there…

I’d really like to list my bike on Bike Blog NYC.. not sure how it’s done..

My bike was stolen from my building in Fort Greene yesterday and since it’s a pretty distinctive looking, I’ve been trying to seed its description with all the right people in hopes that someone will spot it…

I realize my chances are very remote.

But this bike, for a host of reasons, means a great great deal to me. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s just a bunch of metal and rubber, but I feel like I lost a child or a pet. It was my first build, and is my first loss. I’m sure you can relate. So if you could keep an eye/ear out for it, I would be so very grateful…

It’s a royal blue single speed Gazelle Champion Mondial, 56cm, with white wheelset/crank and black mustache handlebars w/ brakes. It has black wraps and a black seat. It also has a couple nicks on the top tube near the seat.

Thank you…
Quay
917 459 6619
or contact through email: quinnsett@gmail.com

We did have one success recently, Jeff from Continuum Cycles got his bike back as illustrated in this post on Prolly’s Blog.

(photo by: Ed Glazar)

Read more about it on Chris’s Tumblr.

Win Stuff!

So maybe you’ve noticed that we’ve been giving away a lot of cool stuff as part of promotion for our upcoming book.

Here’s how it works. We put up an image once a week on our facebook fan page. Be the first one to comment on where the photo is in NYC and win great prizes.

This week, apparently we stumped everyone with this image:

Well rather than giving up, we are letting it ride for a little while longer. So if you can figure out where this is you could win a great pair of white tires from our amazing sponsor:
Panaracer Tires

Come on, You CAN DO IT!