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Seattle Race and Photo Contest

Ryan from Go Means Go, asked me to post this.

There is a photo contest to celebrate an upcoming alleycat race in Seattle.
Swift Industries along with Cetma present the Porteur to People contest.

To enter, take a photo of your bike highlighting your need for a Cetma cargo rack, submit it and win. More details visit the contest page.

This is being coordinated with the upcoming, April 3rd-Third Annual Resurection Pre-Easter Alleycat race. (in Seattle)

From the Go Means Go site:
It’s time once again to get mildly sacri-licious! For the third year in a row we’ll be celebrating the Saturday before Easter doing what we do best (no, not that). Let’s just hope you didn’t give up bikes, beers, or fun for lent.

$5 to race. Registration starts at 2pm in Cal Anderson Park. The race will start at 3pm sharp. It’s probably a good idea to have a bag, a pen and a lock with you for this and all alleycat races. And wear a helmet. We’re all out of miracles, head injuries suck, and tickets aren’t that fun either.”

Bike Jumble Presents: Exhibit on NY’s Last bicycle Racing Track

Press Release:

NY Bike Jumble Unearths Lost History of New York’s Last Bicycle Racing Track

Strong Backs and Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome
New York’s Last Commercial Bicycle Racing Venue, 1930 -1955

BROOKLYN, NY. NY Bike Jumble, New York’s premier organization dedicated to the preservation and continuance of cycling culture across the five boroughs, and The Old Stone House, a vibrant community center dedicated to the history of Brooklyn, announce the opening of ‘Strong Backs, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome’, a new exhibit detailing the history of New York’s last commercial velodrome in Coney Island.

The Coney Island Velodrome opened on July 19, 1930, as the world slipped toward the Great Depression and war. Already, the popularity of cycling, having peaked in the early 1920’s, was waning and the construction of a 10,000 seat bicycle racing arena was an act of supreme optimism. Regardless, the track became the last velodrome in America offering the thrills and chills of motor-paced racing, where riders raced behind motorcycles to attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Many of the people who became instrumental in promoting cycling in New York in subsequent years cut their teeth on this track, and the Coney Island Velodrome was the last time in the city’s history where cycling was a indispensable part of daily life.

Until today. As cycling has made an incredible comeback, this exhibition connects the past with the present, reminding New Yorkers that cycling has always been a fixture of our urban fabric.

The exhibit features bikes that were raced on the track, as well as photos, programs, tickets and other ephemera, including a special ‘Stayer’ bike for motor-paced racing and New York-built track bikes from long-forgotten builders. This is the first exhibit to focus on this recreational and entertainment venue that was integral to the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. “At one point, New York had multiple velodromes that drew ten of thousands of spectators,” says NY Bike Jumble Founder and curator Harry Schwartzman. “Cyclists today are not recent additions to the public consciousness, but are continuing a rich tradition within New York City’s history.”

The exhibition, which runs through June 30th is open to the public, with a suggested $3 donation to The Old Stone House.

Opening:
Thursday, April 8 – 7:00pm

Where:
The Old Stone House
336 3rd Street (at 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-3195
Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm/call or check www.theoldstonehouse.org for additional public hours.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK BIKE JUMBLE
The New York Bike Jumble is a celebration of the influence New York City continues to have on cycling. From original programming to curating a market for novice and experienced cyclists, the Jumble aims to make cycling a permanent part of New York City. Please visit www.nybikejumble.com for more information.

ABOUT THE OLD STONE HOUSE
The Old Stone House is a modern reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou House, a 1699 Dutch stone farmhouse with important ties to American history. Located in Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground, the Old Stone House is a historic interpretive center dedicated to its crucial role in the American Revolution and in the evolving histories of Brooklyn, New York and the United States, as well as an active community cultural site and presenting organization. For more information visit www.theoldstonehouse.org

Hip 2 B Square Alleycat

Another alleycat from Tone and Dagga. NYC.

From Tone:
“This is the 3rd alleycat from Dagga and StonyTone. There’s really no explaining, so just show up and support the NYC bicycling community.
Start: Tompkins Sq. Park
(reg-2:50–race-4:20ish)
Finish: Tompkins Sq. Park
***$5 to race

Saturday, April 24th.

Upcoming events in NYC!

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day!!
A little bird told me there is going to be an action in Time’s Square tomorrow:

” Hey all, bring your toothbrush, a bathing suit, some soap and come take a bath in Times Square for a Fossil Fool’s Day action against toxic Gas Drilling. April 1st! 12 noon. Around 43rd and 7th Ave.”

Then head on over to the classic Alleycat race throw every year on Fool’s Day by Steve “Pop” Klein.

This Friday, Don’t forger about the First Friday rides in NYC–April 2nd.
a message from Mellow Yellow:

*******!st fR!deay is coming up and the weather is going to be too sweet not to ride! Please come out and join us for the roving party celebrating community, safety, and non-polluting transport. Let’s transform the streets of our dreams into reality! Dress up! Bring snacks to share! Bring bells, lights and joy! If you can’t make it, please forward this message to someone else who might, or post it on your facebook, blog, whatever. Try talking to strangers on bikes, or make your own flyers to hand out.

For a lengthy description of last week’s ride (which will bear little resemblance to fRideay’s) please check out the latest blog update at criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com and if you have a twitter account, follow me, @ critmasspanic.

!st fR!deay
April 2nd, 7pm
Union Square North

See you out there! Ride safer!

Mellow Yellow

Staten Island is also having a night ride on Friday, April 2nd. Check it out at: bikestatenisland.wordpress.com

Then on April 3rd, there is another alleycat race:

Saturday April 3
Only The Strong Survive Alleycat brought to you
by the carribean team
meet at 315 west 38 st city bikes
registration 1:30 race 2 :30
freefood at finish
contact julian6159@yahoo.com

Remember the Warriors Ride?

Remember that event back in the summer of 2002, with over 800 participants riding the streets for 12 hours. Something like it is coming soon.

I’ll give you a hint:

go here, to find out more.

Upcoming Time’s Up events–

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

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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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member here.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square North
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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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3. FREE RIDE TO FIRST SATURDAY
Saturday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Union Square South (or 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge)
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4. BROOKLYN LOVE YOUR LANE RIDE
Sunday, April 4th, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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5. 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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6. 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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7. BIKE TOWN MOTOWN DANCE RIDE
Thursday, April 15th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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8. 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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9. 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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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square North

Celebrate non-polluting transportation with a new, spontaneous, monthly mass-ride creating fun, safe and sane streets.
First Friday Ride is a new monthly celebration of pollution-free transportation, creating fun, safer streets for human beings! A fun and inclusive group bicycle ride through the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace. Route to be determined by participants. Participants are encouraged to stay close together for increased safety. Courteous behavior towards pedestrians and other road-users also encouraged.
Bring lights and bells. No bike needed but highly recommended. Skaters or joggers will be joyfully accepted. Come with your love and creativity to spaces usually dominated by motor vehicles by dressing up, bringing music or snacks to share. A real fun way to build real community!
Post-ride dinner at a delicious and affordable eatery, TBD.

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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

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3. FREE RIDE TO FIRST SATURDAY
Saturday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Union Square South (or 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge)

Come ride with Time’s Up! to the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday- http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php
Every month the Brooklyn Museum opens its doors for a a free day and evening of arts, entertainment, and dance.
Note: This ride is one way. There are subways right at the museum that will get you back to the city. Typically people group back up for rides back over the bridges and back into Williamsburg.

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4. BROOKLYN LOVE YOUR LANE RIDE
Sunday, April 4th, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Love it or loose it! Bike to visit the good, the bad, and the ugly bike lanes of Brooklyn. Love ‘em and use ‘em before they go the way of the Bedford Ave. lane doom!

Read more here.

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5. 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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6. 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.

Read more here.

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7. 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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8. 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
and friendsofbrookpark.org

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9. 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

Are you sitting down…

I have some shocking news for you…Believe it or not, cops lie.

I know it’s hard to believe but they do, and then we (as a city) pay for it. Like $97,000.00 in a recent settlement for lawyers and cyclists who were awarded for false arrest at NYC critical mass, back in March of 2007.

Here is a recent press release from Time’s Up.

CITY PAYS $98K TO CRITICAL MASS PARTICIPANTS WRONGFULLY ARRESTED ON MARCH 2007 BICYCLE RIDE

Newly released audio revealing NYPD Sergeant’s false testimony against a plaintiff is directly contradicted by video evidence.

NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2010) – - The City of New York has agreed to pay $97,751 to settle a lawsuit filed against the NYPD who wrongfully detained and arrested five cyclists during the March 2007 Critical Mass Ride. Sergeant Timothy Horohoe, the supervising officer that evening was accused of using excessive force by knocking plaintiff Richard Vazquez, 55, off his bicycle during the ride. In newly released audio, Sgt. Horohoe can be heard making false statements about the incident in testimony in front of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB.) In a similar incident, on July, 2008, Officer Patrick Pogan’s widely publicized use of excessive force against a cyclist in Times Square landed him off the force and indicted on five charges including two Class E felonies. Sgt. Horohoe however, was never brought up on criminal charges or NYPD administrative charges, instead receiving an informal reprimand and instructions from his superior on the proper procedures for handling like situations in the future.

Video evidence showing Sgt. Horohoe pushing Mr. Vazquez off his bike and injuring him in the process is in direct contradiction to Sgt Horohoe’s statement in front of the CCRB that Mr. Vasquez rode into him. Horohoe’s statement that he did not tell junior officers what to state in arrest reports from that night was also contradicted by one of the junior officers. These inconsistencies prompted the CCRB to bring its own charge against Sgt Horohoe for lying in an official investigation. Three years later the Internal Affairs Bureau, assigned to investigate these charges against Sgt. Horohoe, has taken no action. In comparison, the District Attorney’s office started the investigation against Officer Pogan immediately following a similar incident occurring in July 2008. Officer Pogan lost his job, was indicted and is currently awaiting trial.

“While I’m pleased with the monetary victory for myself and the other plaintiffs, there will be no real justice until the higher-ups in the NYPD are held accountable for their actions, and it is not just the low ranking officers who are punished,” says plaintiff Richard Vazquez.

Here is a video of the whole story made by the Glass Bead Collective, which breaks down the whole lying process from our boys in blue.

and more about this story from Gothamist.

Spring forward your bike for spring

Now that the weather is getting better, well should be soon…It’s time to start thinking about tuning up your bike.
The popular bicycling map program and app, Mapmyride.com has some good advice.

For northern hemisphere folks, spring is starting to come into focus. Harsh weather may have conspired to keep you off the roads or trail for the better part of the winter so you are no doubt ready to ride. But, before you roll out on that first ride of the spring season, consider getting your bike professionally tuned up. A professional tune up will get your ride performing well and ultimately deliver you a better cycling experience.

Most local bike shops will charge anywhere from $50-$100 for a professional tune up. If your bike has really suffered from neglect, it might benefit from a complete overhaul. An overhaul will cost you far more than a tune up (overhauls will typically run well in excess of $100), but it will include specialized service to the hubs, bottom bracket and drivetrain. A knowledgeable bike shop employee can no doubt offer you some guidance as to whether your bike needs a simple tune up or a full-scale overhaul.

Maybe you cannot afford a professional tune up, or you got one done late last season? You should still give your bike a close once over before you hit the road.

—-Clean the entirety of the bike with warm soapy water in order to remove any dust or grime that has accumulated over the past few months. As you clean the bike, check the frame for significant dings or damage. Should you discover substantive damage to the frame, do not ride the bike until it has been more fully inspected by a professional.

—- Check the tires for cracks, wear, or damage and replace one or both if necessary.

Read more here.

Knowing you’ve made it

Well, what ever bike culture turns out to be, here is a great way to know you’ve made it as a cycling icon.

Check out NYC’s BMX star Nigel Sylvester…he got his own toy bike:

Read more at RadCollector.com

Check him out in action:

Highsnobiety Presents: Nigel Sylvester from Nate Houghteling on Vimeo.

The quest to define bike culture?

J. David Goodman had an interesting article on defining exactly what is bike culture, in the New York Times, city room blog. Read the article, here.

He announces that Transportation Alternatives will be hosting a bike culture summit May 6th here in NYC featuring a discussion with the newly unveiled Bike Snob (Eben Weiss) and David V. Herlihy, author of “Bicycle: The History.”

This will be just about the time the Snob will be releasing his new book. Should be a hilarious and interesting read which I can’t wait for.

Speaking of the Bike Snob, for his coming out party…he also had an article in the Wall Street Journal Online.
(photo by: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Also read a great interview with Bike Portland’s creator, Jonathan Maus, about slagging Portland and coming out there to sell his book.

Read the Q and A here.