This Saturday, Fetish Day!

This Saturday, is bicycle fetish day.

I could talk about this event, but here is a press release from events coordinator Matt Levy from the organization putting on this event, The City Reliquary.

The City Reliquary Proudly Presents
Our 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day!
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 from 12noon – 6pm
Havemeyer between Grand and Metropolitan Aves.
Afterparty in the CR Backyard 6 – 10pm.

WILLIAMSBURGH – IT’S A BLOCK PARTY FOR YOUR BICYCLE! The Sixth Annual Bicycle Fetish Day takes place on Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand. Biking activities, bike competitions, bike rides, bicycle advocacy groups and artists selling their wares. With a BBQ grill and more, you couldn’t miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle.

Bring Your Bikes Because We’ve Got Prizes!!!

Contests include: Best Vintage Bike, Best Shiny Bike, Best Family Bike, Best Mutant Bike, Best in Show and much more! Win great bike prizes donated by: Outlier Tailored Performance, Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop, Affinity Cycles, and not one, but two free bikes from NYC Bikes and Trek Bikes.

Cycling, Artists, and informational booths including:
BIKENY, Transportation Alternatives, Times UP!, Taliah Lempert Bicycle Paintings, Outlier Tailored Performance, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Coast Cycles, Horse Cycles, Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop, Nona Varnado, Domes for Haiti, NYC DOT Bicycle Program, Swagger Saddles and a Bake Sale to Help Chombo Get His Teeth Back!!

BMX tricks courtesy of POST Bike shop.
Goldsprints courtesy of Affinity Cycles
Alley Cat @ 2pm Courtesy of Victor “Don’t Steal Bikes Bro” Ouma

Performances by: Heels on Wheels, Lucky Chops Brass Band, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, plus DJ Stacher & Dirtyfinger on the turntables all afternoon!

AFTERPARTY @ 6PM at the City Reliquary with Brooklyn Beers for sale. Featuring the amazing Apocalypse Five and Dime and DJ Tinsletown!

And, new this year, cyclistically designed 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day bandanas to commemorate the event!

See you there!!!!!!!!!!!
The official lineup:
12noon – 1pm: BBQ grill & block party starts to warm up
1pm: Heels on Wheels Dance Troupe struts their stuff
1:30pm: DJ Stacher starts on the decks.
2pm: AlleyCat & Bike Contest Registration gets underway.
3pm: Post Bikes BMX turn some tricks in the street.
3:30pm: The Lucky Chops Brass Band blasts all bike blues away.
4pm: DJ Dirtyfinger takes over with sticky jams
5pm: Bike Awards are awarded.
5:30pm: Rude Mechanical Orchestra brings the block party to the backyard of the City Reliquary.

6pm: Afterparty starts in the CR’s backyard.
6:30pm: Apocalypse Five and Dime perform in the CR backyard.
7pm: DJ Tinseltown takes over through 10pm.

The 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day
A Block Party for Your Bicycle!
Havemeyer st btwn Grand and Metropolitan aves.
Noon – 6pm
Afterparty at the city Reliquary, 6 – 10pm.
370 Metropolitan Avenue.

Two more bicycle events with the City Reliquary!

Sunday May 23rd, 11am-3pm The Levy’ Unique New York! hosts the Great NYC Bridgeathalon! Come ride your bicycle across 4 East River Bridges (and 1 East River Creek) in one day! NY’s First Family of Tour Guides will bring you across the Queensboro, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges with mini-lectures before crossing each bridge. Celebrate Bike Month NYC and these fine engineering masterpieces by bike, then raise a toast to bicycling and bridges in NYC at the Patriot Saloon in Lower Manhattan at the end of our ride. Meet at the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge Bike Lane, North Path. $5 suggested donation.

Monday May 24th, 6-8pm The City Reliquary hosts the 127th Birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Ride! Every year we ride our bicycles to and halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping to enjoy some birthday cake, sing Happy Birthday and listen to NYC licensed tour guide Matt Levy tell the most exciting story about the building of the most beautiful bridge in America. Ride leaves from and returns to the City Reliquary for drinks and conversation. FREEEE!

Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization provides a wide array of services to the community. As a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are committed to serving the people of New York City – natives, newcomers, and passersby. Originally established as a window-front display only museum in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Sts, it moved into its present location in 2006 and is committed to plan and host public events, which provide neighbors and visitors with a place to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our community.

The City Reliquary’s hours are: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 6pm. Admission to the museum is by suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website or call 718. R U CIVIC.

Matt Levy
Events Coordinator
City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization

Help a friend raise money for a great movie about bikes

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.

Read more about the project on Martine and Toby’s website

May is National bike month, what’s going on. Win a free bike and events with ING

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:


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 – the nation’s largest direct bank – wants to help by encouraging New Yorkers to bike to work.

In May, ING DIRECT USA will celebrate Bike Month to recognize bikers for choosing a healthy and money saving mode of transportation. New Yorkers can save time by not sitting in a cab or on the subway and save money on those pesky fares that can add up along the way. To help bikers save money, ING DIRECT’s 3rd Avenue Café will host free events for area bikers to learn more about innovative bike products and bike safety, and win bike-related prizes from Manhattan Portage, creator of the original New York messenger bag.

Events will include:

May 21st: Bike to Work celebration featuring live music, a sale on Dahon Speed D7 bikes and bike trivia with chances to win bike repair kits, water bottles, whistles and free drinks from the ING DIRECT Café from 8am to 10am.

May 22nd: Join Bfold Bikes, a local bike company specializing in folding bikes, for an “Easy Bike Maintenance 101” seminar and a chance to win a messenger bag from Manhattan Portage from 1pm to 3pm.

Bikers commuting to work can enjoy a free ‘biker breakfast’ every Friday in May. Stop by on your bike and receive a free coffee and pastry compliments of the ING DIRECT’s 3rd Avenue Café.

Free New York City bike route maps will be available at the Café.


968 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10022

Ditmas Ride’s this Friday-May 21st

wanna ride with the whole family in Brooklyn?

Rene Netter is hosting: Ditmas Rides

Message from Rene:
Hi there,

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.

Alleycat in Memphis

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

More info at

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:

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

Find out more at:

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

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 as seen on

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 See, we learn something everyday.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located at:
2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE NEW YORK, NY 10019 212.299.7777