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“Ladies Dance Ride”

Journalist and photographer Jefferson Siegel wrote a short article for the Villager about Times Up’s recent “ladies night dance party ride.”

article and photograph by Jefferson Siegel / the Villager.
“On Friday night, Time’s Up!, the cycling and environmental group, held a “Ladies Night Dance Ride.” In honor of International Women’s Month, a gathering of female cyclists met in the twilight at Tompkins Square Park, where they performed an R-rated (for “Ride”) dance with their bikes before pedaling off to Astor Place and Union Square to repeat the performance. In some countries, the group said, women are not allowed to ride bicycles. They held the event in solidarity with women the world over in a call to get out of cars and onto bikes.”

you can find the link to the article here.

Thanks Gothamist

I got a nice mention in Gothamist about the Red Hook Criterium.
Check it out here.

Thanks.

Shout out: Culture Cycles

Just wanted to give a shout out to a new bike shop in Burlington Vermont.

Culture Cycles

They’ve got a great blog, where they post sick videos like this:

Getting Grimey

The Grime Crew has T-shirts printed and ready for sale.

Check them out at thegrime.bigcartel.com
Checkin in with Krillz and his smashenger site, the screen presses are hard at work.

Stay tuned– www.grimest.com is coming.

Upcoming events for Time’s Up

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1. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, March 26th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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2. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, March 27th, 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. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 28th, 12 noon
Union Square Park, SW corner, near the Gandhi Statue
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4. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square North
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5. 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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6. 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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7. BROOKLYN LOVE YOUR LANE RIDE
Sunday, April 4th, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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 here.

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1. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, March 26th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

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2. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, March 27th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures here.

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3. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 28th, 12 noon
Union Square Park, SW corner, near the Gandhi Statue

Let us ride for peace: peace on our bikes, peace in our hearts, peace in our city, peace in our country, peace on our planet. A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites, including: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Veteran Memorial, and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church.
Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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!

More info, here.

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8. 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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9. 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.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=moonlight-ride-prospect-park

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10. 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

Red Hook Criterium Recap

David August Trimble, has been around bikes his whole life. His father designed the first carbon bike back in the early 80′s as part of Trimble Racing. David is an avid racer himself and each year for the past three years he has been celebrating his birthday with his very own bike race. Last Saturday, the quiet streets of Red Hook Brooklyn, became a 20 lap course for what is known as the Red Hook Critierium. The race brings together roadies, messengers and track bike enthusiasts who turn a three quarters of a mile course into their own velodrome. All riders must be on fixed gears.

I volunteered as one of the Marshalls as a whim, even though a race starting at 11:00pm was way past my bed time. The trick to this was to put marshalls at the course turns and watch for traffic so cars don’t plow into riders going 20-30 miles an hour on bikes with no brakes. For the most part the drives heading down near IKEA weren’t in too much of a hurry, if their were any at all. In my experience, I found most people were cordial and quite willing to just turn around. Some even wanted to stop and watch. One guy had to pick his wife up at IKEA. I tried to convince him to wait till the race was over and watch the action. Turned out his wife was willing to walk the two blocks and ended up being totally cool with the holdup.

But enough about me and my boring job. The real action was about the racers. Here are the results:

1. Dan Chabanov
2. John K-Tel
3. Al Barouh
4. Chris Thormann
5. Pavel Marosin
6. Matthew Arleck (Tio)
7. Brean
8. John Taki
9. Izumi
10.Joshua Robot

Dan, Al and Chris have really been tearing it up and I was very impressed with their results. Pavel Marosin, was someone I interviewed as a rookie back at his first Monster Track in 2009. Glad to see he’s sticking with it and getting faster. This race has really showcased some talent including last year’s winner, Neil Bezdek who now has a pro racing contract, which didn’t allow him to race this year.

Here is other coverage around the web and in the news.

the NY Post had a video story on it.

Photographer, Ed Glazar was on hand taking great photos like this:

Long time messenger photographer Takuya Sakamoto (TAK) had set up a few strobes right near the corner I Marshalled. One rider bit it, and landed into a telephone pole, right before he took out one of Tak’s flashes. Tak posted a few photos on his site New York Bike Dreams.

Velo News had a story on the race.

And here is a recap from John Prolly

bikeblognyc.com chainring x blake sessions

Want to give a huge shout out to Sessions Sprockets. They make custom engraved chainrings and they were kind enough to send me one.

Another innovative idea that no cycling nut should be without. Their website makes it super simple to upload ideas and get the fabricated chain ring that’s best for you.

Now If I can just figure out how to get it on my bike and put it through the rigorous paces of riding in NYC.

Spring Fling at Ride Brooklyn


Brooklyn’s newest bike shop is gearing up for Spring with a big sale and events.

Ride Brooklyn
468 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, NY. 11217

Here’s more:

Spring Cycling Festival & Sale
The Spring Cycling Festival is coming to Ride Brooklyn on March 19-21.

Come join the Brooklyn bike community for a weekend dedicated to all things bike. In addition to the best prices on all bikes and snowboards for the year, Ride Brooklyn will host clinics and guest speakers to support commuters, racers and bicycle-loving families.

Finally, the weekend will be packed with nutrition, exercise and bike maintenance clinics. Representatives from the bicycle advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives will also be on hand during the weekend along with plenty of our vendors.

Sunday we will have free fun indoor Computrainer bike races! Test your strength and challenge your friends for tons of sweet prizes from your favorite bike companies!
Don’t forget to check out the best prices of the year on everything!!

* All 2009 or older in stock bikes 20% off!
* 2010 bikes 10% off!
* 5% off plus free shipping on all special orders!
* All snowboards and snowboard gear 30-50% off!
* Indoor trainers 20% off!
* 30% off all cold weather cycling gear!
* 10% off everything else in the store!!!!!

As always 1 year free service and free fitting with all bikes!!

Schedule

All weekend we will have representatives from local clubs to hand out info and sign new members. We will have many manufacturer’s reps on hand to answer questions on all the newest, hottest gear. We will also be having plenty of swag to throw out for raffles and fun competitions!
Friday, March 19

* Afternoon: Police from the 78th precinct will be on hand to register bikes.
* 6:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic

Saturday, March 20

* 10:30am: Hayes Lord, Director of Bike Program at the Department of Transportation
* 12:00pm – 4:00pm: Transportation Alternatives on hand to pass out flyers, maps, answers and sign up new members.
* 1:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic
* 6:00pm: Nutrition and Trigger Point therapy clinic sponsored by Clif Bar and Company

Sunday, March 21

* 9:00am: Family Ride through Prospect Park sponsored by Zigo. Call ahead to reserve a Zigo Leader demos for the ride!
* 1:00pm: Flat tire and minor maintenance clinic
* 2:00pm: Computrainer races and “Power House Competition”

Check Facebook and Twitter for updates and changes.
Vendors
Reps will be here from: Chrome, Cannondale, Linus, KHS, Diamondback, Clif, Ortlieb, Lake Other brands include: Orbea, Park Tool, Uvex, WTB, Krooked, Creature, Anti-hero, Real, Baker, Sartori Wheels, Bones Wheels Clothing including: Pedaler, Osloh Jeans, Sugoi Performance Apparel, Octopus Caps,

RUMBLE is coming

Seven years strong of messenger style racing in the BX:

you have been warned.

NEW PROJECT…A Travel Guide Book

Well this is going to be a busy year.


I’ve got a book deal!

I’ve teamed up with amazing bike culture photographer:
Ed Glazar and superb writer Marci Blackman.

We’re writing the definitive travel guide to biking in NYC loaded with information, bike rides, history and fascinating characters who make up our unique cycling community.

We are working with Skyhorse Publishing and are set to release the book in April of 2011.

Follow along our progress on twitter.
Join our facebook page.

Website: www.bikenycthebook.com coming soon.