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The Monster Track Bag

Just got a view of Reload’s Monster Track Eleven prize bag.
Sweet.
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This weekend…Monster Track 11

NYC’s most famous fixed gear only race.

Feeling pumped?

Here is what you need to know about NYC’s track bike holiday,

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also foot messenger and poet, Kurt Boone will be on hand, Saturday, at Monster Track Headquarters Affinitycycles. He’s involved in a photo project, documenting MT participants so come by, hangout, get your picture take, race!!

More info at: NYCmassive.com/mt2010

With this guy running things…
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anything can happen.

MT11, spoke card:
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New feature…Poll of the week

I thought it would be a good idea to start polling people on various topics about biking in NYC. So here is the first poll a new weekly series. Also please post comments on this topic for more lengthy discussions and opinions on the subject.





Do you think the administration of NYC cares about biking?





Yes, very much so. I am so pleased with all their work.
Mostly, a huge step in the right direction
50-50, I’m torn.
Not really, a few bike lanes is not nearly enough
Not at all, it’s just a bunch of token improvements



View Results



Make your own poll

a rant and ride…Tweet This

So Judge Lewis Kaplan, upheld a ruling that more than 50 bikes in NYC need a permit to ride put forward by the NYPD with a blatant selective enforcement grudge against Critical Mass. Funny thing, the lawsuit that judge’s decision came out of was put forward by the 5 boro bike club who was trying to say the ruling was unconstitutional for their group rides and all the court wanted to talk about was critical mass, which could have no representation because no one speaks for this spontaneous occurrence that happens in over 400 cities around the planet.

Meanwhile National Geographic Traveler ranked NYC the 2nd most bike friendly city in the US, unless of course you try and ride your bike in a group and then you will meet with the 6th largest standing army on planet Earth who hates you, the NYPD. I don’t know about you but this puts a pretty sour taste in my mouth that we are supposed to relish in all these D.O.T. improvements, much of which this article is based on, like putting a bike lane down a pedestrian esplanade in Broadway or removing a bike lane in Brooklyn, and somehow feel good about being a bike friendly city. Please. Perhaps National Geo should come here and go on critical mass or explore all of the ongoing lawsuits against bike riding here in the big apple.

Honestly, I know Billionaire King Bloomberg is going to save us from the highest unemployment in NYC since the 30’s and one of the largest budget deficients with new stadiums in Brooklyn, but do you believe you need a permit to ride your bike? Is this America or the Soviet Union 1956? or maybe Iran today. I thought this was New York City? I thought the terrorists lost on 911 because they are “freedom haters.”

I mean seriously, forget about Iraqi elections or nation building in Afghanistan. You can’t even ride your bicycle without a PERMIT IN NEW YORK CITY.

I say, ride your bikes. On the last Friday of the month, on the first Friday of the month, ALL THE TIME.

This Friday, one New York City loving bike rider is calling for a Freedom Ride.

From Mellow Yellow:
“Hey Cyclopaths,

What is easier to will into being? An early spring, or a huge fun bike ride?
Weather forecast is looking very positive with temps cracking 40 degrees this Friday, so if you’ve been sadly de-biked due to snow, come out and enjoy the fun!

1st fR!deay!
A celebration of community and sustainable transportation in the streets of Manhattan
March 5th, 7pm
Union Square North

SPREAD THE WORD!

Also, check out the latest update of my ridiculous new blog
criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com

RIDE SAFE”

It seems to me, the real “Freedom Haters” are Judge Kaplan, the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg who want to limit you from freely riding your bicycle here in NYC. I say its time to take back our city!

Here are the steps to do this:
1) Join Twitter
2) follow along with a new twitter page dedicated to NYC CM: twitter.com/critmasspanic
3) setup this page to txt (SMS) on your cell phone so you can get updates and standby for spontaneous “flash mob” rides coming as soon as the weather is better.

First Friday Ride

This Friday:

Freedom Ride!

from Mellow Yellow:

Hey Cyclopaths,

What is easier to will into being? An early spring, or a huge fun bike ride?

Weather forecast is looking very positive with temps cracking 40 degrees this Friday, so if you’ve been sadly de-biked due to snow, come out and enjoy the fun!

!st fR!deay!
A celebration of community and sustainable transportation in the streets of Manhattan
March 5th, 7pm
Union Square North

SPREAD THE WORD!

Also, check out the latest update of my ridiculous new blog
criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com

RIDE SAFE!

Mellowest Yellowstoned

Another Stolen bike-Ken Stanek

This time its from a key member of the bike culture scene in NYC. Ken Stanek, known for organizing charity alleycat races like Cranksgiving, Los Marcos polo events and running Bike shorts had his bike stolen last week.

Be on the look out for this gem, it’s got a lot of sentimental value, not to mention being a great bike.

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From Ken:
This is my road bike. It was stolen from Rockefeller Center (where I work) sometime between 1:30pm and 6:00pm today. (2/23/10)
55cm, curved seattube, carbon fiber, Neuvation Wheelset, 105 components, clips & cages, Selle Italia saddle.

Locked up as it is every day with a Krypto chain & American lock through both wheels + frame.
Unfortunately, locked to a bike rack that wasn’t even bolted to the ground.
There was no evidence of the chain/lock at all when I found it gone.

I won a bunch of races on this thing.

More on the bike here.

any information about this ride, contact me or email Ken at ken@studionumbernine.net

BIKE FOUND.

I recently posted that Aaron Z. Davis, had his prized pink track bike stolen. This is one of the first reports I got of a stolen bike of 2010. Well this story has a happy ending:

From Aaron:

We actually got it back yesterday!

A bike technician bought it off someone on Bedford late Friday night for $80. Can you believe that!?

Nice work.

Who commutes?

Interesting graphic on how people commute.
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Check out the precentage of people who drive, carpool, take public transport or bike, here.

Photo Blog

Wanna give a shout out to Photographer Dmitry Gudkov who has a nice blog with pictures of NYC bikes and bikers.

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Bikers on Bedford Ave, Old News

Bike riders clogging the streets of Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is old news…try 1896 according to this post in gothamist.com

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I wonder if they needed a permit?