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Tech Watch: Hubless BMX

tech watch
Ok, I’ve heard of no hand brakes on your track bike…now here’s no hubs on your BMX:
Russian graphic designer Nikolay Boltachev has come up with the “BMX Concept.”

Read more at The Design Blog

Videos roundup–Yeehaw

What round up would be complete without a little tribute to Smokey and the Bandit.

Stevil Kinevil of and the Mission Workshop crew came up with this contest to win a bag for making the best bike parody of the classic Burt Reynolds movie.
Picture 11

Well yall– TCB Courier are Eastbound and downtown, loaded up and truckin…winners.

Here is a commercial I found by Errol Morris, the real alternative fuel.

Videos from Prolly
Auckland is the most populated city in New Zealand. They’ve got an emerging fixed gear scene reported on the blog Chain Gang Kids. Here is a recent cut from their weekly ride called Tank Farm Tuesdays, by Sean Walllace.

Tank Farm Tuesday from sean wallace on Vimeo.

Nice little time lapse of Chris Thormann and Dan Chabanov doing some hanging out between runs. Ah to wear shorts again, obviously from a warmer weather time period.

Warm stand-by time. from Dan Chabanov on Vimeo.

Grime edit, from Christian Musgrave

Grime Edit. from

and from bike shop LA Brakeless, Night Sesh.

night sesh from Beaver on Vimeo.

Videos from TrackO

A video from Brooks saddles about an event in Tuscany which is a tribute to vintage bicycles, L’Erocia.

a video of A.N.T. (alternative Needs Transportation) founder Mike Flanigan

Day 7 of Tokyo to Osaka ride

JUNKAN Part 2 of 2 from on Vimeo.

More info here.

Classic Tour riding from stage 13, 1986

seen on Dan Chabanov’s Tumblr BoneDeth

Move over Kevin Bacon-Here comes the Messenger

There was a new narrative messenger movie shot here in NYC. Movement pictures is currently in post production on their movie described here:

About The Film
The Messenger is a short film about Kaya, 19, a midwesterner who leaves behind family and friends to follow her passion for cycling to New York City.
The film is about youth, passion and fate.

you can watch a teaser here (click image)

Seems like they did a lot of things right in making this short and having real NYC bikers and messengers contribute.

Looking at the cast list:

Joanna Schubert (Kaya)
Kellyn Lindsay (Angela)
Jamee Vance (Kaya’s Mom)
Yatika Starr Fields (himself, Yatika)
John-Taki Theodoracopulos (himself, as JT)
Bettina Bilger (Laura, woman on street)
Bobby (himself, Streetwise Manager)
Scott Klocksin (housemate)
Joan Lantz (nurse in park)
E. Jean (cab driver)
Natalia Krasnodebska (woman on cellphone)
Kelly Sebastian (office manager)
Heather L. Muller (bike messenger)
Nitzan Mager (woman in park)

Yatika Fields, Artist and Messenger was cast in the movie along with JT and Heather Muller. Right on.

Also Luke Stiles and Chris Thormann of Empire fame were used for in the streets bicycle videography.

Here is a little from their site about future plans:

We composed our shots with a big screen in mind and captured our footage with prime lenses. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to screen at major film festivals across the country and overseas in 2010.

Valentine’s the new Halloween

Wow, who knew there’d be all these events on Valentine’s weekend. Here is one in Seattle:

More info visit

and then they’ve got an event for Monday…President’s day.
February 15th
This race is a benefit for Counterbalance Racing and will raise money to help them pay for the events they do throughout the year. You will need a partner for your team (teams of 2). The cost is $15 per person, and it gets you 2 beer tickets (for good beer) that you redeem at the finish. There will be beer specials for racers. It will also gain you entry into the Emerald Sprints Roller Racing taking place at the Funhouse. If you just want to do sprints, the cost is $7 per person.

Kona and Traitor have both donated great stuff (like a bike and a frame!) to be raffled off, you can buy tickets at the Funhouse

Costumes are encouraged!

Meet at Counterbalance park at 12pm
Doors at FunHouse open at 3pm
Roller race starts at 4pm

Be there and bring your friends!

February 15th-President’s day

Forgot about this event

in my Valentine’s weekend events:

The Cutthroats Presents–
Philly’s Ballantine’s Day Massacre, Friday, February 12th.
More info here.

RED HOOK CRIT…it’s coming


Today’s Caption this photo


Please play along, it will make me happy.

Love your bike-Valentines Week

Accodring to the Daily Beast, New York is ranked the 58th city to fall in love in. Maybe the weren’t doing this survey about falling in love with your bike.
Here is a quick round up of upcoming Valentine’s Day Bike events in NYC and beyond.

–Matt and Brittain love bikes and are making a photo book about it. They’ve been traveling around the US, mostly on the West Coast taking photos of people and their bikes.
Now they’ve come East and will be in Brooklyn hanging out at Affinity Cycles taking photos of NYC bikers and request your presence.

Please come by and be part of their project, this Thursday-February 11th. 12-4pm
Affinity Cycles
616 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

also on Thursday,
love mixer

–Transportation Alternatives is having a membership mixer:
Thursday, February 11th, 2009
at NYC Velo
64 2nd Ave (btwn 3rd and 4th St) Manhattan

from TA-
Celebrate Valentine’s Day, bicycling, Transportation Alternatives and all of our sexy members at this year’s first mixer. Join us at NYC Velo on Thursday, February 11 from 7 – 9 pm. $10 will get you in the door, where free snacks, Brooklyn Brewery beer and who knows what else await! Not a T.A. member? Join at the door at a discounted price.

Join or renew your membership at the door and we’ll wave the admission fee. If that isn’t reason enough, NYC Velo will extend its longstanding 10% discount for T.A. members to all products, as well as an extra 10% off any winter jacket and other special seasonal sales. Plus, in tribute to our evening’s theme, we’ll have a special contest to see who loves bicycling the most!

On their calender.

–Saturday it’s time to Love your Lanes.

Time’s Up is having another ride to show love for NYC bike lanes.
Saturday, February 13th.
Washington Square Park

Come show your love for clean transportation, bike lanes, and those hero’s of the peaceful direct action tradition and your fellow human beings! Love, hugs and more await you.
To volunteer or for more info contact Nadette:
Note: This replaces the ride that was originally listed on 2/14/2010.

some bike lanes from around the world on Huffington Post. Sent out by rabble rouser and bike lane lover Benjamin Shepard

In NYC, not about bikes but seems like a good show.
–Sunday, Feb. 14th (Valentine’s Day) is the:
Anti-Valentines Riot Grrrl Cover band show.
1087 Broadway in Brooklyn.

The Facebook invite here.

And elsewhere:

–In Baltimore there is the Velocipede Bike Project Bike Prom.
Check them out on

from their site: “Velocipede Bike Project is a collectively run non-profit dedicated to helping people use bicycles as transportation. We collect donated, second-hand, and landfill-bound bikes, which we then use to teach people how to repair and build their own bicycles. We also provide affordable and safe refurbished bicycles and bicycle parts.”

Saturday, February 13th 9pm
4 West Lanvale St. Baltimore MD,
more info:

–In Birmingham, Alabama:
The BiciCoop are having their 2nd annual Heartbrakes bicycle prom benefit/race.

February 13, 2010
Race at 7:00
Start and after party @ Magic City Wholesale
$10 gets you racing, partying, and beering!
So far, we have prizes from Chrome, Rickshaw Bags, Knog, Higher Ground Roasters, and Good People Brewing Company. Hell Yes!

In Miami:
Sunday, February 14th
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love – your bicycle.
Ride starts @ Government Center in Downtown Miami. The group will be riding north on A1A and stopping at the “Hollywood Beach Broadwalk”. We will then ride into downtown Hollywood before traversing back south towards Miami.
Total Distance: 50 Miles
Avg Speed: 20mph
This is not a leisurely ride. If you cannot keep up the pace chances are you will be left behind. It may be possible to have two groups instead of one to accommodate those riding a bit slower. If we split up we’ll regroup at Hollywood Beach.

More info

–And in Oak Cliff Texas:
More info at Bike friendly Oak Cliff

and if you love Classic bikes:, Denmark’s most beloved bicycle maker is having a special for Valentine’s Month. (February)
From their site:
As one of our favorite blogs and online style resources, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of our romantic Valentine’s Day offer exclusively for customers in the US – the Velorbis ‘Love Story’ package.

Purchase any 2 bicycles during February and receive a 10% discount off the overall total. It’s easy. Customers can contact us directly at or telephone +1 773 456 0024 and we will arrange the rest. (you can use Skype, cheap for international calls)

It’s a ‘pick & mix’ offer. Choose any combination of bicycles from our range of beautiful ladies and funky gents designs.

We’re sure that your devoted followers would like to hear about this offer and have the opportunity to tempt their loved ones to a) take up chic and healthy cycling to get in shape after Christmas and b) purchase a luxurious long-lasting gift that they can both enjoy together.

Velorbis is Denmark’s most beloved, storied and exported classic bicycle brand. We’re passionate about bicycles and take the art of chic, street style cycling to another level. Our ‘Love Story’ package is the ultimate in effortless romance on 2 or 4 wheels.

If you have any questions just let us know. Thanks for your cooperation.

Best wishes,
Built on more than 100 years of cycling culture.

and one more thing:

Urban Velo magazine out of Pittsburgh, is always looking for submissions to their: “I love riding in the city” series.

Check it out:
“We need people to continue contributing to our I Love Riding in the City department. These stories are the heart and soul of the magazine, and serve to inspire people around the world. If you’ve been waiting to send yours in, consider this a call to action.

With the move to full color, we need new contributions that include high-resolution color photographs. And while we’re looking for contributions from around the world, we still want them from our own country, our own state, even our own city.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire.

Solidarity with Miami

This Sunday, in NYC, a dedicated group of six cyclists, braved the frigid temperatures and rode their bikes in a memorial ride. The purpose of their get together was to pay tribute to a 44 year old cyclist who was killed last month in Miami by a drunk driver. Last month the Miami community responded to this tragic death by hosting a memorial ride attended by over 2,500 riders. According to Stephen Arthur, a regular volunteer with Time’s Up and present on the NYC memorial, the riders meet up at Army Plaza and passed through Park Slope Brooklyn, to the Manhattan Bridge. Then they made their way through Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Soho, and then the East Village, and on their way back into Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge. Along the way, they visited at least 10 ghost bikes including one of a 74 old year biker lady who was just mowed down by a bus, and killed last month.

The group carried a banner along with them that said, “Ride Solidarity.” Part of their tribute ride was recorded by Meaghan Wilbur, who is making a documentary about the white painted bicycle memorials known as the ghostbikes project.

Here is a trailer for her film:

It looks like she is using a site called which allows people to indivdually contribute to film works in progress, as well as other creative endeavors.

On the same day, Miami held another memorial ride and in a true act of solidarity, both cities connected via a phone call. The Miami ride had at least 40 riders, but its a tad bit warmer down south.
(image from
In related news, the intoxicated driver who killed Le Canne, Carlos Bertonatti, has been brought back to jail for lying to homeland security about his passport. I guess drinking and driving, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run and potential vehicular manslaughter aren’t reason enough. Seems Mr. Bertonatti has missed four seperate court hearings for traffic violations and is not being upfront about his passport. Just the kind of guy you want getting wasted and operating a car. More on this here.

The judge has set an initial trial date for May 3rd, so standby for more solidarity rides in NYC and Miami.

Sticker this…Bicycle Safe Vehicles

Pedal Pushers Club makes sweet t’s like this:
Brett, wrote me to tell me about a new sticker campaign for motorists:

Congrats on 6 years, that’s like way old man in internet years. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about a little campaign the Pedal Pushers Cub is running with the US Open of Cycling to sell some “Bicycle Safe Vehicle” stickers for people to slap on their cars. I Know most of your readers probably don’t have cars, but still thought you might be interested, The stickers are $2 ea including postage and $1.00 from each one will go to the US Open Foundation’s mission of teaching safe cycling to kids and adults.
The stickers are meant as a passive reminder to cyclists and drivers alike to pedal and drive safely to reduce accidents. People can learn more (and get the stickers) at