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Pedaling.tv comes to Whole foods for a screening

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I posted this video last week, but Pedal.tv is a webseries about biking and food. Or, according to their website:

PEDALING: NYC

WHAT IT IS:

PEDALING: is a host-driven and character based web-series. Each episode highlights the best and most eclectic riding in the area and culminates in an informative and engaging lifestyle activity.

PEDALING Series is an original production of Panforte Productions and BrakeThrough Media. PEDALING NYC is presented in partnership with Specialized Bicycles, Whole Foods Market, Capo Forma, and with the promotional support of Bike New York.

Find out more at pedaling.tv or hit them up on Facebook.

There will be a panel discussion, tasting as screening at the whole foods on Bowery, February 4th.
More info here.

A few events this weekend.

A quick round up on some bike events this weekend.

Friday was critical mass around the world. You probably wouldn’t know it in NYC.

Only a hundred and fifty people came out to San Francisco, the birthplace of this historic biking phenomenon. With low turnout and a potential police investigation, it has regular participants asking, “Is the SFPD planning a crackdown of Critical Mass?” This was the headline of a recent blog posting from a fairly new website dedicated to SF critical mass.

Check the whole story at SF Criticalmass.org

Here is a recent news story from a CBS local news affiliate KPIX which chronicles that SFPD Chief George Gascon is reviewing department policy on Critical Mass, as part of his commitment to cut crime by 20%.

(Yes the offensive crime of riding your bike in a group)

Meanwhile a group of cyclists got together in Portland for their first tweed ride.

More from PDXpipeline.com and BikePortland.org

4316741643_826211009e_o(Photo by Bike Portland’s, Jonathan Maus (Founder / Editor-in-Chief) More photos available on his flickr site.

and here in NYC, Bike Messengers and urban racers got together on Friday, to raise money for Haiti’s relief.
Congrats to the winners:
IMG_6451(from the left-right) Chris-Second, Rafi-First and JT-Third)

Saw this amazing piece from Greg Ugalde

Greg Ugalde is the artist behind some of the most recognizable flyers for alleycats in NYC.
Here is just a random piece I saw on the Urban Cyclist Ning site.
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Bikeblog NYC turns six!

In the warm sun of Pamplona, Spain, thrill seekers flock to run from an insane horde of sharp horned beasts in the running of the bulls. In Nome Alaska, adventurers brave frigid temperatures and long miles of extreme endurance for the Iditarod, world famous dog sled race. Both of these exhibitions, involve animals and here is NYC we have our own creature involved in a bizarre spectacle called: The Idiot. This species have to be half crazy to run a few miles in costume, strapped to a shopping cart in an event known as the Idiotarod. Perhaps its for the drunken stupidity of it all, or to answer a calling to engage in a unsanctioned, non-permitted event which is yearning deep inside many New Yorkers. Maybe its just a chance to get yourself fifteen seconds of fame on NY’s permiere blog/news site Gothamist.

Here is some coverage of the event in case you missed it.

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(photo by Katie Sokoler for Gothamist)

I feel the need to tip my hat to any type of event that has a renegade street theater spirit and makes the NYPD scratch their heads and say, “UH, should I be busting this?”

For me it a signature event and when I see the makings of costumed people pushing shopping carts I know its about the moment I made my first blog posting back in February of 2005.

Actually it was a posting on the 1st of the month and was pretty brief: “The streets of New York City have a lot of random ice spots still on them but comuting to work by bike, is still the way to go.” With lengthy insights like this, I knew I was destined to be an authority of biking in NYC and become a blogger, especially one who can’t spell words like commuting.

So I have to congratulate myself and say that Bikeblognyc.com has officially turned 6 years old!

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So Thanks to me.
Thanks to all those who ride bikes in NYC and live to tell about it and blog about it.
Thanks to all those who have supported me and still not sure what the hell I’m doing.
Thanks to all the bike nerds around the world
Thanks to all those who have contributed to this blog.
Thanks to all those who give a shit about this city and want it to be a healthier, less polluted place and know that part of the answer is world bicycle domination.

Video Round up

First off, lots of videos from last weekends Midwest Mayhem:

Wonka Wall from John Prolly on Vimeo.

The edit by Richmondfixed.com

MIDWEST MAYHEM | RVAFIXED EDIT from Mike Schmitt on Vimeo.

Seen on Lockedcog.com

Midwest Mayhem Friday Night Street Session from Sam Erickson on Vimeo.

mayhem abound. from Kris *lockedcog* on Vimeo.

Mixed bag of fixed gear love:

From Prolly
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daystuff/hd test from Marcs CVFG on Vimeo.

Trailer for Death Pedal 2 of Cali.

Death Pedal 2 Trailer by Kareem Shehab from Killa Kareem on Vimeo.

Here is a trailer for a video about a bike ride from Tokyo to Osaka

Tokyo to Osaka Teaser from John Murillo on Vimeo.

Find out more on their site here.

Bike Factory tour of Quamen Bikes in LA.

Nice bikes.
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a nice HD Bike Polo videos:

Bike Polo Sneak Peak from Adam Bolick on Vimeo.

818 Polo clips from tim on Vimeo.

Laws of Motion from Sara Kinney on Vimeo.

Matt Finkle has been traveling around taking pictures of people and their bikes for a photo book project called: “I Love My Bike.”

Here is some shooting in Seattle

I Love My Bike Book – Seattle (HD) from David Albright on Vimeo.

It’s Series time,

A series called in the cuts, here is John Cardiel

intheCUTTS Episode 6: JOHN CARDIEL from InThe Cutts on Vimeo.

And here is a series about three guys traveling on bikes finding great food spots. Beers and Cheers, takes them to NYC,

PEDALING: NYC “Cheers for Beers” from Jim Fryer/BrakeThrough Media on Vimeo.

And some BMX and skater love:

Good Times Roll from 2HeadedHorse on Vimeo.

BANKS JAM from y.arava on Vimeo.

Friday, events.

Its freezing cold outside in NYC and Friday is a good day to read lots of spam by UGG boots and Christian Louboutin who keep posting comments on my blog. Thanks for the interest guys, but only if you have them in green. Friday is a day to make lots of short postings so without much detail, here are a whole bunch of upcoming bike culture related events around the globe: (Check the flyers for Dates)

An ancient, classic from Minneapolis. Its freezing, its drunken…it’s STUPOR BOWL 13 (info at bikejerksmpls.blogspot.com)
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Richmond Virginia fixed is throwing a tricks comp.
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Portland Oregon’s first tweed ride:
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By Jove, get some tweed ol chap and Check out TweedPdX

Also a Tricks event and more, 2 days in Portland at the Bridgetown Hustle:
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Savanna, GA is having a bicycle festival in March, called Spoked:
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Find out more at their Blog

There are some POLO events, In So CAL:
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Barcelona, Super Sexy:
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Some film screening information:
Here in NYC, it’s Bike Shorts, the monthly festival where you can win a hundred bucks cash for your five minute bicycle short. Now in a new joint in Brooklyn, Public Assembly NYC, formerly Galapogos in Williamsburg, 70 N. 6th St between Kent & Wythe
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There is Filmed by Bike in Portland Oregon in April 16th-18th.
Here is a trailer:Get your submissions in now.

Vancouver’s signature fixed gear film is sweeping the country…the Revival. It’s having a screening in Boulder Colorado:
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Here’s a trailer-

THE REVIVAL from morehartfilms on Vimeo.

More info on the screening: boulderfixedgear
The Revival’s website here.

Screening and Gold Sprints in LA:
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Check out the cool blog: TOLA
and an alleycat on February 6th,
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and event on the 7th, Stupid Cupid.
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The UK, courier roller race championships, February 19th. Check out the messenger blog in London, Moving Target Zine.

Pedal Consumption is reporting gold sprints in Bologna, Italy.
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The Philly Bike Messenger Association is having a winter prom, ok I mean a social.
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More info at the Facebook page

and a couple of events from allhailtheblackmarket.com

DOWN and Dirty in the MUD, in California.
It’s the Grasshopper adventure series cyclocross. More info here.
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and

The Soil Saloon
Willy's Winter Warmer

and looking to the future,
The RedHook’s Criteruim will be:

March 20th, 2010

A message from race organizer, Dave August:

The Red Hook Criterium enters it’s 3rd year in 2010.

As my birthday tradition this race is “fixed” and brakeless only. The format remains the same. 20 fast laps around a tight, twisty, and dangerous circuit through the desolate Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The racing circuit follows last year’s route including the now infamous “Otsego Chicane” and the “Beard Street Cobbles”.

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, March 20th
Registration: 9:00pm-10:45pm
Start Time: 11:00 pm
Race Length: 20 Laps (approx 35 minutes)
Equipment: 1. Fixed-gear brakeless required
2. Helmets required
3. 49×15 recommend gearing
4. Puncture resistant tires highly recommended

Entry Fee: $15

Primes: 1. End of the first lap
2. End of the halfway point lap.

Prizes: TBA

The bike snob is giving away a bike…

Want to win a free bike?

Go here and deem yourself worthy.

Happy Birthday Streetsblog SF

Wanna give a happy one year birthday to Streetsblog San Francisco and my friend Matt Roth, who is the deputy editor there.

Here is a video from Streetsfilms.org giving you a little insight into all the hard work of this website covering bikes and transportation issues on the West Coast.

I was out there a few weeks ago riding around and working on an IBM commercial. It just so happened it called for a bike messenger and we wound up with this dude:
photo(photo by: Henry Nguyen)
Its Fergus Tanka, former president of the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association now just a courier and tv star.

Puppet Love

Who better to break it down for us then, a puppet?
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Introducing Jay Louis from a webisode show called: “What Up Gangstar.”
He’s from Montreal, speaks french and loves fixed gears.
Here he is hosting a funny look at track bikes vs bixi bikes. (Montreal’s bike sharing program)

What Up Gangstars – Episode 4 – Fixed Gear from Jay Louis on Vimeo.

I’m not truly impressed until I see this:
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Bike Lane Debate

2010_1_bikelanedebate(Cyclist/Messenger Heather Loop {far left} engages in a debate about Bedford Avenue Bike Lane removal at Pete’s Candy Store in Greenpoint, Monday Night–photo by: (Gothamist/Ben Muessig)

I missed this debate on Monday in Greenpoint but there was some good coverage of it.

In the on-going discussions of the Bedford Ave bike lane removal, there was a gathering of community leaders, cyclists and alternative transportation advocates to try and get to the bottom of things.

Gothamist ran this story:

Hotly-anticipated peace talks between supporters and opponents of the recently-erased Bedford Avenue bicycle lane fell short last night when both parties left a discussion at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg with the same seemingly irreparable differences that they brought to the table. Supporters of the Bedford Avenue lane insisted that a biking path on Brooklyn’s longest road is necessary for both transportation and safety, while a community activist representing South Williamsburg’s Hasidic Jewish residents expressed concerns about dangerous biking etiquette.

Here’s a video with excerpts from the discussion:

Read the rest here.

also covered by Streetsblog’s own Noah Kazis.