BMX shorts program. BFF and Defgrip

Defgrip is a collective of photographers and friends who put together a website focusing on street art and BMX bikes.

They are teaming up with the Bicycle Film Festival this year for a special BMX shorts program.

read more here.

You know what BMX is right?

Defgrip Presents the BMX shorts at the 2010 Bicycle Film Festival from Defgrip on Vimeo.

Also don’t forget this is the 10th year of the BFF and they have extended their submission deadline to MARCH 27th. So you still have time to get in your bicycle related movies.

Tech Watch-Inflatable bike bag

Looking for a new way to travel with a bike?

Check out the inflatable case from Bikind.

Here is an article from Gizmodo:
A niche market, yes, but when you reach a certain age and the idea of going on a cycling-and-camping holiday in a foreign country appeals, you’ve got to consider how to transport your bike over.

I’ve always thought just hiring a bike in the chosen country would work out cheaper, but some people have spent too much time—and money—pimping their bikes to optimum levels and would rather walk than ride a hire bike. So! Onto the inflatable Helium case, from Biknd.

Read the rest here.

Poll of the week…Maps

Wednesday, Google maps launched a new feature to include directions for bike routes.

Katherine Noyes, wrote an article on it for Tech News World magazine.

By Katherine Noyes
03/10/10 11:46 AM PT

Bicyclists in 150 U.S. cities can now use Google Maps to figure out the best way to go from Point A to Point B on two wheels. The move “reaffirms the legitimacy of cycling as a form of transportation,” said New York blogger BikeSnobNYC. The addition of biking directions was one of the most requested new features for the popular service.
In a move sure to make the grade with cyclists across the United States, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) on Wednesday added bicycle routes to its Google Maps service.

Biking directions and extensive bike trail data are now available for the United States through Google Maps, giving cyclists nationwide a way to customize their trips, figure out the most efficient routes, make use of bike lanes and avoid big hills.

“When I need to get off the trail to cross town, biking directions makes sure to keep me on bike-friendly roads and avoid some of the city’s busiest intersections,” Google product manager Shannon Guymon explained in a blog post early Wednesday morning. “The time estimate for the route is based on a complex set of variables accounting for the type of road, terrain and turns over the course of my ride.”

read the entire article here.

Seems like there is a lot going on with mapping. I got sent info on a new iphone app that was launched today:

Here is a press release from developer Jeff Willoughby:

NEW YORK, NY – March 11, 2010 – iParks NY, the first iPhone App designed to illuminate the Places and Events occurring in New York City’s parks system, was launched today by Ring Bear, LLC. iParks NY uses the iPhones GPS combined with a proprietary database to help users find the nearest or highest rated parks, playgrounds, dog runs, etc. The App also features an events database that links “the where” with “the when” showing users when to visit Central Park for the official walking tour or when to head to Union Square for its famous green market.

The combination of the iPhone platform and iParks NY App turns the iPhone into a dynamic personal guidebook for navigating the 2,000+ city, state, and private parks and playgrounds that New York City has to offer, and has obvious appeal to both locals and visitors, be they adults, kids, or parents. Additional features include an integrated bike map, editorial content including reviews and pictures, location information including costs, hours, phone numbers and links, as well as content bookmarking which makes it a snap to see upcoming events at your favorite places whenever you reopen iParks NY.
iParks NY was inspired by a 2.5yr old New Yorker and playground aficionado, Maya Willoughby, who frequently exhorted her father, “Daddy, I want to go to a NEW park!” He realized it was too difficult to navigate the parks system on his iPhone, bought a programming book, and spent many months visiting parks by day, programming by night.

So I wanted to find out, what applications are most helpful to you in mapping bike routes. Here is my poll of the week.

What helps you map your ride?

Google Maps
Iphone apps
The NY bike Map
Keen sense of direction
I just ride around, lost, its more fun that way

View Results

Make your own poll

Monster Track Eleven Recap

Here’s a couple of recaps of what went down at last weekend’s fixed gear only, world famous alleycat race:

Recap of what happened and what didn’t from the organizer himself:

“So this is how it all went down.

* the only thing that went according to plan was friday. Why, we’ll there wasen’t that much to do but wait until Saturday. Saturday, the way it was supposed to be was after registration, we would mass ride to manhattan from brooklyn over the Williamsburg bridge car path. Of course there is a new law in NyC that says you can’t have more that 50 people at a time anytime, riding anywhere, and i had about 130 people registered . Whatever, a plan is a plan and we would give it a go. i had instructions on how to get to the first checkpoint where the first manifest would be printed out. i couldn’t tell anyone where that was since, nyc alley-cat riders would and do try to cheat,(thats just how it is in alley-cats,always is,always will be)and i gave half to jason from affinity with instructions. he was to start the race if the cops stopped us,and i would try and stall the cops,get a ticket if need be.A cop from NYPD 90 precincts reminded me that,potentially we could all get stopped.i figured the worst that can happen was me getting a ticket,like a couple of years ago when i got not one but two tickets,which i don’t even know where they are right now. Well we rode over the bridge and of course since no one listens or pays attention when you have a big crowd,everyone followed someone,and apparently,bumrushed jason for the instructions on how to get the first checkpoint. “
Read the rest here.

I mean, come on…the cops secretly love us as seen here with our own Heather Loop.

Chari and Co, grabbed a few shots of MT winners Alfred and Austin, from their checkpoint.

Kevin Dillard of has a great series up.

Check out his albums here.

And over at Smashenger, Krillz put up a great link to a recap from Dave’s Quality Meats Blog.

Photos by Aaron Joseph

Check it out here.

And my photo set on flickr.

Google maps for bikes

google maps now includes directions for bikes.

Bike Theft in the age of Twitter

found from Joe Hendry from

A Bike Theft in the Time of Twitter
New York Times, March 9, 2010

Austin Horse thought he was just leaving his bike for a second when he ran into the lobby of an office building at 28th Street and Madison Avenue last Tuesday afternoon to make a pickup.

Mr. Horse, a messenger since 2005, expected a quick turnaround — run up to the desk, get the package, get back on the bike — and locking his bright orange track bike would just slow the whole process. “I had it fake-locked,” he said, describing how he had placed a U-lock through the back wheel without closing it, as a decoy. “Normally, a pickup like that, it takes 30 seconds.”

But there had been some confusion at the company, and the package was not ready for him. Ten minutes passed, with Mr. Horse standing around the lobby, watching the bike through large glass windows, growing increasingly antsy. Finally, the package arrived, and he went to the desk to get it, turning his back to the windows.

A minute later, the bike was gone.

Read the rest of the article here.

Team TA

I’ve been asked to post this by Molly Sullivan, Events Coordinator for Transportation Alternatives.

Does this sound like you?
• Natural-born leader
• Avid cyclist who enjoys teaching other about the joy of cycling
• Has a desire to see others succeed
• Willing to donate time to give back to NYC’s leading advocacy organization for biking, walking and public transit.
• USA Cycling Certified (Not required – just a bonus qualification!)

Then consider becoming a coach for TEAM T.A. this spring. TEAM T.A. is a group of riders who will train for the NYC Century Bike Tour and fundraise together to support Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives offers some goodies and fundraising assistance for their hard work raising $1,000 each to support our advocacy work.

Now here is where YOU come in: Attend the Coaches Happy Hour on Thursday, 3/11/2010 at 6:30pm our office. Bring a resume and a list of qualifications that make you the perfect fit for a TEAM T.A. coach. It will be a very relaxed gathering and a nice way to meet each other.

In return for donating their time to weekly training rides, coaches will ride the NYC Century Bike Tour for free and receive a limited edition TEAM T.A. jersey!

This is a brand new initiative and it’s an opportunity for you to be involved with Transportation Alternatives in an exciting way. Please write me to let me know if you’re coming to the Happy Hour or if you have questions. See you then!

Molly Sullivan
Events Coordinator
Transportation Alternatives
127 W.26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 646-873-6031
Fax: 212-629-8334

Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Molly Sullivan
Events Coordinator
Transportation Alternatives
127 W.26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 646-873-6031
Fax: 212-629-8334

Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Video Wrap Up

I meet Marty from Vuelo Velo at the start of this year’s monster track. He was showing off his gorgeous track bike and we talked about his experiences at this years NAHBS.

Interview with Marty Renwick of Vuelo Velo from Vuelo Velo on Vimeo.

another video from NAHBS from Michael Wendell

2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show from Michael Wendell on Vimeo.

Seen on

East West Smashup


Sent to me by Michael Stebler, a short movie he made based on the movements of the messengers of Bern (Switzerland) during a work day.

Sent to me by Merritt Raitt, about the race fantasies of a bike commuter in Portland, Oregon.

No Idea what to make of this one:

Cool Burning Man bike from 2006

And a bunch from

RVA Jam/ DP2 Weekend from Torey Thornton on Vimeo.

2009 Chicago Cyclocross Cup from Heather Jurewicz on Vimeo.


NAHBS WEEKEND | PART 2 – THE JAM from Mike Schmitt on Vimeo.

From urban velo
Global Ride Video Productions just released this trailer for their latest traing video in production, featuring Pittsburgh’s legendary Dirty Dozen. This underground road race goes up the 12 steepest hills in Pittsburgh, going up what is arguably the steepest “city” street in the world at 35% grade, Canton Ave.

More from Monster Track 11

Here is some info from Krillz of

And a video I shot of the group ride across the Williamsburg Bridge. Critical Mass of track bikes.

Monster Track 11 from Michael Green on Vimeo.

According to Joey Krillz twitter feed, Their was a sprint to decide the winner of this year’s Monster Track 11. Alfred, Chris T, J.T., Filipe and Heather for the ladies had to sprint from Canal to 56th to 14 to 47 back to canal. East to west.

J.T. was the winner.
(picture from Kevin Dillard of, from last year’s Monster Track)

Congratulations to J.T. in winning his first Monster Track.
More details, coming soon.