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Tragedy in Miami

Ok, enough selling out to beverage companies and iphone apps…

There was a serious tragedy in Miami, that was brought to my attention by a loyal reader Stephen.

Sunday, January 17th, 44year old cyclist and family man, Christophe Le Canne, was killed buy a drunk driver on the BearCut Bridge in Miami, Fl, in a heartbreaking hit-and-run.

Here is a report from the tragedy from local cycling blog: Miami Bike Scene.

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A male cyclist was killed shortly after 8am this morning by the driver of a silver Volkswagen on the Bear Cut Bridge. The bicyclist was riding in the bike lane heading into Key Biscayne when a motorist fatally struck him and kept on going, witnesses outside La Carreta heard a loud sound and spotted a speeding vehicle dragging a blue Cannondale road bicycle while blowing through a red light about 2.5 miles from where the cyclist was struck. (see map below)

The driver, Carlos Bertonatti, was apprehended by police near his residence in Key Biscayne. A group of cyclists went to where the police were and saw him detained in the back of the squad car. Some witnesses at the scene are saying the driver appeared intoxicated and based on the fatal injuries to the cyclist and heavy damage to the motorist’s vehicle it’s apparent he was exceeding the speed limit.

Below is a photo of cyclists trying to help the victim, a photo of the damaged vehicle, and one of the wrecked bicycle after it was dislodged from underneath the vehicle.
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This was an incredible shock to the local biking scene in Miami and immediate call for a memorial ride.
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Here are a bunch of videos from last Sunday’s event:

Christophe Le Canne Memorial Ride from rydel high on Vimeo.

Christophe Le Canne Memorial Ride from Mike Marshall on Vimeo.

1-24-10 Christopher Le Canne Memorial Ride from Jesse Hearndon on Vimeo.

Key Biscayne Memorial Ride from MrSunshine561 on Vimeo.

and news stories:

CBS4.com
Miami Herald
and
Miami New Times Blog

The driver of the vehicle, Carlos Bertonatti of Key Biscayne, has been charged with multiple felonies, including DUI manslaughter. Bertonatti, who according to his attorney is a legal U.S. resident born in Venezuela, was released from jail on bail.

There is some discussion of a memorial ride here in NYC to honor Christophe Le Canne, and since the official ride in January was so cold. Stay tuned.

Shout out to POM

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Gotta give a big shout out to Ryan Wilkins of Pom Wonderful who sent me a case of their delicious pomegranate juice. This stuff has is made with 100% juice which gives me lots of energy to keep up with this guy…
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And Max isn’t even walking yet.

We did give him a doctor kit…no pressure, which judging by his pretend surgeries on his gorilla, I need all the healthy help I can get.
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Besides, POM is scientifically proven to help in the areas of the prostate, cardiovascular and erectile function, and loaded with antioxidants, which is probably a lot healthier then my other favorite drink…
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(photo by: Justin Sullivan Photography)

Meanwhile, it looks like one of my favorite breweries in the Pacific Northwest, Pryamid, has a new spring fling ale coming out. Hey guys…don’t let the POM people be out done…send cases immediately.
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Tall Bike Joust app is out.

A while back I was approached by a couple of characters from my past and told about this new iphone app coming out where you get to virtually engage in the real sport of Kings, Tall Bike Jousting. I mean besides such useful information as what are the cleanest toilets in NYC like Sit or Squat, iphone apps have mildly impressed me. Somewhere I read that the iphones graphic capacity far out weighs that PSP gaming system, which always struck me as kind of a strange statement because isn’t a playstation designed for games? And why the hell are most of the games for the iphone kind of basic looking such, crayon physics …which is a pretty sweet game, btw?

Well I was kind of skeptical when Keith was telling me about this game but also rather honored that he was thinking of me for some what of an exclusive promotion. Besides, tall bikes seem to bring out strange controversies, remember the window etching incident, of Brooklyn Industries? There was a good chance that someone from the gutter punk DIY community might take offense with their world being fucked with and who knows, attack the apple store for desecrating an off limits culture who adheres to living in a society that is against the mainstream, wasteful consumerism and corporate mono culture. Turns out that artist and the world tall bike jousting champion Doyle, was down with this project and whole heatedly allowed himself to be motion captured for the game, so we can argue punk politics and the tactics of property destruction for political gains another time. For now, I think the intention was to make a fun game based on a bizarre and insane underground bike sport and somehow pay tribute to bike clubs and fringe DIY bike culture that even Freegans might have a laugh at.

So it took a while to work the bugs out on the game and the actual release date got pushed back a few weeks. Then Keith who was promoting the game went off and got married, and the producer of the game Fredric King went off to Sundance, selfish bastards. They left me here in the dark and cold to tell the world:

TALL BIKE JOUST GAME IS OUT!

Here is a little video of the game play.

Fredric of fountainhead pictures and a gaming division of curious pictures got together and formed bikeclubgames as the site to promote a pretty damn fun tribute to fringe bike culture.
I haven’t fully had a chance to check out too much of the game but for $2.99, basically you pick your jouster male or female, that’s right the Ladies joust too.
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and the go on a world tour of Jousting in all the key cities related to the sport: Brooklyn, Reno, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New Orleans and of course…Minneapolis…the home of Black Label.

The game play is great, you pedal the your tall bike with a Doom style POV using controls on the right and left. Then you use the iphone to aim your lance, line up your target and press the button when you think you’ve got your opponent in the zone, which is indicated with multi-colored circle.
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The jousting gets progressively harder as you work your way through the different cities. Along the way your shit will get broken and there is an elaborate system for getting back into top shape, which is also a nice tribute to some of the politics of bike clubs, such as recycling and reusing bikes and being less wasteful.

So if you missed bike kill this year and were upset you didn’t get to try out a tallbike and get impaled at top speed and wind up on someones flickr account, I suggest go out and dumpster dive yourself an Iphone and start practicing.

This game is a hoot and has a great soundtrack too with artists like Japanther and Matt & Kim who have always been down with fringe bikers.

Here are a few write ups on the game:

Tall bike posse

and

from Touch Arcade.com

MAYHEM!

The big sports competition of the Midwest was not the annihilation of NY Jets by the Indianapolis Colts, but rather the annihilation of a huge wall by NYC’s sickest rider Wonka.

Scene here by Prolly, Lockedcog and posted by: Ronsta36.

Yes, kids rail slides are not longer for skates and the bmx set.

The Fixed gears have taken over and came together for a huge trix competition in Milwaukee, WI known as the Midwest Mayhem.

Lots more updates coming from someone who was actually there… Prolly.

One of the big sponsors of the big event was Cog Magazine who will be launching there 8th issue of detailed photos and articles deep into the heart of bike culture.

Looks like they will be having a sneak peek into Empire, NYC’s calling card to the pool of fixed gear movies such as SF’s and MACKAFRAMA.

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Check out the photos of Empire’s creators Luke Stiles and Chris Thormann here.
Taken by Cog’s own Raymond McCrea Jones.

Old news, but there was an article about Empire in the NY Times Cycling related blog, spokes.

New news, there will be another biker jam in Milwaukee, this time for the messenger crowd:

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stay tuned.

And speaking of Messengers, who says they don’t care? Next week is a race for Haiti…
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Here in NYC.

Massan has an art show

Do you know Massan?

He’s the wild man Hill Bomber from SF’s MASH crew.

Check him out in action:

Massan… from john smith on Vimeo.

He’s also a photographer and will be having an art show in San Francisco:
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Here is a good write up about the event from Prolly.

ah, making my work easy.

January 28th, Boston, Superb Bicycle-pop-up shop

If your in the Boston area next week, check out Superbbicycle.com will be part of Pop-Up shop, selling their wares along with some other cool local businesses.

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Contest time

Stevil Kinevil, from allhailtheblackmarket.com and the folks at Vandal Bags in SF are having a contest.

Check it:

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a little video from Mission Workshop Vandal from interbike 2009:

Video Round Up

I took some time off to work but here is a quick video roundup:

From Tracko’s Blog LA.
Geekhouse bikes, bike builders from Boston, Massachusetts.

Geekhouse Bikes from Quarter Productions on Vimeo.

Live from Paris:
Rock N Roll Fixie Riders

PARIS-CHARTRES from Julien Rideau on Vimeo.

Revoked trailer:

REVOKED TRAILER from REVOKED MEDIA on Vimeo.

From Lockedcog.com

Bombing some hills in LA

Found on Cyclonesia.com

Rapha trailer-

Yonretto Trailer from RAPHA on Vimeo.

from www.streetsfilms.org

OH NO, Auto lobbyist, Veronica Moss crashes the streetsfilms fundraiser, great inside joke.

There have been these videos going around where you can make these Avatars say whatever you like. Here are a few talking about cyclocross and fixed gear culture:

From Prolly:
fixed gear london getting in on in a bowl.

Getting busy in the Park:

oyama park 1/19 from nasty on Vimeo.

From alohafixed.com

290ed Teaser (Part 3) from ALOHA FIXED on Vimeo.

Random stuff:

Girl Meets Bike, a short documentary about Jacquie Phelan.

Found this on Projekto-b.blogspot.com
Crazy down hill race in AZ,

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Nasty tandem crash:

Riding in Jakarta,

Granite City,

Fixed Gear in the Granite City from James urquhart on Vimeo.

And last, this is kind of a strech, but hey its sort of a bike, just plain wackyness.

A new facebook group, “My Building hates the environment”

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Today I had a dream. That one day buildings all over NYC will truly be free for cyclists.
It’s safe to say that cyclists don’t face the same hurdles like Dr. King and the freedom riders of Birmingham Alabama, with dogs and water cannons, but here in NYC we’ve got some strong obstacles to overcome.

Last week I read this article from John Prolly’s popular blog: Prollyisnotprobably.com.

An anonymous reader wrote in about having some friction with bringing his bike into his place of work. He wrote in:

“Hi John,

The building I work in will only allow for bikes through the freight elevator (I’m aware that this is legit), however it’s only open from 8-5. 90% of the employees in the building leave after 6pm. Here’s the biggest kick in the nuts, management wants to charge $75 per person if you choose to take your bike out of the building past 5pm! I asked if we could use the stairwell…”nope”. I asked, “what rights do the owners have to fine people?”, no real answer to that either!

Thanks,
Reader

According to the new bikes in building law which took effect in the middle of December last year, commercial buildings in NYC with freight elevators are required to allow bikes access as long as their is a request from the tenants and an agreeable plan is drafted.

This was a huge milestone in getting the law on your side and strong steps closer to making more access for people who ride their bikes to work.

But judging by the complaint above, its seems as if there are still many hurdles to get over. That is why I created the facebook group: My Building Hates the Environment.

The goal of this group is to monitor and evaluate how this bill is being implemented and weather buildings are being agreeable or creating more friction. If there is positive usage of the bill, then let us know so other buildings can lead by example. If there are stories like the one from Prolly’s reader, then we need the hear about and launch a campaign of public ridicule that lets people know which buildings hate bikes and in my opinion, hate the environment. This way we can not only have the law on our side but the support of the cycling community as well.

Join this group today and lets start organizing.

Details on the frostbite race

Details of Saturday Night’s Frostbite race, from organizer Dan G.

“Dont Forget, This saturday Late Night Frostbite: Empire State. Tompkins
Square Park, 8PM registration, 10PM race. After Party at Bushwick
Country Club, Grand St. Brooklyn. Raffle, art and photos, tons of
sponsors. All proceeds go to the TKBMA, including the proceeds from
Jameson Whiskey and select pints. CMWC Tokyo Bike Frame up for raffle.
B there or miss out big time. Peace Dan G.”