Bicycle Coop in Philadelphia

Chris from the web channel sent me the latest bike video about Pedal Coop in Philly. Not your average ecco-hauler.

From their website

The Pedal Co-Op is a worker-run organization that offers environmentally-friendly services to local businesses and residents in Philadelphia.
The Pedal Co-Op’s goal is to diminish the caustic environmental impact that is threaded into everyday modern life.

N30 turns 10. The WTO-Battle of Seattle

Today marks 10 years since protesters disrupted the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the city of Seattle. That weekend was a benchmark for the protest movement around the world and was much more about the creative commitment of thousands of people coming together against free trade and corporate greed and less about the violence of police and a few demonstrators.

I spent two days in a jail cell in my hometown of Seattle, for daring to be on the streets in supposedly a “free country” and 7 years later was awarded a compensation for false arrest. That weekend really left an impression on me.

Hard to believe its been 10 years, when little has changed especially with police misconduct at demonstrations most clearly witnessed in Pittsburgh during the G20 back in September.

Looking back is a series of events in Seattle, at

A few radio broadcasts on and on Portland Radio KBOO fm.

Meanwhile the 7th ministerial meeting of the WTO is in Geneva Switzerland and it seems they are being met with similar resistance, and teargas:

article from Business Standard:

Geneva WTO ministerial likely to be a talkfest, believe many
D Ravi Kanth / Geneva November 30, 2009,

“As the World Trade Organisation’s seventh ministerial meeting begins today (Monday) amid violence, trade ministers will focus for the first time not so much on the stalled-Doha trade negotiations but on how to strengthen the much-bruised organisation that has neglected institutional-building activities all these years, several senior trade officials said.

“When you run out of anything important, then you would start talking about institutional-building activities,” a senior trade official from an industrialised country told BS, comparing the seventh ministerial meeting to “a wet croissant”.

Read the rest of the article here.

And this in Business Week.

Ryan Doyle on Tall Bikes Jousting, Art Basel and a new iphone app.

Ryan Doyle is hard to miss, or at least the contraptions he creates and rides upon. You might recognize him riding a tandem tall bike around Bed-Sty Brooklyn or maybe toppling an advisory from a rival bike club in a tall bike joust, after all he is the world champion. He was featured in Fountianhead Films 2007 documentary B.I.K.E. about Doyle’s journey as an artist and membership with the NYC chapter of the black label bike club, hosts of the annual mutant bike extravaganza, “BIKE KILL.” Maybe you recognize Doyle by some of his cycle creations such as the Jet Bike, a jet engine powered bicycle or rode in his Hell-o-Copter at a Bicycle Film Festival “Joy Ride” art show.

Doyle_Hell-a-copter1-2(Ryan Doyle in the Hell-o-copter)

This week Ryan Doyle is taking his kinetic creations to Miami for the Art Basel, a international gathering of the world’s artists and is known as the most important art exhibit in America.
Doyle will be featuring the Hell-o-Copter and the regurgitator at the *Squisy Universe Gallery from December 3rd-6th, 150 NW 24th Street, Miami FL, 33127.
Bike Club Postcard Art Basel
Besides his installations of freak bike culture, Doyle will be on hand for Tall Bike Jousting which will have LIVE daily web streaming. This is also in conjuntion with another unique project Doyle has been working on. Freak bike culture is about to hit the masses with a new iPhone app called: “TALL BIKE JOUST,” which will be come available on the first of January 2010.

For more information about the app and the live web streams of tall bike jousting from Miami’s Art Basel visit the website:

Here is a teaser:

I was fortunate to grab a minute of Doyle’s time and interview him about Art Basel, Tall Bike art projects and what lead to the creation of the first Bike Club video game.

For those who don’t know, what is art Basel in Miami and how will you be participating in this?

Art Basel Miami Beach is an annual international contemporary art exhibition that was started back in 2002. It is a sister fair to the original Art Basel which was started in 1970 in Switzerland. I have heard it referred to as the Olympics of art, and compared mostly to probably the Venice Biennale in size and “importance.”

The bicycle has always played an important role in your art and life, talk about this and what impact it’s had on your art?

Bicycles were the starting point all of my mechanical knowledge. I was hit by a car in the alley behind my house and after I came home from the hospital, the bike was not okay. My neighbor friends dad showed me how to fix the bent pieces and get the bike back on the road, which was a real eyeopener for me. I realized that junk and trash could be useful and that things could have a second life. From there I started taking other broken trash apart and studying it’s guts, trying to fix things, breaking things more, and recombining unlike objects into new machines, with mixed success.
You’ve always been pushing the structure of the bicycle and ridable art in new directions.

What got you started? How did this lead from tallbikes, to jet bikes to the he’ll-o-copter?

I went to an art based magnet high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota to study sculpture. I started hanging out at the Hard Times Cafe in Minneapolis and started seeing Tall Bikes. A little while after I graduated I made my first tall bike, and became the thirteenth member of the Hard Times Bike Club. A handful of the members had just gotten back from touring the country tall bike jousting in a punk rock circus called Circus Redickuless, and the stories they had man… whoa. About two years later I was invited to join another circus tour called the Know Nothing Family Sideshow/End of the World Circus to travel the country Tall Bike Jousting. On tour we saw so much: Doctor Evermore, Madagascar Institute, Burning Man, meeting people in different cities and Jousting every night or every other night. After making those contacts and seeing just how many other artists were out there and what the rest of the country was doing, I really got the traveling bug. Home started becoming everywhere. I started joining up with other peoples big projects and continued to build my own around the US.

Tell us about the hell-o-copter and the regurgitator? Were there particular challenges in constructing them? Are the participatory pieces?

The Hella-copter is a mix between a bicycle, a swinging chair and a large industrial fan. The audience is invited to sit and pedal the large fan which gently spins the entire sculpture around while pushing the air in the room around. I saw it as an exercise bike that could hang in a loft in the evening and stir up the hot air near the ceiling, without having to turn on a heater or use an electric fan. (see photo) The Regurgitator is a sculpture I originally constructed for a show in Zagreb, Croatia that is a Pulse Jet powered centrifuge of sorts that spins about 1.5 times per second. I believe art is about creating emotions with creativity, and this piece is about fear and the sickening behavior caused by fear. The direct influence of spinning facing outward from the axis at up to 5 G’s causes 25% of the participants to regurgitate, or vomit outward towards the crowd.

Bike culture is really strong in places like Orlando and Miami? Will this be a factor at your show? Is Miami and art Basel ready for tallbike jousting?

I love Florida biking, it is flat and warm and the culture is very open to new types of transportation. I think that fixed gears in Orlando are really big right now, and Clubs like Bad Cactus and the Florida Freewheelers are riding everything down there all year long.

Bike culture could always get stronger and hopefully the objects and attitude I am presenting in Miami will inspire others to ride their bikes. 

People love bike kill types of events and tallbikes really open their minds to possibilities of the bicycles and bicycle clubs. The culture is exploding. Also your art is very hands on and participatory. How does your art foster bike culture and does it play a role in building the bike community as a whole?

I cannot possibly take credit for all that is Bike Kill, but would only impress upon your readers that, “if you build it… they will come.”

What do you think of this rise in popularity of bike culture? The rise in fringe bike sports like jousting, bike polo, art bike events? What’s causing it?

I think all of those things come from people starting to build a community around the bicycle and the benefits of exercise and friendship that come with starting your own bike club. From there, the environmental benefits and creative output keep driving it, not to mention some peoples need for competition.

What can you tell us about this new tallbike app? What got you involved?
I was approached by FountainHead and asked if I was interested in creating a bicycle themed video game. I used to love playing video games as a kid and I immediately wondered if making a video game would possibly help influence a younger audience to see bicycle culture. I chose Tall Bike Jousting as a platform to shock and inspire, and thought that it could work digitally as well in Tall Bike Joust. I am always into trying new things and learning to create in new technology so in those respects it just made sense for me to say yes. My bike club on the other hand was a bit more ambivalent. 

This seems like a really unique way to bring fringe bike culture to the masses? What will be the apps impact? Will we be seeing more art bike clubs popping up? More interest in welding bikes? More tallbikes on the streets?

Honestly I do not consider myself any sort of missionary of bike culture, nor do I try to lance my opinions or politics in anyone’s face. My goal is to create and cause communication, not whore out bicycle culture or sell tall bike jousting to the masses as a means of self gratification. I think riding a tall bike everyday in New York City has a greater cultural impact as it has a human to human interaction implied. I really love the responses that come from Bike Kill participants, or from Cutthroats’ Slaughterama, or Cyclecide’s Bike Rodeos, to me those are the inspirational events. I hope the bike building section and constant maintenance in the app inspire people to think about reusing materials and not contribute to our vast culture of waste. I am not looking forward to corporations eating up fringe bike culture and providing cheaply made foreign tall bikes at Walmart.

Will there be tallbike jousting in the xgames 2020?

I think the ridiculous nature of tall bike jousting will prevent that. 

What are your future plans for bike art?

New Orleans Black Label event Ridin’ Dirty on New Years. I am also trying to convince Johnny Coast of Coast cycles to get a booth with me at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Richmond, Virginia in March 2010.

Anything you wished I’d asked you?

My stats…. 6’6″ tall, 254 lbs. Ride Yer BIKE!
*The Squishy Universe Gallery show is being hosted by Rip Ions to support the Waterside School in Stamford Connecticut.
Here is a press release with more about this event:

Squishy Universe is an exhibition organized to create opportunities for permanent placement of art for public benefit. Rip Ions is honored to host this exhibition at
Miami Art Basel 2009 to raise funds for a series of commissioned art projects for the Waterside School.

The Waterside School, located in Stamford Connecticut, is a co-educational k-5 independent school whose mission is to provide children too often underserved access to
opportunities for educational and personal excellence and to prepare them, in time, for positions of leadership and responsibility.

Rip Ion’s Miami Art Basel 2009 exhibit features a selection of work from the artists commissioned to create permanent installations throughout Waterside School. All sale proceedes
from the event will be donated to Waterside School to support these commissions.

Current artists commissioned for the school and featured at this exhibition include: Nils Folk Anderson, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, Robert Breer, Michael De Feo, Ryan Doyle, Ellis
Gallagher, Howard Goldkrand, Mimi Gross, Michael Kerschbaumer, Anakin Koenig, Hilary Koob Sassen, Teddy Lo, Fujiko Nakaya, Jason Peters, Meridith Pingree, Erwin Redl,
Matthew Schreiber, SOFTlab, Hedi Sorder, James Turrell, Kai Vierstra, Leo Villareal, Robert Whitman, Richard Wislocky

These artists are proud to show a selection of their pieces from the permanent future at Rip Ions Gallery Squishy Universe exhibition 150 NW 24th Street, Miami Florida.

Bike Core Punk-tomorrow

Bike Core punk rock.

SATURDAY !!!! 11/28/2009
TRASH BAR – Brooklyn 9PM!

TEAM SPIDER and friends work off some off the Thanksgiving Feast
pounds by skanking the weekend away!
in brooklyn YO.

SO ! Have a good holiday THURSDAY, & see YA SATURDAY !! well curated
line-up features lots of good SKA CORE BANDS.. (look em up !!)

–8:00 The Forthrights
—-9:00 Team Spider ( feat Maria on the Sax )
——10:00 Hey Stranger
———11:00 Across The Aisle
———–12:00 Hub City Stompers

:warning: 21 PLUS* !!!!
*we will do an all ages show very soon 😉

—MEANTIME: all you old folks/D.I.Y. iD peeps.. come on out!

–With paid admission to the back room (where the bands play) we have
an open bar from 8-9 every night. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and well
drinks are free for an hour, but in the back bar only.

Cranksgiving in the NY Times

David Goodman who writes for the bicycle themed blog column, “spokes” for the NY Times had a chance to participate and write about his experience at last weekends hugely successful Cranksgiving:

(pointed out to me by a comment on this blog and Joe Hendry of

An Outlaw Street Race, for a Good Cause


New York Times, November 24, 2009

Stepping off the Long Island Rail Road with his custom-made fixed gear folding bike early Saturday afternoon, Robert A. Butler planned a bit of riding before heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

But it was aesthetics of a different sort — “I followed someone on a beautiful bike” — that drew him to Madison Square Park, where scores of bike messengers, fixed gear aficionados and other risk-courting riders were registering for a charity bike race through the streets of Manhattan.

Read the posting here.

Rapha Pros turn courier in London

Article found by Joe Hendry of messmedia.

Rapha Condor pros turn London couriers for a day, November 23, 2009

London-based customers of high-end cycling clothing brand Rapha specifiying the Fast Fridays bike courier delivery option on items they order this week may be in for a surprise.

That’s because Rapha Condor pro riders Dean Downing and Matt Cronshaw will be helping speed the North London-based brand’s goods from its Belsize Park base to customers in some 44 postcodes across the capital, ranging from Hampstead to Clapham and Holland Park to Bow.

Rapha is asking its customers to help test the riders’ skills through the London traffic by using the delivery option, which costs £20 and applies to orders taken between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday, although there is a limited number of slots available.

Elite Circuit Series champion Downing promises to enter into the spirit of things, responding to an enquiry on Twitter about whether he would be riding a fixie for the day with the response, “will be needing one yeah, gotta do it right hey.”

That could mean a trip down to Condor’s shop on Gray’s Inn Road to get kitted out with a bike, and the shop is handily placed for Clerkenwell’s Duke of York pub, a long-time magnet for London’s bike courier community, should the pair feel the need to swap some war stories afterwards with those who brave the capital’s streets on a daily basis.

Downing and Cronshaw’s stint delivering parcels around the city comes the day after the London Courier Emergency Fund, which takes care of those injured while out working, holds a courier appreciation day.

The organisation will be distributing free food and coffee to working couriers at the junction of Bloomsbury Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, and free bike checks will also be available.

Mess media

Bryant Watch

Resluts of this years NYC cranksgiving.

4124872373_566b6f8db9(photo by Sharon Goldberg of
According to Cranksgiving organizer, Ken Stanek, there were 119 Racers for the 11th annual charity race, including three tandems and a few tall bikes.

1ST PLACE: Crihs & Lauren Klien (5th Overall)
2ND PLACE: Doug D & Heather Muller (6th Overall)
3RD PLACE: Kieth Garrison & Janessa Stark (10th Overall)
4TH PLACE: Pavel & Hana (22nd Overall)
5TH PLACE: Will Sherman & Grace (25th Overall)
6TH PLACE: Brantley & Kindall Almond (33rd Overall) (I have a prize for you, if you’re reading this, Kindall)
7TH PLACE: Izumi & Adrienne (35th)
8TH PLACE: Tony Leonardo & Nikki Zerka (36th)
9TH PLACE: Ray Clark & Rachel Rubino (39th)
10TH PLACE: Eli B & Sara Wojcik (40th)

Sasha – MOST GENEROUS – dude bought two turkeys
Eli – First Out of Town
Andras & Andra (Team Budapest – First Tandem or TallBike
Ray Clark – 1st Rookie

This was the first race for at least 39 people, and there were 34 girls & 85 guys.
4124871251_ec34b56a4a_o< More photos from Sharon here.

Photos from Doll Parts here.

and Baby food portraits from here.

Greetings from Tod Seelie

Got this message from Tod Seelie, photographer of bike culture who’s been traveling around Asia riding tallbikes.

I recently returned from a rather adventurous summer and wanted to pass on some things you might find of interest.

Tomorrow night, Friday the 20th, I will have photos from our raft voyage on the Adriatic Sea on display as part of the show “Punkabbestia” at Anonymous Gallery in Manhattan. The same voyage was featured this summer in New York Magazine, with my accompanying photos and slide show. After that, some friends and I rode bicycles through Indonesia and Japan, including several tall bikes. Upon returning to the States, I headed to Portland, Maine for a residency at The Bakery Photo Collective and lent a hand to my friends who were working on a collaborative installation at SPACE Gallery entitled Distance Don’t Matter.
I recently exhibited some work at Waiting Room Gallery in Tokyo as part of the group show Spirit Assembly, curated by Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg. Next up I am showing some work with Ad Hoc Gallery in Miami for Art Basel. I was also chosen at one of the five Brooklyn music bloggers “that matter” by New York Magazine, so that was cool. I also had the first piece of clothing bearing my work released through Carrot Clothing. This summer there was some love from The Death Set on the Van’s Blog and on How To Avoid the Bummer Life.
Also, an interview I did about my work for Revel In NY has been relaunched on their new site. You can check it out to remember what I looked like before a moustache took over my face. I was also interviewed by MTV Brazil (click on Bloco 2) in a piece that features the Vivian Girls. I’ve recently learned to “Twitter,” so if that is of interest to you, you can find me here: And as always I chronicle my adventures on Most recently on Sucka Pants: Halloween and Day of the Dead in New Orleans, the road trip down through middle America, and the aforementioned bicycle and raft trips.

Recent interviews:

Times up event-starting tonight

80’s DANCE RIDE- Thursday Night!
Meet us at Tompkins Square Park at 7 p.m.
Come fight the power with high octane dance music as we reclaim our right to the city’s public spaces with a roving dance party.
See events listing for details.

– Fundraising coordinator to help coordinate fundraising meetings and activities
– Archivist
If you are interested please email

1. 80’s DANCE RIDE
Thursday, November 19th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
Friday, November 27th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
Saturday, November 28th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
Sunday, November 29th, 11 a.m.
SW corner of Union Square, Gandhi Statue (across from Staples)
Friday, December 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue


Become a member at

1. 80’s DANCE RIDE
Thursday, November 19th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Come fight the power with high octane dance music as we reclaim our right to the city’s public spaces with a roving dance party.

Friday, November 27th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

For more information see

Saturday, November 28th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures at

Sunday, November 29th, 11 a.m.
SW corner of Union Square, Gandhi Statue (across from Staples)

A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites with an emphasis on sharing what you are grateful for. Culminating with a labyrinth walk at the Labyrinth for Contemplation.
Bring something to share: your spirit of play, a poem, prayer, song, or snack. Dress for the weather! Great ride for cyclists new to group rides.

Friday, December 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

** Now in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

Every Sunday, Lessons from 2-4 p.m., Open Workshop from 4-6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
1st Sunday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Sunday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Sunday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Sunday- Wheels and Spokes


Stolen bike alert

Sad to report another stolen bike:

My bike was stolen tonight (11/18/09) around Ave B and 2nd St. right outside of
Snack Dragon. It is a black Giant Bowery. The flip wheel on back was
set to the “fixed” side. On the left handle bar drop down, the tape
was chewed up pretty good due to a fall I took a while back. I’ve
attached a photo. Any information about it can be sent to me at
or 608-438-8831. I will even consider buying it
back, no questions asked. Thanks for any help.