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17 1/2 minutes with Lance Armstrong from NY magazine

Wondering what’s up with Lance? Flying back and forth to NYC to check out his “stages” art show and art bikes being auctioned at Sotheby’s? Check out this article from NY Magazine:

17 1/2 Minutes With Lance Armstrong
The tequila-loving champ turned art collector comes to town, leaves, and comes back, all to raise money to battle cancer, and all with the utmost efficiency.
* By Jada Yuan
* Published Nov 8, 2009

When Lance Armstrong chills out, he chills with determined focus. As he walks into a Soho gallery for the opening of “Stages,” a traveling benefit art exhibition for his cancer foundation LiveStrong, it’s as if he’s surrounded by layers of progressively weakening force fields: one for press, one for fans, one for cancer-fighters, one for artists he respects, and one for bros. And tonight, it quickly becomes clear, is all about the bros.

Big hugs and backslaps go to Nike president Mark Parker, who first turned Armstrong on to art, and to Armstrong’s sometime workout buddy Jamie O’Shea, who curated the show. All of the pieces in it had to use the color yellow, just like his ubiquitous wristbands. Then Tom Sachs blazes into the room to start serving shots off his piece, Lance’s Tequila Bike for Girls—a bike outfitted with limes, a battery-operated “tequila-delivery system,” and tea bags, in reference to Armstrong’s single testicle. (His nickname is Juan Pelota, a Spanglish pun meaning “One Ball.”

Read more: 17 1/2 Minutes With Lance Armstrong — New York Magazine here.

Hollywoods planning a Messenger Movie in NYC.

Got this from twitter Kenstanek:

Look out Kevin Bacon and Quicksilver (1986) here comes: “Premium Rush.”

Looks like hollywood is gearing up for a new big budget Messenger action movie.
Read from Variety here.

Bicycle Film Festival-Sydney and Tokyo

A message from bicycle film festival founder Brendt Barbur:

“Hi All. What a year!
We have been to over 30 cities thus far.
We have had hundreds of parties and
a couple hundred thousand of friends join
us from all around the world.
Thank you so much.
Please come out to a city
near you if you have not been.
The movies are stellar this year.

BFF Sydney BIkes Rock! is tonight with
headliners BRIDEZILLA
Doors at 8pm
Factory Theatre – 105 Victoria Road Marrickville
Bridezilla
Jonathan Boulet
Deep Sea Arcade
Lions At Your Door
bicyclefilmfesrival.com/Sydney

The sun is shining and it looks to be
the biggest BFF yet in Sydney and Melbourne.

Melbourne is kicking off as well.

BFF TOKYO next week.
This is absolutely one of the
best experiences for any biker.
Definitely get your movie tickets ahead of time.
We have confirmations from folks
from London to Taiwan to Seoul to New York who are all
coming to see some of the best riders in
the world.
November 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , | Category: General | Comments are closed

Get your photo taken with your bike, Sunday November 15th, Brooklyn

From Frank Lentini of Bike Jumble:

Sunday November 15th, 2009
11:00am – 3:00pm
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Continuing to celebrate NYC’s unique cycling culture, The New York Bike Jumble has once again partnered with Brooklyn’s The Old Stone House to chronicle the new generation of urban riders.

On Sunday, November 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at The Old Stone House, professional photographer Keiko Niwa will photograph cyclists alongside their bikes. Along with receiving a hi-res image for personal use, cyclists can also be profiled on the New York Bike Jumble website showing off their bike and telling others why they choose to ride.

Bike commuters, recreational cyclists and families are invited to have their picture taken and record your beloved bike, memorialize your adventures or even have a picture taken for insurance purposes. Whatever the reason, we’ll take that picture for FREE!

NY Bike Jumble founder Harry Schwartzman will be on hand to answer questions about bike maintenance and finding great deals on new and used bikes. We will also have free homemade cookies!

See you there!

Contact: Frank Lentini, 917.699.5450 / franklentini@gmail.com

About Keiko Niwa

Keiko Niwa has been making photos for over 10 years. She comes from a family of photographers and grew up surrounded by photography in her fathers’ studio in NYC. Keiko started her career in commercial still life photography and soon realized her passions lay photographing real life and not still life. She has expanded into weddings, events and child photography. Her work has been published on multiple popular wedding blogs, print ads and catalogues. Keiko’s photographic interests are always expanding and evolving. Visit her website and blog for updated work: www.keikoniwaphotography.com

About the Old Stone House

The Old Stone House is a modern reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou House, a 1699 Dutch stone farmhouse with important ties to American history. Today, the Old Stone House is operated as a historic interpretive center dedicated to its crucial role in the American Revolution and in the evolving histories of Brooklyn, New York and the United States. The Old Stone House serves as a dynamic community resource through its education programs and events. In addition to historical exhibits open to the public, the House is available by appointment for tours, classes and rentals.

For more information, please visit: www.theoldstonehouse.org

Bicycle Film Festival is looking for an intern in NYC

please contact:
heather@bicyclefilmfestival.com
or call (212) 255-6102

if interested.

Thursday, Rights of Way-Panel Discussion on the bikes and pedestrians in NYC

Thursday, 11/12 6:30 PM
The James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Broadway at West 117th St, (Manhattan)

With the recent turn to pedestrian zones, bike lanes and greenways in New York and in many cities around the world, there is a growing sense that a new kind of urbanism is possible, one no longer dominated by the culture and politics of the automobile. “Rights of Way” will examine the issues surrounding bikes and pedestrianization, and will explore sustainability, finance, public health, and the ways in which the street can serve as a fulcrum in debates about public space and urban life.

MODERATOR
David Smiley, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Barnard College

PANELISTS
Noah Budnick, Transportation Alternatives
Richard R. Gonzalez, Urban Design Lab at The Earth Institute
Margaret Newman, NYC Department of Transportation
Linda Pollak, Marpillero Pollak Architects
Sheila Somashekhar, Sustainable South Bronx

Enter to win a ride with Lance Armstrong

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Check this out:

Clear2Go(TM) is giving one lucky winner the chance to win a bike ride with our partner, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong! The prize includes a sweet TREK® bike and a 3-day, 2-night trip for two to Austin, TX where you’ll have the chance to take a solo ride with Lance while your lucky guest unwinds!

Head to the Ride With Lance Sweepstakes page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/C2GoRideWLance) to enter for a chance to win and learn how to secure your own Clear2Go(TM) water bottle with filter (Lance has one!). You can earn extra entries into the sweeps by taking part in our Photo Flashes!

NYC Halloween Alleycat 2009

NYC Halloween Alleycat 2009 from Diablo

Miami critical mass going strong

Here is an article from the Miami Herald that shows how their monthly critical mass ride is improving cycling.

The monthly Critical Mass bike ride through some of Miami’s busiest streets has grown substantially over the summer and fall.
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI
aviglucci@MiamiHerald.com

We are riding our bicycles right down the middle of Flagler Street at dusk, 180 or so strangers and I, and the feeling is slightly illicit and totally exhilarating.

Traveling in a solid mass, we occupy nearly the full width of the street, to the astonishment of a knot of early evening drunks outside an East Little Havana cafeteria who whoop and screech, in a mix of delight and derision, as cyclist after cyclist rolls by.

It’s safe to say they have never seen a spectacle quite like this, and neither has Miami.

We have taken to the road — actually, we have taken the road — in the monthly Miami Critical Mass ride, a festive display of cyclist power that has grown exponentially over the summer and into the fall.

On this sweltering Friday evening, we are traffic. By design, the sheer mass of cyclists keeps motorists at bay as the group follows a 15-mile circuit at a moderate pace through downtown Miami, Little Havana and into Coral Gables, then back downtown through Coconut Grove.

Read the whole article and see the video here.

also visit: miafixed.com
and miamibikescene.blogspot.com for info on the local Miami bike scene.

Cranksgiving is November 21st.

The annual alleycat that races to get food to feed the hungry.

cranksgiving.org

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Here is a lengthy press release:
CRANKSGIVING 11
November 21, 2009 2pm
Madison Square Park, New York City

For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat race held in New York City. During the race each bicycle racer navigates his or her way to numerous grocery stores spread out across Manhattan, purchases designated food items at each store, arrives at the finish line with a bag full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients – and, finally — donates all of the purchased food to a homeless shelter.

With 106 racers, last year was the biggest Cranksgiving to date, and New York City’s largest alleycat for 2008. Over $1000 worth of food was donated to Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen on the Lower East Side and, in addition, two women & children’s charities (Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild) received over 100 jars of baby food each. Additionally, $1682 was raised for City Harvest and $420 was raised for NYBMF. With an anticipated 200 racers, it is hoped that twice as much food will be donated in time for 2009’s Thanksgiving celebration.

On November 21, 2009 at 2pm, Cranksgiving racers will convene at Madison Square Park at the entrance of Madison Avenue and 25th street to register for the race. Here, they will plan their routes according to the race manifest which details the supermarket locations and required checkpoints. The race will begin promptly at 3pm and finish at Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen located at 440 Grand Street in Manhattan at approximately 4pm.

Sponsors including Kryptonite, Seagull Bags, Milwaukee Bikes, HoldFast, and Outlier have already donated prizes for participants, ensuring a highly competitive and exciting race turn out. It is hoped that corporate sponsors will also recognize the significance of their contributions to the causes of City harvest as well as the NYBMF and donate funds to help us raise more than the total rasied in 2009.

Bicycle Messengers, commuters and recreational cyclists looking to do a greater good will compete against one another in this city wide alleycat format race, while donating food for less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season. All one needs to do to participate is show up, register, and race!