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Bike art show in Connecticut, found out through twitter.

I really like twitter. Not just to find out what people are having for lunch, but also to get some good insight into bike news and events. For instance:

twitter.com/dougreport who runs a cycling news website aptly named: dougreport, alerted his twitterites of a bicycle art show in Ridgefield Connecticut.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is having a show called: Bike Rides the Exhibition.
Doug pointed me to this recent New York Times article about the show:

A Festive Salute to All Things Bicycle
By SUSAN HODARA
Published: September 25, 2009

“Bike Rides: The Exhibition,” which opened Saturday at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, presents bicycles in all their glory. There are high-tech bicycles made from bamboo and titanium, two of Lance Armstrong’s carbon fiber bikes, and nationalistic creations like the restored and elaborately personalized vintage Schwinns from the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club, based in New York City. Among the sculptural works — from China, India and Brazil — is Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Illusion of Childhood,” an assemblage of bicycles, toys and other objects.

The exhibition also features bike racks, a bicycle advocacy mural and bicycle-inspired videos, including “Helmet-Cam Video” by David Byrne, the musician, artist and bicycling proponent, in which he navigates Manhattan by bike.

The co-curators of “Bike Rides” — Richard Klein, the Aldrich’s director of exhibitions, and Mónica Ramírez-Montagut — enlisted Mr. Byrne to serve as adviser. “He suggested we open the show up to bike advocates and aficionados as well as artists,” Ms. Ramírez-Montagut said.

In keeping with that approach, the Aldrich is hosting Bike Fest on Oct. 4. The event begins with Le Tour d’Aldrich — three organized bike rides, for novice, intermediate and advanced bikers ages 18 and older, that run from 13.4 to 27 miles and end at the museum.

Read the rest of the article here.

For more on the events surrounding this show check out the Museum’s Blog.
Thanks Doug, who also pointed out this article with research that shows, 40% of all twitter posts are pointless babble…read here.

Another article on the show in the Examiner.

Speaking of David Byrne and Twitter,

David was at Barne’s and Noble on Tuesday in Union Square Manhattan to promote his new book “Bicycle Diaries.”

The event was a little hijacked by Transportation Alternatives and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan who spent a lot of time preaching about how the popularity of cycling began with Mayor Bloomberg and plan NYC…yeah and what about Critical Mass and all lots of free events by Time’s Up for over 20 years, not to mention that we are still getting ticketed and arrested for daring to ride our bikes in groups…Oh Thank You great Mayor Bloomberg.

The panel, which was packed by the way, would have been a lot better if David spoke and read from his book which is poetic and insightful to how bicycles can really make the world a whole lot better.

Meanwhile, I found this article on David in New York Magazine through twitter.

Poleriders new site

Back from Las Vegas and the Interbike convention, the poleriders have a new website:
poleriders.net

Bikecore show moves inside.

Just got word:

X possibles, team spider, wombat in combat @ club europa tomorrow! Free, all ages, 2 to 6 pm…show moved from tompkins sq park.

due to Bad cops / Bad weather,,
Sunday’s Free Fu*King Sppech show is moved…
from TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK to
CLUB EUROPA, 2-6pm Free
Europa Nightclub
www.europaclub.com

98 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Pedal power doc. Canada

Not sure how to get a copy of this but there was a documentary about the rise of popularity of urban bike culture which recently appeared on the CBC network in Canada.

“Pedal Power”

CBC.ca/documentaries/pedal_power

Getting in on the act

A couple of unlikely companies are getting into the act and realizing that bikes are cool (marketable)
A blog reader Stephen sent me info that mini cooper, maker of that cute little car is making a line of bicycles, including a fold up.

I guess it’s better than Hummer making bicycles.

Find out more at:

www.minicooperbicycle.com

Then there is Field and Stream-just in case you want to bag a grizzly or cast a few fly reels on your fixie.

If you thought Field & Stream’s brand of clothing was cool – just wait until you get a look at this.
Field & Stream clothing introduces a red and black, buffalo-plaid-laden, fixed gear beer bike – this one-of-a kind model is the only one available and speaks to any active urbanite whose only other access to calling the wild is from their smart phone. It’s an effortless extension from Field & Stream’s new clothing line (check out the Jackson Jackalope shirt, image attached) and the best complement to anyone’s six’er. Ride and drink with style and caution!

Field & Stream combines an appreciation for America’s history with the technical possibilities of modern day. New silhouettes and a focus on details are the key drivers of the new F&S clothing collection. These two concepts rediscover the Field & Stream heritage and uncover a new modern day lifestyle. With classic understated designs and an overt attention to details, Field & Stream will become today’s testament to tradition, heritage and the ever present influence of the outdoors.

More at:

www.fieldandstreambrand.com

If only Notorious B.I.G. Had this to match his lumber jack hat.

Update on Monday’s ride

WFMU broadcast by bicycle.

Join WFMU DJs Trent and Marty McSorley for an epic ride along the
Brooklyn waterfront – broadcasting live from an 8-foot trailer
attached to the back of a bike!

Featuring performances from Seabeast, Band of Bicycles, Hayden
Cummings, the bike-driven turntables of DJ Mistakes, demos of
groundbreaking bike-powered composting technologies from Earth Matter,
and liquid refreshment courtesy of the two-wheeled ladies of Delicious
Beverages – and, of course, commuting-themed DJ sets live from the
trailer while the caravan is on the move.

Join us LIVE for all or part of the rolling caravan (all times subject
to change!):

6 – 8pm – Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park beneath the Manhattan Bridge

8:00 – WFMU Broadcast begins

8:30 – 9 – Performances at Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave at Navy Street

9:30 – 10 Performances at waterfront park, River and Grand Streets

10:15 – 11 Performances + smoothies at McCarren Park soccer field,
near Bayard Street and Union Ave

Come out for all or part of the show, put on your best bike bling, and
bring your favorite ingredients for BIKE-BLENDED SMOOTHIES at McCarren
park!! If you can’t make it in person, be sure to tune in at 91.1FM
or online at WFMU.org

Check in at http://wfmu.org/playlists/to for more information and for
live updates during the show.

Brought to you by Band of Bicycles, Delicious Beverages, and, of course, WFMU.

Caption this photo

Caption this photo:

Bikecore Punk show at Tompkins Square Park

Get your BIKECORE punk fuck-brakes swerve on:

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Bands:
the X-possibles
Team Spider
Wombat in Combat
Ja Mustache Eddies
$40 Boner
Major Potential

Sunday, September 27th, 2009-NYC
Tompkins Square Park, 12:00pm

Congratulations to the winners of CMWC in Tokyo

The world’s fastest couriers have been decided in Tokyo Japan.

Men
Juri (Tokyo)
Shino (Tokyo)
Stevie (Zurich)

Women
JoJo (Stockholm)
Yuki (Tokyo?)
Christina (Chicago)

Fixie King goes to Jumbo (Copenhagen)
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And Queen of the fixie:
v8zr

Images provided by Tak (NYC)

Saw more pictures on www.lockedcog.com

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More at Kuriring on flickr.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Another Stolen bike: Bareknuckle frame-9/19/09

My bike was stolen this afternoon (9/19/09) outside 77 Water St in Lower Manhattan. It’s new frame (less than a year old) Euro-Asia Import Bareknuckle frame, black shiny with some usual scratches wear-n-tear. Sugino crank set. Front wheel is AT400 Alexrims. Back wheel is a deep V. The seat is chained to the frame. In this photo the tires are blue but there are cream-colored panasonic tires.

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You can contact me at paulmpagi@gmail.com
(917) 304-4050
Paul Mpagi