Cranksgiving is November 21st.

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


Here is a lengthy press release:
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!

Video of Time’s Up event: Pedal to Paddle.

Steve McMaster, sent this video of one of Time’s Up many events. This was a bike ride to a Kayak swim on the East River.

Story about Bicycle Industry doing well in this economy

Pete Kocher and Jessica Murray, started the bike shop, Ride Brooklyn, during a bad recession and against better judgment. Seems like business is doing great, not only in NYC but around the country.

Here is a story from which I overheard this morning.

But also how the bicycle industry is booming.

Cycling = Ka-Ching!
Growing Culture of Commuting on Two Wheels Drives Up Bicycle Sales
by Ilya Marritz

NEW YORK, NY November 10, 2009 —An economy that’s headed downhill is not a good thing. But a bicycle going downhill picks up speed. And the bicycle business has been up in the past year. As WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports, it’s counter-cyclical.

REPORTER: Starting a business last spring was a foolish thing to do, and Pete Kocher knew it. The bank told him so.

KOCHER: They’re like, oh you guys aren’t gonna be able to get a loan.

REPORTER: But rather than accept a bank’s assessment that a new bike shop in Park Slope was likely to fail, Kocher decided to move ahead. He hit up friends and relatives for money, and put everything else he needed on plastic.II

Get the rest of the story here.

A History of Cycling, interactive display by Eric Corriel

Got this message from artists Eric Corriel:

I’m a Brooklyn-based artist (and cyclist) and my most recent piece, A History of Cycling in Brooklyn is currently on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society. (128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street Brooklyn, New York 11201) It’s a piece of public art (video installation) that tries to convey the rich relationship between Brooklyn and the bicycle from 1880 to today. It’s interactive in the sense that anyone can contribute to it. You can get a sense of it here:

Eric Corriel”

On display now until January 3rd, 2010

NY Times reviews Balance Bikes for kids

Yishane Lee, did some product testing for the NY Times on the trend of bikes for kids with no pedals.

Check it this interactive slideshow here.

Some results: -$89.00
Skutt, sold at REI, for $95.00 – $89.99 $97.00 $98.00

For those missing the Tour…

Here are some amazing photographs I got sent from Brent Humphrey who has been documenting the Tour De France for many years.

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An amazing photographer out of Austin Texas. Check out his work at this great site:

Check out the launch of IMBIKEMAG

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got sent a really nice site that is an interactive Mountain bike magazine.

This is issue #2, featuring: Steve Peat, The Maddest Race on Earth, and a full feature on night riding including light tests with full video! Billy Savage, Hardtail Tests, even more Technique and a Trail Guide to Afan.

Thanks to Publishing editor, Rou Chater, and all those behind this great magazine which is available online.

November 14th, Tokyo bailout alleycat in DC.

Next Saturday, November 14th, Washington DC couriers are throwing a fund raiser alleycat for the Tokyo bike messenger association. This is part of a multiple city effort to raise money for Japan’s courier community who took a huge finnancial loss in organizing this years amazing world cycle courier championships in September.

Here is a note from world famous DC courier Andy Zalan.

“A Friendly reminder,
dc is throwing a fund-racer alleycat to benefit the tkbma next saturday on the 14th. its a fun-oriented, japanese-themed race, chopsticks, ninja throwing stars, and karaoke will all factor in.
flyer is posted on the new and depraved, i mean improved dcbca website:
hope to see you there.


Interview with Alex of Boogie Nights

Late at night in Brooklyn’s Prospect park you might have spied a group of spandex clad bikers discussing tactics for such events as a team time trial or match sprints. These events normally occur on a velodrome like the famous one in Kissena Queens, where competitors battle it out on brakeless track bikes in a closed environment of a banked track. Well, last month, the track was the 3.3 mile loop in Prospect park in a night time race series called, “boogie nights.” this is the second year in a row this four week race series happened and brought together both novice street bikers and seasoned track racers to compete in the unpredictability of this large green space in the heart of Brooklyn. I had a brief conversation with the one of the series organizers, Alexander Barouh, and wanted to find out the challenges of hosting an event like this in the park. Even though the series has passed, I wanted to learn how it went down and who came out. Here is my interview with Alex-

Name, Age, where you live (ride)

My name is Alexander Barouh. I live in Crown Heights and I can be found riding my bike in Prospect Park, Kissena Velodrome, as well as throughout Manhattan.

Bikes you own?

Right now I own a Caad 9 road bike, a Cannondale Capo track bike, a Reynolds 653 steel track bike, and a Cannondale touring frame that I’ve turned into a cyclocross bike.

Your next bike purchase?

I don’t have any plans on purchasing anything soon.

How long have you been riding fixed?

I started riding a fixed gear a little more than 2 years ago.

What lead you to throw a track bike series in Prospect Park?

Two years ago I had heard that fixed gear races were being held in the park every summer and I had been looking forward to participating and also meeting other riders. I found out that the previous organizer was not planning on continuing the series and I didn’t want this tradition to die. It was kind of an impulsive decision to start Boogie Nights. My friend Andras and I discussed it over lunch and decided that the two of us could organize and run the series.

This is the second time? How have things progressed?

Yes, this is the second year. Things have progressed in a few ways. This year we had at least two fields per nights. An A and B field and sometimes a women’s field when we had enough women racers. I wanted to make the competition more enjoyable for novice racers while also creating a competitive environment for seasoned racers. The B field comprised city riders and a few Cat 5s, while the A field had everyone from Cat 4s down to Cat 1s. We even had a pro come out.

What kind of turnout did you have?

The turnout of both racers as well as spectators was fantastic this year. I showed up on the first Friday and there must have been at least 75 racers and spectators waiting at Grand Army Plaza. I was shocked. This year the B field averaged 20 to 25 racers per night, while the A field usually had 10-15 racers per night.

People with track (velodrome
experience) rookies? people new to the scene?

Yes, we had a full spectrum of racers. It ranged from people who had never raced a bike to people who are big names at the track and in the road racing community.

How did people adapt to Track events in a park? Such as a team time
trial and match sprints?

Gearing was a big concern for a lot of racers, although people adapted pretty well.

What was the biggest challenge in throwing this event?

Things ran rather smoothly this year, although my biggest challenge this year was the weather. It either rained or was forecast to rain every Friday evening. I had to be patient and make sure to keep everyone in the loop regarding possible cancellations due to weather. I only had to cancel one night, although we ran match sprints in cold rain and still had a great turn out.

what would you do differently next time? will there be a next time?
any hassles?

Prospect Park fixed gear racing will happen next year, although I’m unsure if I will be the organizer. I’m still interested in continuing to organize and promote races, I just might move onto something else. Regarding hassles, there were absolutely no hassles. I did have to speak with the police, but they were quite cooperative. There are little things I would tweak for next time such as trying to get a larger women’s field out and racing.

How did you get your sponsors?

Mostly through word of mouth. The sponsors were fantastic this year! Prizes included a frame, two sets of wheels, custom gold jewelery, tires, sex toys (Babeland was a sponsor) and t-shirts.

who won?

Alesandro Giancarlo Bianchi won the A field. Pavel won the B field and Inge Hoonte won the women’s field.

What surprised you most about the series? about the turnout?

The dedication of the racers and fans. People really cared about this series. Although it was very friendly the competition was fantastic to watch.

Future event organizing goals?

I’d like to continue organizing events. lately I’ve been thinking about creating event which is as exciting for the racers as it is for the spectators. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop once I sort it all out.

Your future cycling goals?

My main goal is to continue riding and racing. My more specific goals include winning a road race or two. I’d also like to try out mountain biking. It looks like a lot of fun.

First Friday ride tonight-NYC

Remember remember the 6th of November. The pedalution begins tonight.

First Friday RideDay!

7pm Union Square North

Bike together! We are traffic!

Definitely featuring: FREE FUN, SAFETY, COMMUNITY


See you there, ride safe.