Another flyer for Virginia alleycat.

The Halloween alleycat flyers get better and better.

Saw this on

scaredy cat 2009

Congratulations to bike courier, Luk Keller, winner of MCA

From Joe Hendry of

The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Zurich messenger Luk Keller has been awarded the 2009 “Markus Cook Memorial Award” (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community. The IFBMA has awarded the Markus Cook Award (MCA) since 1998 to the person who has inspired and empowered the wider messenger community, and who put all messengers before themselves.

For over ten years messengers around the world have benefited from Luk’s commitment to community. He was one of the organizers of one the most influential Cycle Messenger World Championships, CMWC 1999, the race that brought “Goldsprint” roller racing to the international messenger community. Luk has also been a driver behind many other major events such as the Swiss Messenger Championships and the X Days Side Show.

But Luk is much more than an ordinary race organizer. Human Powered Rollercoaster champion, Dirk Dijkhuis notes that Luk “organizes races to benefit other people.”

Nothing demonstrates that more than the annual Global Gutz benefit race which was created by Luk and others in 2000. Global Gutz is a race that occurs simultaneously around the world so that messengers can race against the each other without leaving their city. Funds raised from the race are used to send the winners to the current year’s CMWC. The base for Global Gutz organizing has passed around the world over the years, returning to Zurich this year as Luk took the reigns of organization once again in 2009.

After a very successful CMWC 2009 in Tokyo. The Tokyo Bike Messenger Association (TKBMA) found themselves about $34,000 in debt. Luk stepped forward to again to benefit others. He announced the “Tokyo Fundraiser Cup” which challenged messenger communities to organize local fundraisers to help erase the TKBMA’s debt. The city that raises the most money will receive a trophy as the most supportive city and two free registrations for the 2010 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Panajachel Guatemala.

As fellow 2009 Markus Cook Award nominee, Steve Froehlich said, this year has once again shown the world that, Luk “is the spirit of our community.”

Bicycle Film Festival, Interview series: Jen Nordhem, Denver

The next stop for the bicycle film festival is another first time city, Denver. October 28th-31st, which also coincides with another great event for this Halloween weekend.

In my ongoing series in interviewing festival directors I spoke with Jen Nordhem who is a strong figure in the local Denver bicycle community. Here is our interview.
-Name. Age, where you live (ride)

Jen “Hurricane” Nordhem, 25, Denver

-what bikes do you own?

Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel Road bike, Cannondale Capo brakeless.

-what will be your next bike purchase?

Ha! I’m so broke. I wish I could buy a cross bike, anyone want to sponsor me? I’m fast!

-what’s been your involvement in local bike culture? Hosting races? Blogging? Etc.

Oh, God. Here we go…
I was a courier in my hometown of Chicago, then moved here to Denver and worked as a courier until a year ago. My ex-boyfriend and I started which is now just up there on the internet, dead. We threw some pretty epic races, Gang Bang was the largest alley cat Denver’s ever seen. It was three events total: a short alleycat, a dusk til dawn scavenger hunt, and a brunch/awards/beermosa party. Tons of fun.

That was then. These days I blog at which is about everything I love, bikes, veganism, local events, art, a place to support my friends, etc.
I also blog for the local designer boutique I’m working on the Femalley Cat is my upcoming race during the BFF for the ladies, And last, but not least, I teach spin classes to metal and punk rock at new yoga and spin boutique downtown.

-what is the local scene like? Fixed gear?, messenger events, group rides? Critical mass? Bike polo?

Denver is this weird cycling vortex. We’ve never played polo, but bike soccer instead, until 6 months ago when the polo club Mallet Mafia started. Critical Mass is non existent but The Denver Cruisers ride every Wednesday reels in around a thousand people. A lot of people live car free, I only know a couple people with cars and they barely get used. With the mountains nearby there’s a lot of culture crossover, fixed gear kids also have road bikes or mountain bikes. Personally, I’ll ride my track bike in the city and then will jump into a kit and ride my road bike to the mountains.


-what got you involved in the BFF?

The previous organizers couldn’t hang and resigned with three weeks until the event. So they called me.

-has the BFF been to Denver before?

This is BFF’s first year in Denver! A couple friends have organized Denver Film Cycle, a similar project, for the past few years and they always tried to get the BFF here, so it’s really exciting that we finally get to have this international festival in our city.

-what’s going to be going on for festival ? Street party, rides? Art show?, alleycat?

Thursday is Joyride, the BFF traveling art show. We’re making it our own with five local artists doing live painting: Scot Lefavor, Sam Turner, Chris Huth, Josh Wills, and Aron Dubois. Also, with bicycle art pieces from Sandra Fettingis, April Farnum and Adam Sikorski and music from DJ Soup. This will all go down from 7-11pm at Lisa Kowalski Gallery, 2762 Walnut.

Films are Friday and Saturday at Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, six programs in all. Purchase tickets in advance here.

On Saturday at 1pm I’m throwing an alleycat, The Femalley Cat. The main race is ladies only but the post race event, The Femalley Drag, is open to men under one condition, they dress in women’s clothing. Details at After the films we’re all going back to Lisa Kowalski Gallery for raffle giveaways, a costume contest, and dancing to DJ Tyler Snow.


Sunday we will be lurking in the park, playing Bike Soccer and Bike Polo at Civic Center Park at 1pm.

-who’s coming out?

E’rbody! When I was at Veloswap my friend handed a program to an older couple who responded, “We are already coming down from Aspen!” How cool is that?

-any local films or filmakers in this years festival?

Yup! Justin Godfrey directed and I filmed the short Trackstand Off for Cycle Jerks, also Fixie Dave is from Colorado.

-what do you hope people ride away with from the festival?

Inspiration. Inspiration to ride this winter, to try their first race, to never buy a car, to become an advocate.


-good places for cyclists to hang out at?

Pablo’s Coffee for a group ride meet up at 6th and Washington. For the hipsters, Sputnik for Sunday mimosas at Broadway and Elsworth, or 3 Kings Tavern for 40oz’s down the street for the rockers. Watercourse for veggie eats (10% off if you ride!) at E 17th Ave and Emerson. The Shoppe for yummy treats at E Colfax and St. Paul. Breathe for metal and punk rock spin classes and yoga for cyclists, taught by cyclists, at 27th and Arapahoe.


-how is the bike infrastructure? What needs the biggest improvements?

We have a couple bike only paths that are in great condition year round, no complaints there. Maybe bike lanes on some busier streets, but that’s the only improvement I can think of. There are even bike lanes that lead all the way to the foothills. Yeah, I guess we kind of have it made here.

-your future cycling goals?

I love competing, this spring I’m going to have my first racing season. That was the plan last year but then I went on 42 Ride. Actually, I raced my first crit this summer after riding 1000 miles to Illinois, 3rd place in a field of Cat 3’s. I was pretty psyched.

-anything you’d wished I’d asked you?

My dream boy is Jordan Hufnagel. There, I said it.

This Friday, the Final for Boogie Nights 2

The track bike race series in Prospect Park, finishes up this Friday, October 30th with Match Sprints.
boogie nights 2
Here is a break down of the standing in the A group and Woman’s Field (B group wasn’t available)

A Field Points Break Down After Week 3
26 – Jody Pogue
26 – Giancarlo Bianchi
23 – Pete
21 – K-Tel
20 – Murray
18 – Anthony
15 – Neil Bezdek
15 – Brett Clever
15 – Jared Bunde
12 – Cooper Ray
12 – John L
11 – Tito
10 – Paul B.
10 – Lucca
8 – McLean
3 – Dave Trimble
3 – Ron
2 – Mattio

Women’s Field:
15 – Grace
13 – Inge
12 – Katlyn
4 – Dee
3 – Kierie

Some sweet photos by Fritz
Complete gallery here.

Bicycle Guide to Halloween

This Saturday is Halloween so here is a compiled list of events happening not only for the weekend but Friday as well.

Here in NYC.
Friday October 30th is the Halloween Critical Mass and Time’s Up Fundraiser Party.
(check the flyer for info or go to time’s up)
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Halloween Flier 20001

And some critical mass rides in other cities: (one’s with facebook pages)
Los Angeles Critical Mass-October 30th.
Meet at Wilshire and Western Metro Station 6:30pm

Miami Critical Mass

facebook page

Friday, October 30, 2009
Time:6:30pm – 8:30pm
Government Center
101 NW First St–Miami, FL

Baltimore Critical Mass

Info here.
facebook page

Meet -Friday, October 30, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Washington Monument, Baltimore, MD

Manchester, UK

Info at

Just to name a few, Then there are a ton of Alleycat Races, starting off with NYC.
October 31st.


REGISTRATION 8:00pm – 9:00pm @ The “Ghettodrome” Hooker St, Lower Allston **$10
RACE 9:00pm(SHARP) – 10:30pm
AFTERPARTY 10:30 – “whenever we get tired” (or kicked out… DUH.) whisper me.

and yo, don’t bitch that this race costs more than the others, obviously we’re making the rule with intent of encouraging you to dress up/make a larger pot.
(oh and- i know what all of you look like. so if you’re not dressed up in an actual costume i’m going to make you pay extra. don’t try to fool me.)
so do it. OR PAY MORE. choice is yours.

PRIZES = CASH & BEER/FOUR LOKO split between the 1st male/1st female and 2nd overall.
also, Shane from MassBike made the illest custom pentagram/chainring headbadge for 1st place overall. come up to Boston and win the damn thing.

and bike polo

New Orleans: October 30th

more info at
Baltimore: October 31st.
Baltimore Alleycat
San Francisco: October 31st.
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more info here.



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more info here.
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more info at
Halloween alleycat Chicago
HN Chicago

More info at
Roanoke, Virgina

More info at
Nashville, TN-Oct 31st.
HN scaredy
more info at
Phoenix, AZ October 31st.
HN death race

more info:
Ann Arbor, Michigan-October 30th
HN nightofthelivingtread

more info at
Austin, Texas-October 31st
HN Austin

More info at
Cincinnati, OH-Oct 30th to Nov 1st
HN cincy
Minneapolis, MN – October 30th
HN Min Track Treat
Rochester, NY – October 31st-Alleycat
more info at
Seattle, WA – October 31st-Scavenger Hunt

more info at

Los Angeles, CA-October 31st

HN Echo

But wait, that’s just North America.

London, UK
Alleycat on Friday, October 30th

More info at
and Roller races on the 31st.
more info at

and Liverpool



Edinburgh, Scotland

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more info at

Seoul, Korea
HN Seoul
Berlin, Germany
HN Halloween_20096
and the party don’t stop:
an alleycat on November 1st too:

more info at

Urban Velo #16

Urban Velo 16 is available on line.


Urban Velo #16 is at the printer, and the new issue will be available online before the ghouls and goblins go home on Halloween night. Subscribe to the print edition and we’ll mail your copy as soon as they’re available. And remember, you can subscribe to the Podcast version and iTunes will download the new PDF automatically.

The Pittsburgh crew recently had a Ramone’s Tribute alleycat, where participants not only paid homage to the great four cord punk legends…they became them. (thanks to a little help from photo shop)


Check out all the covers here.

This was one well photographed alleycat, check out the individual portraits here.
and even more photo’s here.

BoomCrash Blog

BoomCrash_Bedford_N7SWC_dis is a blog a couple of good friends of mine started to document street artists response to the real estate boom and devastating crash that so many of us New Yorkers are in the midst of. From crane collapses, foreclosures, development out of control, stalled projects, and gentrification, this site is a visual documentation of New York’s BoomCrash.

About the site: “There is a visual conversation of sorts that has been taking place in the streets of North Brooklyn for some time now. Walk around the empty shells of buildings and the vacant lots and you’ll see what we mean: Stickers, tags, posters, words…
People are already speaking to and about the BoomCrash and have been for a while. Of course they are, of course WE are. After all, if you live in certain parts of this city- Greenpoint and Williamsburg most notably- its hard not to notice what happened and, for some, its impossible not to respond.”

Inspired by a this episode of This American Life: “the giant money pool.”

Video from Brandon Neubauer-

Eastern Eurpoe? from Brandon Neubauer on Vimeo.

To contribute to this site, send photos and video to:

My personal favorite response to the recession, seen in Fort Greene:

Bake sale for Grandma

Last Friday, NYC messengers and cyclists came out to help raise money for one of their own, Mike “Grandma” McFadyen who was involved in a serious accident. People came out to the East River Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Here are some pictures from
Diablo, Corey and Joey Krillz (from left to right)
Diablo and Dan G.
The crew.

more pictures here.

GET WELL Grandma.

Some shots from last weekend’s Zombiecon

Last Saturday, New Yorkers were awaken to the undead, roaming their streets in the hilarious event ZombieCon.
Highlights include: Bloody Marys at the Carriage House, dancing to thriller in Grand Central and photoops at the Halloween Adventures shop.

Here is an update from

Zombiecon 2009 kicked off on the streets of Manhattan this Saturday with a round of Bloody Marys at the Carriage House. The un-dead dragged their feet Grand Central for a lively Thriller enactment, followed by a quick visit to Sephora’s (hey, even zombie’s need a little touch-up now and then). The monster mob then dragged their feet to Halloween Adventure for some photo-ops, while scarring small children and tourists along the way. Despite the rain, the zombies had all the time in the world to end the evening painting the town red at the Four Faced Liar and Oliver’s.

Here are some photos from suckapant blogger and photographer, Tod Seelie.

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Video Friday

Reverend Phil is bring new meaning to the word, “bikeporn.”
Check out this trailer for his film series:

Cycle Bound Trailer -tight from rev phil on Vimeo.

More at

Speaking of bike porn, check out FonsecaFilms trip to NYC.

Fonseca’s Trip To NEW YORK from FonsecaFilms on Vimeo.

Promo video for TCB Courier in San Francisco.

TCB Courier: Pizza + Candy from Joe Lumbroso on Vimeo.

Mission’s Mission first alleycat race in San Francisco.

As seen on all hail the black market
Le Gran Prix of Poetry

Here’s a sweet video from 2008, the Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Portland.

US Gran Prix of Cyclocross – Portland, Oregon from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Bicycle Girls in Poland, (seen on urban velo)

PrideRide from

and the T.O.S. promo

A day in the life of Evan Martinez.

A Day In The Life of… from Slandro Champions on Vimeo.

Ride the Republic

Ride the Republic from Daniel Garcia on Vimeo.

Turning Tricks, week 11, Chris Layda in NYC.

Turning Tricks – Week 11 from KrEEEstowfUr on Vimeo.

Guide to using bike lanes in NYC, thanks to