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Custom design helmets-Belle Helmets, new and improved

Danielle Baskin, creator of bellehelmets.com has been hand painting designs on bike helmets for several years now. I was one of her early test subjects, which she gave me on a sweet Bern.
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She generally opts for the more skater style of helmet for more surface area, but this is truly a one-of-a-kind gift for any cyclist.
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In the past all the helmets are painted by hand with acrylics which takes around 20 hours. Now Danielle is looking to speed up the process using vinyl printing.
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She’s looking for crowd-funding to help her relaunch her new operation.

Here is a promotional video explaining more,

To learn more and help support Danielle’s project, check out: www.crowdsupply.com/belle-helmets/belle-helmets

Boombotix and Timbuk2 Sack Up Sweepstakes

Here is a contest from two of my favorite product makers, both stationed in the Bay Area… Boombotix ultraportable speakers and Timbuk2 bags.

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From Boombotix:

Timbuk2 an Boombotix have teamed up to offer you the ultimate adventure prize pack… literally. Timbuk2 is a San Francisco based company that makes some of the finest messenger bags in the business. They’ve kicked down three of their new Haight Backpacks to swag you guys out. These backpacks have a built-in laptop carrying pocket and a U-Lock holder for riders and techies alike. All Timbuk2 bags come with a lifetime warranty.

As they say in informercials; BUT WAIT, there’s MORE! When you enter in the contest, you are not only qualified to get a sick pack but we’ll also be throwing each contest winner a Boombot Portable Speaker of your choice. Boombots incorporate wireless connectivity, ruggedized housing, and a built-on clip. Give it a home on the strap/pocket of your new Timbuk2 bag and tune your way through your next excursion.

Enter here.

Citibiker by the numbers

Here’s a guy with an interesting challenge. @Citibiker, is trying to find the first 100 Citibikes, numbered accordingly on the side in white like a serial number, out of the more than 6,000 bikes in circulation in NYC.

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To follow along his progress and various sites around town, visit: citibiker.tumblr.com

I’m hoping for number: 00001

Video Friday 8/3/13

Another installment of Video Friday:

Title: Pure Fix in the City
Featuring our X-RAY, this video takes you through Washington Square Park, SoHo, and the LES in NYC. It wasn’t easy to shoot, either, as our fingers nearly broke off in the cold.

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Title: Heavy Pedal “Flying Tiger”
For the launch of their new “Flying Tiger” kit from Heavy Pedal

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Title:This is Marin
Seen on: Prolly
From Prolly:
I’ve only ridden in Marin county a handful of times and from what I can tell, I’ve only scratched the surface. Marin Bikes were developed there and here’s their new brand intro video.

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Title:San Marco: We Ride with You Trailer
Seen on: Prolly
From Prolly:
Here’s a new campaign from one of the best saddle manufacturers of all time, San Marco:
“We want to share with you the emotions, that inspired us every time we create our products. To achieve this we realized a short film and we will soon have the pleasure to show it to you in its full length.
An emotional video to tell the spirit of our brand and to show a preview of the new products. To describe the history of the company, to talk about activities and tell through images, music and words the different cycling cultures and worlds, we ride with.
We Ride with You!”


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Title:Welcome to the Hold Fast Kareem Shehab
Seen on: Prolly
From Prolly:

Kareem is now riding for Hold Fast, the makers of made in the USA components and frames. That’s a decision I can get behind. Here’s his welcoming edit to the team. Check it out as he rips with the 26″ Subverter frame.

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Title:Les Alpes – Trailer
Seen on: Prolly

Every rider is unique in his motivations. The inspiration to escape the everyday routine, find new experience, and push limits comes from deep within. Imagery in this film acts like a window into the soul of a person seeking to live at the heart of the mountains. He’s driven to explore deeper and ride farther than most people, as a personal challenge coming in August 2013.

Continue reading Video Friday 8/3/13

Hand-Built Bike Show Comes to Brooklyn-Bike Cult Show

Legendary bike mechanic Dave Perry wrote the bicycle encyclopedia bike cult back in 1995 when bicycle culture was fairly outlaw and underground. Now it’s high fashion and much more in the spot light as viable transportation.

This has also lead to a renaissance of bespoke and custom made frames and components with independent builders creating magnificent and artful creations all around North America.

Dave is teaming up with Harry Schwartzman of the Bike Jumblefor a hand built show right here in Brooklyn, to show off some of the brightest Northeast frame builders.

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The Bike Cult Show
Labor Day Weekend
August 30 & 31, 2013
Warsaw Concert Hall, 261 Driggs Ave, BROOKLYN, NY

Continue reading Hand-Built Bike Show Comes to Brooklyn-Bike Cult Show

Biking the Lewis & Clark trail with kids.

Charles R. Scott is into endurance biking. He’s also into these kind of adventures with his 12 and 6 year old kids, like a recent ride across the entire length of Japan.

Now he’s gearing up to ride the Lewis & Clark trail which is 3,700 miles and extends from Illinois to the coast of Oregon. This should bring new meaning to the age old question of kids on summer vacation: “Are we there yet?”

Charles writes about his cycling adventures on the blog: familyadventureguy.blogspot.com.

He has also started a kickstarter campaign to fund this trek:

Find out more: here.

There was recently a Q&A with Charles in the New York Times:

Biking the Lewis and Clark Trail, Kids in Tow
By: Emily Brennan
Published: July 30, 2013
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In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off from St. Louis to explore America’s newest addition, the Louisiana Purchase, and cross the Continental Divide to what is now western Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, reaching the Pacific Coast two years later.

This summer, Charles Scott, a travel writer and blogger, is covering a 1,300-mile portion of the Lewis and Clark trail by bike, with his 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in tow.

Read more: here.

New Bike Blog-Escape from New York

Here is a new bike blog about excursions outside of the city:
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I’ve been struggling over what to call this bike blog. I’ve settled for now on “Escape Brooklyn” because it sounds better than “Fuhgeddaboud Brooklyn”. My concern is that the word “escape” lends a negative connotation – as if Brooklyn is a place I’d like to liberate myself from. And in some ways that may be true.

But this blog is not a diss on Brooklyn. From the bike lanes of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to the loop around Prospect Park, the pot-holed streets out to Red Hook, and the pedestrian path all the way to Coney Island, Brooklyn is a bike-affable borough with no shortage of character to explore. And I return every time I leaved.

http://escapebrooklyn.wordpress.com/

August events from Time’s Up

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August is right around the corner and that means lots more summer…summer streets that is. Once again the city will be closing 7 miles of streets to motor vehicles and open to pedestrians, bikes and other non-polluting transportation, the first three Saturdays of August. (8/3, 8/10, 8/17) Time’s Up will be there to ride the route as a group. More information, below in the events listings.

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Announcements:

It’s a little late, but we still love this great feel good story where Time’s Up volunteers came to the rescue of cyclists in need. Back in June, a blind Harlem man and his wife had their beloved tandem stolen and Time’s Up came to their aid by raising money for a new ride.
Read the story here:

http://times-up.org/2013-coverage/2013-06-27-bike-bandit-robs-blind-east-harlem-cyclist-daily-news
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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

Become a member at: http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support http://times-up.org/

Follow us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/timesupnyc
and on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@nyctimesup

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.

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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm (1st Friday of the Month)
Union Square North

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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, August 2nd, 10:00pm
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th St, and Central Park West)

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3. SUMMER STREETS
Sunday, August 3rd, 10:00pm
Meet Astor Place
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4. VOLUNTEER BICYCLE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays and Sundays, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

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5. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 9:00pm-10:00pm

http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up
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6. COMMUNITY GARDEN CLEAN-UP
Sunday, August 3rd, 1:00pm
Siempre Verde-181 Stanton Street, Manhattan
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7. MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday, August 8th, 8:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
ABC NO RIO-156 Rivington St.
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Time’s Up Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

See events listing for details.
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StreetsPAC Ride and Meet City Council Candidates

StreetsPAC is a political action committee dedicated to livable and safer streets in NYC.

They are having a bike ride on Saturday the 20th to introduce two city council candidates in Brooklyn who they feel best represent their safe streets agenda.

Antonio Reynoso-District 34-Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood.

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Carlos Menchaca-District 38-Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace and Bay Ridge Towers.

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A message from StreetsPAC about the ride:

Join StreetsPAC and our first round Brooklyn endorsees, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca, for a ride between their two districts. We’ll start at the dog run in Cooper Park in East Williamsburg, cycle through Bushwick, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, and Red Hook, and then finish at the top of the hill in Sunset Park. The 15 mile route runs the gamut of bicycle infrastructure from non-existent lanes we’d like to see created to hard-fought protected ones already installed like Prospect Park West. Several brief stops along the way will allow our candidates to speak directly about street safety issues they are championing in their district. A ride down Morgan Ave and into Bushwick will let Antonio speak on the need for improved truck route calming and enforcement, while the ride between Red Hook and Sunset Park allows Carlos to highlight the disconnected streetscape in his district as well as the underused public space below the BQE at Third Avenue.

Please RSVP to info@streetspac.org to join us in bringing attention to the work that still needs to be done in improving Brookyln’s streets. Refreshments will be provided at the Sunset Park finish.

Maker Camp-Bike Hacks all Summer long.

Make Magazine an amazing resource of DIY gadgetry and how-to-science projects has just launched Maker Camp.

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In association with Google + their will be projects posted daily for kids and adults to make and share with this online community. From July 8th-August 16th, millions of makers will connect to create, hack and share ideas in making projects together.

There will be lots of great bike hacks like making a tail pipe exhaust out of a soda bottle:

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Read more here.

And check out the Speed Vest:

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Check out how to make this vest: here.

You’ll need a Google + account to join Maker Camp.

So sign up and follow along.