Parking day is a citiwide event where parking spots are reclaimed from
idle places for cars to sit into vibrant creative mini parks.
Bikeblognyc’s spot will be on 156 Rivington st. Between Suffolk and
Clinton st. Right in front of the legendary ABC No Rio community space
and Time’s Up bicycle mechanic workshop space.
This event will be in collaboration with two other great organizations:
Time’s Up and www.shootingpeople.org
Time’s Up has been educating about a more sustainble city for over 20
years, hosting free bicycle workshops and events. They will be on hand
with free bicycle repair by their volunteer mechanics as well as
tabling to help people get involved.
Shooting people is a vast social network and excellent resource for
aspiring and proffesional film makers. They will be providing
Michael Green. creator of bikeblognyc.com will be hosting the show and
interviewing members of the bicycle community. Guests will range from
politicians to bike shop owners talking about bicycle culture in NYC
and many of the issues reported on in bikeblognyc. Guest list to be
announced. The show will be available through a live audio and video
Come by or tune in and be part of this great event turning parking
spaces onto parks.
I mean what’s not to like with events like this:
Saturday â€“ Drunk Oâ€™Clock â€“ the Dwarfcycle Figure Eight Death Race Returns! Contestants strip down to their underoos and race head to head for all the tea in chinaâ€¦â€¦.or medals. Menâ€™s and womanâ€™s racesâ€¦â€¦.. el borracho masksâ€¦â€¦ costumesâ€¦â€¦and slutty lingerie recommended.
September 11th, 2009 | Tags: gnome fest | Category: Events | Comments are closed
my black 2010 specialized langster was stolen about 2 weeks ago.
A guy that looked like a messenger stole it tight outside of the building where I work.
he was caught on tape but the security people didn’t want to give me a copy so I took a picture with my phone
its pretty bad but you can see him
he was wearing black shorts, black tshirt and a messenger back that was black with a yellow top.
I made a police report and they told me they were gonna come and check the tape… of course they never came.
the bike was completely black I took all the stickers out
and this one:
I’m trying to put this information out there to anyone involved in cycling in NYC. My beloved bike was stolen last night outside of my home in Sunset Park Brooklyn. A fence (metal) was sawed through to remove the bike. I’m assuming they removed it so they could take it elsewhere and attempt to remove the lock from the frame.
It’s the only size/color combination of this bike in NYC. A photo is included below. If anyone sees this bike for sale, or knows it’s whereabouts, I will be eternally grateful.
Saddle Up, NYC! Your Local ABC Is Rolling Down The Walls!
What: Rolling Down the Walls!
When: Saturday, September 12th, 2009, 5 pm â€“ late
Where: Grand Army Plaza to Fort Tilden Beach
On Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 5 p.m., New York City Anarchist Black Cross will host the second annual NYC off-shoot of the continental Anarchist Black Cross Federationâ€™s Running Down the Walls (ABCF.net) . The 8-mile bike ride to Fort Tilden beach is to celebrate the end of summer while raising much-needed funds for the ABCFâ€™s Warchest program and the New York chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
The Bicycle Film Festival, continues its world tour with a stop in Seattle, for the first time.
I spoke with Ryan Schuetze who runs the site gomeansgo and is the director of the BFF Seattle. I wanted to get an idea of the local fixed gear scene which he seems to be an active part of and whats planned for the festival.
-Name, age, where you live (ride)
Ryan Schuetze, 31, Seattle, WA
-What bikes do you own?
Coaster brake rain bike, 1979 Schwinn Typhoon, 1982 Colnago, NYCBikes fixed gear, 1958 Frejus Track, Kona Single Speed Mt. Bike
-What will be your next bike purchase?
Sadly, my bikes are in various states of disrepair. A newer road bike (yah for index shifting and dual pivot brakes) and a rock solid fixed gear for city riding are in my sights. I’ve also been really interested in getting a cargo bike, but want to test ride more of whats on the market.
-Tell us about goMeansgo productions?
GO MEANS GO is a project that focuses planning and promoting cycling events in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a blog, a brand, a business, and a bridge. GMG blends my two passions of community organizing and cycling. I’m giving GO MEANS GO all I’ve got right now, because my dream is to make a modest living encouraging people to have fun with, and on their bikes.
-What got you into freestyle fixed gears?
I bought the NYCBikes about 6 or 7 years ago and had it delivered to Alaska, where I lived at the time. I just started riding it like my mountain bike, down stairs, and jumping off shit. I like seeing the innovation and rediscovery that is going on. It’s definitely got BMX roots, but it’s way quicker to get around on. I like riding, and don’t turn tricks like these other folks, but it’s fun to fool around.
-What is the fixed gear culture like in Seattle?
Seattle has been holding it down for fixed gear culture for quite a while. Dustin really did a lot through Cadence and Fast Friday, The “Next Best Thing” kept it going for a while, and now Future Tense has been keeping the standards high. A lot of the faces have changed over the last few years, but Seattle has been steadily progressing.
-Who is the talent coming out of Seattle on fixed gears?
There are a lot of talented riders in Seattle. Some new, some having been around a while. If you don’t know who Keo is, well… you aren’t paying attention. Ha.. Really though- Keo keeps it at 11 all the time, and is a strong, well rounded rider. Others? Tyler Johnson is definitely a name to watch. Justin Av, Chris Clappe, and Allender trackstand/dances with his bike like nobody’s business.
-what about the other bike scenes? Alleycats, messengers? Bike polo, critical mass?
Seattle has some of the best polo players in the world. Team Smile just took the World Polo championships after winning the North American tourney that took place here
The Dead Baby Bike club represents the bulk of the freak bikes in Seattle, and are bunch of good people. The annual Dead Baby Downhill, taking place the first Friday of August is nuts, and probably the largest one day bike party on the West Coast.
Seattle is home to a small and getting smaller messenger community. Tight knit, and hard working, they pulled off a great event with the West Side Invite this year, in it’s first Seattle visit. I got to meet quite a few folks during the WSI, and and are a solid bunch of riders that put up with some wet weather and steep hills on a regular basis.
As for alley cats- they are most popular with folks that don’t work downtown. A diverse group of riders keep the events fun, as well as competitive. Some races focus more on one than the other. When I put a race on, I work hard to ensure that the prizes are good. I like to get smaller companies’ names out, and into the hands of the people that ride hard for it.
I keep a calendar at (http://gomeansgo.org/calendar) that I keep up to date with local bike events. Check it out. And if there are any NW events coming up, let me know.
-What got u involved with BFF this year?
This is the first year the BFF has come to Seattle, so someone was needed on the ground to help with the local production. I met Jill Meisner, who works with the media for the BFF, through a friend, and went down to Portland to help her out with the BFF there. The BFF is exactly what GO MEANS GO loves to do- so it seemed a natural fit.
-What’s planned for the festival?
Being the first year, we were a little unsure of what to include. Time didn’t allow for the addition of an art show or rock show, but we’re rollin’ deep with 7 programs, roller sprints, an alley cat, and an afterparty.
-Who is coming out?
Everybody who’s anybody. Film buffs that appreciate bikes, bike buffs that appreciate film, and buff people that appreciate being buff. It’s going to be super fun.
-Any local Seattle film makers or films?
Parasol is directed by Seattle filmaker Webster Crowell, and The Six-Day Bicycle Races is directed by Mark Tyson, using information supplied by Jeff Groman, who owns a shop on Bainbridge Island
-What impact do you hope the bff will have on the bike community?
As with anything that GO MEANS GO is a part of, I really hope it brings the community together, I want the overlap of art/film/bikes to be the focus. There are so many cyclists here, and I feel that there is a lot of division between the groups. Even those that don’t ride that often will have fun. A festival such as the BFF, with such a diverse group of movies, brings these people together, showing them that we all can agree on at least one thing: Bikes rock!
-What’s it like riding in Seattle? Is there infrastructure? What needs the most improvement? If you could be DOT commissioner of Seattle, what would be the first thing you would do?
I love riding in Seattle. The Bicycle Master Plan, though not perfect, has been doing much to improve the infrastructure. As far as improvements? As with most cities, education would probably be most beneficial. Get the drivers and cyclists talking. It does nobody any good when there are signs that cylists see and interpret differently than drivers. I am a big fan of the big boxes that allow cyclists room at the front of a light. Put bikes first, literally.
-Is there a lot of driver vs cyclist beef?
Of course there have been some instances that could be called beef. On a daily basis I would say there isn’t much. But it only takes one driver having a bad day getting stuck behind the dead baby downhill, or critical mass, or even a lone rider, to go from sunshine to shit in seconds. It really is about respect on the road. Beef is started when one road user feels more righteous or entitled than another.
-How has the popularity of cycling grown? What can you attribute the rise to?
Cycling has grown in popularity in Seattle steadily over the years. Improvements to the infrastructure, the work of various education and advocacy groups, the fact that Seattle is a fairly healthy city, and I’d like to think fun events that show a social, friendly, fashionable, and dare I say, sexy side of cycling; all of these are reasons that it’s grown.
-Cool places for cyclists to hang out in Seattle? (feel free to include links and shamelssly promote)
Well of course any event that GO MEANS GO puts together is bound to be a good time….
you can play polo all over Seattle more nights than not. I’ll give a shout out to 65th and Ravenna, because that’s my neighborhood seattlebikepolo.com
If Mt. Biking is your thing, you should head over to the I-5 Colonnade, which will blow your mind evergreenmtb.org/colonnade
Counterbalance Bicycles supports a team, and is always down to throw in for an alley cat or other events. They just opened up another location too. www.counterbalancebicycles.com
If you need to fix your bike- Charles and Devin at Wright Bros. are carrying a lot of fixed gear parts, and the shop is one you definitely want to check out. You can learn to work on your bike yourself too wrightbrotherscycleworks.com
Thursday nights at Flowers Bar usually has a fair amount of bikes out front. We are having the after parties for the BFF there too!
Future Tense takes place monthly, and if you like turning tricks on a bike with no brakes, that’s the place. Zlog puts that together, and it’s a good time. zlogblog.com
Caffeine and bikes go well together too, and Lighthouse Roasters has arguably some of the best coffee in town. That’s saying something, being Seattle and all. lighthouseroasters.com
There are lots of places that people go- but the reality is- we’ll see you on the street. There are lots of rides each week/month for different disciplines. Fast, slow, fixed, free, cargo bikes, or freak bikes. Just get on your bike and ride, the party will happen.
-What are your future goals for gomeansgo?
ART VELO takes place next month. A show based around cycling art. It’s going to be awesome. GO MEANS GO will continue to grow with the cycling community, as a bridge, and also as a business venture. I love putting on alleycats, but I’m interested in putting on sanctioned races as well. The idea is to make a modest income planning and promoting cycling events. This includes working with companies that have a vision to connect and become part of the cycling community. I love bikes and bike culture, and I think the thought that goes into these events shows. When I can focus wholly on planning and promotion, the events will only get better.
-What are your future cycling goals? Travel?
It looks like I may be making my first trip to Interbike. (September 23rd-25th) Holler at me!
I’d really like to do a cycling tour with my lady through Puglia in Italy.
I haven’t ever ridden in NYC, and would love to go for the 10th anniversary of the BFF next year.
-Anything you wished I’d asked you or failed to promote?
I apologize for not posting this sooner, but donations are needed.
A dear friend of the NYC cycling community, Gabriel Allen, was injured in a terrible bike crash back in August. Gabe was visiting San Francisco when he was hit by a car on his bicycle soon after he arrived in the city.
Here is a brief description of the accident off of the NYC fixed gear forum:
(August 14th) Gabe was in a collision yesterday with car close at Duboce and Divisadero. I do not know if he broadsided the car or if it hit him–I was out of sight a block back–but there were many witnesses. He was on the sidewalk unconscious and an ambulance came within two minutes. He is in ICU at SF General, the #1 trauma hospital in the Bay Area. We were there within 10 minutes of the accident. His body is in disrepair: 4-5 fractures to the pelvis, a cracked rib, portion of his left lung collapsed, and brain swelling. There may be other things with his extremities, but it is low priority right now until they know his brain is all right. He’s sedated and will probably be for at least 72 hours until the trauma team has a better picture. His neck is fine, no nerve damage, no breaks to the spine, and no other internal organs were harmed.
NYC Century Bike Tour
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Rain or Shine
6,000 Cyclists, 5 route options, the #1 best way to see New York City.
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery and Trek
Register by September 11th and you will be entered win a mixed case of Brooklyn Local 1 and Local 2 beers with glassware courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. These award-winning, Williamsburg-brewed Belgian-style ales are 100% bottle re-fermented and go well with ham, spicy seafood and fine cheeses.
Choose Your Distance, Ride Your Pace: 100, 75, 55, 35 and 15 mile routes. The Century is your rideâ€”as challenging or relaxing as you choose, but always fun and rewarding. All routes have been carefully designed with your safety and enjoyment in mind. No matter which route you choose, you will be fully supported by experienced marshals and mechanics along the route and plentiful food at scenic rest stops. Plus on ride day all riders will receive a commemorative organic cotton t-shirt. Sign up before August 21st and you’ll be eligible to use the express start on Ride Day.