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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.

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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:
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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

Heading to Detroit

I’ll be in Detroit for a couple of days for a friends wedding. If anyone has Bicycle connections there, please send them my way.

I did find this one article in the NY Times about an amazing bike coop there which I will try and check out.

Op-Ed Contributor
Bike Among the Ruins
By TOBY BARLOW
Published: July 4, 2009
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DETRIOT
ONE night a little over a year ago, crossing Woodward Avenue, I crashed my bicycle. As I flew head over heels across Detroit’s main boulevard, I thought, well, in any other town, I’d be hitting a car right about now. But this being the Motor City, the street was deserted, completely motor-free.

While bike enthusiasts in most urban areas continue to have to fight for their place on the streets, Detroit has the potential to become a new bicycle utopia. It’s a town just waiting to be taken. With well less than half its peak population, and free of anything resembling a hill, the city and its miles and miles of streets lie open and empty, beckoning. And lately, whether it’s because of the economy or the price of gas or just because it’s a nice thing to do, there are a lot more bikers out riding.

Read the rest of Toby’s op-ed piece here.
Bike Coop: The Hub of Detroit

Tech Watch: NV mini-bike navigation

So my good friend, Dan Katz, is always sending me articles on the latest in bicycle innovations, so I decided to give him a logo for a new section I’m calling: Tech Watch.

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(ah, fun with photoshop)

Ready for Ecco-Friendly Bike Navigation?
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Iriver presents the NV mini.

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and it works great too if your some how lost on your bike in a lego universe.

read more at engadget.com

we are a part of Commuter Nation

No its not a new Janet Jackson mantra,
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So put away your microphone headset and pseudo-starwars-imperial guard dance militia outfit.

www.commuternation.com is a new website and campaign to get people to use public transportation and bicycles to and from work.

The encourage this smart and ecco-conscious behavior they are having a contest.

THE PITCH:

Commuter Nation RIDE FREE Sweepstakes! Commuter Nation is giving away over 10 years of free commuting in 2 months, 6 months, and yearly chunks. There will be weekly drawings so commuters can come back and enter each week to increase their chances of winning, as well as a grand prize round.
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What: Commuter Nation campaign, to educate commuters in the greater New York metropolitan area about commuter benefits, is giving away over 10 years of free commuting during the Commuter Nation RIDE FREE Sweepstakes! Street Teams will be in stations to hand out informative tools that direct commuters to visit http://www.commuternation.com to enter the sweepstakes.

Who: Commuter Nation is an initiative to bring awareness and encourage commuting employees to learn about and participate in commuter benefits through their employer. Commuter Nation is an initiative by Commuter Check the leading provider of commuter benefits dedicated to offering solutions adapted to designed to accommodate employers of all sizes and their employees’ commuting preferences.

When: Monday, September 21st through Saturday, October 17th. To kick off the sweepstakes, Street Teams will be in Penn Station on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Commuter Nation website: http://www.commuternation.com. Street Teams will be in Penn Station on the NJ Transit 7th Avenue concourse

Why: Amidst recession panic and the MTA fare increases, New Yorkers are most certainly unhappy about paying more money each month to commute. Yet, most are unaware that they could decrease the burden of commuting costs and mitigate the impact of the fare hike by participating in commuter benefits through their employer. Commuter Nation gives them the tools they need to understand and effectively communicate to their employer the relevance and timeliness of providing commuter benefits in the workplace, as well as a chance to enter to win free commuting.
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I’m being advised that cyclists: can use pre-tax dollars for bicycle equipment and repairs by participating in their employers commuter benefit program.

Age of Stupid

Last night was the world premiere of the new documentary about the crisis of climate change:

“age of stupid”

Here are a few pictures from NYC from band of bicycles on flickr.

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The Yes Men were there with their survivaball.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead, played the premiere via satelite

A random pedicab owner reported they were hired to give celebrities rides to the premiere and not one of them took the drivers up on their free services, instead they arrived in SUV’s and their giant trucks, idled outside waiting. Well the movie isn’t called the “Age of Smart People.”

Apparently one of the Yes Men was arrested in front of the NY Post for their distributing papers stunt.

More info at gothamist.com