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How many bikes does it take to fill a parking spot…

Answer, 42, if you use folding bikes.
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from gizmodo.com

Bike! Bike! 2009

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Today is the start of Bike! Bike!, a gathering of bicycle cooperatives from all over the US.

From their site:
Bike! Bike! is an international annual conference organized by and for Not-For-Profit bike projects. It takes place in a different city within the United States each year (perhaps it will expand to one of our neighbors one day?). This year it will be hosted by the Grease Pit in Minneapolis.

More info at www.bikebike.org

Help save the bike lanes on Staten Island.

Rob Foran sent me this message:
“Staten Island’s elected officials and our local paper are trying to eliminate DOT bike lanes, and are encouraging drivers to park their cars and to drive in them. A motorist was recently arrested here for an alleged assault on a bicyclist. Website below has info and links to contact officials, I’m asking as many people as I can to help me save the few bike lanes Staten Island has. It just takes a few minutes. Thank you !!”

http://isthatanisland.com/Life_or_Death_.html”

Bicycle Film Festival is in Los Angeles, August 26th-30th

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More info visit: Bicycle Film Festival/LA

Bike Jumble 2, September 13th, Manhattan

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Harry Schwartzman wanted to let everyone know that due to the big success of the first bike jumble in Brooklyn, its back in Manhattan.

Outdoor bicycle flea market
Sunday September 13, 2009
Schoolyard on 4th Street between Ave B and C, Manhattan, NY .
10AM – 4PM

www.nybikejumble.com

“The New York Bike Jumble is a bicycle flea market held annually in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

New York has always been a cycling town. Did you know that ‘The Madison’, a type of track race, was named for Madison Square Garden? That Riverside Drive was once the favored place for ladies to scandalize the general populace by riding bicycles? That we used to have an annual international bicycle trade show at the old Collesium on Columbus Square?

The NY Bike Jumble is an annual celebration of the influence New York City continues to have on cycling and a market for novice and experienced cyclists. From inexpensive “beater” bikes to high end merchandise, the Jumble aims to get more people on the road, whether you’re a kid or an adult. Showcasing the vitality of cycling culture here in New York, we feature NYC-based cycling artisans including Johnny Coast, Taliah Lempert and Outlier cycling clothes among others.

We invite you to visit the second NY Bike Jumble on Sunday, September 13th in the schoolyard on 4th street (between A & B). Along with the annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble and future Jumbles around the city, we are proud to carry the torch of New York City cycling.

Vendors from all over the eastern seaboard come to sell cruisers, street beater bikes, classic bikes and parts, clothing, stickers, buttons and hats. Aside form the shopping opportunities, the Jumbles celebrate the renaissance of cycling in New York, and an opportunity for people to show off their beautiful bicycles.”

-Harry

Some Desktop bike art

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Get some nice Wallpaper here.

Designed by Marco Zamora.

Time’s Up events, last week in August.

Newtown Creek- The Gunk Under Greenpoint Bike Tour
Saturday, August 29th 4 p.m.
Meet in front of East River State Park, North 8t Street and Kent Avenue

Jump on your bike and delve into the history, pollution and health of Newtown Creek. We’ll visit the best sites around the creek to discuss the past, present, and future of the area, including the industrial heritage, oil spills and pollution plums, combined sewage overflows, and the ecosystem of estuaries. Tour will be led by Neighbors Allied for Good Growth

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NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!
- Shadow mechanics to assist mechanic classes and workshops
- Volunteer coordinators to help bring new volunteers into the fold and link up with committees or campaigns and events
- Fundraising coordinator to help coordinate fundraising meetings and activities
- Archivists

If you are interested please email events.timesup@gmail.com
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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.

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2. TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, August 28th, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park
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3. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, August 28th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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4. NEWTOWN CREEK: THE GUNK UNDER GREENPOINT BIKE TOUR
Saturday, August 29th 4 p.m.
Meet in front of East River State Park, North 8t Street and Kent Avenue
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5. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, August 29th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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6. PEDAL TO PRESERVE PELHAM BAY PARK
Sunday, August 30th, 9 a.m.
Meet up point: Bike & Roll Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 12th Avenue at 43rd Street
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7. CALENDAR MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, August 31st, Starts at 4:30- come when you can!
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
****Please note, the workshop for Wednesday, August 26th is cancelled due to an art show in the space! *****
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1. MECHANICS MEETING
Monday, August 24th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

This monthly meeting is for the volunteer mechanics who run our 6 different bike mechanic workshops and host various events in our community.
New volunteers are welcome. Bring snacks to share.

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2. TRAFFIC CALMING RIDE
Friday, August 28th, 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park

Say goodbye to summer and say goodbye to cars in the park. Join us as we calm traffic and make the park a safe place for living creatures. Music, fun, surprise guests and direct action. The ride will end shortly after 7 p.m. and afterwards, for those interested, we’ll meet up with another certain end of the month ride…

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3. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, August 28th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

For more information see www.critical-mass.org

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4. NEWTOWN CREEK: THE GUNK UNDER GREENPOINT BIKE TOUR
Saturday, August 29th 4 p.m.
Meet in front of East River State Park, North 8t Street and Kent Avenue

Jump on your bike and delve into the history, pollution and health of Newtown Creek. We’ll visit the best sites around the creek to discuss the past, present, and future of the area, including the industrial heritage, oil spills and pollution plums, combined sewage overflows, and the ecosystem of estuaries. Tour will be led by Neighbors Allied for Good Growth

www.nag-brooklyn.org

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5. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, August 29th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures at here.

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6. PEDAL TO PRESERVE PELHAM BAY PARK
Sunday, August 30th, 9 a.m.
Meet up point: Bike & Roll Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 12th Avenue at 43rd Street

Environmental and biking organizations from five boroughs are joining together to gain much needed attention for NYC’s biggest park- Pelham Bay- home to coyotes, wild turkeys, and red tailed hawks.
Join us for a 25-mile one-way bicycle ride along existing and proposed portions of the East Coast Greenway in Manhattan and the Bronx. Upon arrival at the Liberty Memorial in Pelham Bay, we will be working with local environmental groups to clear trash and invasive species, learn about the nature of the park and celebrate with a well-earned lunch (please pack your own).

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7. CALENDAR MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, August 31st, Starts at 4:30- come when you can!
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come be a part of Time’s Up! and help us plan our late summer and fall events! This is always a fun meeting with a lot of energy. Help suss out upcoming rides and events, including clown rides, garden clean-ups and more. New volunteers welcome.

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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
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WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
****Please note, the workshop for Wednesday, August 26th is cancelled due to an art show in the space! *****

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday, Lessons from 2-4 p.m., Open Workshop from 4-6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
1st Sunday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Sunday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Sunday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Sunday- Wheels and Spokes

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Bike Theft Round up…

Well the bike thievery hasn’t taken a break this summer.
Here are some recent sad tales I’ve been sent. I apologize for the ones that were so late (I was on vacation)

The go backwards from most recent.
August 25th,
Will O’meara said his roomates bike was stolen from the hall of their building at 87th and York, on the night of 8/23. Similar to the pictures except it was yellow with SPD pedals.
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Any information contact Will at wsomeara@gmail.com or (914) 356-5084
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8/1/09
The Poster says it all:
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7/14/09
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I JUST got my bike stolen and a lot of people have pointed me to you, including Leah from Safe Walk where I started volunteering [so much for karma!]. I’ve felt really lost on this, and the cops are not much help …”you know it’s illegal to chain to city posts right?” REALLY guys? that’s all you’ve got? thanks…

I don’t really expect to find it again, but I want to put the word out to help make people aware that bike thieves are getting crazier.

My bike was stolen from the intersection of India and Franklin in Greenpoint late late night/early morning between July 14 & 15. Both wheels and frame were chained to a stop sign. someone cut the sign off and stole my bike over the top of the post!!! I never thought some one would do this! I always lock both wheels…but I NEVER thought a stop sign would get cut! Hopefully my loss can help other people safeguard against this.

My bike is a blackish surly steamroller, 3+ years of city road battle damage, black oury grips black front brake on the right handlebar, silver riser bar, silver cranks and chainring 49t [16t/18t flip flop back wheel fixed/fixed], silver toe clip cages with black double straps, black thomson seatpost, black uniciclator plastic seat. black deep v style wheels, front is a weinman dp 18 back is more generic w/soma hub.

odd that after 3 years i have no pictures, but it’s a generic frame i suppose. i made a flyer which i’m attaching.

thanks much for having this database. i don’t think i own anything i care about more.


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Thomas Sebastian Smolenski
Animator :: Illustrator
315.246.9177
rockitpack.blogspot.com

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Hi Mike,

Came across your blog in Google tearfully searching for ‘find stolen bike nyc’.
Would you mind posting to your stolen bikes page?:
Black Trek Soho 1.0 (I know – not a tricked out single speed, but a real good bike nonetheless)
Stolen Jul 8th from bike rack at corner of 21st and Broadway.
When stolen, frame was nicely wrapped in tire inner tubes, had bright orange skinny cable threaded through under-seat, and kryptonite chain padlocked around the frame (padlock was jammed so was not using the ‘big lock’ – smaller lock clearly got cut – gah!).
Hundred dollar reward for anyone who can bring me back or give me info on my stolen yellow and black Panasonic dx-3000. it had black deep vs and was stolen from soho in broad daylight last Thursday.

Contact angus_gw@hotmail.com

Thanks,
Angus

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I was alerted to this poster in the window of the Lakeside Lounge on Ave B.
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It has been confirmed that this guy:
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Stole the front wheel to this person’s bike:
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Around the middle of July.

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Not in NYC, but Portland…
Patrick and Jake from Pedal Consumption got their nice track bikes stolen and a whole mess of gear.
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Read the details here: www.pedalconsumption

Lucky for them fellow film makers at Death-Pedal, are donating dvd sales to help them out:
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Buy a copy at www.death-pedal.com

How to Avoid the Blogger Life…

Biker, Blogger and Artist, Stevil Kinevil has left the Swobo family and is now got his own blog:
All Hail The Black Market
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Where else will you find such great gem like this:

Besides this thing called YouTube of course. But Stevil has a way of bringing it all together.
Here is his manifesto about the new site:

“What is this?

All Hail The Black Market is a collection of stimulating flotsam, hand picked and curated with loving care in the singular hope to put the ‘cult’ back in bicycle culture. For too many years the bicycle industry has marketed to itself, a gigantic dog wearing blinders chasing its own tail. A place where artists, musicians, skateboarders, cyclists, photographers, thinkers, dreamers, pranksters, schemers, and general purveyors of mayhem can all come together in this- a bazzar for the bottom feeding creme of the crop. An alternative market place and hub of information exchange…

Welcome to a new world order.

Welcome to All Hail the Black Market.