You love him, you hate him…you love to hate him. Not that this guy needs anymore promotion but the most popular bikeblogger, the bike snob got a story in the NY Times. I love him cause when ever I tell people I have a blog about biking in NYC, they say…oh, are you the bike snob?
For the Bike World, Tough Love From a Self-Described Snob
(photo by: Christian Hansen for The New York Times)
INCOGNITO The Bike Snob poses for a portrait, preserving his anonymity.
By JASON GAY
Published: July 24, 2009
“He keeps a day job in the publishing industry. He rides his bike to work in Manhattan from Brooklyn. Heâ€™s married. He enjoys a margarita. Heâ€™s an enthusiastic bike racer, but not a terribly good one.
Those were a few of the personal details the Bike Snob was willing to reveal. He agreed to meet for a Tex-Mex dinner in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the condition that a reporter not disclose his real name, lest the world learn the true identity of the crankiest and most talked-about bike blogger of the moment. (Anonymity is, after all, the central element of his online persona.)
Since introducing his blog, bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, in the spring of 2007, the Bike Snob has emerged as a fierce and entertaining critic. His following includes Lance Armstrong, who is finishing the Tour de France this weekend and was photographed not long ago wearing one of the Bike Snobâ€™s â€œSeal of Disapprovalâ€ T-shirts. Bicycling magazine, the countryâ€™s largest cycling publication, hired him to write a column, and next spring, Chronicle Books will publish a Bike Snob book.
read the whole story here.
1. MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE RIDE
Friday, July 24th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
Get on your bike and come celebrate the King of Pop. Dance the night away to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits on this street dance ride! Be prepared to moonwalk.
We can tell by the way you use your bike, you’re a dance machine, no time to talk!
2. MAKE EAST NEW YORK BEAUTIFUL (garden cleanup)
Saturday, July 25th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Liberty Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn
3. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, July 25th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
Summer Streets 2009 – Your City. YOUR STREETS! Your Playground.
AUGUST 8th, 15th, and 22nd – 7:00AM-1:00PM
a trailer for a documentary, For Thousands of Miles. (from the site) “An independent documentary about the shift in perspective after traveling alone, for thousands of miles, by bicycle from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic ocean. Sharing people’s motivations to leave everything behind, and to understand what they each take away from their overwhelming and painful journey.
The worlds of hip hop and cycling finally collide in Keep Pedalling, the new film clip from Hugo and Treats. Filmed on one sunny day in Brunswick, North Melbourne, Australia, at the Brunswick Free Ride. No politics, just Bicycles. Directed by Colby Welsh, Josh Beahan and Hugo. Keep Pedalling, people.
Many websites, video collectives and blogs are at the forefront of the free style fixed gear craze. One of those is Zlogblog out of Seattle.
Here is my interview with creator, Zach Hoffner.
Name, age and where you live (ride)
Zach Hoffner, 23, Capitol Hill Seattle, Washington
What bikes do you own?
My main bike is a Krabo pursuit track. It was handmade in Germany and has a pink/pearl paint job that really turns heads. I also have a Davidson pursuit track frame that I broke and had repaired. As well as a Carbon Trek 5200 that doesn’t get ridden often enough.
Name of your blog, how long you’ve been writing it and how did you get started?
Zlog Blog; I have been going strong for a little over a year. I was blogging for a streetwear shop called Winners Circle and I felt like Seattle was lacking a bike blog. I started the Zlog with the intentions of occasionally posting about bike stuff and then it just grew into a full out bike blog.
Who else contributes to zlog?
As of now, I am the only person who posts on Zlog, although many people contribute by directing me to articles, photos and videos. People send me fliers and videos all the time and I do my best to post the ones I feel my audience will appreciate most.
Who reads zlog?
Fixed gear riders, freestylers, hill bombers, alleycat racers, bike nerds, people who sit at a desk and wish they were riding a bike and people who want to know whats hot in the fixed gear scene. I have a pretty decent audience all over the world and I’m stoked on that.
How you got into freestyle fixed gear riding?
I would go to Fast Friday every month and watch the best trick competition. At that point people like Keo were inventing the tricks that we are all doing today. I saw that there was a ton room for growth in the sport and that is what attracted me. If it wasn’t for amazing friends who were supporting and willing to teach, then I probably would have stopped after my first skid. Now its all
Where do you like to session?
Various skate spots. I try to switch it up depending on what I am trying to learn. I have been working on wheelies lately, so I tend to just ride through the city and wheelie around.
Who rides with you, who do you follow? Who is pushing it to new levels?
I try to ride with people who will push me to my limits. Jay, Daniel V, Maiki, Pavel, & Ponch are always riding like bats out of hell and I like to ride with them; they make me faster. When I’m tricking around I enjoy riding with Chris Clappe, Jacob Ruff, Justin Av, Tyler J. They are pushing the trick scene to new levels and they encourage me to keep learning new tricks.
What do you think about the rise in popularity of the scene? The trends? Like selling fixed gears at urban outfitters? (for example)
I think the the rise in popularity is good as long as it stays positive and gets people on bikes. Trends come and go and so do the people who buy into the trends. Bikes are healthy, we need more healthy trends.
What have you learned about video taping the scene?
I’ve learned that people really appreciate being filmed and they tend to push themselves harder. Capturing a video of a trick that has never been done before is pretty rewarding.
Whats the scene like in Seattle? Are new riders catching on? Other bike scenes in c-town.
There are so many different scenes, but everyone knows each other. It is kind of like one big bike community with different branches. There are alleycat races, messenger races, freestyle comps, emerald sprints, polo tourneys, scavenger hunts, slow rides, fast rides. Something for everyone. As for the new riders, its always good to see new faces.
Future video goals.
I would like to do a full length Zlog video.
Future blog goals.
Expanding it into a larger, more in depth website.
Ok so apparently July is “Good Beer Month.” Thank God, cause I’ve been drinking crappy beer for the last 11. Whew. Oh, yeah and I read about this in Gothamist, today…7/21/09, which is, ah, almost the end of July. It seems as if Mayor Bloomberg, that purveyor of fine craft brew, proclaimed July the month of beer. Also there was an article in the New York Time’s city room blog about this.
So when was this announced to the press? Yesterday? Seems like some bad promoting. Must be the city trying to minimize too many people enjoying themselves on a bicycle. Then two friends ride with two more friends and the next thing you know they are meeting the last Friday of the month.
Beer Specials for Cyclists!
At Jimmy’s No.43 “Show Your Bike Key” Special: $4 Pints of All American Craft Beers
At Standings Bar (upstairs from Jimmy’s): FREE PIZZA with microbrew purchase for cyclists on the Bike to the Bars Ride!
Maybe some bike riding libations will help ease tensions in this city between cyclists and pedestrians, especially after this video hits the blogosphere:
Looks like someone caught on tape a cyclist beating on a pedestrian with his u-lock.
Great, more fuel for the fire of the ongoing hatred of cyclists from the anonymous commenters on Gothamist or the NY Post editorialists. Ok, I know, nobody deserves this kind of abuse…but really, after being in NYC for more than 20 years…this type of thing happens all the time. The streets are practically one giant fight club. Normally, I’m being threatened with motorists favorite weapon…their car.
Still this is a pretty harsh video. I guess the cyclist should have been more gentlemanly about the whole affair. But it did seem like the other guy wanted to fight.