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Bike theft story. Needs advice.

So I got this email from James who had a bike stolen, which brings up a fundamental issue, what to do if you find your stolen bike and someone is posting an ad for it on craigs list.

Here is the story:
6/30/09
“My name is James Chae and I recently got my bike stolen from right in front of my house in Williamsburg.

To put a long story short — I came back from a long ride — parked my bike right in front of my corner bodega unlocked (big mistake, I know) and after less than a minute the bike was gone as soon as I stepped outside. Mind you, my bike had ALSO been stripped of its parts (wheels, handle bar, stem, and brake) a week earlier. So, this is causing me a GREAT deal of strife.

But, to my surprise the dumbass who stole the bike has posted it on craigslist.

(It has now been taken down from craig’s list)

But I am 100% positive this bike is mine because 1) I JUST bought new components for it and 2) it’s my damn baby!
If you could please offer some advice on how best to wrangle this son-of-a-bitch into returning my bike I would really appreciate it. I can procure emails and receipts to prove the bike is mine to the police. I am going to file a police report today as well. But I am trying to get some more info in how to best handle this situation without it turning into a bigger mess than it already is.

Thanks!”

– James
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If anyone has advice on this situation, please post comments.
In the meantime, be on the look out for this stolen property:

Details:

Red Bianchi Fixed gear — decals rubbed off, but bianchi is still written on the rear stem.
Nitto B123 Track Drop bars / black Origin stem
Chrome fork
Black Suntour Swift 700c rims / machined sidewalls / laced to generic black hi-flange hubs
Blue lined Hutchinson tires
Black saddle.
Leftside bmx brake lever
Silver front brake
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Damn, more stolen bikes

Be on the look out for this ride:
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Stolen in NYC on July 3rd.
More info at the Stolen Bikes Page

The Fashion World Speaks again…

This is so extremely ridiculous its funny, look at what all the bike messengers will be wearing for Spring 2010:
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Especially because: “Your local bike messenger is probably a scrawny, over-inked meth head with bad hair,”

Find out more insights at Louis Vuitton’s preview

I liked it better when they were misrepresenting our Ghost bikes.

Thanks Kim Reynolds for the link. Too Funny.

Stage map on Versus

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Good Tour de France coverage on Versus

Promo for CMWC 2009-Tokyo

Eli Chessen, of the blog Tokyo Jitensha wants you to come to Tokyo.
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Here is more about it:
“On September 19th-23rd and the 26th, Tokyo will be home to the largest International Bicycle Messenger Race/Event in the world. We know you’ve all been waiting for a good excuse to visit Japan. Despite the bad global economy, we whole-heartedly hope that as many bicycle messengers and their friends will attend this event as possible. TKBMA has been working hard to prepare the most exciting cycling event possible. They’ve been studying to improve their English in order to better communicate with all the international messengers who will be coming to Tokyo. Are their efforts obvious?
This video shows a BBQ party organized in order to promote the event, drum up new supporters and volunteers, and bring the organizers and volunteers closer together. The BBQ was held at Shiokaze Park in Odaiba (just a short walk from the site CMWC 2009 will be held).
Gundam was in attendance, as well. But, he stayed powered-down, so no one was hurt.

CMWC 2009 Tokyo Promo Video Part 1 from Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin on Vimeo.

Time’s Up events, This weekend!!

Reinventing the Wheel, and discussion with Steve McMaster of Time’s Up!
Thursday, July 9th, 6 p.m.
Atlantic Gallery, 135 West 29th Street

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ will begin with the moving and rarely screened experimental film ‘FIETSEN; (Cyclists 1965) by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken as he observes cyclists (and other means of transport) in Amsterdam, moving over the bridges on the canals. A lively discussion about the road ahead will follow with a lively discussion with transit experts including Steve McMaster of Time’s Up! and representatives from the NYC Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives.

atlanticgallery.org

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Check out the New York Times bicycle-related ‘Spokes’ City Room blog- where Time’s Up! volunteers are frequently represented!
cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

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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. You can even donate real estate!
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.

times-up.org

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

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 10th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
Friday, July 10th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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3. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 10th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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4. TIME’S UP! MECHANICS AT WILLIAMSBURG WALKS
Saturday, July 11th, 12 noon- 7 p.m.
North 7th and Bedford, Brooklyn
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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 11th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.
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6. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, July 11th, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)
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7. 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
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

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

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 10th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Did you know that July 2009 is the five-year anniversary of Brooklyn Critical Mass?!

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993.

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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
Friday, July 10th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

**CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS!**

New Volunteer Meet-N-Greet BBQ Potluck with DJ Suggested D
Starting at 9 p.m., following Brooklyn Critical Mass
Bring food to share- We’ll provide the grill.

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3. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 10th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. We should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace.
Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. We usually spend about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=cyclone-ride

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4. TIME’S UP! MECHANICS AT WILLIAMSBURG WALKS
Saturday, July 11th, 12 noon- 7 p.m.
North 7th and Bedford, Brooklyn

The Time’s Up! Mechanics will be tabling all day Saturday as part of the final Williamsburg Walks event in Brooklyn. The Co-op mechanics will be conducting free bike repair lessons, safety checks, and answering any bike related questions throughout the day. Come by and say hi!
This exciting community celebration is promoting a re-imagination of public space by shutting down Bedford Avenue to car traffic from North 4th to North 9th streets. Local merchants, community groups, musicians and artists can be found, using the reclaimed space for a greater purpose than just automobile traffic.

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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 11th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.

Join us for a totally safe, auto-free ride as we explore Prospect Park at night. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the fields, woods and ponds. Bike guides in the front and back. Bring your favorite bike: the one with the lights! The park is dark at night.

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6. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, July 11th, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)

Visit glamorous and notorious Lower Manhattan’s most famous spots in history, infamy, and unparalleled opulence: including the world’s biggest gold vault; New York’s legendary Five Points (scene of Scorcese’s movie Gangs of New York); site of Capt. Kidd’s home; the most important place in the history of the USA; the building that still bears the scars of the Wall Street bomb that killed 36 people- and much, much more!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=mhmm-tour

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7. 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

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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After the Manhattan Critical Mass and the ABC No Rio after party, June 26th, bikers took to the street for the Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party Ride:
Here’s another video:

Quick Tour de France Round up from the twitter world.

From the Cervelo team website here is the results of stage 1 from this years 96th Tour de France:
Stage 1 Results:
1st Fabian Cancellara 0:19:32 28.63 mph
2nd Alberto Contador Velasco +0.18
3rd Bradley Wiggins +0.19
4th Andreas Klöden +0.22
5th Cadel Evans +0.23

21st Carlos Sastre +1.06
48th Heinrich Haussler +1.29
55th Volodymir Gustov +1.31
87th Íñigo Cuesta López +1.48
94th Brett Lancaster +1.50
111st Hayden Roulston +1.57
120th Thor Hushovd +2.02
134th Jose Angel Gomez Marchante +2.13
172th Andreas Klier +2.45

General Classification after Stage 1:
1st Fabian Cancellara 0:19:32 28.63 mph
2nd Alberto Contador Velasco +0.18
3rd Bradley Wiggins +0.19

21st Carlos Sastre +1.06
48th Heinrich Haussler +1.29
55th Volodymir Gustov +1.06
87th Íñigo Cuesta López +1.48
94th Brett Lancaster +1.50
111st Hayden Roulston
120th Thor Hushovd +1.50
134th Jose Angel Gomez Marchante +2.13
172th Andreas Klier +2.45

Article form the associated press here.

On hand at the race is Allen Colim , working for team Slipstream/Garmin, taking photos and posting them on twitpic, photo uploading site for twitter.

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Picture of David Millar.

Check out race results with the UK’s Cyclingweekly

its the Tweet de France

This will be the first tour to really embrace the microblogging sensation twitter.

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Follow along with New York Times Reporter, Juliet Macur as she tweets and links to articles.

Her recent article in the Times about the Astana dilemma, two powerhouses on the same team: Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador
Read it here.

Benefit for Safewalk/Right Rides on the 7/8/09

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Benefit for SafeWalk and RightRides
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
8 pm – midnight

Featuring Lady Bright, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Old Hat, and the Eskalators! There will be music, baked goods (vegan and non), beverages, informational tables, and dancing.

All funds will go towards RightRides’ operational costs. SafeWalk is a program of RightRides for Women’s Safety that offers anyone a free, safe walk to any destination in northern Brooklyn on Friday nights.

$6-10 sliding scale

Silent Barn
915 Wyckoff
L to Halsey or M to Myrtle-Wyckoff

Montreal Moving company…on bikes

This article from the Toronto Star about a moving company all on bikes:

Pedals power Montreal’s moving day
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Transport Myette worker Dominique Thibaut prepares to haul a load of furniture by bicycle trailer to a client’s new home in Montreal)
June 30, 2009.
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QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
MONTREAL – You’d expect to see something like it in Bangkok or Beijing. A small bicycle trailer piled to teetering heights with a dresser, a keyboard, a queen-size mattress, a futon, a bed frame and two not-so-tiny armchairs.

After a momentary slip of the gears, the sweat-drenched worker is on his way, zipping to his destination as part of Canada’s most novel moving method: bicycle.

Today is not just Canada Day: July 1 also marks the annual, chaotic rite of passage for renters in Montreal, who, if they’re planning a move, typically schedule it for today.

Read the complete article Here.

See a video here.