Tom had his White conversion stolen on 6/27/09.
check the stolen bikes page for details.
Tom had his White conversion stolen on 6/27/09.
Tom had his White conversion stolen on 6/27/09.
Inspired by this:
I decided to start, “Growing up bike.” So as the guinea pig…here is my photo from the late 80’s showing how this early classic Pinarello inspired my teenage years.
So if you have classic photos of how the bicycle influenced your early years…please post them to my “growing up bke,” flickr group.
After criticalmass and the afterparty at Abc NoRio, there will be a Michael Jackson dance ride. 10:30pm
You both will be missed, but a sad day for America? More like when these two died.
But now we must pour out some jesus juice for our dead hommies and find new talent to inspire us.
This week I present to you: Alan Sikiric of the blog: Cyclingwmd.blogspot.com
Things like this:
Alan is a true connoisseur of bicycles. He knows a lot about them, scouring the internet auctions meets like an uber-bike nerd junkie itching for a fix…or fixie that it.
His blog is a treasure trove of eye candy and information for bike enthusiasts everywhere. I really don’t need to speak for Alan, because as you will see he can speak quite eloquently for himself. Here is my Q and A with Alan.
Name, Age and where you reside.
Alan Sikiric, 33, Cliffsyyyyyde Park, New Jersey
What bikes do you own?
A better question would be what bikes don’t I own. No, seriously! Think of me as that crazy old lady with a million cats. Only swap out the old lady with a creepily handsome dude and replace the smell of cat piss and vaporub with smell of burnt paint and BO.. It actually got so bad at one point that I had to completely rebuild and reorganize my shop space. Here’s some before and after shots of just to give you an idea:
What bikes have you built?
I’ve personally built up every bike I own(ed) along with probably another 15+ for friends. I’ve also built up two tall freak bikes. One super tall 6 speed cruiser:
and the one, the only, THE MUTANDEEEMMMMM!!!
Describe the bike culture here in NYC, the different sub-cultures?
I’ve always felt like I’m on the outside looking in with the whole culture thing. And that’s not just cause I live in Jersey. There are people that I occasionally see and enjoy bullshitting with at the various events but that’s about it. I don’t really make it a conscious point to involve myself further than that..
From what I’ve observed, NYC is composed of five major food groups of riders. The clueless noobs who give you queer looks when you advise them to inflate their tires before each ride and to not go the wrong way down the street. The trendy cute and fuzzies who like to ride bikes with their friends to the park and wear pretty accessories like vests or strappy sandals. The true blood messengers who don’t give a fuck who you are or what you’re riding so long as you stay the fuck out of their way. The commuter/weekend warrior types. Then there’s all the bicycle food delivery boys who you rarely ever see going the right way down the street and the low down dirty bike thieves who should all be dragged out into the street and shot. Yeah, I know I’m being a bit critical but you axed..
There are now a lot of bicycle blogs, what is unique about yours?
I think that by posting often, in depth at times and talking about more isolated or taboo topics helps to separate me from a lot of the other blogs out there. It seems as though truly honest thoughts and opinions are in short supply these days aside from our one and only snobmeister of course (Let’s do lunch!). I just call em as I see em and I’m not afraid to sound the bullshit alarm on something if it’s really lame or over the top ridiculous. I’m all for handing out praise but it really has to be pretty awesome. I’m just not a proponent of perpetuating mediocrity. I want my blog to inspire people to think smarter but not lose their sense of humor about how easy we have it. I mean, come on.. we’re sitting here writing and reading blogs all day about bicycles and what not. How hard are our lives?!
In any case, it seems like most people would rather not take a chance when all they have to do is just run around to the other blogs and re-post from them. Which is fine to a certain degree because it really can’t be helped a lot of the time. Though it really doesn’t go very far towards differentiating themselves from the others out there predominantly engaged in the same activity. I like investing a good portion of myself into what I do with my blog by documenting what goes on in my little corner of the world as it pertains to cycling. I like giving my take on things not only to show my readers a different perspective but to learn more about myself and why I see things the way I do.
I also get a kick out of letting loose and doing stupid ass shit to amuse readers with my various exploits of douchebaggery. I really enjoy entertaining people. Especially in the way that the recipient of my unconscionably great sense of humor and divine wisdom will walk away from snickering to themselves thinking: ‘OMFG what an asshole- I LOVE IT!’
What do you like writing about the most?
Anything I can make a big stink about really. Along with various fancy and or NOS (New Old Stock) bike parts that turn me on. From the rare to the obscure. I’m more interested in some oddly fascinating idea someone had that never made it out of their shop or if it did, in very low numbers. I also try and focus in on and objectify the bike stuff I’m most interested in at the moment. Think about the tool section of the Sears catalog or latest issue of Dwell Magazine you may have sitting next to your toilet. Entertainment that you love taking a shit too..
I always know when I’ve put together a great post when I can’t stop laughing at how ridiculous what I’ve just written is and that I’m actually going to post it on the fraking internet! That’s one of the great things about not really being too involved with the cultural aspect of things. It gives me the freedom to break away from some social image of being cool and positive about everything out there and just say whats on my mind. The truth is that most times when I’m not out riding, I’d rather just stay at home to work on art/bike projects and tend my garden:
Who reads your blog?
AALLLL THE HATERZ SUHYN!! No seriously, I have no idea. I assume it’s mostly dudes and lesbians.. then maybe like, 3 chicks..
What gets people responding on your blog all fired up?
I think most responses are toward my more ranty bitchtastic posts. Mostly because I know there’s a lot of other people out there that share my frustrations. I feel that whenever I appeal to that common frustration it gives people a sense of comfort in knowing they’re not the only ones thinking similar thoughts. Nor should they feel guilty about it..
Second would definitely have to be whenever I find or build up a super bitchin’ bike people haven’t seen before…
What do you think of the fixed-gear trend and how it is impacting the cycling industry?
The FGT (Fixed Gear Trend) is definitely the THC of the cycling world in that it’s a total gateway drug. People get into it for the trendiness and or to share fun with friends doing something they haven’t done since they were kids. Then because there’s so much more information on bicycling advocacy, such as Critical Mass, Alley cats, group rides and ghost bikes, it gives people something to align themselves to much more deeply than the typical trend. Once people really get into it and see what else is out there, they get more involved. Then they begin to explore different types of bikes. It’s at the point now where I don’t know too many FG ridahzzzz that don’t have a road/touring/townie/cross/MTB/BMX bike(s) as well. Overall I would say the FGT has had a very positive impact on the cycling industry..
Do I think the whole thing is kind of annoying sometimes? Yes. Is it worth the frustration? Also yes. I think in the long run certain trends take on different roles in our society. A good example is the semi-recent proliferation of super lame boy/girl band pop music. Now that was a bad trend that nearly nothing good could come out of (except Justin Timberlake ((Jezuz!)) ) aside from knowing what NOT to listen to. But then in more recent years Indie has become the new trend which I think most of us can agree is something WAY more acceptable. Is it annoying that some of the smaller bands you grew to know and love sold out, yes.. But in the long run wouldn’t you rather kids come up on that than Britney fucking Spears?!
You seem to find the most amazing bike porn and have great commentary about it, how do you find all this stuff?
It really comes down to luck and persistence. A little bit of charm and grace also comes in handy. Which I fortunately am in no short supply of.. In other words, I don’t have a problem with being a persistent bastard when it comes to getting what I want. Nor do I have a problem with rubbing my sweet finds in other peoples faces. Though when I do, I’m doing from more of a- See, if you just look around hard enough this shit is out there for you to find perspective than for just gloating’s sake. Although I doooo enjoy gettin’ mah gloat awn!
What bicycle trends have excited you in the last few years?
The trends I’ve been really stoked on are the more utilitarian side of bicycle manufacturing. That and all the innovations that companies have been coming out with after having taken serious notice of the FGT and others as each facet of the sport has been steadily increasing in popularity..
I also think that the biggest trend that we should also be VERY glad to see, is the ever growing acceptance of cycling across the board in our society. Industries like big oil and the former ‘big three’ building grievously parched vehicles, not to mention the general public’s self conscious desire for other wasteful keepin’ up the the Johnsons type shit, has made a good percentage of the county forget it’s appreciation for the sport until recent years.. WE LOVE YOU LANCE!!!
You seem to have a lot of fun with the eBay auctions. What have you learned about the bike world from eBay auctions?
Ebay really is something else because it can be so many things at once. Good and bad. I would compare it to that rocky relationship that you find yourself hopelessly stuck in. You try so desperately hard to hate it and break away but you can’t because it’s always there waiting for you at night when you crawl back into bed. There’s never nothing you don’t ‘need’ on ebay. If your patient enough, all that which you desire will eventually be there for the taking..
At the same time the more you lurk around and look at stuff you learn SO much more about cycling parts and history. Specs, sizes, designs, style and innovations made over the years. It’s almost like the stock market as well in that you can watch the fluctuating value of items change over the years. You can see different trends and even the state of the economy play out in the end values and even in the seller’s descriptions: ‘I don’t want to sell this but I really need the money’ etc, etc..
It’s also an irresistible magnet to hopelessly addicted bike part shopaholics such as myself. Making it very, very dangerous. The outcomes of which closely resembles that scene in Indiana Jones where he grabs the golden idol and nearly gets killed by that big ass boulder. The difference being that the boulder does roll over your dumbass at one point or another and it fuckin’ hurts!
Give me your wettest dream Craigs List ad that you would skip work to get that deal.
Well this morning I was dreaming of rolling up on some old widow selling a Mint 88′ Buick Grand National Turbo for like 2Gs. As far as bikes go, I have actually skipped out on work to scope out some deals. Last month I really lucked out and split from work early to meet this dude out in queens selling this Cuevas Track bike and extra gear:
He was asking $500 for the whole lot with nearly all Campy Record and extra parts! I didn’t even bargain with him and walked away wicked stoked!
What is the best metal to listen too while riding in NYC?
Well, listening to headphones and riding in the city is kind of like riding without a helmet, health insurance or with your hands off the bars- extremely stupid.. Then again, riding with no brakes isn’t exactly the smartest thing either but 3 outta 4 ain’t bad! BUT.. if I were to listen to metal while riding, it would have to be the sound of every yellow cab in the city being crushed at once. WE DON’T NEED THEM AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN AND AROUND THE CITY WOULD DRASTICALLY IMPROVE. Well, except for the cab drivers but hey, I think it’s worth the sacrifice. Besides, we could use some more street food vendors! No seriously, does anyone else remember that awesome day when all the cabbies went on strike like 10 years ago? Oh right, of course! Most of you either don’t or haven’t lived here for more than 5 or 6 years.. Anyways it was AMAZINGLY quiet despite being a business day.. Don’t get me wrong though, I do love listening to metal but you can’t put a price on safety.
Is bike riding a political act for you?
I wouldn’t say that cycling is as much of a political thing for me as I like to think of it as a common sense (amongst others) that our society has lost touch with over the years. A large part of which is due to the desire for ease and not wanting to re-live the struggles of our predecessors. I try not to weight myself down too much with a lot of the more political side of things because I feel as though it would take away from the experience. What I really enjoy taking part in is building someone a bike who hasn’t ridden in a long time and helping them to remember just how much fun it is. Getting people back out there and riding has always been my first priority. I help them see it for what it is first (super awesome!) and let them make up their own minds as far as the act extends to the more political aspects of cycling.
What about bike politics in NYC?
Bike politics are kinda funny around the city. On the one hand you’ve got all the rich cunts running around wanting everyone to do what’s in their best interest and keep the general population quiet and uncaring about important issues. Then you’ve got all the pro cycling advocacy protester types struggling not only to be heard, but to be taken seriously as well. aaaaand then there’s everyone else who’s pretty much indifferent to the whole thing so long as they get to ride and don’t get hurt in the process..
In recent years due the growing popularity of cycling, not to mention the unfortunate frequency of ghost bikes appearing on the street and in Macy’s (link: http://gothamist.com/2009/02/09/macys_white_bike_valentines_display.php) people have taken notice and things are actually getting better. So long as you don’t ride in large groups in the name of said struggle of course. Fucking cops and their scooters. I saw Brooklyn Critical Mass roll by while some buddies and I were out skateboarding. There might have been like 50-60 cyclists total. Behind them was a near equal number of cops on scooters, in vans, cruisers and unmarked cars all blazing their lights. It really is such a waste of time, money and effort on the part of the police enforcement. I mean, with all the money they’re blowing on fuel, vehicles and manpower, couldn’t they just build another greenway or some storage racks at least? Oh wait here’s an idea: Why don’t they just RIDE BIKES ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE?! If there’s a problem they’ll be on hand to help enforce the law AND show their support for the public’s freedom and piece of mind to ride safely in the city. With a city like NYC that is constantly choked by motor vehicles you’d think there’d be a little more common sense initiated long ago…
You know what I’d really like to see more than anything else though? Instead of cyclists being arrested during group rides, how about they arrest the asshole drivers that 9 times out of 10 are the ones who get overly aggressive because they can’t wait an extra couple of minutes at a traffic light! You don’t see drivers freaking out when they’re momentarily blocked by any of the other parades do you- WHATUPWITDAT?!!
What muppet do you most identify with?
Probably Oscar the Grouch. Not only because I sometimes feel like I live alone in a garbage can, but because I have a very similar unnecessarily flustered disposition.
Ok, its 2019 and lets say we haven’t all died off from swine flu, global warming or the pistapocyclpse, bikesnob keeps
It’s funny cause I think it would actually be pretty rad if the ‘pistapocylpse’ did happen and it was all Mad Max meets Escape from NY here. Only instead of fighting over petrol, everyone would be fighting over tires, tubes and chains. Maybe we could get Foxy Brown to be our Aunty Entity. God I miss her.. Oh then we could get Bloomberg and a re-fattened Al Roker to be Master and Blaster! I would of course no problem fulfilling the ample role of Snake Plissken..
Day dreams aside, I would think that by that time I’d either be dead or too rich to give two shits about the internet. I honestly can’t imagine that I would have much of anything if at all to blog about ten years from now but who knows! By that time I wouldn’t be surprised if this shit could just be digitally transmitted from one person’s brain to another via google or some iphone app or something. 3Gs FTW!
What are your future blog goals?
I’ve been thinking about revamping my blog with more varying media along with posting more and working on some collaborations I have in mind. Oh and I’ve been DYING to blow some shit up like right mufukin’ NOW.
What are your future cycling goals?
My future goals are to immerse myself more in the art and building aspect of cycling along with pushing myself to ride a fuckload more. I’m planning a trip to Europe this summer ending in my native Croatia. I’m hoping to meet other cyclists and learn more about the heritage of cycling through the stories of those who’ve lived it over the years.
DKNY BIKE DESTRUCTION:
Here’s a new game, come up with the Craig’s list ad for this picture.
How’s that for green chic.
It’s light, it sucks carbon out of the air and you could compost it. What more would you want from your bike?
Dan Katz, my gadgets look-out, sent this amazing new product.
The bicycle film festival moves on to its next city:
I did a Q and A with Joe Stakun who is running the BFF in Philly. Joe is also one of the film makers who made a documentary about an upstate NY BMX company success story: FBM.
The name of the film is: “I Love My Bicycle: the story of FBM.”
here is a trailer:
Here is the Q and A:
Name, Age, Where you live (bike)
My name is Joe Stakun. I am 23 and live in Philadelphia.
What bikes do you own?
I ride a brown FBM Howler.
What will be your next bike purchase?
When it comes to BMX stuff Iâ€™d like to get an FBM Exodus. Iâ€™d also eventually like to get an FBM Sword frame and run a cassette on it.
What got you into biking?
When I was 5 or 6 I had a tree ride in my yard with a great transition. I didnâ€™t know what freestyle was then but I started riding at it really fast and seeing how far up I could get. Iâ€™d always land on my back but it was pretty fun. I didnâ€™t actually fully get into riding freestyle till I was about 14 unfortunately.
What lead to your making the Documentary “I love my Bicycle.”
Iâ€™ve been really into making music videos and documentaries as a filmmaker. I always wanted to make something awesome for bmx that people outside of the culture could appreciate and relate too. I met Steve Crandal randomly at Camp Woodward one winter weekend and we got to talking about video stuff. He mentioned that someone had said itâ€™d be cool if someone made a documentary on FBM. And I instantly said, â€œIâ€™ll do it.â€ That was about 2 and a half years ago.
What did you learn along the way about FBM that surprised you the most in making the film?
I learned everything about FBM. I had seen all of their videos growing up as a kid but outside of that it was all new to me. Every time I met up to shoot or visit I was learning more about their history and all the aspects of what they do. I think a lot of people make assumptions about FBM based on their videos and hopefully after seeing the documentary theyâ€™ll get a glimpse of where they are and how they got there.
What did you learn about bicycles from making a bicycle movie? Anything learned about shooting BMX?
I learned quite a bit about how the industry works. The film has interviews with many of the influential BMX company owners from all over the US. So I got an idea on how not just FBM, but companies like Terrible One, S&M, Fit, Hoffman, Mirra Co, and United operate. I have a lot of respect for anybody who works in BMX.
What are you goals for the film?
My biggest goal would be that it could be a film that kids who ride bikes can take pride in and something that anyone outside of the culture can really respect and relate to.
How did you get involved with the BFF Philly? Have they had a festival before?
This is the first year the Bicycle Film Festival will be in Philadelphia June 26th and 27th. My film was accepted into many of the BFF cities. I called BFF up one day to see if they were doing Philadelphia this year. Turns out they were and needed help getting stuff together so I offered to help.
Whats planned for the festival?
The first night will be an opening reception at 6pm at Moore College of Art and design. It will also be the Opening of Ryan Humphreyâ€™s piece â€œFast Forward.â€ Which is a sight to see. â€œFast Forwardâ€ involves ramps that are set up in the gallery, and during the reception dudes will be riding them.
After parties both nights.
Who is expected to show up?
Hopefully a bunch of awesome people. The event is being sponsored by 2×4 Bike shop, Awesome Dudes Printing, and Pedal Co-op. I know Ryan Humphrey will be there, 80â€™s BMX legend Dizz Hicks, and some local Philly Pros will be there.
What is the biking scene like in Philly? the BMX scene?
Thereâ€™s a pretty big bike scene in Philadelphia. The city is really just the easiest city to get around on a bike. Thereâ€™s really no reason to drive a car to work in Philadelphia. BMX in Philadelphia is pretty great. Great Street Riding and FDR park. There are a lot of amazing bike riders from the area.
Do you think the BFF will inspire more people to ride bikes?
I hope so.
How is Philadelphia as a city for biking? What most needs to improve?
Again thereâ€™s no reason for folks to drive to work in that city. Itâ€™s real easy to ride through. Just have to keep your eye out for Taxiâ€™s and never expect anyone to ever use their blinkers.
What do you think of the rise in freestyle fixed gear riding? Does it contrast or compliment BMX? Will it last?
Iâ€™m not to sure what it says about BMX. Iâ€™m not really in that scene. I suppose itâ€™s true that there are different bikes for different styles of riding. At the same time, it is what you make it. I do know doing tricks on bikes is fun. And if thatâ€™s the bike you ride then have fun with it.
Iâ€™d love to just make work that people really enjoy. I have some new ideas for future films, music videos, and video art installations that I am excited to start on. As for now though Iâ€™m fully focused on looking for a distributor or going solo in packaging and distributing I Love My Bicycle out there and available before the end of the year.
What are your future cycling goals?
Iâ€™d like to put out a video part in the next year or so when it comes to freestyle. I also wouldnâ€™t mind embarking on a long distance cycle ride.
Anything you wished I’d asked you?
Iâ€™d just like to say thanks to everyone who is pumped on my new film. Iâ€™m super grateful that not only the BMX community but also the biking community in general has been getting behind the film and are excited about it. Thanks to everyone who was involved and contributed to make the film what it is.
Yeah, we know. You â€” that is, some of you out there â€”hate bikes. More specifically, you hate bikers. All of them. You don’t discriminate.
We know, because you announce it, over and over, like a vendor hawking fruit from a truck. It happens pretty much any time any of us at City Paper write something about bicycles. The comments are always the same: “Bikers have no respect,” “bikers break the law,” “bikers deserve to suffer bloody, horrible deaths at the front end of my car, which I love.”
So let’s get this over with, bike-hater. Are some bicyclists assholes? Absolutely. Some are nice little old ladies, too; some are businesspeople, some are blue-collar workers, and some are hot chicks/dudes whom you may not want to curse out just yet.
We could spend the next few thousand words arguing about the voluminous ways that you, driver, hate bikes.
The thing is, that conversation is old. And boring. And, increasingly, irrelevant.
Because right now, more Philadelphians are biking than at any time in recent memory, possibly ever. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the number of riders here has doubled in just three years. You can gripe, but biking is here to stay.
Maybe you should give it a shot?
Complete article here.