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NYC Bike the Bars.

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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.

There wasn’t much information on this site:

or on this flyer:
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But thanks to some digging on the fixed gear forum and facebook, I got the scoop:

Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed July to be Good Beer Month in NYC. Come celebrate with a group bike ride from DBA in Williamsburg to Spuyten Duyvil to Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.

Meet at DBA (113 N. 7th St. at Berry) at 2pm.

Helmets strongly encouraged!

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.

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Saturday, July 25th…Tour viewing party and Espresso tasting


Bon Matin, Mont Ventoux!
On Saturday, July 25th, we will be hosting an espresso tasting and TdF viewing party at 8am. Help us break in our new Giotta and sample some great roasts from Stumptown, Counter Culture and Intelligentsia – all while watching what will prove to be an epic and decisive stage of the tour. Pajamas are optional.

64 2nd Ave. (between 3rd and 4th St) Manhattan.

Hey it’s catching on…

Boston Police using social networking like Facebook and twitter to catch bike theives…
Read the article here.

5 iphone apps that replace bike hardware

Check out these cool iphone apps for cyclists:
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Video Fridays…7/17/09

Here’s one, just cause it’s awesome. Oh yeah and there is a bicycle in it.

Saw these on how to avoid the bummer life. which Kris Holms proves can be achieved with only one wheel.
Here is him riding through the Ewok village.

and some sweet BMX. Joe Perrizo

Ok this is a skateboard…but really…this is amazing.

Wonka riding in Paris for GoRilla Bikes-The full edit.

No Brakes Atlanta-Time Lapse

No Brakes ATL time-lapse from People of Resource on Vimeo.

Bicycle Film Festival Pittsburgh afterparty…Thanks

BFF09/Pittsburgh Afterparty from Urban Velo on Vimeo.

Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco-July 14th-18th

Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco and Oakland.

Here is my interview with Andrew McClintock who is running the festival there:

Name, age and where you live and ride.
Andrew McClintock, 24, Born and raised in San Francisco.

bikes you own?
My bike got stolen last night and besides that all I have is a pile of
parts and no frame…back to the skateboard!

what will be your next bike purchase?
A vespa…Steve MaCdoald told me that they are in right
now…but he has like 10 so…Steve is the man by the way…been working with
the BFF for a few years doing all the Joyride art work and shirts. He is
doing a shirt with HUF for SF and LA this year. He is also putting
together a show at Ever Gold Gallery in December with his art crew

-what is the bike culture like in SF (maybe some things people
wouldn’t know about)

It’s the best to take a ride down 3rd street into the rundown industrial
part of town with a cute girl and have a picnic…there are some really
amazing parks on the bay that are hidden.

-there is definitely a lot of documenting the fixed gear scene with
major players like Macaframa and MASH, how has this impacted the
scene in SF. Events, those out there riding?

I like riding with James Newman because he is fast and he has style for
days. He is also down with B.A.D crew and anyone who is down with B.A.D is
down with me. Massan is down with B.A.D too. Bay Area Derelicts.

-what got you involved in the BFF?

The Joyride art show…I’m a photographer, artist, and gallery owner. Ever
Gold Gallery…part of joyride Sf will be there too.

-who comes out to the festival? Will you see new faces?

It’s kinda crazy who comes out. Everyone does. Being a Frisco Native I can
tell you that SF is a weird city when it comes to big subculture events
and the BFF has the coolest and biggest spanning audience ever. New people
come out every year but it’s the die hard folks that are one their bikes
every day and rode fixies in the early 90’s that always show their true

-how do think the bff will impact people? What do you hope they ride a
way with this year?

Every time I see the films it makes me want to just ride. It’s great for
ones self and the community.

-what is planned for this years bff?

Blonde Redhead at the Independent for two nights Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also Wednesday night there is a party at 330tr Ritch with Ted Shred
spinning. Thursday is the Joyride art show at Ever Gold Gallery and Market
St. Gallery. Firday and Saturday are the film screenings at the oldest
movie house in SF…the Victoria on 16th and Mission. All day Saturday there
is a street party with a BMX comp on capp st. next to the Theater. After
party at Sports Basement. All day in Oakland on Sunday with bike polo and
film screenings. James Newman is putting Oakland together.

-how has the BFF changed over the years in SF?

It’s gotten much much bigger

-sort of unrelated but I always have to ask…SF is the birth place of
critical mass, how has CM changed over the years how is it now?

I actually have never ridden in critical mass for personal reasons…and I
ride for my self and no one else…I feel better when I ride alone or with
no more than 2 folks…i like to ride really fast too and can’t deal with
slow crowds. But I will tell you that they go pretty crazy…my friend rides
his skateboard in it faster than all the bikers…that’s funny.

-What bicycle infrastructure has developed in SF to improve cycling?

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) works their volunteers pretty hard to get new bike lanes…but I
usually don’t ride in the bike lanes…I like riding down one way streets
the wrong way.

-what is it like biking in SF?

Frisco is crazy! There are one eyed hookers that will jump out at you and
blow their magic smoke at you…and then people try and steal your bike when
you’re not looking.

-future plans for BFF?

It’s going to 39 international cities this year…pretty epic. Brendt Barbur
is the hardest working guy I have ever seen. I have worked in the
restaurant and entertainment business since I was 13 and those people have
to bust really hard but it’s not like they have 39 restaurants in 39
different cities…it gets crazy! Brendt Barbur is like Obama.

-you future cycling goals?

I want to get a new bike because it’s hard to skate up hills…it’s kinda
funny actually I have been putting up posters all day today…like every day
of my life…gotta keep that propaganda up…go all city…but anyways I have
been doing it on my skateboard and people are like “what the hell…where’s
your bike…” I don’t know…I’ve never been very good at telling stories…I
saw a $20 bill on the street today and I swooped it up and then this big
MUNI bus driver was like “hey what’s up! That’s mine!” I was with my
awesome friend Jen who is running BFF in Florida so being a gentleman I
gave it back to him…Jen is the coolest girl from Florida I have ever met!

-anything you wished I asked you?

Yeah. I’m open to bike donations and sponsorships…haha just joking but
check out these links…

Keep on riding and pushing with whatever kinda shoes or wheels ya got.

And it’s Frisco, SF, or San Francisco…not San Fran!

And in the words of HR…keep that PMA!


2 events at the City Reliquary

I like to support the fine folks at the City Reliquary who host bicycle fetish day. Here are some upcoming events:

Two events we hope to see you at soon!

The Annual City Reliquary Benefit aka “The Brooklyn Boogaloo Barbeque”
will be on Sat July 25th 6-10PM. Tickets are $25, $50, or $100 Pay what you Can!
This year we have a necvessarry fundraising goal of $8,000. If you come to one CR event this year, make this the one! Tickets will be available at the door.

THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!
Join us for the new “Third Thursday” series at the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization, a shameless ploy to encourage you to visit your community organization on a weeknight and enjoy the most civic entertainment around.
This month featuring a concert by Brooklyn’s own TIGERSTEAM fronted by artist, Renaissance gal and Reliquarian Extraordinaire George Ferrandi.

Doors at 7. Music at 9.
Free Admission
Beers $3.00

In true Tigersteam style, here is a description of the band:

tigersteam is patrick barth, erin hewgley, jody bilinski, christa molinaro and george ferrandi.
tigersteam has an accordion a guitar and some drumming. george sings about lonesome superheros, giant jellyfish, icelandic waterfalls, the grittiness of pink clouds and the complications of romance with a taxidermy animal. plus the following things, each in silver:
-birds circling round her head
-frogs falling from trees
-a mermaid on the surface of her eyeball
the songs are lovely and haunting. but they also kind of rock. like being haunted by a beautiful, melancholy, ghost who wrecks your room. but then cleans up after… and steals your tin foil??

Always civic,

Dave Herman, President
The City Reliquary
Museum and Civic Organization
Please visit
To hear about all our civic events send an e-mail to;

Weekend Roundup and Randomness Round down.

Here is a bit of what went on over the weekend and some randomness.

Thanks to the Prolly,
I found out Urban Outfitters in selling bikes which you can mix and match the colors of parts and components.

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This strangely represents Nike’s ID program which is kind of the same thing…only when it comes to customizing specific words like “sweatshop,” they won’t allow messages that hit to close to home. This is of course a whole nother story.
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I’m all for bikes infiltrating the planet and being more widely available. Its kind of flattering that bikes are so “cool” now that you can treat them like a fashion accessory and some how order one sight on seen via the website. Republic bikes is making this service available through Urban Outfitters.

The only thing I have to say about this ridiculous notion is, please support your local bike shop, who happens to specialize in selling this thing called: bicycles and needs you to go to there and spend money on something you will hopefully have a lot longer then a pair of sneakers.
Sorry Urban Outfitters, I know you have ecco-conscious highly marketable green chic intentions in mind with this publicity stunt, but I highly doubt that any of your target audience is so isolated from the bike world that they have to go to your website to buy a bike.
I mean I dunno about other cities, but take Brooklyn for example. There are new bike shops popping up every day…in this supposed Economic “RECESSION” downturn.

I mean, when did this happen:

New Bike shop
468 Bergen St.

Does anyone know about this shop?
See, another bike shop…I don’t know if this place is any good or not, but they can use your help so if you can’t travel the 10 blocks to go to a local shop in Brooklyn such as:

Velo Brooklyn
1342 DeKalb Ave.
NYC Bikes (Spokes & Strings)
147 Havermayer St.
B Bikes
262 Driggs Ave.
the Bike Doctor
133 Grand St.
Lit Fuse Cyclery
409 Willoughby Ave
King Kog
455 Graham Ave.
Mr. C Cycles
4622 7th Ave.
Affinity Cycles
616 Grand St.
Brooklyn Bike and Board
560 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn Bikes
375 9th Ave.
The Bicycle Station
171 Park Ave.
Dixon’s Bike Shop
792 Union St.
On the Move
400 7th Ave.
BeSpokes Bicycles
64-B Lafayette Avenue,

just…go to your local bike shop. Besides UBland OUTskitters doesn’t sell color coded bike lock that you are going to need because I keep getting inundated with requests to post about stolen bikes.

I saw this sad sight on the corner of 13th and & 7th Ave in Park Slope…I hope this belongs to someone who lost their key during a wild performance at Celebrate Brooklyn, but I assume the worst.

Meanwhile did you catch Prolly’s Peel Sessions made the New York Times?

A Meeting of Dervishes With Fixed Gears

read the article here. Also a cool audio and photograph slide show, with John Watson, himself.

On Saturday, the Couriers invaded NYC.
for the 2nd annual Redbull and TrackstarNYC, Courier Classic:

Some pictures from Diablo of Cyclehawk couriers, who I believe came in 3rd.

and on a final note, I don’t normally do this sort of thing…which is more for the likes of Cycling WMD

But this is a sweet bike I saw today:

and my first road bike was a Pinarello…so there.