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Monster Track 18, March 16th-19th

It’s that time of year again…New York City’s longest running, fixed gear only (no hand brakes) messenger style alley cat race.

Monster Track, now in it’s 18th year. WHAAAAAA???

Who will get bragging rights to being the fastest on the streets and win this awesome prize bag from Reload Bags. As well as Cash and other prizes.


It’s a track bike holiday with urban city racing enthusiasts and speed junkies traveling from all over the world to compete in this one-of-a-kind sporting event. 

The weekend offers parties and racing for four days of bicycle lore.

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Thursday, March 16th (ya missed it) I’m behind.

Pre-registration at Red Lantern Bicycles

345 Myrtle Ave-BK


Pre-register and then head over to:

PAAAARTY!

Hosted by Le Noize and all female racing team: Spin Peaks.

Karaoke party at: Legion 790 Metropolitan in Brooklyn.

Tonight-Friday, March 17th-2017

Dress up, get a date–or not and come to the Bike Messenger Prom—aw.
Area 51 NYC-event space

291 Hooper St.-BK

Then it’s Racing Time!!

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Registration 1-3pm $15.00-gets you spoke card, manifest and wrist band for the after party.

55 Beaver St.-NYC.


Party at Beast of Bourbon-710 Myrtle Ave.-BK

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
BIKE POLO..CHILL

Follow along:
Monster Track event page on Facebook

Instagram: @monstertracknyc

78 year old woman bikes over 10,000 miles since 2003

According to CNN (this must be #fakenews?!?!), 78 year old great-grandmother, Ethel MacDonald, (not to be confused with the famous anarchist propagandist) has cycled solo more than 10,000 miles across Europe, and North America since 2003.

She uses both the Warm Showers and Couchsurfing communities on her trips to save on money for lodging and more importantly to meet new people.

Ethel also hosts people in Missoula, Montana (which is also the HQ of the Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit focused on bicycle touring).

Video from Wochit News

According to the CNN article – “MacDonald only began cycling in 1979, when she moved town following her divorce and her bike became her main mode of transport.”

“For anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps, her advice is simple. “Just do it.””

In a different article from 2010, Ethel states some of her reasoning for her lifestyle: “Every person not confined inside metal makes for a better community.”

French cyclist, 105 years old, sets world record

As reported widely in both liberal and conservative media, 105 year old Robert Marchand (born on 11/26/1911 in Amiens, France) broke his own world record by completing 92 laps in a curved indoor velodrome at an average pace of 14 mph.

The International Cycling Union created the category specifically for him as he finished 22.547 kilometers (14 miles) in one hour.

Marchand said he didn’t even see the 10-minute warning sign during the event.

“Otherwise I would have gone faster,” he told the AP. “I would have posted a better time. I’m now waiting for a rival.”

Video from Inside Edition

Marchand’s coach and friend Gerard Mistler told the AP that despite being just 5 feet tall and weighing 115 pounds, his fitness is a result of his daily cycling, diet (lots of fruit and vegetables, a little meat, and not too much coffee) and proper rest.

You can watch a 47 minute video of Robert’s historic record breaking ride below:

Video from Global News

Brooklyn Cycling Made ‘Perfect’ In Samsung’s Galaxy

During a year in which NYC cycling deaths actually increased compared to the previous two years, smart phone manufacturer Samsung produced a TV commercial “Samsung Galaxy: A Perfect Day” posted to youtube on 11/10/2016, which already has over 1,814,000 views, idealizing youths cycling on Brooklyn streets all day on their own showcasing some of its famous neighborhoods.

At two points in the full video, the kids are biking on South 6th Street, in Williamsburg, home to the Time’s Up! Bike Coop!

Rumor has it, Time’s Up! received some of Samsung’s over $530 billion in assets for the use of their bike vending machine, building, and sidewalk for the shoot.

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Screenshot from “Samsung Galaxy: A Perfect Day” youtube video 0:39.

In scanning some of the over 680 comments in the youtube video, they can be broken down into three general reactions:

1) What is the name of the song in the video? Answer: the Pixies’s “Where Is My Mind?” (1988) covered by Nada Surf (1999)

2) Something to the effect of, people feeling lonely and isolated, wishing their childhood were like what they were seeing in the video.

3) An isolated anti-bike rant: “Nice ad EXCEPT encourages kids to do dangerous stuff on their bikes. Riding off sidewalks into intersections, hogging the road, not stopping at stop signs, etc. Irresponsible of Samsung and its ad agency.” by a youtube user.

In spite of the fantasy depicted, the only real suggestion, is maybe to change the music to an artist who was actually born in Brooklyn, like Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle”, “Perfect Day” or Garland Jefferies’s “Wild in the Streets” to stick with the strong NYC theme of the video. Well at least 3/4 of Nada Surf were born in NYC.

Leave below in the comments what songs you think would go best with the video.

NEW YEARS EVE BIKE RIDE & OUTDOOR AFTER PARTY

From the xup website:

Saturday December 31st, 2016
Three meet-up locations:
9:45PM at the Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge
OR at 10PM at Washington Square Park Arch, Manhattan
OR at 10:20pm Madison Square Park, 23rd & Broadway, Flatiron Sidenewyears2007_askew

Photo credit to Fred Askew (2007).

This is usually a fun, and large bike ride, no matter how cold the weather, and always free, so come on out, celebrate the closing of 2016, and who knows what 2017 holds in store for us?

If you are not going to do the bike ride you can meet up at Belvedere Castle and join the revelry where the ride usually ends in Central Park to a free fireworks show!

Giving Tuesday-Energy Bikes to Standing Rock

Looking for something Green and pro-active for the planet for #givingtuesday? How about this: 

Austin Horse and George Pigeon, two great animals, are taking self powered bicycle generators to the brave water protector’s camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota.


Gofundme.com: Engergy Bikes for #DAPL Protest

From Austin Horse:

“Our goal is to bring new working energy generators & bikes and install them to support the water protectors protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Find out more and fund:

Here.

Beach Ride – Sunday, 9/11/2016 11:30 AM – Grand Army Plaza

Change of plans, because tropical storm Hermine has forced the City to close all NYC beaches, so the beach ride will occur on Sunday, September 11th, 2016, 11:30am–Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn instead.

From Time’s Up:
Join us for a leisurely bike ride out to Rockaway Beach to enjoy an endless Summer afternoon of swimming, and relaxing on the beach!

Invite your friends! Meet new ones! Let’s have a party on the beach!.

source of the event.

Kickstarter-Airlok, High Security Bike Storage Hanger

The world’s first high security bike storage hanger. Combines ultimate protection and elegant storage for your bike indoors or outside.


Find out more at their Kickstarter page.

Bike Theft With A Happy Ending.

Sent to me from Jordan Schau from Pure Cycles:
Here’s a story of one man’s quest to recover his stolen bike with the help of social media and a slice of pizza.
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Over 1.5 million bikes are STOLEN each year in the US.

Half of all cyclists report having had a bike stolen at some point.

The vast majority of these bikes are not recovered…but every once and a while a lucky rider manages to get their missing bike back…but it usually doesn’t include ransom notes demanding hot dogs…

On April 19th, New Yorker Nick Diodato became another sad statistic of bike theft. His Pure Cycles’ Wallace was stolen from his apartment building by an enterprising thief. Nick wasted no time setting out to get his bike back.

Armed with surveillance footage of the suspect, a handful of flyers, and a flair for film – Nick took to the streets to ask the city for a hand reuniting him with his ride and #FindNicksBike was born. Nick mobilized his mission on social media – creating a video call to action for New Yorkers.

Despite the best efforts of Nick, the NYPD, and the friendly people of New York, on July 2nd the campaign to #FindNicksBike came to an inconclusive end. From back-alley chop shops, high-end bike stores, and even the seedy underworld of Craig’s List – no stone was left unturned, but Nick’s Wallace was still nowhere to be found…

It looked like Nick’s bike would never be recovered… until the afternoon of July 31st when Nick received a call on his tip line and, just like that, the search was back on! A mysterious caller* had information on Nick’s stolen bike, and they were willing to help him out in exchange for some demands of their own….chiefly pizza and hotdogs. With the help of three local bike shops Nick followed a trail of clues across Manhattan and was reunited with his bicycle! 

The moral of the story is don’t ever give up…and if someone wants to trade you pizza for a bike, don’t hesitate!

Beach Ride – Sunday, 8/28/2016 11:30 AM – Grand Army Plaza

Sunday, August 28th, 2016, 11:30am–Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

From Time’s Up:
Join us for a leisurely bike ride out to Rockaway Beach to enjoy an endless Summer afternoon of swimming, and relaxing on the beach!

Invite your friends! Meet new ones! Let’s have a party on the beach!.

source of the event.