Kickstarter Of The Week: Modular Travel Bag System

Here is the kickstarter of the week: 
Green Guru presents: The Stand-by Travel Bag System. Modular Pack, Messenger & Kits

By Bryan Beard & Kit Hendrickson

These design students have come up with the ultimate in travel pack: 

 Here are highlights from their kickstarter campaign:

As design students and as human beings, we have been fortunate enough to see the value and impact traveling can have on our lives. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Recently, our love of travel has run head-on into another aspect of our lives; we are “backpack people.” 


After going on a few trips that included air travel mixed with outdoor excursions and unexpected journeys, It has become clear to us that there is a need for a bag that can function just as well in flight as it does upon arrival.  So we set out to create the Stand-by travel bag system; a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to the user’s needs. We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets.  Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc. 


Find out more and how to fund, over here: Here.

This Is The Ground & Priority Bicycles Are Popping Up For Bike Month

Los Angeles based handmade leather company, This is Ground and Priority Bicycles are teaming up with a Pop Up store experience for the Bike Month of May. 

Here is a little press: 

This Is Ground and Priority Bicycles are collaborating on a pop-up project called Daytrip launching in SoHo for the entire month of May.  The limited-run retail pop up will open on May 1st at 246 Mott St., at Spring St. 
The shop will feature signature products from each brand in addition to limited-edition, co-branded products like the customizable This Is Ground Mod 2 carryall featuring inserts designed to hold bike tools and other commuter necessities.

Come check it out.


May is Bike Month, 5 Boro Ride, Bike Expo and more.

This weekend kicks off Bike Month and the five boro bike tour, where 30,000 + people wind their way through all five boroughs on Sunday. (May 3rd)

There are tons of bicycle related events all month.

A good place to look for events postings is:

Starting tomorrow, May 1st is the Bike Expo.

This has traditionally  been the registration pick-up spot for the 5 boro ride and has now morphed into a whole convention for bicycle retailers and related products. Plus food, music and bicycle demos.

The event is free and open to all:

May 1st (10am-8pm)

May 2nd (91m-6pm)

All the way east in Manhattan

Pier 36-Basketball City (299 South Street)

more info, ride over: here.

A number of vendors have contacted me about stopping by their booths at the expo. One of them is Priority Bicycles who is making slick looking urban commuter bikes with nice details like a belt drive:


All for around $400.00.
If your going to the expo, stop by booth #218 to take a look and for a pricing special.
To get to know the communtity better they are having an after party on May 3rd, after the 5 boro.
Here is more detail from them: 
Sunday May 3rd,

Priority is participating in the Five Boro Bike Tour. As a New York-born brand, Priority wants to get friends and community together for some drinks and celebration.  Before the ride heads over the bridge to Staten Island, the Priority crew will stop in Brooklyn at The Woods – hence the FOUR BORO After Party.  Open to riders who want to relax after the long ride and non-riders who want to have some fun, The Woods has great food and drinks.  Priority will also be raffling off prizes to help raise money for Hashtag Lunchbag – a non profit dedicated to raising awareness and reducing hunger.


Red Hook Crit 8. Recap.

Congratulations to Ivan Ravaioli from Team Bahumer (beer made in Italy) for winning this year’s 8th annual Red Hook Criterium in Red Hook Brooklyn. (Race was Saturday, April 25th, 2015) 11149246_1644497242453230_2472852399043957899_n
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Full race results posted: here, for the men’s.

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Congratulations to: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Team Conor WRC) who won it for the ladies.

Full results posted: here.
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Favorited, Kacey Lloyd (Long Tail Creative) came in third. She was interviewed by CBS reporter, Adriana Diaz about racing on bikes with “no brakes.”

Here’s a video:

Full story, here.

For more action:

and here is a great wrap up video by JC Ramirez:

If You Build It (Or Not)They Will Come.

Although needed bicycle  infrastructure may be stagnated, ridership increases in NYC according to this article by Sarah Goodyear.

The Steady Rise of Bike Ridership in New York Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be doing more. 

By: Sarah Goodyear
April 16th, 2015
The Atlantic-CityLab


The newest commuter cycling numbers are out for New York City, and they’re bigger than ever. The latest count available from the city’s transportation department shows a 4 percent increase over the previous year, as measured during 2014’s peak cycling season at key points in New York’s bike network [PDF]. The 12-hour weekday count at seven data-collection points was up to 21,112—compared to an anemic 5,631 in 2002.

Read more by riding over: Here.

10th Memorial Bike Ride


Sunday-April 19th, we honor cyclists killed in the streets by reckless drivers.

The 10th Annual Memorial Ride brings New Yorkers together to remember cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the tenth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike installed since our last memorial ride. At the final stop we will remember all cyclists and pedestrians who died in 2014. Bring flowers to honor those lost.

See more details: Here.

Spring Is Here. LockUp Your Bike. The Rise Of Theft

With any great trend in NYC, especially when it comes to bicycles and the increase in their popularity…comes the bad news. The increase of bicycle theft. To me this is personal, almost akin to a hate crime. How can one steal our trusted steads, our friends and companions? Also an analog non-polluting transportation solution in an age of inefficient mass transit, overcrowded streets and false claims that digital technology will make our lives faster. Bike theft also reminds us that we live in a city where you can’t just bike from one place to another without being very conscious of how and where you lock a bike.

Here was the cover of a today’s AM NY.

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New York City bicycle thefts on the rise: NYPD
by: Dan Rivoli

The city’s boom in bicycling has had an unfortunate side effect: more stolen bikes.
Reported bike thefts last year reached 4,849 — 600 more than in 2013 and a nearly 70% increase from 2011 figures, according to NYPD statistics provided to the City Council Wednesday.
“The trend is upward” and likely the result of the surge in bicycle use here, Susan Petito, an NYPD assistant deputy commissioner, told the City Council.
The stats showed a substantial increase in reported bike thefts each of the last four years.

Read more: here.

Yes, this is the reality we ride in.

Make sure you lock your bikes up within your building. I know, you just humped a heavy dutch style vintage beater bike up 5 flights of stairs and now you have to lock it to the railing? Yes. Many bike thefts occur within buildings, backyard spaces and other make-shift bike storage that landlords are too cheap to provide.

Here are some steps to keeping a bike as-safe-as we can.

Start by watching this hilarious classic video by the Neistat Brothers from 2005:

Then watch the updated experiment from 2012 by Casey Neistat:

Then check out Hal Ruzal, mechanic at Bicycle Habitat, who rates your bike lock up:

Then check out my bike locking tips on my Stolen Bikes Page.

There is only so much we can do to protect ourselves, especially from thieves who drive around in vans with battery operated 18 volt angle grinders that can cut through any lock in about 10 seconds.

Maybe when the NYPD spends more time on bike theft then this:

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The environment can change.

New Bike Maps Are Out.

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Like the tulips popping up, the line at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden cherry blossoms thingy and the increase of bicycle snatching…Spring has Sprung in NYC.

And with all that good stuff, comes a really excellent resource that isn’t electronic…A map…made out of paper.

The Department of Transportation says over 370,000 maps, will be delivered to local bike shops around the five boroughs for free, just in time for May (Bike Month).

This map is always great for showing bike friendly routes, greenways and all of the nearest bike shops. Oh, and don’t tell the motorists…it’s also a really great for just plain getting around this vast city.

You can download a PDF as a poorman’s app on the D.O.T. website: here.

Or just go with the ultimate analog experience…Paper. Order one by calling 311.

Get A Cheap Bicycle And Free Events-Time’s Up

Looking for a cheap bike for the upcoming warm weather season?

Check out Time’s Up.
Recycled bicycles for sale best prices starting at 4 o’clock at the times up Brooklyn space 99 South 6th St in Williamsburg from $90 to 175 open bike repair workshop starts at 530
Every Sunday and Wednesday.

Here is the latest events calendar from your fine environmental educators and activists.

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co sponsored by PEACE MUSEUM NY

April 19th 2 PM
Meet at Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square (across from Staples)
Join us for a leisurely, peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites, including: Tibet House, Anthroposophical Society, Former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Point Thank You, Teardrop Park, The Irish Hunger Memorial, Art from the Berlin Wall, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s “The Sphere,” St. Paul’s Chapel, the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (“first church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans”) and the African Burial Ground. Great ride for kids and cyclists new to group rides. Route subject to change, not all sites are visited on every ride. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! Heavy rain or snow cancels.

May 17th 2PM
Meet at Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square (across from Staples)
A Peace Bike Ride (co-sponsored by Times-Up!) going to LES community gardens and ending at MoRUS where the “Cycle of Peace” photography exhibit will be on display. The photo exhibit will include photos that speak to the theme “Cycle of Peace” by 25 New York based photographers.


Friday, April 24th, 7:00pm
Friday, May 29th, 7:00pm
Union Square Park-North

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. This fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring the appropriate lights and bells.
Meets the last Friday of every month at Union Square Park North
More info:
Good resource for other critical mass rides and info:


Saturday, April 25th, 10:00pm
Saturday, May 30th, 10:00pm
Columbus Circle, SW corner of Central Park

Join us on bicycles or skates at 10 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month at the Columbus Circle (59th Street) entrance to Central Park for a totally safe, magical, evening ride in Manhattan. As with our Moonlight Rides, we’ll share the tranquillity of Central Park, plus we’ll add the grand vistas of the Hudson River from Riverside Park. The scenic tour continues down the greenway to the lovely pier where bicycles are welcome. After that, it’s a pleasant ride through streets back to Columbus Circle.
This ride usually covers about 10-12 miles and lasts about 2 hours. Weather? We only cancel when no one in their right mind would have fun. Dress for the weather. We hope these rides encourage folks to enjoy our parks at night, without motor vehicles: quiet, safe, and relaxed.

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4/11/15-1st Saturday, Bikes & Brews

Part spring cleaning for the non-profit bicycle education and shop, Recycle-A-Bicycle and part bike show from Dave Perry’s Bike Cult Show. Plus great beers from Rockaway Brewing Company

This Saturday in R.A.B’s Long Island City workshop space. 


Here are more details: 

Attention bike builders, tinkerers, admirers, and beer lovers! Mark your calendars for our first annual Bikes and Brews event! We’re having a HUGE bike parts sale, a bicycle art show from Dave Perry and the Bike Cult Show, and beer from Rockaway Brewing Company. The sale is on April 11 from  12 to 6 p.m. at our Long Island City workshop, 46-01 5th St. and 46th Ave (entrance on 46th Ave.).