Here are some cycling products that have been recently profiled in NYC specific publications.
New York Magazine was on a quest to find the perfect on-the-go bike pump:
An On-the-Go Bike Pump for Peace of Mind
By: Emma Whitford
(appears in the July 28th, 2014 issue)
The goal: Find an on-the-go bike pump for predawn flats and peace of mind on your haul up to Nyack. We spoke to die-hard cyclists (many of whom work at the city’s top bike shops). They steered us toward a barrel that’s about a foot in length—still half the size of a traditional standing pump, but a couple inches longer than many portable models, providing just enough leverage for inflating curbside.
The Verdict: Topeak’s aluminum Road Morph G ($50 at Bicycle Habitat, 244 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St.; 212-431-3315) has the sweet-spot measurements, fitting snugly below your crossbar. The built-in pressure gauge prevents overinflation and is suited to both road and mountain tires. And unlike typical handheld pumps, which require you to make a flimsy base with your nondominant palm, this one has a mini-footpad.
Between the Bike Cult Show—Brooklyn Bike Jumble’s annual exhibition of hand-built bicycles—coming up in Queens a couple weeks from now and the Bicyclists’ Ball being put on by Transportation Alternatives on Aug. 14, we’re definitely in a two-wheeled state of mind. Even without these upcoming events, summer in general is a busy time for cycling, and by this time every year, our two-wheelers start looking a little road weary. Here are five gear upgrades to help our bikes (and ourselves) go the extra mile.
Since Greenpoint designer Jonathan Sabutis talked about Ringtool as part of our Meet Your Makers series last summer, the keychain-friendly fix-all has become our go-to bike gadget—and not just because it’s fashioned with a beer-bottle opener. The circular tool is made of tempered stainless steel and outfitted with 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8 mm hex heads; flathead, Phillips and torx head T25 screwdriver bits; and wrenches for both 3.30mm and 3.45 mm spoke nipples. It makes bike adjustments on the go a lot easier to do on my own (and has come in handy helping me assemble Ikea furniture on more than one occasion). Best of all, Sabutis offers a lifetime warranty on his invention, making the $28 a no brainer in my book.
If you haven’t already heard, Boombotix makes ultra light and LOUD portable speakers. There also connect through bluetooth as well as a mini cable (they can be daisy chained together) and can play while being plugged in while charging.
July 29th, their latest model the Boombotix Rex is being released in limited supply honor one of our own: Bike Courier extriodinaire NYC’s Kevin “Squid” Bolger.
Here is more from Boombotix:
Available July 29th, Boombotix will release 300 limited edition models of the Cyclehawk Boombot REX. The Cyclehawk Boombot REX features artwork from NYC bike messenger, Kevin “Squid” Bolger. Fans can purchase the Boombot REX for $120 USD.
In two months, Boombotix will release 300 additional releases of the newest Boombot REX.
The Cyclehawk Boombot REX Limited Edition is part of Kevin “Squid” Bolger’s partnership with Boombotix. Bolger was one of Boombotix’s first team riders.
To transform Bolger’s Cyclehawk design to fite the Boombot REX, Bolger worked with Chombo during the design process. Chombo is a mechanic at Red Lantern Bicycles in Brooklyn.
–About Kevin “Squid” Bolger
Bolger is one of the most veteran bike messengers in the NYC area, and has been interviewed in multiple publications.
Bike Cult Show
2nd Annual Hand-Built Bicycle Show in NYC
Be part of the Bike Cult!!
from the website: Please join the Bike Cult this August 16-17th at the Knockdown Center to see the ultimate expression of the joy that cycling brings, as translated through the hands of artisans working in Steel, Carbon Fiber, Wood, Titanium and Aluminum. Exhibitors will range from traditionalists to those who look to completely re-consider the notion of pedal power; but they will all adhere to the principle that what they produce is beautiful, useful and at the cutting edge of excellence in fabrication and design.
When it comes to the luxury version of common utilitarian objects, anachronisms are usually the norm when it comes to the ultimate form. Well heeled pen collectors collect fountain pens, while watch aficionados go gaga for manual wind up watches, long consigned to the obsolete bin by the majority of the timekeeping industry. The same goes for bicycles: a utilitarian tool that is used daily around the world is transformed from the mundane into the sublime by the hand of the maker.
Congratulations to a persistent Vincenzo Nibali for winning this year’s Tour de France. On Sunday (7/27/27) in Paris France, Team Astana’s Nibali became the first Italian to win cycling’s most coveted event since Marco Pantani won in 1998. The 29 year old form Scily, nicknamed “the Shark” is also the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours, Paris, Italy and Spain.
Now that’s a delivery! To celebrate their new high performance S2-R cycling jersey, Search and State commissioned Joesph Holaway to ride 3,000 miles to deliver a very important package from their sewing room in Manhattan to Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles. Leaving NYC on June 10th, It took Joesph just 21 days, on his own and unsupported.
It appears the staff of Kryptonite, makers of heavy duty and innovative bike locks, have gotten together with NYC’s elder statesmen (and women) of the messenger community.
Kevin “Squid” Bolger, Heather Muller and Greg Ugalde have given their input, from people who rely on their bikes not being stolen and use them on a daily basis for work. Sounds like expert advice and the right consultants for the task.
Kryptonite is going to introduce a new line of locks…the Messenger series.
Can’t wait. Here is a sneak preview video featuring some of NYC’s most prestigious couriers.
This Sunday (7/20/14) is another exciting food adventure for foldup bicycle enthusiasts in NYC.
Here is a message from Brommie himself, Steven Huang: “If you are in NYC this Sunday 07/20 from 12pm to 5pm please consider
joining me for a folding bike food adventure! Since 7/21 is National
Ice Cream Day and 7/23 is National Hot Dog Day, we will have to have a
hot dog/veggie dog and a few scoops of ice cream?
Foldie Foodie is a leisurely paced folding bike food ride (around
13-19 miles) with stops in between for food, fun and interesting
conversations. A guide fee of $10/$20 whichever amount you would like
to contribute will be collected at the ride to support the designing &
organizing of foldie foodie. All folding bikes are welcome!
Non-folding bike friends and family who are “folding bike curious”
might be able to join the ride as guest if we have space, please email
me to confirm if we have space for our big wheels guest?
Kindly reply this email with your folding bike model & color to
reserve your spot for this Sunday 07/20 as soon as possible and I will
reply with ride details as the confirmation by Saturday once I get
your reservation email. I will confirm the exact meeting location in
the email and it will likely be in the Chelsea/Flatiron area.
Most food spots have some sort of vegetarian/vegan options available,
but bring your own if you have special dietary preferences or needs.
Come for the food, come for the ride, but don’t let your dietary
preference/restriction prevent you from joining the fun!
Look forward seeing you at the ride! Otherwise, please keep cool with
your brommie or unbrommie folding bike. Ride safe and always
fold/unfold your bike gracefully Have a great summer!”
The Radavist is a wild animal of his own. Formerly blogging at Prollyisnotprobably.com, he has a new name for the site (theradavist.com) but still the number one authority on bike culture which he brings to life daily thorough posts and photographs. He also has a new kit created by Endo Customs out of Los Angeles which is pretty damn rad.
Based on the wild animals you may encounter out in the Bush, like the black widow spider or Australia’s version the red back spider…or maybe just the illusive John “Prolly” Watson, barreling down some single track.
These jerseys and bibs are available for pre-order now.
So if you’re looking for a unique look and wanna keep the “Rubber Side Up,” roll with the Radavist.
For more back story on these kits, ride over here.
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.
Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
1. DUMPSTER DIVING FOOD RIDE
Thursday, July 17th, 8:00pm
Tompkins Square Park-Center Circle
2. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 18th, 7:00pm
Three different meet up times and spots. (see below for details)
3. PEDAL TO PADDLE PELHAM BAY PARK
Sunday, July 20th, 11:30pm
Pelham Bay Park
Last Stop on the #6 Train
At the bottom of the ramp, in the park.
4. PEACE BIKE RIDE
Sunday, July 20th, 2pm (third Sunday of every Month)
Meet at the Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square-Manhattan
5. CRITICAL MASS MANHATTAN
Friday, July 25th, 7:00pm
Union Square North, Manhattan
6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, June 26th, 10:00pm
Columbus Circle, Manhattan.
7. COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEER DAYS
See events listing for details
8. VOLUNTEER BICYCE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays & Sundays, 4:00pm-8pm
Brooklyn Space, 99 South 6th St.-Williamsburg
9. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!
See events listing for details.
BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!