for this convention hosted by the League of American Cyclists.
You can follow along on twitter, #NBS2014
To address gender equality in the bicycle world, there will also be the 2nd annual Woman’s Bike Forum held within the summit.
10 woman from various cycling advocacy groups, including our own, WeBikeNYC have embarked on a ride to DC.
“WE Bike NYC is organizing ten women from five organizations to ride 262 miles on bicycles from New York City to Washington, DC to represent their communities at the nation’s largest annual bicycle advocacy event, the National Bike Summit on March 3, 2014. WE Bike NYC is a group based in New York City open to all women, female identifying, and gender nonconforming people who enjoy biking or think they might. WE Bike NYC aims to break down barriers to cycling by offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride scholarships.
Judging by some of the photos coming in from this group: (photo by: Nelle Pierson/Facebook)
This impromptu cyclocross from Day one in New Jersey makes me think, regardless of gender, infrastructure for cyclists should be an agenda item at the bike summit.
I definitely applaud these ladies dedication.
Here is a more info about the ride to DC and the summit form Bike Delaware.
Thoughts turn to D.C. and the National Bike Summit
By: Jonathan Maus
February 27th, 2014
It’s that time of the year once again when hundreds of advocates, activists and bike lovers of all stripes converge on Washington D.C. for the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. I’ll be attending again this year (my eighth time!), so stay tuned next week for various reports, musings, photos, and so on.
Once again, the agenda for the event is jam-packed. I’ll arrive on Sunday night (3/2) for some pre-Summit fun. Our friends at Streetsblog and Streetfilms (in tandem with the League) are hosting a “Media Training for Bicycle Advocates.” The event (details here) is aimed at making professional advocates better at PR and media relations and it’ll feature some super-smart folks from the news business and the advocacy-journalism sphere.
My Man Steve Issacs from LA’s Sweetride just got a 8 page spread in the latest Bicycling Magazine.
Featuring the lovely Nona Varnado who tragically left us for that sunny West Coast city.
Read more from the Sweet Ride Blog:
Check out Sweet Ride USA in Bicycling Magazine!
Holy moly, this is amazing. Right now on newsstands all across the country, you can pick up the current issue of Bicycling Magazine and read about Sweet Ride USA in a whopping 8-page spread.
Editor-at-large Bill Strickland hit us up last year about being featured in the magazine, and it’s finally an actual real-life thing. The piece documents the filming of our just-released Episode 3, as we pedaled through Los Angeles on the search for bicycle-churned ice cream at Peddler’s Creamery and Double Decker O-Nuts at DK’s Donuts.
Electric bicycles and electric assist bicycles are apparently banned in New York City but you’d never know it by the amount of them whipping by you on the sidewalk with a rush order of hot wings.
I know New Yorkers feel threatened by these vehicles, who seem to want their cake and eat it too…literally. They want instant food delivery to their doorstep and somehow want it to be courteous and unencumbered in the fastest paced city in America, where everyone in multitasking on their smart phone. The geniuses from Stanford are constantly coming up with ways to streamline delivery with apps like Seamless and Grubhub and until Spock develops the teleporter…the food has to get there by human beings.
Sure. I’m annoyed by these pseudo scooters zipping by at 30mph the wrong way in the bike lane-giving us urban riders a bad name. Their bad biking behavior comes down to operator control or common sense street rules such as don’t ride on the sidewalk, unless no one is around…no matter how badly your tip will reflect by forgetting the free soda or the dumplings.
But banned? I think e-bikes are a better alternative than carbon polluting motorcycles or scooters. They also have reduced bike theft since food delivery used to be the number one recipient of your recently stolen beater.
And what about those people who just like a little help pedaling on their commute and occasionally want to kick in the motor? New riders who want an electric assist bike to encourage them to ride more?
Like most things in NYC, I think there’s a place for it, like a wholesale area or a Red Light district, where things can be regulated by the city. Why can’t these motorized bikes be registered as work vehicles, leaving out the e-assist bikes of newbie enthusiasts. Distinctions need to be made. Besides, if they’re banned-why are they still here?
Here is more about this legality delemna Tree Hugger.
E-bikes in NYC: How not to solve a problem
By: David Bergman
February 25th, 2014
In the past few years, under the auspices of former transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC has taken great strides in promoting “alternative” means of transportation. Bicycling is moving into the mainstream, courtesy of expanded bike lanes and Citibikes. Pedestrian safety is improving through street and intersection design improvements. Buses are actually becoming a viable means of getting around with the implementation of NYC’s version of
bus rapid transit, Select Bus Service.
Ok urban bikers. What’s your bike stack or bike area like?
A little crowded in your cluttered apartment?
How about adding a little style…
Now this won’t make your place magically cleaned up or necessarily help your bicycle hoarding issues, but Berlin based design company .Fixble has come up with wall mounted bike rack with a lot of style.
Here is an article by Yankodesign.com: Dock, Dock, Who’s There?
By: Akhil T.
February 21st, 2014
Ever woke up in the middle of the night and peered out of the window to make sure that your bike is still out there? Then the wall mounted indoor ‘Bike Dock’ from Berlin based design lab .flxble is meant for you. Urban living often endows us with smaller living spaces where smartly designed products can help to juice out more options. As a classic example, this dock transforms your bike into a piece of art to be proudly displayed in your living quarters. A proclamation of your eco-friendly lifestyle.
Designer: Mechmet Chiousemoglou of .flxble
The clever manipulation of a single block of wood gives this bike rack a minimalistic vibe. A felt layer protects the top tube from scratches while docking. The designers claim to be inspired by “subtle aesthetics and the impressive versatility of nature” for the essence of this product. The ‘Bike Dock’ can support upto 20 Kg to let your bike levitate in peace.
Well Sochi is wrapping up this weekend so there won’t be videos of wolves loose in the hotels:
And no more double luge. I mean if these guys can do it:
And no more Pussy Riot being whipped by Cossacks:
Cossacks? What is this the 1800′s?
Well we’ll just have to move on to bike videos:
Here is a trailer for a new documentary about our favorite honest athlete Lance.
The Armstrong Lie
This film is directed by Alex Gibney (Enron, Taxi to the Darkside and the Wikileaks doc)
You can watch a stream copy of the film for $3.99 through Prolly ‘s site.
Title: Carnivale de Velo
Seen on: PROLLY
description: So good!
“Off the boardwalk and into the Santa Monica Mountains we took our old beach cruisers and up the fire-roads of Kenter Trail where gravity does the pushing and “The Whoops” do the launching. After gathering some good ol’fashioned road rash, we headed back to the Emporium of Postmodern Activities for pizza and beer at the Carnivale De Velo bicycle festival. Two wheels without the engine has never been more exhilarating.”
See more at Deus!
Title: Amgen Tour of California Fans Welcome Back Peter Sagan
Seen On: PROLLY
description: Here is a funny promo for the Amgen Tour of California (starting May 11th) LA style meets Peter Sagan riding a wheelie. Who is the King of California?
This weather sucks and not much is going on this month, so Times UP! is hosting a Bike Parts Swap Meet
Where: Brooklyn Times UP! @ 99 South 6th Street
When: Saturday February 22nd, 12pm-4pm
Who: Attendance is free for both buyers and sellers, but sellers are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. Suggested donation of $2 at the door.
Who better to make panniers and front bags for your commute then Chrome Industries. Not to mention they’re bomb proof and water proof. Introducing four new bags to mount to your ride.
Here is some press:
This is a industry first for both the Knurled Welded process as well as the design integration of the hardware for the bike bags that stay on the bike – what this means is that the user can easily slide the saddle bag off the bike and carry it away without the added weight of transitional saddle bags.
Chrome created Knurled Welded™ Waterproof Rolltops for bike camping, adventure biking, and all weather commuting – when weight matters and getting wet is not an option. Knurled Welded™ Rolltops are made with our proprietary welding technology that combines RF welding with a mechanical interlock to create the toughest, lightest 100% waterproof bags. Each bag has a watertight rolltop closure for submersible water protection, a Hypalon® Molle loop system for expandability, and five-bar webbing haul straps for hand carrying. Go Farther. Stay Dryer. Guaranteed for Life.
The Knurled Welded line consists of Saddle Bag and Front Rack Duffle Rolltop. Knurled Welded Rolldtop Duffle and Saddle Bag Rolltop work on the bike and off. Both bags leave the hardware on the bike where it should be. The Result is a saddle bag and front rack duffle you can carry around.
• Included quick-release shoulder strap
• Five-bar haul handles for tote style off-body carry
• Waterproof rolltop with compression straps
• Padded sleeve fits 15″ Macbook Pro
• Hypalon® MOLLE loops for modular adaptability
• Knurled RF Welds for lightweight, waterproof construction
• Lightweight and durable 600-denier poly upper nylon
• Durable Hypalon® bottom panel
• Flat black power-coated steel Knurled Welded Rack
Adapter and hardware
Since the winter games are in Sochi there has been a lot of talk about Russia’s ridiculous anti-gay laws.
Colbert had a hilarious piece on with former Kids in the Hall star Scott Thompson playing his wickedly flamboyant Buddy Cole character . Just in case you were wondering how to protect yourself at the Olympics from being “too gay.”
(Click the picture for the link)
Well I don’t care what they say in homophobic Russia. Rainbows are for champions. World Champions in fact.
Affinity Cycles is celebrating it’s 7th year of making killer track bike frames for the street and on the track. This year they have a limited edition track frame and cycling jersey, their greatest achievement yet.
Affinity Cycles is proud to have won 2 World Championship victories in both the match sprints and scratch race. Plus, with over 20 US National and European championships, the Kissena is the most celebrated and trusted aluminum track frame in the industry. We’ve custom designed our exclusive track frame with gold foil rainbow striped graphics, indigo sparkle blue paint and a CNC machined head tube.
Only 40 World Champion frames are available, they can be purchased along with the new Affinity World Championship Jersey through the Affinity website as well as select retailers.
The jersey is also available for pre order here. for the next 2 weeks and all Affinity frames sets and complete builds are available now.