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Bike Jumble – Park Slope – Saturday – 9/10/2016 – 10am to 4pm

Start to save your pennies, because the next Brooklyn Bike Jumble (the largest bicycle flea market in NYC) is on Saturday 9/10/2016 from 10 am to 4 pm, beside The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope) where you can buy both new and used bicycles, parts, clothing, and other accessories.

Reportedly, representatives from both Time’s Up!, and Recycle-A-Bicycle will be in attendance too.

Click here here for vendor sign up.

Warriors the bike ride screening-Rooftop Films @ Coney Island 8/8/16

Long before everybody had a film festival and could make a movie with their iPhone in an instant, Rooftop Films  was showcasing movie making artist works to the NYC public. What started as a renegade pop-up venue on a tenement roof in Manhattan has blossomed into a full fledged institution of cinema with submissions of film makers all over the world and screening events in great locations-besides building roofs.

This Monday, we are honored to be included in a outdoor cinema event which celebrates 20 years of short films, just a mere sampling of Rooftops huge archive. 

The location couldn’t be better, under the cyclone rollercoaster at Coney Island. 7:30pm.


Here comes the bike culture connection: Jesse Epstein, Christopher Ryan and Me (Michael Green) had such an amazing time in 2002 being part of the Warriors bike ride, a messenger style race based on Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic–The Warriors.


After forming our “gang” the Electric Vikings…we joined over 800 other participants to battle our way from the Bronx to Coney Island in a legendary bike event in NYC.


After having the ride of our lives…we decided to experiment in crowd sourcing video footage, way before it was cool and cut together a half hour documentary for the 2003 Bicycle Film Festival.

I know, there have been two other Warriors fun rides since the glory days of the early 00’s.

2014-Cyclehawk and Trackordie had a remake with a modern twist, checkpoints were done with photo evidence on Instagram #warriorsnyc.

Then it happened again, in July of this year…

Warriors Fun Ride 7/2/16
So Monday 8/8/16 take a ride to Coney Island, come out and plaaaaaay. I know you can Dig it. 

IT’s FREE. 

You can say, “we fought all night to get back to this?”

Event info: 

Rooftop films Summer Shorts Series.

Here is a time line of Warriors Movie and bike culture events.

1979-Walter Hill’s movie is released to the those New Yorkers who didn’t escape the “white-flight” of the late 70’s.

2002-The Messenger community organize a fun ride for a year based on the grimmey cult classic movie. 800 people come out to ride, get lost, get tattooed and survive the semi-gentrified world of NYC.

2003-The Bicycle Film Festival premieres the documentary: Warriors the bike ride. The documentary is lost in savage world of disgruntled spoilers and those pesky issues of copyright infringement. 

2014-after years of cyclistists saying…”when’s the next Warriors ride?” Cycle hawk and Trackordie bust out another event in a very gentrified-NYC.


2015-A Warriors movie reunion is organized at Coney Island, screening the original movie with cast members and hardcore bands.


(There is another one scheduled for September 2016. Info: Here.)

2016-July 2nd, another Warriors fun ride is dug.  Participants gather in the Bronx in their gang colors, take Instagram photos all over the city, battle in Sumo costumes and sing Kareokee in front of Barclay’s Center.

Photo’s from Gothamist.

Bicycle Film Festival – NYC – 6/22-26/2016

Its that time of year again, just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the 2016 Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is making its NYC appearance from June 22nd to June 26th.

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Although the event calendar does not look like it is updated yet, you can check back soon, we are sure, to see this years offering, a perennial long weekend packed with all kinds of amazing bicycling events.

Just to give you a taste, here is one of our favorite BFF shorts from 2013 “SAN FRANCISCO CRITICAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY”.

BTW, now that we are on the subject, according the NYC Critical Mass facebook page, 15 cyclists rode at the 5/27/2016 Bike Month event, with no NYPD escort. Something to keep in mind for next month, which coincidentally falls on 6/24/2016, in the middle of the same weekend as the BFF. Still We Ride!

Could this be a long overdue permanent shift in NYPD resources to other assignments, such as to “Drivers Who Endanger Cyclists”, or just a random occurrence?

Warriors Fun Ride 7/2/2016 – Can you dig it?

The 2016 edition of the Warriors Fun Ride is occurring on Saturday, July 2, according to a facebook event page, starting in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, at 6 PM, and ending in Coney Island, Brooklyn, around 6 AM, the following morning. The all night ride is being organized by Cycle Hawk and Track or Die NYC.

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Last held in August of 2014 (review1, review2), the ride is based on the 1979 cult classic movie “The Warriors“, an action thriller film, which centers on a Coney Island gang who must return to their home turf, largely on subways, after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader in the Bronx, but you do it by bike!

According to the Track or Die NYC website, the rules for the Warriors Ride are:

1) Your gang can be between 4-9 riders.
2) All bicycles are welcomed, the more creative, the better.
3) Special prize will be awarded to the gang with the best colors.
4) Each gang must have 1 active instagram account. This will help keep track of the points and give updates during the event.
5) Follow @WarriorsNYC on instagram.

The original 2002 race was one of the seminal DIY events in NYC, along with Bike Summer, and Critical Mass, which started making biking really popular this century amongst its populous. About 800 cyclists turned out for that first ride which is documented in this film:

The 2002 ride was so life changing to many participants, think the famous Brian Eno quote about the first Velvet Underground album, it is still documented online by the The Village Voice, Bicycle Film Festival, Bike Cult, and a flickr photo site.

According to another facebook event, Time’s Up! as part of the event is hosting a pit stop for some sumo wrestling at La Plaza community garden (9th St & Ave C, Manhattan) starting at 8:30 PM!

So what is keeping you from forming a gang, and coming out to play?

World Naked Bike Ride NYC – 6/11/2016

Rumor has it, the NYC 2016 version of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is occurring on Saturday, June 11th.

According to the facebook event page, the details are still a little vague, but it couldn’t be any worse than the Broolklyn Bike Rave was, which was canceled at about 1 PM, the day of the event, because of the threat of “thunderstorms, lightning and possibly hail” that never occurred that evening!

Reportedly, a breakaway group of 8 rogue cyclists (instead of the registered 500 riders), complete with TWO sound bikes, managed to organize an ad hoc ride anyway, and braved the light brief rain, ending up at the bar Tender Trap in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a possible site, for the after party of the WNBR.

Dry Brooklyn Bike Ravers on Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

#brooklynbikerave no thunderstorm #poncho on my #bikesoundsystem

A photo posted by @cargobikecollective on

The WNBR, apart from celebrating what we really look like, takes on an even more serious tone this year, the rider’s nakedness symbolizing their vulnerability on the road, as cyclists Heather Lough and another yet named were already killed in May, raising the 2016 total to at least 8 cyclists killed in NYC.

Whether the NYC WNBR flops like the Bike Rave or not, there is always the Philly Naked Bike Ride to look forward to as well (date yet to be announced), a short 100 miles away where 1,000’s of cyclists ride free every year!

Dumpling Ride 5/21/16

Anita Singh from Brooklyn By Bike, has been spearheading food themed bike rides for a bunch of year’s now.

It’s a great way to meet people and eat your way around the city, on bicycle.

Here is a recap from the last one, a donut ride and info on the next one coming up May 21st.

Dumplings.

http://www.brooklynbybike.com/brooklyn-bike-tour-donut-dumplings/

Virtual Account of April 2016 Critical Mass – London’s Burning!

Last Friday night, cloudy, cool, and rainy in NYC, so NYC Critical Mass was not personally experienced, instead, opting to bike to the indoor, and heated annual free Bike Expo New York which closed at 8 PM that night (props go out to the volunteer mechanics from Recycle-A-Bicycle).

Since that night, we’ve heard no personal account of the NYC ride, that, with the weather, and the fact the weekend also hosted the Red Hook Gladiators Crit (Gothamist crash report) Saturday, and a very wet Bike New York on Sunday (both major weekend long NYC cycling events), might explain it?

Meanwhile, in London, England, youtube video clearly shows a police officer hit a Critical Mass rider with his patrol car, run over and destroy another’s bicycle, and then take off, according to Evening Standard’s better youtube video. Not sure what led up to the confrontation? Apparently there was a questionable arrest before the cyclists’s surrounded the police car.

This contrasts with a report in Streetsblog, ironically today, which claims cycling is “booming” in London. I guess there are two sides to every story?

Here is an eyewitness account of the incident in London:

Check out the other two videos above too, they are not embeddable, or they would be embedded on this blog.

Bike Jumble – Park Slope – Saturday – 5/14/2016 – 10am to 4pm

The spring edition of the NY Bike Jumble swap meet, the largest bicycle flea market in NYC, is coming again to the Old Stone House in Park Slope on Saturday 5/14/2016. Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.

At 5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell.

Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!

NY Bike Jumble: May 14, 2011. from NY Bike Jumble on Vimeo.

If you are interested in becoming vendor yourself, you can sign up here

Manhattan Critical Mass – Friday 4/29/2016 – 7 pm

As we wind down a sobering April, in which two NYC cyclists were recently killed in Clinton Hill, and Park Slope, adding to the 4 already reportedly killed through 2/29/2016 according to the official Vision Zero website, we can at least look forward to the monthly Manhattan Critical Mass community bike ride?

Not so fast, it was reported only 4 cyclists showed up at the northern end of Union Square last month, at the usual 7 pm starting time, not even worthy an unwanted NYPD escort! That’s fewer than the number of cyclists killed this year in NYC.

Well, maybe we can take some solace in Critical Mass video from around the world, where the ride thrives, and hope for a better May when bike month begins?

Houston Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Miami Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

London Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Hamburg Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Brooklyn “Bike Rave” – Saturday Night 5/14/2016

From 7 PM to 10 PM on Saturday May 14th, 2016 the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is hosting a fundraising “Bike Rave” described as “a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway” supporting the 14-Mile route that will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. What a good cause?

Also during the ride, “a curated radio show by Newtown Radio will be streamed with a click of a button and played on portable speakers that you bring.” Cool or what?

The 8 mile route: “Starting in Greenpoint, the group will ride through Williamsburg, travel inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park and loop back to finish under the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO”, where there will be “food, water and music and riders will compete for prizes for best decorated bicycles.” according to DNAinfo.

This international event, which can draw thousands, looks like it has great potential for a memorable night outdoors with fellow cyclists, based on videos from Vancouver, Canada,

Melbourne, Australia,

and Auckland, New Zealand.

Reminiscent of our own Bike Summer in 2003.

You can order tickets here, or if you are the volunteering type for free, here.