2 events at the City Reliquary

I like to support the fine folks at the City Reliquary who host bicycle fetish day. Here are some upcoming events:

Two events we hope to see you at soon!

The Annual City Reliquary Benefit aka “The Brooklyn Boogaloo Barbeque”
will be on Sat July 25th 6-10PM. Tickets are $25, $50, or $100 Pay what you Can!
This year we have a necvessarry fundraising goal of $8,000. If you come to one CR event this year, make this the one! Tickets will be available at the door.

THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!
Join us for the new “Third Thursday” series at the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization, a shameless ploy to encourage you to visit your community organization on a weeknight and enjoy the most civic entertainment around.
This month featuring a concert by Brooklyn’s own TIGERSTEAM fronted by artist, Renaissance gal and Reliquarian Extraordinaire George Ferrandi.

Doors at 7. Music at 9.
Free Admission
Beers $3.00

In true Tigersteam style, here is a description of the band:

tigersteam is patrick barth, erin hewgley, jody bilinski, christa molinaro and george ferrandi.
tigersteam has an accordion a guitar and some drumming. george sings about lonesome superheros, giant jellyfish, icelandic waterfalls, the grittiness of pink clouds and the complications of romance with a taxidermy animal. plus the following things, each in silver:
-birds circling round her head
-frogs falling from trees
-a mermaid on the surface of her eyeball
the songs are lovely and haunting. but they also kind of rock. like being haunted by a beautiful, melancholy, ghost who wrecks your room. but then cleans up after… and steals your tin foil??

Always civic,

Dave Herman, President
The City Reliquary
Museum and Civic Organization
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Weekend Roundup and Randomness Round down.

Here is a bit of what went on over the weekend and some randomness.

Thanks to the Prolly,
I found out Urban Outfitters in selling bikes which you can mix and match the colors of parts and components.

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This strangely represents Nike’s ID program which is kind of the same thing…only when it comes to customizing specific words like “sweatshop,” they won’t allow messages that hit to close to home. This is of course a whole nother story.
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I’m all for bikes infiltrating the planet and being more widely available. Its kind of flattering that bikes are so “cool” now that you can treat them like a fashion accessory and some how order one sight on seen via the website. Republic bikes is making this service available through Urban Outfitters.

The only thing I have to say about this ridiculous notion is, please support your local bike shop, who happens to specialize in selling this thing called: bicycles and needs you to go to there and spend money on something you will hopefully have a lot longer then a pair of sneakers.
Sorry Urban Outfitters, I know you have ecco-conscious highly marketable green chic intentions in mind with this publicity stunt, but I highly doubt that any of your target audience is so isolated from the bike world that they have to go to your website to buy a bike.
I mean I dunno about other cities, but take Brooklyn for example. There are new bike shops popping up every day…in this supposed Economic “RECESSION” downturn.

I mean, when did this happen:

New Bike shop
468 Bergen St.

Does anyone know about this shop?
See, another bike shop…I don’t know if this place is any good or not, but they can use your help so if you can’t travel the 10 blocks to go to a local shop in Brooklyn such as:

Velo Brooklyn
1342 DeKalb Ave.
NYC Bikes (Spokes & Strings)
147 Havermayer St.
B Bikes
262 Driggs Ave.
the Bike Doctor
133 Grand St.
Lit Fuse Cyclery
409 Willoughby Ave
King Kog
455 Graham Ave.
Mr. C Cycles
4622 7th Ave.
Affinity Cycles
616 Grand St.
Brooklyn Bike and Board
560 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn Bikes
375 9th Ave.
The Bicycle Station
171 Park Ave.
Dixon’s Bike Shop
792 Union St.
On the Move
400 7th Ave.
BeSpokes Bicycles
64-B Lafayette Avenue,

just…go to your local bike shop. Besides UBland OUTskitters doesn’t sell color coded bike lock that you are going to need because I keep getting inundated with requests to post about stolen bikes.

I saw this sad sight on the corner of 13th and & 7th Ave in Park Slope…I hope this belongs to someone who lost their key during a wild performance at Celebrate Brooklyn, but I assume the worst.

Meanwhile did you catch Prolly’s Peel Sessions made the New York Times?

A Meeting of Dervishes With Fixed Gears

read the article here. Also a cool audio and photograph slide show, with John Watson, himself.

On Saturday, the Couriers invaded NYC.
for the 2nd annual Redbull and TrackstarNYC, Courier Classic:

Some pictures from Diablo of Cyclehawk couriers, who I believe came in 3rd.

and on a final note, I don’t normally do this sort of thing…which is more for the likes of Cycling WMD

But this is a sweet bike I saw today:

and my first road bike was a Pinarello…so there.

Lawsuits and Press Release

Christopher Long is suing the NYPD for his tackle in Time’s Square and their covering it up.

There are other lawsuits floating around as well against NYC’s “Finest.”

Here is a bit from a recent press release from environmental group: Time’s Up.

“The City is being sued for $1.5 million for trying to cover up the attack of Christopher Long, who was violently thrown off his bicycle by police officer Patrick Pogan while riding through Times Square during a July 2008 Critical Mass ride. The police report filed by Pogan claiming that Long deliberately drove his bike into him and sent both of them falling to the ground during the July 25th Critical Mass Ride was proven false when a video was posted on YouTube showing Long peacefully riding through Times Square when grabbed by Pogan. Numerous other lawsuits have been filed by other cyclists whose civil rights have been violated as a result of the NYPD’s harassment campaign against group bicycle rides.”

Read the whole thing here.

Check out the new launch of Sierra Club Trails

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From the Sierra Club:
What makes this site unique is that it’s a wiki – i.e. anyone can update or edit the trails that are posted. So if I post a trail in, say, Yosemite, and you’ve been there recently and saw that part of the trail is really muddy, or the bugs are bad this time of year, or if camping spots are getting really popular and should be reserved in advance, you can update that.

In addition to various trails, the site also features tips for outdoor adventurers alike, a birding blog, photo contests, and Nature Notes, a series of audio features based on interviews with naturalists and Sierra Club Outings leaders. Sierra Club Trails is also an online community where users can create profiles and meet other bikers, hikers, surfers you name it, as well as join discussion forums with topics like the best trail mix recipe or whether guns should be allowed in national parks. Community members can form groups around a particular outdoor interest or place.

Check it out:

Mont Ventoux T’s

Ventoux Mid size
Ventoux close up_mid size

from Urban Hunter.

Check out

From riding eight bridges in NYC to single track in Italy…
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Check out

Over 100,000 trails for biking and hiking.

Core 77 and the Dutch Master

No it’s not something you hollow out and put weed into:

Come on, Amsterdam and Weed…that’s crazy talk.

No, Core 77 is rater hip industrial design magazine, which is bringing forth the Dutch Master Project:
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Its a bicycle in the “Dutch” classic style made locally.
From their site:
“Core77’s Dutch Master
From Where It Began…
With a nod to New York’s Dutch heritage, the Dutch Master acknowledges the reemergence of European city bikes across America and New York City’s recent bike-friendly embrace. With its styling from the early 20’s, its vintage-inspired graphics on the custom-engraved badge and cable clips, and the Dutch Master cigar references, the bike reinterprets the common object into its premium expression, marrying the best of classic and contemporary.”

Two people and companies I really respect are helping with this project:
KT Higgins from Velo Brooklyn.
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and Worksman Cycles, from Ozone Park Queens.

Read more about KT from this local Bushwick site.
Velo Cycles is located at:
(347) 405-7966

So far there are only 25 of these limited edition rides being made (hey, they are made with local pride) and a few are on view until the 18th at the NYC ACE hotel. which you can ride your bike to at 20 West 29th.

You may want to smoke a fat blunt before deciding to drop more then $1500.00 on one of these. (Hey, they are made with local pride, which you don’t get in Saipan.

Video Friday…on Saturday.

AH what can I say, I gotta take care of this dude first…photo

Taking a page out of the skate video world…just cause we ride track bikes doesn’t mean our videos can’t have random clips from 80’s movies, random street fights with little kids and lots of crashes…

NO CASSETTES RED BAND TRAILER from FonsecaFilms on Vimeo.

Justin Taylor out of Texas

Justin Taylor / AJ Austin summer mini edit from Jason Baker on Vimeo.

and from my old hometown of Seattle, here is the summer trailer from

Seattle Summer Teaser from ZLOG on Vimeo.

some BMX from Shred or Die
Mike Escamilla

and the Alberto Contador Symphony from Stage 7 in Le Tour.

Thanks for linking

Tour viewing party and Fundraiser-Sunday at BXL

Here is a great way to see the tour and support youth cycling in NYC.

All proceeds of this event go to the youth program of the Century Road Club Association (CRCA)

I got this message from Christophe Jammet:
“Playing Hard to Get, are we?

Well it’s working! I’ll have to resort to bribery to get you to come to the Awesome, fantastic, fun, exciting, amazing, beer-fueled party we’re throwing on Sunday! Why should you come? Here’s a great list of reasons:

-We’ve got great Beer on Tap- BXL is stocking Piraat JUST for this party, and at 10.5% ABV, it pretty much guarantees a good time

-we’ve got beer $$: thanks to OrthoChick (Claudette), Velo Classic Tours, and the CRCA, We’re giving out some drink tickets to people who feel the need to tell Jed and I how great we are…

-Our Raffle to raise money for the CRCA juniors has an awesome Prize list: Waffle gift certificates from Wafels & Dinges, a Free Carbon Wheel Rental From Echappe, Bike Fit from coach David Jordan, a month of coaching with the Flying Fin-Roger Aspholm, Gore Ride-on Cables and other goodies courtesy of NYC Velo, a metric ton of Chamois Cream and Cooling Cream thanks to Sportique, T-shirts from Gage & DeSoto Tees, Uvex Helmets, and for a little french flavor- Saucisson Sec from our friends at D’Artagnan (drool). Tix are $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5 tix.

-The bar will have all-you-can-eat mussels for $20. I obviously reccommend the Mussels with Bacon and Cream, but you’re not suprised at all by that, are you?

-You get to see the tour de france the way it should be watched- in a rowdy Euro-bar. Come heckle or cheer for Lance! Come see Cadel evans continue his streak of Mediocrity! Come watch Bottle fetch, well, Bottles!

See you all there!


You can view the tour via live streams on the web at

And I would bike 200 miles…

Local officials congratulate themselves for…doing their job.

Well the good news is we are getting more bicycle infastructure.

This in from the dailynews:
“With one last dash of paint, New York became the self-proclaimed “bike capital of the nation” Wednesday.
City leaders gathered on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to paint the final stretch of a 200-mile, three-year bike lane expansion that nearly doubled the number of bike-lane miles across the car-packed five boroughs.

Read the rest of the article here