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Photos and article from 2009 Harlem Skyscraper Classic

On Sunday, after racing in this years Harlem Skyscraper Classic, David August Trimble took some vibrant detailed photographs that really captured the action of this pro cycling event.

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See more of Dave’s photo at his flickr set.

Also J. David Goodman of the NY Times wrote this article on how the race got started and why its got the nickname, “the skinscraper.”
A Harlem Tradition: Risking Scraped Skin for Cycling Glory

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Josiah Strawn, a 5-year-old, his race number still pinned to his shirt, leaned against one of the barricades that encircled Marcus Garvey Park as a pack of fast-moving racers hummed by.

“He rode the race,” his father, Ray Strawn, said, beaming. “First time without training wheels! He fell down once, but he got back up and finished it.”

Josiah was one of the hundreds of local and international racers of all ages and abilities who descended on the three-quarter-mile circuit around Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day for the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, the city’s oldest continually held bicycle race.

Read the complete article here.

Weekend Round Up 6/18-6/21

This weekend there was a ton of stuff going on.
Thursday was a private party for the Bicycle Film Festival at the beautiful Angel Oransanz Gallery in the Lower East Side. The festival director Brendt Barbur and his staff had a nice reception for friends of the festival. Hosted by their new sponsor who seems to be down with bikes: 42 Below Vodka.
Wait, Vodka sponsor, bikes and Brendt’s got a busted arm? Remember kids, if your going to drink, bike responsibly.

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In attendance was none other than: Janette Sadik Kahn, the DOT Commissioner.
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She gave a short speech praising the festival and promoting the hard work of the DOT, bring more bike infrastructure to NYC.
It was a nice coming together of the bicycle community from all flavors.
Transportation Alternatives provided valet parking.
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In attendance were many of the film makers from this year’s festival including:
Brian Schoenfelder, who made the documentary “Third Wheel” about the struggle for pedicabs in NYC.

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Peter Meitzler, (on the left) who owns Manhattan Rickshaw one of the key people to bring pedicabs to NYC and film maker Brian Schoenfelder.

Here is his trailer.

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Also there was Noah Budnick of the Alliance for Biking and Walking to promote an event to coincide with the BFF this year.
42 Below Vodka is sponsoring the 42Ride Pedals Challenge: (from the website)

“42 riders are heading south to Philadelphia and then will split into two groups of 21 riders heading westwards, one touring the north and one touring the south. Participants will pedal an impressive total of 4,017 miles across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, witnessing some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer.”

Then Jon Spencer played the South Street Seaport:
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Their were some gold sprints at the official after party:
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The festival letters had some beef with Brendt because Wonka was riding on them…
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Saturday, there was an outdoor block party that kind of got rained out, but there was still some street skills to be had on fixed gears and BMX.
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There were two alleycat races: Bridge Battle 5 and Global Gutz (NYC)
Steve posted some videos that I got off of Prolly’s blog.


Then on Sunday there was a last chance to see the Joy Ride art show attended by a really cute baby.
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and of course, Bike Polo.
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Bicycle Film Festival is looking for interns


Be apart of this amazing movie festival dedicated to the bicycle, now in its 9th year.

Got this message from Nick Golebiewski who is looking for interns for the bicycle film festival:

“We’re looking for a video/film intern at the festival if you know of anyone. There’s a festival every weekend and we have the largest archive of bicycle films in the world we would like to digitize.

Thanks,
Nick”

Contact nick@bicyclefilmfestival.com if interested.

14 cool concept bikes

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Tim Jacobsen sent me this link to some amazing concept bikes.
Check it out here at incrediblethings.com

Its time once again for “Caption This Photo”

Leave your best caption for this photo:
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Time’s Up events-Garden Coalition, Critical Mass-After Party

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NYC Community Gardens Coalition Action Alert!
Join us at City Hall Wednesday June 24th at 10 a.m. for an important City Council Hearing on the future of our gardens!
We urgently need all gardeners and garden supporters to bring your voices and letters of concern to a public hearing sponsored by City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation at City Hall and speak up for the preservation of all community gardens!
The hearing will focus on the future of community gardens in NYC and specifically Resolution #1890, which calls upon the City to map all GreenThumb community gardens in NYC as parkland, thereby giving them stronger protection in the future!
For more information see www.nyccgc.org

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ABC No Rio Common Spaces ’09 & Critical Mass After-Party
Friday, June 26th, 7 p.m.
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Norfolk

This is an ABC No Rio open house and party. Come see what ABC No Rio is all about. Party to follow.
View: The Exhibition “Submission”
Play: Photography for kids and adults
Print: Your own Shirt
Browse: Gems of the Collection
Read: With the ABC No Rio Poetry Crew
See: General Giii Performing throughout the evening
Meet: Time’s Up! Mechanics in the Basement Bike Workshop
Special Guests: Books Through Bars & Food Not Bombs

Join us to PARTY after the Critical Mass ride! Bike Valet Parking Will Be Available.

www.abcnorio.org

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2. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, June 26th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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3. ABC No Rio Common Spaces ’09 & Critical Mass After-Party
Friday, June 26th, 7 p.m.
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Norfolk
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4. PATHWAY CREATION THROUGH RARE WETLANDS
Saturday, June 27th, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sherman Creek Park, Inwood NYC
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5. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, June 27th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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6. MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, June 29th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets
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7. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, July 3rd, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

New Service, custom painted bike helmets

Danielle Baskin contacted me about a new service: custom painted helmets.

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Check out bellehelmets.com

Round up of weekend events

One of many things that went on this weekend, besides the Bicycle Film Festival, Joy Ride Art show, Gold sprints, After parties, Peel Sessions, Mermaid Parade, and Bridge Battle Alleycat…
There was the Global Gutz race. A messenger race which took place in over 40 cities, at once.

Congratulations to the winners:
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Here is a video from Brisbane, Australia’s race,

Continuum Cycles has new Track Frames

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Looking to get a nice Track bike this summer, check out the latest bikes at Continuum Cycles.

From their site:
“Our 2008 frames sold out pretty quickly so we decided it was time to make more. Though the green machine won’t be returning, the aluminum frame is available again.

The 2009 frames are in stock. We’ve made changes based on our own experiences with the frame and from the feedback of riders. The top tube has been shortened, making for a more aggressive geometry. The forks have been redesigned and are now available drilled for brakes.

We also added two new sizes. The first is a 48 cm that is designed to ride 650c wheels. The standover height is 45 cm. We kept the 50, 54 and 56 cm’s and added a 58 cm, as well.

The new frames are available in white with red decals, red with black and raw with white or black all for $600. We are also releasing a limited edition frame for the Spring. Only two frames in each of the five sizes will be available in icy lavender for $650. The limited edition frames are going fast, so if you think you are interested, drop by the shop.”

Shop Location:
199 & 207 Avenue B
Between 12th & 13th St.
New York, NY 10009
212.505.8785
continuumcycles@gmail.com

Summer Hours
Monday-Saturday 11 -8
Sunday 12-5


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More bikes stolen.

Check out the latest Stolen Bikes Page, for some unfortunate recent postings of bikes nabbed, including this Green Continuum.
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a Green bike stolen? That is near to my heart.