its the Tweet de France

This will be the first tour to really embrace the microblogging sensation twitter.

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Follow along with New York Times Reporter, Juliet Macur as she tweets and links to articles.

Her recent article in the Times about the Astana dilemma, two powerhouses on the same team: Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador
Read it here.

Benefit for Safewalk/Right Rides on the 7/8/09

Benefit for SafeWalk and RightRides
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
8 pm – midnight

Featuring Lady Bright, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Old Hat, and the Eskalators! There will be music, baked goods (vegan and non), beverages, informational tables, and dancing.

All funds will go towards RightRides’ operational costs. SafeWalk is a program of RightRides for Women’s Safety that offers anyone a free, safe walk to any destination in northern Brooklyn on Friday nights.

$6-10 sliding scale

Silent Barn
915 Wyckoff
L to Halsey or M to Myrtle-Wyckoff

Montreal Moving company…on bikes

This article from the Toronto Star about a moving company all on bikes:

Pedals power Montreal’s moving day
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Transport Myette worker Dominique Thibaut prepares to haul a load of furniture by bicycle trailer to a client’s new home in Montreal)
June 30, 2009.
MONTREAL – You’d expect to see something like it in Bangkok or Beijing. A small bicycle trailer piled to teetering heights with a dresser, a keyboard, a queen-size mattress, a futon, a bed frame and two not-so-tiny armchairs.

After a momentary slip of the gears, the sweat-drenched worker is on his way, zipping to his destination as part of Canada’s most novel moving method: bicycle.

Today is not just Canada Day: July 1 also marks the annual, chaotic rite of passage for renters in Montreal, who, if they’re planning a move, typically schedule it for today.

Read the complete article Here.

See a video here.

Twitter round up-Tour De France edition

So some racers in this years 96th Tour de France will be on twitter. Some are into it and others have user names and aren’t posting. I mean what are they busy trying to ride 100K a day and don’t have time for a few electronic tweets, Shesh.

Here are some of the racers who will be tweeting:
Robbie Hunter
Alberto Contador
Robert Gesnik
Lance Armstrong
Allan Davis
Carlos Sastre
Levi Leipheimer

Team Astana Lance’s Team
Team Quick Step
Team Slip Stream/Garmin

Some Tour news to follow:

Phil Liggett
Europeleton Blog

Here’s a little preview from the Quickstep Website

The Stages:
04/07, stage 01: Monaco – Monaco (15,5 km, ITT)
05/07, stage 02: Monaco – Brignoles (182 km)
06/07, stage 03: Marseille – Grand Motte (196 km)
07/07, stage 04: Montpellier – Montpellier (38 km, TTT)
08/07, stage 05: Cap d’Agde – Perpignan (197 km)
09/07, stage 06: Girona – Barcelona (175 km)
10/07, stage 07: Barcelona – Andorra Arcalis (224 km)
11/07, stage 08: Andorra La Vella – Saint-Girons (176 km)
12/07, stage 09: Saint-Gaudens – Tarbes (160 km)
13/07, rest day: Limoges
14/07, stage 10: Limoges – Issoudun (193 km)
15/07, stage 11: Vatan – Saint Fargeau (192 km)
16/07, stage 12: Tonnerre – Vittel (200 km)
17/07, stage 13: Vittel – Colmar (200 km)
18/07, stage 14: Colmar РBesan̤on (199 km)
19/07, stage 15: Pontarlier – Verbier (207 km)
20/07, rest day: Verbier
21/07, stage 16: Martigny – Bourg-Saint-Maurice (160 km)
22/07, stage 17: Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Le Grand Bornand (169 km)
23/07, stage 18: Annecy – Annecy (40 km, ITT)
24/07, stage 19: Bourgoin Jallieu – Aubenas (195 km)
25/07, stage 20: Mont̩limar РMont Ventoux (167 km)
26/07, stage 21: Mont̩reau Fault Yonne РParis (160 km)

What the racers are in for:

Get psyched for the tour with “Blood, Sweat + Gears, new Sundance Channel Documentary

Blood, Sweat + Gears: Racing Clean to the Tour de France from Team Garmin-Slipstream on Vimeo.

Exclusively from the Sundance Channel, a documentary following Jonathan “JV” Vaughters and his Slipstream/Garmin team.
For schedules of when its on, click the pix.

July 4th-NYC-Know Your Rights Ride and Rally

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Time’s Up presents:
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Union Square Park North

July 4th Know Your Rights Ride and Rally – Celebrate Independence Day by exercising the right to Free Speech and Public Assembly

4 pm – Rally with First Amendment Super Stars, Reverend Billy and Norman Siegel.

4:30pm – Musical dance bike ride sponsored by The Clash – “Know Your Rights”
The Dance Ride will leave from Union sq after the rally

You have the right to free speech and public assembly, never apply for a permit. Happy Independence Day!

Don’t forget

4th of July, Bombing down Broadway
Meet at 218 st & Broadway Registration 2pm |Race 3pm
$5 bucks

Video Fridays-7/3/09

a little about the project:

What do a tattoo artist, a kid’s club coordinator,
a bike mechanic, a musician, a bicyclist courier
and a physics scientist have in common? Exactly.
Five native Texans and a young man from
Argentina guide the story through the environments
they call home. They depict a story rich
with southern culture, friendship, and smooth
The documentary puts you in the front seat as
you explore the people and the places of Texas
and abroad. Adrenaline fueled thrill rides and
delicate technical tricks are captured in a way
unique to each rider. The story is filled with innovative
perspective that dissects the phenomenon
of fixed gear riding like never before.

This film did not make it into the BFF this year so here it is online:

RavenFeeders BFF edit from Jason Baker on Vimeo.

Thanks for posting this Prolly

Sweet HD found on tracko

THE REVIVAL/KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON from morehartfilms on Vimeo.

Couple sweet lookin trailers from Vancouver with a documentary about their fixed gear scene:
Trailer one

Trailer two

Now its TOUR DE FRANCE TIME! get psyched.

a little about the Tour and Mark Cavendish from Mark Cavendish who talks about Mark Cavendish…did I mention Mark…oh.

From Bush to Bike

BBC News has a story on the use of bamboo bikes in Africa:
From bush to bike – a bamboo revolution
A bamboo bicycle can take over a week to make by hand

By Kieron Humphrey

On the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, next year’s crop of bicycles is being watered by Benjamin Banda.
“We planted this bamboo last year,” he says, “and now the stems are taller than me. When it’s ready we’ll cut it, cure it and then turn it into frames.”
Mr Banda, is the caretaker for Zambikes, a company set up by two Californians and two Zambians which aimed to build bikes tough enough to handle the local terrain.
Co-founder Vaughn Spethmann, 24, recalls how it all started with a game of football.

Read the rest of the article here.

Bicycle Film Festival rolls on to Pittsburgh

This week the bicycle film festival hits its next stop…the industrial town of Pittsburgh PA.
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Home to this year’s Stanley Cup Winners:
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and it has a thriving bicycle scene which is often illustrated in the pages of Urban Velo magazine.

I had a brief chat with Jeff Guerrero who along with Brad Quartuccio, not only run Urban Velo’s magazine and blog, but are hosting the BFF in their hometown.


Name age and where you live (ride)

I’m Jeff Guerrero, 34, and live and ride in Pittsburgh, PA.

What bikes do you own?

I own about 10 bikes, and I’ve got a couple on loan from Salsa and Redline.

What will be your next bike purchase?

Honestly, I’ve got enough bikes for the time being. If I buy anything in the near future, it will be parts to build bikes for my less-fortunate friends.

What’s the bike culture like in Pittsburgh? (I know that’s a complicated one…just a general overview)

Pittsburgh’s got a surprisingly rich bike culture. Surprising, that is, only if you don’t live here. It’s a tough town with a blue-collar mentality and terrain that makes cycling both difficult and rewarding. If you haven’t heard, we’ve got a lot of hills, and the roads are usually pretty narrow. Being that we’re not a wealthy city, a lot of the roads are in bad shape and there aren’t a whole lot of cycling amenities like bike lanes and pedestrian bridges. We’re working on that, though.

On the bright side, there are lots of great people on bikes here. When the bicycle co-op throws a party, hundreds of bike punks come out of the woodwork. The mountain bike scene is pretty impressive, and the road racing culture is simply legendary. You ever heard of the Dirty Dozen? The Million Mile Man? We don’t have a velodrome, but we’ve got a bike track where they host crits twice a week, and every other Friday there’s track bike racing. And we’ve got about a dozen great bike shops, especially Iron City Bikes and Kraynick’s.

Has Pittsburgh had a BFF? What is planned?

I’m really excited to be screening the films at the Andy Warhol Museum. That place is amazing. Not only are they a world-renowned museum, they’ve been incredibly kind to us. It makes sense, though, since half the people that work there are cyclists (or so it seems). We’ll be hosting roller races at Pittsburgh’s only bicycle-themed bar, and then a big afterparty at one of the coolest art spaces in the city. Finally, we’ll be wrapping things up on July 4th with a bike polo tournament and BYOP (bring your own picnic), followed by a group ride to watch the fireworks.

Who will be coming to the festival? Will you see new faces?

I know we’ll be seeing our friends from Cleveland, Dayton and Lexington because of the polo tournament. I think we’ll see other people from the rest of Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding states, because the festival has never been in this vicinity before.

Are their any local films?

Unfortunately, no. But I think people will identify with a lot of the films as though they were. The story of FBM bikes will strike a chord with Pittsburgh’s working class (even though it’s from New York), and the short film “Ski Boys” will remind a lot of people of their rural Pennsylvania/Ohio roots (even though it’s from Canada).

What do you hope people will ride away from the BFF this year? How will it impact the biking community and culture in the area?

My biggest hope is that people within the community will be inspired to do more, and people from the fringes of the bike community will become more involved. I’m surprised there aren’t more people building bike frames in Pittsburgh, or putting on more unique events. I think that kind of thing is cause and effect, like the way bike culture continues to evolve in places like Brooklyn, because it’s constantly on display.

Whats it like to ride a bike in Pittsburgh? Is their infrastructure? Has the city been responsive to the rise in popularity of cycling? What needs improving the most?

It can be pretty tough, as I said earlier. We’re working on better cycling infrastructure, and we’ve even hired a bike/ped coordinator to make things happen. In recent years we’ve opened a couple bike lanes, painted sharrows here and there and remodeled an unused railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge. There are three bike paths that are incredibly useful if you happen to be going in those directions, and if BikePGH (the local advocacy organization) have their way, we’ll have a few more that “connect the dots” and make cycling a viable option to those who aren’t as comfortable or competent riding in traffic.

Is there Critical Mass in Pittsburgh? Whats the level of Car vs Cyclist perspectives in general?

Yes, last Friday of every month… Meet at the dinosaur in Oakland at 5:30.

People are people no matter where you go—some are rude, some are ignorant, some are respectful and some are friendly. I think Pittsburgh drivers just need more official reminders to share the road, and then we’ll be in good shape. Drivers are getting used to seeing more bikes on the road, and that’s leading to a little more courtesy, or at least an increased awareness.

What is Urban Velo?

Urban Velo is the magazine Brad Quartuccio and I started a little more than two years ago. It’s our take on what a magazine for city cyclists should be. We focus on the people and the culture, not so much on the consumer end of things. Of course that kind of stuff is essential, so we cover a lot of that on our blog, which is updated daily (often several times a day).

Urban Velo and the BFF get around all over the world, What has been your greatest traveling experience on a bike?

I’ve been pretty lucky… Most of my travels have been for mountain biking, and I have a special place in my heart for Southwest Utah. One of the greatest bike trips I ever took was to Negril, Jamaica. We rode around town on full-suspension mountain bikes, and they were totally appropriate for the road conditions. I’ve ridden in the Alps on the French/Swiss border, and it was unbelievable. Though we were riding mountain bikes and taking chair lifts, I got to ride a short portion of the Tour de France (Les Gets to Morzine) every day that I was there.

As for urban cycling, I especially like NYC and Chicago. Philadelphia might be my favorite city to visit, though. At the same time, I haven’t been to a lot of the big “bike towns,” like Portland, for example. I’m looking forward to getting over to Japan someday, but that may be a while…

What’s in the future for Urban Velo?

We’re really just getting started. As the magazine grows, I hope it becomes sustainable and that I can dedicate even more time to it. I think there’s a lot of room for growth online, but I just haven’t had enough time to develop some of the ideas I have. We’re doing pretty well, though, for two guys with day jobs.

What are your future cycling goals?

Right now I’m just enjoying what I do. I ride for transportation and play bike polo. I haven’t done much mountain biking lately, and even less racing, but I’m fine with that. When I get the itch again I’ll scratch it. In the immediate future, I want to get more people into cycling. I would like to do more to help kids get into cycling for transportation in the city, and I’ve even got some ideas, but I don’t really have a lot of time between my day job (teaching art) and my duties with the magazine.

Anything you wished I’d ask you?

You should have asked me how much I love Michael Green’s writing and filmmaking. He’s AWESOME! Really, I appreciate what you do, Michael.
Events around the festival:


7:00 PM | Program 1 – Bike Shorts – BUY TICKETS
Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe – 2518 E Carson St

6:00 PM | Program 2 – Where Are You Go – Premiere – BUY TICKETS
8:00 PM | Program 3 – Urban Bike Shorts – BUY TICKETS
8:00 PM | AFTER PARTY – The Brew House – 2100 Mary St

aw…no you’re great…no you’re great…thanks for the kind words Jeff and good luck with the BFF.