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Going cross country with 6 arms…I think.

Maybe you know Ken Stanek,
as this guy…
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Los Marcos Polo
or as the co-founder of the short bike related film festival:
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bikeshortfilms.com
Ken has been a real fixture in the NYC bike community, hosting events, racing and running various bike/messenger related websites.
Now Ken and his buddies, Quinn and Andy are heading across the country on bikes:
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You can follow along on their exploits including a recent test camping trip to Bear Mountain, in the rain, at their website:
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So far we don’t know where the name comes from. Something about an amputated arm, that non of these guys have.
These guys also are looking for a hand…ha ha, in regards to possible places to stay along the route:

In Ken’s words:
“If anyone’s got any friends who live somewhere along our route –
particularly if you know someone who lives in a town of population < 150 in
the middle of Wyoming or something, roofs over our heads and showers might
be spectacular at certain points. It sure will beat setting up our tent
behind a barn or a bear cave. Bears come out of hibernation this time of
year, and they're hungry."

Good luck guys!

Tall bike bmx video.

That’s what I’m talking about:

BMX tall bike with trix.

Shea’s BIG Bike Session from Haro Bikes on Vimeo.

Found this on the blog corpusfixie. I believe thats Corpus Christi Texas…I’m checking into that, but my Spanish is muy malo.

Bike Shorts, this Sunday

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The latest installment of Bike Shorts is coming Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
April 12th.
8pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo.
$5.
Come vote on your favorite bike short film and the best film maker will win $100.00.

The bikeshorts website is a great archive of past participants with links to their movies.

Here is one from Heather Muller, now up on-line. “Get Faster”
Find out what it really takes to win NYC’s Monster Track.

Spring is sprung…head over to Brooklyn Bike and Board.

We got a brief taste of good weather this Sunday and temperatures peaked up into a nice level of “take your bike out from the moth balls and see if you can get a tune up.” I noticed a small crowd had gathered near the Mom and Pop bike shop near my apartment in Park Slope. Everyone was looking like they wanted their bikes in working order to get ready for the hopeful onslaught of good weather. Its all good and here’s to more bikers on the streets giving the cars a run for their money. Maybe we can pick up a few more who are tired of being price gouged by the MTA who offer higher prices and lower service.

One place I’d like to recommenced for your winter dust off is the nice folks over at Brooklyn Bike and Board.
Website: Brooklyn Bike and Board
Location: 560 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn, NY.

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Started back in December by Brian Gluck this shop is mostly designed for repairs with three full time mechanics ready to fix your ride and answer questions, including Max who rode his Xtracycle all the way across country from Seattle.

I was impressed right when I walked in the shop because they had this huge wood electrical spool in the front window servicing as a work bench. The idea was to create a place where people could do quick flat repairs if they wanted to learn. I like the community feel of this shop and the DIY spirit.

I decided to give my Orange KHS a paint job. First step was to strip off all the parts.
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One problem I had was my crank was stripped out.
Max had a solution which involved a hammer and a screwdriver. It was a mercy killing…had to be done.

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They did an excellent job and fixed another track bike I brought in.
If you need a good group of wrenches…I highly recommend this shop.

Looks like they have some community welcoming plans for the summer including some morning rides in Prospect Park and eventually movie screenings in their backyard.

Right now there inventory is kind of sparse but they are slowly expanding. They also sell skateboards too, which accounts for the board part of their title.

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Check these guys out and keep track of their blog too for upcoming events.

I asked Brian (the owner) a few questions about how he got started:

when did you open the shop and how long have you been in the bicycle business?

I opened shop on Friday, December 12th, 2008. It was such a strange day. I had gone to Home Depot to buy the “non” bike shop tools the previous Wednesday. The rest of the tools were delivered Thursday. I spent Thursday night setting up my work bench, organizing the tools, etc. It was exciting because I didn’t have any merchandise or inventory, so these tools were the first physical and tangible evidence that I was, in fact, opening a bike shop.

I came into work Friday morning, and it sort of dawned on me. Hey… I’m open. Wait wait wait wait…. I’m open… I’M OPEN! WHAAA!?

And just like that I owned a bike shop.

I printed out a sign, taped it to the window, and that was it. No fan fare. No ribbon cutting. No party. Just me, my tools, a cup of coffee, and a very empty space.

what is good about that location?

Oh that’s easy: it’s the people in the neighborhood. You have the Roadies peaking in sitting atop their Pinarello’s on their way to the park. The Pratt students with their thrown together single speeds. The mom’s and dad’s and their three wheeled strollers, with one, two, and sometimes all three of their tires flat.Their look of helplessness is almost painful. Oh, and then there’s three-speed crowd. An indescribable group that love the classic look and European feel. Their indicator chains swinging sadly at the ground, waiting to be reattached to something. The variety of people and their variety of bikes makes for such a rich and exciting bike culture. This location is one giant cauldron that’s being mixed by a bike god that has a multiple personality disorder.

what makes your shop unique?

My goal is to ignite peoples love for their bicycles and to help them realize it’s full potential. The only way to do that is to engage. I’ve set up the shop so that the customer is two feet away from our bike stand. And if they want to come around the counter to get a closer look, then they can. I encourage my mechanics to speak with them and answer any questions they have. It’s very important that we give people really sound and meaningful advice. There’s a level of openness that I maintain between myself and the customer. In my shop, there is no room for ego or arrogance or attitude. It’s all about the bike love.

what are your future plans for the shop?

My long term plan is to continue to tune in to what people need to get around. I’m continually searching for useful and functional answers to peoples traveling problems. It may be a new product, but it also may come from a suggestion that someone casually mentions. It also may be an old idea or an old product that’s used in a different way. I’ll hear it or see it or read about it and say, “Hey… what a sweet idea…” Where ever the inspiration lies, I hope to find it and tell people about it.

how has it been running a bike shop in this economy?

We have a tag line we sometimes use to describe our shop: No spandex and no carbon fiber. It’s tongue in cheek, but it points to the broader picture of what we are. The shop is geared toward the commuter and the urban rider. It targets people that use their bikes for utilitarian purposes as well as people who use them for travel. We build bikes that meet the city’s demands. Our bikes are useful, reliable, low maintenance, and inexpensive. The products that we carry reflect that. Blinky’s, locks, fenders… all these things are needed to get around in this city.

$5,000 Framesets and Campy Groupo’s are not what you need to pick up groceries or to get to a bar in Alphabet City. So we don’t carry them. If I did, then I’d definitely be worried about my business and the current state of the economy.

But there will always be commuters in this city. And this city will always have people who love and adore their bicycles. All those people need inexpensive, bike minded things that can take the abuse of this city. So that’s what I give them.

Saturday April 4th is also Midnight Madness-on Bikes

Trackstarnyc.com presents Midnight Madness, Saturday April 4th.
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Loosley based on the 1980 hardly know classic Michael J. Fox movie of the same name, about a 24 hour scavenger hunt.

Check out this website from Trudy from a report from last years event.
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Get your team together for this years 24 hour scavenger hunt on bikes.

Saturday April 4th!
registration at 6:00pm at Bushwick Country Club…
get ready!

Bike Lane Clown ride and pillow fight-NYC

Those whacky bike lane liberating clowns are at it again.
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DON’T BE A FOOL.
Last week it was a pie fight, this time its pillows.

TIME’S UP! FOOL’S RIDE: Don’t be fooled! Bike lanes are for bikes!
Saturday, April 4th, 2pm
Meet at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge bike path, Continental Army Plaza, at the George Washington Statue. Ride ends at the nation-wide pillow fight in Union Square at 3pm
By Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue
This event is at the low cost recession friendly price: FREE (much like all of Time’s Up events)

full calender of events, workshop and mechanic meet-ups visit: www.times-up.org

Don’t be fooled! Bike lanes are for bikes! Join the April Fool’s Day ride with the Time’s Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade, a troop of colorful trickster cyclists, on Saturday, April 4th as we clear Brooklyn’s new bike lanes of illegally parked cars. Shenanigans, monkey business, buffoonery and mischief GALORE! Culminating at the nation-wide pillow fight at Union Square at 3pm.

I learned about this pillow fight at www.newyork.going.com

Going.com is great place for events.
details on world pillowfight day:
Join the rest of the world on April 4th for World Pillowfight Day. Let out all of your frusteration about the economy by coming down to Wall Street and swinging a pillow until you get your bailout check. Or until it’s time to go home.

Rules:
– Soft pillows only!
– Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
– Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
– Remove glasses beforehand!
– Do not abandon your pillow at the location.
– Dress in business suits, demand your bailout check.

Don’t forget to clean up after yourself!
Official Site: www.pillowfightday.com
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picture from 2008 pillow fight day in Stockholm (that’s right this is a world wide event)
picture by: aten

Co-Ed Bike Polo Tournament in DC

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April 18th and 19th in DC.
for details check out Hotboiledp-nuts.com

a quick posting on new Time’s Up space in Williamsburg

The blog Changes Brooklyn, has the tagline…volunteering in the age of Obama.
Its writer recently went down to the new time’s up space in Williamsburg,
Check out ChangesBrooklyn.com

More about this stolen bike

Sorry for the delay. I was waiting on a picture of the bike itself. So it turns out the Bianchi Milano was stolen on Houston and Mercer in front of the Angelika theater in Manhattan. The lock that was broken was a Kryptonite KryptoLok U-lock
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which sells for about $25.00.
These are good for locking a back wheel, but shouldn’t be relied on for the main lock of the bike.
Also if there may be some strategy to not looking a bike near a movie theater, which gives the impression to thieves that they have at least an hour and a half to steal your bike. I had a bike stolen locked to the bike racks at the 2nd Ave and 11th St. movie house, but that had a fairly crappy lock.
It sucks to think that you can’t just ride your bike to a movie in NYC without going to great lengths to strategize about where to lock up…but…its something to think about. Why not put it near a pizzeria or place that has food delivery so as not to be a more obvious target.

Bike Stolen

OH NO. Could be the beginning of bicycle theft season.
A good friend of mine, Nara, just alerted me her bike was stolen in what seems to be a rather bold attack.

My bike was just stolen from the corner of Houston and Mercer, right outside the Angelika. Someone smashed the Kryptonite lock, which was twisted in a heap when I came out and found the bike was missing. Description: 18″ celeste green Bianchi Milano — older model without fenders with a non-standard WTB saddle (black with red details). Anodized blue aluminum bell on left handlebar, and possibly the vestiges of a lock attached to the crossbar.

Grrrrrrr.

please be on the look out for this bike.