Sara Wilson of the Fresh Air Fund reminded me of this great opportunity for inner city kids to have a real amazing summer experience.
“Summertime is Fresh Air time for thousands of New York City children growing up in disadvantaged communities. The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency providing free summer vacations to inner-city youngsters in need. Through The Fundâ€™s Friendly Town Program, close to 5,000 children visit volunteer host families each summer in rural and suburban communities. Fresh Air children stay for two weeks or more in over 300 Friendly Towns across 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.
Since 1877, more than 1.7 million inner-city children, living in New York Cityâ€™s toughest neighborhoods, have experienced the joys of Fresh Air vacations. The Fresh Air Fund is primarily supported by the generosity of thousands of contributors. ”
If you are interested in supporting this cause or hosting a child for the summer visit:
Got emails about two unique jobs and thought I’d Post them:
Seeking full-time shop manager for bicycle fabrication and testing in Kibera, Kenya
Worldbike, working in cooperation with UN-Habitat, is seeking a full time shop manager to work in Kibera, Kenya between the dates of March 8th and June 31st, 2009. Worldbike is a U.S.-based NGO that promotes bicycles as tools for development primarily through the creation of livelihoods and for the provision of essential services for those most in need.
Currently, Worldbike is testing non-motorized technologies in solid waste management applications in urban and peri-urban settlements in Kibera and the Lake Naivasha area. The offered position seeks a person who can 1) take over the development of existing prototype designs and a workshop 2) work with and train two inexperienced assistants 3) research and source difficult to procure materials and components and 4) undertake a methodical and iterative testing process.
The most successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to adapt quickly, focus on project goals, and remain organized while working within the context of a UN-Habitat project.
Position Title: Shop Manager
-extensive experience in bicycle mechanics (experience in mixed bike mechanic environments a must)
-moderate experience in vehicle design and fabrication (tinkering, welding, engineering skills a must)
-computer and internet proficiency (will be responsible for reporting on work and outcomes)
-strong grasp of basic mechanical principles and the ability to communicate them
-experience working in a results-focused environment
-familiarity with international development concepts and community-based approaches
-experience in entrepreneurship and business operations
-having the Yellow Fever vaccine since it can sometimes be in short supply
The selected candidate will be expected to develop a sustainable supply of non-motorized vehicles appropriate to solid waste management in urban settlement settings. This is to be accomplished either through domestic production, foreign sourcing or, more likely, some combination of the two. The work is to be conducted in collaboration with a local youth group and with the ultimate goal of establishing a viable business enterprise to be owned by the group selling, marketing, and utilizing non-motorized vehicles. The candidate will be responsible for:
Developing vehicle designs and sourcing needed materials
Managing the assets of a workshop
Managing two shop assistants
Developing and teaching a bicycle mechanics, design, and fabrication curriculum
Maintaining rigorous records of activities and research results
Working in collaboration with business planning efforts that will make the workshop a sustainable enterprise
$1500/mo. Travel expenses included. Potential future work ahead.
The selected candidate will be signed as an independent contractor to Worldbike.
We’re getting ready for spring and looking at bringing another employee on board here at Bike Trailer Shop.
Despite the slow economy we’re still growing at a good pace and from our view point it looks like the utility cycling movement will be growing strongly in the year ahead.
We are currently seeking an employee to join our team here in Flagstaff, AZ.
I was wondering if you might be willing to mention our available position on your Blog.
It seems that among your readership there is likely someone who would be interested in the opportunity.
I wanted to follow up with my Monster Track profiles so here are a few question and answers form the Racers themselves:
PAVEL MAROSIN-The Rookie
“Hey Michael, it was nice meeting you and your family in person. Can’t believe your son was so calm in that cold.
The whole weekend was great, I met a lot of really nice people and had a blast joking, freezing, riding, and drinking for three days. I’m glad I tried the gold sprints on Friday as well as sprinting up the Williamsburg bridge on Sunday, it was a lot of fun.
When it came down to the race I can’t say I’m disappointed with my back of the pack finish.
As soon as i got the manifest all I could say was “fuck”, even though I pretty much grew up in NYC i felt like a tourist, not knowing where any of the checkpooints were besides the few that were like “303 east 33rd”. I was gonna follow a guy that I knew was a messenger and was quick, I put my bike next to his but he must have moved it after I almost knocked his down, heh. So when we got started I didn’t see him at all.
My first mistake was following John Prolly who had some sort of plan to lead whoever followed him the wrong way…..great. I had a hunch that something was up when we rode to a dumpster but I was too naivee I guess. I laughed about it after though. Without even looking at the manifest I found a group to ride with and we rode at a good clip to a bunch of check points, not really thinking them out, ohh well. It was a real good time though, just riding, talking, laughing, meeting new people as we rode through traffic.
Towards the end I was with a guy from Canada who lost his manifest but could ride well, the guys who knew the streets were beginning to slow a bit but I couldn’t go off on my own since i had no idea where to go. I didn’t really care because the group I rode with was great, I think we all had a great time.
All I can say is that all the fitness in the world won’t get you ahead if you don’t know how to find the checkpoints.
I got sick that night an lost my voice but still came out for the sunday events which were cool to watch. Great weekend overall for sure.
Being around this many bikers was definitely motivational. I got my trainer out and blew the dust off my road bike so I’ll be training even harder now that the weather is becoming nicer. I’ll also be studying up on NYC street addresses like an out of towner,and riding around more often through the parts I don’t know well. I really want to be competitive in alley cat races in 2009 and perhaps try out some road races, and the longer track events.
Thanks agaiin for letting me share my thoughts and experiences!
How did things go? Well. I placed 25th overall, and I’m not sure what place I came in for the out-of-towners. I also made it to the semi-finals for Gold Sprints which was unexpected. What was your Monster Track experience like? Awesome. It kind of makes me upset for not racing last year, but super excited for this years alleycat ‘season’. What was the best and worst part? The best part was being handed the #60 spoke card and then realizing that it didn’t correspond the the place you came in, and the worst was getting a cramp in my calf and thigh at the same time and hauling up 10th ave with my right leg only. What were your expectations? I didn’t have any, so I was greatly surprised. How did things change vs what your expectations were? I knew I wouldn’t know the city so I just rode with my other friends from Albany. I was able to hang on up to the last check point where I got dropped sprinting down 2nd ave because of the traffic. What would you do differently next time for MT or for Alleycat racing in NYC? Get faster! What did you learn about yourself as an athlete in alleycats? I’m bringing water with me next time. It was nuts not having any. Whats next for Andrew on a bike in 2009? Road racing, cross racing, alley cats, swing bikes, and more tall bikes.
Thanks again for putting this up on the website!
What was the best and worst part about this years race? This race was awesome. I really had a fun time doing it. The best part was coming to Continuum at the end of my first manifest and seeing my friends (Dylan even made it out on crutches!), and hearing them yell that I was First Girl.
It’s always great to see a big race like this come together. The organizers put so much time into planning it, the racers push each other to go faster, the sponsors are always so generous, the checkpoint workers stand out in the cold for hours to make it all happen, the photographers are so skilled and give us great images to remember the race, the bloggers make this race known worldwide, and our friends come out and support us. It really is an amazing display of our community.
The worst part was not having any chapstick! My lips were so chapped by the second time I got to Continuum, I wanted to ask someone from the crowd for some but I forgot when I was there. Any specific tales you want to share? I’m coming up from 100 Old Slip, and only have the Trackstar checkpoint left on my first manifest. As I’m going north on Water St., I see Lucas Brunelle following Dan Chabanov, going to the checkpoint that I just left. For a brief moment, I think ‘oh my God, I’m in first place overall!’ I quickly realize that they must be on their second manifest and there’s no way I’m ahead. It was a nice feeling for a second, though. How was the course? The format of this year’s race was completely new. We got one manifest with 12 checkpoints on it and were given about 2 minutes to look at it before Mike Dee yelled ‘GO!’ I wrote down ‘E’ and ‘W’ on my manifest to try to make quick sense out of the checkpoints. I went uptown first, hit the checkpoints on the east side, and crossed through Central Park to finish the checkpoints on the west and then headed downtown. The second manifest was another 5 checkpoints from the original 12. I was glad that I already knew where everything was and didn’t have to figure out 5 new addresses. We didn’t know how long the race was going to be, though, and I started thinking that we would get a third manifest with the remaining 7 checkpoints, which would send us back up to 98th street. This definitely made it hard to pace myself but I liked the challenge and thought it was a good twist that the organizers threw in. When I finished the second manifest, I was relieved to be sent to Affinity in Brooklyn. What does it mean to win MTX? Monstertrack is one of the biggest races of the year. I’m proud of myself for coming in 14th overall. I really want to thank Lance from Squarebuilt for building me a custom track bike as last year’s Monstertrack prize. This bike is probably the nicest thing I own and is amazing to ride. I was honestly a little nervous to race this bike on the street, but it handled phenomenally through traffic and I felt really good on it. I also want to thank Alex Farioletti and Affinity Cycles for holding roller training classes throughout the winter. Alex is so knowledgeable about fitness and cycling, and is so willing to share that knowledge. Taking his classes definitely helped my recovery speed and made me able to push through this long race! Whats next for Heather Muller on a bike in 2009? I can’t wait to get my prize bike from Affinity out on the streets! I also want to race my Squarebuilt out at Kissena, and maybe try road racing. I would love to do more touring this year, and am thinking of biking the Western Coast of the U.S. from Oregon to California.
Dan Chabanov-Third Place
picture by Kevin Dillard
What was the best and worst part about this years race? Best: Blasting up the west side highway with Jumbo and Lucas Brunelle. Worst: Watching Crihs blow by me on 14th st. Any specific tales you want to share? I just keep thinking about when me and Crihs raced our first allycat together four years ago. It was the Allykitten and it was a raced that was geared for first timers and occasional racers. I think we came in like 6th and 7th. Its pretty awesome to look back on how we got started in this mess. How was the course? Much longer then expected. What does it mean to be in top three of MTX? I think it means more to me that one of my good freinds won the race. Whats next for Dan Chabanov on a bike in 2009? I’m racing my first road race of the season next weekend. It will be my first time in the 1/2/3 field so that’s going to be a whole new experience. Track season is starting up soon as well. My first big goal of the season is Battenkill Roubaix and then after the road season really gets rolling. The occasional allycat allong the way.
“Big shout to the 2009 Monstertrack Masters: Crihs Thurmann (NY Minute)
and Heather Muller (Mess Collective).
Crihs turned out 37 miles, 19 stops, including two trips around
Manhattan and a pair of direct rushes across Brooklyn in roughly 2
hours and 25 minutes.
Heather is a TWO time women’s master of Monstertrack – she won last
year and has a custom Squarebilt to prove it!
Both Heather and Crihs took home some cash, a fully built Affinity Low
Pro track bike (matching white frames), a Monstertrack jersey and some
other goodies from our sponsors RELoad, DQM, Boundless NY, InCase, and
Big shout to JUMBO from Copenhagen as well. Jumbo finished seconds
after Crihs to convincingly prove who was 1st Out of Town. Jumbo took
home some cash, a jersey and a dope DQM SAG bag loaded with goodies.
1. Crihs (NYC)
2 Jumbo (Copenhagen)
3. Dan Chabs (NYC)
1. Heather Muller (NYC)
2. Dagga (NYC)
3. Mary Tyler (NYC?)
Out Of Town
1. Jumbo (Copenhagen)
2. Jonah (Philadelphia)
3. Donnie Green (Providence)
Joel Peterson form Outlaw Print Company used to be a courier in Philadelphia. Now he’s making sweet t-shirt designs.
Check out the bike related themes:
Here’s a bit about this duo from their site: “Pete Whitney and Joel Peterson are the dual operators of the dual operations Outlaw Print Co and Magick Outlaw. Like a couple of iron wrecking balls covered in human flesh, these two gentlemen have been unstoppable following their creative dreams into a breathing reality. While by day they run the Outlaw Print Co. screen-printing outfit, nightfall provides time to work at their own apparel line Magick Outlaw. Both of which are based out of Philadelphia with inter-stellar appeal.”
I proudly endorse the Reverend Billy of the church of stop shopping.
picture by: Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times
Article from Monday’s NYTimes:
by Rebecca White.
Backed by Green Party, Comic Pastor Runs for Mayor
Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping is â€” to say the least â€” not your typical candidate for mayor. With his blond pompadour, cobalt blue suit, black shirt and white collar, he made his announcement in Union Square on Sunday accompanied by a choir in green robes.
But he has the nomination of an actual political party and might have a spot on the ballot in November, something Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has yet to secure.