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Looking for Racers for Monster Track

NYC’s premiere alleycat race will be 10 years old in February. Monster Track. Fixed gears only…no brakes. Looking for people who plan on racing this year, for the first time. Maybe even your first alleycat.

Also looking for people who might be coming from out of town.

I’m writing an article about this race and want to get some perspectives from some new blood.

Bicycle News Round Up-week of 1/26/09

Here are some bicycle news stories from around the world.

To Guatemala:
Engineering Students bring bicycle powered washing machines to a small Guatemalan community.
The article from the Lantern (Ohio State University Paper)
for more info check out: mayapedal.org

or watch this video:

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On the 24th of January, London had its first annual Tweed Run.
Check it out at: Arkitipintel.

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More of pictures by Roxy here.
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On January 24th, Apple’s Macintosh computer turned 25…but it was almost the bicycle.
Read the article here in Zdnet.
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And here in NYC,
Transportation Alternatives is complaining that the city is doing a poor job of clearing ice off of the East River Bridges bikeways.
Check out the video on here on NY1.

Bike Gadgets

Here are a couple of gadgets I spyed over at bikehacks.com, your online resource for new bike innovations.

Check out the newest in bar ends:

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Picture by: geekologie.com

These little guys have created quite a stir. Two Philiadelphia art school designers, Matt Braun and Jared Delorenzo sell these bar end plugs as a way to not loose your keys. Also seen over at therecordplayer.net talking about “Biker’s Revenge.” Of course most people think we urban cyclists are going to use them for damage like in the movie Ben Hur.
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Thats ok, the drivers have a weapon of there own…its called the automobile as demonstrated tragically in Chinatown with a van plowing over some preschoolers, with no charges to the driver I might add.

Not cool, and this blogger wouldn’t advocate using your bike as a weapon, when your chain is much better. Besides…these plugs are totally impractical in NYC, cause we all know you want to be as narrow as possible.
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still from the movie Empire.

Although with building policies still unchanged, this might be more practical for traveling with your bike:
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Bergmoench brings you the bicycle backpack. Well, not in America anytime soon.


Bergmönch from Thomas Kaiser on Vimeo.

Meanwhile, Track bike shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Chari and Co, have a couple of sweet things I love:
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wood handlebars.
and toy track bikes: SO CUTE.

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check out their blog from time to time for cool stuff.

Help Bikeblognyc’s circulation.

Hello loyal readers and occasional voyeurs. I would love to increase my circulation and one way to achieve this would be to get added to the NYTimes CityRoom Blog’s Blogroll. (right side column) Ah, yes, the blog of the paper of such prestige.

They have linked several of my postings. Most recently this video about SLC biking-
cityroom.blog.nytimes.com

So somebody is watching. Besides my own propagandizing, I feel, my postings help circulate the news, stories, video and information about the bicycle community in NYC and around the world. This brings us one step closer to world bicycle domination. (Insert maniacal Dr. Evil laughter, finger to mouth optional)

So please leave comments on this specific posting and ask them to add me to their blogroll.

For some reason their email: cityroom@nytimes.com is not working therefore I have no way of contacting them.

Maybe if enough people comment, they will take notice.

Also if you are a fellow Bikeblogger out their, and you like what I post and write about, please add me to your blog roll.
I have quite an extensive links page and would love to reciprocate the linkage.

Sorry for the pandering. The next thing you know I’ll be offering a free tote bag. Now back to your regularly scheduled ranting.
Thanks.

Stimulate the bike!

Not to be left out of all of us bikebloggers, blogging about the same thing…I wanted to post this about a worthy website.

Andy in Ithaca, NY has started stimulusbike.typepad.com
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Whats this you ask? Another bike porn website…dirty minds.
Its more about gathering like-minded bike enthusiasts and green
conscious people not to use the new economic stimulus package to buy a foot massager or a new flatscreen tv, but rather to make the following pledge and get involved:

(from the site)
Make The Pledge
President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package will give an estimated $500 per person through altered tax-withholding over 4 months this year. There are several ways to use this money towards helping your local economy, increase your fitness, and reduce our dependence on cars. Make the pledge today to use this money for a worthwhile purpose!

More Ideas
Do you have other ideas of great ways to use your economic stimulus money to get active or support bikes this year? You are welcome to post comments below!

Share Your Story
Do you have a story about your bike, your commute, your advocacy, or what you plan to use your stimulus money for? We will feature stories from time to time, so please email them to stimulusbike@gmail.com

Hey NYC, check out SLC.

Think you got it cold in the NYC? Check out bike winter in Salt Lake City, Utah.

bike winter from Dada Factory on Vimeo.

Roller Race and Auction for Recycle-a-Bicycle

Jan 27: Roller Race and Auction!

Race on the famous Bike Works Barelli Competition Rollers, watch spills and 200rpm sprints! Join us at Galapagos DUMBO for a roller race and auction to benefit Recycle-A-Bicycle with guest NYC DoT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan.

Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Galapagos Art Space (directions)
16 Main Street, Dumbo Brooklyn

$20 donation to Recycle-A-Bicycle at the door.

Auction items include a Swift Folder by Design Mobility, Kayak tripfor a group of 10 by LIC Community Boathouse; VIP Tickets to the Five Borough Bike Tour by Bike New York, and so much more!

Men’s and women’s fields, a USA Cycling Event (permit pending)

Race Director:
Karen Overton (917-902-9165, director@recycleabicycle.org)

Galapagos Art Space is at the corner of Water Street. Take the A/C train to High Street, F Train to York, 2/3 to Clark Street (map)

LA magazine has huge spread on bike culture.

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Matthew Segal has recently written a massive article on the thriving bicycle culture in Los Angeles for LA magazine:

“Perhaps the most hallowed crossroads in Los Angeles bike culture is the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Heliotrope Drive. That’s where you’ll find the Bicycle Kitchen, a tiny storefront with screwdrivers and wrenches adorning its smudged walls and salvaged bike frames hanging from the ceiling. For a suggested donation of $7 an hour, you can come in, throw your bike on a rack, borrow tools, and get guidance on how to make repairs, whether it’s fixing a flat or fashioning a rim. The enterprise offers an affordable alternative to regular bike shops, which can charge as much as $75 for a tune-up, but what galvanizes the volunteers who work here is the idea of building a self-sustaining community.”>

read the article here.

Stolen bike website

What happened to these people?
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They were all shocked to find out Lance Armstrong is racing again? They are new contestants on Real World-Brooklyn? They were all knocked down by chinese food delivery riders on the sidewalk? Nope…they all had bicycles stolen.
Following along with what I’m trying to do with my stolen bikes page,
there is a new website dedicated to documenting people’s tales of bike theft.
Got a story to tell about your stolen bike?
check out: someonestolemybike.com

DC bike valet a big success. Wrap up.

the Washington Area Bicyclist Association or WABA, set up shop in DC to provide bike valet for the millions of people who descended upon the Nation’s capital for President Obama’s inauguration.

Here is a link to their Flickr photo stream which I also found on this cool local blog, brooklynbybike.wordpress.com
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My friend Ben Noble, sent in these pictures from DC:
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and my favorite DC biker blooger, gwadzilla, has some first hand accounts on the ground, and posted these words from WABA, Director Eric Gilliland…

Here’s a quick wrap up from the Inaugural Bike Valets:

All in all I think everything went incredibly well. We parked 1127 bikes at the 16th Street location and even had to build a separate enclosure with spare crowd control fencing to handle overflow. We parked 827 bikes at the Jefferson Memorial which was just at capacity. These numbers do not include WABA and DDOT staff or volunteers. When you add them all together we parked 2040 bikes which, to my knowledge, is the most ever valet parked in one day in the US. We didn’t lose a single bike and the one helmet that went missing was eventually found. Everyone loved the service we provided and were extremely patient with the lines that formed during drop off and pick up. Had it been 10 degrees warmer I think we would have been overwhelmed. We could not have done it without two things: the full support of DDOT and the amazing army of volunteers that chose to spend that special day us. They stood outside in the cold for hours and really worked hard to make it as pleasant an experience as possible for those that came with bikes.

We are all exhausted, but happy with the way it went.
-Eric