What’s up with this? Tribute to the ladies, some sort of nostalgia or patient of Dr. Lecter? “Just put the lotion in the rear basket.”
(I’m just sad I’m not cool enough to make the blog roll)
Then there is J Schumacher’s abandoned bicycles of NYC.
What bikes do you own? Two. A beautiful mixte Motobecane|Astra from the 70s that I use most of the time and a road Torpado from the mid 80s. Both steel frames and both blue.
Where do you like to ride to the most? All 7sq. miles in San Francisco. Every neighborhood has its charm and there’s always a route to cheat even the steepest of hills. I also enjoy riding near the water, it is always very therapeutic.
How long have you been doing your blog? Since July 2008
What got you into it? I wanted to share my perspective of things I see/do on a regular basis here in San Francisco. I have been an avid blog reader (all things fashion/bikes/local/technology) for a long time and never thought about starting my own. So one day I thought it would be fun to start one, while I was riding my bicycle home from work.
What is your blogs focus and why? Bikes, coffee and boys. I love all 3 of them and the first 2 I’m intensely passionate about.
What is the bike scene like where you write about? The beauty of San Francisco is having plenty of bicycle styles and scenes. There are plenty of different interests from urban riders to triathletes, people that cruise around, mountain bikers, Etc. There are all kinds of groups within the local bicycle community and multiple events that bring them all together. It is fun to be a part of it all.
I ride in normal clothes and mostly skirts or dresses but never bash on people for wearing lycra or something different than my personal likes, the US being ‘so behind’ on bicycle culture, or why my city rocks more than other cities. That is not my goal and I don’t personally believe in being a super snob about things like that.
Bicycling is fun, and San Francisco is a fun city to ride around, period. Keep it safe & simple, and of course caffeinated.
What kind of people read your blog? People that enjoy seeing different spots all around the city, coffee places, and primarily bicycle lovers. A large part are based here in SF/Bay Area, but nationwide as well. Many fellow bike bloggers visit the blog very often, which is nice.
It has been a great tool to connect with people sharing their very own perspective, point of view, personal style and own interests around the globe, yet the same passion: the bicycle.
What was one of the most interesting experiences you had on a bike? One afternoon, I was riding alongside Gary Fisher and having a chat about steel frames. At that time I was star-struck, but then it’s funny how you get used to him because suddenly he has been everywhere, in so many bike events around town.
Any memorable posts or comments you want to share? I love reading and interacting in the comments area. There’s always a few comments that make me smile. A post that was well-liked was the detailed shots & info about my ride, The Frenchie. I had been getting some suggestions to do so for awhile and people seemed super into it, it was very cool.
Also, it has been memorable when people drop nice emails, someone sends me kind words about a specific photograph, or someone from halfway around the globe has reconnected with me because their friend recommended the blog. That was very special.
What are your future goals with your blog? Right now I’m doing it entirely for fun, as my side little hobby. We’ll see where it goes, it has been an enjoyable experience so far.
For all those concerned about the conditions on the streets for cyclists including dangerous drivers and “out of control” bikers on the sidewalk…you should be equally concerned about the on going Harassment campaign of the NYPD towards our cycling community. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you obviously haven’t been paying attention.
Now is your chance to share your stories with lawyers about police misconduct.
“IMPORTANT- WE NEED INFORMATION TO HELP SUPPORT A LAWSUIT TO STOP NYPD HARASSMENT OF BICYCLISTS
Interviews with Cyclists to Discuss Cases of NYPD Harassment
(This is specific to harassment occurring on the last Friday of the month.)
Monday, March 16th starting at 7:00 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, Lower East Side, 1st floor
Have you been summoned, followed, and/or harassed by the NYPD just for riding a bike on the last Friday of the month? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much detail as you can give about the circumstances of the incident. Include contact information (phone and email) so we can get back to you if we have more questions. Please email us by Saturday (3/14/09).
This Monday, March 16th at 7:00 pm, please come to 156 Rivington Street (between Clinton and Suffolk), where the lawyers will conduct individual interviews with cyclists about these cases of harassment. Please remember to send your details to email@example.com in advance of the interviews.
Information is power and we need all the information we can get to stop the NYPD harassment of bicyclists on the last Friday of the month.
This race in New Mexico will take advantage of the newly completed Railrunner commuter train line that travels from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, 80 miles north. The race begins in Albuquerque. After hitting several checkpoints the racers must catch the train to Santa Fe where they will complete additional checkpoints before catching another train back to Albuquerque and the finish. Catching trains and hitting up checkpoints in two different cities sounds like a ton of fun. This is definitely a race worth traveling to.
Bike Clown Ride & Astor Place Pie Fight: Bike Clowns vs. Keystone Cops
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Contact: Barbara Ross 917.494.8164
What: Join the Timeâ€™s Up! Pies of March Clown Ride and Astor Place Pie Fight: Bike Clowns vs. Keystone Cops
Where: Meet 1:30pm at Tompkins Square Park, near the big tree at the 7th Street entrance
When: Ride starts at 2:15pm (come early for clown make-up and props)
Ride ends at 3:30pm at Astor Place for a pie fight – Bike Clowns vs. Keystone Cops
What to bring: Clown outfit, good cheers, a few pies, and your bike
This Saturday join the Timeâ€™s Up! Bike Lane Clowns as they liberate the new bike lanes throughout the city. The clowns will be warning drivers parked in the bike lanes to beware the Ides of March. While cyclists are beaming with joy for all the new bike lanes, the NYPD has yet to fully enforce the traffic law that prohibits any motor vehicle from parking and idling in the bike lanes. Betrayal is everywhere on the Pies of March ride. We’ll need to beware as the “NYPD” uses whipped cream pies to thwart the Bike Lane Clowns’ mission of demonstrating the environmental damage of polluting transportation as well as their celebration of the beauty of bike riding.
Come join us as we ride through the city and later descend into a madcap pie fight at Astor Place!
Video from Discovery Channels the G-word from 2008 event.
A big part of this whole scene has been previous organizer and racer: Carlos “Diablo” Rameriez.
Photo by Kevin Dillard of Demoncats.
Diablo: How long have you been a messenger? Are you one now? I been a messenger for 14 year and still kicking What Monster Track races have you attended? 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 What got you into alleycat racing? Felipe introduce me into the world of alleycat events What got you into track bikes? The simplicity of the bike. What is unique about Monster Track for you? MT is unique for the simple fact that there is no other only track bike alleycat in the world. What does MT mean for NYC? MT is the first track scene in NYC and after that i saw a diversity of track sub cultures around the world but before mt there was no track culture no where in the world. What Monster Track races have you been a part of organizing? I did organize MT 4,5,6,7 Who attends Monster Track? After MT 8 is not been the same, less people attend it How did what happened in Chicago last year affect Monster Track (as an organizer) Alleycat it was only for messenger original but now eveyone is allow to race. Because of the chicago incident i cancel the race. What do you think of the popularity of track bikes and how that translates to people racing and wanting to race alleycats? Well i think MT make the track zine what it is right now in the whole world. After i stop organizing MT all the upcoming alleycat in 2008 were whack, but maybe this 2009 it will pick up again. What is the future of alleycat racing in NYC and beyond? Don’t know, but i’m sure it won’t be like before.
Just wanted to keep it going so here is my profile from this years Monster Track organizer:
The Mighty Chin-Organizer
picture by Kevin Dillard of Demoncats. How old are you? too old to still be doing this Where do you reside? peoples republic of brooklyn What bikes do you own? Bianchi Pista is my daily for the last ten years. I also have a windsor profesional from the early 70’s, a Curtlo pursuit bike with a sweet 80’s paint job, a santa cruz 29er cruiser, a 24″ redline bmx, and a storied long john cargo bike. How long were you a messenger? for what companies? Dispatcher? long enough to master the job. messenger for 4 years, dispatcher for 2 plus. worked mostly for breakaway couriers What got you into riding track bikes? I bought my first track bike when i “retired” from daily messenger work. I was always fascinated with the fixed gear bikes when i was working – i worked on a street modified mountain bike most of the time. dudes who worked on them back then definitely had skills that the typical messenger didn’t. I remember this rasta dude Pierre busting the craziest skids in traffic and racing this guy we all knew as Red5 up flatbush ave after work. Definitely some of my inspirations for learning to ride fixed. What got you into alleycat races? Every messenger on the road thinks he’s the fastest guy out there. I was no different. I remember getting these hand drawn paper flyers from people and knowing that I had to show and prove. I got my ass handed to me, but i caught the bug anyway. What Monster Tracks have you been too? How did you do? I’ve raced a couple of monstertracks – I think MT 3 and MT 7, filmed MT 8 and attended a bunch of the others. What alleycats have you organized? I’ve been involved in organizing alleycats for a while, helping out with spokecards and shirts and checkpoints. I was involved with CMWC 13 in 2005 and since then i’ve organized NYC’s 12th annual Halloween race, Rumble Thru the Bronx 3, the 5BoroGenerals series: Rumble4, Broadway Bombing, Staten Island Invazion, Queens Riot and Battle4Brooklyn, Rumble thur the Bronx 5, the Graffitti Rider, and now Monster Track 10 What are the biggest challenges organizing races? Finding prizes. Trying to make the race appeal to both people out to compete and people out to ride for fun. Making everything run remotely on time. How do races get passed off? Basically, if you have an idea you can organize a race. NYC has some long standing races: Monster Track, July 4th, Halloween, and Rumble thru the Bronx. The original organizers of most of those have moved on, and its usually someone who helped out the year before that inherits the race. If I organized one of these races last year, I would pretty much have dibs on organizing it next year. What is unique about Monster Track? Monster track is the scariest, most competitive alleycat on the calender. Its restricted to fixed gear bikes and it brings out the best of the best. Who do you feel that Monster Track is 10 years old? Its pretty amazing to be part of a legendary event. Who should race alleycats? Messengers only? Anyone who is competent and confident riding in street traffic can race in my alleycats. Alleycat racing is originally a messenger thing, but has always been a place where non-messengers can meet messengers and test their mettle against them on the street. Messengers win most alleycats for a reason, but anyone who has the chops is welcome to give it a ride. Alleycat racing has really expanded the messenger scene and brought a lot of interesting people into the fold. How do you deal with the liability issues of alleycat racing? What liability issue? One of the fundamental tenets of alleycat racing is you are responsible for your own actions. No one is told to break laws or do anything dangerous by the organizers. The risks that racers take or don’t take are strictly their own to take or not ot take. What do you think of the trend of fixed gears and the fashion that goes
along with it? Fixed gear bikes are elegant, simple and efficient, plus it a little badass to ride brakeless. I’m personally over hating on people b/c their bikes match their clothes. I’ll just say make sure that you can ride your bike safely first, then work on looking good doing it. What is the future of Alleycat racing? will we see it in the XGames 2020? No. What are you future cycling goals? Ride every day. Get faster. Build my sound bike. ride in tokyo. Organizing goals? The rest of this year is all about small events: Midnight Keirin Club and GoldsprintsNYC. I think Graffiti Rider2: Electric Bugaloo is in the works. Monster Track 11 and maybe a NACCC 2010 Brooklyn bid.