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Interview with David August Trimble

Coming up this weekend, Saturday March 28th, David August Trimble will be hosting the Redhook (Brooklyn) Criterium. This will be an exciting night race bringing together two cycling worlds…the alleycat track rider and the roadie (although I believe this race is Track Bikes only)
In my ongoing quest to profile our bike community I sent out some questions to David to find out about his cycling interests and why he’s throwing this unique race.
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David, where do you reside? I live on the border of Bed Stuy and Clinton Hill in a cycling mad townhouse. I actually rented the bottom floor from one of my Kissena teammates. We have converted the basement into a full bike workshop.

What bikes do you own? Depends on the day. Currently I have the Look 595 Road Bike. (2) Trimble Aero Bikes, a Trimble Mountain Bike, A Bianchi Pista Concept, A vintage Cinelli track bike, a beater snow bike, and a tall bike for good measure.

What got you into competitive cycling? Although it’s in my blood I didn’t get started until 2005. In my past life I raced shifter karts professionally (racing in the SKUSA North American Pro Tour). I began racing karts when I was 12 years old which definitely planted the competitive seed. Growing up my Father and Uncle both built frames for a living so I was always surrounded by cycling. In 2003 I retired from kart racing due to lack of sponsorship funds. I spent almost three years frustrated and without competition which began to drive insane. Finally after tiring of drinking heavily and being lazy I saw the light and borrowed my sister Hannah’s mountain bike and took a trip to Austin, Texas. I hit every crazy trail I could find and returned home bloody, bruised and hooked. I’ve been riding in some form ever since.

Have you ever been a messenger? Never been a messenger but for the first six months in NYC I basically worked as the in house delivery service for my uncle’s design firm. It took a little while and included a heavy dose of verbal abuse but I’ve managed to befriend a good number of the messengers in the city through the alleycat scene.

Ever raced alleycats? if so what races? I started racing alleycats within a few months after moving to NYC. My first race was Monstertrack 2007. I learned about the race from hanging out at Times Up and had no idea what I was in for. I had been riding fixed for over a year but never brakeless and had no concept of the checkpoint system. The morning of the race I disconnected the brakes and jumped from the frying pan into the fire. I actually sprained my wrist in that race from wrenching on the bars so hard in an inefficient attempt to slow the bike down. I made the lead pack at the start and even lead for a brief moment up 1st Ave. Once we hit the traffic I couldn’t keep up and spent the rest of the race getting lost and pissed off. The next two alley cats after that I won. The first was the April’s Fools Alleycat (I tied for first with Lee Azzarello). The second was the Ghostbuster’s race. I won on a three way team with Izumi and Prentiss. Afterwards the organizers changed the rules so that their friends could take the prize. I learned a lot about alleycat politics during that day.

In Rumble Thru the Bronx I finished 4th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008. In 2007 I won Cranksgiving beating all of the favorites with a superior route and some luck. I had one of those moments where I was either going to win or die. In 2008 I won the Sludgement Day Cyclocross Alleycat on my Trimble Mountain Bike. This caused a bit of controversy because the organizers intended for everyone to be on track bikes but didn’t actually set a rule in place. Time has taught me in alley cats fairness isn’t applied liberally.

Tell us a little about your competitive cycling experience? I started out racing Cross Country Mountain Bikes. In my first race I sprinted off the line, lead the pack into the singletrack, blew up a 1/2 mile in and finished last 20 minutes down. The next two years I raced Cross Country and Endurance Mountain Bikes sporadically with a local road crit here and there. For the first year and a half I never finished better than 6th in any race.

At the end of 2006 I obtained some level of fitness and dominated the Texas Mountain Bike Championship in the sport category winning every race but one. When I moved to NYC in October 2006 I joined Kissena and starting training with the road team on my fixed gear bike. I eventually bought a road bike and started racing road. In 2007 I raced an equal amount of Road, Mountain Bike and Alleycat. I sucked at road (doing nothing out of town and finishing in the pack during park races) and moving up to the Expert Cat in Mountain biking proved tough with a best finish of 4th.

I consider 2008 my first serious year of racing. I started out by winning a 100 mile Mountain Bike race in Austin called the “Torture Test”. I became a threat in the 4’s on the road ending up on the podium at Battenkill Roubaix and winning the Tour of Highbridge in NJ. After obtaining the needed points midseason I moved to Cat 3 where I began digging myself out of the upgrade hole once again. Cycling is tough. You think you’re fast then you upgrade and realize there’s a whole other level above you. It’s an endless cycle. This year I plan on feeling fast again, upgrading to Cat 2 than starting the cycle once again.

Have you traveled for races? I’ve been traveling for races my whole life starting in karts. After retiring from racing karts I worked as a mechanic on several Formula Renault, Formula BMW, and Champ Car teams. It was my life to travel to races although I wasn’t competing. I gone for three weeks out of every month on average. With cycling I’ve traveled whenever possible raced in Texas, California (Sea Otter Classic), Mexico (Chupacabras 100k Mtn Race), Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Arkansas, Vermont, Connecticut, Indiana, and Milano, Italy (Bicycle Film Festival Alley cat).

Are you on a team? I race for the Kissena Cycling Club. I joined the team directly after moving to NYC. I did some research online and went on a ride with the group and have been on ever since. Over the last few years a bunch of my friends from the alley cat scene have joined as well. The Cat 3 portion is the infamous Dan Chabanov, Neil Bezdek (who’s winning everything this year), and the wily veterans Keith Snyder, Eric Robertson, Eric Ragot.

What is Trimble Racing? My father built bikes in the early 80s to early 90s. He developed on the first ever carbon bikes. His company was called Trimble Aero Cycles. In 86 he built some special bikes for the US National Team which were immediately banned by the UCI in response to their performance advantage. This is where the rule that a bicycle frame must include a tubed triangle of sorts as my father’s frames were a single aerodynamic piece that was shaped like an upside down aircraft fin. My uncle also built bikes. He started out building carbon mountain bikes and eventually founded Kestral with his Kestral 4000 design. The bike was the first ever monocoque tubed carbon frame and revolutionized the way bikes were made. He later built the GT “Superbikes” for the US Olympic team. Through this my family developed a long history in cycling. I’m one of 8 kids and we almost all race bikes. With all these stories and race reports we needed a place to document them so we started Trimble Racing. In the near future we are going to be developing into an actual local race team.

What is the competitive cycling scene like where you live? Insane. In New York City you can race 5-6 nights a week in the summer if you are crazy enough. There are so many sub communities of competitive cycling in this city. I try to be a part of as many of them as possible.

What made you want to organize the Red Hook Criterium? I wanted to celebrate my birthday with all of my cycling friends and what better way than to stage a race. I’m part of both the alley cat and road scene so I needed an event that could combine the two. I expect this event to keep growing each year.
How did it go last year? Who showed Up? Who will show up this year? Last year was perfect. Not to big but the racing was intense but safe without any crashes. I couldn’t believe the pace that we completed the race at. In the end we got destroyed by my sister’s friend Kacey Manderfield. She also happens to be a mulit national champion and this year is on with a big pro contract. It’s hard to gauge exactly how many entries we’ll have this year but I’m hoping to have between 40-50. The favorites are the sprinter types who also race road. Neil Bezdek is unbeatable this year but we’ll find a way. I’m also expecting Tadeusz Marszalek from Sommerville to be a challenger. I also wouldn’t count out Dan Chabanov. The kid can ride a track bike better than almost anyone in the city and loves pain enough to get away from the field. There are a few more tough roadie sprinters who are on the fence about competing. If they do it’ll change the event dramatically. In the end there’ll probably be 15 racers with a chance to win.

What do you think of the rise of popularity of track bikes? I’m a little scared of people buying brakeless track bikes as their introduction to the sport because they think it’s cool. Beyond that track bikes are rad and the more skilled riders racing the better.

Are there venues for getting people into more competitive forms of cycling, road, track, the way Squid and Campo have opened up the track at Kissena to messengers? Competitive cycling in my opinion is easy to get into. There are already so many venues and opportunities in this city. Normally it just takes someone to get over there own fear to enter a race and get on with it. That being said I think messenger specific events are good for getting some of those kids interested in racing.

What are ways this can improve in the NYC area? A new velodrome would revolutionize the sport of track racing in the city. Beyond that I would encourage race promoters to keep trying new venues and formats to keep it fresh. Why not move the finish line at Central or Prospect Park to the top of the hill for example.

What are you future cycling goals? To win every race I’m in.

Help students with project on bike security.

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A good friend of mine Jacob is currently enrolled in the Presido School of Management in San Francisco. This is an very exciting institution which is breaking new ground in “green” sustainable business. Jacob, along with his team, are doing a project on bike security. When I spoke with him it sounded like they were working on some really innovated stuff to reduce bike theft such as GPS tracking devises and text messaging phones when bikes are messed with.
He asked me to post a link to this survey to help with research for the project.

Here is a blurb about the program and his particular project:

I’m part of a team of graduate students at the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco, one of the world’s only schools dedicated entirely to environmental and social sustainability. This semester my team is working to to combat the ongoing scourge of bike theft by developing a product that goes beyond the traditional bike lock approach. We love biking and feel that a product that enabled riders to feel more secure leaving their bikes outside would have direct benefits for the health of people and the planet.

If any of your blog readers have a chance, please fill out the following survey here.
This will greatly help in research for our project.

Video for Clown ride and Pie Fight

Peter Shapiro sent me this hilarious video of last weeks Tme’s Up, Clown ride and Pie Fight.


Times Up! Pie’s of March Bicycle Clown Brigade Bike Ride & Pie Fight 2009 from Time's Up! on Vimeo.

Also some great photos from Adrian Kinloch at www.bookoutdesign.com/loveyourlanes
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Article on Workman cycles in NYTimes

Today in the Sunday New York Times, City section I found this article about Wayne Sosin of worksmancycles. Wayne was interviewed as part of an ongoing series from the times following small business owners trying to survive in this recession.

Small Businesses Face Challenges Amid Recession
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Wayne Sosin, the president of Worksman Cycels in Ozone Park, Queens, is one of the small business owners The New York Times has been tracking during the recession.
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By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: March 21, 2009

Wayne Sosin, 55, the president of Worksman Cycles in Ozone Park, Queens, is trying to shift his company’s product line away from the heavy-duty tricycles it sells to automakers and other big industrial companies. With a trimmed-down staff, Worksman is making more food vending carts for entrepreneurs and delivery bicycles for couriers and restaurants.

read article in full here.

Weird Bicycle obsession blogs.

If you didn’t have enough time to waste…here are a few weird bicycle obsession blogs you might want to browse while your putting off doing your taxes or looking for a new job.

Someone is compiling images of woman on bicycles. Vintage posters, Erotica, old advertisements such as this…
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Check out… chicksandbikes.blogspot.com

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.
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We all need a niche, right?

A new feature…Bike Blogger of the week

Here is a new feature I want to start where I profile a fellow bike blogger out there and find out what they are blogging about and what the bike scene is like where they are from

My first one features: Meligrosa from San Francisco and her blog is:
Bikesandthecity.blogspot.com
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Here’s a brief questionnaire she filled out.

Name:
Meligrosa

Where you live?
San Francisco, Calif.

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.

Thanks ♥bibkeblognyc! & ride on!

Bike Stolen

Jonathan Pereira sent me this:

My bike was stolen today at 14th st and 2nd Ave.

Blue Diamondback, 18 speed road bike. New, bright blue handles.
Be on the look out. Maybe I can get some more details.

any info on this theft contact me or jdmpereira@yahoo.com

Share your stories of Harassment-Monday.

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 biketickets@gmail.com 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 biketickets@gmail.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.

Train vs Bike race in New Mexico

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as posted on Hipsternascar.com

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.

Riding the Rails – Albuquerque, NM – March 14th – Details at www.cranks505.com

Tomorrow…beware the Pies of March

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photo by Michael Mandiberg.

Bike Clown Ride & Astor Place Pie Fight: Bike Clowns vs. Keystone Cops
Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Website: www.times-up.org
Contact: Barbara Ross 917.494.8164

What: Join the Time’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 Time’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.

Photos from Last year by Michael Mandiberg.