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Joel Peterson form Outlaw Print Company used to be a courier in Philadelphia. Now he’s making sweet t-shirt designs.
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Check out the bike related themes:
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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.”

See Reverend Billy this Weekend!!

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Sunday, March 8th. 2pm. Highland Ballroom.

**the Reverend had a great interview along with Savitri D, on my favorite Hacker radio show… Off the Hook.

Learn how they won the right to publish their website: Unionsquarepartnershipsucks.org and helped defend the people’s Union Square.

You can download the podcasts of all archived shows. word.

Bikeblog’s got a mayoral candidate.

I proudly endorse the Reverend Billy of the church of stop shopping.
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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 — to say the least — 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.

read the rest of the article here.

Reverend Billy is running on the Green Party Ticket

Find out more:
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Votervbilly.org (may be under construction)

From the fights to save our public spaces, the exorcisms of Starbucks, battling the places we hold sacred and not the big box monoculture we don’t need any more of.

Reverend Billy is my hero.

Quick Video from the Start of Monster Track 10


Monster Track 10 from Michael Green on Vimeo.

hmmm, sounds like a fake.

In case you were loosing any sleep over this:
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According to Joshua over at Openbicycle.com this Youtube video I posted about a kinetic sculpture in Budapest is only a concept. It was a nice editing job.

But…
Open Bicycle is not a fake and neither is this video of wall riding…

Open Bicycle Opening Soon! from open bicycle on Vimeo.

Here is a brief mission statement:
OPEN is a forward-thinking, culturally responsive bicycle shop. We recognize that the bicycle is more than mere recreational tool – it is a simple, responsible, and healthy solution to many current economic, environmental and sustainable living issues. The goal of OPEN is to introduce and promote the use of the bicycle as a central element in fostering a more sustainable community in Harvard Square and the greater Boston metropolitan area. Oh, and everyone is going to have a hell of a good time as well!

This is Harvard Square’s first independent Bicycle Shop, opening soon in the Boston Area. Bikeblognyc, wishes them lots of luck.

Three of the Top Three!

Crihs, Dan C. and Heather all gave me great profiles on Monster Track. I think it helped in their winning strategy.
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A true NYC pro! Heather.
Pictures from Chris Ryan of Team Spider.
More Monster Track 2009 pictures at My Flickr Page

Amazing Race-Congratulations to the Winners

Wow. It was a jam packed 2 hour Monster Track Race with all the frills. Skitches on cars, near death experiences, lost in Brooklyn.

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Picture by Christopher Ryan of Team Spider

Winner: Chris-NYC
2nd: Jumbo-Copenhagen
3rd: Dan Chabanov-NYC
4th: JT
5th: Kennedy
6th: Lincoln

First Female: Heather.

Nice work.

some more immediate pictures at Callejeronyc.com

Monster Track Profile #7-Heather Muller

Representing for the Ladies…and fast has hell too.
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Heather Muller (shown in the front) Dylan is in the back.
How old are you? 24
Where do you live? Bed-Stuy
What bikes do you own? I have a custom Squarebuilt track bike, an IRO, a Cannondale road bike, a Specialized mountain bike, and a Surly Travelers Check.
What got you into track bikes? When I moved to the city in 2002, I had only owned 2 bikes in my life. I used to ride everywhere on my mountain bike that I’d had since I was in third grade. It was way too heavy for city riding and way too small for me. One of the security guards at my dorm used to ride track bikes in Jamaica and he started telling me about them. I knew it was time for an upgrade, and two of my friends helped me build a conversion out of an abandoned Atala frame that I found.
Have you been a messenger? How long and for what company(s): I worked for Breakaway for about a month and a half after graduating college. I’m currently part of Mess Kollective, which is an entirely messenger-owned and operated co-op. messkollective.com
What got you into alleycats? My first alleycat was King of the Fucking Streets in the summer of 05, during the Worlds. I don’t remember how I first heard about the races, but I used to look on nybma.com for info and decided I wanted to race.
What do you like about them? Racing in alleycats has exposed me to a lot of great things about cycling. Most of my major bike purchases have been because of an upcoming race. I upgraded my Atala conversion to an IRO before Monstertrack ’06 because the frame was bent and I was afraid it was going to break during the race. I bought clipless pedals before racing in Rumble. It has opened up a new community to me and has been a really positive experience.
What was your first Monster Track? 2006
How many Monster Tracks have you raced? How have you done? I think I came in 5th female in 2006. I was happy just to finish. In 2007, I came in third, and won it in 2008.
What is unique about Monster Track? It’s the only race in which you can’t have a brake.
What does it mean to you that this race is 10 years old? Double digits! This race has been around a while and I’m glad to have been a part of it.
Who should race alleycats? Messengers Only? I think any skilled city rider can come out and race. I have never felt excluded from the alleycat community in New York because I wasn’t currently a messenger. I think that’s a great part of the community here, that it is so open to messengers and non-messengers.
What do you think about the liability issues? People need to take personal responsibility and know their limits. There are a lot of different flavors of alleycats and Monstertrack is not and should not be for everyone.
What is the future or alleycat racing? Will we see it in the X games 2020? I’m sure there will be some presence of track bikes in the X games, but an alleycat is in live traffic and I don’t think that lends itself to something like the X games. Maybe they’ll have a closed course like the main race in the NACCC’s and World’s.
What do you think of the rise of popularity of track bikes and all these people coming out to race? It’s great that bikes are getting more popular. The more cyclists on the street, the safer our city will become.
What are your future cycling goals? I want to do more touring. I was on a 2 and a half month tour in Europe this summer (www.heatherbikes.com) and loved it. If I can find a way to turn touring into a job, that would be a dream. I might get into road racing this year and definitely want to take my Squarebuilt out to Kissena.

Today is a “Track Bike Holiday”-Monster Track 10

get your alleycat skills on:

video from Diablo at CallejeroNYC.com

He’ll be having photos up throughout the day of the race on his site.
otherwise go to continuumcycles 199 Ave. B. Register to race.
Around 1:00pm

Happy Monster Track 10

Inside the NAHBS 2009, Urban Velo 12 and Vallie Components

Monster Track isn’t the only event going on this weekend. Just the greatest, or as Dagga would say: “A Track Bike Holiday.” Meanwhile the nations finest craftspeople of the bicycle world our showing off their handy work at this years North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show.
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For a real inside look from all the individual makers we look to Jeff and Brad from Urbanvelo.org

They have daily reports from the show, with pictures from many of the personalities and their bikes.
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Speaking of Urban Velo Magazine: Issue Number 12 is available on this thing we call the internet.
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Download the whole thing and all the other amazing issues Here.

The NAHBS not only brings out the most amazing frames but also components too. Like these hubs.
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This link was sent to me by hub maker Lyle Vallie of Vallie Components
Here are some of the facts:
ISO disc cog mounting eliminates stripped lock ring threads.
Dual sided for multiple ratios
Thick symmetric flanges for a strong dishless build
Massive 15mm hollow female axle can take any abuse you can throw at it.
Oversize 6902 bearings to keep you rolling smoothly.
Stainless Hardware to last through those salty winters
Beefy M10 x 1.00 axle bolts
Slide on bearing collars
Accepts 44mm ISO disc cogs
120mm spacing
Approx 450 grams

You can read more about possibly the beefiest and most durable track hubs at Cycling Weapon of Mass Destruction who gives these hubs a very kind review.
They are also being fiercly tested at Projekto-B.blogspot.com.