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
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.
photo by: Rob Bennett for The New York Times
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 companyâ€™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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.