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Are you ready for OBAMA?

Anyone biking to DC for the January 20th inauguration?
Now I know we are all going to miss poor Georgie:

30,000 people off of those roofs.

For people going to DC, there is lots to do as well as seeing our first African American president sworn into office.

John Dinn of Demoncats is throwing an alleycatrace:
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He’s also been kind enough to give me a list of some other bike-friendly sites, bars and places to eat in the DC area:

Best place to get a bite?
-The Bulgogi cart at 14th St@L St NW ($7.00 beef/chicken w/ kim chee)
-The Burrito cart at the corner of 15th St@K St NW ($4.00-$6.00 amazing vegetarian small-baby-sized burritos with 25 different hot sauces)
-The Amsterdam Falafel in Adams Morgan (fucking awesome falafel and pita and frites with garlic mayo and an awesome fixins bar!

Good Paths to Bike to see DC?
-Mt Vernon Trail all the way to Mt Vernon, GW’s personal estate.
-Rock Creek Park, sorry Central Park, but Rock Creek Park is where it’s at when in come to cycling in a massive city park, Beach Dr is the main artery.
-C&O Canal- Historic and flat graded path along the old canal lock- 180-odd miles from West Virginia to the middle of old Georgetown

Bike Blogs or Resources?
-lesdemoncats.blogspot.com
-gwadzilla.blogspot.com
-www.demoncats.com
-www.dccourier.com
-www.dcbca.org
-www.waba.org

Sites to see in DC by Bike? Come on, it’s DC. Anything and everything. The White House, The Capitol, The House, The Senate, The Mall, The Lincoln Memorial, The FDR Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, All the Smithsonian Museums (which are free!), The Mall, The Vietnam War Memorial. All of it accessible by bike.

Personal favorites? On the NW side of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, there is a small red sandstone grotto with a fresh water fountain in it! On a hot summer day, it is the coolest spot in the hot humid city- remember, DC used to be a swamp. And on the mall, there is a small white marble rotunda which is the WWI memorial to the DC citizens who died in that war. Very solemn.

Other cool Hang Outs? Any alley or park where you can out with courier friends and have a brew.

Best place for Bike Perverts to hang out? The Royal Palace. Connecticut@Florida NW The girls are nice and a touch slutty. Me likey!

Anything else you want to say about biking in DC. DC is a great city to ride around in. The drivers aren’t very aggressive and there is only one Ghost Bike that I know of in the District. That’s gotta say something.

Racing for Victory and free beer!!!

Thanks-John.
A little Obama dance party with Adam Freeland and Daft Punk

and Mad magazine has a great spoof on Obamas first 100minutes in office:
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New T-shirts available from Fixtee

David over at Fixtee presents:
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In Lock Rings we trust.

These guys are making a new t-shirt design every month. You can also get the other months designs at Fixtee.com.

Stupor Bowl 12 is coming

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One of the longest running alleycats races is coming to Minneapolis.

January 30-31st.

Keep track of whats coming at BikeJerks.blogspot.com

and wear your helmet…This Race ain’t for everyone…only the sexy people.
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pictures from last years race from deplaqer

Stolen bikes, found bikes.

I’m going to keep up the Stolen bikes page in hopes of continuing to provide a resource for people to list information about their stolen bicycle property.

Maria Wallace had her bike stolen on December 17th…here is her story:

Well my bike was stolen the 17th and I aint found it yet so if
you see it, tackle the person riding it or something, return it
to me and I will give you money.

It is silver/ grey sandblasted aluminum with no gears (single
speed) road bike (originally a trek), rear rack (brand new
black), leather seat with springs, straight bars, 53 cm, a
couple mangy stickers, rear canti bosses and v brake, flat
pedals, custom spacers on rear hub…

taken from 9th st in park slope btw 6th & 7th av. The cops said
the guys who usually steal bikes there sometimes sell or try to
sell them to restaurants for deliveries.

Please look at the photo/ sketch. THANK YOU! I hope it wants
to come back to me.

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Any information contact: Maria at mi55w@ureach.com

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, one of the first bikes I posted on the list recently resurfaced.

A couple of bikeblog readers informed me that the “Stolen Fuji” had been posted on this police auction site: propertyroom.com. No one knows how this bike ended up on this site, or in the hands of the police, but there it was with bids on it.
I guess, this is one place to look if your bike has been nabbed.

The owner of the Fuji, Stephen Harell contacted me and had this to say:

“Mr. Green,

I enjoy you website very much, and I wanted to thank you for posting my stolen bike ad on your blog (it’s the second one, the black and yellow taped fuji). I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to do so sooner, but I’ve been recovering from the injuries I received on election night and generally very busy. But the new year is where things get interesting.
A friend of mine heard about a website Propertyroom.com to bid on bicycles. On his first visit to the site this monday he saw my bicycle for auction with 5 hours left. I immediately contacted the website and giving them some details about my bike that were unavailable on the listing convinced them to close the auction. I then ran into a hitch when they tried to send the bike back to the NYPD. Apparently the police have no paperwork attatched to the bike and want it sold. They did not want to give me a chance to prove it was mine. After some back and forth with the NYPD and Propertyroom.com I convinced them to hold off on selling my bike until I could send them some evidence. Unfortunately, despite photos, receipts and “stolen bike” ads I don’t have the serial # off the bike, so they are reluctant to give it up. I’ve definitely learned to record all info on any bike I own from now on.
Anyway, if you could leave my “stolen fuji” listing up for a while longer so that the cops can reference it, I’d appreciate it. I also thank you for putting it up on your page to begin with.
I would appreciate any advice that you have on this subject as I try to get my bike back, but mostly I just want to let you know that it’s been found in the possession of the police (how it got there I have’t a clue and am hesitant to speculate). Thank you for your assistance, and keep up the good work on the blog.

Stephen”

Stephen may be getting his bike back…so stay tuned.

Follow me on Twitter

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I’m sure their isn’t a moment that goes by in your daily life that you don’t ask yourself…”What the hell is Michael Green up to at Bikeblognyc.” I know how it is, I mean with so little social networking and ways of tracking our every moves it can really get you to want to refill that prozac prescription. I mean you’re probably wondering how to keep track of my very important schedule…so now there’s Twitter…so follow along at:

<"http://twitter.com/greenbiker"> twitter.com/greenbiker

Hey, Lance Armstong has a twitter page too…and we have equally demanding schedules.

Duchamp is a Champ

Dadaist Marcel Duchamp famous for this:
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is embodied on the NYC streets with this:
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ahhh, yeah. Its art ok.

How they Roll…in BikeRumor.com

Bike Rumor a website dedicated to reporting on bike culture where ever it happens is now doing a segment called: How I roll. A more in depth look at the people who make cycling tick. Media, Business, and more.

First up is Jeff Guerro the co-editor of Urbanvelo.org
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Look for more of interviews in at the bikerumor site.

Also Urban Velo was mentioned in this month’s issue of Outside’s magazine, the one with the interview with Lance Armstrong.

Their top 100 best adventure websites.

nice.

Pony Up 2 coming to Boston

Official Monster Track X, pre-event…alleycat and goldsprints in Boston.
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Top Three Alleycat finishers and Top Three Goldsprints finishers win a some-expense paid trip to NYC for MONSTER TRACK X.

More info at Boston Bicycle Messenger Association

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Monster Track 10 is coming!

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You know it, you love it, you feared it…

ITS BACK, NYC’s most famous alleycat race.
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Stay tuned for a date.

reports on Memorial Ride

Sunday, January 4th, was the 4th annual memorial ride, paying respect to cyclists and pedestrians who were killed in 2008, by motor vehicles.

The multi-borough ride was organized by the Street Memorial Project.

There is a video on streetsblog

and a report from Jefferson Siegel from the Villager and Downtown Express:
(photos by Jefferson Siegel)
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Top, as Downtown cycling activist Charles Komanoff, left, and other cyclists did a bike lift at Delancey St. and Bowery for Rasha Shamoon, her sister Suhair cried while holding her photo, right. Above, Leah Todd, of the Street Memorial Project, placed flowers in Shamoon’s ghost bike.

Cyclists read roll of fallen on a rolling memorial

By Jefferson Siegel

Cyclists gathered to remember their own at the Fourth Annual Bike Memorial Ride & Walk on Sunday.

Three separate rides left Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before coalescing on the Lower East Side. They were joined by members of the families of the 14 bike riders killed in traffic over the past year. Respects were also paid to the more than 100 pedestrians killed by motor vehicles last year.

Rest of the article here.

view some nice photos of this year’s ride by: nycstreetmemorials

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