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Video from Bilenky’s Junkyard Race:

Seriously long wheelie

Dick cheese from KJO on Vimeo.
and new one from Funseca Films (SF)

MIXTAPE VOL. 1 NO CASSETTES from FonsecaFilms on Vimeo.

Time’s Up Inauguration Bike Parade

Inauguration Bike Parade
Tuesday, January 20th at 2:00 pm
Meet under the arch in Washington Square Park
Rain or snow cancels the ride.

Can’t be in D.C. for the big event on Tuesday? Hop on your own seat of
power and join the fun in NYC with the Time’s Up! Inauguration Bike
Parade. We’ll be playing presidential music on the sound bike as we cycle
through the streets and cheer the peaceful transition of power. Nothing
says Democracy like riding your bike.

More news from DC.

Another superstar courier champ from DC, Meredith wanted to add some more info about places and things to see for bikers coming to the inauguration alleycat and some other event having something to do with some guy named Obama.

here are her picks: (in red-in her own words)

Best Bar (s) to hang out in DC?
Asylum
The Reef
Lucky Bar
Toledo Lounge

Best Bike Shop?
uh… I don’t buy stuff from bike shops but i’ve heard about a new one in Georgetown called Lifecycle that has a coffee shop and maybe even some gym equipment?

My neighborhood shop is City Bikes in Adams Morgan

Best place to get a bite?

Asylum (vegan and omnivores welcome)

Good Paths to Bike to see DC?

Most of Beach Drive is closed to vehicular traffic on the weekends
There is also a trail in Rock Creek Park but it can be pretty slow moving (not very wide and a lot of walkers, etc) It is pretty nice though once you get down toward the Lincoln Memorial

Capital Crescent starts under the Whitehurst Frwy at the end of K St. in Georgetown. It goes out to Bethesda.
Georgetown Branch trail connects Bethesda to Silver Spring I believe. We’re eventually gonna have a bicycle beltway!
Mt. Vernon trail (Virginia but great views across the river to DC)
W&OD trail (in Virginia)
Sligo Creek trail (in Maryland)

In construction is a new bike station next to Union Station. Also the start of a new path called the Metro Branch Trail. Some of it is complete but not all and I don’t know what is and what is not.

Bike Blogs or Resources?
washcycle.typepad.com
http://bikewashington.org/
waba.org
Rock Creek Park: http://www.nps.gov/archive/rocr/home.htm
gwadzilla.blogspot.org

Here is a link to a map I add stuff to every now and then:
maps.google.com/dc

It doesn’t have all that much stuff on it but I believe some of the links above have trails, etc.

Sites to see in DC by Bike?
ALL of them!
National Arboretum
Rock Creek Park
The Wharf — fish markets on the water front in Southwest
Water St. Southeast btwn 11st se and M st se. I like it down there. The S. Cap. bridge has a pretty nice view from what I remember.

Other cool Hang Outs?
uhhh…. 9 am on the weekends outside of Madams Organ/Tryst. Couriers (old and not so old) gather for morning coffee.

Best place for Bike Perverts to hang out?
Farragut Square

Anything else you want to say about biking in DC.
The roads are wider than many other cities so the cars often driver faster.
The structure/street set-up is pretty straightforward (in general):
-4 quadrants with the Capitol as the center. NW, NE, SE, SW
– North Capital St runs straight north of the Capitol
– South Capital St runs striaght south of the Capitol
-East Capital runs straight east of the Capitol
– There is no West Capital but the National Mall runs straight west with the Lincoln Memorial on the other end.
– Letter streets travel east/west
– Number streets travel north/south
– States are avenues going on angles
– Numbers and letters go up further you are from the Capitol
– address #s (Civic #) are relative to the block you’re on. For example, 1350 K St. is btwn 13th and 14th st. K St. is the 1000 block so 1225 15th St would be between M and N St.
– There is no J St. (had to do with some kind of rivalry in the old days)
– Once you finish letter streets going north, the streets are in alphabetical order. Goes through alphabet with 2 syllable words and then through again with 3 syllable words. Generally.

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Photos from bikingforobama on flickr.

Meanwhile, 22 year old Ryan Bowen, decided to be in DC for Obama by riding his bicycle over 3000 miles from LA.
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check out his journey here.

AFP-news story

and more on Cyclists preparations for Obama in news story.

I’m a dork. I forgot the DC bars…duh.

I almost forgot the most important part about hanging out in DC…

The Bars. Here are three hangouts that I forgot to post from John Dinn’s list:

1) The Lucky Bar,
1221 Connecticut Ave.

2) The Reef
2446 18th St. NW

3) The Asylum
2471 18th St. NW

America will have its first Black President…now…

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The Tour De France needs at least one black rider. There hasn’t been one in 106 years of this cycling classic. Maybe the Kenyians will find as much success on the bike as they do with running.

Read about their quest in this Guardian.co.uk article.

Find out more at the african cyclist project

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:
here

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:

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