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Question? How to survive a holiday of consumerism in an economic crisis?

Answer: Buy Nothing.

Friday, November 28th, is the the Buy Nothing Day Dance Party in Union Square followed by
the Critical Mass Bike Ride all over the WORLD!!

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year…but seeing as we gave Wall Street the biggest present of them all, bailing them out for stealing all our money…I say we BUY NOTHING.

Buy Nothing Day 2008: Dance Your Debt Away!
Free dance party at Union Square Park NYC
Friday, November 28, 2008 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Followed by Buy Nothing Day Critical Mass 7 PM at Union Square Park

Info on Dance Your Debt Away party:
Revbilly.com

For more info on other events around BUY NOTHING DAY, check out Adbusters, handy guide.

Memory (bike) Lane

Well its been hard to update this blog with Junior in my arms. Trying to learn how to type with one hand is a whole new skill set. I barely have time to sleep…nah, I don’t have time for that either. So I’ll be looking at the other blogs for now.

Just to keep something going:
John Dinn over at Les DemonCats, in D.C.
was going through his spoke card collection the other day and compiled this list of his favorite alleycats…
recognize any of these?

(the one’s in Red are the races he’s organized)
1. May 13, 2000- Mayhem 2000- Washington DC
2. 2000- The Race with No Name- Washington DC
3. May 28, 2001- Mayhem Weekend- Washington DC
4. May 25, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 1, Richmond
5. May 26, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 2, Washington DC
6. May 27, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 3, Baltimore
7. August 24, 2002- The Warriors- NYC- I got the tattoo!
8. May 24-25, 2003- Mayhem Weekend Extravaganza- Washington DC
9. August 03, 2003- Assassins- Washington DC
10. January 3, 2004- The Baltimore Bender- Baltimore
11. March 13, 2004-Beware! The Ides of March-Richmond
12. April 3, 2004- 4th April Fools Race- Philadelphia
13. May 28, 2004- Baltimore Blowout – Triple Crown- Baltimore
14. May 29, 2004- Mayhem- Triple Crown- Washington DC
15. May 30, 2004- Richmond Triple Crown- Richmond
16. July 3, 2004- Rumble Thru The Bronx- NYC
17. October 23, 2004- Screw Bush- Washington DC
18. December 16, 2004- Fist Fulla Dollars- Baltimore
19. January 15, 2005- Late Night Frost Bite- Washington DC
20. March 12, 2005- Poker Race- Washington DC
21. March 26, 2005- Ides of March Alleycat- Richmond
22. April 9, 2005- 5th April Fool’s Alleycat- Philadelphia
23. April 23, 2005- Crazy Backwards Alleycat- DC
24. April 30, 2005- It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad W.orld!!!- Washington DC
25. May 28, 2005- Bega’s Bike Jam 2005 Courier Road Race- Baltimore
26. May 28, 2005- Holy Mayhem!- D.C. Mayhem Alleycat- Washington DC
27. June 18, 2005- Bragging Rights- Washington DC
28. July 3, 2005- CMWC05- NYC
29. July 5, 2005- King of the Fucking Streets- NYC
30. July 9, 2005- Courier Gangbang- Baltimore
31. July 30, 2005- Elvis Race- DC
32. September 10, 2005- Let the Fall Begin- Washington DC
33. September24, 2005- Hustler!- DC (Winner!)
34. October 15, 2005- I see Dead People!!!- Pre-Halloween Alleycat – Washington DC
35. October 22, 2005- Polo Express Alleycat- Philadelphia
36. October 29, 2005- Frankenstein- Richmond
37. November 5, 2005- The Rat Race- Baltimore
38. November 6, 2005- Rolling POTluck Alleycat- Washington DC
39. November 19, 2005- The Simpsons Jeopardy Alleycat- Washington DC
40. December 3, 2005- The Rico Suave Alleycat- Benefit for Rico Palacios- Washington DC
41. January 14, 2006- Late Night Frostbite 2- DC
42. February 18, 2006- Shock Trauma- Baltimore
43. February 25, 2006- Schlitz and Giggles- Boston
44. March 11, 2006- 12 Monkeys- Philadelphia
45. April 1, 2006- 6th April Fools Race- Philadelphia
46. May 27, 2006- Ghetto Blaster III- Baltimore
47. June 17, 2006- Rumble Through The Bronx III- NYC
48. July 22, 2006- Le Tour de LeMond- Washington DC
49. January 27, 2007- The Hour of Power- Philadelphia
50. February 10, 2007- Man Overboard- Washington DC
51. March 3, 2007- The Dude Abides- Boston
52. March 17, 2007- The Ides of Mario- Richmond
53. April 4, 2007- Destination Dublin 2- Washington DC
54. April 14, 2007- 7th April Fool’s Race- Philadelphia
55. April 21, 2007- Destination Dublin 3 Liquid Assets- Washington DC
56. April 29, 2007- Destination Dublin 4 GoldSprints- Washington DC
57. May 4, 2007- Destination Dublin 5 Mapper’s Delight- Washington DC
58. May 30, 2007- Destination Dublin 6 Rough News Time Trial- Washington DC
59. June 2, 2007- Destination Dublin 7 Grand Finalleycat (Winner!)- Washington DC
60. June 23, 2007- Hey Riders!- Baltimore
61. July 14, 2007- “Le Tour de Simpson- Washington DC
62. August 23, 2007- Race of Pain- Washington DC
63. September 15, 2007- Queens Riot- NYC
64. October 6, 2007- Viva El Che! Alleycat- Washington DC
65. October 13, 2007- Behind Bars- Washington DC
66. April 26, 2008- PoloCat- Washington DC
67. October 16, 2008- True Blue Alleycat- Washington DC
68. November 1, 2008- OBAMAlleycat- Washington DC

Nice work John. Hey in all your free time, why not scan all the spoke cards so we can see them…I’m sure that wouldn’t take long.

Thats our Boy!


Baby Maxwell from Michael Green on Vimeo.

Continuum Cycles opens Uptown

message from the shop:
“We just opened our Harlem shop. Same quality goods and service standards as our East Village location. Stocked and ready to roll. Come uptown and have a look.”

Check out their new store:

264 Lenox Ave. Between 123rd and 124th St.

Congratulations on the expansion.
Continuumcycles

More info on Kyoto Loco 2008

This event isn’t every year and it really highlights the unique bicycle community of Kyoto Japan.
Results can be found here.

Flickr set from Rikitko
and
photos from maslaplana99

Congratulations to the champion:
Sino…the fastest bike messenger in the world.

article in NYTimes on female bicycle couriers.

Wings on Their Heels

Cassandra Castillo, a 26-year-old bike messenger.
By CAROLINE H. DWORIN
Published: November 14, 2008
“IT’S Russian roulette every day,” said Cassandra Castillo, a tough, tattooed 26-year-old who is one of the city’s handful of female bike messengers. “Every day we’re two paychecks away from disaster.”
rest of the article here.
Also some nice photos from the article in a
slide show.

Bike Blog Round Up…Pittsburgh, Tokyo, LA and Italy.

BikeBlog Round up…
Here is what is happening in the world of Bicycle Blogs:

Urbanvelo out of Pittsburgh PA posted this story about Couriers in Milwaukee. Local Fox affiliate had some nice bicycle mounted camera work too.

Click here for the story.

My favorite bicycle blog also had this video from the 2008 Cycle Courier Championships in Chicago:

2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships from Fix Jones on Vimeo.

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Tokyo, Japan… Jitensha-Jin.blogspot posted this video from the 2008 Kyoto Loco. (yes I know Kyoto in a different city than Tokyo)

KYOTO LOCO ’08 from Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin on Vimeo.
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In LA: Trackosaurusrex
posted a new bike radio show in LA:

Kill RADIO
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Milan, Italy.. Milano Fixed
Bicycle Film Festival Teaser:

BicycleFilmFestival | Teaser Monte Stella from casagrafica on Vimeo.
Yes and more fixed gear riding videos:

Fix’ing Coeur d’Alene from theSHEPH project on Vimeo.

Some more videos about the NYTimes Hoax

Good Job “yes men.”
Thanks for your hard work and proving another world is possible.

More photos of Maxwell Solomon Lobis Green

“ah, daddy, why are you blogging…I gotta poop.”

Proud papa

More photos Here

Welcome to the world, Baby Maxwell


Today my amazing wife Samantha gave us a beautiful baby boy. Maxwell Solomon Lobis-Green.

Born 11/14/08, 7.5lbs. 19 inches.

I’m so proud and speechless…but have to blog about anyway…and share my news to the world.

For more pictures check out: baby grobis gallery