Recumbent bikes seem too weird for many riders and chain drives can get greasy and make a mess. Riding positions and the ultimate elimination of the chain have been challenging inventors for decades, in the search for the perfect bicycle. Now, a Polish physicist and designer, Marek has come up with an interesting creation. Welcome to the IzzyBike.
It’s a front wheel drive, no chain, upright riding position, folding and ultra short wheel base bike that is creating a buzz across Europe.
Read more at from Road.cc:
Polish inventor rolls out IzzyBike chainless folder
By: John Stevenson
June 19, 2013
The chain, that nasty, greasy assembly of metal links that connects pedals to wheel, is a favourite target of inventors. The latest attempt to rid us of its grimy horror comes from Poland, where a physicist and inventor called Marek has been working for years on his perfect bike, the IzzyBike.
The IzzyBike is a folding, front-wheel-drive bike with an upright riding position and a ultra-short wheelbase. Marek’s come up with a clever cable mechanism to keep it stable, and has plumped for big fat 29er mountain bike wheels and tyres to keep it rolling well.
On Thursday, Judah took his creation across the Hudson River.
From the NY DailyNews
Judah Schiller introduces ‘water biking’ to New York with ride across the Hudson River
By: Tracy Miller
October 3rd, 2013
(photo by: Tracy Miller)
No bike lane? No problem.
Judah Schiller of San Francisco made a splash Thursday as the first person to ride a bike across the Hudson river – not over a bridge but inches from the water itself, on a contraption appropriately dubbed a “water bike.”
You better think…
Alright ladies (cyclists) You’ve been misrepresented for too long.
The women bike program of the League of American Cyclists have just released the Women on a Roll helping to quell common myths about women and cycling.
They also created this handy iconography:
From the site:
A first-of-its-kind report from the Women Bike program, Woman on a Roll compiles more than 100 original and trusted sources of data to showcase the growth and potential of female bicyclists in the United States. It also suggest five key focus areas — the 5 Cs — to increase women’s ridership. Download the full report and read the press release.
Meanwhile in the Boston area a cycling pioneer for woman was honored.
The Boston Globe:
Ceremony honors cyclist who broke barriers
Kittie Knox showed pluck on wheels
By: Dan Adams
September 30th, 2013
In the late 1800s, when Boston emerged as the epicenter of a national bicycling craze, women initially were relegated to tricycles. But as they began switching to the kind of two-wheeled bikes men rode, publications offered stern advice on how a lady ought to dress while cycling.
In an 1894 New York Times story headlined, “Garb of Man Makes a Fool of a Woman She Declares and She is Waging a War Against It,” Mary Sargent Hopkins said: “Now, if there is one thing I hate, it is a masculine woman. It has made my heart sore to see the women who have been putting on knickerbockers . . . racing and scorching with the men.”
So it is no surprise that Hopkins, a Boston resident who published the women’s bicycling magazine The Wheelwoman, found little to like about Kittie Knox.
The 2013 annual ride to research a cure and treat multiple sclerosis, BIKE MS: NYC, is this Sunday October 6th. This is part of 100 different cycling events and the 29th year for NYC.
The event offers cyclists of all levels to choose from three different routes of varying lengths: 30, 55 and 100 miles and allows participants to ride on traffic free streets. Each year thousands of dollars are raised to fight MS through individual donor and prominent business, many who contribute to the world of cycling outside of this one particular event. Take for instance Radical Media, commercial production company that sponsors an all woman’s cycling team, Radicalmediaracing.com
Then there is the Bromberg brothers, Eric and Bruce who own Blue Ribbon Restaurants. They created their own team and in the past have given their employees bicycles to commute with and to use in the Bike MS event. (photo from: flickr.com/tourdefood )
There is a registration fee of $75.00 and a fundraising minimum of $150.00, but it helps a very worthy cause and is an excellent group ride experience in NYC.
Here is more info:
Date: October 6, 2013 Start/Finish Location: Pier 92/94, New York, NY Registration Fee: $75 Fundraising Minimum: $150 Route Options: 30, 55, or 100 miles Age Minimum: All participants must be at least 12 years old by the day of the event. Click here for our minor policy.
Event details are subject to change.
Packet Pick-Up Information Participant & Team Captain Guide
Click here to view the 30-mile route map
Bike rentals are available for Bike MS NYC. Click here to view rental options. Whichever route you choose, it will be the most rewarding journey you’ll ever make.
The event is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike mechanics, a full meal, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line. A fantastic Finish Line Festival awaits you with great food, music, a beer garden, massage tent and photo opportunities.
Join us Sept 26-27 for art, bikes + beer as Bicycle Habitat transforms from bike shop to gallery space, to host the international bike-themed show, ARTCRANK!
Featuring one-of-a-kind work by local artists, it’s a chance to see the convergence of the beauty of art and the grit and glamour of bikes. This year’s artists include: Claudia Reyes, Daniel Hertzberg, Kervin Brisseaux, Sean Sutherland and others.
Opening night is September 26, from 6pm-10pm, with beer from Portland-based Widmer Brewing Company, music and power meter contests. Plus, art! Can’t make opening night? Don’t worry – the exhibit continues September 27, from 10am-8pm.
Admission is free. RSVP now to enter to win prizes; see below for highlights from ARTCRANK 2012, plus details on the organizers and on Project One!
More info and the chance to win a Trek Bicycle: here.
Chris Horner is an American professional bike racer who just won the Vuelta a Espana, which is a pretentious way of saying the Tour of Spain. This is the first time an American has won this stage race and at 41 years old, Chris becomes the oldest man to accomplish this.
Here is more from Grantland.com Shane Ryan:
Chris Horner, the Unlikely American Cycling Hero
By: Shane Ryan
September 18th, 2013 Photo by: Jamie Reina/Getty Images
On Sunday, 41-year-old cyclist Chris Horner became the first American to win La Vuelta a Espana and the oldest man to ever win a Grand Tour.
But with apologies to the real cycling fans of the Internet, I’m going to make five assumptions about you, the Grantland reader who stumbled on this article. First, you’ve only ever heard of the Vuelta in passing, if at all, and ditto for Chris Horner. Second, you’re wondering why you should care. Third, you lack some basic facts. Fourth, the first word that comes to mind when you come across a cycling story is “doping.” Fifth, you’ve yet to encounter the poetic side of the sport.
This week biking in NYC got some love (coverage) in the local rags.
AM NY had a cover story Monday about how the bike sharing program has been inordinately successful and surpassed expectations.
First Summer of Citibike Exceeds Expectations
By: Ivan Pereira
September 15th, 2013
New Yorkers have certainly done their “share” to make Citi Bike a hit.
The inaugural summer of Citi Bike, which launched on May 27, has been a major success, according to the city Department of Transportation. More than 288,000 subscriptions have been registered for the bike share program through last Thursday.
Today, the Metro paper had a story about how the popularity of Citibike has lead to many adults to learn how to ride a bicycle.
With no training wheels, adults learn how to ride bikes
By: Anna Sanders
September 17th, 2013
Jackie Wasilczyk wobbled, struggling for balance and straddling a bicycle with no pedals on the East River Bikeway, when a young child whizzed by on his own two-wheeler.
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“You’re stuck cause you want to learn, but it’s not easy when you’re older,” the 27-year-old Park Slope resident said earlier. “Especially with CitiBike—I want to be able to use that resource.”
Many adults like Wasilczyk are turning to Bike New York, a nonprofit aimed at promoting cycling in the city, to learn a skill that’s becoming more useful since the bike share program launched in May.
Unfortunately not all the bike news in NYC is so happy-feel-good.
On this 2nd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (September 17th, 2013)
It turns out our beloved bike activist group, Time’s Up has been spied on and infiltrated.
Not the best way to make it into the press but it is good to expose the reality of what’s going on and perhaps shed light on what may originally be thought of as conspiracy theory.
Last week the New York Times revealed that NYPD documents highlight not only are the cops spying on Muslim groups but casting a wide net that includes Time’s Up who primarily provides such nefarious actives such as garden clean-ups and dance themed bike rides.
These reports were confirmed by Pulitzer Prize winning AP journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, who identified that the NYPD were spying on Muslim groups as part of their demographics unit.
On Reed-Thin Evidence, a Very Wide Net of Police Surveillance
By: Michael Powell
September 9, 2013
A bicycle glides through the perpetual neon glow that suffuses Times Square to the foot of a military recruiting station. The rider dismounts and then bikes away.
Seconds later, a bomb explodes in a gray cloud of smoke. It is early morning on March 6, 2008; thankfully no one is hurt.
Three weeks later, the New York Police Department’s intelligence division filed a secret report claiming to have identified Dennis Christopher Burke, an anarchist, as a bombing suspect.
Their evidence stood on the frailest of reeds.
Mr. Burke, that secret report stated, might have posted a link on an anarchist blog, “Bombs and Shields,” to a news account of the bombing written by Fox News. The police acknowledged that they were just guessing. Their informers had last linked Mr. Burke to that blog three years earlier.
There was also a story on yesterday’s
Democracy Now with an interview with Apuzzo and Goldman:
From Mosques to Soccer Leagues: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spy Unit Targeting Muslims, Activists
Since 9/11, the New York City Police Department has established an intelligence operation that in some ways has been even more aggressive than the National Security Agency. At its core is a spying operation targeting Arab- and Muslim-Americans where they live, work and pray. The NYPD’s “Demographics Unit,” as it was known until 2010, has secretly infiltrated Muslim student groups, sent informants into mosques, eavesdropped on conversations in restaurants, barber shops and gyms, and built a vast database of information. The program was established with help from the CIA, which is barred from domestic spying. Just last month, it emerged the NYPD has labeled at least 50 Muslim organizations, including a dozen mosques, as terrorist groups. This has allowed them to carry out what are called “Terrorism Enterprise Investigations,” sending undercover informants into mosques to spy on worshipers and make secret recordings. We’re joined by the Pulitzer-winning duo who exposed the NYPD’s spy program, Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, co-authors of the new book, “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America.” We’re also joined by Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, which was among the groups targeted by the NYPD.
It seems rather frightening to think that the NYPD would have deeper surveillance then the NSA and that this spying would extend to community groups who’s soul purpose is to make NYC a greener, sustainable and a more livable place, On the positive side, it’s good to know we’re not crazy when suspecting certain individuals of being cops or informants.
The danger here is letting the cops break apart our community with their own unconstitutional behavior and the influence it can have due to paranoia and suspicion.
Time’s Up has always thrived on volunteers to build the bicycle community and hopefully this type of information will only make it stronger.