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Events from Time’s Up

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MY LIVING STREET WILL

In an effort to advocate for safer streets, Time’s Up has begun a campaign of collecting Living Wills from pedestrians and cyclists who would like the NYPD to do full criminal investigations and release their reports to the public if they are killed by automobile. Please visit the blog and create your own #MyLivingStreetWill today:
mylivingstreetwill.blogspot.com/

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:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::
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1. QUEEN RIDE
Sunday March 24th 3pm
Tomkin Square Park, Gaia Tree
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2. GARDEN SCOUTING RIDE
Sunday, March 24th 4:30pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 S 6th St, Williamsburg
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3. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Tuesday, March 26, 9pm-10pm (Every Tuesday Night!)
RadioHive.Org
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4. VOLUNTEER BICYCLE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
99 S 6th St, Brooklyn
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5. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!
See events listing for details.
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Video Friday 3/22/13

It’s spring right? But those morning rides feel like winter still…time to blow up the snowman…(warning–this video has nothing to do with bikes)


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Title: Southern Safari Trailer
Seen on: PROLLY
While I’m in the middle of packing for, flying to and getting settled in Taiwan / China, check out the long-awaited Southern Safari video. Embedded above is the trailer and here’s the information:
“Southern Safari is the latestLoose Nuts Cycles team video starring fixed gear freestyle riders Miles Mathia, Kareem Shehab, Torey Thornton, and Tom Lamarche. Watch as this group brings fixed gear bikes into uncharted territory across the southern United States. Ledges, rails, stairsets and more all get destroyed by this four man army. Sit back, crack a cold one, and see what life is like on tour with the Loose Nuts Team.”
Buy it now on Vimeo for $8

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Title:paulicéia BICICLETAS EM SÃO PAULO
Seen on: coolbikevideos.com


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It’s BMX time:

Title: Larry Edgar Winter 2013 So Cal Edit
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Larry Edgar Winter 2013 So Cal Edit
from SE Bikes
SE Bike’s all-around BMX and drifting shredder Larry Edgar kicks off the 2013 year right with this brand new web edit. Larry keeps it exciting the whole way through by shutting down a bunch of southern California skateparks, street spots, and wraps it up at BMX legend Stephen Murray’s backyard trails. You don’t want to miss this one.
Film/Edit: Dylan Pfohl
Song: Rod Stewart – Maggie May

Larry Edgar Winter 2013 So Cal Edit from SE Bikes on Vimeo.

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Title: Devotion Daniel Sandoval 2013
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Title:Daniel Martinez Hunt
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daniel Martinez hunt from tommy blanco on Vimeo.

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Title: Dean Anderson-Ten Clips
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Bike Shop News: Bicycle Habitat opens another Manhattan Location

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Here is a letter from lifelong bicycle advocate and store owner, Charlie McCorkell:

Hi friends,
I am thrilled to announce: We’ve opened in Chelsea!
Our newest location on 7th Avenue at 23rd Street, the store will offer a focus on the urban cyclist:

Style: We want you to look good on and off the bike. Several years in the making, this shop will offer urban cycling wear such as Mission Workshop, Cleverhood, Po Campo and eventually Levi’s!

Service: We want to be convenient. You no longer have to haul your bike to SoHo or Brooklyn. Our Chelsea location offers the same full-service tunes and repairs, but on the west side. If you bought your bike at one of our other stores, the store will honor our complimentary basic check-ups as well.

Speed: As with all of our locations, we offer you convenience. Shop our website, and order any item for free in-store pick-up. Many items arrive within a day or two.
On Saturday, I invite you to swing by our new store for birthday cake AND to enter to win a free bike tune-up. (as well as our month-long opportunity to two tickets to the Farm Ride or Five Boro Bike Tour.)

Let’s celebrate and ride!
Charlie McCorkell
Owner, Bicycle Habitat

P.S. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to Alex Leader, the manager of our Chelsea shop, and long-time staffer. I am very pleased and proud he has accepted the challenge of a new store.

King James puts Miami Critical Mass on his Website

While critical mass has been demonized to the point of extinction in NYC, quite the opposite has occurred in Miami. Thousands of people come out every month including one particular basketball player you may have heard of:

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That’s right, King James thinks critical mass is cool and so does hisMiami Heat teammates, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. And how does he know about critical mass, because he’s been on it several times and rides his bike to work.

Lebron likes critical mass so much he posted a well produced video on his website:
http://www.lebronjames.com/2013/01/19/miami-critical-mass/

Take that bike haters.

This text is on the site:

Miami Critical Mass has been growing towards epic numbers in attendance. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month and welcomes bikers and cyclists of all shapes, sizes and credes to take a ride around the heart of Miami in complete unison. Two months ago, in late November, Miami Critical Mass saw its biggest attendance with over 2,000 people that came out to ride. Of those 2,000 people, LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were some of the famiiar faces that were in attendance.

You can watch the video above to see what you can expect at the meetups. And you can click here to see Dwyane Wade participating at the September 2012 meetup.

The next Critical Mass goes down Friday, January 25, 2013.

More Info On How To Participate: www.themiamibikescene.com

Don’t believe me about the popularity of this ride?

Check out the reviews on the Miami Critical Mass Yelp page:

For instance here is what Korinne J posted.

“What would you rather do stand in a crowded cheesy place filled with cigarette smoke and house music or get off your but and burn some calories while seeing a different side of Miami? I choose the latter…All ages and fitness levels every kind of bike you can imagine. Bring water, make sure you have a bike light (its the law) and get ready for a fun ride. Do the motorists get annoyed? Yes but maybe they should get out of the car and onto a bike.

I have seen skate boards, roller blades, custom bikes and grandmas to babies. One guy even has a big speaker rigged up behind his bike.

Its fun!! Go for it!

The mere fact that this ride has the top player in the NBA and a yelp page is pretty awesome.

I wonder what NYC’s yelp page would say?

#30daysofbiking April. Now in it’s fourth year

Started by a couple of avid cyclists in Minnesota, 30 days of biking is coming back, April 1st. Now in it’s fourth year, people all over the world are encouraged to cycle everyday of the month and spread the word on social networks.

Looks like its taking off in the UK too:

Here’s more from Road.CC:

With a seemingly interminable winter dragging on here in the UK, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get out on the bike as much as we would like, but help is at hand with the return next month of 30 Days of Biking. The initiative can’t guarantee good weather, but it does provide a perfect excuse to get out and ride every day of the month – and we’re certainly well up for that.

Now in its fourth year, 30 Days of Biking was founded in Minnesota – which puts our moaning about the British winter into a little bit of perspective – and has since spread to 100 countries worldwide, with 4,000 cyclists taking part last year including Tour de France legend Greg LeMond, a resident of the state where the movement began.

So how does it work? Well, there are two pledges – to get on your bike on 1 April and ride it around the block or further afield for the next 29 days after that, and to share your stories using a variety of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.

Read more: here.

Site coming soon: http://30daysofbiking.com

Red Hook Crit Poster and App

The Red Hook Crit Series is less than two weeks away and to commemorate here is the official 2013 poster:

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Here is more info from race organizers:

We are proud to announce the release of the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn no.6 Official poster, featuring photography by Brian Vernor and designed by Jonah Birns. This is the first in a series of four interconnected posters for the 2013 Championship Series presented by Rockstar Games, celebrating the spectacular locations and fearless competitors of the Red Hook Crit.

11×17 prints will be available on Gage + DeSoto

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The Red Hook Criterium is excited to announce the release of our official Timing & Scoring iPhone app for the 2013 Red Hook Crit Championship Series presented by Rockstar Games.
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It can be downloaded here:

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id616710460

RED HOOK CRITERIUM Raceday
Official 2013 Red Hook Criterium Timing and Scoring App

Features:
Track riders during the pre-race timed qualifying sessions. Out of 200 registered riders only 100 will advance to the race. The “On the Bubble” feature will highlight which riders are on the edge of making into the field.
Track runners during both the Men’s and Women’s 5k races
Live timing and scoring of the the Red Hook Criterium.
Pics feature that aggregates instagram photos from the race. Use the hashtag #redhookcrit
News feature shows official RHC tweets and mentions from twitter. Use @redhookcrit and #redhookcrit
Access race info – schedule, directions to the event, race rules & sponsor info

Great Monster Track #14 photos by Christian Zuñiga

Missed this year’s snowy Monster Track 14?

Here is a great photo series from Christen Zuñiga, seen on Urban Cyclist Worldwide.

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View more: here.

New heavy lifting on the bike bags from Timbuk2

Here are some new on-the-bike bags from Timbuk2, so you don’t have to be weighted down in a backpack or shoulder messenger style bag.

Presenting the: Basket Case

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And the: Cog Pannier
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Speaking of, this pioneer messenger bag creator is also a proud sponsor of this years Red Hook Crit series.
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They’ve sponsored specific riders such as NYC’s own rising star, Neil Bezdek and have drafted made a very limited edition special backpack in the spirit of David Trimble’s awesome race.

Here is more from Urban Velo

We’re just under two weeks away from the much anticipated Red Hook Crit Series kicking off in Brooklyn on the 30th and Timbuk2 is on board again as a sponsor, but this year they stepped up their promotion by sponsoring specific riders, which they’re highlighting on their site in an expanding series, and also made two versions of very limited edition Crit themed bags. Again, very limited to only 15 units, the Especial Messenger and Medio Backpack are fabricated from the best materials Timbuk2 has to offer, accented by tight Red Hook embroidery. The Especial retails for $220 and the Medio for $195.

Cyclists want to Live-A living will from Time’s Up

Time’s Up has created a video of a living will, asking the NYPD to investigate and find criminality in traffic crash’s. Instead of waiting until we are a statistic, killed at the hands of reckless unchecked driving, New Yorker’s sound off about making significant change to a stalled and often forgotten policy of action.

More from Time’s Up:

Pedestrians and cyclists are creating living wills to advocate for safe, livable, sustainable streets. In the event that we are killed by automobiles, we want the NYPD to investigate before declaring “no criminality suspected” and we urge them to release their AIS/CIS reports.

Upload your own: #mylivingstreetwill, @LivingStreetWill, http://on.fb.me/10eFDzA.

Taylor Phinney, breaking away from the dark cloud of a drug exposed sport

What does the Pro-Cycling fan do now after the disingenuous confession, of Lance Armstrong exposed a world of systematic drug use that reverberated through the peloton? Take it’s cues from the foundations of the sport itself, switch to a higher gear, feel the muscles burn in the quads and suffer through it. Even though this is the 100th anniversary of the Tour De France, it’s hard not to completely throw in the towel and move on to something more interesting like say, Olympic wrestling…oh wait.

But despite the EPO sized findings of the liar class of athletes their is still a burning desire to want to believe in raw human achievement and deep rooted emotion that makes the sport of cycling so great. Things like the analog relationship of rider and machine vs a mountain and the rider alone in the breakaway, fighting the elements as a pack of blood thirsty competitors comes screaming down the decent to strip them of the lead jersey.

I recently came across a story that was truly inspiring and made me feel all hope is not lost for this sport.

22 year old Taylor Phinney is the son of two of cyclings greatest: Dad, Davis Phinney, who has probably won the most races in American history and Mom, Connie Carpenter-Phinney who has won 4 Olympic medals in road and track racing.

Taylor now rides for Team BMC and is slugging it out in stage races very early in the season in conditions like this:
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The story comes from the Wall Street Journal and highlights how Taylor recently came in last place during the Tirreno-Adriatico race, but was a victorious winner in determination and heart felt emotion.

This Is Not a Story About Last Place
By Jason Gay
March 14th, 2013
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This is a story about a guy who finished last. Which is technically true. You can look up the results of the race, and you’ll see his name, right there, lonely at the bottom. Taylor Phinney. USA. Finishing time of six hours, twenty-two minutes, fifty-four seconds. One hundred-and-ninth place. Last.

But this story is better than that.

First, about Taylor Phinney. Remember that name. You might already know it. Bike racer from Boulder, Colo., 22 years old. The son of two cycling legends, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. A big dude on the bike, at 6 feet 5 inches, 180 pounds, Taylor Phinney is one of the most promising young cyclists in the world. He’s already been to the Olympics twice. Won a stage of the prestigious Giro d’Italia last year. He is expected to have many great days in the sport.

Monday didn’t begin like one of those days. Phinney was competing in Italy’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, and this penultimate stage was a doozy. Up and down, down and up, 209 kilometers of punishment, including a 27% climb so comically steep that some riders got off their bikes and pushed them uphill. Many riders quit. Later the race organizer would admit that the stage was too difficult, even for elite pros.

Read more, here.