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Riding their bikes from Alaska to Panama

Check out these guys:

Cowspokes.com

"Don’t body check me Bro" and other possible scenarios.

Fox news report on critical mass assault.

After reviewing the Youtube video another dozen times and seeing it again as the lead story on most local news, its still kind of baffling what motivated young officer Patrick Pogan, to react the way he did and send bike rider, Christopher Long, sailing into the sidewalk.

The 22 year old officer of the NYPD was caught on video tape, body-checking one of the 100 or so riders from last Friday’s monthly critical mass ride.

I can only speculate on what was going through the rookie cops head but here are a few possible scenarios:

Scenario 1: Christopher Long was seen by Patrick Pogan acting erratic and making loud gestures a good 20 blocks away. He was screaming some insane nonsense about…”who’s streets these were.” By the time he got to within 10 feet of officer Pogan, he said…”Don’t Body Check me Bro.” Naturally, the officer did the most logical thing to protect him from one of these crazed bike riders who would no doubt continue to speak freely.

Scenario 2: The rookie officer who hadn’t been on the force for more than a month and had originally asked to walk a beat in East New York, where he could solve some, “real crimes.” Instead he was sent to Time’s Square, an information, advertising purgatory with flashing lights and a naked cowboy. He had been asked so many times that night by foreign tourists where the H&M store was…he was going mad…why else would he be standing in the middle of the street during a bike ride of a hundred cyclists.

Scenario 3: Just doing his patriotic duty. Officer Pogan was convinced he had identified the guy who planted a bomb at the recruiting station, back in March, after all Christopher seemed, “comfortable on a bike.”

Scenario 4: His partner dared him to do it. He offered up a free drink coupon at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, if he could knock the guy all the way to the sidewalk.

Scenario 5: He wanted to be the next Bruce Smolka. No easy shoes to fill, retired officer Smolka could take down one of these bike riders with one hand, and not even spill his coffee. Pogan, knew it would take a real man to handle one of these dangerous bike riders and prove to the force he had what it takes. I mean at 30,000 a year, you gotta do something to get noticed.

Scenario 6: Officer Pogan had heard their was a New York Rangers scout in town and wanted to show off his “body checking” ability that might land him a spot on the team. If not, there was sure to be a World Wrestling Federation close at hand.

Scenario 7: Cause the guy was on a bike

Scenario 8: Christopher Long, hates cops forearms and wanted to do his best to run directly into them.

Scenario 9: Pogan and Long were in on it together and hoping to win 10,000 bucks on America’s funniest home videos.

Scenario 10: Because Pogan was a member of the NYPD, who for 4 years now has been told that Critical Mass is a protest, that they hate cops and they hate freedom. There sole purpose is to run red lights, block traffic and create a disturbance the last Friday of every month. Pogan was just doing his job, the same type of thing that was going on since the Republican National Convention back in 04.

only this time it was caught on video tape and instantaneously put on Youtube.

News surfacing about the critical ass “whopping” assault video:

Looks like the officer involved has been stripped of his badge and gun.

NY1
Gothamist
NYPOST
NYC Indymedia
WNBC

video of the last critical mass in NYC. Proof.

There are things you can always count on in New York…like your rent forever being raised 30 percent a year to adjust to the “market value.” Like that guy playing a drum solo on the subway platform on plastic buckets…Or like the NYPD always acting like…well the NYPD.

Here they are in classic form at the last Critical Mass (July 25th, 2008) in NYC.


Details on this attack are still coming in like how one activist group acquired this video.

It was shot by a tourist who wasn’t expecting Time’s Square to be so blinding.

We do know that this video has really stirred the pot and asking a lot of people, once again: “What the heck were the NYPD thinking.”

In this bloggers opinion…its just another typical critical mass post the Republican National Convention.

Congratulations to Carlos Sastre

for winning this year’s Tour De France.


Carlos Sastre on the podium in Paris after winning the Tour de France Sunday.
photo by: Edward Wyatt

Article in NYTimes

Article in Wired about Challenges of Modern day Messenger Companies

Internet Endangers Big-City Tradition: The Bike Messenger

By David Kravets

Wired Magazine 7/25/08

Bike messengers (left to right) Josh Godar, Chris Sparks and Annunaki Jonny talk with Wheels of Justice co-owner Matt Flores outside the business, on Mission Street in San Francisco.
Emily Lang/Wired.com

SAN FRANCISCO — Here along Market Street, heavily tattooed bicyclists with too many piercings in too many places weave through traffic, ducking subway steam vents, trolleys, motorists and a sea of jaywalkers. They’re bike messengers — a fixture in most large cities — slinging satchels stuffed with legal documents, blueprints, executives’ lunches and eviction notices.

Read more Here

Art shows from Bike Blog friendly Artists


I probably should have posted this earlier but bicycle culture photographer Tod Seelie, has his photos on display at the Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg.

The show is titled: Slow Dancing to Slayer, and runs through August 9th.

Here is a press release from the Men’s Style.com

written by: MATTHEW SCHNEIER
Photographer Tod Seelie has shot for such up-and-coming publications as The New York Times and New York—not to mention for Rogan and Loomstate—but he’s never had a solo gallery show in the five boroughs. That changes tonight: Slowdancing to Slayerfeatures images from Seelie’s various journeys—rafting down the Mississippi with art collective The Miss Rockaway Armada, touring with the hipster-heavy F*ck Yeah Fest, and stopping off everywhere from New Orleans to L.A. in between. Perhaps the exhibit will even answer that immortal question: How exactly does one slow dance to Slayer, anyway?
Through August 9 at Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY, (718) 388-2311, cindersgallery.com

Here are some pictures and write up from the opening night party on July 17th
from Fecal Face.com.

Tod’s blog is suckapants.com where you can find amazing pictures from the “Fuck yeah fest tour,” which Tod has been documenting featuring bands like: Dillinger 4, Matt and Kim, Team Robesppierre and punk rock legends the Circle Jerks.
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And for a show we haven’t missed:

Artist Swoon is presenting:

switchbacksea
from the website-
Swimming cities of Switchback Sea is a flotilla of seven intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the stretch of the Hudson River between Troy and the New York harbor this August 15th – September 7th. Imagined as a hybrid between boats and bits of land mass broken off and headed out to sea, the Switchback vessels will make stops in towns along the river bringing performances and music. Over the course of three weeks they will make their way toward their home port – an invented landscape tucked into a niche along the East River in Long Island City, Queens.

the African Cyclist

Urban velo had a link to a new project in Kenya, the African Cyclist, with the goal of inspiring Africans to have more access to the professional world of cycling.

from their website:


These two young men are Zakayo Nderi and Samwel Mwangi. They come from a tiny spot on the planet called Eldoret in Kenya. And it is a remarkable place because half of all the world’s marathon champions come from that one tiny spot.

They have the heart, lungs and legs of marathoners, but all they want to be are the first professional black African cyclists in the world. And in August this year, they will be going to Alpe d’Huez in France to do a timed ascent.

Why, you may ask? In 2004, there was an individual time trial up that mountain in the Tour de France. Out of 155 riders, Lance Armstrong won it in 39’41” and the tenth placed time was 42’08”. Zakayo and Mwangi intend to finish in a time somewhere between those two times. Just to show they belong among them.

Until now, there has not been a single black African in the Tour de France. Or in pro cycling. Not one. So meet Zakayo and Mwangi. All they want is an opportunity to prove themselves.

I got quoted


Check it out, I got quoted in this week’s issue of New York magazine.

Its all about bike locks with a few good tips on some products to keep your ride secure.

Of course that doesn’t help if you let someone “tryout” your bike and they ride off with it.

Article by Scott Ward.

Also, David Byrne, unveils his creative bike racks:

from New York Magazine:

The Bike Rack As Art
Within the next two weeks, artist–rocker–bike lover David Byrne will unveil nine temporary bicycle racks around the city. Here he examines “The Jersey,” a welded steel silhouette of a car that will be installed near the Lincoln Tunnel on 39th Street and Ninth Avenue. Elsewhere: an abstract squiggle in front of MoMA, a wagging dog on La Guardia Place, and a reclining woman near 42nd Street dubbed “The Olde Times Square.”
Photograph Courtesy of Bill Scanga/Pace Wildenstein

and here is a video from the Wall Street Journal Online.

Narly Crash on the Track

See the horror Here

Luckily no one was seriously hurt at during the men’s Keirin at the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge in southwest Portland Saturday.