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Shino wins CMWC 2008 in Toronto

Picture of Shino from Buffalo Bill’s flickr page.

Congratulations to Hiroyuki Shinozuka (Shino)from Japan, for winning the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. The top three male winners won on Fixed gears.

Here is a little run-down from Dan C of NYC.

Results
1st Shino Japan
2nd Porno Steve Swiss?
3rd Jumbo Copenhagen
4th Austin NYC
5th ???
6th Furgus SF
7th Dan C. NYC
8th Craig Boston
9th Bruce DC
10th Peter B. Boston

Kym got dored the night before the final. Dagga smashed in to some dude in the qualifier and broke her fork in to 4 peaces. They both still raced hard.
Angry Drew and Crihs both represented hard and raced well.
The main race went off with periods of heavy rain. Most of the top ten finished as it was raining sideways.”

Here is a report back from Buffalo Bill of Moving Target Zine, UK.

Much more on all that went on in Toronto as pictures and stories get posted.

Sino won’t have far to go next year for the worlds since it will be in his backyard.

image from Madsaki’s blog.

fun with German TV.

I got a call from Barbara who handles press releases and media requests for Time’s Up. They were on their way to Toronto for the CMWC and couldn’t facilitate a last minute request for Public Television Germany. Apparently a crew was in town to make a short segment on the rise in popularity of fixed gears. Who better to represent this than the bike blog guy…me. I mean, I’m big in Germany, or soon will be. Yes, I am a big ham. Its all part of the game. Getting more people on bikes. Playing nice with the press.

So I meet up with the crew and we decided to shoot some riding around and an interview. I wanted to point them in the right direction, talk to local people and maybe even visit a bike shop or two. Unfortunatly a lot of people had left for Toronto, including King Kog, who I felt was the closest place and best representation of how this trend is blowing up into style and fashion.

The best part was slowing down impatient Brooklyn drivers as they shot out of a minivan interviewing me on why I liked a bike with no hand brakes.

Along the way we ran into Jack Crank who got some screen time. Jack was instrumental in getting my bike back.

shown here at the NYC bicycle film festival block party (I thanked him with a bottle of wine)

I saw Jack and a friend heading to work and yelled to them to come be German TV stars:

Eventually we headed over to NYC Bikes and talked with Richard who was very articulate about the whole scene.

They wanted a bicycle retailer to talk about who are these people buying track bikes and why? His basic attitude was like mine, brakes or no brakes…its complicated…as long as more people are buying and riding bikes…who cares.

Shooting outside of NYC bikes on Roebling.

Then they had me riding through red lights up the wrong way on Bedford Ave. Hmmm? Not necessarily the safest moves, but they assured me it looked good on video.

Their producer is sending me a copy on DVD. I hope some of my blog readers speak German, or maybe I don’t.

Political Cartoon of the week

Mike Luckovich had this one in the Sunday NY times.

You can see more of his work with daily posts here.

Obama…Yes we can…Ride Bikes.

Painted on a roll gate on Grand Ave. in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Senator Obama meet with bicycle industry leaders including Bikes Belong, executive director, Tim Blumenthal on June 12th. The democratic presidential nominee told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. He also pledged to support Safe Routes to Schools programs, in a historic meeting of bicycle retailers and industry leaders, showing a commitment to the bicycle as transportation.

Read more about it from Bicycle Retailer News

July 25, 26, 27 Baltimore,


Midatlantic Bicyculture Gathering

On July 25th, 26th, and 27th, the Baltimore bicycle community welcomes you to the Mid-Atlantic Bicyculture Gathering…the first event of its kind, in hopes of spotlighting the bicycle as more than just a means of alternative transportation but as an all out way of life, thought, and identity. In promoting bicycle awareness, the 3-day gathering will host an array of events ranging from races, bike films,and group rides to art, music, workshops and, of course, parties!’

Check out the website for future developments.

Many chances to get to the beach this summer by bike

There are many reasons to go to the beach this summer by bicycle. Its fun…its frickin hot, and we have lots of attainable beaches nearby. So here are some opportunities to get there either with group rides or by yourself.

1) Time’s Up presents the: CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, June 20th

3 Spots to meet up at:
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. They should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace. Bring locks and plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. The group usually spends about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

Visit the Time’s Up website for more info.

This ride repeats 2 other times…Friday July 11th and Friday August 22nd.

Then,

Saturday the 21st, 2008


the 26th annual Mermaid Parade
brought you by the fine folks of Coney Island USA.

Get out your glitter, pasties, and cheap pirate hats and head out to one of the best events in NYC.

The parade starts at 2pm.

This years King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are those great saviors of public space and proselytizer of the evils of over consumption (not to mention he baptized me at the greatest bachelor party ever) Reverend Billy and Savitri D.

Will this be the last one before the wrecking ball turns the wonderfully seedy Coney Island into Chucky Cheese and Target? Don’t wait to find out.

Then on June 29th, the inclusive Jewish organization, Hazon, which means “Vision” in Hebrew presents:

Join Hazon for this day of biking and beach lounging! We’re starting from multiple locations and biking to Coney Island.. It’s free, so bring your friends, compadres, family and your favorite bicycle, and ride toward the watery horizon.

The Rides converge at Coney Island (around 1pm) at Asser Levy Park, at the corner of Surf Avenue and Ocean Avenue — tell your non-riding friends to meet us there! We will ride together to the Shorefront Y for lunch.

Time’s Up is also doing a ride that day as well:

7. BEACH RIDE
Sunday, June 29
11 a.m. City Hall Park (Across from the Brooklyn Bridge entrance in Manhattan)
11:30 a.m. Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park in Brooklyn

It’s summertime so let’s go to the beach! This will be a great bike ride to Fort Tilden (Rockaways) beach. Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, food and/or money for food, and a lock for your bike if you don’t want to leave it on the beach. We will be having a communal picnic lunch so BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE (or take a quick detour to the grocery store in Breezy Point!)
Come prepared (tools, tubes, water, etc) to ride some miles at a brisk pace.

Weekly bicycle blog round-up.

Here is a bit of whats going on in the world of bicycle blogs and websites.

Tracko in LA, in a tireless pursuit to crank out material has this pretty video posted of what the kids are doing with fixed geared bikes…


SF Track/Fixed Night Edit from Fonsecafilms on Vimeo.

FonssecaFilms …featuring the music of Kanye West, “Flashing Lights”
and these skilled San Francisco Riders.
Donald Arrodondo
Chris Cox
Chris Fonseca
Jason Clary
Terry Barentsen
Matt Rice
Edited By
Chris Fonseca

There is also this video posted there from BBC sports


with Chris Hoy, who is an Scottish born, Olympic and world track sprinter. More info here.

This video is a nice guide to track cycling hosted by the champ himself.

A short film about Hoy, “Standing Start”, by filmmakers Finlay Pretsell & Adrian McDowall, is playing at this years Bicycle Film Festival.

Meanwhile…

Competative Cyclist gives us a sneak peak at Shimano’s new 2009 Dura Ace 7900. Way better than that crappy 7800.

“7800, 7900, whatever it takes.” But hey, Shimano…if you need me to do any field testing at critical mass…I’m your guy.

Speaking of Jacked Up bicycle components…heres one…

Hipster Nascar informed me that Tom (Bonehead) Boonen is banned form this year’s Tour De France.

Now the riders are getting booted from the tour before it even happens (July 5th-27th)

His team, quick-step (QSI) tried to get away with their new performance enhancing drug…Cocaine.

Tom’s got a myspace page. His interests are travel, food, cycling and winning…hmmm.
WHO’s THE BAD MAN…

Perhaps David Millar and the gents of team Chipotle/Slipstream can help get the sport truly clean.

Why can’t these guys just stick to energy drinks like Redbull which can get you to do insane tricks like this…

Kevin Robinson, broke famous BMX pioneer Matt Hoffman’s big ramp record of 27 feet in Central Park on Thursday which came to me from John Prolly

Meanwhile…

How to avoid the bummer life who also did some…Say Hello to My Little Friend…Tom Boonen artwork…

Informed me of this HELL RIDE in Santa Cruz, where you vote for your favorite rider male and female, and then 8 of them get to go into Forest fire riddled California and torture themselves for sweet 5,000 bicycles.

I dunno, but this contestant has my vote…

Besides…”The Butcher” doesn’t need cocaine to be a winner!!

Special Shout out to:

cyclinglyfstyle for commuting with baby on bicycle and dealing with flood waters of Iowa.

Well what roundup would be complete without a trip to Bikesnob who turned 1 year old on Friday the 13th. Happy Anniversary…thanks for making a wonderful place for making fun of the ridiculous side of cycling, like this self proclaimed Messiah of American Cycling…Michael Ball.

Seen here on the right, not to be confused with race promoter John Eustice

Ok, for those who don’t know…Michael Ball, is a fashion mogul who designs $200 jeans for Victoria Beckham’s behind. He is also an avid cyclist and owner of the
Rock Racing team which he seems to be putting all of his time into, when he’s not working on his charities as seen in a snip-it of this press conference…

Trust him, the girls are wearing t-shirts for Rock the Cure…ok T-shirts…what more do you need then that for a good cause.

They’ll all be up in Harlem tomorrow, for the Father’s Day Harlem Classic. For those few messengers and former messengers who didn’t go to the world championships in Toronto, they’ll be uptown too racing.


this is a good time to mention that the New York Bike Messenger Association website, seems to be coming back to life and has some info on Sunday’s event.

check it out here.

This was always a great resource for alleycat events and the fine work of NYC couriers organizing efforts for themselves and for the greater cycling community here in the city.

More on Harlem Rocks event.

Two new sites I learned of (both in Chicago area)
Bicycle diaries

and Chicago’s Cuttin Crew, Holdin it down in Toronto for the worlds. Even a crew from Time’s Up is there…I’m jealous.

Cool Video from this years Bicycle Film Festival NYC

The Bicycle Film Festival is currently happening…right Now in Toronto.

July 5th…the 6th Bike Shorts


You remember summer camp? Mom would write your name on your underwear, you couldn’t wait to see which cute girls/boys had gotten even cuter and might even talk to you. Ghost stories…puberty…

Well now its time for a summer camp theme for the 6th Bike shorts. This is a great, fun reoccurring event to get people to show off their short films about bicycles. Many filmmakers of bike shorts past were able to get their works in this years Bicycle Film Festival.

The submission deadline is June 28th…so get crackin.

Visit the website for more details.

Obama rides!!


Photo by Alex Brandon/A.P.
Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama took some time off to ride his bike. Maybe he won’t fall down like Bush.

Check out the A.P. story here

This was also posted on a cool blog from Durham:
Nicomachus.net

They have Critical Mass too:

BTW

I still have a bunch of Obama Spoke cards. Let me know if you want one. I often have them on me.