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A day in Harlem…on bikes

I just wanted to report on this event that happened in Harlem, last Sunday. It was the 35th annual Skyscrapper Criterium, a day of pro racing in NYC where they have a closed course and have different categories of racing.

But it wasn’t just for the spandex crowd, Bike messengers got a chance to compete as well bringing their unique style of competition and giving audiences a view at “alleycat racing.”

Here is an article in Time magazine online.

written by: Sarah L. Lynch

Photo of Dwain Walters competing in the messenger race.

(not allowed to embed this)
but here is the link for video of the Messenger Race.

Here are a bunch of pictures from Keirin US

and a bunch more from Amy Bolger on Squid’s site:

Fixie Scene in Orlando Florida


Yes there is fixie culture even in the land of Mickey Mouse

Orlando Florida

Check them out at 407 Fixed gear

Check out this amazing artwork:

Sustainable Lecture Series on Governors Island


All Summer the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities is having a lecture series on Governors Island.

check it out at their website.

June 22nd. Sunday in Austin Texas

the website

Special Thanks to the Sierra Club


They sent me 2 books. Thank you.

get their books here:

Renegades of Crafts


Saturday, June 14th, Samantha,(my wife) and I checked out the Renegade Craft Fair at the McCarren park pool in the “human dogrun” park of North Willy B.

This former Robert Mosses created public pool has been the home to a series of concerts and movie screenings for the past couple of summers, reviving a long time abandoned piece of public space. Saturday it was turned into a massive sea of pop-up tents with artists and crafts makers.

There was really great stuff here and lots of amazing gifts.

Just wanted to give a shout out to a few vendors who I thought were cool.

It was really nice to see lifelong biker and artist Taliah Lempert of Bicycle Painting.

Taliah creates amazing paintings of bicycles, makes prints and coloring books for kids.

Also there was Vaya messenger bags.

Ah, free advertising.

I was a big fan of Mr. Poncho. Making awesome ipod covers which have a special way of keeping your earbud headphones from getting all tangled.

I bought a Bob Marley one. Nice!

We also got this cute onezee from Clever Violet with a print of a bicycle.

Stewart’s bike trip in Eastern Europe for his Jewish roots


Matt Stewart and his father, David are taking a bike ride this summer.

You can follow their journey here:
Stewart bike Trip

They will be riding through Eastern Europe in search of family roots, Jewish relatives who fled to NYC in the first part of the 20th century.

They will be starting in Warsaw and ending in Odessa.

“Hey Bubbie, where can I park my bike?”

Very touching, Matt and David and good luck on your ride.

BTW, I like souvenirs, like maybe a pirogie from each country or one of those shake up snow globes.

Bicycle film festival’s next stop…

Minneapolis

July 9-12.

Photo Exhibits, Group Rides and bike movies.

MMMMM MMMMM good.

Are they?

Bike Portland.org posted this picture.

It could be true, but its probably a more accurate statement that Fixies are the new skateboards…especially with non-stop tricks videos like this.


Unfinished from Tony West on Vimeo.

I mean how terrible…the next thing you know people will be buying more bicycles and then riding them.

Not to bad a problem when you consider we are living in these times:

from streetsblog…photo by Brad Aaron

Rain City Fix-new book


Aaron Edge and Photographer Brenton Salo have put out a new photo book about fixed gear culture from Seattle.

The myspace page

Where you can buy the book.

Video about the making of the book: