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.
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.”
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.
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.