Mike Maronna of the 90′s classic kids show: “The adventures of Pete and Pete,” is a member of my local film union, a talented actor and a member of our bike community. Here he is in a new music video for Nada Surf. Nice riding Mike!
Friday is Critical Mass-January 25th. So remember…the cops have been setting up these sting operations to harass cyclists and continue their “hurt-pride” war on the monthly Critical mass ride. They have been consistently set up on Broadway around 19th St. So if you are riding home from work starting as early as 6:30pm…stay away from Broadway unless you want a summons for some stupid crap like “not riding in the bike lane.” I got a ticket in November and friends of mine got tickets in December. If they don’t get you on the bike lane thing these bored cops, will look to see if you have a head light or a back red light. I am not kidding. Sometimes its not just Broadway. Cops have been seen on Park Ave as well. So either pick a different route, far to the East or West of Broadway, or wait a few hours.
Meanwhile in London they are having their tenth Rollapaluza. This is an indoor roller race.
Trends come and go and often die in a fiery blaze. Remember when everyone used to rollerblade to work? Where are they now. Kind of like the day Disco died, when mainstream artists like the Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and Kiss started having disco songs. Sometimes the trends can be antiquated with actual days like when the record promoters staged a “Demolition Disco” night during a Chicago Whitesoxs double header in July 1979. Music historians claim this it the official day disco died when fans were encouraged to bring disco albums to the game, throw them in a pile and watch them explode. Heres a video from MSNBC explaining.
We may be heading that way with the whole fixed gear trend.
Its there new spring collection for 08 called: alleycats. With other really offensive rip-offs of bike culture that aren’t even in the same decades: “Breakaway from the mainstream” an obvious reference to the 1979 movie. (Hey 1979-the year disco died…hmmm) Its all really laughable.
Today there was a sale for Time’s Up to raise funds for their new space…which hasn’t been located yet. There were items for sale upstairs, clothes and various nick-knacks, but the real goods were downstairs in the basement. The volunteer mechanics were on hand to sell off some bikes, bike parts, bike tools and lots of other gear. It was kind of a reunion for this 20 year old environmental organization. Interesting how people come out when there are things for sale…hmmm. Still it was proof that the cycling community is tight and it was good to see familiar faces. 49 East Houston has been an amazing gift but it looks like its curtains for this prime piece of real-estate. It has been such a quintessential space for organizing, hosting screenings, having meetings and all the bike mechanics workshops.
Now onto the task of finding a new space. If anyone has ideas…please let them know. Here is the page to find out more and get involved. Space is hard to come by, but Time’s Up is a surviver and will always be on hand to educate the public and host lots of free bike rides.
Here are some news and tidbits from blogs and websites giving love to the bike community:
Photos by Will of Razorapple For three years there’s been an alleycat race open to those new to the sport, affectionately called, “alleykitten.” December 30th was the date. Here are three recaps with pictures:
picture form six racing…Guy in the black hood is race veteran Victor, who organized Monster Track 08 last year. He’s really camera shy.
Meanwhile…we may all be in trouble. No not the nose-diving economy but Rapper Kanye West bought a Cinelli Vigorelli Track bike from Track Star. This has got bikesnob only mildly freak out about the hipsterfication of fixed gear culture.
Time’s Up is moving from the space they have been given on 49 East Houston Street, Manhattan. This Sunday, January 20th from 3-6:30pm they will be selling most of the stuff in their basement. A good opportunity for great deals on bikes, bike parts, frames, sound equipment, etc. Bound to find some good deals. If your looking for a used bike, there are some real gems down there, so stop by.
January 16th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
4 days after our 3rd annual memorial ride, the New York Times comes out with this article on Ghostbikes and Bike Boxes in Portland, Oregon. Now I know this West Coast city is the US model for cycling utopia, but we have Ghostbikes here and Bike Boxes. I know America is looking to Portland for ideas, but the Times is doing a great disservice by ignoring what is happening here in New York City. Here is the article, from the times.
Here’s a local paper who felt it was important to report on the NYC memorial ride.