Riding around the Blogosphere, drunk and falling over.

Well it another round up of the bike blogsphere and news.
First stop…

Now why our delightful purveyor of snarky bike culture bashing needs anymore mention is a unclear but he is really workin into the press so I will give him props.

Right before bike month he had an article in Time Out in their Great Rides section for Brooklyn

Now he is mentioned in the back of the latest Velo News…

(Notice the cartoon, Wait a sec? I’m the bike blogger with the big Schnoze!!)

And he was mentioned in this article in the nytimes about an art show in Berlin using bicycles.

The trend in fix gears has spawned blogs like bikesnob…to completely flush out the ridiculous nature of bikes becoming fashionable. Like this crap.
RVCA and Cinelli are getting together and making 50 limited edition bike frames. OOOh, and I’m sure they’ll be affordable too. To hang on the wall of your 400square ft studio in East Williamsburg for 600,000 bucks.

I mean, I’m all for making biking cool, marketing, getting more people on bikes, but when I see things like this its hard to keep from vomiting…

or this…

But, I will stay positive even when DKNY didn’t learn anything and keeps doing this.
Yes they have their orange bikes locked up in the U.K. Hey, this article links to me..Yeah.

But in really important bike news…former Talking heads front man David Byrne…are you ready for this?

Got drunk and crashed his bike on some cobble stones in the Meat Packing district, according to Gothamist.
The Horror. Well its this kind of a thing that will get something done about our roadways…just like Gardens are knocked down and activists loose fierce battles to save them until rich celebs like Bette Midler decide to do something about Gardens. Then, poof…they’re saved.

Maybe David can start the “New York, I’m too Drunk to bike home Project.”

“This is not my big beautiful bike…MY GOD, What have I done?”

Speaking of treacherous roadways…no matter how drunk you get…

Forget about fixie riding hipsters making Williamsburg the new hot trendy spot, or East Williamsburg…I think its going to be Middle East Williamsburg, in the far off reaches of Afganistan. Joe Hendry at sent out this article of how people are becoming bike messengers in Kabul.

Afghan mine victims proudly work as bicycle couriers

Reuters India, May 22, 2008
By Jonathon Burch

KABUL (Reuters) – Abdul Saboor rides his bicycle as far as 18 miles a day through the dusty streets of Kabul delivering packages. Most people might be daunted by such distances but not Saboor who peddles through the hilly streets using his only leg.
Thirteen years ago Saboor had to have his right leg amputated after stepping on a landmine near his house in western Kabul. It happened during the civil war when the city was subjected to regular rocket attacks, shortly before the Taliban took control in 1996. Many of the roads were riddled with landmines.
Saboor, now aged 35, had already moved his family to the relatively safer northern part of the city but from time to time he would check on his old home, and it was on one such trip that he lost his leg.
According to the United Nations an average of 60 people every month are killed or wounded by landmines or explosives left over from war in Afghanistan and an estimated 270 square miles are still contaminated with explosive devices.

But that has not stopped Saboor from earning a living, albeit a hard one. He and his fourteen colleagues work for Afghanistan’s first and only bicycle messenger service, the Disabled Cycle Messenger Services (DCMS). They deliver letters and packages between offices in the city.

“Of course it’s hard work, even for an able bodied person,” says Saboor, leaning on his crutches.
“But the fact that I can work and I don’t have to sit on the side of the road and beg for money and can provide food for my family gives me a big sense of pride.”

The concept is simple and has been employed in large cities such as London and New York for many years, as cycle couriers can often guarantee a faster delivery time than other vehicles as they are not held up by traffic.

Kabul’s roads often come to a standstill due to the sheer amount of cars but also because of the numerous security barriers that have sprung up in the city which restrict the flow of traffic and are a great cause of complaint from residents.

Saboor is different from the rest of his colleagues in that he chooses not to use a prosthetic leg, opting for crutches instead. His leg was amputated high above the knee making it more difficult to use a prosthesis, he says.

“I used to use a prosthetic limb but it caused me a lot of discomfort,” he says, as one of his colleagues massages his own stump.
Asked if he uses an artificial limb when he cycles, Saboor quickly rejects any doubt over his abilities.
“No, I use my one leg! If you want, I can carry you all the way to north Kabul. I’ll show you!” he says strapping his crutches to the bicycle frame and using his only leg to pedal effortlessly around the mud courtyard of the DCMS office.
He and his colleagues use heavy Chinese manufactured bicycles costing around $50 used by Afghans all over the country.
DCMS was set up by an Afghan NGO in 2002 but two years ago disagreements over pay caused them to break away and go it alone. With the move went the donor funding and much of their client base. They have been struggling ever since.
“We’re taking our last breath,” says Mohammad Amin Zaki, the director of DCMS who is also a mine victim and messenger.
“We have 20 days until the rent is due and after that we don’t know what will happen.”
The company’s struggle reflects the wider economic instability of a country ravaged by almost three decades of war. Unemployment is at least 40 percent.
“The financial situation is bad throughout the country so people usually prefer to deliver things themselves,” says Zaki referring to the lack of business.
Each of the messengers earns a meager $10-16 a month depending on the amount of work; well below the national average. On top of this they receive around $10 from the government in the form of disability allowance. All the men work other jobs.
Zaki works in the evenings as a laborer, mixing concrete while Saboor helps his son sell rubbish bags by the side of the road. Another makes bricks.

“We don’t have breakfast or lunch. Usually we wait and have dinner together with the family because we don’t have enough money for food,” says Saboor.

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world with half of its 25 million people living below the poverty line. The country has also been hit hard by the rising global food prices.
But despite the odds, Saboor remains pragmatic about his future. Asked what he will do if the business shuts down, he says: “I will definitely get another job. I don’t like not working. If I lose this job I will find another one somewhere else.”

The first Kabul alleycat should be happening shortly.

Pre-register for Rumble 5.

Rumble thru the Bronx is this Saturday, May 24th. 1300.

you can preregister here.

Other goings on this Memorial day weekend…

The fine folks at out of Denver Colorado are throwing a Gang Bang.

Be sure to tune into this great site, they have weekly video podcasts of the carefree punk rock lives of cyclists and couriers in the Mile High city…

Rumble thru the Bronx five. This Saturday.

This weekend is the 5th annual Rumble thru the Bronx. An alleycat so intriguing even the New Yorkers feel like “out-of-towners.” This is a really fun race which winds its way all over this twisted borough which many participants have never step foot in. Racers often trade in their fixies for the more practical road bike due to the lengthy terrain. Its a race where knowledge of the streets is such a factor that they post all the checkpoints in advance and groups of participants even ride the course in preparation.

Hodari, Mike Dee and their crew due an excellent job of putting on this race which always includes a beach party afterwards on city island and amazing food by Roz. There’s nothing like home-made food after a grueling 26 mile race.

Here is a little video I made of last years race:
Rumble 4 from Michael Green on Vimeo.

To get the course map with the checkpoints visit: “”>

Save Union Square has a posse.

One minute your gathering for critical mass trying to figure out which guy in a giants baseball cap and red sweat band is a “plain clothes” cop. The next minute “poof.” Union square suddenly is surrounded by fences and its not just to keep a large group of people from going on a bike ride. Bad Dream? Nope just another day in the never end struggle to keep our diminishing public space out of the hands of developers and utilized for what its meant to be…p-u-b-l-i-c s-p-a-c-e.

This is the case with the South side of Union square in case you were wondering what the bulldozer monster track rally was going on down there.

The story is a familiar one and goes a little something like this…
“Here’s the skinny: after letting the pavilion building fall into disrepair for over a decade, the city government was finally ready to pony up the cash to repair the building and return it to public use. Before the city could even complete their own plans, the Union Square Business Improvement District, or BID, (led by corporate chain stores such as Barnes and Noble and Whole Foods) got involved, dangling wads of extra (anonymously donated) cash, and before you know it the plans that emerged took on a decidedly unfriendly tone, particularly if you happen to be an artist selling your work, a farmer selling food, or any citizen who might want to just sit down in the park without having to purchase a $5.00 latté.”

Find out more information about all this at

or better yet come to a rally at 5pm Wednesday, May 21st. at Union Square South.

I’m confused.

I try and make accurate posts, check into things…alas I made a mistake:

The artist in the post below is Chris Walker who did the Giraffe and the Vandal on the walls of Wiliamsburg.

Street artists and Vandals

There is a Vandal in Williamsburg…not this kind of vandal, who smashes windows to bust into your car, which I saw while riding down Roebling Street yesterday.

Nope this Vandal,

A radio controlled giraffe writes Vandal with a paint brush in its mouth on the Roebling Tea house in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

This is the work of legendary street artist from Bristol U.K, Banksy. Most famously known for this piece in Brighton of two cops making out.

The stencil artist has become so well know for his creations that people were arrested for painting over one of the pieces and charged with criminal damage.

More of his work can be scene here:
This is big money for these contemporary artists. Banksy was in town to sell some art at a big auction house, according to Oh yeah, he does work on canvas since its hard getting giant city walls sold off, unless your a big time developer. While in NYC, the artist was able to put up a couple more pieces around.

Like this one in Williamsburg on South 3rd St.
Razorapple a great photo blog on NYC street culture has a nice report on these antics including artist who paint with fire extinguishers and paint enormous male members on our city walls.

I guess proximity is also playing a role in these street artists affairs. Shepard Fairy, the obey guy who started by placing Andre the Giant has a posse stickers all over the world, has parled his work into a major operation. His street team is still at it and I noticed these two pieces in the hood on my little impromptu street art exploration.

Zipcar, the hip car rental company, asked the artist in a news letter if he wanted to get involved in some cross-promotion. Why? cause he put up his art near where people pick up zip cars? He could just as easily do something for King Kog, the bike shop in which he put this piece up. Seems like he’s more down with a better environment and focusing our dependence on oil with art like this on Broadway, near Union Square.

Notice the couple in the background making out.

Here’s another nice piece done by neither artist, near King Kog on Hope Street…look I somehow made this bicycle related:

Now remember this is “ART,” and not your repetitive random graffiti tagging which the Mayor will send his clean up team for.

Which does nothing but make fresh canvases for the future Harings, Basquiat, Banksy and Fairy’s of the future.

Banksy had a nice comment on graffiti removal…Photo by Greenwood100 from flickr

Perhaps these art projects on walls are the future cave paintings giving insight into a primitive society. Personally I find them more creative and pleasing to the eye then when you randomly turn a corner as see something like this…

to sell underwear. (photo by: Equalizer on

Post number 890 is Bad to the Bone…woof woof

While I was busy shooting my second music video for a great African Band, Gokhbi System, Senegalese Hip Hop,
Chris Ryan was busy video taping the pooch pedal parade.

This was a Times Up event to bring awareness to the plight of abondon dogs in nyc. Find out more at the mayor’s animal alliance.

Oh and more importantly… A random fixed gear bicycle

was photographed against a graffiti wall…Now thats news, thanks Gothamist.

Dog Parade

Ok, so we’ve seen clowns in the bike lane, we’ve seen polar bears on bikes, Now its time for dogs on bikes. What better way to help abandon pets in NYC who are locked up all day inside, than take them out into traffic, plunked on the front of baskets on bicycles

Get Ready for the too cute for words:


TimeÂ’s Up! ride will highlight bicycles adapted to transport pets as well
as the benefits of adopting homeless animals.

WHAT: Time’s Up! Doggie Pedal Parade
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2 PM
WHERE: Traffic island on south end of Union Square East
between Broadway & 4th Ave

**Excellent visuals**

New York, NY (May 14, 2008) – On Saturday, May 17th, bicyclists will use
baskets and trailers to take their dogs along for the ride in the TimeÂ’s
Up! first annual Doggie Pedal Parade. The bicycle ride will demonstrate
environmentally friendly ways to transport pets around the city and will
include parade floats pulled by bicycles and decorated to honor selected
animal rescue groups. The ride route will feature animal adoption sites
and animal friendly locations.

Cyclists without dogs are encouraged to ride dressed as their favorite
animals or to join the Safety Pooch Patrol to help escort the ride.
Spectators are encouraged to join the cheering sections at selected points
along the route, such as the Animal Haven Adoption Center at 251 Centre
St, and are invited to meet at the end of the ride for snacks and drinks
at a doggie celebration near the Washington Square Park dog run at
Washington Square South and Sullivan Street. Fred, the dog who was
adopted from the ASPCA and went on to star in the most recent Broadway
production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be signing pawtographs

To prevent any Ruff Riding and for the fun and safety of the group,
non-social pets are asked to stay at home.

Supporters of the ride include ASPCA, League of Humane Voters of New York
City, MayorÂ’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Rational Animal.

**Doggie Pedal Parade FAQ:

**Photos of DOGS ON WHEELS – sample of what you will see on Saturday’s ride:

Blog Round Up.

Here is my weekly roundup of whats going on in the bicycle blog world:

Remember tomorrow is Bike to Work day. If you have no work, tomorrow is bike to look for a job day, or bike to the local coffee shop and blog about biking to work or bike around Prospect Park, cause obviously those people are doing something right cause they can bike before work…all day long.

Trackosaurusrex pointed out an event in SF. on Thursday sponsered by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Bike Away from work…looks like it Was a cool event.

Speaking of SF, and events past.

Squids NYC messenger company Cyclehawk posted the results of Velocity in San Francisco.

1) Megan
2) Dorit
3) Colleen

1) Steven
2) Andres
3) Jack

1) Fergus
2) Deuce
3) Maurice

This was the third and final installment of the Velocity tour which is a velodrome track day where urban riders and messengers can compete to win tickets to the Cycle World Messenger Championships which are in Toronto this year…in June.

Squid and his crew, really put their heart and soul into this event and give people an amazing opportunity to compete in cycling on track bikes, where they were meant to be…the track.
Check here for some pix.

Congratulations Fergus…you going to TORONTO!!

Want to say THANKS to Mike and Hellyer Velodrome for volunteering your time and the track! And all the sponsors who made Velocity happen…

Speaking of Cyclehawk…Carlos, who works there has a photoblog…Ridin around, making runs…takin images.

Speaking of…wait…never mind.

Prolly wants you’ll to know that Friday, May 30th (which is also Critical Mass)
is his monthly Peel Sessions

The Bootleg sessions cats will be on hand to rip it up, shoot some video and push this sport to new levels…
check out the trailer for their new video comin out:

“Bootleg Sessions v.2″ Fixed Gear DVD Trailer from Ride/Relax Productions on Vimeo.

Now, the fixie kids might ride up walls and do silly tricks…but Pro Racers can get silly too…like this:

I saw this posted on a Roadie blog Velo Jello