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the folks at Chunk666…

Makers of tallbikes, choppers and things like this…

Their based out of Portland Oregon and now have a new blog site:

Chunk 666

check em.

here is their wikipedia description

Wacky bikes

Jacob sent me this website about the craziest bikes out there..

Oobject is a website that creats a billboard chart for gadets…here is a little more about them from their site:

There are dozens of gadget sites on the web, these days. Oobject is a bit different.

Oobject is somewhere between a blog and a directory. We pick topics for lists of gadgets . People then suggest items to go into them by tagging things as Oobject in wists. Visitors then vote on items to create something like ‘Billboard charts for gadgets’, voted by everyone.

Some of the topics we pick will be standard categories such as ‘top digital SLRs’. These will be constantly updated over time, with new items. Other topics will be quirky and fun, one offs, where we find a particularly interesting topic such as ‘retro soviet gadgets’.

Each day, instead of single blog posts, we will feature a single topic which is new or has been newly updated.

So here is their list of crazy-bicycles …my favorite gadget.

Hang out it Zurich and race for 6 days.

What could be more fun then traveling and biking…

Check out the site

picture by Joshua Whitesnake mess nyc

commercial preview of the event on mess nyc

From the site:
X-Days!
A Zurich Bicycle Courier Velodrome Extravaganza Part 2!

Like the year before, this year around New Year’s an army of bicycle messengers
and general bike aficionados from all over the world will be flocking to Zurich.
While the local cycling temple Hallenstadion has the elite of international track
racers competing in the Zurich Sixdays, they will gather to celebrate their own X-Days.
Bicycle messenger don’t just make their mark on the tarmac of the street. They also know
how to look right on the boards that stage the drama of six day racing. Naturally, they
want to see the pros race and they will lend them their vocal support. But the fastest
among the messengers will also race each other in front of the same crowd.
Still, there’s much more to the X-Days! Just like in the early stages of Six Day racing,
an X-day still has 24 hours. Back then, the racers were subjected to around-the-clock hard
labour in smoke-filled venues while the audience gave their best at partying hard. Similarly,
the X-days will bring 7 days full of side events that will test the perseverance of those
partaking, including bike polo, alleycat races, lake jump on ice, fondue BBQ, parties,
a karaoke contest, and to finish things off on a relaxing note, a sauna visit. What more
could a bicycle messenger crave for?

Job opportunity to assist DOT with bike racks and lanes.


Here is a job offer in NYC to assist the DOT with making more bike lanes and bike racks. Hey, but that would encourage people to ride their bikes.
City Planner – Level I – Alternative Modes: Bicycle Program

Job Description:
The New York City Department of Transportation is embarking on an aggressive
campaign to expand the City¹s on-street network of bicycle lanes and routes
to facilitate the use of bicycles as an emission-free mode of
transportation. Coupled with this exciting initiative and the increase in
the number of bicycle racks requested citywide, the Bicycle Program is
seeking a self-motivated person to assist the City Racks Manager in
administering the program. Listed below is a brief description of the
program¹s accomplishments and planned activities:

* To date, over 4,121 bike racks have been installed throughout the five
boroughs; annual installation is 500+ bike racks
* Developing a bike and ride program aimed at improving bicycle parking
at subways stations and bus stops.
* DOT has secured the services of a contractor to install hundreds of
additional bicycle racks, to be completed in the next year.

The responsibilities of the person include processing bike rack requests in
a database; mapping, locations; conducting fieldwork (50% of work) to
investigate and analyze the location of the request; preparing and
submitting correspondence regarding the status of the request; scheduling
the installation of bike racks; conducting follow-up installation
investigation and documentation; preparing reports. The person will also be
responsible for similar type tasks for the bike and ride program. The
candidate may also be requested to perform other duties relevant to the City
Rack program and the Bicycle Program.

Qualification Requirements:
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of
satisfactory full-time experience in city planning, or

2. A satisfactory combination of education and or experience that is
equivalent to ³1² above. Graduate education in city planning, urban
planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation
engineering, or related fields may be substituted for experience on the
basis of 30 semester credits from an accredited college for one year of
experience. However, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree.

Note: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment.

Special Note: While we appreciate every applicant’s interest, only those
under consideration will be contacted.

Specialized Knowledge: Proficiency in ArcView, Microsoft Word and Excel.

Other Information: This is an excellent opportunity for a person interested
in urban cycling, transportation planning and project implementation.
Experience in cycling a plus.

Salary Range: $49,493 – $62,155. The minimum for employees appointed on or
after 2/1/07 is $43,037.

Job Location: 40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013, Room 1035

Number of Positions: 1

To Be Considered For This Vacancy:
1) Place the control code listed below in the upper right hand corner of
your resume and on the lower left hand corner of the envelope.
(2) Your resume must include a chronological work history and salary earning
summary.
(3) Send two copies of your resume to:
Kim Fowler-Jackson
Traffic Operations/ Administration
NYC Department of Transportation
28-11 Queens Plaza North, 8th Floor
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

Control Code: # W841/08/CTO-833

Closing Date: 9/21/07

DOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Check out Street Games


I shot 3 of these shows…yeah for me.

Bicycle Film Festival in Minneapolis

What do we know about bikes and Minneapolis?

Minneapolis is where Black Label Bike Club started.

It is the home to Surly bikes…

There is a cool bike shop that is hosting after partys and goldsprints…

it is hosting the 7th annual bicycle film festival… September 12-15th.

Time’s Up 20th Anniversary Party!!

NYC’s most loved environmental activist group is having a party to celebrate 20 years of great service

Time’s Up 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Party
www.times-up.org

Music By:
Japanther
Team Spider
DJ Suggested D

Video By:
Glass Bead Collective

Friday, Sept. 28,
8pm-late,
49 E. Houston St,
Sliding Scale: $10-$1000

Against overwhelming odds, Time’s Up Environmental Organization is
celebrating its twentieth year. Come celebrate twenty years of
achievements and support the future of our environment at our 20th
Anniversary Fundraising Party. Thanks to the steadfast devotion of our
volunteers and supporters, we are happy to announce that nonpolluting
transportation and environmental awareness are at an all time high and
continue to rise. Check out our 20th Anniversary Timeline for more
information about the journey and how you can get involved.

To download a word file with a timeline of Times Up activities…visit my .mac account page here

SNY, Rumble through da bronx…screening

Sometimes you just don’t feel like hauling your equipment around, setting up helmet cameras, watching as the rain starts pouring down, wondering if any of them were even recording. You find yourself speeding on the Harlem River Drive trying to get one of the race organizers his forgotten computer so he can start the race. Then you finally getting to the Bronx and realizing a person you lent your road bike to has totaled the back wheel. That was my Rumble thru the Bronx experience only this time we there was another video crew relying on those helmet cams.

Well it turns out that crew was Wonderland Productions and they were talking about doing this show for the mets channel, SNY featuring the famous Rumble alleycat as one of their segments for a new show called “Street Games.”

I remember sitting in a conference room with CK and Hodari with this big map of the Bronx going over the checkpoints and trying to explain to the wonderland crew what I had learned from covering Rumble 3 last year. The deal was we were going to provide helmet cameras and any technical assistance and in the end, share footage.

Their main guy, Dan Klein, wanted to profile a messenger on the job and then in the race. Hodari whips out his nextel and within a couple of minutes Redman walks in and gets the part. Messengers, at your service.

The show is premiereing tomorrow, Thursday, September 13th at 10:00 on SNY.

There will be a biker screening at Sophie’s Bar at 10:00pm, projected on the wall.

Sophie’s
507 E Fifth St (between A and B)
New York, NY 10009-6701
Phone: (212) 228-5680

and here is a NYtimes article on the show that was in today’s paper.

A Sports Show for New York’s Weekend Warriors

A scene from a “Street Games” episode focusing on a bicycle-messenger race in the Bronx.
By KATHRYN SHATTUCK
Published: September 12, 2007

The Tour de France it is not.
“Hold up your bicycles, four inches from your chest,” Mike Dee, camouflage and dreadlocks standing in for yellow jersey and helmet, bellows like a drill sergeant to a scrappy platoon.

“Now, repeat after me,” he commands. “This is my bicycle.”

“This is my bicycle,” the chorus shouts back.

“Without my bicycle, I am useless.” More shouts.

“Without me, my bicycle is useless.” Shouts, and grunts.

“All right, hoo-rah!”

And with the clatter of wheels against pavement, 100 bike messengers speed off on Rumble Through the Bronx, an unsanctioned “alley-cat race” featuring enough close encounters — and a scary direct hit — with cars and curbs to send Lance Armstrong scurrying back to Texas.

Which makes it perfect for “Street Games,” a celebration of athletic endeavors as only colorful New Yorkers could perform them. The show makes its debut tonight at 10 as the first original entertainment series on SportsNet New York.

Promoted as “ ‘Wide World of Sports’ meets the Big Apple,” the show will traverse the five boroughs in 10 half-hour episodes that focus on rarely televised activities like handball and rugby in Manhattan, roller derby and dragon-boat racing in Queens, cricket in Staten Island and outrigger-canoe racing off Brooklyn. Kenan Harkin, a former X Games competitor, is host. The show moves into its regular time slot tomorrow, Thursdays at 10 p.m.

That the players in “Street Games” have none of the glossy panache and a fraction of the megamillion-dollar budgets of the professional leagues might seem at cross-purposes with SNY, the television home of the Mets and the Jets.

But SNY’s broader mission, 18 months after going on the air, is to become the home for all New York sports, professional and otherwise. In addition to broadcasting more than 120 Mets games a season and 250-plus hours a year of in-depth Jets coverage, SNY offers four nightly live sports-news shows focusing on the region’s professional and collegiate teams.

The network also is the leader in Big East coverage in the New York area in the combined number of televised basketball and football games. Owned by the New York Mets, Time Warner and Comcast, SNY is available to nearly 11 million households throughout New York and Connecticut, in most of New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania and nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network.

In 2006 SNY had the largest viewership increase in all of Major League Baseball on a regional sports network versus the 2005 season, averaging a 2.9 household rating for Mets games. For 2007 SNY is averaging a 3.14 household rating. (One point represents about 74,000 households.) This year the YES network has averaged a 4.6 household rating for Yankees games.

“When you’ve been in the city for a while, you take for granted that there are all these sports and athletes that are distinct to the streets of New York and that they compete every day,” Steve Raab, president of SNY, said. “ ‘Street Games’ is not about the competition itself. It’s really about the stories and the characters, as told through the competition.”

“Street Games” is also about community, tenacity and New Yorkers’ dogged ability to carve out greener pastures — even if that means only a slice of asphalt — in one of the nation’s most congested environments.

As the tag line puts it, “The street is our stadium.”

“New York is such a space-constrained area, and New Yorkers in their passion for sports have created these games,” Mr. Raab said. “They’re not terribly expensive to play, and they can adapt to whatever is their surroundings.”

Take stickball, “just a game that our fathers and grandfathers started in the ’30s and ’40s,” said Richie Marrero, president of the New York Emperors Stickball League, in a telephone interview. “They didn’t have the money to join Little League, so they got together, bought a rubber ball, broke off their mothers’ broom handles and played in the street.”

These days, stickball thrives in New York, where there is also a children’s division, as well as in California, Florida and Puerto Rico, with teams sprouting up in the Dominican Republic. But the heart of the sport remains Stickball Boulevard in the South Bronx, where more than 2,000 people turned out to watch champions like the Gold, Mr. Marrero’s team, play agile newcomers like the Rookies of Puerto Rico at the league’s Memorial Day Weekend Classic, which is shown in tonight’s episode.

“For a kid who didn’t have the money to be going to Yankee Stadium all the time, this was like the Yankee Stadium in the street,” Paul J. Ortiz, who returns from California each year to play with the Bronx Knights, says in the show.

Basking for a moment in the limelight, Mr. Marrero, the man his teammates call the Steinbrenner of Stickball, can’t help but muster a little attitude, Mets-style.

“I’ll take the best 10 ballplayers in this league against the best 10 Major League ballplayers in this game any day of the year,” Mr. Marrero says, glaring into the camera. “We’re ready to play the Yankees. Just leave the cleats and gloves at home.

“Steinbrenner, you looking?”

Bike blog calender of events.

For now…here is a link to my Calender.

Its being hosted on my .mac account. Go to this page and download the pdf that says bikeblogcalender.

The calender has hyperlinks to the details of the events.

Is there anyway to just put up the url of the pdf? What would be the web address on a .mac account? And thank you to brooklyn surfer for the info on 30Boxes.com. I am working on that.

Bike Shorts are back in Brooklyn

So this guy…

picture by Joshua Whitesnake mess nyc
and his alter ego (some dude who rides around in his underwear) were to busy galavanting in Ireland at this years cycle messenger world championships…

so bike shorts took a little break
But now it’s back…

This is the place to show off your movies about bikes…

Bike Shorts

September 30th, Sunday at the bar called: Larry Lawrence 295 Grand St. in Williamsburg Brooklyn. $100.00 cash prize for the best film, voted on by the audience with loud cheering and clapping.