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Almost forgot…oh yeah the planet.

Today is a global day of action to stop global warming. So as you put on your shorts for another humid day in October think about this…

It’s Time for a National Intervention

October 22, Washington, D.C.

and across the country

The Iraq war and the threat of climate change are the twin global threats that millions of Americans said they wanted immediate action on after the U.S. mid-term election. But as Iraq continues to devolve into violence and chaos, and as we hit another year of record warm temperatures, our legislators are failing to respond to the will of the people. We want a safe and healthy planet for years and years to come. Please join us in a series of actions in 2007 to fight climate change, not wars for oil!

Turn your voice into action!

NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

TO TAKE OVER CAPITOL HILL

We need to take immediate action…
…To end the war in Iraq and all future oil wars
…To halt the impending climate crisis
…To end the US addiction to oil and other fossil fuels
…To rebuild New Orleans and all impacted communities
…To end racism and corporate greed
…To promote green jobs in a clean energy economy

HOW MANY TIMES

DO WE HAVE TO SAY NO?

NO WAR NO WARMING

This weekend…Bike Polo in NYC

I’ll let the flyers speak for themselves. Its gonna be fun, lots of people are coming from other cities…its polo…on bikes.


Schedule coming soon.

What was going on in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn drivers have really lost their minds. Maybe they think all bets are off when it comes to operating their vehicles in this lawless borough.

Now I don’t want to make comparisons in anyway here. What happened are isolated instances and, well lets just say I got off light.

Yesterday, Wednesday…October 17th, for the first time in my 17 years of riding..in NYC…wait a second…17 and 17, thats creepy. I was hit by a mini van in the heart of the Hasidic part of Williamsburg Brooklyn. Surprise surprise for a group of people so well known for their driving skills…NOT. This part of Brooklyn is home to 57,000 Satmar Hasidic Jews and just about all of them seem to own mini vans. Now they may have their own version of Judisim, their own laws and customs which may seem alien to the influx of hipsters moving in right next store…but this does not absolve them from driving with the same rules of the road we all must adhere to.

That being said, I was riding my fixed gear down Roebling Street, North towards Broadway, to go to the bank. I see this Green mini van half way out into the intersection of South 9th. Roebling is a big two way street, and this intersection is huge. The van is making an illegal U-turn, only slowly, not whipping around. I decide to try and go to his front side…he must have seen me…in fact we made eye contact. Then a flukey thing happened, maybe out of panic, but one of my cleats comes out of the clipless pedals and there is no way for me to stop…I’m gonna hit something. But this van has ample time to stop. He barley clips me in the front wheel and I go over the handle bars. This elderly man says, “are you ok” as he slowly drives off, leaving me in the intersection. My back wheel won’t move and it turns out its just the chain caught. Now I’m ok, a few scrapes…I don’t say anything and one person in the crowd of people who watched this spectacle shouts…”Damn, son, I would have choked him.” I just pull out a pad of paper I carry on me in my RELOAD side pouch and proceed to write down the plates as this van is slowly driving away. Green Mini Van…DYS 3310 (New York Plates) Now what to do? I’ve been thinking about this situation, just about every time I strap on my helmet and wonder if today will be my last. I feel fine. I look down and see that my right front bullhorn handlebar has taken the brunt of the crash. Its bent in and twisted up, but the rest of my indestructible orange KHS seems to be fine…wheels true…crank tight. Then I call 911 and report a Hit and Run accident.
The crowd still can’t get over how calm I am…maybe I’m in shock. Out of procedure the fire truck shows up, then the cops and then the paramedics. I fill out all the information, give the cops my id, get checked out by the paramedics and assure them I don’t need to go to the hospital. I get a number to call for the accident report and complaint number. I can just see how this thing could pan out. The van is registered to some Puerto Rican in the Bronx, I have to go to a line up and identify 6 of the Hasidim and one guy they threw in there with glue on side curls. The old man only speaks Hebrew and has no recollection of the incident. I’m not looking for a lawsuit here, just trying to fallow through. At the bare minimum I could get a new set of handlebars and maybe keep this guy reading Talmud and not operating a vehicle…who knows. Besides the cops being really friendly and attentive, there was also a local super of a building nearby that said he would be a witness.

If anyone knows a place to get straight bars…I’m in need of a new pair.

Then yesterday…Real tragedy stikes.

This comes from WABC and posted on:

streets blog

2 cyclists were killed in Brooklyn.

“Two men, both bicyclists, were killed in separate accidents in Brooklyn Thursday morning.

In the first, police say a bicyclist was struck and killed by an oil truck at the intersection of Union Avenue and Ten Eyck Street in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The bicyclist, a 26-year-old Massachusetts resident, was hit while cycling in the wrong direction just after 4:15 a.m.

He was allegedly trying to beat the oil truck, turning from southbound Union Avenue to Ten Eyck Street, when he was struck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges were filed.

Later, authorities say a 25-year-old bicyclist was struck by a white passenger van at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, in front of a church.

The driver of the passenger van was not immediately charged. The accident was under investigation.

A woman who lives near Union and Ten Eyck describes the scene:

I came up to the intersection this morning at around 7 a.m., and it had crime scene tape around it. There was a large truck (like an oil truck perhaps) stopped, post turn, and when I turned to look I saw a bicycle completely flattened under the back left tire. The person had been removed from the scene, but from the somber expressions and the remains on the road it was clear that this individual didn’t survive. I would like to honor my neighbor in some way. This is so sad. I ride a bike pretty frequently and run all the time in the neighborhood. The intersection is absolutely terrible, people just peel around and often come very close to hitting me or my dog. As a matter of fact, I was just telling my friend on Monday about almost being hit a few blocks up from this (when I had a walk sign). Actually, all the intersections along Union Avenue in WBurg are like that. It is really, really hard to cross the street. The intersection where this tragedy occurred is a “T” so you can really only cross when the walk light says stop, because no one ever, ever, ever pays attention to the walk signal when they have the green light. This is so sad and senseless. After I walked by the scene, I saw so many cars in a rush try to run over pedestrians at Grand and Union, a few blocks away. I saw a car honking at a cyclist and come aggressively close to him on Union just past Grand. It is so sad. Is there anythign we can do to make drivers more accountable for their recklessness? “

Alleycat in Albany, NY

UPSTATE BABY!

Albany, October 20th.
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Do it!

Track Kaiju screens in two places.

The short fim I made, Track Kaiju, about 2 Japanese bike messengers traveling to NYC to race in Monster Track will be screening this week, so if your in the neighborhood…check it out.

First up is Boston, MA for the Boston Bike Filmfestival

The festival is Oct. 18-20th.

Kick off Party…

Posted by: Boston Cyclistas
Track Kaiju, Thursday @ TOS Cafe

party, pick up a manifest, watch an awesome short film about messengers comepeting in a nyc alleycat…

Boston Bike Film Festival’s Opening Party
this Thursday Night 8:00pm
The Otherside Cafe

grab a scavengerhunt manifest for $3

watch my favorite messengers act a fool in a short film about the most infamous nyc alleycat of them all- MONSTERTRACK!

Track Kaiju
Playintraffic Producitons short film starring Shino (“fixie king at the 14th annual messenger world championship in Sydney” -Mike Green) and Mike Dee (NYC messenger, Red Light Go)

see you there!

a little blurb about the Boston Ladies–“We are a group of women cyclists in the Boston area. Our goals are to build community amongst like-minded women who find themselves in a male-dominated sport and sub-culture, create a safe space for women who may have never raced or ridden seriously before to train with other women, incubate the experienced and the inexperienced alike so that we all feel more confident about riding and racing in mixed gender (ie, male dominated) settings, and have a shit load of fun riding bike”

Then we go across the POND to Jolly London for the: 7th Annual Bicycle Film Festival

All films are at the Rich Mic Cultural Foundation
35-47 Bethnal Green Road – London E1 6LA

Track Kaiju is Saturday, October 20th at 7:00pm

There is also the Joy Ride art show, a collection of amazing works of art by bikers about bikes.
(this art show has been touring with the festival)

JOY RIDE 17-21 OCTOBER
MAVERIK SHOWROOM | 68-72 Red Church St E2
02077396002

There will be nightly after parties at such hotspots as: Green and Red’s, The Legion, Dust and the Dragon Bar. (see Bicycle Film Festival for a compete list of information)

and on Sunday the 21st: BIKE POLO

Bikers look for BRAINS!!!

More BRAINS.photo by: TheorySam

SO MUCH GOING ON!!!

Saturday is also ZOMBIECON.

Its this event where people dress up like zombies and march around NYC looking for BRAINS. Its modeled after Santacon and happens in a bunch of cities all over the US.

visit: ZOMBIECON to get on the email list to find out where ZOMBIECON will meet up.

Spend the day in a George Romero kind of mood and for inspiration check out this video from last year…


then hop on your bike and join the midnight ridazz–bike ride at 11:00pm (see post below)

Midnight Ridazz is bike ride for cyclists and skaters which meets in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on the 2nd Saturday of every month. This event has been taking place since February of 2004 and has a ridership of numbers into the thousands. The idea here is critical mass only later in the evening, less confrontational and more about good times with a party, costumed atmosphere.

On October 12th, 2007…The midnight Ridazz hosted the…Heavy Metal 2 ride.

here is a video from the event…

NYC has attempted a few Midnight Ridazz style bike rides, but it hasn’t caught on…YET!

Midnight Ridazz NYC…October 20th.

Ok, this is my favorite time of the year. HALLOWEEN. So much going on. This is the time of year I get no sleep, stay up all night making flyers and costumes. I’ll just post em as I see em.

Saturday, OCTOBER 20
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
MIDNIGHT RIDAZZ

Put on your creepiest undead costume, grab your flask and meet us at the St. Mark’s Church Cemetery, famously haunted by the 17th-century Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant. We’ll visit notoriously haunted spots around the East Village and beyond. This ride ends at a party!

DISCLAIMER: By participating, Cyclists hereby agree that FreeWheels, its agents and affiliates assume no liability for brains consumed through any acts or omissions of any party

11:00 pm- St Marks Church Graveyard (2nd Ave & E10th St)

Online Cycling News…


For a daily report on cycling news check out: cycling.web.net.
From their site:

“Hello and welcome to cycling.web.net, a daily digest of cycling news from around the world. Think of CWN as a watering hole for cycling enthusiasts and people interesting in finding out more about cycling, training, trends and equipment. Articles and information about bikes and cycling are delivered fresh daily, so stop by regularly for your cycling news fix!”

October 13th, Trexlertown Swap meet.

Saturday is T-Town.

Need a new bike, wanna find a deal on rare parts…get on down to the premiere bicycle swap meet in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania

This information comes from velo news:

On Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA (formerly Lehigh Valley Velodrome) will host the largest cycling and fitness outdoor expo in the east. This specialty flea market, which is devoted to a variety of bicycling products, will close out the major event schedule for 2007 at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. The best cycling-related sportswear and fitness equipment from the largest gathering of suppliers and merchants in the country will be showcased on the grounds of the nation’s premier cycling venue. From pro cycling apparel and equipment to children’s bikes, the Swap Meet features all things cycling, new and used and all prices are negotiable.

15 different commercial vendors traveling from across the country include, Beacon Bicycles, Nestors, Green Mountain Cyclery, Keswick, Donnelly Imports, Long’s Cycle Shop, Spa Sport, Base Camp Adventure Outfitters, Bike Surplus, Cycle Sport Inc., Champion Systems, Guy’s Bicycles, along with over 175 individual vendors! More than 2,500 people attended the Cycling Center’s 2006 Fall Swap Meet and this year, the track is expecting a similar turnout for the largest “Fall Bicycle Swap Meet” in the nation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the best deals in cycling equipment! This event is open to the public and there is a $5 admission fee. Children 12 and under get in the gates for free. For further information please visit valleypreferredcycling.com
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I also found this schedule of other swap meets from the thewheelman.org

its a little late for 2007, but maybe this will give you an idea other places to get good deals. *Please note, dates may be wrong, because…T-Town’s date was off by a week. Its the 13th of October not the 7th.

Another big weekend for bikes…

October continues to rock here in the big city. Just coming off the MASH premiere and all that went with it…next up:

Saturday, October 13th is the final race of the most elaborate series in alleycat history.
CK and his team have been working out all the details for an event which should be a fitting end to this intense season. (of course we still have the Halloween weekend and Cranksgiving…but that is another story)

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN.

For those participating and paying attention. B4B is the final race.
Race is starting at 1500 hrs (3pm). It was pushed back because peoples want to go to Trexler Town in Pennsalvania, one of the largest bicycle swap meets. (see posting)

The race is actually a series of mini-games and short races including a team time race, an individual hill climb, relay race, drag racing, a skid slalom race, tricks, stands and an alley-crit.

This will be a spectator friendly event with group rides to the start/finish lines of the various contests. The site 5 boro generals, will be posting a schedule so people can find out where all the action is.

Who will take it all: Dan, Crihs, Austin, Pete? Come find out.

Then on Sunday:
Squid from cyclehawk couriers wanted to have this posted for a great cause:

This is a group ride (not a race) for all riders to donate to a man who has done a lot for the cycling community.

-Chris Thornton wrote:
Last fall, Fernando Cuevas was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and he has been battling the disease ever since. Fernando has touched the lives of many young bike racers, including my own, and has made an impact in the cycling community through his involvement in the America’s Cycling Team program as well as his time spent at Kissena velodrome.

This is a ride for anyone, racers and non-racers alike, to show support for Fern and his family. It will begin at the Central Park Boathouse at 8 AM on October 14. A race flyer will be available soon. 100% of monetary contributions not necessary for putting on the ride will go directly to Fernando.

Thank you so much for your support!

Donate and register here