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Saturday, Oct. 28th was the 5th annual bike kill. Thanks to Black Label Bicycle Club for putting on a great event.

You have to go…make tall bikes and mutant choppers or just ride ones you find at the event. ITS FUN FUN FUN…next year.

There were some great events…the six pack attack, footdown. Some new events like bike surfing, and the big attraction of the evening…Tall Bike Jousting.

Chunk 666 was representin and the Cutthroats from Richmond, VA…who seemed to kick ass at most of the events.

Here are some great pictures from photographer Konstatin Sergeyev
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Flickr set

other photosets:
not elyse

grantcornett

abreck

my flickr set
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Speaking of mutant bikes. If you want to make tallbikes and choppers and other welded creations or you just wanna work on a bike…check out the 1,2,3 Freegan space and their bicycle workshops Wednesday nights 6pm till midnight and Saturdays 2pm to 7pm

more info here and myspace page.

The space is located in Brooklyn at: 123 Tompkins Ave. Between Myrtle and Vemon Ave.

google map

They are having a party This FRIDAY, November 2nd, whoo hoo. with Team Spider and others.

Here is a flyer

here is a little plug from Team Spider:

FREEGAN BIKE PARTY
FRIDAY NOV 2nd 2008
123 Tompkins Street (near myrtle) *G train to Myrtle
Co$t: 7 dollar $ug. donation, 1 dollar BEER$
bands: “Hipster Holocaust,” “Free Stuff”, “Bust the Clocks”, and “Team Spider” ( expect a sweaty mosh pit pogo’rific time )

An article on bike safety.

Normally I wouldn’t post an article like this to dissuade someone from biking based on statistics or to undermine the simple FACT that biking is more popular these days of hyper inflation, global warming and wars for that black stuff that made Ol Jed a millionaire. Is Biking Dangerous? It just stinks of that “blame the victim” bullcrap that folks like to utter like parrots when ever they hear about an accident or worse a fatality. The kind of nonsense of people who think bikes are only for exercise. Biking to work is no more dangerous than being a Puerto Rican in NYC with “Road Rage” undercovers who can’t distinguish a pair of fingers from a wallet. But there are few good tidbits in here that the author points out.

I will post the whole article so it will be archived forever unlike the NYTimes which will eventually make you pay for it.

Thanks to Astoria bike for posting this.

Freakanomics

October 18, 2007, 11:15 am
Will Bicycling to Work Get You Killed?
By Ryan Hagen
Bicycle commuting is on the rise, as evidenced by the following articles in Treehugger.com , the Boston Herald (Dead link) , and USA Today. But if the idea of hitting the road on two wheels — with little to protect you from cars and trucks but good manners — strikes you as pretty risky, you aren’t so far from the mark.

Per kilometer, cyclists are 12 times more likely than car drivers to suffer a fatal accident, according to Rutgers University urban planner John Pucher and Lewis Dijkstra of the European Commission (the same study found traveling by foot to be 23 times more dangerous than driving, per kilometer). To put this finding in perspective, there were 785 bicycling fatalities on American roadways in 2005, compared to 4,881 pedestrian and 43,443 automotive fatalities that same year.

On the other hand, a Danish study (which was done 7 years ago) found that people who do not bike to work suffer a 39 percent higher mortality rate than those who do. So, assuming you can avoid a fatal accident on the road, biking to work may actually help you live longer.

The risks associated with cycling decrease dramatically when more cyclists are on the road, and especially when those cyclists obey traffic laws. This second point is hammered home in this bizarre but brilliant 1963 bike safety film, “One Got Fat” (the eagle — or is it monkey? — eyed among you will have recognized a clip from this film in the Freakonomics video “Does Sport Cause Crime“).

awesome old video:


One thing “One Got Fat” doesn’t mention is helmet use — helmets weren’t widely used until the 1970s, and controversy remains over how effective they are in reducing bike fatalities. (Full disclosure: I bike to work whenever possible, and wear a helmet, an adherent to what a few cyclists I know like to call the Cult of the Styrofoam Talisman.)

So, Freakonomics readers, just how effective are bike helmets?
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wow, are we in first grade…like we’ve only advanced so far as to think about weather to wear a helmet or not.

Something more relevant of a debate…

Christian Science Monitor
article on trying to bring the bicycle back to a city so polluted from new economic growth and car culture hysteria.

5 borogeneral awards and goldsprints party

A major endeavor was put on this summer, a 5 borough race series. This Friday they will have the awards and race some goldsprints…

EAST RIVER BAR
GoldpsprintsNYC at 10p
5BoroGenerals Awards 1130pm
Skids and Tricks Shootout – tbd

S6 St and Berry. Williamsburg. Brooklyn.

Come after the cops shut times up party down….

Halloween…what to do?

Ok, if you thought last weekend was fun…Now its Halloween time.

In NYC here is bikeblog’s list of suggestions for bike events Friday and Saturday…

Friday, October 26th…NYC.
First off go to Union Square North around 7:00pm for the annual Halloween Critical Mass. Dress up and ride with friends. (remember this is police state NYC still hellbent on harassing cyclists) best bet is to trickle out of Union Square and join up with friends to ride a bit later than 8:00pm…you’ll figure it out. nuff said.

Then its:

Veloween, the Time’s Up halloween party at 49 East Houston St. featuring Rude Mechanical Orchestra and guest DJ’s. This is a fundraiser for our favorite environmental activist group…so pay what you can. There will also be a costume contest so get creative.

Saturday.

LA Bruja, traditional Halloween Alleycat.

Registration 2:00pm Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn…more details to come…we hope. here

There is my favorite drunken mayhem:

Bike Kill

Brought to you by the fine young folks of the Black Label Bike Club.

1:00pm Sanford and Willoughby…BROOKLYN.

For inspiration: (Bike Kill 06)

The alleycat will end at BikeKill and there will be an after party, nearby.

There is also a DANGER party at 195 Morgan AVE.

and for those in other cities in the US…there are alleycats galore..

New Haven, CT

Washington DC

Pittsburgh, PA

Charlotte, North Carolina
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San Francisco: Trickster Treat
Proceeds to benefit Glide Memorial
October 31, 7PM, Bow & Arrow at Embarcadero and Folsom.
Costumes, games, candy, prizes, and more.
$10 entry with glow tee shirt, $5 without shirt.
Providence RI
Bike cave for more info

Tallahassee Florida
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Berlin always throws a huge bash:

Wednesday in Boston:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Halloween Bike Ride
Meeting at Green Street T Station in JP
8:00pm meet up
8:30pm ride off
Costumes and costumed bikes ghoulishly encouraged!
Helmets and Lights too!
This is a Free Event, DIY Organized and community based.
more info will be posted here as it developes. check back. and spread the word.

we’re planning stops along the way. If you have suggestions or questions, please send them to hwr @ truthserum.org but close the gaps and put “halloween bike ride” in the subject line.

more info and pictures here

Let me know about more…

MTA steals bikes again…

Watch out if you keep your bike at the L stop in Williamsburg cause your bike may be stolen…by the MTA.

check out this report from Streetsblog,

Check out the comments and Digg the article to spread the word

Report back on Craig Murphey’s memorial ride.

Our fellow cyclists die everyday…sometimes we don’t know who they are and sometimes they leave behind a lasting memory and touch many peoples lives.
Craig Murphey was one of those people and he was honored with a mermorial bike ride on Sunday, October 21st after being trageicly killed by a truck in Williamsburg Brooklyn, last week.
Craig, shown in the middle…pictures from Lovebryan

This information comes from Streetsblog:

No charges were filed in the death of 26-year-old Craig Murphey, who according to police and media reports was hit by a turning gas truck just after 4 a.m. yesterday while riding southbound in the northbound lane of Union Avenue at Ten Eyck Street.

But Elizabeth Weinberg, a friend of Murphey’s, tells Streetsblog that doesn’t make sense:

We know for a fact that he was coming from Lorimer (at Broadway) at that time (dropping off our friend) and heading to his place on South 3rd in Brooklyn, so he had to have been going NORTH on Union Ave, not south like the police report said. There is no way Craig would be riding against traffic and he had no reason to head back down in the opposite direction from home. He rode to work everyday in Harlem from Brooklyn; he knew what he was doing.

Murphey did social work with the West Harlem Action Network Against Poverty and was reportedly a member of Right Rides, a group that provides late-night rides and walks home to GLBT populations vulnerable to assault. Friends have dedicated a Flickr photo pool to Murphey, and are directing donations made in his name to WHANAP.

Here are some ways people are honoring and remembering Craig:
his myspace page
Lovebryan a friends site of pictures.
flickr photo pool

Pictures from the memorial from Elizabeth Weinberg:

There was also a memorial on Monday:

Suckapants images from ZOMBIECON

The living dead rampaged through the streets on Saturday…otherwise known as ZOMBIECON

check out some great pictures from Tod Seelie of Suckapants.

more pictures at suckapants flickr page

Great Zombie and Los Marcos Bike Polo weekend

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Ok its not even Halloween weekend and…I’m beat. This weekend was a great time and thanks to all who put on great events here in NYC.

First off was a jam packed Bike Polo invitational hosted by Los Marcos. 4 or so fomer Luche Libre stars from LosMarcostan flew into town, were detained at the airport and were able to judge their own polo competition even though one of their founding members was doored by an irate driver, punching a hole in his chest with the tip of the car door.

photo by john prolly

But the show went on. Two days of bike polo here in NYC at what is now being called the polo grounds of Broome and Chrystie street. For those who don’t know there is a massive movement of people getting on bikes and hitting a ball into a goal with homemade mallets of ski poles and pvc pipe.

Just take a look at the myspace pages alone of polo sites:

Boston Bike Polo
Ottawa
Vancouver
Seattle
DC
New Haven
Chicago
Milwaukee
the DIRTY South
Los Angeles

And there is a lot more.

I was talking with Pieter Blockker from Vancouver and he mentioned the infectious nature of bike polo…
“you don’t choose bike polo…it chooses you”

It was hard to dispute meeting people who had traveled all over the country just to play bike polo in NYC for a bunch of dudes wearing Mexican wrestling masks and American Apparel underwear.

Saturday, the 20th, people took the court around Noon and began playing pickup games, giving the individual teams a chance to square off and see weather fixed gears were better than freewheels for stick handling.

Then there was a 2 on 2 showdown and the points began. Los Marcos had a very loose system of keeping score, or maybe it was just too complicated for me to understand but cheating was incouraged and througout the weekend participants scored points by bribing the judges, stealing their bikes and doing what ever they could to gain their approval.

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Around 7:30pm the polocat began, a nightime alleycat race for the polo teams through lower Manhattan, polo mallets were required at all times and several of the checkpoints involved hitting balls, including the bull stature in Wall Street.

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Some went on to a massive party in BedSty but I head over to the St. Mark’s Chuch for a Freewheels event: the Zombie ride.

All the zombies gathered at the St. Marks Church and rode through the streets, critical mass style. We had no police bothering us, thankfully…and had a nice tour of Lower Manhattan with the occasional stop to tell ghost stories and point out historical sites in NYC which had hauntings.

my friend Dan, tandem partner…did great make-up for himself and me…
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Then we rode to Washington Square park and then over the Manhattan bridge to a park in Fort Greene to make smores by a bon fire.

Sunday.

The Los Marcos bike polo championships were well underway when I arrived around 2:00pm. Being extremely hung over from the nights partying may have been a handicap but the polo went on.

Bike Parade in Manchester UK-oct 26th

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