Kevin Dillard of demoncats has done it again. Kevin is a really good photographer and has posted some sharp photos of the recent rumble thru the Bronx. Check it out photos for rumble ———————— Upcoming Events…(let’s review)
Saturday, June 24th-NYC, Mermaid Parade, track bike tricks, alleycat from Coney Island to Wiliamsburg Time’s Up is talking about a ride out there…more details to come…last minute.
Philadelphia-Rocky 4…”I must break you”
next week: Photo from last years Bicycle Fetish Day in WIlliamsburg Brookyln July 1st, Bicycle fetish day and alleycat with prizes including 10 tickets for the North American Cycle Courier Championships in Philly.
—————— Bicycle Film Festival is in LA June 21st-June 24th
Bicycle Film Fest Rolls into LA June 21 -24 http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
WENDESDAY, JUNE 21 JOY RIDE: art show celebrating bikes with Swoon, Michel Gondry, Shepard Fairey, Steve MacDonald. Valet bicycle parking provided by Bikestation Coalition Don O’Melveny Gallery 5472 Wilshire Blvd. Near La Brea | Los Angeles
BIKES ROCK!! THURSDAY, JUNE 22 The Smell 247 South Main Street Los Angeles
Yikes (member of Coachwhips, OCS and Pink And Brown from SF) Silver Daggers Fuck Wolf (SF) The Pope
JUNE 23-24 BIKE MOVIES Get your tickets!! http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
June 22nd, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Rumble thru the bronx was a great event. A fast paced crazy scramble through the bronx with hills, traffic, stairs, off roading in the park, freeways and a phat beach party at the end.
Here are some corrections on the winners:
best checkpoints: Ninja and the dude in the Van Cortland Park, all alone. Prize, two large bottles of alchol.
Top Girl: Erin Dyer-Time: 1:13:51, Prize: Gift Certificate for Fetish Cycle of her choice, Fetish Cycle T.
2nd Place Girl Ellen–Prize: Custom bag by Crumpler and Fetish Cycles T-shirt
3rd Place Girl Brooke Dubiu–Prize: Surly Hubs and T-shirt
1st Place-from Portand, Scotty. Prize Gift certificate for Bike Frame from Fetish Cycles
2nd Place-from Boston, Jacob. Prize: Livewrong tshirt and Messenger bag from Crumpler
3rd Place-from Boston, Craig Roth, Prize: Surly Tshirt and wheel set provided by Trackstar.
1st Place-Alfred won 2 monster tracks and now 2 rumbles…won custom Reload bag and a bike.
2nd Place-Austin from 4916, Time: 1:03:24-Prize bike frame from Fetish
3rd Place-Ken from Pensaltucky…Prize: Level Hubs and tshirts ——————–
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Squid and Puma were hosting a veledrome race series for two tickets to the Cycle Messenger world Championships in Sydney Australia. The Top male was Alex Farioletti from NYC and team 4916. The top female was Meghan from LA. Both won plane tickets to Sydney.
There are two more chances to win in Chicago and NYC. Check here for more details on the series.
This weekend is the 24th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade on Saturday, June 24th. If you want to be in the parade, register on line or show up at 10:00am. Parade starts at 2:00pm Rain or Shine. Once again, this years parade will start on the boardwalk go down to the BOARDWALK, till 16th street and then down Surf ave.
Then while your out there…Hugo from 4916, is hosting skids and a track bike tricks contest for cash. Footdown, trackstands, skids…show off your skillz. After that will be an alley cat. ————————– In Philly, will be Rocky 4 a race involving a two man team with a sprinter and a stair climber. June 24 – Philly 2pm at the steps at the Art Museum (22nd and the Ben Franklin Parkway “roughly”). $20 for teams. (including after party BBQ). All proceeds will go to PBMA to help with the NACCC. Contact email@example.com
and in Pittsburg…War-haul June 24 - Registration: 4:00PM at the Warhol Museum. Race: 5:00PM . Cost: $5. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
and then on the 25th in Philly…Tall Bikes and the Juice Deux race. ———————— Then the weekend after that is July 4th weekend. July 1st is a Saturday and it’s Bicycle Fetish Day and an old skool alley cat. Bicycle Fetish day is put on by the city reliquary and is basically a permited block party to show off your bicycle. Think old school schwin club and tallbikes and bands and beer. Then there will be an alleycat. Fun, right!? Check out pictures from last years Bicycle Fetish day 2005.
June 19th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
I’m starting this thread in order to help people not get their bike stolen. I’ve explained this stuff to countless friends and customers when I worked in bike shops.
We all hate it. And most of us have had a bike stolen at least once in our lifetime.
Here are some of my thoughts on the matter:
- Number 1 rule: Bike theft is a crime of opportunity 99% of the time. “Crime of opportunity” means that those that stole your bike weren’t planning, tracking, and scheming on how to get your bike. They probably saw an unattended bike and went for it. To a theif, an unattended nice bike is like finding a $100 on the ground.
- Crackhead theives like to steal bikes with names like “Trek” “Cannondale” etc… That’s why some people de-badge their bikes to look like cheap bikes.
- Crackheads will steal ANYTHING that they think they can sell for $20. Cocaine is a heluva drug.
- No lock is 100% safe. Locks just buy time. A $20 cable lock will buy you about 5 seconds. A Kryptonite NY Fagidaboutit will by you about 15 minutes or much much less to a theif with the right tools.
- An ounce of common sense goes a long way with you keeping your bike. Don’t leave your bike unlocked while you “just run in for a second” to ANYWHERE.
- Believe it or not, there are teams of theives that patrol major cities and college campuses in vans/trucks that steal 20+ bikes a night using pro tools. They then take them and sell them in other cities or online.
- 99% of bystanders won’t stop a theif if they see one stealing a bike either because they don’t realize that it’s being stolen or don’t want to get involved.
- Learn how to properly lock your bike. Locking a $1500 bike to a tree with a 2″ trunk that can be snapped in two by a reasonably strong person isn’t smart.
- Thieves will take your bike from inside your house, apt, garage if it is unlocked.
- Don’t be surprised if your $80 Thomson post and your $150 Fizik seat are gone if you had just an allen bolt holding it on.
- If they REALLY want your bike. They will get it sooner or later. Especially if you have a routine.
- This is life in the big city. If you get caught slipping, you’ll have to pay a “stupid tax”.
- Avoid locking your bike in a place were someone can work on your lock without being seen.
- If you can, take your bike in with you to your job or whatever. Ask nicely.
Hodari and Mike Dee just threw an amazing time in the Bronx. Saturday June 17th was the third annual Rumble thru the Bronx. It was a long ass course with serious hills and lots of distance. The Road bike came in handy.
Aye mates, June’s critical mass is Friday the 30th and its going to be a Pirate themed ride. So get your felt pirate hat (the pirate theme is like the easiest costume) and stuffed parrot and lets Plunder. There will be an after party…TBD. Because its summer, the mermaid parade is this month and the city has way too many Carrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrz!
Till then, heres a joke… “A pirate and his parrot, were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a valiant battle. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions, the pirate stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a Genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To the amazement of the castaways, a Genie came forth. This particular Genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving any thought to the matter the pirate blurted out, “Make the entire ocean into rum!” The Genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest rum ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the Genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of rum on the hull broke the stillness as the two considered their circumstances. The parrot looked disgustedly at the pirate and after a tension-filled moment spoke: “Now yee’ve done it!! Now we’re goon to have to pee in the boat.”
There were a ton of alley cats in various cities on the day of Satan’s seed rising in the form of Brad and Angelina’s baby…6-6-06.
Here is a report from Ottawa:
Ottawa’s 666 Alley Cat, “Storming the Kingdom of Heaven”went down as our biggest weekday race ever. We had twenty five racers show up, mostly messengers but we also had our ‘civy fixie brigade make an appearance. We might not all be messengers but we all share the one dark Lord! Twenty one people finished, three DNFed and one just never came back, sacrificed so the rest of us can live on. No one was seriously hurt, but i think most of us were hurtin’ the next day whether that was from the race, the bar or a combination of both. 2 manifests, 2 provinces, 6 bridges crossings, 5 different ‘hoods x2. Some of us still trying to recover. Here are the final results of the race. Manifest 1 Finish 1. Alexis, Son of Satan 44:45 1:18:45 2. Angelo 45:10 1:20:35 3. Choco 49:15 1:22:20 4. Eric 50:20 1:22:30 5. Patrice 50:20 1:22:40 6. Jacob, Satan’s Concubine 50:20 1:25:55 7. Rambo 48:50 1:26:20 8. Chris 52:00 1:27:00 9. Steve L 48:45 1:28:00 10.Trauma 55:30 1:30:30 11.James 57:00 1:31:20 12.Brian W 58:50 1:37:34 13.Jen 1:02:50 1:41:45 14.Dong 55:35 1:45:00 15.Isa 1:02:55 1:46:50 16.Cory 1:09:40 1:50:35 17.Crazy Dave (3 flats) 1:13:35 1:50:55 18.A.K. 1:08:00 1:51:40 19.Brian O 1:08:20 1:54:15 20.Eric (mtl) 1:12:50 2:01:10 DFL.. Steve 1:16:50 2:28:17
DNF Lunchbox DNF General DNF Uylesse Big thanx to Dave and Kent at the Moose phat moose cycles, Yan and everybody at Bertrands. gmbertrand All of you have been very supportive of all our races. Yan, don’t let those non-belivers who call on the phone stray you from your faith! Big thanx to all the check point people. You’re the best!!!! Props to Johnny for envisioning this race in January, and making it one of our best. Oh if you already didn’t pre pay for a t-shirt, your out of luck, they all got sold within two hours at the Aloha Room on Friday night. I want to make another run….maybe some hoodies. They’ll look shit hot. Thanx Jacob! Stay Tuned for Capital Punishment III coming in August. It’s looking like it’s going to be Mayhem ————————
I would like to do a shout out to all the 6-6-06 races…send me pictures, links to photopages, videos and stories…
June 11th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
On June 27 New York’s business leaders, elected officials and taste makers will convene at the Independent Film Center for the world premiere of the long-awaited documentary film Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock. Until then, Transportation Alternatives is making a limited number of DVDs available for purchase and to those interested in hosting living room screenings. Contested Streets is a Transportation Alternatives co-produced documentary film that chronicles how New York City was overwhelmed by vehicular traffic and explores how, by learning from recent innovations in London, Paris and Copenhagen, New York City can reclaim its public spaces, boost street performance and secure its place at the forefront of the global economy.
“If New York is focused on this [traffic congestion] and paying any attention at all, then they’ve got a good model to follow in London.”
The film features interviews with:
Bob Kiley, former CEO, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and recent Commissioner of Transport for London Kenneth T. Jackson, President, New York Historical Society; author, Encyclopedia of New York Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City Majora Carter, Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx, recent recipient of MacArthur Genius Award Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces And many more. See who else is featured in the film and check out the trailer.
Want to see it for yourself? There are two easy ways.
Buy the DVD. The DVD contains the 57-minute documentary as well as extras such as extended interviews and a short film about Enrique PeÃ±alosa, the visionary former Mayor of BogotÃ¡, Colombia. Special rates for T.A. members.
Host a living room screening. The power and vision of this documentary can help transform New York City streets, but only if people actually watch it. For this we need your help. Gather up a few friends, colleagues, members of your block association, etc. and host a screening in your living room, local coffee shop or community center. We’ll provide you with a copy of the DVD and all the materials you’ll need to host a successful event. It’s a great excuse to bring folks together and start the conversations that will forever change the way people think of streets and transportation.