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Red Bull Mini Drome Is Back-Figure 8 Track This Friday-6/19/15

Red Bull’s action packed Mini Drome is Back. This Friday in Brooklyn. This time…A figure 8 track!
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Here is a press release:

FIERCE CYCLIST COMPETITION RETURNS TO NYC
ON RARE INDOOR FIGURE EIGHT TRACK

Country’s Best Fixed Gear Cyclists Descend on NYC for Red Bull Mini Drome

Red Bull Mini Drome is an all day racing competition for single-speed fixed gear cyclists where they can race against the clock and then against each other to see who is the fastest burner on two wheels.

Taking the normal circular “velodrome” concept, which is usually located in arenas or outside, shrinking it down and bringing it inside a unique location in NYC is what Red Bull Mini Drome has brought back to one of the five boroughs for the past 2 years.

Red Bull Mini Drome in 2015 is set to be extra special because a barely-ever-before-seen figure eight track is going to be built this time around. The mythical concept, which is known to only have existed a few times, one being the 1995 Toronto Cycle Messenger World Championships, involves more speed, extra precision and a bit of danger as cyclists take turn after turn without rest.

The legendary concept will come to life on Friday, June 19 in an old 1920s Queens dance hall that has been holding up as a creative art space called Project Studio for the previous twenty years. It’s recently restored colorful and antique fixtures and moldings lend to the spectator-friendly and the ‘playing-where-you-don’t-belong’ vibe that Red Bull Mini Drome has become known for.

Tickets to the event are free and on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please visit minidromenyc.eventbrite.com.

Red Bull Mini Drome features the top cyclists from around the five boroughs and across the country. Including Professional Bike Messengers, accomplished fixed gear competitors and Red Bull Athletes Austin Horse (NYC) and Addison Zawada (FL).

WHEN:
Practice Day – Thursday, June 18, 2015 3PM – Midnight
Event Day – Friday, June 19, 2015 7PM – Midnight

WHERE:
Project Studio, 56-70 58th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378

ADMISSION:
Attendance is free and 21+; fans can RSVP at minidromenyc.eventbrite.com

Just a little sneak peak:
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6/7/15-Tour de Brooklyn & Bike Jumble RedH ook & Bicycle Roots 2nd Bday

Sunday, June 7th.

Explore Brooklyn and Sell or Buy a bicycle of your dreams.

Three great events.

1st Up:

Transportation Alternatives:

11th annual Tour de Brooklyn

Date:
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Check-in Time:
20-mile ride: 8:00am

Start and Finish Location:
Beard Street and Dwight Street
Erie Basin Park

Price:
$17.50 – T.A. Members
$22.50: Non-members

The Ride:

The 2015 Tour de Brooklyn will start in beautiful Erie Basin Park, alongside IKEA Red Hook. The tour will be approximately 20 miles and will visit some of Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg. Our rest stop will be at one of Crown Heights’ crown jewels, Lincoln Terrace Park.

Riders of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!

Events page

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Then there is the Bike Jumble flea market in Redhook Brooklyn.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
10:00AM-4:00PM
RED HOOK

The New York Bike Jumble presents The Red Hook Bike Jumble in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Join us at Erie Basin, by Ikea, at 1 Beard St, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

And…
Bicycle Roots Bike Shop’s Second Birthday Party

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 6:30pm to 10:30pm
– See more at: http://bikenyc.org/event/7404#sthash.WFfRlc16.dpuf

In June of 2013, Bicycle Roots celebrated its Grand Opening in Crown Heights. Since then we’ve helped you start riding, keep riding, and take your riding to the next level. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to serve you, our customers. And now we’re throwing a party to say Thanks!

Join us at 6:30pm on June 7th, 2015 for our store’s Second Birthday Party. We’ll be serving food and pouring a *limited edition beer* called Sunset Cherry Pale Ale, brewed just for us by our friend Jesse Dowell of Hungry Cat Brewery. We’ll also be holding a raffle with amazing prizes, including a Mission Workshop backpack!

What it is: Bicycle Roots Bike Shop’s Second Birthday Party
Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Bicycle Roots is located at 609 Nostrand Avenue between Dean St. and Bergen St. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Click here for directions.
Contact: Do you have questions about this event? Call us at (718) 668-5224 or shoot us an email at info[at]bicycleroots.com.
We hope you’ll come and help us celebrate our continued involvement in the local cycling community. See you there!

– See more at: bikenyc.org/events

6/6/15 11th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day

There is a great NYC classic bicycle event this Saturday in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Part bike show, part block party…a great hang out for those who love bicycles.
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The City Reliquary Proudly presents the
11th annual Bicycle Fetish Day 2015

Fellow Bicycle enthusiasts please join us this year for our 11th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day. June 6th. 2015

Bicycle collectors, bicycle builders, bicycle shops, bicycle activists, bicycle attire designers and bicycle fetishists of all sorts we want you to come and table and celebrate at Bicycle Fetish Day 2015. Set up a table to sell your wares, show off your collection and share your skills with like-minded bicycle lovers.
If you plan and selling wares and making some money then tabling is only $25
If you plan on showing off your collection hanging out and sharing your skills then tabling is FREE
bring your own table please

Who: The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization Bill Scanga bill@cityreliquary.org
What: Bicycle Fetish Day. A block party for your Bicycle. A day to celebrate New York City’s diverse bicycle culture
Where: Williamsburgh Brooklyn N.Y.C. Havemayer between Grand Street and Hope street.
When: Saturday June 6th 12noon – 6pm set up starts at 10am. Rain day Sunday June 22th
Why: so all of NYC Bicycle Cultures can join together and celebrate the bicycle.

Source page.

Ship A Bike Guide From ParcelHero.com

Just sold a bike on-line and need to pack it for shipping or taking it on a plane? Here is a great step-by-step *guide from parcelhero.com

*This is a British based website, so the information is listed according to UK statistics and money, however the packing information is quite useful for us in the US.

How to Pack a Bike for Shipping

Are you getting a new bike for Christmas? Trading your old wheels for new? Upgrading and reselling? Planning a cycling holiday? All good reasons to want some top tips on how to pack a bike from the experts at ParcelHero!

Over 43% of Brits have a bike, three million of us cycle three times a week or more, almost 800,000 cycle to work every day and over 5billion km are cycled in the UK every year. Bikes can be cheap but are often not. The Trek Emonda SLR 10 2015 Road Bike will set you back a juicy £11K, so looking after it is a must. Even a scratch on the frame will devalue the bike, and the last thing you want is to damage a key component.

Your bike may be a smooth ride but that doesn’t make it the easiest thing to package up and send. And now that airlines are so draconian with luggage charges, cycle enthusiasts are sending their bikes on ahead.

Assuming you are not buying an expensive bike case, which can cost up to £300, here is the smart, safe way to package up your bike. Along with some useful pics we took with our friends at Evans Cycles, here are some tips to reduce the cost of your delivery and ensure your bike arrives in tip-top condition. All you need is a good box, some packing materials, strong tape, a set of allen keys, an adjustable spanner and half an hour.

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Read more: here.

Kickstarter Of The Week: The Commuter Gaiter

Brent Thomas is not only into biking, but actively concerned about making streets safer and cyclists more visiable to motorists. He is the creator of the The Bike Wrap, a super bright reflective system for nightime riding and designed to be stylish by day.

  
Now he’s expanding with a new product that also combines safety concerns and the needs of cyclists.

  The commuter gaiter is a wrap around spat of sorts with addresses the annoyance of having to roll up a pant leg or using a velcro leash while also being highly reflective and gets bikers noticed. 

  
Find out more and fund this project:

here.

The Bike Jumble-5/9/15

Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.11041514_1113945805289644_6222993661731002304_n

This Saturday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope is the annual spring swap meet known as the NY Bike Jumble.

5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell. Bike people are notorious hoarders and NYC is short on space, an excellent combination for bicycle buyers. You never know what you’ll find.

Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!

Kickstarter Of The Week: Modular Travel Bag System

Here is the kickstarter of the week: 
Green Guru presents: The Stand-by Travel Bag System. Modular Pack, Messenger & Kits

By Bryan Beard & Kit Hendrickson

These design students have come up with the ultimate in travel pack: 

   
 Here are highlights from their kickstarter campaign:

As design students and as human beings, we have been fortunate enough to see the value and impact traveling can have on our lives. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Recently, our love of travel has run head-on into another aspect of our lives; we are “backpack people.” 

   
 

After going on a few trips that included air travel mixed with outdoor excursions and unexpected journeys, It has become clear to us that there is a need for a bag that can function just as well in flight as it does upon arrival.  So we set out to create the Stand-by travel bag system; a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to the user’s needs. We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets.  Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc. 

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Find out more and how to fund, over here: Here.

This Is The Ground & Priority Bicycles Are Popping Up For Bike Month

Los Angeles based handmade leather company, This is Ground and Priority Bicycles are teaming up with a Pop Up store experience for the Bike Month of May. 

Here is a little press: 

This Is Ground and Priority Bicycles are collaborating on a pop-up project called Daytrip launching in SoHo for the entire month of May.  The limited-run retail pop up will open on May 1st at 246 Mott St., at Spring St. 
 
The shop will feature signature products from each brand in addition to limited-edition, co-branded products like the customizable This Is Ground Mod 2 carryall featuring inserts designed to hold bike tools and other commuter necessities.

Come check it out.

   
 

May is Bike Month, 5 Boro Ride, Bike Expo and more.

This weekend kicks off Bike Month and the five boro bike tour, where 30,000 + people wind their way through all five boroughs on Sunday. (May 3rd)

There are tons of bicycle related events all month.

A good place to look for events postings is: bikenyc.org/events

Starting tomorrow, May 1st is the Bike Expo.

This has traditionally  been the registration pick-up spot for the 5 boro ride and has now morphed into a whole convention for bicycle retailers and related products. Plus food, music and bicycle demos.

The event is free and open to all:

May 1st (10am-8pm)

May 2nd (91m-6pm)

All the way east in Manhattan

Pier 36-Basketball City (299 South Street)

more info, ride over: here.

A number of vendors have contacted me about stopping by their booths at the expo. One of them is Priority Bicycles who is making slick looking urban commuter bikes with nice details like a belt drive:
   

 

All for around $400.00.
If your going to the expo, stop by booth #218 to take a look and for a pricing special.
  
To get to know the communtity better they are having an after party on May 3rd, after the 5 boro.
Here is more detail from them: 
  
AFTER PARTY: 
Sunday May 3rd,

Priority is participating in the Five Boro Bike Tour. As a New York-born brand, Priority wants to get friends and community together for some drinks and celebration.  Before the ride heads over the bridge to Staten Island, the Priority crew will stop in Brooklyn at The Woods – hence the FOUR BORO After Party.  Open to riders who want to relax after the long ride and non-riders who want to have some fun, The Woods has great food and drinks.  Priority will also be raffling off prizes to help raise money for Hashtag Lunchbag – a non profit dedicated to raising awareness and reducing hunger.

 

Red Hook Crit 8. Recap.

Congratulations to Ivan Ravaioli from Team Bahumer (beer made in Italy) for winning this year’s 8th annual Red Hook Criterium in Red Hook Brooklyn. (Race was Saturday, April 25th, 2015) 11149246_1644497242453230_2472852399043957899_n
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Full race results posted: here, for the men’s.

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Congratulations to: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Team Conor WRC) who won it for the ladies.
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Full results posted: here.
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Favorited, Kacey Lloyd (Long Tail Creative) came in third. She was interviewed by CBS reporter, Adriana Diaz about racing on bikes with “no brakes.”

Here’s a video:

Full story, here.

For more action:

and here is a great wrap up video by JC Ramirez: