Friday night (6/27/14) was the Red Bull Mini Drome challenge in NYC. This event travels to cities all over the world and this was the second time around, held at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Crown Heights.
Urban riders and fixed gear freestylers go head to head on a tiny wooden veledrome. Although its small, racers can get up to speeds of 25 mph, riding laps on ultra tight, banked curves. Very little room for error so the race is as much mental as physical.
This year was also a bit different with riders forming teams of two.
Here is a recap from Red Bull: Hundreds of New Yorkers packed in the Brooklyn Masonic Temple tonight to see 100 of the top fixed gear cyclists rip on the world’s steepest and smallest velodrome for the return of Red Bull Mini Drome. For the second year in a row, 100 passionate fixed gear racers signed up to race in 10-lap heats around steep wooden banks, resembling a mini Olympic cycling track, in the center of one of Brooklyn’s oldest temples.
In an exciting team finish, local shop Brooklyn Machine Works teammates Darren Lee and Austin Horse edged out the Lockfoot shop duo to be crowned the competition’s 2014 team champions.
Chrome industries has a new line of shoes hitting the streets, made from an old-school manufacturing method. 70 year old that is.
I was lucky enough to receive a pair in advance and I’m loving them. Super comfortable on and off the bike.
These volcunized kicks are made from recycled machines found in Slovakia and were originally used to make army boots. Now they’ve been adapted by Chrome to make forged rubber sneakers, made individually by hand and maintaing Chrome’s values of making thoughtful, well-made products.
To get a better idea of the process Chrome is having a tour to show off the new shoes and how they are made:
238 Mulberry St.
NY, NY 10012
Tuesday, July 1st and and Wednesday, July 2nd
Public Unveiling of “Forged Rubber” Manufacturing
11am – 7pm
Friday, June 27th, the Mini Drome is back with a vengeance in Brooklyn. Fixed gear riders will battle it out on the smallest track imaginable.
This time, there will be teams. The top 50 cycling teams (two riders each, 100 total riders) from across New York’s five boroughs and surrounding areas.
Last year this event was a real blast, watching urban racers and free stylers trying to figure out how to maintain momentum on a microscopic, severely banked wood track. All to the delight of the on looking crowd who packed this two level church space like a scene out of Escape from NY. I half expected Tina Turner to come out in some sort of chain mail dress and lead the chants of…”Two Men Enter, One Man leaves.”
Definitely, those participants who had experience in other cities (this is a traveling event) had a bit of an advantage since half the battle was knowing how the track worked. Since this is the second year for NYC, it should lend for some fierce competition.
Here is press from Red Bull.
Although it’s only in its second year in NYC, this unique high octane race has quickly become a top cycling competition on the east coast bringing speed, balance and bravado together on a steep and shrunken velodrome, custom constructed to give competitors a treacherous challenge. Riders will reach speeds of 25 mph forcing them to test their mental stamina, technical precision and raw strength. Fifty teams of two riders have been invited to participate in this pinnacle fixed gear competition. Each rider will clock in heats of ten laps with the top eight combined teams advancing. The night will culminate in a showdown bracket of the top eight teams with one squad being crowned the 2014 Red Bull Mini Drome victors. There will also be an individual competition with riders going head-to-head with the better time advancing.
This week is the Bicycle Film Festival in it’s birthplace, New York City. June 25th-30th. A week’s worth of events beyond just movies, including parties, a gold sprints contest and an incredible art show that runs throughout the festival.
First up is the Joy Ride art show with works from street artist pioneer KAWS
Chrome makes rad shoes. I mean they make lots of great stuff-bags, hip packs, panniers and clothes, and have been doing so for decades. I really like the street footwear they been churning out. They’re shoes are ideal for urban riding, easily adapting from fitting into toe cages or foot straps and then operating as a comfortable sneaker, off the bike. Chrome also makes the same durable quality shoe with cleats for SPD adaptable pedals, cleverly desquised
On top of looking great and functioning well, San Francisco based Chrome industries goes out of their way to find sustainable ways of manufacturing their products not only with materials but also with the process. This definitely coincides with the individualized smaller market of cyclists who are more hyper aware of hand craftsmanship and just like the bicycle itself, analog solutions in the digital age.
In the times of 3D printing and insta-app design, Chrome is recycling 70 year old manufacturing for their latest line of shoes.
Hot off the presses is a new line called…Forged Rubber. Here’s a brief description:
INTRODUCING THE BEST CITY SNEAKER IN THE WORLD
Urban Mobility Gear Maker, Chrome Industries, Turns Modern Manufacturing Upside Down With New Individually Crafted Forged Rubber Sneakers
Our Forged Rubber sneakers are made by hand, one at a time, on 70-year-old machines we salvaged from Slovakia. Forged Rubber™ is a slower, more bombproof way to make vulcanized shoes. The rubber is harvested from nearby rubber tree farms and forged directly to the canvas upper at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is a bond that is durable, a sole that is incredibly flexible, and a shoe that can survive the city. Chrome Forged Rubber™ is the most resourceful way to make the most durable city sneaker.
The benefit to you as the consumer–three new styles of shoe:
The forged rubber: Timur
and the Dima:
Chrome will be showing off their process at their various HUB stores– Chrome’s Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour brings making back to the people.
Chrome celebrates the craftsmanship behind their urban sneaker debut with its Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour, where one of the refurbished 70-year-old Slovakian Forged Rubber machines will travel to Chrome’s HUB stores in five cities, allowing more people to experience the hand-made manufacturing process in-person.
Where to see the Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour
•San Francisco – 6/20 – 6/21- 962 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
•New York City – 7/1 – 7/2 – 238 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
•Chicago – 7/11 – 7/12 – 1529 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
•Seattle – 7/18 – 7/19 – 1117 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
•Portland – 7/25 – 7/26 – 425 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Need a great, fashionable commuter? Win a free bike from Brooklyn boutique Bird and Red Hook bike shop, Papillionaire
From Bird’s website:
Bird and Papillionaire are giving away two bicycles in our second annual Win a Bike Sweepstakes! Just enter your information in the fields below for your chance to win. The drawing will be held the first week of July and winners will be notified via email. We will also announce the winners via social media.
Click here for complete contest rules and conditions.
- Enter for your chance to win a Papillionaire bicycle!
A bunch of events for June taken from
Time’s Up calendar and monthly email:
There are some great bicycle related events here in June highlighting the diversity of NYC’s amazing cycling community, also a great social way to embrace the summer and experience New York City and beyond. Some of these are Time’s Up specific events, some we will be volunteering at and some are just plain awesome and need to be mentioned.
–Friday, June 20th-Take a ride out to Coney Island and experience the city’s closest beach, fire works and the Cyclone rollercoaster. A Time’s Up Event…Details below.
–Saturday, June 21st-The 10th annual Bicycle Fetish Day, hosted by the City Reliquary Museum. This event is an all day block party high-lighting and fetishizing human kind’s greatest invention…the Bicycle. There will be prizes awarded for a categories such as Best Vintage Bike, Best Mutant Bike and Best in Show. Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand in Williamsburg Brooklyn. city reliquary.org/bike fetish day.
–Saturday, June 21st. Kick off the summer solstice in New York Punk rock style with pasties, glitter and nautical themes. The Mermaid Parade-Defending the honor of American Popular Culture. Come dressed as your favorite mermaid or King Neptune on the Boardwalk of Coney island. This years King and Queen are Mayor DeBlasio’s kids…Dante and Chaira. Parade begins at 1pm. Visit: www.coneyisland.com for more info.
–Saturday, 21st-22nd. The Clearwater Festival, A two day music festival celebrating the life, music and vision of Pete and Toshi Seeger through environmentalism and sustainability. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY…details below.
–Wednesday-Sunday, June 25th-29th. The Bicycle Film Festival. A week long event with a Dance Party, Art Show, Block Party and three days of movies about Bicycle culture. http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
On Going events:
Time’s Up! Movie Night!
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
INEQUALITY FOR ALL (US, 2013)
The global income gap is given a stage and a spotlight by former US labor Secretary Robert Reich. The film follows him from fighting the good fight of information dispersal from Fox News to college campuses. Who knew the economic world order could be so funny.
Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.
I got a Panicked text from my friend Chad who woke up this morning to find the bike he parks on the street near his apartment in midtown…was gone. The only thing that remained was parts to a sawed through lock, indiscriminately cast aside at the base of the street sign post he locked it too. He did some asking around the immediate area and found a traffic cop putting up no parking signs. Turns out President Obama is in town today to raise money and the police thought it would make sense to take away all the bikes from the area. So regardless if you leave your bike on the street for years or just happened to have run into the store for a minute…you may have found your $90.00 Kryptonite completely distroyed and who knows the condition of your bike…if you can find it.
Turns out this isn’t the first time this type of property destruction sweep has occurred due to some politician in town.
There was April 2010, on Houston Street…Time’s Up video captured the cops hard at work. (sent to me by: @BicyclesOnly)
Each day this week, they are offering a chance to win tickets to the festival by answering a trivia question posted on twitter.
Here is more and the rules from their website:
We’ve been friends and admirers of Bicycle Film Festival founder Brendt Barbour for a long time, and nothing pleased us more than his call last Friday to ask if we could sponsor this year’s festival. Brendt generously gave us a bunch of complimentary tickets, many of which we’ll be giving away! How to score some:
Every day this week we’ll tweet a bike law multiple choice question from our firm’s account, @BikeNYCLaw. Be the first to answer correctly and the tickets are yours. Festival starts june 25th, deets here.
At 1 pm each day, we’ll tweet a #bikenyc law question. First person to tweet a correct answer gets the tix.
Answers must begin w/ “.@BikeNYCLaw“.
“First answer” established according to chronological priority in twitter timeline.
Answer MUST indicate reasoning, not simply give the letter corresponding to choice. We are the sole judges of who is “correct!”
The City Reliquary Proudly Presents
10th annual Bicycle Fetish Day 2014
Saturday, June 21st
Noon til 6PM
Havemeyer between Grand Ave. and Hope St. Williamsburg Brooklyn.
–Calling bicycle fetishists of all types!! Bike collectors, builders, activists, shops, attire designers, community groups
and all-around BIKE NERDS…
BICYCLE FETISH DAY IS A BLOCK PARTY FOR YOUR BICYCLE! The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Fetish Day will take place on Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand. We’ll have a bike judging contests, offer bike rides, host bicycle advocacy groups and display boutique bicycle-artist wares… and our BBQ grill will going at full capacity.
Contests include: Best Vintage Bike, Best Shiny Bike, Best Family Bike, Best Mutant Bike, Best in Show and much more! Win great bike trophies , and maybe, possibly, hopefully a bicycle or two.
If you’re a self avowed bike weirdo, bicycle enthusiast, bicycle advocate, bicycle commuter, biek nut, you shouldn’t miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle.
See you there, BIKE NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!
(…Bring Your Bikes And Get Those Prizes!!!)
Schedule for Bicycle contests:
Judging starts at 2pm
2:45: Best vintage bike
3:15: Best Mutant bike
3:45: Best Commuter bike
4:15: Best Handmade bike
4:45: Best Small Wheel bike
5:15: Best Ugly Bike
5:45: Best in Show
Cycling, Artists, and informational booths including: