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Tomorrow the world ends


or we get a bunch of alleycat races and some bad horror movie remakes…in the meantime enjoy this video of Tom Waits on a bike

La Veledrome Series is just 2 weeks away.


PUMA is sponsering a veledrome series for messengers to win two tickets to the CMWC in Sydney Australia. Top Male and Top Female.

June 17th, Los Angeles

Bill Dozer injured…6+6+06 races in other cities.

So no 666 race in NYC. Josh Whitesnake and Bill Dozer of messnyc, were set to organize the race but they had schedule conflicts. Both of them were out in Portland Oregon for the Westside Invitational.

Bill suffered a broken rib while playing bike polo…Bill has been a real asset to the Messenger community both organizing races, polo and events in Portland and now doing the same hard work in NYC.

Josh describes the scene on what went down:

“On Monday, (5-31-06) during the West Side Polo tourney, Bill Dozer was involved in a t-bone collision with another cyclist that resulted in Bill flying off his bike, and landing square onto the end of the other guy’s handlebars.

He was able to stand up, walk to the bench, and then passed out. He got to ride in an ambulance, and then was rushed in to emergency surgery. Bill broke a rib at his sternum, puncturing his lung, and I believe lacerating one of the arteries that runs through his lung. His blood pressure was dropping, as his lung filled with blood.

The doctors did an electro- or echo-cardiogram (which i think is a kraftwerk song from the Tour de France lp) that showed that they had stopped the bleeding.

Bill is still in the hospital, no longer on breathing machine, no longer in ICU, but still under observation. He still has a chest tube, and some pumping machines and all sorts of wires and the like protruding from his body, which is held together by staples… (I’m putting someone from PDX on assignment to get photos of this — do you have a camera? get some flattering pictures of my boy. )

I spoke to him yesterday, he sounded like himself. A sedated sort of normal. Bill being quiet is pretty disturbing though, despite the morphine.

I don’t really know anything else. I am sure he will be fine, because I can’t really deal with any other possible future. I don’t have much religion, so I won’t ask for your prayers. I do believe in the power of positive thinking though, so maybe you want to give some loving thoughts to your friend.

Remember to be safe. I love my family, and hate it when you’re hurt.”

JSW

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Portland’s Bike Messenger Association has set up a way to help donate to Bill and his medical costs…

Donations
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Since then there has been an update on his condition written by Joel-

“from stopping by to visit bill this afternoon, youve basically got
the story right. one of his lungs was collapsed, but im pretty sure
he didnt actually puncture the lung (which is a very, very good
thing), but the bit about the artery is right. that got fixed, and he
now has a nice 3 inch scar-to-be just below his axles of evil tattoo,
a nice little complement to it.

hes resting better today – im told he was having trouble sleeping
after going off the morphine drip (still on oxycontin pills or some
such), but seemed to have no trouble dropping off of a bit while i
was there.

hes had a steady stream of visitors, and his mom is in town, so
theres no shortage of well-wishers and good thoughts – but more never
hurts.

he took a pretty solid hit – i saw it happen, and frankly it was
pretty scary. a damn good argument for handlebar end caps and such if
i ever saw one – i saw no real cuts on his chest other than the one
for surgery.

im just happy hes alive – his mom said the doctor told her that when
he arrived, he didnt have much left, which is pretty freaking scary.
bottom line is hes doing well, resting up, and will probably be in
the hospital for another week or so, and unable to travel for another
few after that. hell be fine in the end, im sure, but its just gonna
take a while to heal up – rib/sternum injuries are a “ok, hold still
for a couple months” type of thing. if youre in portland, stop by
legacy emmanuel hospital. bill dillon is the name. visiting hours are
11am – 10pm, if im remembering correctly.

hes definitely a very sedate bill, though he was able to flip me off,
which is a good sign in my book. good to see hes got his normal color
back, rather than the blue he turned after the wreck.

im told that the collection taken for him at the polo tourney got a
good chunk of money together to pay for his ambulance ride, and i
beleive that some of the westside monies are getting chipped in as
well.

another reminder that it can happen when you least expect it – no
reason to stop doing what you love, but be safe, everyone…

-joel
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Bill, speedy recovery.

Dolomite 1000 has pictures up from the polo invitational
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6+6+06 is a date and a great number for all those fans of Satanic fantasy like Hollywood’s frieghtening lack of originality and has to keep remaking old stories like the Omen. But it is also a great day to terrorize your city with an alleycat during rushhour.

If not in NYC, you can go to alleycats in other towns like Ottawa:

The Legion of Rebel Angels will be storming the Kingdom of Heaven at 6:66 pm 06/06/06, revolting against creation and overthrowing the Lord our God.

Because it is better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.

Visit the website

Or go to Boston– Boston 666

or Atlanta is hosting Six Six Sick

and Kansas City Missouri the Sweetest Plum

and Chicago:

anyone I missed? give a shout out…

Beer for Bags


I’m just gonna copy from the NYBMA site, cause they got all the info:

Crumpler Bags, that loveable messenger bag company who sponsers us in our events like alleycats and goldsprints is giving you a chance to get free stuff…for Beer.

That’s right, trade Coopers, Fosters, Chimay (which is French for expensive) for Crumpler Bags, cell phone cases and other of their products.

I will also bite from Gothamist …I should get a free bag!!

For the next week, the Crumpler stores are running their famous beer for bags program. The idea is simple: you bring in a specified amount of beer, and they give you a bag. At the end of the week, all the beer is used to fuel a huge party. The nice lady who runs the Spring Street branch told us they’ve been doing this for years in Australia, but this is the first time they’ve tried the program in New York. Here is the full trade-in schedule, courtesy of Thrillist (which is:–***thrillist***is a quick, free, 4-times-weekly email that sifts through the crap to find guys the best in gadgets, services, events, restaurants, bars, and travel. Thrillist has two editions: Thrillist New York, which covers everything specific to NY, and Thrillist Nation, which serves up info that every man in America can take advantage of.

The Winkler: 4 cans Boddingtons
The Bundle: 40oz OE + 12-pack PBR
The Aggott: 12-pack Brooklyn Lager
The McBains: 12 cans Guinness
The Moderate Embarrassment: 1 case Sapporo + 1 bottle Soy Sauce
The Barney Rustle: 1 case Coopers + 2 Fosters Oil Cans
The Complete Seed: 1 case Leffe + 1 bottle Chimay
The Holy Bean Bag Chair: 1 case Pacifico + 1 bag Limes

No word yet on the giveaway party, but we’ll post details when they become available.

Now remember kids, a case is 24 bottles…not sold at your local Bodega and will feel like a big truck run..so calculate the time and money it takes to get this stuff. If its a big party, I mean they gotta do something with all that Beer. So it might be worth it.

We’re talking two Crumpler stores in Manhattan—Crumpler, 45 Spring St., at Mulberry St. (212-334-9391)
and 49 Eighth Ave., at W. 4th St. (212-242-2537).

I believe this runs all week through the 11th of June (next Sunday) but check it out before you lug a case of Coopers cross town.

Feel free to let me know more details or how your experience went.

I believe the NYC 6-6-06 race is canceled

Uhm. The NYC 6-6-06 alleycat is no more. But there are a butt load of scrambles throughout the world to make everyone happy including Damien.

More info on this to come.

June is coming


So, if you thought May (Bike Month) was chalk full of events, wait till you see June…

In NYC, June 4th (Sunday) is the 2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn, hosted by Transportation Alternatives…This year promises to be a better route.

2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn
Sunday June 4th, 2006

Check-in: 8 am
Line-up: 9 am
Ride: 9:30 am

We ride rain or shine!

Join hundreds of friends and neighbors for the 2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn. The Tour kicks off from Herbert Von King Park (formerly known as Tompkins Park) in Bed-Stuy. The 18 mile route will take you through scenic Brooklyn neighborhoods to the tip of Greenpoint, and follow along the waterfront (featuring many portions of the planned Brooklyn Greenway Waterfront), down to DUMBO and Red Hook, returning to Herbert Von King Park.

If you’ve never visited Herbert Von King Park before, join our feeder rides, leaving from Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park and Cadman Plaza near the Brooklyn Bridge. Both rides will depart promptly at 7:45, arriving at Herbert Von King Park by 8:15. Safety marshals will be provided by both. See “Getting There” for more details.

This is a family friendly ride at a leisurely pace, escorted by the police and safety marshals. There will be one rest stop along the way where you can take a break, check out the scenery and grab a complimentary snack.

Watch a movie from last year
Video from Bike TV

Good article on May Critical Mass…

Picture of “plain clothes” police video taping bike riders on May Critical Mass in NYC.

Will of onny turf

writes a great account of the NYC May Critical Mass…

the article
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Meanwhile in Canada, the same shit is happening to their critical mass in Winnipeg

Melanie Howe wrote:

“On Friday another 5 people were arrested, and 3 more detained without
charges. At least three of those cyclists were assaulted by officers,
including one plain-clothed officer who did not identify himself.
Luckily we’re receiving better media coverage than the last time.”

Article in Winnipeg Sun

Sat, May 27, 2006
Cops haul in bike activists
Monthly ride gets ugly
By ADAM CLAYTON, STAFF REPORTER
A bike ride through the streets of downtown Winnipeg ended in chaos and arrests yesterday.

Members of Critical Mass Winnipeg — an activist group that promotes bicycle use over automobiles — claim police used excessive force when several cyclists were arrested near the provincial legislature.

Police followed approximately 50 cyclists — many dressed in costumes in what was apparently a display of self-expression — along their route before trying to arrest some members near the corner of Donald Street and Broadway around 5:30 p.m.

Melanie Howe, who was taking part in the monthly bike ride, said she wasn’t sure how everything started. Earlier, police stopped traffic at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street so the cyclists could proceed.

“I saw several cops chase after this bicyclist and grab him in a headlock from the back,” said Howe, who wore fairy wings and antennae. “I saw one fellow with a cop’s knee on his head; he was being pressed to the ground.”

JAWING

Shaun Martin said police and some of his fellow cyclists were jawing at one another before all hell broke loose.

“People started arguing with the cops. There’s some anti-establishment sentiment going on here. I guess some guys got aggressive and things got out of hand,” he said. “It was just crazy. Absolutely crazy.”

Police Insp. Steve Pilote said five adults were arrested in total and face traffic-related charges in addition to possible charges stemming from the scuffle that broke out.

Critical Mass members, who gathered outside the Public Safety Building following the arrests, said some cyclists were injured and one might have suffered a broken leg but Pilote said any injuries were relatively minor.

“I don’t know of anybody that has any injuries that were of any consequence,” he said. “I would expect there might be some scrapes and bumps on both sides but nobody went to the hospital or anything like that.”

Several Critical Mass members were arrested earlier this month for allegedly disrupting traffic to protest Operation Charging Bison, a military exercise that took place in Winnipeg.

Pervert’s Invitation…2nd Day of Triple Crown.

Mike Dee fixes his wheel in Malcom X park in DC

I went down to our Nation’s capitol to check out their race scene and stumbled on to the most perverted alleycat race of all. It was the second leg of the Triple Crown, a three day, three city tour with the ghetto streets of Baltimore for the start, then DC and finishing on Memorial Day in Richmond Virgina. DC is a great place to race, wide streets, lots of space to roam, government employees to dodge and tons of cops, who pretty much leave the bikers alone unless there is a protest and they have 8 divisions of bike cops. Yesterday was the perverts invitational, not a race of speed but more of a scavenger hunt with pornographic checkpoints scattered throughout the city. The manifest was made up of two pages, one had the locations and the other held the info on the bonus points. Here we knew we were in for a treat when it said extra points would be awarded for those who had the most porn in their bag and you scored big if you teabaged won of the checkpoint workers. We all met in Malcom X park on the hill and signed in.
People before the Race.
I was just along to video tape the event and thought I would just shoot the start and then ride to the finish. Once I heard that it was meant to be a more slow pace I decided to tag along with one of the riders, just to see how far I could get, while riding in a foreign city and shooting video with one hand. I talked with the winner of the Ghetto Blaster race the previous day in Baltimore. Andrew was a working courier in his hometown and managed to win the race despite racial tensions, paintball attacks and bottles thrown. He said Baltimore was a real bitch, not the usual streets he works in but the outskirts. People wanted to finish that race before dark, but it didn’t start till 6:00pm, so that meant hurry.
Dan G helps out Baltimore out-of-towner.

Dan Gordon was DC’s local favorite, although he denied it, many out of towners were looking to follow his wheel. Dan had won best out of towner and a phat bag in Baltimore and was happy to be back in DC for this event. Then there was Andy Zalin and Reed who were also DC natives and top contenders to take it all. I followed Mike Dee from NYC and Andrew who won in Baltimore to stick with an out of town posse. Lucky for my slow ass, this was a “slower-take-your-time-and-complete-all-the-checkpoints-in-order,” race. I think we hit about every hill in the city on our quest to find these checkpoints. We got lost, a lot and had to ask people for directions constantly.
Hanging out at the Quarry House Checkpoint after bobbing for tampons.

The checkpoints were great. Strip clubs, having to suck a popcicle through the glory hole, bobbing for tampons…yikes and making it with sex toys and Blow up dolls…extra points were awarded for style. All of this was designed to see who was the nasty dirtiest guy and girl in town. We finished all the checkpoints in about 2 hours, close to last, but had a great time. I heard stories that several checkpoint workers were sucessfully Tbaged including a brillant stealth attack by Mike Dee at our last checkpoint. DC knows how to put on a fun race.
3rd place girl

I forget the name of the 3rd place girl, but Kym from NYC got 2nd and Meredith got first.
Kym, second.

Meredith, 1st place girl

For the men Andy Z got 3rd, Dan G was 2nd and Reed was 1st, winning a giant dildo, the “Manhandler” and a Surly track frame. Many of the riders on on to Richmond…Good Luck
Reed wins the Man Handler

More photos at: pics

The Lost Viking at Critical Mass-Tonight

So, I am working and not at the Bike Month Critical Mass. But our favorite Lost Viking is going to call me with updates: There he is now…

7:30pm

400 people at Union Square,

8 scooter cops and 2 golf carts.

Wide variety of cyclists from BMX, lots of Grey Haired bicyclists, with smolka mobiles on their heads, a 7 year old is on the ride. So wide variety of age groups. Some people are wearing their “Smolka Polka” T-shirts that Team Spider made for the Revelocity party.

Check back later for updates
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7:45pm-
Ride leaves Union Square North and heads downtown (Broadway) Same as last month. 12 Scooter cops escort alongside the left side. A firetruck is trying to get through. How weird and ironic that there is an emergency situation needing a fire truck right when the critical mass leaves…what a whacky coincidence. I mean if there REALLY was a situation and I were a fire truck, would you pick a route with 400 cyclists on it?
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7:55pm-
“First Trap has sprung!”

15 Scooter cops came up the wrong way on Broadway (illegal motor vehicle move, endangering people) and trapped the ride, began ticketing people at 8th and Broadway.
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8:09pm

People at 8th and Broadway got really bizarre tickets. Told by police that they are being stopped and ticketed for being in the middle of the street…hmmm, I thought you were supposed to ride your bike in the street. Anyway, ticket says…bikes were more than 2 abreast, which legally we have found to be a ridiculous charge. People being ticketed were told to stay in the middle of the street while being written the bogus offense. Tourist from Amsterdam got ticket on his first critical mass, now he has a court date and is leaving the country in a week…welcome to NYC.

More ticketing activity on 22nd and 6th, Ride is broken up and heading up 6th Ave.

Chris stayed at 8th and Broadway and just saw a bunch of scooter cops cross broadway heading over to 6th Ave. Activity. Scooter cops being tailed by 5 cops cars. Another good use of our finest officers and our precious tax resources. I’m sure this is the most important crime going on right now.

Beth O’Brien, bike enthusiast, is helping me edit this from a lighting truck in the middle of Long Island City, but the crew got Sushi tonight, so thats ok.
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8:28pm

Sounds like there is a reconvene at Columbus Circle, the lost viking is living up to his name…he is somewhere in Alphabet city with a two straglers eating seaweed appetite suppressents…Lost Viking has a hunger for justice.
Passing 50 fleetweek sailors including one woman in bikini in front of Webster Hall, way to stay focused…Lost Viking. He is hoping ride makes its way downtown
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8:37pm

Someone at Columbus Circle reported about 1/2 the ride is there (200 or so) This spot was listed on the spoke card, distrubted at Union Square…they are waiting for more people to show…
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9:00pm

People have left Columbus Circle, about 150 or so. Some were afraid to leave because of being completely surrounded. Cops chased people into Central Park.

Meanwhile the lost viking followed a bunch of scooter cops headed to Time’s Square to set an ambush. This is nothing unusual, the cops always think the riders are going to go to Time’s Square, like its our Medina!

At Columbus Circle a woman with a bike was buying ice cream from a truck. She was slightly in the street, police arrested her.

9:34pm

A Group of about 60 people were riding single file in one lane down 5th Ave. An unmarked black SUV stopped the ride around 42nd and 5th, infront of the New York Public Library. The riders were held until scooter cops arrived and began a ticket frenzy. One woman got 3 tickets. One guy had recieved a ticket earlier for not having a head lamp. At the Library he was issued another ticket for no light…He pleaded with the cops and said, what am I supposed to do…go to a bike shop and get a lamp. He was rewarded with two more tickets. Some people were given tickets for being too far to the right, some people were given tickets for being two far left. Let’s review…you can’t be in the middle of the street, you can’t be to the left and you can’t be to the right….hmmmm. Oh I just figured it out. THESE TICKETS ARE COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT issued by a police force with little instruction about what is going on other than to just give out tickets regardless of logic. After all, people will still have to appear in court, losing a day of work to plead their case and be less likely to attend the next ride. I think the word for this is HARASSMENT!
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9:50pm

Got a report that around 40th and Broadway a woman was doored by a cop car while in motion. She was in the bike lane. She face planted and broke her colar bone. There is credible evidence that entire incident was witnessed.

10:05pm

New reports caught on video…At Columbus Circle people were chanting: “Domestic spying” as 4 undercovers were violating the Hanshu agreement and video taping people not engaged in unlawful activity.

Also there is a report that cops went into a crowd of 70 people at Columbus Circle and targeted people. The stopped one woman who did not have id and arrested her.
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10:26pm

Well, people are at 49 East Houston reviewing their video tape and recapping the bizarre night.

Special note to all…this was a loose experiment for me to report on critical mass from people on the ride. Some of the information was witnessed by people, some was video taped, some was rumors heard from other people at other locations.
Take it as a rough account of what went down. I will try and confirm what happened tonight. If people know different, please let me know.

Velo love forever!

Memorial Ride video and Saturday screening.

Andrew Lynn, one of the producer/directors of Still we ride posted this message:

Hi bike movie people…

i wanted to let everyone know that a short video (4 min.) i put together
documenting the NYC memorial ride recently played at the bicycle film
festival here in NYC, and now it is up online.

you can watch it here:
The video
the quality of the compressed file is not really spectacular…
however, i know there are a lot of screenings being organized around bike
months and bike weeks and bike summers and bikes in general, so if people
are interested in screening this short on DVD format, email me at
anyone@breathingplanet.net … the DVD also comes with a 30-second
anti-dooring public service announcement – great for public access
airtime!
watch ‘doored’ here:
Doored Video

ride bikes & make movies !!

andrew lynn.
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There are some bike movies at the 11th annual Lower East Side Arts Festival at the Theatre of the New City…155 1st ave. between 9th and 10th St. In the East Village, NYC.

Here is the Saturday, May 27th schedule of videos…wow all in one day!!!

L.E.S.

THE 11TH ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

SCHEDULE OF FILMS
SATURDAY, MAY 27th
CABARET THEATER

Please note – Schedule Subject to change.

12:00PM – PERMANENT VACATION
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 1980, 75 min

1:30PM – SMOPSM-REMIX
Directed by Gary Brackett, 2006, 17 min

VISIT PALESTINE, 10 DAYS ON THE WEST Bank
Directed by Henry Chalfant, 2004, 54 min

2:45PM – BERLIN/NY
Directed by Jack Waters (IN PERSON), 1983, 15 min

BORN IN FLAMES
Directed by Lizzie Borden, 1983, 90 min

4:45PM – CRITICAL MASS HALLOWEEN 2000
by Interactivist Collective, 2000, 5 min

STILL WE RIDE
Directed by Elizabeth Press , Andrew Lynn (IN PERSON) and Chris Ryan, 2005, 37 minutes

CRIMINAL MASS
Directed by Chris Ryan, 2006 22minutes

6:15PM – GARBAGE
by Newsreel collective

UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUCKERS
members Ben Morea and Osha Neumann (IN PERSON), 1968, 15 min

ICE
Directed by Robert Kramer, 1969, 134 min

9:00PM – HOT THROBBING COCK
Directed by Tung-Wang Wu, 2005 15 minutes

THE LADY IN QUESTION IS CHARLES BUSCH
Directed by John Catania and Charles Ignacio (IN PERSON), 2005, 90 min

11:00PM – TORTURED BY JOY
Directed by Henry Griffin, 2004 15 min

BAD BRAINS LIVE 1987 AT 1018
Directed by Clayton Patterson (IN PERSON), 1987 77 min