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Happy Friday!

Not the Walrus, not the Beasties, a new Eggman in town.

Now when I think of the title Eggman, I can’t help but immediately think of those three kids from Brooklyn who brought hip-hop to suburbia with their beer fueled rambunctious lyrics. Yes non other then the Beastie Boys who had to fight for their right to party but in the end they got a License to Ill. The follow up to that landmark album was a much more crafted and creative Paul’s Boutique which gave us such fine lyrics as: I’m going through science like Dolemite
The mack who
I’m the Egg Man”
I guess Paul McCartney and the Walrus were inspiring.

These songs inspired me and Paul’s Boutique came out as a perfect soundtrack when I had recently moved to NYC (summer of 91) and immediately worked as a bike courier for Ricky Leopold’s Cavalry Courier.

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In much of the same outlaw spirit I was just sent a new book called Eggman written by former NYC bike courier J. Milligan.

Before there was the fantasy of the action thriller Premium Rush, this Eggman takes a realistic look at the messenger world post 9/11.

J calls it: “punk noir.”

Here is more about it and some reviews of the book (I’ve been back logged with lengthy Game of Thrones–but hope to read this soon)

EGGMAN is about Clive Milgram, bike messenger turned consultant turned bike messenger. EGGMAN is about New York City. EGGMAN is about David Bowie. EGGMAN is about honoring the Code. EGGMAN is about 2003. EGGMAN is about life falling apart. EGGMAN is about living. EGGMAN is about love. EGGMAN is about 200 pages long.

“EGGMAN vividly portrays the amazing diversity a messenger deals with daily and how the messenger can go places that no other citizen can.”
—Lucas Brunelle: LINE OF SIGHT www.lucasbrunelle.com

“J Milligan sees things that other people don’t. EGGMAN is a noirish whirlwind of hilarity and surprise; it’s a very fun ride.”
—Henry Alford: Writer for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker.

“Set in the bicycle delivery world of NYC post-9/11, EGGMAN is itself like a bike messenger: fleet, fierce, always racing towards a sure destination even when you can’t predict its unexpected swerves, slips or turns – a tough machine powered by flesh and blood, zooming through the wreckage of a still-tender city. In the end, J Milligan does what every good bike messenger must: he really, truly delivers.”
—Ed Valentine, Writer: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

You can get this 200 page book on Kindle, Nook or just read it right on your smart phone for a whopping $2.99

Help support one of our own cyclists and his writing endeavors and all royalties are going directly to the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort.

j-milligan.com/eggman

14 Bike Co. Winter ESB

Looking for the perfect bike for winter? How about 14 Bike Co. new ESB model.

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From their site:
Like we always say, the ESB was purpose built for all occasions. And with the winter upon us, this is certainly no exception. With temperatures falling and road conditions becoming increasingly difficult, some of you may be locking away your track and road bikes, waiting for Spring to arrive.

With it’s strong, no nonsense build, the ESB is the perfect bike to keep you out on the road. Large, extra wide tyres are accomodated with ease (up to 42c rear & 54c front), meaning you won’t lose out on speed and won’t fall victim to bad road conditions. And with it’s long top tube and high bottom bracket shell, you will have maximum stabilty when riding on or off road (and on snow…)

The ESB frame set is available with V-brake bosses or as a brakeless fixed gear.

Don’t let the weather get in the way of your riding.
The ESB is available to buy now as a frame set from our webshop. To see what builds are possible, please visit our Custom14 bike generator or talk to us at sales@14bikeco.com

Winter events from TrackorDieNYC

New events from TrackorDieNYC.com.

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From their site:

The sequel to our alley cat series is coming soon. The Winter alley cat is the last race TrackOrDieNYC.com will organize for 2012 and is expected to be the biggest event we have organized in 2012. Having the coveted Chrome Industries Jersey and custom T.O.D/chrome messenger bag up for 1st place prize, not to mention a ton of other prizes provided by our event sponsors. This will be an alley cat that you do not want to miss. After Party/Awards ceremony will be held at Chrome NYC. This is a fixed gear/single speed event only, leave your de-railers at home. Helmets are not mandatory but are STRONGLY suggested.

Date : Saturday December 8, 2012 (rain or shine)
Registration : 2:30pm Central Park bandshell behind summer stage.
Race : 4:00pm sharp.
Entry : $5.00
Numbered spoke cards will be handed out once you cross the finish line. (No buying spoke cards)

Confirmed Sponsors : Cinelli, State Bicycle Co, Strada customs, Entree, Monster energy

Jiggernaut Lite: Handbuilt Bicycle Jig

I remember watching chunk666, a bike club out of Portland with a flare for mutating bicycles, putting together a couple of frames for me to build a freakish tallbike. We had this gross rig of 2×4’s attempting to hold the two frames together. It got the job done but…it was as freakish as the bike we were building. Professional frame builders use a jig to align the parts of frames which is generally a large sophisticated contraption. Now, a DIY jig is being developed for the novice builder to build bicycles of their own.

Here is more on the project and a fundraising kickstarter page.

Introducing the Jiggernaut.

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The Story: Mixed Media Engineering is bringing bicycle building to the masses! Every cyclist agrees at some level there is nothing on this earth more beautiful than a handbuilt masterpiece. But the word of bike building has remained outside the realm of the DIY audience of tinkerers, craftspeople etc.

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The nomenclature and complexity of the craft can be a real barrier to entry. Desirable parts and materials are available if you know where to look but assembling the right components at a good price is a momentous task for the newbie. Enter the Jiggernaut! Mixed Media Engineering has taken the guesswork and a number of sizable hurtles out of the way so anyone with a little knowhow can get started in the craft of bicycle frame building. By offering complete frame and fork kits, to blue prints, as well as flat pack jigs to hold everything in place they have the hobbyist bike builder on their way to the first success for under $400!

Kickstarter video:

This Minneapolis company launched their first successful Kickstarter in February 2012 and are back to kickstarter with more product kits.

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Check out and support the project HERE.

Right after Turkey Day, Fyxation pedals went on a slimming diet

New from Fyxation

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The all new Gates slim pedal. With a tough impact grade nylon body, chromoly spindle, rebuild-able loose ball bearings and pedal strap
compatible. A slimmer model with a height of only 14mm. They also went on a diet with the weight at 345g, 70 grams lighter and 50% slimmer then the original Slim. The slim package increases pedal clearance
while still providing a wide platform.

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Check out their product video:

Find out more: here.

Cyber Monday at Timbuk2

Big sale at Timbuk2-50% off-

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Check it out: here.

Stolen bike: Cannondale Road Bike-Park Slope

This one hits really close to my home in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Ashley Bryan had her Cannondale Men’s road bike stolen on Saturday. (11/24/12) (Happy Thanksgiving)

Here’s what happened according to Ashley:

I’ve been with that bike for years, in many different cities. I can’t believe I moved the to nicest neighborhood in the last 10 years and it gets stolen here. I’m crushed.

I had people over on Saturday so I locked my bike up on the street (it’s usually in my apartment). Actually, my husband and I had our bikes locked together, on the same post. It was a street sign, a really tall parking sign. We had them locked together with a cable lock and both were locked to the sign post with Kryptonite U locks. The dirty thieves took the sign off the top of the post (like, 10 feet in the air) and somehow managed to get both bikes off. The other bike wasn’t worth anything, and they oddly left it there… I must have just missed them last night because my cheap bike was laying on the ground, not locked up. So strange.

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The bike wasn’t worth a ton, maybe $200 with all its parts. It just holds so much sentimental value… I’m going to try everything to get it back.

Unfortunately, this show street signs really aren’t good locking options and never lock to ones without signs at the top.

Any information on this bike, email Ashley: ashleyrosebryan{at}gmail.com

Update: Ashley sent me some more about this bike.

•The bike is registered to her husband, Adam Longenbach at Penn State.

•It has an orange registration sticker under the frame which includes the serial number.

Name: Adam Longenbach
Permit # P09 4321 CR (Centre Region registration)
Manufacturer: Cannondale
Model: 1988
Serial #- 56052987020
Type: Road Bike
Primary Color: Blue
Secondary Color: Black
Other Notes: which text, black seat/handles, suicide shifters

Sram Art Benefit for World Bicycle Relief

Component maker SRAM is teaming up with 80 visual artists for a benefit for World Bicycle Relief this Thursday, November 29th at the Cedar Lake Theater in Chelsea, Manhattan.

For more on this event I refer to awesome cycling style blogger Susi Wunsch of Velojoy.com

Art from photo-Spunk by Patricia Vader

The juried exhibition and gala event marks the SRAM pART Project’s debut in New York City, following a display at the Interbike industry trade show in Las Vegas and an exhibition and auction in Chicago in 2011.

World Bicycle Relief is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by documentary photographer Leah Missbach Day and her husband, F.K Day, in 2005. The organization has distributed more than 115,000 specially built and locally assembled bicycles to help support education, health care and entrepreneurship in impoverished communities in rural Africa.

I met Missbach Day and learned about World Bicycle Relief in September at the first National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, CA, where she was the keynote speaker.

Read more and get tickets, here.

Time’s Up Relief Rides

Time’s Up continues to bring much needed relief to the Rockaways with Bicycle convoys of donations and even their own human powered generators.

Last weekend and Monday they were on hand to deliver food, blankets, bike-powered charging stations, and mobile bike repair units to neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Here is a video from their recent Fossil Fuel Disaster Relief Ride.

And a link to a Flickr Set of the ride.

For more information and upcoming relief rides visit: http://times-up.org/index.php?page=fossil-fuel-disaster-relief-bike-rides