The Bicycle Film Featival, entering it’s 12th year, has become a world wide sensation not only providing amazing bicycle related films but also uniting local bicycle communities with live music venues, group rides, outdoor block parties and art shows.
In cities like New York, LA, Milano and Paris the festival has reached a happy plateau and comfortably landed in the fabric of local cycling event schedules.
However, in cities like Moscow and Mexico City the festival has been an exposive catalyst, bringing new energy to blossoming bike culture.
This is similar to the way critical mass tells a different story in various cities from mundane running its course (San Francisco) to two thousand strong rides with pro basketball players. (Miami)
Founder of the festival, Brendt Barbur, sent me a prime example of the festivals power with this video from the festival in Mexico City (November 2012)
From the festival:
The first BFF in Mexico was received
with thousands enthusiastic attendees.
Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum
hosted the sold out screenings over three days.
Roofeeo drummer for TV ON THE RADIO came out to DJ
the after party.
Matt Roan from Chicago DJed at the Nike Sports Hub.
Simone Pace (Blonder Redhead) and Juan Son (Porter)
played there music AEIOU live to the film IMPOSSIBLE HOUR
by Jorgen Leth. It was shot in Mexico city in 1974.
This is event happened at the incredible
I’ve only had two bikes stolen (that were locked to a structure or object) within the 21 years I’ve been riding in NYC. Neither of which have been with a Kryptonite lock, which has been a leader in bike security for decades. This is not to say there aren’t other reliable manufactures out there or that not having this particular brand was the only reason my bikes were stolen. Rather it’s been the name brand I’ve always gravitated towards and been the most readily available in NYC. When I was a messenger in the early 90’s the insider street knowledge was you either had the big Kyrptonite chain & lock or your bike got stolen. They’ve also been super active on the bike culture front and provided lots of free prizes for alleycat races and other events.
Kryptonite’s generosity trickled down to little ol me and they recently sent me two care packages.
The first came when I inquired about getting spare keys for the five chains and u-locks I have owned for years. I’ve lost one to many key sets in the past and didn’t want to be caught unable to get my locks open.
Kryptonite responded with full spare sets and all they needed was the numbers written on each key. (word of advice–write these numbers down or register on-line)
The care package included a ton of stickers, a water bottle, their new transit H-Bar handlebar mount and a limited edition 40th anniversary U-lock.
I was really excited about their evolution series 4 Mini-5 U-Lock, which has come out in limited supply to celebrate 40 years of bike security perfection.
This is the same trusted lock as the as part of their evolution series (the signature orange color) with 13mm hardened steel shackle that slides into one end of the crossbar. The lock has a small key hole which is strategically placed in a reinforced cuff so as not to be easily pried upon by thieves. Weighing 770g or 2.1 pounds, this is the smallest lock in the series. It’s perfect for slipping in a back pocket or in a u-lock holder on the belt of a hip pouch (Fabrichorse.com) I use this lock to secure my back wheel to the frame. Its not long enough to fit around a standard NYC street sign and go through the frame and front wheel so it’s definitely used as a secondary lock. They do however make longer models to accommodate frame and wheel, as well as bigger locking options. Many urban riders only want to carry u-locks to avoid more bulky chains.
The lock riding hipside or sticking out of a back pocket has become an icon of urban bike fashion and is such a classic design that Kryptonite’s K-4 lock is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) design collection. I felt rather nostalgic (or maybe old) that this was an anniversary edition with a flashy ruby red color on the crossbar.
NYC’s historic Critical Mass is down to a few die hards, a smoldering shell of it’s once large former self but down the coast in Miami, the ride is packed with thousands and a few pro basketball stars.
Last Friday (11/30/12) was Critical Mass all over the world and in Miami, NBA heat star Dwyane Wade was a repeat customer, having such a fun time on the last one he decided to bring along, Lebron James and Mario Chalmers. Massive group bike ride with a couple thousand people, definitely a prescription for winning games.
On Friday evening the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Mario Chalmers participated in Miami Critical Mass. They joined an estimated 2,000 local cyclists on a 20 mile ride through Omni, Edgewater, Upper East Side, North Bay Village, Miami Beach, Venetian Islands, and Downtown Miami. This marked the second time D-Wade came out to the community ride which is held on the last Friday of every month. Tonight the Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89, during the post-game interview Wade mentioned the 20 mile bicycle ride and gave a shout out to Miami Critical Mass. He scored a season high 34 points and the Heat remain atop the Eastern Conference and perfect at home. Keep up the great work and thanks for helping create awareness towards the benefits of cycling!
Unfortunately for cyclists in Miami, things are far from perfect at home. Motorists are typically unaware of cyclist’s rights and/or show an appalling lack of respect towards us which is primarily why these community rides are essential. Here’s to better things in the future and safe streets for everyone.
Here is a video of a shout out to Critical Mass:
and here is a Miami CMers video from the November ride:
Recycle-a-Bicycle is an amazing empowering organization who provides rides and events for under served community youth. They also have two retail stores which restore bicycles lead by young people as part of their high school build-a-bike programs.
Monday, December 3rd 2012 they celebrate their 18th Birthday.
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.
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.
Looking for the perfect bike for winter? How about 14 Bike Co. new ESB model.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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