Australian Bike Company Settles Down in Red Hook
By: Emily 10/16/12
The Australian bike company Papillionaire is the newest tenant at 390 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. This is the first store based in the States. They’ve got a wide selection of vintage-style bikes which you can browse here. The showroom is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to six. They expect to fill the shop with more bicycles and accessories in the coming months. Our neighborhood tipster notes, “It seems like Red Hook is becoming somewhat of a ‘bike district’; there are now more than a few bicycle companies headquartered down there.”
The Papillionaire Shop in Brooklyn Is Now Open!
Title: Tweed Ride Moscow-2012
Seen on: Urban Velo Ok, This is how you do a tweed ride. Whodathought Moscow would show the world that British cycling hipsterism is international and then raise the bar on tweeding to a whole new level. They don’t just raid the thrift store for jackets with elbow patches. They find full on Bobby suits, apply fake handlebar mustaches and even stencil fabric arm bands for ride numbers. This is over the top awesome. Indianapolis has a Tweed Ride coming up and maybe they’ll take some cues from this ride.
Title: Chrome: Storm Cobra
Seen on: PROLLY Chrome introduces their new outerwear model, the Storm Cobra by following none other than Steve around SF.
Title: Mike Giant’s Philosophy on Life
Seen on: PROLLY Mike Giant is an artist that a lot of cyclists admire. His work has been shown around the world and his love of track bikes and the imagery associated with them pops up in his illustrations frequently. Check out this recent interview with the SF-based artist
Title:CX Hairs: Hyattsville CX 2012
Seen on: PROLLY
There’s a new book out there encouraging woman to hit the pedals:
Katie Daily’s-Heels on Wheels, a Ladies Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike.
Here is a write up in the New York Times:
Riding Like Susan B. Anthony
‘Heels on Wheels’ — Books of Style Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times
A new book encourages women to bike to work, and offers other advice (don’t wear lip gloss)
By: Liesl Schillnger
Published: October 10, 2012
“Heels on Wheels: A Lady’s Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike.” By Katie Dailey. 96 pp. Hardie Grant. $14.95.
ARE you in the mood for a contentious debate? Stroll past the North Pavilion of Union Square in Manhattan before 7 p.m. on the last Friday of each month and ask any of the hundreds of cyclists who gather there for the Critical Mass ride why women’s bikes tend to have a low crossbar (also called a “mixte” or “step-through”), whereas men’s bikes have a high crossbar that juts from below the seat to below the handlebars.
Is the feature a quaint leftover from the days when women wore petticoats, and maneuvering themselves over the high bar would have been a challenge? Might it reflect a surprising impulse toward modesty among modern women who don’t mind weaving among taxis and buses, but still prefer not to bestride their steel (or carbon fiber) steeds like a cowboy hopping on a palomino? Or is the step-through an anachronism in these days of unisex denim and leggings?
Why do male and female riders require different kinds of bikes? The answers you get will be vociferous. They will not be unanimous.
With her charming book, fetchingly illustrated by Clare Owen, the British velophile Katie Dailey skirts the controversy by mildly pointing out that, however it came about, the lower bar is easier to clamber over than the higher one.
David August Trimble is taking his now famous bike race to Italy, again.
Red Hook Crit-Milano
More about the event: The Italian version of the world’s premiere track bike criterium returns once again to the streets of Milano. The race will consist of 100 elite road cyclists, track racers, bike messengers, and urban athletes competing over 22 laps. The technical nature of competing on a track bike requires competitors to possess both street tuned handling skills and a high level of strength and fitness. Riders are confirmed from 14 countries promising a thrilling show for the thousands of spectators expected to line the circuit.
In coordination with Sunday October 14th’s designation as a “car free day” the city of Milano has awarded permits and cooperation to realize the dream of organizing this race in the city proper. This race will be an important demonstration on what is possible in urban areas around the world.
Here is an article about Garrick Pohl, who during an age of the dying bike courier business used social networking to connect clients and deliveries with the startup, zipments.
Startup Courier Company Connects Small Businesses Amid NYC Tech Boom
Published: October 8, 2012
DNAinfo Garrick Pohl of Zipments
MIDTOWN — When Michigan native Garrick Pohl decided to create a new way for couriers and their clients to connect online, the city of New York — with its massive bike courier network — made perfect sense for the launch.
Zipments, his online, same-day delivery service with on-demand couriers at the ready, was a perfect fit for NYC’s endless demand for delivery jobs, prompting him to move it from Grand Rapids, MI to NYC earlier this year.
I haven’t been paying as much attention this year but Transportation Nation Alex Goldmark has an interesting article on recent activity.
NYPD Focus Shifts on Bike Ticketing
By: Alex Goldmark
Published: October 7th, 2012
If the flared tensions around cycling in New York City ease a bit this year, it might have to do with a more targeted approach to policing bike riders, according to NYPD data provided to Transportation Nation.
Tickets to cyclists this year are on pace with 2011, but New York Police Department Deputy Chief Brian McCarthy tells TN that delivery cyclists are getting more police attention than last year, as are locations where bike-related accidents occur. Data show fewer red light tickets have been issued than during the same period last year, while riding on the sidewalk remains the top offense.
Anecdotal reports from cyclists point to a greater understanding of bike traffic laws by riders and police alike. Last year much ruckus was caused when police held a ticket trap for cyclists not riding in the bike lane, which is legal on most streets. Though similar speed-trap like efforts aimed at cyclists continue, more cyclists have told TN they got off with warnings and were handed educational pamphlets in place of tickets than in the past. It’s not a vast shift in policy, but it’s a slightly kinder and gentler Operation Safe Cycle, or as Chief McCarthy called it, “more focused.”