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Continuum-new coffee shop

Bike Shop News:
Really got to hand it to Jeff Underwood going from meager homeless drug addiction living to building a bike shop empire in the heart of the East Village.

Now, he is expanding once again with a new space that will sell delicious vegan food, coffee and have a cozy spot for things like film screenings.

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Continuum Cycles-Coffee Shop.

The store will be opening any day now, right next to the bike shop, 207 Ave B. between 13th street and 12th.

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Lots of really nice wood work in the main bar and stools that can convert into tables or more seating depending on the event.

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Really great accents like foot stools made from bike lock chains and hubs converted into lamps.

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Mountain biking with Gary Fisher-NYC

Want to meet legendary mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher? Want to go mountain biking with him in NYC?

Check out what’s going on with Bicycle Habitat.

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“Anyone who rides a bike is a friend of mine”

MEET GARY FISHER
The Past, Present and Future of Cycling
On Friday, October 5th, meet the legend, Gary Fisher, father of mountain biking and pioneer advocate for the advancement of urban cycling as transportation.

Join us at Bicycle Habitat for a discussion about the future of cycling and the chance to chat with a true cycling legend.

WHEN-
Friday, October 5th @ 6:30pm
Bicycle Habitat
250 Lafayette Street

(Free. Sponsored by Trek Bikes.)

Then, join us and Gary Fisher on October 6th for a day of mountain biking in NYC.

From the Bicycle Habitat blog:

Get outdoors!
Ever wanted to take your bike off the pavement and onto some trails? Join us October 6th for a day of mountain biking in New York City! Free rides, free clinics and free cycling, it’s a day open to all experience levels and all types of riders.
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Trek Bikes will be offering free test rides (available on a first-come, first-served basis), and Trips for Kids NY will be hosting free kid’s rides all day. Plus, a special visit from mountain biking pioneer Gary Fisher! Together with us (Bicycle Habitat), we look forward to you joining us for a fun adventure in the great outdoors!
RSVP and more info, including schedule and directions:
getoutdoors.eventbrite.com

I’m back-Critical Mass at 20.

Crazy week!

Last week I discovered my blog was the target of an evil hacker group in Turkey.

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Apparently they also hacked Domino’s Pizza of India so I guess I’m flattered to be in such prestigious corporate company.

In talking with my hacker on twitter, @Ren4s1 they stated:

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I was just a victim of some random cyber attacking. Good to know people are putting their time to good use on the Internet.

Regardless, this cost me major time and energy and alerted me to how clueless I am to things like wordpress, MySQL databases and how this blog is actually hosted. Just some basic things a blogger should know. I should probably brush up on my Turkish too.
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Thankfully my web master, Taylor Kruse was able to get me back up and running.

This couldn’t come at a worse time due to the fact that I’m moving apartments and our life is in major disruption.

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I apologize for the inconvenience and the lack of content. There are still some bugs in the site that I’ll be trying to fix so bear with me.

The big event I missed both virtually and in person was the 20th anniversary of critical mass.

A whole week of festivities kicked off in San Francisco where critical mass got it’s start back in 1992, hosted by Chris Carlson and other founders of this world wide cycling phenomenon.

Here is an article from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:


Critical Mass at 20
The movement changed the rules in cities all over the world — and almost, almost, took the Bay Bridge.
By: Steve T. Jones
Published: September 25th, 2012

20121001-144010.jpgChris Carlsson helped spread Critical Mass around the world. Guardian Photo by: Mike Koozmin

I was in Zeitgeist on a Friday summer evening, at a planning meeting for the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, when I first heard about the idea of kicking off the celebration week with a renegade bicycle ride over the Bay Bridge.

The people who first shook up the city’s commute two decades ago were going to take the idea of seizing space from cars a step further — and fulfill a longtime cyclist fantasy. They were going to take the bridge.

Chris Carlsson, the author/activist who helped found Critical Mass and has evangelized the concept around the world, reminded me of this super-secret ride last Wednesday when I finally got around to starting my reporting for this story. I was surprised that I’d forgotten about it — but yes, I told him, I still wanted to be there.

“This will galvanize our sense of the week,” Carlsson told me, explaining that Critical Mass has always been about “opening up a space for a conversation,” whether it’s about how urban space is used or who gets to make that decision.

“There is a real necessity to have a place for people to start thinking creatively. That’s Critical Mass’s enduring contribution, 20 years ago and today.”

Read more: here.

A few NYC bicycle culturists made the trip West including, Brooklynbybike.com’s Anita Singh and Chris Ryan of Team Spider.
Chris brought the whole family (wife Allie and daughter Virginia-start em young)
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They went to give some presentations about Time’s Up’s involvement in critical mass and to launch their new website dedicated to a documentary about NYC mass ride: lastfridayofthemonth.com

An article in the Huffington Post about the ride.

Bicycle District in East Village

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Transportation Alternatives has teamed up with 150 local businesses to create a “Bicycle District” in the East Village. Consumers will receive discounts and freebies for arriving by bicycle to stores with participating stickers in their windows. There will be a kick-off launch party and bike tour tomorrow (9/22/12) at Veselka’s Ukrainian Dinner, corner of 2nd Ave and 9th Street (Manhattan)–11am.

Here is an article from DNAinfo:

‘Bike District’ In East Village, Lower East Side Offers Deals To Cyclists Updated 4 Hrs Ago

Published: September 21st, 2012

EAST VILLAGE — Not having to pay for gas isn’t the only thing saving cyclists cash.

Bike-loving businesses of the East Village and Lower East Side are banding together to create a “bicycle district” that will give discounts to those who prefer to travel on two wheels.

Transportation Alternatives, the nonprofit group that advocates for cyclists, is launching the initiative Saturday with a map outlining businesses that offer deals to bikers, while also working with local stores to improve biking infrastructure.

Read more: here.

More info on the event: here.

Villager Series-cycling activism history in NYC

Here is the latest in the Villager’s series on bike activism in NYC. Time’s Up volunteer Keegan writes about how cyclist got radicalized due to a bicycle ban in Time’s Square in the 80’s, the 20 year anniversary of Critical Mass and an upcoming celebration bike ride, film screening and panel discussion.

The battle of the bike ban

By: Keegan Stephan
Published: September 20th, 2012

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Activists across the world are celebrating effective direct actions and strategizing ways to move forward. In New York, we have a special victory to celebrate and an important opportunity to facilitate next steps: a victory 25 years ago in a struggle that’s at the forefront of New York City politics again today, and a celebratory event to recall the lessons of the past and regroup for the future.
In 1987, Mayor Koch issued an edict banning bicycling on Fifth, Madison and Park Aves. from 31st St. to 59th St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The ban was a clear attack on bike messengers, who were being scapegoated in the press and public for unsafe streets. In response, six messengers rode up Sixth Ave., taking up the road width, slowing down traffic, and stopping at red lights to let pedestrians cross safely.

Read the entire article: here.

This all culminates on September 28th:

For these reasons, the cycling community will once again gather in the spirit of direct action. At 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, we will meet at Sixth Ave. and Houston St. and bike the ride that defeated the 1987 ban. At 9 p.m., we will convene at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, at 7 E. Seventh St., for a free movie screening about the ban, followed by a panel discussion on how to cultivate community and create positive change with cyclists and other road users. For more details, visit: www.battleofthebikeban.com

Panelists for this event include messenger and race organizer: Tony “Stoned Tone” Monroe, Laura Solis (@Lalitadynomite) of @WeBikeNYC and Charlie McCorkell founder of Bicycle Habitat and one of the driving forces of the bicycle uprising.

Using twitter? Follow along on this event: @BicycleUprising and use the hashtag: #S28 and #CM20

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Five Fall bike rides near NYC-OffMetro

Looking for some quick day trip bike rides to see some fall foliage? Offmetro.com has five selections, including a garden tour of the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust.

Find out more: here.

(with special guest posting by my homegirl bike blogger: Susi Wunsch of Velojoy.)

Tinkernation, video on Lucky Recycle shop, Greensville-SC

Tinkernation.com just released a video about Lucky Bike shop in Greensville, South Carolina.

This online magazine about various tinkers, got a chance to talk with shop owner, Kip Smith about recycling bicycles and working with the local bike community.

Sponsored by: Liquid Wrench.

Just in time for Oktoberfest-Timbuk2 Dolores Chiller Munchen

NPR just had a great article on how Japanese sake makers are now trying their hands at making local craft beer.
Kiuchi Brewery vice president Youichi Kiuchi holds a bottle of his company’s Hitachino Nest beer. To make beer, the brewery is using equipment that once was used for sake.-Photo by Lucy Craft

Find out more here.

Perfect timing, because Timbuk2 just released a new messenger style bag that can double as a cooler.


Retails for $150.00

Find out more at Timbuk2.com/Oktoberfest

The Chrome Truk Shoe-Stiffer, Stronger and Bomber

Sounds like a Daft Punk song:

Chrome industries has just improved their Truk shoe, which is perfect for urban cycling.

It’s available today (September 19th) in all your local Chrome stores.

Here is a little press:

(San Francisco, CA) Chrome is the original maker of Urban Bike Footwear that provides performance on and off the bike. Designed and developed to be worn all day, the Truk is the latest in Chrome’s Pedal Series shoes created for commuters and messengers who want more riding performance without sacrificing walking comfort.


The Truk’s upper is built with the same bombproof 1000 denier Cordura that Chrome uses in the bag-line and makes the Truk model 25 times stronger than typical canvas shoes. The Truk’s sole construction includes a 100% vulcanized outsole, an integrated nylon shank for increased pedal power, a cushioning heel pad, resilient PU insole and Chrome’s signature reflective heel detail for visibility at night. The Truk is BUILT to ride and is simply stiffer, stronger and bomber.

For a quick promo, here is hill bombardier and track bike technician, Massan in a video showing off the Truk shoe:

NEW: Chrome Truk from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.

$9.00 cardboard bike


Gotta thank Dave Bonan (@still_flowing) for this one.

Izhar Gafni has designed a bike that weighs 20 pounds, costs between $9-12 to build, can hold up to a 485 pound person, and it made out of cardboard.

Engineers told Gafni that his idea was impossible. Yet he realized that paper could be strong if treated properly. As in crafting origami and tearing telephone books, he explains, “[if] you fold it once, and it’s not just twice the strength, it’s three times the strength.”

The development to what you see today took three years. Two were spent just figuring out the cardboard complications–leading to several patents–and the last was spent converting a cardboard box on wheels to a relatively normal looking bike.

source.