This Saturday in R.A.B’s Long Island City workshop space.
Today in NYC we finally cracked the cold hard grip of winter with a glorious 60 degrees, by late afternoon.
The first warmish day of the year is kind of like bicycle ground hog day, for me. Cyclists start coming out of hibernation and like the furry rodent of a Bill Murray movie, predicting the length of winter, I like to make an impact prediction of my own.
What kind of a bicycle season will we have? How popular will it be? Will the streets be flooded with teaming masses of bicycles, darting in every direction…some even going with traffic?
It’s hard to predict what motivates people but back in 2010 a couple of Minnesotans decided to try something to kickoff the Spring and inspire people to ride bikes. They made a pledge of riding every day in April and recorded their progress across social media using:
Five years later, its’ still going strong and April is now a fun filled way to get biking and see who else is out there.
Take the pledge now:
It’s a tradition.
Bike couriers who take it to the next level, control their machines in a unique space in the crowded streets of the world. They operate comfortably in the margins, the tight inches between bus mirrors and car doors, as if with a sixth sense, a special street knowledge of their surroundings. The hunt for this space also intrigues them to travel outside of their work/play home cities and test their rules of space.
This is partially what lead NY’s Austin Horse and Nico Deportago-Cabrera of Chicago to travel to Beruit, Lebanon to go somewhere Yanks rarely experience, let alone on a bike.
With help from Red Bull, they traveled to Beirut to explore and to set up a messenger company.
Here is a recent video of their exploits with some great riding footage.
From an article in the Lebanese Examiner:
What do you do with an a abandon limestone mine in Kentucky? Build the world’s largest bike park for BMX and mountain bikers.
Read more by riding over: Here.
And here is a great perspective with a drone camera:
Forget bike mapping with paper (even if the DOT has great free maps every year) or fancy GPS apps. So 2014.
The new trend is brain waves. Arlene Ducao an MIT graduate–of course, has developed a bike helmet, Mindrider, which tracks riders brain activity and maps out routes based on chill areas and more stressed out zones.
Here is an article in Wired magazine:
MEASURING BRAINWAVES TO MAKE NEW KIND OF BIKE MAP FOR NYC
By: Alex Davies
Read more by riding over Here.
Here is a video:
Do you have the need for speed? Need more extreme adventure then trying to bike to work in seventeen degree weather while cars and trucks try to drive you into piles of crusty slush?
A British based production company wants you for what appears to be a television show involving speed, travel and “the adventure of a lifetime.”
Wild Blue Media sent me a casting call looking for the following:
“Six highly competitive, speed junkies to take part in an adventure of a lifetime. They’ll be filmed as they travel the world taking on locals in an amazing and diverse array of speed events from Yak riding in remote Mongolia to drag racing in Africa?
We want men and women with real lives; all with a passion for speed – 18 or over. Over 12 months they’ll need to commit to a minimum of 13 trips to various remote and amazing destinations with all expenses paid.
We’d like to feature a cyclist/ courier rider in the mix so hoping you could help us connect with the right people in NYC and spread the word on to the East Coast bike scene.”
(photo from Kevin “Squid” Bolger on Instagram @keirinberlin)
Bill Meier, known throughout the bicycle community affectionately as “Bilthy” because of his, shall we say rugged exterior, was as real as they come. He was a famous bike messenger and was recently delivering pizzas in Williamsburg (http://best.piz.za.com ) when he became ill and was hospitalized. After a couple of weeks fighting for his life he passed away on February 1st. He was 51.
Last weekend there was a memorial tribute and auction for funeral costs at Williamsburg’s Kinfolk.
Here is a short article about Bill and the event from Sam Paul. Polaroids by Nick McManus.
The Memorial for Bill “Bilthy” Meier
Bill Meier, or Bilthy, as he was known to friends, was a man about town. He was a bike messenger for thirty years, longer than most of the most kids out on fixies have been alive. He toured with the Grateful Dead, worked at Best Pizza and delivered to pretty much everyone who has ever lived in Williamsburg. If he never came to your door with a pie, you saw him at the bar, or at every bar, or while riding in a snow storm at 10 at night with three boxes of pizza on his bars. Bilthy was a staple in more than one community—an annual bike ride across Iowa called RAGBRAI, the Williamsburg and LES bar scenes, and the bike messenger community. He was a friend. He was a brother. He was a father.
Here is a goodbye from BikeIowa on a RAGBRAI forum with a couple of really great Video links.
A RAGBRAI Legend passed away Feb 1st 2015 at 9:00 am.
Here is a video showcasing Bill in his daily habitat.
and another video…
Here is also a really touching post from Scoofy on Reddit.com
The Heavy Pedal have an new ultra light carbon wheel set for all your fixed gear delights.
Here is a quick write up:
The Tempo Carbon Wheelset
For more info and ordering: here.
The Cargo Bike. Sure they have weird dutch names, they’re boxy and are popping up all over hip Brooklyn with 15 kids in them, late for PS Blankity Blank. But now it seems they are slowly being embraced by businesses…and not just those selling artisanal coffee or locally sourced Kimchi burger-tacos.
5 businesses embracing the cargo bike
Read more by riding over: here.
Why not get in the action with all these cool companies…and make your own cargo bike. Here are step by step instructions from Ulyssanov, (imgur) who assembled a sweet looking two wheeled machine in his kitchen.
Cargo Bike Build
(the completed bike)