Red Bull has been ahead of the curve (pun intended) when it comes to constructing tiny tracks and having urban street racers test their skill in both speed and daring. This year the Mini Drome challenge returned to NYC in a 19th century dance hall turned art space in Maspeth Queens. In order to up the challenge, a figure 8 track was constructed which added a whole new degree of difficulty from the standard circular direction. Competitors had to navigate tight turns as well as switching directions on the over-under wooden track.
This New York based company, founded by Dave Weiner and Conner Swegle, took many of the innovations from their Priority bicycle line and applied it to two sizes of kids bikes. The idea was to give parents a maintenance-free experience in teaching their kids how to ride and make better, longer lasting kids bikes.
Here is a Press Release:
NEW YORK, NY (June 15, 2015) On the heels of winning Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Best In Class Design award, New York-based Priority Bicycles successfully funded their second Kickstarter campaign. The campaign launches a new line of innovative kids bicycles, the Priority Start, which re-imagines the cycling experience for both children and parents. Reaching its funding goal with over a week and a half left to back the project, this milestone brings Priority Bicycles’ total Kickstarter funding in its first year in business to over $600,000.
“With the funding of our second campaign that allows us bring our concept to riders of all ages, it signals that Priority is continuing to deliver innovative products in high consumer demand,” said Connor Swegle, CMO and Co-Founder. “It’s great to have our backers not only support our growth, but play an important role in a feedback loop that ultimately helps us develop and refine the features and products they want.”
The successful Kickstarter campaign enables Priority to now deliver on their mission of “making cycling simple” for all age ranges. While the original Priority Classic was engineered to bring simplicity to recreational riders through low-maintenance, high quality bicycles, the Priority Start is designed to make riding more simple for kids 2-8, as well as for parents who are teaching children to learn to ride and sharing the passion for cycling.
The Priority Start features many of the signature elements the company’s original line of bicycles became known for, including a grease-free belt drive in lieu of a greasy chain, and a rust-proof aluminum frame. The bicycle also features air-free Easy Go tires that never go flat, and the patent-pending Priority Start System of simplified training wheels for on-the-go adjustments without the need for tools. The Priority Start is available via Kickstarter until June 24th at an introductory rate of $199 for the 12” model and $209 for the 16” model. The bicycles are scheduled to ship in October 2015.
Red Bull’s action packed Mini Drome is Back. This Friday in Brooklyn. This time…A figure 8 track!
Here is a press release:
FIERCE CYCLIST COMPETITION RETURNS TO NYC
ON RARE INDOOR FIGURE EIGHT TRACK
Country’s Best Fixed Gear Cyclists Descend on NYC for Red Bull Mini Drome
Red Bull Mini Drome is an all day racing competition for single-speed fixed gear cyclists where they can race against the clock and then against each other to see who is the fastest burner on two wheels.
Taking the normal circular “velodrome” concept, which is usually located in arenas or outside, shrinking it down and bringing it inside a unique location in NYC is what Red Bull Mini Drome has brought back to one of the five boroughs for the past 2 years.
Red Bull Mini Drome in 2015 is set to be extra special because a barely-ever-before-seen figure eight track is going to be built this time around. The mythical concept, which is known to only have existed a few times, one being the 1995 Toronto Cycle Messenger World Championships, involves more speed, extra precision and a bit of danger as cyclists take turn after turn without rest.
The legendary concept will come to life on Friday, June 19 in an old 1920s Queens dance hall that has been holding up as a creative art space called Project Studio for the previous twenty years. It’s recently restored colorful and antique fixtures and moldings lend to the spectator-friendly and the ‘playing-where-you-don’t-belong’ vibe that Red Bull Mini Drome has become known for.
Tickets to the event are free and on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please visit minidromenyc.eventbrite.com.
Red Bull Mini Drome features the top cyclists from around the five boroughs and across the country. Including Professional Bike Messengers, accomplished fixed gear competitors and Red Bull Athletes Austin Horse (NYC) and Addison Zawada (FL).
Practice Day – Thursday, June 18, 2015 3PM – Midnight
Event Day – Friday, June 19, 2015 7PM – Midnight
Project Studio, 56-70 58th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378
Explore Brooklyn and Sell or Buy a bicycle of your dreams.
Three great events.
11th annual Tour de Brooklyn
Sunday, June 7, 2015
20-mile ride: 8:00am
Start and Finish Location:
Beard Street and Dwight Street
Erie Basin Park
$17.50 – T.A. Members
The 2015 Tour de Brooklyn will start in beautiful Erie Basin Park, alongside IKEA Red Hook. The tour will be approximately 20 miles and will visit some of Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg. Our rest stop will be at one of Crown Heights’ crown jewels, Lincoln Terrace Park.
Riders of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
Then there is the Bike Jumble flea market in Redhook Brooklyn.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
The New York Bike Jumble presents The Red Hook Bike Jumble in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Join us at Erie Basin, by Ikea, at 1 Beard St, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
And… Bicycle Roots Bike Shop’s Second Birthday Party
Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 6:30pm to 10:30pm
– See more at: http://bikenyc.org/event/7404#sthash.WFfRlc16.dpuf
In June of 2013, Bicycle Roots celebrated its Grand Opening in Crown Heights. Since then we’ve helped you start riding, keep riding, and take your riding to the next level. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to serve you, our customers. And now we’re throwing a party to say Thanks!
Join us at 6:30pm on June 7th, 2015 for our store’s Second Birthday Party. We’ll be serving food and pouring a *limited edition beer* called Sunset Cherry Pale Ale, brewed just for us by our friend Jesse Dowell of Hungry Cat Brewery. We’ll also be holding a raffle with amazing prizes, including a Mission Workshop backpack!
What it is: Bicycle Roots Bike Shop’s Second Birthday Party
Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Bicycle Roots is located at 609 Nostrand Avenue between Dean St. and Bergen St. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Click here for directions.
Contact: Do you have questions about this event? Call us at (718) 668-5224 or shoot us an email at info[at]bicycleroots.com.
We hope you’ll come and help us celebrate our continued involvement in the local cycling community. See you there!
There is a great NYC classic bicycle event this Saturday in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
Part bike show, part block party…a great hang out for those who love bicycles.
The City Reliquary Proudly presents the
11th annual Bicycle Fetish Day 2015
Fellow Bicycle enthusiasts please join us this year for our 11th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day. June 6th. 2015
Bicycle collectors, bicycle builders, bicycle shops, bicycle activists, bicycle attire designers and bicycle fetishists of all sorts we want you to come and table and celebrate at Bicycle Fetish Day 2015. Set up a table to sell your wares, show off your collection and share your skills with like-minded bicycle lovers.
If you plan and selling wares and making some money then tabling is only $25
If you plan on showing off your collection hanging out and sharing your skills then tabling is FREE
bring your own table please
Who: The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization Bill Scanga firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Bicycle Fetish Day. A block party for your Bicycle. A day to celebrate New York City’s diverse bicycle culture
Where: Williamsburgh Brooklyn N.Y.C. Havemayer between Grand Street and Hope street.
When: Saturday June 6th 12noon – 6pm set up starts at 10am. Rain day Sunday June 22th
Why: so all of NYC Bicycle Cultures can join together and celebrate the bicycle.
Just sold a bike on-line and need to pack it for shipping or taking it on a plane? Here is a great step-by-step *guide from parcelhero.com
*This is a British based website, so the information is listed according to UK statistics and money, however the packing information is quite useful for us in the US.
How to Pack a Bike for Shipping
Are you getting a new bike for Christmas? Trading your old wheels for new? Upgrading and reselling? Planning a cycling holiday? All good reasons to want some top tips on how to pack a bike from the experts at ParcelHero!
Over 43% of Brits have a bike, three million of us cycle three times a week or more, almost 800,000 cycle to work every day and over 5billion km are cycled in the UK every year. Bikes can be cheap but are often not. The Trek Emonda SLR 10 2015 Road Bike will set you back a juicy £11K, so looking after it is a must. Even a scratch on the frame will devalue the bike, and the last thing you want is to damage a key component.
Your bike may be a smooth ride but that doesn’t make it the easiest thing to package up and send. And now that airlines are so draconian with luggage charges, cycle enthusiasts are sending their bikes on ahead.
Assuming you are not buying an expensive bike case, which can cost up to £300, here is the smart, safe way to package up your bike. Along with some useful pics we took with our friends at Evans Cycles, here are some tips to reduce the cost of your delivery and ensure your bike arrives in tip-top condition. All you need is a good box, some packing materials, strong tape, a set of allen keys, an adjustable spanner and half an hour.
Brent Thomas is not only into biking, but actively concerned about making streets safer and cyclists more visiable to motorists. He is the creator of the The Bike Wrap, a super bright reflective system for nightime riding and designed to be stylish by day.
Now he’s expanding with a new product that also combines safety concerns and the needs of cyclists.
The commuter gaiter is a wrap around spat of sorts with addresses the annoyance of having to roll up a pant leg or using a velcro leash while also being highly reflective and gets bikers noticed.
Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.
This Saturday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope is the annual spring swap meet known as the NY Bike Jumble.
5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell. Bike people are notorious hoarders and NYC is short on space, an excellent combination for bicycle buyers. You never know what you’ll find.
Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!
Here is the kickstarter of the week: Green Guru presents: The Stand-by Travel Bag System. Modular Pack, Messenger & Kits
By Bryan Beard & Kit Hendrickson
These design students have come up with the ultimate in travel pack:
Here are highlights from their kickstarter campaign:
As design students and as human beings, we have been fortunate enough to see the value and impact traveling can have on our lives. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Recently, our love of travel has run head-on into another aspect of our lives; we are “backpack people.”
After going on a few trips that included air travel mixed with outdoor excursions and unexpected journeys, It has become clear to us that there is a need for a bag that can function just as well in flight as it does upon arrival. So we set out to create the Stand-by travel bag system; a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to the user’s needs. We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets. Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc.
This Is Ground and Priority Bicycles are collaborating on a pop-up project called Daytrip launching in SoHo for the entire month of May. The limited-run retail pop up will open on May 1st at 246 Mott St., at Spring St.
The shop will feature signature products from each brand in addition to limited-edition, co-branded products like the customizable This Is Ground Mod 2 carryall featuring inserts designed to hold bike tools and other commuter necessities.