Video Friday, 10/19/12

Videos! Yeah. To help with the doldrums of Friday.

Title: Crosstown Couriers
Seen on: Urban Velo
Rudy Gonzalez of Cowtown Couriers was featured in Urban Velo #33′s feature story, Pushing Beyond The Envelope about the changing face of the bicycle courier industry. This video was shot to show the Cowtown Courier direct to consumer food delivery service in action, adding some video context to the story and looking nothing like the typical image of legal documents being rushed here and there in downtown traffic.

Cowtown Couriers from BBG Kansas City on Vimeo.

Title: Taliah Lempert
Seen on: Urban Velo
If you’ve been in the urban cycling scene for any time at all, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across some of Taliah Lempert’s bicycle paintings. Her work has adorned magazine and book covers, gallery walls and more. Lempert is commissioned to paint people’s individual rides, which she keeps in her studio as she works on them instead of painting from photos. She says a painting might take her a couple weeks to finish as she painstakingly reproduces the rides in her style.

See more of her work here.

Title: Lance Armstrong Nike Parody
Seen on: Urban Velo
I guess Radioshack won’t be asking me to donate a dollar to livestrong any more when I buy cheap electronics. Looks like sponsors like the shack and Nike have pulled the plug on their now disgraced hero, Lance Armstrong, since the recent US Anti-doping Agency has labeled him a “cheater.” Urban Velo reminds us of this parody video that rings more true than ever.

Title: Rising From Ashes
Seen on: Urban Velo
“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
For more information visit:

Rising From Ashes from T.C. Johnstone on Vimeo.

Title: Nelson Vails Documentary Teaser
Seen on: Urban Velo

Title: Biketoberfest in Buffalo
Seen on: Urban Velo
Bikes, Beer, Music, Party. That about sums it up. In case it’s not clear from the video, “Rusty Chain” is a beer specifically designed/brewed by local brewer Flying Bison to raise money and awareness for local cycling. Check out

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Halloween! Critical Mass and Time’s Up Style 2012

It’s on! Time’s Up annual Halloween Party and Fun!-draiser right after the always festive and costume themed Critical Mass.

This year the party is at the Brooklyn space (99 S. 6th St.-Willy B)

With superstar biker and DJ DJ Fake Money and featuring No Way Josie:

Ride Brooklyn opens a second shop

In bike shop news:
Ride Brooklyn in Bergen street is opening a second location right on the bike path on Kent Ave. (Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn)

Here is a flyer from their upcoming store opening party:


New Bike Shop in Red Hook

Just saw this in Brownstoner,

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!


Video Friday-10/12/12

Title: Converse Office Fixie
Seen on:

Converse Office Fixie from benandjustin on Vimeo.

Title: Inside Performance United
Seen on:
A behind-the-scenes look into one of the most successful multi-national
velodrome cycling programs in history.

Performance United has helped over 5 countries win 3 Olympic Medals,
and 17 World Championship Medals. This brief portrait gives an intimate
look into the strategy behind these results.

Title: Bicymple, the Bicycle Simplified
Seen on:
A short video featuring the bicymple. Designed and built by Josh Bechtel in Bellingham, WA, USA. Learn more at

Title:Cadence Winter 12 Collection: Purpose Perplex
Seen on:
Audio/Visual lookbook for Cadence Winter 12 Collection: Purpose Perplex
Lookbook Slideshow:
Music: Silian Rail |
Photos: Full Frame Collective |
Riders: Dustin Klein, Andrew Low, Bryan Novelo

Title: Ben Hennon-BMX Edit
Seen on:

Title: Bike to Work
Seen on: Urban Velo

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: Massan
Seen on: Zlogblog

Title:Torey Thirnton BB17 Bone Drone

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

New Book: Heels on Wheels, for the Ladies

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

20121011-172804.jpgElizabeth 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.

Read more: here.

18th annual Halloween Alleycat race

Wednesday, October 31st
Felipe “the King” is throwing this NYC classic.

Starts at the NYC Chrome store-238 Mulberry Street-Manhattan.

20121011-140103.jpgflyer art by: Greg Ugalde

Search and Destroy-Scavenger Hunt 10/13/12

Saturday, October 13th
Search & Destroy a crime scene scavenger hunt.

Read more at the facebook event page.

Red Hook Crit-Milano 2012

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.



Zipments NYC-new startup, new twist on bike courier biz.

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
20121011-113255.jpg 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.

Read more: here.