Cranksgiving, November 17th

It’s not to early to start thinking about NYC’s most amazing charity race:

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There are 18 Cranksgivings happening this year. More of them will pop up in the next month or so, but here’s the list so far:

Oct 6:

Nov 3:

Nov 4:

Nov 10:

Nov 17:

Nov 18:

100th Tour De France announces it’s route for 2013 race.

Ok, maybe you’re completely turned off to international pro cycling since Lance has been found out to be a big fat cheater…but for those still interested…

Here is an article from Bicycling Magazine about next year’s 100th Tour de France and their announcement of the race route.

Cycling Looks to the Future After Armstrong Affair
PARIS, Oct 24, 2012 (AFP)

Cycling on Wednesday sought to move on from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal as leading riders urged fans not to give up on the sport and Tour de France organizers unveiled the race route for its historic 100th edition.

Two days after world cycling authorities wiped clean Armstrong’s results back to August 1998, including his record seven Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, details of a grueling 3,360km course were announced of the race that the disgraced US rider dominated.

Next year’s Tour, which starts for the first time on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, includes a twin climb of the monster Alpe d’Huez and an unprecedented sunset finish on the sweeping Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris.

Read more: here.

Philly Bike Expo-October 27th & 28th

Back again, Philadelphia’s largest bicycle expo yet…

Location: 23rd Street Armory, 22 South 23rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Go here for location on a cool google map.

NYC’s own BikeSnob will be eloquently enlightening about bicycle culture at a seminar, Saturday October 27th from 11:00am-11:45am in Griffin Hall.

Goodbye to a kind soul. Cyclist Danny Lieberman

Danny Lieberman with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at this year’s Five Boro Bike Tour.

I meet Danny a dozen times on rides, street memorials and throughout the bicycle scene. He was a warm kind-hearted soul and I was saddened to find out he recently passed away from leukemia. Here is a beautiful remembrance by Charlie Komanoff, posted on

Remembering Danny Lieberman, a Gentle Force for Better New York Cycling
by Charles Komanoff
October 22nd, 2012

Before Streetsblog, there was “ebikes.” Since the early 1990s, this listserv has been a digital village square for New York-area bicycle riders — the place where cyclists share info on routes, gear, events and politics — and an incubator for change as well.

Danny Lieberman, the listserv’s beloved founder, moderator and guiding spirit, and a mainstay of the 5 Borough Bike Club, died last Friday. He was 52. Danny was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and hung in as long as he could. Two fellow 5BBC’ers, Ed Pino and Liz Baum, helped care for Danny in his last weeks, and many of us got to see him before the end.

Read more: here.

Lance speaks out

Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Here is a hilarious mock retort supposedly from Lance Armstrong on the day he is official stripped of his seven tour titles. If only this were truly from Lance.

A Message from Lance
October 18, 2012
Posted by John Bailey Owen

“Last August, I took advantage of an offer from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be automatically stripped of my Tour de France titles by refusing to defend myself against doping charges. Disappointed as I was to see the government’s anti-success bureaucrats tearing apart the Constitution at great cost to the taxpayer, I was relieved to have finally freed myself from the demonization that my astounding triumphs inflicted on me.

But with the release of the USADA’s new report, which alleges that I was a “doping kingpin” throughout my career, I see how foolish I was. The agency’s offer was nothing but a honeypot, cynically designed to make the idea that I doped seem almost potentially plausible.

This new two-hundred-and-two-page document is filled with lies, each more ludicrous than the last. Lies about me forcing teammates to dope, lies that I threatened witnesses and their families, even lies suggesting that I thought the International Cycling Union was “somewhat at fault for the extent of my cancer,” so, “if I ever have a doping problem, I have this card to play.” With whoppers these large, one can imagine the USADA letting loose even more outrageous ones in the future. Maybe some stuff about chimp hormones, or chimp pituitary glands. A secret, poorly run chimp farm on my villa in Nice, and the like. Loose chimps sent to terrorize enemies. But again, I just said those would be lies. So let’s agree, right now, to not pay attention to those. Deal? Deal.”

Read more: here.

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

Continue reading Video Friday, 10/19/12

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
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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