Here is a poem about the world’s by warrior poet, Kurt Boone: CMWC
by Kurt Boone
Riding on the edge
For big business knows
Who is the fastest bicycle
messenger in the world.
In the Windy City we will see.
Coming from New York City
and other cities
of big business.
It’s not just the race
at 2012 Chicago Cycle Messenger
It’s big fun and games
and the parties won’t stop.
Don’t expect the riders to be slow,
but to be extremely fast. As I write
in my Freitag notepad.
Riding CTA and I know
Michigan Avenue. As we
messengers head over to
Soldier Field to see who
will be number one.
Being a messenger is so much fun.
I’m going to have some on the spot twitter reports from a couple of couriers attending, @Courier429 from Cleveland, Ohio and @JeffPhila out of Philly. Be on the look out for their #CMWC hashtags live from the mayhem.
If you need a good off line bike map of Chicago for your iphone, check out what my buddy, Steve Vance did. He crafted his own map and made it downloadable to be seen off line.
Find out more at the app store.
Now this kind of thing happens everyday in NYC. An altercation, generally leading to a fist fight, between two people on the mean overcrowded streets where respect for fellow citizens seems to be overshadowed by everyone’s…sense of being in a hurry. However, what’s not so common place is capturing it on video, and even more so with great post production commentary as this video provided by what appears to be Casey Neistat. (correct me if I’m wrong)
Casey brought us such great videos as his impression of riding in a newly painted NYC bike lane which has over 5 million views.
Here is Casey’s explaining a recent battle he came upon between a bike messenger and a cab driver. Truly a classic NYC matchup:
Now things aren’t always as they appear which this video clearly demonstrates. Just like I yelled at a guy on the bike path of the Manhattan bridge the other day for what looked exactly like a moped, which he later explained to my embarrassment that it was an electric bicycle.
The cab driver was clearly assaulted and in a strange twist of fate, the NYPD actually let the biker go (or maybe didn’t care to chase after him)
More often, video capturing the moment tends to tell a more truthful story. Now we can’t go around video taping everything on our daily bike rides…or…can we?
Here is a recent story in the NY Times about one Washington State cyclist who used video footage from a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet, to help identify a driver who hit him.
Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents
Doug Mills/The New York Times
By: Nick Wingfield
Published: July 20, 2012
)(photo by: Doug Mills/The New York Times) Evan Wilder, who commutes to his job in Washington, was hit by a driver who cursed at him.
WASHINGTON — When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car.
But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode. After watching a recording of the incident later, Mr. Wilder gave the license plate number to the police and a suspect was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Here are a couple of things I just discovered. My co-worker and cycling enthusiast Dave Anderson and I were conversing on the Ed Koch bridge heading to one of the film stages in Brooklyn. He told me about these interesting races against the clock known as Randonneuring. It involves long distances and is more a mental endurathon then a competitive battle of cyclists against each other. It sounded very intriguing and maybe even more so because I’d never heard of this, not to mention can barely pronounce the thing.
A beginners guide to randonneuring
By: Paul Rozelle
Published: July 17th, 2012
Randonneuring is long-distance, unsupported, noncompetitive cycling within prescribed time limits. The events—called brevets—are 200km (13.5 hour time cut-off ), 300km (20 hours), 400km (27 hours), 600km (40 hours), and 1000km (75 hours). Grand Randonnées are 1200km and riders must finish in 90 hours or less. The original Grand Randonnée, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP), was first held in 1891 and inspired the modern Olympic Games and the Tour de France. There are also populaires, rides longer than 100km but less than 200km, and the flèche, a 24-hour team event.
Brevets are sometimes called randonnées, a word that has no precise English translation, but which is evocative of touring, adventuring, and wandering or rambling. One may also see the word audax in reference to randonneuring. Technically, audax rides are commonpace events where cyclists ride, rest, and finish together at a pace established by a route captain. Audax is roughly translated as “audacious,” which certainly describes riding a bicycle 750 miles!
Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins for winning this years 99th Tour de France. Bradley became the first British rider to win the 3,479km epic race with a 3min 21sec lead over British team-mate Chris Froome after Sunday’s 20th and last stage to Paris.
Here is a piece from Bradley himself in the Guardian, talking about a childhood dream come true.
A childhood dream comes true – now it’s got to be Games gold
Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour de France, on riding up the Champs-Élysées and what comes after.
Sunday 22 July 2012
There is a set of railings, about six or eight of them, just before the entrance to the Place de la Concorde, about a kilometre from the Tour de France finish on the Champs-Élysées. I stood on those railings with my brother and my mum on 25 July 1993 watching the Tour de France go past.
It all went by in a flash, but I spotted Miguel Indurain in the yellow jersey – about to win his third Tour in a row – and Gianni Bugno in the rainbow jersey of world champion.
It was my first sight of the Tour. We’d come over from London for the weekend, gone up the Eiffel Tower the day before, then watched the Tour come into town on the Sunday. I remember thinking how big it was, how huge it was, seeing the riders whizzing past. I never imagined that 19 years later I’d be coming down there in the same position as Indurain.
It sounds cliched, but it’s the stuff of childhood dreams really. It’s what I’ve dreamed of for 20 years but I never dreamed it could become reality.
Title: Poleriders from Above
Seen on: Youtube.com/PoleRiders
Andrew Katzander is the creator of Poleriders, a mobile dance pole on a trike complete with soundsytem and lights. What’s the best way to see this traveling spectacle, besides in person? From above. Here is a high angle shot from this year’s NYC Pride parade. *Note. Due to Youtube’s privacy code, the music had to be changed…You may want to crank some Tech House or YMCA to replace the accepted but not fitting classical.
Title: FABIKE Sliding Dropout System
Seen on: urbanvelo.org
From Urban Velo: FABIKE has an interesting take on the sliding dropout design. Their system allows not only for adjustment of the chain length, but allows you to switch between 120 and 130 mm spacing (or to an optional dropout with a derailleur hanger).
Title: Golden Saddle Cyclery Grand Prix
Seen on: Prolly
From Golden Saddle Cyclery: Golden Saddle Cyclery hosted an amazing day of races to raise funds for the Encino Velodrome. The races consisted of a 3 category Omnium as well as a separate sprint race. Aside from racing, the highlight would have to be the camaraderie and the amazing food prepared by Todd of Burrito Project fame. Golden Saddle would like to thank the racers, spectators and all of our sponsors who donated prizes to help keep this amazing facility open. A special Thank You goes out to Keiron, of Ride The Black Line, for throwing this great event and allowing us to participate. Make sure to make it out to the rest of the summer series going on through out the months of July and August.
Title: Bike DealerCamp 2011
Seen on: allhailtheblackmarkert.com
Where do bicycle retailers and dealers go to talk, ride and discuss the future of the bicycle industry, Bike Dealer Camp. Going on July 24th-26th in Dear Valley Resort, Park City- Utah. Here is a video from last year.
Title: Clit Clips 2
Seen on: Zlogblog.com Rik Anderson,s Clit Clips is back for its second installment and I dont mind the long wait between one and two because this one definitely comes hard. All of your favorite fixed gear dudes plus some guys I dont know getting down. I believe it was mostly filmed in Chicago which has some amazing looking spots and a little Milwaukee too. Watch it a couple times if you know whats good for ya
featuring Murder B, Torey Thornton, Josh Boothby, Shea Hardacre, Tom LaMarche, Mason Willets, Matt Spencer, Mike Dinh, Rik Andreson, Finn Zygowski, Corey San Agustin, Joe Orentas, Julius Carasquillo, Scott Bell, Denis Bejtic, Sam Hanson, and Colin Foster.
Title: Tour De Francis-Documentary
Seen on: Tracko Filmed in May 2012 in Belgium and France for Halfords’ sponsorship of the Tour de France on ITV4.
The TV campaign also includes 24 idents shown throughout the Tours coverage.
Agency / DLKW Lowe – Production Company / Another Film Company – Director Nick Mason
Perhaps we have the food delivery messengers to thank for the rise in popularity of front baskets. I’ve especially seen more of them on fixed gears and other incarnations of the commuter bike.
Regardless of their origin, the front basket is very convenient for storing things especially for quick trips to the store. They definitely eliminate fussing with securing bags to the back rack or attaching panniers.
Front baskets come in two basic options, ones that detach from permanent hardware and ones that stay mounted to your front handlebars.
For those committing to the front basket, one San Francisco based designer has created the BARBASKET which incorporates the basket into the actual shape of the handlebars.
Chris Loumanen has created a pair of handlebars with an extra bar that holds a soft basket.
Here is a bit more about this innovative design from Chris:
The Barbasket is an elegant, functional way to take stuff with you on your bike. Its a handlebar with an integrated basket rim that supports a fabric basket. It holds your stuff snuggly, like a little hammock. And it has a bungeed flap on the top to keep your stuff in when things get bumpy. But the best part about it is that it does all this without looking like an janky add on. It becomes part of your bike.
Don’t look now, but Pure Fix, that company who sent me a free bicycle…
Has just come out with the first GLOW IN THE DARK, bicycle.
Introducing the new KILO.
Comes in 3 Colorways, all $399 (free shipping with code ‘free99’!)
-GLOW frame, Black Wheels
-Standard painted frame, GLOW Wheels
-GLOW frame, GLOW wheels
A variety of GLOW shades to choose from – neon yellow, green, and red glows
ALL 5 sizes: 47cm (XS), 50cm, 54cm, 58cm, 61cm (XL)
The source of this came from the Citibike twitter feed, @CitibikeNYC for those following along.
Streetsblog reporter, Noah Kazis explains more in this article:
Citi Bike Launch Pushed Back From July to August
The city’s bike-share system will launch in August, not the previously announced start date of July, according to the Citi Bike Twitter feed.
Two months ago, city officials announced that New Yorkers would be able to start taking trips on the new public bike system by late July. Now bike-share operator Alta is telling prospective bike-share customers that the launch date will come in August.
Confirmation of the delay came over Twitter, where Alta responded to a number of city residents eager to start riding. “Hi David, thanks for your continued support and interest in Citi Bike! Look for the launch in August,” said one tweet last week. “You’ll be able to sign up for memberships next month,” said another. In another sign that the wait for the launch will extend past July, the Citi Bike team has added a set of public demos to its events calendar, with dates through August 1.
It seems like a fantasy come true, but bike super highways are a reality in Copenhagen as city planners have literally “paved the way” for residents to commute from the suburbs to the city on bicycle. In April, the first of 26 routes opened by city planners in a combined initiative to make this Danish city carbon neutral by 2025. This means the city will have a neutral balance between the amount of carbon it produces and the amount it can sequester or offset, by such miraculous things as people biking to work on a regular basis. Advanced superhighways, with timed lights, areas for rest and comfortable roadways are just the right steps to achieve this type of balance needed to reduce carbon emissions.
There was a recent article in the New York Times along with a short video explaining some of the process this European city is involved with.
Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway
By: Sally McGrane
Published: July 17, 2012
COPENHAGEN — Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump. For some Danes, this is the morning commute.
Susan Nielsen, a 59-year-old schoolteacher, was one of a handful of people taking advantage of Denmark’s first “superhighway” for bicycles on a recent morning, about halfway between Copenhagen and Albertslund, a suburb, which is the highway’s endpoint. “I’m very glad because of the better pavement,” said Ms. Nielsen, who wore a rain jacket and carried a pair of pants in a backpack to put on after her 40-minute commute.