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Copenhagen bike super highways

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.

Read more here.

Great Urban commuter for sale for #bikenyc

I haven’t done this in the past, but just thought I’d try it as an experiment. Who knows, maybe I’ll start my own bicycle want ads section.

A good friend of mine in Brooklyn NY, is selling her commuter bike and just thought I’d help spread the word.

From Dominique: (the seller)
Vintage frame. Chrome. Made in japan. ~56cm, made for someone that is about 6′ tall. I am 5’6″ and it is a little too big. The back wheel was custom built with an 8-speed Shimano Nexus inner hub with coaster break. The bottom bracket and seat post are basically brand new, the crank is about 1 year old. It’s a wonderful city bike, rides great! It is pictured with my Brooks saddle, which is not for sale. The bike comes with a simple black saddle. The frame has a few dents but nothing major, only cosmetic. I also have a jtek bar end shifter for sale (separate – $60) that is meant for the hub if you would want to put drop down bars on it. I am also willing to sell the bike without the back wheel, or vice versa.


She’s asking 500.00. The internal hub is a real score.

If interested, contact Dominique at:
dominique.caron{AT}gmail.com

Womstreet video contest-best fixed gear video.

Womstreet.com is a new website that hosts contests where participants create videos and then are voted on to win prizes.

There latest is sponsored by Jimmy Johns, gourmet sandwiches.

Check out the best Fixed Gear Biking videos…

womstreet.com/JimmyJohns

11 days to vote for your favorite.

Vintage from Kevin Dillard

Had to post this…From Kevin Dillard photographer mastermind of Demoncats.
Seen on Urbancyclistworldwide.com.

A classic spin on a famous vintage cycling photograph of the Tour de France from the 20’s-“Vervaeke and Geldhol smoked the cigarette.”

and now, alleycat style…

Chrome x IMINUSD new Delta Backpack

We missed the launch party,

but it’s worth noting that two great cycling companies have teamed up to put out one fresh new backpack, perfect for your urban city commute.

Take a great company out of San Jose California, who’s been catering to the freestyle fixed scene for years…
IMINUSD, and add a stalwart of the bag industry, CHROME, and what do you get:

The DELTA BACKPACK

Here’s what Chrome has to say about this limited edition bag:

Our lightweight, bombproof Free Series packs are built for hauling everything from twelve-packs to three ring binders. Flat bottoms and large openings make everything easily accessible. These bags expand up to 40% and feature integrated pockets for your laptop, iPad, and cell phone. Last but not least, our Delta pack features a reflective RiDE logo emblazoned on the front, a (sticker) bombed interior as well as expandable compression flap enclosures with reflective striping.

These are going to be available in limited numbers at our release party, so if you want a chance to grab one, don’t miss next Thursday’s event. With a price point of $120, these are going to sell out fast.

Featuring:

Expandale from 16L to 24L
Compeletely waterproof
Reflective RiDE logo
(sticker) bombed interior
Expandable compression flap enclosures
Lifetime warranty


–If interested, you can still get these bags, directly through IMINUSD, here.

–While were on the subject, for more FSFG from the North California scene, check out SJfixed.org

Wiggin out on Wiggins.

Everyone seems to be getting UK’s Bradley Wiggins fever as his lead in this years Tour de France seems to imply he might be the one to take it all. This makes British fans extremely excited just a few weeks before the olympic games comes home to London starting July 27th, where Bradley is also a sure favorite to take gold.
(image from pedalarepadalare.tumblr.com via TRACKO)

Here is an interview with Bradley from the UK cycling blog, The footdown.co.uk. Back in April he did a collaboration with mod clothing company, Fred Perry and sat down for a chat about his tour ambitions and fashion.

The Bradley Wiggins Interview

Back in April an e-mail dropped into my inbox entitled ‘Fred Perry x Bradley Wiggins – interview opportunity’, my heart started pumping. I opened it and read that Fred Perry wanted to offer me the chance of a face to face interview with someone who is not only one of my favourite cyclists but also a top favourite to win Le Tour de France this year, this was the big time!

What the hell was I going to speak to Wiggo about? Part of me wanted to decline the offer because it was almost too much to even comprehend but I knew that would be stupid. A week later I was on a train to London complete with interviewer’s notebook and Parker pen…

Having never conducted a formal interview like this before I didn’t know what to expect, I wrote down about a million questions on the train because I didn’t want to run out, I had a 15 minute slot which sounded like an eternity, I can’t even chat to my best friends for that long.

(photo seen on: the5thfloor.co.uk )

Read more: here.

Bradley is constantly being questioned about doping given the past history of procycling, and is often frustrated by the barage of reporters line of questioning, especially after winning a 100 mile plus stage race through the Alps.

To address some of this media frenzy, Bradley himself recently wrote an op-ed in the Guardian:

Bradley Wiggins: I can never dope because it would cost me everything
If I took drugs I would stand to lose my reputation, my livelihood, my marriage, my family, my house, my titles …

Bradley Wiggins
guardian.co.uk, Friday 13 July 2012
Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky is the centre of attention before the start of Friday’s stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

There have been a couple of questions asked about doping this week and I don’t feel I’ve been able to give a full answer. I understand why I get asked those questions given the recent history of the sport, but it still annoys me. It’s hard to know what to say, half an hour after finishing one of the hardest races you’ve ridden, when you’re knackered. The insinuations make me angry, because I thought people would look back into my history, the things I’ve said in the past, such as at the start of the 2006 Tour when I turned up for a first go at the race and Operación Puerto kicked off, what I said when Floyd Landis went positive, and what I said when I was chucked out with Cofidis after Cristian Moreni tested positive in 2007.

On the way home after that, I put my Cofidis kit in a dustbin at Pau airport because I didn’t want to be seen in it, and swore I would never race in it again, because I was so sick at what had happened. Those things I said then stand true today. Nothing has changed. I still feel those emotions and I stand by those statements now.

Read more: here.

Affinity Cycles BMX Jam-Saturday 7/14-Weekend Walk

Tomorrow. The Flyer says it all, part of Brooklyn’s Weekend Walks.

Times Up Events

This Week At Time’s Up.

1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 13, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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2. BRIDGES BY NIGHT
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm
All the way east on E 84th Street, Manhattan, at Carl Schurz Park
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3. GREEN OASIS COMMUNITY WORK DAY
Saturday, July 14, 11:00 am
E. 8th Street between Avenues C and D

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4. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 14, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern
Parkway Intersect.)
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5. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, July 15, 11:00am
Ghandi Statue near the South West Corner of Union Square Park
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6. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 8pm-9pm
http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up
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7. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!
See events listing for details.
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!
@nyctimesup

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
www.facebook.com/timesup

Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

Sign up for our volunteer list by e-mailing timesupvolunteer@gmail.com

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS

Friday, July 13, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=brooklyn-critical-mass

Second Friday of every month, meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in
Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road — Brooklyn style!

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2. BRIDGES BY NIGHT
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm
All the way east on E 84th Street, Manhattan, at Carl Schurz Park
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bridges-by-night-ride

The new Uptown edition tours numerous bridges over the Harlem River, the Bronx Kill, and Little
Hell Gate Inlet, with stops in Manhattan, Wards and Randall’s Island, and the Bronx. In addition to
uncovering bicycle access points and taking in stunning sunset vistas, it touches on environmental
issues as overly industrialized waterfronts, highway systems, and damaged marine and shore
ecosystems are viewed.

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3. GREEN OASIS COMMUNITY WORK DAY
Saturday, July 14, 11:00 am
E. 8th Street between Avenues C and D

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=community-gardens

Many of the gardens we have worked with in past seasons have been saved, thanks to everyone lending
a hand! In 2003 TIME’S UP! worked with GreenThumb to help community gardens on the borderline
for future development. In 2004 we focused on gardens in the Bronx. These are great opportunities for
us to actively help make these gardens permanent and have fun gardening. Please come out — everyone
is welcome.

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4. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 14, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern
Parkway Intersect.)
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=moonlight-ride-prospect-park

Second Saturday of the month, every month. This is a safe, peaceful ride that visits many of the little-
known treasures the park has to offer.

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5. PEACE RIDE

Sunday, July 15, 11:00am
Ghandi Statue near the South West Corner of Union Square Park
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=peace-ride

Second Sunday of every month, A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace
sites. We will visit: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz
Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Vet Memorial and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (first
church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans). Bring the kids. Forget about church; come to this
Sunday peace mass for the biking set. Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides.

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6. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 7pm-8pm
http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up

Times Up!, the NYC Direct Action Environmental Organization, now has a show exclusively on
Radiohive. Hosted by Geoff and Keegan. Tune in Sundays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST. Details:
The Time’s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Time’s Up!’s current campaigns. Hosts Geoff and
Keegan will introduce you to the volunteers who are spearheading those campaigns, update you on past
victories, and inform you of upcoming events and ways you can get involved. Come listen to our radio
show, join our bike rides, and volunteer to save the planet!

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7. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets in the Lower East Side, and
NEW IN JUNE: First Street Green, Houston St and 2nd Avenue

MONDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP, 156 Rivington St
Every MONDAY, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP, 156 Rivington St
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

NEW IN JUNE:
FRIDAY BIkE REPAIR WORKSHOP, FIRST STREET GREEN
Every Friday, 6:30pm

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge
TUESDAY BICYCLE RECYCLING AND RIDE
Every Tuesday, 2pm
Come Recycle Bikes with Time’s Up! and Occupy Wall Street Bike Coalition, then go on a fun group
ride at 5pm.

TUESDAY WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.

Race Against the Sun-July 19th

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Dave August of the Red Hook Crit and Trimble Racing is throwing a race where riders will have to beat the remains of daylight.

Here is more from race organizer Dave:
The “Race Against The Sun” is an improtu race based off my favorite training ride. The idea is to leave NYC at 6pm with just enough daylight to make it to Beacon, NY by sunset. The challenge is that if you don’t ride fast enough you are stuck out on pitch black roads resulting in a nerve-rracking crawl to the nearest train station. Throughout the duration of the ride you will see the sun slowly lower towards the horizon. The sun waits for no-one.

Prizes awarded to the top 3 finishers by Trimble Racing and Gage + Desoto. No entry fee. Race at your own risk.

Date: Thursday July 19th
Start Time: 6pm sharp
Sunset: 8:23 pm
Start Location: George Washington Bridge (NJ Side)
Finish Location: Beacon train station
Train back to NYC leaves at 8:57 pm arriving at Grand Central by 10:25 pm

Race route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1418935

Train Schedule.
Sunset Calendar

Video Friday-7/13/12

Happy Friday the 13th! What could go wrong? Why worry about it…watch some great bike videos.

Title: Beastie 1
Seen on: Urban Velo
From Urban Velo:Graeme Obree is still plugging away at his kitchen-made bike to break the bicycle-powered speed record. This video shows his first ride on the machine with the pedal system in place. I don’t know, my expectations of his success were knocked down a notch after watching him struggle and strain with the contraption, despite assuring the cameraman that “it feels great”. I’ll be anxious to see the bike used at a greater speed. Stay tuned.

Beastie 1 (Computer) from David Street on Vimeo.

Title: Tour de Frack
Seen on: Urban Velo
From Urban Velo: Fracking, as many of you know, is a part of the process of extracting natural gas from the Earth. To say it’s become the source of a contentious issue would be an understatement. The Tour de Frack aims to raise awareness of this issue. Check out www.tourdefrack.com

Title: Sue Denim-Bicycle

From Urban Velo: As far as songs about bicycles go, this one from Sue Denim wavers from uber-corny to annoyingly catchy with just a hint of Queen’s “Bicycle Race” to be heard if you listen really, really hard. It might grow on you (or not), but the animation is solid and quite creative. There isn’t much more to it. Bicycle glorification, british accents and some eye candy. Enjoy.

Title: Bike Zambia Fundraiser
Seen on: Urban Velo
From Urban Velo: Granted, this 300 mile ride just ended on Thursday, but the Bike Zambia group is still accepting donations and continuing to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and poverty in Zambia. The stats in the video are quite shocking and I highly encourage you to support this group in any way you can. They are pro-science, pro-prophylactics and not aligned with any religious missionary groups. They are just using their bikes to do good work, period.

You can see photos from their trip on the blog

Title: Wolfpack Hustle. The Midnight Drag Race.
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com
July 28th 2012. We are going legit. The Historic 2nd St. Tunnel in Los Angeles gets shut down for Wolfpack Hustle’s first legally permitted race event. At the core is a precision timed all out bicycle sprint race. Hundreds will attempt to qualify, the top 16 men and women will go head to head bracket style till the dog tags get awarded.

Register now at:.
http://www.WolfpackHustle.com/register

Title: State Bicycle Co.-Valley of the Sun
We went out with some cameras and a few friends and put together this edit. We hope this gives everyone a nice feel on what it’s like to ride in our hometown of Phoenix / Tempe, AZ. No matter where you are we hope you can relate to the great feeling and freedom that comes with riding.

For more info please contact us at: www.statebicycle.com

Credits: Shot & Edited by Tyler Quinn of Ah Dios

Title: “Raindog Days”-Section from my time will tell DVD
Seen on: boombmx.com

Title: Red Bull MiniDome-Sáo Paulo
Seen on: prollyisnotprobably.com

Title:Golden Saddle Cyclery-Babylon Riders
Seen on: prollyisnotprobably.com
From Prolly: Seen on: prollyisnotprobably.com

GSC Babylon Riders from John Prolly on Vimeo.

Title: Trans Europe Express
Seen on: TRACKO

Title: A Manual for Speed- Driveway Time Trail 2012
Seen on: TRACKO

Title: Izhar cardboard bike project
Seen on: Reddit.com/r/bicycle
Source: here.

Izhar cardboard bike project from Giora Kariv on Vimeo.