Here is the latest in eco-friendly saddlery. A new line from Selle Royal called Becoz. Now your rear end receives less impact thanks to an innovative corkgel technology (made from bio-sourced polyurethane gel) and there is less impact on the planet due to the conscientious choices made in materials.
Big thank you to Selle Royal for sending two seats for me and my wife. I’m about to hook this up to my bike and will be back with my full review.
Just got a sad email from Rachelle McKnight about her stolen Bianchi.
I am a very recent victim of bike theft in Astoria.
The bike was a mint green 1987 Bianchi racing bike with black tape
around the handle bars. Components were shimano. It was stolen in
broad day light in front of Kaufman Astoria Studios from a bike rack
in front of a heavily trafficked entrance. It was chained with a
heavy-duty square nylon wrapped chain lock. It is a small bike–I am
5’5 and it fit my frame perfectly. Unfortunately, it was a family
heirloom and I am very sad to see it go.
I had a picture of it but I recently (stupidly) cleared off a ton of
photos from my computer and it was one of the ones to go.
Any help would be appreciated!
Any information, please firstname.lastname@example.org
The celebrity chic relationship of Hollywood and bicycles goes far beyond an occasional sighting of a famous person riding through New York City. There’s been a long history of bicycles being advocated by the famous set.
Here is a recent New York Times article that looks at how one bike shop on Lafayette Street in Manhattan has been a hub for celebrities even though it’s founder couldn’t tell a B list actor from a Lady Gaga.
Where the Famous Shop, Cycling is the Cause Célèbre
By: Christine Haughney
Published: March 21st, 2012
Photo caption: Charlie McCorkell, a founder and the owner of Bicycle Habitat, is teased for his obliviousness to stars. “I’m sort of face blind,” he said.Photo by: Andrew Burton
On any given day, you might see Jake Gyllenhaal. Or Matthew Broderick or David Byrne. David Beckham has been said to swing by, just for some much-needed air.
This particular celebrity haunt is not some chic restaurant or new-age health spa in New York; it is, of all places, a bicycle shop in SoHo, where John Mayer bought a Langster, and David Lee Roth got his red Bianchi repaired.
But unlike some other celebrity haunts, fame has few privileges at the shop, Bicycle Habitat. Its owner, Charlie McCorkell, would not know Lady Gaga if she wrapped a tire rim around his neck. (Actually, Lady Gaga has been to the store, and true to form, Mr. McCorkell did not know who she was — even though she was dressed in little more than spike heels and a tissue-thin leotard.)
It’s stump time on the hill and people from across the country are rallying in Washington DC to push for legislation. Cyclists of the US are urging for more funding for bicycle related infrastructure and cyclo-cross champion, Tim Johnson rode to DC to raise awareness.
Here is a few pictures and information from loyal reader: Jacob Shields.
Jonathan Browning (L-in blue), president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Tim Johnson (center), six-time cyclocross champion and Bruno Maier (R), vice president of Bikes Belong
The second annual Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington concluded today in Washington D.C. after a grueling 500 mile ride from Boston to raise awareness of cycling initiatives. Over 100 riders joined the official participants to pedal the last miles to the Capitol. Participants, including President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, Tim Johnson, six-time cyclocross champion, and Bruno Maier, vice president of Bikes Belong, pedaled through Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore before reaching the National Bike Summit raising $90,000 for Bikes Belong Foundation. At the conclusion of the ride, participants signed the peopleforbikes.org pledge, aiming to collect one million signatures to improve the future of bicycling.
Alex Barouh, racer and mechanic, wanted to send along this message. There will be group rides to Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium, sponsored by Brooklyn’s own bike shop extraordinaire: Ride Brooklyn.
*Check the flyer for details.
An article on the National Bike Summit in the Washington Post:
National Bike Summit: Cycling advocates headed to Capitol Hill
By Ashley Halsey III,
Published: March 19th, 2012
The annual National Bike Summit convenes in Washington this week, with threats to government funding for bike and pedestrian programs leading the agenda.
“They want to pick on bike funding as an issue in which they’re going to draw a line in the sand,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which hosts the summit. “We think it’s perverse and we’re not sure why we are in the crosshairs, but we are and we’re responding in kind.”
In an era of austerity in Congress and state capitals, mandates that a fraction of federal funding be spent on bike paths, bike lanes, walkways and pedestrian bridges have been called into question by those who advocate putting scarce resources into highways and bridges.
The time has come for me to start flogging my new book in person. In fact, as you read this, I am making my way down to Washington, DC with my hobo bindle over my shoulder and my mangiest dog for companionship.
Then who knows, maybe a pop over to the White House:
This may be as epic a visit as this one:
Here’s a little piece from the DCist:
Eben Weiss might be the self-titled “Bike Snob,” but the author of the wildly popular cycling blog Bike Snob NYC is anything but snobbish when it comes to his personal approach toward riding a bike. Rather, the snobs in question are fixie-fetishizing hipsters, the would-be racers in the too-tight spandex shorts and jerks who don’t obey helmet or traffic rules.
Next week in Washington DC, the League of American cyclists presents the National Bicycle Summit, a three day lobbying effort to fight for national policy to include bicycles in the transportation agenda of the US.
Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2012 — American transportation is in the midst of a revolution. In cities across the nation, residents are bicycling in record numbers and innovative programs, like public bike sharing systems, are transforming the travel habits of millions of Americans.
This week, more than 800 cyclists from 49 states will flood the halls of Congress to share their stories and show policymakers that bicycling is an important transportation option for a growing and powerful constituency.
Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, the 2012 National Bike Summit convenes as Congress considers how to spend billions in taxpayer dollars on the future of our transportation system. Bicycling represents a popular, equitable and growing mobility option that creates jobs, cuts healthcare costs and protects American families from skyrocketing gas prices.
In 2011, bicycling was the second most popular outdoor activity in America by frequency of participation.
The number of Americans who commute to work by bike grew by 48 percent between 2000 and 2010.
70 percent of U.S. residents say having bike lanes or paths in their community is important to them.
“We are witnessing an exciting shift in transportation that is reinvigorating our city streets as vibrant public spaces that promote health, economic development and a sense of community,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The nearly 800 participants at this year’s Summit are just a drop in the rising tide of Americans who are using their bikes for transportation or recreation.”
Right now, the stakes for American cyclists are high: The current federal transportation bill expires on March 31 and the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to eliminate funding that helps local communities build bike lanes and programs that help children bike to school safely. On Thursday, Summit participants will visit Capitol Hill and tell their members of Congress that bicycling is a fundamental and growing part of the American transportation system.
To interview participants from your city or state, please contact Carolyn Szczepanski, League Communications Director, at (816) 509-0774 or email@example.com.
The National Bike Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on March 20 and 21, and moves to Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 22. See the full agenda at:
The Enlightened Cyclist, new book from the bikesnob.
The The Bike Snob is at it again, another irreverent critical and bitingly witty insight into the world of cycling. No ones does it better, writing about salmoning in bikelanes, dooring, being too ultra chic in spandex for your own good. Check out the latest trailer to Eben’s follow-up book.
The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations—careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few. In this follow-up to the best-selling Bike Snob, BikeSnobNYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people? From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, this primer on bike travel is a must-read for cyclists new and seasoned alike.
BikeSnobNYC (a.k.a. Eben Weiss) is the blogger behind bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, a massively popular cycling blog. He also writes a monthly column in Bicycling magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A little op-ed piece from the ParkSlope Patch:
The Unnamed Bicycle Column: The Chosen Commuter
We talk with Bike Snob NYC about his new book, “The Enlightened Cyclist”
by: Keith Brown
I had for once remembered to bring my camera on a recent ride through town. There were some offbeat landmarks I wanted to get photos of for work, but I almost never remember to bring the blasted camera with me.
Today I did. And so pleased with myself for remembering to bring it, I nearly rode past one of the landmarks I wanted to shoot. As I stopped on the side of the road, rather abruptly, I noticed another cyclist up the road a piece heading in my direction.
I pulled out my camera, snapped a couple of quick shots and jammed the thing back into my side pocket. Right about this time, the other cyclist approached on the opposite side of the road. He was slowing down.
“Hey, you okay over there?’’ he asked.
“Yeah, fine,’’ I said. “Just taking a picture. But thanks!’’
A few miles later, a guy in a silver Honda Accord cut me off at a stoplight so he could make an illegal turn. I couldn’t tell exactly what he was saying inside his climate-controlled cockpit as he passed just inches in front of my front wheel, but I got the feeling he wasn’t all that concerned about my well-being.
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The sometimes palpable tension between cyclist and driver as each vie for slices of the road is among the topics in Eben Weiss’ new book: “The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers And Other Obstacles On The Path To Two-Wheeled Transcendence.”
Weiss, better known by his online moniker “BikeSnobNYC,’’ since 2007 has run a blog by the same name, where he deconstructs and frequently lampoons bicycle culture while detailing the perils of bicycle commuting in New York. He also writes a column for Bicycling magazine.
After a hard day of make believe (working on the set of CBS’s Unforgettable) that last thing I want to deal with is the reality of having a flat tire for my bike commute home. Thanks to Jim Walls and his simple yet effective invention, the routine tire change has become even easier.
Introducing the Cobra Tire Tool.
This is a super light (.5 oz), indestructible tool designed as a better answer to your average tire lever.
So you got your flat tire, like I did tonight.
Insert the curved lever part in between the tire and the rim. The tool is guaranteed for life and won’t damage your rim, tire or super custom paint job you did with a rattle can last week.
Now flip this bad boy over…(with your bicycle turned over on it’s saddle, wheels up)
The other end is an inventive hook which locks onto your front fork and as you spin the tire, it separates the tire from the rim, thus using the force of the turning wheel. You will have to finagle the cobra tool between the front brake, but after, it makes tire removal a snap, regardless of how tight it is.
Here is a video with a little more visual explanation:
Creator, Jim Walls has over 20 years experience in the commercial tire industry and wanted to create something to deal with the frustration he was seeing friends and co-workers use to change a tire. A lifelong resident of Bloomington, Indiana (home of the little 500 bicycle race–remember Breaking Away?) Jim has come up with a nice product and reinvented the wheel, well the wheel removal, well tire removal.
Jim was super kind to send me one of these and it’s now a permanent fixture in my tool pouch.