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Bike sharing is coming to NYC

That’s right! With highly successful programs in Washington DC (Capitalshare) and Boston (New Balance Hubway) Alta bike sharing is going to be a reality here in our town this summer.

They have a newly revised website: nycitybikeshare.com with details about where the potential 600 stations will be set up and a pricing guide for how it’s all going to work.

I jumped on the bandwagon already by setting up a social network site: bikesharesharenyc.com.

This will be a place for people to post their pictures and experiences using the new bike sharing program.

Friday-Ditmas Rides-Tonight

From your host: Rene Netter.

The weather is supposed to be getting much better starting tomorrow. So lets ride this Friday starting at 7 pm. We will meet at the Cortelyou branch of Library. Hope to see everybody soon. Best, Rene.

P.S.: We have a new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ditmasrides/https://www.facebook.com/groups/ditmasrides/

Rydesafe making a seen.

Brooklyn designer Anthony “Tonky” Clune wants to get noticed. He also wants cyclists to be seen so he’s got these great decal packs to dress up your bike to be highly visible to motorists and look like something out of Tron.

Here is a recent article from the Brooklyn Paper and thanks for the interview and shout out.

Red Hook cyclist will make your bike glow in the dark
By: Kate Briquelet
Published: 4/4/12

Brooklyn’s streets would be safer if all of the cyclists looked like extras from “Tron.”

That’s the vision of Anthony Clune, a Red Hook bike rider and designer who has created a reflective armor that transforms two-wheelers into glowing neon rides.
Escapemaker

Bikes decked out in the decals resemble futuristic vehicles ripped from science fiction movies — and they’re certainly more visible to motorists.

“This will keep your brain inside your skull where it belongs,” said Clune, 31, who goes by the name Tonky. “It would be a dream come true if I could prevent an accident.”

Called RydeSafe, Tonky’s diamond-shaped stickers are made from the same heavy-duty decals used on emergency vehicles and they fit on frames, rims, seats and helmets — potentially illuminating more parts of bikes and their riders than lights.

Read more: here.

Congratulations to Tonky for reaching his fundraising goal on kickstarter.

21 cyclists killed last year, yet only two motorist arrests

Reporter Alex Goldmark, from transportationnation.org does an investigative piece on the pitfalls of pursuing criminal charges against motorists who kill cyclists in NYC and the cultural landscape that is often too quick to blame the victim.

Killed While Cycling: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest in NYC
By: Alex Goldmark
Published: 4/8/2012
(A “bike lift” in silence during a memorial ride for killed cylists, March 2012 (Photo by Alex Goldmark)

Last year, 21 cyclists died in vehicle crashes in New York City. But only two drivers were arrested and local district attorneys are hard pressed to cite convictions for cyclist deaths. Instead, they say, cyclists and their advocates don’t understand how tough it is to call a traffic crash a crime.

As far as intersections go, Bowery and Delancey is a pretty big one, eight lanes cross six. It’s never really empty, not even at 1:30 in the morning. It was that time of night about four years ago when Rasha Shamoon was fatally struck there by a Range Rover while riding her bike home.

As is standard procedure in traffic deaths in New York City, the police arrived and treated the intersection as a crime scene. They interviewed the three people in the car, but no other witnesses were mentioned in the police report — several people had called 911 from the scene, but we’ll never know if they saw the crash or not. Police determined Rasha Shamoon caused the crash and let the driver go.

read more: here.

BTB sunglasses giveaway

Wanna look this cool for summer?

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Hey it’s giveaway time here again. Just in time for warmer weather. This time it’s sunglasses courtesy of BTB sunglasses.

We’re giving away a pair of the BTB200 model.

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BTB is a new brand of sunglasses started in part to fund their charity, the BTB Foundation. The mission of their foundation is to assist in the fight against childhood obesity.

You can get more info: here. A portion of every sale on the BTB Sunglasses website goes towards this cause.

BTB makes precession crafted lenses that are complete UVA & UVB protection.

Sporty models for Running and Golf and of course cycling.

These shades are durable. In fact, there bulletproof.

Visit them on twitter: @btbsunglasses.

Speaking of shades…

Ok the first person to give me the last name of this guy:

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And the three years he won the Tour de France in the general classification, wins.

Send to my twitter feed. Good luck!

Bike Check! Bike Check. Critical Mass NYC tonight.

Critical Mass Tonight.

A message from: anon-bikenyc.tumblr.com/

No more fear #AmericanSpring is here!

NYC CRITICAL MASS SPRING BLOOM! OCCUPY ALL STREETS!

7pm Union Square North

Bring lights, bells, whistles, cameras and knowledge of your rights.

Bring beautiful ideas on how to create safety, community and fun in the public streets of NYC. Tonight we gather in proximity of Occupied Union Square, the current front line in our shared battle for a future post-capitalism. Come out and show solidarity! No bike needed, you are free to march!

Expect Us!

Titanium is the new soap bubble maker.

I’ve really been enjoying a copy of Robert Penn’s book and obsession: “It’s All About the Bicycle.” The basic premise is about a rabid cycling enthusiasts search to build his dream bicycle. He travels all over the world to find the best frame, best components and best wheel builders in a quest to find perfection.

It really makes you appreciate the time honored tradition and craftsmanship that is the very fabric of the bicycle industry creating fine quality products, innovated to keep up with cyclists needs, made to the highest level and forged to last.

Take for instance this quote from the book, by Chris DiStefano, the marketing director for one of the top component manufactures in the world, Chris King out of Portland Oregon:

“We don’t do planned obsolescence. We don’t have model years. We don’t change products annually. In fact the 1 inch threaded headset we still sell today is exactly the same model Chris King first started making and selling to friends in 1976.”

Perhaps its this paradigm of fine quality hand made products that has helped the bicycle reach new levels of popularity, a direct backlash to an age of dying manufacturing, cheap labor and products built to last about three years before you have to get the next ipad 7.
Recently I was given a product that truly honors the bespoke bicycle craft. The Campagnolo of soap bubble pipes.

Last week I hung out with the pole riders guy, innovator who brings the fine art of pole dancing to the streets on the back of a pedicab trike with a platform fully rigged with sound system and lighting.

I’ve always marveled at this guy, well to be honest, more about the spectacle he’s created on a bicycle.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to check out his latest creation. We went to his apartment rooftop to blow soap bubbles and talk.
With a nice early spring breeze in the air we reminisced about the good old days of biking in NYC when cyclists weren’t seen as terrorists by the NYPD and motorists basically ignored us because they didn’t feel threatened with their precious space being given to bikers on green paint. Also about city life, fatherhood and bringing our kids to alleycat races.

The we shifted our discussion to design and product building.

He has truly created the greatest pipe I have ever seen and chose to make it out of grade 2 commercially pure titanium.


In a quote from the Riderpipe site: Pure titanium is the ideal material for this application due to it’s strength, lightweight, low thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, non-toxicity, elemental purity and neutral flavor.

It’s also indestructible and like a Chris King headset…it will last for ever! Not to mention won’t break on your ride.

The idea for the design was conceived by old school BMX cranks:

Holding this in my hand, regardless of its application, I really didn’t want to put it down, like those Chinese massage balls or if you’ve ever had a tongue piercing, you just can’t stop playing with it. It’s kind of cool to hold a hand crafted pocket sized piece of titanium.

Another really great feature is the easy clean up which compliments this sleek design. A pointed multipurpose cotton cosmetic applicator found at your local CVS, works best.

The pipe comes with an air tight container and a ballistic nylon sheath, with a belt loop to wear next to your Topeak Alien multitool or leatherman.

The riderpipemiester has only made a limited run of these and the price is in accordance with the materials, and rarity of this great tool. $160.00. But in true bespoke fashion, like an Outlier handmade hoodie or a Cinelli drop handlebar…why skimp on perfection.

You don’t have to be Robert Penn, jet setting all over the world building the perfect bicycle, but if you’re a cyclists who appreciates high quality and fine craftsmanship…this is a must have.

For more info and ordering visit, www.riderpipe.blogspot.com.

*disclaimer: For soap bubble use only! Not intended for any illegal use.

Headsweats-twitter giveaway #bikenyc

Are you tired of having your favorite cycling cap looking all grungy with sweat stains?

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Well there’s a good alternative, a cycling cap made to sweat in.

Presenting, Head Sweats.

No not these guys:

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Athletic headgear made from moisture wicking material to whisk away the sweat and keep you cool on your ride.

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Whether competing in an NYC triathlon or just a trip out to Rockaway for a taco, this may be the best head covering for biking on a hot day.

The company was nice enough to send me a couple of samples just in time for everyones favorite little bike race.

The have an impressive collection of headbands, ball caps, do-rags and cycling style caps. They even make custom work for your team or club.

Here’s a little back story about the company:

Headsweats Perspiration Technology Headwear® was founded in the winter of 1998 by shoe industry veteran and obsessed cyclist, Alan Romick. Frustrated by the perils of heavy sweat blindness, migrating sunscreen, and odd sunburn pattern on his head through his helmet, he set out to develop headgear that worked. Encouraged by the constant feedback within the local cycling community, he took the best attributes of what was available and improved on them. Starting with one product — The Cotton Classic — available at first in just four colors, Alan’s products quietly became elite athlete’s secret weapon around the world, eventually expanding to over 17 different products available in over 140 different colors and styles.

After appearing on a Tour de France rider on the front of the the New York Times sports section, that secret weapon became an open secret and soon Headsweats were running in and winning Ironman Kona, The Head of the Charles Regatta, countless marathons and bike races around the world. With well over a million hats delivered, Headsweats now has more triathlon finishers and podiums than any other headwear company.

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I’ve really been enjoying my “spin city” model and barely even notice I’m wearing a cap. It’s a very light material and breathable. I also like the short brim and compact style.

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I got an extra black TDF hat and want to give it away to the first twitter (@bikeblognyc) response to tell me who won the 1970 Tour de France, my birth year.

The winner must be a follower of my feed and @headsweatsco.
Good luck.

Coming soon: New Amsterdam Bicycle Show

If you don’t think cycling is glamorous and deserving of its own runway fashion show, check out this video by

New York Cycle Chic:

This was a fashion show from last year’s New Amsterdam Bicycle Show which will be making its second debut here in NYC.

The event is becoming the new kickoff to May which we all know is Bike Month.

Here is a press release from this years upcoming event:

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The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show Returns With
Bells & Whistles to Skylight SoHo.
Launches Bike Month NYC and Benefits Transportation Alternatives!

KLM presents Manhattan Media’s 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, bringing together
riders, retailers, brands, artisans and advocates for the East Coast’s
best urban bicycle show of its kind ever!

March 27, 2012 — New York, NY: It’s all about the bike in New York City on the weekend of April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Manhattan Media’s bike-tastic event, The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives In its second year, this event returns, bigger, better and “bikier” to Soho’s chic and bike-friendly venue, Skylight SoHo, in Manhattan. Just as New York City embraces bicycling, improving the urban landscape with hundreds of miles of bike lanes across the boroughs, this new consumer-focused bicycle show will again feature the many nuances of bicycling—from bikes for commuting to racing, transporting and pleasure rides.

T.A. representatives will be on hand this year to provide valet bicycle parking to guests, as well as safe and useful tips for New York City bicyclists. “Nothing showcases New York City’s enthusiasm for bicycling like The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show.

With something for everyone, from the newest bicycle commuter to the most experienced racer, this show truly represents the diversity and scope of bicycling in New York and we’re proud to support it,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is this year’s presenting sponsor, KLM has been recognized for its continuous efforts and initiatives to minimize the company’s impact on the environment. These initiatives include fuel-efficiency as well as its commitment to sustainable biofuels development. KLM and the WWF-NL (World Wide Fund for Nature the Netherlands), entered into a groundbreaking partnership aimed at developing sustainable biofuels and cutting CO2 emissions even further to contribute to climate control. Furthermore, Air France KLM has been a sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 7 consecutive years.

In addition, Amsterdam, well-known as the bike capital of the world, is home of KLM’s headquarters and its global hub at Schiphol Airport. The award-winning airline will be located at booths #35 and #36 in the main room.

Other show sponsors include Raleigh USA, who will be on hand to display their wide range of iconic commuter and road bicycles in booths #37 and #38 and will be giving away a few high-end models at the show; Canadian sponsor Opus Bikes, who will be located in front of Raleigh and KLM in booths #44 and #45; and Vancouver’s stylish Momentum Magazine, a media sponsor and huge inspiration for the show’s spirit, who will tweet and cover the action from booth #34 next to KLM. Bicycling Magazine returns in 2012 to sponsor a seminar portion of the show called BIKELANDIA, that will feature panels, presentations and discussions organized by Transportation Alternatives and Manhattan Media.

The show will take place in the deluxe, 18,000-square-foot Skylight SoHo, run by Skylight Group, the country’s premier event space management firm. Skylight SoHo is a dramatic white space with 20-foot ceilings, a series of spectacular skylights and a long, dramatic corridor that will be home to the show’s “Hall of Handbuilts.” Sponsor Grolsch Lager will present a bike-centric biergarten on the 3,000-square-foot terrace, and the 15,000 square feet of interior space will house the world’s most beautiful bicycles and accessories. Skylight SoHo is an unparalleled setting for The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show and its exhibitors and sponsors.

Jennifer Blumin, Skylight Group President and avid New York City bike rider, says, “Biking in New York has changed the way I perceive and interact with the city. The Skylight Group uses bikes to zip between our venues, which span across the city and to Brooklyn. There is no better way to get around, keep a clear head and think about this tremendous city in which we live and work.”

More than 6,000 cycling enthusiasts are expected during the weekend that kicks off Bike Month NYC to shop, hear what the experts have to share, meet bicycle makers, watch films about cycling and gear up for another season of touring the city by bike. Local and national exhibitors and sponsors from the United States, Europe and Asia will fill the show’s 70-plus booths. Participating are local New York specialty bike shops like Adeline Adeline, Bicycle Habitat, Hudson Urban Bicycle, Rolling Orange Bikes, Ride Brooklyn, Echelon Cycles, Al’s Cycle Solutions and Paragon Sports. To see a complete list of this year’s exhibitors, please visit:
newambikeshow.com/exhibitors.

Event highlights include:

• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is organizing a Grand Prize raffle of a pair of round-trip economy class tickets from New York to Amsterdam, followed by First Prize, a KLM-branded traditional Dutch bicycle. Show attendees are invited to register for the drawing at the KLM booth, located at booth spaces #35 and #36 in the main hall. In addition, attendees visiting the KLM space will discover an entertaining KLM photo booth that captures great pix which guests can take home or send electronically to friends and family.

• Grolsch’s Biergarten. Famous for their Dutch lager, Grolsch Beer will be pouring complimentary pints for two days in their very own beer garden. Setting up shop in the bike-centric back terrace, Grolsch will create their spin on a biergarten under a tent with communal tables and chairs for all. Attendees can relax and enjoy a nice, cold lager while taking in the world of bikes around them.

• BIKELANDIA, sponsored by Bicycling Magazine, will feature authors and experts leading presentations and panels. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, Bicycling Magazine contributor and Guardian editor Matt Seaton will discuss NYC’s “Bike Lane Backlash” and the critical issue of cyclist behavior, based on his feature in Bicycling’s May issue. New York’s own beloved author/blogger Bike Snob NYC will speak about his new book, The Enlightened Cyclist, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Film critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Hollywood Rides a Bike Steven Rea and Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bike Works and author of Just Ride will also discuss their new books. Ben Fried, the Editor-In-Chief of Streetsblog, will share the inside scoop about how Streetsblog makes an impact through effective advocacy journalism. Clarence Eckerson Jr., founding Director of Streetfilms, will show a selection of videos from Streetfilms’ 450-film collection and share secrets to making NYC a world-class biking city. Other speakers (TBA) from advocacy groups, bicycling publications and bicycle makers will also be in attendance. To read our online updates please visit http://newambikeshow.com/updates.

• The “New York Ride Style” fashion show returns and delivers stylish fun and finds from all over the city and globe. It’s a star-studded event full of spring and summer’s latest bike gear for natty urban cyclists.

To purchase tickets, visit: newambikeshow.com. Tickets are $15 in advance online and at select exhibiting bike stores. Tickets are $20 at the door both days of the event. One ticket is good for admission on both days.

SECURE BICYCLE PARKING: T.A. representatives will be on hand to provide valet bicycle parking to guests.

For additional images from our 2011 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show visit:
newambikeshow.com/press/#photos.

Donate to Krys

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Krys Blakemore is a great bike mechanic and an artist, working over at 718 cyclery. She was recently hit by a car and suffered a broken leg, making it impossible for her to work.

Her boss, shop owner Joe Nocella, is taking up a collection. Here is more info by Joe:

On March 15th, Krys was hit by a car here in Brooklyn. After major surgery, she is unable to walk, work or ride her bike. Her rehab period will be extensive, but a full recovery is planned.

Krys was 718 Cyclery’s first employee, and is the kind of person who would help others at a moment’s notice. She is also the kind of person who would never dream of asking for help…

I am not that kind of person…please donate what you can to help offset the costs of her not being able to work.

To donate: www.gofundme.com/i0zqc