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Strada instagram scavenger hunt race in NYC, 7/14

Saw this one on Doodybrain.com and some flyers in my local bike shop: ON THE MOVE (400 7th Ave-between 12th-13-Park Slope, Brooklyn) They were doing a quick repair job for me.

This looks like a fun event to do with a partner.

the Stada Pedal Pursuit, Saturday July 14th,

A five hour alleycat style scavenger hunt where two person teams take pictures and post them on instagram. $30.00 a team.

More about the event and where to register: here.

“Pedal Pursuit” by Strada Customs is a highly interactive and experiential activation with the format of a point system based scavenger hunt that involves teams of two’s to cycle throughout New York City. An entry fee of $30 per team is required to register for the contest and each team is given a long list of tasks that requires the team to cycle to varied landmarks and locations in New York City and the outer boroughs. Once arrived at the location of the task, a team member must snap a photo of the required task and post it on instagram and hash tag it with #pedalpursuit – the harder task, the higher the points are for the specific task. the Objective is to acquire as many tasks and accrue as many points within a 5.5 – hour period.

All teams will be required to report back to base in order for the staff of Strada Customs to tally up all the points of each team. There will be 3 places for winning teams and along with trophies, prizes will be given out with the grand prize winners to win a Strada Custom bike. Entry fee will also cover free food, a tentative partnership is being build with a local New York City food truck to provide food service for all the contestants and spectators. Along with the free food, all contestants will be given a free branded t- shirt for the event.

can any shoe be a cycling shoe?

Saw this on Urban Velo, and felt compelled to spread the word.

A company in Santa Cruz, California answers the question, “Can any shoe become a cycling shoe?”

Retrofitz.com says…”YES!”

If you are caught in the dilemma of finding cycling shoes too sporty (and expensive) for your average commute or with limited options of anything remotely as comfortable as your favorite sneakers, Retrofitz will add a four hole plate to accept cleats SPD (Shimano), Time (off road models), Crank Brothers and Ritchey clipless pedals.

Here is a blog, www.retrofitz.blogspot.com with lots of photo examples of adapted shoes.

The future of fashion is here…

Pure Fix Cycles hook up!

I got home from vacation to a brand new bicycle!

Pure Fix Cyles sent this sweet track bike, which came practically built in the box. A few tools and I easily put it together.

Now it’s time for a test spin!

Thanks Pure Fix.

Time’s Up 25th Anniversary Party!

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!!!Time’s Up 25th Anniversary PartyTOMORROW!!!

Tickets: xup.charityhappenings.org/

From Time’s Up–
Reminder: Time’s Up!’s 25th anniversary fundraiser is tomorrow, July 3rd from 8pm-Midnight at the Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn!

There will be a free group ride to the party with our famous sound bike: 7pm Union Square North
We will offer free valet bike parking at the door
There will be live music throughout the night by Booboo Danger, Sweet Street Symphony, and Bradford Reed
Charles Komanoff, Wendy Brawer, and Benjamin Shepard will speak about our work
We will serve Two Boots pizza and vegetables, cheese, and smoked fish from NYC farmer’s markets
We’ll auction off the original Time’s Up! Energy Bike from Occupy Wall Street, a Greenmaps tour with Founding Director Wendy Brawer, and a bike decorating session with Nadette Stasa.
We’ll have have historic Time’s Up! gear for sale and one complete set will be raffled (one free raffle ticket with entry, extra tickets $1)
And of course, there will be ample Brooklyn Beer on tap!

Come help us celebrate 25 years of direct action and help fund 25 more!

We hope to see you there, but whether you can make it or not, please make a donation!

Bicycle Film Festival in NYC this week!

Although I am away this week with the family in Cape Cod,

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You should definitely go to:

Bicycle Film Festival-New York City-2012

June 28-July1
Anthology Film Archives
2nd and 2nd New York

From the festival:
This is THE SUMMER OF BIKES in New York City! And the BFF is back!
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR commences in New York for its 12th consecutive year!!

www.bicyclefilmfestival.com

Bicycle Film Festival launches in New York and then will continue to Helsinki, Moscow, Istanbul, Hong Kong, London,
Buenos Aires, Milano and more than 20 other cities.

The film programming this year is stellar. The shorts programs are hugely popular and are not to be missed.

Feature film highlights include the world premiere of the feature length LINE OF SIGHT (Dir. Benny Zenga) by legendary cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle, and SHAY ELLIOT: CYCLE OF BETRAYAL (Dir. Martin Dwan) about Ireland’s first professional cyclist and the incredible events surrounding his career and life.

A little history:
In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, city biking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding.

For the most up to date information:
www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/bicyclefilmfestival
Twitter: @Bffworld

Social networked bicycle rental is here: Spinlister

So what is the Air BnB of bicycle rental? An online social netowrk of a community of people renting out their own personal bicycles to total strangers?

Check out: SPINLISTER.

the Bike Heist-the movie

I always like to promote new bike movies even if there from Canada.

So…

Monday, June 25th in Edmonton, Alberta (that’s Canada) is a screening of new bike movie: THE BIKE HEIST.

Part of the Bikeology Festival and bike month in June. (in Canada)

Here is a message promoting the film:

Greetings Most Beloved + Faithful Heistians,

We’ve dreamed big dreams + made bold promises as we’ve worked our tushes off over the last couple of years to bring you this magical bromance/bikemance film. That’s why we’re SO excited to officially announce that The Bike Heist is no longer coming summertime soon, it’s coming at you summertime NOW.

(pause for uncontrollable fits of glee and a celebratory bike ride around the block)

For those of you here in sunny Edmonton AB, please join us as we celebrate the completion of the film on Monday night (June 25th) at the Metro Theatre (Garneau) at 7pm! This screening is brought to you by the AMAZING Bikeology festival, all for the low low cost of FREE!!!! Now you have absolutely NO plausible reason to miss this hilarious, tragic, and completely unpredictable film about the power of cycling, friendship and carving your own path to happiness. Grab your pals + buds and come kick it with your friendly neighbourhood Bike Heist team. It’ll be a night to remember for all time. Extra ups to all those arriving on bike and/or sporting the sexiest of all clothing: The Balaclava.

For those of you not in Edmonton, stay tuned. Now that this baby is signed, sealed, delivered, it will also soon be yours. If you or someone you know would like to host a Bike Heist screening, please email us for more info. Otherwise, we’ll be updating the site soon with upcoming screening + festival details, new teasers, our official trailer, virtual merch booth, The Official Bike Heist drinking game, AND MORE!!!! SO MUCH MORE!!!!! So keep checking back, and like us on FACEBIKE for the fastest updates in the wild wild west.

It’s June is Bike Month, The Bike Heist has landed… life is good. Come join the fun!

Chat soon,

The Bike Heist Team

June Pride from Timbuk2

Timbuk2 bag company showing Pride:

Every June we launch a product in honor of Pride. This year, we lightened it up so you can wear your pride with whatever you fancy; messengers, backpacks, totes, tutus, or slacks. Our limited edition Pride Strap Pad is made with extra pride in San Francisco. Strap it on to wear your pride. Timbuk2 Pride Product History: In 2010 we launched our first Pride product, a Pride Messenger bag. It lived for two years and this year, was reborn as a Pride Strap Pad.

Find out more: HERE.

Video Friday-6/22/12

Title: Light Wolf-Portrait
By: Ertzui Film
Seen on: Prolly
A portrait of the bicycle’s unsung heroes, wheel builders. Germany’s best, Light Wolf.

LIGHT WOLF | Portrait from e r t z u i ° film on Vimeo.

Title: Ynot: Hell Track V
By: Ynot Cycles
Seen on: Prolly
Toronto’s Ynot cycles host a backyard course freestyle jam every year. Here is a recap from the June 2nd event.

HELLTRACK V from YNOT Cycle on Vimeo.

Title: Fixed Fest Teaser
By: Ishmail Ashland
Seen on: Prolly
FixedFest is an annual event held by Rocket Company. It serves the purpose of providing a platform for the fixed gear community to socialize, interact, coach, learn, perform and unite through good spirits and vibes.
The third Fixed Fest, is really happening. Mark your calendar, it’s July 15th. Consider Fixed Fest 2012 as the last fixed gear event before we hit Ramadhan. Meet friends, deals on pop up stores, munchies at food stalls, and join the competitions and races. Register now!

FixedFest 2012: Teaser (Practice) from Ismail Ashland on Vimeo.

Title: Hit ‘Em in the Mouth-Bike Polo Documentary-Trailer
By: Matthew
Seen on: Prolly
“Hit ‘Em In The Mouth”, a documentary exploring the culture of Seattle Bike Polo, the birthplace of the current polo craze, will enjoy a World Premiere, June 30, 2pm in NYC at Anthology Film Archives. We need your help to get as many people in the NYC area to come see our film.
The movie centers around the dominant figures of the scene, including the father of hardcourt bike polo Matt Messenger, the world champions Team Smile, and the up-and-coming players of the city. Their stories intertwine as we follow the drama through the National Championships and a battle with the city of Seattle for a permanent space to play.

“Hit ‘Em In The Mouth” Trailer from Matthew on Vimeo.

Title: Mishka D.A.R.T. Taiwan 2012 Summer Lookbook
By: SDG Lucas
Seen on: Prolly
Hola Taiwan

MISHKA D.A.R.T. TAIWAN 2012 SUMMER LOOKBOOK from SDG LUCAS on Vimeo.

For Danny MacAskill from Jack
By: Aneriek Favelle
Seen on: Urban Velo
You know that Danny MacAskill guy, who can ride his trails bike on anything…I mean anything. Here is his biggest fan starting to learn some moves, oh yeah and he’s only five.

Title: New York Bike Wars
By: 8 Ave Medium
Seen on: Urban Velo
I’ve always viewed New York as being quite progressive when it comes to urban cycling and bicycle infrastructure, probably due to the heavy messenger influence, but recently I’ve come to realize they have had the same fights to establish that infrastructure every other fledgling city has. I didn’t realize a great deal of their infrastructure (200 miles worth) was put in place between 2007 and 2009, making the urban cycling boost quite new, which means they are also dealing with the same transportation battles the rest of the country engages in. This video gives a quick history of that bike infrastructure development and perspectives of urban cyclists from a variety of sources, some not favorable.

New York Bike Wars from 8avenuemedium on Vimeo.

Title: Denver Cruiser Ride
By: Johnnywetuber
Seen on: Urban Velo
Denver Cruiser Ride meets every Wednesday from May through September for sometimes large, informal riders around town. This isn’t Critical Mass, no conflict desired, just fun. See more at www.denvercruisers.com

Title: Danny Brown-Grown Up -Music Video
By: Scion Av
Seen on: Urban Velo

Title: Made in England
By: Push Projects
Seen on: Tracko
Made in England is a book by frame builders, about frame builders. It takes a unique look at the world of bespoke frame building by showcasing the artisans in England who craft these bicycle frames.

The authors, Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, travelled around the country along with talented photographer Kayti Peschke, to interview the people who are leading this industry. Each artisan shares their methods, their passion, their skills and their quirks. Through these intimate conversations they express what makes them unique in this international art. The book showcases exquisite photography of the frame builders and their working environment, contrasting the raw, rough workshops with sleek images of the beautifully finished final products.

Kayti Peschke, is responsible for putting this film together .

More info…Here!

If I was Mathew Sowter or Ricky Feather, I would have stopped in at Brompton.

Title: Winter Chills at Croydon
By: Daniel Johnson
Seen on: Boom BMX

Title: Flybikes: Welcome to
Matt Roe
Seen on: Boom BMX

Title:Throwbacks Thursdays: Aitken Fit for Life
Seen on: Boom BMX

Coney Island Ride and Variety Show-tonight

Brought to you by Nona of The Birdwheel

Face it. Manhattan is boring. You need some freaks in your life.

Ride leaves 718 Cyclery at 6:45pm. Arrive in time for the Coney Island Variety Show, sunset on the boardwalk,giant pina colada’s with bendy straws, deep fried everything and a group ride back to Brooklyn that will (maybe) get you home at a reasonable hour.

More info at the: Facebook event page.