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Congratulations to Dan Chabanov

Big congratulations to Dan Chabanov (his tumblr site: bondeth.tumblr.com) for winning this year’s Red Hook Criterium.
(photo by: fixthecity.es)

video by Fernando Rivera:

Brooklyn Crit…2012 from Fernando Rivera on Vimeo.

Lock Sock

Quite possibly the cutest new product for bike nerds (like me)
Sometimes your feet need comfort:
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Sometimes your dog:
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But what about your poor u-lock? Out there naked in the elements? Well now thanks to Lock Sock your lock can have a nice cozy.

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The main use of this product is to protect your bike frame from getting unwanted wear and tear, especially with routine lock ups.

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The company was kind enough to send me one of there hand knit sleeves. Thank you. Looks nice in me Reload belt.

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Thanks to Carter Bissell for the modeling.

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I talked with the company about doing a cover for the chain lock and they said its in the works. They have custom options available.

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Less impact on your rear, less impact on the planet.


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.

Stolen Bike: Green Bianchi

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 email-rachelle.mcknight@gmail.com

Bicycle’s famous Habitat

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

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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.)

Read more: here.

Pictures from Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington

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.

Ride to Redhook Crit

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.

#NBS12-Washington Post

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

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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.

Read more: here.

Mr. Weiss goes to Washington

Remember when this guy was anonymous?

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Now that OTHER famous NYC bike blogger the Bike Snob, otherwise known as Eben Weiss, has got a new book, the Enlightened Cyclist.

The Snob is popping over to DC to check out the National Bike Summit and kick off a book tour.

From the snob:

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.

Wednesday, March 21st, he’ll be at

Barnes & Noble
4801 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Noon.

Then over to the:

The Bicycle Space
1019 7th Street North West
Washington, DC 20001

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Then who knows, maybe a pop over to the White House:

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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.

Read more: here.

Any snob sightings or to reach out:

@bikesnobnyc

National Bike Summit, March 20th-22nd

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 carolyn@bikeleague.org.

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:

www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit12/