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Skill Share-Organize (legal) Rides in NYC-tonight

Nona Varnado, cycling fashion designer and blogger at The Birdwheel is hosting a skill sharing tonight on how to organize a (legal) bike ride in NYC.


Where: Red Lantern Bicycles (Bicycle-Brew-Know How)
345 Myrtle Avenue, between Adelphi and Carlton. Brooklyn.

When: Wednesday, Bike Month-May 23rd, 2012

More about the event:

Just in time for Summer learn how to successfully organize large and small group fun rides. We’ll go over the best routes for safe and easy bike lane navigation, NYC legal requirements, local resources, how to avoid mechanical trouble, creative themes, safety tips, best promotional options for good attendance and more.

Red Lantern is Brooklyn’s original Bike Cafe, who will have coffee, tea, beer and goodies available during and after class for socializing with other future ride organizers!


One more from the bikejumble

I forgot to mention another cool booth set up at the bike jumble last weekend.

Brooklyn’s own is silk screening t-shirts based on vintage cycling posters from a by gone era. Pete, the designer, has put a few twists of his own using traditional printing like a Warhol soup can.

I’m partial to the Valkyrie looking: the Liberator! In men and woman styles.

After all, cycling is liberating.

Here’s a little more about their designer Pete:

I am a small, independent T-shirt company operating out of historic Red Hook, Brooklyn. Having built up my first label, Live Poultry Industrial Clothing, into a distinctive line of designs that celebrate the industrial landmarks and icons of Brooklyn and the five boroughs, I decided to create a second line of t-shirts at an affordable price that exemplifies the fun of cycling.
Hence, The Cyclery was born. Hope you like it!

Cool shirts Pete. I dig them.

Rumble in the Jumble

I briefly popped over to the 4th annual Bike Jumble this Saturday and was blown away with how big it’s gotten. Thanks to organizer Harry Schwartman, NYC’s premier swap meet for bicycles, parts and clothing has almost tripled in size with booths and sellers extending down the dead end street next to Park Slope’s old stone house, into a handball court. There is some vending here from established bike sellers and shops but the heart and soul of this event is individuals selling their stuff, vintage frames, shoes, cranks…we all know cyclists are akin to hoarding. This is really what makes the jumble so great, it’s kind of like live and direct craigslist.

Definitely a bright future for this event:

Great place for clothing…socks, hats and jerseys.


Your almost garunteed to find something you think you need and like this sign says:

It’s about making an offer. Sweet Rolf rims.

There are also pretty good collections of used and vintage bikes at affordable prices.


There is a good chance you’ll find some succulent vintage road frames along with their sellers who have great stories about each frame.



Black label was in the house rocking some great mutant creations, like a tandem tall-bike.

Some of their members are planning a cross country tall-bike journey back to the Mother Ship…Minneapolis.

Here’s DJ Dirty Fingers swapping parts and beats.


20120521-171342.jpg(taken from @NYCmesskings)

More cool frames:

Vespertine NYC was their with reflective fashions.

20120521-172620.jpg(picture from @cleverhoods)

Also the new bike shop in Bed-Stuy was there:
Bicycle Roots 1078 Fulton Street.



If you missed it, hoard your stuff. This is a great place to buy and sell.

Congrats to @RBDBGA winner

Congratulations to @Courier429 for winning the

20120521-141935.jpg (@RBDBGA) twitter
T-Shirt giveaway. David S. will be rockin this in his hometown of Cleveland, getting awesome.


Be on the lookout for more twitter giveaways…coming soon.

Biking culture, LA style.

For such a car obsessed place, the California mega city of Los Angeles has a thriving and active bike culture. Dozens of group rides can be found for all interest levels from Santa Monica to downtown. There is also a strong political force where the city council passed a law requiring motorists to give cyclists room three feet of space on the road. I’ve always kept a close eye on LA and watched its progression along with really great blogs like: BikinginLA, TakeoverLA, wolfpack hustle and of course, trackosaurusrex.

I mean look at their police force:
(cake anyone?)
20120521-131829.jpg(Rider spotlight of Officer Gordon Helper from the Wolfpack Hustle.)

I mean bike cops aren’t necessarily your friends but it gives them a better understanding vs our NYPD who show up at your bike accident, after being hit by a car and give the cyclists traffic violations, if they do any investigation at all.

Here is a recent article about LA’s bike scene from the NY Times, covering the politics and the fourth annual CicLAvia, which attracted over 100,000 riders.

Los Angeles Lives by Car, but Learns to Embrace Bikes.

photo by: Monica Almeida/The New York Times
Photo Caption: The fourth annual event, which closed 10 miles of Los Angeles streets to car traffic, drew nearly 100,000 bicyclists.

By: Adam Nagoyrney
Published: May 19th, 2012

LOS ANGELES — It was a warm April morning in downtown Los Angeles, and there was not a car on the road. For five hours, the streets were commandeered by nearly 100,000 people on bicycles — old and young, wearing spandex and silly hats, dogs and babies perched on handlebar baskets — in a celebration that produced a sight that once would have seemed inconceivable in this city of cars.

“Bike ridership is up dramatically in L.A.,” the mayor said.
It was the fourth time this city closed its streets for the event known as CicLAvia, and it was the largest one yet.

These days in Los Angeles, there are midnight bike rides, East Side bike rides, women’s bike rides and nude bike rides rolling out nearly every day. In the past 18 months, close to 40 miles of bike paths and lanes have been created across the city and the City Council passed a measure to prevent bicyclists from being harassed by motorists.

Read more here.

Villy Custom Crusiers 2012

Checkout Villy Custom Beach Cruisers. You can design your own color scheme. How Fashionable!

Here’s a little promo video:

Villy Custom beach cruisers are a fun new fashion trend and a great way to get around town or beach in style.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your friends :) and make sure to tune in to Shark Tank to view our segment on May 4th!

Shark Tank?!

Check out this story:

Bike to work day: Video Friday.

I’m in a construction lift, 80′ off the ground working on lighting for White Collar, here in lovely Yonkers…



So this gives me time to plunder a bunch of other bicycle blogs for another random edition of: Video Friday!

Title: Giro reverb session 1: Artist Chris McNally Rides San Francisco.
From: Urban Velo
Here’s a short video that tells the story behind the Giro ad in Urban Velo #31, It’s a profile of artist Chris McNally, who has done work for Puma, Levi’s, Ibis Cycles and more.

Title: How a bicycle is made.
From: Urban Velo
Let’s kick off the week of Bike to Work Day (5/18/12) with this simply awesome video that is what the title says, “How a Bicycle is Made”.

Part of me thinks I’m about to watch a Tom & Jerry cartoon and another part is waiting for the MST3K silhouettes to pop up and start delivering witty snark. But really, it’s just an incredibly fascinating and detailed video from 1945 that shows questionably young workers putting bikes together with “bracket pieces” and makes me wish for ye days of olde when the bike industry necessitated seemingly endless rows of warehouses to keep up with the demand.

Do you think this is how they do it in Taiwan today?

Title: Ninja Horny.
From: Urban Velo

Title: The Last Kilometer.
From: Urban Velo
A clip from The Last Kilometer, an upcoming film following cycling through five characters and five stories. From what I can see and have read, I’m going to like this film.

Title: Garage Race 2012
From: Urban Velo
Racing in a parking garage seems like a great time and a terrible idea all at the same time, though this one at least seems to be in a garage without any cars popping up unexpectedly.

Title: Boikzmoind DVD
From: Urban Velo
Videos about fixed gear bikes are a dime a dozen, so it takes something a little extra to make yours stand out. The folks in Bristol did just that when they put together this beautiful piece of work for a 30 minute documentary about fixed gear riding in the Bristol area called Boikzmoind. Instead of just releasing the video they also crafted a 95 page book to complement it, using screenprint and digital printing processes to bring it all together. The video looks to be shot with equal attention to detail, mixing standard philosophical waxings with a good dose of humor (what’s up with that bunny?!).

The package will run you $47 and you can purchase it here.
More shots of the book are here.

Title: Courier Culture
From: Urban Velo
A short film about the courier culture in Washington D.C.

Title: Spy Tour of California: Matthew Busche
From: Tracko
The California based eyewear brand Spy built this unique commercial to be a playful expression of its youthful, irreverent point of view by bringing an action sports approach to road cycling, as well as sending a “Youth Against the Old Guard” message. The idea was born of this: Matthew Busche—Spy athlete and 2011 U.S. National Road Race Champion—trains a lot. To be the best requires tremendous focus and hard work—which equates to pain. To get through it, Busche says his mind drifts in and out of daydreams. Told through the prism of Busche’s daydream, viewers journey with him as he imagines himself hitting the alluring trails of California’s coastal mountain ranges and doing some crazy stuff on a bike strictly built for pavement.

Title: Brussels Express
From: Tracko

Title: Turntable Rider created by Cogoo.

Title: Portland Design Works
From: Prolly

Title: Sean Martin for Affinity.
From: Prolly

Title: Deal with it TV: Sean O’Connell
From: Prolly

Two events from VeloCity

Two events from VeloCity.


Velo City Energy Ride– A tour of the Sites that Power New York City

Date: Saturday May 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Dekalb Market – 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Together we’ll ride 13 easy miles through Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan starting and ending at Velo City’s home at the Dekalb Market.

JOIN VELO CITY’S Energy Ride to support our work teaching youth how to change the city through cycling!
Cyclists of all levels, grab your helemet and get ready to exlpore the sites that help power New York City. The tour will be led by professionals who work for ConEdison. We will ride 13 easy miles through Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The tour will start and finish the De Kalb Market.

Don’t have a bike? You can use one of our bikes for the ride for $10. You must reserve 24 hours in advance if you would like to use one of our bikes.

Support Velo City with a $30 suggested donation and get a free drink!
Donations can be made to Velo City through its fiscal sponsor, the Vera Institute of Justice. Donations will be tax deductible as permitted by law and the proceeds from this benefit will fund New York City urban planning and design education initiatives for teens.

Register Now.

–Then on Sunday, May 20th:

Bronx River Bike Tour

Date: Sunday May 20, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Williamsbridge Reservoir, Bronx, New York 10467

Did you know that the Bronx River Is NYC’s only true fresh water river? It was considered a source for NYC’s drinking water in the early 1830’s. By the end of the 1800’s it was labeled “an open sewer.” The river has made a comeback since the days of reckless dumping and now supports many forms of aquatic life like Alewife Herring and even a beaver named “Jose.”
To Register Now.

What is VeloCity?
Velo City’s mission is to introduce youth from diverse under served communities to urban planning and design concepts, community involvement opportunities, and career options in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design through cycling.

Info graph for Bike Month

Here is an info graph that shows the recent shift of young people towards non polluting transportation.



Gran Fondo NYC 2012

So much going on this weekend, this month.

This weekend is also the Gran Fondo, a unique cycling experience for racing enthusiasts, to ride in an italian style bike race here in NYC.


Tomorrow, May 18th & 19th, kicks off with a Bike Expo, the third bike show of the month.

Here are more details:

Two days of all things road cycling in the heart of Manhattan
Gran Fondo New York brings Italian style bike racing to NYC
Admission is free and open to the general public
Friday, May 18th 11am-8pm (last entry at 7.30pm)
Saturday, May 19th 11am-8pm (last entry at 7.30pm)
Penn Pavillion in midtown Manhattan at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, across from Penn Station and MSG (401 Seventh Avenue)

If biking:

Free, secure bike parking on-site. Bring your bike through the double doors at the 7th Avenue entrance. You will be able to check your bike in with security staff.

More info:

Live broadcast Friday May 18th-11:00am:

Then on Sunday, is the race.

Details here:

Video from last year: