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Video Friday, 2/17/12

Video Friday, here we go:

Seen on:
The skinny: So this is the second week in a row I got to go out filming with the LDG Fixed Freestyle team but this week we brought Joe McKeag along for the fun. This video is also the first time Jakob Santos rides 26′s !! Yes I said it ! … JAKOB SANTOS on 26′s !!


Then over to

Baum Cycles Mini Doc
skinny: From Prolly (who is currently on vacation in the land down under)While we wait on my Shop Visit photos to Baum Cycles here is this little mini doc to give you the background on this superb bicycle framebuilder out of Australia. I was damn impressed with their bikes and operations at Baum. Expect to see them wow the world at NAHBS this year.


And this one:
2 Wheelers Magazine
seen on Prolly
skinny: a new magazine for all things two wheels, scooters, bikes, motorcycles. Check out their tumblr:

Nr 01 from 2 Wheelers Magazine on Vimeo.

Checking out their site, led me to this video:

Jordan Hufnagel: Custom Bike Builder
skinny:I made this short piece on custom bike builder Jordan Hufnagel for Level Mag. Jordan’s shop is in Portland, Oregon, and he makes everything from Track to Cyclocross bikes, along with pretty much anything in between. I’ve been shooting studio photos of a lot of Jordan’s bikes for the last few months, and this is an extension of that.


Good dose of freestyle fixed gear from Prolly’s amazing site:
Phillip Williams-Hibernation

Phillip Williams – Hibernation from Sam Clark on Vimeo.

West Fixed: Pedro Oliveira
the skinny: a new rider from WestFixed, showing off some moves.


Then I caught this one from their site:


†The Portuguese Connection† from †ZONTRAC† on Vimeo.

Tree Summer 2011, Derek Nelson
skinny:In early 2011 we had the team go out with their friends and whatever video camera they could find to put together this simple DVD. This is the intro and Derek’s section. Derek doesn’t ride like anyone else. Enjoy


And this gem about riding in Japan’s major city of Tokyo.

84kick Ride Tokyo
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Ok all you freestyle fixed gear tricksters, try ripping it up on this classic:

Vintage Ladies bike trix
seen on:
skinny: alright all you fixed gear tricksters, try getting busy on a ladies vintage bike.

BMX from the Bikejerks in MPLS.

Drew Bezanson Returns
by: Justen Soule
seen on:
The skinny: Drew Bezanson is back! Shot at Joyride 150 Bike Park.

Drew Bezanson Returns from Justen Soule on Vimeo.

seen on:
by: Plutonium Paint
the skinny: NYC based Artist, Ryan Humphrey shows us how to properly do a 3 color fade on BMX handle bars with Plutonium.

Here is a great portrait of a Seattle bike messenger and CMWC winner.

Craig Etheridge
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skinny: A video portrait of Seattle based bicycling champion Craig Etheridge.


Cool products,

I got this one from the creator of a great new tool for changing a tube. Check out, Jim Walls-Cobra tire tool.

Zutterhauheighneten Strasse
Seen on:
skinny: a POV helmet cam bike and skate trip of Northern California’s San Francisco area.

Washington DC tweed ride 2011
seen on:
skinny: by Tim Sesslerby/Tim Sessler. The Washington, DC Tweed Ride presented by Dandies and Quaintrelles
and Bicycle Space DC


Good People In Cycling, Episode II – Jack The Bike Man
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skinny: For Episode II of our “Good People In Cycling” series, we visit Jack The Bike Man, a most unique individual with an inspirational story for us all.
What started as a simple mechanical fix morphed into something that has changed his life and those of countless others.
For more information about Jack The Bike Man, visit:


And last up, I got an email about this one:

Thomas Porter whacky bikes mini doc.
skinny: Brooklyn resident William Thomas Porter builds wonderful – and really weird – bikes. “I wouldn’t call them mutants,” he says of his bike caricatures, “because that would make them sound ugly. It’s more like creating this… new splendid form.” We followed him around for a about a year documenting his projects and cajoling him into demonstrating the bikes’ awesomeness in a series of humorous, fast-paced vignettes.
Throughout the short Tom chats with good friend (and sometimes collaborator), Diego Guzman, about how and exactly why he does what he does.


50K tickets for cyclists in 2011

So just exactly do we quantify all the harassment of cyclists in 2011 in their “Operation Safecycle?”

Alex Goldmark of the blog, Transportation Nation had this report:

NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011

The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.

About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.

At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.

By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations — those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year — about 35,000 — were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.

By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD’s specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.

Read more: here.

Adele, Now what?

Congratulations to UK pop sensation Adele for winning 6 Grammys. Now what?

(seen on Transportation Nation.)

NYPD grilled about investigation of Cyclist Death

This Wednesday (2/16/12) morning was a meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee: NYPD Accident Response & Enforcement.” The hearing was lead by ongoing investigation of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre.

Time’s Uplead a bike ride to the event and was on hand for the proceedings.

Times up volunteer Barbara Ross filed this report:

“Thanks Joe and Keegan for rolling out of bed early morning so we can start the ride at the crash site, Laurie for putting the call out and Ben & Keegan for writing up the testimony and release with lightning speed.

The hearing was amazing. The NYPD’s lack of knowledge when answering such basic questions from the City Council members was revealing. The packed audience were stunned and evidence of corruption was out there in the open for all to see. The stories of the ordeal the family members of the victims had to endure working with the NYPD while dealing with a death of a loved one caused everyone in the room to get very emotional.

Time’s Up! was represented at the hearing with over 7 of us and they allowed me to tape most of the testimony of the NYPD and victim’s family. We really really need editors. Peter and I got so much great footage but we just don’t have time to put it out there. Keep you ears open for editors. I put the footage on-line of Erika Lefevre’s full testimony, mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the cyclist killed by a motor vehicle last year. She flew in from Montreal to expose the horrendous job NYPD did on the investigation of her son’s death.

The Inverted Bike Shop from Show Love on Vimeo.

Bike Hugger at SXSW, mobile Socials

Since we’re talkin SXSW, Seattle based will also be on hand in Austin, TX with their mobile socials, also teaming up with Tern Bicycles and others.

Here is a description of one of their events.

Mobile Social SXSW: Party People(photo by: hugger industries)

SXSW 12 with Social Cycling ATX and Tern

Event: SXSW 2012
When: March 11, 2012, 5-7PM
Where: Austin, Texas
Who: SXSW Attendees, Austin Locals, cyclists
RSVP now at Facebook |

Double the MoSo this year. We’re riding together twice. This is the second one with Social Cycling ATX and Tern. The first one is on Saturday and and ends up at Mellow Johnnys

We represent the intersection of bikes, technology and culture at SXSW. Join us for our annual social ride(s) with SXSW attendees and Social Cycling ATX. We’ll ride, blog, party. Meet at Brush Square Park, across the street from the Convention Center.


Meet at Brush Square Park, across the street from the Convention Center.

For more on their events schedule, check it out: here.

Tern Bicycles offers bike sharing at SXSW

Maker of popular foldis-ups Tern Bicycles are planning on offering bike sharing at this years SXSW.

Presenting SXcycles.

Here is a press release:


Tern Bicycles and SXSW Announce Festival’s First-Ever Bike Share Program

February 14, 2012 — Los Angeles — Urban transport specialist, Tern Bicycles, and Austin’s SXSW, announce the conference’s first ever bike share program while serving as its exclusive cycling industry partner. Dubbed “SXcycles,” the bike share program will be available Friday, March 9, through Tuesday, March 13, from 9:00am until 2:00am. SXSW-Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology.


With a Tern Link D8, SXSW-Interactive attendees can leave buses and taxis behind while cruising through the sights and sounds of Austin, dropping in to different venues around town on a whim.

“SXSW-Interactive is an amazing event but it can get pretty hairy looking for a cab or parking when hundreds of people all need transport to a different venue at the same time,” said Steve Boyd, head of Tern in North America. “Our goal with SXcycles is to let people see how convenient, fun, and fast it is to get around by bike. Austin is an amazing cycling town and our hope is that if attendees enjoy their bike trips in Austin, they’ll think about incorporating more bike trips when they get home.”

One hundred and fifty Tern Link D8’s will be available for SXSW-Interactive attendees with “Interactive,” “Film,” “Gold,” and “Platinum” badges. Bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis but riders can pre-register with their information on to save time waiting for their Tern.

A bike with the perfect gearing for the city (8 speeds, 32″ – 85″ gear inches), a quick 10 second fold-to-unfold turnaround time, and zippy 20-inch wheels makes the Link D8 a versatile urban cycling solution. Each SXcycle rider will receive a Link D8 along with a helmet, a lock, as well as BioLogic front and rear lights, Portage Rack, and Commute bag for stowing laptops, tablets, and other festival necessities.

In addition, Tern will team up with Guerilla Cyclewerx, a collective of mobile mechanics who will be available to assist with flat tires, bike swaps, and other minor repairs on the road (full repair services will be available at the main rental area across the street from the Austin Convention Center). Providing the front end service is Austin Bike Tours And Rentals (ABTAR), Austin’s go-to bike tour guide and rental company.

NBBL appeal judge on PPW bike lane

With 60 degree winters and scientifically proven man made climate change, one possible epitaph for the human race could read:

“We tried to become more environmentally conscious. Take things like putting in more bike lanes so more people who feel safe to ride their bikes and thus reduce CO2 emissions. But alas, that just wasn’t convenient for a few rich neighbors…so oh well.”

Too negative?

Well if you thought making significant changes to make NYC more environmentally friendly would come easy, meet this crew.


Looks like the fight for the Prospect Park West bike lane hasn’t completely come to a halt. These people want to appeal the judges decision and weld their power and influence over very helpful infrastructure for making NYC healthier, safer and cleaner.

Here is a recent article from Streetsblog about the appeal, by Ben Fried.

Like a reanimated corpse, the PPW bike lane lawsuit is stumbling on a little while longer, as NBBL appeals Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s dismissal of the case. The surreal part of the spectacle this time around is that bike lane opponents are basically repeating what they said last year, even though their own correspondence has since revealed that they knew claims in the lawsuit had no merit. Who needs merit when you just want to fire some heavy artillery in the political attack against DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan?

Read the whole story here.

And another article in the Brooklyn Paper.