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:

May 20th, Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz

The Levy’s Unique New York presents:

Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz

Sunday, May 20th, 2012, 12noon-4pm.
Meet at The City Reliquary Museum:
370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburgh
$25, includes a mid-tour beer at Matt Torrey’s Bar.
RSVP with

A 4 hour bicycle tour of Williamsburgh, East Williamsburgh and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!

See historical photographs of various brewery buildings when they were built, between the 1880s and 1920s, compare them with vintage 1970s photos (in the heart of Bushwick’s deep dark arson-and-gangs era) and observe them as they stand today, re-purposed but obviously the same brewery buildings. German Churches, banks and social halls will also be observed.

The tour will end at Evergreen Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, where many of the Brewers are buried . . . with a surprise!

A historical, educational, beer-drinkable adventure! BYOBike and helmet.


May 18th, Bike to Work Day.


Tomorrow, Friday May 18th is bike to work day, part of bike to work week which is what lead to bike month, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

NPR is documenting this momentous occasion with some online sharing:

Get Ready for Bike to Work Day (and share your photos)
By: Bill Chappell


Bike to Work Day is this Friday, May 18. And that prompts a question: Do you bike to work? If so, you should prove it — by taking a photo of yourself with your bike. Then share the picture, and we’ll consider it for NPR’s Bike to Work Day gallery.

Just post the image to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NPRbike, and we’ll take a look. To be considered for the gallery, post your pics by 2 p.m. EDT Thursday. If you miss that deadline, don’t worry — on Bike to Work Day, you can use that same hashtag to see how NPR listeners roll.

If you love riding on a particular street, or maybe a certain hill really challenges you, show us what makes your commute special. You can also show off your bike’s fenders, racks or baskets, but this is no beauty contest — it doesn’t matter if the only TLC your bike gets is air for its tires and oil for the chain.

Read more here.

If your biking to work tomorrow, also post pictures on twitter with the tag #bikenyc just to localize things.

For some inspiration, here is a story of a woman who bikes 24 miles round-trip in Indiana.

Cyclist relishes her 24-mile round-trip ride to work.
By: Vic Ryckaert
May. 17, 2012

20120517-163327.jpg photo by: Robert Sheer

Laura Metcalf doesn’t feel guilty about grabbing a doughnut or a cookie at the office because she knows that, most days, she’ll burn those extra calories off on the way home.

Metcalf, 43, rides her dependable and tank-like Surly bicycle from her Southeastside home to her office job at Riley Hospital for Children/IU Health about three days a week through sunshine, rain and even snow. That’s a roughly 24-mile round trip from her home near Franklin Road and Raymond Street.

Read more: here.

Here in NYC,’s Doug Gordon will be leading a group ride to work out of Brooklyn at 8:00am.

More info: here.

Ride Bikes, Drink Beer, Get Awesome, giveaway.

Kind of says it all.

It’s twitter giveaway time once again at Da-Bike-Blog.

With all the great food/beer/bike events, this bike month weekend:

the Great GoogaMooga.
(Article in the New York Times. -and this one has Hall & Oates too!)-May 19th-20th-Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Slideluck bikeshow. May 19th, Manhattan

Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz May 20th-Brooklyn. ( Great bike and beer tour of Williamsburg with Matt Levy’s unique tours.)

Seems like this new t-shirt slogan is most fitting:


Big thanks to its creator, who also makes other t-shirts and printed pint glasses for really getting awesome.

To win the shirt:

1) have a twitter account.
2) follow me (@bikeblognyc) and Ridebikesdrinkbeergetawesome (@RBDBGA)
3) post a tweet with URL: and picture of the shirt.

Example tweet:


Winner will be selected at random.

You have until 4:00pm on Friday, when it will be time to ride bikes, drink b-you get the idea.

Slideluck Bikeshow, May 19th.

This might just be better than this thing I feel silly pronouncing: googamooga.
Great night of food, beer and bikes.

May 19th, 2012, Slideluck Bikeshow.

Event info:
Time: May 19, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm
Location: Hosteling International
Street: 891 Amsterdam Ave.
City/Town: New York, NY
Organized By: Casey Kelbaugh & Carly Planker


We will begin with a Taste of Harlem & the UWS with a downhome BBQ, soul food, and a number of other delicious dishes provided by local restaurants to chose from. Participants include Billie’s Black Gourmet Soul, Busters, Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread , Bier International , The 5 and Diamond, Galore Catering. Beer will be lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Participating Artists:

Benedict Evans * Brett Beyer * Bridget Fleming * Christopher Guess * Daniel Johnston * Dirk Anschütz * Dmitry Gudkov * Efriam Klein * Fixed Cog Heroes * Jay Westcott * Jennifer Davis * Julie Glassberg * Karna Kurata * Katie Friedman * Meerkat Media * Michael George * Raymond McCrea Jones * Red Hook Criterium * Zeitgeist Films/Bill Cunningham

A bike valet will be onsite and there will be two photobooths including a Bron Imaging & Landmark BicyclesTandem Bike Photobooth!

All of this is included in your ticket price of $10!

The raffles grand prize is a Specialized bicycle, with other prizes from: Holstee, Outlier, Peloton Magazine, Trimble Racing, We-Flashy and more! Check out Flavorpill for a chance to with a Brooklyness bicycle!

Stolen bike: Green State bicycle

Ok, I’m not just posting this because it’s a green bicycle.
Ramon contacted me about how he learned a terrible lesson about locking to scaffolding.

His 2 week old, State Zombie Stomper, was stolen a couple days ago outside his work on 38th St. between 5th and 6th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, sometime between noon and 6pm.
Any information contact:

Timbuk2 commuter contest

wanna win all this from San Francisco messenger bag pioneers Timbuk2?

Must have a facebook account to enter.

To enter, go here.

Also featuring, Surly, On Guard Locks, and Bern Helmets.

Performance Bicycle’s 2012 Tour Devinci & Build-a-Bike giveaway

Here is a sweet contest from Performance Bicycle online retailer.

Performance Bicycle Announces
“2012 Tour Devinci and Build-a-Bike” Giveaway

Enter to win 2-Night Trip to Quebec to Build a Bike at Devinci’s Factory plus a Choice of Devinci Bike

CHAPEL HILL, NC – (May 1, 2012) – Performance Bicycle®, the nation’s largest independent cycling retailer, invites bicycling enthusiasts of all levels to enter the 2012 Tour Devinci & Build-a-Bike Giveaway. In partnership with Cycles Devinci, a Canadian bicycle manufacturer and designer, one lucky winner will receive a unique, hands-on experience at the Devinci factory in Quebec, Canada and will help build a Devinci bicycle with their own hands.

From May 1– May 28, 2012 people can enter to win by scanning the QR code signage located in Performance Bicycle retail locations or by filling out the entry form available at

The winner will receive:
· Round trip airfare for one person to Quebec, Canada
· 2 nights / 3 days hotel accommodation at Le Montagnais Hotel
· Meals at local restaurants
· Hands-on tour of the Devinci factory
· The choice of either a 2012 Devinci Atlas RC 29er Mountain Bike or 2012 Devinci Leo SL K Road Bike to take home.

“Devinci is one of the top brands in cycling and we’re thrilled to carry their bikes at and to be working with their fantastic team on this contest,” said David Pruitt, Performance Bicycle’s chief executive officer. ”From machining and welding to assembly, the winner will participate in all the steps necessary to build Devinci bikes and get to ride one in beautiful Quebec. It’s a truly remarkable opportunity and is certainly a once-in-a lifetime experience.”

From Aug. 1-Aug. 3, 2012, the winner will travel to Quebec to learn about how Devinci bikes are designed, tested, machined, welded and assembled. After helping to build Devinci bikes, the winner will test Devinci’s craftsmanship on guided rides with the Devinci team to nearby mountain bike trails or along the scenic Saguenay River and Fjord.

Entrants must have valid passport and be willing to travel to Canada in August. No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years old & resident of the U.S. (excluding the states of Florida, New York & Rhode Island) to enter. Information entered on entry form will be used for the purposes of administering the sweepstakes and for marketing purposes.

Where to Find Performance Bicycle
Performance offers three great ways to shop: in store, by catalog and online at Guests can always check the Deal of the Day on the Performance Bicycle® website or by following Performance on Twitter, @performance_inc, and on Facebook.

About Performance Bicycle®
Performance Bicycle® is the No. 1 specialty bicycle retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans more than 100 stores nationwide, and, all catering to both the avid cycling enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit

About Cycles Devinci®
Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Canada. It has led the industry by way of manufacturing expertise and product development since its inception in 1987. Cycles Devinci continues to forge ahead with suspension guru Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot suspension platform. Combined with the company’s Axis Technologies, Devinci is set on a path for domination. For more details on Devinci and DGR, visit

Video of Devinci Factory:

US Cycling Hall of Fame-Inductees 2012

Did you know there was a US Cycling Hall of Fame? I didn’t. Well it’s in Davis California and they just announced the 4 cycling legend inductees for November, 2012.

Here is more:

Four legendary members of the cycling world will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on November 3rd, 2012.

The four honorees represent several disciplines of the sport of cycling and span a 50-year horizon. The inductees are Erin Hartwell (Modern Road & Track Competitor), Susan DeMattei (Off-Road Competitor), Rob Parsons (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), and Tom Ritchey (Contributor to the Sport). With the Class of 2012, there are now a total of 136 Inductees in the Hall of Fame.

“The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud to honor these individuals,” said Hall of Fame Board President Anthony Costello. “These individuals were selected because of their accomplishments in the sport of cycling and their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and sacrifice to the sport.

The November 3rd Induction Ceremony will be held in Davis, CA, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame now boasts 8,000 sq-ft of exhibits that tell the story of American cycling history via inductee memorabilia and a collection of bicycles from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. There will be a number of celebratory events during induction weekend culminating with the Induction Ceremony & Dinner for the Class of 2012. Early-bird tickets are now available at: 2012 Ticket Sales.

Class of 2012 Overview:

Tom Ritchey, a luminary of the sport, Tom is best known for his role in the birth and growth of mountain biking. He helped establish the commercial viability of the mountain bike, advanced frame design & geometry, and redesigned nearly every component on the traditional bicycle to optimize it for the new sport of mountain biking.

Erin Hartwell, a 3-time Olympian with silver and bronze medals, Erin was a dominant force on the track for over a decade. He is also a 12-time U.S. National Champion who represented America around the world at the Pan American Games, Goodwill Games, and World Championships.

Susan DeMattei, won America’s first Olympic medal in mountain biking at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Susan also took the silver medal at the 1994 World Mountain Bike Championships in Vail Colorado. From 1990 through 1996 she finished on the podium in the National Championship Series every year except one.

Rob Parsons, National Road Champion and Olympic Team member, Rob is also recognized for victories in many of North America’s greatest races including the Nevada City Classic, a race he won 5 years in a row between 1963 and 1967.

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame selects inductees for the following categories: Veteran Road & Track Competitor (1970 & Prior), Modern Road & Track Competitor (1971 – Present), Off-Road Competitor (Mountain, Cyclocross, or BMX), and Contributor to the Sport. Anyone can submit a nomination.

About the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing American competitive cyclists and contributors to the sport for their significant achievements. Its mission is to preserve the history of American cycling in order to educate people about the past and encourage them to participate in the future of the sport. Encouraging all levels of cycling, the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame promotes cycling development and fitness.

For more information about the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and its Inductees click here.

New Bike$hare

Now that the new $41 million sponsored bike sharing program has been announced its had a little time to sink in. One of the resounding concerns with the new system is cost, with this being the most expensive share in the world. That’s so weird for NYC…not.

A number of news agencies have already began to weigh in on the cost and usage of the share.

Here are some tips from the Atlantic Reader on how to best use citibikeNYC:

How Not to Use New York’s Bike Share
By: Eric Randall
May 10th, 2012

New York ‘s Transportation Department and Citibank joint introduced their bike share program Monday, but rather than drool over the shiny blue bikes, journalists focused on the prices, which some thought to be too high. Critics aptly identified ways one could rack up a huge bill using the program, but some of their arguments ignored or undersold the way cities intend people to use the bike share system.

New York’s program will mimic popular bike sharing systems in dozens of other cities, like Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare. Users can pay a daily, monthly, or annual fee to take bikes from electronic racks placed throughout the city and return the bikes to any other rack. Users pay an additional charge after the first 30 minutes that increases as one keeps the bike out longer. New York’s prices are higher than those in other cities, and this seemed to be the feature that captivated the coverage.

Read the article: here.

More from Felix Salmon of Reuters.

And Gothamist.

Also some insight from Animal New York.

What’s your opinion? Leave it in the comments.