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:

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: