Stolen Box Bike
UPDATE 12/2 8:26 PM: The bike has been found! See the comments below. Thanks to Mike Green at BikeBlogNYC for first alerting me to this story and to reader Mike for making the discovery on Cortelyou. More to comeâ€¦
Well it looks a if the NYPD are wrapping up their year of harassment (yeah I said it.) otherwise known as “operation safe cycle,” by setting their sites on Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Safe cycle, would be an appropriate title, if the cops truly were into a safety campaign instead of what we’ve seen through the last 12 months, misuse of enforcing the laws and a ridiculous effort to penalize cyclists.
Now they are handed out this to riders in Brooklyn’s most cycled park:
Wow, what an intricate graphic campaign they’ve designed to educate the ridership in the name of safety. Instead of taking an artistic approach like the D.O.T. and it’s Curbside Haiku signs, the NYPD simply ripped out a page from the vehicle code and are handing out in the park. Their goal is to maintain a 25mph speed limit and ticket bikers and skaters who violate it. This may be a crushing blow to the dentists and their $10,000.00 titanium filled peletons that often wreck havoc but for the rest of us I think it’s hard to achieve that speed.
Here is an article on this in the Brooklyn Paper.
I could go on about this but I think Brooklynspoke best summed it up in his last blog post, especially with this part:
Read more here.
Check out the Chicks on Bikes Radio, a collective documenting and educating young woman about the benefits of cycling across the US.
Find out more, here.
Chrome Bags got together with another American original, Miller high life beer and to celebrate their new line of bags and apparel,
their having a sweet giveaway.
Enter to win: here. You have till December 7th.
Of course when I think of Miller high life this classics Spike Lee scene always come to mind.
Here is some videos found on the webosphere to fill your Friday with bike love.
I was sent this one from a reader: Kiel. Seems like this bike train (bike pooling) is taking off. Here is one about biketrainpdx.org biking to school in a group, Portland Oregon style.
Here is a video of how the Dutch got their cycle paths, through hard work of cycling activists:
Find out more here.
Trailer for the documentary, Beyond this place.
Cloud Rock La Belle is the quintessential hippie, still living a perpetually stoned and carefree lifestyle 40 years after the 60s ended. In BEYOND THIS PLACE Cloud Rock’s son, writer/director Kaleo La Belle, attempts to re-connect with his absentee father by taking a 500 mile bike trip together around the Pacific Northwest. From behind the camera, Kaleo struggles to understand a man so different from himself while Cloud Rock works to form a functional relationship with the son he has never truly known. Poignant and often funny, BEYOND THIS PLACE examines the sometimes unconventional bonds of family.
Trailer for Bushwhacked new film Velo:
Video I saw on Trackosaurus Rex about the ultimate design challenge in Oregon, for the perfect urban commuter cycle:
Video from Urban Velo
The Dirty Dozen Race-a masochistic challenge up a steep ass hill in Pittsburgh.
Some Helmet cam action from NYC’s champ alleycat racer, Crihs. From the Bombing Broadway race, as seen on John Prolly,
and this one of building the Red Bull mini drome in Manchester (also on Prolly)
A look at what it’s like to attend the Koichi Yamaguchi’s frame building school in Rifle, Colorado.
A little shop in Barcelona barcelonetabikes, puts on a night group ride.
And last, a nice little helmet cam from the recent Cranksgiving in NYC.
Receive this press release from NYC’s Spokesman Cycles about crafty contest:
I felt moved and contacted the owner via the gmail address.
Amy, wrote back:
I will certainly post on bikewatch. We are heartbroken!
The bike was well secured with a heavy kryptonite-like heavy chain. It was even tarp covered to protect from the rain. Whoever took it had to have at least 4 ft. bolt cutters, but even with that it would have been a hard job. The person took it in the dead of the night, the night before thanksgiving. It seems pretty calculated.
We will take any help we can get. Thank you! I’ll attach a flyer and a few photos. Please feel free to spread the word. If there are other places or people we should contact as well, please let us know. Someone MUST know where it is! It’s a pretty hard bike to hide.
Again, thank you!
All the best,
Here are some photos to make you sad or angry or both…
The family, now without what must be the greatest bike commute ever.
I’d like to personally spearhead a collection for Amy and her family to raise funds to replace this bike. Anyone want to help donate…let me know.
Ok, I admit it, I like to play music when I ride my bike, especially on long commutes. Something like this long mix by one of my favorite DJ’s, Diplo:
Many NYC cyclists are opposed to this mainly because riding here is such information overload and who needs more distractions. I always adhere to the rule of having one ear bud headphone in and consider myself an experienced enough rider to handle all the bombastic forces weighing down on me from every angle. Then of course that dude rolls by with some thundering bass sound system that costs more for one amp then my entire bike collection. I know, intimidating and quickly drowns out my Chickcorea.
It’s enough to make me want to throw down with a sound clash, but before I end up like these guys:
There is a very cute product out there for us bikers which I think should be on everyone’s Chanukah lists…
Introducing the portable audio system by Boombotix.com.
This company was super nice to send me a free one, and in my favorite color no less.
This speaker is the BB1 which is connected with a retractable mini to mini cable that goes from most iphones, ipods and protable mp3 devices or a laptop, right into the back of the unit. The skulls eyes are the speakers and for such a small device (about the size of a clenched fist) this little guy packs a punch, even on the loud streets of Grime town NYC. It has a super strong clip for mounting to a messenger bag strap or hip pouch and isn’t about to fall off. It charges with a mini USB into the unit and a standard USB for a computer port or that white cube iphone charger. It lasts for about an 4 hours (at full volume) on full charge and it indicates the charge with a blue LED in the star on the top of the speaker. It takes an hour to fully charge. The volume is controlled with your music devise of choice, so there are no audio controls on the BB1 itself, and I kind of enjoy the simplicity, just an on/off button.
Ok, it’s not going to blow anyone away like this guy:
But for a little portable speaker for around ($50.00-the wireless one is more) the boombotix is a very convenient little machine with really clear sound. This is the perfect speaker to ride with and then compliment your laptop sounds or park picnic.