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Ride to Redhook Crit

Alex Barouh, racer and mechanic, wanted to send along this message. There will be group rides to Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium, sponsored by Brooklyn’s own bike shop extraordinaire: Ride Brooklyn.
*Check the flyer for details.

#NBS12-Washington Post

An article on the National Bike Summit in the Washington Post:

National Bike Summit: Cycling advocates headed to Capitol Hill

By Ashley Halsey III,
Published: March 19th, 2012

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The annual National Bike Summit convenes in Washington this week, with threats to government funding for bike and pedestrian programs leading the agenda.

“They want to pick on bike funding as an issue in which they’re going to draw a line in the sand,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which hosts the summit. “We think it’s perverse and we’re not sure why we are in the crosshairs, but we are and we’re responding in kind.”

In an era of austerity in Congress and state capitals, mandates that a fraction of federal funding be spent on bike paths, bike lanes, walkways and pedestrian bridges have been called into question by those who advocate putting scarce resources into highways and bridges.

Read more: here.

Mr. Weiss goes to Washington

Remember when this guy was anonymous?

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Now that OTHER famous NYC bike blogger the Bike Snob, otherwise known as Eben Weiss, has got a new book, the Enlightened Cyclist.

The Snob is popping over to DC to check out the National Bike Summit and kick off a book tour.

From the snob:

The time has come for me to start flogging my new book in person. In fact, as you read this, I am making my way down to Washington, DC with my hobo bindle over my shoulder and my mangiest dog for companionship.

Wednesday, March 21st, he’ll be at

Barnes & Noble
4801 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Noon.

Then over to the:

The Bicycle Space
1019 7th Street North West
Washington, DC 20001

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Then who knows, maybe a pop over to the White House:

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This may be as epic a visit as this one:

Here’s a little piece from the DCist:

Eben Weiss might be the self-titled “Bike Snob,” but the author of the wildly popular cycling blog Bike Snob NYC is anything but snobbish when it comes to his personal approach toward riding a bike. Rather, the snobs in question are fixie-fetishizing hipsters, the would-be racers in the too-tight spandex shorts and jerks who don’t obey helmet or traffic rules.

Read more: here.

Any snob sightings or to reach out:

@bikesnobnyc

National Bike Summit, March 20th-22nd

Next week in Washington DC, the League of American cyclists presents the National Bicycle Summit, a three day lobbying effort to fight for national policy to include bicycles in the transportation agenda of the US.

Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2012 — American transportation is in the midst of a revolution. In cities across the nation, residents are bicycling in record numbers and innovative programs, like public bike sharing systems, are transforming the travel habits of millions of Americans.

This week, more than 800 cyclists from 49 states will flood the halls of Congress to share their stories and show policymakers that bicycling is an important transportation option for a growing and powerful constituency.

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, the 2012 National Bike Summit convenes as Congress considers how to spend billions in taxpayer dollars on the future of our transportation system. Bicycling represents a popular, equitable and growing mobility option that creates jobs, cuts healthcare costs and protects American families from skyrocketing gas prices.

In 2011, bicycling was the second most popular outdoor activity in America by frequency of participation.
The number of Americans who commute to work by bike grew by 48 percent between 2000 and 2010.
70 percent of U.S. residents say having bike lanes or paths in their community is important to them.

“We are witnessing an exciting shift in transportation that is reinvigorating our city streets as vibrant public spaces that promote health, economic development and a sense of community,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The nearly 800 participants at this year’s Summit are just a drop in the rising tide of Americans who are using their bikes for transportation or recreation.”

Right now, the stakes for American cyclists are high: The current federal transportation bill expires on March 31 and the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to eliminate funding that helps local communities build bike lanes and programs that help children bike to school safely. On Thursday, Summit participants will visit Capitol Hill and tell their members of Congress that bicycling is a fundamental and growing part of the American transportation system.

To interview participants from your city or state, please contact Carolyn Szczepanski, League Communications Director, at (816) 509-0774 or carolyn@bikeleague.org.

The National Bike Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on March 20 and 21, and moves to Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 22. See the full agenda at:

www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit12/

Get enlightened from the Bikesnob.

The Enlightened Cyclist, new book from the bikesnob.

The The Bike Snob is at it again, another irreverent critical and bitingly witty insight into the world of cycling. No ones does it better, writing about salmoning in bikelanes, dooring, being too ultra chic in spandex for your own good. Check out the latest trailer to Eben’s follow-up book.

Here is some press from the publisher Chroniclebooks.com.

The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations—careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few. In this follow-up to the best-selling Bike Snob, BikeSnobNYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people? From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, this primer on bike travel is a must-read for cyclists new and seasoned alike.

BikeSnobNYC (a.k.a. Eben Weiss) is the blogger behind bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, a massively popular cycling blog. He also writes a monthly column in Bicycling magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

A little op-ed piece from the ParkSlope Patch:

The Unnamed Bicycle Column: The Chosen Commuter
We talk with Bike Snob NYC about his new book, “The Enlightened Cyclist”

by: Keith Brown

I had for once remembered to bring my camera on a recent ride through town. There were some offbeat landmarks I wanted to get photos of for work, but I almost never remember to bring the blasted camera with me.

Today I did. And so pleased with myself for remembering to bring it, I nearly rode past one of the landmarks I wanted to shoot. As I stopped on the side of the road, rather abruptly, I noticed another cyclist up the road a piece heading in my direction.

I pulled out my camera, snapped a couple of quick shots and jammed the thing back into my side pocket. Right about this time, the other cyclist approached on the opposite side of the road. He was slowing down.

“Hey, you okay over there?’’ he asked.

“Yeah, fine,’’ I said. “Just taking a picture. But thanks!’’

A few miles later, a guy in a silver Honda Accord cut me off at a stoplight so he could make an illegal turn. I couldn’t tell exactly what he was saying inside his climate-controlled cockpit as he passed just inches in front of my front wheel, but I got the feeling he wasn’t all that concerned about my well-being.

* * * * *

The sometimes palpable tension between cyclist and driver as each vie for slices of the road is among the topics in Eben Weiss’ new book: “The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers And Other Obstacles On The Path To Two-Wheeled Transcendence.”

Weiss, better known by his online moniker “BikeSnobNYC,’’ since 2007 has run a blog by the same name, where he deconstructs and frequently lampoons bicycle culture while detailing the perils of bicycle commuting in New York. He also writes a column for Bicycling magazine.

Read more here.

Cobra Tire Tool-giveaway on twitter

After a hard day of make believe (working on the set of CBS’s Unforgettable) that last thing I want to deal with is the reality of having a flat tire for my bike commute home. Thanks to Jim Walls and his simple yet effective invention, the routine tire change has become even easier.

Introducing the Cobra Tire Tool.

This is a super light (.5 oz), indestructible tool designed as a better answer to your average tire lever.
So you got your flat tire, like I did tonight.

Insert the curved lever part in between the tire and the rim. The tool is guaranteed for life and won’t damage your rim, tire or super custom paint job you did with a rattle can last week.

Now flip this bad boy over…(with your bicycle turned over on it’s saddle, wheels up)

The other end is an inventive hook which locks onto your front fork and as you spin the tire, it separates the tire from the rim, thus using the force of the turning wheel. You will have to finagle the cobra tool between the front brake, but after, it makes tire removal a snap, regardless of how tight it is.

Here is a video with a little more visual explanation:

Creator, Jim Walls has over 20 years experience in the commercial tire industry and wanted to create something to deal with the frustration he was seeing friends and co-workers use to change a tire. A lifelong resident of Bloomington, Indiana (home of the little 500 bicycle race–remember Breaking Away?) Jim has come up with a nice product and reinvented the wheel, well the wheel removal, well tire removal.

Jim was super kind to send me one of these and it’s now a permanent fixture in my tool pouch.

Find out more at www.cobratiretool.com

Jim also wants me to hand out a couple of these, so I’m going to giveaway two of them on twitter. The first two readers who can tell me why they’d like these, will have them.

check in with @cobratiretool

New contest from Fyxation

A message from: http://www.fyxation.com

Since we’ve started Fyxation, it’s been our goal to produce components that let you personalize your ride with quality, affordable bicycle parts. With the 2012 cycling season underway, we decided to put together a video that visualizes what is possible.

We have loads of new components available now just in time to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather.
In conjunction with the video release we will also be giving away one of the complete bikes from the shoot courtesy of State Bicycle Co. (parts and all) to one of our Facebook friends. Not a fan, sign up, already a fan you’re in! We’ll be posting photos of different builds over the next 7 days and on March 21st, someone’s getting a new bike. Head over to our Facebook page to check out the builds.


Find out more: here.

About this video:

The video is entirely composed of still photographs shot over two days in the studio and one day on the streets by Peter Diantoni of Cog Magazine Meticulous set up and lighting was required with the hundreds of component changes in the studio, and challenges of lighting and camera position on a moving rider. Special thanks to Milwaukee Bicycle Co. and State Bicycle Co. donating bikes for the shoot; Ben’s Cycles for providing studio space; and rider Dan Mueller.

Temporary Bike Tattoos from Tattly

Check it out:

Tattly
is a temporary tattoo store for design-minded kids and kids-at-heart. After applying many bad-clip-art tattoos on her daughter, swissmiss decided to stop complaining and take matters into her own hands. Tattly was born. Now, let’s rock the tattoo world together. Which one do you like the best?

More info: tattly.com

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Monster Track 13 x 12ozProphet

Monster Track XIII Bike Race Takes to the Streets of NYC
This article was posted by the Senior Editor
March 13, 2012

Monster Track 2012 took place in NYC on Saturday afternoon, as over 100 brakeless track bike racers took to the dangerous streets of New York to compete for the title of Monster Track XIII champ.

For those not familiar with messenger/track bike scene, Monster Track is the most prestigious of messenger alley cats in the world. An alley cat is basically a totally illegal, unsanctioned bicycle race, unique to the messenger community. In an alley cat, racers have the task of navigating the city in the same way that a messenger does. There is no specific “race route” racers are given a manifest with checkpoints, and are required to get signatures at each checkpoint the same as a messenger during his or her workday. The object is to finish the manifest first, the route is up to the individual, and if you happen to get ahold of a bus and skitch for 20 blocks, it’s all good.

Video:

Read more from 12ozProphet.com

Selling the dream

You tired of being just a plain ol cyclist?

Maybe this bike can transform you into a hip bike riding superstar.

Saw this on UPROXX.com (via @Bklynbiker)

Anyone out there in need of a bike? More specifically, anyone out there in need of a power bike?

Do you want to be noticed? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Sleeve tattoo didn’t do the trick? Dubstep bounce remix didn’t go viral? Look no further than this bike.

The line above is from an ad for a bike that was posted on the New Orleans Craigslist board yesterday. The text of the full ad is after the jump in all its glory.

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I am selling my Vista Carrera 7 road bike. Perfect for the aspiring culture creator. I have recently become a Successful Entrepreneur and I no longer have the need for such trifling possessions. I drive a gigantic cargo van that literally pisses gas onto the road to mark its territory.

Do you want to be noticed? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Sleeve tattoo didn’t do the trick? Dubstep bounce remix didn’t go viral? Look no further than this bike. Don’t even look past it in the pictures posted below. Import it into Photoshop and delete the background. I know you know how to do it, because you’re a graphic designer.

Orange body. Green accents. Pink handlebar wrap. Some silver. Black. Dirt. Are there even any more colors? There are awesome reflective stickers on the bike, too, which makes darting out in front of automobiles on dark evenings and asserting one’s absolute and total right of way even more self-righteously awesome. Dear motorist: Did you not see the stickers. Do you think I have time to just put stickers on things. I’m trying to save the world from people like you.

Read more here.