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Video Friday, 2/24/12

Here we go:

Kicking things off a video from the ultimate urban biker network,

Red Bull Hill Chasers 2012 – Bristol, England
by: Charge Bikes
the skinny: from the vimeo page-A straight knockout format with two riders racing against each other saw fixies, BMX-ers, mountain bikers and road racers battle it on Park Street, in front of a 6,000 strong crowd.

Riders were paired randomly giving aspiring riders the chance to compete head to head against the 16 invited elite. The enthusiasts were made up of the fastest 16 riders from a qualifier, open to anyone, held on the morning of the event.

Red Bull Hill Chasers 2012 – Bristol, England from Charge Bikes on Vimeo.

Since we have the event coming up, March 24th…

2011 Red Hook Crit Highlight Video
the skinny: As part of a longer project from Jess Scott, Hyde Harper & Thomas LaGrega. This is highlights from last year’s Redhook Criterium. For a little bit more about this upcoming event, here is an article from Bicycling Magazine.

2011 Red Hook Crit Highlight Video from Thomas LaGrega on Vimeo.

This started as a birthday event for racer David August Trimble in Red Hook Brooklyn, then he took it on the road to Milano.
Here is a video from last year’s race.

Untitled from Trimble Racing on Vimeo.

Just saw on Urban Velo, San Francisco iconic bag maker, Timbuk2, is having a facebook giveaway.

Click here to enter.

Here is a review of their classic messenger bag:

more videos from Urban Velo.

Fixed Gear Malawi
by: Josh Estey
the skinny: from: Josh Estey: Malawi is a Southern African nation with a warm heart, a friendly smile and teetering on the brink of an economic catastrophe. So hop on your velocipede and join Josh Estey as he meets the people of Malawi.
STAY TUNED: Upcoming fixed-gear videos from Zanzibar and Addis Ababa will be posted soon, so subscribe to this YouTube channel and get your travel fix.

It’s All About The Bike by Robert Penn
by: Bloomsbury
seen on: Urban Velo.
the skinny: Follow Robert Penn around the world as he assembles the perfect bike. More from Urban Velo.

World Class Polo
by: Mr. Do
seen on: Urban Velo.
the skinny: From Urban Velo: Mr. Do makes some of the finest polo videos out there and this one is no exception, compiled from footage from the 2011 World Championships in Seattle this past September.

World Class Polo from Mr.Do on Vimeo.

Bike Through Mexico City
by: The Atlantic/Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, (curator of the video channel)
seen on: Urban Velo.
the skinny: from the article A Cinematic Love Letter to Riding a Bike Through Mexico City

BMX Time,

Christian Rigal MARKIT Edit
by: Will Stroud
seen on: Bikejerksmpls, video Monday.
the skinny: Christian Rigal is always thinking outside of the box. With the help of some ledges, Will Stroud’s filming, and a lot of man power to lift those heavy things around, an idea he always had got to come to life in this months edit. Christian set the ledges up all over San Diego turning some-what ordinary spots, into ridiculous setups. Christian’s taking the 4 peg game to a whole new level and he doesn’t disappoint here.

Christian Rigal MARKIT Edit from MARKITBMX on Vimeo.

by: the Set
seen on:
the skinny: 12 days of summer with Brad Simms, Kym Grosser an injured Corey Bohan, Levi Jackonia, Calvin Kosovich, Chris ODonell, Callan Stibbards, Troy Charlesworth, TM Marc Urlich & photographer Brandon Means getting loose in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Letting the good times roll! Here’s some of what went down when it wasn’t raining or flooding.
Filmed and edited by Troy Charlesworth. additional filming by Calvin Kosovich Michael Vockenson and Jerry Vandervaulk.

EAST COAST TRIP from The Set on Vimeo.

Stay Fit – Van Homan
by: FitbikeCo
seen on: The Post BMX facebook page.

Stay Fit – Van Homan from FITBIKECO. on Vimeo.

another BMX video:
A Week in Lisbon with Mike Curley

A Week in Lisbon with Mike Curley from BMX.COM on Vimeo.

Stacy Glaser gets RED
by: Stacy Glaser, Painthouse Customs
seen on:
the skinny: From the film maker, Most people know me as a custom painter, but long before I ever picked up an airbrush I was riding bikes. When the North Shore trails had no snow by mid-December, I took the opportunity to get some footage of one of my favorite trails in prime conditions. I had previously discussed doing some filming with my friend Scot Proudfoot and when I called him up he said he had access to one of the brand new, elusive, RED ‘EPIC’ cameras. The pressure was now on me to get the trail as well as my bike ready to shoot and would lead to a complete overhaul of both.

My bike needed work, so I completely disassembled it, cleaned everything, and started rebuilding. I had just received my new Hayes Prime Pro disc brakes and was curious to see how they stood up against my previous 4 piston brakes. The brakes needed to be good, so I didn’t spear off the trail- and into a camera worth as much as a Mercedes.

Worldwide Cycling Atlas: Maya Pedal
seen on:
the skinny: n 1997, in San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala, Maya Pedal Association began recycling scraps of bicycles into Bicimáquinas.

Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered blenders, washing machines and threshing machines, eliminating the need for fuel and electricity. Pumps are also possible, and are capable of extracting 30 liters of water per minute from 30-meter deep wells (electronic pumps reach just to 12 meters).

The idea of these ingenious contraptions emerged from the desire to help the farming families of the San Andrés community. The issue that gave rise to Maya Pedal was the expense and shortage of electricity and fuel in the village.

Carlos and Cesar, creators of Maya Pedal, have achieved an extraordinary result: a worthy project that does not pollute and is extremely fascinating in its involvement of volunteers from around the world who are building a fantastic pedal revolution.

Matteo de Mayda – Photos and Videos
Pablo Pastor – Video Editing
Jhon William Castaño Montoya – Music

When I Get To Paradise
by: Luca George
seen on:

When I Get To Paradise from Luca George on Vimeo.

King Kog Promo
seen on:
the skinny: a promo of NYC’s premiere fixed gear boutique, KingKog.
453 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Mon — Fri: 12 — 7 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 12 — 6 p.m.

RACING THE END-(Marathon Crash Race 2011)
by: Warren Kommers
seen on:
the skinny: On March 18th 2012, The Marathon Crash Race is back! Register at if you want to race and find out more about this event and future races. Registration is free foo and everyone is invited.
Join Wolfpack Hustle on facebook.

RACING THE END ——(Marathon Crash Race 2011) from Warren Kommers on Vimeo.

Look inside the London 2012 Velodrome with Sir Paul Smith
seen on:
the skinny: Find out how to get involved with the Games:
British fashion designer & cycling enthusiast Sir Paul Smith takes an intimate look inside the London 2012 Velodrome.

Ye Olde Bike Shoppe – Southsea Series Episode 4
by: Wide Aperture Media
seen on:
the skinny: Stuart Trett is the proprietor of Ye Olde Bike Shoppe and a true Southsea chap, we discover what it’s like to be ‘The Bike Man’.

Ye Olde Bike Shoppe – Southsea Series Episode 4 from Wide Aperture Media on Vimeo.

Mutiny Bikes: El Paso
seen on:
the skinny: We headed out to west Texas to explore El Paso in January . Featuring Brandon, George, Justin, Grant and introducing Matt Houck.
Check out the article in Ride UK #161

El Paso from Mutiny Bikes on Vimeo.

SEA TOWN FIX UP (#1) – With Nelson and Alex
seen on:
the skinny: Day edit with Nelson Bell and Alex Garrett. Filmed with an iPhone 4. Editing: Zach Hoffner. Music: Otis Redding – Slippin and Slidin.

SEA TOWN FIX UP (#1) from ZLOG on Vimeo.

Mini Bike Winter 2012
by: Zed Baileys
seen on:
the skinny: Mini Bike Winter Video shot, cut, edited and loved by
Here is a related article about the beer fueled follies of Portland’s mini bike winter. Ben Hurt Bike Warriors Smash and Thrash at Beer Fueled Event.

alkr® | Work Sessions – Fixed Gear London
by: Alkr.
seen on:

the skinny: Work Sessions is our new series of videos where we will portrait interesting and passionate people about their work and what they love to do. The first interview we did is with Andy Ellis from Fixed Gear London.
Fixed Gear London are a group of riders who have a passion for the bikes they ride and the way they ride them.
Andy Ellis is one of the original founders of the Fixed Gear London collective and is also the editor of Fixed Magazine.
When Andy isn’t riding the streets of London, taking photographs or writing and editing Fixed magazine, you can find him designing and developing interesting new products. We have talked to him about how it all started, what he is doing and what his passion is. Check out the video. and

alkr® | Work Sessions – Fixed Gear London from alkr on Vimeo.

Jake Szybowski- 2011 Fall Trails Edit
by: Elliot Van Orman Productions
seen on:

the skinny: “This short HD BMX film features some of the best trail clips I filmed of Jake in the Fall of 2011 in Lansing and Coldwater, MI.
It also features a few shots of Jeremy and Jared Ball.

Jake Szybowski- 2011 Fall Trails Edit from Elliot Van Orman Productions on Vimeo.

Moving Sustainably
seen on:

the skinny: In this video, you’ll hear from Brendon Harrington, Transportation Operations Manager at Google, about various innovative transportation solutions at Google, which strive to keep employees commuting as sustainably as possible. Learn more at

Possible bike access on Tappan Zee Bridge

In NYC there are a lot of borough-borough connections for bikes, mainly due to all the bridge crossings with bike paths. However, when it comes to longer rides and day trips, besides the George Washington Bridge (via New Jersey) their is limited access outside of the five boroughs. This situation may change with a new proposal on an old bridge, the Tappan Zee.

NY gov: Tappan Zee Bridge being mulled as walkway

February 22nd, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state is considering turning the Tappan Zee Bridge into a greenway instead of demolishing it when a new span is built to cross the Hudson River, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

A review is under way to see if the idea is feasible for the 3-mile bridge in the New York City suburbs. The Cuomo administration said it will cost $150 million to demolish the 57-year-old Tappan Zee, so officials are trying to “reimagine” it as a world-class recreation site.

Read more here in the Wall Street Journal online edition.

Feminist biking zine 2.0

A while back I mentioned Elly Blue and her feminist cycling zine.

She asked me to mention her next project and her kickstarter page.

Taking the Lane 6: Lines on the Map.


The previous issue of Taking the Lane (#5, Our Bodies, Our Bikes), was about bodies, health, and the physical aspects of bicycling. That issue was by far the most popular in the series. How to top that? A reader requested that we explore the psychological aspects of bicycling next, and so the forthcoming issue (#6, Lines on the Map), hones in on the mental and emotional aspects of riding a bike.

A $20.00 donation gets you all of the issues of this well written project.

Find out more: here.

Also see:

Tonky Designs reflective stickers

Sad to say but I’m finally getting around to some shout outs to some really great products that were sent to me around the holidays.

One of those were these great reflective decal packs from Tonky Designs.


Being seen at night is a must and these sticker packs are super handy and can stick to just about anything you want to reflect.

Each pack is loaded with 51 decals with a very reflective surface and come in 7 colors.

Since my winter bike, a Raleigh r700 was a bit inundated with stickers I was a little more sparing.

However, I went pretty nuts on my Ortlieb messenger bag.


Now both my bag and bike will get drivers attentions.

At $18.50 a pack, these are a really affordable way to not only decorate your bike or bag but to ride safe.

Thanks Tonky Designs for the free packs.

Find out more at:

Also, here is a video:

Redhook Crit, 3/24/12

Registration for the March 24th, 2012 Redhook Criterium begins March 1st.

More info at:


NYPD grilled about cyclists deaths makes the news

Two more articles about the NYPD’s investigation or lack there of into the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre and they way they handle similar traffic deaths.

One from the Village Voice: Council Grills NYPD About Cycling Death
By Nick Pinto, February 22nd, 2012.

And the one from the New York Times: City Council looks at Police Investigations Into Deaths of Cyclists. by Hannah Miet, February 15, 2012.

Kingsbridge Armory Article

With one month to go to submit proposals, here is another article about plans for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, that will hopefully include cycling.

Bicycles and Basketballs Could be in the Armory’s Future
By: Jeanmarie Evelly
Published: February 22nd, 2012

There’s less than a month left for those ‘vying to take over the Kingsbridge Armory to submit their proposa?ls to the city, and a number of organizations have come forward with ideas for filling the long-vacant, 600,000-square-foot building.
Recently, a group of cycling enthusiasts who have been campaigning to turn the Armory into a giant bicycling center have teamed up with New York Gauchos, a Bronx-based youth jbasketball program, as well as several other sports-oriented groups, with the intent of converting the structure into an enormous sports, recreation and wellness center.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for our vision,” said Rocky Bucano, vice president for the Teamwork Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs Gauchos. “They know the previous roadblocks were the pure retail plans, which were not a good fit for the community.”

Read more: here.

Another family bike nabbing

Greg Stare and his wife are the owners of the baby boutique in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Caibou baby. They’re the latest victims of a family bike theft which happened 2/18 in Brooklyn. This has been at least the third report of a bike used for transporting children, thats been stolen in the past three months. I hope this is not the start of some new trend. Perhaps the bike thieves have all grown up and are stealing bikes to get their thieve kids around to preK. It’s probably more a reflection that these bikes are targeted because their are mostly left outside because of their size.

Here is a description of the bike from Greg:


“Our family bike was stolen directly across from the Greenpoint police precinct (94) on the corner of Meserole Ave and Lorimer St. The bike is army green and the rear racks are painted black. The Surly decals were removed except for a few letters on the fork. The black child seat was attached.”


I always ask the victim to describe some information about how their bike was stolen to better learn from this negative experience.

“Our bike was lifted up over a pole. We shouldn’t have locked it to that pole, but we thought being across from a cop station would be a deterrent. Also, given the difficulty in lifting the bike, we thought it would be unlikely someone could even pull it off. One day we got home just after dark and noticed our bike was gone. In it’s place was a nyc trash can. So not only did the thieve(s) lift our bike in front of the cop station, they grabbed the city trash can and moved it over to the sign post.

Just the other day I saw a guy from B’s Bikes in Greenpoint with a cargo bucket-style bike that was recently recovered. In that case the thief cut the frame and re-welded a piece back over the notched out portion. Never saw that one…yikes! Does that mean I have to lock my frame in two places? I imagine a multi-pronged approach is what’s needed.”

If you have any information about this bike, contact Greg: or call (917) 698-8175

Put the revolution between your legs!

Occupy Wall Street has a bicycle coalition:

“Put the revolution between you’re legs.”

They’re getting ready for a big event on Monday, February 27th.

#F27: Occupy the Food Supply: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

On Monday, February 27th, 2012, OWS Food Justice, OWS Sustainability, Oakland Food Justice & the worldwide Occupy Movement invite you to join the Global Day of Action to Occupy the Food Supply. We challenge the corporate food regime that has prioritized profit over health and sustainability. We seek to create healthy local food systems. We stand in Solidarity with Indigenous communities, and communities around the world, that are struggling with hunger, exploitation, and unfair labor practices.

On this day, in New York City, community gardeners, activists, labor unions, farmers, food workers, and citizens of the NYC metro area, will gather at Zuccotti Park at noon, for a Seed Exchange, to raise awareness about the corporate control of our food system and celebrate the local food communities in the metro area.

At 2pm, this event will take to the streets, to educate the public about the effects of GMOs on our health and environment, with GMO labels and GMO buying guides. Also at 2pm, the Seed Ball Bike Ride will depart, launching seed balls to remediate soil & green NYC en route to the La Plaza Community Garden, where Lower East Side Community Garden Tours will commence at 3pm.

Join us throughout the day in this community celebration, and help us realize our shared healthy food future together!!

CREATE: Local, Just, Fair Solutions
RESIST: Corporate Control of our Food Supply

The NYC Events …
Noon – Symbolic presence at Stock Exchange
Noon – Seed Exchange at the “Stock Exchange” (location: Zuccotti Park)
2pm – GMO labeling (leave from Zuccotti Park)
2pm – Seed Ball Bike Ride (leave from Zuccotti Park)
3pm – LES Community Gardens Tours – (meetup location La Plaza Community Garden)

NYCGA Event:

National Event – Facebook page Link:

Seed Ball Bike Ride – Facebook page Link:

In Solidarity,
OWS Food Justice
OWS Sustainability
Occupy Oakland Food Justice
Global Occupy Movement
Occupy Cargill
Occupy Bike Coalition


Monster Track Pre-event

Come find out about the greatest Alleycat ever. Panel discussion with some of the street culture pioneers: Kevin “Squid” Bolger, Carlos “Jc” Ramirez and Victor Ouma. Those who’ve been there since the beginning of NYC’s only, longest running, no brakes, in the streets race. Hosted by the illustrious street poet, Kurt Boone.

March 8th, 2012

at the Chrome Store-Manhattan