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

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:

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:

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:






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.


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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 (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.


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.

Steve Vaccaro talks legal rights for cyclists, at REI, March 23rd.

Here is an upcoming event from the 5 Borough Bicycle Club (5bbc) An education talk from the bicycle lawyer Steve Vaccaro on the rules of the road in NYC.

Friday, March 23 – Bike Law 5BBC-TA event at REI with Steve Vaccaro
6:30 PM, REI Community Room, 295 Lafayette Street (between Houston & Prince Streets)

5BBC member Steve Vaccaro, a daily cyclist and lawyer representing cyclists and cycling organizations, will speak and take questions on cycling law topics, including the role of the police and the District Attorney in crashes, how to navigate the no-fault process, and the recent ticket blitzes in Central and Prospect Parks.

What you need to know about crashes
Cyclists’ right to the road
Ticket blitzes and what you need to know about cycling tickets
Central and Prospect Park cycling rules (and updates)
Bicycle Advocacy 2.0

More info:

Kevin Dillard (DemonCats) photos of Monster Track 13

The illustrious Kevin Dillard of DemonCats (outta DC) not wasting any time with his fantastic Monster Track 13 photos.

riders getting ready at Affinity Cycles in Brooklyn.
Stone Tone (left) and Crihs (right) with their game faces on.
Crowd mobbing for the manifests.
Dagga keepin it real.
The winners circle.

Kevin always does an amazing job of capturing the people who make up this event with really tight portraiture.

View the whole album here. (

Monster Track 13–winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Monster Track 13 winners.

1st place: J.T.
2nd place: Alfred
3rd place: Chas (1st outtta-towner from SF)
4th place: Crihs
5th place: Eric
1st female: Heather

More details to come.

Funny bike video

Since I missed video Friday, I thought I’d just post a few gems. This ones to funny to be ignored. In the novelty vein of the “performance,” video,

Here is: “Motherfucking Bike,” from the Sons of Science out of SF.

More: article in the Huffington Post

Ditmas Rides…Again

Now that the weather is getting nicer (not that we even had a winter) Ditmas Rides, a family group ride is starting up again. Here is a message from ride organizer, Rene Netter.


The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (3/16) @ 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the Library @ the corner of Cortelyou and Argyle.
New: We now have an official Facebook page so check it out and subscribe to it if you want to be kept in the loop:

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.