Monster Track 2012-Numero 13

Underground sporting events are an integral part of the NYC bike culture and nothing exemplifies this in a more profound way then the annual Monster Track alleycat race. This event celebrates the fixed gear and is often called NYC’s track bike holiday. It draws riders from all over the world to test their skills in open traffic on a bikes with no handbrakes allowed. I’ve always been drawn to this race and wrote an in depth story for Urban Velo magazine back in 2010.

Here is a little reminiscing from one of the races pioneers JC Ramirez (aka Track King 2012) and creator of the urban biking social netork:
(photo: JC Ramirez-Left, Victor Ouma-Right)

“I did get a messenger job to my friend Johnny aka Snake more than a decade ago
We got our first track bike at the same time.
We talk about making a exclusive Track Bicycle alleycat after a July 4 race
In the year 2000 it became a reality with over 50 hardcore messengers riders, Monster Track was born
In the year 2003 I took over the race after Snake moved out of NYC; I did bring my best friend Victor to the game.
We created the base of a culture with the hardcore race and the freestyle tricks that evolve year by year after us.
Now there is racers all over the world and the track freestyle is stronger than ever.
What ever happen in the future, don’t forget the originator of the game, we made history in the Track Culture and freestyle.
13 years later here we are, come join us and have the best time of your life.
Be safe, Wear helmet and Stay Strong.”

Jc Ramirez aka Track King 2012.

Monster Track 13 will be, March 10th, 2012.

Registration is from 12pm-4pm @ Affinity Cycles 616 Grand St.-Brooklyn.
Photos will be taken by Takuya Sakamoto
Race starts at 4:30pm sharp Grand Army Plaza, Williamsburg Bridge-Brooklyn Side
After Party and Awards-TBD

There is a pre-event at the Chrome Store, March 8th.

The Commentator, documentary project by BFF’s Brendt Barbur


Brendt Barbur, the illustrious creator of the world famous Bicycle Film Festival, is going beyond just curating great bike movies, he’s making one of his own.

The documentary project is called the Commentator and takes an in depth look at Jorgensen Leth who created the legendary sports film: “A Sunday in Hell.” back in 1976.


More about the project:

THE COMMENTATOR revisits A SUNDAY IN HELL, legendary filmmaker Jorgen
Leth’s 1976 cycling masterpiece about the Paris-Roubaix one-day race.
The original film followed the spring classic across the cobbled
French countryside. THE COMMENTATOR will retrace those steps and
follow the race with Jorgen as he announces the 2012 Paris-Roubaix for
television. We will also capture the race from the perspective of the
staff, fans and athletes.

We are fortunate to have a great crew for this project. We’re a team
of friends, and are coming together to celebrate cycling on one of its
biggest stages, as well as to honor the man who helped popularize the
Paris Roubaix. Jorgen memorably screened A SUNDAY IN HELL at a sellout
show for the first Bicycle Film Festival in 2001. Almost everyone on the
crew has participated in the BFF.

The team includes director Brendt Barbur, a producer, curator and
founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival, and famed
documentarian Albert Maysles who will be filming Jorgen Leth in the
trademark style that he lent to his films GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER,
and MUHAMMAD AND LARRY. Our team of photographers and filmmakers is
world class, featuring cycling and surf luminaires Brian Vernor and
Patrick Trefz, as well as former Colors Magazine creative director and
celebrated photographer Stefan Ruiz. Ace producer Laura Coxson of
Maysles Films is also on board. Our film will be scored by iconic New
York rock band Blonde Redhead.

To support this project and pledge funds at their kickstarter page, go here.

Famous bikers arrested #F29

Two outstanding members of our bike community were arrested today in a massive protest against corporate America being titled #F29.

I saw this on twitter:

and this from Alison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio20120229-140734.jpg

Joe Sharkey (@critmasspanic) of NYC World Naked Bike Ride and Time’s Up volunteer Monica Hunken were nabbed outside of the Phizer headquarters on 43rd and 3rd.

I salute your tired vigilance for fighting for local issues such as free assembly and the big scale battles of corporate greed of the OWS movement.

Today’s action is reported here. in the New York Times cityroom blog.

The main focus of #F29 is in solidarity with Occupy Portland who has turned its attention on ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) a non profit group made up of some of the largest profit making corporations.

Find out more

Here is a short video:

20120229-135841.jpg(photo caption: Protesters outside Pfizer’s headquarters on Wednesday morning. Photo by: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Just got word that Joe is out with charges of disorderly conduct and riding on the sidewalk…which somehow justifies his bike being impounded. Monica is still being held.

Follow up on Prospect Park traffic loop meeting

Brooklynites question why not a flat out ban of cars rather than a reduced lane at last nights meeting about proposed changes to the Prospect Park traffic loop.

More from the NY Daily News:

We want a total ban on cars from Prospect Park, Brooklynites tell city.
Meeting considers redesign of traffic lanes.

By: Simone Weischselbaum
Published: February 28, 2012

20120229-094409.jpg(photo caption: Prospect Park Administrator Emily Lloyd at a meeting on the proposed redesign of park traffic lanes.Photo by: Anthony Lanzilote)

The city’s new plan to cut Prospect Park traffic doesn’t go far enough, lovers of the Brooklyn oasis complained Tuesday night — they want cars banned altogether.
At a public meeting, Prospect Park Administrator Emily Lloyd showed the crowd of about 150 pictures of a redesign set to come to the park in the spring. Rush hour traffic, now assigned to two lanes, will go down to one, creating extra space for cyclists and pedestrians.
But Brooklyn residents questioned why officials won’t ban motorists rather than cram cars into a 10-foot slice of pavement during the morning and evening commutes, the only time vehicles are allowed inside the park.

Read more: here.

OWS bike swarm #F29

Today (Leap Day) the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking it to the street on bikes.

As seen by: @critmasspanic


Meetups in NYC: 9am Pulitzer fountain (5th Ave &59th), 10am Tudor city (2nd Ave & 43rd), 11:30am NY Library (5th Ave & 41st)


Find out more at:

Also see:


More about Prospect Park loop changes

Here is another article about proposed changes to the Prospect Park traffic loop.

New York Daily News:
Bike, walk or run in Prospect Park? Big changes coming down the road.
Cars to be reduced to one lane

By: Simone Weichselbaum
Published: February 27, 2012


(photo caption: Pack of fast bike riders in Prospect Park where big changes to Park Drive are in the works. Photo by: Debbie Egan-Chin)

A revamp of how people bike, run, and drive around Brooklyn’s famed patch of green is set to reduce cars to one lane; give bikers and walkers more space; and have cops ticketing rule breakers.

The Prospect Park Road Sharing Task force – a mix of city officials cyclists, runners and dog walkers – is slated to present the proposals Tuesday night after an uptick in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.

“We want to make these changes to increase pedestrian safety,” said Prospect Park administrator Emily Lloyd. “There’s too much friction on (Park Drive) which has gotten busier in the last few years.”

In the task force’s proposal obtained by the Daily News, drivers – who currently are only allowed in the park during rush hour using two lanes – would be crammed into one ten-foot wide slice of Park Drive, a 3.35 mile loop.

Read more: here.

Special note:
@Brooklynspoke, told me about joining the Car free prospect park Facebook page, for some social networking on this vital issue.

Manhattan bridge back to normal


Looks like things are returning to normal on the Manhattan bridge, starting March 5th. Bikers will return to the North side path and pedestrians will take the South (or at least that’s what the signs say-people tend to ignore those.)

Here is more from Gothamist’s John Signore:

On Monday, March 5th, balance will be returned to the Force when cyclists are once again allowed to use the extremely bike-friendly Manhattan entrance to the bridge on Forsyth Plaza, as well as the equally pleasant bike ramp on Sands Street in Brooklyn. Pedestrians, meanwhile, will be instructed to return to the south side walkway, but if history is any guide many of them will just ignore that.

Read the whole story: here.

Meeting tonight, Task force to make recommendations about Prospect Park Loop

Tonight there will be a meeting in Prospect Park Brooklyn of the Road Sharing task force, to present their recommendations about radically changing the 3.3 mile loop in Prospect Park.

Here is more about it from J. David Goodman of the New York Times.

Proposal Would Separate Drivers, Cyclists and Walkers on the Prospect Park Loop

A set of proposed changes to the Prospect Park loop in Brooklyn would radically change its current design, reducing the space for cars to a single lane and creating two separate, dedicated lanes: one for pedestrians and one for bicycles.
The changes, to be unveiled on Tuesday, came in response to a series of collisions between pedestrians and cyclists, and amid growing rancor over how to balance the interests of the 10 million people who crowd into Prospect Park each year. The debate intensified last fall after a pair of severe accidents left two women with brain injuries.

“We decided that the only workable solution was for each group to have a lane and only one lane, throughout the day,” said Emily Lloyd, the Prospect Park administrator and the leader of the task force of city agencies and park users that developed the proposal. She said the goal of the Prospect Park Road Sharing Task Force had been to increase safety by making the drive, which is 3.3 miles long, more predictable and easier for pedestrians to cross. “There was consensus — I would say enthusiastic consensus,” Ms. Lloyd said.

Read more at here.

Meeting information (from

On Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm, the Road Sharing Taskforce will present the recommendations it made to Parks and DOT on how Park users can safely utilize the Park Drives. If you use the Park in any way, you are welcome to attend the meeting.

Taskforce Members include:
• Department of Parks and Recreation (Prospect Park Administration)
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Fellowship For The Interests of Dogs & Their Owners (FIDO)
• Jack Rabbit Sports
• Kissena Cycling Club
• New York Police Department (78th Precinct)
• Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
• Office of NYC Council Member Brad Lander (39th District)
• Park Enforcement Patrol
• Prospect Park Alliance Playground Committee
• Prospect Park Community Committee
• Prospect Park Senior Residence
• Prospect Park Track Club
• Transportation Alternatives

Public Meeting: Sharing the Park Drives
Tuesday, February 28, 6pm
Picnic House in Prospect Park
For more information, contact Prospect Park at 718-965-8951 or

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.