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Love your lanes, tomorrow

Don’t forget tomorrow is Time’s Up Valentine’s Day bike ride and “love your lanes,” super bash.

Here is a nice hand drawn flyer from dedicated lane productions and bike punk rocker Chris Ryan.

Time’s Up! Valentine’s Dance Party
Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:00 PM
The Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street
between Houston & Stanton Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Bring your friends, make-up with your enemies, kiss your lover and dedicate this dance to your big time love – your bicycle. Get ready to spread the bike love and support your community. Lots of sweets, strawberries, chocolate body painting! Beer, wine, and Love Potion 69. Burlesque by Faux Pas, Chicava HoneyChild, and more. Visuals by VJ XU. Music by Hungry March Band & DJ Fake Money. Photos from 2011 Valentine’s Dance Party. More 2011 photos!
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Love Your Lane Pre-Party Bike Ride
Friday, February 10, 2012
9:30 PM – Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
10:00 PM – Tompkins Square Park, center park, Manhattan

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love—your bicycle, and help support the new green infrastructure and spread the love through our communities. Wear red and passionately decorate your bicycle. Spread the love through the the streets. Ride ends at Valentine’s Dance Party.

Boombotix speaker winner making noise

Big congratulations to Kim Burgas, (@kimburgas) for winning my BoomBotix speaker twitter contest.

After realizing I may have made this a bit too complicated, I simply asked my followers how they would best use this handy portable sound system. This was Kim’s winning response:

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Kim and her crew have put together group commutes in the spirit of car pooling to work, from the Upper West Side and Brooklyn.

Follow along on twitter at #nycbiketrain (a website is in the works)

My contest came just in time for an awesome bike mounted speaker review form Nona over at: thebirdwheel.com.

Bicycle Mounted Speakers

The problem with bicycling isn’t a lack of infrastructure, kind and responsible drivers and pedestrians… It’s that there’s not enough music cranked to 10 when riding to work or where ever. And sadly you’re probably not serious enough to do it in the traditional style:

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If you can’t cruise through Brooklyn blaring “My Way” or “Born to Run” Through NJ, the Beach Boys in California or whatever it is that seems like a good time, you might be in danger of NOT having a good time. Terrifying.

But lucky for you, it turns out there are a lot of ipod based cheap & fast options out there.

Learn about a ton of options, including the Boombotix line, Here.

Speaking of Boombotix, they just released a handlebar mounted option. Find out more on this from Urban Velo.

Critical Mass, Caracas Style

Oski is a 26 year old anarchist bikepunk living in the city of Caracas Venezuela. He documents life there on his tumblr: oskinoka.tumblr.com Things like kidnapping and the violence witnessed while biking in this turbulent city.

On a positive note, their is one event that seems to be bringing the bike community together, Critical Mass.

Here is a recent article from the New York Times:
The Urban Bike Guerrillas
By: Francisco Toro
January 31st, 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela — Start with one of the world’s highest murder rates, add in a mountain setting and some of the cheapest gasoline anywhere, then sprinkle liberally with a hostile and chaotic car culture and you get Caracas, perhaps one of the least bike-friendly cities anywhere.

That hasn’t stopped a small but hardy breed of bike-enthusiasts and cyclo-environmental activists from trying to shake up the city’s transportation scene with the one American import on Caracas’s streets that doesn’t run on a V-8 engine: Critical Mass.

Read more: here.

Video Friday-1/3/12

Here we go:

BMX-We got that.

Each week, the Minneapolis based bike blog bikejerksmpls.blogspot.com does a BMX monday, here is there video pick.

Starring: Rory Ellis, Craig Passero, Devin Feil, Alex Platt, Charlie Crumlish, Mike Mastroni, Jake Seeley and Garrett Reeves.
Made by: On Some Shit: Adam22 and Mike Mastroni

I also discovered the site, Cool Bike Videos, which has categories of bike videos including, downhill, freeride, mountain, road and BMX.

Terry Adams takes his amazing flatland skills to the streets. Even if you’re not into flatland, you need to watch this video.

Seen on Tracko out of LA:

Caieiras Velodrome from Bikeage Filmes on Vimeo.

and another one from the Caieiras Velodrome in San Paulo Brazil:

Richard Sachs explains why he trims brake pads on his cyclocross bicycles.
Order your copy of Richard Sachs – bicycle maker (photobook) now at bicykel.com

Richard Sachs – bicycle maker [trimming brake pads] from Nick Czerula on Vimeo.

Ok this is a Skate video…but hey, it has explosions:

Leeside Skateboard Mayhem from Zenga Bros on Vimeo.

Thanks AHTBM.

This one from Urban Velo.
Film-maker, Sasha Perry, and registered dietician, Matt Ruscigno, have been creating a series of documentary films on the efforts of vegan athletes, of which the first 3 of 5 videos involve cycling. The series is called Day in the Life and exists to show that if athletes, who have some of the most demanding nutritional needs, can be vegan than anyone can.

Day in the Life 2; Endurance Athlete Brian Davidson, part 2, Death Valley Double Century from True Love Health on Vimeo.

and this one:

Double P from peonfx on Vimeo.

and lots from Urbancyclistworldwide.com

More BMX,

Kevin Peraza from Dalton Campbell on Vimeo.

From BMX transworld

The C.R.E.A.M Fork by WeThePeople from wemakethings on Vimeo.

Sven Hackett for BSD from Archetype bmx on Vimeo.

A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg St. Pauli made their way to break-in the city of Los Angeles. During 12 days the group scattered the city in all cardinal directions. They cruised through the barrios of East LA, blazed to the beaches of Venice and ascended the Hollywood Hills.

BREAKIN L.A. TEASER

bergamont GREENHOUSE urban mountainbike race from Whyex Productions on Vimeo.

One Day on Two Wheels from SFFL Shortlisted on Vimeo.

and this has to be my favorite of the week:

THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE from Guillaume Blanchet on Vimeo.

D.O.T. Sharing bike info on bike sharing

Here’s an article on NYC’s upcoming bike sharing program and how you can get involved.

New York City bike sharing: coming this summer
By: Channtal Fleischfresser
Published: January 30, 2012

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This summer, New York City will launch a bike sharing program featuring 10,000 new public bicycles at 600 bike sharing stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The idea is that each bike station would be no more than 1,000 feet away from the next one, so New Yorkers between 79th Street and northwest Brooklyn would not have to walk far to find the closest station.

The good news is that individual neighborhoods can decide where bike stations will go, and they are looking to residents for guidance. Over the next two months, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold community planning workshops in the relevant neighborhoods, and residents are encouraged to attend to help determine where to place the bike stations.

The first of these meetings is scheduled for this Tuesday, January 31, to determine the placement of stations in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Clinton. See the New York City Bike Share timeline to see when your neighborhood’s meeting will be held.

The DOT is also asking for input on its website: residents can suggest locations for bike share stations and indicate why they’d be good spots for sharing stations.

Read more at Smartplanet.com

Pictures from Fixt of Fury.

Pictures of DC’s Fixt of Fury 2 alley cat race, by Kevin Dillard of DemonCats.

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Check out the slideshow here. (works great with music on mobile devises too.)

Bike Nashbar Giro d’Italia

Wanna win a trip to Italy for stages 19 & 20 of the 2012 Giro d’Italia?

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Mega bike catalog Bike Nashbar, is having a contest:

Create an original video telling them why you should go and upload it to their contest app starting February 6th.

Keep following at their Facebook page:
Facebook.com/bikenashbar

Events in February

In Minneapolis, one of the longest running and generally the first alley cat of the year.

Stupor Bowl 15

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And in Bristol UK, the 2012 Redbull Hill Chaser

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Red Bull Hill Chasers will see 16 elite and 16 amateur cyclists from BMX, mountain bike, road cycling and fixed-gear compete in a series of gruelling head-to-head knockout rounds on the unforgiving incline. Riders will be paired randomly giving amateur riders the chance to compete against the elite. Look out for some big name competitors!

Fined out more at pinkbike.com.

Ghostbikes for sale?

Just saw this (forwarded on twitter by Limb_0)

Ghost bikes for sale? WTF?

I’m hoping this is a joke?

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2824269155.html

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Velodrome in the Bronx?

ABC News story on proposals for the Kingsbridge Armory including a new Velodrome.

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City reopens proposals for Kingsbridge Armory site
Friday, January 27, 2012

NEW YORK (WABC) — Military use of the Bronx Kingsbridge Armory ended in 1996, and since then, it has sat vacant.

A plan to convert it to a retail mall was rejected a few years ago, but now, the city has re-opened the proposals.

The armory was built in 1910 with an interior so large, you could fire a cannon at one end and not hit the other end. It’s that kind of size that is both a positive and a negative when it comes to finding a company or an organization to take it over.

Read the article here. {video}