Handlebar Happy Hour

Tomorrow, have a drink with Handlebar.

HANDLEBAR is a roaming happy hour to benefit local bike initiatives. Join us for the first ever HANDLEBAR featuring bike-themed drink specials to benefit Local Spokes! Handlebar will also feature a show of paintings by Pasqualina Azzarello, Executive Director of Recycle-A-Bicycle.

Local Spokes


Check out more details at their Facebook events page.

Meeting tonight for a safer Jay St.

Come to a meeting tonight for a safer Jay St. in Brooklyn.

Anyone who rides Jay Street regularly to get to and from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges knows how dangerous it can be for all street users, and how little any of the most common infractions are ticketed or discouraged. If New York City streets can sometimes feel like the wild wild west, then Jay Street is Dodge City in more ways than one.

Tuesday, February 21st at 7 pm, the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee will present the NYPD’s 84th Precinct Community Council with the results of the Jay Street Traffic Monitoring study, conducted last October. They’ll also show the short video, above.


“Dude, where’s my bike?” Found in China

From the feel-good department, here’s a story from China about a Japanese man who’s stolen bicycle was found thanks to social networking, including the popular site Weibo China’s hybrid of twitter and Facebook.

Japanese Man Cycling Globe Has Bike Stolen in Wuhan China


Recently, a young Japanese man with dreams of cycling around the world became the center of attention when his bicycle was stolen in Wuhan. His story and call for help in finding the bike has been forwarded over 60,000 times and is currently #1 on Sina Weibo. Last night around 11pm, police finally recovered the bicycle and returned it to him.

Read more:

7th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 will be the 7th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk.

More info:
The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the seventh year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2011. Please help us show solidarity with the family and friends of those lost by joining us for this important event. Bring flowers and other items to honor those lost.

Please look out for a full schedule and route to be posted in the next few weeks.

Day-of updates:
Detailed ride schedule:
Facebook event:
More information:
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Video Friday, 2/17/12

Video Friday, here we go:

Seen on:
The skinny: So this is the second week in a row I got to go out filming with the LDG Fixed Freestyle team but this week we brought Joe McKeag along for the fun. This video is also the first time Jakob Santos rides 26’s !! Yes I said it ! … JAKOB SANTOS on 26’s !!


Then over to

Baum Cycles Mini Doc
skinny: From Prolly (who is currently on vacation in the land down under)While we wait on my Shop Visit photos to Baum Cycles here is this little mini doc to give you the background on this superb bicycle framebuilder out of Australia. I was damn impressed with their bikes and operations at Baum. Expect to see them wow the world at NAHBS this year.


And this one:
2 Wheelers Magazine
seen on Prolly
skinny: a new magazine for all things two wheels, scooters, bikes, motorcycles. Check out their tumblr:

Nr 01 from 2 Wheelers Magazine on Vimeo.

Checking out their site, led me to this video:

Jordan Hufnagel: Custom Bike Builder
skinny:I made this short piece on custom bike builder Jordan Hufnagel for Level Mag. Jordan’s shop is in Portland, Oregon, and he makes everything from Track to Cyclocross bikes, along with pretty much anything in between. I’ve been shooting studio photos of a lot of Jordan’s bikes for the last few months, and this is an extension of that.


Good dose of freestyle fixed gear from Prolly’s amazing site:
Phillip Williams-Hibernation

Phillip Williams – Hibernation from Sam Clark on Vimeo.

West Fixed: Pedro Oliveira
the skinny: a new rider from WestFixed, showing off some moves.


Then I caught this one from their site:


†The Portuguese Connection† from †ZONTRAC† on Vimeo.

Tree Summer 2011, Derek Nelson
skinny:In early 2011 we had the team go out with their friends and whatever video camera they could find to put together this simple DVD. This is the intro and Derek’s section. Derek doesn’t ride like anyone else. Enjoy


And this gem about riding in Japan’s major city of Tokyo.

84kick Ride Tokyo
seen on:


Ok all you freestyle fixed gear tricksters, try ripping it up on this classic:

Vintage Ladies bike trix
seen on:
skinny: alright all you fixed gear tricksters, try getting busy on a ladies vintage bike.

BMX from the Bikejerks in MPLS.

Drew Bezanson Returns
by: Justen Soule
seen on:
The skinny: Drew Bezanson is back! Shot at Joyride 150 Bike Park.

Drew Bezanson Returns from Justen Soule on Vimeo.

seen on:
by: Plutonium Paint
the skinny: NYC based Artist, Ryan Humphrey shows us how to properly do a 3 color fade on BMX handle bars with Plutonium.

Here is a great portrait of a Seattle bike messenger and CMWC winner.

Craig Etheridge
seen on:
skinny: A video portrait of Seattle based bicycling champion Craig Etheridge.


Cool products,

I got this one from the creator of a great new tool for changing a tube. Check out, Jim Walls-Cobra tire tool.

Zutterhauheighneten Strasse
Seen on:
skinny: a POV helmet cam bike and skate trip of Northern California’s San Francisco area.

Washington DC tweed ride 2011
seen on:
skinny: by Tim Sesslerby/Tim Sessler. The Washington, DC Tweed Ride presented by Dandies and Quaintrelles
and Bicycle Space DC


Good People In Cycling, Episode II – Jack The Bike Man
seen on:

skinny: For Episode II of our “Good People In Cycling” series, we visit Jack The Bike Man, a most unique individual with an inspirational story for us all.
What started as a simple mechanical fix morphed into something that has changed his life and those of countless others.
For more information about Jack The Bike Man, visit:


And last up, I got an email about this one:

Thomas Porter whacky bikes mini doc.
skinny: Brooklyn resident William Thomas Porter builds wonderful – and really weird – bikes. “I wouldn’t call them mutants,” he says of his bike caricatures, “because that would make them sound ugly. It’s more like creating this… new splendid form.” We followed him around for a about a year documenting his projects and cajoling him into demonstrating the bikes’ awesomeness in a series of humorous, fast-paced vignettes.
Throughout the short Tom chats with good friend (and sometimes collaborator), Diego Guzman, about how and exactly why he does what he does.


50K tickets for cyclists in 2011

So just exactly do we quantify all the harassment of cyclists in 2011 in their “Operation Safecycle?”

Alex Goldmark of the blog, Transportation Nation had this report:

NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011

The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.

About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.

At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.

By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations — those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year — about 35,000 — were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.

By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD’s specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.

Read more: here.

Adele, Now what?

Congratulations to UK pop sensation Adele for winning 6 Grammys. Now what?

(seen on Transportation Nation.)

NYPD grilled about investigation of Cyclist Death

This Wednesday (2/16/12) morning was a meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee: NYPD Accident Response & Enforcement.” The hearing was lead by ongoing investigation of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre.

Time’s Uplead a bike ride to the event and was on hand for the proceedings.

Times up volunteer Barbara Ross filed this report:

“Thanks Joe and Keegan for rolling out of bed early morning so we can start the ride at the crash site, Laurie for putting the call out and Ben & Keegan for writing up the testimony and release with lightning speed.

The hearing was amazing. The NYPD’s lack of knowledge when answering such basic questions from the City Council members was revealing. The packed audience were stunned and evidence of corruption was out there in the open for all to see. The stories of the ordeal the family members of the victims had to endure working with the NYPD while dealing with a death of a loved one caused everyone in the room to get very emotional.

Time’s Up! was represented at the hearing with over 7 of us and they allowed me to tape most of the testimony of the NYPD and victim’s family. We really really need editors. Peter and I got so much great footage but we just don’t have time to put it out there. Keep you ears open for editors. I put the footage on-line of Erika Lefevre’s full testimony, mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the cyclist killed by a motor vehicle last year. She flew in from Montreal to expose the horrendous job NYPD did on the investigation of her son’s death.

Brooklyn Paper article. story.

Turnin 8

February marks the 8th year I’ve been running this blog. Not sure of the exact date but things have come along way since the days of ranting about critical mass back on blogger in 2005.

Thanks to all who have supported me through the years, given me advice, ridden with me and supported this site. Much more to come in the future.

Don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know you’re out there and how I’m doing.

Stone Tone in SF-throwin an alleycat

Stone Tone of NYC Messkings is heading to San Francisco in two weeks and will be throwing an alleycat.