NYC BIKE SHOP OFFERS $50 PRIZE FOR BEST CYCLING HAIKU
(New York, NY, Nov. 30, 2011) As New York City’s Department of Transportation unveils its “Curbside Haiku” safety education campaign, one local chain of bicycle stores is betting its customers are just as creative. Spokesman Cycles is holding a contest for the best haiku about riding a bike in New York. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.
Entries can be posted on the Spokesman Cycles Facebook Page until December 9th. The poem garnering the most â€œlikesâ€ by December 14th will win. Complete rules are available at our Facebook page.
Spokesman Cycles has stores in Union Square, Long Island City and the Atlas Park Mall. A new East Side store, at 313 East 60th Street is opening soon. The stores sell, repair and rent bicycles and are known for a well-curated selection of bicycle parts and accessories. Spokesman Cycles is family owned and operated.
The bike was well secured with a heavy kryptonite-like heavy chain. It was even tarp covered to protect from the rain. Whoever took it had to have at least 4 ft. bolt cutters, but even with that it would have been a hard job. The person took it in the dead of the night, the night before thanksgiving. It seems pretty calculated.
We will take any help we can get. Thank you! I’ll attach a flyer and a few photos. Please feel free to spread the word. If there are other places or people we should contact as well, please let us know. Someone MUST know where it is! It’s a pretty hard bike to hide.
Again, thank you!
All the best,
Here are some photos to make you sad or angry or both…
So if you see someone hauling a bunch of scrap metal down to the Gowanus in this contraption…let us know.
The family, now without what must be the greatest bike commute ever.
I mean really, thief…you stole this kids family bike…I hope you get nothing for Christmas, except a baloney sandwich in Central Booking and processed for grand theft.
I’d like to personally spearhead a collection for Amy and her family to raise funds to replace this bike. Anyone want to help donate…let me know.
Many NYC cyclists are opposed to this mainly because riding here is such information overload and who needs more distractions. I always adhere to the rule of having one ear bud headphone in and consider myself an experienced enough rider to handle all the bombastic forces weighing down on me from every angle. Then of course that dude rolls by with some thundering bass sound system that costs more for one amp then my entire bike collection. I know, intimidating and quickly drowns out my Chickcorea.
It’s enough to make me want to throw down with a sound clash, but before I end up like these guys: (source: NYTimes “Biking to a Different Beat.” by Tyler Hicks.)
There is a very cute product out there for us bikers which I think should be on everyone’s Chanukah lists…
This company was super nice to send me a free one, and in my favorite color no less.
This speaker is the BB1 which is connected with a retractable mini to mini cable that goes from most iphones, ipods and protable mp3 devices or a laptop, right into the back of the unit. The skulls eyes are the speakers and for such a small device (about the size of a clenched fist) this little guy packs a punch, even on the loud streets of Grime town NYC. It has a super strong clip for mounting to a messenger bag strap or hip pouch and isn’t about to fall off. It charges with a mini USB into the unit and a standard USB for a computer port or that white cube iphone charger. It lasts for about an 4 hours (at full volume) on full charge and it indicates the charge with a blue LED in the star on the top of the speaker. It takes an hour to fully charge. The volume is controlled with your music devise of choice, so there are no audio controls on the BB1 itself, and I kind of enjoy the simplicity, just an on/off button.
There is now a BB2 bluetooth wireless version available.
There is a huge variety of colors and styles including my personal favorite…a Carbon Fiber.
Ok, it’s not going to blow anyone away like this guy:
But for a little portable speaker for around ($50.00-the wireless one is more) the boombotix is a very convenient little machine with really clear sound. This is the perfect speaker to ride with and then compliment your laptop sounds or park picnic.
The Bird Wheel has done it again, an excellent resource for bicycle information here in NYC. Check out their latest page and meet custom bike builders such as Seth Rosko, Johnny Coast (Coast Cycles) and Lance Mercado of Squarebuilt.
Here’s a unique holiday gift idea, a portrait of the New York City cycling community taken by photographer Dmitry Gudkov. All this week he’s having a print sale:
In honor of Cyborg Monday or whatever the made-up consumer occasion is, I’m holding a bike portrait print sale. All this week, Monday-Friday, any bike portrait print order is 20% off. Sure, the portraits look nice on the web, but to have a physical print on your wall is another story. Print them big, and they really breathe. So get one or get two for your girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad, grandma, or just get one for yourself. Or just send this link to your mom. I’ve spent so much time creating these photographs and post-processing them to be as perfect as possible, I don’t want them languishing in web-res. Prices are going up in 2012 so this is the best time to snag one of these beautiful prints.
Head over to the print store and enter the code Rideabike at checkout. Happy Holidays!
Looks like the experiment in bike commuting otherwise known as the Biketrain is going citywide:
All Aboard the Biketrain – Citywide
UPDATE [Nov. 25]:
The biketrain is going citywide. If you’re interested in leading or participating in a commuter biketrain in NYC, complete the google form below (tell us if you’re interested in leading) and we’ll be in touch shortly.
Just got an email from Patagonia about two pop-up stores opening in upper Manhattan, and a special promotional screening (tonight) of a new bicycle movie, “Velo.”
We’re pleased to announce the openings of the Patagonia Tin Shed pop-up stores in New York.
The “Tin Shed” concept stores are named after the blacksmith shopin Ventura where Patagonia founder/owner Yvon Chouinard forged toold for rock and alpine climbing. The stores are visiting through early spring and visitors can stop by all winter long for a hot cup of apple cider,
Upper West Side
2625 Broadway at West 100th
Upper East Side
1491 Third Ave at East 84th
Tonight (11/28) at the Upper West Side store on Broadway, Patagonia Tin Shed is hosting a film screening of a great bike film.
Hope you can attend!
PATAGONIA TIN SHEDâ„¢ BROADWAY PRESENTS: VELO
A FILM ABOUT BICYCLES AND THE RIDERS THEY SERVE
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 6:30 PM
Join us at Patagonia’s Tin Shed Broadway store for Velo, Buck Naked Visual Works latest film. Man has had many noble inventions, but few as pure and mechanically sound as the bicycle. The bicycle has made its most drastic transformations in the last 30 years, innovations that have fostered lasting impacts; the creation of entire communities and lifestyles revolving around each uniquely different form. Velo explores some of these different cultures, places and riding styles.
It’s been a challenging year for the New York City cycling community, fighting the crackdown of “operation safe cycle,” and defending needed infrastructure such as the Prospect Park West bike lane. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has been an instrumental player in these issues. As the year draws to an end, they are looking for donations and have a matching funds challenge. Here is a message from Executive Director Paul Steely White.
Ian and Joanna Smith, with sons Jasper & Wyatt, photographed on
the Prospect Park West protected bicycle lane, established 2010.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
Dear Transportation Alternative members:
This year, you and I have challenged the enforcement policies of the NYPD. We have brought bicycle lanes to all five boroughs, despite challenges in the courts and out. Challenges like these are T.A.’s bread and butter. To make our city great, and with the support of New Yorkers like you, we challenge New York City’s status quo.
Right now, T.A. has a new challenge. A local foundation has promised T.A. $600,000 — funds we need to empower advocates in every borough — but only if we can raise a matching amount. Will you help T.A. meet the challenge ahead? Donate to T.A. today.
When something is wrong on your street, you don’t just complain about it — you take action. You attend a meeting, you write a letter and you speak up to New York City’s most powerful. In every uphill battle, your commitment makes all the difference.
Today, T.A. needs your help for an extra-important action. For the second year in a row, a local foundation has offered T.A. an extraordinary challenge grant. Right now, your donation goes twice as far — that means T.A. will be a powerful advocate in every New York neighborhood. To take advantage of this foundation’s generosity, we need New Yorkers like you to take action. Help T.A. meet this challenge: Make a donation to T.A. today.
When you and I take on a challenge, we are what makes New York City great. Across the five boroughs, T.A. staff and volunteers are redrawing our streets and reimagining the possibility of our city. Your signature, your presence at a rally, your voice at a community meeting, your donation to T.A. — this is how we are changing New York City’s status quo. Give to today and we can make New York great, together.
Paul Steely White
P.S.: T.A.’s $600,000 challenge ends on December 31st. Donate to T.A. today.