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Bike Kill 2011

A dirty finger told me, Bike Kill 2011 is coming October 29th…stay tuned.

Midnight Keirin in Prospect Park-Boogie Nights are back!

Wanna get down and race some track bikes and lick some wheels like Prolly?

Boogie Nights racing in Prospect Park is back.

Two years ago I interviewed race organizer, Alexander Barouh, about hosting this underground series. Check it out here.

Recap of the 3rd Tour de Taco

Anita Singh and her gang (brooklynbybike.com) held the third annual Tour De Taco. Here is a quick recap of the event.(photos)

Our biggest and most anticipated ride, Tour de Taco went off without a hitch this past Sunday! Around 75+ riders joined us for one last summer day (85 degrees!) and five different taco spots. A big thanks to my co-organizers Tishon and Emily and to our added leaders, Danny and Matt. Also thanks to all the riders and readers who came out. Without you all, it wouldn’t have been possible or fun!


Read more here.

SF bike expo-November 12th/13th

The San Francisco Bike Expo, is coming November 12th and 13th. Here is a preview: (as seen on Urbancyclistworldwide.com)

A look at the success of bike sharing

Is a bike sharing program successful for reducing pollution, increasing efficiency of transport or revenue generating for a city? New York Times reporter, David Jolly, while researching Paris’s bike sharing, Velib program says it depends who you ask. One success may not show up on the balance sheet, but is more of a long term goal, preparing people mentally for much needed ecco-friendly transport and accepting the bicycle.

From the NY Times Green Blog:
Are Bike Rentals a Success? Depends Who You Ask
by: David Jolly
published: October 10th, 2011
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20111011-101417.jpg(photo by Ed Alcock)

As I reported last week, Paris has begun rolling out new electric vehicles in a car-sharing program called Autolib.
The city says the goal is to reduce car ownership, traffic and tailpipe emissions, improving residents quality of life. Bollor, the company funding the project, wants to showcase its electric vehicles and its lithium-metal-polymer battery technology.

Read more here.

NACCC 2011-Austin TX-October 7th-9th

This year the nations couriers head down south to Texas for the North American Cycle Courier Championships. naccc2011austin.wordpress.com.

Here is a blurb from their site:

The 2011 North American Cycle Courier Championships, presented by Chrome, are going down October 7th-9th in Austin, Texas. The crew invite the messengers of the world to their town on the Colorado River for a weekend of slowly smoked, highly carbonated bicycle racing action. Expect a main race, side events, alleycat, and three nights of parties in the warm hills of central Texas.

NACCC participants have the option of shipping their bikes to sponsor Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in downtown Austin. Adding NACCC to the address label and notifying the organziers via naccc.mail@gmail.com will help us keep track of your bike. Help us help Mellow Johnny’s help you fight airline luggage fee price gouging!

Previous locations have been:
Atlanta-2010

Boston -2009

Chicago-2008

SF-2007

NACCC 2007 from Chrome Bags on Vimeo.

Come on down to Austin…There will be great bike events all weekend like a road ride:

and a Friday night alley cat sponsored by: Fast Folks.

You know Mr. Prolly (www.johnprolly.com) Now stationed down there, will be covering all the action.

Also check out this cool blog: ATXBS.com Austin Texas Bike Stuff.

Tweed Run, 10/15

James Fry contacted me and want to pass on an upcoming event for October 15th. In the vein of previous tweed rides comes:

The Tweed Run
A metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style.
From a press release:

After seeing great success in London over the last three years and a jaunt around beautiful Florence, Italy in June, the charity bicycle event with a very British sensibility is coming to New York on 15th October. The Tweed Run is an event that sees cyclists of all ages dressed in timeless period attire and pedalling their way through a modern metropolis to raise money for a good cause. The route includes our famous Tea Break, a halfway stop where participants are served pots of tea and cucumber sandwiches. Sponsors of the event include Rugby Ralph Lauren, bicycle manufacturers and outfitters Pashley Cycles and Brooks England, traditional barbershop chain Murdock and Jeeves and Jericho: The Jolly Good Tea Company. Proper attire will of course be expected, so dapper gents and elegant ladies should prepare their best outfits. Suggested attire includes: woollen plus fours, Harris Tweed jackets, flat caps, Fair Isle jumpers, alpaca coats, merino wool team jerseys, cycling skirts and perhaps a jaunty cape for the ladies, cravats or ties for gentlemen.

Find out more at Tweedrun.com

Bike sharing sneak peak-Demo on Atlantic.

Headed down to the 37th annual Atlantic Antic street festival with the family.
(that’s my boy Max on the right)
Besides the usual fried food and bouncy castles, there was some nice buzz for bikes. The D.O.T. was on hand not only handing out free helmets but also sizing them for people.

Big line of people wanting bike helmets…almost as many as those wanting the pulled pork sandwiches from building on bond, coffee house.

Then there we discovered a demo for NYC’s new bike sharing program which was getting a lot of attention.

The D.O.T. has chosen Alta bicycle share, : who will be bringing 10,000 bikes in 600 stations throughout NYC, by the summer of 2012. Alta’s Jocelyn was on hand answering questions and the whole operation seems fairly well thought out and user friendly. The bikes are sturdy with proprietary parts to minimize theft. All bikes are secured in each docking bay with a titanium pin, which seems rather impenetrable. Of course all my questions, weren’t about vandalism.


Jocelyn went onto explain that the bikes are intended for station to station use, not long recreation rides. Members can pay a yearly fee which is less than $100.00 and sizable less then the amount spent on the MTA. Also bikes can be rented on a daily or weekly basis. Each station is a lot like the new muni-parking meters and is easy to operate.

The bikes have been available for demo as seen here by: planetgordon.

I have to admit, I like what I see.

An article on the bike sharing demo from DNAinfo.com

#bikenyc tech meetup-October 4th and giveaway

There will be another installment of the nerd biker tech meetup on October 4th. This is a friendly social event for people who love bikes and want to share tech information such as creating apps, using social networking, data mapping or whatever your into.

Here is some info from Anita at Brooklynbybike.

Bike friends, it’s been far to long since we’ve had our last #bikenyc meetup! Join us Oct 4th from 7-9pm @ Red Lantern Bicycles, 345 Myrtle Ave for a free happy hour and of course the opportunity to reconnect with all of your cycling friends. This October also marks Brooklyn by Bike’s 3rd birthday and my actual birthday so come out and let’s have a toast!

Find out more details and info on a $50.00 card giveaway from Red Lantern cafe and bike shop, (345 Myrtle Ave.-Brooklyn) the site of the Meetup– here.

Victorian BMX game

Adult Swim, makers of such great programing as: Children’s Hospital,and an old skool favorite, Robot Chicken.

They also have some pretty funny online games including Victorian BMX.

Play Death, getting some big airs and taking out high wheelers.

Check it out here.

Thanks to Danbury Dave, for the headsup.