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CMWC XIX-Warsaw Poland, 7/27-31

Saw this nice poster on urbancyclistworldwide.com.

The 19th Cycle Messenger World Championships are this weekend in Warsaw Poland. warsawcarkillers.org

World Bicycle Domination!

Cycle me home-to Budapest

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Meet Neza, she’s biking across Europe from Spain to Hungary with a group of friends in 38 days. A documentary crew is following along.

Here is more about Neza:

“Let us introduce to you NEZA, a supercool girl who joins us in Ljubljana! Here are some facts about her:

-Where do you come from, where do you join, what do you do, study, work, whats your hobby?
-I am Neza, and I am from Slovenia (Ljubljana). Finishing my degree in Graphic and Interactive communications. I also own a small “company”, called Embrace Softgoods.

-Since when do you ride the bike?
-I ride a fixed gear bike for about 8 months now, it’s a Csepel Royal, and I hate to ride it in single speed mode, so it’s always on a fixed side. I also have a race bike, which I use daily for a training, so fixie is only for a city ride.

-Why did you decide to join?
-It’s going to be a physical as well as psychological challenge for me, although I join the team only at their last stage of the travel in Ljubljana in their last 450km. I wish and I know it’s going to be a great experience!

Find out more about this cycling excursion and keep track of the groups progress at:

cyclemehome.com.

Here is more from one of the riders:

“Hey there,

Levi, after his Erasmus in Madrid decided to return to Budapest by bicycle. Of course, he does not ride alone. Adam, his classmate from Madrid is riding with him all the way to Hungary. He is also followed by a film crew, making a road trip – documentary – about their adventures.

Cycle Me Home – From Barcelona to Marseille from Cycle Me Home on Vimeo.

In the 38 days many things can happen, that’s why we are uploading videos of each days’ happenings. On the way home, we would like to meet people from all Europe, inspiring them to join the trip, even if it’s only for some kilometers.

You can find more info on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/cyclemehome”

August 5th-7th Levi’s & Urban Outfiters Get in the Saddle Tour

Levi’s brand is now making a line of clothing for urban cycling.

Next up a music and bike tour with Levi’s and Urban Outfitters:

••press release••


THE LEVI’S BRAND AND URBAN OUTFITTERS LAUNCH THE
BIKE SHOP “GET IN THE SADDLE” TOUR IN NEW YORK CITY

The Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra Kick off Tour with Free Concert at
NYC’s Ace Hotel on August 5

To celebrate the recent launch of Commuter by Levi’s, iconic Levi’s products designed for urban cyclists, the Levi’s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop will travel across America encouraging everyone to “get in the saddle.” Indie bands – the Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra – will kick off the tour with performances at New York City’s Ace Hotel on August 5.

This August and September, a specially outfitted trailer will travel to cyclists’ hot spots offering bike-enthusiasts access to a bicycle tuning center, custom tailoring shop and photo-booth to capture their Bike Shop experience. To check out the Bike Shop tour schedule and get updates from the road, check out: urbanoutfitters.com/levis.

TUNING CENTER: Bike Shop visitors are encouraged to bring their bikes and gear to receive free bike maintenance advice from the onsite mechanic. Services include replacing brake pads, rewrapping handlebars, adding reflectors, inflating tires and fixing flats.

TAILOR SHOP: The tour’s professional tailor will be available to apply 3M reflective straps to garments and make repairs to biking apparel & accessories. The tailor will also produce complimentary bike totes to carry cycling gear. Other freebies include bike bells, custom water bottles, bottle holders, and a set of limited-edition patches designed by artists Misaki Kawai (New York), Geoff McFettridge (Los Angeles) and Matt Leines (Philadelphia).

All events affiliated with the Levi’s® and Urban Outfitters ”Get in the Saddle” Bike Shop tour are free and open to the public.

WHEN:​ Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

WHERE:​August 5
6 – 9 PM: ​Levi’s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop parked at
The Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street, New York

6 – 11 PM:​ Found bicycle photography exhibition in lobby gallery at
The Ace Hotel

7 – 11 PM:​ Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra Concert at Liberty Hall in The Ace Hotel

August 6
1- 5 PM​: Levi’s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop parked at
Urban Outfitters, 5th Ave New York City (521 Fifth Ave at 43rd St)

August 7
6-9 PM​: Levi’s and Urban Outfitter Bike Shop parked at
The Ace Hotel

7-9 PM​Bicycle Film Festival screening at Liberty Hall in
The Ace Hotel

Coney Island Fireworks Ride

Time’s Up Coney Island Ride-Fireworks Ride.
Friday, July 29. Union Square, NYC

From Time’s Up: We leave 7p sharp (17th St & Park Ave South), or join us at:
7:30p (Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge) or
8p (the “Bike Zone” at Celebrate Brooklyn, 11th St & Prospect Pk W.).
15 miles, easy pace, as the crow flies.

Safe cycling, moon-lit schmoozing, and glorious fireworks await
you on this leisurely-paced 15-mile ride to Coney Island.
Using bike lanes and bike paths, both new and old, we’ll wander
from the East Village to Prospect Park (where, visiting the TA bike
parking operation, you can pick up front and rear bike lights if needed),
and then off to Coney Island for their weekly evening fireworks presentation.
Ride ends at Windsor Terrace, where some of the group will have dinner at
Enzo’s Brickoven, and ride back to Manhattan afterwards. Co-sponsored by
Transportation Alternatives and the Five Borough Bicycle Club.
Please RSVP to daytrips@5bbc.org and tell us which start point you’ll be using.
Leaders: Ken Williams, Josh Gosciak.

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Get Biking NY

New tumblr site from Kim Burgas of the Get Fancy rides. Another location to keep track of cool events on a bike in
NYC.

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Check out: getbikingny.com.

World Naked Bike Ride 2011-NYC

Looks like I missed a real scorcher in NYC and had some good timing in planning a trip to LA for vacation. (more on that later)

I’m pretty glad I missed lines at crowded public pools, raw sewage dumping into the Hudson and 104 degree temperatures.

I’m bummed though to have missed an event that’s perfect for a heatwave.

The annual NYC World Naked Bike Ride. (source theurbn.com)

*Gothamist was all over it with this article from yesterday’s event.

Barbara Ross, Time’s Up volunteer, has a whole bunch of photos posted here.

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*sorry for the mobile version links, I’m
posting from an airplane on the return trip to NYC.

Wolfpack hustle wins

Looks like the elite team from wolfpackhustle.com beat jetblue airlines in their race of $6.00 flights from Burbank to Long Beach, California. More from laist.com.

Here is another article from Slate.

Carmageddon #flightvsbike challenge: How a team of cyclists beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.
By Tom Vanderbilt
Updated: July 16th, 2011

In cycling news today, the Belgian Jelle Vanendert won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, beating Spain’s Samuel Sanchez by 21 seconds, and 46 seconds ahead of Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck.

And in Los Angeles some guys on bikes beat a Jet Blue plane from Burbank to Long Beach.

Read more: here.

Check for video footage, here (bikecommutenews.com)

And search twitter for: #flightvsbike.

Heading to LA

So I’m heading to LA for a long needed family vacation. Just in time to watch it meltdown.

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The big news is the closing of the 405 freeway this weekend for construction. This is being affectionately labeled as “Carmageddon!” Major news outlets are treating this like surviving a major disaster. Take this headline for example from CNN:

With L.A. 405 closure, it’s all about surviving ‘Carmageddon’

Surviving?

You’d think this would be a golden opportunity for a car obsessed population to think about the way they get around and why they sit in 3 hours of traffic with 6 lanes in each direction on major freeways.

Instead we have Jet Blue airlines offering flights for
$4.00 between Burbank and LAX airports.
How lazy can you get? Do you get a free snuggle with it?

Meanwhile the fixed gear squad, wolfpack hustle, thinks you can get around by bike, much faster.

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Read more here.

Meanwhile the LA bicycle coalition knows best and is hosting group bike rides all weekend.

Check out there events page.

Time’s Up Coney Island Ride-Tonight

Coney Island Ride Tonight!!

Time’s up is throwing another group ride out to Coney Island. Looks like gorgeous weather, and a beautiful moon over NY Harbor

7:00 PM departs Manhattan
Meet at
Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St/Park Row)
OR 7:30 in Brooklyn at the Carroll St Drawbridge (btw Nevins and Bond)
OR 8:00 at the 69th St Pier in Brooklyn at the Shore Pkwy bike path entrance (take 68th St)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan.

Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. Some people return on the subway, and others ride back in informal groups. Rain cancels.

They should get there in time to see the fireworks

Just Added!
NEW Coney Island Cyclone Ride meeting spot. Southern Brooklyn. 7:50pm, Marine Park Parking Lot: Ave U. entrance just west of E.33 Street, (gathering NW corner of the

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Tips on staying cool.

Always on the front line of bike fashion, fellow blogger Velojoy has some tips for staying cool in the NYC summer heat:

“1. Be prepared – Traveling anywhere in New York City requires planning, no matter what the mode of transportation. So, I pick clothing both for comfort on the ride and to look put-together at my destination. In the heat, that sometimes means folding a fresh blouse or a T-shirt (or two) into a plastic bag that I tuck into my tote.

Read more: here.