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2 articles from the Times

There’s been some good bike coverage in the New York Times.

On Saturday, Op-Ed Columnist Frank Bruni wrote about his recent ride with D.O.T. commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn. They talked about her critics, vision and inevitable legacy.

Bicycle Visionary
by: Frank Bruni
published: September 10, 2011

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Something lovely and all too rare happened to Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City’s frequently demonized transportation commissioner, as she and I rode our bikes down Park Avenue South one morning last month: Sadik-Khan got unsolicited, unfettered praise.

It came from a young cyclist who happened to pull up beside us, glanced over at her and suddenly beamed.

“Oh, it’s you!” he stammered, then mentioned that he owned a bicycle shop and had recently placed a newspaper ad publicly thanking her for her cycling advocacy. “You’re going to leave a legacy, you know.”

Read more: here.

Then on Sunday, an expose on the rise of female bike mechanics in NYC local shops, including superstar K.T. Higgins (Bushwick Bikes) voted best mechanic 2010.

From the SPOKES column:

Women With Wrenches
by: Jed Lipinski
published: September 11th, 2011

20110915-055813.jpg(photo by: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Repair Artist: K. T. Higgins, founder of the Bushwick Bike Shop in Brooklyn, with her daughter, Kacey Canales.)

On most days, Katlyn Hershman can be found smeared with grease, plying her skills as a mechanic at Bike Works NYC, a shop on the Lower East Side. When she answers the store phone, though, all that toil and expertise can suddenly seem invisible.

“Guys automatically ask for the mechanic,” she said. “But I don’t really take it personally.”

Ms. Hershman, 25, has a loyal clientele of cyclists, both men and women. And she has the satisfaction of being one of a small but growing number of New York women making their mark in a trade that was a men-only preserve not so long ago.

Read the entire article: here.

Interbike 2011, down and dirty in the desert.

Interbike 2011 is in full swing out in the desert world of glitz known as Las Vegas. This is the USA’s premiere bike convention where manufactures, makers and cyclists come from all over the world to see the latest in technology, fashion, innovations and of course, sexy ass bicycles. The festivities always kick off with a dirt demo where participants can try out the latest in off road bicycles on sick single track terrain.

Here is Jeff Kerkove from Ergon, bike ergonomics, riding with friends and a helmet cam at this year’s demo.

2011 Interbike Outdoor Demo from ergon

If your following along on twitter, use the hashtag #interbike.
Here are a few people to follow:
@iamspecialized
@wolfpackhustle
@interbike Rich Kelly, Brand and communications director.
@Cycleboredom
@jeffkerkove
and everyone’s favorite online bike shop: @bike_nashbar.

Also, today, September 14th, is Cross Vegas -a Pro Men’s and Woman’s cyclocross race being held on the first day of the convention.

Here’s a video from last year’s festivities:

Most secure bike lock

Here’s the most secure bike lock.

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Source: Sierraclub.org

Decades ago, a child chained a bicycle to a tree on Washington’s Vashon Island. The tree, unperturbed, grew around the bike. | Photo by Ethan Welty/Tandem

“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
—Iris Murdoch, The Green and the Red

Brooklyn Bike Jumble

Saw this on Ethan Laek’s blog: www.laekhouse.com/blog.

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“Saturday September 24, 2011
Old Stone House at Washington/JJ Byrne Park
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us on September 24, 2011 from 10AM to 4PM at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for New York’s only bi-annual cycling flea market.

Small parts, bicycles, frames and forks, clothing, wheels, energy food etc, etc, have been for sale at past Jumbles.

This year, Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) technicians will be on hand to provide free estimates to help buyers and sellers make informed decisions. If you have a bike you’re looking to sell, bring your bike down to the Jumble and RAB technicians will provide an inspection and diagnosis and an approximate appraisal to help you price your bike fairly. For those looking to purchase a bicycle, RAB technicians will provide an inspection and diagnosis to help you have a clearer idea of necessary repairs to make the bike road-ready.

Recycle-A-Bicycle will also host a bike collection at the Jumble. A donation of a bike to Recycle-A-Bicycle is tax deductible.

Other great partners and events to be announced!

Come on down!

Stolen: Beloved Mossberg

Got this message from John Tremblay.

M Green,

Please keep an eye out for my green Mossberg with front (black) rack, it has a plastic container/bucket on the front rack (maybe its still there) and rusty rear fender. Or maybe I should say it HAD a rusty rear fender? In any case it is a one speed with a coaster brake. Kind of a nothing-bike but really great in a super-amazing unpretentious-generic way that most bikes are not these days. Everyone likes this bike because it is not a fancy bike, odd but true. It is a kind of 1970’s “department store wonder”. These Mossbergs were made in upstate New York, possibly in a prison (which is where you belong if you stole my bike, btw)

Bike was securely locked behind a security gate on N12th and Kent, in a parking lot behind a building at around Noon on Friday the 9th of September.
In 23 years in NYC I have never “lost” a bike. I loaned this to a friend from out of town, she had it for a few weeks she is not careless nor clueless. This was a crafty thief who got through a Kryptonite U-lock, an old one, the kind that they don’t make anymore because maybe they are not that secure? There is no photo of the bike, unfortunately. Owned it for 8 years.

We are actively looking for this bike. Please keep an eye out for it. Things have been rough lately!

Karmic retribution?
Hopefully!

Thank You

John T

Any information about this bike, contact John directly: johntremblay@earthlink.net

Squid’s looking for part time food delivery messengers

Saw this posted on urbancyclistworldwide.com
Squid is looking for food delivery messengers:
*Calling all pro food delivery crew NYC
*NOT Open to Cyclehawk Messengers

I am working on a Food Delivery Promotion and have to hire 20 Bike Messengers. It’s part time work and pays well. I need to find 20 people to fill these 13 dates:
Monday Sept. 26: 11am-2pm (80 deliveries)
Tuesday Sept. 27: 11am-10pm (999 deliveries)
Wednesday Sept. 28: 3pm-10pm (300 deliveries)BK
Thursday Sept. 29: 7am-2pm (300 deliveries)
Tuesday October 4: 3pm-11pm (750 deliveries)
Wednesday Oct. 5: 12pm-10pm (250 deliveries)BK
Thursday October 6th: 12pm-10pm (250 deliveries)
Tuesday Oct. 11: 12pm-10pm (250 deliveries)
Wednesday October 12: 11am-7pm (250 deliveries)BK
Thursday October 13: 12pm-10pm (250 deliveries)
Tuesday October 18th: 11am-4pm (40 deliveries
Wednesday October 19: 1pm-7pm (150 deliveries)
Thursday Oct. 27: 12pm-10pm (999 deliveries)

All shifts are in Manhattan unless noted (BK= Brooklyn)

Email me for more info: metropoloco@hotmail.com You will need an Social Security and Proof of Address. Flyer will be posted here soon, Thanks!

9/11 Together we ride

From Urbancyclistworldwide.com

My sympathies to all those who have died or been injured during 9/11 and in the aftermath. Let’s build a world of tolerance and equality…on and off the bicycle.

Edwin de la Rosa-reflects on 9/11

Pro BMX superstar Edwin de la Rosa is one of the owners of the fresh pro shop in Bushwick, BK– Post.

He was recently interviewed for ESPN, reflecting on ten years since 9/11 and how street riding has evolved.

Edwin De La Rosa reflects on 9/11
By: Brian Tunney–ESPN.com
Published: September 9th, 2011

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(photo by: Nicholas Schrunk/Red Bull Content Pool photo caption:
“9/11 changed everything, not just bike riding in the city,” says Animal Bikes/Skavenger pro Edwin De La Rosa.)

Ten years ago, Edwin De La Rosa was a 17-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. based street rider, just starting to make waves on the BMX scene following features in Dig BMX Magazine, and video parts in the first Fit Bike Co.’s “F-it” and Ells Bells’ “Rebirth.” At the time, De La Rosa and his brand of street riding was well on its way to revolutionizing a new style of street riding. Along with friend Vic Ayala, Edwin would spend days in Manhattan, riding, filming and shooting photos.

In the early spring of 2001, N.J.-based component brand Animal Bikes was beginning to work on their first video, and De La Rosa was hard at work on his section for the video throughout the summer.

Then, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, and within minutes, life had changed in New York City.

Read the full story: here.

Video Friday!!

Back by popular demand, it’s video Friday’s. Delightful eye catching ways to watch bikes doing amazing things on the last day of the work week!

First off we take journey back in time to last weekend, where a large piece of the desert in Nevada plays host to 50,000 people who pilgrimage for the Burning Man Festival. Here is a short clip of the Israeli electronic band Infected Mushroom spending the day on the playa. If you haven’t been to this amazing event, here is a little taste and notice the amazing bicycles and human powered vehicles, best used to navigate this moonscape terrain of dust and rock.

Last week was also the Eurobike international trade show in Germany. Here is a quick highlights reel, mostly of the dirt demo track for BMX and mountain.

The US has it’s own bicycle tradeshow in Las Vegas. Interbike. Coming up, September 14-16.

Here is the popular fixed gear crew, MASH SF, with a video from last year at the convention:

Interbike 2010 Vegas from MASH TRANSIT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Speaking of past events, I love this one from a recent Bike Shorts, NYC’s monthly short film fest, coming up again in October. Here is a past alleycat race, Broadway Bombing from July 4th by Boda! Boda!:

Broadway Bombing 2011 from BODABODANYC on Vimeo.

Speaking of Bicycle Film Festivals, the one and only, is continuing on with tour dates around the globe. Their website, bicyclefilmfestival.com,” is a great place to see trailers for the films they’re showcasing. Here is a trailer for, “Racing towards Redhook,” by Jessica Scott about the now annual Redhook Criterium.

expresso: racing towards red hook (trailer) from Jessica Scott on Vimeo.

Last year the race took place in Milano, Italy:

I hear it’s coming back in October.

Speaking of bike racing, big shout out to Danny Hart (UK) for becoming this years UCI mountain bike champ. Here is a video of Danny in action, seen on: Cyclingwmd.blogspot.com winning recently in Champery Switzerland.

Ok, for something completely different, Alexis Finch from Chicago has been making a pin-up girl calender for a couple of years now. Thought You Knew, 2012 is getting ready to come out and needs funding. Check out their promo video:

Here is their Kickstarter page to get the calender.

Here is one from last week’s worldwide critical mass movement. (This one you have to go to the site)

For two week’s over 1,000 people were arrested in Washington DC to draw attention to the urgent need to stop the Tar Sands Keystone XL pipeline. (more info Tarsandsaction.org.

See the video here. (Iiveleak.com) A huge critical mass in DC at the end of the Tar Sands protests.

message:
Stop America’s destructive addiction to outdated, polluting, inefficient fossil fuels.

Love this one–You Go Girl!
Bike Chase, by Breeze.

And for the fixed gear freestylers, from John Prolly. the Overgrown Compound, featuring riders: Ed Wonka, Matt Reyes and Scott Horton.

The Overgrown Compound from Mikul Eriksson on Vimeo.

And one more. Coming up in London is the return of the world’s smallest velodrome, by Redbull. Check out Redbull.co.uk, for more info.

Video from a similar event in London, January 2011.

Bicycle Film Festival 2011-New dates

What’s going on with this year’s bicycle film festival?

They’re bouncing around the globe showing the best in bicycle related movies.

Some upcoming dates:

•LOS ANGELES–September 8-11th
•VIENNA–September 15-18th
•SAN FRANCISCO–September 22-25th
•LISBON–September 30-11th (October)
•LONDON–October 5-9th

Here is an article from the LA Times:

L.A. bicycle enthusiasts gear up for film festival

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“Bill Cunningham New York,” this spring’s critically lauded documentary about the much-admired Manhattan street style photographer, is most certainly a film about fashion. But it is also a movie about bicycles. Not only does Cunningham get around on two wheels, but the film’s director, Richard Press, followed the photographer by riding an adult-sized tricycle with cinematographer Tony Cenicola on the back seat, weaving in and out of traffic and capturing Cunningham in action as he snapped shots for his regular feature in Sunday’s New York Times style section.

Read more: here.