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Mountain biking in NYC

Mountain biking is alive and well in NYC. Check out this article about how volunteers are building trails and making outdoor trail riding a reality.

Volunteers build mountain bike trails
Written by Gloria Pazmiño
Manhattan Times
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Photo: Volunteers conduct trail maintenance at Highbridge Mountain Bike Park on Fort George Hill, Sat., April 30.

Northern Manhattan’s hilly terrain and steep rolling landscape is being put to perfect use: extreme mountain biking.
The woodsy hillside in the northern end of Highbridge Park was carved into a series of mountain bike trails in 2007. The course now has about three miles of trails that are overseen and maintained by the Parks Department and New York City Mountain Bike Association (NYCMTB).

Read more: here.

Outlier, new shirts and dungarees.

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Yes, Outlier clothes are expensive, but they are hand made in NYC and built to last.

Here is more about there new stylish active wear for biking or just looking good this spring/summer.

“Our goal at Outlier is to always design future classics, innovative products that we think will be as good in a decade as they are right now. With our new Slim Dungarees and Northeast Pivot Sleeve Shirts we think we’ve got two ready for you today.

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The Slim Dungarees are a lean version of our Keirin Cut Dungarees. Don’t call them jeans. There’s no denim in here. No cotton to suck up sweat and rain and clam up your life for hours as it sort of dries.

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If Levi Strauss set out today to sell pants to gold miners, do you think he’d pick a fabric centuries old or would he do what he did 160 years ago and find the toughest, most durable and most comfortable cloth around? Made out of our Workcloth Doubleweave Canvas, the Slim Dungarees boast a rugged canvas exterior and soft brushed interior, making them as comfortable as they are durable. They shrug off light rain, coffee and beer yet breathe with ease. They look great covered in grime and paint yet clean up like nobody’s business. The tough, the comfortable and the good looking rolled up into one pant.

Sometimes the simplest things in life are best, which is why we made the Northeast Pivot Sleeve Shirt. As much as we love testing performance fabrics all day, sometimes even we want to throw on a soft and comfortable button-down oxford and call it a day. With the Northeast Pivot, we took our patent pending pivot sleeve shirt construction and did it up with a beautiful oxford cloth we sourced from Spain. A killer button-down shirt with a great range of motion that you can wear every day.

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Cut and sewn in NYC. Now available via the Outlier Webshop.

The Slim Dungarees are available in Black and Indigo Blue for $188.
The Northeast Pivot Sleeve Shirt is available in Blue, Gray and Lavender for $128.

Friday the 13th-Tak and Alleycat

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A Japanese man with an enormous mane of dreads down to his ankles can be seen at most messenger events clicking away on his SLR and hanging out with a big smile. That’s non other than Tak Sakamoto who’s been documenting the urban bike scene in Japan and NYC for decades. He’ll be having a presentation at the Soho Apple Store, 103 Prince St.-NYC
Friday May 13th.

There will be a 45minute slide show and then Stone Tone will set off his Friday the 13th Alleycat.

More about this from nycmesskings.tumble.com

“Another NYCMESSKINGS alleycat fo’ dat azz! Come out and venture through NYC most haunted spots in the city. Finish iz at Wreck Room Bar (940 Flushing Av.) See ya there!”

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More about Tak from his site: newyorkbikedreams

“Known simply as “Tak,” Takuya Sakamoto initially traveled to New York from Japan for the alleycats, or bike messenger races. Roaming the streets as a bike messenger and attending cycling races, he began to document the events with his camera, eventually becoming a freelance photographer for Japanese magazines. Join us as he discusses his photography and his travels in the tight-knit cycling community.”

New York Times, rides around Manhattan’s waterfront

Jane Margolies, from the New York Times, explores the current status of biking around the outskirt paths and greenways of Manhattan.

She heads along counter clockwise along with one of the creators of this years 2011 free D.O.T. Bicycle map.

On Two Wheels, With Water as a Companion

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(photo by: Kirsten Luce for The New York Times)

Article By: JANE MARGOLIES
Published: May 5, 2011

When I was told my local bicycle mechanic that I was thinking about circling the city by following the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, he shrugged off my reservations about the unfinished route, which I’d heard was still dicey in parts.
“It’s Manhattan,” he said. “It’s an island. What are you going to do, get lost?”

Yet there I was on a recent Sunday morning, turning right at East 63rd Street, only to find that I’d started down the car ramp onto the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.

Though the Greenway does encompass some city streets, mostly it snakes for more than 28 miles along rivers, under bridges and through parks. My companion for the ride was the recently released 2011 NYC Cycling Map (available at bike shops or by calling the city’s 311 information line), depicting the Greenway mostly as an enticing thick green line along much of the coast, with dotted lines indicating sections to come. (Full disclosure: I recently worked as a freelance editor on the city’s new plan for waterfront development; the Greenway was mapped out years earlier.)

Read more here.

Matt Levy, bike tours for bike month

Matt Levy has a unique perspective on NYC and he knows the landscape and history well. He should, he’s a fourth generation New Yorker and from a family of tour guides.

Matt and Co. at Levy’s Unique NY, have two great bicycle tours for Bike Month:

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Sunday May 8th, 2011
Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz
12noon-4pm.
Meet at The City Reliquary Museum:
370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburgh
$25, includes a mid-tour beer at Matt Torrey’s Bar.
RSVP with Matt@levysuniqueny.com

from their site:

A 4 hour bicycle tour of Williamsburgh, East Williamsburgh and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!

See historical photographs of various brewery buildings when they were built, between the 1880s and 1920s, compare them with vintage 1970s photos (in the heart of Bushwick’s deep dark arson-and-gangs era) and observe them as they stand today, re-purposed but obviously the same brewery buildings. German Churches, banks and social halls will also be observed.

The tour will end at Evergreen Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, where many of the Brewers are buried . . . with a surprise!

A historical, educational, beer-drinkable adventure! BYOBike and helmet.

Then

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Bike the Boro’s Borders!
2-5pm
$5, $3 is you can name 3 ‘hoods on each border!
Meet at the corner of Metropolitan & Scott Streets,
Brooklyn/Queens
RSVP: Matt@levysuniqueny.com

From the site:

Ever wonder what the life is like between the lines of both the most populous and the most diverse boroughs in NYC? (Hint – not the same boroughs!) Ever scratch your head as to why our boroughs’ borders zig and zag, jig and jag, whiz and bang back and forth so much and so randomely? (Hint – its hardly random!) Ever found the burning desire to follow that thin slashing, dividing yellow line til’ it runs out of land to divide?

Come along on an awesome North to South bike ride and tour along the Brooklyn-Queens border! Hosted by The Levys’ Unique New York! We will start at the foot of the romantically named and aromatically scented Newtown Creek Industrial Inlet, at the corner of Metropolitan and Scott streets. Then we will do our darndest to follow the boro border line along such disparate Brooklyn neighborhoods like East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Broadway Junction, Highland Park, Cypress Hills, Cityline (there’s a neighborhood called Cityline!), East New York, Spring Creek, and South-east Canarsie, and thats just in Brooklyn! On the Queens side we’ll also haul through LIC, Ridgewood, along the Evergreen Cemetery, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Lindenwood and we’ll skirt the edge of Howard Beach! Exciting!

Crowd sourcing tickets

Not necessarily an original idea, crowd sourcing and mapping the tickets being handed out to cyclists, but Transportation Nation the blog by WNYC transportation reporter Andrea Berstein is getting into the game.

Hey, the more the better, and maybe this will lead to good press about a bad harassment campaign by the NYPD.

More from their site:


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(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Have you been ticketed while riding your bike? Know someone who has, or even just seen someone getting a ticket on their bike? We want to hear about it.

Cyclists have to obey motor vehicle laws in New York City. There are more cyclists on the streets—just see this chart. Now, we’d like to map how many more violations are being issued.

Read more here.

Messenger service fix-a-flat

Got a flat on one of NYC’s lovely unfixed roadways? Don’t have a tube? It’s late at night and your in a remote part of town?

First there was the 24 hour bike vending machine, but you needed to be near Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Now, stash messenger service is offering a delivery of a fix-a-flat.

As seen on twitter: #bikenyc, spread the word. We will come to u to fix your flat! $15 plus tube! Text us anytime @ 718-954-4512 with your location & tire size.

Bike messengers remembered

Bike messengers are an integral part of the business world, risking their lives and choosing to do a job on non-polluting forms of transportation.

Recently two messengers were killed in traffic.

Edward Carl Hendrick, killed by a hit-and-run driven in Charlotte.

and here in NYC,

39 year old, Joesph Granati, was killed in Brooklyn. According to the Daily News, he was hit by a 24 year old driver in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

The Messenger Poet, Kurt Boone has known a lot of messenger community and witnessed both the fun times and the tragic. He wrote this poem.

“The Last Ride”
by Kurt Boone

I have seen the bicycle messenger ride
in and out of traffic in New York City.

I have seen the bicycle messenger
die on his last ride.

Maybe the booze
Maybe the wrong turn
Maybe no helmet
or just maybe no brakes.

Life is precious for goodness sake.

I remember Joe
I remember Bronx Jon
I remember Carl Hedrick
and I remember Peru

We are all messengers.
For big business know our name.

A week before my book party and
Joe’s last ride. He said to me I hope
your book brings respect to the messenger life.

Tears are poring down my eyes
as I write this poem on the
F train ride home.

Rest In Peace My Brothers.

Though the money ain’t right
I am a courier for life.

Their will be a memorial ride tonight.

Posted on Urbancyclistworldwide.com

Chrome Brigadier-Get Gone

The everything bag. Everything you will need for a day trip to a weekend getaway, check out the new Chrome Brigadier.

From Chrome:

“The weather gods are finally cutting us some slack…It’s feeling like time to grab your stuff and get gone. Check out how professional skateboarders and Chrome Familia members Emmanuel Guzman, John Igei and Bobby Worrest put the new Brigadier to the test. The ultimate travel backpack that transforms into a haul bag to live up to the adaptability demands of year-round global travel — whether bike, board, train, plane or automobile…”

Get Up, Stand Up…Ride a Bike

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Time’s Up has a new dance party ride this Sunday:

Rastafaride
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
2:00 PM
Washington Square Park (under the arch), Manhattan.

Summary: Punky Reggae Rastafaride celebrating the life, vision of Bob Marley and everything else green in New York City.

Details: Ride your bike around NYC listening to reggae hits and punk rock. Rastafaride to end at the Yippie! Museum Cafe!

Don’t forget to bring Mom, it’s Mother’s Day.