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HBO wants you

HBO wants you, hip riders:

“We are looking to film Tuesday 5/3 and Friday 5/6 after sundown. We are looking for about 50 cyclists to match both days. The vibe we are looking for are younger brooklyn hipster types. If anyone is interested in taking part they can email hboamerica@gmail.com and they should include a candid picture along with the best phone# to reach them. We can pay 100 bucks for each day to them with the possibility of making more.

Thanks
Todd

Red Bull tricks event in SF


On April 30, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will serve as the setting for a collision of fixed gear biking and urban contemporary art, creating a visually exciting and awe-inspiring event called Red Bull Ride + Style.

Even the ramps will be decked out in Style:

Check out more about the art at Juxtapoz.com

gearing up for 5 boro

This weekend is the kickoff to Bike Month, a May filled with events, rides, etc.

Sunday is the TD bank 5 boro bike tour, when over 30,000 people will realize, “Hey, its ok to ride my bike.”

Here is an article from WNYC news blog, about bike shop’s gearing up:

Bikers Gear Up for Five-Boro Bike Tour and Season
By Stephen Nessen
Friday, April 29, 2011

The city will celebrate bike month by closing 42 miles of streets for the sold-out Five-Boro Bike Tour on Sunday when 32,000 cyclists will pedal through the city in what is the 34th year of the event.

Bike shops across the city have been flooded with requests for last-minute tune ups, tire changes and gear tightening. Mechanics at Bike and Board in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, said they’ll be up all night if need be in order to get bikes ready for the weekend.

Read more here.

Book coming soon!

So I’ve got a book coming out in June.
BIKE NYC
www.bikenycthebook.com

I co-authored a travel book with Ed Glazar and Marci Blackman with some fantastic rides to discover NYC by bike.

Ed and Marci will be speaking tomorrow at the New Amsterdam Bike Show as part of a seminar series called, “Bikelandia.”

The show and talks are at Center 548 (talks on the 2nd floor)
548 W 22nd St, (between 11th Ave. & 10th Ave.) Manhattan

For a schedule of the whole Bikelandia talk series, go here.

Bike Shop news…Bicycle Habitat comes to Brooklyn

Just saw this on twitter:

Bicycle Habitat is coming to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood!

On May 15th, we’re opening a new store in Park Slope, Brooklyn — 5th Ave @ 10th Street

Kurt Boone Book release.

Messenger Kurt Boone has a book party tomorrow:

Triple Rush canceled, Rob Koch rides on.


Looks like the Travel Channel shelved the messenger documentary tv show: Triple Rush. John Prolly, talked to the show’s creators and explained what happened, here.

I guess viewing audiences weren’t ready for a show about dangerous jobs…oh wait,

I mean, not unless they are about vehicles burning fossil fuels.

One of the show’s stars, legendary founder of the messenger company breakaway courier Rob Koch is on to new things…

“I’ll be riding with my partners in Boston for a great cause on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend. Team Breakaway Courier is participating in the MS “Ride the Vineyard” on Saturday April 30th. Our goal is to raise $10,000 so we can help rid this world of MS.

A small donation of $5 or$10 or $20 can be made by clicking on the following link.

If you can help, feel free to click on the link.

Thanks,

Rob

Thanks from Orontas-Organic bike cleaner

Big thanks to Orontas.com for sending me samples of their bikecare products:

From their site-
“A high-performance biodegradable chain oil for normal-to-wet conditions made from 100% sustainable sources designed to protect from rust, eliminate noise, and friction.”

This is like a salon for my bike!

Also thanks to KnotPR out of Toronto, for making this happen.

New Bike Shop in Albany

Welcome to the newest shop
up in Albany, NY…Broadway Bicycle Shop.
Here is an article from the Business Review.

Downtown Albany bicycle shop holds grand opening today.
by Michael DeMasi–Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Broadway Bicycle Co., a bike shop designed for everyone from children on training wheels to blazing-fast racers, holds its grand opening today in downtown Albany, New York.
Located at 1205 Broadway, near Menands, the business is owned by Les Plaine.
Plaine owns Plaine and Son, a bicycle, ski and snowboard store on State Street in Schenectady.

Read the article here.

Find out more about the Albany bike scene at: bikealbany.com

Article in Wired about NYC bike courier tech

Here is a great article from Wired Magazine taking a thoughtful look at NYC bike messengers adapting to the new trends in technology which also threaten their livelihoods. The article features couriers Austin Horse and Wild Bill Meier (on the road since 1982) and Samurai messenger company owner, Josh Weitzner.

Bike Messengers Pedal Past Bandwidth in Data Race
by Bryan Derballa–April 25, 2011

Digital files, cloud computing and accelerating broadband have long put bike messengers on the endangered species list. No matter how fast a messenger is, even a triple rush can’t compete with instantaneous. For messengers, technology is more of a threat than wily cab drivers and potholes.

But, oddly, technology is also what keeps them around. The evolution of software and mobile phones has allowed some messenger companies to work in autonomous cells, rather than as an overhead-heavy hierarchy. A central headquarters is now obsolete, and profit-sharing employees take turns dispatching and making runs.

Read more here.