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Forking Tasty-Bike in Theater

Jason Anello and his brother, Anthony


are Forking Tasty about food. They write about it on their blog and just maybe they have a thing or too about bikes. Join their email list and find out the location of their upcoming Bike-In-Theater.

From the site:

“Of course, we like a little mystery so we have to keep the location, day and time undisclosed at the moment. That’s what the list below is all about. Once you sign up, we will send you a note with some specifics on the Ride-In. A day before show time we will send those who signed up information on where to go and when to arrive. A few things you can expect; lots of bikers, an old school hit movie and some delicious snacks. It wouldn’t be Forking Tasty if we didn’t provide some delectable morsels to munch on.”

Find out more here.

Bike Noise 4

May 29th,

Bike Punk in Tompkins Square Park Manhattan.

Bike noise 4

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NYPD, crackdown on Crack

So it seems the NYPD are in such a rush to ticket bike riders, they haven’t bothered to look at the laws.

Streetsblog.org got a hold of cheat sheet given to officers.

More on this from Gothamist:

The NYPD’s escalating crackdown on cyclists, “Operation Safe Cycle,” has resulted in a spike in frivolous tickets for such non-violations as riding a bike with a tote bag on the handlebars and not wearing a helmet. It’s obvious the average cop on the beat has no clue what’s illegal and what isn’t, but they’ve been ordered to target cyclists, so that’s what they’ll do. And to help them fill their quotas, NYPD higher-ups distributed this “cheat sheet” [pdf] informing—or, we should say, misinforming—cops about the biking rules. Streetsblog got their hot little hands on it.

Read more here.

Are you a fixster? Chrome comes to Chicago.

Love this illustration I found on hipsternascar.com (Chicago)

Come On, this is you right?

Found here.

I know, so 2006.

Speaking of Chicago…

Looks like Chrome is opening a new store. Makers of awesome messenger bags, clothing and shoes are expanding to their third show room (SF and NYC)

Grand opening: June 4th, 2011
1529 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-0077

Store Hours: 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday.

Time to gear up and look…sooo 2011

or maybe this…

Ray LaHood, thinks biking is important

This just in:

US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, loves bikes:

“Bikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety].”

From the Huffington Post:

Ray LaHood ‘Concerned’ About Safety of Urban Bikers, Unsure If He’s A Hipster.
By: Sam Stein

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signaled on Tuesday that his department would be looking into measures to encourage automobile drivers to observe better safety standards when it came to bicyclists cohabiting the roadways.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Illinois Republican praised various cities for restructuring transportation policy around cleaner forms of transit, singling out the construction of bike lanes to encourage biking as particularly effective. But with additional bikers on the road come additional risks. And as head of the Department of Transportation, LaHood noted his “concern” over the “way that bikers are treated when they are on streets.”

Read more: here.

Bike Block wall street 5/12/11

This just in:

There will be a special action in Wall Street on Thursday, May 12th, 4:00pm

A call for a huge action and civil disobedience for those who tanked our economy with corporate greed and continue to plunder our environment.

Looking for a bike block.

Stand by for more details.

“who’s street?…”

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.