May is bike month, chalked full of great events and opportunity abound for discovering the joys of riding bicycles in NYC.
Here is a round of videos to get you pumped for the biking season.
First off, I was sent this by Right-of-Way safe streets activist Keegan Stephan. Last week was the monthly critical mass ride in Manhattan (4/25/14) which has been plagued by an over abundance of NYPD presence for about ten years. Frustrated with this unwanted attention towards a small group of riders, while motorists constantly break the law and kill pedestrians and cyclists, some of the riders decided to flip the switch. They stood on a corner during the ride with a speed gun and captured New York drivers doing “there thing”…speeding. This was a bit of a stunt to try and draw attention to reckless driving instead of a full scale intervention to a positive spontaneous group ride.
Here is a pretty amazing product. A new lock with an innovative locking system, that will drive any bike theft into a frustrated madness not seen since the Rubik’s Cube. Not sure about it’s practicality especially at a price $ 140.00 and I’m not sure anyone picks locks anymore. It does have a great design though, perfect for bike nerds everywhere. Introducing the “unpickable” Forever Lock.
Title: PedalBXL Rides Cargo Bikes On The Tour Of Flanders
Description: PedalBXL is a courier service in Brussels, Belgium, located relatively close to the famed Tour of Flanders spring classic. Epic roads out there, last year I had the opportunity to ride part of the Tour of Flanders course and it’s not something I will soon forget — steep climbs, serious cobbles, classic Belgian farmland views. Cobbled 22% slopes aren’t the easiest climbs I’ve ever done, and I’d certainly not want to do them on a loaded cargo bike or with a backpack full of gear. I like their style.
Title: TURF “Word Is Bond” Fixed Gear Freestyle Full Length Video
Description: Riders are killing it in this full length video from Turf Bikes. Fixed gear freestyle isn’t dead.
Title: Critical Mass- Istanbul
Title: Greg Lemond Fixing A Flat For Real
Description: Greg Lemond doesn’t need as asterisk next to his Tour wins, and didn’t just learn to fix a flat.
Title: 1930’s Paris Alleycat Film
Description: The first bike race probably happened just after the second bike was made — it just makes sense that people have been racing on open streets since cars first entered the picture. The text says that 150 riders race d a primarily uphill route 4 miles through traffic, changing clothes en route. It sure looks like an alleycat to me, some things never change. From britishpathe.com
Title: Wolfpack Hustle Unified
Seen on: Urban Velo
Description: The kids at Wolfpack Hustle just released this Unified Title promo video, kicking off the 2014 Marathon Crash Race series with the upcoming race going down on the 9th of March (which is now cancelled.) If it’s too late for you to jump into the crash race, get in on all the future action and still compete for the Unified Title.
Title:Upright Cyclist-Jacob Hashimoto
Seen on: Urban Velo
Description: Brooklyn-based artist Jacob Hashimoto travels the world installing art exhibitions. And when he does he brings a variety of bicycles. See more at uprightcyclist.com
I know you’ll all watching the Sochi Olympics waiting for something like this to happen:
There’s nothing like watching an opening ceremony of an Olympic event and see a host countries history depicted through Cirque du Soleil looking performers in unitards.
Perhaps we will feel the unity and the world coming together with Russian Police hoping to “Get Lucky.
I dunno, seems a little flamboyant to me…especially with Russia so particular about sexual preference.
We did get introduced to this year’s Olympic mascots:
(left to right) Fabulous Bunny, Stray(f) the Dog and Pussy Cat Tiger Riot.
In case you’ve missed the action here is a 2 hour special of pre-event coverage by Russian TV.
I know, poor Russia is getting picked on, but I really like the take on Gawker’s sports site Deadspin:
Ok, the bike videos:
Title: State Bicycle Shockwave Video
Seen on: Urban Velo.
Description: Fixed gear freestyle isn’t as visible as it was just a few years back, but there are still plenty of riders out there getting rad. State Bicycle has long had one of the more affordable FGFS complete bikes out there, with this being the latest incarnation, the $579 Shockwave. We reviewed the similar Massacre from State back in May 2012.
Title:CX Hairs: #SVENNESS 2.17
Seen on: Prolly
Description: This is it, the final race of the year for #SVENNESS. This one takes place in Hoogerheide, Netherlands for the 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Championship. Surely by now you’ve seen how brutal this course was, so sit back and enjoy!
Excellent job this year, CX Hairs!
Joe The Ripper Fixed Gear Freestyle Edit
Seen on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide.
Description: Fixed Gear Freestyle Rider Joseph Montano
Aka Joe The Ripper
Two Strap Krew NYC
Song-Ten Cent Pistol- The Black Keys
Joey M Rojas
Title: Pure Fix in NYC Pure Fix cycles makes a durable, affordable urban commuter. They even make bikes that glow in the dark…But let’s talk about the light, it’s starting to warm up here in NYC. More from Pure Fix: Weather’s warming in New York, and you know what that means…bring out the bikes! The Oscar, X-Ray, and a little custom color cruising through our favorite city east of the Mississipp’. Check it!
Title: Chrome and Crosby Press
Seen on: Urban Velo It’s not that Chrome needs OUR help, but I really enjoy this interview video and the straightforward, no crap style of Chrome president Steve McCallion. There aren’t too many companies that have been around so long, are so successful, and appeal to such a broad audience, yet have retained the spirit of their humble beginnings. Steve seems to embody the Chrome brand as if it’s an extension of his personality. And we all know they don’t make crappy bags either. I have yet to visit a Chrome storefront, but I’ll certainly make the trip should I be close enough. Or, hey Steve, wanna open one in Indianapolis?
Title: Red Hook Crit Art Installation
Seen on: Urban Velo Artist, Eric Corriel, was asked to create an installation for this year’s Red Hook Crit that just went down in Brooklyn. Last year he projected an animation onto a warehouse wall, but this year wanted to combine the projection with the riders themselves. As Corriel describes his piece,
“I was first asked to participate in the Red Hook Crit in 2012 and for that iteration I projected an animated abstraction of a bicycle race onto a warehouse. For 2013 I removed all elements of abstraction and put my art in direct contact with the race participants and projected onto (them and) the track itself. Instead of the art being about its subject, now it’s an inseparable part of it.”
Title: Hoodride Cycles
Seen on: Urban Velo I love this little bio of Derrick in Phoenix who was annoyed with the soul-sucking red tape of running a business, so decided to just fix rides out of his backyard in an almost purposefully looking ramshackle garage. He talks about the stresses of doing it for the love, but also the value and reward of “localism”. Good on you Derrick.
Title: One Day in April-Documentary on the little 500-trailer.
Seen on: Urban Velo The 2013 Little 500
qualifications took place in Bloomington, Indiana yesterday, just before the weather turned stupid and started snowing all over the place. With that in mind (the race, not the weather), this project needs one last push to come to fruition. The documentary, One Day in April, follows four teams as they prepare for this year’s Little 500 race, showing their passion and dedication to extremely amateur racing, the surprisingly hilly and beautiful terrain in Southern Indiana, along with the storied history of this unparalleled race. Many of you probably know the race primarily through the movie Breaking Away or our recent article in Issue 32, but this documentary gives a direct and intimate portrayal of the race’s story up to this point.
There are only 3 days left for the video to reach funding and incentives start with free digital downloads, t-shirts, photos, etc.
Title: Disassemble to Assemble
Seen on: Urban Velo
Here are some videos to warm you up in the cold frigid weather.
St Louis Lock-In Pinata Video
Seen on: Urban Velo The St Louis Bike Polo Lock-In was this past weekend, featuring another level of 24 hour indoor polo party mayhem. This was my third trip to this one of a kind event, and it gets better every time even if this year the sleep deprivation got the best of me and I found myself curled up in the back of a rental Kia at 4 am. This is video of the 4th annual pinata smashing that happens around 1 am, giving but a taste of the party. Until next year kids.
Seen on: Urban Velo InRoads is a short documentary about the handmade bike culture in the Denver/Boulder area. The full film will premiere on February 23rd in Denver. Visit their site for more updates.
State Bicycle Co. Team Issue Helmet by Lazer
Seen on: Urban Velo Now that’s a good lookin’ helmet. Manufactured by Lazer, the State Bicycle Co. team issue helmet weighs in at 290 grams with 16 vents and they still manage to slap a good lookin’ logo on that thing. I’ve worn a Lazer helmet before and am glad to say it fit my weirdly small adult head just fine, while working for normal sized heads all the same.
Are YOU Cyclist?
Seen on: Urban Velo Here’s an amusing video made by the shop Bike n Hike out of Portland. I get the feeling they’re going the Portlandia route on this one (a stereotype feedback loop?), but hey, it’s more amusing than the bike shop commercials in my neck of the woods.
BMX MONDAY-20Twenty Matt Roe Malaga Edit by Richard Forne
Seen on: Bike Jerks
Title: Murder Of Couriers Trailer 5
Seen on: Urban Velo After a couple of years in the works the Murder of Couriers film is complete and gearing up for the film festival season. Check out the latest trailer.
Title: Brompton Urban Challenge-Milano-BFF 2012
Seen on: Urban Velo Ah yes, those aged hipsters on Brompton’s or at least the aged being so aged they now look like hipsters. Anyways, Brompton hosted an Urban Challengein Milano complete with a folding contest, some sort of crashing into boxes finale and other tweedtastic camaraderie. It’s like alleycat culture for the retired. Nah, it actually looks like a good time, if clown bikes are your thing. I kid, I kid.
Title: Fixed Alpcross
Seen on: Urban Velo Four riders, four days, 400 km and 4000+ m of climbing crossing the Alps from Germany through Austria and into Italy. Check out the teaser video and the four day diary “This is so ridiculous that it is fun again…”
Title: Black Metal Fixed-we ride along
Seen on: Urban Velo Black Metal Fixed is a clothing company created by riders in Singapore, an this video was created to show off the local scene and a different perspective riding the outskirts of Singapore’s urban core.
I’ve only had two bikes stolen (that were locked to a structure or object) within the 21 years I’ve been riding in NYC. Neither of which have been with a Kryptonite lock, which has been a leader in bike security for decades. This is not to say there aren’t other reliable manufactures out there or that not having this particular brand was the only reason my bikes were stolen. Rather it’s been the name brand I’ve always gravitated towards and been the most readily available in NYC. When I was a messenger in the early 90’s the insider street knowledge was you either had the big Kyrptonite chain & lock or your bike got stolen. They’ve also been super active on the bike culture front and provided lots of free prizes for alleycat races and other events.
Kryptonite’s generosity trickled down to little ol me and they recently sent me two care packages.
The first came when I inquired about getting spare keys for the five chains and u-locks I have owned for years. I’ve lost one to many key sets in the past and didn’t want to be caught unable to get my locks open.
Kryptonite responded with full spare sets and all they needed was the numbers written on each key. (word of advice–write these numbers down or register on-line)
The care package included a ton of stickers, a water bottle, their new transit H-Bar handlebar mount and a limited edition 40th anniversary U-lock.
I was really excited about their evolution series 4 Mini-5 U-Lock, which has come out in limited supply to celebrate 40 years of bike security perfection.
This is the same trusted lock as the as part of their evolution series (the signature orange color) with 13mm hardened steel shackle that slides into one end of the crossbar. The lock has a small key hole which is strategically placed in a reinforced cuff so as not to be easily pried upon by thieves. Weighing 770g or 2.1 pounds, this is the smallest lock in the series. It’s perfect for slipping in a back pocket or in a u-lock holder on the belt of a hip pouch (Fabrichorse.com) I use this lock to secure my back wheel to the frame. Its not long enough to fit around a standard NYC street sign and go through the frame and front wheel so it’s definitely used as a secondary lock. They do however make longer models to accommodate frame and wheel, as well as bigger locking options. Many urban riders only want to carry u-locks to avoid more bulky chains.
The lock riding hipside or sticking out of a back pocket has become an icon of urban bike fashion and is such a classic design that Kryptonite’s K-4 lock is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) design collection. I felt rather nostalgic (or maybe old) that this was an anniversary edition with a flashy ruby red color on the crossbar.