Today we rode the bone-shaker over to historic New Bridge Landing
in New Jersey. The Five Borough Bicycle Club
had arranged the ride to the spot where in 1776 a small crossing made possible the safe retreat of Washington’s army from the pursuing British.
Friends at RockStar Games invited me to shoot the Red Hook Crit — a series of bike and running races at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
“The Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned race series consisting of world class road racers, track specialists, bike messengers, and urban athletes competing over multiple laps around a short, technical circuit. Fixed gear track bikes are mandatory requiring riders to possess both street tuned handling skills and high levels of fitness.” More here >
The light was amazing for Saturday’s Time’s Up! Moonlight Ride in Prospect Park. A combination of the biggest moon of the year, snow coverage and clouds gave everything such a glow we did not even need lights. The picture above was taken by Jonathan Barkey who also led the ride. The Moonlight Ride starts at Grand Army Plaza every second Saturday at 9pm.
Law Lords in London have scuppered police attempts to outlaw the Critical Mass ride there, reports the Guardian. As in the New York City ride, there are no leaders or set route. This means that section 11 of the UK Public Order Act 1986, which requires six days notice of public processions plus names and addresses of organisers, does not apply. The London ride is therefore lawful. Here here.
Have a bike-themed pc wallpaper to celebrate. Click on the image to the left to open the large version.
It has been a frightful time for local cyclists, with the recent deaths of eight-year-old Zander Toulouse and 50-year-old Jonathan Millstein. We need eyes everywhere when we ride — don’t trust any vehicle to behave as it should.
Remember that you can be at risk before you even get on your bike. Last night, someone had loosened the quick-release clamp on my front wheel, perhaps in an aborted attempt to steal it. Having a front wheel fall out while riding down a busy street is a lethal combination.
So, give your quick-release wheels a once-over before you go on your way. The clamps should be firmly shut and there should be no lateral movement in the wheel.
It’s the monthly Critical Mass ride through Manhattan this Friday July 25th. Meet up at Union Square Park North at 7pm. Maybe Brooklyn riders could come back over the bridge together?
This bike has a double drive train. The owner told me one is for making the bike move, and the other is for the old car alternator which charges the two huge batteries. It is this electrical power that drives the on-board stereo system.
Last night I joined the ride down to Coney Island to watch the fireworks. Tonight, Saturday July 12th, is the moonlight ride in Prospect Park. Meet up at 9pm on the Grand Army Plaza entrance. The next Coney ride is on Friday August 22nd. Click here for the Time’s Up calendar.
Tonight is the Time’s Up Ride to Coney Island. Everyone is welcome to join in with this relaxed push-bike ride from Manhattan to Coney, arriving in time for the fireworks.
Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge at 7pm
Carroll Street Bridge, between Nevins and Bond, Brooklyn, at 7:25pm
69th Street Pier, at Shore Parkway bike path entrance, Brooklyn, at 7:50p; $free
Bring a lock, some pennies for snacks and rides, and lights if you fancy riding back. Time’s Up also recommends a swimsuit should you be inclined to test the water.