Red Hook Crit: Racing on the Docks

Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch

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 >

Red Hook Crit, Brooklyn. Photo by Adrian Kinloch

Prospect Park Moonlight Ride

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.

Critical Lords: Bikes are alright in London

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.

Bikers Beware: Check Your Bike Before You Ride

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.

Bike Club: Clashes on Friday’s Critical Mass

Here’s a new video just uploaded of a pedestrian shoving cyclists around on the Friday ride I took part in. Also, in case you missed it, below is the movie of the cop barging a cyclist off his bike in Times Square. What must the tourists think?

I was told by several cyclists that cops on the Brooklyn Critical Mass ride are far more accommodating and usually give an escort. The next ride is on August 8th. 7:00 PM Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Critical Bike Ride

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?

Keeping Cool in Coney: Bike Solutions


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.

Coney Island Bike Ride


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.