Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CommonSpace- Update (Philly)


I wrote about CommonSpace about a month ago on the blog(here), and they are still looking for as much feedback as they can get to improve it before it is officially launched.

CommonSpace personalizes an adventure on the town by enabling you to discover places you can reach by walking, biking, or public transit, add destination to an interactive map, and share it with others. Search attractions in dining, drinks and the arts. It utilizes Google Maps and then sites like Yelp or Sustainable Business Network to find cool things for you to do.

My previous blog post as more info, and of course please visit their website- it is a great idea, and they are looking for feedback.


CommonSpace

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Movie stars and their bicycles



A friend has started a blog, all about images of movie stars and their bicycles.
Simply titled Rides a Bike, it has a lot of promise and I know my friend has a large library to add to it. So check it out and follow it, it has good things to come. Photo above is Bridgette Bardot.

Rides a Bike link here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Schwinn Green Phantom sold


1954ish. with locking fork, key included.
We prefer not to Ship it as it is big and heavy.
sold

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Track bike racing shirt

Very nice image of an early track racer. Found in a trendy store during my trip to New York.
Take note of the vintage toe-clips. No straps. We occasionally get those toeclips in for sale, email if you are looking for a pair.



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Monday, November 22, 2010

New York City bike riding

New York City streets are comparably more bike friendly than philadelphia, with more dedicated bike lanes, but Philadelphia has recently been making the effort to catch up. NYC also has an amazing bike path that runs along the west side of Manhattan, that allows you to ride along the Hudson River from the lower east side, all the way past the George Washington Bridge.
(I should add I know nothing of the actual bicycle advocacy groups or how many bike lanes there are, I just know they are clearly marked and numerous signs directing you to for bike friendly street. And most of my riding is in manhattan)







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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cranksgiving in NYC & other Places

I'll be in NYC this weekend and I see they are doing something awesome for the community-

from website-

Cranksgiving 12

Cranksgiving 12

The 12th Annual Bicycle Street Race to Benefit Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen and City Harvest


On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Tompkins Square Park, over 200 cyclists will gather to begin the twelfth annual Cranksgiving, a charitable ‘alleycat’ bicycle street ride. In Cranksgiving, riders race around Manhattan purchasing Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores, arriving at the finish line with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities.


Cranksgiving is a race, but riders of all abilities and stripes come out to participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock, as this year's prizes include messenger bags from Bailey Works, MER, Seagull and Chrome, $150 gift certificates for 5.10 shoes, A Torker Cargo T bike donated by Brooklyn Bike and Board, as well as 3 $100 gift certificates courtesy of the Gilt group, to be redeemed at Gilt.com.

This year’s race features unparalleled opportunities to donate, even before the ride! Tiny’s Sandwich Shop (129 Rivington Street) is offering up to $6 off of their delicious sandwiches when you donate $25 and over at the store. Also, inn conjunction with the race, Hipstamatic is donating $1 to Cranksgiving for every photo uploaded to http://community.hipstamatic.com/contests/24 . Finally, if you can’t make the ride or get to any of the donation locations, go to www.cranksgiving.org to pledge to the Cranksgiving fund, benefiting City Harvest and the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation.


Last year’s Cranksgiving helped feed over 100 families through Saint Mary's soup kitchen on the Lower East Side, City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. This year, as more and more people find themselves in desperate times, Cranksgiving hopes to step it up and smash all previous records.

To more learn more about Cranksgiving, visit http://www.cranksgiving.org
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Also happening in all these cities-

Albany, NY - Nov 20
Atlanta, GA - Nov 13 info
Cedar Falls, IA - Nov 20 info

Champaign/Urbana, IL - Nov. 14 info
Columbus, OH - Nov 20 info
Des Moines, IA - Nov 21 info
Fort Walton Beach, FL - Nov 20 info
Fairfield, CA - Nov. 27 info
Kansas City, MO - Nov 21 info
Mason City, IA - Nov. 7 info
Miami, FL - Nov 20 info
Milwaukee, WI - Nov 6 info
Minneapolis, MN - Nov 13 info
Omaha, NE - Nov 13 info
Provo, UT - Nov 25 info
Salem, OR - Nov 13 info
Santa Fe, NM - Nov 20 info
Seattle, WA - Nov 20 info
St. Louis, MO - Nov 7 info
Vancouver, BC - TBD
York, PA - Nov 20 info

Monday, November 15, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A couple items we are bringing to the Bike swap this weekend

Nice adjustable stem. wood wheels. BSA cranks and Brooks early saddle.


Chrome track frame with BSA cranks and Bottom Bracket.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indoor Velodrome to be built in Philly Suburb, Maybe

Coatesville, PA to have the first indoor Velodrome on the East Coast. Well, they are talking about it again. It would be a great way to get more people into track racing, and get some of these Fixies off the street and to good use. They have proposed it a couple times, maybe this time it will stick.
Like I have always said- "you have to put it out there, for them to put it in there." Never seemed more appropriate.

News story HERE on the Philly News.com

Music videos that feature bicycles

Frontier Psychiatrist recently did a review of the Sun Airwaves video that used our French Lapeyle bicycle, and just posted some indie rock videos that featured bicycles prominently.





This video was not on the list, but it features my friend Spank Rock, so I must include it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bilenky at First Friday Art show in Philadelphia

Art In The Age Presents... Bilenky Cycle Works, Artistry in Steel

from Art In The Age on Vimeo.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA
Opening Friday, November 5 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm.


"Bilenky Cycle Works was founded in Northeastern Philadelphia in 1983 with the goal of meeting the specific needs of the individual cyclist. Stephen Bilenky recognized the need for specially proportioned frames and components for riders of all shapes and sizes, and began creating a range of custom products to answer the outfitting needs of recreational, fitness and utility cyclists from all over the world.

BCW’s philosophy of perf...ectionism shines through in every bike they build. Their frames can be compared to a bespoke suit, tailored to fit both the rider’s aesthetic and physical needs. Whether it’s waiting four weeks for a retro-fit to come back, or four months for that super-customized nit-picked-over-every-detail dream bike, one ride on a Bilenky bike will prove that it is in a league of its own.

For the month of November, Art in the Age and Bilenky Cycle Works will demonstrate the craft of custom framebuilding. By creating a miniature version of the Bilenky shop within AITA, Stephen Bilenky and his crew will highlight the specific build qualities and artistry that set a Bilenky bicycle apart from the rest. Join us at AITA for a unique behind the scenes look at this rare craft."

http://www.bilenky.com/Home.html

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3rensho track frameset we sold

54cm center to top seattube.
54cm center to center toptube.
Shimano dropouts.
Njs tange headset.
Original paint and decals. Early 1980s.
Built for front and rear brakes.
Some rust at fork crown. would need to be replated if going for Show bike.
Paint is beautiful.
sold.













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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stars and Watercarriers - decision in the Dolemites


This is my one of my favorite scenes in cycling films.
Eddy Merckx demonstrates how he is the head of the road- La course en tĂȘte.
Merckx is relentless.

Some happy Bike Expo visitors touring the bicycle shop

Indirectly part of the Philadelphia Bike Expo, we offered collector types and enthusiast who were interested to stop by and we would give them a brief tour of the shop and answer any questions that had that was bike related. Yes, only bike related.