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Bike Shorts 8
There's another Bike Shorts coming up. Bike Shorts is a NYC based film fest comprising entirely of short films related to the bicycle. (duh)
I've been asked to VJ it also, so it's your best chance to see me in action in the near future. Click the pic below to see info on the upcoming events. I believe there will be an after party as Galapagos has a bar.
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I Heart NYC
My friend Emily was in town for about a week. Visitors from away are a good excuse to do touristy stuff. Here's a shot from the top of the Empire State Building. This is looking north on 5th Ave. It's twenty dollars to go to the top of the building, but very worth it to do at least once because you can't pay for this view anywhere else in the world. While she was in town we also hit Sweet Revenge for some delicious cupcakes.
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Here's the photos from my recent trip to upstate NY. I went with my friend's Jody, Alex, Dana, Ian, and Nikola. Jody's friends have a tradition of having a mini burning-man style event at their home each fall. You bring something you'd like to purge by fire and throw it in. Sadly I'm pretty content with my life right now so couldn't think of anything to burn. Very nice of them to put up six scraggly bikers at short notice. Fall in upstate NY is great. Make sure you get ample apple cider donuts.
Bike Kill 666
Finally got around to posting the pics from Bike Kill. This year's version was particularly dirty. The event was fueled by beer and filled with bikes and mayhem. Here's the pics. I brought out my old Fujica 36mm camera for this, and I think it took some great shots.
There's been a lot of other stuff going on, but the only stuff I have photos of right now I bike related, so I might as well blog about that.
The season of track racing at Kissena is over. I did pretty well, 3rd overall for the season for Category 5. I upgraded to a Cat 4 so next year should be quite the challenge. Here's a photo of everyone at the award ceremony. Got a nice little cyclist trophy and a certificate. Woo!
My bikes in progress have been upgraded to "complete bikes". The Maietta rides like a dream, and is quite the killer track machine. The Guerciotti is beautiful and a great bike for bombing around the city, or for taking long training rides on. I love having all my bikes made of steel, it just feels like the right material for a bike to be made of.
I've also been participating in the Prospect Park Summer Slam. A weekly fixed gear racing series in Prospect Park. It's being organized by some friends of mine and sponsored by Tony/Maietta Cycling.
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Summer Visits NYC
My sister just visited me in NYC. She came to the city the week after her birthday. Happy Birthday Summ! While here we did much wandering, eating and touristy stuff. She also go to visit with her good friends Jenn and mark in Brooklyn. We visited PS1 in Long Island City Queens, which sadly was between shows. We also had an opportunity to visit Ellis Island and see where our old family members came to the United States in the early 1900's. Here's a link to a whole series of pics that she took.
Just got back from Maine. Had a good road trip up with Artem. Saw some good people who I haven't hung out with in forever. It was nice to go to Maine in the summertime and have no plans or anything to do besides just relax. Got some good riding in, including an epic thunderstorm-beating ride with Brent to a party on Brewer Lake. There was a trip to Bar Harbor. Blackberry picking (ouch thorns and mosquitos!). Family visiting (Hi grandma!). Friend visiting (hi Melty, bye Tyler!). Back in NYC now for the end of the summer.
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Works in Progress
Quick bike summary. This is the McBain in its current state. The disc wheel is eventually going on the Maietta. Did I mention Tony's building me a new bike? It's a track bike made of Columbus XCR (stainless steel) tubing. The Guerciotti is about 75% done. The Fetish is still for sale (leisurely though). And the Schwinn conversion is now on the market for $450. My past and present bikes on VeloSpace
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I jumped out of a plane!
Yes, I jumped out of a perfectly good, fully functional plane. I joined a crew old work-mates from The Week and did some tandem sky diving. Big thanks go to Vanessa for organizing the trip, and to Joe Turcott for driving and letting us use his boat for shenanigans after the jump. Six of us jumped, and I don't think I can describe how awesome it was. I fell through a cloud (Allison, maybe that was Byarnia?). The landing was smooth too. What more can I say?
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Tony and Lauren's Wedding
Last weekend was Tony and Lauren's wedding! It was an amazing ceremony, definitely the most superbly planned, conceived, and implemented wedding I've ever been too. It was a great weekend in Rhode Island, and Tony, Lauren and everyone involved looked beautiful. I basically can't say enough how nice everything was and well things went. The weather held out perfectly (no rain exactly when it mattered). I caught all the trains perfectly and bike from Providence to Bristol, arriving exactly on time. The boat cruise was great (complete with Maine whoopie pies). I saw some of Tony's family that I hadn't seen in a while, and my parents made it down for the wedding too.
A few of us biked to the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island. Every year they say it's going to be the last year for the parade, but it keeps on going. Worth checking out once... but that's it. If you ever go and want to leave make sure you are on the north side of Surf Ave, as its almost impossible to cross during the parade. Before and during the parade I gorged my self on carnival food. Before the food though we rode the Cyclone. Some more advice: Don't ride in the back of the Cyclone. It HURTS. The thing is 100 years old and not safe, but that's what makes it fun. After the parade we hit the beach. Here's some pics of the day.
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I'd like to, sadly, note the passing of my grandfather Al. He died last Sunday in the company of several family members. He was loved by many and will be missed.
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I'm in Washington DC!
I'm actually not in Washington D.C. Dirty little secret about this site is that I post things very infrequently. Then I login to the server, run a "Touch" command to alter the timestamp, and POOF! The pics have been here all along. I'm actually writing this January 8th, 2009. Precisely 6 months after returning from D.C. Boy how time flies! Starting in the next paragraph I'm going to pretend that I'm blogging about it the day after I returned...
I just got back from D.C! It was my first time ever spending time in our nation's capitol. Kierie and I drove down and brought our bikes. D.C. is a very bike friendly town. Mostly flat, gridded, and has courteous drivers. There's even a weekly cupcake ride. Sadly we learned about the cupcake ride 30 minutes after it departed. I did have a bit of a problem bringing my bike back on Amtrak though. Only other problem was that it was a billion degrees. Somehow there were people wearing pants and long sleeve shirts. In all these pictures keep in mind that I am about to burst into flames from the heat.
We visited numerous galleries, and memorials. The National Gallery just keeps on going and going and going with great art. The Washinton Monument is really quite phallic and looks best at night. The Lincoln Memorial was my favorite, Abe just looks so huge, wise, and inspiring. We also met up with my cousin Laura and her BF, and ate some excellent Ethiopian food. Congress wasn't in session, so we didn't see many obvious politicians about.
Upcoming trip to Maine
I'll be coming to Maine this weekend (May 16th - May 20th). So call my cell or send me an email if you want to hang. I'll be doing the Tour de Cure with with Marcie and Allison, Thom, and a bunch of others from Woodman's (Abe, Heather, etc). I'm still short on my goal, so now's the time to DONATE MONEY TO GABE
Last weekend I did the Harlemegeddon race. It was super fun, and a great day for it. Saw some parts of Harlem that I'd probably never make time to go to otherwise (Cloisters, Grants Tomb, Highbridge Park, etc). Here's pics from the race. Also available on my Flickr account.
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Ahh New York... For a city that has gridlock and Taxis as its most iconic images, it certainly has a vibrant bike culture. Below is all the bike related stuff I've done in the last few weeks.
Lakeside Lounge bike swap meet:
I brought Summer to this to introduce her to some peeps (and potentially have her carry stuff back for me). Got some new bars (3TTT ergo drops), a threadless Cinelli stem, and a threaded 3TTT stem. The 3TTT stem turned out to be too long, so I threw it on the Schwinn instead of the McBain.
Kissena Velodrome opening weekend:
I raced in the opening weekend of the Kissena Velodrome. Was the first time I'd raced there this year, and only the 4th time ever. The McBain did pretty well, but I'm looking forward to the new Maietta being ready. It was a 2 day omnium style event, but over those 2 days I didn't win anything. Boo. I did learn a lot about what to do for bike setup though.
Kissena Twilight series:
I applied two bits of knowledge I learned opening weekend: Try to effect the race in some way even if you don't win, and to lower my gearing. I started Opening Weekend with 48x16 and tried running 48x14 in the twilight series, which is a bit more tiring, but since I'm more of a masher then a spinner, it seems to suit me. The racing series is every Wednesday at 6:30 and I better make it cuz I threw down $110 for the year.
Randall's Island Tracklocross Series:
There's always a ton of street racing going on in NYC. I'm preparing a new bike for the 5th annual Bronx Rumble, and I've been taking part in a new breed of urban racing: Tracklocross. The Randall's Island Tracklocross seris is an epic weekly series put on by Team Wreck stuff (my friends Dan, Nick, Mattio, etc). Imagine a bunch of city kids on track bikes racing on dirt/grass on makeshift courses connecting construction sites, scrap yards, tidal pools, playgrounds, and fields. My favorite event was the grass-track event 2 weekes ago. Basically an improvised oval track on a sloping, wet grassy field at night. Spills and chills galore, but so fun to ride. The next race in the series is "Harlemegeddon Cyclocross Alleycatastrophe (the Uptown Beatdown)" which will be in Harlem, and will be awesome.
I also VJ'd the Times UP fund raising party. I did a mirrored dual projector setup and brought out all the stops with my bike visuals. It went really well, there was much dancing and even a tap-dancing show?! This yesterday I went to Trexlertown PA for their twice annual swap meet. It was nice to get out of the city, but I wasn't too impressed with the goods at the swap meet. I did buy some Campy Record brake levers, some Campy down-tube shifters and a chain tool. Not worth the 100 mile drive though. I however impressed with the track there. The Trexlertown velodrome is probably twice as steep as Kissena, and at a modern, clean, beautiful facility. Makes me wonder how a little town in Pennsylvania can have such a nice track and the one in NYC is referred to as "The GhettoDrome" with good reason.
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I got a new camera. A Canon SD1000, so you can expect to see lots more photos on the blog. I also opened started using my flickr.com account, so there should be more shots up there as its easier to upload to there then to use ftp. It may be worth noting that this camera is the first non-bike related toy I've bought in I don't know how long. Is it bad that I spend between $200 and $400 on bike stuff every month?
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Concerts and Visits
Its been a busy few weeks here in NY. Though who am I kidding, its always a busy time here in NY. I saw The Helio Sequence at The Bowery Ballroom. It was a great show. Their music is smooth, but rocking and uplifting. And their drummer is great to watch, moves sort of like fluid drumming robot. At the show I ran into Jeff and Drew, who I had planned on going to see Hot Chip with my sister. A few weeks before that I saw Deer Tick which is a crazy good rock-a-billy band (more rock then billy). I also saw Dan's band, Feel It Robot, play at Pianos, where I ran into Jen and a bunch of other ex-pat Mainers. I had a great visit from summer by the way, she flew in from Maine, and we spent much of the weekend just wandering (mostly around the LES), eating, and shopping. As I mentioned earlier I saw Hot Chip at Terminal 5. Went with Summer, Kierie, Jeff, Drew, and Jeff's mom (still rocking!).
I'd also like to say Happy Birthday to my grandmother Marion. I think she's 88! I missed sending her a birthday card, and still haven't called her for her birthday... which makes me pretty much the worst grandson ever, but I am thinking about you, and I'll see you soon!
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Velchrome @ Bike Shorts. March 30th
I'll be performing after Bike Shorts this Sunday. Check out the site for more info. It's at Galapagos in Williamsburg and is $2.
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OMG I'm selling my road bike!
After several good years and many good/bad times with this bike, I'm selling it. The truth is I don't ride it enough in NYC to keep it. The bars are too wide to maneuver through traffic, and the brakes on the drops mean your hands have to be constantly in the "mirror zone" if you want to use them. The wheels are too fragile for NYC potholes, and you don't need gears in the city. I never make it out of the city to do any distance riding, so my fixed-gear has become my primary bike and this thing has been collecting dust and only been ridden 3 times this year. View the ad on Craigslist
Thanks for the memories and broken bones, I only hope its successors will be as exciting :)
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I've been back from Portland Oregon for a week now. What a trip that was! I thoroughly enjoyed the west coast. Thanks again to Meg and Ben for putting me up in their house and letting me spread bike parts all over the place. Portland is certainly the most bike friendly city in the US I've been to. Part of me thinks the bikers there are spoiled by having plentiful bike lanes, a sympathetic local government, and ample coffee shops and vegan restaurants. The other part of me wants to move out there and join them, getting away from the daily struggle of NY biking. I'm not going to do that anytime soon though. I like the excitement and pace of NYC too much to leave right now.
The rest of the show went well. If I could sum up the show in two words they would be: BIke Overload. I had a free day to go to the Pacific Ocean (my first time!). It was really awesome, sort of like Maine only with slightly different vegetation and different rock formations. Sadly I didn't load my film camera right, but my digital camera worked well enough to take a few pics. My trip home went well too. Long flight with little sleep, and then lugging the bike bag and luggage around the NYC subways. I was promptly thrown back into the fray at work, and then had to drag my luggage through a snow storm back to my apartment since no large cabs were empty.
Last week I did a Valentine's Day alley cat, and this Friday a few of us are going to Boston for the Pony Up race. Hopefully the weather holds out. If you're in Boston and have a spare couch, let me know! This week I have the potential for jury duty, my first time with that. Yay.
More NAHBS Pics
K, So I'm slowly regrouping from NAHBS. I'm working on getting photos organized and online. Here's the complete set of 300 photos. Rich and Tony took many of these shots. I have a few shots of Meg too, but that will probably go in the next post. I'll say a quick thanks to Meg and Ben for hosting me and carting me around to and from the airport. And of course Thanks to Tony for building some super bikes and making this whole trip possible.
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NAHBS Day 1
I'm in Oregon for NAHBS with Tony of Maietta Cycling. Here's the pics of the show so far. I'll write a more detailed report when I have time.
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26th Birthday at The Gutter
Well, I just turned 26! I'd like to thank all that came to The Gutter to bowl and drink. Shout outs to Andras, Artem, Bernadette, Caitlin, Dylan, Gabe K, Heather, Kim, Kym, Nancy, Nikola, and Rodrigo. I'd also like to thank all those that wished me well but couldn't make it out or travel the hundreds of miles to be here. It was a good mix of Mainers, work friends and biker friends. The Gutter is pretty fun, but probably in the hardest to get to area in Williamsburg (unless you bike :) If ever go as a group, send someone there early to get a number (think number at the DMV line, with the red numerals marching towards yours over the course of 3 hours...)
Welcome to 2008
Here's a quick update. Christmas has come and gone. I spent 13 days in Maine which was a nice change of pace from NYC. Saw a lot of friends (Hi Everybody!), and had a good time hanging out with my grandmother and the rest of the family. I spent a day at Sugarloaf with Sheridan, Hankla, Tyler and Rylan. That was pretty fun, only my second time skiing, and I'm getting a bit better. I think I only fell 40 or 50 times, and finally got so I can get off the lift without falling down. Maybe I'll go skiing in Vermont before the winter's over.
I also made it to Portland with Adam and Jeff to hang out with Jesse and some friends. He just got back from Korea and I hadn't seen him in years. You're still crazy Jesse. And Old Orchard Beach, you're still crazy too. I spent New Years Eve at Bonzey's place in Lucerne. Small party with Tracy, Tyler, Summer, Sarah, Allison, Dan, a sauna and booze. It was pretty relaxed, and running naked from the sauna into a snow bank is a great way to start the year.
Back in NYC things are pretty warm. There's NO snow, which is a big contrast from the three feet on the ground in Maine. Biking has been good, and thanks to a bike swap with Allison and Dan I now have 5 bikes in the apartment. By spring I hope to be down to only 3 though. Tomorrow I'll be going to the Bike Shorts film fest tomorrow in Brooklyn, and some bootleg trick sessions at the Brooklyn Banks in Manhattan. Last night Artem took me to NJ to see the Nets play the Celtics. Celtics won, which was a welcome change from their past decade of sucking. NJ is crazy. So crappy. So many highways and so much ugly terrain. The game was great though. Now I've seen an NHL game (Rangers vs Penguins), a NBA game, and a MLB game (Yankees vs. Red Sox). Its been a good year for me and pro sports. Maybe next year I'll check out a NFL game.
Oh, and my birthday is on Tuesday. Twenty-six. It may not seem very old to some of you, but I'm now thoroughly ensconced in my twenties. Only four more years until I'm thirty. Thirty!
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