Quick Tip for Weekend Bike Rides
We’ve been reveling on weekend bike rides in the crates of apples, boxes of Concord grapes (still buzzing with bees) and rows of colorful root vegetables at green markets and farm stands. In case you find yourself out on a bike without a basket or bag, and you want to bring some of this seasonal goodness home, here’s our DYI video showing how to make a quick, cheap, over-the-shoulder tote for cycling, using three plastic grocery sacks. This way, you won’t have to pass up the apple cider donuts.
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The only thing better than design books is design books about bicycles. So, we’re looking forward to attending the panel Books and Bikes: A Celebration of Bicycle Design from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the inaugural Designers & Books Fair at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Dan Rubinstein, editor in chief of Surface Magazine, will moderate a panel focusing on bicycles as design objects (photo below). The dream team of speakers includes Richard Sachs of Richard Sachs Cycles, Antonio Columbo, president and owner of Cinelli, and Lodovico Pignatti Morano, author of the new book Cinelli: the Art of the Bicycle, and from NYC, Mike Spriggs, owner Gage + Desoto and Charlie McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat.
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Wednesday, November 7 — Short Talks, Big Ideas: Innovations in Transportation
Saturday, November 10 — Staten Island CX 5.0 Cyclocross Race
Saturday, November 17 — Cranksgiving, charity food drive on two wheels
Monday, December 3 — Benefit Party for Recycle-a-Bicycle
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Bicycle Link Love
Kiosks Pop Up — Since it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new about Citi Bike sharing, due to debut in spring, we love this morsel via Streetsblog. Bike share kiosks have reportedly sprung up at the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, where tenants and employees will have on-premises access to the blue bikes to help with “operational training” for the bike share system.
Even More Reasons to Ride – We don’t need convincing to ride bicycles for transportation and fun, but a far greater percentage of our car-dependent population does. 13 Reasons You Should Start Riding a Bike to Work via BusinessInsider enumerates the benefits and the data to back them up. Bookmark and share!
As the Crowe flies — Academy Award winning actor Russell Crowe (bearded, above) led paparazzi on a spirited, 7.7-mile bike ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, and, uncharacteristically, gave one photog a bro-hug at the end, proclaiming it “a great chase,” according to the New York Daily News. Hurray for Crowe, who reported on twitter that he’s been bike-commuting to a film set.
Where does your city stand? — Governing.com posted an interactive map this week that gives users access to bicycle commuting data for U.S. cities.
Our most shared post on the velojoy Facebook page this week: The bicycle alphabet. Can a periodic table of bicycles be far behind?
EnJOY your weekend!