Wednesday, November 20, Bash for Bikes, 6 – 9 p.m. Signature Cycles, Manhattan

Signature Cycles hosts a benefit raffle, silent auction and party for World Bicycle Relief, the remarkable organization that brings sturdy, culturally appropriate bicycles to those in need in rural Africa and transforms lives through support of entrepreneurship, education and health care. Signature’s goal is to provide 100 bicycles to a school in Zambia. WBR studies show that bicycles dramatically improve attendance and grades, enabling young people to pursue their dreams. Seventy percent of the bikes distributed through the Educational Empowerment Program are to female students.

Each raffle entry of $134 buys one WBR “Buffalo” bicycle for the school and your chance to win a complete Parlee bike, a complete Seven bike, or a dream spring training trip to Majorca. There’s a silent auction of bicycle components and gear, as well. Click here for more details. RSVP to stacy@signaturecycles.com (An additional event will be held Thursday, November 21 at Signature’s Greenwich, CT studio.) 

Art Benefit

Monday, December 2, 6 p.m. Life in Public Art Benefit for Transportation Alternatives, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

Lovers of sculpture, painting, photography and cartography, this one’s for you: Transportation Alternatives hosts its first-ever art show, auction and party to benefit its Complete Streets Fund. The roster of artists sharing their vision of Life in Public on New York City sidewalks, streets and other public spaces includes Sophie Blackall (above), David Byrne, Stanley Greenburg, Leif Low-Bier, Maira Kalman, Dave Kinsey, Olek and many more. Click here to view a preview and buy tickets.

Sundays, Rapha Women’s Road Rides

There’s good news for winter-hardy road cyclists. The Rapha Cycle Club NYC has extended its schedule of Sunday morning women’s rides. Tayler Dube steps in as ride guide for the next few weekends. Meet at the Club at 64 Gansevoort Street in Manhattan at 9 a.m., then travel over the George Washington Bridge to points north. Call the Club at 212-804-5050 to sign up for email updates.

November 23 and 24, Supercross Cup 2013 Weekend, Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Stony Point, NY

Stoney Point is just a stone’s throw from New York City, so there’s no excuse to miss out on the cyclocross racing action as a participant or spectator. Here are 8 reasons why. For event information and registration click here.

Cycling Link Love:

The truth about Citi Bike safety…is that Citi Bike is really safe.

The “Camo is Dead” message is news to us, but we love this T-shirt from Team Six Cycle. Proceeds benefit the CRCA Junior Development Foundation.

Two new stores in Manhattan focus on performance wear for an active lifestyles – including cycling (via New York Times).

Photo: Joshua Simpson

NYC’s own Hal Ruzal (above) of Bicycle Habitat busts bike locks in a must-read article about the quest for more secure devices in Bicycling Magazine.

Brooks Store London

Brooks England, purveyor of fine leather saddles and cycling accessories, has opened its first stand-alone retail store, in London (above).

Snow good: They may look cartoonesque, but fat tire bikes shred through snow on trails and city streets (via Wall Street Journal).

Armstrong Lie

Photo: Maryse Alberti/Sony Pictures Classics

Worth buying a ticket: The Armstrong Lie, the documentary by director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself both transfixed and confounded by the complexity of this character.

In Transportation Alternatives’ newest poll, 91 percent of Citi Bike riders favor City Hall asking for federal funds to expand bike share throughout NYC. Read more and take the next poll.

Your cold-weather dreams have come true: the Park Slope shop Winter Warmers specializes in hot chocolate and s’mores.

COMING NEXT WEEK, holiday gift suggestions.

More than 1,000 bike lovers follow @velojoy on Instagram. Click here to join in!

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