seatpost 6.18.10: nyc cycling culture this week

Photo of bike constructed of wood and leaves - Ride to Montauk
Photo: Chris Toalson
The velojoy blog's listing of NYC weekend joyrides and other bike related fun for June 19 and 20, 2010.

There’s plenty of cycling fun to be had this Father’s Day weekend. For your enJOYment:

Saturday, June 19

The Ride to Montauk

Choose 30, 66, 100 or 145 mile options departing from Manhattan or Babylon. The finish line for all riders is Montauk at the magnificent eastern tip of the south shore of Long Island.

Here’s what’s new for 2010, according to the ride organizers:  children under 12 ride free, faster bike pickup after the ride, and the option to pick up your bike on Sunday.

Day-of-event registration is available.

NY DOT Helmet Give-Away

What’s more important than keeping your noggin safe? The New York Department of Transportation will distribute free bike helmets to riders of all ages, while supplies last.

The  giveaway is part of Adventurers NYC, an afternoon of biking, climbing, paddling and more, sponsored by the NYC Department of Recreation and Backpacker Magazine, in celebration of  NYC parks and the great outdoors.

When: noon – 4 pm

Where: Central Park, near the Band Shell at 72nd Street

Sunday, June 20 – Father’s Day

37th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic by Rockstar Games

Enjoy fast, spectator-friendly bike racing. Watch pros compete for a $15,000 purse on the .75-mile square course around Marcus Garvey Park. Or jump on your own bike and race in the David Walker Memorial Pro/Am. The adult community and children’s division races are designated NYC Mayor’s Cup programs, so competition is for the title of “Fastest Riders in NYC.” Could be the best Father’s Day gift ever.

When: noon – 6 pm

Where: Marcus Garvey Park, 121st Street and Fifth Avenue

The Story of The Lost Cyclist

Author David Herlihy will discuss his new book The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, an account of adventure and intrigue surrounding 19th century cyclist Frank Lenz. Free with museum admission. Information: 917-492-3395

When: 2 pm

Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103rd and 104th Streets)

Joyride Art Show

Lance's Tequila Bike for Girls by Tom Sachs
Lance's Tequila Bike for Girls by Tom Sachs at the Joyride Art Show. photo: velojoy

The Joyride Art Show, presented by the Bicycle Film Festival and Anonymous Gallery, assembles established international and emerging artists around a passion for cycling. Selections range from a large-scale painting by the street artist WK to photos of BMX legend Mat Hoffman shot by director Spike Jonze during the filming of Birth of Big Air.

When: June 17- 20, noon – 6 pm

Where: Dash Gallery, 172 Duane Street

…and don’t forget the full schedule of bike-themed films all weekend at the 2010 Bike Film Festival NY.

Happy Father’s Day from velojoy!

Top photo: Chris Toalson

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