seatpost 8.25.11: nyc cycling culture this week

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In this seatpost:

– September Rides

– Gran Fondo New York Registration

– New Cycling Feature at

– Bicycle Beauty on the Go

– An Otherworldly Bicycle Helmet

Bike Rides to Savor on September Weekends

It’s looking as though Hurricane Irene may keep us all indoors this weekend, so why not look ahead and register for some of the amazing annual cycling events to enjoy in the month ahead. Signing up early usually yields savings on entry fees. And, beyond the fun and the great scenery, each event offers the opportunity to ride for a good cause.

Sunday, September 18 — NYC Century Bike Tour

This is the nation’s only all-urban century offering riders the experience of enjoying the sights of New York City’s neighborhoods. It offers a full range of routes — 15, 35, 55, 75 and 100 miles — so riders of all levels can participate. This year’s 75 and 100-mile routes include the new greenways of southern Queens. Rides start in Central Park and Prospect Park, and for the first time, there will be a finish line in Prospect Park, as well. The event is sponsored by and benefits Transportation Alternatives’ advocacy on behalf of cycling.

Saturday, September 24 — Escape New York

The escape in question is across the George Washington Bridge to the beautiful Hudson Highlands. Choose scenic 50, 65 or 100-mile routes, beginning and ending at Sakura Park in Manhattan. The New York Cycle Club’s signature event is well supported — with delicious food along the way — and it benefits Transportation Alternatives and Recycle a Bicycle.

Sunday, September 25 — Tour of the Hamptons

The 20th edition of this fully supported ride sponsored by the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club begins in Southampton and rolls through mostly flat terrain along the south fork of Eastern Long Island. Along the way, riders enjoy scenic views of farms, beaches, and estates in East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk. Choose 25, 50, 70 or 100-mile routes, or a 25-mile guided ride. A portion of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County and other local causes.

Gran Fondo New York Announces 2012 Registration

Gran Fondo New York logoIf road riding is part of your cycling world, take note that registration for the May 20, 2012 race from the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain and back is just around the corner. Organizers of the Gran Fondo New York have announced the following schedule:

  • Survey respondents: September 6 at 12pm ET, the (post-event) survey respondents have a 24-hour window when they can register. You will receive an email invitation directly from Eventbrite when registration is live.
  • 2011 participants: September 7 at 12pm ET, 2011 participants can register and take advantage of the early registration. You will receive an email invitation directly from Eventbrite when registration is live.
  • General registration: September 8 at 12pm ET, general registration opens at this link.

New Feature at How Green Is Your Ride?

Hydrangeas - velojoy.comThe additions to one of my favorite mapping applications keep coming. Recently, I mentioned the site’s calorie calculator that helps you figure how much of the cookie you bought at Smorgasburg was burned off on the way back over the bridge. Now you can calculate your ride’s contribution to cutting carbon emissions.  Results are are posted at the top of the web page along with trip time, calories burned and other data.

“Now our environmentally-conscious users can better understand the positive impact that their commuting behavior is having on the earth while still getting to where they need to go,” says Joe Meyer, HopStop CEO.

Check out Hop-Stop’s location-based service for cycling, transit, taxi and walking directions  in 57 major metro areas in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Russia. Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco were recently added.

Bicycle Beauty on the Go: It’s in the Bag

In my recent post about coping with perspiration when riding a bicycle in the city, several commenters noted the convenience of individually-wrapped moist towlettes for freshening up. As a follow-up, I spotted this article in the New York Times that lists products for a variety of on-the-go needs. It includes towelette versions beauty products ranging from make-up removers to deodorant wipes, some organic and biodegradable. (Great for carry-on when flying, too.)

R2-D2 Bicycle Helmet

Out-of-This-World Bicycle Helmet

A kerfuffle flared up in the #bikenyc twitter stream this week as pro- and anti-helmet voices reacted to a guide to bicycle helmets posted on the women’s collaborative website A helmet-wearer always on the streets of NYC, I’m for keeping the conversation civil and focusing on what’s needed most: More cycling infrastructure in NYC.

Still, I’ve got to think that even the critics would crack a smile at the R2-D2 bicycle helmet (above). It’s a one-off by artist Jenn Hall, whose day job is decorating pastries at a Philadelphia cake shop. A bakery-related query: Would this helmet fit over Princess Leia’s cinnamon buns? (Thanks @bicyclesonly for sharing the link.)

EnJOY your weekend!

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