Seatpost 7.20.12: NYC Cycling Culture This Week

Upcoming Events:

Saturdays and Sundays, Now through August 5 – StillSpotting NYC: Staten Island Bicycle Tour

As New Yorkers, we find ourselves both stimulated and overwhelmed by the cacophony of urban living. A two-year multidisciplinary project of the Guggenheim Museum identifies, creates or transforms “stillspots” as refuges from urban noise through the efforts of artists, architects, designers and members of other creative disciplines.

The latest stillspotting nyc project (above) is Telettrofono, a site-specific installation by Justin Bennett and Matthea Harvey. In an audio recording accompanying a self-guided tour along and around the Staten Island waterfront, the duo mingles ambient and invented sound with a fantasy narration (involving unacknowledged inventor of the telephone Staten Islander Antoni Meucci and…a mermaid). Cyclists can download a free 8.5-mile ride map that expands the tour beyond the New Brighton and St. George neighborhoods to Randall Manor, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton and Rosebank.

Advance registration is recommended for the iPod audio tour. Save $2 by entering the code BIKE4 when you sign up online here.

Top photo: Kristopher McKay

Sign Up NOW and Save on these Rides:

Genia, the star of our 8-part series for beginning cyclists, found that reaching for a goal — the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour last May — helped inspire her to ride her bicycle more often and to improve her road skills. After completing the 40-mile ride she said, “I felt like I could ride anywhere.” Signing up now for one of the signature NYC cycling events below, will not only boost your motivation, but also save you some money. Each event provides a different take on enjoying  New York City and the surrounding area by bicycle, and route lengths for every level are offered:

Sunday, September 9 — New York Century Bike Tour

Transportation Alternatives presents the only all-urban century ride. In addition to the 100-mile route, explore NYC neighborhoods on 15, 35, 55 and 75 mile rides that stretch across bridges, along waterfronts and through park lands. New this year: In addition to supported rest stops, Bikes & Bites will highlight local businesses that feature and offer special deals on dishes that represent the cultural heritage of their neighborhoods.
Early registration bonus: Save $20 when you register before July 22. You’ll also be entered to win one of three Trek bikes and you can get a discount on TA membership.

Saturday, September 22 — Escape New York

Sponsored by the New York Cycle Club, this ride begins at Sakura Park in Manhattan and crosses the George Washington Bridge into Rockland and Bergen Counties. Routes choices include 50, 65, 100 miles, and (new this year!) a 25 mile ride.
Early registration bonus: Free ENY socks for the first 500 registrants and save $20 when you register before August 26.

Sunday, October 21 — Bike MS New York City

Join 5,000 riders on the NYC leg of the largest one-day fundraising ride in the country to help support finding a cure for the central nervous system disease MS. Choose 30, 50 or 100 mile routes, the latter two of which pass through a traffic-free Holland Tunnel. The shorter route offers a traffic-free loop around Manhattan.
Early registration bonus: Save $25 until Sept. 6 and use discount code velojoy (case sensitive) to save an additional 10 percent

Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web:

Culprit in Citi Bike Sharing Delay? — The NYC Department of Transportation confirmed that the launch of Citi Bike Sharing has been delayed. Although the DOT cited no specifics and gave no launch date, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday made reference to software problems, reported The New York Times. The good news: All the discourse and speculation this week seem to indicate that NYC’s appetite for bike sharing is well primed. Anticipation makes the heart grow fonder?

Hamptons Dream Rides — We teamed up with Well + Good NYC to map our favorite weekend rides in the Hamptons: a mellow Shelter Island route and, for a more ambitious outing, East Hampton to Montauk. Each includes a map, plus our picks for coffee, shopping and sightseeing. For everything you need to plan your weekend cycling trip to the beach, check out our exclusive Hamptons Riding Guide.

Suffering for the Gold  — Just in time for the London Olympics, a new novel by Chris Cleave takes readers inside the grueling quest for gold through the eyes of two female cycling contenders. Says Sports Illustrated, “Cleave’s fine novel will give you an appreciation for all that London’s Olympians have gone through as you watch them contort their bodies, leap for the heavens or pedal round and round and round.”

Get a Handle on Your BikeSwiss Miss posted this clever bicycle frame handle design, which we found especially well suited to New Yorkers who have to tote their bikes up four-story walk-ups.

And Finally:

(Handle)bar and grill for you weekend cook-out inspiration:

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