Seatpost 8.31.12: NYC Cycling Culture this Week

Bike-In Premiere for New NBC Series Revolution

Cyclists generate watts with every turn of the cranks — here’s one way to put that pedal power to use. NBC is recruiting 40 NYC cyclists to fuel a free, open to the public premiere screening of the new TV series Revolution. As you may have learned from the current network promos, the adventure series, which is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, is set in a future in which all technology has blacked out forever. This “powered by the people” screening, say organizers, is meant to “shed a spotlight on alternative transportation and energy.”

Thus attendees are encouraged to ride to the event on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Pier 57 along Hudson River Park (15th Street and the Westside Highway). Beverages, snacks and bike valet parking will be provided.

Cyclists who generate an hour of power will receive a Revolution T-shirt and a complimentary membership to Transportation Alternatives. And you don’t have to be a spinmeister; the bikes are easy-going uprights, and riders can watch the intrepid heroine of the series, Charlie, team up with her uncle to save her brother…while they pedal.


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Bicycling Link Love from Around the Web:

Cycling is green and efficient, especially if you’re trying to get around Midtown Manhattan. Whole Foods announced that it’s mulling bicycle deliveries in that area.


We’re loving the love that fashion and design magazines and blogs are lavishing on city cyclingElle Decor weighs in with design picks  for bicycle commuting, including the Faraday Porteur e-bike (above).


Coming next week: For Fashion’s Night Out NYC, discover why Coco Rocha (above) is talking bicycling!

DanielBicycleAs a follow-up to our post on Twig which, among other wonderful creations, makes bicycle-themed terrariums, we hear from their project manager Daniel Schwarz (right) that he’ll be participating in the Bike MS New York Ride (see events links below). Says Daniel, “I ride every year for one of my oldest friends, Marielle, who was diagnosed four years ago at the age of 23. She inspired me to do this ride, and I’ve done my best to raise money and get out there every year since.” If you can give Daniel some support, here’s the link to his fundraising page.

In this week’s “Talk of the Town” in The New Yorker, NYC bicycle messenger Austin Horse, who rode as a stunt double for Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a writer along on his daily rounds for a peek inside the Premium Rush life.

Farmers Market

No basket or pannier on your bike ride? No problem. You can carry your bounty home from the green market or farm stand (above) by making a quick, cheap shoulder bag from three plastic grocery sacks. View our DYI video instructions here.

After crowd-sourcing documentation of abandoned bikes on NYC streets, WNYC has teamed up with the NYC Department of Sanitation and Recycle-A-Bicycle to display some of the metal relics as art in the windows of Greenspace, 44 Charlton Street through Sept. 4.

Upcoming Events:

Sign up now for these September/October cycling events!

Sunday, September 9 — Gran Fondo New Jersey

Sunday, September 9 — NYC Century Bike Tour

Women Only! Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 — Trek Wine Country Ramble

Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 — Thomson Bucks County Classic

Sunday, September 22 — Escape New York 2012

Sunday, September 23 — Tour of the Hamptons

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30 — Tour de Pink East Coast

Saturday, September 29 —  Bike the Night

Sunday, October 21 — Bike MS New York City

And Finally:

As Labor Day Weekend marks the close of summer (sigh!), we’re reminded that, regardless of the season, the best way to travel locally is to…

Gas Pump - Ride Your Bike

Have a joyful weekend!

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