If you’ve spent any amount of time with your bike in New York City, then you know it can be an unforgiving place. Bicycle Habitat mechanic Hal has made his internet career f0r Streetsblog by grading people’s bikes locked up in the streets of SoHo. Here is the 2014 edition and check out links to the previous years below.
The Messenger’s Guide To New York City: The West Village and Midtown
Standby with Hiromi/Ghost stories and local comfort with Stoned Tone
Words and photos by Chris Lee
In the second installment of The Messenger’s Guide To New York City, I got a chance to have the man behind Boda Boda, Hiromi Bruni show me around. Hiromi was born and raised in the West Village and knows the neighborhood like the back of his hand. We payed respects to the remains of Gray’s Papaya, a hot dog joint that was a fixture in the neighborhood and got some desert at Rocco’s. We went by Dave’s Work Wear, the local’s only one stop shop for work wear. And finally chilled at his favorite midtown standby spots.
This Friday, Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of Space Bikes in NYC. Head over to the Aether Apparel NYC Store from 6-9 PM for free drinks, a presentation from frame builder Ben Farver and the video premier of Brian Vernor‘s Argonaut Deep South Odyssey.
Ben will also have his NAHBS Best in Show bike on display for you to squeeze the brakes and pinch the tires!
What I’ve realized over time is that I end up with a lot of bike portraits of riders in my film rolls. This sparked an idea: a “ride along” interview series. We’ll start this off with Chris Lee, in NYC, where he interviews Brean Shea, a bike messenger and track cyclist.
I can’t pass this video from Animal NY up.
Monster Track. The world’s most infamous, dangerous and in my opinion, most significant alleycat. In the 15 years it’s been thrown in New York City, it never ceases to surprise its contenders. There are only a few rules, the most important being two words: NO BRAKES.
Typically, there’s a weeding down process, at the hands of multiple manifests. Everyone starts with one, but only a select few make it to true completion by filling up to three. This year, mother nature smiled on the event, delivering somewhat favorable conditions (when compared to previous years being riddled with rain and snow). At the end of the event, the winners of Monster Track XV were Cooper Ray and Hannah Todd.
On the scene at the event and working the Williamsburg Bridge checkpoint was Chris Lee, who provided a few photos from the event. Check them out in the Gallery!
To avoid your bank accounts being drained by the queues of NAHBS builders, I’ll start dropping in normal content these next few days…
The Rookie Race is the “warm up” to Monster Track. So once again Boda Boda took to the streets to cover another fast-paced alleycat in NYC but this one’s got an unexpected ending.
Remember, in Boda Boda videos, #neverreadthecomments
… we’ll take a break from NAHBS-ness for a second to post some Red Hook Crit love. Up top is this year’s Monster Track winner, Cooper, wearing the new Red Hook Crit Jersey by Castelli and below is Crihs’ documentary on the race.
Red Hook Crit is less than two weeks away – March 29th.
Monster Track is this weekend in NYC and that means there will be a prize bag up for grabs. Not just any prize bag either. Philly’s REload Bags have been sponsoring the event for ten years and each year, their designs just keep getting better and better.
Rather than a messenger bag, Roland went with a Flight Pack. My personal favorite bag in REload’s line.
Now the question: who’s gonna win this?