November 12, 2009
There Be Monsters!...Somewhere in Highland Park, Ca.
This heads-up was sent to me by The Bicycle Tree:
The Bike Oven and Flying Pigeon LA, two great bike shops that neighbor each other in Highland Park, will be hosting a group art exhibition entitled "Monsters on Bikes!".
The show opens Saturday, November 14th from 6 PM - midnight and runs until December 10th.
The show's opening coincides with the monthly Spoke(n) Art ride, a bicycle tour of the area's art galleries that leaves from York & Figueroa streets at 6:30. The ride returns to The Bike Oven around 9:30 to join the party.
A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit The Bike Oven and The Bicycle Tree. The Bike Oven has been an inspiration for The Bicycle Tree. They have been helping the good people of Highland Park learn how to fix their bikes for years!
If you live in LA County, and Orange County, especially, but in neighboring counties, as well, you might find this an interesting even to check out.
Monsters on Bikes now has a Website, with 4 blog posts so far.
The 1st entry talks about the dispaying, and selling of art at the event (Submissions were no long accepted as of Halloween.
The 3rd entry talks about the show, and Opening Night, and provides a link to a Flickr page with a preview of artwork that is thought-provoking, very cool, and very funny.
It also provides links to the websites of all the participating artists.
The most recent entry is an image of the event poster, which incorporates the cool image on the header of the blog itself.
"Monsters On Bikes! For all fans of monsters and their two-wheeled riding habits" appeals to my peculiar sense of humor. ;-D
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride is a free, once-a-month, bicycle tour of art galleries in North East Los Angeles. The ride takes place on the second Saturday of each month - a special night in North East Los Angeles. Area art galleries open their doors late into the night as part of NELAart's "Gallery Night".
Learn more about the event, here. (Saturday? Hmm, If my day off comes on the designated day, then I just might check the event out myself someday!)
The Bike Oven Shop has had a Blog since Aug. 2007? Cool! I'll be adding them to the Blogroll, and checking them out!
The Bike Oven is a volunteer-run bicycle repair collective that started in a single car garage on Avenue 42 in Highland Park.
The Bike Oven endeavors to serve the community and improve the quality of urban life by promoting and facilitating, through culture change, the use of bicycling as an alternative to the non-sustainable and climate damaging fossil-fuel powered motor vehicle transportation system.
Flying Pigeon has a Website and a Blog...oh, and promotes an every 3rd Sunday Dim Sum Ride to Chinatown, or venues in the San Gabriel Valley, and other parts of LA! (Sunday? Hmm, If my day off comes on the designated day, then I just might check the event out myself someday!)
Flying Pigeon LA is a company, started by two brothers, located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Flying Pigeon LA sells, maintains and evangelizes the Flying Pigeon brand bicycle (A famous bike brand in China) in Los Angeles.
The About Page has a lot of links about this very inexpensive bike, and a cool video.
The Blog has been up since July 2008 and, like Bike Oven, I'll be adding it to the Blogroll, and checking it out!
October 06, 2009
Bicycle Tree to Hold 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast in Orange, Ca.
The Bicycle Tree is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE),
a non-profit, public charity based in Orange, Ca.
I first wrote about The Bicycle Tree in June 2007, when they were located in Anaheim, Ca., and I visited them, and took photos for my story: A Bicycle Tree Grows in Anaheim.
By December 2007 of that year things had changed as they announced that "December 8th will be our last weekly public bicycle repair clinic, and we will thereafter be using that time to focus on processing and liquidating our sizeable collection of bicycles. We intend to donate several yet-to-be-working bicycles to a worthy organization. We will suspend major repair activity in February."
By May of this year things were looking up again as I reported that they had a new website, and new outreach efforts set to begin:
"The Bicycle Tree is pleased to announce that we will be holding bicycle repair workshops on the last Saturday of every month from 11 am - 4 pm at The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana!"
The Bicycle Tree is an organzation that "incorporates bicycle education, bicycle recycling, and do-it-yourself repair."
They offer programs and services for youth and adults, promoting the "excitement and accessibility of cycling, the fulfillment of conservation, and the rewards of education".
The Bicycle Tree IS a unique, empowering resource for Orange County cyclists, and now comes their latest Press Release, updating event of the year so far, and issuing an invite to local cyclists....
You are cordially invited to the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast benefitting The Bicycle Tree, to be held on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in Orange. The invitation is attached - feel free to share it with all who may wish to come!
Dear Friends and Supporters,
It has been a good year for The Bicycle Tree since our first pancake breakfast in September of 2008. In February 2009, we taught bicycle repair to students of Morasha Jewish Day School at their Leave Only Footprints Environmental Awareness Festival in Rancho Santa Margarita. We have had repair booths twice at the seasonal Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Santa Ana. Since May, we have been holding workshops the last Saturday of every month at The Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana. In August, we were at the Second Annual Townsend-Raitt Community Street Fiesta and Resource Fair, also in Santa Ana. All in all, we have provided hands-on bicycle repair education for over 90 participants, and helped keep an equal number of bicycles rolling smoothly!
In July of this year, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (otherwise known as REI) generously awarded The Bicycle Tree a $5,000 grant to develop our mobile workshops! This boost, in addition to the gracious donations of countless workshop participants, has really gotten our wheels rolling!
To celebrate our progress, and to set the stage for another year of growth, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in the City of Orange!
Last year's pancake breakfast was a lot of fun and a strong success. We served pancakes with real vanilla maple syrup, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, bagels, tofu scramble, spiced tempeh, organic OJ, and organic fair trade coffee. We had a great silent auction with items from REI, Orange Cycle, Rock n' Road Cyclery, Fullerton Bicycle, Thuyen Vien, Harvey's Original Seatbelt Bags, Sprouts Farmer's Market, GoZilla, and local artists and photographers.
We hope this year's breakfast will be even better! We invite you to come out for a morning of food and friends in support of The Bicycle Tree. It will be a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, meet new people, get a deal on donated items, fill your belly, honor our volunteers, and celebrate another amazing year! There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, $2 for kids.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you would like to help prepare for the breakfast or lend a hand that morning, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have great items you would like to donate for our silent auction, please contact Paul at email@example.com
Thank you for reading!
The Bicycle Tree
P.O. Box 881
Orange, CA 92856
I live a few short miles away from the park, and hope to be able to attend the event. ;-D
May 16, 2009
Bicycle Tree to Offer OC Cyclists Bicycle Repair Workshops
The Bicycle Tree is a local organzization that I have visited, and written about in the past and they describe themselves as an organzation that "incorporates bicycle education, bicycle recycling, and do-it-yourself repair."
We offer programs and services for youth and adults at affordable prices. Bringing together the excitement and accessibility of cycling, the fulfillment of conservation, and the rewards of education, The Bicycle Tree will be a unique, empowering resource for Orange County cyclists!
I have just received a Press Release about an upcoming project they will be undertaking in co-operation with a local business:
New Monthly Workshops!
The Bicycle Tree is pleased to announce that we will be holding bicycle repair workshops on the last Saturday of every month from 11 am - 4 pm at The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana!
The first of these will be held this month on Saturday, May 30th.
We invite you to bring your bicycle - our volunteers will work with you to keep your bike running smoothly. We will have repair stands and a solid assortment of tools available to make almost any adjustment. We suggest a $5 flat rate donation for unlimited stand use for the day, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The Road Less Traveled store is "an environmentally & human conscious store dedicated to bringing alternatives to every aspect of life," located at 2204 N. Main St., Santa Ana 92706
For the workshops, please park on the opposite (east) side of Main Street.
Please visit The Road Less Travelled to learn more about this great place! We thank them for their generous support!
If you are interested in volunteering for these monthly workshops, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish them great success with their efforts!
February 08, 2009
Steve Dennis Portrait of Christian Vande Velde Unveiled At ArtBike Exhibition
On Friday I got an update from Mr. Dennis:
My recently completed portrait of Christian Vande Velde is being hung at The Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis tonight as part of the NAHBS' ArtBike! activities.
"Artbike! is a street art/sculpture/installation art exhibition, that is open to all and brings creative progressive people together through community, bikes and art!"
Then on February 27th Artbike! is holding a party at the gallery:
"Music!, Dancing!, Raffle!, Gold Sprints!, NAHBS VIP Room!, Art!, Bikes!"
The party will be hosted by NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show) and 02 Sports Marketing and sponsors include Momentum Magazine."
The Vande Velde painting will be one of the items in a silent auction that night.
Did I mention that it is an original piece of art signed by the rider himself?
If you live near Indy or are travelling to the NAHBS this is your opportunity to bid on this great painting and other exciting pieces of BikeArt!
Artbike will also have a 20'x20' booth at the NAHBS displaying some of the artwork - some of which will be for sale and will include my painting 'NYVelocity'.
All sales from the events will be split 50/50 between the artists and local cycling charities and non-profits.
Not only will you buy some recession proof art but you will also be investing in the cycling lives of needy causes.
If you are at the show and/or party do introduce to me - I will probably have my 9 month old strapped to my chest.
See you there,
January 19, 2009
Cycling Dude Invited to Speak to 117 yr. Old Riverside Bicycle Club
Shortly after New Year I received an E-mail:
Dear Mr. K,I am the 2009 president of the Riverside Bicycle Club. Our club holds monthly meetings and we are always looking for fun, interesting and motivating speakers for our meetings. Would you be interested in coming to one of our meetings. We would love to have you. Please let me know.
Wonderful!I was surving the web trying to find Riverside Bike Club history. Didn't find much on that but did discover your site.Would you be able to join us for our Wednesday, February 18th meeting at the Coffee Depot, 3204 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, @ 7 pm.It'd be great if you could tell us about your cycling experiences, your blog, etc. for 20 +/-minutes.Some of us are interested in touring, we have some work/home commuters, we have mountain goats.I look forward to meeting you soon. E
Forgot something -- do you charge a fee? E
God No! That has never crossed my mind.I'm nowhere near being experienced enough to give that a thought.
Look, I'm no expert on cycling, just a blogger with 150 hits a day glad for the opportunity to spread the word about cycling, and about his blog.
Will something more ever come from that down the road?
I do not know.
I can't even get people to place Cycling Ads in my Blog Ads, hee, hee! ;-D
You are the 2nd presentation of any sort that I'll have ever given.
November 26, 2008
Serfas Bicycle Swap Meet Set for Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca.
Yesterday I got late word of a Bicycle Swap Meet to be held here in the South of Orange County.
The Serfas Company has its Headquarters in Rancho Santa Maragita, and for 14 years it has been known in the Cycling Industry for its variety of quality, innovative, products, including Saddles, Shorts, Gloves, Saddle Bags, Computers, Pumps, Tires, Lights, and Spectacles.
James Thomas sent me the following Press Release:
There will be a Bicycle Swap Meet, hosted by Serfas 29752 Avenida De Las Banderas Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. 92688 on December 6 2008 from 8am – 2pm.
Open to the public and admission is Free.
Everyone is invited to participate in the swap: Dealers, Reps, Distributors, Friends, Family, etc.
We would encourage anyone that wants to Buy, Sell, or Trade bicycles and bicycle accessories to attend.
We already have participation confirmation from the following: Serfas, Profile Design, Bellwether, Titec, Vigor Helmets, Intense BMX, THE, Rock N Road Cyclery, and Ladera Cyclery and many other independent sellers.
Booth space is limited so please RSVP to James Thomas 800-424-0047 or email@example.com by 11/26/08 if you plan on selling merchandise.
P.800-424-0047 F.800-825-9641 firstname.lastname@example.org
I asked James how he learned of little ol' me, and this is what he wrote:
I found your site through word of mouth.
I asked around the office for local blogs and one of our sales guys said he checks your site regularly.
I really like your site, it seems pretty informative.
I especially like the “Oldest shops in the country and the world” stores, and List.
In the soon to be 6 years of the existence of this blog (As of the 1st week of January!) I've never been sure just how much, or how varied, an audience I have, especially locally, or in SoCal as a whole, but from time to time, I get e-mails, tips, and event alerts from folks in the industry, and that is very cool indeed.
This has not been the best of years for me, for opportunities to go on my bike riding adventures, or for BikeBlogging, and I hope to do better next year, but I am glad that folks are still getting something worthwhile from my efforts.
With 2 weeks to go before the Swap Meet I hope some of my fellow SoCal Cyclists learn of the event through this post, and can attend.
November 14, 2008
New Specialized Concept Store to open in Palos Verdes
In the words of the Press Release:
PV Bicycle Center was already arguably the best bike retailer in the entire South Bay area of Los Angeles. Well known for having a state-of-the-
art Specialized certified professional bicycle fitting studio, enthusiasts are more than willing to take the scenic trip up Hawthorne Blvd to visit with proprietor Steve Bowen and talk about the racing or touring scene.
Maybe some folks were whining...What have ya done for us lately? or something... because there have been some changes in them thar hills lately. ;-D
They have moved 1/2 mile from their original location into a new, state-of-the-art stand-alone retail space located at the intersection of Hawthorne & Silver Spur, at the 4B Peninsula Center, in
Rolling Hills Estates.
On the weekend of November 21-23 there will be a Huge Ass Shindig to acquaint SoCal Cyclists with what the place now has to offer.
Something about a "Completely New Retail Experience in this latest Specialized Concept Store."
PV Bicycle Center will change all your impressions about bike retail environments and set the standard for the future. Then, during this grand opening weekend, there will be a bicycle cornucopia of events, games, group rides, prizes, free stuff, demonstrations, industry super stars, and fun for everyone in the family.
There will be rides around the area every day, and on Saturday...
From 12:00 - 5:00 there will be booths set up in a mini exhibition of leading edge products for all your cycling needs. Expected exhibitors include Specialized, Look, Raleigh, Mavic, Kona, Fluid Nutrition, Bonk, Sigma, Easton, and Ennervit. Learn about new product breakthroughs and ways to enjoy the sport even more than you already do. Free samples and special sales offers are also part of the day.
PRESS RELEASE with all the details: Fun Filled Grand Opening Party at PV Bicycle Center in Palos Verdes California
October 27, 2008
Amputee Blogger Spends 4.5 hrs. on Stationary Bike For Charity
One of Southern California's best, most respected, Bloggers is Keven Korenthal.
It is one of greatest shames that his longtime, popular, blog, SoCal Pundit, was shut down by despicable hackers, a while back.
One of the great things about his old blog was that he occasionally wrote about bicycling.
He now is a respected contributor to Red County, a well known Right of Center, national website.
Well, yesterday I received the following in my e-mail, from Kevin:
Today I joined 200 riders and countless staff and friends at the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation Tour de Cove fundraiser.
The event which included a half Triathlon (in which I did not participate) and a 4 ½ hour stationary bike ride event (which I did) that included various spin instructors and participation by various “celebrity” amputees.
While they cycled on stationary bikes and hand cycles positioned on the stage, I and 200 non-amputees did our thing on bikes facing the stage.
Of all the amputees that attended and participated today, only one of them spun for the whole 4.5 hours.
It was tough work and I was exhausted by the time it was all done. But I put my all into it because I want everyone who donated money to CAF in my name to feel they real got the most for their hard earned dough.
It felt pretty great when the MC announced the fact at the end of the ride. I felt like I really accomplished something today.
Which reminds me, just because this event is over does not mean you can’t still donate to the effort.
And don’t forget, I still have the Solvang Metric Century coming up. 65 grueling (but scenic) miles of 8% grades, switch-backs and blind corner descents await me on November 15, 2008.
Way to go Kevin!!! ;-D
July 04, 2008
You have a Bicycle, but don't know where to ride it?
A website has come to my attention that has as one of its aims to help you find ineresting places to go bike riding.
Things You Should Do is a Blog/Website by Julie Gallaher, the Irish Lass.
Begun in 2004 it has had over 500,000 visitors.
Things You Should Do is a list of things we’ve done, our friends and family have done and the things we want to do.
We provide direct links to the hotels, restaurants and activities so you can find out if they’re right for you.
So far she only has 10 cycling links, but hey ya have to start somewhere, and in appreciation for the fact that she has added this blog to a list of recommended blogs, and as a spur to her to add more info about cycling, I've added a link to her Cycling Archive in the sidebar.
Don't let that stop you, though.
Explore the other sections for your own ideas about where to take a ride, in the US, or somewhere else in the world.
April 06, 2008
Cycling Study Tours Offered by Brit Family Living in Netherlands
I recently received the following Press Release from Hembro Cycling Holidays/Cycling Study Tours, and let me say, up front, the resources they steer readers to are extensive, and interesting, and the many photos, and videos are a pure joy to look at, and will most likely make you extremely jealous and probably lead you to wonder why the hell can't the greatest nation in the world do some of this, too? ;-D
FACT GUARANTEED TO BLOW YOUR MIND: All Dutch railway stations seem to have thousands of bikes parked at them. ( Just watch the videos if you don't believe it. ;-D )
CYCLING STUDY TOUR
A Study Tour in the world's most cycle friendly country.
For transport professionals, politicians, campaigners and journalists.
There have been many words spoken about reducing CO2 emissions to tackle climate change, increasing the amount of exercise taken by the population to fight obesity and about the streets being made into places where people matter instead of motor vehicles. However, the English speaking world still does not invest sufficiently in truly sustainable transport. In fact, new infrastructure is still designed very much like the old infrastructure, emphasizing flow of motorized traffic above all else, reducing opportunities to take exercise as a part of everyday life, and decreasing the freedom of people to make use of the space outside their home. As a result, use of sustainable transport is low, obesity is growing and children are not given the freedom to get sufficient exercise.
Many countries seem to produce more words than action. Announcements of available money often sound substantial, but they're spread thinly and have low priority. Along with the lack of money there is the problem of a lack of vision about what good quality design for cyclists and pedestrians actually means. Low quality infrastructure makes the use of alternatives to the car unattractive.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Having made different policy decisions over many decades, the Dutch now travel travel by bicycle more often than by car. There is universal well designed infrastructure which makes cycling an appealing option for most people. As a result, most people cycle. Cyclists feel safe and their journeys are efficient and direct. Virtually all children cycle to school daily, incidence of obesity is comparatively low and reliance on fossil fuels is lower.
The Dutch are doing the right things and they have the results to prove it: More cycling, with a better safety record, than any other nation. Real, proven results, not just good intentions or hot air. Their success could and should be copied elsewhere.
In the entire Netherlands around 30% of all journeys are by bicycle. The second highest country is Denmark with around 14%. Most countries have under 2% of their journeys by bicycle, some fewer than 1%. Around 40% of journeys within Dutch cities are made by bicycle.
In the Netherlands, more journeys under 7.5 km / 5 miles are made by bicycle than by any other means.
In the Netherlands, older people are also mobile. Over 10% of cycle journeys are made by over 60s.
Virtually all Dutch school-children cycle to school.
Dutch cycle paths frequently offer shorter routes than the roads. They are smooth and well maintained. Dutch cyclists are not expected to share space with pedestrians, and the standard width for cycle only two direction paths is 4 metres ( 13 feet ).
Levels of public transport usage in the Netherlands are not much different than those in other countries. There is far greater potential for reduction in fossil fuel reliance by encouraging cycling than by subsidizing public transport. In addition it leads to a far greater cut in fuel usage and other benefits for society such as an increase in general health and a reduction in noise and fumes.
London recently announced its largest ever figure for walking and cycling: £500M. This sounds remarkable, and it's very welcome, but breaks down to a level of expenditure which is not particularly high by European standards. The sum is to be spread across several years. For instance, in 2008/2009, £62M is to be spent for both Walking and Cycling. Across London's 7.5M population this amounts to a little over £8 (approximately US$16) per person per year. Another European capital, Amsterdam, currently spends around €26 (approximately £20 or US$40) per person per year on cycling alone. Walking has a separate budget. Unlike UK cities, Dutch cities are not starting from nowhere. They have been spending this much for decades.
So what are we up to with our Study Tours?
Who are we ?
We are a British family who have lived and cycled in many parts of the UK including London, Cambridge, Somerset and Yorkshire. Our cycling experience includes commuting, shopping, tours with and without children, a little racing and even riding Land's End to John O'Groats (the entire length of Great Britain - 1700 km / 1100 miles).
We now live in the green city of Assen in the North of the Netherlands. Winters are cold here and headwinds are fierce, but the population of 63000 people nevertheless makes an average of 70000 cycle journeys per day. We make our share of those journeys.
What are we doing ?
We are organising Study Tours for all interested parties to show how much has been achieved in this country. We will be showing participants the result of design for people rather than for motorised vehicles. We will show the practical results of putting into action long term plans to achieve a more mobile and fitter society.
Over 3 full days we will show commuting routes, school routes, city centres, residential areas, links between villages and the design of new developments. All these were designed with cycling as a priority. We also have a presentation from local experts giving their rationale.
The cost of participating has been kept low in order that it will be accessible to as many people as possible.
Full details of the Study Tour, including photos and feedback from previous participants, can be found on our website:
The first Study Tour this year runs from the 13th to the 15th of May. This tour is now fully booked.
We are now taking bookings for the second Study Tour which runs from the 20th to the 22nd of May and soon will be taking bookings for the third Study Tour which runs from the 10th to the 12th of June.
David and Judith Hembrow
E-MAIL: david at hembrow.eu
WEBSITE: Hembrow Cycling Holidays
***UPDATE - 4/7/08***
David Hembrow has sent me an interesting E-Mail in response to this post. ;-D