I really dig this video out of Austin, Texas of the East Side Compost Pedallers. I worked for a similar organization in Indy at my last job, except we delivered organic groceries instead of picking up the scraps…and we did it in gas-guzzling vans instead of carbon-nuetral bikes. Regardless, the program seems to be a success and it’s great to see bikes put to work in such a synergistic manner. And hey, if you’re in the Austin area, they seem to be hiring!
I know this isn’t in an urban setting, but this made me think of all my friends who take their dogs with them on rides through the city or to various bike events. Of course, in the city the dogs are usually stowed in a messenger bag until the destination, rather than being allowed to chase through the streets. Still, it’s always fun to watch dogs enjoy the trails/roads as much as riders.
If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, don’t miss out on the Vaya Bags 3 Year Anniversary party and sale. Woman owned and operated, Vaya has been kicking out messenger bags, panniers and other accessories from the Ridgewood area for 3 years now, and it’s time for them to celebrate.
Aside from the hangout vibes, they’ll have a bike tube gear set to raffle and crazy in-store discounts. For those far away that can’t make it, everything will be 10% off online from May 24th – 26th.
The goods on the in-store party can be found on the facebook page here.
Although this video is about bike builder, Ezra Caldwell of Fast Boy Cycles, it goes far beyond the process of simply building bikes. Ezra is currently fighting rectal cancer, facing down and processing what it means to live a life that has now been given a timeline, and figuring out how to continue his cycling passion with physical restrictions. No longer allowed to actually sit on a bike seat, Ezra built the “assless” bike that he now rides, which isn’t too far removed from a simple trials bike. The video is beautifully shot, and bike interests aside there is a lot to be gained from this regarding perspective on living and dying. Ezra is a unique individual and we wish him the best.
The 2013 Feel My Legs, I’m A Racer ride is officially in the books and the dudes from Boyz on the Hoodz put together this video recap of all the brutality. This looks like such a fun and crushing ride. Don’t sleep on it next year.
Matt Ruscigno, the organizer of the event, has a recap on his site as well.