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Fresh Off The Boat – Shanghai

NYC restaurant owner Eddie Huang has been gaining an enormous amount of publicity thanks to his popular internet television show, Fresh Off The Boat, and his memoir. Though bikes are rarely more than part of the backdrop on his show, the Shanghai episode features a couple who make extensive use of a cargo bike, earning their living by selling xiaochi, which translates to small eats.

It’s just really cool to see this family literally work out of their bedroom. They stack the chairs, the tables, all their equipment on one flatbed bicycle. This is their life, man. The thing that really hit home was that she said, “I’m just happy that everything I need is in these two hands. And I feel rewarded.”

Click here to watch the episode on Vice.com.

Friday Follow – xchrizzzlybearx

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Chris Lee – AKA xchrizzzlybearx – is constantly documenting various niches of bike culture in the NY area, focusing primarily on the messenger scene and it’s endless personalities. A legitimate pro with the camera, Lee’s photos aren’t taken in the squared IG format, as evidenced on his flickr site. I really like that his images are primarily of bike culture, but more represent the individual in the setting.
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North American Bicycle Week

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North American Bicycle Week will kick off in Detroit, and in its sister city of Windsor, this Thursday. The four-day event will celebrate the culture and healthy lifestyle of cycling. With so many multi-day bike events staged across the continent, we caught up with co-founder Mike MacKool to get the 411 on the big shindig.

Urban Velo: What sets North American Bicycle Week apart from other large-scale bike events (like Interbike, NAHBS, Sea Otter, etc.)
Mike MacKool: We have always embraced the rider, in all forms, so we naturally tend to organize around the culture, the social aspect, and community growth through riding bikes together.

We also created a consumer show with an open market—not a lot of larger trade shows allow people to purchase on site. We see the NoAm Bike Week and Detroit Bike City EXPO to be not only where manufacturers and suppliers can meet, but where everyday people can enjoy buying a bike. Plus a lot more riding, music, parties, group rides and races.

UV:What prompted you to organize an event of this scale?
MM: We started Detroit Bike City a few years ago, knowing that we wanted to create something big like the Auto Show, but for bikes. After two successful shows at Cobo Center and an incredibly successful 2013 season of Slow Roll, we felt it was the perfect time, for us and for Detroit.

UV: So the previous Detroit Bike City events were precursors to NoAm?
MM: Yes.

The third Detroit Bike City Expo will return to the Cobo Center on Saturday, March 29. Check out the North American Bicycle Week event schedule and more at NorthAmericanBicycleWeek.com.

New York Bike Style Book Release Party

FLYER1 People love bicycle photography coffee table books, and I have to admit to flipping through them now and again myself. New York Bike Style is the latest, a collection of images by Sam Polcer of people and their bikes from all over New York with contributions by David Byrne and Casey Neistat. There are some really awesome images in this collection, worth looking through the blog. The book release party is on April 4th at Redbeard Bikes, Brooklyn with music and refreshments, of course. See more at www.preferredmode.com

Ti Cycles Truss Fork Gravel Di2 NAHBS Bike

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This mash up of genres is a gravel bike from Ti Cycles, built around carbon 26″ wheels, an electronic Shimano Di2 Ultegra group, and that titanium truss fork. Neither mountain nor cyclocross, this is a one of a kind adventure bike. Built in Portland OR, this one is destined for some all day epics exploring endless gravel and dirt roads. www.ticycles.com

Friday Follow – Franco650B

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Josh Bryant (Franco650B on IG) welds together tubes for bicycles of the 650B persuasion, takes photos of the process (or has them taken) and supplements those with frequent ride photos. Located in the PNW, you’ll catch a lot of foggy, wooded riding shots and maybe a cup of espresso or two. Instagram photos and non-IG photos (what are those?!) can be found on his blog.

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Don Walker Throwback Stayer Bike at NAHBS

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This throwback stayer bike by Don Walker was making a repeat appearance at the show and I had to give it another shot. Stayer racing is a type of racing where people ride purpose built bikes like this within the draft of a motorcycle on a banked track, reaching pretty incredible speeds in the process. The “backwards” fork and braced saddle and bars are all meant for stability at speed. Newly built to resemble bikes from the 1950′s, this bike has custom Curtis Odom hubs and chainring and genuine wooden rims for that period look. www.donwalkercycles.com

Airtight Cycles Möbius Aero Crit NAHBS

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Airtight Cycles out of Brooklyn, NY built this single speed crit racer. Dubbed the Möbius Aero Crit after the way that the staggered hellenic seat stays seemingly wrap around the top tube, the bike is an understated eye catcher. Check out those seatstay and chainstay end caps and the built up joint behind the headtube. www.airtightcycles.com

Indianapolis Bikeshare Program

bikeshareBikeshare programs may be the new hallmark of a legitimate, socially-progressive city. Indianapolis is the next city to implement a bike sharing program beginning this May. Run by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail organization, the bike share will allow users to secure 24 hour, 3 day or annual memberships and consist of 25 stations and approximately 300 bikes.

Conversations with local riders about the program have been mixed about it’s potential success, but everyone seems to be approaching it with positivity. No resistance to the program has been shown by other residents, such as the furor that arose in New York just before implementation of their program.

If your city is implementing a similar program soon, let us know and we’ll give it exposure.

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