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Dirty Doubles Pump Track at Fat Tire Farm

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dirtydoubles Look out, they’re building a pump track in the Fat Tire Farm parking lot. Show up on December 7th with $5. Bikes and helmets provided, winner takes all the money and one of the race bikes. Rip it.

31st Dirty Dozen Hill Race

The 31st annual Dirty Dozen race up Pittsburgh’s steepest hills, including Canton Ave which is recognized as the steepest street in the USA, is happening this coming Saturday after Thanksgiving as so many before it. Unsanctioned, just go. Is this the oldest “alleycat” in the country? Quite possibly, depending on definition.

Read about the Dirty Dozen in Urban Velo #5, and a profile on founder and legend Danny Chew in Urban Velo #10.

Chrome Wrenched L.A.



Fixie ‘Cross yes please! Uphill Sprints?! Clear your calendar, you’re going to be too busy riding bikes to do anything else, ever. Los Angeles is lucky number 13 on Chrome’s Wrenched Nation Tour and they’ll be sticking around a little while. Orange 20 is opening its gallery space next door for Chrome’s pop-up shop through the next month.

The fun starts November 22nd with a #FooRace hosted by Alvin of CBNC – any bike, any rider. Saturday the bikes hit the track in Carson for the Wolfpack Track Invitational. Follow @Orange20Bikes for updates.

Philadelphia Cranksgiving 2013

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2013cranksflyerphilly Cranksgiving is coming back to Philadelphia for the third year on Sunday November 24th, with all proceeds going to Philabundance. FInd out more about the event at www.cranksgivingphilly.com/2013.

Read more about the evolution of Cranksgiving in our feature story from earlier this year in Urban Velo #35, From Cranks To Food Banks.

A Fundraiser For Chris Igleheart

igleheart_bandaid_poster Bikes are cool, but it’s the people that ride them that make them great. It’s always so good to see the community come together to support a fallen sister and brother. Chris Igleheart is a long time framebuilder and industry nice-guy that struck by a motor vehicle a couple of weeks back, breaking his leg and landing him in the hospital for a couple of days with surgery likely needed to get him back in fighting shape. If you’ve not heard framebuilding may be the path to happiness but not necessarily to financial stability, and Chris needs a helping hand to get through this time. Over 35 companies have come together to offer donations and prizes for an event on November 22nd at the Rapha US headquarters in Portland OR. Show up with $20 and enjoy refreshments from the Chris King Cafeteria, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Lange Estate Winery. Additionally, all in attendance will receive one free raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing for the following prizes: Breadwinner Cycles custom Continental frame and fork valued at $2095, Swobo Folsom and apparel kit valued at $1002 and a Velocity Major Tom Comp wheel set valued at $650. Can’t make it but want to throw down and get a raffle ticket? Only 150 are available to outside purchasers at $25 a pop at www.swobo.com/igleheart.

SF Bike Expo 2013

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expofront For Bay area riders the SF Bike Expo has become an important date on the calendar to check out vendors from across the country and deals from shops and other riders in the swap section. I had the good fortune of making the expo a few years back, but unfortunately can’t stop through this year. You shouldn’t miss it if you’re in the area on November 16th, free admission and free valet bike parking, see more at www.sfbikeexpo.com

Lord of Griffith V with State Bicycle Co Team

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The Lord of Griffith alleycat top honors were taken by State Bicycle Co rider Tyler Coplea, who had a few things to say about the event below. It’s nothing outside of the usual post-race glory, but it’s good to be reminded of the fun of competition.

“The Lord of Griffith race is an all out suffer fest up to the Griffith observatory in LA. Consisting of a steep climb straight up to the top, followed by an awesome fast decent, all on one gear 3 times around! I rocked my awesome State bicycle Undefeated with a way to big 48×14 gear ratio that made me choke on regret up that crazy steep climb.

After riding for 2hrs in LA, we pulled up to the race along with hundreds of other riders. Everything was set and ready to go, that is till the park rangers showed up and wanted it shut down. So we all immediately went to the start line and just like that the race was on!

I drilled it as hard a I could to get to the front and spent the next 3.5 laps grinding up climbs and burning out quads on the decent with our newest teammate Hern. The climb wasn’t the issue, it was try to skid stop as well as those guys on the downhill. Man they are talented bike riders! Going up the climb for the last time, I put it all out there and got a gap which I was luckily able to finally hold on the decent and all the way to the finish to get the win! My legs totally felt as if I had done 1000s of squats for the past few hours. I was stoked to turn around and see my teammates Michael and Hern come in for 3rd and 4th!”

Bike Jerks Track or Treat Images

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Track or Treat 7 went down in Minneapolis this weekend, with Bike Jerks sharing a few images and results.

Supermarket Street Sweep 8

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Print The eighth annual Supermarket Street Sweep is scheduled for December 7th, with riders heading all over San Francisco to collect food for the local food banks. Help add to the over 118,000 meals collected over the past seven events. Cargo race, speed race and plenty of folks just along for the ride… see more at supermarketstreetsweep.blogspot.com

Ghost Bikes of L.A. at Red#5 Yellow#7



Ghost Bikes of L.A. will open this weekend, and the show will be the first gallery display of the memorials, which have served as a unique and positive response to bicyclist fatalities on city streets.

This year marks the 10th anniversary the first Ghost Bikes erected in St. Louis, Missouri. Quickly adopted in other communities as a way to memorialize fallen cyclists, ghost bikes have established an important place in bicycle culture as an icon of community and solidarity among cyclists, and a powerful public awareness tool that communicates value for human life and safety to all street users. Often, ghost bikes are installed through the collaboration of community bicycle advocates and the family and friends of fallen cyclists.

Year-to-date, more than 70 cyclists have been killed on roads in Southern California alone, making this a particularly sensitive subject in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The Red#5Yellow#7 gallery is partnering with families and the Los Angeles bike community to recognize and reflect on the international movement and how it has contributed to the way cyclists respond to and engage with the communities they ride in.

Several public discussions and events will take place as part of the show:

Sunday, Oct. 27: noon – 4pm family members speak + How to make a Ghost Bike
Saturday, Nov. 2: Ride to Hollywood Forever’s Day of the Dead
Thursday, Nov. 14: 7pm LA Memorial Ride on Anthony’s Candle Light Vigil
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013: 4-8pm Closing Reception

To learn more about ghost bikes and their role in the Los Angeles cycling community, listen to an interview with Jesse Ramon of GhostBikesLA.

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