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
The Washington DC alleycat crew seems to have their ducks in a row and is putting on the fourth annual Dead City Halloween Alleycat, a team event set to take place on November 2nd. Meet up at Thomas Circle with your teammate at 5 pm and pedal like mad.
This is a ride I wish I could make it across the Pacific for – the Newcastle Overnight, a 100 mile overnight ride from Sydney, Australia to Newcastle followed up by a morning swim. Loosely organized, you are more or less on your own with nothing but a cue sheet and a few friends. Head out around 8pm on November 16th this year. From my experience “racing” in a number of 24hr mountain bike events riding through the night with the sun coming up is a surreal and invigorating experience like nothing else, and I’ll bet immediately taking an ocean swim makes it even that much better.
Bruce Gordon is a living legend in the bike world, a master frame builder from the era when bikes were made of metal and suspension had yet to be figured out. Bruce has been making frames for decades, and has a claim to really helping to push larger tires on 700c rims with his Rock n Road tourer meant for gravel epics before people started calling them grinders. The Bruce Gordon shop is expanding to include a retail boutique featuring high end bikes and parts, along with every bike Bruce has built for himself over the past 40 years. I had the chance to see much of his personal collection a few years ago at NAHBS in San Jose, and would recommend the eye-candy to anyone. Check out the new gallery and old bikes at the grand opening on October 26th. There will be beer, and Bruce might wear a fez.
Halloween is always a popular time for alleycats, with the Scaredy Cat scheduled for 5 pm on October 20th in Minneapolis. Beginner friendly, expert approved — get some friends together and hit the spooky spots of Minneapolis on bikes. Find out more at www.mplsbikelove.com
The annual conference for bike collectives will be celebrating a very important milestone this year, as it is the 10th anniversary of the international gathering. Four days of workshops, bike rides, races, outdoor concerts, dancing, and a 10th birthday celebration will be hosted by members of the New Orleans Community Bike Project. This weekend volunteers from collectives and community bike projects from all corners of the globe will collaborate, share and teach each other what works and how to do it bigger and better. As a restless bike traveler, the value of community bike co-ops in cities across the globe is, quite frankly, immeasurable. For more information and access to an international collection of resources by and for collectives, visit www.bikebike.org.
The ARTCRANK bicycle themed poster party was born in 2007 and has since expanded to a dozen different US cities, along with Paris, London and Manchester. Countless folks have picked up limited edition hand-printed posters to brighten up their walls, partying down in the process. ARTCRANK is coming to New York City’s Bicycle Habitat September 26 and 27th. Expect 30 artists selling posters at $40 each and craft brew from Widmer Bros, sales of which benfit non-profits StreetsBlog and StreetFilms.
“I’m excited about ARTCRANK because as an underground bike artist it’s the only venue I have to get the art to the people it’s intended for,” says Greg Ugalde (profiled in Urban Velo #30). “I didn’t make this art to hang in the Louvre. It’s an expression of my passion made for people who share that passion.”
See more of what ARTCRANK is all about in this 60 second time lapse video from last year.