Thursday, May 20, 2010

Third Wheel's

Its so much fun extremely social and great exercise....I wonder

 What's the number one reason adults won't ride a bicycle?


Why only one Bike to Work Day a year?

 In The News....

Cool Trikes!

 15 best trikes we'll need in the green world tomorrow


ONEYBIKE Leisure Bicycle

 Nothing is more perfect than a bicycle for eco-friendly urban travel and designers are working overtime to create innovative renditions of the humble bicycle. Enter the ONEYBIKE by US-based designer Peter Varga who created his bike to evoke slow travel of the past.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Next Century & Hawaii

Hope some of you will join me in The Ride to Montauk!
Saturday June 19th!

Streamliners & Bodysocked Bents 
wanted to join me for

best rides on the east coast

The cliffs at Gay Head Martha's Vineyard

The Ride to Hawaii 

Hot Sweaty Fun in Hawaii
The Big Island

When we arrived on The Big Island I had to assemble our bikes and the Bob trailer. It was so humid I could not get it all done because of the sweat dripping in my eyes!
I was sure it was about 110 degree's.I found out later it was only about 82!

On our way to
Volcano's National Park I think it was about a 20 mile climb! By the time we got to the top(4000ft) I had all of Rachel's gear on the Bob with all of mine!


Camping on Lava
notice we had to use a bike to anchor the tent! People were living in cars on the beach...(way in the back on the left!)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bike Shop -Travoy Cargo Trailer By Burley!

 My good Friend Aimee has been using the Burley Travoy for a couple of weeks. It's not gonna be easy to get back!

Thank you so much for letting me try out your Travoy Cargo Trailer. 

 Going Shopping
 Tribeca NYC

I really don't want to give it back and would buy it any cost its that good.  I have been using it to visit my clients (I deep clean, reorganize) and I can fit everything I possibly need (including vacuum) in one of the various bags.  Also, I use it to buy groceries and it really does hold about 4 big bags of food.  Such a time saver as before I would make multiple trips on my bike but now I can do one stop shopping and simply unpack in the apartment (I love that you can use the kickstand for it to stand upright).  It fits easily in my closet and that is important as like most New Yorkers space is very much an issue.

 Curious Customer in Whole Foods

I also attach it to my bike even if I don't plan on getting anything because often its those random things I see that I covet the most.  Now I can stop and buy anything as I peddle around this great city of Manhattan.  People stop me all the time to ask about it and I show them how easy it is to attach/detach, how light, how little space it takes up and they are impressed.  It really sells itself.  Hoping I can borrow it this summer to take on a camping trip to Martha's Vineyard (to carry my tent, cloths all my supplies).  Thanks again for introducing me to this great product.

BPC Wheel Momma!

Shopping Fun!
You can see the Travoy Cargo right here at the Burley Trailers website!

Hope I can prompt Burley to create a hitch for Recumbents! 

Union Square Market
I rigged this up so I could have some fun with the Travoy Cargo
What a set-up!
Urban Mobility Project

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Giant Green Trikes - Revolution will not be Motorized!

You've seen these cargo trikes all over Manhattan
City Bakery
City Harvest Food Rescue
Billy's Bakery

 I worked with Gregg Zukowski at Revolution Rickshaw/Cargo for about six months I helped start the pedal powered cargo leg's of Revolution Rickshaws.In that time I rode cargo TRIKES and helped in sales and development.

My favorite ride was picking up about 200 lbs of Sambazon Smoothies at the Kent street warehouse in Brooklyn.The first time I was given the order I have to admit I was a little nervous about a trip like that, about 8 miles each way. I rode through the streets of Manhattan to the Manhattan Bridge with my big giant cargo trike! As I and started my climb up the bridge things did not seem well. I was in my lowest gear about 9 inches, spinning like crazy and not really moving! I remember seeing people walking past me. I was having a hard time believing that I could put even one pound in the trunk and make it back over the bridge to 36th st in Manhattan. It was about the hardest ride I've ever attempted!

It became one of my favorites....

After all the cargo bikes and trikes I've ridden it seemed like a good idea to interview the man that's really pedal pushing NYC to a Simple Green Cargo Alternative. Vans are no match for the Urban Mobility of a motor free Human Powered cargo trike!

Gregg has the imagination,know-how,right equipment and DRIVE behind him to get the job done!

It did take a while to get his attention,,,,
So here are a couple of questions for you Gregg

 Hi Greg,
  If your still up for it how about an interview for U M P?


When did you start riding Bicycles?
When I was 6 or 7 years old. Don't miss those training wheels! It was how I got around Wellesley, MA, when I was a kid. 
When did you get involved with Pedicabs and Cargo bikes?
In 2003, I finally took the plunge. The first day I rented a pedicab from Pedicabs of New York, I grossed $120 in a few hours of work, had a blast, and realized I'd found my calling. 

Do you still ride?
I just executed a delivery route this morning on an RR rickshaw van. Last night I worked evening rush hours in the rain, and I plan to do so tonight.

When did you form Revolution Rickshaws?
27 April 2005 is what's on the LLC sheet from the state of New York.
How is the business going?
Well, we've made inroads in the city promoting and producing pedal-powered programs for moving people, products, and promotions with a variety of enterprises and individuals, and our mission this year is to limit expenses and expand sales enough to yield an operational profit. 
What industry do you focus on?
If you mean customers, well . . . that's been a challenge for us. We've noticed that folks in food-related industries gravitate toward our rickshaw van rental or delivery programs, so we're tuning more into that area now. 
What do you thing about the explosion in urban cycling around the USA and what effect if any is it having on Revolution Cargo if any?
It's a critical part of the move by some people to value anew our land, our communities, and our bodies. It's heartening when folks and enterprises actually make the commitment to meet their needs via pedal power rather than toxic methods. Sadly, our governments on all levels remain addicted to toxic logistics processes and have yet to invest in pedal power on the level the "private sector" has done. 

 Anything you'd like to Add?
If people or private enterprise or public enterprise are keen to put their money where their mouths are regarding "green" investment and infrastructure and move beyond lip service, then give RR a call at 212.239.0200 or send an email to to see how we can create non-toxic solutions for their local logistics needs!

Don't forget to visit them on Facebook! 

Need some heavy boxes picked up in Manhattan?
Need a van.Are you sure?

Think Again! 

By the way, never a fuel surcharge!

I know you've all seen this photo already but I just had to put in it!
Had a great time riding the Big Giant Trikes in the city!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Ataxian - Help Get Kyle Across America - RAAM / Moms Day!

Kyle Bryant has Friedreichs Ataxia, a fatal progressive neuromuscular disease. In June he will ride over 3,000 miles in 9 days in the Race Across America, the hardest bike race in the world. Welcome to the fight for a cure.
Lets help get this incredible cyclist Kyle Bryant Across America  
$end some Green! 

I have a blog ...would you like me to post it on Urban Mobility Project?
Shelly - That would be tremendous! We welcome and appreciate all the help we can get when it comes to getting the word out. Thank you!


Happy Mothers Day

Quest Velomobile -MS Ride Martha's Vineyard

Today was the much anticipated MS Ride.

The 100 km ride that I participated in in my velomobile Quest started at 9:00 AM this morning.
I started in a bad place in the huge mass of riders and had to work my way through the group. I don't know how many cyclists were in the 100 km itself but there were a total of just under 700 riders for the whole event with the three different length rides. It wasn't until 6 miles of the 62 mile course that I was finally off the front. I even passed the police cruiser that was leading out the pack. About 12 miles into the ride and my second granny gear climb, a strong group of roadies and their hangers on caught and passed me. They would pass me on the hills and I would scream down the hills and pass them in return. At 22 miles it was just me and an especially strong group of 8 guys who rode together like the workings of fine Swiss watch. All other riders in that initial group were way back. At 26 miles I had passed the group of 8 but hit the last big hill that necessitated the use of my granny gear and they flew past me and up that hill and they were gone. At 30 miles I crested the last hill of any worth (Abel's Hill) for the ride and did the next 10 miles on rollers at 25 to 35 mph in the big chain ring. At 42 miles I caught up with the 50 km ride that had left at 10:00 AM. The 50 km course is the last half of the 100 km course and pretty flat. Working my way through the 50 km riders my average speed was dropping. This was a section of the course on windy narrow roads for about 3 miles which slowed me down even more. Once past that I was able to open it up again. Where most riders were on the available bike paths I stayed to the road the whole ride and except at one point around 55 miles I was in the big ring the whole way.
Between 35 to 50 miles I had been experiencing severe cramping of my inner thighs. I couldn't turn the pedals at full power with out cramping.  I just kept eating, drinking and spinning out the miles and attempting to massage the cramped muscles as I went along.
I stopped at the water stop at around 56 miles to enquire as to how many 100 km riders were up front when a line of 50 km folks blasted by and I went after them. It was about 3 miles after that that I had finally dropped the last of them. At 62 miles-100 kilometers, I pulled back into the start/finish at the Island high school.

I rode the 100 km in 3 hours and 6 minutes with a maximum speed of 43 mph and a 19.9 mph average for the entire ride.

I wanted to get it under 3 hours but there is always next year.  With a better start and no cramping I will do much better next year.

I was the 9th rider to finish the 100 km.

It wasn't a race but there were a whole bunch (including me) who gave it everything they got.

Not bad for a 56 year old, middle aged Old Fart in an 80 lb pedal car..

It was an absolute blast.

I didn't stop at any of the main water stops but to see people I've known for so many years out there on the side of the road cheering me  on brought to mind in a big way what a great community we have on this Island. An Island wide community beyond the individual towns.


Hey Gang

Here are a couple of shots of me passing the Youth Hostel at just over  55 km/34 miles into the 100 km/62 mile ride last Saturday. Note the lack of other cyclists around me.  There were close to 400 cyclists behind me stretched through out the course.

This is what most riders, if they even got the chance,  saw of me during the ride.....(-;



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recumbents Saved my Ass!

 And a pair of other things also!

I've been doing the Montauk Century since the days when it started at Jamaica Station in Queens.I always had very fancy cutting edge road bikes that I purchased from Conrad himself. A super light-weight ALAN and then a Fat tubed Klein, really light and advanced for those days.

I have have fond memories of racing to Montauk with my  of my ass on FIRE,shoulders killing me, numb hands, shakin them out every five minutes and a numb crotch. I remember what it was like to be so completely fatigued that there was just no right place for my butt on the seat no matter where I put it.Standing sitting and standing again, up and down looking for that one spot that my ass could deal with after about 75 Miles! I remember my fastest time on my upright being 6hrs 30 min's non stop, not bad,eh.But my body was just screaming with pain! It was so bad I couldn't even lay down!

Man am I glad those days are behind me(no pun intended). I don't care that my recumbent doesn't climb as fast as my Klein or A L A N road bike,don't get me wrong I love bikes OF ANY KIND.

But my first Recumbent Century was just mind boggling and incredibly relaxing!

My First Recumbent

In comes The Lightning P-38 Recumbent!
I had been riding it for about six months before The Montauk Century!
I was very nervous about doing a century on it. I basically took it at a very moderate pace. As I rode through the first fifty miles I was totally relaxed and really enjoying sitting in a really comfortable seat for a change. Sure I guess it doesn't climb as well as an upright but there are no real hills for the first 90 miles! As i pulled into the rest stop at the 60 mile point the Friendly's in Patchouge,LI,for those of you that remember back that far!

I watched everyone stretching,touching toes and passed out on the lawn, seemed like total misery.I continued sitting on my bent and became very alarmed  when I realized  that nothing hurt, NOTHING, Not even my crotch!

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Recumbent Cycling Tours NYC

Back to the century.... 

Is this Possible?

I also had an F-40 /R84 setup that I did a great Seagull Century in !

I sat on my Lightning and stared at everyone for  little while longer and realized that I could just keep on going, nothing hurt! I did the rest of the ride with no stops.Straight through all the Hampton's one after the other.  I got to my favorite section of roadway from Amagansett to Montauk and just went full out through the flat section and then those great rollers.I flew down the last hill  into Montauk......WOW!

I could not believe how relaxed my body was after a 100 mile ride on a recumbent!

Since that first Recumbent Century I've done the ride many more times on my Easyracers Goldrush Replica (GRR) with front fairing and full body sock. With this amazingly fast and comfortable Recumbent Bicycle I've posted times that are just incredible for me, 4hr 20 Minutes from Babylon to Montauk ,100 miles!  

 Easyracers Goldrush 
American Flag Bodysock!

I always arrive in Montauk alone, before the food is out while the staff is still scurrying around  getting ready for the riders to come in, kinda anti-climatic! 

 Guess Who?
Goldrush /Rotator Faring/Silk screened Xtralong bodysock 
F A S T  B E N T

This is such a great Century for recumbents I'm always very surprised that I only see about two or three each year. I have to wonder why no bent riders ever do this event! There are two chances, The Montauk Century and  
The Ride to Montauk. 

I 'd love to ride in a Streamlined Paceline!

You guys should check it out and come ride on 
June 19th ,2010!
Don't forget you can follow me to Martha's!
Urban Mobility Project

´La muerte en bicicleta´ by Hamlet Zurita

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bike New York!



Have a Great Tour!