Photo by Chris Galeano
Bike ride vibe: Fun and fervor on Miami's streets by Andres Viglucci
Great article Andres, thanks for taking out the time and joining us on our monthly rides and not just writing news from behind a desk without actually experiencing it.
To those unaware, PS14 will be shutting its doors for good this weekend. The Overtown establishment was the first bar in Miami that welcomed cyclists by offering $1 beer specials to those arriving by bicycle and even allowed patrons to bring their bikes inside.
The 'ride a bike get a beer for $1' promotion was the brainchild of Joel Meinholz of IAmYorVillain. In the fall of 2007 Meinholz wanted to get people to come out on bikes to his Wednesday night Finger Lickin' party. He gave folks an incentive, ride a bicycle to PS14 and get $1 beers from 10pm to midnight. This was around the same time I started this blog, my second post was actually a flyer promoting the then $1 beer special for cyclists.
When Meinholz started the Loose Cannons race in Jan '08 the finish line was PS14, every 1st Wednesday of the month for 15 months the race ended at PS14. The prize, a $50 bar tab! (Note: Loose Cannons is currently held on the first Thursday night of the month, the race ends at The News Lounge)
A few things have changed in the past 2 years. For starters, beer went up one dollar and the Finger Lickin' party ended earlier this year in March. However, IAmYourVillain will be resurrecting FingerLickin' for "the last hoe-rah" tonight, Wednesday, October 28th.
Expect a lot of fun activities, cheap beer & food. They are going all out for this party: DJs, ping pong, skee ball, BBQ, kiddie pool, girls in bikinis, drink specials, etc. If you ever had a good time at PS14, tonight is the night to say goodbye, come by & pour out a little liquor for your neighborhood watering hole.
Bring a bike lock! There will be a lot of activities going on out in the patio and your bicycles might be in the way. You should be getting accustomed to carrying a lock anyways because once PS14 is closed you won't find another venue in Miami that will allow you & your friends to bring 20-30 bicycles inside. See you tonight.
28 NE 14th St
Miami, FL 33132
Thanks to Javi, Carlos, Alan, Stacey, Brian & the rest of the PS14 staff for the hospitality!
Race starts @ 10pm
F1RST Surf Shop
100 Collins Ct
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Get directions to F1RST Surf Shop.
Finish @ The News Lounge
55th NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137
Winner gets $50 bar tab.
Ask bartender about the $2 beer special for all cyclists until 1am.
Helmets & lights strongly recommended.
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 8am
2533 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
"In October, 2006, Ute Burkhardt, 37, was killed by a truck while riding her bike. Cycling was one of her passions, and she took great care in being a strong and safe rider. In her honor, we're raising funds to benefit the Florida Bicycle Association 501c3, Florida’s leader in promoting bicycle safety, education and the Share the Road campaign."
Ute’s October Blast will be 36 and 62 miles along beautiful A1A originating at Downtown Bicycles, 2533 East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Riders in the 36-mile ride will proceed north on A1A to the first rest stop at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton. There cyclists can utilize the stocked rest stop before returning south on A1A back to Downtown Bicycles in Ft. Lauderdale. For those riders wanting to do the metric century (62 miles) they can proceed further north to the next rest stop in Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach. Then all riders will return south on A1A to Downtown Bicycles to enjoy a post-ride lunch, music and a complimentary massage!!
Sunday, October 25th 2009
Homestead Miami Speedway
One Speedway Boulevard
Homestead, FL 33035
"7th ANNUAL EVENT BEGINS WITH ONE LAP AROUND THE HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY, then continues through rural south Miami-Dade County. Best supplied rest stops! Plenty of water, sports drinks, fresh fruit, bagels and much more! SAG provided by local bike shops at each rest stop, as well as “roaming” SAG on the route (nominal charges for parts). Well marked routes! Grandstands at the Speedway will be open to the public for the mass start promptly at 7:30am.
We will offer a 25 mile family ride, 41 miles for those who need a little more, a metric century (62 miles) and for those who just can’t get enough a full century."
$30 members & $35 non-members. Register here.
Download course maps here.
"On October 22nd, experience a One Night Event in movie theatres nationwide featuring the debut of “Race Across the Sky” – a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race, one of the most intense endurance races of all time - and candid conversations with Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Dave Wiens, and other elite and amateur cyclists who overcame extreme challenges to participate in this grueling race.
Race Across the Sky – Leadville Trail 100, featuring Lance Armstrong, Dave Wiens and other elite and amateur cyclists on October 22nd at 8:00pm ET/ 7:00pm CT/ 6:00pm MT/ with tape delay to 8:00pm PT."
Thursday, October 22nd 2009
8:00pm, one night only at these select South Florida movie theaters.
It's recommended you purchase tickets in advance.
Cranksgiving Food Drive Alleycat Race 2009
Saturday, November 21st
2:00pm signup, 2:30pm start
Manifest/checklist @ 2:20pm
101 NW First St
Miami, FL. 33128
Bring $10 to purchase food items.
A bag & lock are essential.
All bikes welcomed.
Riders will go to 5 grocery store checkpoints and buy non-perishable food items from a checklist. There is no registration fee, the $10 goes to purchase the items. All collected goods will be donated to Camillus House at the end of the race. This is for a great cause and at the same time shines a positive spotlight on the local cycling community.
The race is tentatively 17 miles, speed is an obvious advantage but knowing your way around the city & the aisles of a supermarket can also help you significantly. This will be a very fun race, the first of it's kind in S. Florida. These races have been going on in NYC for the past decade. This will mark our 1st annual Cranksgiving, we plan on continuing the tradition. Sponsors & flyer coming soon. Start spreading the word, particularly all you "there's never nothing to do, this city sucks" types.
If you're a local bike shop & interested in sponsoring this event then contact me ASAP. If anyone has a connection for "fliers / spoke card laminates" email me.
Additional details, sponsors & prizes TBA.
Friday, October 30th @ 6:30pm
101 NW First St
This month Critical Mass falls on Friday, October 30th, the day before Halloween. To celebrate we will be having a costume party throughout the streets of Miami on bicycles. The ride will be passing through Little Havana, Mary Brickell Village, Downtown, Bayside, Edgewater, Design District, Wynwood & Midtown. 17.5 miles total. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required. Invite all your friends with bikes & encourage them to wear costumes. See you there!
Safety tips for cyclist wearing costumes:
If your costume requires a mask or other face covering, you should be able to see clearly and breathe easily at all times. Make sure your costume will not get caught in the wheels, gears, or pedals.
Here are some costume ideas for cyclists. If any of you have Halloween attire ideas feel free to post them in the comments.
You could always get yourself a life size E.T. doll, red hoodie, '82 Kuwahara with milk crate and prepare for flight.
P.S. Don't forget to bring bicycle lights! :)
While on the subject of safety make sure to check out the recently updated Miami Critical Mass guidelines.
The rides leaves at 7pm sharp, it's ideal to arrive around 6:30pm to view the route map as it will not be posted online this month.
Please add the "last Friday of the month" Miami Critical Mass group on Facebook or Myspace if you have not already done so.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Nike are bringing STAGES (a global art exhibition which raises funds and awareness for the fight against cancer) to Miami for Art Basel December 3 - 6, 2009. The lists of artists include Geoff McFetridge, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kaws, Futura, Kenny Scharf, Tom Sachs, José Parlá, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos and more.
Don't be surprised if you spot Lance Armstrong leading a Livestrong group ride through the streets of Miami in December. More details to come.
Video from Saturday night's Butter Gallery / Keirin Cycles collaboration exhibit "An Evening of Bike Collecting". Lots of people came through the newly opened Wynwood gallery to check out the classic bicycles, films & GoldSprint races. Nice exposure for the burgeoning cycling scene in Miami.
Video courtesy of Kurt Kaminer.
Here's a quick video from this morning's 2nd Saturday of each month 10am Emerge Miami / Meetup Critical Mass ride. I was experimenting with a new homemade camera mount and the time-lapse feature on my Canon SD1100. I'm not pleased with the results, the footage is shaky (surprise!) and I may have to play with the intervals a bit. Once I tweak the mount/camera settings to my liking, I believe it can be something I enjoy using for leisurely bike rides/nature trails, etc.
The video starts off at Vizcaya (Metrorail Station) and goes through Coconut Grove, the footage ends at Peacock Park where the group stopped to take a brief break before continuing their ride.
Congratulations to Mike Lydon @ The Streets Plans Collaborative, Kathryn Moore, Collin Worth and everyone else involved in making this happen. The City of Miami has made the right decision for a better tomorrow. Cyclists rejoice!
Download the 2030 Bicycle Master Plan here.
Emerge Miami / Meetup
Saturday, October 10th @ 10am
Vizcaya Metrorail Station
3201 SW 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
The ride we will begin @ the Vizcaya (Metrorail Station) and go through Coconut Grove & it's surrounding areas. This ride is not organized by the "last Friday of each month" Miami Critical Mass, though both groups are doing a superb job of encouraging wary cyclists to take on the road . The Saturday morning ride is great for novice cyclists and experienced cyclists alike. Come out and enjoy a leisurely ride and meet other like-minded cyclists in South Florida.
Bring sunscreen if it's bright out, you will probably get sunburned without proper protection.
The City Commission will vote on the landmark legislation Thursday, October 8th.
Miami City Hall - Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Come out to show your support!
You can see the 2030 Bicycle Master Plan here.
Keirin Cycles will be hosting GoldSprints and a Classic Bike Showcase @ Butter Gallery this Saturday. Arrive by 7 o'clock to check out the exhibit, GoldSprints start promptly at 9pm.
Saturday, October 10th (Wynwood Gallery
2301 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL. 33127
This video was sent to the Miami Critical Mass group from a cyclist who participated in last month's ride. The rider used a handlebar mounted camera so the footage is quite shaky. The video contributor also uploaded a video of himself falling at Bike Miami Days, his description of the clip says it all "I was trying to hop up on to a curb, I failed miserably!". There's something about people falling off bicycles that I've always found hilarious. Smooth Vic doesn't appear to be hurt, the camera seems fine & we all get a cheap laugh. Hope to see everyone at this month's Critical Mass on Friday October 30th.
"Miami city commissioners this week will vote on Mayor Manny Diaz' ambitious bicycling master plan. The 20-year effort aims to turn Miami from one of the least biker friendly cities in the country into a biker's paradise. The plan is being presented this week, but as WLRN Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone reports, the plan stemmed from a frustrated constituency."
Listen to audio below:
Thursday nights Loose Cannons race was amazing! The race was set to start at SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop in Coconut Grove, Arthur from I Really Hate Miami was at the shop interviewing the owners for his blog & asked me if I would like to film the race from the back of his Honda Shadow motorcycle. Without hesitation I said "Yes!" since I was already intending on filming the race from my bicycle, the opportunity to do so from his motorcycle would result in much better footage. An estimated 30-40 cyclists lined up at the starting line on Grand Ave. We followed the racers from start to finish passing many obstacles in our way, a few unexpected street closures made the race more interesting. The race was 9 miles and the top 3 finished in about 20 minutes. At the end of the race Arthur turned to me and said, "I think it's scarier driving my motorcycle during Loose Cannons than actually doing the race", while I beg to differ with that, we can both agree that it was a total blast riding alongside them!
Thanks to Arthur @ I Really Hate Miami, Joel @ IAmYourVillain, and Christian & Bass @SOFLO.
Top 8 and soundtrack credits in the comments section.
Miami Bike Scene is now on Twitter. I actually signed up in March ( @MIAfixed ) and never used it until about 2 months ago. Just recently I added Twitterfeed thus eliminating me from directly having to visit the social-network. Yesterday @BikeMiami announced I was on Twitter and I got a few new followers, these folks had no idea I was on Twitter so it's definitely a great outlet to promote cycling events/news in S. Florida to people who may have never heard of this blog.
I'm no longer
@MIAfixed, I changed it to @MiamiBikeScene to avoid confusion. Follow me on Twitter here.