Loose Cannons Metro Series

Thursday, August 5th 2010

We decided to try something new this month, for the first time since it's inception we will not start the race at a local storefront. Instead Loose Cannons will begin at a designated metrorail station and end at the BAR. This will be the first of the "Metro Series".

Starts @
University Metrorail Station
5400 Ponce de Leon Blvd (across from UM)
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Ends @
BAR (formerly PS14)
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33128

This race is approximately 9 miles.

Winner gets $50 bar tab.
$2 beers for all cyclists.

Prize will be split between 1st road bike & 1st fixed gear bike. If overall 1st is fixed gear they win full $50 bar tab. If 1st road bike is not in top 3 they win nothing.

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


Fast Forward : Video

Great video by Richard Quintero of the DVS / Cadence The Road to Fast Friday race earlier this month.


Miami Bike Scene T-Shirts!

Back by popular demand.. I'll be getting another limited run of The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts later next week. Printed on Gildan 100% cotton, the preshrunk tees are $10 each + $5 shipping & handling. Those who pre-order shirts via Paypal will also receive a set of vinyl Miami Bike Scene stickers.

PS If you really want a shirt don't sleep, the initial run of ninety made in April was gone within two days. SOLD OUT 7/27

Provided below is an illustration with a ( # ) next to each shirt, select the color combination you like and choose your size using the Paypal drop-down menu, add to cart and then proceed to checkout.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Please include your name, model #, and t-shirt size.

*The color selections shown below are the only ones currently available.
Available sizes: Small - XXL, youth sizes also available.


Michael Lum Fund

UPDATE: 7/27
Lum is out of the hospital and feeling better.

This morning I received the horrible news that 20 year old cyclist Michael Lum was struck by a motorist on US-1 & 17th Avenue. News of cycling related accidents always get me upset but this one hits a lot closer to home since Lum is a friend of mine and a friend to many who visit this blog.

Lum is currently at the Ryder Trauma Center and underwent surgery a few hours ago. He is in stable condition and sleeping. I've been informed that he has no health insurance so a Donation Fund has been established to try and ease some of the financial burden his family will endure. Please consider making a donation. All proceeds donated to this fund will go toward helping Lum and his family with medical expenses.

Details of the accident are murky and I care not to speculate. Right now we just want to wish Lum a speedy recovery.

Checks or money orders can be sent to:

Maria Lum
1605 SW 21st Street
Miami, FL 33145

Ride safe. "Daleee"


South Florida Bike Expo : Recap & Photos

I stopped by the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon to check out the unaptly titled South Florida Bike Expo (Bike America Bike Expo). I arrived shortly after 1pm to check out the BMX demo but don't recall actually seeing the two pro riders who were scheduled to demo. I did catch some other dudes doing some impressive riding and photographed some of them. Inside the expo there was a variety of bicycles, apparel, and accessories on sale for at least 10% off. I also checked out a few tables from various cycling clubs, advocacy groups, and sports nutrition products. It was neat that Bike America invited these groups to set up tables for free. I was surprised by the great turnout and how organized the show was. I was looking to purchase a few small items but unfortunately could not find anything I needed, instead I left the expo with a plethora of local cycling group(s)/advocacy propaganda.

If you get a chance stop by tomorrow Sunday, July 18th. I was told prices may be lowered on some items. Get there early and watch Stage 14th of the Tour de France. They'll also have some spin demos with very good looking women at 2pm.

PS Happy B-Day Justin. Thanks for the beer, keep your eyes open.. I left some stickers throughout your city.


Stolen Bike Alert

And another one..

Olive green Spartan fixed-gear track bike with gold rims & hubs. Stolen on July 17th from South Beach (Ocean Drive).

If you have any info contact Ryan.


Wacky BMX Race Night

Friday, July 23rd Cancelled due to weather

Miami South BMX
13050 SW 216th St
Miami FL, 33170

"Miami South BMX is a local bicycle racing track located in Miami. We are a non profit organization and a family of riders and parents, who for years, have been coming to the track. We welcome new and experienced riders of all ages, all year long! Our riders and parents put in countless hours to make our track a success and a positive environment for our kids. Many happy moments and laughs have been had by all at Miami South. We thank everyone, past and present, for our track’s development and continued success. Miami South encourages everyone, of all ages, to come join us for practice and maybe even a race. Remember… you are never too old to ride a bike! If we can answer any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (305) 258-9442 or email us any time."

More info: MiamiSouthBMX.com


Get In Gear Family Bike Ride : North Miami

Thursday, July 29
5:30 pm

Starting point:

MOCA Plaza
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161

Mayor Andre D. Pierre’s "Get In Gear Family Bike Ride", an ACHIEVE wellness initiative in partnership with the North Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the North Miami Police Department.

For more information call the Mayor and Council Office at (305)895-9815 or (305)895-9818

Rides are held every third Thursday of the month June - October 2010. Routes are approximately 10 miles.

Registration & Release Form

More info here.


Stolen Bike Alert

Mid-80s light purple Raleigh Record single-speed conversion. Royal blue bar wrap. Stolen from Bayside (Biscayne Blvd).

Contact Pia if you have any info.

See a trend here?


Stolen Bike Alert

2007 Specialized Sirrus (silver). Stolen from the Omni Metromover Station (Biscayne Blvd/15th St) between 10am-2pm today!

Call (305) 283-0255 if you have any information.


DVS & Cadence : Fast Forward (Recap & Photos)

Result's from last nights fixed-gear only Fast Forward race hosted by Keirin Cycles.

Congrats to the racers and all participants. First place winner Claudio now has the opportunity to compete in San Francisco. Thanks to all the sponsors for all the great prizes given out at BAR.

Top 5

1) Claudio
2) Ivan C
3) Alex Rey
4) Lum
5) Xavier

Photos by Jaime Salazar


Miami River Facts

Justin Long's installation from last night's Weird Miami show at the Bas Fisher Invitational.

PS If you've ever had your bicycle stolen from Miami Beach / Downtown / Design District, it's more than likely your bike wound up on a freighter on the Miami River.


Emerge 4-YR Anniversary Ride : Recap

Congratulations Emerge Miami on 4 years of Saturday Critical Mass rides!

It was a nice ride which started at the Vizcaya Metrorail Station. The group passed through The Roads, Brickell and along the Rickenbacker Causeway (Key Biscayne) ending at Crandon Park with a great picnic. It was very hot this morning so the picnic in the shade was a major plus.

Giant vegan Oreo cookie courtesy of Earthcakes.


Bicycle Weekend Guide July 10-11

Saturday, July 10th

Miami Beach Community Ride
Ride with police escort around Miami Beach

Ride to Mango Festival (Save $5)
Ride your bike to the Mango Fest at Fairchild and receive $5 off the admission. Bike valet available.
9:30am - 4:30pm

Emerge Miami CM Meetup
4-Yr Anniversary ride to Crandon Park

DRB Summer Beer Luau
Not a cycling event, but local cycling groups will have stickers, literature, etc available. Beer sampling too.
4:00pm - Midnight

2010 State Track Championships
200 Meters, Kilo, Scratch Race @ Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome

DVS & Cadence : Fast Forward
Race from Keirin Cycles to BAR

Sunday, July 11th

2010 State Track Championships
Sprints, Pursuit, Points Race @ Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome

Ride to Mango Festival (Save $5)
Ride your bike to the Mango Fest at Fairchild and receive $5 off the admission. Bike valet available.
9:30am - 4:30pm

No To Drilling / Yes To Clean Energy Ride & Rally
Ride from Downtown Miami to rally @ Flamingo Park on S. Beach


Stolen Bike Alert

Specialized Crosstrail hybrid bike. Distinctive matte black finish with a large scratch on the frame. This is a very large bike with 29" wheels, has two water bottles racks and carbon fiber imitation sidebars. Brand new Mavic TN719 rims just put in two weeks ago after some kids stomped and bent both rims beyond repair. Stolen from the parking garage of 135 San Lorenzo office building between the hours of 8:30am-6pm on July 7th in Coral Gables. Please call (305)519-3023 with any information. There is a reward... no questions asked.


IRC : Bikes for Refugees Program

About the IRC

"The IRC is an apolitical non-profit organization founded in 1933, at the request of Albert Einstein. IRC helps millions that flee from war, political violence, religious and ethnic persecution, and famine. In addition to providing relief overseas, the IRC maintains offices in 22 cities in the U.S. to provide resettlement services to legally admitted refugees and advocate for the rights of refugees under U.S. and international law."

The Bikes For Refugees Program

"Refugees and asylees need to work in order to reestablish their lives in the United States without becoming a societal burden. Transportation in large and highly trafficked cities like Miami, however, can often be a challenge. Cars are an expensive and environmentally harmful way to get around, and many refugees and asylees have no access to public transportation. This problem leaves many refugees unable to work or dependent on others for transportation.

The IRC Miami’s new Bikes for Refugees program was created to give our clients a healthy and sustainable method of transportation. By providing bicycles to refugees and asylees who are eager to work, we are giving them freedom of mobility and helping them provide for themselves and their families. We are linking environmental issues with economic and social justice by giving those in need the tools to empower themselves without adding to their carbon footprint. Most importantly, we are helping refugees and asylees become entirely self-sufficient. These people come to the United States to seek lives free of persecution, hunger, and poverty, and a simple bicycle can help make such hopes a reality. With further development, the IRC Miami’s bicycle program may serve as a model for other institutions that want to create sustainable methods of empowering communities."

The IRC is encouraging both cyclists and bicycle shops—to donate bicycles and bike locks to their program. The bikes and locks may be used or have slight defects as long as they are in working condition and will provide a reliable source of transportation to their clients. Bicycles and bike locks may be brought to the IRC Miami office, or an IRC representative may be sent to pick up bicycles and locks at participating bicycle stores. Donations are tax-deductible.

International Rescue Committee
2500 NW 79th Ave, Suite 270
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 640-9881


Stolen Bike Alert

Blue Trek single-speed conversion. Yellow 'Deep V' wheel in rear. Stolen from the Design District (NE 2nd Ave/38th St) today!



Miami Critical Mass June : Video

Entertaining video from the Critical Mass ride on Friday, June 25th. Joseph Regner did a great job filming and editing this video. The commentary is hilarious however there's a few things I observed in the video which are not so funny. For instance, why are so many people riding so fast? Critical Mass is not a race, if you wish to test your speed try Loose Cannons on the 1st Thursday of every month. Also, why is there already a gap within the group less than 2 blocks into the ride? (2 min mark). The whole point of the ride is to bike in one big mass, not spread out in small groups of cyclists. Those gaps between riders cause huge problems for those corking. One more thing, why do some people find the need to ride on the sidewalk? Let's not even get into riding on the wrong lane of traffic.. I can go on and on.. Enjoy the video.

Next ride is on July 30th! I advise everyone participating to go here and read a bit about the ride.


Tour de France at The Grove Spot

From July 3rd to July 25th. Every night at 8pm. Live on Saturday mornings.
Predict the next day winner and win great prizes!

The Grove Spot
3324 Virginia Street
Coconut Grove, FL 33133


No To Drilling / Yes To Clean Energy Ride & Rally

Sunday, July 11th

Government Center
150 NW First St
Downtown Miami

Ride from Downtown Miami to Miami Beach

Rally starts at 4pm @
Flamingo Park
1245 Michigan Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"1Sky and FIU Intellectual Decisions for Environmental Awareness (I.D.E.A.S.) are
working together to promote a rally that urges leaders to vote down all new
plans for offshore drilling and pass legislation for clean energy solutions.
Many leaders in Congress just caucused and commited themselves to passing a bill
that puts a cap on carbon, and creates a lot more business tax breaks and
jobs that will grow the renewable energy sector, but there are still plans for
more drilling and other dirty fuels in the bill- let's urge leaders toward a
renewable energy plan! "

Contact Andrea at (786) 925-1151 or 1skyflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Riding too far right?

Check out this animation displaying all the hazards cyclists face when riding too far to the right.

via CyclingSavvy.org / Commute Orlando
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Bike to Mango Fest (Save $5) July 10-11

Saturday July 10th & Sunday July 11th

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

Green Mobility Network will be offering bike valet service at the South Gate. Ride your bike to the 18th Annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild and receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It's Fairchild's way of thanking the cycling community for contributing to conservation.


Loose Cannons : Photos

Photos by Joel Meinholz

1st Stephan
2nd Lum
3rd Enzo


Rickenbacker Causeway Meeting : Recap

Excellent turnout at the community meeting in Coral Gables this afternoon. A great deal of information was revealed concerning the potential future of the Rickenbacker Causeway. Basically the county wishes to allocate 25 cents of every toll collected to proposed projects promoting pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Here's a summary of projects for those who could not attend:

  • "Bike Only" lane at toll plaza will be 365 days a year, no longer available to motorists during hours of high volume traffic.
  • PWD will conduct and evaluate results of speed study in order to determine whether the speed limits need to be modified and implement necessary signage changes. Volume and speed test will commence after July 4th.
  • Installation of permanent electronic ''Your Speed'' information signs/speed radar light boards along causeway, which will alert vehicles to their traveling speeds.
  • Re-design width, and restripe Crandon Boulevard vehicle travel lanes, from the east end of Bear Cut Bridge to the Village limits, inbound and outbound (north/south side), widen existing width of the dedicated bike path. Both 12' car lanes will be reduced to 11' thus widening the 5' bike path to 7'.
  • Multi-use trail along north side of causeway from Bear Cut Bridge to William Powell Bridge. Cyclists can use Mast Academy signal to cross causeway, then use aforementioned path to reach Sewer Beach Road. (Rusty Pelican / Marine Stadium)
  • Re-design, widen to 12', stripe, and sign the existing ped-path/bike lane beginning at the north side (outbound travel) of the West Bridge bike underpass (along condominium wall/I-95 north/south flyover ramp) to Brickell Avenue.
  • SunPass only lanes will be added with a barrier at the entrance to Key Biscayne. The county emphasized that SunPass lanes would not encourage speeding and stated "the Rickenbacker is a causeway NOT an expressway".
  • Modify lanes leading into the toll plaza on SE 26 Road/Rickenbacker Causeway from Brickell Avenue through the toll facility to Hobie Island, to accommodate and improve access to bicycle lanes.
  • Design and install a cyclist/pedestrian traffic light crossing at Hobie Island (Windsurfer Beach). The installation of a traffic light, striping, and signage will allow cyclists to turn from Eastbound to Westbound prior to reaching the toll plaza. (Cyclists will no longer be allowed to make a U-turns near the toll plaza, they will be expected to make U-Turns at new light crossing or under the West Bridge. Expect this enforced Winter/Spring 2011.)
The reception from cyclists/pedestrians was mostly positive with the exception of a few concerned with the potential of the SunPass only lanes encouraging speeding. Also, some "group ride" cyclists were not too fond of U-turns being prohibited at the toll. The proposed traffic light also raised some eyebrows as it can make stopping after the swift westward decent off the William Powell Bridge a bit of a challenge.

More info here.


After the meeting a small group of us rode to Miami Beach for the monthly Loose Cannons race. Congrats to Stephan (1st), Lum (2nd), Enzo (3rd).

Oh yea.. after 2 months away I'm back in Miami!


Youth Bike Community Ride : Photos

Photos from the first Youth Bike Community Ride on June 26th. Next ride is on July 17th!

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