Halloween Critical Mass : Video + Photos

Happy Halloween. We had a great costume ride Friday night, the rain stopped just in time. An estimated 300 cyclists showed up and rode 18 miles throughout Miami. Riding by the above ground cemetery in Coconut Grove was particularly spooky.

Video courtesy of Eddy Stevens-Torrealba.

Photos courtesy of SlipstreamX Photography, click image below for complete set.

Check out more Miami Critical Mass (Halloween) photos over at Beached Miami and Coconut Grove Grapevine.


Miami Critical Mass Dedicated to Rodolfo Rojo

Tonight's Miami Critical Mass Halloween ride is dedicated to Rodolfo Rojo. Rodolfo, 17, was struck and killed by a motorist early on the morning of October 30th 2009. Rodolfo planned to attend his first Critical Mass ride that day. Unfortunately, his life was cut short. Ride in Peace.


Magazine Love

The Miami Bike Scene gets a tiny blurb in the November issue of Nylon Magazine. I can't complain, any mention of our local cycling scene in a pop culture and fashion publication is welcomed. Now if only I could get Evan Rachel Wood to notice me.

Miami was one of the few cities to be highlighted in The America Issue. Jacuzzi Boys, Freegums, Jen Stark, FriendsWithYou, and Sweat Records are a few of the local artists, musicians, and businesses featured.


Florida 2010-2011 Cyclocross Season

If you want to get a taste of cyclocross before the season officially starts check out the 1st Annual Halloween Cyclocross Training Race at Crandon Park (Sunday, October 31st). No Registration / No Entry Fee.

2010-2011 Cross Cup Series

Orlando November 6-7 Cancelled
Clermont November 13-14
Tallahassee November 20-21
Dade City December 4-5 [State Championships]
Gainesville December 11
Miami December 18 [Tropical Cyclocross]
Miami December 19 [4th Annual Miami Cyclocross]
Miami January 9 [Tropical Cyclocross]
West Palm Beach January 15 [Dyer Consequences]
Hobe Sound January 16

Ocala January 23 [Santos Cyclocross] *Not part of series

Mountain bikes welcome (no forward-facing bar ends). USCF or NORBA license required (1-day license available). See rules for 2010-2011 season.

Points series categories: Junior 10-14, Junior 15-18, Masters 35+, Masters 45+, Cat 1-2, Cat 3, Cat 4, Women’s 1-3 and Women’s 4. Individual promoters may offer other categories.

Each race has its own awards, plus trophies and prizes at the season finale (Hobe Sound) for the top three on points in each category for the series (two races dropped for each rider).

For more information on the points series, check out the
Florida Cycling website or contact John Butler.


Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami

Saturday, October 30th

BayFront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

For the first time ever Ironman is coming to Miami.

Below is the route for the cycling portion of the triathlon. Traffic is expected to be problematic for motorists along Biscayne Bay communities, read about what the Village of Pinecrest is doing to insure the safety and security of the event.

View Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami Bike in a larger map


Loose Cannons Metro Series

Thursday, November 4th 2010

Race #4 and finale of the "Metro Series". Similar to last few races it will begin at a designated metrorail station and end at the BAR.

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 7 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.

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


N. Miami Ave Railroad Tracks Repaired

After many years and countless bicycle accidents, the North Miami Avenue railroad tracks across from Miami Fire Station #2 have finally been repaired. While some would quickly assume the accidents were due to poor bike handling skills, experienced cyclists noted that loose gravel and potholes parallel to the tracks were usually the basis. I always found it twistedly humorous that those falling on the tracks had options laid out for them across the street (Fire Rescue Station or Miami Cemetery). Here's to incident free railroad crossings on N. Miami Ave, ride safe!

Check out this Streetfilms video below illustrating how to properly cross railroad tracks on your bike.


Virginia Key Trail / Cyclocross Get-Together

Thursday, October 21st
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sandbar (Coconut Grove)
3064 Grand Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

"Do you want to learn more about the North Point trails on Virginia Key? When will they be open to the public? Maybe you want to race cyclocross? Is the Virginia Key Bicycle Club going to be a real club with dues, etc? How does the club get funds for tools and stuff. Would you like to volunteer to either build trails or put on a race? Or maybe you just want to eat a burger and drink beer. Regardless of your motivation, come to Sandbar this Thursday at 7:30pm" - John Voss

RSVP on Facebook.

If you're into MTBing I recommend joining the group and volunteering. If you live in Miami-Dade the closest MTB trails we have to us are Amelia Earhart Park (Hialeah), Oleta River Park (North Miami) and Markum Park (Sunrise). It would be really great to finish this project on Virginia Key as soon as possible so everyone can enjoy trails overlooking Downtown Miami, Fisher Island and South Beach.

Check out the video below of the volunteers and the progress made thus far.

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Note: The trails are currently not open to the public, trespassers will be prosecuted.


New Signs Along Miami-Dade Bike Trails

Photos courtesy of Eddy Stevens-Torrealba

New route signs have been installed along popular Miami-Dade bicycle trails. On a ride to Black Point Park Saturday afternoon I observed several signs for Old Cutler Trail, Black Creek Trail, and Biscayne Trail.

Biscayne Trail has been resurfaced and has a moderate amount of signage throughout it's 2.7 mile stretch. Trail etiquette signs have also been installed along the multi-use path.

Check out the Miami-Dade Open Space System Master Plan for more information on bicycle trails across the county.


Cranksgiving 2010 : November 20th

Saturday, November 20th

Cranksgiving Miami is back! Last year's 1st annual bicycle food drive alleycat race was a huge success and we're hoping to make it greater this year by collecting more non-perishable goods for those in need.

Government Center (by the Orange Peels)
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami


Participants will receive a map at the start of the race with grocery stores locations along with a shopping list (manifest). Riders will go to 5 grocery store checkpoints and buy the non-perishable food items off the 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. Spoke cards will be issued once the items have been donated. This is for a great cause and at the same time shines a positive spotlight on the local cycling community. Expect to spend about $2 at each grocery store. You will be required to keep all receipts.

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.

For those who prefer not to ride really fast it's okay. There will also be prizes for most charitable. If speed is not your thing you can ride the event in a scavenger hunt fashion instead of a race. Last year 100 local cyclists participated making it the largest alleycat in South Florida, everyone had a great time and the Camillus House was very thankful for our efforts. Hope to see you there on November 20th, all bikes welcomed.

RSVP on Facebook.

For more information visit : cranksgivingmiami.blogspot.com


Cranksgiving flyers/postcards are available at these local bike shops:

All 4 Cycling
Bell's Bicycles & Repair
Big Wheel Cycles
Bike Masters
Bikes To Go
Bike Tech
The Broken Spoke
Business Cycles
Coral Way Bicycle Shop
Cuba Bicycle Shop
Cycle World
High Gear Cycling
Mack Cycle & Fitness
Revolution Bicycle Services
The Scoot, Skate & Bike Co.
Suarez Bicycles Assembly
Sun Cycling
Willie's Bicycles


Bicycle Parking on Rickenbacker Causeway

Spotted over half a dozen Bike-Multi-Arch security racks along the south side of the Rickenbacker Causeway tonight. Not sure how long these have been there since I do not frequent Key Biscayne often. The racks are in various colors and can each hold up to 6 bicycles, a welcomed addition to the recently restored beach.


Miami Bike Scene T-Shirts!

Back by popular demand.. I'll be getting another limited run of The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts in two weeks. 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 The Miami Bike Scene stickers.

If you want a shirt order today, these go rather quickly. Pre-order by 10/25.

[Edit 10/26] If you pre-ordered a shirt expect it in your mailbox by 10/30


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.

Available Colors: Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Black
Available Sizes: YL S M L XL XXL

Ordering Example: #4 Size:M (signifies you want a green shirt with white print in size medium)


Fraidy Cat III : WPB

Sunday, October 31st
12:01am (Saturday night)

Fraidy Cat III - Bride of Fraidy Cat
3rd annual Halloween alleycat in West Palm Beach.

1451 S. Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

$5 w/ helmet, $10 w/o helmet


Race Across the Sky : November 4th

Thursday, November 4th 2010

"In 2009, "Race Across the Sky" captured the imagination of countless mountain bike enthusiasts when Lance Armstrong not only won the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, but set a new course record that seemed
unattainable. This year, "Race Across the Sky 2010" delves into the resulting race entry boom, including record numbers of citizen riders, all with their own personal reasons for challenging themselves to this epic test
of will, strength and endurance. Joined by the toughest elite field this high-altitude century race has ever seen, these riders are tested by one of the most brutal courses known to the sport. From the center of the little
mining town of Leadville, Colorado, to the 12,570-foot top of Columbine
Mine, get ready to be inspired all over again."

*The November 4 show will be rebroadcast IN SELECT THEATRES at 7:30pm on November 9 as an encore performance.

Click here for a list of participating theaters and to purchase tickets in advance.


Bicycle Weekend Guide Oct 9-10

Saturday, October 9th

Bike America / Team Coco's Racing Weekend
Criterium race in Cooper City.
8:00am - 3:00pm

Miami Beach Community Ride
Ride with police escort around Miami Beach.

Emerge Miami CM Meetup
Autumn Harvest Ride, visit urban gardens.

Virginia Key Bicycle Club Trail Maintenance
Volunteer to begin work on intermediate mtb trails. Bring gloves, water, and bug repellant.
10:00am - 2:00pm

Soli Party at The Firefly
Simple bike repair and tall bikes 101. Bike jousting.
3:00pm - 7:00pm

2010 Florida State Track Championships : Keirin
Keirin races at the velodrome.

*Wynwood Gallery Walk
Ride your bike there, bring a lock.
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday, October 10th

Bike America / Team Coco's Racing Weekend
Criterium race in Miami Lakes.
8:00am - 3:00pm

10.10.10 Global Work Party Miami
Ride to 10th Street and Ocean on Miami Beach for rally with 1Sky.

MIA To FTL : 10/10/10 Ride
Fast paced ride from Downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale Beach and back. 75 miles.

Greenfest Critical Mass Ride : Fort Lauderdale Beach
Critical Mass ride celebrating 350.org 10-10-10.

Velo Sundays
Weekly ride for experienced cyclists. The ride covers 15-20 miles at a fast pace.

Bike Miami Days has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 14th


Stone Crab 160 : Miami to Marco Island

Saturday, November 13 at 6:30am - November 14 at 2:00pm

"Ride 160 miles to benefit foster care children, from Miami to Marco Island and back! Our ride departs from the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming on Saturday Nov 13. Cyclists will ride across scenic Tamiami Trail, bordering the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve before arriving on the west coast in Marco Island. Participants and guests can then take part in a special STONE CRAB cookout. On Sunday, Nov 14 we leave Marco Island back to Miami, finishing with music and food in the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming."

For more info and to register ($75.00), please visit the official event website: www.stonecrab160.org


MIA TO FTL : 10/10/10 Ride (75 miles)

Sunday, October 10th

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Miami, FL 33128

Ride starts in Downtown Miami promptly at 1:30pm, we will ride via A1A to Fort Lauderdale Beach for a 10-10-10 global sustainability event. We will then join the Greenfest Critical Mass Ride at 4pm on South Beach Park (FTL). At 5:30pm we will begin our trek back to Miami. Total ride is an estimated 75 miles, average speed 18-19mph. This is a long ride at a fast pace so keep yourself hydrated and fueled. Bring an extra tube and/or repair tool kit, also safety lights as it will almost be dusk upon our return. This ride is not recommended for beginners, you will most likely be left behind if you cannot keep up. Check out the tentative route here.

About the ride:

It's FREE and no registration is required.

Arrive at 1:15pm at Government Center. We will leave at 1:30pm sharp. Our goal is to arrive at Fort Lauderdale Beach by 4pm.

We will make 1-stop at Hollywood Beach.. rendezvous point is Sun & Fun Cycles ( Hayes Street just east of A1A). We'll take a brief break there to rehydrate/refuel before we continue north to FTL Beach.

Our goal is to be at FTL Beach by 4pm, join their 10 mile Greenfest Critical Mass Ride, then grab a bite to eat in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. We should wrap it up around 5:30-6pm before beginning our trek back to Miami. Estimated arrival to Miami is 7:30-8pm.

I want to stress this is a very loosely organized ride. There is no SAG vehicle, etc. Bring your own supplies (water, snacks, tools)

This is an afternoon ride and unlike most morning group rides which deal with little to no traffic, we will be riding on busy streets.

The group is composed mostly of fixed gear bikes and road bikes. Average speed 18-19mph

It is likely we will spilt into 2 groups hence the rendezvous points on Hollywood Beach, FTL Beach, etc.

Ride safe!

Fun fact:
In downtown Tokyo, sumo wrestlers will be cycling to practice on 10/10/10


Greenfest Critical Mass Ride : Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Sunday, October 10th

South Beach Park (picnic table area)
1100 Seabreeze Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33316

South Florida Direct Action in association with the South Florida Clean Energy Coalition are holding a Critical Mass bike ride! The ride will head west on Sunrise, south on Andrews, and back east on SE 17th Street. Ride is approximately 10 miles. See route here.

RSVP on Facebook


Street. Art. Cycles : Grafitti by Bike Tour

Saturday, November 13th

Allapattah Metrorail Station
3501 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

"Graffiti by Bike. A tour of home-grown and world class graffiti in Wynwood, including the Wynwood Walls, many of which are only dry since December. The tour will include information on the artists and crews, and the rules by which they respect tags, bombs, throw-ups and pieces. We will trace a route through Wynwood, following the artistic development of tags to commissioned public work."

RSVP on Facebook.

Here's a video from Street. Art. Cycles in May '10


Biscayne Times : 2 Wheels Are Better Than 4

Well-detailed cover story by Dina Weinstein in the October issue of Biscayne Times. The piece highlights five urban neighborhood bicycle rides in Miami and includes commentary, maps & routes. Read it here.


While perusing the monthly news magazine I came across two interesting blurbs by Derek McCann, both in the September "Biscayne Crime Beat" section. Unfortunately crimes like these probably occur more often than we would like to believe and go unreported.

Bus Racks as Bike-Theft Delivery Platforms
NE 79th and Biscayne Boulevard
"Taking public transportation can be a drag, but it’s better than dangerously riding a bike up Biscayne Boulevard. This passenger hoisted his bike into the rack attached to the front of the Metro Transit bus and settled into his air-conditioned seat. When the bus made a stop at 79th Street, a Boulevard opportunist raced up, lifted the bike off the rack, and quickly pedaled away. No arrests have been made, but you can add this to the prodigious list of bike thefts along the Boulevard."

Exploiting a Bad Situation
NE 71st Street and Biscayne Boulevard
"Two bicyclists somehow got into a head-on collision. As both lay on the ground nearly unconscious, a sleazebag sneaked up and stole one of the fallen bikes. The bike’s owner managed to get up and took the other bike (with permission) in an effort to catch the thief. Nearby police caught up with them and the appropriate arrest was made. In his defense, the perpetrator said that he was “in trouble,” which is why he took the bike. Trouble? His troubles are only beginning."

Remember.. Don't steal bikes bro!


Bike Miami Days Kickoff Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 6th
6pm - 8pm

3540 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

"Hosted by the City of Miami Bicycle Action Committee, this party is your opportunity to support City of Miami bicycling initiatives like Bike Miami Days, buy the first official City of Miami bicycle jersey / kit and meet with local advocates who are working with our local government to improve bicycling in our city."

Note: there is a $5 cover but it gets you your first drink on the house.

Members of the Bicycle Action Committee will also be selling raffle tickets for a host of prizes from local bike shops.

Raffle Prizes include:
Bike Kit (BAC Jersey & Shorts)
Bicycle Goody Bags
Bottle of Champagne

RSVP on Facebook

Bike Miami Days is scheduled to return to downtown Miami on November 14th!

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