Miami Critical Mass June Photos & Video

A group of about 450+ cyclists attended Friday evening's Miami Critical Mass ride which took them through Little Havana, The Roads, Coral Gate, Shenandoah, Brickell and Downtown. Once again the rain and cloudy skies did not deter these cyclists from their last Friday of the month ritual. Thanks to all the corkers who help keep the group together, the ride go smoothly, although in recent months I've noticed less of them. I want to remind folks to slow down up front, we're not in a hurry to get anywhere and those in the rear cannot always keep up. The whole point is to ride in one large mass, those in the front who continue riding at +15mph only disrupt the flow of the ride and do everyone involved a disservice.

For those unaware, BAR, the establishment we have been stopping at post-ride since February 2010 will be closing down. We'd like to thank BAR for being so accommodating to all the cyclists over the past year and a half.

Next month we will be stopping at the The Filling Station in downtown Miami. Some of you may already be familiar with them from previous Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawls. The Filling Station is located just a few blocks from Government Center, they have great food & beer + outdoor & indoor seating. They also have an upstairs area with a foosball table, air hockey and televisions. They will have specials for all the cyclists also. More details in a few weeks.

Here's a video clip from the intersection of Coral Way & 37th Avenue courtesy of Federico.

Check out Beached Miami for more photos.


Miami Bike Polo BBQ

Sunday, June 26th

Jose Marti Park
(Basketball courts under I-95 on SW 5th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave)

The first Miami Bike Polo BBQ was such a success that they decided to make it a monthly event on the Sunday following the last Friday of the month (Critical Mass). Bring beverages and food to grill, most importantly bring your bike and some friends. They'll be playing pick up games all afternoon, beginners and spectators welcome.

RSVP on Facebook

Here's a video from last month's Miami Bike Polo BBQ


Cutler Bay Bike / Pedestrian Master Plan

The 2011 Cutler Bay Bike / Pedestrian Master Plan was unveiled at the South Dade Regional Library this past Monday, June 20th.

Check it out here.


Loose Cannons : July 7th

Thursday, July 7th
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Starts @
Sun Cycling Center
132 Hialeah Drive
Hialeah, FL 33010

Rain or shine, call the shop if you have any questions (305) 883-4338

Loose Cannons has never started in Hialeah before, this will be an exciting race.
Get directions to Sun Cycling Center here.

Come check out the shop early, Sun Cycling is going to provide patrons with pastelitos before the start.

Ends @
Electric Pickle
2826 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

The race / ride is approximately 6.7 miles.

1st Fixed Gear wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins a drink ticket
Last person gets a drink ticket

FREE Continental tires raffle courtesy of Sun Cycling Center.

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


Emerge Miami : Sweet Treats Ride II

Saturday, July 9th

Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover Station (formerly Omni)
1455 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

"Attended the Sweet Treats Ride in June 2010? It's back! and we're covering Midtown to South Beach in this round of sweet shops: two ice cream shops and one bakery. Two out of three will have vegan options..more info to come!

This ride is part of a concept of "local eats " and will highlight local bakeries and sweet shops around town. It is part of a series of rides that will underscore Miami's own food businesses.
Suggested budget: $10 – 14 dollars if you plan on snacking at all stops. We will not be staying at any one place too long, but making a stop, snacking and riding on to the next stop. It is summer in Miami so bring sun screen and water." - Emerge Miami

RSVP on Facebook.


Missed-Connection Connection

Last week I received an email from a reader who wished to share his Craigslist "Missed Connection" story and the interesting events that followed. Below is a summary in his own words.

As a fellow bike enthusiast and one who enjoys that your site brings so much of us together.... i was compelled to share this with you.

What was an earnest post about the creativity and joy in seeing some mysterious girl on a dolphin shaped bicycled on what would have been another mundane day

.... then some timed passed and this was received.

perhaps you or those in your community can share this in a (vain) attempt to deliver what was a cathartic message to tell those who would read it
(if not legitimize) the freedom we all feel on two wheels." - m

Actual photo of green motorbike, not originally available with Craigslist classified

Understand everything thus far? I'll help fill in the blanks and add a few more details.

Two weeks after the classified was posted, local blog Beached Miami published one of Robby Campbell's illustrations from his ongoing MMC series based on real postings to the Missed Connections section of Craigslist Miami.

Here's where it gets really bizarre.

A few more weeks pass and Beached Miami fortuitously photograph the "Dolphin Bike Girl" at the last Friday of the month Miami Critical Mass. You really can't make this stuff up.

I encourage you to share this story with your friends, hopefully it will bring a smile to their faces whether on two wheels or not.

Congrats to Beached Miami on recently winning Miami New Times Best Of Award.


Stolen Bike Alert

Early 80's white & red Raleigh "Gran Sport" Mixte bicycle stolen on Tuesday night (6/14) from residence on Biscayne Blvd and 61st Street.

Contact Ana if you have any information (786) 546-2845.


WLRN | Bike Polo on a roll in South Florida

This morning a story on the burgeoning sport of Miami Bike Polo aired on WLRN 91.3FM.
Listen now

"Every Friday and Sunday, twenty or so people gather under I-95 at Jose Marti park in Miami and play polo on bicycles. WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Haley White joined the bicycle polo players last weekend. She learned how a funny-looking game played with mallets made out of ski poles has become a community-building force that supports a social movement."

Bike Polo schedule:

Jose Marti Park
(Basketball courts under I-95 on SW 5th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave)

Fridays 7pm (Except during Miami Critical Mass)
Sundays 1pm


DCRA - Night Criterium & Afterparty

A Friendly Cycling Competition and Charity Event

Thursday, June 23rd

El Hueco
9781 NW 112 Ave
Doral, FL 33178

Road Bike / Fixed Gear Criterium + After Party
Registration starts at 7pm and ends at 7:45pm - $10
Ladies ride for FREE!

Helmet Required! Volunteers are welcomed.

Much more information available here.


Critical Mass Video | Flagler Street

Great video by Moises Aragon showing the procession of cyclists coming down the Flagler Street bridge during last month's Miami Critical Mass ride.


Stolen Bike Alert

Not actual photo of bike, use as reference

Titanium Litespeed Tuscany 54cm road bike with full SRAM Rival, Mavic Aksium rear wheel / CXP30 up front. Stolen Wednesday, June 8th shortly before 10am from outside the S&S Diner on NE 2nd Ave and 17th Street.

Contact Eric if you have any information (305) 338-6631.



Miami Bike Polo Video

Video footage of the first Sunday afternoon Miami Bike Polo BBQ held on May 29th. The BBQ's are scheduled to occur on a monthly basis on the Sunday following the last Friday of the month Miami Critical Mass. The next BBQ will be on Sunday, June 26th!


Stolen Bike Alert

SE Draft fixed-gear bike stolen from The Roads (SW 25th Rd/7th Ave) around 4pm on Friday, June 3rd. The bike is brown & baby blue with orange bullhorn handlebars. Yellow saddle & front brake (not pictured). Contact Adrian at (305) 790-3613 if you have any information.


Bike SoMi (South Miami)

Monday, June 20th

6000 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33143

Join Bike SoMi for their first group ride which will meet in front of South Miami City Hall clock tower on Sunset Drive. They'll be riding around the beautiful city of South Miami, and also looking for obstructions to cyclists and pedestrians. The group will finish their ride with drinks at Sunset Tavern.

* Cancelled

In related news, a petition has been started to designate South Miami a 'Bicycle-Friendly Community'
Read Petition Letter & Sign


Ryan Humphrey: Fast Forward / BMX Opening Extravaganza

Ryan Humphrey: Fast Forward

Friday, June 17th

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020

"New-York-based contemporary artist Ryan Humphrey incorporates BMX bikes in dynamic 2- and 3-dimensional works. Fast Forward features a large-scale, floor-to-ceiling installation in which BMX bikes are attached to the gallery walls. The installation includes a massive wrap-around rug, a collection of bike-inspired paintings and mixed-media pieces, and three interpretations of Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel (1913) set against BMX bike ramps. An interactive activity area is also a part of the exhibition. The show runs from June 18th – August 14th, 2011

Fast Forward was included in the Queens International 4 exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art and in the group show Bicycle: people + ideas in motion at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Humphrey will attend the opening reception with BMX pioneer and special guest Dizz Hicks."

BMX Opening Extravaganza featuring Dizz Hicks

Saturday, June 18th

"This special event features BMX trick riding demos and other activities with Ryan Humphrey and BMX pioneer Dizz Hicks. The pair will perform live demos and conduct Q&A sessions inside the main gallery, accompanied by live music. Florida Old School BMX Faction, a local group of bike enthusiasts, will host an outdoor presentation featuring a display of vintage bikes and screening of the BMX documentary Joe Kid on a Stingray. They’ll construct a custom Hoffman Bikes “Loyalty” model, valued at approximately $1,000, which will be given away in a free random drawing at the end of the event (must be present to win)."


Local BMX Videos

Here's two recent videos featuring some BMX action throughout our wonderful city.

First up is a great video by Andres Velez via Atmosphere Bikes.

Second is an edit by Juan Pendas which features a beautiful Miami sunrise in the intro via Kranc Life


2nd Annual Miami Bike Prom Photos

Over 100 photos from the Emerge Miami 2nd Annual Bike Prom available over at SlipStreamX5 Photography.

Beached Miami also has some photos.


Stolen Bike Alert

Vintage Italian D'Arienzo (Basso) road bike, Cinelli Colorado handlebars & full Campagnolo gruppo. Bike was stolen from the corner of Ponce & Madeira in Coral Gables on Tuesday, May 31st around 8:30pm

Contact Sebastián if you have any information.

*Recovered 1/17/12

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