Miami Critical Mass : August Videos & Photos


Longboarders are welcomed!


An estimated 800-900 riders participated in the monthly Miami Critical Mass ride this past Friday, August 26th. The group continues to grow and attract new cyclists each and every month. While some may view this as a positive thing there is certainly a downside to it, particularly with individuals who either race near the front of the ride, ride too slow within the group allowing gaps to form, and those who cross the solid yellow lines onto the opposite travel lane. The ride would be a much more pleasant experience for all parties involved (motorists included) if everyone adhered to the recommended tips & guidelines.

The ride is in dire need of guidance in the front, pace setters are essential if we wish to maintain a moderate speed of 12mph and to not allow others to advance past the front. August's ride turned out to be the quickest Miami Critical Mass since it's inception in 2007. This was mostly due to a group of selfish individuals who took off early from Government Center by yelling and amping up the crowd that it was time to go. These folks are not interested in providing a safe ride for the group which consists of men, women, children and even dogs. They do not help in corking duties nor do they coordinate with others about maintaining cohesion, they are simply there to have good time at everyone else's expense.

A lot of bicyclists anticipate Critical Mass on the last Friday of each and every month. I've seen it referred to as "an institution" and "a religious experience". It's so important to some that they schedule themselves off from work, drive from neighboring suburbs and/or take a train from many miles away to partake in this activity with other cyclists. However, when the ride begins it seems as if they are racing to finish. Why would any educated adult wait all month for something just to rush to the end? Why are some of you in such a hurry to get it over with? It's not a race, it's a community ride! Enjoy your once a month ritual with others, discuss bicycles, talk amongst your peers, share cycling stories or tips, make the moment last. If you can hold a conversation and maintain 12mph pace without any distractions go for it, but you folks chatting it up and allowing gaps to form because you're so caught up in a conversation that the group has left you behind, you probably should wait until the ride is over for discussions.

Many friendships have been fostered through Miami Critical Mass and there's no denying the rides have helped us build a stronger cycling community in South Florida. Unfortunately the ride seems to be losing it's direction and focus, if this continues the authorities will eventually take action, remember that BIGGER is not necessarily BETTER. We didn't patiently build this throughout the past 4 years for it to be destroyed within a few months. You are all equally responsible for this ride, if you don't agree then maybe you are part of the problem.

Oh, one more thing before I lead you to the photos & videos you came here for. Lose the mob mentality. The group seems to make some behaviors acceptable that would not be acceptable otherwise, whether it's around particular neighborhoods or around women. Certainly I'm not the only one who has taken notice and I'm ashamed to ride side by side with some of you.


Below are a few links to lots of great photos & videos. Enjoy!

Videos:



Franco Ciola (above)

Tony Pavone (August video)

Rydel Deed (Biscayne & NE 55th St video)

Federico Vaca (Biscayne & NE 23rd St video)

Norman Echevarria (August video)


Photos:


Pets are welcomed!


SlipStreamX5 (133 photos)

MAU\DAC (17 photos)

Beached Miami (12 photos)

Rick the Ruler (9 photos)


Thanks to all those who contribute positively to the group in any way and to The Filling Station in downtown for providing riders with water and drink/food specials after the ride.

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Loose Cannons : September 1st



Thursday, September 1st
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Starts @
Green Street Cafe
3468 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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

The race / ride is a little over 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

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.

RSVP on Facebook.

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Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl IV : September 17th



The Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl returns for its fourth installment come Saturday, September 17th 2011. We're visiting a few new locations this time around so be sure to check out the schedule & map provided below. Join as as we celebrate good beer, food and cycling! Come experience for yourself why the New Times dubbed us Best Urban Bike Ride 2011 and Best Activity While Intoxicated 2010!

Saturday, September 17th 2011
4pm


We'll be starting off at 4pm at Zeke's on South beach where all beers are just $4! We'll then make a stop at The Burger & Beer Joint, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Sparky's Roadside BBQ, and finally The Filling Station. The pub crawl conveniently ends near the Government Center Metrorail Station in Downtown Miami for those who wish to take the train back home vs riding.

Suggested route available here. Total distance is 8 miles.

Remember to bring a bicycle lock. A light is also recommended since it'll be dusk by the time we leave the last bar. The pub crawl should be over by 9:00pm. Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!

Please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY, obey all traffic laws and be courteous to others. This is not a Critical Mass ride and there will be no corking. We welcome you to come out have a good time, meet new cyclists and most importantly to ride safely. 21+

RSVP on Facebook.


Below is a list of the bars we will be visiting (in order) :

*For those who wish to ride from downtown to Zeke's (Miami Beach) via Venetian Causeway with a group, we'll be meeting at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station (formerly Omni - 15th/Biscayne) at 3:30pm.


4:00pm
Zeke's Roadhouse
625 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
All beers $4, cash only!


5:00pm
Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Ninety-nine beers to choose from! $4 Sam Adams Oktoberfest pints!


6:00pm
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
$3 off all draft beers and cocktails! See beer menu.


7:00pm
Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
204 NE 1st Street
Miami, FL 33132
$2 Narragansett pint cans and $1 off select beers! See beer menu.


7:45pm
The Filling Station
95 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33131
$3 - $4 beer specials and $5 food menu (burgers, wings, veggie wraps, pulled pork, and grilled chicken sandwiches). See beer menu.







Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl Press:

Best Urban Bike Ride 2011 - Miami New Times
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl: Photos from a Successful Drinking and Aerobic Event
Beer Snob Pub Crawl Organizers Tell Us About Beer and Snobbery
Best Activity While Intoxicated 2010 - Miami New Times
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl III : Photos
The Heat Lightning - Second Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl of 2010
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl II : Recap & Video
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl I : Recap & Video


Below is a video from the inaugural Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl

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The $100,000 Bill Bone Pro-Am | Fall Series



The first race in the $100,000 Bill Bone Pro-Am fall series kicks off the weekend of September 10th at the Homestead Speedway. The Bill Bone Pro-Am is a part of the USA cycling national ranking system and part of the Florida Point Series.

For more information on the $100,000 Bill Bone Pro-Am race series and a complete list of races in the series, visit www.billboneproam.com.

Fall Race Schedule:

Race Weekend #7
09/10 - Homestead Miami Speedway (Time Trial)
09/10 - Homestead Miami Speedway (Twilight Circuit)
09/11 - Homestead Air Reserve (Circuit)

Race Weekend #8
09/24 - Tour de Tow (Downtown Criterium)
09/25 - Tour de Tow (Downtown Criterium)

Race Weekend #9
10/15 - Jonathan Dickinson Park (Circuit)
10/16 - Stuart (Road Race)

Race Weekend #10
10/22 - West Palm Beach (Time Trail)
10/23 - West Palm Beach (Road Race)

Race Weekend #11
11/05 - Vintage Stuart (Road Race)
11/06 - Treasure Coast (Fun Ride)


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Junkman's Grocery Getter Bicycle

Check out Keith "Junkman" Moss's grocery shopping bicycle. Keith is part of the south Florida FreakBike Militia, on the 2nd Saturday of every month he leads the popular Hollyweird Beach Ride.

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Florida State Team Sprint Championships Video

Check out these videos of the 2011 Florida State Team Sprint Championships which took place on Saturday, August 20th. The races were held at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome in Broward County, visit Florida Velodrome Association for race results and calendar. Videos courtesy of Nitroshot.



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M-Path Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge

The first section of the M-Path bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the entrance ramp to SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway went up earlier tonight. The bridge is the most significant piece of a $4.5 million dollar M-Path extension project which is scheduled to be completed later this year. This is long overdue and welcomed by pedestrians and cyclists alike who have struggled for years to get from one side of the "goat path" to the other. Motorists are to expect some traffic delays on US1 near the ramp until 5am Monday and are advised to enter the Snapper Creek Expressway via SW 80th street.




The rendering below illustrates what the bridge will look like once complete.

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Miami Critical Mass : July Videos

More videos from the Miami Critical Mass ride on the last Friday July. Don't forget the next ride is on Friday, August 26th!

This video comes courtesy of Derick G. and shot in Wynwood




And this one was taken by Aaron Daxx during the last five minutes of the ride in downtown




More videos & photos available from the ride here.


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Up Lab | Sketch & Ride #2 : Liberty City



Friday, August 19th
6pm-8:30pm

Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Join Up Lab on their Sketch & Ride through Liberty City. Bring your pencils, sketch pad, bicycle and open mind! Rain or shine!

RSVP on Facebook

Up Lab Summer Meetings: Sketch & Ride

Our meetings usually take place indoors. This summer we’re trying something new: we’re bringing our meetings to the streets, where our intervention as architects, designers, artists, activists, environmentalists, professionals, students, children, adults, teachers, aliens, bums, etc in solving urban issues may be welcome, or in the least, brought to awareness.

The Concept:
The idea is to “Sketch & Ride”. We’ll be riding our bikes through different neighborhoods of Miami in order to observe, record, sketch, photograph, discuss, etc. key architectural elements featured in the AIA Miami Architecture guide as well as interesting architectural feats usually overlooked by such guides.

The Rides:
We have selected 4 routes, in 4 different neighborhoods and these will be related to 4 themes: Open Spaces, Education, Housing, and Art at the Urban Scale.

How Do I Ride?
Check out the itinerary and meet us in the beginning, middle or end of the ride. Get your bikes, rent one (for $5 at Scoot Skate & Bike – 1800 Biscayne Blvd) , borrow one, ride your skateboard, etc. Bring your sketch pads, pencils, or camera. Come out and observe Miami from a different perspective.

About Up Lab
Urban Projects Collaborative (Up Lab) is a Miami-based humanitarian design, civic engagement and research organization seeking to improve our Miami and the world by making sustainable architecture and planning accessible to those who cannot afford it. For more information, visit us on Facebook or email us at Jennifer@up-lab.org.

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Get In Gear Bike Ride : North Miami



The Get in Gear Bike Ride will take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month July through September at 5pm.

Thursday, July 21st
Thursday, August 18th
Thursday, September 15th

Starting point:

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

"Get in Gear for the summer! The community bike ride is back on Thursday evenings through September. Commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle by participating in this 10 mile ride through North Miami. The ride is safe (where else do you get a police escort?), it’s easy (stops are made during the ride for water and restroom breaks) and it’s fun (bring your friends!)."

Route Map

Bring your own bike. Helmets are required for all participants ages 16 and under and encouraged for all participants.

The Get in Gear Community Bike Ride is an ACHIEVE wellness initiative, in partnership with the North Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the North Miami Police Department. Our mission is to encourage a healthier lifestyle through exercise and more nutritional diets."

For details on the Get in Gear Bike Ride, call the North Miami Office of the Mayor and Council at 305.895.9815 or 305.895.9818.

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The Miami Bike Scene T-Shirts!



Back by popular demand! I will be getting another limited run of The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts in two weeks. Printed on Gildan 100% cotton, the preshrunk tees are $12 each + $5 shipping & handling, $1 will be automatically added to S&H per additional item. Those who pre-order shirts via Paypal will also receive a set of vinyl The Miami Bike Scene stickers!

Please order today if you would like a shirt as these go rather quickly. Pre-order deadline is Monday August 15th. Orders will ship within two weeks and you should receive your t-shirts before August 26th.


SOLD OUT!


Ordering:

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 contact me if you have any questions.

6 Available Colors: Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Black, White
Available Sizes: YL S M L XL 2XL 3XL

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

* If you are ordering more than 1 item please add all your selected items to the cart and check out only once.

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Stolen Bike Alert



2011 Specialized Tarmac Comp stolen this morning (Tuesday, 8/9) from under the I-95 overpass parking lot just before entering Key Biscayne. The bike has red handlebar tape (not pictured) & clipless pedals. The bicycle was locked on the Thule bike rack of owners car and was stolen while he left vehicle unattended for 10 minutes.

Contact Jorge at (915) 929-3312 if you have any information.

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Gran Fondo Colnago Miami - Sunday, Nov 20th



Sunday, November 20th

“Gran Fondo” means “Big Ride” in Italian
Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races – that are immensely popular in Italy. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists, and tens of thousands of riders of all abilities participate.

Gran Fondos are often named after famous cyclists of the past, or after companies with a long heritage in cycling. Some of the most famous Gran Fondos include the Prosecco Cycling Classic, the Nove Colli and the Felice Gimondi.


America’s First Gran Fondo Series
Now this exciting cycling tradition has come to America. With its four events in 2011 (San Diego, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami), Gran Fondo USA is producing America’s first Gran Fondo series.

Every participant in a Gran Fondo USA event wears a timing chip. This ensures that cyclists complete the entire course, and allows the event to score athletes over the toughest climb and award King – and Queen — of the Mountains prizes in every age group.

Just like in Italy, every Gran Fondo USA event includes challenging routes, fantastic giveaways, a consumer expo, well-stocked aid stations, mobile tech support and a fun post-race party.


All Abilities Welcome
Some cyclists enter for the challenge and satisfaction of making it to the finish line; others want to push themselves and their friends; and some ride to win!

Regardless, every Gran Fondo USA event is an unforgettable cycling experience!


Benvenuti to the first Gran Fondo Colnago Miami!

Join us at the inaugural Gran Fondo Colnago Miami, part of America’s original gran fondo series: an unforgettable cycling experience and Gran Fondo USA signature “Big Ride”.

Event includes:
• Long distance, medium distance and short distance routes
• Complimentary limited edition custom jersey MADE IN ITALY by Cuore Italiano
2-day event expo
• Goody bag
• Official finisher’s medal
• Post RIDE Italian-style lunch FOR ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
• Well-stocked aid stations
• Mobile tech-support by FSA
• Custom bike number with participant's name
• Bike valet service during post-event party


Routes
The Gran Fondo Colnago Miami offers a three route options for cyclists of all abilities:

Long distance – 100 Miles

Starting from Coral Gables City Hall, the 101-mile course will take riders onto the beautiful streets and avenues of Miami. Enjoy the distinctive architecture and tropical flora as the route continues to and through agricultural and palm growing areas. Aid stations are provided at some of South Florida’s best known tourist locations, a beautiful historic estate, a beloved fruit stand, and one of the largest test gardens in the US. The final leg returns riders to downtown Miami, paralleling the water and concluding in front of historic Miami City Hall, site of one of the world’s first air terminals and featured in the new ABC television show “Pan Am.”

Medium distance – 55 Miles
Short distance – 25 Miles

Starting at the Miracle Mile of Coral Gables City hall, the medium and short courses will take cyclists first through beautiful urban Miami, with its fine examples of Spanish architecture, and then out to the surrounding areas, through palms and tropical flora. The final leg of the ride returns to downtown to the Gran Fondo Expo, in front of historic Miami City Hall, where a lively post-ride pasta party will conclude the 2011 season of Gran Fondo USA.

Event Start
All routes start at Coral Gables City Hall.

Event Finish & Expo
Miami City Hall.

A wonderful orange and white bike jersey, produce in Italy by Cuore Italiano, will be given to all the participants to the first Gran Fondo Colnago Miami




Registration

$120 per entry

Saturday, November 19 (on site registration): $150 per entry

Be sure to register early to secure your entry! The ride is limited so register now to be sure to have your spot on the most exciting Gran Fondo ever!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Online registration will close on November 13 and will re-open on Saturday, November 19 at the Event Expo pending availability.

THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATION THE DAY OF THE EVENT. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Online registration is provided exclusively by Active.com.

Visit Gran Fondo Colnago Miami for more information, VIP registration, packet pickup, etc.

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Loose Cannons Photos & Recap

Cool blurb about Loose Cannons on The Feast.com

"In the middle of the Summer, Miami's bike scene rides whether rain or shine, heat or steam. And they turn out in droves for I Am Your Villain's monthly race Loose Cannons, which dangles quite the carrot: it always ends at a bar for drink specials and DJs. This month's Loose Cannons started at Cosola's Pizza in Coral Gables and ended more than five miles away at Electric Pickle for the weekly Loose Joints party, where DJs Benton and Mr. Brown played disco funk all night. The race has no rules, no set course, and awards more than $100 in drink tickets to winners, so it's always a good time. The Feast caught up with riders as they made it to the finish line safely, though at least one was sporting a little road rash -- and a chunk of exposed booty, as with all Miami parties."

Go to The Feast to check out some great photos from this past Thursday's race.

Congrats to:

Eric Z (1st)
Ivan C (2nd)
Michael Lum (3rd & 1st Fixed)
Amy P (1st Female)

Yours truly got DFL and a giant rasberry on my butt courtesy of Mercedes-Benz!

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July Miami Critical Mass Photos & Videos



Close to 1000 cyclists participated in the monthly ride this past Friday, July 29th making it the largest in Miami Critical Mass history. Thanks to all those who unselfishly help out with the ride and cork for fellow cyclists. Kudos to The Filling Station for the hospitality and quick service despite the large crowd, food and drinks were served with little to no wait.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind cyclists to clear the road once the ride is over, there's a large parking lot and wide sidewalks across the street from The Filling Station so there really is no reason to be blocking the intersection. The ride ended just 2 block from the Government Center to appease those needing to get back on the train, here's the short route for those curious on how to get back. I want to also remind participants to not ride on the opposite side of the street or on sidewalks during Critical Mass. Most importantly, in the event that any emergency vehicle needs to get through immediately move out of the way! Last but not least, please try to keep the pace at a moderate 10-12mph and close any gaps within the group. Time and time again attendees need to be reminded that these gaps are what ruin the cohesion of this large group ride. Let's keep it civil, fun and without altercations. There's some insightful tips here which you should read and ask all new riders to check out. See you next month.

Below are a few links to lots of great photos & videos. Enjoy!


Videos:



TechMentaL (above)

Federico Vaca (Calle Ocho video)

Joseph Regner (NW 29th St video)

Alexander Jimenez-Labora (July video)


Photos:



SlipStreamX5 Photography (125 photos)

Jacob Katel (26 photos)

Beached Miami (16 photos)

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Ft. Lauderdale : River Rat Alleycat 3



The River Rat Alley Cat is back with it's third installment. This race should be lots of fun just like the two previous ones and I highly encourage Miami folks to go up for it, especially since we don't get much alley cat action down here.

Saturday, September 3rd

Maguire's Hill 16
535 North Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

2pm Registration
4pm Race starts

$5

RSVP on Facebook

More info over at South Florida Fixed

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Red Bull Mini Drome - Orlando



Thursday, August 25th

Club Firestone
578 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801

Rider Registration: 5pm to 7:15pm
Doors open: 7:30pm for Time Trials
Main event: 9:30pm

"Fixed-gear riders from across the US will take their street skills to the track in a test of mental stamina, technical precision and raw strength at Red Bull Mini Drome in Orlando on August 25th , 2011. From its roots across the pond, Red Bull Mini Drome will take its debut lap in the States with a stop at Central Florida’s own Club Firestone.

Red Bull Mini Drome brings skill, speed, balance, and braves together on a steep and shrunken version-far from the traditional velodrome, to give competitors the most challenging and treacherous ride of their lives."

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The Heat Lightning : What a Mission Ride



Friday, August 5th
9:30pm

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

"TheHeatLightning.com is celebrating the talents of its staff and of Miami with What a Mission. Expect to dance, drink, eat THL flavored cupcakes, and get cultured."

The Miami Bike Scene will be hosting a short, loosely organized ride to the "What a Mission" party. Expect a scenic ride along the bay, some drinking, and NO corking. You will not be guided back and it's strongly suggested that you bring a lock. Tentative route.

Meet us at Jose Marti Park where Friday night bike polo will be taking place, arrive early and play or watch some games.

RSVP to the party on Facebook.

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