Welcome to this week’s roundup! Let’s start with a great success- New Yorkers are happy that the protected Pulaski Bridge Bike Path is open (see it on a map). It was done by reclaiming a lane from cars. The video above, from Streetfilms, shows the path and reactions to it.
This video shows a BMX rider in Long Beach California standing up to a police officer. Clearly the rider knew his rights in the park. He’s confrontational (and warning, spicy language), but hooray for well-informed citizens. As some of the comments say, this isn’t recommended for minorities.
The Little 500 is a race in Indiana, infamously depicted in Breaking Away. There’s a new film called ‘One Day In April’ coming out about it:
Here’s a local video showing PedalPT celebrating “National High Five Day”. Does anybody know that one dude?
This 20-minute video shows the bike boom of the 1970s; the first few minutes show the cyclists explaining why they choose to go by bike. This video, put out by the very pro-car AAA was well-done, discussing what cyclists and motorists should do. For instance, “bikes seem to swerve without reason”, and then it shows why cyclists may alter their path. My favorite quote: “someday there may be separate facilities for bicycles”.
There are a lot of myths about carbon fiber. Does it explode? (no) Can heavy riders use it? (yes)
This video showing how (Polish U23 world champ) Kasia Niewiadoma was discovered is neat. It’s interesting to see how new racers develop:
There are some interesting “swing bikes” in town, one was in the intro vid for the Bike Film Fest last year. Here are some others with more traditional frame geometry. They look interesting, I wonder how long it takes to learn how to ride them.
Tumbleweed Bicycle is an Oakland-based bike company, and this video shows their prototype touring fatbike and some bits of their tour across Mongolia. Their “touring fatbike” is designed to use standard MTB parts, similar to the Surly LHT philosophy. It’s certainly a “product” video, but it’s worthwhile for the discussion of the design and features.
Liège Bastogne Liège
It’s been over a week since LBL, so I allow myself to spoil it. The weather was epic, Wout Poels won from the final three in the breakaway. I strongly recommend watching the CyclingTips recap, which starts with the mercurial weather:
Here’s the official recap:
And OGE’s video (their top rider was in second):
Giro D’Italia preview
The Giro starts in a few days and basically runs through the end of the month. I may trickle in some videos, respecting the spoiler rule. For now, here’s a GCN preview, naming their favorites:
This week’s honorable mentions: BMX in New York City (lots of hooliganism), local moto vs bike crash, riding on new barrier-separated bike lanes in London, GCN: Top 6 Longest Bike Races, pro Warren Barguil talks about his bike setup, somewhat outrageous UK commuter crash on BBC News (see Carlton Reid’s quick take), hooning through San Francisco with smoke bombs, USA Cycling: “do not feel that a ban was prudent”, and footage/bio of a New York fixie rider.
Inclusion criteria: If I’ve missed something, post it in the comments! I prefer videos published in the last week or so. Note if there’s a specific point in a long video that is worth highlighting. Also note if there is colorful language. I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers by 7 days.
– Ted Timmons, @tedder42