Well, I was just informed by Brian Kaspr( BKaspr.com) that he was hit by a car. He says he and his bike(whsch came to his as a prize in GTV3) are fine. Unfortunately he lost a rear wheel. Hope all is alright.
Found via RE:New Haven, Kama's Flickr. He's also got pix from the start of the Valley Kitten (which, by the way, the Scorchers destroyed), but, alas, all his photos are "spaceballed" so you'll just have to follow those flickr links.
Our friend Bill's Bike New Haven blog has been dormant for some time now. In his most recent post he hints at discontinuing the blog. I'll admit I'm somewhat disappointed because his blog stood in a Purgatorical (yep, new word, I invented it) gray area between ours and the Elm City Cycling ListServ. His recent post is highly recommended reading, however, and will give you an idea of what we're going to miss. He recounts a tale of a Yale grad being hit by a minivan whilst traveling along the Orange St. bike lane. The story is amusing, replete with an immigrant who's ID claims his name is Abraham Lincoln, and Bill's response to said story is hilarious.
BTW, I’m assuming you’re from out of town for these three reasons:
1. You called Nica’s Market Nikita’s. 2. You actually used the bike lane on Orange Street. 3. You used the phrases “Un-Fucking believable” and “I shit you not.”
The bike lane on Orange Street, as any local will tell you, is a death trap. It typifies the type of urban planning New Haven likes to embrace. Somewhere between FUBAR and great idea, it represents a classic example of "we didn't think this through".
Bill, we're going to miss the blog!
Also of note, is Bill's link to the law firm of Jonathan Mills who has a bicycle-accident-specific department.
Happy Memorial Day to all. Hope you've thrown a rear rack on that whip and strapped the ol' Weber Smokey Joe on the back for the old school Tom O'Hara rolling barbeque. Just make sure you're using a lined RE Load for the ice! (RELoad's legendary April Fool's Race has been postponed again, probably mid-June) Since I've got a rare day off, and I still wake up insanely early, let's see what's going on in the Fixed Blogosphere...
Our gal, Pandalicia, lady ripper, has probably already whipped out the credit card for this tee...
They've also got a pic up of the new Velocity B43's:
Of more interest to me in that photo is the DMR fork on the bike. Many of the Scorchers have been switching over to the DMR, and Justin at Amity Bicycle (Selden St. Woodbridge) has been ordering them by the dozen.
Speaking of Velocity, you should throw their blog on the ol' RSS reader. They've always got the neatest stuff, including this Rat Rod Tricycle...
Tony Tyrant's been playing in the dirt an awful lot lately, building his own trail network...
When Nao from 3RRR offered us a couple of his "Bring Rings" to give away at Grand Theft Velo, I attributed his pronunciation to some very bad stereotypes, and referred to them as "Bling Rings" instead. I'm glad to see in one of his recent blog posts that he's even spelling it "B-R-I-N-G" for a little good humored satire. I feel much better now, Nao. Nao thanks Scorcher Sean Milnes in his post for Sean's use of the Bring Ring during a recent trick session.
If the "Bring Ring" is too much for you, 3RRR's also got a more traditional style available...
Shoreline Drew, our man-about-forums, has found quite a bit of buzz around last weekend's Grand Theft Velo alleycat in New Haven. Wow! Thanks, everybody. Here's a sampling...
"pretty place to ride around, and so easy to get to, I left and it started pouring a minute later! And wtf, best facial hair.? WHERE IS MY PRIZE? just kidding. Drew, pass my congrats to the organizers, they were really on top of their game!" -Andras from NYC
"Indeed, that was a seriously originally thought-out race, great separation between manned and un-manned checkpoints... just a blast." -Aaron
"Wooo! I honestly did not expect so much awesome from New Haven, no, no I did not. But these kids threw down hard, plenty of miles, and prizes to go 'round. That race was long, taxing, complicated, and amazingly well organized. Well worth skipping a road race, that's for sure."
"I just wanted to thank you personally for a great time! Speaking as the first ever West Side Invite champ, I really appreciate a long, yet very interesting alleycat. I could dig on New Haven. Best race yet." -Josh "Robot" from Boston
"A great time. Thanks to (Shoreline) Drew for giving me a couch to crash on and showing me around, Zack from Open, Justin from Boston, Justin from New Haven, the scorchers, everyone who rode, bmore for crashing and Drew Haven for getting naked at the bar and pissing the Yalies off. My wrist is bruised and it hurts to ride my bike! hahaha " -Prolly (Prolly also did a nice writeup on his blog about the weekend.)
"I have to say thanks to everyone who put that together. That was my first time to New Haven and doing an allycat and I had a great time. Everyone I met was really nice and helpful. Also, I got some nice stuff to take home. I will definitely be back to do another race." -Jenny B. from Boston
It probably goes without saying, but I'm gonna say it. Maybe I'm just weak, but this was the HARDEST alleycat I've ever done, hands down. My legs are still sore today. Thanks for putting together such a bad-ass race. You all know I love long events, this one was dope! Hopefully we can put together something ridiculous and fun for KONE! -Matt from Ghostship
You guys really knocked it out of the park on this one. Serious good times, good manifests, good checkpoint workers, fucking killer prizes... I got caught on the drawbridge, I rode down stairs, through a tunnel, on a dirt path, up a mountain, pushed my bike for a few miles, talked to liquor store owners... Such a good time. My only only beef is that I'm from Bristol, not West Hartford. :) Can't wait for KONE! -Aaron from West Hartford Bristol, CT
I had a lot of fun and can't believe I pushed myself so hard (with a bad back to boot). But psyched I didn't get raped and killed riding the back way up east rock with no light in the fog, doubly psyched I won the cannondale bike (!!?), and triply psyched Eric and I can walk through our sun porch now that all the dozens of boxes of prizes and wheel sets have nice happy homes!! BIG THANKS again to of course my sweetie Eric, and my other sweetie Drew Nemetz for getting SO many ridiculous prizes (?!?!) and Justin and Amity for the frames and everything else and Brian and all the scorchers for sticking with it and everyone for coming out and making it a killer time !!!!! I think I just got all my energy back.... -Pandalicia
i want to say thank you to drew, eric and uva for taking my baby and making it a monster! this shit was crazy. and to the rest of the crew, racers and workers, fucking awesome. this was the best race new havens seen and hopefully the foundation for the races to come. on to the next epic chapter of scorcherdom! -Sean Milnes, Scorchers/OPEN Bicycle rider
This race was a blast to host -- possibly more so than it was to race. Last year's participants asked for it to be longer. Yep, it was longer. First Place (Raf) finished in just under 3 hours, and there were people who were still working on their first (3 or 4 total) manifest. The DFL crew came in well into the afterparty. Congrats to all, and a huge thanks to all who helped, raced, sponsored, or bought Drew drinks!