Friday, September 29, 2017

Bikes & boats, oh my!

Citibike makes it to Astoria! Not completely, yet. But, they're here! I done seen 'em with my own eyes. Might I recommend riding one to the new Astoria Ferry to enjoy a boat ride to where you're going? The Ferry (at the end of 30th Ave, on the south side of the Astoria Homes) is also bike friendly, with your own bike.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bike Books NYC

A new magazine, book, and zine store opened in Brooklyn: Quimby's NYC. There is an amazing collection of bike literature. The best in the city gathered in one place, dare I say. It's not Astoria, but it's well worth biking to. The proprietor started Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago in the 1990s. And then he lived in Amsterdam for a long time, where he picked up the bike bug. Yes, he keeps his bike in the store. Quimby's NYC is located at 536 Metropolitan Ave, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

It's here!!!

After years in the waiting. The bike lane to Brooklyn is reality.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Queensboro Bridge Closure, 10pm - 5am, weeknights in April

Don't get caught. But there is a shuttle bus, which is 1990s old-school fun, baby!
Queensboro Bridge Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Closure Notification: The North Outer Roadway will be Free shuttle bus service and bicycle transport will be provided during these times. The bicycle and pedestrian path along the Queensboro Bridge will be fully closed Monday to Friday from 10 pm to 5 am the next morning through April 2016 to facilitate utility construction. The work is scheduled to begin on or about March 28 and may continue for several months. Con Edison may close the bicycle and pedestrian path Monday through Friday, from 10PM until 5AM the next morning. Con Edison will operate shuttle buses across the bridge every 15 minutes. A second vehicle will be provided to transport bicycles.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Astoria Park Bike Lane

Our Community Board actually approved a bike lane! This should be a vast improvement. Both for bikes and for limiting traffic by the park.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's better in Queens!

A protected bike lane on Queens Blvd.? I never thought it would happen. Thank you NYC DOT and  Jimmy Van Bramer!

But of course it's kind of just a starter phase....

That said, there has been real improvement. Citibike in LIC! Not yet Astoria. (And I won't hold my breath, but I never thought I'd see Citibike in Queens.) I love citibike!

And, oh yeah, Queens has officially jumped the shark. (Though the problem isn't tourists. I welcome them. It's rich people raising the rents, both residential and commercial, that worry me.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Loose Screws is Back

If you need small parts, Loose Screws guys were (and I assume will continue to be) the best! Here's the part of the email I got from them. It's totally a free plug for them. I wish them the best!
Thank you for your support and patience waiting for Loose Screws to reopen. We are now based in Irvine, CA.

1. There is no longer a minimum order amount. We got a bit more automated and its easier for us to process orders now. Buy that small part you need and enjoy!
2. Shipping has been simplified. A low rate for U.S. orders up to $74.99. Hit $75 and shipping is free!
3. The sorting of the products has been geared towards more common/popular products. This helps in search mode as well.
4. We now have a blog, our Loose Screws Helpful Blog takes all of the experience we have built up over the years, and puts it out there, for all to see. See

Again, we're very excited to be back and serving those who love to commute and tour by bicycle. Of course, we also greatly admire our racing oriented customers. Keep pushing!

Questions? Shoot an email to We're always happy to help with tech and setup questions.
-Steven Arlint
Presiding Mr. Loose Screws
Loose Screws Bicycle Small Parts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Ballerina on the Golden Bicycle

Lilly Yokoi She rode a fixie before there was such a thing. Though it is funny that of all the amazing things she does, is that she gets hearty applause for a pseudo track stand. If you don't want 4:22 minutes, just start at min 2 for some smooth moves! And if you only got 15 seconds in your busy life, watch from 3:55 to 4:10.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally a bike lane in Astoria!

A two-way bike lane in Astoria! When this is done, one will be able to bike all the way from Astoria to downtown Brooklyn more or less on a dedicated bike line. That is progress!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bike share, more bikes, fewer injuries

Remember all those people saying Citibikes were bad because bicyclists would be killed right and left? Now only doesn't that happen, but bike injuries in cities with bike share have gone down. This isn't surprising since we know more bikes equal more safety for bicyclists. But it's still nice to know. And I hate to jinx anything, but has a single person on a Citibike been killed? What is it about talking about bikes and helmets that makes people, including Washington Post headline editors, get so looney? Of course the initial story in the Washington Post reported the opposite, which was completely wrong.


That headline was half-ass corrected (in their words, "updated") to read: "Proportion of head injuries rises in cities with bike share programs" God forbid the headline would actually report that injuries (including head injuries) are down.

And of course one would expect the proportion of head injuries to go up when more bicyclists do not wear helmets. (I'm just guessing, but I'm pretty sure that bike share riders are less likely to wear helmets.)

But total head injuries are down! In other words, an effective way to reduce head injuries is not to get bicyclists to wear helmets, but to get more people to bike, helmeted or otherwise.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dutch bike infrastructure

Pretty cool. Though honestly, as a biker, I don't understand why you want a circle. Bikes don't need traffic circles. Still, it's a great way to cross the road. Traffic circles are horrible for bicyclists.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan!

For spending $650 million of your own money while making this city a better place. I've lived here 12 years. So it's hard for me to imagine this city without your rich cranky benevolence. And particular thanks for appointing Janette Sadik-Khan. We'll miss both of you, but her moreso! Muchas Gracias!