Update: Bike Commuter Movie is a GO!

I just wanted to let you know that I WILL be attending the screening of Dear Mr. Gore: A Somewhat Cinematic Correspondence Awkwardly Tracing a Circular Journey Constructed on a Warming Planet at the Gasparilla Film Festival this afternoon.

I’m going to try to get a word with Lisa Mills, the director and star of the documentary…and ask her about the potential for Web-availability of this film. Oh, and I’ll give her some genuine Bikecommuters.com stickers for good measure!

Movie review, no matter how cobbled-together, will follow….

Late-Breaking News…Bike Commuter Movie Tomorrow!

I just wanted to let fellow bike commuters in the Tampa Bay area know that there will be a screening of Dear Mr. Gore: A Somewhat Cinematic Correspondence Awkwardly Tracing a Circular Journey Constructed on a Warming Planet at the Channelside Cinemas tomorrow (February 28th) at 2:00 PM. This screening is part of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Director/star Lisa Mills describes the movie as

An Orlando woman uses her bicycle ride to work as a vehicle to explore fear and global warming. Shot in Orlando, Tampa, Sweden and Denmark, the film is a contemplative response to An Inconvenient Truth and provides a unique perspective on one person’s attempt to reduce her carbon footprint and overcome fear. Her journey to the answer takes the audience on a humorous bike ride with a camera strapped to the handle bars. This film features a bicycle ride with the Mayor of Orlando and music by Danish jazz violin sensation Mads Tolling.

I’ve already given Ms. Mills grief about not starring ME…especially since some of the film was shot in my own commuting territory ;). In any case, if you can make it out there, Ms. Mills will be there to answer questions and show off her commuting bike prior to the screening.

More Product Reviews Coming Soon

We’ve got a slew of new products that we’re in the midst of testing. Here are a few I’m working on:

Pedro’s Tools
Pedro’s sent us a pair of tools to test…the Vice Whip and the Trixie. The Vice Whip is a clever device intended to replace the pesky and cumbersome chain whip used to remove cassettes and some freewheels. According to the packaging, this tool was designed by none other than legendary mechanic and VeloNews technical correspondent Lennard Zinn.

vice whip

The other tool is “Trixie” — a multitool aimed squarely at the fixed-gear/singlespeed rider. Combining a 15mm axle nut wrench, a lockring spanner, a 5mm hex key, a graduated slot for metric nuts and the mandatory bottle opener, this tool is really all one might need for some quick on-the-road repairs or a fast gear change.

trixie

Bike Glow
This lighting device has gotten some traffic on other cycling blogs, and we were lucky enough to score a sample for review. Based on electroluminescent (“EL”) wire, the Bike Glow kit adds much-needed side visibility to the bike (or rider) for nighttime commutes.

bike glow

IT Clips
These clever little devices from the folks at IT Clips let you put your old inner tubes (and who doesn’t have a pile of these laying around?) back into use by converting them into custom-length bungee cords OR tiedown straps. The versatile IT clip’s design serves as both and comes with steel hooks to facilitate this. Folks who ride cargo bikes or who routinely carry a load on their regular bicycles should find these incredibly useful for strapping down some goodies for the trip home.

IT clip
(sorry about the shaky photo…I drank too much coffee that morning!)

Stay tuned for reviews of these items (and a few more) within the next couple of weeks…

Florida’s Bike Month — Starting In March

This year, the state of Florida decided to celebrate Bike Month in March (rather than May, when it is celebrated in much of the rest of the U.S.).

Tampa BayCycle is sponsoring a series of events in the Tampa Bay area to help celebrate…lots of good times to be had by cycling enthusiasts in this region:

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Clearwater Sunday Ciclovía
March 1, 2009 8:00am to 2:00pm

Enjoy a day of family fun and healthy activities on a car-free, carefree Cleveland Street. Two miles of downtown Clearwater streets will be off-limits to car traffic on March 1, 2009, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, so cyclists, walkers, skaters, joggers and dog walkers can take over the streets for a day of street play. Click here to view the event flyer.

Call (727) 562-4047 for more information, including how you or your organization can get involved.

Free Flat Tire Changing Classes Each Saturday in March

Don’t let the fear of a flat tire slow down your cycling adventures. Register today!

When: One class each Saturday in March at 1:00pm
Where: The Bike Room, 2808 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
To Register: Call the City of St. Petersburg-Cheryl Stacks at 727-892-5328
Details: Class size is limited to 4 students per class. You must bring your bicycle, as you will be learning hands-on how to change the tire.

2009 Words for Wheels Bicycle Giveaway Contest

Area residents are invited to enter Words for Wheels, an essay-based bicycle giveaway contest sponsored by Tampa BayCycle. To enter, submit a 100-word essay detailing how winning a bicycle would change your life. Two winning entries will be selected, and the winning authors will each receive a bicycle, light, helmet, and lock.

Submit your essay online by clicking here, or by mail to:

Words for Wheels
601 N Ashley Dr, Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602

Contest Rules:

Words for Wheels is open to all area residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando counties.

Entries must be postmarked or received via email by February 20, 2009.

Your entry must include the following information: Name, Complete Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Email Address

1st Annual Tampa Twilight Criterium and Festival

Saturday, March 21st, 10AM — 8PM

A downtown Tampa loop will be blocked from traffic to allow for a variety of criterium races to take place. Racing categories range from a family fun ride all the way up to USAC Cat 1/2, with lots of amateur and senior action thrown in. During the races, a wellness and community festival and kids’ bike rodeo will take place in Lykes Park in the center of the crit loop. Please visit the Tampa Twilight Criterium website for more details and racing entry information.

Other events tend to pop up around the area during Bike Month…stay tuned for coverage of some of these and other events. I have to work on the day of the criterium, but the race course is just around the corner from my office so I’ll try to swing over there at lunch and after work to get some photos of the action.