Monday, July 30

from the biciblog email:

Fred Cook is visiting LA periodically for training and he needs to form a
relationship with a household where he can park a bicycle, tool kit, change
of clothes, etc. in LA, and not have to carry them back and forth every time
he comes for a sojourn. Fred would be willing to pay some rent for the
storage space.

Fred is a good housemate with twenty years experience living in shared
situations. You can reach Fred at his expense by calling 877-866-3456 or by e-mail at

Thursday, July 5

"This is How We Roll" screen print benefits the Bicycle Kitchen

There is an interesting Art show being held a few doors down from the Bicycle Kitchen, at Scoops/Antai Gallery called "Flat Fix and Sew Ups" - it was mentioned before by Federico with a small sampling of his stunning work.
I agreed to take part in the show only on the basis that the work will be accessible and will benefit society in some way. With that in mind, and being asked to create something theme-specific on a very short notice, I created a piece that would be screen printed. The screen prints will then be available for sale at a very affordable price with a very large portion of the sale being donated directly to a non-profit with immediacy to the show's theme. So, here we are.

in detail:
The piece is called "This is How We Roll".
The Persian calligraphy translates roughly to "This is How We Roll" - but more in slang, as in "this is how we roll" in reference to rolling with a certain style, a swagger, a charm (a way of passion)... how it's done.
The piece is loaded with many sacred geometries, shapes and numbers in its creation that it would make a mystic elated.

2 colour screen print on Stonehenge paper (100% cotton, acid free)
22" x 30" overall size, with an approximate 2" spacing. (55.9 cm x 76.2 cm, 5 cm spacing) Each print is hand screen printed, signed and numbered with a light penciled translation of the calligraphy in case you should forget how to read Persian years down the line!
100 prints will be made in total.... although, by the very nature of the piece, leading to its difficulty to execute, the process is very slow and arduous.

(UPDATE: these are now for sale on

The print will be available for sale through the Bicycle Kitchen, beginning July 1st from 12 - 8 pm and continuing during open hours of the Kitchen through July 19th.

***IF YOU ARE NOT IN LOS ANGELES BUT WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A PRINT*** Please e-mail alex at unmap dot org.
You can send payment through PayPal to:
alex at unmap dot org, add about $3 US for the PayPal fees. Or save $3 and send a check via post.

Shipping within the continental United States will be $15 - International shipping will be $20.

The show, "Flat Fix and Sew Ups" opened on July 1st, along with a day-long block party on Heliotrope Avenue, just north of Melrose Avenue, and will continue to show through the 19th of July

"Flat Fix and Sew Ups" at the Scoops/Antai Gallery
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Tuesday, July 3

RIDE-Arc is looking for a few good organisers!

This was posted on the RIDE-Arc newsletter earlier today:

Would you like to be an organizer of a RIDE-Arc ride?
We are now taking applications for guest editors of future rides. Through this experience, you will get a feel of what it takes to put together a RIDE-Arc ride, and see if there is that magic chemistry to take RIDE-Arc further into the horizon.
Here's how to apply:

-Email with:
--Your C.V.
--A photo of you when you were less than 10 years old. (We're not kidding, this is actually an important part of the process and we'll explain why later on, if it isn't obvious already)
--Ideas you may have for a future ride or rides.
--Answers to the following few, initial break-the-ice questions:
--How long have you lived in Los Angeles?
--Where in the world have you traveled to? For how long and how often?
--Fill in the following blanks: "____________ is sexy, but _____________ is sexier"
--Do you have any teaching experience?
We've only got a few months to get this Guest-Editor system going, so the sooner you apply the better for all RIDE-Arc riders. Once you are considered as a guest editor, we'll get started on developing your ride with the assistance of Alex and Gabe. We will help share the load of work involved in putting these things together, with you, and we'll find out of the riding chemistry works.

The only requirement is that you've been on a RIDE-Arc ride before and really enjoyed the concept + experience. Being on our mailing list and constantly admitting to us, with a healthy amount of guilt, that you've never been on a ride doesn't count. You should know by now - GET ON YOUR BICYCLE AND JOIN IN ON RIDE-ARC!!

The benefits? Oh darling don't you know? - they're too extensive to mention here. The internet could not possibly contain such amounts of information. Really, it's worth it. You'll love it - we do. And now, it's your opportunity to take part.

Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon.