Thursday, July 30, 2009

Live From Memphis

...put up a nice edit focusing on the bicycle culture of Memphis.

Lots of familiar faces. Read more here.
Live From Memphis

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Seriously Cool Films This Summer

Thursday, August 6th, 7:30pm


Over his 4o year career, Isaiah Zagar has blanketed more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with mosaics full of miceallaneous objects.

Directed by his youngest son Jeremiah, In a Dream archives a family dynamic that is forced to face hard issues such as infidelity, drug rehab, homosexuality, and mental instabilities.

Winner of the Audience Award at both SXSW and San Francisco DOC film festivals, Best Documentary at Woodstock DOC awards, and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist award, In a Dream captures real life in motion and gives it's audience a deeply personal look into one man's struggles.

Location: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
5 bucks for members
7 dollas for non members

Monday, July 27, 2009

I got a new car!

and it looks like this:

only way more beat up. But the guy does look a lot like me and the girl is kinda slutty looking, which Em is definitely not.

We're going to put some work into it and hopefully have it at the Midnight Classic, August 22nd. I might need a co-pilot (male) to help me drive. It's a 135lb beast. Which IS like Em.

Check out this fansite for more info:


I was made aware this past weekend that Avery Street (between Hollywood and Flicker) will closed at 6:00pm today for 24 hours for Homeland Security Drills.

This may interrupt this afternoon's commute if you are traveling to or from Midtown by way of Chickasaw Gardens.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Flowers Party tonight

Jacob and Isaiah are having a party tonight to celebrate Jacob's birthday and to wish Isaiah safe travels as he moves to SF. There will be a Bosco's keg some bring some bills to throw at that.

See you all tonight!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bicycle Maintenance Classes @ Revolutions

Don't forget that there are still 4 more maintenance classes this summer that you can sit in on. Check out the schedule below and let us know if you can make it.

Hope to see you soon.

Derailleurs, Gears, and all that other stuff down there!

Date: Saturday, July 25 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Info: This in-depth workshop will define all the parts that make your bike go forward. The chain, gears, derailleurs, pivot points, pulleys, jockeys etc. All you wanted to know about your how to adjust your gears and much more!

Brakes: We love em’, but how do we fix em’?

Date: Saturday, August 1 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Info: Brakes come in a variety of styles, including linear pull, side pull, center pull and coaster. This workshop will explain the different types of brakes found on bicycles, and provide detailed demonstrations of how to improve the braking quality of your bicycle.

Bicycle Wheels

Date: Saturday, August 8 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Info: Wheels are made up of many parts that all require special attention. This workshop focuses on how to asses the condition of wheels, the quality of the rubber, the status of a hub, and the trueness of a wheel. The workshop will include demonstrations for how to fix a flat, adjust a hub, and true a wheel.

Bicycle Safety in the Streets

Date: Saturday, August 15 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Info: Should I ride with traffic or against it? Should I ride on the sidewalk? Can I take a left hand turn in traffic on my bike? Is it even legal to ride in the road? How can I safely navigate Memphis’ city streets? Answers to all these questions and basic street safety procedures will be covered in this workshop. (Participants should bring their bicycles and helmets to participate in a demonstration ride)

All classes are located at Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop, 1000 South Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104
FREE to Revolutions Members – $10 for non-members
Please call or email to reserve a spot in each class or become a Revolutions member: or 901-258-3130

I-55/Crump Interchange

Either by design or accident, last week while bikers were being wooed and wowed at a meeting to discuss the CSX line, another meeting was happening across town to take comments on planned changes at the I-55/Crump interchange leading to the old bridge. The old bridge has separated sidewalks and is the only way a bicyclist or pedestrian can cross the river for many miles from Memphis.

In response to a question from a bicyclist, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) spokesman made it clear that the State considered this an Interstate project only. We all know that US interstates ban non-motorized transportation. It is not acceptable that Tennessee does not recognize the importance of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and acknowledge that they must at least allow access to the bridge to non-motorized types of transport.

If you are also concerned about this, you can make comments directly to TDOT about their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Comments must be postmarked no later than July 28th. Comments cannot be anonymous; they should include your name and mailing address, or any other information needed to legally establish your standing on the issue.

Comments may be mailed to:

Project Comments

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Suite 700, James K. Polk Building

505 Deadrick Street

Nashville, TN 37243-0332

Or they may be emailed to:

Below is a copy of the comments we are sending. Feel free to use this letter and attach your own name.

Comments to: the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Regarding: I-55/Crump Interchange Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

From: Name


My comments on this project concern bicycle and pedestrian access as discussed in the DEIS in the Executive Summary under “Environmental Commitments – Social Commitments” and later on page 72, Chapter 3, part 8 “Pedestrians and Bicyclists Considerations” – 3.8.1 Affected Environment.

I understand the difficulties in designing such a complex change to an important and busy interchange, and I commend TDOT for promising to consider provisions for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations during the final design phase. Though bike lanes and/or sidewalks may not be practical or safe within the project area, provisions must provide for bicycle and pedestrian access to the French Fort neighborhood.

While the DEIS promises to consider bicycle and pedestrian access into the neighborhood, it is silent about such access to the existing sidewalks on the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River. In fact, the DEIS states, “Due to the nature of this project, safety issues may prohibit bicycle and pedestrian accommodations within much of the project ROW.” The I-55 bridge is the only Mississippi River crossing available to bicyclists and pedestrians for many miles north and south of Memphis. Importantly, it is identified as the crossing point in Memphis on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) which runs from Minnesota to Louisiana and is supported by many states and private enterprises interested in preserving and enhancing this route.

It is imperative that the final EIS recognizes the need for access to the bridge by non-motorized means in order to keep the MRT complete. Access could include sidewalks or wide lanes with appropriate speed limits and signs alerting drivers to the presence of bikes and pedestrians. At a minimum, the project must not eliminate access to the bridge from non-motorized transportation.

*Thanks to Bob Rogers for drafting this email*

Overton Square Public Meeting

If anyone is free on Friday, July 24, 2009, the below meeting would be a good place to voice support for bicycle lanes along Cooper Street. It is important that as developers once again look to invest money in the urban core, the residents help shape the development to maintain the character, desires, and long-term sustainability of the neighborhood.

If you can't make it, feel free to email Chooch ( and express your support for bike lanes connecting Cooper-Young to Overton Square and onward to Overton Park.

Overton Square
Public Meeting
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The Memphis Regional Design Center
in conjunction with
Memphis Heritage and AIA Memphis
invites you to join us for a
Public Input Meeting/ Mini Design Charrette for Overton Square
Date: Friday, July 24, 2009
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00 am Tour Location: SW Corner of Madison & Cooper
10:00 Public Meeting Location: Memphis Heritage, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison Avenue at Edgewood
The MRDC, MHI and AIA Memphis are interested in your input about the future of Overton Square. The current owners (Fisher Capital) and potential developers (AWG and Sooner Investment Realty) are still not responding to requests for more information on their plans or our suggestion of working with us to determine a solution that is acceptable to the community. The assumed plans are to demolish the south side of Madison Avenue between Florence and Cooper and place a big box retail center on the southwest end of the existing parking lot with its back to Sidestreet, the Magnolia Room and Mr. Lincoln's. This is not a sustainable solution to the site.
The MRDC's mission is to increase vitality and economic stability by promoting excellence in urban design and planning. It is important that the community comes together to share their ideas of how we'd like Overton Square to return to a sustainable walkable destination in the heart of Memphis.
The day will begin with a tour of the neighborhood and a brief presentation on the history of Overton Square. The rest of the day will consist of hearing suggestions from you from a consumer point of view as well as a design point of view. These ideas would culminate in a series of site plans and perhaps an image board or character renderings depicting the desired public realm. This may include options of saving the buildings (or portions of them) as well as options for new buildings on the site. Plans generated from the meeting will be shared with the community and the owners/developers.
The tour will begin at 9:00 am at the SW corner of Madison and Cooper. The Public Meeting will be held at Memphis Heritage immediately after the tour at approximately 10:00am. If you can't make it for the entire day, fell free to drop in and out at any time.
Please RSVP as lunch will be provided. Donations for the cost of lunch are appreciated.
Please email RSVP to:
Charles "Chooch" Pickard, AIA
Executive Director/Chief Design Officer
Memphis Regional Design Center
Please forward this email to as many people you know who may have concerns about Overton Square and encourage them to sign up for the MRDC mailing list at the top right of this email!
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Traveling companions update

The other night I got a all from Jevans. The boys were in Portland hanging out with a bunch of locals and ZooBombing.

I rock this fresh new banner

thanks to Dan Price. I hope everyone likes it as much as I do.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Josh Beckemeyer's Bike Movie

Tonight at Odessa there is a free film from local BMX rider Josh Beckemeyer. It's free and BYOB. I will be going there after from the Peddler Bike Shop Tuesday ride so if anyone wants to meet me in Overton Park around 7:30 we can all ride over to Odessa together. Here's more info from Odessa:

Start Time: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 12:00am
Location: Odessa
Street: 2613 Broad Ave
City/Town: Memphis, TN

Phone: 9018599464

Come by Odessa for the Memphis premiere of Beck's latest movie. (I saw a sneak preview and it was incredible.) For all you Bicycle Film Fest folks, you're not gonna want to miss it. For everybody else, you still don't want to miss this. It's also the dude's birthday. So come on by.

Doors at 8pm. Film will start a little while after that.

Free admision. BYOB.

Friday, July 17, 2009

We need a new banner.

If you find yourself with some free time today or tomorrow or the next day or the next or the next, please design a new banner for Fix Memphis. I'll pick the one I like best next Wednesday. Winner will get free entry into Memphis Downs 4 or a t-shirt or something. The only rule is that it has to say Fix Memphis.

Post effin script: email submissions to


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Who wants a GT Track Bike?

Of course I'm not selling mine. But you can get a similar one.

That is the GT Gutterball. Aluminum Frame, triple triangle design. There are some slight differences from the GTB: the graphics are different and of course the rear bridge is drilled for brakes. I could be wrong but it also looks to have a more laid back geometry.

The bike is available at but only as an in-store purchase.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Find a riding buddy (really fast)

Bike Pal is the latest social app that will help you find a riding buddy. Sure it could be better, but it looks nice.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Memphis Downs 4!

Mark your calendars! Memphis Downs 4 will be taking place Labor Day weekend. That's Friday September 4th through Monday September 7th.

Now in it's 4th year it was necessary to step the game up. Stay tuned for all of the surprises that are in store 4 you!

Film at the Brooks: Visoneers

Thursday, July 16 | 7:30 pm-only 5 bucks!
Ride your bike and get $1 off your ticket!

If you're into supporting Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum, then you'll love our next film. Visioneers, a movie about exploding people, demands of its viewers a certain experience in the common workplace.

This quirky black comedy by first time feature filmmaker Jared Drake, concerns a curious spike in cases of spontaneous human combustion at the singular Jeffers Corporation. Starring comedian Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover and Judy Greer (Kitty) from Arrested Development.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beat The Heat Ride Tonight

Join Revolutions Bike Shop and Friends on a slow to moderately paced bicycle ride to some of Memphis’s favorite cold dessert spots. Bring some money for dessert. The ride should be approximately 10-12 miles in length and last about 3 hours including eating time.

Meet at Revolutions (behind First Congo Church, 1000 S. Cooper) at 5:30pm today, Sunday, July 12th.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Driven Magazine NOW AVAILABLE!!!

There is a feature on the Memphis fixed gear scene in the newest issue of Driven Magazine. You can pick it up in many of your local bicycle, running or outdoor shops. Sorry it's not available online yet but I'll let you know when it happens.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

And this is just the beginning...

I've found a place called in Copenhagen called "The Track Bike Shop." It's like whoa.

Stay tuned for a profile of the shop.

Stolen Bike Recovered!

A trusted customer came into the shop yesterday with my friend Brandon's Scott S40 Speedster. It was given to him by someone else and he ust wanted to air the tires up and ride it once then give it to another person, as it was too small for him. I took it to a stand and my memory clicked. I called Brandon and he read the serial number from his records and it was a match! I informed my customer that the bike was stolen and he's now helping to track down the theif. The theif may not be apprehended but at least for now Brandon has his bike back.

Nashville Sprints!

Given a bit more notice I could probably make it up there to defend my title. (That's my bullshit excuse twofive!) I heard that Corey was going up there. he might have some room?


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Don't forget about the party today

Kyle and Carrie's 4th of July Extravaganza and Night of Mayhem

Start Time:
Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 4:00pm

End Time:
Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 2:00am

Wagenschutz Manor
1962 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN

It is once again time for the Wagenschutz Annual Mid-Summer Blowout! Come hang out, bring some food, bring some drinks, bring some bikes, bring some friends!

We will have some food available, but please bring some to share. The grill will be available for cooking on as well.

Plan on playing some games in the backyard as well as some water activities.

As always - the fireworks battle will probably ensue. Bring your weapon of choice. No rules death match, except no fireworks in the house this year. While the fusia-colored stain in the carpet from last year's smoke bomb attack is a great conversation starter, it does nothing for the aesthetic of the carpet.

Around 8:00-8:30 we will ride our bikes downtown to watch the fireworks on the river bluff.

Call me with any questions (901) 258-3130.

Emily and I are going to buy firecrackers right now.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two Five Fix has Hot Mess Pics

Do you see that? I rhymed.

I've added to the latest roll. Check out some pictures from Huntsville's Hot Mess alleycat, you might recognize some folks:

Why isn't there any beer in those cups? More on the flickr.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Greater Memphis Greenline

I was forwarded this email from Bob Schreiber:


We have scheduled two public meetings with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to discuss the GMG CSX Line to Shelby Farms

MEETING 1: JULY 6, 7:00 to 9:00 PM - Ben Hooks Liberary
MEETING 2: JULY 7, 6:00 to 9:00 PM - Agricenter

Please come and give us your input on what you would like to see !


That's two chances to learn about what kind of progress has been made with the Greater Memphis Greenline and to voice any concerns you have. Hope to see you guys next Monday or Tuesday!