Mark your calendar for a long, long list of (mostly) bike related events

Update: Levi’s and Urban Outfitters are combining to bring their mobile Bike Shop to L.A. today, Saturday, Sept 10th and tomorrow, Sunday the 15th. Includes free bike tuning, tailoring, repairs, patches, water bottles, bells, reflectors and bar tape, as well as a free concert with Liars and High Places on Saturday, at UO – Space 15 Twenty, 1520 North Cahuenga Blvd from 5 – 9 pm, with music starting at 7 pm; bike valet provided by LACBC. On Sunday, they’ll join the Bicycle Film Festival LA Street Party at the Paragon Parking Lot, 340 S. Spring Street.

Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK.

Bike Long Beach hosts Bike Saturdays every weekend; ride your bike to participating local shops and business throughout the city to get special offers and discounts.

The annual Bicycle Film Festival continues through this weekend, with movies at the Downtown Independent theater on Saturday, 251 S. Main Street, and the BFF LA Street Party at the Paragon Parking Lot, 340 S. Spring Street. Films include new premiers featuring the Jet Blue-racing Wolfpack Hustle and Los Angelopes; Wolfpack Hustle will host a ride to the theater starting at 5:30 pm Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Flying Pigeon hosts its monthly Spoke(n)Art Ride at 6 pm Saturday, September 10th, followed by  the Get Sum Dim Sum ride at 10 am on Sunday, September 18th. All rides meet at Flying Pigeon Bike Shop, 3714 North Figueroa Street in Highland Park.

Saturday, September 10th, the Santa Monica Spoke hosts the Dinner & Bikes Tour from 7 to 9 pm with leading bike scribe and advocate Elly Blue, vegan chef Joshua Ploeg and Joe Biel, founder of Microcosm Publishing; tickets are $7 to $20 on a sliding scale, location to be determined. Update: I’m told this will now be free, courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica.

The 2011 Far West and SCNCA Elite Track Cycling Championships comes to the Encino Velodrome on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at 17301 Oxnard Street, at the edge of Balboa Park in Encino. Gates open at 8 am; racing starts at 9 both days.

Sunday, September 11th, escape the non-stop coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with the monthly Better Bike/Bike Beverly Hills ride. This month’s ride will explore four routes under consideration by the Beverly Hills Bike Plan Update Committee — Carmelita, Charleville, Crescent and South Beverly Drive; the ride meets at 10 am at Peets Coffee, 258 S. Beverly Drive.

Elly Blue’s Dinner & Bikes Tour repeats on Monday, September 12th from 7 pm to 9 pm, this time hosted by the LACBC in the 1st Floor Edison Room of the MALDEF Building, 634 S. Spring Street. This time, the admission is free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Flying Pigeon LA.

Also on Monday, September 12th, the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils is hosting a town hall meeting with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center, 11338 West Santa Monica Blvd. Light refreshments start at 6:30, with the Mayor’s presentation & questions and answers from 7 pm to 8:15 pm.

Not exactly an event, however, Bike Metro advices that the Ballona Creek bike path will be closed from 8 am to 3:30 pm on Monday, September 12th through Wednesday, September 14th between Duquesne Ave and Overland Ave for tree trimming.

The County of Los Angeles will hold a meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, September 15th to review the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the county’s proposed new bike plan. The meeting takes place at the Hall of Records, Room 150, 320 West Temple Street Downtown. Both the bike plan and the PEIR can be reviewed online, and comments on the PEIR can be sent to County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Programs Development Division, 11th Floor, Attention Ms. Reyna Soriano, P.O. Box 1460, Alhambra, CA 91802-1460. The bike plan itself is still being revised, and should be available later this year.

Saturday, September 17th from 8 am to noon, Amigos De Los Rios hosts the easy, family-friendly Healthy El Monte Community Bike Ride at Pioneer Park, 3535 Santa Anita Blvd in El Monte. Register online, children are $5, adults $10.

Also on Saturday the 17th, C.I.C.L.E. LA invites you to join in the Made in L.A. Bicycle Tour from 1 pm to 4 pm starting a the L.A. State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street in Downtown L.A. The eight mile family-friendly ride will visit sites including Homeboy Industries, El Pato Factory and the Angel City Brewery.

The Nautica Malibu Triathlon will be held on Saturday, September 17 (International Distances) and Sunday, September 18th (Classic Distance); there will also be a Tot Trot for kids under 12. World class pro cyclist Dave Zabriskie, founder of Yield to Life, will compete on a relay team with Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin and Tom Hodge; the races will benefit the pediatric cancer research program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Head up to Palo Alto on Saturday, September 17 for the Echelon Gran Fondo, with rides of 65, 80 or 95 miles, as well as a fundraising walk, run or ride and A Taste of Palo Alto. The ride benefits Bikes Belong, parent organization of both People for Bikes and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The goal is to raise $10,000; if you can’t make the ride, you can still donate and get some cool Bikes Belong swag.

Help raise funds for the Bicycle Kitchen when FOK (Friends of the Kitchen) Rock invades the Echo on Wednesday, September 21st starting at 8 pm, 1822 West Sunset Blvd. Or name your price to download the multi-genre FOK Rock album starting on the 21st.

You’re invited to Think Bikes with the Dutch when the General Council of the Netherlands joins with the LACBC and the City of L.A. to present ThinkBike Los Angeles. The public is welcome to the Opening Session from 9 am to 10:30 am on Thursday, September 22nd at the LADOT, 100 South Main Street, and the Closing Session, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at LAPD Headquarters, 100 West 1st Street. Preregistration is required for both the Opening and Closing sessions.

Mark your calendar for L.A.’s Ultimate Bike Weekend, as the 2011 L.A. edition of the Tour de Fat comes to town on Saturday, October 8th, followed by the next CicLAvia on Sunday, October 9th, offering an expanded route taking participants another 3 miles north into Chinatown and south into South L.A.

You’re invited to participate in the Gladiator Rock’n Run at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, October 1st. Not bike related, but at least they’re offering a discount for cyclists; enter code GLADIATORZ10 (all caps) to save $10 on registration.

The LACBC is co-hosting a weekend-long training program for bicycle and pedestrian advocates with the Alliance for Biking and Walking from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th, 634 S. Spring Street, Suite 821.

The LACBC’s award-winning City of Lights program will host their 2nd Annual City of Lights Awards/Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, October 27th from 6 to 11 pm at CARECEN HQ, 2845 W 7th Street. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. Times columnist Hector Tobar will be honored; tickets are available online.

Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13th, the Eastside Bike Club hosts the LA Tamale Throwdown at a site to be determined, offering a chance to sample some of the city’s best tamales, coffee and pan Mexicano; bike valet courtesy of Flying Pigeon LA.

And mark your calendar for Sunday, November 13th, when the LACBC unveils a marriage of bikes and food with the 1st annual Tour de Taste in Culver City.

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