From the NY Times:
There is something cinematic about riding a bicycle through New York traffic with its speed, lights and danger. For the rider, street scenes can open up in flashes between stopped cars, creating a kind of stuttered approximation of film. No wonder, then, that many riders, like Luke Stiles and Chris Thormann, have tried to capture these scenes with a camera.
From the backs of scooters and the tops of skateboards, Mr. Stiles, 36, a software developer and former racer, and Mr. Thormann, 25, a bicycle messenger and alleycat rider, have been shooting “Empire,” an as-yet-unfinished film about everything that is “fun, scary and exciting” about bicycling in the city without brakes. “It’s in the sub-sub-subgenre that is fixed-gear action sports videos,” Mr. Stiles explained. A profile in the latest issue of Cog magazine chronicles the project, which Mr. Stiles and Mr. Thormann hope to complete by this spring.
Here's a taste: