New Bike Shops in Manhattan

I spoke with John Keoshgerian of Zen bikes, a few days ago to get the scoop on Chelsea’s latest bike shop which opened a few weeks ago. John used to be the sales manager over at Toga bikes and along with his wife have ventured out on their own. He says he really wants to get at the cyclist from the beginning, someone who may be new to the whole thing. Get them hooked and then stay with them as the go from novice commuter to fully kitted out race fanatic. Zen bikes is a nice size space, located at: 134 West 24th St. between 6th and 7th Ave. Their hours will be: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 8-7 and Sunday 8-5.

John says the reason for being open so early on the weekends is to have a place for cycling clubs to meet and hang out before training or group rides. Zen bike will be a full serviced Scott, Kona and Felt dealer with everything from commuter single speeds, mountain bikes to high quality road bikes. They also carry Dahon foldups, kids bikes and have a nice selection of apparel, helmets and accessories. They even fix Babyjogger strollers. Rumor has it they soon will be getting a “big name” mechanic full time.

Future plans for the shop are to hold weekly workshops on riding the proper cadence and the best way to lock up a bike in NYC.

John’s philosophy is to work with people who are really embracing cycling as a lifestyle choice and want to make it part of their lives, not just the weekend warrior.

Also stay tunned…John will be challenging himself to loose a few pounds and get down to his racing weight. He’s going to install a trainer in the shop window and encourage people to come by and track his progress. Maybe even join him. Sounds like an excellent thing for the display window.

For the next three Saturday’s, April 17th (today–I know, a little late in the announcement) April 24th and May 1st, the shop will be having special discounts and serving drinks to celebrate their grand opening. Come on by.

Also, I got word through twitter…about another bike shop in Tribeca. For all you Dutch cruiser types check out the fancy pants Adeline Adeline 147 Reade St. between Greenwich and Hudson.

Saw this on their website: THE TRIBECA STORE IS OPEN!

Just in time for summer, the retail store has a selection of bikes from Pashley, Abici, Retrovelo, Batavus, Linus, and Biomega ready to take out for a quick ride right outside the store, or on the West Side bike path just 2 blocks away. The store also has a great selection of sophisticated accessories – baskets, bags, helmets, and other beautiful things to dress up your bike.

Learn more about designer, Julie Hirschfeld’s new store, from this Refinery29

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