I meet Bert Cebular in 2009 when I was researching all the bike shops for our book, Bike NYC. Super nice guy with real passion for niche biking especially foldups and electric assist types. He has a cute shop, NYCEwheels on the upper east side of Manhattan (1603 York Ave. between 84th and 85th) He also has a very thorough Youtube Channel with tons of tips and reviews of many of the unique products the shop sells, not to mention some pretty amazing arial photography using small helicopter devices…if your into that sort of thing.
It saddens me to find out Bert (age 47) recently passed away in a paragliding accident in upstate NY. There is write up on this tragedy from Montague Bikes which Bert was a dealer of.
There will be a memorial bike ride this Saturday, 12/14/13. From the NYCEwheels facebook page:
Group Bike in Memory of Bert Cebular on Saturday 12/14:
On this Saturday morning I’d love to get as many of you out on a bike ride as possible to celebrate Bert’s love of cycling in New York City. Please share this portion of the invitation to as many people who ride bikes in NYC as you know.
Meet in the courtyard at Carl Shulz Park at 86th and East End Ave. at 11am.
We’ll head to one of Bert’s favorite spots – Randall’s Island – for a leisurely conversational ride maybe 2 hours in length. I’d love for this be be a rolling party of happy memories, jokes, and the sheer joy of being on a bike.
more info: facebook.com/NYCEwheels
Rest In Peace fellow cyclist. Your passion and spirit for life and riding bikes will be dearly missed.