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Onto the Next Show: Bike Expo

Today, 5/4/12, I rode over to the Bike New York’s Bike Expo on the East side, Basketball city-pier 36.

This was a kickoff event to Sunday’s 35th annual five borough bike tour. Seen here with the lovely, Sheryl Yvette AKA Bitchcakes. vayabags.com

More photos: here. [...]

New Amsterdam Bicycle Show Recap

The last bike show I went to in NYC was in 2003 when Montauk ride guru, Glen Goldstein was throwing them in the Armory on Lexington ave. He wanted to diversify the show from just being a bunch of brand name outfitters showing off their latest wears to something more social and embrace the outlaw NYC culture that was blossoming at the time. The last one he threw had a group ride (dare we say critical mass-don’t-ask-for permission style) mutant bikes and a DJ accompanied ride-your-bike-in-a-circle dance party, yes indoors. Glen was rewarded with his outreach by that one being the last show. They’re may have been other factors involved and definite room for improvement, but the thought to have bike show was a good idea and perhaps ahead of it’s time. It was definitely a reflection of where the biking community was at.

Now fast forward to the present and the bike show is back here in NYC. In fact we now have three of them including the Bike Expo and Grand Fondo May 20th…More about these other shows…soon. Seems like the bicycle is more mature, more accepted and definitely in fashion here in NYC. The first show, I attended last weekend, was in it’s second incarnation called the New Amsterdam bicycle show. This was put on by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives and entertainment guide, Nypress.com and Dutch Airline company KLM, who actually embrace bicycle travel unlike the US. The New Am show had the same intentions of the past bike shows, to bring together bike organizations, culture, fashion and products under one banner, right around the kick-off to the bicycle riding season. Around 4,500 people attended the two day event which had food, a DJ,
DJ a ton of bicycle stuff, a fashion show and guest speakers. It was held in the one level event space, west of Soho called the Skylight Soho.

My first impressions was this was a good amalgamation of where the biking culture is today in NYC. Of course the corporate name brands were there as the back bone of the industry but there were a lot of custom ETSY, style new comers, leading the charge for making biking more stylish and more fashionable. Much like the movements in Brooklyn to make homemade chocolate, beer and pickles, etc., the bicycle world is also having this kind of renaissance with individual companies making everything from lock holders, to reflective clothing and especially different styles of bags. It was also nice to see some real stewards of the bicycle culture in attendance, people who really pioneered the scene, back before the green painted bike lanes and debates about “All these damn bikes.”
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I attended the event with the wife and three year old who despite the short attention span, enjoyed seeing everything and getting free stuff…what’s a trade show without schwag…right?

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New bike shop in Brooklyn: Bicycle Roots

New bike shop in town…

Brooklyn Roots 1078 Fulton Street (Btwn Franklin Ave. & Classon Ave.) Brooklyn (guess that parts obvious)

Despite what the following description says on their website…they are open!

Got this on twitter yesterday:

Welcome to the hood!

From their website:

Bicycle Roots will be the largest woman-owned bike shop [...]

718cyclery and Ice-T

Looks like Bicycle Habitat isn’t the only shop with celebrity status. Check out who stopped by 718 cyclery (254 3rd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

O.G. himself, Ice-T, shooting an episode of Law and Order, SVU.

Here is owner Joe Nocella’s attempt at capturing the scene:

Joe said Ice-T said his shop was the [...]

Screening to promote Patagonia pop up stores

Just got an email from Patagonia about two pop-up stores opening in upper Manhattan, and a special promotional screening (tonight) of a new bicycle movie, “Velo.”

We’re pleased to announce the openings of the Patagonia Tin Shed pop-up stores in New York.

The “Tin Shed” concept stores are named after the blacksmith shopin [...]

718cyclery has moved!!

718 cyclery has moved from it’s 7th Ave location in Park Slope to it’s new home in Gowanus at 254 3rd Avenue (at the corner of Union)

This Saturday, November 5th, there having a launch party. From their owner Joe Nocella:

Join the crew at 718 Cyclery for our 2nd launch party [...]

718 Cyclery builds wheels

718 Cyclery in the South Slope of Brooklyn (soon moving to a new location on Union) prides themselves on their handbuilt wheels. The shop has always had a great niche of what they call collaborative builds, where they work with their customers to find the right bike and then, work with them to [...]

Core whore alleycat, Mobius Cycles

Bike Shop Profile: Seattle, Wa.

Mobius Cycles, located in downtown Seattle (1016 1st Ave.) gets great reviews from it’s loyal customer base. It’s listed as a holistic bicycle boutique and owner Nikki, along with her knowledgeable crew have a real hands on approach to fixing their customers rides as well as involving them [...]

New Bike Shop-Red Lantern-345 Myrtle, Brooklyn

Just got this email from new bike shop owner, Brian.

“Hey all,

I just wanted to let you all know that there is a new shop that has opened in Fort Greene.

It’s called Red Lantern Bicycles.

If you’re familiar with Brooklyn Bike and Board, all the the friendly, knowledgeable, and darn good looking [...]

The Bike shop explosion

The bike shop explosion just keeps happening. There are three new shops in Brooklyn.

Bicycle Habitat opened a new store on-476 Fifth Ave. at 10th Street in Park Slope, (718) 788-2543.

Landmark Vintage Cycles 376 Bedford Ave between South Fourth & South Fifth.

and Silk Road Cycles 76 Franklin St. at Calyer [...]