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Are you tired of having your favorite cycling cap looking all grungy with sweat stains?

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Well there’s a good alternative, a cycling cap made to sweat in.

Presenting, Head Sweats.

No not these guys:

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Athletic headgear made from moisture wicking material to whisk away the sweat and keep you cool on your ride.

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Whether competing in an NYC triathlon or just a trip out to Rockaway for a taco, this may be the best head covering for biking on a hot day.

The company was nice enough to send me a couple of samples just in time for everyones favorite little bike race.

The have an impressive collection of headbands, ball caps, do-rags and cycling style caps. They even make custom work for your team or club.

Here’s a little back story about the company:

Headsweats Perspiration Technology Headwear® was founded in the winter of 1998 by shoe industry veteran and obsessed cyclist, Alan Romick. Frustrated by the perils of heavy sweat blindness, migrating sunscreen, and odd sunburn pattern on his head through his helmet, he set out to develop headgear that worked. Encouraged by the constant feedback within the local cycling community, he took the best attributes of what was available and improved on them. Starting with one product — The Cotton Classic — available at first in just four colors, Alan’s products quietly became elite athlete’s secret weapon around the world, eventually expanding to over 17 different products available in over 140 different colors and styles.

After appearing on a Tour de France rider on the front of the the New York Times sports section, that secret weapon became an open secret and soon Headsweats were running in and winning Ironman Kona, The Head of the Charles Regatta, countless marathons and bike races around the world. With well over a million hats delivered, Headsweats now has more triathlon finishers and podiums than any other headwear company.

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I’ve really been enjoying my “spin city” model and barely even notice I’m wearing a cap. It’s a very light material and breathable. I also like the short brim and compact style.

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I got an extra black TDF hat and want to give it away to the first twitter (@bikeblognyc) response to tell me who won the 1970 Tour de France, my birth year.

The winner must be a follower of my feed and @headsweatsco.
Good luck.

Coming soon: New Amsterdam Bicycle Show

If you don’t think cycling is glamorous and deserving of its own runway fashion show, check out this video by

New York Cycle Chic:

This was a fashion show from last year’s New Amsterdam Bicycle Show which will be making its second debut here in NYC.

The event is becoming the new kickoff to May which we all know is Bike Month.

Here is a press release from this years upcoming event:

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The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show Returns With
Bells & Whistles to Skylight SoHo.
Launches Bike Month NYC and Benefits Transportation Alternatives!

KLM presents Manhattan Media’s 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, bringing together
riders, retailers, brands, artisans and advocates for the East Coast’s
best urban bicycle show of its kind ever!

March 27, 2012 — New York, NY: It’s all about the bike in New York City on the weekend of April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Manhattan Media’s bike-tastic event, The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives In its second year, this event returns, bigger, better and “bikier” to Soho’s chic and bike-friendly venue, Skylight SoHo, in Manhattan. Just as New York City embraces bicycling, improving the urban landscape with hundreds of miles of bike lanes across the boroughs, this new consumer-focused bicycle show will again feature the many nuances of bicycling—from bikes for commuting to racing, transporting and pleasure rides.

T.A. representatives will be on hand this year to provide valet bicycle parking to guests, as well as safe and useful tips for New York City bicyclists. “Nothing showcases New York City’s enthusiasm for bicycling like The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show.

With something for everyone, from the newest bicycle commuter to the most experienced racer, this show truly represents the diversity and scope of bicycling in New York and we’re proud to support it,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is this year’s presenting sponsor, KLM has been recognized for its continuous efforts and initiatives to minimize the company’s impact on the environment. These initiatives include fuel-efficiency as well as its commitment to sustainable biofuels development. KLM and the WWF-NL (World Wide Fund for Nature the Netherlands), entered into a groundbreaking partnership aimed at developing sustainable biofuels and cutting CO2 emissions even further to contribute to climate control. Furthermore, Air France KLM has been a sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 7 consecutive years.

In addition, Amsterdam, well-known as the bike capital of the world, is home of KLM’s headquarters and its global hub at Schiphol Airport. The award-winning airline will be located at booths #35 and #36 in the main room.

Other show sponsors include Raleigh USA, who will be on hand to display their wide range of iconic commuter and road bicycles in booths #37 and #38 and will be giving away a few high-end models at the show; Canadian sponsor Opus Bikes, who will be located in front of Raleigh and KLM in booths #44 and #45; and Vancouver’s stylish Momentum Magazine, a media sponsor and huge inspiration for the show’s spirit, who will tweet and cover the action from booth #34 next to KLM. Bicycling Magazine returns in 2012 to sponsor a seminar portion of the show called BIKELANDIA, that will feature panels, presentations and discussions organized by Transportation Alternatives and Manhattan Media.

The show will take place in the deluxe, 18,000-square-foot Skylight SoHo, run by Skylight Group, the country’s premier event space management firm. Skylight SoHo is a dramatic white space with 20-foot ceilings, a series of spectacular skylights and a long, dramatic corridor that will be home to the show’s “Hall of Handbuilts.” Sponsor Grolsch Lager will present a bike-centric biergarten on the 3,000-square-foot terrace, and the 15,000 square feet of interior space will house the world’s most beautiful bicycles and accessories. Skylight SoHo is an unparalleled setting for The 2012 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show and its exhibitors and sponsors.

Jennifer Blumin, Skylight Group President and avid New York City bike rider, says, “Biking in New York has changed the way I perceive and interact with the city. The Skylight Group uses bikes to zip between our venues, which span across the city and to Brooklyn. There is no better way to get around, keep a clear head and think about this tremendous city in which we live and work.”

More than 6,000 cycling enthusiasts are expected during the weekend that kicks off Bike Month NYC to shop, hear what the experts have to share, meet bicycle makers, watch films about cycling and gear up for another season of touring the city by bike. Local and national exhibitors and sponsors from the United States, Europe and Asia will fill the show’s 70-plus booths. Participating are local New York specialty bike shops like Adeline Adeline, Bicycle Habitat, Hudson Urban Bicycle, Rolling Orange Bikes, Ride Brooklyn, Echelon Cycles, Al’s Cycle Solutions and Paragon Sports. To see a complete list of this year’s exhibitors, please visit:
newambikeshow.com/exhibitors.

Event highlights include:

• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is organizing a Grand Prize raffle of a pair of round-trip economy class tickets from New York to Amsterdam, followed by First Prize, a KLM-branded traditional Dutch bicycle. Show attendees are invited to register for the drawing at the KLM booth, located at booth spaces #35 and #36 in the main hall. In addition, attendees visiting the KLM space will discover an entertaining KLM photo booth that captures great pix which guests can take home or send electronically to friends and family.

• Grolsch’s Biergarten. Famous for their Dutch lager, Grolsch Beer will be pouring complimentary pints for two days in their very own beer garden. Setting up shop in the bike-centric back terrace, Grolsch will create their spin on a biergarten under a tent with communal tables and chairs for all. Attendees can relax and enjoy a nice, cold lager while taking in the world of bikes around them.

• BIKELANDIA, sponsored by Bicycling Magazine, will feature authors and experts leading presentations and panels. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, Bicycling Magazine contributor and Guardian editor Matt Seaton will discuss NYC’s “Bike Lane Backlash” and the critical issue of cyclist behavior, based on his feature in Bicycling’s May issue. New York’s own beloved author/blogger Bike Snob NYC will speak about his new book, The Enlightened Cyclist, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Film critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Hollywood Rides a Bike Steven Rea and Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bike Works and author of Just Ride will also discuss their new books. Ben Fried, the Editor-In-Chief of Streetsblog, will share the inside scoop about how Streetsblog makes an impact through effective advocacy journalism. Clarence Eckerson Jr., founding Director of Streetfilms, will show a selection of videos from Streetfilms’ 450-film collection and share secrets to making NYC a world-class biking city. Other speakers (TBA) from advocacy groups, bicycling publications and bicycle makers will also be in attendance. To read our online updates please visit http://newambikeshow.com/updates.

• The “New York Ride Style” fashion show returns and delivers stylish fun and finds from all over the city and globe. It’s a star-studded event full of spring and summer’s latest bike gear for natty urban cyclists.

To purchase tickets, visit: newambikeshow.com. Tickets are $15 in advance online and at select exhibiting bike stores. Tickets are $20 at the door both days of the event. One ticket is good for admission on both days.

SECURE BICYCLE PARKING: T.A. representatives will be on hand to provide valet bicycle parking to guests.

For additional images from our 2011 New Amsterdam Bicycle Show visit:
newambikeshow.com/press/#photos.

Donate to Krys

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Krys Blakemore is a great bike mechanic and an artist, working over at 718 cyclery. She was recently hit by a car and suffered a broken leg, making it impossible for her to work.

Her boss, shop owner Joe Nocella, is taking up a collection. Here is more info by Joe:

On March 15th, Krys was hit by a car here in Brooklyn. After major surgery, she is unable to walk, work or ride her bike. Her rehab period will be extensive, but a full recovery is planned.

Krys was 718 Cyclery’s first employee, and is the kind of person who would help others at a moment’s notice. She is also the kind of person who would never dream of asking for help…

I am not that kind of person…please donate what you can to help offset the costs of her not being able to work.

To donate: www.gofundme.com/i0zqc

Congratulations to Dan Chabanov

Big congratulations to Dan Chabanov (his tumblr site: bondeth.tumblr.com) for winning this year’s Red Hook Criterium.
(photo by: fixthecity.es)

video by Fernando Rivera:

Brooklyn Crit…2012 from Fernando Rivera on Vimeo.

Lock Sock

Quite possibly the cutest new product for bike nerds (like me)
Sometimes your feet need comfort:
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Sometimes your dog:
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But what about your poor u-lock? Out there naked in the elements? Well now thanks to Lock Sock your lock can have a nice cozy.

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The main use of this product is to protect your bike frame from getting unwanted wear and tear, especially with routine lock ups.

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The company was kind enough to send me one of there hand knit sleeves. Thank you. Looks nice in me Reload belt.

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Thanks to Carter Bissell for the modeling.

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I talked with the company about doing a cover for the chain lock and they said its in the works. They have custom options available.

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Less impact on your rear, less impact on the planet.


Here is the latest in eco-friendly saddlery. A new line from Selle Royal called Becoz. Now your rear end receives less impact thanks to an innovative corkgel technology (made from bio-sourced polyurethane gel) and there is less impact on the planet due to the conscientious choices made in materials.

Big thank you to Selle Royal for sending two seats for me and my wife. I’m about to hook this up to my bike and will be back with my full review.

Stolen Bike: Green Bianchi

Just got a sad email from Rachelle McKnight about her stolen Bianchi.

I am a very recent victim of bike theft in Astoria.

The bike was a mint green 1987 Bianchi racing bike with black tape
around the handle bars. Components were shimano. It was stolen in
broad day light in front of Kaufman Astoria Studios from a bike rack
in front of a heavily trafficked entrance. It was chained with a
heavy-duty square nylon wrapped chain lock. It is a small bike–I am
5’5 and it fit my frame perfectly. Unfortunately, it was a family
heirloom and I am very sad to see it go.

I had a picture of it but I recently (stupidly) cleared off a ton of
photos from my computer and it was one of the ones to go.

Any help would be appreciated!

Any information, please email-rachelle.mcknight@gmail.com

Bicycle’s famous Habitat

The celebrity chic relationship of Hollywood and bicycles goes far beyond an occasional sighting of a famous person riding through New York City. There’s been a long history of bicycles being advocated by the famous set.

Here is a recent New York Times article that looks at how one bike shop on Lafayette Street in Manhattan has been a hub for celebrities even though it’s founder couldn’t tell a B list actor from a Lady Gaga.

Where the Famous Shop, Cycling is the Cause Célèbre
By: Christine Haughney
Published: March 21st, 2012

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On any given day, you might see Jake Gyllenhaal. Or Matthew Broderick or David Byrne. David Beckham has been said to swing by, just for some much-needed air.

This particular celebrity haunt is not some chic restaurant or new-age health spa in New York; it is, of all places, a bicycle shop in SoHo, where John Mayer bought a Langster, and David Lee Roth got his red Bianchi repaired.

But unlike some other celebrity haunts, fame has few privileges at the shop, Bicycle Habitat. Its owner, Charlie McCorkell, would not know Lady Gaga if she wrapped a tire rim around his neck. (Actually, Lady Gaga has been to the store, and true to form, Mr. McCorkell did not know who she was — even though she was dressed in little more than spike heels and a tissue-thin leotard.)

Read more: here.

Pictures from Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington

It’s stump time on the hill and people from across the country are rallying in Washington DC to push for legislation. Cyclists of the US are urging for more funding for bicycle related infrastructure and cyclo-cross champion, Tim Johnson rode to DC to raise awareness.

Here is a few pictures and information from loyal reader: Jacob Shields.

Jonathan Browning (L-in blue), president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Tim Johnson (center), six-time cyclocross champion and Bruno Maier (R), vice president of Bikes Belong

The second annual Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington concluded today in Washington D.C. after a grueling 500 mile ride from Boston to raise awareness of cycling initiatives. Over 100 riders joined the official participants to pedal the last miles to the Capitol. Participants, including President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, Tim Johnson, six-time cyclocross champion, and Bruno Maier, vice president of Bikes Belong, pedaled through Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore before reaching the National Bike Summit raising $90,000 for Bikes Belong Foundation. At the conclusion of the ride, participants signed the peopleforbikes.org pledge, aiming to collect one million signatures to improve the future of bicycling.

Ride to Redhook Crit

Alex Barouh, racer and mechanic, wanted to send along this message. There will be group rides to Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium, sponsored by Brooklyn’s own bike shop extraordinaire: Ride Brooklyn.
*Check the flyer for details.