Learn cool things like how to home brew in your kitchen.
Here’s one about planning a multiple-day bike trip:
â€œNew Mini Skills Class: How to plan for and enjoy a multi-day bike trip (and why they are awesome)
Teachers: Joel Martin & David Little
Description: Come listen to two seasoned veterans of vagabonding abroad by bike talk about their past trips, why they like it, why other people would like it, equipment you need, skills, planning, and what to expect!
Good timing too because today, bike traveler Bruce Weber wrote an article about finding the perfect bike for a long ride.
Life Is a Wheel: The Story of the Bike
By Bruce Weber
July 14, 2011
InTransit Blog/NY Times
Photo: Paskova for The New York Times
Bruce Weber tests his Independent Fabrication bike at the NYC Velo shop in Manhattan.
â€œA bicyclist not in possession of his bicycle is at sixes and sevens. Mine, after only about 65 miles of test driving here in New York City, is now winging its way, via FedEx, to Portland, Ore., where Iâ€™ll pick it up on Monday for the trip home. (Cost of shipping: $180.) In the meantime, like any bereft parent missing a child, I can tell you about it. (You can read about my previous cross-country bike ride, and why I am going to cycle across the country again, in my recent story in the Travel section.)
Just got this email from new bike shop owner, Brian.
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 fellows you know and love left there to open this shop.
It’s a full service repair shop, a retail space, bikes with a heavy emphasis on commuting, as well as a cafe.
The cafe will be serving coffee, beer, and wine.
The vision is to make it a place where anyone and everyone can come and hang out, have some drinks, and dork out about bikes. You can stop in for a flat and have a cup of coffee. End your long ride here and have a couple of beers. Have a weekly meeting for whatever bicycle niche/group your into. Or, just come in for a tune-up if none of that tickles your fancy.
The bike shop will be open 7 days a week, 9AM to 9PM. The cafe/bar will be open 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week.
Enclosed are some pics of the progress. As you can see, the bike shop is fully operational. The coffee shop is nearly complete and will be up and running this week. Beer and wine will come as soon as the liquor license is approved. Hopefully this month.
“This weekend is going to be packed with events! Saturday July 16th is the Levis Commuter Launch event at NY Velo and Affinity, then on Sunday weâ€™re throwing the Great American Shootout!
Weâ€™ve wrangled the current US National Track Champions, US Pro track racers, future and former US Olympians and Affinityâ€™s finest to duke it out for the Kissena Royale roller race championships!! The party is at The Morgan, a new huge indoor/outdoor venue located in Bushwick Brooklyn.
$5 dollars at the door and get a free Kissena Royale Tee shirt!! $3 dollar Brooklyn Brewery Beer, and $2 PBRs with BBQ and live music all day by Dirty Fingers and JStache.
Free Bike Vallet!! Donâ€™t Steal Bikes Bro!! Come hang out and leave your bike with us and not have to worry about it getting stolen.
Party starts at 4pm, racing begins at 6pm.
Free prize giveaways at the door by Mighty Healthy, Mission Workshop, Levis, Mishka, Affinity, Holdfast and more!
Weâ€™ll be giving away over $1,000.oo worth of prizes to the racers. Be there for a never before seen event, and watch future US Olympic 2012 Track racers!!
All proceeds from the event go to help fund our Elite and Olympic track program! Help get our guys and gals to win national and Olympic titles!! This event is also the Kissena Royale awards ceremony for the spring series champions Andrew LaCorte, Brean Shea, Scott Demel, Jun Sugai and Kimberly Edwards!
Many Thanks to The Brooklyn Brewery, BikeWorks NYC, Mighty Healthy, Mishka, Holdfast, Mission Workshop, Fyxation, Champion System and The Morgan for making this great event happen!
Michael Green (not me) former president of the Century Road Cycling Association is now pursuing the reality of a indoor velodrome in the massive Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
Here is an article from the NY Times, from J David Goodman’s Spoke’s column: Bikersâ€™ Dream: A Bronx Velodrome
Photo Caption: Above left, the Kingsbridge Armory briefly revived six-day bicycle racing in New York in 1948. Jack Simes, far left, and Mike Green want to restore the long-vacant and much-fought-over armory, right, for cycling events.
“DWARFED by the soaring expanse of the long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory, a small group of bike advocates and Bronx residents strolled through the main hall recently and imagined a mecca of bicycling.
Picture it: Over here, young BMX riders from the neighborhood perform tricks, spinning their bike frames and leaping over obstacles. Over there, racers warm up and cool down, as fans drink Belgian beer at an indoor bar and live bands play.
And in the center, under the lights, elite athletes from around the world zip around a smooth plywood track during six days of competition â€” the sort of marathon racing that once drew tens of thousands of spectators to cycling tracks, or velodromes, across New York, from Coney Island to Madison Square Garden.
“We are raffling off a Bedazzled bicycle by David Byrne later this week to support Exit Art, an alternative art space in Manhattan (475 Tenth Ave.) with a focus on environment and issues that effect the world while promoting young artists.
We would like to invite you and your readers to by a raffle ticket or two to win this bedazzled bike!
All raffle ticket holders will be invited to the drawing party on a outdoor terrace West Side of Manhattan which includes such festivities as: a live silk screen throw down with artist collective Goldmine Shithouse live music from the lovely Birdlips and libations provided by Butternut Beer and Ale from 6-8pm!
You do NOT have to be present to win the bicycle. Winner will pick up bicycle at Exit Art after drawing on July 14th. If you are outside the New York area and shipping needs to be arranged, winner will be responsible for all costs associated with shipping including packing and insurance.”
What’s the new skinny on jeans made for cyclists? Levi’s is introducing a new skinny jean, the 511 commuter. (source hyperbeast.com)
Affinity Cycles, makers of their own line of bikes and proud sponsor of racing and bike culture are throwing a launch party for these new jeans line.
From Affinity’s Blog:
“Leviâ€™s Commuter Launch Party, NYC Style!
Posted by admin on July 5th, 2011
After several months of design and work, the Leviâ€™s Commuter series (source Johnprolly.com) is launching next Saturday in NYC. The party starts at 7pm at NYC Velo then rolls over here to Affinity at 8pm. The after party is at Lady Jays, one block from the shop.
Affinity is proud to be part of the Levis Commuter series jeans, weâ€™ll have the full line up on display and for sale starting the night of the party. The events kick off at 8pm, I canâ€™t wait to see the new Affinity X Levis crew jacket and the new line up of Levis. How can the 511â€²s get any better? Youâ€™ll have to come out to the launch to see!