Tips on staying cool.

Always on the front line of bike fashion, fellow blogger Velojoy has some tips for staying cool in the NYC summer heat:

“1. Be prepared – Traveling anywhere in New York City requires planning, no matter what the mode of transportation. So, I pick clothing both for comfort on the ride and to look put-together at my destination. In the heat, that sometimes means folding a fresh blouse or a T-shirt (or two) into a plastic bag that I tuck into my tote.

Read more: here.

New tires coming from fyxation

New tires coming from fyxation

“Hello World. Introducing Fyxation Accela!

Ever since we launched the Session 700 people have been asking us when we’d come out with our next tire. We’ve been working on this for a while and just received our pre-production samples and we couldn’t wait until the fall to offer a quick preview of the Fyxation Accela.

Read more: here.



Stolen Bike-FBM Sword fixed gear

I’m still maintaining this service of posting stolen bikes, but I’d prefer people start using:

or on twitter: @bikewatchnyc

Meanwhile, I got this email from Mary Beth about her stolen FBM sword.

“My bike was stolen last night (7/7/11) between 10pm and 7:30am on Hall Street between DeKalb and Lafayette-

it is a 51cm FBM Sword, yellow (custom)
it has/had a sparkly red brake housing, a Serfas Furano women’s saddle, Continental tires (Gatorskins, the front one significantly more worn than the rear), a post-mounted rack, non-descript non-deep V rims, cranks with a matte black finish…hmmmm…

The grips and seat are/were different from this picture…it’s the yellow bike :)

Thanks for helping,
Mary Beth Burton

Any information about this bike contact:

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Now, if you think this type of theft is only a rumor, guess again…

“The bike was locked with a “good” kryptonite u-lock to a parking sign on Hall St. between DeKalb and Lafayette. The thief dragged a waste bin over and unbolted the placard from the sign and lifted the bike off the post. :(
I’ve locked it there overnight many times- in fact, my boyfriend keeps his bike outside every night, in general…but not attached to a sign. sigh…..

Bikeshorts 7/17

It’s bike shorts time again. The monthly (or two) short film festival about bikes is coming to the Bowery Stadium in Manhattan.

Sunday, July 17th
276 Bowery (btwn Houston St & Prince St.)-Manhattan

See the website, for more info and lots of great videos from bikeshorts past.


Help create a new Brooklyn bike lane

Local Brooklyn community is looking for support for a bike lane:

“Please help us bring a bike lane to Franklin Ave in Brooklyn by copying the text below into an email, signing it and emailing it to


We, the undersigned support Crow Hill Community Association’s proposal to convert the 2 existing traffic lanes on Franklin Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway to 1 lane of vehicular traffic and 1 designated bike lane. This would make traffic conditions on Franklin Avenue safer for pedestrians as well as create a secure thoroughfare for cyclists continuing on Franklin to Crow Hill/Eastern Parkway/Prospect Park from the designated Franklin Avenue bike lane that currently exists north of Atlantic Avenue.



Skillshare-long bike trip

Just saw this on brooklynbybike’s @brooklynbybike twitter feed.

There is a new blog dedicated to skill sharing events in Brooklyn.

Learn cool things like how to home brew in your kitchen.

Here’s one about planning a multiple-day bike trip:

“New 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!

When: Saturday, July 23rd from 12-2pm

Where: LaunchPad in Crown Heights (721 Franklin Ave)

Cost: FREE!


(photo by Joel Martin)

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.

“A 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 I’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.)

Read more: here.

Grand Rapids, MI video

Clarence Eckerson Jr, videographer for, is jet setting in Michigan. He discovered the streetfilms equivalent which can be seen in this video.


Le Tour Versus coverage and contest

The Versus sports network is your US source for non stop 2011 Tour de France coverage.

They are having a contest where you can enter to win daily
prizes and also have a chance to win a Cannondale Synapse.


See: Defining Moment Contest.

Also- on the VERSUS Cycling Facebook page is a tab where you ask a question
to Bob Roll where he will answer one question each night the Tour de France
encore is on VERSUS.

Headsweats Ask Bobke

For those who want more Tour, get Tour All Access Now.

Tour All Access.

New Bike Shop-Red Lantern-345 Myrtle, Brooklyn

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

&#8220Hey 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 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.

Any questions, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for your time and I hope to see you soon.


Red Lantern Bicycles
345 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205

Chrome’s newest rider: Ed “Wonka” LaForte

Chrome Bags welcomes their newest rider, Wonka. One of the sickest freestyle fixed gear tacticians there is. The guy hits it hard and can ride on just about anything.

Check out the latest of Chrome’s extended Familia.