velojoy street scene

On a bike ride on Manhattan’s Upper West Side this week, I spotted this sign of spring at the base of the landmark Soliders’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monument at Riverside Drive and 89th Street. With unseasonably warm temperatures in February, it’s easy to understand how these daffodils might have been lured into an early bloom.

Upcoming Events

Registration for Adult Learn to Ride Classes

Heads up! Although Bike New York’s popular Learn to Ride classes for adults are full for March, registration for weekly classes in April opens on March 1. Here’s the complete schedule.

Cycling Events and Free Classes at REI

The new REI store in SoHo offers a variety of cycling-related events and classes in March.  All begin at 7 pm and take place at the Lafayette and Houston Street store in Manhattan. Here’s a sampling:

Wheels of Change CoverMonday, March 5 – Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

Join author Sue Macy for a lively look at how, beginning in the late 19th century, the bicycle helped play a role in the women’s movement by enabling female cyclists to shed not only corsets, but also societal strictures.

Tuesday, May 13 – Bike Maintenance Basics

No experience is necessary for this introduction to lubing a chain, fixing a flat and making minor mechanical adjustments to your bike.

March 6, 20, 22 – Bicycle Commuting Basics

Learn the fundamentals of using your bike for transportation, including what to wear,  basic gear, how to carry your essentials, bike handling skills and more.

Check the full schedule and register for events at on the REI events calendar.

Deals

Now is a good time to shop your neighborhood bike shop for end-of season sales on cold-weather cycling apparel and accessories. Buy it now and, in addition to getting some wear out of your purchases this year, you’ll be set for next winter. We’ve seen 40 percent mark-downs at some stores.

And, if you’re a Rapha fan, you can save 50 percent online this weekend, Feb. 24 – 26, on their women’s apparel. It’s Rapha’s annual Festa della Donna celebration of women’s cycling.

Rapha Women's Sale

 Link of the Week

Dog on Bike

Dog On It – The above is one of a collection of photos in which Theron Humphrey places his remarkably compliant coonhound Maddie on a variety of objects – some with wheels (like a skateboard), some not (Maddie on of fire hydrant). Enjoy the rest of the series here.  (h/t swissmiss)

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