As Summer Winds Down, a New Season of Cycling Events Rolls In

Like the flavor of the white peach in my hand above, the summer of 2012 is fading into fond memory. But taking the glass-half-full approach, let’s recognize that autumn in the NYC area is a glorious season for every outdoor activity, most especially cycling.

Now is a great time to push boundaries, help others by supporting a worthy cause or simply sharing in the joy of a new cycling experience by signing up for an early-fall event. September and October offer abundant choices for every level and interest. Here are some rides to check out:

Sunday, September 9 — Gran Fondo New Jersey

Sunday, September 9 — NYC Century Bike Tour

Women Only! Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 — Trek Wine Country Ramble

Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 — Thomson Bucks County Classic

Sunday, September 22 — Escape New York 2012

Sunday, September 23 — Tour of the Hamptons

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30 — Tour de Pink East Coast

Saturday, September 29 —  Bike the Night

Sunday, October 21 — Bike MS New York City

Citi Bike Celebration - TA 2012

Party Like It’s March 2013: T.A. Celebrates Citi Bike

Last week’s announcement that the debut of bike sharing in NYC would be delayed until March 2013, didn’t hold anyone back from celebrating this highly anticipated landmark at a Citi Bike tribute and end-of-summer party sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Filled-to-capacity bike valet parking out front and a packed house inside set the tone for a night of live music, a choreographed bike “ballet” by the T.A. Bike Ambassadors (photo above), food, drink and more. Several group rides from points around town rendezvoused at Roulette in Brooklyn, including one hosted by us and Adeline Adeline. Thanks to all the great NYC city cyclists, including Tanya Quick and Jenn Cash (left and right below) who joined us for the journey from the shop in Tribeca over the Brooklyn Bridge on a perfect late-summer evening! View more photos on the velojoy facebook page.

Support GiveLoveCycle on Kickstarter!

We first met Mariana Chambers and Debra Zusin, the best-friends duo behind the new women’s bicycle bag company GiveLoveCycle at the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show in NYC last spring. They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going for production of their carryall (below) which beautifully accomodates a helmet and other city cycling essentials. With a few days to go, they’re super-close to meeting their funding goal. Help put ‘em over the line!

GiveLoveCycle Carryall

Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web

AVE_aug_coverThanks Avenue Magazine for spreading the joy of cycling. My early-season training trip to Majorca, Spain is covered in an article, “Wish You Were Here,” in the August issue (pg. 59).

The New York Times released findings of a poll indicating that New Yorkers are feeling the love for bike lanes: 66 percent of New Yorkers say they think bike lanes are a good idea.

The bicycle messenger thriller Premium Rush staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt opens this weekend. Find out what the film crew learned from a real-life NYC bike messenger in our interview with stunt rider Austin Horse.

BAM unveiled new “alphabet” bike racks designed by former Talking Heads frontman and a dedicated cycling advocate David Byrne.

Three ways to enjoy social cycling in Central Park, from pace-lining to biking by moonlight.

For night riders: Solar-activated paint makes bike frames glow in the dark.

And Finally:

This is NYC on bikes: Treat yourself to Dmitry Gudkov’s online gallery of bicycle portraits (below) from Summer Streets, NYC’s annual celebration of car-free streets. The album is a joyful reflection of the breadth and diversity of this city’s every-growing love affair with cycling.

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