Bike Shop The Musical is Back

Elizabeth Barkan reprises her one-woman show Bike Shop The Musical through July 18 in Midtown Manhattan.

Barkan, who wrote the book, portrays three generations of characters in this story of the bicycle’s redemptive power. Set in a family-owned bike shop in Brooklyn in the early ’90s, the bike-happy tale unfolds through a feminist lens, focusing on one woman’s quest to rebound from tragedy, get her life into gear — and discover true love. Barkan is backed by a 4-piece “bicycle band” and, and theater-goers can even park their rides onstage to add verisimilitude to the bike shop ambiance.

The show, directed by Gretchen Cryer, previously had a one-month run at the Theater for the New City in the East Village. “If you ever find yourself riding the city while listening to show tunes, then this musical is for you,” said the East Village online edition of the New York Times.

Tickets, $15. Click here.

For Your Cycling Agenda:

Mark your calendar now for the Annie Londonderry Ride, an NYC celebration of women’s cycling, presented by Bicycle Habitat and WE Bike at car-free Summer Streets on Saturday, August 10. Lots more details to come!

For those heading to the Hamptons, Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies has set up a pop-up shop on Shelter Island, where you can pick up sweet accessories for summer biking at the beach.

Cycling Link Love:

The Tour de France demystified: Read this, then watch the tour, which enters the final week on Mondy, on TV like a pro.

Fashion designer and cycling style-setter Lela Rose shares her 5 beauty obsessions with our content partner Well + Good.

Refinery29 went bike bonkers this week with crazy-cute helmet options, plus biker chic outfits.

Meanwhile, the New York Times weighed in on stylish footwear for Citi Bike riding. Think straps.

SunscreensSun protection is a must for spinning around the city on your bike, but who needs to pay a fortune for it? Check out a round-up (photo, right) of affordable brands.

Let’s all pause to thank the NYC Department of Transportation for a car-free Central Park (north of 72nd St.) through Labor Day.

Hold the popcorn: The owner of a Montauk movie theater is running spin classes in the auditorium.

Bicycling Magazine reports in its August issue that drinking cold versus air-temperature water  improves cycling race performance in hot weather by 10 percent.

Velojoy Social:

The most-liked post to our Instagram (follow @velojoy) this week, was from the kick-off in Harlem of the CYCLE Kids program, which is being offered for the first time as part of Summer Play Streets, sponsored by the Police Athletic League of NYC. Play Streets closes 49 neighborhood streets for children to play safely during the summer. The Cycle Kids curriculum, which teaches school-age youngsters to ride bicycles as part of a healthy lifestyle, is currently offered during the academic year at three NYC schools. Learn more and lend support.

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