seatpost 4.21.11: nyc cycling culture this week street scene - April 2011
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velojoy street scene

Happily, an unending parade of subdued parkas is giving way to splashes of color in the New York City bike lanes. Ghislaine, an interior designer, who is Dutch, was riding south on Fifth Avenue last week on a mixte frame by Public equipped with a set of gingham-check panniers by Kitchen Kitsch. Orange, I learned subsequently, is the color of the Dutch royal family and a symbol of national pride in the Netherlands.


Bike Basket Blooms
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Bike Basket in Bloom

When the weather changes, it’s time to rotate the clothes in our closets for a new season, so why not the decorations on our bike baskets?  As a harbinger of spring, a bicycle that I passed daily last fall reappeared on the street this week, the autumn leaves that graced its basket having been replaced by cheery gerbera daisies. The owner has anchored garlands of faux blooms to the wire mesh with twist ties, and even lined the bottom with plastic petals.

♥ Next week’s lead-up to Bicycle Month NYC is stacked with events for cycling fans. Check out our new events listing (upper left of this page).

New Amsterdam Bicycle Show Debuts

New Amsterdam Bicycle ShowIt’s like the Auto Show, but for bikes. In tune with the growing popularity of bicycling in New York City, the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show presented by New York Press on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. gives you the opportunity to browse the latest trends.

Bikes, accessories and apparel, from brands like Raleigh, Specialized, Jamis, Nutcase and Outlier will be on display on three floors of Center 548 at 548 W. 22nd St. in Chelsea. In addition, the Bikelandia program sponsored by Bicycling Magazine and SRAM will feature discussions, artworks, readings and opportunities to learn about advocacy and bike safety. Also on tap: a bicycling fashion show, a hand-built bicycle row, giveaways, and more. Go to for complete information. Tickets, $15, benefit Transportation Alternatives.

Post Slams ‘Scandal-Bars’ Bike Bust

Sheesh, you’d think the men and women in blue would have better things to do. The New York Post reported last week that the New York City Police Department issued a summons to a Manhattan woman for carrying a tote bag on her handlebars, spreading tisk-tisks across the digital media landscape faster than moss spores are clogging rain gutters in Seattle right now. Turns out it’s a bogus offense. According to the Post’s report:

“A summons may be issued . . . if a cyclist is transporting a bundle or package in such a way that it prevents him/her from keeping at least one hand on the handlebar,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne admitted.

The rider apparently had both hands planted on her bars, and the ticket seems sure to be thrown out by a judge. The cyclist noted that the unnerving bust has prompted her to carry her belongings in a backpack.

Meat Bicycle

Gaga Over the Meat Bike

In anticipation of Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way, which drops Saturday, I tried hard…really, really hard… to find a photo of the singer and New Yorker also known as Stefani Germanotta on a bike. However, the best I could come up with is a tribute to the meat dress that she famously wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The meat bike (above) appears in an ad for Cold Steel Knives.

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