seatpost 4.27.11: nyc cycling culture this week


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Stitch, the well-behaved Norwich terrier belonging to fashion designer and avid cyclist Lela Rose, waits patiently on an upholstered seat in the rear cab of Rose’s custom tricycle, which recently was parked near Manhattan’s High Line.

‘UK Cyclists To Shun Royal Wedding En Masse’

What’s this tabloid-style headline on the British cycling website all about? Has the bicycling population been slighted in connection with Kate and William’s nuptials? Not quite. Turns out that a poll by the site reveals cyclists plan to use Friday’s holiday to get in some extra riding rather than focus on the royal wedding.

In my own highly scientific survey, I reached across the Atlantic to Look Mum No Hands to ask if this popular London cycling cafe is planning any special events in conjunction with the wedding. According to Lewin Chalkley:

“No, we’re not. We’ll be a refuge from all the fuss. We will be showing the Tour of Turkey at 12:30 on the big screen and drinking beer.”

Cheers to Chalkley and company!


Tea and Sympathy NYC
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Whether or not “the fuss” will affect the a.m. cycling commute here in New York City is anybody’s guess. Still, if you yearn for communion with royal watchers on Friday, ride on over to Greenwich Avenue for some Tea & Sympathy. The restaurant of that name (above) and neighboring Lyon will host a street party to celebrate the royal wedding.

And finally, let’s give it up for Kate, a cyclist herself. When she’s next seen on a bike, perhaps it will be a Pashley Sovereign Princess (below), the classic British bicycle made in Stratford-upon-Avon that’s fit for a…well, you know. It’s available at Adeline Adeline, $1,295.

Pashley Sovereign Princess

NYC Bicycle Month Kicks Off Sunday

Good luck to the more than 30,000 riders who will be traveling 42 miles of car-free streets during Sunday’s sold-out TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, which kicks off NYC Bike Month. The weekend is stacked with activities for bike lovers, so get out and ride!  Listings and links are on our Events page (up and left). Highlights:

Saturday, April 31

  • Blessing of the Bikes
  • New Amsterdam Bicycle Show
  • Transportation Alternatives Bike to Randall’s Island
  • Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Bonanza for Families

Lazer CitiZen HelmetWhat to Wear With Your Deck Shoes

With many of spring’s casual looks taking a page out of True Prep, the updated version of The Official Preppy Handbook, this urban helmet fits right in. The checkered blue (above) and red fabric shells coordinate well with Sperry Topsiders. Lazer CityZen helmet, available through Sid’s Bikes, $60.

Cole Haan - Bamboo Bicycle Ad

Made in NYC: Bamboo Bike Studio’s Got Soul

First it was urban bikes in the windows of fashionable stores, now it’s fashionable shoes and handbags in a bicycle workshop. Brooklyn-based Bamboo Bike Studio was recently featured in a spring catalog of leather-goods maker Cole Haan. The ad includes Q&As with the shop’s principals, who’ve taught many people to build bikes out of this renewable material and have helped to establish a factory making affordable bicycles in Ghana. Justin Aguinaldo, holding the bamboo in the photos, is also currently featured in the Travel Channel’s reality series Triple Rush about bicycle messengers in New York City.


Animal Crackers - O Cafe
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Pocket Food of the Week

On long road rides, pocket food refers to the nutrition that you’re able to carry in your jersey. Even though delectable choices beckon from every street corner in New York City, portability on a bike is still a plus.

I recently pulled over at the new-ish O Café at the corner of 12th Street and Sixth Avenue. While I was waiting for my French press made from hand-selected Brazilian beans, I sampled two jersey-worthy treats: the small and savory cheese bun, pão de queijo (even yummier when carried home for re-heating), and the sweet All-American combo of chocolate and animal crackers (above). Oh my.

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