seatpost 7.14.11: nyc bicycling this week

If Only Finding a Date Were This Easy…

The Meet Your (bike) Match and Garden Party comes to Brooklyn this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. In a reprise of its popular try-before-you-buy event in Manhattan, The Bird Wheel, the women’s collaborative cycling website, teams up with 718 Cyclery, 461 7th Avenue, for a casual get-together where you can “meet” the bicycle best suited to your individual needs and riding style. Also enjoy refreshments, a raffle and free maintenance classes, and have a photo portrait made with your bike. More information here.

Thanks as always go to cycling wear designer Nona Varnado for organizing The Bird Wheel slate of events for women cyclists. If you’re feeling crafty, check out Nona’s DYI video, shot last Monday at Etsy Labs, on how to add reflective safety features to your clothing and accessories.

Time for the Climbs: Tour de France Viewing Party

Fans of the Tour de France can gather in Brooklyn on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to watch Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador duke it out in Stage 14 in the Pyrenees. The Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Avenue, hosts a viewing party of the live telecast with free coffee and, of course, croissants. Co-sponsored by Bicycle Habitat. Learn more here.

And here’s a related tidbit: For the month of July, in celebration of the Tour de France, Jetblue is waving its $50 fee for transporting a bike on the airline. Learn more here.

Thanks to velojoy Readers!

Many thanks to the velojoy readers who added their tips to Wednesday’s post about how to cope with perspiration when riding in hot summer weather. If you haven’t already, please share your personal strategies in the comments section for a follow-up post.

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Bike the River Valley on Sunday

If the Tour inspires you to ride long on Sunday, you can still sign up for Bike the River Valley. Beginning and ending in Highland, NY, this scenic ride offers 40, 70 and 100 mile options, and includes sites such as the Frank Gehry Theater at Bard College, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the home of FDR. Complete information and registration here.

Plaza Hotel’s Tricycle Garage Open for Summer

The Plaza Hotel has hosted potentates and stars from all over the world, but it’s always Eloise, the heroine of the classic children’s books, who comes to mind first, right? Fans of Eloise will be happy to know that the Plaza’s homage, the Tricycle Garage, has opened for the summer. Rentals for children — tricycles, bicycles and scooters — are available through the Plaza Boutique to hotel guests and, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to non-guests, as well. Helmet, lock and Eloise-branded water are included.

top photo: for the love of bikes

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