seatpost 8.12.11: nyc bicycling this week

The Bird Wheel Launches Sunday Bike Ride Series

Ever wanted to take a day ride on your road bike, but weren’t sure who to join in with? The Bird Wheel, the women’s collaborative blog and website, has launched a series of summer Sunday rides. Up this weekend, a social ride to City Island rolling from Zen Bikes, 134 Est 24th Street in Chelsea at 11 a.m. Ride through parks, over bridges, enjoy a lobster roll and work on your tan at Orchard Beach, “The Riviera of the Bronx.” Don’t forget a lock, pocket money and your fancy beach togs. Information.

Smile! Pose for a Free Bicycle Portrait During Summer Streets

Summer Streets, which closes Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, continues Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. So if you missed it last weekend, you’ve still got August 13 and 20 to enjoy the truly unique experience of riding your bicycle (strolling and running, too) on car-free Manhattan streets.

A weekend highlight: Bicycle Habitat, which is situated along the Summer Streets route at 244 and 250 Lafayette, will team up with the acclaimed bicycle portrait photographer Dmitry Gudkov, to offer free portraits between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pose solo, or bring your posse. Also enjoy refreshments from City Bakery and the opportunity to test ride some exclusive 2012 bicycle models.

Check here for the complete schedule of activities offered at the five Summer Streets rest stops: Foley Square, Soho, Astor Place, Midtown and Uptown.

Hamptons: Benefit Outdoor Spin Class in Amagansett

Sometimes riding outside the spin studio means actually riding a bicycle — and sometimes it means that the spin bikes move outdoors. B East, the spin studio in Amagansett, will place 50 spin cycles into the open air in Amagansett Square on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a class with a live D.J. to benefit The Max Cure Foundation, an organization that supports research into rare pediatric cancers. Information.

Vacationing on Two Wheels Gains Momentum

The New York Times reported last weekend that more New Yorkers are vacationing by bicycle, choosing this healthy, economical, ecologically friendly — and fun! — transportation option for leisure travel. In the article The Adventure Cycling Association notes that annual sales of its detailed maps of New York State biking routes grew to 1,200 from 200 a decade ago.

EnJOY your weekend!


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