Seatpost 6.29.12: NYC Cycling Culture This Week

velojoy Hamptons Ride Guide

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, July 3 — Our Hamptons Riding Guide Launches!

The July 4 holiday marks the real kick-off to the Hamptons summer season. Our online Hamptons Riding Guide launches next week with everything you need to enjoy summer riding at the beach: lists of shops where you can rent or buy, hotels with bike fleets, maps of our favorite rides, best spots to pull over for food and drink, and beach-worthy gear picks. Be among the first to see it by subscribing to velojoy. Click here to sign up!

Rapha Mobile Cycle Club

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 1 — Rapha Mobile Cycle Club

Those nostalgic for the Rapha Cycle Club that popped up on the Bowery in 2010, can get their fix as the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club, a combo café, retail shop and big screen for viewing films and cycling events, rolls into town this weekend. Events include a film screening at Gage + Desoto in Brooklyn, rides from Signature Cycles in New York City and Greenwich, CT, and more. Meet up with the van on Sunday morning at La Colombe to watch the first stage of the Tour de France live. Information.

Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1 – Bicycle Film Festival

The annual celebration of bicycle-themed art, music and film kicks off this weekend at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan with an eclectic program of shorts and features before traveling to more than 25 cities around the globe. Program and tickets.

Sunday, July 1 — New York Cycle Club Social Ride

Looking for a way to connect with New York City cycling enthusiasts? The New York Cycle Club hosts a free ride from City Hall to the Rockaway Beach Club for lunch. NYCC’s social rides are more leisurely than most of the club’s organized rides, offering an opportunity for conversation and to get to know fellow riders. It’s also a chance to “try NYCC on for size” before joining. Information.

Beacon Bicycle Light

‘No Stolen Lights, No Sad Nights’

Up in Toronto, Steve Tam and Martin Taylor may have come up with the ultimate design for an urban bicycle light: wo LEDS embedded in an elegant little black disk that zip-ties to a bar or seat post. The Beacon keeps cyclists safe and street legal, but doesn’t call attention to itself when a bike is locked up. Sure to be a boon to folks (who shall go unnamed) prone to forgetting their bike lights. Only three days to go on their Kickstarter. Contribute here.

Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web:

Waterfront Greenway for Brooklyn — Thanks to the early efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, a plan to implement a 14-mile greenway along the waterfront from Greenpoint to Sunset Park will become a reality, reported Streetsblog. NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the implementation plan, which will provide car-free biking and walking and help connect neighborhoods along the route.

Avoid a Ticket on the Jersey Side of the GW Bridge — Attention road cyclists who travel Route 9W. Tickets have recently been issued  to riders who make a left turn after the underpass in order to reach the Manhattan-bound pedestrian path of the George Washington Bridge. The Fort Lee Police advise cyclists to use the approach in the photo (below) posted via the New York Cycle Club.

GW Bridge Approach

Bike Sharing to Boost Local Biz? — What effect will the July launch of bike sharing have on local cycling businesses? The owner of the city’s largest bike rental fleet is girding for some overlap, but in an interviw with Crain’s New York, he calls bike sharing “the tide that lifts all boats.”

Helmet Compatible Hairdos — With interest in cycling booming, the mega style blog Refinery29 this week focused a beauty spotlight on fighting limp locks associated with wearing a bicycle helmet. The editors demonstrate 5 practical dos that help cyclists look as good on arrival as they feel while riding their bikes!

New! Biking Well

Bicycle Coffee SwirlNew research seems to provide emperical support for the long-cherished affinity between cycling and coffee. As reported in The New York Times this week, the study, which included more than 400,000 people, found that, when other health risks were taken into account, those who drank coffee tended to live somewhat longer than those who did not. Not only was coffee consumption found to be beneficial — within limits — but it also provides a boost to athletes. Noted Jane Brody in the Times, “People who engage in strenuous physical activities can also benefit, but only if their coffee contains caffeine, which helps muscles use fatty acids for energy and blunts the effect of adenosine, extending the time before muscles fatigue. Post-exercise soreness is also reduced and recovery time shortened.” We knew it all along, didn’t we?

And Finally…

Smithsonian Institution Bicycle Exhibits

Tour de Smithsonian — How brilliant is this late nineteenth century “safety” bicycle (above) housed in the America on the Move exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. To celebrate the Tour de France, the Smithsonian’s Around the Mall blog published a list of bicycle-themed holdings from across the institution. If you love cycling history like we do, dig in. (h/t Bicycle Habitat)

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