Seatpost 9.28.12: NYC Cycling This Week

Neil Bezdek and Eveyln Stevens

Velojoy Street Scene

What happens when you put two hard-charging pro cyclists on a tandem bicycle? We’re told that Neil Bezdek, who rides for Team Mountain Khakis/Smartstop, and Evelyn Stevens, Olympian and a member of Team Specialized-lulu lemon, happily negotiated a balance of power at an NYC cycling fundraiser this week.

Upcoming Events

Summer Streets - Dmitry Gudkov

Thursday, October 4 – Women’s Fitness Night

The fall cycling season is getting underway. Curious about riding a bicycle in NYC? Want to connect with other cyclists? Bicycle Habitat’s Brooklyn outpost hosts a women’s-only event with commuting tips, flat-fix instruction and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and snacks and enjoy in-store discounts. Click here for registration and information.

WeBikePoster1Wednesday, October 10 – WE Bike NYC

WE Bike NYC, an organization that’s creating a social and educational community for women who ride bikes in NYC, concludes its inaugural season and gears up for 2013 programs with a benefit party at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn. An $8 cover gets you live music, a bountiful raffle, bike videos, DJs Winter and Miss World, and valet parking by Transportation Alternatives. Men, of course, are invited, too! RSVP here.

Saturday, October 13 – Double Up for Vision Ride

Help fight vision loss by participating in this unique tandem bicycling and walking event to benefit Lighthouse International. Double Up 4 Vision comprises a 10K ride or a 5K walk, in which sighted and visually impaired individuals are paired on tandem bicycles or walk together. (Riders of regular bikes also are welcome.) The start is at Pier 63 at Hudson River Park, between West 23 Street and 12th Avenue. Click here for registration and information.

Down the Road

Sunday, October 14 — Ride the River Valley

Sunday, October 21 — Bike MS New York City

Encouraging More Women to Ride

That objective was at the top of the agenda at the inaugural National Women’s Bicycling Summit that we attended in Long Beach, CA. The sponsor, national advocacy organization the League of American Bicyclists, has launched a new initiative, Women Bike, to maintain the remarkable momentum and creative energy generated by more than 300, overwhelmingly female, representatives of advocacy, industry, government and media who attended the Summit.

How Can You Join In?

  • Sign up for Women Bike updates
  • Support your local cycling advocacy organization to help improve infrastructure and safety in your community.
  • Ride your bicycle! Your example helps to inspire others.

All-Americans from Outlier

Always striving to build a better pair of pants for cycling and outdoor wear and dedicated to making them in this country, Brooklyn-based Outlier introduced All-American Nyco Slims for men at a party at Story in Manhattan. And they mean 100 percent American: The pants are sewn in the Garment District and constructed of a 50/50 cotton and nylon fabric developed for the military with notions also sourced in the U.S.A. At $98, they’re more affordable than some of Outlier’s other styles. For women, the company showed prototypes of a Short-Sleeved Pivot Shirt, as well as commuter jeans with a more relaxed fit than their OG women’s commuter pants.

Outlier Nyco Intro
Erica Cottrell of Outlier shows off the prototype of the men’s shell that she designed.

Velojoy Contributors Are…

…talking about the cycling community and scene in NYC. Kim (right), who is one half of the duo behind the BikeTrain commuter group rides, was interviewed by a video crew from Icebreaker, maker of Merino wool cycling and outdoor performance clothing, at an event in Washington Square Park.

…covering Interbike. Genevieve traveled to Interbike for us and a variety of publications. She wrote this piece in, about a bike lock that may help cyclists recover stolen bikes.

…defending their titles. Neil heads to Italy to defend last year’s Red Hook Crit Milan victory.

We Heart Parklets in San Francisco

A favorite discovery on a ride through the streets of San Francisco with Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, was parklets — mini parks in former parallel parking spaces. They’re like the bike parking corrals that we see popping up in front of some bike-friendly businesses in NYC, but with a twist: some offer seating, art installations, or as seen below, planters. More to come on this topic.

Parklet in San Francisco

Feeling Lucky in Vegas

Las Vegas Strip - Bicycle Ride

One of the more unusual — surreal, even — experiences of our 10-day swing West was the sunset ride on the Las Vegas strip among vividly lit casinos and other visual wonders. Riding with a large and lively group (below) on a clear desert evening made up for what Las Vegas currently lacks in cycling infrastructure. The annual Bike Hugger Mobile Social, as it is known, was the perfect bookend to our visit to the Interbike cycling industry trade show — especially after having spent so much time indoors at the convention center.

Last Vegas Bike Ride

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