Tour de France Finale
The historic 100th edition of the Tour de France concludes on Sunday as the riders stream onto the Champs Elysee in Paris. Even if you’re not a bike racing fan, there’s inspiration, not to mention tradition, pageantry and partying, to savor here. This year the final stage — and the presumptive coronation of Chris Froome of Britain’s Team Sky — begins for the first time at Versailles and concludes with a twilight criterium around the Arc de Triomphe. Coverage begins at noon EST on the NBC Sports Network. For communal viewing, persuade your local sports bar to tune in.
For Your Cycling Agenda
Thursday, July 25: Dashing Bicycle Show
Bicycle Habitat Soho (244 Lafayette) hosts a party in celebration of stylish cycling from 6 to 9 p.m. The final stop of a multi-city tour, the show features beautiful bicycles from the collection of Brooks England, makers of fine saddles and cycling accessories. Also on view: fashions from Vespertine and PEdALED, plus free cocktails courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin. Information. In addition, there’s an accompanying online Dashing Bicycle Show photo contest to win one of the bikes.
Cycling Link Love
Especially for new riders, Ladies Home Journal posted eight excellent safety tips from, ahem, expert sources.
I’ve never passed up an opportunity to pedal through an open fire hydrant if I spot one during a scorcher in the city. Here are some additional, albeit more practical, beat-the-heat tips for city riding.
If you prefer hunkering down indoors to firing up the grill over the hot weekend, you can still channel that beachy feeling: How to make s’mores indoors.
The Wall Street Journal asks: Are Cargo Bikes the New Station Wagons? (Yes.)
Meanwhile, Rapha summed up the success of their July 7th global women’s ride in this beautiful infographic:
The Smile on Bond Street is one of our favorite New York City spots for fresh, simple food served in a laid-back setting. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn that Smile Newstand has opened in the new Shinola flagship store (stylish watches, bicycles and leather goods made in Detroit) at 177 Franklin Street in Manhattan. Offerings will include picnics to go.
Well + Good just launched their first apparel! A cute, limited-edition workout tank.
The New York Times, which included two articles on cycling in last week’s Style section, on helmets and footwear, added this adorable post-ride lid.
The more, the merrier! Vancouver has announced a deal to launch a bike share program in fall.