Hours: Redbeard Bikes @ 69 Jay St in Brooklyn is closed for sabbatical Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2021.
During this time, we're shipping most web orders once a week. (Sorry, no local pick-up.)
  • Helmets, Not Fedoras

    A helmet is no fedora. Does yours fit right? Check out tips from Redbeard & others, via Velojoy. This is a good read for both gals and guys.

    Speaking of helmets: it's a good idea to replace yours every two to three years. The helmet deteriorates with use; sun and sweat break down the foam. And your helmet naturally takes some abuse in the course of daily life. Here at Redbeard we have lots of light, airy helmets that will keep you cool AND safe this summer. Come on down and try a Kask, Giro, Uvex or POC.



    Pinterest board via Velojoy.

  • Don't miss this weekend of riding!

    We've got two rides this weekend - a social ride on Saturday led by Sixpoint Brewery and Kissena Cycling - and our usual Sunday ride to Piermont.
    Like what you see? Sign up for our weekly Rides email here.
    Sat 7/11 @ 2:30 PM
    Sixpoint social ride with Kissena Cycling Club. Start at Brooklyn Roasting at 25 Jay at 2:30 PM, ride down to the beach, finish at the Greenwood Park Beer Garden (around 4:30 PM) . All are welcome! Redbeard Bikes is proud to sponsor Kissena!

    Sun 7/12 @ 8 AM
    This Sunday we're heading to Piermont again (route TBD). Nothing like a spirited crew to help you over the hills! About 60 miles round-trip from DUMBO. This ride is best-suited for road bikes, but hybrids are welcome if you've been doing long distances already and are looking to push yourself! This is a no-drop ride. Please scroll down to "General Info" for details.
    Ride leader: Eddie
    ***NOTE: This week only, meeting spot is Brooklyn Roasting (25 Jay St), NOT Redbeard.
    Alternately: meet on NJ side of the GWB at 9:30 AM.***
    RSVP appreciated, questions welcome: kasia@redbeardbikes.com

    Sun 7/19: Piermont
    Sun 7/26: Piermont
    Sat 8/1: Social Ride to Astoria 
    Sun 8/2: Nyack
    Sat 8/8: Social ride to the Bronx via High Bridge
    Sun 8/9: Nyack
    EVENTS @ Redbeard:
    Tues 7/21 (8 PM): Redbeard Flat Fix Clinic - Road Bikes & Hybrids
    Tues 7/27 (8 PM): Redbeard Flat Fix Clinic - Bromptons 
    Fri 8/14 (8 PM): Our Life Unfolded
    Dmitry & Mila have ridden through Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Japan & Europe on their Bromptons! Join us for an evening of their stories & photos.
    Sun 8/16 (10 AM): Brompton Urban Challenge: scavenger hunt/photo competition
    OTHER GREAT LOCAL RIDES:

    7/25 The Epic Ride (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)
    Join the Redbeard Bikes team when you register, and get 20% off cycling apparel at Redbeard Bikes till 7/24.
    http://redbeardbikes.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3d98e11a555b1711249b98f5a&id=2f6dbccf49&e=75d71fd56c
    GENERAL INFO ABOUT REDBEARD SUNDAY RIDES:

    Every Sunday morning we ride up the West Side, over the GWB, and into Jersey...

    As the summer progresses, we'll be increasing our distance, working towards two goals: the NYC Century for Vision Zero on September 13th, and the first ever Redbeard Bear Mountain ride (date TBD). There's still time to sign up for the Century!
    Redbeard rides are no-drop rides (unless otherwise indicated) and we welcome riders of all levels. That said, we try to keep a lively pace so that everyone gets a workout...and we return home at a reasonable hour. We usually roll at 12-14 mph on the way to the GWB. Once we cross into Jersey, away from pedestrians and joggers, we try to keep it at 15-17 mph. But, we always play it by ear! Depending on the size of the group and the skill of individual riders, we may split into A and B groups, especially on the way home.

    You are always welcome to cut out early, or split off, if our pace is too slow for you, but if you are riding with us, stick with us! It's more fun. New riders: we won't leave you behind and we'll always make sure you know the way home!

    If it's raining the morning of the ride, the ride is cancelled. That said, if it's just drizzling/looks like it might clear up, come on out! In these cases we will probably stay close to home (i.e. do laps in Prospect Park) and/or get breakfast.

    Please bring helmet, sunscreen, water, snacks, spare tube & flat fix kit. Rain cancels. RSVP appreciated but not required. Any questions, give us a shout.

    See you on the road!
  • Brompton Urban Challenge: Sunday, 8/16

     

    Save the Date! The Brompton Urban Challenge takes NYC by storm on Sunday, 8/16! This scavenger hunt + photography competition is open to all bikes, as long as one person on your team has a Brompton! Registration is live.

    Calling all Bromptoneers, here is your chance to take on the Brompton Urban Challenge! The Brompton Urban Challenge is an event that will test your skill, creativity and ingenuity through a variety of fun and exciting challenges throughout the streets of New York City.

    The inaugural New York City Brompton Urban Challenge is set to be a whole lot of fun. We are very excited to invite you to the Brompton Cafe to share a coffee and a donut before sending you out armed with bicycles, clues, and cameras to get creative. 

    The two-wheeled scavenger hunt is open to all bicycles, but each team must feature at least one Brompton. There will be a limited number of Brompton bikes available to borrow for the day, so please indicate your interest at the time of registration. Also, the event will coincide with the city's Summer Streets initiative, so there's no excuse for not getting involved!

    Details

    • Date: Sunday 16th August 2015
    • Start/finish location: Brompton Cafe @ Rough Trade Records NYC, 64 N. 9th Street, Brooklyn
    • Refreshments: coffee and donuts served at 10am to fuel you on your creative quest
    • Entry fees: $25 including refreshments, with all profits going to Transport Alternatives

    The Challenges

    • The BUC tests your teamwork, orienteering ability and most importantly your creativity. Send us photo proof of all three!
    • Almost all of the challenges are open to interpretation, so use your imagination
    • Every photo must feature at least one Brompton

    Joining instructions will be sent to entrants before the event.

  • Redbeard Bikes: 6/20 & beyond

    If you haven't heard the news yet...Prospect Park and Central Park are now almost 100% car-free! To celebrate, join us tomorrow morning for some laps in Prospect Park! All are welcome!

    Saturday, 6/20 @ 8 AM
    Destination: Prospect Park
    Ride leader: Kasia

    Meet @ Redbeard @ 8 AM (or @ 8:30 AM @ Grand Army, on the grass triangle just inside the entrance)

    Join us Saturday morning for some laps in Prospect Park, followed by breakfast at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. (Yes, there's coffee: Mud Truck!) Ride as easy or hard as you want. Riders of all levels are welcome!

    (Note: the original destination for this ride was Jamaica Bay, but it's been a hard week here at the shop, so we're taking a more relaxed approach!)

    Sunday 6/21 @ 8 AM
    **RAIN DATE: Sunday, 7/5**
    Destination: Piermont, NY via the Low Road

    This special edition Sunday ride is rescheduled due to rain! Mark your calendar for July 5th, when Kissena team members will lead us to Piermont via the scenic Low Road. Redbeard Bikes is proud to sponsor Kissena Cycling!

    Meet at Redbeard @ 8 AM or on the NJ side of the GWB @ 9:30 AM.

    Ride leaders: Phil, Kasia

     

    Sunday, 6/28 @ 8 AM
    Destination: Piermont via 9W

    We'll stop for snacks and coffee at The Market, a cafe with outdoor seating, just 5 miles past the Ranger Station in Alpine, our usual turnaround point. Round-trip about 55 miles. Road bikes are best suited for this ride.

    Meet @ Redbeard @ 8 AM

    Ride leaders: Kasia

    Other local rides:

    6/28 Discover Hudson Valley (Bike New York)
    7/12: Tour de Queens (Transportation Alternatives)
    7/25 The Epic Ride (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)

    General info:

    Every Sunday morning we ride up the West Side, over the GWB, and into Jersey... As the summer progresses, we'll be increasing our distance, working towards two goals: the NYC Century for Vision Zero on September 13th, and Bear Mountain (date TBD). There's still time to sign up for the Century!

    Our rides are generally no-drop rides. New riders: we are very encouraging! We regroup at various points along the way. Of course, you are welcome to cut out early, or split off, if our pace is too slow for you. If we have enough participants, we may split into A and B groups.

    7 AM: Brooklyn Roasting Company opens for breakfast.
    7:45 AM: Redbeard Bikes opens for last minute air, water & pre-ride stretches.
    8 AM: Wheels down!

    Please bring helmet, sunscreen, water, snacks, spare tube & flat fix kit. Rain cancels. RSVP appreciated but not required. Any questions, give us a shout.

    See you on the bike!
    Kasia + Ilya 

  • Redbeard Rides

    Photo Credit: Brian Hoo

    We're lining up some great rides for you this summer!

    As you know, every Sunday morning we ride up the West Side, over the GWB, and into Jersey...

    As the summer progresses, we'll be increasing our distance, working towards two goals: the NYC Century for Vision Zero on September 13th, and Bear Mountain (date TBD). Early bird registration for the NYC Century ends Monday, so sign up today!

    Sunday, 6/7 @ 8 AM
    Destination: The Market on 9W
    We'll stop for snacks and coffee at The Market, a cafe with outdoor seating, just 5 miles past the Ranger Station in Alpine, our usual turnaround point. Round-trip about 60 miles. Road bikes are best suited for this ride.

    **Note: There is a charity run on the GWB & River Road this Sunday. I'm hopeful the GWB bike path will be open. If it's closed, we'll swim. Just kidding. We'll play it by ear.

    Saturday, 6/13 @ 8 AM:
    Destination: Coney Island
    This is a social ride! All are welcome. We'll take you through the residential streets of Brooklyn out to the sea, with a stop for some Russian fare. Folks are welcome to hang out at the beach, or join us for a brisk return ride to DUMBO.

    Sunday, 6/14 @ 8 AM
    Destination: The Market on 9W
    In case you missed the previous week.
    **Note: On this day, there is a Rapha Women's coached ride with the amazing Tara Parsons. Focus on climbing and descending techniques. More info & RSVP here.

    Saturday, 6/20 @ 8 AM
    Destination: Jamaica Bay / Rockaways
    Details TBD.

    Sunday 6/21 @ 8 AM 
    Destination: Piermont (Gypsy Donut inside Piermont Bicycle Connection)
    We ride...so we can eat donuts. Right? Round-trip about 70 miles. Road bikes are best suited for this ride.

    General info:
    Our rides are generally no-drop rides. New riders: we are very encouraging! We regroup at various points along the way. Of course, you are welcome to cut out early, or split off, if our pace is too slow for you. If we have enough participants, we may split into A and B groups.

    7 AM: Brooklyn Roasting Company opens for breakfast.
    7:45 AM: Redbeard Bikes opens for last minute air, water & pre-ride stretches.
    8 AM: Wheels down!

    Please bring helmet, sunscreen, water, snacks, spare tube & flat fix kit. Rain cancels. RSVP appreciated but not required. Any questions, give us a shout.

    We hope you'll ride with us this summer!



    Photo Credit: Brian Hoo

  • Redbeard Sunday Shop Ride, 4/19 @ 8 AM

    Hard week? Treat yourself to a spring bicycle ride in good company. This Sunday, 4/19, join us for our shop ride, over the river and through the woods.

    We roll at 8 AM from Redbeard Bikes at 69 Jay Street. We'll take the Brooklyn Bridge => West Side Greenway/Riverside Drive => GWB => River Road to the Ranger Station. We'll return via 9W. Round-trip is about 50 miles.

    (The shop will be open @ 7:45 AM in case you need to fill up on air, water, or snacks. We may not have a mechanic on hand in the morning, so if your bike needs last-minute TLC, please visit us before Sunday.)

    You are welcome to cut out early, or forge ahead without us. Our ride is a no-drop ride, all are welcome!

    Here's last week's crew, paused on the West Side highway. We were having so much fun we missed our usual turnoff around 96th Street. But we made it to the Ranger Station anyway!





    Also: We are organizing a longer faster-paced ride on May 10th. Details coming soon! Please email us, redbeard@redbeardbikes.com, if you'd be interested in such a ride. Perfect for those doing the Gran Fondo the following week.
  • Sunday Shop Ride, 4/12

    Our shop ride is tomorrow!

    8 AM departure from Redbeard Bikes, about 50 miles roundtrip to River Road (Ranger Station turnaround). We had an awesome turnout last weekend and the forecast for tomorrow looks promising! Ours is a no-drop ride, all are welcome!

    We plan to ride every Sunday, barring rain or other extreme weather. Please check this blog or Facebook for any changes or cancellations.




  • First Redbeard Shop Ride of 2015!

    Sunday was the first Redbeard Bikes shop ride of 2015! We rode to the Ranger Station in the Palisades Park in NJ. Thanks to all who joined us!

    Next ride is next Sunday, April 12th. We roll from the shop at 8 am and head out to River Road in the Palisades Park in NJ. We will post a route later in the week. Grab a friend & come on out!







  • Shorts Weather + Sunday Shop Ride

    It's finally shorts weather in New York City!

    Hours this weekend:

    Saturday, April 4: 11am-6pm
    Sunday, April 5: 1pm-6pm

    Join us on Sunday, April 5th, for our shop ride over the river and through the woods. We roll at 8 AM from Redbeard Bikes. (The shop will be open @ 7:45 AM in case you need to fill up on air, water, or snacks. We may not have a mechanic on hand in the morning, so if your bike needs TLC, please visit us today.)

    We plan to take the Brooklyn Bridge => West Side Greenway/Riverside Drive => GWB => 9W to the Ranger Station. We need to be back in DUMBO by 12:30, so we may need to turn around early -- it all depends on those legs! You are welcome to return with us, or keep going.

    We start spring hours on Monday, April 6th!

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am-8pm.
    Saturday/Sunday 11am-6pm.


  • Fix a Flat Workshops

    Now that people & bicycles are emerging after a long winter...we'll be holding some basic bicycle repair workshops here at Redbeard Bikes.

    Tuesday, 3/24, 7:30-8:30pm
    How to Fix a Flat

    Tuesday, 3/31, 7:30-8:30pm
    How to Fix a #Brompton flat (and tips on caring for your Brompton)

    Please RSVP, as space is limited: send a note to redbeard@redbeardbikes.com.

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