• I raced my Brompton on the Road Worlds course!


    Two weeks ago, in Richmond, Ilya, Kasia, and a hundred others in fancy clothes raced their Bromptons on the Road Worlds course, and spent the next two days watching the pros do the same. Read Kasia's race report.


    When packing for the Brompton World Championship (BWC) in Richmond, I intentionally left my Garmin at home on my dresser. Sure, I had signed up for the Brompton race, but who was I kidding? The forecast said rain, I was going to be on a bus for eight hours, and my Instagram feed had been filled all week with photos of the cobbled climb. I planned to take it easy.

    As we suited up for the race - fancy wear required, no visible Lycra! - Ilya pulled out my Garmin and affixed it to my bike, despite my protests. And so I found myself looking at it as we rode from our Airbnb to the start of the race. I was surprised to see it reading 16, 17 mph without too much effort. I'd always thought I was slow on my Brompton!

    At the last minute, i.e. when I got on the bike and realized I'd gotten my seat height right (unfolding your own bike was part of the race), I decided to go for it! I rode as fast as I could, knowing that eventually I would hit Libby Hill, the steep cobbled climb. It was no joke. But I rode it!

    Then came the 23rd Street climb - even steeper. No one had warned me about this one. My hands cramped, my feet, in Fluevogs, cramped, and I had to walk the hill. Then I got back on the bike.

    Ilya and I play cat-and-mouse in the second half of the race, I beat him by a minute or two! I came in sixth in the women's field, 10.2 miles in 44 minutes. By comparison, my 6.5 mile commute in Brooklyn takes me 50-55 minutes by Brompton.

    It was so much fun to race on a closed course in light rain, in falling light. Thank you to all the folks who cheered along the way, especially the kids! I rang my bell and hollered back at them till I was hoarse. I probably would've gone faster if I'd saved my breath but it was worth it to make noise and be a part of the energy.

    The next day Ilya and I watched the pro women's race from a spot on the 23rd Street climb. It was heart-stopping to see them power up -- attack, even -- on the same hill that I had to walk. On the final lap a Spanish racer flatted just at the base of the climb, and the officials were very slow and reluctant to help her, presumably because she was so far behind the field. The crowd started up a chant, "Give her a wheel, give her a wheel," and finally they did, and we went wild for her as she took off again. I can't begin to imagine what was happening in her head. We checked the results later. There were a lot of DNFs but she wasn't one of them. She finished last but she finished! I am so proud of her.

    On Sunday we rode around Richmond, catching the men's pro race from different points in the course. The men's race was longer (16 laps to the women's 8). We had the luxury of taking our time. If we found a good spot, we stayed there for a few laps. Ilya photographed, I lent my voice. It was a great way to experience the city. 

    Everywhere we went, people were curious about the Bromptons. We showed off the fold, and I let a few people ride mine!

    Sunday night going into Monday, the barriers came down, the streets were re-opened to car traffic, and nostalgia for the races set in hard. So much ferocity, so much humanity. You don't get this on television.




    Kasia and Ilya before the race

    Before the race

    Peter (NYCeWheels) and Ilya

    Start line

    Photo: Ilya Nikhamin

    Photo: Ilya Nikhamin

  • Bromptoberfest 2015: Saturday, October 10th

     Ilya + Peter at last week's Brompton race in Richmond

    Peter up at NYCeWheels on the Upper East Side invites us all to Bromptoberfest 2015, a #BromptonNYC event.

    What is Bromptoberfest?! Writes Peter:

    It's a silly celebration of Bromptons, Bratwurst, and Beers at one of Queens' coolest restaurants Max Bratwurst Und Bier. Renny - the owner of Max's - is a good friend of ours and is hooking us up with a private party room, a German Polka band, and - wait for it - a MAGICIAN! Come on. When's the last time you saw a live magician? I haven't in years...

    When: Saturday, October 10th @ 3 PM

    Where: Maxs Bratwurst Und Bier, 4702 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

    Tickets: $10/person

    More details & RSVP here.

  • Where I Rode This Summer: Manca, Brompton

    Manca shares photos from her trip to Croatia with her Brompton.

    When you have a bicycle, you are never alone. 

    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia,
    photo by Manca W. 


     Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 


    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 
    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 


    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 


    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 


    Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 
     Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
    photo by Manca W. 


  • Considering a Brompton?

    Head's up:

    Lead times for bespoke (custom) Brompton orders will temporarily increase from 4 weeks to 8 weeks after September 8th

    This is because Brompton will devote October to production of Black Edition Bromptons.

    If you've been thinking about getting a Brompton -- and you don't see it on our stock list, please come see us before September 8th. 

    Lead times are expected to return to 4 weeks starting in November.

  • Special Event: Our Life Unfolded, 8/14

    Join us Friday, 8/14 @ 8 PM @ Redbeard Bikes for an evening of photos & stories with Dmitry & Mila of Our Life Unfolded. They've been riding Bromptons through Asia & Europe since November!

    Please RSVP to info@redbeardbikes.com.

  • 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!


    • 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.

  • Brompton update

    We have new Bromptons arriving just in time for the weekend!

    H3L Raw Lacquer
    H3L Tempest Blue
    M6L Turkish Green
    M6L Raw Lacquer

    We also have a few Pinks, Clarets and Yellows in stock. Brompton is no longer making bikes in these colors, so this is your last chance to snag one!

    Visit us in DUMBO: Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 6 PM

  • 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.

  • Two Weekends Only!

  • Update: Juno Snow Day

    Update: the shop is closed today, Tuesday, 1/27. Enjoy the snow day!

    Wednesday is our usual day off, so we'll be back on Thursday (12-7pm).

    Time-sensitive inquiries: please email redbeard@redbeardbikes.com


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