• November shop news

    Save the date! Redbeard Bikes turns 2 on Friday, 11/7 and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Details forthcoming.

    Some other important dates:

    The shop will be closed Sunday, 11/16 - Wednesday, 11/19. We are heading to Chattanooga, TN, to visit the Lynskey factory -- and family!

    We will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, 11/27 - Sunday 11/30. We'll be in Boston, visiting our nephews. And yes, we're bringing our Bromptons on both trips. 

    Please keep these dates in mind as you schedule your repairs, builds, and other bike projects. And be sure to buy your warm gloves and other apparel while we're around!

  • Mountain to Mountain: Book Launch & Fundraiser with Shannon Galpin

    Redbeard Bikes is excited to host an evening with Shannon Galpin, author of "Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan." The book comes out from St. Martin's Press this Tuesday!

    When: Friday, 9/19, 6-9pm
    Where: Redbeard Bikes, 69 Jay Street

    In 2006, Shannon founded Mountain 2 Mountain, a nonprofit that works with women and girls in conflict zones. She is focused on supporting Afghan women who want to ride bikes.

    Shannon is also the producer of "Afghan Cycles," the Let Media documentary about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team (due to premier in 2015.

    Shannon will speak about her experiences in Afghanistan, show bits of "Afghan Cycles," and sign copies of her memoir, "Mountain to Mountain."

    We met Shannon this summer, when she spoke at the Liv/Giant 2015 product launch. We found her story incredibly compelling, so we were honored when she asked us to host a book launch party for her.

    The event is free and open to the public; this is your only chance to see Shannon in New York City (aside from the Harvard Club).

    Check out this video where she speaks about her work. Liv/Giant donated 50 bicycles to the Afghan Women's Cycling Team.

    Cycling giant Marianne Vos praised Shannon's memoir: "[Shannon Galpin] utilizes her unique position as a western woman to immerse herself in Afghan culture. She had the courage to leave everything behind and use the bike to as a tool to lead a physical and political movement - a way towards freedom for the women of Afghanistan."


  • Sad news

    Last night we learned that Michelle, one of our customers, was killed in a DWI car-on-car collision on Eastern Parkway a few weeks ago. She was a passenger; her bright orange Brompton was in the trunk. Her friend came into the shop to tell us.

    We have no words left. We hear your stories all the time, of close calls on NYC streets, we see the damage to your bicycles, your person, your psyche, but no one has ever come into our shop and said, "Michelle is dead."

    Michelle, we feel lucky to have known you. We will remember you bright, happy, excited, the gal who took her Brompton to Cuba.

    We must keep fighting for Vision Zero.

  • Shop closed 9/8 - 9/11

    Reminder that the shop is closed September 8th through 11th.

    The Redbeard crew is at Interbike, checking out the latest bikes and gear.

    We resume normal hours on Friday, September 12th. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Redbeard Ride to the Sea 8/30 - in solidarity with the Afghan Women's Cycling Team

    Ride with us on Saturday, August 30th, to show our support of the Afghan Women's Cycling Team, and to celebrate the human right to ride a bike!

    Watch the trailer for "Afghan Cycles" to hear the team's inspiring story.

    Meet at Redbeard Bikes in DUMBO, Brooklyn, at 7:30 AM to fill our tires & water bottles & get to know each other a bit. The ride gets rolling at 8 AM and returns to the shop by 11 AM.

    Why the sea? Because the sea is freedom.

    Our route will take us along the Brooklyn Navy Yard, down Vanderbilt, through Prospect Park, through the quiet streets of Victorian Ditmas Park, Midwood and south Brooklyn, until we reach the sea. Why the sea? Because the sea is freedom.

    We'll return by a slightly different way, north on Ocean Parkway.

    Riders of all levels are welcome. This is a no-drop ride; we will rest at reds. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Don't live in New York? Folks all over the world are organizing Global Solidarity Rides, too. Check out the list here. If there's no ride in your city -- make one!

    Liv/giant and Mountain2Mountain are sponsors of the Afghan Women's Cycling Team and their bid for the 2020 Olympics.

    Ride details can also be found on BikeNYC.org.


  • This week's rides

    We've been quite lucky with weather thus far -- Sundays have been by and large sunny!
    But after last Sunday's rain, we realized we should clarify: rain the morning of the ride cancels the ride. That said, if it's just drizzling/looks like it might clear up, come on out! In these cases we may revise the route (i.e. do laps in Prospect Park instead of going up to River Road), but we will ride!
    Upcoming rides:
    • One of our customers, Guy, has organized a ride to Nyack happening this Saturday. Departure at 7:15 AM from DUMBO or 8 AM from Fairway on the Upper West Side. If you'd like to join, please reply to this thread.
    • Our women's ride is this (and every) Thursday, meet at 8:30 PM at Grand Army Plaza.
    • Sunday morning shop ride to River Road, meet at 7:15 AM at the shop.
    • We're planning a special ride for Saturday, August 30th, to support the Afghan Women's National Cycling Team. Stay tuned for details.
    Got any fun rides planned? We encourage you to share them.

    Looking for rides? Bikenyc is a great resource.
  • Ride with Redbeard!

    Ride with Redbeard tomorrow! Before the summer runs out! 

    Meet us at the shop at 7:15 AM for a 7:30 AM departure. Riders of all levels welcome!

    We will ride up the West Side, over the George Washington Bridge and up River Road. We plan to be back at the shop at 11 AM. Those who wish to continue riding, can do so, of course!
  • Shop Closed: July 14-16

    The shop will be closing at 4pm on Sunday, July 13, and will remain closed through Wednesday, July 16.

    We will be back to regular hours on Thursday, July 17.

    We'll be out in California test-riding the newest bicycles from Giant. Follow us on Instagram (@redbeardbikes) for updates from the field!

    We've got all hands on deck this week to finish all tune-ups before the trip! If there's anything you need, give us a call at (718) 858-2453 or visit the shop.

  • Crossing Gwyneth

    My phone autocorrects "GW" to "Gwyneth," so according to my texts, on Sunday I crossed Gwyneth twice!

    I've been talking to people about Gwyneth a lot lately, in the context of our Sunday morning shop ride, which goes over the George Washington Bridge, and up River Road. The bridge is a roadblock for a lot of people, with good reason. Pedestrians and cyclists in both directions share a narrow path. Sometimes there are dogs, and strollers. There are two blind spots on the bridge, and a hairpin turn on the entrance ramp on the Manhattan side. I honestly find it a bit nerve-wracking to get over the river, especially clipped in.

    But the reward is tremendous. On the other side, River Road winds along through the woods along the Hudson. There are very few cars, and many, many cyclists. After hundreds of Prospect Park laps, the hills of River Road are new and welcome. The birds sing as you get your heart rate up!

    If you've never crossed Gwyneth, we encourage you to join our shop ride (Sundays, 7:15 AM). We leave early to beat the West Side Greenway crowds.

    If you prefer, you can walk up the bridge ramp - ain't no shame in it! (By the way, clipless pedals are not required. We'll talk about why they're helpful in a future post.)

    Once we're off the bridge, you will find yourself relaxing and smiling - guaranteed. You will even forgive the occasional chipmunk that darts out into the road, grazing your wheel. It's THAT nice out there.

    And speaking of being brave: our friend, author Patty Chang Angker, still has a few spots left in her Some Nerve retreat on July 26-27. Patty recently overcame her fear of riding a bike, and did the Five Boro Bike Tour and the Discover Hudson Valley ride (both held by Bike New York). Check it out! If this wasn't busy season, I'd go in a heartbeat.

  • 4th of July

    Redbeard Bikes will be closed on Friday, July 4th.

    We'll be open on Saturday and Sunday. Join us for our shop ride on Sunday morning to pedal away some of those BBQ calories!

    The fireworks return to the East River this year. Good news is you can see them from DUMBO. Bad news is there are some street and bridge closures, affecting cyclists. Details here.

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