• Revolution, Evolution: Krista Christophe

    Biking has been a big part of Krista Christophe’s life for nearly a decade, but in the last year even she is a bit surprised at how much she’s learned about bikes.

    In 2006, when she was in college in Chicago, Krista got her first bike since junior high from a family whose children she babysat. It was a barely-used Schwinn, and it served her well for three years in the flat, highly bikeable midwestern metropolis. Then someone lifted the Schwinn from her apartment building’s backyard. “When it was stolen, I cried like a baby,” she says.

    Soon thereafter, she moved back home to Lubbock, Texas to live with her family. Despite her hometown’s car-centric culture, Krista made a point of biking to work everyday - no small feat across Texas distances on a used Peugeot. “People thought I was a freak for biking to work because everyone drives everywhere,” she recalls. But the climate was hospitable - with barely any snow or heavy rain, she can count on her hands the number of days she didn’t commute by bike over four years living in Lubbock. It soon caught on with coworkers. “I started a bike revolution. By bike revolution, I mean three other people out of two hundred employees also started biking.”

    In early summer of 2014, Krista moved to New York. “At the time, I would have said I was really into bikes,” based on years of bike commuting. In mid-August she started working for Redbeard Bikes, building up the shop's website. After hanging out with the owners and mechanics, she realized that when it came to the bikes themselves, she “was an utter and total initiate. A novice."

    After soaking up some of the shop knowledge, Krista got her first brand-new bike. It was a Giant Momentum Street. She was struck immediately by the difference. “It fit me way better than the Peugeot - that one I had to jump on to get on. I was amazed at how different it was to ride a bike that’s the right size."

    Four months ago, Krista got her second bike because, as she says, “I was ready to step up my ride game. I wanted to take longer rides.” She got a Liv Avail 3 in a striking blue and orange alternating between that on longer rides and the Momentum for commuting. Altogether she bikes between 50 and 100 miles per week, depending on whether she does shop rides.

    The Avail has become such a part of Krista’s life that she decided to name it: Avery. She’s most fond of her sixty to ninety minute training rides in Prospect Park. “It’s nimble,” she says. But aside from being a joy to ride, the Avail has other traits to recommend it. “It’s very attractive. People compliment it. It’s ready to go with me.”


    Alex Yablon is an NYC based journalist. He writes the for the independent, nonprofit news organization The Trace

    Sam Polcer is an NYC based photographer. He is the author and photographer of the Preferred Mode blog.  

  • Riding With the Wind: Martha Bear Dallis

    Martha Bear Dallis

    During her first season of cycling this year, Martha Bear Dallis, 57, accidentally wore her helmet backwards on a ride. Distracted by turtles, she forgot to unclip her cycling shoes from her pedals and fell over on another rider. She accidentally deleted Strava data, which, to anyone who uses Strava, knows the sinking feeling of loss that comes with such erasure.

    Still, like so many cyclists who experience setbacks, Martha keeps riding.

    “The one thing about biking is that you have to give yourself a break,” Martha said. She and her husband, David Dallis, live in Brooklyn and Kingston, and the two of them are upstate weekend warriors.

     Martha Bear Dallis

    Martha works to promote wellness in corporations. It has been said that sitting is the new smoking. She made a goal last winter not only to improve her own wellness, but also to be able to keep up with David. 

    “It’s not about a number on a scale; it’s not about a dress size. I’ve lost a few pounds, but I’m biking because I want to be able to be strong,” Martha said.
    After spending time on trainer over the winter, she began cycling outdoors in the spring. She rode on her bottom-of-the-line bicycle, which was heavy, had flat platform pedals, and was a little outdated.

    One day, David surprised her with a Liv Avail Advanced 1. Martha compared riding her new bike to driving a Porsche. Riding an inexpensive bike, though she didn’t think much of it, turned out to be a disservice.

    “They’re just not great. You’re missing the mechanical advantage,” Martha said. “I need as much mechanical advantage as possible because that helps me get stronger.”

    Martha Bear Dallis

    Equipped with the physics of a high-end road bike, she could focus on having more fun and learning to deal with different riding conditions.

    “It’s a big math puzzle,” she said. “Wind velocity is like having another person on the road with you.”

    If you find yourself upstate near Kingston, Martha recommends her favorite ride: Hurley Mountain. The ride starts in Kingston, and heads into farmland. The half-way point is Davenport Farms. Fill your water bottle with fresh, ice-cold water from the same reservoir that supplies NYC with drinking water before heading onward.

    Martha Bear Dallis

    “My face gets all red, and I completely sweat, and I just don’t care. Every time you go out, it’s hard. That’s the thing about riding, is you go out, and it’s hard. There’s a magical thing that happens when you start to ride,” she said. “You’re gliding.”

    Martha Bear Dallis



    Rebecca Bratburd is an NYC based journalist. She writes the cycling blog Demystifying Women's Cycling

    Sam Polcer is an NYC based photographer. He is the author and photographer of the Preferred Mode blog.  

  • Bikes For All Women. Liv 2016 Is Here!

    All women, all sizes: Liv road bikes and riders, in DUMBO
    photo by Sam Polcer

    Redbeard Bikes carries the full size range of Liv women's carbon and aluminum road bikes, as well as city and casual bikes. Ladies -- that's XXS to L. You know how rare this is. Come test ride one of these dream machines today!

    Liv is the only brand that makes a full range of bicycles and gear for women. Designed by women, for women.

    That said, no bike ever fit anyone straight out of the box. At Redbeard, fit is our first priority. We will set you up on the bike so that you are comfortable, yet efficient and powerful. Your bike fit changes over time, so we encourage you to visit us for adjustments! 

    Special thanks to photographer Sam Polcer of New York Bike Style fame, for this shot. 

    From left to right: Kasia, Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1; Krista, Liv Avail 3; Jill, Liv Envie Advanced 2; Kristin, Liv Envie Advanced 1; and Abigail, Liv Avail 1 Disc

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