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  • 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!
  • Ladies' Night Rides Are Back!

    We're bringing back the Ladies' Night Rides! Because nothing is lovelier than sweating out the work week frustrations in the breeze of Prospect Park.

    This is a great chance to meet other women who love to ride bikes!

    3-5 laps in Prospect Park (10-15 miles). First lap will be warm-up, then we'll pick up the pace & get a nice workout. 

    When: Thursday nights @ 8:30 PM
    (only heavy rain cancels)

    Where: Meet at Grand Army Plaza at the top of Prospect Park.
    (look for Kasia in a black & red Redbeard jersey on the Plaza at the entrance to the Park)

    What to bring: front & rear bike lights, water, and all your energy! 

    Questions? Email me, kasia@redbeardbikes.com, or drop by 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.

  • Life-changing Ride

    "I was in way over my head. After I declared in January that I would buy a bike, learn to ride it, and captain a team for the 40-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour (route map) in the span of 4 months..."

    Patty Chang Angker writes about how she overcame her fears and rode the 5 Boro Bike Tour last month. What did she ride? A Giant Escape from Redbeard Bikes!

    Check out her book, Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.

    Patty, it was a pleasure to meet you and help you find the right bike for the Tour!

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