The Redbeard Blog / shop ride

  • 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 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!

  • Sunday Shop Ride to Piermont (3/29)

    Head's up: tomorrow's Sunday shop ride to Piermont is POSTPONED due to unseasonable cold. We'll try again next Sunday!

    Meanwhile, if your bike needs some TLC - or maybe just some fresh bar tape - visit us!

    The shop's open till 6pm tonight, tomorrow 1pm-6pm.

  • Update: Prospect Park Training Ride, 12/8

    Tomorrow's Tuesday morning training ride in Prospect Park is cancelled on account of heavy rain and wind. The make-up ride is Thursday, 6:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza entrance of the Park.

  • Winter Training Ride in Prospect Park

    Starting Tuesday, 12/2, we are doing a winter training ride in Prospect Park.

    The ride departs @ 6:30 AM every Tuesday morning. Meeting spot is the grass triangle at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park.

    This is great for those who want to stay in top form throughout the winter, but need some motivation to get out there. Perfect for those without a club or team affiliation! Ilya will offer tips on fit and form to participants.

    RSVP appreciated, on Facebook or via email: redbeard@redbeardbikes.com.
  • Shop Closed 11/16 - 11/19

    The shop is closed Sunday, 11/16 through Wednesday, 11/19 while we visit Lynskey Performance Designs out in Chattanooga, TN! 

    Follow us on Instagram - @redbeardbikes - to see what we're up to!

    We are back on Thursday, 11/20. 

    Our next shop ride will be Sunday, 11/23 -- departing 69 Jay Street at 7:30 AM for River Road.

  • No such thing as bad weather!

    This Sunday's shop ride is cancelled, as we will be away in Chattanooga, TN, visiting the Lynskey factory and HQ. Our next ride will be Sunday, 11/23. We'll leave at 7:#0 AM and ride to the Ranger Station (Alpine, NJ), assuming there's no ice on the ground.

    Be sure to visit us before Sunday to get your hat, gloves, booties, and other winter gear! There's no such thing as bad weather, if you are dressed right.

    BikeNYC did a nice write-up of 5 autumn rides in/near the city. Check it out here before the Polar Vortex hits.

  • What you missed this morning

    On nearly every Redbeard shop ride, we have in our midst someone who is riding River Road for the first time. We love experiencing it through their eyes - it keeps the whole thing new for us.

    Will it be you next Sunday?

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