• 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!
  • 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.

  • What To Wear? What To Bring?

    Earlier this week I wrote about our Sunday morning shop rides here.

    You might be thinking, What do I bring? What do I wear?

    We recommend:

    • Helmet
    • Water
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable riding clothes. Bike shorts make a world of difference on a long ride. And most cycling jerseys have ample pockets to store your stuff.
    • Two spare tubes. The Redbeard crew always travels with tools, so we'll be able to fix flats on the road, but it's best practice to bring your own tubes.
    • A small snack. I'm a big fan of Honey Stinger energy chews -- easy to eat on the fly!

    ...and what bike?

    You can ride any bike you like, but keep in mind that we'll be covering about 40 miles, including hills! Geared bikes are better suited than single speeds, and road bikes with drop bars will probably be more comfortable than flat-bar bikes. That said, if you only have a flat-bar bike, join us anyway, and go as far as you can!


    Redbeard cycling jerseys, as well as Gore Bikewear shorts and jerseys, are available the shop. We are always happy to special order if you we don't have your size or style!


    Questions? Call (718) 858-2453 or email kasia@redbeardbikes.com.

  • Over the river & through the woods

    Confession: yesterday I rode over the George Washington Bridge, and up River Road, for the first time ever! And I didn't want to come home. It's so beautiful out there: trees, birds, the river. And hills. Yes. But for every uphill that burned, there was a soaring downhill: a balm to the legs.

    I've been hearing about the magical River Road for years, but I've been stuck in a loop, commuting, and doing laps in Prospect Park. Yesterday, I finally broke out of my regular orbit -- and so can you!

    Because every Sunday morning, Redbeard Bikes leads a shop ride up the West Side Highway, over the GW Bridge, and up River Road or 9W.

    This is a no-drop ride, which means we'll go at the pace of our slowest rider. We'll set the pace and distance based on who shows up, and we'll check in with each other along the way to see how people are doing.

    Every Sunday. Meet at Redbeard Bikes at 7:15 AM, depart at 7:30 AM.

    Tomorrow on the blog: a Q-and-A about what to wear and what to bring. Stay tuned.

    Questions? Ideas? Email me at kasia@redbeardbikes.com, or send a message on Facebook.

  • Sunday Shop Ride

    Ride with us this Sunday, 6/22! 

    Redbeard Bikes 9W shop ride meets at the shop at 7:15 AM. We leave at 7:30 AM sharp. 

    Our route: Brooklyn Bridge, West Side greenway, GW Bridge, 9W. On previous rides we've gone to the Ranger Station, or the Market, but it really depends on the group! 

    This is a no-drop ride, which means we'll go at the pace of our slowest rider. We're happy to point out convenient spots to turn around, if you need to head back early.
    Bonus points if you wear a Redbeard jersey!
  • Redbeard Bikes shop ride

    Ride with us this Sunday, 6/8!
    Redbeard Bikes 9W shop ride meets at the shop at 7:15 AM. We leave at 7:30 AM sharp. 

    Our route: Brooklyn Bridge, West Side greenway, GW Bridge, 9W.
    This is a no-drop ride, and we're happy to point out convenient spots for people to turn around. 

    Bonus points if you wear a Redbeard jersey!
  • Ladies' night ride in Prospect Park

    This will be a brisk (but not crazy) ride. We'll get our heart rates up, but will also get acquainted. I hope to make this a recurring ride!

    Thurs. 5/8. Meet at Redbeard Bikes @ 7:45pm, leave @ 8pm.

    Lights required! Rain cancels.

    Please RSVP to kasia@redbeardbikes.com.


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