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The Redbeard Blog / what to wear

  • Cheat Sheet: 7 Things You Need To Ride All Winter

    Whether you hail from Eastern Europe, Canada, or the American midwest, you've probably heard the expression, "There is no bad weather; only bad clothes." 

    Here at Redbeard, we agree one hundred percent. If you want to ride your bike all winter, you will need the right clothes...and a few other things. We wrote you a cheat sheet. 

    Don't have a bike? January and February are the best months to buy one! The shop is quiet, so you'll get lots of personalized attention...and when spring comes, you'll be fitter and faster than everyone who took the train all winter. 

    1. Socks & Gloves
    Feet and hands get cold first. Wool socks will keep your feet toasty. They retain heat well and wick away moisture. And you don't need to wash them after each wear!

    Gloves are tricky. Are they waterproof? Windproof? For what temperatures are they designed? You may need more than one pair to get you through the winter. How far do you usually ride? Do you ride in heavy rain, or just drizzle? We'll help you find the right glove. We even have some on sale -- real steals.

    2. Hats, Face Warmers, Balaclavas 
    Most of us don't have a big red beard to keep us warm! If the temperature is below freezing, don't leave home without a Gore hat and facewarmer, or a balaclava.

    3. The rest of your outfit
    The rule of thumb is: several breathable thin layers, and a waterproof and/or windproof shell. Our favorite pieces include the Gore Windstopper Phantom Jacket for guys, and the Velocio Mid-Jacket or Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket for gals. Pop in and try on these gems.

     
    Photo: Kasia in Gore Windstopper jacket and leggings, Gore lobster gloves, and Planet
    Bike booties. Her Lynskey is outfitted with a Tubus rear rack and an Ortlieb City-Biker Bag.

    4. Fenders 
    Keep your butt and back dry with a rear fender. Better still: get a full coverage set (front and rear) and keep the salt spray out of your face.

    5. Waterproof panniers or backpack
    Whether you ride with a rack and panniers, or a carry a backpack or messenger bag, that thing better be waterproof! We whole-heartedly recommend Ortlieb. Browse online, or better yet, bring your stuff to the shop and see which bag holds it best.

    6. Friends who ride 
    Whether you're commuting, or training, pair up with a friend to stay motivated! Friends don't ride? Spend some time at Redbeard Bikes (or anywhere in DUMBO) and you're bound to meet someone! 

    7. Indoor Trainer &/or Spin Classes
    Let's face it. There will be days when the roads are icy, the temperature is in the low teens, and the wind is roaring 20 MPH. Turn up the tunes and jump on your indoor Cycle Ops trainer. Or zip over to your favorite gym for a spin class. The Fitness Guru here in DUMBO just added a Bike 'N Rip class: spin followed by boot camp

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    Photo: Graydon Kolk's Surly Straggler, outfitted with fenders, a front rack,
    and grippy winter tires, built up by Redbeard Bikes.

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    All products that appear in-stock on our website can be picked up in person at Redbeard Bikes. If an item is out-of-stock, it's typically just a day or two away. Don't see what you want? Tell us! We'll happily special order.

  • Sunday Ride Departs @ 8:30 AM

    Good news, everyone! Our Sunday ride to River Road now leaves the shop @ 8:30 AM!

    What will you do with the extra hour? Sleep in? Drink a hot cuppa? Do extra laps in the park?

    Kat Daley with tips on winter riding, via Velocio

    Details for this and our other shop rides, here.
  • 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.

  • Velocio Signature Bib Will Rock Your World

    Equinox picked the Velocio Women's Signature Bib Shorts for their list of 7 fall cycling essentials -- and we agree 100%.

    The Velocio bib is the best bib I've worn. Ladies, take note: the mesh bib upper = no straps sliding around.

    I swear, this thing makes you faster. (A lion doesn't think twice about its skin; it simply chases the gazelle.)

    Redbeard Bikes is the only shop in New York to carry the line! Both the shorts and knickers versions of the bib are available in the shop now. We also have the new spin tops and spin shorts.

    You can try the Velocio bib for 30 days. If you're not satisfied, you can return it for a refund.

     

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