The Redbeard Blog / women's cycling

  • 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.


  • She Builds

    She Builds from Jon Chew on Vimeo.


    Bek and Jon Chew, two Redbeard Bikes regulars, recently made a short film, "She Builds," in which Bek builds her own bike. We think it's a beautiful, inspiring piece, and wanted to share it with you.

    KN: What inspired you to make this film?
    Jon: There is a general lack of online presence and videos related to women and bikes, and women building bikes more specifically. I love watching bike videos and exploring bike blogs but I came to realize that it was quite gendered and I thought that there's probably something I could do to change that. I also wanted Bek to build her own bike. I have done a couple of my own bike builds now and I knew that she would love the challenge. I also wanted her to realize that it's not difficult build your own bike and that it's a really enjoyable experience.

    KN: What was the hardest part of building the bike? Of making the film?
    Bek: Putting on the headset! We didn't have all the right tools because we were doing it at home and we were sort of doing a DIY version of the bike build so some parts were difficult, like putting on the headset. We actually put it on upside down the first time we did it too.
    Jon: For the film, we had a lot of footage so it was difficult choosing what to put in because there was lots of nice clips but you want it to be short and sweet at the same time. 

    KN: What was the most rewarding part?
    Jon: Have a beautiful bike and video at the end of it.
    Bek: Finishing the project and having a ridable bike! Riding my bike around and knowing every part of the bike and how it was put
    together is really rewarding. I feel like building the bike myself has taken my love and knowledge of bikes to the next level. 

    KN: Anything else you'd like to share?
    Bek: There's no way that I would have attempted to build the bike without Jon there to show me what to do but I hope that that is not a limitation to other women who are interested in building their own bikes because, like everything these days, if you want to build something you can find out all you need to know on the interwebs...and I would really encourage other women to give bike building a go. It is not as difficult as you might think, doesn't require physical grunt (as I thought it would), and it will help you a lot with your bike maintenance in the future.

    Thank you, Jon and Bek, for sharing your project with us!

    Below: Bek and Jon in the Finger Lakes, with their custom-painted Lynskeys.

  • WE Bike NYC Fundraiser this Thursday!

    Our friends at WE Bike NYC are hosting their annual fundraiser this Thursday, 10/16, at 7pm!

    WE Bike NYC, is a group based in New York City open to all women, female-identifying, and gender non-conforming people who enjoy biking (or think they might). WE Bike aims to break down barriers to cycling by offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride scholarships. WE Bike because it’s a great way to get around New York, it’s healthy and it’s FUN!

    The party is open to all! It's happening at Black Bear Bar, 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg.

    Enter their raffle for a chance to win a free bike fitting at Redbeard Bikes, and other cool prizes.


  • Redbeard Bikes Ladies' Night Flight

    Ladies - you know who you are. To you -- the bicycle is freedom! You don't ride -- you fly. (See poster below.)

    Sure, your bike takes you from Point A to Point B. But sometimes you want Point Z.

    Z for Zen.

    Point Z is -- ready? -- Prospect Park at night. It's New York City's best kept secret -- along with a few cafes I cannot name here, lest Time Out New York writes about them.

    And on Thursday nights - you too can go there. Because Thursday night is the Redbeard Bikes Ladies' Night Flight.

    We meet on Grand Army Plaza at the entrance to the Park. We usually do 3 laps, though you are welcome to peel off early or stay longer.

    All ladies, all bikes, all styles, all riding levels are welcome! We'll talk about bikes. And life. We'll listen to the crickets, and look out for raccoons. We will ride through the winter -- although heavy rain, snow, or ice cancels. (We'll play it by ear; check Facebook for latest status update.)


    • A front and rear light for your bike (available at Redbeard Bikes).
    • A desire to ride in company.
    • No apologies about your speed!

    P.S. Please tag photos #redbeardbikes and #ladieswhofly!

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