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  • Snow Day, Saturday, 1/23

    The shop is closed today, Saturday, 1/23. Enjoy the snow day, everyone!

    We'll keep you posted about Sunday hours.

     

  • Redbeard Holiday Hours

    Redbeard Bikes will be closed for the holidays on: 

    Friday, 12/25
    Thursday, 12/31
    Friday, 1/1

    We'll be open regular hours all other days:

    Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fri: 12 pm to 8 pm
    Sat: 11 am to 6 pm
    Sun: 1 pm to 6 pm
    Wed: Closed

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

     

     
  • Cyber Sale Ends 12/6 - Save 20%

    Giro Synthe (2015)

    We are running a Cyber Monday sale on bags, cycling apparel, and other select accessories. Good news – the sale will run all week! It starts Monday, 11/30 @ 12:01 AM and ends on Sunday, 12/6 @ 11:59 PM.

    Photo Credit: Ilya Nikhamin

  • Fat and Frozen

     

    718 Cyclery announces "Fat and Frozen," NYC's first fatbike race.

    The race will happen on Saturday, January 23rd 2016 at Cunningham Park in Queens NYC.

    The goal of this event is to raise awareness of large tire off-road riding, as will as showcase the work of CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers).  

    Registration is required, and beginners are welcome. 

    They anticipate many entries, so please register soon. They will have a fleet of demo fatbikes for test rides and racing!

    More details & registration here.

  • Meet Kissena Ride: Sunday, 11/29

     

    Interested in learning more about racing with Kissena Cycling Club? Join the next Meet Kissena Ride on Sunday, November 29th.

    You MUST RSVP and sign a waiver here to participate!

    Meet Kissena rides leave at 9 a.m. on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. Be prepared for 2-3 hours round trip with a rest stop in Piermont, NY.

    We will cancel for unsafe (or profoundly unpleasant) weather. Watch your email or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for cancellation notices.

    Requirements:

    • Well maintained bike (drop-style handlebars)
    • Flat kit (spare tube, tire levers, C02 or pump, money)
    • Your phone in a waterproof case (ziplocks work great!)
    • Food and water for the ride
    • Season and condition appropriate tires
    • No headphones
    • No aerobars
    • A well-fitting helmet on your head!

    We look forward to riding with you!

     

     

  • Thanksgiving Schedule

    #OptOutside

    Redbeard Bikes will be closed for Thanksgiving:

    • Thursday, November 26
    • Friday, November 27

    We are excited that some sports/outdoors retailers (such as REI and Giro) will be closed on Black Friday as part of #OptOutside.

    We encourage you to spend the day outdoors with the people you love!

    We will be open Saturday, November 28, 11 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, November 29, 1 PM to 6 PM.

  • Velocio Recon Road Trip!

    All over the USA, Kristy Scrymgeour, founder of Velocio Apparel, has been #chasingfall with the #ReconRoadTrip. This Sunday, 11/15, join Kristy & Redbeard for a social ride in Brooklyn!

    We kick off with breakfast @ Brooklyn Roasting Company in DUMBO @ 930 AM, ride @ 10 AM.

    Grab your friends & LET'S GO RIDE BIKES!

    All are welcome!

    Route TBA here on Saturday, but we're keeping it Brooklyn. (30-40 miles with options to cut out early.)

  • Revolution, Evolution: Krista Christophe

    Biking has been a big part of Krista Christophe’s life for nearly a decade, but in the last year even she is a bit surprised at how much she’s learned about bikes.

    In 2006, when she was in college in Chicago, Krista got her first bike since junior high from a family whose children she babysat. It was a barely-used Schwinn, and it served her well for three years in the flat, highly bikeable midwestern metropolis. Then someone lifted the Schwinn from her apartment building’s backyard. “When it was stolen, I cried like a baby,” she says.

    Soon thereafter, she moved back home to Lubbock, Texas to live with her family. Despite her hometown’s car-centric culture, Krista made a point of biking to work everyday - no small feat across Texas distances on a used Peugeot. “People thought I was a freak for biking to work because everyone drives everywhere,” she recalls. But the climate was hospitable - with barely any snow or heavy rain, she can count on her hands the number of days she didn’t commute by bike over four years living in Lubbock. It soon caught on with coworkers. “I started a bike revolution. By bike revolution, I mean three other people out of two hundred employees also started biking.”

    In early summer of 2014, Krista moved to New York. “At the time, I would have said I was really into bikes,” based on years of bike commuting. In mid-August she started working for Redbeard Bikes, building up the shop's website. After hanging out with the owners and mechanics, she realized that when it came to the bikes themselves, she “was an utter and total initiate. A novice."

    After soaking up some of the shop knowledge, Krista got her first brand-new bike. It was a Giant Momentum Street. She was struck immediately by the difference. “It fit me way better than the Peugeot - that one I had to jump on to get on. I was amazed at how different it was to ride a bike that’s the right size."

    Four months ago, Krista got her second bike because, as she says, “I was ready to step up my ride game. I wanted to take longer rides.” She got a Liv Avail 3 in a striking blue and orange alternating between that on longer rides and the Momentum for commuting. Altogether she bikes between 50 and 100 miles per week, depending on whether she does shop rides.

    The Avail has become such a part of Krista’s life that she decided to name it: Avery. She’s most fond of her sixty to ninety minute training rides in Prospect Park. “It’s nimble,” she says. But aside from being a joy to ride, the Avail has other traits to recommend it. “It’s very attractive. People compliment it. It’s ready to go with me.”

     

    Alex Yablon is an NYC based journalist. He writes the for the independent, nonprofit news organization The Trace

    Sam Polcer is an NYC based photographer. He is the author and photographer of the Preferred Mode blog.  

  • Ride with Redbeard + Cognoscenti in Colorado next August

     

    We're excited to invite you to ride with us in Colorado next August! We're partnering with Cognoscenti to bring you 5 days of unparalleled riding and dining.

    We'll stay at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, one of the richest intersections of cycling and food and wine in the world. We'll be riding some incredible routes with current and former pro-cyclists as our hosts and guides, and eating at the best restaurants in town!

    There are also hundreds of miles of hiking trails accessible right from town, so if your partner doesn't ride, there will be lots for him or her to do!

    We've reserved eight spots on the August 13-17th tour, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more, and to make a reservation. (Save $500 if you sign up before December 31st.)

    If you have any questions, please give Ilya or Kasia a call at (718) 858-2453, or email us: redbeard@redbeardbikes.com.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Riding With the Wind: Martha Bear Dallis

    Martha Bear Dallis

    During her first season of cycling this year, Martha Bear Dallis, 57, accidentally wore her helmet backwards on a ride. Distracted by turtles, she forgot to unclip her cycling shoes from her pedals and fell over on another rider. She accidentally deleted Strava data, which, to anyone who uses Strava, knows the sinking feeling of loss that comes with such erasure.

    Still, like so many cyclists who experience setbacks, Martha keeps riding.

    “The one thing about biking is that you have to give yourself a break,” Martha said. She and her husband, David Dallis, live in Brooklyn and Kingston, and the two of them are upstate weekend warriors.

     Martha Bear Dallis

    Martha works to promote wellness in corporations. It has been said that sitting is the new smoking. She made a goal last winter not only to improve her own wellness, but also to be able to keep up with David. 

    “It’s not about a number on a scale; it’s not about a dress size. I’ve lost a few pounds, but I’m biking because I want to be able to be strong,” Martha said.
    After spending time on trainer over the winter, she began cycling outdoors in the spring. She rode on her bottom-of-the-line bicycle, which was heavy, had flat platform pedals, and was a little outdated.

    One day, David surprised her with a Liv Avail Advanced 1. Martha compared riding her new bike to driving a Porsche. Riding an inexpensive bike, though she didn’t think much of it, turned out to be a disservice.

    “They’re just not great. You’re missing the mechanical advantage,” Martha said. “I need as much mechanical advantage as possible because that helps me get stronger.”

    Martha Bear Dallis

    Equipped with the physics of a high-end road bike, she could focus on having more fun and learning to deal with different riding conditions.

    “It’s a big math puzzle,” she said. “Wind velocity is like having another person on the road with you.”

    If you find yourself upstate near Kingston, Martha recommends her favorite ride: Hurley Mountain. The ride starts in Kingston, and heads into farmland. The half-way point is Davenport Farms. Fill your water bottle with fresh, ice-cold water from the same reservoir that supplies NYC with drinking water before heading onward.

    Martha Bear Dallis

    “My face gets all red, and I completely sweat, and I just don’t care. Every time you go out, it’s hard. That’s the thing about riding, is you go out, and it’s hard. There’s a magical thing that happens when you start to ride,” she said. “You’re gliding.”

    Martha Bear Dallis

     

     

    Rebecca Bratburd is an NYC based journalist. She writes the cycling blog Demystifying Women's Cycling

    Sam Polcer is an NYC based photographer. He is the author and photographer of the Preferred Mode blog.  

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