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rapha cycle club nyc pop-up to open july 3

Ooooh, velojoy can practically feel the fine knit of Rapha’s stylish, high-performance road cycling clothes, hear the raucous cheers that will accompany daily screenings of the Tour de France and smell the aroma from a cup of Third Rail Coffee, as construction proceeds at the Bowery storefront where the London-based firm will open its NYC pop-up shop next week.

Rapha Cycle Club Pop-Up Opening Card

photo: rapha

Rapha Storefront NYC Under Construction

The new Rapha pop-up storefront under construction on the Bowery. photo: velojoy

The Rapha Cycle Club NYC, which will be open for three months beginning July 3, will be a “meeting place where cyclists can celebrate the glory and suffering of road cycing,” according to the launch invitation. Unlike other pop-ups, the store will accommodate not only a retail space, but also a cafe and a gallery. A full calendar of events and exhibitions is planned for throughout the summer.

Rapha Cycle Club NYC 2010

352 Bowery at Great Jones

Store Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day

weekend joyrides: june 19 – 20

There’s plenty of cycling fun to be had this Father’s Day weekend. For your enJOYment:

Saturday, June 19

The Ride to Montauk

Choose 30, 66, 100 or 145 mile options departing from Manhattan or Babylon. The finish line for all riders is Montauk at the magnificent eastern tip of the south shore of Long Island.

Here’s what’s new for 2010, according to the ride organizers:  children under 12 ride free, faster bike pickup after the ride, and the option to pick up your bike on Sunday.

Day-of-event registration is available.

Photo of bike constructed of branches and leaves - Ride to Montauk

photo: Chris Toalson

NY DOT Helmet Give-Away

  • noon – 4 pm
  • Central Park, near the Band Shell at 72nd Street

What’s more important than keeping your noggin safe? The New York Department of Transportation will distribute free bike helmets to riders of all ages, while supplies last.

The  giveaway is part of Adventurers NYC, an afternoon of biking, climbing, paddling and more, sponsored by the NYC Department of Recreation and Backpacker Magazine, in celebration of  NYC parks and the great outdoors.

Sunday, June 20 – Father’s Day

37th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic by Rockstar Games

  • noon – 6 pm
  • Marcus Garvey Park, 121st Street and Fifth Avenue

Enjoy fast, spectator-friendly bike racing. Watch pros compete for a $15,000 purse on the .75-mile square course around Marcus Garvey Park. Or jump on your own bike and race in the David Walker Memorial Pro/Am. The adult community and children’s division races are designated NYC Mayor’s Cup programs, so competition is for the title of “Fastest Riders in NYC.” Could be the best Father’s Day gift ever.

The Story of The Lost Cyclist

  • 2 pm
  • Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103rd and 104th Streets)

Author David Herlihy will discuss his new book The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, an account of adventure and intrigue surrounding 19th century cyclist Frank Lenz. Free with museum admission. Information: 917-492-3395

Joyride Art Show

  • June 17- 20, noon – 6 pm
  • Dash Gallery, 172 Duane Street
Lance's Tequila Bike for Girls by Tom Sachs

Lance's Tequila Bike for Girls by Tom Sachs at the Joyride Art Show. photo: velojoy

The Joyride Art Show, presented by the Bicycle Film Festival and Anonymous Gallery, assembles established international and emerging artists around a passion for cycling. Selections range from a large-scale painting by the street artist WK to photos of BMX legend Mat Hoffman shot by director Spike Jonze during the filming of Birth of Big Air.

…and don’t forget the full schedule of bike-themed films all weekend at the 2010 Bike Film Festival NY.

Happy Father’s Day from velojoy!

bff10 lights up screen in celebration of bicycles

Bike Film Festival New York PosterCan’t get enough biking on the road? Then try the cinema. The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival – New York City, presented by Brendt Barbur, blasts off today and runs through Sunday with a mind-boggling array of art, film and music that celebrates cycling. Among highlights of the 77 films and videos: Birth of Big Air, the story of fearless, high-flying and orthopedic surgery-prone BMX  legend Mat Hoffman, directed by Hoffman’s friend Jeff Tremaine and produced by Mark Lewman, Priya Swaminathan and Spike Jonze with Dickhouse Productions (trailer below).  In Lucas Brunelle Line of Sight, Benny Zenga and Brunelle turn the camera on the “international man of mystery” and master documenter of alleycat races. The helmet-cam shots of the inbetween spaces and blind spots where the riders race will take your breath away. Also intriguing: Inside Kenk, a documentary by Jason Gilmore focusing on a Toronto used-bike-shop owner Igor Kenk, who was arrested in 2008 after police found almost 3,000 stolen bikes hoarded in garages around the city. The question: What compelled him? At the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street. Free bicycle concierge parking available.

8 father’s day gifts under $50 for your favorite road cyclist

The most requested Father’s Day gift among the guys in my bike club? A fresh pair of legs. So they said when I conducted my admittedly unscientific poll. On an ascent. In high humidity.

While fresh legs may not be in the cards, dads are sure to appreciate these cycling gifts, each for under $50, to help make the road ahead a little smoother:

Castelli cycling glove

Cycling Gloves: You know that crusty pair that’s tough to touch even when it emerges from the wash? Sneak a peak at the size, then deliver an upgrade to cush. Castelli Rosso Corsa Bike Gloves feature mesh palms with silicone grip padding, easy pull-on and thick terry pads at the thumbs. They fit like, well you know. List $49.99

Mulitool for cycling

Multi-Tool: The Crank Brothers Mulit10 Minitool packs all the features Dad needs for speedy roadside adjustments.  The aluminum frame is super-slim and houses sturdy, extra-long hex wrenches, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers and a t-25 torx wrench for disc rotors. The finish reminds Dad he’s good as gold. List: $49

Top Tube Box for Cycling

Top-Tub Box: What velojoy likes about the Louis Garneau Gel Box is that, unlike other models with mesh tops, this one comes with a removable rain cover to protect Dad’s stuff in case of an unexpected shower. Small feature, big benefit. List: $7

Backup Battery for iPhone

Spare Battery: If your dad is using his iPhone for GPS mapping, you may have heard him grouse about the battery drain on long rides in the boonies. The Griffin PowerBlock AC Charger and Rechargable Backup Battery charges phone and a detachable backup battery, which fits in Dad’s jersey pocket. Great for business travel, as well. List: $39.95

Smartphone Mount for BikeSmartphone Mount: Keep Dad’s smartphone secure and within easy view, in case you need him to pick up a carton of milk on the way home. The Arkon Bicycle Mount for Blackberry is designed for use with the Curve, Tour and Bold 9700. Comes in an iPhone version, too. List: $19.95

Book cover - Bike SnobLatest Books: Dad has probably been reading the Bikesnobnyc  blog or Bikesnob’s column in Bicycling magazine. Now he can revel in the smart, snarky and no-longer-anonymous voice of Eben Weiss in the new book:  BikeSnob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning The World of Cycling. Chronicle Books. List: $16.95

Lost Cyclist - Book Cover

If Dad’s taste runs more toward history, then choose The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. Author David Herlihy chronicles the joys, hardships and intrigue surrounding 19th century bicycle adventurer Frank Lenz . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. List: $26

Compression SocksRecovery Socks: Help dad minimize soreness from today’s workout for tomorrow’s ride. 2XU Compression Recovery Socks help improve circulation and flush out lactic acid. Long-haul business flyers appreciate these too. List: $50

Finally, you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate from Dad’s favorite bike shop. Too impersonal? What could be more loving than encouraging a passion?

lessons from shipping a road bike cross-country for the first time

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe wasn’t my first century, but it was my inaugural long-haul trip with a bike box. So I learned a couple of lessons, some the hard way. Sure it’s a schlep, but once you reach your destination, it’s all about the joy of the ride.

Shipping by air: Shipping options abound, but I chose commercial air — both because the bike shipping services I investigated required long lead times and because it was cheaper. American Airlines charged me $100 each way. Read about their baggage allowances here. Bike box charges and availability of cargo space vary, so check with your airline.

Passenger Jet Landing

Photo: stock.xchng

Bike containers: I shipped my bike in a Serfas hard case. Since I didn’t feel ready to commit to an expensive purchase, I rented the box for $10/day from a local bike shop. If you prefer to use a carton, most bike shops will give you a free cardboard box and discarded packing materials from shipments of new bikes entering inventory.

Packing: While I pride myself on self-sufficiency, I think I made the wrong call in disassembling the bike and packing it myself. Prime takeaway: Pay a bike shop to pack the bike first time out. Watch and learn how an experienced mechanic does it. The quotes I received from bike shops were in the $50 range for this service.

The box came with instructions, and I studied plenty of resources on the web (links below), but I will always wonder whether or not my first-time packing job contributed to the cracked top tube that we discovered just before the event. Did I hear, “Duh”?

Airport checkin: Give yourself extra time when departing for the airport. American advised me that oversize baggage may be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

TSA: On both legs of my round trip, a card placed inside my bike box notified me that it had been opened for inspection by the Transportation Security Administration. I used zip ties (which were removed), but here’s a list of TSA-recognized baggage locks.

Note: Remember to let the air out of your tires and to remove the CO2 cartridges from your saddle bag.

Baggage claim: In San Francisco at mid-day, my bike box was available for pickup at the airline’s luggage office. On late arrival in NYC, I was paged to an attendant near the baggage carousel.

Ground transport: Stick a wad of dollar bills in your pocket before departure. Job One, especially if you are traveling alone, will be to grab a luggage cart from a dispenser in the baggage claim area or to hail a porter.

Pushing the box around is a bulky proposition; allow extra time to find elevators. For example, at San Francisco International, several elevators were required to transport my cart to the tram for the rental car center.

Car rental: If you’re traveling as a group, arrange in advance for an SUV. Since I was meeting up with friends in Tahoe, I chose the cheapest premium car rate, shoved the bike box in the back seat and stowed my luggage in the trunk.

Pre-event assembly and tuning: Contact a reliable bike shop near your lodging — in advance of your trip — to make an appointment for bike re-assembly and light tuning. You can count on something being a little out of whack from time served in the travel case. The quotes that I received for this service ranged from $50 to $65. (Parts extra.) Most bike shops also want advance notice to break down and pack the bike for your trip home.

Hang onto all your packing materials; secure a plastic bag containing zip ties, packing tape, electrical tape and some wet-wipes inside the bike box. (I save the little packets from take-out deliveries for this purpose.)

Edification and entertainment: threads:

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Have you got bike packing tips, adventures or misadventures to share. Please comment!

a bike frame holds and ambbr is in the books

Wheeee! That’s the sound of velojoy on a fast 5-mile descent from Spooner Summit, the aforementioned really big hill of America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

The Big Blue vistas are not merely beautiful. They are toss-you-against-a-wall and smack-your-senses-around breathtaking. And they are the AMBBR cyclists’ constant companions on the right-hand side of the clockwise route that straddles California and Nevada. Crick in your neck much?

Enjoy this view from the eastern shore of the lake! Ride wrap-up and century tips to come.

Vista from Lake Tahoe's eastern shore.

With views of Lake Tahoe like this to fuel the 100-mile ride, who needs Gu? Photo: velojoy


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