Fast Boy Cycles is one of my favorite shops. Ok, it might because of their use of wooden handle bars and the pit bull photo on their website but that’s totally legit, right? If you love their bikes as much as I do and unlike myself have the money to order one, hop to it if you want one by summertime.

Ezra the man behind the shop is in a “bit of a fight with cancer” (his words) and says he can take maybe 3-4 more orders if you want a bike by summertime. He sent the mailing list out this note today:

First! I’ve been in business as Fast Boy Cycles for almost exactly a year now, and it has been a great success. Thank you all. I’ve built and sold about 20 bikes this year, and each has been my new favorite. This coming year promises to be even more productive.

Next. Many of you are aware from my flickr page and blog, that I am currently in a bit of a fight with cancer. However! in the words of the great Mark Twain, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” I am currently undergoing a regimen of post surgical chemotherapy which knocks me out for about a week out of every two. During the good weeks, I AM working. Some of my friends have pointed out that this makes my level of productivity much more like everyone else’s. Fair enough, I guess. All this to say that Fast Boy Cycles is alive and well, and taking orders. While I still have a handful of bikes in the queue, now would be a good time to order if you want to be riding a Fast Boy by summer time. (I can probably only guarantee that for the next 3 or 4 orders.

We wish you well, Ezra.

[via Fast Boy Cycles]


Found a great post from BushwickBK on local bike shop Velo Brooklyn 1342 DeKalb, Brooklyn NY. It’s woman owned!

In its six months of existence, this unassuming building on DeKalb Avenue has been called “Brooklyn Bikes,” “Bike Shop,” and most recently, “Velo Brooklyn.” With nothing but a hanging canvas sign to mark its place, this one-room, woman-owned bike shop is evolving as rapidly as the neighborhood it occupies. […BushwickBK]

“TAK is a Japanese guy living in NYC. He has been taking amazing photos of NYC bike culture for years. His photo exhibition, New York Bike Dreams, [was] on display in Tokyo. The reception party was insane. Free drinks, good music, great photos, and bike tricks. Here’s a taste. (nothing is sped up or slowed down)

“Let it Roll” by Hieroglyphics
“A Day at The Races” by Jurassic 5
“Marijuana” by Richie Spice, Ratatat, and Diplo”


NYC Five Borough Bike Tour

This fills up quick so I am putting the word out now. Reblog if you’re going to attend (or comment below!). Hope to see you there!

There are 42 miles of adventure ahead on May 3, when you can ride car-free through New York City! Join 30,000 cyclists for the largest recreational cycling event in America. Registration is limited, so act fast to assure yourself of a spot and save money by registering early. Entry Details and Registration >

The journey starts in Lower Manhattan. You’ll head north through the heart of Manhattan to Central Park and continue on to historic Harlem and the Bronx, returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there you’ll cross into Queens and then Brooklyn, where cyclists take over the highway before making the thrilling climb up—and down—the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. The route is 42 miles, mostly flat except for the bridges. Route Details >

New Charity Program

Would your charity like to raise funds by participating in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour? Check out our new program of charitable admissions to the Tour. Charity Entries >

Need a Bike?

Bike and Roll NYC is the preferred rental partner for the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour and your key to a hassle-free day. With a Bike & Roll rental package you get:

  • Your choice of Trek bicycles—hybrid, road, and kids bikes available.
  • Bike delivered to the start or picked up beforehand, tuned up and ready to go.
  • Bike drop-off on Staten Island, so you don’t have to wait in the bike line for the ferry.

Click here for details and reservations. Early reservation is recommended as some sizes and styles are limited.”

[via NYC Tumbls]

Might I also add that for those worried about the length or pace of the ride, it is rather leisurely and friendly to all. This is no race.

It feels really great to be able to connect with bike enthusiasts around the world via the internet. I’ve already meet quite a few bike lovers through this blog and am excited for the future possibilities. Activism is alive and well in places besides NYC and Copenhagen. I love that city and wish I lived there at times (check out the Copenhaganize link on the side) but here are some worldly blogs I’ve run across in the past weeks.

Found this blog via twitter! Bums on a Saddle is trying to make a difference in the way cycling is experienced in India. They even have a Bangalore Critical Mass!

Another Twitter find, Melbourne Cyclist is a site for cyclists in Melbourne, Australia to talk, share hints, bike nerd tips and generally stay informed.

Bike Russia chronicles a man’s journey from Amsterdam to Vladivostok across Eurasia.

And of course who can forget Columbus, OH? Bike Columbus is making the street safer for the folks of Ohio.

Know of a great site I missed? Comment below!

Brooklyn By Bike has some big changes coming in the next few weeks – namely more writers (we hope soon) and a new design! More on all of that soon.

In the meantime I present to you possibly the best designed bike site out there, Hufnagel Cycles. Straight out of where else but Portland, OR and run by guy named Jordan Hufnagel, we feel in love with his clean and simple website.

Hufnagel Cycles

Our favorite designs include Tessa’s 650 Single Speeder and Chris’ Blue Baby. We can’t direct link to the posts so maybe its not the most perfect site, but it’s still pretty to look at. I encourage you to peruse the site or check out more of their designs via Fickr.

[via Hufnagel Cycles]

We are planning on attending tonight and it would be great to see you there!

via [HipsterNascar via bike short films]