Bike Month NYC events
Mon Apr 25 2011
New Amsterdam Bicycle Show
Gearheads will be tempted by the goods at this giant cycling bonanza, where shops and global companies will showcase the latest trends on two wheels. Take a test cruise in the indoor demo area, or see if those spinning classes (see left) have paid off during a stationary pedaling challenge sponsored by the Kissena Cycling Club. Center 548, 548 W 22nd St at Eleventh Ave (newambikeshow.com). Sat 30 10am--7pm; $20, advance $15.
Blessing of the Bicycles
Hundreds of commuters are expected to wheel to the Upper West Side for this annual gathering; simply bring a nonmotorized vehicle (including two-wheelers, scooters and even roller skates) to have it blessed by the Reverend Canon Thomas P. Miller. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St (theblessingofthebikes.com). Sat 30 at 9:30am; free.
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Sure, running a marathon is daunting, but more than 30,000 bikers will attempt an even longer distance during this 42-mile spin through the five boroughs. The tour, now in its 34th year, sold out the day after registration opened, but you can still cheer riders on. Ride begins at Battery Park, Battery Pl at Greenwich St (bikenewyork.org). Sun 1 at 8am; sold out.
Bike Night at the Brooklyn Brewery
Down $1 beers in the name of charity at Braking the Cycle's annual fund-raiser, the proceeds from which benefit AIDS and HIV prevention (the group has raised $2.5 million in the past eight years). Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (brakingthecycle.org). May 11 7:30--9:30pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Brooklyn Bike Jumble
Find low-cost rides at this annual flea market, now in its third year. More than 30 vendors are expected to peddle wares that range from $50 to $500; you can also salivate over new models from local bike builders, which will be on display. Old Stone House, 336 3rd St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (nybikejumble.com). May 14 10am--4pm; free.—Amanda Angel
Small Wheeled Bike Race and Folds Up Folding Bike Festival
Environmental and cycling advocacy group Time's Up devotes a day to unique steeds. First, small-spoked bikes (there's a 20-inch wheel maximum) will race through Central Park; then, folding specimens will get their due in a jaunt from 23rd Street at the Hudson River to a bash in Stuyvesant Cove Park, where designers such as Peter Reich of Swift Folder and David Lam of bfold will explain how they turn sturdy frames into origamiesque constructions. Location and time vary; visit times-up.org for details. May 14; free.
2011 Montauk Century
Put your quadriceps to the test with a 145-mile endurance ride from Penn Station to the tip of Montauk Point on Long Island. (There are 65- and 100-mile options for riders who find the idea of biking 145 miles slightly terrifying.) The scenic trip along the South Shore takes advantage of a nice tail wind, but make sure to save some energy for the end: The last five miles along Montauk Highway are the hilliest. Meet at Penn Station, northeast corner of Eighth Ave and W 31st St (5bbc.org/montauk). May 15; start time varies; $70--$90.
National Bike to Work Day
Transportation Alternatives is behind this citywide initiative promoting eco-friendly commuting options. Cyclists can pick up free iced coffee, fruit and Clif Bars at seven points throughout the five boroughs, including four of the East River bridges, the West Side greenway at 70th Street and the Bronx County Courthouse. Location varies; visit bikemonthnyc.com for details. May 20 6--10am; free.
Seventh Annual Bicycle Fetish Day
The City Reliquary takes over a Williamsburg street during this cycling-centric fair, where two-wheeled objects of affection are given the run of the block. Riders can compete for bike gear in contests ranking the most family-friendly and the Best Mutant rides. Havemeyer St between Grand and Hope Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-4842, cityreliquary.org). May 28 noon--6pm; free.
Tour de Brooklyn
If competitive riding isn't your thing, sign up for this 18-mile cruise accommodating all levels, which starts near the Brooklyn Museum. From there you'll head through Prospect Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Canarsie, where riders can stop for a breather and a snack on the pier. Organizers expect more than 2,500 bikers to sign up when registration opens on May 12. Meet at Prospect Heights High School, 883 Classon Ave at Union St, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (tourdebrooklyn.org). June 5 at 8am; $10, Transportation Alternatives members $5.