Strange bikes, strange folks: Scenes from the 2013 Brooklyn Bike Kill

Brooklyn bike kill

Just another day in the neighborhood. Photo by Camille Lawhead

Crowds packed into the cul-de-sac in front of Bed-Stuy’s P.S. 54 for Black Label Bike Club’s tenth annual Brooklyn Bike Kill on Saturday. The rowdy mutant bike rally included tall bikes, a roll cage bike and a multi-person one that seemed part steamroller. There was even a stroller tower featuring one of many terrifyingly dismembered dolls. We assume this monument was a way of pouring one out for the parents who couldn’t make it all the way from Park Slope. Aside from testing the bikes, revelers participated in an intense tennis ball fight which also featured flying pita bread, shelled peanuts, bicycle tubes, plastic bins, giant foam skulls, and the occasional airborne attendee. 

Brooklyn bike kill

Some participants were real fashion heads. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Cowabunga! Photo by Camille Lawhead

Brooklyn Bike Kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Other participants used the buddy system. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Family-friendly, at least to kids who will grow up to be cooler than you. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Fun fact: You can do pull ups on this bike. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

One participant really ramping up the excitement. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

A rather beautiful tall ghost bike memorial in honor of a late Black Label member. Photo by Camille Lawhead

brooklyn bike kill

If Citi Bike ever makes it to Coney Island we hope they provide some surfboardcycles. Photo by Camille Lawhead