09/29/16 9:15am
Even the U-racks aren't thief-proof without the right locking technique. via Rawle C. Jackman / Flickr

Even the U-racks aren’t thief-proof without the right locking technique. via Rawle C. Jackman / Flickr

Thanks to 15 new miles of bike lanes this year and half a million New Yorkers getting on their bicycles each month, it is becoming somewhat safer to bike in the city. It is, however, substantially more dangerous to be a bicycle here. In three years, I have been the dysphoric victim of four bike thefts. The vast majority of big city cyclists can regale you with similar tales of woe. There’s even a Bike Batman in Seattle who makes it his mission to return over 20 stolen bicycles a year to their rightful owners.

Until Gotham gets the bicycle-saving hero that it needs, how can you keep your bike safe? The NYPD has taken a greater interest in bike theft recently, but unless your theft was on video or your ride was equipped with some nifty GPS tracker, there’s not a ton they can do. The good news is that if you take some minimum precautions you can almost always avoid getting your ride jacked in the first place. We spoke to a few bike shops around the city and provided our own Brokelyn Bikers’ local knowledge on how New Yorkers can best secure their wheels against a five-finger discount. (more…)

09/26/16 10:28am
Like the guy who's not even in the bike lane. via Adrian Cabrero on Flickr

Like the guy who’s not even in the bike lane. via Adrian Cabrero on Flickr

Summer is over, but there’s still time to hit the pavement before winter grounds all but the hardiest of bicyclists! You’ve replaced your stolen bike seat, picked up a helmet that doesn’t make you look like a total dork, and stocked up on those sexy autumn layers.

Once upon a time cycling was merely the stuff of Tour de France hopefuls and penny farthing hipsters, but thanks to new (and hopefully permanent) newfangled bike lanes the city now welcomes everyone from Lance Armstrong wannabes to 27-year-olds still learning to ride.

We’re no Amsterdam or Portland, but you’re still going to meet some pretty distinctive Brooklynites who prefer U-locks to metrocards. And we’ve listed the six types of cyclists you’re likely to meet in the bike lanes of NYC. Which category do you fall under? (more…)

09/21/16 11:34am
No bike lane? No problem. One bike dad in Park Slope is here to fix that

No bike lane? No problem. One bike dad in Park Slope is here to fix that.

It’s hard out there for a bike.

New York cyclist deaths are up 25% this year, according to the Mayor’s 2016 management report. Earlier this summer, the Times reported Brooklyn as the most dangerous borough for cycling in the city, and Vision Zero doesn’t seem to be helping people not die at the hands of reckless drivers.

And yesterday, one cyclist enthusiast in Park Slope was so exhausted with the dangers of the city that he painted his own damn bike lane in his neighborhood. (more…)

07/13/16 10:00am
Technology has come a long way since this, though this is still a pretty baller rig. Via Flickr user macq.

Technology has come a long way since this, though this is still a pretty baller rig. Via Flickr user macq.

Ever have something that should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential area? Not that we here at Brokelyn would advocate disturbing the peace, but New York is (quite literally) a loud city, and why should automobiles have all the fun on the run when it comes to mobile sound? Radio Raheem bore the burden of the boombox, but you don’t have to!

Technology’s progressed even if society in many ways hasn’t (the racism and police brutality featured in the climax of Do the Right Thing rings truer than ever today), and your options for mobile sound compound when you bring your bicycle into the mix. The question remains: how exactly do you deck out your draisienne with dope audio? We’ll demonstrate four different ways, from shamelessly storebought to solidly soldered, depending upon whether you prefer taking it easy and taking your tunes with you indoors and out or prefer getting your hands dirty and riding around on a permanent party machine. (more…)

05/31/16 11:41am
The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors to teach kids like this how to ride. Via Facebook.

The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors to teach kids like this how to ride. Via Facebook.

Summer means biking everywhere, summer jobs, fond memories of camp and mentally high fiving every school child you pass on the street because you know they are currently living their best no-school life. Here’s a job that combines all those things: The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors for its summer program to teach kids how to ride a bike (so they can learn before they turn 27), plus bike handling and basic traffic skills so you can help breed the next generation of road warriors to help take back the streets from cars. It’s a part-time seasonal gig that pays $20 per hour, with 35 hours per week from July to August. (more…)

05/06/16 10:00am
5 reasons you're less likely to die biking in NYC than doing most anything else in New York

The science has ‘spoke’-n: bikes are safe! via BikeNYC

Nothing quite compares to the feeling of cresting the top of the Williamsburg Bridge bike lane, surveying our badass city before you shift into high gear (or not, you fixie kids) and coast the well-deserved downhill slope to the finish line on the other side. I doubt I’m the first to say it: New York is one of the world’s best cities for cycling — Bicycling Magazine named it as such in 2014— and this year we’re getting more than 15 miles of new lanes laid down.

But some of you, and you know who you are, remain terrified of riding a bike in the big city. You claim to “prefer the G.” You think that getting on a bicycle here is tantamount to joining the War Boys on their next raid for Immortan Joe.

The fact is, most of the people who worry it’s too dangerous to bike in NYC haven’t actually tried biking around the city. At least not recently. Compared to other transportation options here, biking is actually one of the safest (sorry, buses). Don’t believe it? Let us offer up a few stone cold facts about biking that might just get you two-wheeling, after all. (more…)

03/29/16 11:21am
If there were no cars, every street would be a bike lane. Just saying.

If there were no cars, every street would be a bike lane. Just saying.

We did it gang: it’s finally biking season again, or at least the season when you can bike without gloves without turning your hands into tiny little stumps of carbonite. And with the return of biking season comes the new 2016 official NYC bike map which came out yesterday and shows you where you can safely ride (until there’s a delivery van, cop car or taxi parked in the bike lane, at least). It also includes commitment to 15 new miles of bike lanes set to open this year, including a few in Brooklyn. (more…)

01/01/16 8:40am

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For years we’ve resolved to save more money, eat healthier and hit the gym more and each year come April, you’ll find us skipping our spin class to grab Brooklyn’s most expensive burger and fries with the rest of our resolution-breaking friends.

But not this year! This year we resolve to make resolutions that we’ll actually keep. Below are a few outdoor goals that will hopefully inspire you to give yourself a break from the old standbys. Just don’t go too crazy with the credit cards and maybe eat some more kale. (more…)

11/06/15 12:24pm

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This week, our friend and contributor Allie Lee wrote about finding a new outdoor community after she was relocated to London: (more…)

09/01/15 2:53pm
Your bike here. via Facebook

Your bike here. via Facebook

Just in time for the school year, public transit is finally getting its sh*t together. The MTA, long notorious for disallowing bicycles on city buses, is changing its tune (up) by testing bicycle racks at the front of buses on two of its routes! The routes are just Staten Island-Brooklyn for now, but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes abundantly clear that they should’ve been doing this all along, and the MTA expands the program onto the B-buses in the borough.
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