Bike culture kicked into high gear over the weekend, as three spokes-centric events took over the city streets. On Saturday in Williamsburg, the City Reliquary’s annual Bicycle Fetish Day brought “bike nerds” together in a competition for best vintage, “mutant,” commuter, handmade, and small-wheeled bikes– with a prize also going to worst bike for good measure. Naturally, the Black Label Bike Club and the Puerto Rican Schwinn Club were out in full force, with this double-tallbike swing stealing the show.
Photographer Nick McManus was on the scene and snapped the up-top photo of organizer Bill Scanga (bottom, third from left) and his fellow fetishists. Our friend Scott Lynch also took some shots for Gothamist.
Later in the day, Nick made it up to Orchard Beach, where bike messengers and other participants in the annual Rumble Thru The Bronx alleycat race were resting their bones after a death-defying spree that started at Joyce Kilmer Park and traversed a dozen checkpoints throughout the borough. Nick took this shot of organizer Kenya Kali Reynolds (bottom center) and crew.
On Sunday, the occasion was more somber as friends of cycling advocate Matthew Von Ohlen gathered in front of one of the Bikestock vending machines he helped create, on Bogart Street in Bushwick, for what was to be a leisurely memorial ride up to the Cloisters. The 35-year-old was killed in Williamsburg over July 4 weekend when a motorist struck him (intentionally, it’s believed) as he rode home from his bartending gig.
If you missed the Rumble Thru the Bronx and Bicycle Fetish Day and want an excuse to polish your wheels, the annual Epic Ride will take cyclists from Greenpoint to the Rockaways (some 30 to 45 miles) this Saturday, July 23.