A post-RedHookCrit rainy day in Brooklyn.
April 30th, a Saturday, was the big day in Brooklyn. It was the first Red Hook Criterium of the season. On Sunday, everybody was tired of all the cheering, racing and/or partying. For Matthieu, Patrice, Pascal and I that was the last day before a long bike trip towards home back in MTL.
Our first stop of the day had to be, of course, a bike shop, and for a couple of reasons. First, Matt’s bottom bracket was almost falling out of his bike, second my brake wasn’t really a brake anymore, and a crash in Manhattan seriously impeded my ability to skid to a stop. We all agree on stopping at King Kog, but non of us knew at the time it would be the first in a series of discoveries.
While we were waiting for Shawn at King Kog to fix our bikes, we met Anna Maria. She’s the one behind Pretty Damned Fast, an incredible blog that promotes women in cycling communities and on the web. We had a long talk about the previous day’s race, the new all-women’s team popping up everywhere including our very own Girls On cycling team in Montreal.
While at it, she also recommended us a bunch of cool places to look at and spots to meet rad people from BK’s fixed gear community.
Oh, and I also left the shop with that cool Mer Bags rolltop backpack that’s being eyecatching everybody ever since!
Our second stop of the day was the Horse Cycles‘ place. Sadly, the owner and founder Thomas Callahan wasn’t there at the time, we had a chance to have a peek inside the shop and a million questions about the machinery and the process of building bespoke steel frames in New York City.
Next stop was the Highbridge Dirt jump park, a temporary pumptrack field where some locals were riding on this rainy day. The view was incredible with the Brooklyn bridge in background.
We ended up at the East River bar, one of the most popular place for bike messenger’s afterwork beer.
Time to sleep, coming soon : Brooklyn-Montreal part 1 and 2.