Steadfast cyclists had a rare day of utopia having the opportunity to experience firsthand outstanding bicycles and bike related products, “Ridestyle” a bicycle fashion show, and explore the evolving world of cycling with knowledgeable, informative panelists on a beautiful April day in Manhattan. The New Amsterdam Bike Show was the perfect antidote for the dreary start to spring, I left with my body, mind and spirit renewed!
Dutch bike manufacturers such as Gazelle were in attendance, and open to test rides. Old favorites such as Trek was there, along with New York’s Adeline Adeline, Rolling Orange, Bamboo Bike Studio, NYC Flying Pigeon, and oh so many more with great gears and gadgets.
I am a fan (and owner) of Nutcase helmets, and loved their “nut tree” display with artistic, colorful helmets adorning the branches. Michael Morrow was a delight, as he posed for photos, and we chatted about my desire to find the perfect complimentary vintage helmet for my black Pashley Princess. He shared the prototype clay version of one of next year’s models, as well as exhibited a special helmet made for the bike show.
The “Ridestyle” fashion show was all about riding your bike as you see fit to go about your day, and live your life, no need for a special cycling wardrobe consisting of shiny lycra. This show attracted quite an enthusiastic crowd, most snapping photos. I only have a few good shots, due to the visibility where I was standing. Ron, standing next to me, leaned over and said, “I love how cycling has gone mainstream.” YES!
*Google mail is not cooperating at the moment, I have a picture from my phone of the passionate bike activist, actor, writer, producer Matthew Modine that hasn’t arrived. I posted it yesterday on twitpic, but once I figure out why googlemail isn’t my friend today, I will post it.
I hope to spotlight some of the cycling charity organizations represented at the show in the near future. Still my favorite part was a seminar I attended, was meeting enlightened, inspiring, fun, friendly people. Cyclists are so passionate about people, the environment, and of course their chosen rides! More on that to come in the following days.