The Urban(e) Cyclist

 

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ROW 1: RAPHA & RAEBURN LIMITED EDITION MENS WIND JACKET; RETROVELO PAULA 7/8 SPEED; BROOKS PICKWICK DAYPACK; ROW 2: JACK SPADE FOUNDATION CANVAS ATLAS CASE; GIRO REVERB HELMET; LEZYNE PUMP; ROW 3: DAHON BOARDWALK D8 FOLDING BIKE; RAPHA WOMENS CLASSIC JERSEY; CHROME KURSK URBAN BIKE SNEAKERS

As commuter cycling has grown increasingly popular in major metropolitan cities, it has borne a distinct urban cycling style. As this is not cycling for recreation, but for transportation, the look is one that needs to transition easily from sport into workplace attire… albeit casual.

Europeans have been using bicycles as a form of transportation for a long time now and the cycling tradition is rich in history. The design of the bicycles and apparel we see on US city streets is inspired by cities like London, Amsterdam and Paris, but with its own uniquely American style. It is rugged but refined, elegant but tough.

Urban commuter bikes and their riders are built to take the beating of city streets but this breed handles it with style. Ones bike is a fashion statement and there are so many beautiful ones on the market, in addition to accessories likes helmets, shoes, saddles and and even bells. Above and below are a few of our favorites to keep you looking stylish while riding around town. So get out there, be safe, have fun and get to work on time! Read More

 

The April Calendar: 30 Days of Swag

 

 

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April is here and with it a new STYLE OF SPORT Calendar! Instead of featuring just a single topic as we have been doing (i.e. bikes, sneakers or sunglasses), we are putting it all together with a mix of our favorite sporty things. Everyday there is a hot new must have, must do, must try piece of gear, apparel, workout, sport and more being featured for you to check out.

APR.30: RIME. Located in Brooklyn and now on the upper east side of Manhattan, is the very mod sneaker store RIME. A sneakerhead’s dream, the shop carries only the most coveted and limited editions of Nike, Adidas, Puma, Supra, Vans and more, in addition to other accessories and apparel. Love the wedge sneaker? They stock virtually every one!

APR.29: ADIDAS NEO LOGO WINDBREAKERFrom Selena Gomez and the Adidas Neo line is this bright, lightweight and shiny nylon windbreaker. The jacket has cropped sleeves, kangaroo pockets and a roomy hood. It’s a perfect jacket for the still chilly days of spring training or anywhere you need a sporty extra layer!

APR.28: EXPRESS COTTON STRIPED TUXEDO SHORTS. These short tuxedo shorts are chic enough for the city and a great sporty look for all your weekend activities. More colors available in store.

APR.27: GLAMOURPUSS GAUGIN STRIPE TOP. Rash Guard? Chic sporty striped top? We say both! This stretchy luxe boat neck shirt, rated at SPF 50+, is perfect on the surfboard or anyplace else you want to wear it!

APR.26: TORY BURCH PIERSON MINI BEACH TOTE. Made of natural and bright dipped canvas, with leather straps and lots of extra pockets, this roomy little tote is the perfect bag whether you’re seaside or staying in town.

APR.25: THE FHITTING ROOM. Recently opened in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is The Fhitting Room, a beautifully designed boutique fitness studio that packs a lot of workout into a small space. The classes utilize rowers, free weights, kettlebells, suspension trainers, plyo boxes, medicine balls and more in what they call a FHIX (Functional High Intensity Mix) of exercise moves. Each class is unique but always delivers their signature five essential building blocks for optimal results: (1) functional movements (2) strength training (3) high intensity intervals (4) total body focus (5) highly varied exercises. Following the trend of a la carte fitness, this is a great workout to add to your fitness platter!

APR.24: BAGGU SURF SLING. Carry your surfboard with style and ease with this brightly trimmed heavyweight canvas surfboard sling. Designed with their Brooklyn neighbors, the ultra hip Pilgrim Surf + Supply, the sling is perfect for toting other oversized beach toys and accessories as well!

APR.23: FINIS ZOOMERS. Zoomers Gold Swim Fins are the latest and most advanced version of their popular training fins, offering improved comfort and performance. Swim Fins are used for swim training to boost cardiovascular conditioning and accelerate speed during workouts. By adding resistance to your kick, leg muscles get stronger, ultimately resulting in faster and longer swims without the fins. A must have training tool for both competitive and recreational swimmers alike. Read More

 

A Bicycle Built for One: The “Fixie”

 

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ABOVE: PASHLEY GUV’NOR ; GEEKHOUSE CUSTOM BUILD; GLOBE ROLL 2 SE

 

The main selling point when buying a bike used to be how many speeds it had. The hottest ride on the street these days is the “fixie”, or the “fixed gear” bicycle, which means one speed only. The pedals are directly tied to the movement of the wheels… you pedal forward, the bike goes forward… you pedal backward, the bike goes backwards. The bicycle and rider are one. There is an appeal in this fundamental simplicity and beautiful design is the result. With so few moving parts, the pared down aesthetic and retro styling makes these bicycles true works of art, reminiscent of the first bicycles ever built.

The fixed gear culture has quite the obsessive following. The objects of desire are the custom builds with carefully chosen frames, handle bars, wheels and other parts, but if you’re looking to pick one up ready-to-ride, here are a few beauties I have found. CLICK CAPTION FOR SHOPPING INFO

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GAVIN FISSO

 

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FELT BROUGHAM CHROME

 

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SCOTT OTG 10

 

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VILANO EDGE CHROMOLY

 

 
 
 

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