What To Do When Your Bike Breaks Down
By JAYAN GARDA | FEBRUARY 04, 2020 06:00:00In 2016, the Brooklyn Cyclists’ Bike Club created a website called BrooklynBike.com, which listed bike parts and accessories, such as forks and grips.
BrooklynBikes, in a nod to the Brooklyn Bicycle Club’s motto, has been a resource for Brooklyn cyclists since 2009.
But its site has struggled to keep up with the changing needs of the Brooklyn biking community.
“I’m always interested in bikes,” said BrooklynBiking’s co-founder and president, Rachael Wachter.
“I’m not going to stop, but I am not going anywhere.
I just want people to have the confidence in biking.
The website offers a wide range of bikes for rent and sells parts and a bike frame to help cyclists find parts for their own bikes. “
BrooklynBikes was founded in 2014.
The website offers a wide range of bikes for rent and sells parts and a bike frame to help cyclists find parts for their own bikes.
The site’s owner, a Brooklyn resident, is Jaygan Karwal, a former journalist and television host who’s also a certified fitness instructor.
(Karwal was previously a freelance writer.)”
They need to make that an opportunity.””
They’ve never really been successful on that front, and now they are.
They need to make that an opportunity.”
A growing group of Brooklyn bicyclists are embracing folding bikes and making them part of their daily commute.
One of the bikes that BrooklynBikers has featured prominently is the folding bike from a company called KrazyKatz.
The folding bike is a classic, compact bike with a folding handlebars and a removable seat.
The bike has a range of features, from the adjustable front fork to the foldable handlebar.
“It’s a great bike for commuters,” Karwalson said.
Karwal added that she and other BrooklynBicyclists members are already in business selling the bikes.
“We’ve been doing this for four years, and people have been telling us, ‘Why do we have to make something so small?'”
Karwal told New York magazine.
“And that’s where we came in.
We want people who ride bikes to be able to do it.”
The Brooklyn Bike club has partnered with the Brooklyn-based company to bring folding bikes to Brooklyn, according to Karwal.
The folding bike will be offered at several bike shops across Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Cycle Works, where Karwal and her co-founders will make bikes for sale.
“We’re going to have people buy the bike,” Karwall said.
The Brooklyn Cyclist’s Bike Club is now expanding to New York City and other cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
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The Brooklyn Bicycle Users Association (BUA), a nonprofit that advocates for the safety and sustainability of cyclists, has endorsed BrooklynBiker.
“Brooknies need to be confident about their bikes, and that confidence is growing,” said BAU president Scott Satterfield.
“As bike riders, we need to know that there are safe options for us to ride safely.”
Satterfield, who is also the executive director of the advocacy group New York Bike Share, added that he is excited to see the Brooklyn Bikers’ Bike website expanding to other cities.
“The Brooklyn Bikes are going to be the first to bring this to the city, and it’s going to help increase visibility and exposure of Brooklyn bikes.”
In addition to folding bikes, BrooklynBiketoday has a dedicated community page that offers a variety of useful information for Brooklyn bicyclist, such the Brooklyn Cycle FAQ and Bike Maintenance Information Sheet.
“Bikes are a great way to get around,” said Karwal of the folding bikes.
“In the city of Brooklyn, you can’t just go to a bike shop and expect to get a bike.”
Bike repair and service also is becoming a trend in Brooklyn.
Karwal and other Bikes users are also taking to Craigslist to find repair and replacement parts for folding bikes that are out of stock.
“What we have learned from BrooklynBikini is that people don’t want to wait for a new bike,” said Wachters.
“You can go on Craigslist and find a folding fork for $50 or $60.
That’s just crazy.”
For the time being, Brooklyn Biker and BrooklynBicycle are focusing on BrooklynCycleWorks, which has a new store in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene.
“That’s where you’re going when you get your bike fixed,” Wachtery said.