1. 14:19 9th Jul 2012

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    Fourth of July festivities

    I spent the fourth of July in Holland, Michigan this year. While I’ve spent many summers over the years in this sleepy town by the lake, I’d never been here for the fourth.

    As the fourth approached I started noticing bikes that had been decorated with ribbons and whatnot all over the place. Finally I tracked down Helen on her super amazing vintage bike. She informed me that there had been a fourth of July parade that I somehow missed! Oh well. I guess there’s next year. 

     
  2. 10:28 19th Jun 2012

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    Pashley Royal Mail Bike

    It’s not everyday that someone drops by the shop with a Pashley Royal Mail bike. This one has an unusual tale. It was retired from royal service and shipped to Africa where it met it’s current owner, Liz. Through a herculean effort she was able to ship it to nyc where it now resides in her 3rd floor walkup.

    Pashley makes lots of work bikes, but most don’t make it stateside. Not sure if they’re still making these, but heck, I’d deliver mail if I could ride one of these on a daily basis!

    Even the light is branded. 

     
  3. 16:08 18th Jun 2012

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    Happy Father’s Day!
Not sure what part of this pic I like best - the mirror on the glasses or the fact that my father installed a child seat on his Italian road bike.

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Not sure what part of this pic I like best - the mirror on the glasses or the fact that my father installed a child seat on his Italian road bike.

     
  4. 09:57 5th Jun 2012

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    Introducing Small Wheeled Bikes

    Not long ago I shared my obsession with small-wheeled bikes. It was their 60’s chicness that originally caught my eye. I love the compact frames and the fun colors. At first I was reluctant to actually ride one because it seemed more like a toy than a bike. But many rides later I have completely changed my mind. A small wheeled bike if it’s designed well will ride just like “regular” bike. It actually has even faster acceleration than it’s larger wheeled cousin. 

    Aside from looking great, there is one serious advantage to a small wheeled bike. Are you listening up New Yorkers? They’re SMALL. Their compact frames are much easier to maneuver through your apartment than a standard sized bike.

    Luckily for us there are a few brands that are making really great new small wheeled bikes. For reasons that I don’t really understand they’re all British. Go figure.

    BROMPTON

    The king of folding bikes this is what I call a “no excuses” bike. Since we’ve opened we’ve heard every sob story about how difficult it is to own a bike in NYC. This bike is EASY. It folds up tiny and is light enough to carry up a five flight walkup. No More Excuses!

    There’s a reason that we haven’t had a folding bike until now. We did a LOT of research on these folders and at the end of the day the bike on everyone’s tongue was Brompton. Here are some highlights - the engineering is bar none. These people have really figured things out. It’s folding mechanism is truly unique, and it’s actually easy to use. After a few tries the folding is second nature. It rides just like a bike! Yes, I even rode it over several bridges. No problem! It’s made in England. Like it’s fellow countryman, Pashley, these bikes are actually produced in a factory in London. Last but not least -It comes in colors. Despite it’s techie pedigree the Brompton is fun.

    We will be carrying stock 2 speed commuter models but you can also configure your own.

    WREN

    As I mentioned on the website this bike knocked my socks off. My first thought when I saw it was how do I get my hands on this bike! The lines are gorgeous. It has a vintage sensibility, but it’s modern at the same time. The real treat though, was when our very picky mechanics had a look at it and came back with a smile on their faces. This bike is pretty and well-made!

    BOBBIN SHOPPER

    This bike definitely has a sense of humor with white tires, white grips and a white basket. It’s a real 70’s throwback that’s ready for the party. The best thing about it though is that it won’t break the bank.

     
  5. Why is it that the King on a bike is considered a joker?

    Why is it that the King on a bike is considered a joker?

     
  6. 09:23 31st May 2012

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    Bikes & Bells

    I was in my usual zoned out state on my way to work this morning when I heard this funny tinkling sound behind me in the bike lane. My first thought was what is wrong with that bike? Then the girl passed me (they usually do) and I realized she had a little cow bell attached to her handle bars. At first I was like - that’s kind of annoying. Then it hit me - that’s genius! Of course by the time I had this realization the girl was gone along with the photo op.

    One of the biggest problems on city streets for bikers after automobiles are pedestrians. What I’ve come to realize is that because bikes are so quiet pedestrians often don’t see us coming. This is particularly annoying if they’re darting out in the middle of the street from between parked cars, but I digress.

    Being the very slow rider who’s often zoned out, I’m regularly startled by other bikers passing me by. A little bell would nicely alert both pedestrians and riders that a bike is coming. It sounded kind of like wind chimes so it wasn’t overly aggressive like a regular bell. Genius!

     
  7. 12:24 16th May 2012

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    Why Abus

    We think a lot about locks in the store as you can imagine. A lock has to do a lot of things - it has to keep your bike from getting stolen, it has to be portable and not too heavy, it has to be easy to use, but not easy to break and hopefully it’s not too expensive. That’s a lot of stuff!
     
    In NYC the lock of choice seems to be Kryptonite. When I got my first bike, I also picked up a Kryptonite as well, but as I used it it came up short for me. The Fuggedaboutit is so heavy my arm hurts when I lift it. The evo is better, but also really heavy. Having left my lock outside most of the year it also has gotten clogged with rust. 
     
    My biggest problem though is that the chain lock is in 3 pieces - the chain, the top piece of the lock and the body of the lock. What inevitably happens when I’m standing over my bike trying to lock it to a pole is that 1. I carefully arrange my bike next to the pole but it doesn’t fit so I have to move my bike closer. 2. As I try to move my bike closer my bag inevitably falls off my shoulder crashing into my elbow. 3. Then the chain part of the lock falls under my bike and the top piece of the lock ends up behind it. 4. I feel like a complete idiot as I try to locate all the pieces and start over. Not fun!
     
    I figured that there had to be some better options out there. When I spoke to my distributors and friends in Europe, almost all of them unanimously came out in favor of Abus. What’s Abus? 
     
    Abus is the biggest lock manufacturer in Europe and has been around since the 30’s. Unbeknowst to me I had found another heritage brand!
    While it’s packaging leaves a lot to be desired, the quality of the locks does not. Many of the locks are still made in their factory in Germany. They also have a  factory in China that is a clone of their German facility that produces the lower end locks. I thought it might be helpful to outline some of the reasons that we like Abus. 

    After speaking with our friends at Abus I asked them to describe some of the technical ways that Abus is a great lock. I’m not the most technical person so I’m reprinting what they wrote:

    Better Steel and Hardening Processes
    ABUS sources high grade steel which in turn allows for the use of less material at a given strength, allowing ABUS locks to be superior in strength at a lower weight then other locks.  Anybody can add material and make a lock stronger, it takes thought and engineering to make it lighter and stronger.
    ABUS also employs a temper hardening process with its steel (versus case hardening). In short this is a multiple step process where the product is dipped into a hardening bath at various intervals. This is a similar process that is used to make Japanese swords it allows a very hard and sharp cutting edge and a softer spine for flexibility.  For ABUS it means a very hard outer shell to resist cutting attacks and a softer more flexible inner steel to allow flex, resisting prying and twisting attacks. For example, “tool steel” is fully hardened all the way through.  This makes it very hard to cut but also brittle, and brittle steel is vulnerable to cutting or twisting attacks, especially at cold temperatures and even ice-spray attacks.  
     
    Lock Mechanism and Key Cylinders
    The highest level lock cylinder is “X-Plus” with more than 1.4 million key variations making it near 100% resistant to manipulation attacks, aka “picking attacks”.  The “Plus” cylinder has over 250,000 key variations. For reasons of comparisons, many car keys have 10,000 variations and less.
    - The “X-Plus” cylinder is on the 1060 chain, Bordo 6500, and the U-54, which can all be ordered “KEYED ALIKE” meaning with the same key.
    - The “Plus” cylinder is on the 1010 CityChain, U-51, and the Granit Futura 64 Mini U-lock. Also, these can be ordered with the same key (“keyed alike”).
    This process takes around 3-4 weeks for shipping time directly from Germany. The time to build the lock only a couple of days, since they are hand built in Germany. 
    ABUS matches the key cylinder to the security needs of their lock. ABUS uses their best key cylinder on their highest rated security locks and lowers the need for high picking resistance with other factors of the security of their locks.
     
    Shape
    The U-locks and top end chain locks employ what ABUS calls a patented “Power Cell” technology. This technology involves wrapping the lock mechanism around the shackle and using a significant angle in its closed position. This feature works with the same idea of a Roman stone bridge trapping the energy applied into the “cell” (onto the bridge) and increasing the resistance for pulling the more you pull.  Their ABUS Granit X-Plus U-54 U-lock resists more than 8 tons of pulling force. The double locking cylinders are also independent of each other so defeating one Power Cell or the Key Cylinder does not release the other Power Cell.

    The square shape allows for more material, more surface area to deal with, and very much is designed to resist twisting attacks.  It is a square peg in a square hole, so more than any other lock even if one side is cut it will not be able to twist open.

    Both versions of the Bordo, the skinnier 6000 and the beefy 6500 are made in Germany from high grade steel temper hardened to resist twist and cutting attacks. As always, the lock body holding the key cylinder and locking mechanism under the rubber coating is also made from hardened steel to reduce any weak point in the system. The nicest part of this top security product is the fact that you can fold up your lock and mount it on 98% of all bicycles in a split moment, while also increasing the radius of the lock when looking for a bike-parking spot.


     
  8. Helmets R Us

    I hate helmets. There I said it. They’re ugly. They ruin your hair. and in the summer they can be hot. That doesn’t mean I don’t wear one - I do. But it doesn’t mean I have to like it. I live in NYC and the reality of riding here for me includes a helmet. 

    That said I am on an eternal quest for good helmets. We continue to love Bern and Nutcase, but not everyone wants that style of helmet. Recently we’ve found a few new ones that we’ve added to our roster.

    Yakkay - colors! Yakkay redefined the idea of a helmet by creating a system where you can put interchangeable covers over a simple helmet. Many people who saw the helmets liked the underlying helmet so much that they wanted to buy it without a cover. Well Yakkay must have been listening because they have a new line of helmets that come without a cover. They’re really nice quality and the colors are great. And yes you can still put a cover on it. We love the combination of a red helmet with a denim cover. 

    Kask - We fell in love with Kask before Adeline Adeline opened, but at that time they were only available in Italy. The Kask helmet looks like something you’d wear on your Vespa cruising the streets of Milan. It even comes with a visor to keep the wind out. It’s actually made in Italy and it’s more elegant than your traditional skate helmet. We were able to get them in a  special edition version in Black and White with no graphics. 

    Lazer - Lazer is traditionally known for well designed racing helmets. Recently they’ve been trying their hand at creating some city helmets. This new line comes in bright colors with a chic strip around the base. It’s much lighter than most helmets this style and it’s nicely vented. It even comes with a carrying bag.

     
  9. New Amsterdam Bike Show!

    I just thought I’d post some pics from the New Amsterdam Bike Show. Thanks to everyone who participated and came out to see us! Thanks to Velojoy for being a fantastic partner!

    The Raffle! We got great goodies for the raffle this year including a Brooks saddle, an Abus lock, a Dring Dring bell and best of all it comes in a Pashley basket!

     
  10. 17:38 23rd Apr 2012

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    The Little Bicycle Shop at the New Amsterdam Bike Show

    I’m really excited to announce The Little Bicycle Shop! We at Adeline Adeline have teamed up with our friends at Velojoy to create an accessories pop-up shop at the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show. 

    New Amsterdam Bicycle Show is taking place Saturday & Sunday April 28 and 29 at the Skylight Soho - 275 Hudson street. Hours will be 10am - 7pm. The Little Bike Shop will be centrally located booth #16.

    Wewill exhibit and sell an exciting selection of well-designed accessories for stylish city travel on two wheels. Here are a few examples of the some of the great things that will be available at the popup shop.

    Mopha Tool Roll

    Kara Ginther custom designed saddle

    Kids Tshirts

    Tattly bicycle tattoos

    Dargelos Lightening vest

    Poka Cycles Chainguard

    Just A Jar bicycle themed cards

    Rachel Pfeffer silver necklace

    Other vendors include Flux, producer of contemporary top-tube bar bags in leather and felt, Oopsmark of Montreal, with hand crafted leather wine carriers for bicycles, Bird Industries of Minneapolis, maker of garters to help prevent the “Marilyn effect when cycling in a skirt.

    Also participating are Double Darn Clothing, Dring Dring, House of Talents, Onetwothreespeed and more. 

    You can see more info here. Tickets are $15 each available on the New Amsterdam Bike Show website.