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Holiday Gifts Worth Giving: WE BIKE NYC T-Shirt

We just love the kind gesture of giving. Eleanor’s NYC has partnered up with some of our favorite charities, organizations, and non-profits to share and support this holiday season. From animal shelters, bike organizations, and charities, we hope that you would consider what this holiday season is all about, GIVING and SHARING!

One of our favorite organizations that we strongly support and hope you would support is WE Bike NYC.

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 We Bike NYC’s Mission

WE Bike NYC is a group based in New York City open to all women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people who enjoy biking (or think they might). WE Bike NYC aims to break down barriers to cycling by offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride scholarships. WE Bike because it’s a great way to get around New York, it’s healthy and it’s FUN!

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WE Bike NYC’s Vision

WE want NYC’s cycling community to reflect the diversity of the city. Through innovative programming on and off the bike and partnerships with local communities, WE create a supportive environment for women, girls, transgender and gender nonconforming people to get where they want to go.

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How You Can Support WE Bike NYC?

WE needs your help to continue to grow WE Bike NYC and provide all the awesome workshops, rides and events you love. Please consider making a donation to support their work. More details here.

You can also help support WE Bike NYC by buying their t-shirt above to give. 100% of proceeds goes to the organization

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Eleanor’s 10 Tunes for September Riding

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We’re winding down from summer but there are still some warm days ahead!  We’ve included some tunes to keep you moving and just a couple to help you start transitioning to sweater weather.

1. La Chanson de douche – Alexander von Mehren: Let’s start with something a bit… groovy. The ’60s- and ’70s inspired tracks turned out by von Mehren, a 29-year-old Norwegian, possess sweet string sounds and are accented by careful percussion.

2. Right Action – Franz Ferdinand: Well it’s about time, that’s all we have to say. This track from the Scottish band’s latest LP is expectedly catchy and has all the jingly guitar we’ve been craving since their last release all the way back in 2009.

3. Wave Forms – Islands: A retro track that starts off smoothly with a bouncy baseline, Nick Diamonds (Islands frontman) comes through once more with some great tropical-sounding percussion and a catchy chorus. But, alas, he’s a tease: we’ll have to wait

4. Gate Hearing – Slim Twig: Think Animal Collective but a bit more consistent.  Very rhythmic, very quirky.

5. Wings – HAERTS: Indie darlings HAERTS have captured ours – their ubiquitous tunes deserve to be heard from every window in Williamsburg. Interesting vocals and eerie instrumentals create an unforgettable, poppy piece of work.

6. Plumage – Menomena: Something a bit more traditional here, but Menomena’s lyrics and anthemic melodies are anything but average.

7. No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles: This is what we were referring to when we mentioned sweater weather. Take a listen… we guarantee you’ll want to don a wool cardigan and kick some leaves.

8. Katachi – Shugo Tokumaru: Japanese singer-songwriter Tokumaru gives us a heavily percussive, super fun, layered track for autumn dreaming. Both playful and earnest, we can’t stop listening to this energetic tune.

9. Death Graduates – The Octopus Project: Pure energy and multiple vocalists, along with some chimey xylophone, make this band a complete stand out.

10. Sleepwalk – The Shadows: We leave you this time with a soft, dreamy song from the past.  One of the most iconic tunes from the middle of the 20th century, Sleepwalk has been covered and recovered a hundred times.  We like this version, and we think you will love.

Spotlight: WE Bike NYC tees

We are firm believers in “the more, the merrier”—and that especially applies to biking. Which is why we are offering these T-shirts in support of We Bike NYC, a group that provides social and training rides, mechanics workshops, and ride scholarships for bike-loving NYC ladies. 100% of profits go to this awesome organization.

Why we love at Eleanor’s: Empowerment through cute clothes—you can’t beat that!image

A Shout Out to Eleanor’s Neighbors at Brooklyn Grange!

You know we’re obsessed with farmers’ markets, right?  Well, here we go again.  But this time we want to send a special shout out to our neighbors in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the rooftop farmers at Brooklyn Grange.image

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This 65,000 sq. ft. rooftop farm is situated near Eleanor’s HQ in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  It’s the second of Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farms, the first being the flagship farm in Long Island City.  According to the Grange’s website, this urban oasis was funded largely by grants from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative.  In exchange, the farm processes a million plus gallons of stormwater every year – a heavy burden that would be too much for the Red Hook Wastewater Pollution Control Plant to manage without the help of some green thumbs.

But just what grows eleven storeys above ground?  You name it: although some crops are seasonal, you’re sure to find staples like salad greens, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs freshly harvested on any given day.  Brooklyn Grange also produces eggs and honey, so it’s practically a one-stop shop.  imageImage courtesy of Heart of Tea

The farm also offers a handful of ways to get involved and learn more about rooftop farming, in addition to hosting events like sunset yoga on site.

If you’re interested in stopping by and picking up something super fresh this summer, grab your market basket and bike on over to the Navy Yard farm on Wednesdays between noon and 5 o’clock for a tour or to browse that day’s selections, or head up to the Long Island City spot on Saturdays between 11 and 3 o’clock.  The Grange also peddles their produce at Down to Earth Market at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint on Sundays between 11 and 4 o’clock.

Thanks to green initiatives like this, there’s really no reason not to buy and eat local.  We’ll see you at the market soon, yes?

Top 5 Brooklyn Bike Shops

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the seemingly massive amount of bike shops Brooklyn has to offer, don’t worry you’re not alone. That’s why the team at Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories took upon the challenge of sifting through the rubbish to deliver you a list of only the creme de la creme of bike shops that we recommend!

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Tips (and Etiquette) for Riding Your Bicycle to the Flea

Just had to share this guest post we wrote for the Brooklyn Flea.

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Well, it’s finally warm enough to do more than daydream about spending long days picnic-ing in the park or biking to outdoor brunch spots.  We at Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories are spending our weekends soaking up the sun at our pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Flea, and it’s our opinion that no spring or summertime outing is complete without a trip to the giant, outdoor market (in Fort Greene on Saturdays and Williamsburg on Sundays!) that boasts countless vendors offering vintage, handmade, or otherwise artisanal goods and gourmet offerings.

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Anti-Helmet Head Campaign-Bike Friendly Braid Bar

Friday May 17th, was National Bike to Work Day in the United States. In honor of the day, Transportation Alternatives hosted a Bike To Work Home Party under the Archway of the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.

Maria of Po Campo and Alison of Eleanor’s joined stylish biking forces and hosted a Braid Bar to aid riders with helmet head. Two recent grads from Aveda, Marifer and Bridget, formed the glam team and braided over 60 riders hair so they looked stylish on and off the bicycle.  Stylish riders got to choose from 5 different braid styles which ranged from fishtails to milk maid braids.

Here are some instagram pictures from the bike friendly braid bar. Check out more on Instagram!image

Bike Friendly Braid Bar

In honor of National Bike To Work Day, Eleanor’s and Po Campo are hosting a Bicycle-Friendly Braid Bar at Transportation Alternatives “Bike Home From Work Party.”

The Bicycle Friendly Braid Bar will feature two Braid Experts teaching braid demos and styling your not so cute helmet head.

The first 50 people to stop by and sign up for our newsletter will receive a special giveaway bag filled with bike friendly treats. But if you are late, don’t worry, we will have special giveaway throughout the evening.

Who: Eleanor’s & Po Campo

What: Bike Friendly Braid Bar

Where: Water St. between Adams and Pearl St. DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

When: May 17, 2013 6:30pm-9:30pm

Why: To save you from that not so cute helmet head from your daily bike commute.

RSVP here

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WE Bike NYC Cyclefemme Ride to Roosevelt Island-May 12th

We’re thrilled to announce that Eleanor’s & WE Bike NYC will be partnering with Immigrant Movement International and the Queens Museum of Art to lead a group ride this Mother’s Day as part of CycloFemme’s nationwide celebration of women on bicycles.

Cyclofemme rides to Roosevelt Island will be starting from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Join the ride nearest you at 11am and meet us all for a picnic and (optional) bike portraits by the Biking Public Project at FDR Four Freedoms Park at 1pm. RSVP here.

Meetup Locations:

Manhattan-Fountain at Central Park at 59th Street

Queens-Immigrant Movement International 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue

Brooklyn-Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge Entrance

Bronx-Neighborhood Cycle 571 Courtlandt Avenue (btwn 149th & 150th) Bronx, NY 10451

This will be a casual ride to Roosevelt Island, one of New York City’s best kept secrets. Can’t wait to celebrate and ride with you all in May! This ride is open to women, transgender and gender non-conforming riders only please. 

Please RSVP  on Facebook 

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