6. What is your favorite restaurant in NY?
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6. What is your favorite restaurant in NY?
@citibike installing new bike share outside @eleanors headquarters! #spring #bikeshare #bikenyc (at Eleanor’s HQ)
Photo by Dmitry Gudkov
Q: What is Recycle a Bicycle? What is your role at RAB?
A: Recycle A Bicycle is a non-profit organization that utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living. Through retail storefronts, social entrepreneurship, and innovative programs, Recycle-A-Bicycle empowers the youth of New York City.
My official title at RAB is Director of Retail Operations. I am the shop manager of our Dumbo location and my daily role includes many jobs. I typically can be found working on repairs, helping customers, doing ordering of inventory for the shop, and scheduling employees.
Q: Where is your favorite destination for a bicycle ride?
A: I love going on longer rides to fun places like the beach. Basically anything that takes me through neighborhoods that I don’t normally visit is also refreshing and has been a great way for me to get to know the city. Bicycle riding is my preferred way to get everywhere!
Q: Does your bike have a story?
A: I have a few bicycles and they all have stories. That’s what is great about them, they may not be super expensive but they have special meaning to me. My main bike is a Surly that I bought from an old coworker. It is the first “nice” bike I bought for myself and it is a workhorse and it’s paid for itself over and over again. I have beautiful old Trek that was given to me by a good friend which makes that special. My most recent bike is a single speed mountain bike with a crazy paint job that I built for myself because I wanted to feel like a kid again bouncing around the city on a fat tire bike. Working at a bike shop it can be easy to acquire a lot of bikes but I prefer to keep my collection to a minimum and just change up the style of my bikes with different parts or accessories from time to time.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Brooklyn?
A: There are so many great restaurants in Brooklyn it’s hard to pick one! I’m a homebody and I like to cook so mostly I stay in but if I’m going out I like to go to places near my home or job. Superfine is right near the bike shop and I love to stop by there to say hello to the staff, have a nice dinner, or just sit for a beer with coworkers. For down home pizza cravings I go to Il Porto near my house. Their pizza is great and the service is so welcoming!
Q: Early bird or night owl?
A: These days, I’m an early bird. I work at noon though so I have to motivate myself to get up and do things before work. It’s easy to get lazy.
Q: Who is someone you admire?
A: Honestly, I admire my coworkers. They are all such great people. I’m inspired by the younger folks we work with at the shop and I’m always learning from my peers!
We’re giving you one more reason to be excited about the arrival of spring: Starting this weekend, we’ll have a pop-up shop at one of our favorite destinations, Brooklyn Flea. Every Saturday in Fort Greene and every Sunday in Williamsburg until Winter 2013, we’ll be there—and we’d love to see you. Stop by and chat, check out our newest products, grab a bite (the Flea’s array of eating options is amazing), and give Birdie, our store dog, a pat. Spring can’t come fast enough!
APRIL POP UP SHOP CALENDAR
Fort Greene: Saturdays-April 6, April 20, April 27
Williamsburg: Sundays-April 7, April 21, April 28
We’ve got something really special for you this time: a great vintage Western Flyer bicycle in fuchsia with a sparkly banana seat. Doesn’t get much better, really.
Need a new bike for spring? Needs some work but we love the cheerful yellow color. The bicycle would look super cute with a new House of Talents Bike Basket. Check it out on Craigslist.
Happy March 1st Lovecats!
Last Friday Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories For Ladies and vintage mavens Honeysuckle & Hearts Vintage pulled together an amazing bicycle chic photo shoot in Eleanor’s Brooklyn loft office. The photo shoot was to showcase some new bicycle accessories from Eleanor’s for Spring Summer 2013 cycling.
All photos were shot by the amazing and talented Simona of Rada Marin Photography.
Here is a behind the scene picture of the bicycle chic photo shoot of beautiful Kai Brown and Joseph Mesiano showcasing the GiveLoveCycle’s small black and white bike bag.
Ljubica Chatam models the House of Talent hand woven bicycle basket and vintage bicycle picnic basket.
More pictures from the photoshoot to come.
Happy Sunday Lovecats! I came across this beautiful vintage bike for sale on craigslist today. Spring is right around the corner!
I came across this article from CNN called “Pedal perfect: Bikers shed spandex to inspire new riders” by Emanuella Grinberg.
This article says bike stores like Eleanor’s are popping up in communities that look more like trendy boutiques than repair shops, with the goal of redefining urban bike culture.
The target customers are new and aspiring cyclists, and commuters who might be turned off by the functional atmosphere of traditional bike shops. What they’ll find are upright and cruiser bikes in pink and green, helmets like equestrian caps, woven baskets, canvas and leather panniers and, literally, bells and whistles.
In the article, they talk about Tweed Rides where a group cyclist wear vintage clothing and accessories and ride through a city. The ride focuses more on the slow cycle movement then sport cycling. I think our Choirbox fender mudflap or vintage upcycled bicycle crate would be perfect addition to any tweed ride.
Check out the full CNN article.
Wanderlust Wednesdays: 6 Ways to Prep For Post Sandy Commute
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy this past week. Eleanor’s made it through in one piece, and we feel very lucky. A short walk around our neighborhood here in Brooklyn reminds us that other homes and businesses weren’t so lucky. If you are feeling equally lucky and would like to help out, here’s a link to a list of volunteer organizations in the tri-state area that could use a hand or a donation.
The cleanup is underway, but certain parts of the daily routine aren’t quite back to normal. Many are returning to work today, but with public transportation still uncertain, you may be considering biking to the office rather than driving or sharing a cab. We say great! We love commuting to work on our bike, and luckily there are plenty of accessories that will keep you chic for your ride to work and beyond. Here are a few tips to make your ride enjoyable and safe.
- Fenders are a must have. Keep the puddles from creating that wonderful splash pattern on your backside (unless of course you’re going for that look).
- Load your purse and other essentials into a Bobbin Bicycles pannier—it’s shaped like a vintage satchel, but is crafted out of water-resistant woven straw.
- Stay dry in these posts Hurricane squalls. Keep your clothes fresh and dry with the stylish Iva Jean Rain Cape.
- Protect your most important asset. Top your tresses with a hand-painted Belle helmet featuring a Missoni-like pattern.
- And make sure to stay safe (and look cute) in traffic with a bicycle squeeze horn.
- Make sure they can see you coming (and going). Clip on these Bookman lights for the ride back home in the evening.
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