Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 1st, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Still cold, but warmer than yesterday:

Friday Weather

Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values between zero and 10. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday Night Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 20. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. West wind around 6 mph.

Sunrise: 7:06am

Sunset: 5:13pm

And the weekend will be positively balmy in comparison:

Weekend Weather

So heed the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and stock up on...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Unfiltered!

Brooklyn Unfiltered

With winter weather battering at the windows and the siren call of the big game on Sunday, we’re recommending our limited release Brooklyn Unfiltered this weekend. This gently hazy keller pilsner is a perfect break from the grim and frostbitten weather. It also features a gently bready body and crisp finish that’s perfect alongside platter of gameday snacks. Whether you care about football or not, don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy plenty of food and beer.

What "big game?"  I wasn't aware there were any sporting events worth paying attention to until the Spring Classes.

Anyway, despite the cold yesterday plenty of people rode on undaunted:

The hardest part is knowing how to dress, but once you've got that figured out you find that riding in the cold has its advantages:

And the Brooklyn Bridge isn't the only thing you'll have to yourself.  It's also a great time to get lots of attention from your local bike shop, which is why February is now Fix Your Bike February:

Traditionally February is one of the slowest months of the year for bike shops, noted Joseph Nocella, owner of 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, New York, and Jeff Latimer, owner of Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

The two are planning to pitch the idea to their customers with service promotions and urge fellow IBDs and suppliers to join the cause.

"Every spring we get swamped with bikes coming in for tune ups. Shops can use Fix Your Bike February to remind customers to bring bikes in for service now. That way they are out riding a well tuned bike instead of standing in line on that first warm Saturday in the Spring," said Latimer.

See that?  Everybody wins.

Moving on, days after we heard that the e-bike crackdown is not happening in Queens, the e-bike crackdown came to Queens:

Here's more from the Astoria Post:


“We do this initiative in response to complaints,” Chacon said. “We get a lot of complaints…about these vehicles being operated recklessly, in violation of traffic violations.”

E-Bikes remain illegal in New York City.

“As of now, you still cannot operate a non-human powered bicycle, whether that’s with an electrical motor or gas engine, within New York City,” Chacon said.

Once again this crackdown appears to be based on complains, not data.  As for the bikes in the original tweet, there was some discussion over whether they're ebikes or mopeds, which underscores the need to update our legislation and bring it out of the mid-20th century.

Finally, in the spirit of watching videos from California while it's 20 degreess out, here's a new entry into the evergreen commuter race genre from a digital media company for car enthusiasts:

I'm not spoiling anything by telling you the bike wins, because the bike always wins.  What is interesting however is that it takes the driver 56 minutes to go 13 miles.  Meanwhile, the public transit guy makes the same trip in 1 hour and 2 minutes, which they say is "slow," even though it took only four minutes more than driving, the guy was totally relaxed the whole time, and he probably could have gotten a whole bunch of work done on the train if he wanted.  Even the bike took 50 minutes, and he had to break a sweat to do it.

I'd say transit guy was the real winner here.