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Niche Wheels

New stores and designers serving bicycling subgenres.

Dutch “Grandmas”
Rolling Orange
269 Baltic St., nr. Court St., Cobble Hill; 718-935-0695
This month-old shop, owned by urban planner Ad Hereijgers, peddles sturdy Batavus Dutch bikes nicknamed “grandpas” and “grandmas” (from $825) for their uprightness and heft. All models come with racks for toting work gear or groceries.

Women’s Cruisers
Adeline Adeline
147 Reade St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-227-1150
Owner and graphic designer Julie Hirschfeld caters to a more style-conscious biker at her three-month-old shop, stocking hand-built, vintage-inspired rides, like the pastel-blue Pashley Poppy ($995).

Euro-Style Commuters
Partners & Spade
40 Great Jones St., nr. Lafayette St.; 646-861-2827
Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes launched Public Bikes during New York Design Week this spring, offering classic city bikes in one, three, or eight speeds (from $550).

Kid Couriers
Hudson Urban Bicycles
139 Charles St., nr. Washington St.; 212-965-9334
Former pedicab-company owner George Bliss moved into this 5,000-square-foot shop in May, expanding his custom tricycle and Dutch-bike business. New models come with safety bars and can hold up to 150 pounds of kid-weight (from $2,300). Next up: cycle-ready dog carriers.

Bamboo Bikes
Bamboo Bike Studio
201 Richards St., nr. Coffey St., Ste. 212, Red Hook; 917-727-2453
Custom-make a lightweight, ecofriendly bike made from bamboo, resin, and fabric at the company’s year-old Red Hook studio. You can choose from two styles: the Local, a curvy, Euro-style frame, and the Express, a racing bike. For $948 a pop, you can get fitted on a Saturday and ride your new bike home on Sunday.

King Kog
455 Graham Ave, nr. Meeker St., Greenpoint; 347-689-2299
Maestro and Gina Scardino expanded into their 600-square-foot space a year and a half ago and ramped up the selection of ready-to-ride fixed-gear bikes. They cater mostly to hardcore cyclists and bike messengers concerned with speed and agility. This summer’s top seller: the all-black Surly Steamroller, which can be ridden as a fixed-gear or converted into a single-speed model ($725).

Vintage Bikes
Landmark Bicycles
136 E. 3rd St., nr. Ave. A; 212-674-2343
Since 2008, vintage-bike aficionado Chung Pai has sold fully-restored Schwinns and Raleighs bikes from the fifties to the nineties to low-key, style-conscious riders. The current trophy piece—a cherry red 1970s Schwinn ($500) propped in one of the store’s two front windows—attracts almost as much attention as Breeze, Pai’s Yorkie terrier, who commands a small run in the other window.

Japanese Racers
Chari & Co. NYC
175 Stanton St., nr. Clinton St.; 212-475-0102
This two-year-old Lower East Side shop imports secondhand Japanese bike frames straight from professional track-racers in Asia. Buying one new would take up to a year to source and would cost double the price, which is already fairly expensive: from $1,150 for frames; $3,000 for bikes. The customized frames are made by artisan bike builders in Japan to be lightweight (around twenty pounds) and very fast.


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