Awesome neighborhood bike shop? It’s pretty tough to find in New York, so it’s always a great thing to discover a new & totally amazing local shop where the mechanics really know what they’re doing, work on all kinds of bikes (not just expensive new bikes or any one kind of bike), super reasonable prices and …oh yeah it’s HUGE. Like one of those suburban ‘Performance Bike’ stores that New Yorkers have only heard about via the internet. They’ve even got a slogan: ‘Bicycles – Brew – Know How’
But Red Lantern is a big, mostly empty space -not a packed bicycle bazaar. It’s a big open space that’s relaxing to just hang out in. Extra awesome because New York has finally got on the “Cycle Culture Cafe” bandwagon, via the cafe (soon, a bar!) in the front half of the store.
A month ago the #BikeNYC meetup & @BrooklynByBike’s birthday party was hosted by Red Lantern. The owner says that more events are planned once the alcohol license is granted by the city. So far they’ve got a calendar online - waiting to be filed in. They’re also planing on hosting classes – we’ll wait to see if it’s standard maintenance classes or something more specialized.
What could be better than stopping by after work for a drink, a new set of winter tires and hanging out? With that much wall space I’d also be surprised if we didn’t see some cool bike art shows also happening.
345 Myrtle Avenue (between Carlton & Adelphi)
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
HOURS: Open 7 days a week 8am – 9pm
Now that’s some hard working bike mechanics!
They also fix up & sell used bikes, perfect for seasonal bike riders or people who want a unique affordable bike. I’ve had my eye on the banana yellow Schwinn tandem, if only my apartment were bigger! My last time having work done, I got a call from the owner that my frame wouldn’t work with the commuter fenders I’d wanted. He did a great job working with what I had, never pushing any product or extra work into what I originally asked for and when I went to pick up the bike the bill was much less than quoted (no fenders & no charge for figuring things out). That’s the first & only time that’s ever happened to me. It’s pretty clear why their yelp reviews are universally glowing.
Beyond the fact these guys do a good job, they’ve also created a really positive environment that’s welcoming to anyone in the bike community. I like that the owner has his super cute little boy and wife hanging out at the shop, that people meet up for coffee dates in the front (without needing any bike stuff) and that it’s a comfortable spot to read during the day without feeling like it’s a invite-only club or a den of masculinity.
What are you waiting for? Go check them out!