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kaitlyn and brett: bike date in brooklyn

May 19, 2011

This week’s bike date comes from Kaitlyn and Brett of NYC. Kaitlyn is the author behind Thoughs of Mint Green, a blog chronicling her life and adventures in the big city. She and her boyfriend Brett are great bike enthusiasts and they use their bikes for travel as well as everyday transport. Here, Kaitlyn and Brett take us along on one of their first Spring Sunday brunch dates, so get ready for a fun filled day, balloon hats and all! 

Sunday brunch in New York City is something special. The acceptability of sleeping in until noon, knowing that nearly every restaurant will be serving breakfast until 4pm, and that alcoholic beverages are standard accompaniments to a morning meal without judgment are what makes Sunday brunch one of the best moments in the city. Now, if Sunday brunch is something special, then the first lovely spring Sunday brunch is exceptional, and if the first lovely spring day is Easter Sunday then brunch is extraordinary.

And so begins the tale of my extraordinary spring Easter Sunday brunch bike date….
For days, it had been rainy and gray in Brooklyn. So it proved hard to plan out a bike date thinking that we would be rained out. But on Sunday morning, the sun was smiling and the air was warm and the threats of rain seem to be at bay. Brett said there would be a balloon artist at Fort Defiance in Red Hook, and our bike date begins…

Bike date in Brooklyn

Peter is AMAZING! His ability to mold balloons was incredible to watch:

Bike date in Brooklyn

Inspired by Brett’s hair, he created the best balloon hat ever! (Before and after shots)

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After the wonderful morning of balloons and brunch, we rode through a couple of neighborhoods in Brooklyn. As we were leaving Red Hook, a friend of Brett’s stopped us to take photos in front of the Red Hook fire station:


As you can see, my balloon Easter bonnet complimented Brett’s quite well. We continued to explore the western neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and brought many smiles and a couple of “love that hat” moment to people. Spring in New York City is magical. Now, I know that is a common phrase, but the truth is that the first super lovely day of the season changes people. Suddenly there is no need for coats or scarves or hats. A true luxury!

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During the ride, we stopped at two of our favorite bike shops. First, we went to Rolling Orange to check out their selection of unique cargo bicycles:

Bikes in Brooklyn

I have to say, I’m not a fan of this design:


I’d rather see a dragon front instead of a car bumper. Perhaps because there is such a tense relationship between cars and bikers in the city, but in my opinion if we’re going to put kids in a cargo bike, it doesn’t need to reflect a car.
At Ride Brooklyn, Brett really blended in as an everyday customer:

Bike date in Brooklyn

I really like Ride Brooklyn. They’re very friendly and knowledgeable. They also have a large selection of bicycles. I’ve been eyeing an Electra Amsterdam they have tucked in the corner (one day!):

En route back home, we stopped at one of our favorite vintage/thrift/treasure stops. This awesome guy opens a garage (hours depend on his availability), and inside holds thousands of items.

Bike date in Brooklyn

Brett found two bikes that were in decent condition and had been sitting in a basement for over a decade. Two of his co-workers asked him to keep his eyes peeled for good bike deals, and he found it! Some TLC, and there will be two more bikers in NYC. Of course it did mean that we needed to walk that last few blocks with a bike on each arm:

Bike date in Brooklyn

And that concludes our extraordinary spring Easter Sunday brunch bike date.

Quick note on helmets: I’m a safety first kind of girl, and always wear a helmet. Totally kills several hair styles, but keeps me alive. Now, when my man and I receive such incredible Easter bonnets and are riding around at a leisurely pace on a sunny Sunday, I feel a very rare exception can be made to my standard helmet wear.

Thanks, Kaitlyn and Brett, for taking us on a bike date through Brooklyn with you! Looks like a fabulous Spring brunch date, especially with those awesome ‘easter bonnets’!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 08:03

    Lovely! These bike date stories always bring a smile to my face. Kaitlyn’s description of brunch was perfect – she totally put into words what I love about that particular meal so much. :) Now I want to ride around Brooklyn wearing a balloon hat. They make it look so fun.

  2. May 19, 2011 10:54

    i want to go riding in brooklyn and go to that man’s treasure garage! we were in brooklyn a couple of months ago and the streets were filled with bikes! we so wished we had ours to roll around greenpoint! it was sooooo nice and flat! awww !!


  3. May 19, 2011 16:00

    A colorful and festive way to celebrate a spring day~

  4. May 19, 2011 19:48

    this is so cute! love their matching colored bikes!

  5. Sue permalink
    May 19, 2011 21:08

    Laughter and biking go well together. A few summers ago I got the chance to walk the Brooklyn bridge and loved seeing all the cyclists and got the chance to eat at the famous Grimaldi’s with the kids.

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