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Monster Track NYC 2022: Alleycats are Alive and Well

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Monster Track NYC 2022: Alleycats are Alive and Well

In 2011, a little over a year after I found my passion for cycling through riding fixed gear bikes through the concrete jungle of New York City, I found myself, camera in hand, at Monster Track. The event is one of cycling’s most famous, most dangerous, and most significant alleycats in the world. Fast forward to 2022, and here I am again, camera in hand, at the 23rd edition of the annual brakeless urban street race.

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Bicycle Kingdom Ep.3: Riding in NYC – Major Taylor Iron Riders

In this episode of The Pro’s Closet‘s video series Bicycle Kingdom, we take a deep dive into the Major Taylor Iron Riders, a cycling club founded by two sisters in Brooklyn in the 1970s. The club’s name is inspired by Marshall “Major” Taylor, a cycling champion and the first African American cycling hero, and the Iron Riders, a group of infantrymen that were commissioned to ride bikes across the country to determine the feasibility of using bikes in warfare.

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Bicycle Kingdom Ep.2: Riding in NYC – Monster Track

In this episode of The Pro’s Closet Bicycle Kingdom, we explore the intricacies of Monster Track. Monster track mirrors the chaos of the city it takes place in, New York City. It is the pinnacle of Alleycat racing. It’s part party, part race, but in the end, it’s all about community.

Disclaimer: Riding bikes is inherently dangerous. That said, while we are not encouraging people to ride fixed-gear bikes in a crowded city, we do see value in sharing this story of a longstanding subculture in NYC and cities around the globe. Be careful. Ride respectfully. Spread bike love.

Embrace the Analog: Hunter’s Affinity Anthem with Campagnolo Chorus 12 Speed

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Embrace the Analog: Hunter’s Affinity Anthem with Campagnolo Chorus 12 Speed

In an age where rubbing disc brakes, dead electronic shifting, and fussy integrated cockpits rule the market, the idea of a simple bike with none of the above starts to look very appealing. A steel frame with a mechanical groupset has an analog quality to it that is hard to beat. It has undeniable panache, aero and weight don’t matter. I introduce to you my Affinity Anthem, a stainless steel workhorse of a bike mated to a groupset that is as timeless as they come.

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Bicycle Kingdom Ep.1: Riding in NYC – Central Park Raccoons

Bicycle Kindom is a new video series by The Pro’s Closet which investigates the many different orders, families, and genera of cycling. Some are well known to the general public or cycling enthusiasts, like traditional road racing. However, some subcultures of bicycle riding are lesser-known. In this episode of Bicycle Kingdom, we take a deeper look into riding bikes in New York City with the Central Park Raccoons.

Search and State: Merino Long Sleeve Jerseys

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Search and State: Merino Long Sleeve Jerseys

Search and State continues to roll out its warm weather gear with these long sleeve merino jerseys. Available in four colors, magenta, green, navy, and black, knit with a synthetic and merino blend for increased durability, and you better believe, they’re selling out fast. Check out all the information and stock at Search and State.

Search and State’s High End Technosailor Jacket

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Search and State’s High End Technosailor Jacket

Search and State has produced some real gems in the outerwear world over the years. Their newest development is the Technosailor jacket. This new garment features a stashable hood and drawstrings, 6-cargo pockets, an internal climate membrane, Riri Zippers, and the entire jacket also packs down into itself by way of a stuffable rear pocket for easy stowing. This jacket has a lot going on, is made in the USA, and carries a retail price of $395.

See more from this beautiful piece at Search and State.

Search and State: Camo S2-R Long and Short Sleeve Riding Jerseys

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Search and State: Camo S2-R Long and Short Sleeve Riding Jerseys

Search and State’s S2-R riding jerseys are back in stock, in short, and long sleeve this year, with a new, monochromatic camo design. These jerseys fit like a performance jersey should, are made from a synthetic blend with Cold Black fabric cooling technology, which is SPF 35+ and blocks up to 90% of the sun’s rays and reduces fabric surface temps by up to 9 degrees. Short and long sleeve S2-R jerseys are in stock now at Search and State.

State Bicycle Co. x The Notorious B.I.G. Collection

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State Bicycle Co. x The Notorious B.I.G. Collection

We were not expecting this one! State Bicycle Co and The Notorious B.I.G. have released a limited edition capsule collection featuring a singlespeed bike, bar tape, t-shirt, cycling cap, and cycling kits. The whole project came out really great but this “Ready to Die” jersey takes the cake. See the entire collection at State.

The New Yorker: the Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest

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The New Yorker: the Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest

Photo by Stephanie Keith / Getty

I’m sure you’re on the edge of reading-fatigue as the world’s largest civil rights protest has engulfed all aspects of your life. It is important, however, to note that these two-wheeled mechanisms we ride are inherently political. The New Yorker has a great piece on how this politicized form of transportation has played a crucial role in the current protests:

“A week ago, on Wednesday night, the third night of a citywide curfew in New York, police officers were seen confiscating bicycles. Posts on social media described N.Y.P.D. officers violently seizing bikes from peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who were continuing to march in defiance of the 8 p.m.. lockdown. In one widely shared video clip, a jittery camera captured a cop wheeling an apparently commandeered bike; a woman can be heard screaming at police, asking why bikes are being taken, and how protesters are supposed to travel home. Another piece of viral footage, retweeted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, shows three policemen clubbing a cyclist with batons on a Manhattan street. It’s unclear whether the man was arrested, or what became of his bicycle.”

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Head on over to the New Yorker.

Pandemic Praxis: Delivering PPE in NYC by Bicycle

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Pandemic Praxis: Delivering PPE in NYC by Bicycle

My mom has a habit of pulling over and sitting in silence every time an ambulance drives by with its sirens on. She would say a short prayer and only start moving once she felt done. It’s one of the starkest memories I have, her hushing us in the backseat of her ‘88 Honda Accord, trying to instill a modicum of reverence into our young, dumb hearts. I often forget about this but it’s been making its way into almost every dream, every night, for the last 6 weeks.

Search and State: S2-R Colorblock Jersey

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Search and State: S2-R Colorblock Jersey

Search and State’s performance road jersey, the S2-R is back this year with a new colorway and its signature details. All S2R’s feature Coldblack technology on the fabric surface which is SPF 30+ and also acts to block up to 90% of the sun’s rays and reduce fabric surface temps by up to 9 degrees. These jerseys feature a five-pocket design (3 in the rear and 2 side-seam stash pockets) a full length locking Riri zipper, exterior locker loop, and premium silicone waist elastic. They’re made in NYC, offer 30-day no questions asked returns and in stock now at Search and State.