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Bike Shop Day

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Have you heard of Bike Shop Day?

We didn’t think so. Hardly a Hallmark holiday, Bike Shop Day was inaugurated in 2017 by a forward thinking independent bicycle store owner in Brooklyn. Joe Nocella and the staff of 718 Cyclery came up with the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate the unique culture of a local bicycle store and its connection to the local community. He’s invited other independent bikes shops around the country (and around the world) to join, and we thought this was an amazing idea, so we jumped on.

The theme for this year’s celebration is inclusiveness, and all participating shops and vendors were asked to submit a brief proposal for welcoming people who are underrepresented in the cycling industry. This was right up our alley here at Cosmic Bikes, because for us inclusion is not just an event. It's an underlying philosophy of the way we run our business. What we do day in and day out is aim to invite, not intimidate the beginner, listen, not preach to the curious, and salute, not marginalize the commuter. We meet each visitor to our shop where they are, without pre-judgment, and, to the best of our ability, we offer products and services that address a diversity of needs, whether it's a young person on a budget getting into a cycling lifestyle, or a person facing limitations (age? illness? location? budget? growing family? other challenges?) who wishes to preserve their cycling lifestyle.

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We’re looking forward to throwing our doors open to the community on first Saturday in December, and we’re busy planning a fun-filled day for everyone. Here’s a preview of the day’s festivities:

UPDATED SCHEDULE:

  • DOORS OPEN AT 9am
    FREE swag bags and Limited Edition Bike Shop Day t-shirts to first 25 guests

  • 9-11 Breakfast & Coffee.
    We’re not messing around, real hot food & great coffee from Sputnik Coffee Roasters.

  • SPECIAL PRICING ON MERCHANDISE & SERVICE

    • Bike Sale

    • 20% OFF any Service booked during Bike Shop Day

  • RAFFLE Tickets $5 for a chance to win

  • Donations Box

    We will have a donation box to benefit the Irving Park Community Food Pantry Christmas Angel Drive. If you can, please bring

    • New, unwrapped toys (specifically requested are items for kids aged 10-12, especially boys)

    • Winter hats, gloves scarves and socks

    • Canned goods

      More details are here.

  • Kids Crafts (Coloring, Make your own bike chain Xmas Ornament and more!0

  • Demo Rides: try out a Cargo Bike, a Brompton, or an eBike!

  • 12-3 Free mini-clinics: Flat fix, Safety check, Bike fit, Winter drivetrain care

  • 4:30 LIVE MUSIC with acoustic trio Uptown Boys

  • 5:30pm RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING
    Winner need not be present, but it’s a lot more fun if you are!!

  • 6pm FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVIE NIGHT: The Bicycle Thief
    Popcorn & BYOB

We hope you set aside time to join us in this biking community celebration!

Wednesday Morning Diner Rides

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Feeling the midweek blues? Come on out for our Wednesday morning DINER rides.

If you work from home, or can sneak in late to work from time to time, come on out for a brisk, shortish ride with breakfast at genuine diner location.

The idea is to keep riding through the fall (and winter?), and to visit and support local establishments at the same time. To keep things moving quickly, we'll meet at various area coffee shops, and visit a different diner each week.

If you want to have some local coffee before we depart, arrive a little ahead of time so that we can start the ride a 7am SHARP. Don’t expect the ride to be the most direct route from the meeting point to the diner of the week, because we’ll want to get in some miles. At an easy-moderate pace, we’ll complete the riding portion in about 40-45 minutes, and still have plenty of time to enjoy a hearty breakfast.

After breakfast, we split up, so you can continue with the rest of your day.

For each ride, be sure to bring: your bike, helmet, lock and CASH. Many places we will visit are CASH ONLY establishments. The diners on the menu this Fall are: Yellow Rose, Mayfair Restaurant, Big Top and Edgebrook Coffee Shop. For more information and details on each ride’s meeting spot, click on the event links below.