Weekends with Friends: Bike Ride Adventure Part 2

Last week we posted the first steps for throwing your own weekend bike riding adventure with friends. We were dogged with rain for what felt like weeks, but the clouds finally lifted yesterday, leaving the perfect weather for a team bike ride. Between our visits to Peter Pan Donuts and delicious sandwiches at No. 7 Sub, Max, Amy and I had a blast cruising around Greenpoint on colorful bikes that our friends at Brooklyn Cruiser loaned us for the day. Our final stop was a team picnic at Transmitter Park, the newly built city park at the end of our office block. While Amy is always zipping around town on her bike, this was a great chance for Max and I to rediscover the fun of riding through the streets on bikes and pointing out things to see, photograph and try (Amy did a handstand in front of some of our favorite neighborhood graffiti). If you haven’t printed out our downloadable bike adventure invites, you can do so right here. You can also download our bike map if you want to recreate our own neighborhood adventure here in Brooklyn. No matter what, I hope our little bike photo essay will inspire everyone to get outside and enjoy the weekend. See you on Monday! xo, grace

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Thanks again to Brooklyn Cruiser for letting us borrow these cute bikes for our shoot!

  1. Corrie says:

    CUTE PICS! Nice timing too. Did you know this week was NYC’s bike to work week? And today is bike to work day! http://bikenyc.org/biketowork
    Although, y’all should feature some cute helmets!

  2. Bailey S. says:

    I’m glad to see you all out and about on bikes during this lovely Bike Month, but where are your helmets? I’m sure Design Sponge could find helmets that are stylish AND protect your noggin.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi kristin and bailey-

      the riding shots we did were just for show– we rode down our office block so max could photograph us. but yes, typically we would wear helmets for our normal rides. we each have the helmet pictured here: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/09/bike-madness-bikes-accessories-and-inspired-decor.html


  3. Kristin says:

    where are your helmets?


    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi mackenzie-

      it’s a brooklyn cruiser- there’s a link in the opener paragraph :)


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  6. Mary says:

    Hi Grace,

    Per the comments on helmets… even if those photos were for show, why wouldn’t you guys style one in? This kind of feature only reinforces that wearing a helmet “isn’t cool,” as doing so is rarely shown in editorial. Riding in NYC is a dangerous activity… Please promote safety in the future!


    1. Grace Bonney says:


      Point taken. We’ll be sure to include some more helmet info in our next bike posts :)


  7. Very cute, looks like so much fun I want to join you!

  8. susan says:

    Seriously you guys are so lucky to have so much fun working, and with great friends. Love it!

  9. cycling with friends great fun

  10. Jordan says:

    Wow, this looks like fun! Great photos!

  11. suzanne says:

    i agree on promoting helmets. even if you wore them, styling without seems to be the way for most greenpointers day-to-day

  12. Liz says:

    Hey, thanks for the info that you do wear helmets, but really, photos without them just make it look “cool” not to wear them, and who does that help?

    I see a lot of people riding commuter bikes in the city without helmets, and while that may work in some areas of Europe and Asia, most US bikers have to contend with SUVs and aggressive drivers.

    Please include some stylish looking helmets in the next shoot instead of perpetuating that it is ‘hip’ to not wear helmets.

    They save lives.

  13. John H. says:

    Helmets are not needed for city riding. All one has to do is look at the statistics from the Netherlands to see they really don’t do a thing. Then we have Australia and New Zealand as further examples of how the helmet does not help. Both of those countries made the helmet a requirement and while helmet use skyrocketed, ridership fell and TBI rates stayed the same. The helmet is mainly a byproduct of the American obsession with safety, even when it’s only a placebo.

  14. Kate says:

    I was really looking forward to seeing these photos and I am not disappointed. These are really great! Looks like a totally successful trip.

  15. sarah says:

    grace, what brand of shoes are you wearing? thanks!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi sarah

      they’re jack purcell slip ons :)


  16. Belle says:

    Love the bikes!! Gorgeous!! If helmets are not compulsory then you are doing the right thing. The decision should be all about choice. We have compulsory helmet laws in Australia and we have the lowest cycling particpation in the world. We also have the highest obesity rates in the world. More people die each year from illness related to inactivity than anything else….don’t go down our path…don’t send the message that riding a bike is dangerous!!!!!! If riding a bike without a helmet was that dangerous then thousands of people each day would be dying in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. They don’t!,

  17. Shelley says:

    That looks like so much fun! I would love to take a group bike adventure with my friends.

  18. Jenny says:

    Helmets are a personal choice. Why do people feel the need to impose their opinions on others all the time. Just let people be. Great post. Shame people can’t enjoy it for what it is without making such comments.

  19. stylelovely says:

    love the pics!
    i would like to have a little spare time as well :)

  20. This is soooo fun! And the best part is you guys are happy and AWAY from your laptops. xoxo.

  21. Kristin says:

    Re: additional stylish helmets- check out yakkay. Pricey but they are pretty amazing.


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