Sam Slaton, Communications Director at Bike New York was at the book release party for Sam Polcer’s “New York Bike Style”! I got him to give me a drop and talk about the amazing event held at Red Beard Bike Shop in Dumbo Brooklyn.
Together, these striking images create the ultimate style guide for anyone who pedals their way through the Big Apple. America may be a nation obsessed with automobiles, but today the bicycle is giving the car a run for its money. And while New York is just one of many cities that is implementing new bike friendly policies, the local cyclist population stands out as one of the most diverse, inventive, and stylish in the world. New York Bike Style celebrates this with full-page photographs of riders and their bikes. Photographer Sam Polcer has combed New York’s five boroughs looking for subjects who reflect the myriad styles and demographics of the city’s cyclists–from Puerto Rican Schwinn aficionados with vintage bikes to fixed gear freaks; from BMX kids honing their bar-spins at skateparks to fashionistas floating down leaf-strewn streets in dresses. Each page is captioned with the subject’s name, what kind of bike they ride, where the photo was taken, and where they’re headed. The book also features close-up shots of gear as well as a startlingly stylish array of bike fashion. Whether they’re pedaling to work or play, racing with a club, or out for a lazy ride, New York Bike Style pays photographic tribute to a city in love with biking in all its forms.