Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Orange Pedal

This past weekend I had an opportunity to finally visit Orange Pedal, the dutch bike store in Wynwood, Miami. Saturday was crazy busy with the Maker's Faire, Redbull Minidrome, and ArtWalk, but luckily the store was open and I was able to swing in. I didn't have my dutch bikes with me but one of these days we have to do a ride together.

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The owner of the store, Kelly, is extremely generous and warm-hearted and her enthusiasm for the bicycles is contagious! She loves them as much as I do and has run into the same issues as I – the inability to try them out in person. We both went on luck and blind faith and for me personally, there was a steep learning curve. Coming from the same background, we are both incredibly passionate about these bikes and it's awesome she turned her passion into a shop to bring it to others! I loved watching curious customers inquiring about these bikes and being able to experience the fascination I felt when I first stumbled upon them. These bicycles are really a rarity in North America, though they are getting much more proliferous. The recent demand for proper cycling infrastructure and a renewed interest in commuter bicycling has led people to rediscover these "original" bicycle designs that, in Europe, have remained unchanged for over a century because they work so well.

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Kelly's adorable daughter

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The bikes are displayed (as they should be IMO) like beautiful art pieces in a gallery, very befitting of the Wynwood vibe and the amazing craftsmanship that goes into each bike. These bicycles are just beauties to look at, from the gorgeous lug work to the minute attention to detail. They might not be cheap, but they are more than worthy of the prices they command for the quality you get that will last you and your family for decades to come. These bikes are meant to withstand being held outdoors in the salt, rain, snow, sleet, muck, etc. and still require almost zero maintenance.

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Our favorite bikes, the Royal Dutch Gazelles – the Cadillac of them all

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Customers curious about the Vanmoof bicycles and front rack

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Showing people the awesome cargo bike, or "bakfiets"

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Lots of fun accessories!

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And adorable and stylish children's bicycles!

Kelly's shop can be found in the heart of Wynwood, Miami's Design District, at 
310 NW 26th St.,  Suite B, Miami, Florida. Phone number is (305) 515-2679. Like them on Facebook and check them out! These bikes are absolutely stunning.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Redbull Minidrome

This past Saturday was the Redbull Mini Velodrome event where fixed gear riders around South Florida competed for $1000 top prize based on the fastest lap time. Two riders each went head to head per round until the winner was determined. The minidrome is tiny and steep and lots of riders ate it flying off the track. The trick is to have a small gear in order to get up to speed fast. We had a lot of good local talent but the top prize ultimately went to some British guy wearing the weirdest get up. Overall, Wynwood was alive Saturday night with this event (which was one big party) and Artwalk going on. Earlier, 26th street was closed due to the Maker's Fair so Saturday was a busy day.

At Red Bull Mini Drome, skill, speed, balance, and braves are brought together on this steep, shrunken down version of the traditional velodrome. With track speeds exceeding 30mph and course measurements of 46 ft. x 24 ft. and 8 ft. high at the end banking, it is sure to be one of the most challenging and treacherous thrill rides to hit the fixed-gear scene.

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Bikes all packed up and ready to head south.

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Our own Alex Morris being interviewed by the Redbull announcer guy and shocking him away with his "and tonight I'm going fuck her in the pussy" announcement, to the roaring applause of all. Welcome to Miami.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Dutch Bike Store Opens in Wynwood

Wow finally a Dutch bike store in South Florida! Check out Orange Pedal ! Going down to Wynwood in Miami to check them out sometime soon, probably Nov 8th.

Quoting The Daily Wood:

"Orange Pedal’s description says it best after my tour of the store today, “Orange Pedal is not your regular bikes shop, We don’t sell bikes with 100 gears, or clothes to help you reduce drag but we do have the most stylish rides around and tons of accessories to insure a chic, comfortable and safer journey!” Kelly, the owner of Orange Pedal, told me they will only be carrying Dutch and Dutch style bicycles. When I was in the store; Kelly pointed out her favorite bike to be the Black Gazelle which is a top of the line bike in the price range around $1,500. Kelly describes the Gazelle to be functional, user friendly and easy to maintain. In addition to the bikes, Orange Pedal will be carrying messenger bags, helmets, shirts, accessories for bikes and bikes made for young children. Kelly plans to do bike rentals in the future. Wynwood was the perfect spot to open their first store as she described Wynwood as developing quickly and constantly and that she wants to bring an emerging product to an emerging neighborhood. “We are a destination bike shop ready to supply all of Miami in the most fashionable rides”- Kelly. Orange Pedal is located at 310 NW 26 St."

Like their Facebook Page!

New Dutch Bike in Town!

Who does this belong to??  I want to induct you into the honorary WPB Dutch Bike Club!
It's even got the sturdy heavy front rack and Kitsch Kitchen oilcloth rear panniers. Kitsch Kitchen is a funky shop in Amsterdam.

New gazelle in town!
New gazelle in town!

Rear fender sticker tells me this bike has been imported here by its owner from the Netherlands.