While we wouldn't normally take to the city streets on bike, Adeline Adeline, an enchanting vintage-bicycle-and-accessories shop, may change all that.
The new Tribeca store aims to put the fun and romance back in cycling--and they've done just that. The cheery space is stocked with adorable city bikes, cruisers and Dutch-style bicycles that have all the practical mechanics, baskets that channel Martha's Vineyard, and the cutest bike bells imaginable ($4 and up).
We love the Pashley Princess Sovereign bicycle ($1,295) paired with the pet basket ($118) from Nantucket Bike Basket Co., so we don't have to leave our furry friends at home. There's also a quirky collection of cycle-centric books, like David Byrne's Bicycle Diaries ($25), in which the musician chronicles his adventures as a pedaling tourist.
There's a full-service repair shop beneath the store that doubles as a free, private test-drive area for those who want to ride before they buy. And, beginning this summer, you can rent bikes for weekend jaunts through the city.
While Adeline Adeline is more Roman Holiday than Tour de France, it's perfect for the not-so-serious biker. And we happen to think cycling is much more fun with baskets and bells.
Adeline Adeline, 147 Reade St. (between Greenwich and Hudson sts.); 212-227-1150 or adelineadeline.com