We’re not even sure how to make this announcement so we’re just going to say it; By July 2nd Kween Kargo Bike Shop will have moved to our actual forever-home at 79 West Street, Just down the block from our current location. This move is made out of necessity as our landlord has decided to sell the building and terminate our lease. Although this is happening at a challenging time, this is absolutely a good thing. We’ve loved our little shop on the corner of Greenpoint & Eckford but thanks to all of you we’ve been bursting at the seams with growth since landing here. We’ve made a lot work with a little space, but it’s time to #glowup! We’re excited to have more space to have a service department that matches our skill and a more accessible sales floor. Plus, we got our start inside a warehouse, moved out to a storefront, now we have a storefront IN a warehouse complex! Ain’t life funny? We will be open & operational through June 29th at 196 Greenpoint and on-call on June 30th. We will be sure to notify you all if any of that changes, but for the time being get stoked! We sure are!
Ride bikes, take space, have fun!
FTW*'s, Lets Ride! is a casual monthly training bicycle ride for female identifying, femme, GNC, and non-binary cyclists in NYC. Urban life is fast-paced and isolating. It's hard to find the time & motivation to keep up with athletic goals, let alone social ones. So at least once a month we invite W/T/F's to pedal out some miles & get outside their comfort zone with other local urban cyclists.
Meet-up at Transmitter Park the last Thursday of each month and we'll roll out around 7:30. These rides will be 6-15 miles round-trip, and the route can be voted on a week in advance on our event on facebook. This ride is ideal for North Brooklyn cyclists & LIC/Sunnyside Queens cyclists, as we'll alway lead back towards the Greenpoint/LIC area. Riders are encouraged to bring helmets for safety, lights & bells for legality!!!
Click here to vote on next week's ride route!
Camille Raneem, up-front & unfiltered here! Typically I try to anonymize our presence on the internet for the sake of branding & tone. However I want to speak in my own voice ahead of my business's two year birthday, which just so happens to fall on the heels of Women's History month.
When Chris & I decided to take over Full Lane Logistic's shop space it was with a twofold goal; First, we wanted to continue to support working cyclists in a way other shops seem to be unable/unwilling to. We found solutions for riders, instead of making customers play bike-shop-bingo. We took the time and energy to seek out cyclists in need and offer much needed support, which leads to our second goal. We wanted to offer more than just mechanical support, we wanted to support & represent the cyclists who have been left behind by the industry.
We are talking about the cyclists who ride because it's the only transport they can afford. We are talking about food delivery workers & couriers who work those gigs because it's the only they can get. We are talking about the women, queer, and trans folx who love to ride because cycling offers us a sense of freedom society does not afford us. We wanted to support the dreamers, the self-starters, the riders who fight for their own space and ride to the rhythm of their own cadence.
We also wanted to find a way to support ourselves by supporting our community. Christopher literally moved to New York City with a plan to work in bikes to support his sisters' goals of going to school but that was about it. For myself, I have worked in many a support role, finding myself unable to make ends meet and being completely powerless to get on my feet well enough to care for myself, let alone my aging mother fighting cancer. So, instead of retreating we took a risk and bet on the underdogs, just like we always hoped someone would do for us.
My goodness am I glad I dug in. It's been very challenging, and at time terrifying. It's been filled with sleepless nights, long days, and problems I could have never dreamed of. However I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, and working hard is easy when you wholeheartedly believe in what you are trying to do. So all things considered, the past two years have been the best years of my life, and I have all of our customers and supporters to thank for that.
You all have help us meet our goals year after year. From our odd warehouse space to our beautiful storefront; we got here because we believed in you and you believed in us. You saw us for who we are, and saw yourself looking back. Or at least that how I feel with every customer who walks through our doors. Moving into our third year, while we still have some ground to cover with our long-term goals, we are excitedly taking on new challenges and manifesting the seedlings of the solutions we think New York so desperately needs.
Since we moved into the storefront we have expanded our inventory to better serve our customers beyond our quality repair services. Being one of our strongest product lines, we have expanded and refined our wheel-building services. We have also taken on the exciting opportunity to have a high school intern at the shop, giving us the opportunity to build a curriculum surrounding the basics of bike maintenance and business ownership/management; A curriculum we hope to be able to crowd-source and pass on to other shops, educators, and cycle-advocates. Finally, we are excited to introduce our shop team Team Kween, currently an all-womens' team who will be racing in a category near you this spring, summer, & fall.
With all this goodness going down we (and by we I mean me) just can't help but give so many thanks. I hope this little adventure in breaking-the-forth-wall is found in good spirit! I just want to be sure that the folx who have stood behind us this whole time understand how vital they are to this business, and I want to remind everyone that we are here for you. If you have an idea or a project you need some guidance on, you know where to find us. Only need us to fix your bike? That's fine too. Gladly my friend. I'm happy I could be here for you.
To celebrate us entering our third year we would like to do a small promotion, in the spirit of mutual aide. If you have ever come to us for bicycle services or even just to pick up some apparel, and had a positive experience, tell somebody! It's been said there is no greater tip than a referral, and in the internet age that can be as simple as saying a few kind words about a business online. All customers who give us a review on Facebook, Google, Yelp, whatever, by the end of April will get 10% off their next visit to Kween Kargo. Pretty sweet right? Already shown us some love? Well this deal is retroactive, so expect a discount next time you drop in! Thank you for the incredible ride y'all, I could not be more grateful or more excited for whats to come next!
LONG MAY WE RIDE!
We invite our friends, clients, and cohorts to come out tonight and help us christen Kween Kargo! It's been a long road to get here; from a quaint bike shop on the 6th floor of a warehouse, to a renovated car garage, to finally land in a real brick & mortar storefront. To show our appreciation for all your belief and support, we will have drinks & door prizes! 5pm-8pm @ 196 Greenpoint Ave! More details here See you later!
Since Kween Kargo has been busy moving to our new storefront, it seemed like the perfect time to move to a better website! We hope this new interface will make it easier for our clients & compadres to interact with us. More importantly, we hope to signal-boost all the amazing work taking place in the Kweendom! We know so many folx are working on making this an incredible year for cycling, so here are a few of our goals for 2017:
- Team Kween Cycling inaugural season: Team Kween is a Cyclocross-focused team with spring divisions in Track and Road cycling as well. We have recruited a stellar team of women to lead the way for other amateurs who want to begin racing. We aim to create a safe, supportive environment both within our own teams but also at the venues where we will compete. In the long term we want to show young women in New York all the places cycling can take them; from professional sporting to beyond.
- Collaborate with established Bike NYC coalitions & their goals: We believe green freight infrastructure is the future for both commercial & public transport. We are impressed with all the work Transportation Alternatives has done to increase the number of protected bike lanes & "sharrows", and are hopeful for the introduction of more pedestrian walks. New York City is on the cusp of 9 million residents, and we as a city need to make major changes to prevent a sharp drop in quality of life. This is not a driving city. It never has been. We need to be creative in use of urban space for the sake of our city's residents and infrastructure.
- Make space for Female, Queer, and Trans leadership in NYC's cycling community: While cycling at large is a space of inclusion, leisure, encouragement, and health, certain social phenomena threaten the health & safety of marginalized individuals within our community. Racism, Transphobia, Ableism, and a Misogynistic social order must be left in 2016. Furthermore, we must work together to protect the leaders of change in our community and dismantle the safe-spaces built by & for serial abusers, gas-lighters, and conmen. They invalidate the beauty of our sport, and threaten the progress being made towards increased cycling infrastructure & visible legitimancy. Finally, we will continue our work to support independent couriers to build their own businesses, so they may be in control of their own labor, so they may not be so often subject to the violence described above.
We realize we are casting a wide-net but as Kween Kargo enters it's third year of business we want to keep our goals bold and powerful. Not to mention we want to get behind all the incredible people already deeply intrenched in this exciting work! So in addition to keeping your bike running better than any other shop can, we hope to be a source of support for the best parts of the New York City cycling community.
Long May We Ride!
-Camille & Chris