Friday, June 13, 2008

Trip to Trackstar NYC

I have been meaning to visit Trackstar NYC for some time. However, it just never seemed to work out for me. I was in Midtown Manhattan attending the SIFMA Technology Conference. I had some time to kill before the Savvis Reception so I decided to take a subway downtown and make a quick stop to checkout the track bikes.

The shop is located at 231 Eldridge Street which is about 1 block south of Houston (pronounced House Ton) Street. I am never sure which train to catch but I knew the 4 5 6 went into that general area so I decided to head east on 53 St to the Citigroup Tower. I caught the 6 to Houston and then walked 5 or 6 blocks east to Eldridge. As I got to the corner of Houston and Eldridge I notice the entrance to the F train. The F train goes underneath Rockefeller Center which is just south of were I attended the SIFMA show. Going back was going to be easy.
Trackstar NYC sells nothing but track bikes and is a big part of the messenger bike culture. I am not really into the whole bike culture thing but I do like the look of a track bike. The drop of the handle bars and the simplicity of the machine just appeals to me.

Trackstar carries several brands including Javelin, SOMA and Cinelli. Lots of parts to build out a real nice track bike. They even had a carbon track handlebar from IRD.

I have had my eye on a Red SOMA Rush. If I ever decide to upgrade my Langster this would be the bike I would get. However, I am afraid that adding front and back breaks would ruin the line of the bike so I may have to just admire the bike from afar.

This LOOK was calling my name. I am not sure if it is a real LOOK. It might be an older model.

I really wanted to get the black Brooklyn Jersey but I have already spent enough money on cycling gear. I need to pace my self.

If I lived closer to a velodrome I would seriously think about getting a dedicated track bike. The two (Lehigh in Pennsylvania and Kissena in Queens) that are near me are still a 90 minute car ride.

1 comment:

brettok said...

That black Brooklyn jersey is hot! I want it.