The Wide, Wild World of NYC Cycling

When: Tuesday, September 17, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Man with Low Rider Bicycle. Photo by Carlos Alvarez Montero.

From the BMX crews of the South Bronx to the unsanctioned alleycat riders who race on brake-less, fixed-gear bicycles, we survey the wide, wild world of cycling in the city. A conversation with members of some of NYC's boldest and most vibrant clubs, including Tyrone Means, a longtime BMX rider at the South Bronx’s Mullaly Bike Park; David Trimble, founder of the fixed-gear race Red Hook Criterium; and coach and former elite bicycle racer Tara Parsons. Moderated by photographer and author Sam Polcer

Prior to the program, join Bike New York for a free Winter Cycling Workshop at 6:00 pm; pre-registration required. Check back for details on how to sign-up. 

6:00 pm – Bike New York Winter Cycling Workshop begins
6:30 pm – Doors open to the program
6:45 pm – Bike New York Workshop concludes
7:00 pm – Program begins
8:30 pm – Program concludes

This program accompanies our exhibition Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History (on view through October 14, 2020). To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speakers:
Tyrone Means has been riding at Mullaly Bike Park, which is known as the "mecca of East Coast DIY-style BMX," since 1992 and now serves as a mentor to many young riders. He is also a member of the BMX crew Underground Never Dies, which was formed by a group of riders and volunteers to support and maintain the park. Means also runs the BMX company BMX Kings

Tara Parsons has been a cycling coach for individual cyclists and teams since 2008. She now coaches women's racers and members of the
Century Road Club Association. She also serves as an ambassador for Rapha, a cycling sportswear brand. A former bicycle racer herself, Parsons competed for 10 years regionally and nationally at the elite level. 

David Trimble is the founder and director of the Red Hook Criterium, a race in which cyclists ride on brake-less fixed-gear bicycles. Trimble conceived the original vision for the race to celebrate his 26th birthday in 2008 and now oversees all aspect of the competition. He formerly raced go-karts professionally and worked as a mechanic on Indycars.

Sam Polcer (moderator) is a photographer and a cyclist. His images have appeared in National GeographicThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal,,, and many other websites and publications. His first book, New York Bike Style, was published by Prestel in 2014. He also attempts to maintain a blog, Preferred Mode, featuring some of the photos from that project. Currently, he is the associate director of content strategy at BAM. Previously, he was an editor at Hemispheres and the director of communications at Bike New York.

$15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID)
$10 for Museum Members

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Cycling in the City programs are funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cycling in the City is made possible with lead support provided by Metropolitan Velodrome, Inc.; additional support provided by the Lily Auchincloss FoundationKatheryn C. Patterson and Thomas L. Kempner Jr.Bike New YorkRabobank International; and George H. Beane.

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