Celebrate Brooklyn’s riding obsession at Bicycle Fetish Day

Celebrate Brooklyn’s riding obsession at Bicycle Fetish Day
The Brooklyn Paper / Michael Short

It’s a fetish fest — but the only chains you’ll find are the ones attached to bicycles.

Two-wheelers and the people who love them will hit the streets on May 26 for Bicycle Fetish Day, a block party-style celebration of Brooklyn’s bike obsession.

Organizer Matt Levy said the event, now in its eighth year, is a chance for cyclists to embrace the distinct subcultures within the bike boom — fixie fanatics, weekend warriors, BMXers, and vintage roadsters among them.

“We like to think of it as a cross-cultural get together,” Levy said.

The Williamsburg art museum City Reliquary will hold a day of spirited contests for bikers of all stripes with prizes and serious bragging rights going to whoever brings the “Best Vintage Bike,” “Best Ugly Bike” and “Best Mutant Bike” — a Frankenstein-style ride built out of several different bicycles.

Show-stoppers last year included the “Puerto Rican Schwinn Club” — a group known for their sweet rides and killer matching jackets — a towering two-man bike, and an orange cruiser decked out with a hanging disco ball.

Cyclists can also check out bike advocacy literature, a grill manned by City Reliquary, and lots of art and bike paraphernalia.

“We’re celebrating bike culture in weird and wild way,” Levy said.

Bicycle Fetish Day [Meet at Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand Streets in Williamsburg], May 26, noon—6pm. Free. Visit www.cityreliquary.org.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at [email protected] or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.