When the Subway’s Down, Recycle a Bicycle

Sixth Street Specials wasn’t the only bike shop hit by Hurricane Sandy.

On Avenue C, Recycle-a-Bicycle lost power, but it was up and running during the blackout, and doing swift business. Without reliable public transportation, locals dusted off their Schwinns and Treks and brought them to the non-profit’s storefront for a tune-up.

“A lot of people are coming in for flat fixes, because they’re just pulling their bike out of the basement,” said shop manager Patrick Tomeny last Thursday.

It’s no secret that bikes (and bicycle-powered generators) came in handy during the storm. Watch our video to find out why Mr. Tomeny thinks they’re the way of the future.