Preferred Mode: New York Bike Style has been made into a book, blog, and other social media accounts. Photographer and cyclist Sam Polcer created this collection of photographs to show how New Yorkers prefer to take bikes over cars.

The portraits show the diverse culture of New York and the common interest that ties them together: cycling. Every person and bicycle is different. The photos also are taken in different places in the cyclists’ everyday lives. The colorful and fun photos showcase the cyclists personalities. In a huge city, they find a way to make it their own.


Nelson (a.k.a."El Gallo") rides a 1962 Schwinn Jaguar photographed at Harman St. and Irving Ave., Brooklyn hanging out at the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club headquartersSamPolcer14T.J. rides a Sunday Gary Young BMX bike photographed at Metropolitan Ave. and Kent Ave., Brooklyn going to Continental Army Plaza in WilliamsburgMaurice rides a Vilano fixed gear bicycle photograhed at Reade St. and Greenwich St., Manhattan going home from a photo shootDavid Rides a Jamis Commuter with custom Halo retro-reflective coating Photographed on the Hudson River Greenway at Watts St., Manhattan Heading home from workSamPolcer9SamPolcer8

Vivian rides a Takara Kabuto single-speed bike photographed at 38th St. and 8th Ave., Manhattan . and 8th Ave., Manhattan en route to Koreatown for lunch

Ian rides a custom tall bike photographed on teh Williamburg Bridge going home from work

Tyrone rides a Pedal Driven Cycles Kool Thing BMX bicycle Photograpger at Division St. and Orchard St., Manhattan While working at Dah Shop, a bike shop


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