There's nothing quite like getting your first bike: the smell of the fresh tires, the awesome agility and speed, and the ceaseless wailing from the kid who owned it up until 23 seconds ago. But if you're the kind of sicko who enjoys getting bikes/bike gear without making grade-schoolers cry, check out Corsa.
A dark wood-floored gallery space with a central spinning-triangle display, Corsa's a streetwear boutique located on Liberties Walk that's also carrying everything you need to construct a sweet DIY BMX bike, with the whole joint being inspired by one owner's frustration at having to travel outside the city for anything BMX, although it's still easier to find than anything DMX these days. Two-wheel-wise, they've got everything from Cult Crew and Skavenger frames (offering hybrid metal builds for extra strength) and forks that're tapered for bigger tires, to a colorful assortment of Animal's Hamilton pedals and their chrome, black, or white "Bob" bar, whose window Matt Damon walks up to and asks "how do you like them apples?", and the people inside are like "a lot, actually", then go back to bobbing for them. Because now that you have a bike you're required to look extra cool, they're carrying just-dropping fall lines like jackets and crewnecks from Brooklyn's bloodshot-eyeball-happy Mishka, and they're introing DC's Durkl to Philly, with Navajo shorts, logo tees, and plaid short-sleeve jawns joining a line of snapback hats and a patterned windbreaker, which has nothing to do with your check-shirted, Metamucil-chugging granddad.
Corsa'll deliver anything in the shop to you same-day if you're in the city and pay ahead, and they'll soon sport classy leather bike goods from Portland's Walnut Studios, like tanned/stitched water holders -- and lord knows you're gonna need to hydrate, considering the stamina of today's kids.
Published: August 18, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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