We wanted to learn a little bit more about our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community, so we created a new section of our journal dedicated to some of the people we’ve been fortunate to call customers.

Each month we will feature a different member of the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community and share what makes them tick.

With that said, our first spotlight is…

Ysanet Batista of Woke Foods

Where do you call home and explain some of your favorite things about your community?

Currently I call Brooklyn home but my family and I originally hail from Harlem, NY via the Dominican Republic. I live in Oceanhill/Bedstuy area of Brooklyn and I love the diversity of my neighborhood, all the various food options, and the large biking community that exists. 

Tell us about Woke Foods and the other projects you’re currently working on.

I am a self-taught (or a grandma-trained chef) and Woke Foods is a project that was born in March 2016 as a side hustle when I left my non-profit. Woke Foods is a worker-owned cooperative food business, which means that all the employees are owners of the business, in order to create a democratic workplace rooted in justice. We focus on cooking plant-based foods rooted in the flavors of the Dominican Republic using seasonal ingredients from local farms in NY.  

Other projects I am working on include a training program for other local food businesses, a blog highlighting sustainable living and food practices, and I recently got a grant to teach cooking class for activists living in low-income housing. 

What are you most passionate about? What passions drove you to your chosen field? 

I am passionate about food sovereignty, racial equity, gender, environmental, and economic justice. My passions for all those pillars have allowed me to integrate them into my work as a chef and creator of passion projects. I recently learned the word multihyphenate, which essentially means I am a jack of all trades. I am passionate about various things but all have the common thread of creating liberation and equity in all ways.  

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle? 

It has been great using my bike as an alternative transportation method that saves me money, allows me to be less dependent on the MTA or its fare hikes, decreases my carbon foot print, and increases my body movement. 

What are the top 3 places you bike to?

I bike to school (I study agriculture at Farm School NYC), my partner's house, and to Prospect Park. 

What does the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. brand mean to you? 

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. means locally-owned, comfort, and sustainability. 




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★ Customer Reviews ★

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City Bike Helmet by Thousand
Frances (Belmont, US)
Scooter Perfect

I bought this for my scooter-loving boyfriend. The look and function is PERFECT for scooter use. The snap allows quick-on-off for the urban transit connections and zipping to meetings in the city. The brim is just enough to prevent glare while still keeping the helmet compact for errands and trips to the grocery store. And did I mention that he LOVES the look of it? He said it distinguishes him from the bike crowd in a very smart way.....Still kicking it at 60!

Thanks so much for sharing Frances. We're glad you're finding many uses for the helmet. -Ryan Zagata

Nantucket Lightship Basket
Lindsay (Sarnia, CA)
Love it!

The perfect size and just what I was looking for. The shape of this basket stores my things securely and has a lot of room inside.

Thanks for sharing Lindsay. We're big fans of Nantucket Baskets as well. -Ryan Zagata

Bedford 8 Speed
Raphael Roos (Spicer, US)
Ride in style

In a sea of boring bikes, I found Brooklyn bike, and I couldn’t be more happier with my Bedford. The city ride is so smooth, and can’t help but notice the heads turning when I ride by :)

Thanks so much for sharing Raphael. We're thrilled you're enjoying your Bedford. -Ryan Zagata

Brooks Proofide Leather Dressing
Bill Ghormley (Mesa, US)

Shipped quick and received perfectly

Thank you for sharing Bill. -Ryan Zagata

Swept Back Handlebars
Blake Hebold (Falmouth, US)
Great Handlebars!

As a young bike mechanic I don’t have preferred bike component retailers. But these are perfect bars for cruiser vibe bikes. Everything (grips, brake levers etc) fit according to measurements. Great product, highly recommend it!

Thanks so much for the kind words and acknowledgment Blake. -Ryan Zagata