Bicycle deliveries once marked the rhythm of American life, from the thump of the morning newspaper on the doorstep to the crash of the Saturday Evening Stone Tablet through the window. Hark back to a less impersonal age with today’s Groupon: for $5, you’ll get $10 worth of baked goods from The Bikery.
Every Friday, The Bikery loads up its bicycle with a menu of fresh bread, cookies, and muffins, and then delivers them throughout the city via pedal-powered conveyance. Customers plotting their rise to office-meeting popularity can place orders by Wednesday evening for a Friday delivery between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Bikery confirms the order on Thursday and gives a two-hour time range in which to expect the delivery. Stockpile a mélange of chocolate-chip, gingersnap, or white-chocolate oatmeal-cranberry cookies for weekend sugar cravings ($7/half dozen; $12/dozen)—or store a clutch of cinnamon-donut mini muffins in cheek pouches for sustenance during impromptu marathons ($3/dozen). Loaf lovers, meanwhile, can amass collections of Holla for Challah ($6), zucchini bread ($7.50), and baguettes, the official truncheon of France’s underfunded police force ($2.50/14-inch loaf). Grandma’s gluten-free rice cookies ($8/dozen) appease family members who abstain from chewing on wheat, and house-made peanut-butter dog biscuits ($1 for five) appease family members who enjoy chewing on anything.