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Things to Do in New York

Rent a bike at New York City's Riverside Park

The question we hear most often is “What are some things to do in New York, and what is the best way to do them?” Visitors want to see and learn about Central Park and all the numerous sightseeing locations around NYC. Well, Bike and Roll NYC has the perfect solution … why not try one of our top-rated bike tours around the city? We offer tours of Central Park, Waterfront Greenway, Brooklyn Bridge, downtown, and we even have a combination bike and water taxi tour you can try. You’ll be accompanied by one of our expert tour guides, so not only will you get some great exercise, but you’ll experience the city in a whole new way, and you will learn something too. If you prefer to tour the city by yourself, we also have many bike rental locations scattered about Manhattan and New Jersey. You can choose from a wide assortment of bikes, including performance bikes, race bikes, tandem bikes and even quadcycles. We even cater to kids too, so you can be assured of getting the proper equipment for the entire family.

So, if you and your family or group are looking for things to do in New York, you can get more information on the bike tours and bike rentals offered by Bike and Roll NYC on our website at http://bikenewyorkcity.com.

Bicycle Tours, the best way to travel!

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When you travel, consider bicycle tours as a way to maximize your experience! A bicycle tour is the single best means to explore a travel destination. More efficient and covering more ground and material than walking while providing a much more intimate experience than a mass transit solution like a bus or a boat tour. A bicycle tour also does not include the challenges faced by auto drivers such as parking issues; traffic and the constant need to pay attention to the road.

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Travel by Tandem

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A tandem bicycle rental is a terrific way for a couple to explore a travel destination. While bikes in general are more efficient than walking and much more fun than being confined in a motor vehicle, the tandem adds a special dynamic.

The tandem experience eliminates the worry of separating or losing your partner. Also, ongoing conversation is much easier than if attempting to travel together on separate bicycles. You can share the workload as well but beware, tandems are a little more challenging when navigating hills.

There has been some discussion about tandem bikes and relationships. According to Angela Hill of the Oakland Tribune, “They’ve been called everything from love machines to divorce accelerators”. As a rental operator, I recall the first tandem rental I ever facilitated was to a newlywed couple in San Francisco. Upon return from their ride I was apprised of some conflict along the way relating to the pecking order of operator management. The biggest issue seemed to be the lack of advance warning to the rider in back about forthcoming bumps. In the end, we all had a good laugh and the relationship did not seem any worse for the wear.

Tandems are a great product to rent as they tend to be more economical than renting two separate bikes. Additionally, most people do not own a tandem, so renting one is a means to try something new. They are not difficult to ride, but a few important rules apply. The rider in front always mounts the bike first and the first one on is always the last one off. The front rider always stabilizes the bike for the back rider when mounting and dismounting the bike. Communication is also very important. Advising when brakes will be applied or when shifting greatly improves riding efficiency. Advising on forthcoming points of interest also makes for a better experience for the rider in back. And yes, the front rider should alway advise when there are bumps in the road.

Bike and Roll NYC recommends a tandem bicycle rental experience for those who enjoy adventurous travel and sharing experiences with others. See bikenewyorkcity.com/rental/tandem-bike/ for more information on renting a tandem in New York City.

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Byline: Darryll White

Photo by: kohlmann.sascha via flickr

The season’s first commute to work!

It’s a special day when the planets align and allow me to take advantage of an almost 60-degree day in February and let me ride to my office!  My meetings today are with an extremely young entrepreneur and with a director at a school that wants to offer our Learn-to-Ride after-school program.  Neither will care that I’m in sneakers and khakis.  The daylight lasts long enough into the evenings so that I won’t have to ride home in the dark.  My tires have been filled over the weekend.  Everything I need to carry today fits in my backpack.  It’s a go.

The bikes I see on the way in are few and far between, but I’m riding early and get to the office by 8.  The ride just feels good and it’s fast.  I can’t face the subway in the morning, so I walk to work.  It takes about an hour.  The ride is only about 20 minutes, even when obeying all the safe cycling rules.

The park is gorgeous and empty.  The lake is full of mallards and northern shovelers.  Daffodils are replacing snowdrops.  Did I miss the crocuses entirely?

We’ve moved our offices since I last commuted by bike, so I need to figure out how to get there without riding the wrong way on New York’s one-way streets.  It’s a piece of cake.  I’m looking forward to hitting the Hudson River Greenway on the way home, where there may be more bikes but no cars.

Our Columbus Circle location is open today.  The inventory there includes kids’ bikes.  It’s a great day to take a lunch break wheeling through the park or to put the kids on bikes after picking them up at school.  Our season officially begins on March 5th when our locations at Columbus Circle, Tavern on the Green, Pier 84 and Battery Park will all be open.  Guided tours start March 10th.

It’s weird that we haven’t really had a winter, but taking advantage of a day like this for any kind of ride is just the right thing to do.