San Francisco: Top Things to do During COVID-19 Pandemic 2021

Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge

See San Francisco the best way possible- by bike! The Golden Gate Bridge is about 2.1 miles, and is one of the most scenic rides that the city has to offer. Pick up your bike from Unlimited Biking on Ghirardelli Square for just $20/day (SPECIAL DISCOUNT!) and head towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Pass through amazing sights such as the Presidio, Crissy Fields, Fort Mason, Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Ride all the way to Sausalito in under an hour, and spend the rest of the day riding around Sausalito, exploring the town, having lunch by the water, before heading back into San Francisco.

Unlimited Biking offers a variety of rentals including hybrid bikes, road bikes, electric bikes, tandem bikes, kids bikes, and kids attachments (including babyseats, tag-a-long attachments, and double trailers).

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Visit Golden Gate Park

Spend a day visiting Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s gems – known to be larger than even Central Park in New York City. The 1,017 acres of public grounds houses top attractions such as the California Academy of the Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, the deYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden. While some of them are temporarily closed given the ongoing regulations with the pandemic, the park itself is open for guests to visit. Available tickets are linked above!

You can walk or bike around Golden Gate Park!

Muir Woods

Muir Woods is another great, social-distancing friendly, outdoor activity! Bundle up and head north to Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fees are just $15 and you can spend a whole afternoon walking through the incredible Red Wood Forest. Hours are 8AM-5PM.

It’s a great activity to do as a couple, with friends, and even with family. Get some fresh air, and some time in nature less than an hour away from San Francisco. Immerse yourself into the Planet of the Apes!

Pier 39

Pier 39 is open for business on Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time, this is a must-do! Visit the infamous sea-lions that fill the pier with noise. If you’re at home, check out this live camera that takes you directly to the docks.

The pier is official open, with retail shops available, and additional outdoor seating available.

Beaches in San Francisco

Visit some of the beaches that San Francisco has to offer! Two must visits are Baker Beach and Lands End.

Baker Beach is the popular beach located right on the Presidio, with the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. You can sunbathe, read a book, or even go swimming/surfing. It’s a great place for a nice sunrise while watching sea lions (hopefully!) and enjoying the nice sea breeze.

Lands End is one of the lesser-known beaches but has one of the coolest views. it is located behind the cliffs of Lincoln Park and can be reached by a short hike along a steep trail.

Find the Labyrinth for a nice a surprise!

Top 5 Things to do in Washington D.C. This Winter Season!

(1) Inauguration Day 2021

Mark your calendars! On January 20, 2021, the new commander-in-chief will be sworn in on the West Lawn of the U.S.Capitol. Tickets to the ceremony are completely free, but must be applied for by contacting your local official in the office of your Congress members. Community leaders and volunteers are usually given priority so please explain that if you have any experience!

There will be limited seats this year, so please sign up as soon as you can! If you are not able to get a ticket, the National Mall usually puts up large screens for spectators to watch.

When you’re in town, you can rent one of Unlimited Biking’s bikes to easily get around and avoid having to find parking! Helmets, locks, bike bags and maps are included with each rental.

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2021 Presidential Inauguration Tickets for Swearing-In & Inaugural Balls

(2) Segway or Bike Tour Around the National Mall

During your time in Washington D.C, as a local or a tourist, the Sites by Segway Tour and Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour offered by Unlimited Biking are unique and fun ways to see the different monuments, memorials and museums that the National Mall has to offer. Visit places such as the National Monument, World War II Memorial, Capitol Hill, Tidal Basin and more! You’ll roll into the best places that D.C. has to offer- in style!

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(3) Visit the National Christmas Tree!

Every night, at sunset, the National Christmas Treein Washington DC turns on and turns off promptly at 10PM Sunday-Thursday and 11PM on Friday and Saturday. While the tree lighting this year was not live, you can watch it online here!

The America Celebrates site is free to visit and open to the public December 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Hours are 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and 10:00am-11:00pm Friday and Saturday.

National Christmas Tree - President's Park (White House) (U.S. National  Park Service)

(4) Visit the Holiday Markets downtown!

In front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the downtown Holiday Market is an outdoor shopping village that is already currently open! It will run November 20th until December 23rd from 12PM until 8PM.Enjoy some roasted coffee, mini-doughnuts and more!

See here for more information.

Guide to DC's Downtown Holiday Market | Nov. 22-Dec. 23, 2019

(5) Artechouse-Crystalline: A Submerge

This experience is open until February 28. 2021, and takes viewer’s on an adventure around Pantone’s Color of the Year: Classic Blue. The color was selected as the “hue to sustain us during a time of change,” which is more applicable than ever.

ARTECHOUSE is open from Monday to Thursday from 12PM-8PM and Friday to Sunday from 10AM to 10PM. Please view here to get tickets.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Best Things to do in New York City This Winter 2020-2021

(1) Take a Horse and Carriage Ride Around Central Park 

One of the most iconic and romantic things to do this holiday season, take a Horse and Carriage Ride around Central Park. Ride past all of the major areas including Bethesda Fountain, Balto Statue, Bow Bridge, and more! Great for couples and families!

Central Park Sightseeing is offering short and long rides available for reservation here.

Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM

 

(2) Ice Skate at Rockefeller Center

One of the best activities to do around the holidays is ice skate in the rink at Rockefeller Center. Visit the shops in the center, the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and enjoy a meal in the nearby shops. Perfect for couples, families, and friends!

Book your ticket here.


Alternatively, if the Rockefeller rink is too busy, visit the Wollman Rink in Central Park, with spectacular views of the city.

Keep a look-out for one new build coming, the William Vale is building a rooftop rink that is coming soon!

(3) Visit the Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

The Dyker Lights are going up again! Started over 40 years ago, the hill between Bensonhurst and Borough Park, the neighborhood between 7th and 14th avenues, 65th street, and the Belt Parkway is famous for its Christmas Holiday decorations.

Enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood and feel the holiday spirit!

(4) Visit the Empire State Building

With brand new renovations, and a completely revamped experience, the Empire State Building boasts a world-class view of New York City. Visit during sunset – and see the sun go down along the Hudson River! As a fun-fact, the Empire State Building’s antenna gets hit by lightning roughly 25 times a year!

Book tickets here.

(5) Take an Online Cooking Class

Stay in the warmth of your home and develop one of the best skills one can learn for themselves- cooking! Check out Sur La Table, located right in Midtown Manhattan, and one of their virtual learnings for just $29!

With a constantly changing menu, pick from amazing dishes such as homemade lasagna, homemade tiramisu, holiday tamales, beef bourguignon and more!

(6) Drink Hot Chocolate or a Cocktail in an Igloo Bar

Head to 230 Fifth Avenue for some night time fun. See spectacular night views of the city, including the Empire State Building, all while enjoying a nice drink with friends or your loved one!

Open from 3PM-10PM.

(7) Take a Guided Bike Tour around New York City

Bundle up and take a guided bike tour around New York City! In one of the best ways to see Manhattan, join Unlimited Biking for a 3 hour guided bike tour from Harlem all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge! Start from just north of Central Park, and get a ride through the iconic Central Park, down the Hudson River, past Times Square, Chelsea and Chinatown, all the way to Wall Street, ending at the Brooklyn Bridge location where guests can get cozy and rest up before maybe walking across the bridge.

Book here!

Unlimited Biking is Now Open in Washington DC!

Washington D.C is home to some of the most noteworthy historical sites in all of America, which are not only well-known but are also great places to start an adventure! Have you ever been on a Bike Tour in Washington D.C? If not, Unlimited Biking is a great place to start – not only do we provide bike and segway tours day or night, but we also have eBikes that’ll give your ride an extra boost!

On a guided tour with our experienced tour guides, you’ll be visiting fascinating places and maybe even stepping out of your comfort zone on this adventure. Our tours generally take place on sidewalks, bike paths, and trails so they’re perfect for the whole family! Join us on a ride that will give you a great historical overview of the city and learn about the major sites around the National Mall and Capitol Hill, including the Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Smithsonian Museums, World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and many more.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get going on this incredible adventure. Call us if you have any questions, comments and or concerns at: 212-749-4444

 

A Tandem Ride for Two – Happy Valentines Day!

New York City may be one of the most romantic destinations in the world, which is why it is the perfect city to spend the day with your sweetheart on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! Except, the big dilemma remains every year: Where to go? What to do? What would make this year even more special?

For those with an adventurous heart, a bike ride along the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and, of course, Central Park is a classic option to spend the day. With this wonderful warm winter we’ve been having, there is no better way to explore this lovely city has than by bike.

Of course, it is also about the stops, so here we have gathered some of the most popular spots couples visit on this amorous day:

  • the 2020 Times Square Valentines Heart, perfect for a selfie
  • the American Museum of Natural History’s annual event called “Romance Under the Stars” in its Hayden Planetarium
  • Ice Skating at Wollman Rink or Lasker Rink inside Central Park
  • Bow Bridge, an iconic proposal spot for many,
  • Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, or a meal at the Boathouse overlooking the Lake
  • The Empire State Building, for breathtaking views of NYC

As for sweet treats and chocolates to share and gift to your special someone, shops like The Sweet Shop, Li-Lac Chocolates, Mariebelle, M&M’s World, Max Brenner and Hershey’s Chocolate World are great stops for a lively sugar rush!

At Unlimited Biking we equip you with all you’ll need to sweep ‘em off their feet on this very special day, so don’t forget to stop by to grab your ride, or give us a call at 212.749.4444 to book in advance for this sweet day!

Best Things To Do In Central Park – Holiday Edition!

As the most-visited attraction in the most-visited city in the western hemisphere, it’s easy to forget that Central Park was originally created as a place of serenity, tranquility, and relaxation. The vast majority of New York’s 65 million annual visitors come during the warmer months, when the park overflows with excitement and activity. For that reason, the winter is when it truly lives up to its full potential as a natural oasis, 843 acres of majestic, pastoral earth, living in direct contrast to its surroundings: the around-the-clock whirlwind of steel, glass, and humanity known as Manhattan. 

This is not at all to say winters in Central Park are dull. Still at the core of the Big Apple, the city’s signature buzz doesn’t end at the park’s borders. The winters are simply when the landscape’s peaceful beauty fuse best with the inspirational hustle and bustle New York is so famous for. Many have seen the tranquil images of a fresh snowfall over cobblestone bridges, hills, and frozen ponds. But not everyone knows about how much fun the park can be during the colder months. Below is a list of our favorite things to do this winter in Central Park:

  • Visit the Central Park Zoo. The winter sees reduced fares, and is the liveliest time for the sea lions, seals, and snow leopards. You can feed a penguin or head to the children’s zoo to see the only cow in Manhattan. The nearby Delacorte Clock plays holiday carols and features bronze statues of animals playing instruments
  • Go rock climbing. While scaling the boulders in the North Woods or Rat Rock near the park’s southern entrance, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a big city and feel like you’re in an arctic tundra
  • Visit the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a four-acre arboretum with 17 varieties of winter trees, designed for New Yorkers of the 1800s to feel like they entered the center of an evergreen forest
  • Go cross-country skiing with skyline views. The most popular areas are the bridal path, Great Lawn, and Sheep Meadow. Skiis can be rented nearby at sporting goods stores such as REI and Paragon
  • Sign up for an Amazing Race-style Scavenger Hunt Adventure. With two route options and smartphone assistance, the park can transform into a giant, fun-filled, educational board game

  • Recreate scenes from classic Central Park wintertime movies: Elf’s snowball fight at Pinebank Arch, Home Alone’s Pigeon Lady scenes at Gapstow Bridge, Sheep Meadow or Tavern on the Green for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and for the skating scenes in Serendipity or Love Story, you can go…
  • Ice skating: Choose Lasker Rink in the north for a more relaxing experience with views of the Harlem Meer and North Woods, or Wollman Rink in the south for more convenient access to midtown and dramatic views of the city skyline
  • Enjoy the music of Central Park without the big crowds. Whether it’s choral performances below Bethesda Terrace, Beatles sing-a-longs at Strawberry Fields, or one of the many buskers stationed throughout the park (the saxophonist near the Balto statue is exceptional), there is no shortage of sweet sounds.
  • Go birdwatching. The ramble is home to 275 varieties of migratory birds and winter is the perfect time for spotting Downy Woodpeckers, Song Sparrows, American Robins, and the incredibly rare Eastern Screech Owl. December 15th is New York’s annual Christmas bird count, while birdwatching tours happen throughout the week
  • Build a snowman. Build a whole snow family. Make snow angels. New Yorkers, especially on Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn tend to get creative with their snow creations

  • Go shopping. Columbus Circle Holiday Village, The Dairy Visitor Center, and the vendors along 59thstreet are all popular options. For $10,000, you can buy a small piece of NYC real estate in the form of a park bench with a personalized plaque inscription
  • Go to the Winter Jam Festival in January, a free annual sports festival featuring snowboarding lessons, curling, ice bowling, dodgeball, a Doggie Snow Zone, and a heated reading room. Equipment is provided at no cost
  • Check out the brand new Landforms exhibit at the Charles A. Dana discovery center to learn about the park’s geological foundations, archaeological history, and how its rocky terrain shaped the outcomes of The Revolutionary War and the War of 1812
  • Attend the 23rd annual Holiday Lighting Festival on December 5th. This joyous event combines cookies, cocoa, Christmas carols, a cameo from Santa Claus, and a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer
  • See the city from the highest point of the park, Belvedere Castle. The winter months offer the clearest, unobstructed views of the West Side’s iconic Art Deco and Renaissance Revival apartments, the East Side’s stunning museum mile, the uptown and midtown skylines, along with the official weathervane for the city of New York
  • Enjoy a plethora of options for chowing down. The winter months offer a significantly more relaxed dining experience at Central Park institutions The Boathouse, Tavern on the Green, and The Met’s Dining Room. Inside the park, you’ll find a multitude of food carts offering everything from Belgian Waffles to Colombian Coffee. There are also countless restaurants alongside the park with breathtaking views
  • Beat the cold by staying active. The tennis courts, basketball courts, and bike lanes are open year round. Winter is the perfect time for discovering one of the many spectacular jogging loops in the park. There’s a reason the largest marathon in the world happens to end here. The New Years Eve 4k run through the park is legendary

Like any public park during any season of the year, fun and relaxation are the main priorities for its visitors. Central Park is no different. What makes it different is that it’s in the middle of a city with over 800 languages spoken on any given day, a world capital for culture, media, commerce, entertainment, research, art, and technology, the home of the United Nations, the birthplace of Rockefeller, Roosevelt, Remy Ma, and the rollercoaster. The city so nice, they named it twice. 

The point is that something as simple as sitting on a park bench and watching people pass by has a high likelihood of becoming magical. Some would call it the most beautiful park in the world. Few would disagree that it’s the most different from its surrounding environments. This is especially true in the winter, when the large crowds are replaced by snow-covered countryside, and it becomes again what its designers intended on creating: A patch of nature for New Yorkers to escape to, for serenity, tranquility, and relaxation. Plus, it’s fun!

 

Five Best Locations to Bike in New York City

Even New Yorkers who were born and raised in the concrete jungle will admit that sometimes they, too, feel like tourists in their own city. Every corner turned reveals endless possibilities — broadway-worthy street performers, five-star quality meals compacted into tiny food trucks, unique characters that you wouldn’t believe existed unless you saw them for yourself. Walking through New York is an adventure in itself. Now imagine how the possibilities multiply when a bike is involved! Many neighborhoods in New York are extremely bike-friendly, even having their own designated lanes. We compiled a list of some of the best biking spots in New York City that both expert riders and beginners could enjoy.

1.) Hudson River Greenway

We want to start off this list with the one, the only, Hudson River. This 11-mile bike route is one of the most popular biking destinations in New York and with good reason. The scenic landscape over the glistening river waters creates a spectacular juxtaposition alongside the iconic city skyscrapers. This location is greatly enjoyed and preferred by beginner riders since the entire trail has a designated bike path, meaning you will not ride on the street or encounter any cars along the way. The bike trail includes a two-lane path, allowing cyclers to ride back and forth as they please. A must-see along the Hudson River Greenway is Riverside Park, one of New York City’s most notable waterfront parks. This park is great for instagram-worthy photoshoots, soaking in the sun and taking in the magnificent view from all angles. We also encourage our travelers to visit the Intrepid Museum located right on the water of the Hudson River. This fascinating museum holds some of the most historically substantial American military and maritime artifacts and exhibitions.

2.) Battery Park

The entire 11-mile Hudson River Greenway bike route may be overwhelming to beginner travelers. It is nearly impossible to take in all of the attractions at once so, we recommend our travelers to split up the route over a two-day span. Battery Park is located at the southern tip of the Hudson River Greenway and offers its own day’s worth of adventure. There are many stops along the bike route that we highly recommend seeing such as the Highline, Statue of Liberty and the Wall Street bull!

3.) Central Park

Central Park is a no-brainer destination in New York City, on bike or foot. With a 6-mile perimeter around the park, there is plenty to see and do. Lay in the green lawn of Sheeps Meadow while taking in the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding city. A short trip away leads you to the remarkable architecture of the Bethesda Terrace which lies parallel to the Bethesda Fountain, a popular location for wedding shoots, graduation pictures and various movie scenes! Joining one of our Central Park Guided Bike Tours is a great way to learn about all of the famous landmarks hidden away in the tremendous park. You will be able to see all of the major sightseeing points in the park as well as other hidden gems, all led by one of our beloved local guides. 

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4.) Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most popular biking routes we offer at Unlimited Biking. The must-see scenery overlooks the East River and the city landscape, making it a highlight spot for photos. The bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn so you can explore both boroughs in just a few hours. With a distance of a little over one mile, the Brooklyn Bridge bike route is perfect for beginners. After riding the Brooklyn Bridge, make sure to explore the neighborhood of Dumbo full of unique art galleries, delicious NYC style pizza, and incredible architecture.

Book a Guided Tour with Unlimited Biking at the Brooklyn Bridge!

5.) South Street Seaport

Last, but certainly not least, is the South Street Seaport district along the East River of lower Manhattan. The Seaport district is a buzzing hub that highlights New York City’s vast culture but also commemorates the area’s significant and fascinating history. Enjoy the sight of some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, an astonishing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and a leisurely ride along the bike lane on the boardwalk. As a central point for entertainment, shopping, and cuisine, South Street Seaport is definitely not a destination you want to miss!

Our locations:

56 W 56th Street New York, NY 10019

346 W 57th Street New York, NY 10019

Pier 78 455 12th Avenue New York, NY 10019

111 W. 110th Street New York, NY 10026

38 Park Row New York, NY 10038

Already Biked the Brooklyn Bridge? Now Ride the Manhattan Bridge!

NYC has over 2,000 bridges but if you aren’t a commuter, then you’ve most likely only heard of one NYC bridge: the Brooklyn Bridge. To be fair, the Brooklyn Bridge is iconic; it was, arguably, the greatest feat of engineering in the nineteenth century. But if you only visit the Brooklyn Bridge during your trip to New York, you’re missing out. One other bridge definitely worth riding over is the Manhattan Bridge. Like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge spans over the East River to connect the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, but that is where the similarities end. Read on to discover what makes the Manhattan Bridge a unique ride.

What to expect on your ride:

Compared to the Brooklyn Bridge, your ride on the Manhattan Bridge will be a breeze. Since the bridge isn’t a go-to tourist attraction, you won’t be competing for space with a crushing crowd of people. In fact, bikes have their own designated lane on the bridge barrier from the pedestrians. A couple of quirks of the Manhattan Bridge might make your ride less-than-idyllic, however: the B/D/N/Q subway lines use the bridge to cross between Brooklyn and Manhattan, so be prepared for some rumblings from the trains every few minutes. Also, the Manhattan Bridge gives you stellar views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, that view is somewhat obscured by the bridge’s chicken wire fencing.

Photo opportunities:

A little known fact, a ride over the bridge provides a great photo-op of the NYC skyline, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge. 

To get this must-have shot, ride over to Washington Street between Water Street and Front Street. If you angle your camera just right, you’ll get the Empire State Building in the background, too!

Things to Do:

While you’re in the area, don’t forget to explore the neighborhoods of DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. You can take a boxing lesson at Gleason’s Gym, shop at Empire Stores, or spend some time at Jacques Torres’ chocolate paradise. In Brooklyn Heights, you’ll find even more cute boutiques, as well as kayaking and more outdoor fun at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

On the Manhattan side of the bridge, you’ll find the ever-bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, where there’s great shopping and great food. Be sure to stop at the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else; walk along Canal Street and browse the never-ending supply of gods; and visit the Museum of Chinese in America where you’ll get context on the neighborhood as well a s the diverse stories of Chinese immigrant communities across the US. 
Ready to take a ride over the Manhattan Bridge? Visit any of our Unlimited Biking locations and we’ll get you set up with the perfect set of wheels for your day of exploration. And if you want to know even more about the Manhattan Bridge and the NYC’s many other bridges, book our Bridge Delight bike tour, where you’ll get to know the city through four of its bridges.

How to ride the NYC Subway like a local – A useful guide for tourists

While we know the best way to see New York, (by bike of course!), when coming to New York, you will absolutely need and want to take a ride on our infamous subway!

The subway system belongs to New York, and New York belongs to the subway system, and with these helpful tips, you’ll master it in no time!

Download An App

To get you started, there are a few transit apps for NYC that will tell you which lines to take or plan out routes for you.  We find that Google Maps is also very useful for visitors and locals alike, with real-time updates and information.

Local & Express Trains

Local Trains make ALL stops listed and Express Trains SKIP many stops. So check on the map – you can see the according to letter of trains below the station to make out if it stops at a station or not.

Keep in mind it can change late at night. Express trains may go local and local trains can go express. Usually, it is communicated by wallpapers, by conductors or through signage on platforms.

Rush Hour

For the full New York Subway Experience, brace yourselves and enter the stations during Rush Hour. Have your metro card out before getting to the turnstile and learn to swipe your card the right way.

Swiping the metro card is a challenge. Even for real New Yorkers. It is about the exact right pace, not too fast and not too slow. A tiny screen at the turnstile will let you know the issue, such as: ‘please swipe again’, ‘see agent’, ‘insufficient fare’.

Fare

$2.75 per single ride (2019) if you buy a refillable subway card for $1 in the beginning. Otherwise, you would pay $3 for every single ride. You can always refill your card with time or money. You do have the possibility of a 7-day unlimited purchase for $32 per person.

Directions

Trains in Manhattan go either uptown or downtown; this refers to Manhattan’s grid system. Therefore generally, going north: direction is uptown. Going south: direction is downtown.

Some trains do not only go uptown or downtown but eventually from Manhattan into another borough. So the direction could also be uptown & Queens/ Bronx or downtown & Brooklyn.

Thinking this is too complicated? Make it a little more simple by staying above ground with a bike. 

Biking in the Winter!!

Now that fall has officially kicked it into high gear, it is time to start thinking about biker safety for the winter. Whether you are a guest to New York or seasoned veteran, it is vital to always stay safe and alert when cruising around the Big Apple. Unlimited Biking put together a list of important tips to keep in mind as the winter heads our way.

Ride Steady and Stay Nimble

For the slippery patches, it is best to just slow down and stay nimble. Use your brakes on the rear wheel to avoid spinouts. If your bike does start to tilt, always be prepared to just take your feet off the pedals. You will be more prepared to catch yourself if you lose control of the bike. 

Snow and Ice Considerations

Keep an eye out for areas of melted snow as it often melts in the sunlight, but refreezes in lower temperatures as the sunsets. These are the most likely areas for black ice. The key is to remain calm and ride slowly. 

Make Eye Contact

As you cruise through the city streets, always make eye contact with drivers. Drivers tend to be less aware of bikers in the winter, so ride defensively and make sure cars notice your presence.

Layers, Layers, Layers

Keeping warm and managing sweat in the cold will make your bike ride much more enjoyable! Layers will allow you to adjust with your body temperature as you warm-up and cool down from your bike ride. Always remember to throw on a hat and pair of mittens as well. You will be so happy when your fingers stay nice and toasty in the crisp winter air. 

Stay Hydrated

As much as you want to keep sipping on your warm hot cocoa, don’t forget to drink water and stay hydrated. It is so easy to forget to hydrate when the temperature drops. Winter clothing traps more heat which increases your body temperature, causing you to sweat more. Drink up! 

Don’t forget, even as mittens and hats make their way out of storage, Unlimited Biking hosts tours and experiences along with our bike rentals year-round. Give us a call to rent your next bike or schedule a tour, we would love to see you!