Bike History of New York!

The “velocipede”, now known as the “bicycle”, made its debut in New York in 1819. After the Civil War, a new type of velocipede became more popular, pedestrians became very interested in this new means of transport. This new velocipede has liberated women, inspired music and athletes. Occasional cyclists have started cycling in the parks, they have also started using bicycles as a means of daily transport. In Brooklyn, motorcyclists were seduced by New York’s first bicycle path, built in 1894 to attract visitors to Coney Island. A year later, in 1895, the “wheel men” had to register with the Parks Department and obtain a badge to wear on their chest in order to ride a bicycle. In 1896, the Brooklyn Parks Department built bike racks and shelters in Prospect Park to accommodate cyclists and attract more visitors.

The parks also discovered the practical use of bicycles in Prospect Park and Central Park, both of which conducted bicycle patrols in 1900. And for a core group of dedicated athletes, the parks have been the place to meet and race bicycles: Long Island Wheelmen sponsored bicycle races In the 1920s at Victory Field in Queens’ Forest Park, the Century Road Club of America organized races on the running track at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, the Empire City Wheelmen organized a series of races on Sunday mornings on Ocean Parkway and the Amateur L’Amérique used the Dreamland parking lot in Coney Island.

The bicycle boom of the late 19th century had a significant impact on the New York region. Brooklyn and other cities have built new bike paths. There were bicycle races in the streets and in the parks. The most important races took place in deprived areas, including Madison Square Garden, which was designed for cycling races. In the mid-1920s, people had more money and started buying cars, bicycles were gradually falling into ignorance. The bridges built at the time had no bicycle paths or sidewalks to dominate the streets of New York.

In the 1930s, motivated by the dual mission of public safety and public health, park officials renewed their commitment to build cycling facilities in the parks in the era of park expansion and new recreational opportunities. In 1936, the Department of Parks opened the dead disc west of the Central Park shopping centre to cyclists and drew attention to the need to create more cycling areas to meet the growing demand for this type of recreation. Cycling was becoming more and more popular and was beginning to become a trend. Everyone wanted their own bike.

In the 1940s, the bicycle occupied an established position alongside other recreational activities. As of that date, there were 29 bike paths in all parks in the New York area. In the 1950s, the Department of Parks had successfully built more than 50 mile of bicycle paths in urban parks and, due to the growing popularity of cycling, officials felt obliged to restrict bicycle access to designated trails.

As cycling became more popular again in the 1960s and environmental issues became increasingly important, parks began to experiment with the possibility of closing parts of their largest parks to cars and organizing cycling events. Between 70 and 80, cities were building more and more bicycle paths. The parks also hosted bicycle rides, guided tours, tourists and visitors. After many years of varied use, the effort to create continuous bike paths has been a complex process requiring coordination between many government agencies with varying and sometimes overlapping jurisdictions. For decades, the Parks Department has been looking for a way to create a new cycling area to allow cyclists to commute safely every day and also to facilitate traffic in the city. The ideal of bicycle travel as a means of connecting not only the people and places of the city, but also makes New York City the most important place for cycling and sightseeing.

Towards the end of the century, rebuilt bicycle lanes on major bridges were created, redeveloped or improved and New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with other agencies, created the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway and other bicycle paths. Today, buses crossing the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge cross bicycle racks at the front of each vehicle.

The Ministry of Parks and Recreation has also added a program for suppliers to provide bicycle rental services “hop on, hop off” in several parks in the city. The bicycle rental network is facilitated by concessions in Central Park, Riverside Park South, West Harlem Piers Park and The Battery. In 2017, there were more than 450,000 bicycle rides per day in New York City, compared to 180,000 per day in 2006. These days, more and more people are using bicycles to get to work, to discover or to make short trips. People are starting to cycle again because the cities are too crowded with cars and trains.

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Make NYC your Personal GYM

You’re not interested in a gym membership, but you want to workout anyway? Not in a small building with 100.000 other sweaty people, but outside in the fresh air? So we have the best solution for you. You don’t have to join a gym to be physically active. Instead, make NYC your gym by taking advantage of everyday opportunities to increase physical activity. For example, walk or bike to work or school or to run errands. Take public transportation and get off a stop or two before your destination and walk the rest of the way. Climb the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator.  Or – even better – take advantage of our Unlimited Biking services.

You can rent a bike for a couple of hours or also for the whole day. With the bike you can explore the city and its beautiful sights. You will be so much faster with the bike and that’s why you can explore so much more!

But you can also do a Unlimited Biking guided bike tour with our fully-licensed tour guides. We offer the guided tour in different languages: English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin for a more comprehensive touring experience.

One of our most popular tours is the DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR that highlights such iconic historical landmarks as the Lower East Side Tenement Building now a thriving area of downtown, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a historical monument of New York City’s ship building history and the ever-changing Williamsburg area. Ending with an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline. Come and explore lower Manhattan on two wheels. The DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR takes 2 hours and shows you all the highlights you definitely need to see. So remember to bring your camera! There will be spectacular views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. On this tour you will also see the entire New York Harbour including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn and several miles of the New Jersey coastline.

Don’t miss this beautiful view! Book your guided tour here:  https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/tours/

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Electric and pedal assist bikes: the latest fad or here to stay?

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Electric bicycles are gaining in popularity and it looks like they are here to stay! The growing popularity of electric bicycles allows them to develop very quickly in our modern cities. Even the most dedicated hipster fixie bike cannot deny the growing number of the worldwide sales of electric bicycles. Holland, a country already known for using bicycles as its main means of transport, has seen a huge increase in the number of electric bicycles on the roads. In 2009, Dutch bicycle shops saw sales of electric bicycles exceed those of standard bicycles. In order to understand the future of electric bicycles, it is also very important to understand the bicycles themselves. In general, electric bicycles come in three different styles: engine assist, pedal assist and electric accelerator.

The engine assist is a combination of the three styles, it allows the user to engage the engine to give more power to the pedal, to accelerate without pedalling, to disengage the engine and to ride only with the power of the legs.
Pedal assist is the most widespread system and seems to be becoming the most popular. The pedal assist system engages the electric motor only to help the pedals to give power. Most pedal assist kits and bicycles offer the user different levels of assistance by the electric motor. Pedal assist systems offer a smoother transition from traditional pedal-only bicycles to pure acceleration bicycles, which is indicative of their popularity. Users can still feel the benefits of reaching their destination with their own pedal power, with a little extra help. In addition, most systems are designed with a removable battery pack for easy charging, and the actual motor is located either in one of the wheel hubs or in direct connection with the drive system.

The growing electric bicycle market influences all aspects of cycling. E-bike options are increasing as major bicycle manufacturers, such as Trek and Giant, enter the e-bike market. For many, electric bicycles offer the opportunity to have fun, commute to work and visit new places. Not everyone is an athlete and many live in places where geography does not lend itself easily to cycling. Electric bicycles have the potential to open up recreational and utilitarian cycling to a much larger population, such as a person who dreams of commuting to work, but who simply does not have the physical fitness or has too many hills to get there. Many parents who would like to take their children for a bike ride are intimidated by the idea of pulling a children’s trailer by bike.

I think we will see more and more people riding electric bikes around the world over time, because electric bikes are not a threat to traditional bikes. According to the reports, it is expected that by 2023, 34 million electric bicycles will be used in the metropolitan transport landscape. In Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, electric bicycles are widely used to preserve the ecological balance of the environment and avoid increased pollution of vehicle engines. Electric bicycles also support the desire to solve the congestion problems resulting from increasing urbanisation. In addition, electric bicycles, used in Western Europe and North America, are also an innovative trend, especially among the youngest. Electric bicycles are seen as a more practical alternative in terms of urban mobility. The increasing use of high-quality and affordable lithium-ion batteries is making a significant contribution to market trends in the promotion of electric bicycle models. The increase in the number of users also increases safety rules to protect cyclists in cities and other regions. As a result, concerns are rising sharply about simultaneous urban planning needs, such as public transit systems, traffic lanes and traffic lights, particularly for electric cyclists. In the United States, it would be increasingly useful to inform citizens about the importance of renewable energy for a cleaner and healthier environment, not only for the people of that generation, but also for future generations who will inherit the earth.

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En Français : 

Les vélos électriques gagnent en popularité et on dirait qu’ils sont là pour rester. La popularité croissante des vélos électriques leurs permet de se développer très rapidement dans nos villes modernes. Même le fixie hipster le plus dévoué ne peut nier le chiffre croissant des ventes mondiales de vélos électriques. La Hollande, un pays déjà réputé pour son utilisation du vélo comme moyen de transport principal, a connu une augmentation spectaculaire du nombre de vélos électriques sur les routes. En 2009, les magasins de vélos néerlandais ont vu les ventes de vélos électriques dépasser celles des vélos standard. Afin de comprendre l’avenir des vélos électriques, il est important de comprendre les vélos eux-mêmes. En général, les vélos électriques se déclinent en trois styles différents l’assistance au moteur, assistance aux pédales et l’accélérateur électrique.

L’assistance au moteur est le mélange des trois styles, elle permet à l’utilisateur d’engager le moteur pour donner plus de puissance à la pédale, d’accélérer sans pédaler, de désengager le moteur et de rouler uniquement avec la puissance des jambes. L’assistance par pédale est le système le plus répandu et semble devenir le plus populaire. Le système d’assistance de la pédale n’engage le moteur électrique que pour aider le pédalier à donner de la puissance. La plupart des kits d’assistance à la pédale et des vélos offrent à l’utilisateur différents niveaux d’assistance par le moteur électrique. Les systèmes d’assistance aux pédales offrent une transition plus fluide entre les vélos traditionnels à pédales uniquement et les vélos à accélération pure, ce qui est révélateur de leur popularité. Les utilisateurs peuvent toujours sentir les avantages d’atteindre leur destination avec leur propre puissance de pédale, avec un peu d’aide supplémentaire. De plus, la plupart des systèmes sont conçus avec un bloc batterie amovible pour une charge facile, et le moteur réel se trouve soit dans l’un des moyeux de la roue, soit en liaison direct avec le système d’entraînement.

Le marché en croissance du vélo électrique influencent tous les aspects du cyclisme. Les options de vélos électriques sont de plus en plus nombreuses à mesure que de grands fabricants de vélos, tels que Trek et Giant, entrent sur le marché des vélos électriques. Pour beaucoup, les vélos électriques offrent la possibilité de se divertir, faire la navette entre la maison et le travail, et de visiter des nouveaux lieux. Tout le monde n’est pas un athlète et beaucoup vivent dans des endroits où la géographie ne se prête pas facilement à la pratique du vélo. Les vélos électriques ont le potentiel d’ouvrir le cyclisme récréatif et utilitaire à une population considérablement plus importante, telle qu’une personne qui rêve de faire la navette pour aller au travail, mais qui n’a tout simplement pas la forme physique ou qui a trop de collines pour s’y rendre. De nombreux parents qui aimeraient emmener leurs enfants faire une balade à vélo sont intimidés par l’idée de tirer une remorque pour enfants à vélo.

Je pense que nous verrons de plus en plus de personnes faire du vélo électrique dans le monde avec le temps, car les vélos électriques ne sont pas une menace pour le vélo traditionnel. Selon les rapports, on prévoit que d’ici 2023, 34 millions de vélos électriques seront utilisés dans le paysage des transports métropolitains. En Europe et dans la région Asie-Pacifique, les vélos électriques sont en effet largement utilisés pour préserver l’équilibre écologique de l’environnement et éviter une pollution accrue des moteurs de véhicules. Les vélos électriques soutiennent également le désir de résoudre les problèmes de congestion résultant de l’urbanisation croissante. En outre, les vélos électriques, utilisés en Europe occidentale et en Amérique du Nord, constituent également une tendance innovante, en particulier chez les plus jeunes. Les vélos électriques sont perçus comme une alternative plus pratique en termes de mobilité urbaine. L’utilisation croissante de batteries lithium-ion de qualité supérieure et abordables contribue de manière significative aux tendances du marché en matière de promotion des modèles de vélos électriques. L’augmentation du nombre d’usagers augmente également les règles de sécurité pour protéger les cyclistes dans les villes et autres régions. Ainsi, les préoccupations sont en forte hausse concernant les besoins simultanés en matière de planification urbaine, tels que les systèmes de transport en commun, les voies de circulation et les feux, en particulier pour les cyclistes électriques. Aux États-Unis, il serait de plus en plus utile d’informer les citoyens sur l’importance des énergies renouvelables pour un environnement plus propre et plus saine, non seulement pour les habitants de cette génération, mais également pour les générations futures qui hériteront de la terre.

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Unlimited Biking at FAO Schwarz

Do you know the place, where children’s dreams come true? Yes at our Unlimited Biking store locations, because biking is a lot of fun for the whole family. But we have to admit that there is another great place in New York, namely FAO Schwarz. It’s been more than three years since FAO Schwarz closed its doors after 150 years, ending its run as the nation’s oldest toy store. At the time, owner Toys “R” Us blamed rising rents at Midtown’s General Motors Building, but assured the public they’d be looking for a new location. And since California-based firm ThreeSixty Group Inc. took over ownership in 2016, that day has finally come. You can take the bike to get there in a few minutes! Don’t miss this paradise. Big teddy bears, a piano on the floor and so much toys. You can’t imagine!

The experience starts at the entrance. Where two ladies in uniforms heartily welcomed us and our bikes. Especially one of them was excited about our bikes. We recommended her our Unlimited Biking service and let her test the bike right away as you can see. 

Inside it’s a toys paradise, especially for young but also for old. There is so much to see and to try out. Nice music and so much experience! The perfect place for the holiday season to get in this special Christmas mood. But as you can see on the picture we’re more than ready for Christmas – the ugly Christmas sweater season has started!  And there is also the famous piano on the floor. You can step on the different keys to play music – great fun. It’s famous because the old store in New York was featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, in which Hanks and Robert Loggia danced Heart & Soul and Chopsticks on the store’s large floor piano. So you definitely should check it out!

The picture below shows a real premium toy. We were surprised when we saw the price of 25.000 Dollars for this special car.

At the end of our trip to FAO Schwarz we can say that it is definitely worth it! Now we’re 120% in the mood for the upcoming holidays.  If you also like to see this beautiful shop take a bike and get there in a few minutes! 

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FUN FACTS ABOUT BIKES

Today we present you interesting facts about bikes – all you definitely need to know, so read on!

ABOUT THE HISTORY

First off all the term “bicycle” first entered into popular usage in France in the 1860s. But who is the bike founder? Although Leonardo da Vinci drew some rough sketches of a contraption that looked like a bicycle, the Frenchman De Sivrac built the first bicycle-type vehicle in 1690. It was referred to as a hobbyhorse. However, it did not have pedals. Those were added in 1840 by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who is credited with inventing the real bicycle. So far so good, but there is more you need to know about the bike, bicycle or velocipedes. What is a velocipedes? Before the word “bicycle” become popular bikes were typically called “velocipedes”. Maybe you have heard of the Penny-farthing before, an early type of bicycle that featured a front wheel significantly larger than the rear. The name comes from the old British Penny and Farthing coins which represent the large and small wheels. It’s enough history for a day.

ABOUT THE NUMBERS

Did you know that about 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year. There are roughly one billion bicycles in the world, about twice as many as motor vehicles and roughly half a billion of them are in China. Oh WOW! And another fact is that maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining and driving a car. So let’s take a bike more often! Also because the bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised: a human on a bicycle is more efficient in calories expended per kilo and per kilometer than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, or motorcycle. It is 3 times as efficient as walking. And it’s also a perfect way to save the environment. If Americans double their bike use to 2% of all urban trips, they would save 3.5 billion litres of gasoline annually. On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometres on the energy equivalent of a single litre of gas.

ABOUT THE HEALTH

Cycling three hours or 30 kilometres per week halves your risk of heart disease and strokes. So if you ride a bike every day it’s only about 4,3 kilometers per day – easy! And for all the woman’s outside: Women who walk or bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. And in general a study of nearly 2,400 adults found out, that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure and insulin levels than those who didn’t active commute to work. Also an adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average.

And last but least for all the helmet haters and hair fetishist outside: Helmets have been found to be 85% effective in preventing head injury. So always use a helmet!

So let’s be serious, what are you waiting for?

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Best bike routes in San Francisco!

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You just have arrived in San Francisco and you want to visit this beautiful city quickly and efficiently while doing a sporting activity? We have the solution for you: Unlimited Biking! Are you ready to discover the Bay of San Francisco by bike? Hold your handlebars with both hands and let’s go discover the city and its surroundings! Here are some of the best spots in San Francisco Bay to discover by bike!

  1. Golden Gate Park (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours) : Golden Gate Park is a green space measuring approximately 3 mile by 0.5 mile, located in San Francisco not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In terms of size it looks like Central Park. It is the 3rd most visited public park in the United States. You can find the best spots to visit below. So read on!
  • The de Young Museum, is a fine arts museum located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  • California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum. Among the largest natural history museums in the world, it houses more than 26 million specimens.
  • Conservatory of Flowers, the Victorian-era glass greenhouse at Golden Gate Park has more than 2,000 species of plants and flowers.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden, with its 22.3 ha, the garden contains nearly 9,000 types of plants from all over the world with particular attention to Magnolia, palm trees and plants from Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.
  • Japanese Tea Garden, is a popular place in Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a major world exhibition, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.
  • Stow Lake, is an artificial lake built in Golden Gate Park. This charming little lake, with its pedal boats, waterfall and Chinese pavilion, is one of the residents’ favourite places.
  • National Aids Memorial Grove, is a dedicated place for the millions of Americans directly or indirectly affected by AIDS, they can come together to heal, hope and remember.
  • Buffalo Paddock, is a place where there is a herd of American bison
  • Beach Chalet, is an historic building in Golden Gate Park with ocean views and an american cuisine.
  • Strawberry Hill, the hill occupies an entire island in the artificial lake Stow and is connected by two bridges.
  • Speedway (Hellman Hollow) and Lindley Meadows, is a charming place perfect for picnics and enjoying the landscape.
  • Spreckels Lake, is an artificial reservoir located behind an earth dam and a pavilion located north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
  • Music Concourse, is an open-air square with an oval-shaped hall where there are usually theatrical performances and concerts.
  • Dutch and Murphy Windmills, are two historic windmills

If you want to discover the park in is totality and explore the different important places, cycling is the best choice!

2. Tilden Regional Park (5-10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): is a 2078 acres regional park located in East Bay, in the San Francisco Bay area near Berkeley. The park has several bike paths and is perfect for moderate speed rides!

3. Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (8 mile / 2 hours): Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito to enjoy the view of the bay and its surroundings. On the bridge, remain vigilant as you share your track with pedestrians. On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, stop at Vista Point to capture the bridge and the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop. Then go down to Sausalito, a former fishing village renowned for its floating houses!

4. Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park (7 mile / 2 hours): Departure from the piers in the north of the city to the west towards Golden Gate Park. Thanks to this tour you will discover many famous places in town such as the Presidio, the Marina District, Fisherman’s Wharf and the magnificent Golden Gate Park. This moderate bike ride will take you from the city and its buildings to the park and its green nature!

5. Union Square to Golden Gate Bridge (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): You will leave Union Square and get closer to the famous Golden Gate Bridge on your bikes. On the way you can admire the northern part of the city and its various piers and monuments such as Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Crissy Fields, the Presidio and finally the Golden Gate Bridge and its architecture that defies gravity!

6. Union Square to Sausalito (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): From the very modern city centre of San Francisco to the former fishing village of Sausalito, this dynamic cycling tour will take you across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. You will also discover during this tour several places well known of the inhabitants such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Maritime National Historical Park, Alcatraz Island, the Palace of fine arts theatre, Crissy Field and its impressive view on the Golden Gate Bridge, Torpedo Wharf, Presidio, the vistas points which is on both sides of the bridge as well as Sausalito its view and the floating houses. This tour is one of the longest but also one of the most interesting to do!

7. Union Square to Golden Gate Park (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): This bike ride will guide you from downtown San Francisco to the sumptuous Golden Gate Park. You will pass by the Cable Car Terminal, San Francisco City Hall, Golden Gate Avenue, and the famous Painted Ladies!

8. San Francisco Zoo to Lands End Park Trail (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To pedal while breathing the iodized air of the Pacific Ocean, without ever losing sight of the waves from the beginning to the end of the ride. Start from the San Francisco Zoo and follow the beach on the bike path. The road is flat until Balbao Street. Then you have 1 mile to go to Lands End Park with, below, the ruins of the Sutro Baths, the largest aquatic complex of the late 19th century. You will then arrive at the USS San Francisco Memorial, then Eastern Coastal Trail Overlook, and finally Lands End!

9. Alamo Square to Ocean Beach (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To the ocean! This bike ride past the famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate will guide you straight to the Pacific Ocean and the fine sand of Ocean Beach!

10. Union Square to Twin Peaks (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): The bike ride starts in the center of San Francisco to the Twin Peaks Hills, it is a short but intense ride as it takes you to the 918 feet high peak. This is one of the bike tours, which should be definitely not missed because the Twin Peaks offers a 360-degree view of all the city’s neighborhoods from above. Day or night, it is an impressive landscape that will enchant you!

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Everybody in New York speaks about: THE DUCK

Swarms of New York City locals, tourists and bird watchers have gathered at the shores of a Central Park pond since a mandarin duck was spotted there. The duck, which is native to East Asia, was first spotted on October 10.

Observers have crowded the shores of Central Park’s pond, hoping to get a glimpse of the colorful plumage and striking beak that sets the mandarin duck apart from your average mallard, and inspired its nickname, “hot duck” or “Mr. Mandarin”.

Mr. Mandarin disappeared for 2 weeks but then fortunately surfaced again. Normally this kind of ducks are found in China or Japan and not in the US, so how is this possible that Mr. Mandarin is in New York? Who knows. Also reports say that it didn’t come from any of New York’s four major zoos. So no matter where the hot duck comes from, we think it is very nice to look at.

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Central Park Picnic!

Let’s be honest. The Central Park is the perfect spot for a picnic in the beautiful nature. You can watch the different animals playing around, the insane beautiful landscape, the numerous skyscrapers and you also have the unique Central Park atmosphere. And that’s exactly why Unlimited Biking offers a combination of biking and picnic. PERFECT!

First you can explore the whole Park with your Cannondale bike. It’s the perfect way to take a photo journey through Central Park and its sights. And after that a delicious picnic is waiting for you and your loved ones. The ever-wonderful Central Park Picnic is a perfect addition to any adventure, with the beautiful spreads that are an Instagrammer’s dream! Starting with our Central Park Picnic boxes and available for customization with a full spread. Mangia, a farm-to-table eatery serving rustic Italian fare, freshly prepares each of our picnic boxes.

It’s a fun way to picnic in style like a New Yorker! So what are you waiting for? Book your bike and picnic here: https://centralparksightseeing.com/category-tours/picnics-and-dining/

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Bike tour along the Hudson River with Viktor Crazy

It’s Tuesday the 30th of October, one day before Halloween. That means the streets are full with Halloween decorations and stuff like this. Also the weather is very good these days. So we decided to do a bike tour along the Hudson River. But this shouldn’t be a normal bike tour – this should be a crazy one. Why? Because we’re going to meet Viktor Crazy for the tour. Viktor is a Youtuber and the godfather of pranks – therefore we’re very excited. We meet us at 1 PM at our store location 346 West 57th Street.

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We take the bike and ride to the Greenway along the Hudson River. We speak with Viktor about his life as a Youtuber and what he wants to do next. He says that he started 3 years ago with his Youtube Channel and the beginning was very hard. Sometimes you have to fall a few times before you succeed in the end. At the end of November he is going to live in LA, because he hates the cold.

Our route lead us to the Battery Park in the South. From here you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The view is incredible. We take a break there and enjoy the sun before we bike back to our store.

It was really a funny and interesting at the same time. We had a lot of fun with Viktor and he decided to take our bike for a few more days. If you also like to rent a bike, click on the link:

And at the end, we wish you all:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Unlimited Biking
56 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 749-4444

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Unlimited Biking: The perfect FUN for the whole family

Biking is much more than just a hobby. It’s a lot of fun for young and old, especially in the green heart of Manhattan: the Central Park.
The squirrels are jigging around, people enjoying the the sun on a park bench or on the rocks and the whole mood is just cheerful. So the best thing to do is to take a bike and enjoy this atmosphere in the Central Park with the whole family. And where can you get a bike for every family member as well as a helmet and necessary things like that?
Yes, right from Unlimited Biking.

We from Unlimited Biking offers you womens and mens bikes as well as kids bikes. We also have baby seats and double trailers for the little ones. So we have a bike for every size and age and nothing can go wrong on your family bike tour.

For the equipment we supply:

  • helmets
  • full color maps with key attractions
  • baskets
  • bike locks

All provided free of charge with every rental. You need only provide the desire to explore! We offer everything you need to make your exploration of Central Park successful and memorable. Additionally, our knowledgeable staff can provide you with specific routes based on your personal needs and desires. And if you want to try something new, we also offer tandems. It is a great fun and you have to work together as a team, so maybe you should also try to ride a tandem with your loves.
Get your bike here:
https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/rentals/


Join us!
Unlimited Biking
56 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 749-44