Best Springtime Biking Spots in NYC!

Spring is a magical time in New York City. Layers are getting lighter, flowers are blooming, and New Yorkers are coming out of their cozy hibernation in their 400 square foot apartments! Truly a lovely sight. 

The best part about the weather getting warmer is the ability to explore the many beautiful parts of the city forgotten momentarily during the brutal winter. And what better way to quickly travel from borough to borough in this gorgeous weather? Biking, of course!

The possibilities are endless. In Central Park alone, our bike tour covers over 30 attractions! These must-see locations are certainly not limited to this list, but here are a few of our favorite spring destinations to see on bike in NYC.

Cherry Hill – Central Park

At the top of our list is Cherry Hill located in the southern region of Central Park. Cherry Hill is a beautiful picnic and lounge spot year-round, but people flock to see the freshly bloomed cherry blossoms in the Springtime. Just make sure to take your allergy medicine because the pollen is nothing to mess with!

Shakespeare Garden – Central Park

Another Central Park must-see in the Springtime is the Shakespeare Garden, tucked away in the south-central region of the park, not too far from Cherry Hill. We highly recommend visiting Shakespeare Garden this season while the flowers are in full bloom!

Hudson River Greenway

Whoever you may ask about where to bike in the city, Hudson River greenway is always at the top of the list. With two designated bike lanes, you can enjoy a leisurely ride along the water, enjoying an unbelievable Springtime view of the waters and city landscape.

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport is a must-visit destination in the Springtime. With the cool breeze coming from the waters, the bustling energy from the boardwalk markets and a gorgeous view of the Brooklyn Bridge, you do not want to miss out on this location.

Brooklyn Bridge

You can tell we are really into scenic waterfront rides, but reasonably so! Brooklyn Bridge is a great biking destination for both tourists and residents. Crossing over to the Brooklyn side of the Bridge leads you to DUMBO, a fun and trendy neighborhood with lots to see and do including Springtime art galleries, food festivals, and a gorgeous view of Manhattan across the water.

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Facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

Today we would like to present you some interesting facts about one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s not a secret anymore, our new store in San Francisco is open and that’s why you should know a few interesting facts before you cycle the bridge. Let’s start.

1993 was the year in which the construction finally began: After a long time of setbacks and fundraising, Strauss and his team finally broke ground on the bridge on January 5, 1933. It was a big event with a parade to Crissy Field. At least 100,000 people attended the celebration.

And we also found out that the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York have something in common. Its cables were made by the same company that built the Brooklyn Bridge. Strauss needed cables that would be strong enough to support the structure of the bridge and bend 27 feet laterally in the Gate’s high winds. So he turned to the experts: Roebling’s Sons Co. – they made the cables for the Brooklyn Bridge 52 years earlier and knew exactly what to do.

Safety was super important! Strauss spent a ton of money on safety. On average one person was killed per million dollar spent on a big project. But Strauss wanted to beat those numbers and wanted all workers to wear glare free goggles, use hand and face cream to protect the skin from the high winds and go on special diets that should fend off dizziness. They also installed a net under the bridge that cost $130,000. It helped to speed constructions and gave the workers a feeling of safety. The net was an awesome idea, it saved 19 men who otherwise would have plummeted into to water below.

The colors of the bridge should be original carbon gray, aluminium or black and the U.S. Navy wanted black with yellow stripes. But at the end Irving Morrow (Consulting architect and responsible for the bridge’s Art Deco look) didn’t want any of those colors. Of course, the bridge was instead painted international orange, because it fits in better with the surroundings and it offers excellent visibility in San Francisco’s legendary fog.

After 4 years of contractions the opening was big. The people celebrate it for a whole week. The Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta lasted from May 27 to June 2. Opening day was “Pedestrian Day” and 15,000 people an hour went through the turnstiles, each paying 25 cents to cross. Vendors set up along the roadway sold an estimated 50,000 Hot Dogs. At noon on May 28, FDR pressed a telegraph key in the White House that announced the bridge’s opening to the entire world, and at 3 p.m. a fleet of 42 Navy ships sailed under the bridge; the day was capped off by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

And now the question is how much weighs such a bridge? When the bridge opened in 1937, the weight of the bridge along with its anchorages and approaches was 894, 500 tons. Re-decking in 1986 reduced the total weight to 887,000 tons.

Now you have all the background information and you’re ready to bike the Golden Gate Bridge with Unlimited Biking.

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San Francisco: Tips to cycle in San Fran

San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long-time local, San Francisco’s Golden Gates welcome all. The best way to see San Francisco’s best side is to use a bike. Truly. With the huge bike culture and bike lances criss-crossing every neighborhood, it’s by far the greatest and most fun way to commute. And now you get all the tips you should know before biking in SF.

First of all you should definitely know the rules on the road. Stop at stop signs and lights, yield to pedestrians, front and rear lights required at night, sidewalks are for pedestrians and kids on bikes and you can ride in the middle of a lane if you need to.

A good lock is everything. If you’d like to discover SF with your bike you really need a good bike lock, because bike theft is prevalent in SF. Cut down your chances by getting a solid U-lock. And don’t forget: Always lock your bike to the frame, not to the wheel. Nothing worse than seeing a well-locked wheel sitting frameless on the sidewalk.

Be Mindful. Locals love that visitor appreciate the City by the Bay and all its various delights. But local cyclists, don’t love the fact that tourists on the bikes are often guilty of stopping in the bike lanes to snap photos. Especially around popular spots like the Golden Gate Bridge. So always remember to pull aside and stay right if you’re on a sightseeing ride and want to take pictures. Don’t stop too abrupt.

Let’s talk about public transport. All riders can bring their bikes on the MUNI buses, BART subway trains and Caltrains. Bikes are not allowed on the MUNI Light Rail, the historic streetcars or the cable cars.

The helmet discussion. Based on the slogan “helmet hair, don’t care!” you should always wear a helmet. While California laws mandate that only people under 18 must wear a helmet at all times, it is highly recommended that every rider does.

Now you know all the tips. And with a little pre-ride planning and attention to basic rules, cycling in San Francisco can be the best way to explore this beautiful city with its iconic spots! 

 

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Ride and Rose: BIKE TOUR

Ride and Rose is the name of one of our guided and private bike tour through the famous Central Park. This is an intimate private bike tour around the Park featuring attractions such as the Bow Bridge, which is like a Victorian confection reflected in the waters of Central Park’s Lake.  In real life the Bridge has been a magnificent setting in films such as Manhattan, The Way We Were and Keeping the Faith. You can also see the Bethesda Angle and the Terrace. It is one of the most well known fountains in the world, and the statue at its center was the only sculpture to have been commissioned as a part of Central Park’s original design. The terrace is also a popular movie spot. But you could also explore the famous Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields is a living memorial to the world-famous singer, songwriter and peace activist, John Lennon. The next stop on our tour will be the beautiful Belvedere Castle. Belvedere Castle is a folly in the park. It contains exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, the folly has also been the location of the official Central Park weather station. You can explore all these things on our Ride and Rose tour. Our tour guide will take you into the nooks and crannies of the Central Park that you wouldn’t be able to find on your own. The tour will end at Gapstow Bridge, where a glass sparkling Rose will await your arrival. Check out this wonderful tour.

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Best Winter Activities in NYC

Yes we know it’s really cold outside and you just want to stay in bed and doing nothing all day long. But you should know that winter in New York City is actually one of the most beautiful times of the year! Starting with the Christmas decorations and sparkling lights everywhere and there are also so much things to do. We created a list with a little inspo what to do in NYC during the winter.

GET A HOT CHOCOLATE: Check this article to get the best hot chocolate in town: https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/blog/the-best-hot-chocolate-in-nyc/

GO TO A BROADWAY SHOW: There is a show for everyone. We really recommend the Lion King. A great show with fantastic actors.

JOIN A WINES TASTING CLASS: Sign up for a wine tasting class at Brooklyn Winery to become the oenophile you always knew you could be.

ICE ICE (BABY) SKATING: Take your friends and go ice skating at one of the city’s seasonal rinks. You have the option to test the rink in Bryant Park, Central Park and many others around NYC.

ATTEND A SPORT EVENT: There are so many options you can choose between Basketball, Ice Hockey etc. And January is a great month to see any of the New York amazing sports teams.

FREAKING OUT DURING THE SUPER BOWL: Cheer on your favorite team during the Super Bowl on February 2nd at one of New York’s many sports bars. You should check out the following locations: Standings located in East Village, 200 Fifth in Brooklyn or Lansdowne Road in Hells Kitchen.

GO OUT TO EAT RAMEN: NYC obsession with ramen shows no signs of stopping, which means the city is rich with options. You can try the Ramen at Ippudo, Nakamura or Ivan Ramen.

JOIN A SPEAKEASY BAR: Raines Law Room is an especially cozy option with strong drinks, an unique entryway and a good atmosphere.

RELEASE YOUR INNER CHILD: Once the snow finally sticks to the ground tap into your inner child and go sledding in one of New York’s parks. You can check out for example the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.

SHOPPING IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA: Woodbury Common is one of the best outlets in New York. It is one hour north of NYC and you can also take the bus to go there.  

GO BIKING WITH UNLIMITED BIKING: To get a whole new bike experience rent a bike during the winter and bike through the snow. It’s great fun!

WINTER JAM IN CENTRAL PARK: From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Central Park Bandshell area is covered with blown-in snow. You can go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding, live Ice Sculpting, Ice Bowling, Taste NY Winter Market and so much more!  

 

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Fitness Biking: How to train for a competition?!

Training Program for Competition

Train at least a week before your competition! During this week you will prepare for your competition. Keep your goal in mind and continue your efforts until D-Day!

Training to be done during the week of preparation! (Train for about 100 miles)

  • Saturday: 120 min flat terrain (40 miles – Difficulty = Normal)
  • Sunday: Rest & Relax (Yoga or meditation)
  • Monday: 45 min steep terrain (20 miles – Difficulty = Hard)
  • Tuesday: Rest & Relax (Yoga or meditation)
  • Wednesday: 90 min flat terrain (30 miles – Difficulty = Hard)
  • Thursday: 30 min steep terrain (20 miles – Difficulty = Hard) / Rest & Relax (Yoga or meditation)
  • Friday: 30 min Intensive with several phases of acceleration throughout your session (20 miles – Difficulty = Hard) / Rest & Relax (Yoga or meditation) in the evening

During the week, sleep well, eat and drink a lot!

Remember that to be in shape during your training week but also for your competition you must make sure to feed yourself well and relax your mind. Diet and stress can play a big part in your success or failure.

Always eat fresh, carbohydrate snack, or high protein foods that also contain good minerals and vitamins. You can eat small portions throughout the day. During your training do not forget your bar and energy drinks.

Remember to always leave about 2 hours between your meals and exercises to have a good digestion and be in good shape on your bike.

Before the competition, stay focused and do not lose your goal! The mind also plays on your success! Stay positive and never give up!

After the race, think about feeding yourself and drinking a lot, stress and intense effort can make you lose more pounds.

  • Don’t forget also to read this article!

Fitness Biking: From beginner to expert!

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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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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.
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Improve your bike safety! Ride with Unlimited Biking!?

Cycling remains a dangerous sport if you do not take the necessary safety measures. Several kilometres of bicycle paths have been built to improve cyclists safety in major cities and in the countryside. However, there are not always cycle paths. And cyclists are not always well equipped. That is why all cyclists must be equipped in the best possible way to be able to ride without fear of an accident.

Good equipment is still essential:

  1. Wear a helmet as soon as you ride your bike! In the event of a fall, the helmet can save your life! The skull is very sensitive and can be damaged in an accident or a fall. The skull must therefore be more than just protected.
  2. Ride with your bike lock and lock your bike in a fixed place. (attach the bike lock to the frame).
  3. Avoid carrying a bag on your back while cycling. The backpack can destabilize you and make you fall. It is therefore important to have a small bicycle bag or basket directly attached to your bike.
  4. Equip your bike with a bell or an alert system to warn other vehicles or pedestrians.
  5. Check that the bike is well equipped with lights and/or reflectors when you are cycling at night. Always be visible!
  6. Choose a superior quality bike! Check tires, brakes, bicycle chain, gears and suspensions. Check that the mechanics of your bike are in good condition.

It is very important to ensure that all this equipment is working properly before starting to drive.

Some bicycle safety rules to be respected:

  • Respect signs and traffic lights,
  • Give way to pedestrians, vehicles and other cyclists at an intersection,
  • Do not drive on the highway,
  • Do not drive with headphones or a phone in your hand,
  • Stay in control of your vehicle,
  • Do not drive between two rows of moving vehicles,
  • Use the bicycle paths,
  • Keep a certain distance from other vehicles, especially in rainy weather,
  • Signal your intention to change lanes and only do so when the manoeuvre is possible,
  • Always be visible to cyclists, motorists and especially bus and truck drivers,
  • Brake gradually and not suddenly to avoid a collision,

Always keep in mind:

  • Be careful and careful, regardless of weather conditions. Be careful with vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, animals, etc….
  • Feel free to look behind you and look to the sides before changing lanes,
  • Be predictable and try to anticipate the next actions of other vehicles,
  • Be as visible as possible,
  • Do not drive on sidewalks,
  • Do not drive near parked cars and sidewalks,
  • Take breaks during your travels,
  • Drink a lot of water when you do an intense sporting activity,
  • Make sure you are covered by your insurance,
  • Be courteous and kind,
  • Always have an emergency number and the police number with you at all times.
  • Stay focused and obey the traffic regulations.

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Améliorer votre sécurité à vélo !

Le vélo reste un sport dangereux si vous ne prenez pas les mesures de sécurité nécessaires. Plusieurs kilomètres de pistes cyclables ont été aménagées pour améliorer la sécurité des cyclistes dans les grandes villes ainsi qu’à la campagne. Cependant il n’y a pas toujours de pistes cyclables. Et les cyclistes ne sont pas toujours bien équipé. C’est pour cela que tous les cyclistes doivent être équipés de la meilleure façon possible pour pouvoir rouler sans craindre un accident.

Avoir un bon équipement reste indispensable:

  1. Portez un casque dès que vous êtes à vélo ! Lors d’une chute le casque peut vous sauver la vie ! Le crâne est très sensible et peut être endommagé lors d’un accident ou d’une chute. Le crâne doit donc être plus que protéger.
  2. Roulez avec votre cadenas et verrouillez votre vélo a un endroit fixe. (fixer le cadenas au niveau du cadre).
  3. Évitez de porter un sac sur votre dos pendant que vous êtes à vélo. Le sac à dos peut vous déstabiliser et vous faire chuter. Il est donc important d’avoir un petit sac à vélo ou un panier directement accroché sur votre vélo.
  4. Équipez votre vélo d’une sonnette ou d’un système d’alerte pour prévenir les autres véhicules ou piétons.
  5. Vérifiez que le vélo est bien équipé de lumières et ou de réflecteurs lorsque vous êtes à vélo la nuit. Soyez toujours visibles !
  6. Choisissez un vélo de qualité supérieure ! Vérifiez les pneus, freins, la chaîne du vélo, les engrenages et les suspensions. Vérifiez que la mécanique de votre vélo est en bonne état. Il est très important de s’assurer que tout cet équipement fonctionne correctement avant de commencer à rouler.

Quelques règles de sécurité à vélo à bien respecter :

  • Respectez les panneaux et les feux de signalisation,
  • Cédez le passage aux piétons, véhicules et autres cyclistes à une intersection,
  • Ne pas conduire sur l’autoroute,
  • Ne pas conduire avec des écouteurs ou avec un téléphone à la main,
  • Restez maître de votre véhicule,
  • Ne pas conduire entre deux rangées de véhicules en mouvement,
  • Utilisez les pistes cyclables,
  • Tenez-vous à une certaine distance des autres véhicules, surtout par temps de pluie,
  • Signalez votre intention de changer de voie et ne le faites que lorsque la manœuvre est possible,
  • Restez toujours visible à l’œil des cyclistes, automobilistes et surtout des conducteurs d’autobus et de camions,
  • Freinez progressivement et non pas brusquement pour éviter une collision,

Toujours garder à l’esprit :

  • Être prudent et faire attention, quelles que soit les conditions météorologiques. Faire attention aux véhicules, cyclistes, piétons, animaux, etc…
  • N’hésitez pas à regarder derrière vous et à regarder sur les côtés avant de changer de voie,
  • Soyez prévisible et essayez d’anticiper les prochaines actions des autres véhicules,
  • Être le plus visible possible,
  • Ne pas conduire sur les trottoirs,
  • Ne pas conduire à proximité des voitures garées et du trottoir,
  • Faire des pauses pendant vos trajets,
  • Hydratez vous bien lorsque vous faites une activités sportive intense,
  • Assurez vous d’être couvert par votre assurance,
  • Soyez courtois et aimable,
  • Ayez toujours un numéro d’urgence et le numéro de la police avec vous en tout temps.
  • Restez concentré et respectez le code de la route.

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A bike tour through the Central Park during the fall

It’s getting colder here in Big Apple. A warm jacket, a cup of tea or coffee and gloves are a Must-Have for these days. But with the cold comes also the beautiful fall. The different colors of the leaves and the fresh cold air. Worth seeing!

What should you definitely do during the fall? I really recommend the Central Park during the fall or even better, I recommend a bike tour through the Central Park during this beautiful season. With the bike you can see the hole beauty of the Park.

The weather is really good these days. The sun is shining and the temperatures aren’t that cold. And it’s also really calm in the big Central Park area. The streets are almost empty and one can concentrate on the different sights and the insane colorful landscape.

On the picture above you can see my favorite spot here in the Central Park – the Harlem Meer. I really love the Central Park area in Harlem. It is so peaceful and there are usually only a few people walking with their dogs or enjoying the sun on a park bench. And the best thing is that you can get there really quickly by bike.

Cleopatra’s Needle is another popular sight and the name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris and in New York City during the nineteenth century. The New York City needle was erected in Central Park on 22 February 1881. It was a gift from the Khedive for the United States remaining a friendly neutral as the European powers – France and Britain – maneuvered to secure political control of the Egyptian Government. You should know there is a interesting story behind every sight in Central Park.

At the end of my bike tour I actually had to take off my sweater, because of the warm weather and also because of my bike route. You shouldn’t underestimate the distance. It’s an up and down all the time. But with all the sights and the awesome spots one completely forget the distance. Here you can see the Rock with a view. And it’s really true – the view is gorgeous with all the high rise buildings and the lake.

At the end of my bike route I really can say that:

I FALL in love with Central Park!

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