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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Ride an E-Bike: All the benefits

There are many reasons, why you should ride an E-Bike. Much people think that an E-Bike is just for old people but this is nonsense! An electric bike is so much fun and for people of all ages. Besides the extra boost, which you get with an E-Bike there are also other main reasons why you should use them. So read on!

First point is the physical health. This sounds weird, but no. It’s easy to explain: When you’re unhealthy, you end up spending a lot of time sick. And one of the reasons people get sick is because they have a lack of physical activity in their everyday life. By taking a bike or an electric bike to ride to work or school you’re getting the exercise you need to be healthy. And with an electric bike rather than a standard bike you won’t have to worry about showing up sweaty and disheveled. And it’s often a time saver. Use the bike lane to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Another thing is that you save money, because you don’t need to refuel your car so often.

Oh by the way, there is another good reason besides the savings on fuel. Actually you don’t have to worry about a parking spot anymore. The times where you accidentally park somewhere you weren’t supposed to or your meter runs out are over. With an E-Bike you only need a bike lock and a sturdy bike rack. And you can also save money here.

The next argument on our list is that you don’t need a gym membership. We all know the struggle is real – “should I go to the gym or maybe tomorrow or never?”. Yes this is the daily fight you may have with yourself, but with an E-Bike you can integrate the exercise in your everyday life. As we mentioned before, ride to work or school or to do the groceries shopping for example.

E-Bikes are good for the environment. This is another main reason, why you should use bikes or E-Bikes. Reducing carbon footprints and adopting a green lifestyle! An E-Bike reduces the overall pollution contributed by motor vehicles.

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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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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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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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Unlimited Biking: So much more than only a bike rental!

Everybody knows we love bikes and everything that has to do with bikes. But we offer much more than only bike rentals, our guided bike tours and our special bike tours! We are offering experiences! If you like to know more about it, read on!

We also offer horseback riding: YES it’s true you can go on a guided horseback riding tour with us.

It is a very unique and special tour, because nobody else offer such a experience. Our horses named Billy, Oscar, Juliet and Bourbon are always prepared for a tour through the beautiful Central Park. The tour leads you to the incredible Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and many other gorgeous places! Join it to get the experience!

We also offer Rollerblades, so you can explore the beautiful Central Park by yourself on smaller wheels. With the Rollerblades you will be so much faster and it is also much more fun than just walking around. If you’re interested, we offer you everything you need for a safe and funny Rollerblade experience: a helmet, arm guards and knee pads. Let’s do this!

Book your blades now:
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And if all the activities above are too arduous for you and you just want a relaxing way to experience the Central Park, we also have the right for you: We definitely recommend a Pedicab tour!

Our guide will explain you everything about the history and the sights in the park. It is a relaxing tour through the park, where you can concentrate yourself on the atmosphere and the beautiful landscape of Central Park.
Book it now: https://centralparksightseeing.com/tours/central-park-pedicab-tour/

So if you want to try something new or a combination of bike tour and an offer above, we’re always the right contact for you.
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Biking for your health: 8 reasons why you should definitely take a ride with Unlimited Biking

Everybody knows biking is great fun, but did you know it is also very good for your health? We would like to present you eight healthy facts about biking. So let’s start.

1. It is a very good training for your heart
If you ride at moderate speed five times a week for at least 30 minutes, your heart will be relieved and your blood circulation will increase. In the long run not only the blood pressure, but also the risk of vasoconstriction decreases. This reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50 percent, according to the “World Health Organization” (WHO).
The heart muscle also benefits: In the medium to long term, it can become more efficient and can pump more blood through the body. The heart works more efficiently overall.

2. Strengthens the lungs
Whoever pedaling fills the lungs evenly with oxygen and strengthens his respiratory muscles. The regular exercise in the fresh air promotes the immune system, thus protecting against infections.

3. Strengthens the back
Common cause of back pain: lack of exercise and inappropriate stress on the back muscles. Cycling works gently. The rhythmic pedaling promotes the metabolism of the disc, the muscle structure stabilizes the spine, especially in the lumbar region. This relieves tension early.

4. Activates happiness hormones
After 30 to 40 minutes of endurance sports such as cycling, the body releases endorphins and serotonin – quite naturally. Against the happiness hormones negative thoughts have no chance, they also make us more resistant to stress. Studies also showed that patients could reduce anxiety and depression when they exercising regularly.

5. Builds Musculature
From age 30, the muscles shrink – about one pound of muscle mass turns into fat per year due to age. Regular cycling stops this development. The good thing: It trains almost all of the body’s musculature – the leg muscles, the core muscles of the abdomen and back (which also absorbs shocks) and the shoulder-arm muscles.

6. Protects the joints
Sitting – during the work and even at home. Exercise is often too short and this is bad for the joints. Cycling is the ideal balance. The circular, regular leg movement optimally supplies the articular cartilage to the knee and hip with oxygen, thereby also protecting against osteoarthritis. And because the saddle carries 70 to 80 percent of the body weight, biking costs the knee joints significantly less than jogging.

7. Train the coordination
Whether sudden evasive maneuvers, changing speeds or slippery roads – again and again there are new situations in Central Park, to which we have to respond correctly and quickly. The sense of balance also benefits.

8. Choose Unlimited Biking
We from Unlimited Biking have everything you need for a healthy bike tour full of fun. Why should you choose us?
– We provide all necessary equipment for a safe and fun outing – helmet,
basket, bike lock and illustrated map of Central Park.
– You can choose between a guided bike tour or the classic bike rental.
– We keep well maintained Cannondale bikes for men, women and
children.
– We offer group discounts based on the number of people renting.
– Our prices are unmatched and we’re located only three blocks from
Central Park!
– We have the largest fleet of bicycles in town!
Come visit us in our 7 stores in Manhattan and discover New York City by bikes!

Now you think that sounds great? We would be very happy to see you soon in one of our store locations.

Happy Biking!

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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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