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.

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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!

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How to Burn More Calories While Biking

Summer is around the corner and suddenly, binge watching Friends on Netflix and scarfing down family-sized bags of Doritos in a single serving doesn’t seem as good of an idea as it did in the cold months of Winter. Well, have no fear because we have the perfect solution to help cut out some of those extra calories without the dread of actually going to the gym. Although we do love our Doritos (and let’s be real, Nacho Cheese is the best flavor), taking care of our health goes beyond physical appearance. Exercising regularly strengthens the cardiovascular system, speeds up metabolism, and greatly reduces the risk of developing certain types of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

So, you’re probably thinking, what is this “magic” solution you guys are trying to propose here? It definitely isn’t magic, but bike riding is fun, affordable, and accessible to all ages!

That’s right! What if I told you that burning hundreds of calories could be fun and exciting? And could be done practically anywhere! Central Park? It’s gorgeous in the summertime. Brooklyn Bridge? Absolutely. That creepy, abandoned playground in your neighborhood? Sure, why not!

The key to burning the most calories while bike riding is to switch up the intensity throughout your workout. High-intensity interval training has been proven to maximize your calorie burn in a shorter amount of time. So, try alternating between your comfortable riding speed to a faster, more challenging speed in order to get your heart rate up and down. For example, say your average riding speed is about 12 mph. In a high-intensity interval bike ride, you would ride at 12 mph for one minute and then raise the intensity to 15 mph for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, drop your speed back to 12 mph for another minute and repeat for 5-10 minutes. You can track your speed using a portable speedometer or download one of the many apps available on your phone! As you build your endurance, gradually increase the intensity of your training, as well.

Another way to burn more calories when outdoor biking is by incorporating inclines in your ride. Rather than only riding on a flat terrain, challenge yourself with some steep, uphill inclines in order to raise that heart rate and burn more calories. Riding uphill can be a bit of a challenge for some, so we recommend starting off by conditioning yourself with smaller hills and working your way up to the mountains! You would be surprised how quickly your body can adapt to the training!

Outdoor cycling is a great workout, overall, to burn calories, lose weight, and even build muscle in your lower body. The best part of outdoor cycling is being able to sightsee the world around you as you ride along. The adventure in the ride almost makes you forget that you’re actually exercising!

Not sure if biking is right for you? Here at Unlimited Biking, we have countless locations where you can rent Cannondale bikes, one of the best names in the bike industry, for a short ride to see if outdoor biking is a right fit.

So don’t hesitate! Visit our website and try it out today. You never know, you might just be the next Lance Armstrong

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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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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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Unlimited Biking: E-Biking is good for you! Boost Your Fitness Level!

Some people are not comfortable riding bikes or just do not like pedaling or doing any physical activity! A new study shows that the electric bike is very good for this type of person and to get back into shape gradually after several years without doing any sport! Electric biking greatly improves your fitness and cardiovascular fitness as you cycle.

Electric cycling is very good for the health and the volunteers who took part in this study realized it themselves! Having electric assistance on the bike has allowed them to return to a normal physical activity. This helps people who are overweight or lacking physical activity to slowly and gradually get back to the sport. Moreover it is a fun activity to share with friends or families to discover the surroundings and enjoy the fresh air. In addition, volunteers have lost weight and gain muscle with the help of electric bikes but they also improve their oxygen level and heart health!

Electric bicycles can increase motivation and help overweight people and seniors maintain regular physical training. Electric cycling regularly allows users to benefit permanently, not only in terms of fitness, but also in terms of blood pressure, less fat in the body and better mental well-being! Do not wait any longer and get on our latest electric bikes, available in our Unlimited Biking stores!

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Competition: The World’s Greatest Cycling Races!

Do you have the taste of competition and challenges? You want to go beyond your limits and participate in the best races in the world? Here are the most famous bike races but also the hardest on earth! Enjoy the ride!

The first race was created in 1903, and now this is one of the most famous multi-stage race in the world! The race is covering more than 3,500 kilometers over 23 days!

Or how to pedal 100 passes in 10 days in the French mountains! This race is reputed to be one of the most physical and hardest in the world! She is well known in Europe and will satisfy fans of strong sensation and professional cyclists!

The first race was held in 1982, and today this is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world! This is an ultra-distance road cycling race held across the United States! Before riding your bike through the states on the 3000 miles your have to prove your abilities by qualifying in other events! The race is divided into individual daily stages spread over the course of about 3 weeks.

On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours, there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple!

The Giro d’Italia or Tour of Italy is a multiple-stage bicycle race held in Italy from May to June during 23 days! The first race was created in 1909, since then the Giro gained prominence and popularity and the race was lengthened, the peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world.

The first race was created in 2006 and today it contains 8 days of racing over 700 miles! The Tour of California is a famous cycling race held in the west coast of united states in California! The race is sponsored by a California-based biotechnology company called Amgen.

Located in the stunning California Alps, the course covers the traditional five mountain passes that represent 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of road climbing. This race is recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, and this challenging course includes climbing both sides of Monitor Pass, both sides of Ebbetts Pass, and the final climb up the east side of Carson Pass. Cyclists will register and finish at Turtle Rock Park, located two miles north of Markleeville, CA.

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The best New York bike races with Unlimited Biking!

Do you have the taste of competition and challenges? You want to go beyond your limits and participate in the best races in New York? Here are the best races in the city! Enjoy the ride!

On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours, there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple!

Centered around the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest footbridge, this ride is all about discovery. For some, that means taking it easy on one of the shorter routes and simply enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Ulster and Dutchess counties. For others, it means discovering what you’re capable of.

It started as a grassroots race production company out of Syracuse, NY in 1983 and is now the longest-running triathlon organization in the Northeast.

Named after the famed Navesink Twin Lights up the hill from Huddy Park in Highlands, New Jersey, this ride showcases the best of the Garden State. This event has been a favorite of local cyclists, New Yorkers, and visitors from around the country for over a decade.

A glorious cycling event to benefit the Autism Science Foundation.

This is a challenging or relaxing race, as you choose to make it, but always fun and rewarding. No matter which route you choose, you will be fully supported by experienced course marshals and bike mechanics along the route!

Choose 10, 30, or 50 miles that will take you through some beautiful parts of Franklin Township and Somerset counties riding along the historic parts of the Delaware Camp; Raritan Canal into Rocky Hill one of the oldest towns in New Jersey.

Since 1994, the New York Cycle Club has opened its arms to the local cycling community by hosting Escape New York. Ride the George Washington Bridge to explore the beauty and history just across the Hudson River.

This charity ride takes cyclists on an adventure on the largest and longest island in the United States, Long Island. Riders enjoy three incredible days of fully-supported cycling.

This ride will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. 2-days event, with route options for all cycling abilities from 25-180 miles, will take you through the flat terrain and back roads of South Jersey to the blueberry fields of Hammonton.

A glorious cycling event to benefit the Autism Science Foundation. The Wall Street community is joining together to take a stand for this important cause.

30 miles route around Manhattan completely traffic free! A unique experience!

The Bronx Tourism Council as a means to promote a healthier lifestyle, an alternate mode of transportation and a way to tour the burgeoning neighborhoods, scenic waterfronts and greenways of the borough. Throughout the years, the event has grown exponentially and is regarded as the largest free cycling event in New York State.

Raising essential funds to support HICCC, you’re fueling the doctors, researchers, and patients in their quest to end cancer. We’re riding to the end of cancer at Columbia. We’re proving the power of Velocity.

If you’ve participated in the Tour before, you know how exciting it is to get your medals and trophies not to mention your chance to win a new bicycle!

The challenging and competitive 100-mile Gran Fondo course from New York City to Bear Mountain and back is an experience for anyone from elite amateur to first time finisher.

Minutes from NYC, come escape for a weekend-get-away and visit Elizabeth, New Jersey! Join over 1,000 participants and enjoy riding through the 15 mile bike ride!

Cyclists of all ages are invited to register online, create and customize their personal fundraising page, and collect donations from friends and family. For the more serious cyclists, the event offers 10, 25 and 62.5 mile routes through the scenic roads of Bergen County.

A glorious cycling event to benefit the Autism Science Foundation.

Ride 25-40 miles long Brooklyn’s waterfront from Greenpoint to Riis Park Beach! Discover hidden and far-flung neighborhoods, pedal through the city, state and national parks and take in spectacular bridge and city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront and Jamaica Bay Greenways.

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THE GOOGLE SELF DRIVING BICYCLE!

Have you ever dreamed of having a bike that drives itself? Google did it … or not!

2018 Google Amsterdam posted a video about it, you can watch it here!

In this video you can see a self-driving bicycle which enables cyclists to do other things while they ride. The bicycle can also come to you directly thanks to an app. This technology looks really amazing! It’s really a great idea, no?

Sorry to tell you that but this video was totally fake! It was a Google prank for April Fools’ Day! But the next video is not a prank, this is a true self driving bike. Imagine this concept on a regular bicycle!

2019 BMW’s Self-driving bike at CES in LAS VEGAS! Watch it here!

This video is real and this is not a prank! BMW has really developed a bike that can drive by itself! It can make several turns, accelerate, brake just like a normal bike, but without a driver! This new technology is really very impressive and should allow motorcycle drivers to have less accidents. Imagine also that you are becoming a passenger on this motorcycle and not a driver anymore. You will also be able to control your bike from a distance and ask to the motorcycle to come to pick you up. The next step of this technology would be to adapt this to bicycle!

However when I saw this I wondered if the bike was well protected against hackers. With this type of connected and autonomous vehicle hackers can steal vehicles from a distance or even worse cause intentional accidents to kill targeted people.

Do you think that one day we will have self driving bikes? Would you like to have a bike that drives itself? Leave your opinion in the comments!

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Fitness Biking: How to eat? Nutrition for cycling!

  • The Cycling Diet

You want to improve your training and your physical conditions on a bike? It’s very good, but do not forget your diet too!

To stay in shape during your physical training, eat more protein, free sugars and carbohydrates! Consume the right amount of calories for your body.

When you are cycling you burn a lot of calories. Be sure to eat enough! Eat several small portion meal through the day. And avoid processed food.

Eat good vitamins (Omega 3 and 6) and minerals (calcium, iron, zinc) to power up your body throughout the day.

Drink enough water! Your body is made of 75% water so you must drink a lot to stay in good shape.

Keep in mind : EAT, DRINK, TRAIN, REST

Make sure to eat 90 minutes before your training session! Remember to let your stomach digest.

During your biking session, energy bars and drinks are good! For long rides we recommend you to eat more before and during the session.

After your ride, we recommend you to eat and drink a lot. The first 20 minutes after the efforts are really important. Do not eat to quickly and eat small portions but with high protein and calories to refuel your body.

Keep in mind to always eat fresh, carbohydrate snack, or high protein foods that also contain good minerals and vitamins. You can eat small portions throughout the day.

 

Remember also that the diet work with your mind. Stay focused during your training sessions and eat well before and after. You can also relax your mind with yoga and meditation. Yoga is also really good for digestion. Always think about your diet and your initial goal!

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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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