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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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.

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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!

 

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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 Sheep 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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110 South Street New York, NY 10038

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 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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Best Group Tour Activities in NYC

Have you ever wondered what some of the best things to do in NYC are? Are you always looking for new activities to experience with a group? Well, then keep reading!

Even if you’ve been to Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you’ve never seen it the way a local knows it. There are so many hidden treasures to discover, Jane’s Carousel to re-imagine your youth, Bushwick to explore the unparalleled artistic talents of hipsters, and a view of the Manhattan skyline like you’ve never seen. This is really only touching on the unique gems that you stumble upon during Get Up and Ride’s Brooklyn Waterfront Bike Tour, but it’s worth an adventure to rediscover an ever-changing borough! www.GetUpandRide.com

If you’re the type of person who enjoys art, history, maybe a bit of Renaissance romanticism, but with a jolt of reality, then Museum Hack’s Un-Highlight tours of local institutions are most definitely for you. Described as “not-your-grandma’s museum tour,” this two-hour adventure through the decorated halls of The Met and the American Museum of Natural History are not to be missed! With options to plan this as a small group affair, or as a Private Guided Tour, it’s one for the history books! www.MuseumHack.com

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more active and energizing, with a touch whimsy, packed with pop culture nuances, and a dash of humor to round it all out, then Unlimited Biking’s customized touring adventures are just your cup of tea! With heart-warming, funny and fun-fact-filled guides who know more about this city than the locals, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for everyone. And if you’re looking for a tour of the trendiest local Brooklyn eateries, of the storied architecture of yester-year, or even a combination of a hipster honey-bee co-op, a re-purposed Naval Yard, and local street artists – UB is happy to customize, so you can just enjoy and be amazed. www.UnlimitedBiking.com

Let’s not forget to eat! Along with Unlimited Biking’s wonderfully customized Guided Bike Tours, they also pair a lovely picnic spread that nourishes every Instagrammer’s hunger for a competitive feed! From full Ride ‘n’ Rose spreads to more subtle nods at a Hamptons style soiree, they do it all and then some, taking care of everything from start to finish. All you need to do is book, arrive, enjoy! And I hasten to mention that the spread is delicious, in addition to gorgeous – don’t forget to snap a few photos for your feed before you devour the food! www.UnlimitedBiking.com

For an adventure that’s sure to please, try a local scavenger hunt in your neck of the woods. With cityHUNT’s many neighborhood locales, you can try your luck at an adventure in your own backyard, or discover a new area to explore. A fantastic way to promote team-building, you’ll learn all about the local culture, and discover some fun facts along the way! Or feel good while doing good and participate in a scavenger hunt for charity – either way you’re sure to have a memorable adventure! www.cityHUNT.com

Kick it up a notch, and jump up on the energy scale to a jam-packed tour featuring local restaurants that started revolutions, secret alleyway meetings that led to the destruction of dynasties, and how tropical fruits alongside a fabulous hotel transformed a neighborhood! Not for the faint of heart, or for those without some serious pedal power, Bike the Big Apple’s guided neighborhood tours are a fantastic workout paired with an eye-opening adventure. www.BiketheBigApple.com

And if none of the above tickle your fancy, there’s always a walk through the streets of Manhattan, where you’re sure to discover some interesting sights and craziness along the way! 

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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 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!

Fitness Biking: All our tips to be the best biker!

 

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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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