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.

See ya in SanFran!

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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 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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You know you love me – XOXO

We all know this sentence from the famous series Gossip Girl. And if you’re a real fan you have to go to NYC and explore all the famous spots. You can find the locations everywhere in NYC, so the best idea is to take a bike and ride there really quick. You can reach all the spots so much easier and faster.

So first things first. All the rich kids live on the Upper East Side, but that’s not exactly true because Serena van der Woodsen’s apartment is on 300 East 55th Street and not actually at the Upper East Side but is shown in the series as it is for the residence of the van der Woodsen family.

Is the beautiful hotel from Chuck Bass real and how is it actually called? Yaaas, the hotel is real and the name is the same. Thought Cuck’s suite only exists on a TV set in the middle of nowhere? Nop the Empire Hotel (44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023) is a very real NYC icon.

Where to meet Blair Waldorf and her Minions? You like to know where the famous steps are? They’re at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028). This is where Blaire often has her lunch. In the series it seems that the museum steps are just across the street from their school, but actually the location which is used for the school and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are many blocks apart.

In the first scene Serena is coming home to NYC. But where is this beautiful train station? The Grand Central Station (89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017) with it’s beautiful constellations are definitely worth to visit!  

Away from Manhattan: Dan Humphrey’s home in Brooklyn is actually a really fancy place. Yes Blair didn’t like it, but the area is most known for its bridge and artsy walls. Trendy Dumbo’s cobblestone streets and converted Brooklyn warehouse buildings are the backdrop for independent boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy cafes. And it is also known as THE Instagram photo location. Check out the beautiful area in Dumbo (80 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) for a Insta worthy photo.

Now it’s time for the Central Park – a must-see on your Gossip Girl spots list. Blair is often feeding the ducks there with Dorota. But there is also the location where Chuck and Blair got married in the final episode. It was a rollercoaster moment for all fans. Blair said “I do” seconds before the cops showed up. You have to check out this beautiful spot: The Bethesda Terrace is located at 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021

After you biked to all the famous spots, you should definitely dress up for old Serena’s playground and favorite clubs. 1Oak or The Box are the clubs to be for a wild night out!

Enjoy your Gossip Girl trip through NYC with Unlimited Biking!

 

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The best hot chocolate in NYC

It’s getting colder outside, but of course you’d still like to go out and take in the beautiful sights of NYC. A wonderful season for our guided bike tours and bike rentals. It’s a completely new experience to bike through the snow, especially in the beautiful Central Park. You should definitely check this out! The perfect accompaniment to those sights and the sport are cups of delicious hot chocolate! We listed the locations where you get the best hot chocolates in New York City.

Grom, 1796 Broadway, 212-974-3444, Midtown West: The gianduja-flavored hot chocolate at Grom tastes like liquid Nutella. Best known for their gelato, this eatery makes a fantastic cocoa for those too chilly to have some frozen dessert. With both dark and milk chocolate versions, Grom is sure to please with milk, cream, Venezuelan and Colombian chocolates.

Jacques Torres, 285 Amsterdam Ave., 212-787-3256, Upper West Side, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1804, Midtown West: One of New York’s magic chocolatiers provides customers with some “wicked” hot chocolate with just a touch of ancho and chipotle peppers in addition to the classic style.

Serendipity 3, 225 E. 60th St., 212-838-3531, Upper East Side: Serendipity 3’s oxymoronic frozen hot chocolate has so many New Yorkers in awe. Is it even possible for a drink to be both frozen and hot? Just don’t think about the logic behind it too much and don’t down it too fast either – just enjoy!

The Russian Tea Room, 150 W. 57th St., 212-581-7100, Midtown West: Sure enough, the famed Russian Tea Room, home to such ornate decorations as a 20-foot-tall golden tree adorned with Venetian glass eggs – and whose menu features, for example, Golden Osetra caviar – offers its own “signature hot chocolate,” complete with whipped cream and marshmallows. The toasty, tasty treat is a relatively affordable way to get a foot in the door at one of the City’s fanciest eateries.

Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man, 841 Broadway, 646-467-8803, Union Square: Dessert tycoon Max Brenner (a fictional character who’s a composite of the venue’s two founders) serves hot chocolate in a specially designed “hug mug,” which encourages patrons to hold the drink with both hands for maximum comforting effect. The hot chocolate is available in milk, dark and white chocolate versions.

Cafe Lalo, 201 W 83rd Street, 212-496-6031, Upper West Side: Famous for its feature role in You’ve Got Mail, this go-to spot is on the map for its cakes, pies, tarts and of course hot chocolate! With a range of flavorful mix-ins or shots of alcohol to add in, Cafe Lalo’s hot cocoa is sure to warm your insides.

Voilà Chocolat, 221 W 79th Street, 212-920-8799, Upper West Side: A great spot to stop with the kids to decorate your own chocolate treats, Voilà Chocolat also offers a variety of flavors for adults and children alike. From their Classic Dark House Blend to a Daredevil Spiced or even an exotic Matcha Green Tea White Hot Chocolate to thrill the senses. Now they even offer a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate for those seasonal types.

Enjoy your bike ride or guided bike tour with Unlimited Biking and a hot chocolate afterwards! 

 

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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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A bike for 2: Rent a Tandem with your Love

February is coming soon and we all know what this means? Yes, the love is in the air. The 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, is for some simply a horror story. Couples kissing everywhere and florists earn more money than usual all year around. But for many it is the perfect time with their love. And if you can’t decide what to do on this special day – we have the solution.

Rent a tandem with your love and Unlimited Biking!

Riding a tandem bike around the most famous park in Manhattan could be the most romantic thing to do in NYC. Unlimited Biking’s tandem bicycle equipment is always ready for your quiet escape for two around the interior of Manhattan and into the wilds of winding bike paths, learning a bit about each other as you ride.

If you have never ridden a tandem bike, our knowledgeable staff will show you how to do so and what to expect while you ride through Central Park. Words like Captain and Stoker will be explained and, though the first starts and stops might be rocky, you will soon be enjoying your time together doing something you both will come to love.

It’s teamwork and the perfect way to explore the beautiful Central Park together. An unique experience and a romantic way to enjoy the Valentine’s Day with your love.

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Unlimited Biking at FAO Schwarz

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

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

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

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

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

Get your bike here: https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/New-York-Bike-Rentals

 

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