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1. Posted by Olsonbell (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My wife and I want to see NYC by bicycle. My estimate is that the city is too big to see on foot and too congested to see in a car. We are not Lycra warriors more urban adventurers. We are fit and have no problem covering 30 or 40 kilometres urban riding in a day. We need to hire bikes when we arrive. Some questions are: Is there a geographical centre/district to NYC for this type of activity at which we can base ourselves? What is the best time of year? Are there places that we should or should not go? Does public transport carry cycles: ferries buses? Are there groups that cycle (not race) that have web links? Any information is good. I have the "2008 NYC Cycle Map" but the detail is overwhelming. David, Sydney.

2. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 73 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I live in NYC and bike ride here, I would say the best time would be Spring time. You generate alot of energy and the summer could be to hot for someone not use it.

Yes public transportation allows you to bring your bikes with you, all ferries and trains, however buses are a little tricky when it's crowded. There is no place you should not go and as for groups or is a great place to post a request for fellow bike riders to join you on a tour, I use both websites myself as well.

Have a great time whenever you decide to come!!

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Why not include a trip to America's Bike City:

4. Posted by blueyankee (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You dont say where you are from. However bike riding can be very dangerous in the large cities,as there is little tollerance
for bike riders,as in other countries.You must stick in the bike lans,which is nearly impossible.

5. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I went biking in New York City when i was out there last September and would recommend it, especially round Central Park. We also did it on the roads but I would be very careful! We ended up weaving in and out of cabs, when they were slow or stationary in traffic but thats just cause we are reckless lol, but i would do it, just try and find a safer way!