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To Bike or Not To Bike?

To Bike or Not To Bike?
Did you know May is National Bike Month? More specifically, May 11-15 is Bike to Work Week. Like clockwork, I’ve gotten at least three emails about bike launches and riding safety clinics this week. I haven’t owned a bike since I lived in a suburban neighborhood during elementary school. While I’ve been thinking about buying a bike in the city, both for exercise and convenience, I’ve had a few hesitations.¬†First, I’m nervous about riding in crazy traffic. I’ve seen a few serious bike accidents on the streets of New York. If I owned a bike, I would likely ride only in the park and on designated pathways (i.e. West Side Highway). I’m also wondering where or how I’d store my bike. There is nowhere outside my apartment building, so I’d have to keep it in my apartment. There are unique ways to hang the bike on a wall (vertical or horizontal). I think I’d have room to do that in my bedroom. It seems that the positives of owning a bike outweigh my hesitations, so I’m going to start shopping around. I’m looking for a city cruiser, rather than a fancy road bike. Does anyone own one that they love? Any features I should look for? Purely based on aesthetics at this point, these are my favorites.
To Bike or Not To Bike?
To Bike or Not To Bike?

 

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  • Reply Amanda

    Highly recommend getting a bike! When I first start riding in the city I was very scared but you really do get more comfortable once you do it a bit. As long as you are always paying attention and being safe, it’s a fantastic activity, even in NYC! I recommend looking for something light weight. Cruisers can be a bit heavy, making it challenging to get it in and out of your apartment. Schwinn has pretty affordable (and cute!) options. When you get a bike, let’s meet in CP for a few loops :)

    April 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Veronica

    I hear you! I biked everywhere when I lived in DC, but there were a lot of bike lanes. I live in Dallas now, and I hesitate because there aren’t really any bike lines. I say go for it, and at least in the beginning, stick only to designated bike areas.

    April 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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