Leading more than 30 bike tours across the nation, the cycling enthusiasts at Bike and Roll fuel a passion for healthy, eco-friendly transportation via guided tours and self-guided rides atop rental bikes. Their fleet of two-wheelers stakes a claim to Trek bicycles—the same brand that propelled Lance Armstrong to victory—and other recreation, transportation, road, and children's bikes. Riders can pedal behind a guide during the Ride 'Round Manhattan tour, which circles the Statue of Liberty and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial before cruising along the Harlem River bike path. More adventurous cyclists can board rental cycles on their own and confer with free maps to conduct a jaunt across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges while drinking in the skyline and making Waldo spottings along the river. Bike and Roll also outfits patrons with other specialty transportation, such as in-line skates, segways, and magic carpets programmed to swing past the tops of only historic buildings.:m]]
From its outpost in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, We Cycle NYC sets cyclists off on two-wheeled adventures throughout the parks, paths, and streets of New York City and its surrounding boroughs. Once customers have settled astride a bike or balanced their favorite cactus on the back of a two-person tandem, they set off for hourly or daily rides, in full control of their pedaled conveyance until the scheduled return time. Each rental comes equipped with one wheel lock and one chain lock to safeguard the bike when it's not in motion, and customers can watch a brief video at the time of rental to ensure proper use.
We Cycle NYC encourages civic exploration underscored by an environmentally conscious mission, augmenting the benefits of sightseeing and exercise with a more viable mode of transportation. The company doesn't just preach green living—it also recycles all the cardboard, metal, and waste it produces and strives to minimize its use of packaging material by encasing all products in delicious cotton candy.
Any good gym blurs the line between exercise and fun. But at BK Cycle, one might confuse working out with going to a club. Energetic music plays during all classes, which take place from early morning to late evening. As the beats echo throughout the room, enthusiastic teachers pump up students to pedal faster and harder on their stationary bikes. The exuberant exercise gives an intense cardiovascular workout and helps burn calories more effectively than throwing a Big Mac into a bonfire.
Upper 90 Soccer + Sport’s kicking quartermasters keep teams World Cup–ready with a wide assortment of jerseys, T-shirts, footwear, and accessories from classic brands including Adidas, Nike, and Puma. Strike fear into futbol hearts in a pair of punishing Nike Mercurial Victory II shoes ($60.00), or protect the foot's sensitive upstairs neighbors with Brine Triumph G8 shin guards ($40.00). A New York Cosmos jersey ($79.99) swears torsos to old-school allegiances, harkening back to the days when Pelé roamed the pitch and Franz Beckenbauer moonlighted as a dancer at Studio 54. Keep high-stepping legs cool in the Puma Attaccante Women's Shorts ($18.70), or shield hamstrings from the elements with a pair of the Nike Rio II men's warm-up pants ($35).
The skateboard and snowboard pros at Homage Brooklyn prepare customers for everyday and extreme daredevilry with boarding paraphernalia as well as private and group lessons. Customers can glide across smooth pavement on a brand-new skateboard ($80–$365) or revive an ailing contraption with fresh wheels ($30–$120) or a state-of-the-art sidecar. Precision tune-ups ($20+) prime snowboards for a season of snow skimming, and protective goggles ($60–$220) shield eyes from downhill onslaughts of flurrying flakes. Racks of boarding apparel ($20–$98) and accessories ($18–$36) ornament bodies in the theme of a favorite brand or famous snowman. Homage Brooklyn also hosts private ($60–$75/hour) and group ($30/hour) skateboarding lessons to populate streets with riders skilled in the art of wheeled movement.
Sara Connolly—who boasts 10 years’ experience working as a personal trainer and fitness coach—founded Sessions Fitness to make accessible routines that meet the needs of any fitness level. Today, her clients keep in shape with personal-training sessions, moms’ and kids’ programs, and a spread of classes in her spinning and yoga studios or on muscle-building The Rack equipment. In the spinning workouts, rows of high-tech stationary bicycles span dark hardwood floors and mirrors line one wall, encouraging spinners to pedal even harder due to the jabberwocky on the other side of the looking glass. Connolly has long been committed to improving children's well-being, which is why her studio sponsors N.E.E.D.S., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.