A Brooklyn fixture since the early 1980s, Mr. C's Bicycles attracts enthusiasts of all stripes to its two-story, Seventh Avenue bike boutique. Professional bike fitters Carlos Valentino and Alessandro Matteucci maintain a fitting studio where they measure cyclists and analyze results to match them with their ideal handle-barred steed from manufacturers such as Cannondale, Trek, and Schwinn. The shop's daily crop of visitors can turn up serious cyclists training for the Tour de France as well as tourists renting bikes for a unique way to tour the boroughs or train to drive the family back home to Topeka in a rickshaw.
ModSquad Cycles’ experienced staff of benevolent bicycle blacksmiths protects pedal pods of all makes, models, and literary tastes from out-of-tune configuration conundrums. Submit your foot-powered two wheeler to the tender hands of a knowledgeable technician for a full bicycle tune-up, and rest assured that your cycle will be returned more in-tune than a Celine Dion bicycle horn. The full tune-up and truing rejuvenates bikes that haven’t been to the chiropractor by adjusting brakes, bearings, and shifters. Next, wheel therapists true tires into alignment before the bike's frame is rubbed clean. To finish, a body physician examines the entire frame for any safety concerns and rewards well-behaved bicycles with a lollipop.
Buck buses, swear off subways, and turn down taxis with a one-day bike rental from Tread Bike Shop. Atop your two-wheeled transport, you'll navigate the Big Apple's bike paths and greenways in self-propelled style, drinking in the sights of the city through the straws of your eyes. Guests can chart their courses with the aid of NYC Bike Maps or get tips on scenic routes from Tread Bike Shop's staff of well-traveled pedal-pushers. Cyclists won't have to travel far for good biking areas, because Tread Bike Shop is conveniently located near several New York City parks, including Fort Tryon Park, Inwood Hill Park, and Highbridge Park, which features a dirt jump park for the most Evel of Knievels.
Central Park Sightseeing matches riders with the proper transport or tour for exploring the 843 acres and 47 miles of scenic pathways that make Central Park famous. Park explorers can select from more than 150 new basket-equipped bikes for men, women, and children in a bevy of styles, such as hybrids for comfortable cruises, mountain bikes for tackling the park?s hills, and tandems that seat two riders or one cardio-savvy centaur. Tour guides piloting pedicabs convey visitors around the park while bestowing pearls of wisdom concerning the area?s history, including which famous movie scenes were filmed in the park and where. Some of Central Park?s more popular attractions, horse carriages take passengers on a relaxed trip through the trees and streets. For visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Central Park Sightseeing also offers walking tours led by guides that are well-versed in pop culture, park history, and the process in which baby squirrels hatch from their eggs.
Tourists and natives alike perch atop rental bikes from Blazing Saddles’ impressive fleet, pedaling down New York City's Greenway Bike Path and thoroughfares on adventures that combine exercise and sightseeing. Cyclists select from an array of comfort cruisers, 24-speed performance hybrids, and mountain bikes outfitted with the thick tread and front suspension necessary to support their riders and the mountain goats that often cling to them. Complimentary helmets and locks accompany each rental, along with detailed maps criss-crossed with routes for self-guided tours. Alternatively, three-hour guided tours of the Brooklyn Bridge area or Central Park give bikers a more structured touring experience.