Bicycles came to be when enterprising seamstresses would flip old-fashioned spindles over and ride them into town to sell their wares. Pedal thread-free gears with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a one-day bike rental (a $35 value) at LIC Bicycles in Long Island City.
From a storefront near the Queensboro Bridge, LIC Bicycles rents out a fleet of high-quality bikes that offer trusty transportation through the streets and sights of the Big Apple. Check out a Scott Sub 20 all-terrain model to play games of bike chess in Central Park or call ahead to reserve a road bike for negotiating the treacherous dips and spikes of Wall Street. All rental bikes include locks, a city map, and a basket to cart around valuables or hitchhiking groceries. Helmets are mandatory with all rentals and can be checked out for an additional $5. In order to rent a bike a refundable deposit is required and the prices, depending on the model of the bike, start at $200. Once the bicycle is returned, depending on your bank, the deposit is returned to your account immediately on weekdays, and could take a few days to show if you rented on the weekend.
Long Island City
25-11 Queens Plz. N
Long Island City, New York 11101