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We recently included New York in our list of Top 10 Cities for Cycling. With the Citi Bike share program set to launch shortly and many hotels offering bikes for guests, we want to help you ride safely in this bustling metropolis.
Before you peddle off to your favorite landmarks, eateries, and parks, be sure that you’re ready for cycling in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Wear a Helmet
While only riders under the age of 13 are required by law to wear helmets, it’s a good idea for everyone to protect their heads when cycling. The new bike share program will not be supplying headgear, so be sure to pack your own if you’re visiting New York.
Want to feel like a pro cyclist for a few hours – no pricey bike or ridiculously low body fat required? Check out a gran fondo, or great ride, as they’re known in Italy, where these mass-start events originated. Hugely popular in Europe, gran fondos, which are a combination of recreational bike riding and competitive race, are popping up everywhere in the States and are an excellent way to cruise through beautiful scenery, partake in vibrant post-race party and maybe even rub elbows with a pro along the way.
Gran fondos can be pricey – around $100, depending on the length of the route – but registration costs usually cover a great swag bag, discounts on gear, and a meal ticket for some gourmet grub (and maybe even a beer). Spring is the unofficial kickoff for gran fondo season, which continues through the fall. Here, some beginner-friendly rides to get in the saddle for.
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