14 August 2012

Bikes & NYC

I absolutely cherish my bike.  It is one of my favorite possessions...because... 

All of my dear, dear friends in Brooklyn pitched in and gave me this bike for a wedding present when Danny and I got married!!!  Can you even imagine a better wedding present?  I felt so loved, I can't even tell you.  (Danny had just gotten a new bike in preparation for his move to Brooklyn- since our little home here is by a huge park - and so our friends wanted to get me a bike, too.)  These friends...Oh.....they have been so good to me.  I just have so much gratitude as I think of all the amazing experiences we've had together here in Brooklyn.  Nothing can compare.   

Here are some old pics from out & about Brooklyn, by bike...

Riding a bike in New York is kind of awesome.  You can just cover so much territory rather quickly; you don't have to find a parking space; you can actually see the neighborhoods (in person) instead of just on a subway map; there are lots of biking lanes; and you can move faster than cars.  Downside: the unmistakable thrill of possibly having a car door open up on you at all times and the worry of getting your bike stolen in a split second.  So far so good on those fronts.  :)

Danny and I love to ride to Trader Joe's, Sahadi's Middle Eastern Market, Brookyn Bridge Park, the famous Red Hook Ball Fields, Riverside Park, Prospect Park, Central Park, church, or along the bikeway on the West Side on the Hudson River [friends...riding that west side bike path is one of my all-time favorite things to do in New York..especially with a stop at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem!  Oh man.  Really...you have to do this.] 

Do you have any favorite bike paths or bike outings we should know about? And, is there ANYTHING that can make you feel more like a kid than riding a bike? :) :)  OK, maybe flying a kite.  I've had a kite sitting by my door for awhile and Danny and I have been meaning to go fly it all summer.  I'm determined to make it happen soon.  :)

Hope you all are having a great start to your week!


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  1. Such a thoughtful wedding gift :) I sometimes wish I had a bike but haven't had one since I was around 13. We were going to rent bikes in paris this year but couldnt work out how to lol

    Also, where's your helmet missy? x

  2. I love this!! I've come to believe that biking is great for marriage! My husband and I have a cheerful yellow tandem bike that we ride all around Utah County. We have quite the collection of Instagrams from our little bike ride adventures! Such a fun way to spend together-- healthy and free too!

  3. A bike is such a wonderful wedding gift! My husband and I love to ride together. It's very soul cleansing. Very nice blog. I'll be back to visit often.

  4. Such a lovely wedding gift!

    I'm a biking enthusiast and hope to actually road race now that I am done with school and have a bit more time to train. My family's home is in the countryside and one of my favorite things to do in the summer is go for late evening bike rides. Nothing beats long, uninterrupted rides on country roads with the light all soft and golden and the air smelling like pine trees, in my opinion :)

  5. Mara--Did you see this post over at A Cup of Jo yesterday? http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/08/spinlister-airbnb-for-bikes.html I love riding my bike and love the idea of renting people's bikes for cheap on vacation! Thought you'd appreciate it.

  6. Lovely post, but please *always* wear a helmet! A close friend of mine just nearly lost his life from a head injury he suffered during a biking accident. He was only biking in a park, but wasn't wearing a helmet.

  7. Other than the misery of getting down to the pathway, I love riding the bikepath along the belt parkway. Fantastic views!

  8. Mara,
    Danny and you should try the SIBA Pumpkin Patch Pedal. It is in Jamestown, NJ and you can choose from 3 different mileage routes. Here is the site: http://www.sibike.org

    Maybe we will see you two there.


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