My Brompton had a playdate this weekend! I went on an organized Brompton bike ride with over 20 other Brompton riders. What a sight to behold! A fleet of small wheeled folding bikes of multitude of colors whizzing through the streets of Manhattan on a perfect autumn afternoon. We rode through different neighborhoods in Manhattan with various food stops along the way. The plan was to ride, stop, eat, repeat, and repeat some more. We ate sandwiches with first names, imported candies and coffee, and cream puffs so fresh that they oozed with deliciousness. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
I had a really fun day yesterday. The weather was sunny and warm for November and it was a great day to go for a ride but I had to pick up a couple of things at Macy’s (The World’s Largest Store), so what’s a girl to do??? I rode my bike there! Ok, riding in Central Park is one thing but to actually ride down Broadway during lunch time to go shopping is well…something else. And you know what…it was actually manageable and dare I say “EXHILARATING”!!! Protected bike lanes, lunch time crowds, fire trucks blaring, taxis everywhere, tourists everywhere, and me on my little bike going about my business.
The Broadway bike lane runs from 59th street to around 20th street, and Macy’s is at 34th street so I was able to take advantage of the bike lane all the way to the store. The bike lane is pretty well paved and It was fairly easygoing except I had to be extra vigilant for the occasional pedestrian who doesn’t look and walks right into the bike lane mid-block (you know who you are), and tourists walking down the bike lane four abreast (what’s up with that?!?!). I tried being very zen about it and made it to my destination with shopping in mind.
One thing good about having a folding bike is that I was able to fold it up and wheel it into Macy’s with me. Sorry I don’t have a picture of that because I didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that “HEY, I just brought a bike into Macy’s!!!”. You know what I mean.
Now where else can I go with my bike?
Full confession here…I am new to WordPress and I am a total newbie when it comes to writing blogs. I can’t even remember the last time that I had to write anything more than signing my name on a check. Why did I start a blog? I once heard that if you’re going to write about something then it should be something you’re passionate about. Well, I
like love to bike. So what better than to start a blog about biking in NYC!
I have owned a bike in NYC for many years but work and the lack of bike lanes years ago had relegated me to the occasional rides in Central Park. I think I probably rode my bike all of ten time all those years that I had my bike. The rest of the time it was just stored in the basement of my building.
My current bike is seven months old and I have ridden it hundreds of miles already! It’s a Brompton folding bike.
I have ridden it in the Tour de Queens, The NYC Century Bike Tour, The Tour de Bronx, and numerous other smaller organized rides. Now that there are more bike lanes in NYC than ever I even get to ride it to do my everyday errands.
Did I mention that it folds up small enough to fit in a shopping cart?