So you want to travel around a city by bicycle, I mean who doesn’t? Here is an article from the NY Times with some tips on finding a bike either for rent or to buy:
The Frugal Traveler:
Pushing Pedals, Not Budgets
By MATT GROSS
(Photo by: Yana Paskova for The New York Times)
Photo Caption: The Recycle-a-Bicycle outlet in New York sells bikes that have been refurbished by schoolchildren trained in bike mechanics.
It was a busy day. In the morning, Iâ€™d followed a creek as far upstream as I could, until it disappeared underground. At midday, Iâ€™d stopped in town for a slice of pepperoni pizza. And in the afternoon, Iâ€™d explored a chain-link-fence maze at the edge of a university. Now, with dinnertime approaching, I was pedaling home on the trusty bicycle that had taken me to the far corners of my world. I was 10 years old.
That blue BMX may have been the last bike I owned, but in the past quarter-century Iâ€™ve never lost my appreciation for the freedom of movement that two wheels offer. Powered not by expensive gas but by cheap leg energy, easy and usually free to park, bicycles are perhaps the ideal vehicle for a frugal traveler, capable of taking you across a city or, if you have the time and ambition, around the world.
They can, however, get pricey, whether youâ€™re renting a hybrid for a couple of days or investing in a serious road bike that will take you coast to coast. And it only gets more complicated (and more expensive) when youâ€™re doing it in another city or another country. As usual, of course, there are a few ways of ensuring youâ€™re saving money on your ride. Letâ€™s talk about rentals first.
Read the rest of the article here.
Also consider buying a cheap bike from the Time’s Up Space in Williamsburg.
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave right under the Williamsburg Bridge.
The mechanics are now starting to sell recycled bikes for about $100.00. Check their website, for hours. (Seems like hours are limited and based on the bicycle mechanic workshops, plan ahead)
Here is a short list of some places to rent bikes.
Also check Transportation Alternatives resource pages for some tips on buying used bikes.