Take full advantage of these sweet summer months by tuning up that old, rusty bike of yours and hitting the streets of New York City. If you've never repaired a bike before and have anxiety over sticking your fingers in those chains and spokes, sign up for classes from Time’s Up!, where you can learn basic skills so you never have to -gasp!- carry all that bent metal on your back.
You can get biking directions anywhere in the five boroughs at Ride the City, a Web site devoted to providing cyclists with safe, safer, or just plain fast ways to get around on two wheels. NYC Bike Maps is a great guide for planning a fun bike route, and Transportation Alternatives will set you up with cheap bike shops, bicycling laws, and—when you break all of those—even cycling lawyers.
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[Originally published at Examiner.com]