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Best Place to Rent a Bike New York 2010 - Hudson Urban Bicycles

Hudson Urban Bicycles

Hudson Urban Bicycles

139 Charles St.

New York, NY 10014

212-965-9334

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One of the greatest places to ride your bike in New York City is the West Side Highway greenway, which features protected, off-the-street paths with amazing views running most of the length of Manhattan (not that that's an excuse not to wear a helmet!). And for proximity and convenience to the path, we love Hudson Urban Bicycles, a shopping and rental joint run by bike pioneer and pedicab designer George Bliss (he coined the term "critical mass") that's just a block and a half from greenway access. There, you can buy a new or used bike or rent one for a day or an hour (bike plus helmet), all for highly reasonable prices. HUB is a functioning shop as well, and they'll assemble bikes and fix you up should your machinery suffer any unexpected breakdowns, or, say, suddenly need a basket. And they're nice, with none of the bike-snobbery attitude of certain shops. In fact, HUB almost has a summer-camp feel, with a mascot dog hanging out around the shop, and a variety of young, helpful staffers you would have coveted as camp counselors. In keeping with the communal aspect, the store hosts bimonthly themed open-mic nights—poetry reading, storytelling, (acoustic) music making, and the like—for participants to share among the wheels. 139 Charles Street, 212-965-9334, hudsonurbanbicycles.com

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