The Brooklyn Bridge – everyone knows it, and most people know it walking. The path is split with wider parts for pedestrians than bikes, but as a cyclist my main complaint is the wooden planks that form the crossing and are full of vibration. You wouldn’t notice it as a pedestrian (I didn’t). Maybe racing bikes have better shocks. I didn’t find it all that pleasant, though of course the views are spectacular, both of the Bridge and of Manhattan.
Dumbo views beautiful as always.
Many cobblestone streets and flagstone sidewalks later I stumbled upon it – it exists, it’s long and it’s glorious! Well worth the ride out there, definitely going back! Incidentally, I’m not the only one who couldn’t find it – I was practically the only cyclist there.
I took this path as far as I could take it, and I could have gone farther because the streets are pretty sleepy out there. Just warehouses mostly. Totally lost track of time. Felt as though I were in another world. There are large piers you can ride around, and many more opening up. Fun!!
When I came back (asked for directions this time, better than trying to use my map, although now I will consult and see what I actually did) I revisited the scene of my on-ramp debacle and found yet another path which I took for awhile. In sum: once you have a clue, there is GREAT biking in Brooklyn!
FYI, here's an interesting way of dealing with traffic...
As for biking technique: I need to practice leaning to stop on my right side. This will lessen stress on my left shoulder. Otherwise, becoming more and more confident.
From the Manhattan side, I took Chrystie Street uptown (who knew it was so great for biking?). Should have jogged over to 1st Ave to go up, but made my way eventually up to East 9th (that’s Christopher) and over to the River where I felt I had the best air all day: the smell of the harbor, of fir trees (first love, first kiss). Kind of sorry to come home.
One more thing. I took my scale downstairs this morning and put Lucille on it: 28lbs! That’s DOUBLE what a racing bike would weigh! She’s portable and handy (and very snazzy), but weighty. All the more incentive to put some time into upper body workout. When I did some research, I found that all folding bikes are upwards of 20 lbs. And it’s no good telling her to to go on a diet: Lucille is just big boned.