Bike the Big Apple
Bike the Big Apple
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Not all bike tours are created equal. Since 2001, the expert, experienced, professional guides of Bike the Big Apple have been safely taking guests far off the "beaten path" - in all 5 boroughs! With us, you will venture into real ethnic neighborhoods, and experience what life is like beyond the skyscrapers. In fact, we are quite proud to still be the only company to do bike tours of our beloved Bronx - seldom seen by visitors to the city.Why take a bike tour? Walking tours are severely limited in the distance they can travel; you are either going to visit a very small area of the city, or spend half of your day underground. Bus tours can cover plenty, but you are completely removed from the neighborhoods by glass. On bike, you can cover much and still get a real "feel" for the neighborhoods we take you to.Come ride with us!
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TheMays
Weston Turville, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
The Friday Night Lights Tour was a great way so see parts of the city you would never normally see. The view of the Manhatten skyline from the Brooklyn bridge at night is amazing. I was surprised how bike friendly the City is with plenty of cycle paths. Our guides were very knowledgeable and good company. Certainly a great way to spend an evening.
One word of warning - if you are a regular cyclist you may find the pace a bit slow.
Written October 2, 2012
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AndyTheJuggler
Oakham, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
The tour took place on Sunday evening, so traffic was at a minimum which made the whole thing a lot safer and "comfortable".
The tour was wonderful - we went to lots of areas that would otherwise be missed and saw lots of "off-beat" things - Walt Disney's former house, Miles Davis' former house plus quirky things like we stopped at some of the oldest houses in NY and an owner came out and gave us a potted history of the area; wonderful!
For me, the highlight was cycling over the Brooklyn Bridge - the views were magnificent, especially as the natural light was fading and artificial light was taking over.
The age range of our group was 18 - 60 and we all coped with ease. Younger children could also do the trip, especially if with parents.
Would I do it again? Yes, definitely.
Would I recommend the company? Yes, unreservedly.
Written June 30, 2017
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Amy L
Cardiff, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
I can't express just how much I loved this tour. I actually did it in 2012 but never got round to writing a review. I did Tour F which started at about 6pm and finished after midnight. It was really magical and I felt I learnt loads.

The reason I can say it's one of the best things I've ever done on holiday is because I remember so much of it so clearly. Our guide was really informative and I felt as though I was seeing parts of the City I wouldn't see if I just wandered around on my own.

Truly fantastic. I would certainly do another if I was back in NYC. Worth the money. I was on my own but there were all sorts of people on the tour. Seems a popular choice for couples.
Written March 1, 2015
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DadTravelOrganiser
Canberra, Australia531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
The family and I love cycling as a way of seeing the world. Since I did a week long cycle tour in Ireland in the late 90s I have sworn that cycling is the best way to see the world - country or city. These guys deliver a first class experience that reinforces my view.

We did tour B to Brooklyn on a Saturday. There are so many highlights of the tour - things you just wouldn't have found or appreciated another way. The Brewery is a great place to stop and have lunch. We did this with our 13yo and 10yo kids. They are a reasonably fit bunch, and did it with no issues at all.

Finally, you might be nervous about cycling in NY but don't be. The guides go out of the way to protect you from traffic when this is potentially an issue. Probably the most challenging part is the pedestrians on Brooklyn Bridge!
Written November 16, 2012
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Alexis
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We had a great bike tour last July with our guide Richard. We booked the tour only some days prior to the tour and it ended up we were only the two of us. The provided bikes are of very good quality. The actual tour was great with a lot of stories from Richard and plenty of great locations and views. Certainly one of the highlights in our NY City trip ! A special thanks to Richard for this great experience !
Written August 23, 2019
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Emily G
Grand Rapids, MI11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
This was our favorite day in the city. Highly recommend to families with teens. Marc was our guide and had a lot of great history and interesting facts to share about the city and neighborhoods. Worth every dollar!
Written June 16, 2018
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Canberra_Matt
Canberra, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
I did the Secret Streets tour, that included Downtown, the lower East side and a peek at Brooklyn, as well as a memorable ride over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The tour covered about 18km of mostly flat terrain, at a relaxed pace. A second guide followed the group to make sure no one got lost.

There were plenty of stops along the way, with lots of great info from our guide. We also stopped for lunch in Brooklyn.

We stuck to bike paths and lanes where available, and occasionally bunched up with the traffic. The drivers were very tolerant of riders and I never felt unsafe.

I can highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting New York.
Written October 7, 2017
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bigcitybound
Saskatoon, Canada4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
This company provides great bike tours of New York. This is my second tour. This time participated in the Friday ethnic neighbourhood tour. I couldn't have been happier with the guides, the route, the information and i almost forgot, the food. If I go back to New York I will partake again trying out another tour.

Felt safer on both these tours than I do biking in my home town. Lots of on road as well as off road bike lanes, traffic moves slowly and drivers seem to be used to dealing with cyclists although they do seem to like to honk their horns.
Written October 13, 2016
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Willie D
Lanark, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Our family has developed a habit of taking a bike tour on the first day of a visit to a city. So when we were going to be in New York at the start of August I looked on Trip Advisor for a well reviewed cycle tour. "Bike the Big Apple" had outstanding reviews so I contacted them with dates and asked what they had available. They promptly replied recommending a quite expensive $95 twilight tour through the city centre lasting 5hrs. I had reservations about this and not (as my wife cruelty claimed) because I was to mean to shell out $380 for the 4 of us. Rather it was the thought of a 5hr tour in the August heat and cycling through New York City traffic that bothered me (my wife is not a hugely confident cyclist in traffic). However Bike the Big Apple reassured us that there were lots of breaks and it was cooler in the evening with less traffic to worry about. Relatively speaking, I'm sure both of these points are true but by the end of our tour my family felt one was way more accurate than the other.

When we arrived for the start of the tour just after 5pm we discovered there were a total of 12 of us on the trip with a mixture of teenagers and adults.
The bikes we were a bit of a mixture, with some very good new machines and some well used older bikes. However they were all mechanically sound and no one on the tour had any problems with them. The helmets and fluorescent waistcoats on the other hand were frankly scabby and in very poor condition. I ended up with knackered old helmet covered in girly flowers. My grown up children and wife though this was hilarious and were buckled with laughter every time they look at me. My wife also had her rear light go out and there was no replacement. I think at $95 a skull we could have had better kit.

There were two guides with one staying at the back to look after stragglers. The best tour guides have knowledge, a line in patter and a loud voice. Our guide had all of the above by the bucket load! The backdrop helped his patter as we cycled round the city. The route took as from fascinating location to fascinating location. This gave us lots of stops to drink the water provided and there were no hills. The timing of the tour to include daylight and darkness worked well and it was significantly cooler later on. In this, Bike the Big Apples claim was true, the other claim about cycling in New York was a bit dodger. While I expect Bike the Big Apple was truthful when they say Sunday afternoon/evening traffic was lower, biking in New York City is defiantly not for the faint hearted. For a start New Yorkers obviously consider traffic laws to be advisory rather than obligatory. The streets have more holes than a banker’s moral code and you share the streets with cars for much of the trip. There is also the bit where you cycling through the densely crowded streets of China Town and up the Brooklyn Bridge. Much to both our surprise my wife not only coped with the hairy streets of New York she enjoyed the tour. In fact we all enjoyed the tour enormously, it was certainly one of the highlights of my holiday.

Yes at $95 each you deserve better kit. Yes the traffic is scarier than juggling chainsaws. But in spite of all of that I still think this tour was 5 stars. It gave us a hugely entertaining and informative evening against the backdrop of one of the most interesting cities in the world.
Written September 15, 2016
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MikeyM71
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I had just arrived in my hotel room one Sunday night in New York City, and was keen to take the advice of a friend at home, who had said "You have to do a Bike the Big Apple bike tour - the Brooklyn tour in particular it excellent". I checked out their web site, and was a little disappointed that due to other commitments during my week, the only day I could do was Monday, and the only tour available in mid November on a Monday was the "Dutch Roots" bike tour. I signed up, and hoped for the best.

A quick metro trip the next morning saw me north of Central Park, in an area that I certainly would not have visited if I wasn't directed there. But right on time, Marc, our guide for the day turned up, and with a cheery voice welcomed us. The us was just me and a gent from Belgium, who was back for his 3rd tour in 3 days! I was heartened, and started to look forward to what we might discover.

Out came the bikes - both in really good condition, and the perfect size (now I understood why they wanted my height when I booked in!).

After quick introductions, we were off at a good pace - fast enough to get places, and slow enough for someone who hadn't ridden a bike in 5 years to comfortably keep up.

The day went by in a blur. Marc was full of information, and really cared about how we were travelling and what our interests were. We saw parts of Manhattan and The Bronx that amazed, thrilled and impressed. We saw shadier places too, and even visited a park with a group of cricket pitches - something this Aussie never expected to see in this part of the world. The story behind the people moving in and moving up was a constant theme, and understanding dawned when we heard that the latest immigrants to the area were Pakistani.

Lunch at a local restaurant was plentiful and cheap, and another place that I would never have visited without the bike and the tour guide.

It was with some sadness that early in the evening, with lights on, we got back to where we started and the tour was over. We had travelled around 30km during the day, seen cigar making, steep cliffs, natural woodland, ridiculous traffic jams, and other amazing things that were completely unexpected.

I can't wait to get back to New York, and like my Belgium mate, do the other tours with Bike the Big Apple - highly recommended!
Written November 24, 2015
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