As Brokelyn’s senior bike riding correspondent, I’ve had plenty of mishaps while riding my bike that could really ruin my day. Flat tires, brake cables just snapping while I have 20 punds of freight attached to my bike. One time I pedaled so hard i just snapped part of my cassette completely in half. Every time things like that have happened, I’ve turned looked around in vain for a bike shop. Had I known about Ride the City though, I wouldn’t feel alone. And now you know about it, so you’ll never be alone again anymore.
Ride the City is a pretty simple map website: it has little icons all over a GoogleMap of the city showing you where bike shops and even bike rental shops are, just in case you have the sudden urge to take a ride while you’re walking around. Which is nice, cutting out the middleman of waiting for your janky spacephone to load GoogleMaps and then allow you to search where you are for somewhere to get a repair.
The site will also map out bike routes for you, with options for the safest route or the most direct route. If you want my advice, as the senior bike riding correspondent, always go for the most direct route. The more time you spend riding on pothole-filled streets with traffic blasting by you, the quicker you’ll get acclimated to it all, so that you won’t be nervous if you find yourself biking on the side of a turnpike for some reason.