Hi all. I'm just getting started. Bought myself a 2013 Giant Cypress in October but haven't had the nerve to take it out. I am bound and determined to do so tomorrow. I'm a few weeks shy of 44, weigh 292 lbs, and everything aches. One of the things I am worried about is riding in the street. I live in NYC and cannot tell you how many bike accidents I've seen. I know they say you don't forget, but it's been 30 years since I rode a bike.
I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to locate bike paths. I'm thinking in parks or something like that - away from traffic. If there is a way to find out if the path is flat, that would be great.
I am more than willing to put the bike on my car and leave the city. I am hoping to make my first experience pleasant enough to repeat. LOL