I'm considering becoming a bike commuter in NYC. I live in Forest Hills, Queens and attend NYU dental school on 1st ave 23rd street in Manhattan, about a 9 mile trip one way. I haven't really been on a bike in 10 years but used one exclusively for two years before that.
I'm really interested in the Big Dummy but have some doubts about the practicality of commuting 18 mi round trip in NYC on one. I have no car and a 5 year old boy at home and I am thinking we could have some fun on the weekends riding around on the BD. Any opinions on if this is practical? I'll probably get a LHT if I decide against the BD but if wouldn't afford me the same recreation options on the weekends.
I've also been looking at the stokemonkey (http://cleverchimp.com/products/stokemonkey/) to help us get out to some of the beaches in long island when we get the chance. Not sure if the roads are really bike friendly out that way though. I guess my concern about the stokemonkey is that it would become a crutch and I wouldn't get the fitness out of the commute that I want. Would love to hear from someone who has used one before.
For those familiar with the area, I live on Metropolitan ave so I would probably head straight down metro, cross on the Williamsburg bridge and head up 1st.
Thanks for any perspective you can give. The idea of the big dummy is really appealing, I'm just not sure if I will resent the slower speed during the commute.