Hey there, folks. Texan-turned-Staten Islander and new rider here. By new rider, by the way, I mean I have been biking for about... a less than a month now. I have a crappy little I-don't-know-what that I picked up for $120 at a Target that I had to fix up right from the get-go because a bunch of parts weren't aligned quite right, but anyways, enough about me.
Here's my question:
Some of the roads where I am (especially the ones closest to me) are single-lane, congested, and devoid of sidewalks, so how good of a biker would I have to be before you could seriously recommend me getting on to those roads? What skills should I have before I get on the road? Is it even possible?
And also, even though it's the law for bikers in New York to ride on roads instead of sidewalks, is it practical to follow that law in Staten Island, the least New York-ish part of New York?