3 speeds ain't nearly enough!! I stayed downtown, at a nice hotel (the Alexis, at first Ave and Madison) biz trip for 2 nights, and had yesterday morning free, before returning late to New Orleans.
Wow, are the streets (as opposed to the avenues) steep! I just saw this elsewhere on this thread, it confirms what my shin-splinty legs have learned:
SDOT - Steep Streets in Seattle
I could have used a great-great-granny gear at times, but I do not look a "gift bike" in the mouth..
Beautiful town, waterworld everywhere, nice mix of old-timey and modern.
The cyclists actually obey the stop signs and red lights!! So I did, too. Please don't ask me if I do this back home...
I "discovered" (ha ha) a bike trail along west Lake Union, then along the ship canal, after stopping early at the Center for Wooden Boats at the foot of the lake. So it turned into a nice, longer than I planned, ride.
Lots of bikes. Not as many bike lanes downtown as I might have expected in such a 'crunchy' town. But I suspect the really good biking is off on some of these trails.