Montauk Ruschmeyer's Bike BellA large red bell on a Republic Plato Dutch bike that can be rented from Ruschmeyer's hotel in the Hamptons.
By Susi Wunsch
Local Ride Highlights in Montauk, NY
- On the way to the village, browse one-of-a-kind vintage summer apparel and surf memorabilia at Melet Mercantile, the Montauk outpost of the appointment-only showroom in SoHo.
- The centrally-located Montauk Bike Shop stocks a wide variety of new bikes and rentals, including mountain bikes to explore magnificent trails along the ocean (pick up a trail map or hire a guide there) and fat-tire Tommi Sea Terrain Destroyers designed for traction on sand.
- Stop at the Chamber of Commerce for visitor information, then shop for a pretty boho beach cover-up at Calypso St. Barth and pick up essentials like boogie boards and folding beach chairs at Espo’s Surf & Sport.
- Pause for a refreshing salad, wrap or smoothie at Joni’s.
- Later, dine at the airy South Edison, indulge in the touristy mainstay of digging into a steamed lobster on the deck of Gosman’s Topside to watch leisure boats and fishing vessels enter and exit the channel from Lake Montauk Harbor. Or, enjoy a beach sunset accompanied by live music at Navy Beach restaurant.
- The Hamptons also are a road cycling favorite. Cyclists on distance rides routinely pause in the hamlet en route to the must-see Montauk Point Lighthouse at the eastern terminus of Long Island.
- Each season brings two major century rides to this area: The Montauk Century and The Ride to Montauk, as well as triathlons, such as the Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon and MightMan Montauk Half.
Susi Wunsch writes and rides in New York City, NY. She maintains the city rider’s blog, velojoy: velojoy.com; Twitter @velojoy.