Buffalo Bike Life | Where To & When?
Chances are if you’ve lived downtown, you’ve seen your fair share of bike riders. Buffalo’s urban patterns and beautiful architecture make any ride interesting. Buffalonians with apartments and lofts downtown have started seeing why biking has it’s benefits. Having a solid 2 wheeler can be a great addition for scooting around Buffalo in the summertime, especially when the Elmwood Village is at an automotive standstill.
You can ride all the way down to Canalside for that show you wanted to catch, and not have to pay parking. If you have a bike, you might already know about these rides, but if you’re new to the area, or milling over buying yourself a new bike, these options might just motivate you to get moving.
The glow around Buffalo has brought out a new biking community, that is moving away from the motor.
Located on Colvin Ave. over in North Buffalo, the non profit is housed in a brick and mortar building that offers new and experienced bikers ride-routes and workshops. They also have special events throughout the summer. Join a group of other riders for a guided tour, highlighting landmarks and landscapes, or stop in the community workshop to learn how to repair and maintain your bike. Need a bike? they have refurbished bikes for sale!
98 Colvin Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
Join a community of thousands of bicyclists around Buffalo who ride every Monday from 5:30pm-8pm, around the most classic neighborhoods. If your a rookie rider.. don’t worry, they ride at a nice slow pace. (Hence the name) The Slow Roll movement began in Detroit, and has since expanded all over the world into a network of community rides. Slow Roll is always free, just register online or onsite before the ride.
Buffalo Bicycling Club
If your passion for biking goes beyond commuting from your apartment to work, or admiring Buffalo, and you’re more into active racing and fitness, check out Buffalo Bicycling Club. The BBC is dedicated to the development of bicycle racing in WNY. Throughout the season, there are road courses, time trials, criteriums, and challenging training rides. Membership is required, and you’ll need a bike rack on your car to get out to some of the more rural areas in WNY to ride.
Buffalo has become quite the bike able city for those living in apartments and lofts downtown. Many of the streets in and around Buffalo NY have had bike lanes painted on them over the last few years, which make it much safer and easier to scoot about town. Riding a bike alone, or with a friend is a great way to see our city, get good exercise, and save gas. (and parking ticket funds!)
4 Winter Apartment Cleaning Tips You Probably Forget
New Year, New Cleaning Habits
2016 is a fresh start for everyone in Buffalo. Some may change their eating habits, quit smoking, or begin a rigorous exercise regiment, but what about that messy apartment? Whether you live with someone else in Buffalo or alone, your loft or apartment is probably not ship shape. What a better time to to change the way your apartment Buffalo? Here are 5 often forgotten about tips on how to freshen up those Buffalo apartments, and relieve the cabin fever.
The Out of Reach Areas
These are the areas that no one likes to clean. They involve far too much effort and no one ever sees it anyway right? Wrong. The dust and grime buildup in out of reach area hurt the air quality of your Buffalo apartment, especially during the winter, when we are sealed up indoors with all the windows shut. Devote time to the top of your fridge & the back corners of your cabinets. Dust first, then sanitize. Don’t forget about behind the fridge. You might want to invest in some rubber gloves.
Older apartments and lofts around Buffalo can collect dust on and around baseboards. Dust collects far more in the winter, with less air flow. Before you do your standard sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, give the baseboards a once over. Not only will it look better, but it will eliminate dust buildup.
That Old Mattress
Clean & Flip the old trusty mattress. First, wash your sheets that probably need it. Take the vacuum to the mattress and eliminate any crumbs or other remnants of bed food. Anyone stuck inside their apartments in Buffalo NY knows how many meals end up in the comfort of swaddling blankets while binge watching Netflix. Sprinkle a little baking soda on any stains, followed by a little dish soap or peroxide. Once you’re all cleaned up, flip and rotate the mattress 180 degrees to prevent sagging.
Lights & Ceiling Fans
In another effort to improve the air quality of your apartment in Buffalo, don’t forget about the dust up above. Common surfaces like end tables and headboards are seen so often that it becomes necessary to clean to avoid embarrassment, but the ceiling fixtures aren’t so noticeable. Dust the overhead light fixtures, fan blades, and any other lighting. Use a ladder, and try to use a spotter!
So there you have it Buffalo, a few things to remember when you clean up your apartment. Remember, a clean apartment is a happy apartment!
Living without a dishwasher is just the worst, but for some of us, it’s a very real situation that we just have to live with. And even though it might not be ideal, let’s not allow doing dishes to hold us back from all the cooking and hosting we want to do. Here are a few quick tips that will help ease the pain of dirty dishes and get you back to doing what you love.
Even if you can’t get to washing the dishes immediately after you drop them in the sink, rinsing food and sauce off right away will save you a lot of scrubbing later.
For those pots and pans caked with residue that just won’t come off, fill up your sink with soapy water and come back to it later. Just make sure not to procrastinate the part where you actually come back and wash the pans. If you let them soak for long enough, the residue will come right off, and your job won’t be nearly as bad as you expect it to be.
Get a Drying Rack
If you leave all your clean dishes in the sink to dry, you’ll get backed up on dirty dish space and end up creating more problems for yourself. Drying racks are usually pretty cheap, and they’re definitely worth it for the amount of headache you’ll save.
These might seem like obvious suggestions, but for those without a dishwasher, every little bit helps. Good luck out there, and don’t let dish pan hands get you down!